COLCHESTER Harriers' Joe Patterson scorched to victory at the Watford Open meet.

He won the 800 metres in a time of one minute 59.94 seconds, a fine personal best (PB).

The South Downs off road marathon saw another fine effort by Allen Smalls.

He came home a good fifth in three hours 07m and was first veteran over 50, just a fortnight after winning the Stour Valley marathon.

Chris Manby had to withdraw at 13 miles with an Achilles injury but Rebecca Cooke ran the half marathon trail in 1h 44m.

Fay Smalls also ran well, while the 10km event saw Keiron Callaghan clock 48 minutes.

The Capel St Mary five-mile race saw Debbie Cattermole finish third lady and first veteran in a time of 35m.

Richard Flutter took the over 50 trophy in 31m and helped to win the tram prize thanks to team-mates Wayne Cook (30m 30s) and Ady Frost (33m 40s).

Sarah Stradling and Ffion Harris were the first two ladies home at the Mersea park run, while Ziggy Lampton (17m 28s) ran a PB to win the overall race.

Pete West was fifth (19m 15s), Richard Boden sixth (19m 28s, PB) and Andrew Dagge (seventh, 19m 29s).

Richard Millward was eighth at the Clacton event, while Simon Wilson was sixth at Maldon.

Rachel Richardson-Wright ran the tough Brabyns park run in Manchester.

The Kirton Friday 5 had some fast times.

Gavin Scanlon ran his fastest-ever five-mile race in 29m 15s, with Paul Preston running 29m 44s.

Wayne Cook was also in super form in 30m 14s, ahead of Pete West (30m 27s) and Ady Frost (32m 52s).

At the Framlingham five-mile, Paul Preston clocked 29m 20s, Gavin Scanlon 29m 36s, Pete West 30m 16s and Richard Boden 31m 20s.

Aiko Hennington ran a swift race to win for the ladies in 30m 30s.