Every finisher was a winner in their own right in Sunday's (30th) Horndon 10k. They had beaten the scorching heat to cross that finishing line.
The race was won by Paul Whittaker in 31m18s - an outstanding time in the conditions. Former winner Crispian Bloomfield finished 80s behind.
The Thurrock Harriers men's team won team gold. Toby Draper, Rob Doyle, Tim Martin and Jason Syrett made up that quartet. Jason Syrett was also delighted to take the men's 50+ trophy. His time 41m12s.
A great effort was put in by Lucy Golding who was 3rd in the women's event with an impressive time of 42m42s. Kathryn Spring was 5th in that section and 2nd in the FV35 age group.
The organising committee from the Harriers were the other winners. They received plaudits from all quarters for their slick organisation.