THE first finisher at Saturday's Harwich Parkrun was Harwich Runner Simon Harrison.

It was his eighth time in first position and his time of 18 minutes and 38 seconds was his quickest here since March.

Fast-improving club member Rem’a Eagle was second in a new personal best (PB) time of 19m 29s.

This week saw four other members set new PBs.

Valentina Burley improved her previous best set back in February to finish in 24m 44s.

Deborah Smith achieved a new best time of 26m 52s and Fiona Caslake ran her fifth PB, 38m 50s, in six appearances.

Lizzie Hopgood was one of those who completed the Couch to 5k programme with Harwich Runners and she knocked another 28 seconds off her previous best to record 31m 18s.

Once again, club members did not restrict their Parkruns to Harwich.

Amos Seddon was at the Burnham and Highbridge event (26m 18s).

Two members ran at Gorleston - Lee Allen (24m 40s) and Claire Bransby (24m 51s) - while Hannah Jarvis was at Brighton (24m 58s).

Will (22m 11s) and Sarah Roxby-Clarke (27m 46s) were at the Holkham Parkrun, in Norfolk.

There was also two members at Colchester - Jon (19m 47s) and Francine Battram (31m 18s).

While on holiday in America, three generations of the Manley family ran the Clermont Waterfront Parkrun.

Grandparents Steve (24m 38s) and Alison Manley (36m 7s), parents Aaron Manley (35m 29s) and Sam Sands (51m 40s) plus children Jack (35m 29s) and Chloe Manley (58m 27s) were all recorded in the results as from Harwich Runners.

Matthew Friend became the 17th member of Harwich Runners to complete a marathon this year as he travelled north to take on the Edinburgh marathon.

Friend underlined his continued improvement since joining the club last year by posting an exceptional time of three hours, one minute and 29 seconds.

This just over one year on from completing the London marathon in 4h 10m.

Steve Cooper was in London taking on a slightly shorter race on Sunday.

Cooper was fourth in his age category (MV45) at the Westminster Vitality one-mile race, completing the distance in a swift 4m 49s. On Monday, the Vitality series of races continued with The Vitality London 10k.

With approximately 17,000 runners taking part and on a hot day it was not an event for PBs.

Two of those taking part were from Harwich Runners.

Dean Splarn finished in 59m 7s and Marcus Turner completed the course, which took in some of the famous landmarks in the capital city, in 62m 7s.

Meanwhile, a number of other members of Harwich Runners completed the annual Mayflower walk/run which takes in a distance of approximately 13 miles between Harwich and Manningtree.

The mostly off-road route is an interesting challenge and the first to finish this year was Allen Smalls, of Colchester, in 1h 29m. Third finisher was Harwich’s Gavin Race, who completed the course in 1h 34m.

Valentina Burley continued her busy schedule, finishing in 2h 7m, while there were also outings for Kim and Christina Pretty, Jeff and Jo Higgon, Deborah Smith and Andrew Thorn.

Also in action was Claire Bransby, who travelled to Norfolk for the next edition of the Great Yarmouth five-mile series.

Bransby produced her fastest finish of the series, posting a time of 40m 57s.