Essex Cross Country Championships, Hadleigh Country Park 8 January 2011

The Senior Ladies team dominated the Essex Championship at a very muddy Hadleigh Country on Saturday as they won team gold with Harriet Scott taking the individual honours with Sara Luck runner up.

It completed a hat-trick of victories for the senior ladies squad, as Sara, Harriet and Robyn had combined with Lauren Deadman for gold in 2009, while Faye Fullerton, Alexa Joel, Lauren Deadman and Debbie Appleton were victorious in 2008 - the 2010 edition fell foul of the snowy weather.

Harriet's victory by two minutes over second placed Sara was their first country cross country gongs as seniors in the event and great runs from Robyn Matson 4th and Vicky Smith in 14th, both finishing higher than before, completed the rout as the ladies ran out winners by a massive 49 points. Fine performances by Debbie Appleton (17th) and Jade Edwards (23rd) would have been good enough to make the winning foursome, while Jane Hallam also ran in 58th

Lydia Hallam's excellent individual bronze medal led the Under 15 Girls to silver in the team stakes. Lindsay McLachlan in13th, Rebecca Christmas 17th and Francesca Smith in 26th brought the team home three points ahead of Basildon for team silver.  Rebecca Ward in 35th and Avril Loynes 38th also saw action.

Another fine individual bronze went to the improving Sarah Wilson in the Under 13 girls' race, with Heidi Surman-Wells also making the top ten, despite an enforced stop due to feeling unwell on the testing course. Amy Baggs was 24th and Jessica Ward 27th, with Lauren Earle 33rd but the team fell short of a podium finish

The Under 15 boys also tasted podium success as Andrew Holland's fifth place - by far his best-ever run - set up a team silver finish - to record the squad's best result of the winter. James Kidd ran well to take eighth and Nick Duffey in 21st and Nick Shade 24th earned the squad a comfortable runners up spot.

The Under 17 men were just outside the medals in fourth. Hoseah Gikungu was the first club scorer in eighth, and Tom Davis was just inside the top 20.  Adam Edward and Massi Dendani in 24th & 25th were the others scorers with Ryan O'Mahoney, Tom Brennan and Ross Earney not far back.

Bethaney Hall ran well to place fifth in the Under 17 women event, but solid runs from Sharmila Golan in 16th and Shannon Sullivan two places back were to no avail as the team lacked a fourth scorer.

Sean Wilson was the first club runner to finish in the Under 13 boys' race in 13th, with 25th placed Robert Woodgate, Michael Hoilette (29th) and Ryan Green (30th) finishing sixth in the team competition.

Jamie Buckley Stanton was the club's only participant in the under 20 Men's race and he did not let the club down with a very good run to take the county bronze medal.


Illness and injury robbed the league-leading senior men’s team of a possible medal place. Rob Warner’s strong run led the much-depleted squad home in a good 12th place and Grant Twist was next home in 15th after recovering well on the last lap. The only other Havering Mayesbrook runner to brave the hilly 8 1/4 mile course was Chris Coates who returned a creditable 80th place.




Link to Full Results 

Under 13 Girls: 3rd Sarah Wilson 14:09; 10th Heidi Surman-Wells 15:09; 24th- Amy Baggs 16:35; 27th - Jessica Ward 16:53 ;(Team 4th - 64 pts) 33rd - Lauren Earle 17:32  Team: 1. Chelmsford 21; 2. Orion 52; 3. Chelmsford B - 57; 4. HMAC - 64;


Under 15 Girls: 3rd - Lydia Hallam 19:05; 13th - Lindsay McLachlan 20:46; 17th - Rebecca Christmas - 21:07; 26th - Francesca Smith  (Team 2nd - 59pts); 35th - Rebecca Ward 23:46; 38th - Avril Loynes 24:45. Team: 1. Chelmsford 24; 2. HMAC 59; 3. Basildon 62


Under 17 women:  5th - Bethaney Hall 22:16; 16th - Sharmila Golan 27:13; 18th - Shannon Sullivan 27:52


Senior Women: 1st - Harriet Scott 36:36; 2nd - Sara Luck 38:24; 4th - Robyn Matson 38:46; 14th - Vicky Smith 41:35 (Team 1st - 21 pts) 17th - Debbie Appleton 42:28; 23rd - Jade Edwards 43:18; 58th - Jane Hallam (V40) 52:21 Team: 1. HMAC -  21; 2. Chelmsford 70; 3. Colchester H - 71.


Under 13 Boys:  13th -Sean Wilson 14:23; 25th - Robert Woodgate 15:22; 29th - Michael Hoilette 16:36; Ryan Green 17:00 (Team 6th 97 pts); Team: 1. Southend 28; 2. Benfleet 44; 3. Orion - 67 ... 6. HMAC - 69

Under 15 Boys: 5th - Andrew Holland 17:54; 8th - James Kidd 18:16; 21st - Nick Duffey 19:06; 24th - Nick Shade 19:19 (Team 2nd 58 pts); Team: 1. Southend 26; 2. HMAC - 58; 3. Orion - 89

Under 17 Boys:  8th Hoseah Gikungu 17:53; 19th - Tom Davis 19:26;  24th - Adam Edwards 20:31; 25th Massi Dendani 20:39.  (Team 4th - 76 pts) 27th - Ryan O'Mahoney 20:48; 28th -Tom Brennan 20:50; 29th- Ross Earney 20:54;Team: 1. Chelmsford 20; 2. Woodford G&EL 46; 3.Southend 53; 4. HMAC - 76


Under 20 Men:  5th Jamie Buckley-Stanton 35:15; (3rd in county race - 1st & 2nd were guests)  

Senior Men: 12th - Rob Warner 52:16;  15th - Grant Twist 53:25; 80th - Chris Coates 66:16;

Link to  Full Results 


Photos: Peter Luck

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