Essex Schools Cross Country Championships, Colchester Hilly Fields, 21st January 2017

Club athletes returned from the Essex Cross Country Championships at Colchester with four medals, one gold, a silver and two bronze to earn selection for the English Schools Championships.

The Intermediate Girls' age group provided the highlight of the day as club athletes took three of the top four places. Jess Mitchell's superb form earned her the county title, finishing five seconds clear of Thurrock's Hayley Instance, with Kate O'Neill a few strides back in bronze.  Molly Sweetman was a fine fourth to earn selection for her first English Schools' Championship to make it three club Intermediates in the Essex squad. Sophie Rand placed tenth, with four others from the club taking part, led home by Rosie Brown in 19th.

Sydney Foley's fine run earned her silver and English Schools selection in the Junior Girls' competition, finishing just five seconds behind Basildon AC's Abigail Ives, running here in Havering Borough colours. Alice Brown (16th), Lily bath (23rd), Poppy Ellis (32nd) and Alice Atkins (44th) all did their bit for the borough team.

Ben Davis' bronze was a two place improvement on his fifth place last year in the Senior Boys' event to ensure another English schools' selection in his final school year. Oliver Bath's placed 20th in the same age group.

Harry Jones stepped up an age group to place a fine ninth in his first year in the Intermediate Boys' category, with Sam Atkins close behind in 12th and Alex Friend 18th.  Dom Jarvis (20th), Alex Ford (35th) and Eduardo Sonzogni (51st) were the club members competing in the Junior Boys' race.  




Junior Girls: 2nd - Sydney Foley 12:58;  16th Alice Brown 13:51; 23rd Lily Bath 14:20; 32nd Poppy Ellis 14:50; 44th - Alice Atkins 15:26

Inter Girls  1st - Jessica Mitchell 15:58; 3rd - Kate O'Neill 16:06; 4th - Molly Sweetman 16:18; 10th - Sophie Rand 17:26; 19th Rosie Brown 18:20; 36th - Molly Bath 19:53; 38th Catherine Barker 20:04; 47th - Charlotte Wright 21:23;

Senior Girls:  11th - Emily James 21:31; 12th - Georgia Phillips 22:09

Junior Boys: 20th Dominic Jarvis 16:33; 35th - Alex Ford 17:00; 51st - Eduardo Sonzogni 18:04

Inter Boys:  9th Harry Jones 18:03; 12th Sam Atkins 18:09;18th Alex Friend 18:21

Senior Boys:  3rd Ben Davis 19:37; 20th -  Oliver Bath 22:53


Photos: Emily Brown