Dunmow runners excel at Halstead Marathon

06:55 13 May 2014

Ashwin Shah was fastest man for Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners at the Halstead Marathon.

Ashwin Shah was fastest man for Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners at the Halstead Marathon.

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Ashwin Shah was fastest for Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners (GFDR) while Pru Hayhow picked up a medal in the 20th Halstead and Essex Marathon, on Sunday.

Pru Hayhow was fastest woman for Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners at the Halstead Marathon.Pru Hayhow was fastest woman for Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners at the Halstead Marathon.

More than 500 runners, including nine from GFDR, took part in the Essex championship race, organised by Halstead Road Runners.

Shah completed the undulating course in 3hrs 32mins 55secs. He was followed by Paul McKenna in 3hrs 38mins 48secs and Ian Lawson in 3hrs 39mins 11secs.

Hayhow, the fastest GFDR’s lady in 3hrs 42mins 46secs, won an Essex championship medal.

Jo Bisset-Smith finished in 3hrs 52mins, just ahead of Hayley Smith (3hrs 54mins 35secs) and Jason Wintin (3hrs 55mins 30secs). John Smith finished in 4hrs 1min 22secs and Lee Prowse in 4hrs 6mins 54secs.

The race was won by Mark Newton of Springfield Striders in 2hrs 43mins 13secs.

GFDR will be holding a 7.5 mile trail race from Great Dunmow on June 8, and a 5 mile road race from Great Easton on June 15 – details on the club’s website.

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