An extremely windy weekend made testing conditions for Halstead Road Runners (HRR) at various races around the country.

The Maverick Suffolk Trail featured Treena Carder and Phil Jeffries, who tackled a 9km path through Rendlesham Forest.

They combated strong headwinds along the sandy sector of the trail and completed the race in 58.04.

Over at the London Half Marathon, two members of HRR were running past such impressive sights as Big Ben and the Tower of London.

Aidan Kelly, aiming for less than 1.50, battled through cramp for the last two miles to cross the finish line in 1.51.24.

Charlii Bower, running to raise money for Blood Cancer UK, amassed an impressive £885, relished every second of the event and finished in 2.14.42.

The Haverhill half marathon also took place on Sunday and John Warne completed the gruelling course in 2.29.14.

Despite the arduous route featuring steep hills and fierce headwinds, Warne was pleased with his result, which was especially creditable since he had done minimal prep.

Essex road relays took place on Sunday at Northern Gateway, Colchester.

The three-mile flat race was held in challenging windy conditions.

HRR fielded five ladies and six men's teams.

Halstead Gazette: Athletics Halstead Ladies V40 silver Rachael Roughan, Emma Healy, Hannah WhaleAthletics Halstead Ladies V40 silver Rachael Roughan, Emma Healy, Hannah Whale (Image: Halstead Road Runners)

Outstanding performances from the ladies’ team saw them secure 20th, 38th, 48th, and 53rd positions.

In particular, the V40 team sprinted to success with Rachael Roughan, Emma Healy, and Hannah Whale bagging a county silver medal for their group.

Roughan ran an impressive 19.41, while Healy and Whale were just minutes behind, making their completion times 23.14 and 21.54 respectively.

Other team members included Bec Gilroy, Sarah Waddington, and Molly Gerrard, who triumphed with times of 24.44, 23.38, and 23.42 respectively.

Meanwhile, the men's teams displayed exceptional athleticism and team spirit, securing 14th, 33rd, and 35th positions amongst others.

Top runners within the men's team were Matt Thomas, Ian Wingrove, and Wes Atkins, with times of 16.55, 17.15, and 17.38 respectively.

The V40 men's team delivered an admirable performance, with Phil Jeffries, Steve May, and Nathan Roulson clocking in at 21.13, 19.08, and 17.26, respectively.

Rachael Roughan and Sam Wolton deserve a special mention for running twice.

Additionally, Matt Thomas received a trophy after finishing an admirable third overall in the NESS XC league.