Following cancellation of our annual road races in November 2020, Hadleigh Hares were delighted to be able to host the John Chisnall Hadleigh 5, the Turners Blinds and Shutters Hadleigh 10, and the 2km Junior Fun Run sponsored by Plant Parts.
Mindful of the impact of the global pandemic, huge consideration was given to ensuring safety when planning the event, as a result the races were quite different to our usual offering; despite this and the extremely chilly conditions 400 senior runners and 51 Juniors ran on the day, with all competitors successfully completing their respective races.
Fantastic music from Clarke Entertainments and commentary from Rob Grimsey at the start & finish of the races made for a vibrant atmosphere, it was truly great to be back to racing!
Competitors came from as far afield as Manchester, but as always, we had very healthy representation from across our region, with both established club and unaffiliated runners taking part in the event.
145 competitors completed the John Chisnall Hadleigh 5 which was won by Scott Ramsey of Hadleigh Hares in a time of 26:36. John Scaife of Hadleigh Hares finished in second place (28:43), and Jake Hayward of Stowmarket Striders in third (30:12). First female was Kaye Branton of Felixstowe RRC with a time of 35:53, Holly Taylor, also of Felixstowe RRC finished second (37:07), and third place went to Sophie Cronin (38:16).
Continuing the winning streak, 5 mile male and female team prizes were awarded to Hadleigh Hares. Congratulations to Scott Ramsey, John Scaife, Karl Feagan, Kay Oxford, Victoria Tapp, and Nathalie Hooper.
255 competitors completed the Turners Blinds and Shutters Hadleigh 10 which was won by David Green of Rugby and Northampton Athletic Club in a time of 53:16. Danny Rock of Felixstowe RRC secured second place (53:46), and third place was awarded to Patrick Hannah (55:23). First female was Hayley Munn of Rugby and Northampton Athletic Club in a time of 1:01:07, Katie King of St Edmunds Pacers finished second (1:03:25), and Natasha Dunnage of Ipswich Jaffa finished third (1:04:33). Female team prize was awarded to St Edmund’s Pacers, and the male prize to Felixstowe RRC. Congratulations to Katie King, Jenny Morgan, Kirsty Weavers, Danny Rock, Aidan Coughlan, and Henry Catling.
51 Juniors took part in the 2km Fun Run which was won by Isla Widdowson, with Harry Read finishing in second place, and Darcy Bowen third.
Hadleigh Hares would like to thank our sponsors, M Chisnall & Sons, Turners Blinds & Shutters, Plant Parts and East of England Co-Op, without whom the event could not take place.
Special thanks also to our volunteers and the local community for their support. We look forward to this year’s event on Sunday 20th November.