Essex Schools Cross Country Championships, Colchester Hilly Fields, 23rd January 2016

Club athletes ran well for their District teams as the Essex Schools Cross Country Championships took place at Colchester's Hilly Fields venue on Saturday.

Last year's Junior Girls' champion Kate O'Neill, running in the maroon colours of Mid Essex, stepped up with ease to the Intermediate Girls' age group as she won silver behind Chelmsford's high-flying Khasisa Mhalanga, competing for the North West Essex team. The improving Jessica Mitchell, only 11th in last year's Junior competition also ran well to book her English Schools' team place in finishing fourth. Sophie Rand (15th - Havering) & Catherine Barker (29th - Mid Essex) also moved up an age group and Emily Marshall was 32nd for Havering.

Ben Davis' fifth place in the Senior Boys' event ensured English schools' selection with Matt Braybrook 13th in his final Essex chools' championships. Sarah Wilson also signed off her county schools' career in style in the Senior Girls' race, with Lois Wyatt in 12th & 15th place Georgia Phillips also helping Havering to runners up spot in the team stakes.

John Fennessey also effortlessly moved up an age group to place ninth in the Intermediate Boys' category with Jack Rice 14th, Oliver Morter 16th and Lewis Debenham 20th helping to ensure Havering's team victory and Sam Atkins (24th) and Oliver Bath (27th) also provided strong support.

Grace Dukelow led home the club contingent in the Junior Girls' competition with a fine 13th place with six other club athletes in the Havering line up with Molly Bath & Rosie Brown 21st & 22nd, Poppy Ellis 36th and Molly Sweetman, Lily Bath & Hannah Panchal following closely packed. Harry Jones was ninth with Oliver Woods (23rd) & Edward Laughlin (34th) the only club members in Junior Boys' action.




Junior Girls: 13th - Grace Dukelow 14:33; 21st Molly Bath 14:46; 22nd Rosie Brown 14:51; 36th Poppy Ellis 15:23; 40th - Molly Sweetman 15:46; 41st Lily Bath 15:52; 43rd Hannah Panchal 16:00

Inter Girls  2nd - Kate O'Neill 16:37; 4th - Jessica Mitchell 17:06; 15th - Sophie Rand 18:44; 29th Catherine Barker 20:52; 32nd - Emily Marshall 21:18;

Senior Girls:  8th - Sarah Wilson 18:54; 12th Lois Wyatt 20:31; 15th - Georgia Phillips 21:19

Junior Boys: 9th Harry Jones 16:23; 23rd Oliver Woods 17:06; 34th Edward Laughlin 17:34

Inter Boys:  9th - John Fennessey 19:12; 14th Jack Rice 19:24; 16th Oliver Morter 19:29; 20th - Lewis Debenham 19:43; 24th Sam Atkins 20:11; 27th Oliver Bath 20:40

Senior Boys:  5th Ben Davis 21:25; 13th - Matt Braybrook 22:38