Essex Senior Road Relay Championships, Colchester Sunday 15th March 2020
Although unable to make it a hat-trick of titles at this event, Havering's Senior Men defied the Coronavirus and clash with the Brentwood Half Marathon to pull off a bronze-medal winning smash & grab at the county Road Relay at Colchester on Saturday.
Late replacement Kieran O'Hara acquitted himself well with his 17:13 opening leg to come home in ninth place before handing over to James Stewart whose 17:25 clocking maintained the quartet's placing. Rob Warner took up the baton and his strong run in 16:31 brought the team up to fourth place. Ben Davis kept up the medal challenge and his 16:05 anchor brought the team home in bronze medal podium place.
The Men's Vet 50 squad added a second bronze medal. Matt Bland set them up with his 17:46 opener, which proved to be the fastest by a M50 on the day, and he was ably assisted by Gary Atkins (19:25) and Tony Pecoraro (19:56) who came home in a very good third place. The M40 trio of Steve Rand (18:03), Jason Lendon (18:26) and Rob Trevor (18:03) couldn't quite match their colleagues but finished in a creditable fourth.
The senior second team of Louis Berrett (18:21), Elliot Cordery (20:26), Luke Chester (18:45) and Richard Rowe (22:36) were 13rth and the M50 trio of Gary Robbins (26:34), Russ Middleton (22:18) and Paul Berrett (21:08 were 14th in their age group. Late withdrawals meant that Martin Chester (18:38) was the sole runner for the M40 B team.
The hosts organised a young athletes' junior relay event before the main competition and Havering teams won two medals.
Oliver Taylor-Bush's swift opening leg of 10:01 gave the Under 13 boys the lead and they never looked back. Findlay McLaren extended the lead with a very fast 9:04 leg before Nathan Hart comfortably maintained the gold-medal winning lead. The Under 13 Girls added silver, behind a strong Chelmsford trio. Leila Jones put them in a strong second place with her 10:33 leg and Charlotte Evans (9:55) and Hannah Evans (9:52) kept them in silver medal place. The B team of Rosie Warner (11:50), Ruby Tillson (10:15) and Grace Tilson (10:55) on her debut placed eighth.
Photos - Wendy Gordon
Pics: Neil Jones & Mick Ford