Essex Cross Country League, Round 1, One Tree Hill, 18 October 2014

The Essex Cross country league season got under way at a tough One Tree Hill course on Saturday with wins for Kate O'Neill and the Under 15 girls and third places for the under 15 boys and under 17/20 women.

Kate's comfortable victory with a 26 second margin over the second placed athlete in the Under 15 Girls’ race was a big step forward over older opposition in her first individual race in the age group. Good runs for Katie Mitchell and Jess Mitchell in 15th and 16th, and Becca Brown's 21st place ensured a 12 point cushion over second placed Cambridge. Amba Coombe enjoyed a strong debut in 25th with Catherine Barker 30th, and Emily James 37th also competing.

Lydia Hallam's fourth place led the Under 17/20 women's team to a good third place. Heidi Surman-Wells (15th) and Bella Woods (17th) made the top 20, with under 15 Emily Marshall opting to run against older opponents in 26th. Holly Hyde and Ella Jolly completed the line up in 36th and 37th.

A fine 7th place from Jack Rice was the highlight for the third placed under 15 boys.  Tom Sheldrick (14th), Oliver Bath (20th) and Lewis Debenham (26th) were others who made up the scoring quartet, and Sam Atkins (26th), John Fennessey (31st), and Kieran Davies (40th) completed an improved turn out in this age group.

The Under 13 boys squad, with many athletes experiencing their first club league competition, were edged into fourth.  Ellis Osborne impressed in sixth, with Ben Lammin placed 17th, while debutants Alex Ford and Ben Nash completed the scoring quartet in 21st and 22nd respectively.  Also competing were Henry Lay (41st), Luke Chester (47th), Reece Debenham (59th), and Todd Riddell (61st).

Molly Sweetman (11th) and Grace Dukelow (13th) headed the Under 13 girls' team in fifth place.  Molly Bath (26th) and Rosie Brown (33rd) were the other scorers, only just  ahead of Aaliyah Davies (34th) and Olivia Hyde (35th) with seven others tasting cross country action with Chloe Morter, Jessica James, Charlotte Wight and Chloe Gagen (42nd to 45th), Ella King (49th), Chloe Rutter (52nd) and Lucy Priestley (57th) making it eleven U13s in all.

The Under 17 Men were also fifth place thanks to the efforts of Euan Harlow (26th), Bradley West (32nd), Kieran O'Hara (39th) and Matthew Braybrook (42nd).

A strong-running Rob Warner worked his way through the senior men’s field, leading home the fifth placed men's team in a competitive field. Jason Lendon ran well to finish 27th, just ahead of Matt Bland (31st). Paul Grange (38th) out sprinted Paul Wyatt (39th) for the fourth and fifth scoring places and Alfie Waithaka completed the scorers in 51st on his debut. Under 20s Abdul Mohamed (57th) and Andrew Holland (85th) continued to impress with Barry Ward (118th), Chris Coates (131st) and Gary Howard (149th) completing the squad on the very demanding course with several hills to go up, but it seemed very few to come down!

There was another excellent turn out in the senior women’s race with eight finishers.  Debbie Appleton led the way with a very good seventh in a strong field with several youngsters joining the seniors’ ranks and was well supported by close packing from sister Jo Sullivan (49th), Jane Hallam (55th), Mo Lear (57th), Juliet Ward (60th), Tracy O’Neill (65th), with newcomer Nicole Meehan (74th) and Bobbie Westwood (80th), as the squad placed ninth.







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Under 13 Girls: 11th - Molly Sweetman 13:46; 13th Grace Dukelow 13:59; 26th - Molly Bath 14:53; 33rd Rosie Brown 15:33 (Team 5th - 83 pts) 34th Aaliyah Davies 15:51; 35th Olivia Hyde 15:55; 42nd - Chloe Morter 16:16; 43rd - Jessica James 16:18; 44th - Charlotte Wright 16:24;45th Chloe Gagen 16:27; 49th - Ella King 16:39; 52nd - Chloe Rutter 17:06; 57th - Lucy Priestley 18:13. Team: 1 Cambridge & Col 39; 2. Thurrock 54; 3. Orion 56; 3. Chelmsford 67; 5.Havering - 83


Under 15 Girls: 1st - Kate O'Neill 16:23; 15th - Katie Mitchell 18:31; 16th Jessica Mitchell 18:39; 21st Rebecca Brown 19:18 (Team 1st - 53 pts) 25th - Amba Coombe 19:40; 30th - Catherine Barker 19:53; 37th Emily James 21:27; Team: 1. Havering - 53; 2. Cambridge & Col 65; 3. Benfleet 75


Under 17 Girls/ under 20 women:  4th - Lydia Hallam (U20) 19:31; 15th - Heidi Surman-Wells 21:33; 17th - Isabella Woods (U20) - 21:39; 26th - Emily Marshall (N/S) 23:32; 36th - Holly Hyde 26:40  (Team 3rd - 72) 37th Ella Jolly 28:23 Team: 1. Chelmsford 13; 2. Cambridge & Col 55; 3. Havering 72


Senior Women: 7th - Debbie Appleton (W40) 26:50; 49th - Jo Sullivan (W40) 33:12; 55th -  Jane Hallam (W45)  34:32;  57th - Mo Lear (W35) 34:53; (Team 9th - 158 pts)  60th - Juliet Ward (W45) 35:20;  65th - Tracy O'Neill 38:04; 74th - Nicole Meehan 39:32; 80th Bobbie Westwood 41:01  Team: 1. Chelmsford  57; 2. Cambridge & Col 61; 3. Colchester H - 77; .... 9. Havering -  168


Under 13 Boys:  6th - Ellis Osborne 12:34; 17th Ben Lammin 13:05; 21st Alex Ford 13:21; 22d Ben Naish 13:23  (Team 4th - 66 pts)  41st Henry Lay 14:07; 47th Luke Chester 14:29; 59th Reece Debenham 16:08; 61st Todd Riddell 17:14 Teams: 1.Cambridge & Col 33; 2. Thurrock 52; 3. Harlow 65; 4;  Havering - 66

Under 15 Boys: 7th - Jack Rice 15:37; 14th Tom Sheldrick 16:02; 20th - Oliver Bath 16:16; 22nd - Lewis Debenham 16:20  (Team 3rd 63 pts) 26th - Sam Atkins 16:33; 31st - John Fennessey 16:54; 40th - Kieran Davies 17:59  Team: 1. Cambridge & Col 25; 2. Southend 55; 3 Havering - 63

Under 17 Boys:  24th - Euan Harlow 27:00; 32nd - Brad West 28:04; 38th Kieran O'Hara 30:07; 42nd - Matthew Braybrook  Team 5th - 136 pts)   Team: 1. Basildon 29; 2. Cambridge & Col 53; 3. Orion 57 ... 5th  Havering - 136  
Senior Men:  4th - Rob Warner 27:25; 27th - Jason Lendon 31:07; 31st -  Matt Bland (M45) 31:26; 38th - Paul Grange 31:57; 39th Paul Wyatt 32:0651st Alfie Waithaka 32:54  (Team 5th - 190 pts) 57th - Abdul Mohamed 33:18; 85th Andrew Holland (U20) 35:02; 116th - Barry Ward (M45) 38:17 129th Chris Coates 39:37; 147th Gary Howard (M50) 42:13  Team: 1. Cambridge & Col - 82; 2. Orion 162; 3. Colchester H 175;. 4. Chelmsford 185; 5 Havering 190.    

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Photos (Gary Howard)

Photos (Kevin White)