Essex County Cross Country Relay Championships,

Hockley Woods Saturday 26th September 2015

There was a gold medal for the Under 15 girls and bronze for the under 17 women as club athletes turned out in force at the Essex Cross Country Relay Championships s at Hockley Woods on Saturday. 

After their strong start at the Regional relays last week the Under 15 girls trio showed impressive form at county level. Sophie Rand's strong opener of 12:57 brought her home third, and her run was 7th fastest on the day. Jess Mitchell's 12:41 leg was 4th fastest overall and handed over a winning lead to Kate O'Neill whose scorching anchor of 11:48 was the fastest of all Under 15 legs and ensured county gold. Three other club u15 teams took part, finishing 8th (B Team - Kate Walker 16:32, Chloe Morter 15:38, Grace Dukelow 13:54), 12th (C Team: Ella King 16:00, Charlotte Wright 16:08, Elizabeth McArthur 24:46)and 13th (D Team Emily Crane 16:24, Ana Osborne 21:50, Millie Redgrave 19:53).

The Under 17 women won bronze thanks to Georgia Phillips (14:56), Amba Coombe (14:28) and Lois Wyatt (14:10), with the B team of Jess Ward (14:53), Emily Marshall (15:21) and Emily James (16:18) one place back.

The Under 15 boys just missed out on a podium place in fourth, with legs from Sam Atkins (11:58), John Fennessey (11:40) and Jack Rice's swift anchor of 11:08 which proved to be 7th fastest overall.

The senior ladies placed 5th with legs from Sarah Wilson (18:51) and Bella Woods (19:45) before Vicky Smith's super anchor of 17:22, the third fastest overall brought home the trio.

After legs from Oliver Morter (12:05) and Lewis Debenham (11:50) Ben Davis' delivered a brilliant anchor of 10:48, the second fastest on show, to cross the line 10th for the Under 17 Men.

Alex Ford's 12:01 first leg for the Under 13 boys proved fourth fastest overall and Dominic Jarvis (14:04) and Jake long (14:07) finished 9th, with the b trio of Henry lay (12:53), Luke Chester (14:38) and Ben Naish (12:47) one place back.

The Under 13 girls, all with another year in the age group, were a good sixth. Sydney Foley opened with 13:24 (sixth fastest of all), with Alice Atkins (15:13) and Alice brown (14:01) gaining good experience.

The Senior men had fourteen runners for the relays with three full teams for the first time for many years. The A team of Mathew Braybrook 17.07, Steve Rand 16.02, Paul Grange 15.53 and Rob Warner, who ran the squad's fastest leg of 15.15, finished in 6th place.

The B team comprising of Abdul Mohammed 17.26, Matt Bland 17.00, Jamie Buckley Stanton, who showed he is on the comeback trail with a very good 15.53, and Martin Chester 17.11 bringing the team home in 10th place, second B team. The C team had vet Paul Berrett on first leg 17.43, Sam Jackson 17.12, Jason Crispin 17.26, and Luke Jackson 17.26 brought the C team home in 16th place, first C team. The squad was completed by Tony Collins 20.20 and Russ Middleton 18.38 unfortunately there were not enough Havering runners to complete a fourth team.

Many of the younger runners were in their first outings in club colours and will know what to expect when the Essex Cross Country League action gets under way next week on 10th October.