ELEVEN Tiptree Road Runners lined up with more than 2,000 others at the Southend Half-Marathon.

The good conditions led to some fast times on the flat, coastal course.

Danielle Harrington was the star of the show, running a superb race to clock one hour, 33 minutes and 55 seconds.

She smashed her personal best (PB) and finished fifth lady and third in her age group.

The first man home for the club was Andy Conway, just seconds outside his PB in 1h 24m 14s, finishing 35th and second V50.

Aaron Graves was next in a PB of 1h 26m 31s, finishing in 55th place, with Will Radley running an impressive 1h 29m 1s to finish 79th in his debut over the distance.

Paul Dellar also made the top 100, crossing the line in 1h 29m 40s.

Sue Archer was next in 1h 56m 36s, equalling her PB, with Paul Graves just behind her in a PB of 1h 56m 46s, breaking two hours for the first time.

Julian Holder was another to record his best time for the distance, finishing in 1h 58m 49s, while Scott Brenton was on official pacing duties, finishing just under his allotted two-hour time in 1h 59m 49s.

Gary Perryman, running as a guide runner, came home in 2h 8m 23s, while the fast-improving Mandy Graves ran 2h 18m 3s on her half-marathon debut and Alia Hamden stopped the clock in 2h 34m 27s.

Meanwhile, Lee Kerrison was also running a half-marathon, in St Albans, finishing in 2h 1m 48s.

Further afield, Jono Finch ran 19m 32s at the Running of the Balls 5K event on Roosevelt Island, enjoying stunning views over Manhattan while finishing first V40.

In off-road running, a team of Tiptree runners competed at Endure 24, a 24-hour non-stop relay event describing itself as the Glastonbury of running.

The club's team ran 27 4.9-mile laps to finish 27th in the male five category, with Mark Lawes running seven legs, Peter Banks six, Anthony Knight and veteran Jim Slater five apiece and John McVelia four.

Back in Essex, Simon and Lorraine Baker ran the eight-mile Runway Trail in 1h 31m 43s, with Larina Marsh, Sharon Hardwicke and Sue Long coming home in 2h 37m 29s.

Finally, 20 Tiptree runners competed across five Parkruns on Saturday.

Fifteen ran at Maldon, with Gavin Laws finishing fifth in 19m 16s.

There was a PB for Larina Marsh (27m 49s), a season's best for Stacy Hember (25m 28s) and a club debut for Simon Thompson in 24m 1s.

Bryn Gibbons won the tourist of the week award for his trip to Keswick, where he ran 26m 36s.