Essex Schools Cross Country Championships, Hockley, 19th January 2019

Club athletes returned from the Essex Cross Country Championships at Chelmsford with four medals, two gold and two silver as seven athletes earned automatic Essex selection for the English Schools Championships at Leeds in March.

The Senior Girls' event provided one of the highlights of the day as in form Jess Mitchell stepped up from bronze last year to win gold in her final county schools championship. Sophie Rand placed seventh and Molly Sweetman was one place behind in her first race this winter.

There was also gold in the Senior Boys' event as Tom Keevil's strong finish brought him gold with Alex Friend and Sam Atkins in seventh and eighth and George Barnacle in 13th. Elliot Cordery dropped out with a calf strain being well placed in the leading group.

Charlie Howell narrowly missed out on gold in the Junior Boys' race after being sent the wrong way when well in the lead. He fought back brilliantly to come within a stride of victory to win silver and qualify for the national event. Shane Hart was also in action in a respectable 13th, with Matthew Blacklock finishing 26th.

The club will have two representatives in the Junior Girls' race at Leeds. Natalie Sewell took an excellent silver and Ruby Higgins was a fine fourth to book her place. Stephanie Okoro in 9th, Chloe Rand in 12th and Tilly Canty have another opportunity to make the team for Leeds as two further places will be selected after the Schools' Inter Counties next month. Holly Bradley (25th) & Isobelle O'Connor (34th)..

Sydney Foley stepped up an age group to place fifth in the Intermediate Girls' age group to qualify for her third national schools championships. Also in action were Alice Brown in 14th, Alice Atkins 19th and Ella Burgess 34th.

Last year's Junior boys' winner Alex Ford stepped up an age group  to place fourth in the Intermediate Boys' category, with Sam Bradley the only other club runner in 38th

FULL RESULTS to follow



Junior Girls: 2nd - Natalie Sewell 11:47; 4th - Ruby Higgins 11:56; 9th - Stephanie Okoro 12:11; 12th - Chloe Rand - 12:23; 13th - Tilly Canty 12:25; 25th - Holly Bradley 13:09; 28th - Maddie Barker 13:17; 34th- Isobelle O'Connor 13:49;

Inter Girls  5th Sydney Foley 13:15; 14th - Alice Brown 14:28; 19th - Alice Atkins 14:42; 34th - Ella Burgess 15:50;

Senior Girls:  1st  - Jessica Mitchell  12:24; 7th - Sophie Rand 14:03; 8th Molly Sweetman 14:04

Junior Boys: 2nd- Charlie Howell 14:43; 13th - Shane Hart 15:40 ; 26th - Matthew Blacklock 16:23

Inter Boys:  4th Alex Ford 18:49; 38th - Sam Bradley 21:47;

Senior Boys:  1st  - Tom Keevil 22:49; 7th - Alex Friend 23:26; 8th Sam Atkins 23:29; 13th George Barnacle 23:58

FULL RESULTS to follow

Photos: (c) Zach Bridgeland