ON the 11th day of the 11th month, 11 volunteers made it possible for 111 people to complete this week’s Harwich Parkrun.

The ideal conditions meant there was a great opportunity for a personal best and 25 achieved just that.

Harwich Runners took the first two female places and the third male position. First lady back was Kate Hodgkiss, in eighth place overall, in a time of 20 minutes and 22 seconds.

This was the 16th time she has finished first lady.

Second back was Claudine Benstead, in 21m 14s.

The third male finisher was Graeme Knott, in 18m 1s.

Club junior Michael Knowles completed the 5k course in 21m 9s, which was a PB, 21 seconds under his previous best.

Other club members achieving PBs this week included Niall Burke, who went under 22 minutes for the first time with a new PB of 21m 44s.

Karen Stapleton took full advantage of the good conditions and is closing in on getting under 22 minutes.

Her new PB was 22m 9s.

Right behind her was the fast-improving Mike Ball, who secured a new PB with a time of 22m 10s.

Nicola Flatt has been working extremely hard in training.

On Saturday, her dedication paid off and she was rewarded with a new PB.

Her time, 22m 33s, was a 33-second improvement which could well be broken again very soon.

Kim Pretty continues to improve and this week it was a PB of 23m 50s, which was another 30-second improvement.

Kelly Peck was another to use the favourable conditions to get a PB.

Her time of 28m 51s was a 26-second improvement and almost 12 minutes quicker than the first time she did a Parkrun.

On Remembrance Sunday, Harwich Runners were represented at two races.

There aren’t too many seven-mile races around but the Scenic 7 at Stowmarket has been a popular fixture in the calendar for a number of years now.

Attracting a strong field on a cold morning, Harwich Runners provided two of the 423 finishers.

After joining the club earlier this year, Lee Allen has made really good progress and it was no surprise to see him finish high up in 33rd in a very decent time of 46m 57s.

Anna Young also took on the rural, undulating course, also finishing in the top half of the field in a whisker over the hour mark.

Meanwhile, at the Stebbing ten-mile race, Tracey George ran her fastest ten-mile race in a black and white vest finishing in a shade over 1 hour 49 minutes. Christina Pretty was running the distance for the first time since joining the club crossing the line in 1h 40m 47s.