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Harrier Spowage produces fine runs
10:09am Tuesday 7th July 2009 in Athletics
Colchester Harriers’ Paul Spowage produced two fine runs at Birmingham’s Alexandra Stadium, in the National Veterans Track Championships.
He won silver medals in both the steeplechase and 1,500 metres.
Spowage had a fine steeplechase, taking the barriers with confidence to come home in a new club record for over-45s of ten minutes and 36 seconds.
In the 1,500m, Spowage led early on and was unlucky not to take gold, but his time of 4m 23s was exceptional.
Denise Morley won her 400m and Paul Helliwell was also in good form in the 1,500m.
Meanwhile, Harrier Allan Smalls produced another fine run in the Sudbury five-miler.
Competing in the tough, mainly off-road event, he continued his build-up to the World Mountain Championships in the Alps with a more sedate run along the Stour Valley.
Smalls was a fine second without leaving his comfort zone in a time of 28m 17s.
The hard-working Sandy MacMillen was sixth in 30m 09s.
He was second veteran behind Smalls.
Malcolm Statham had a steady run in 35m 02s.
At the High Ongar 10km, which is a very tough course, Pat Marsh ran a good 43m 39s for 40th position.
A team of Harriers descended on the Three Peaks in an effort to beat the 24-hour barrier for Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scarfell.
Ten of the 11 Harriers completed the task in good conditions and high visibility.
Chris Sellens and Smalls were running this for the second time in a week and took on the hardest accents and descents possible.
The running times for the peaks were: Smalls - seven hours, Chris Sellens 8h 24m, Bob Clarke 7h 5m, Gary Abbott 7h, Les Dunham 13h 09m, Jack Fryer 7h 04m, Debbie Cattermole 6h 59m, John Carter 8h 40m, Mark Beards 11h 34m and Nick MacIntyre 8h 02m.