Essex Cross Country League, Round 1, One Tree Hill, 8 October 2016

Havering athletes got their Essex League season off to a flying start with two individual victories and three team wins at the first round fixture, hosted by Thurrock Harriers at One Tree Hill on Saturday.

The Under 13 boys set the ball rolling with an individual and team success in the opening race. Alex Ford was an impressive winner crossing the finish line almost 20 seconds ahead of team mate Matthew Blacklock who placed a brilliant second on his league debut. With another debutant Lenny Houston in 11th and Timi McDaniel one place back there was a nine-point margin over runners up Southend in the team stakes. Oliver Yexley (15th) & and Jack Thomson (30th) completed the squad.

There was also a team victory for the Under 17 Girls / Under 20 women and only Chelmsford's Schools' International Khai Mhlanga stood between Kate O'Neill and victory, with Jess Mitchell in close order in third. Sophie Rand's 9th place and Catherine Barker in 16th ensured a comfortable team with Georgia Phillips (24th ) and Emily James (26th) in reserve. 

The Senior Men took the honours finishing first, led home by Rob Warner with a scintillating run to claim a fantastic second place. Under 20 athlete Ben Davis in his first senior Essex League effort finished a very good tenth, and he was followed home by Steve Rand 18th and Paul Grange 25th who both performed well in the tricky conditions. Next home were two more Under 20s, Euan Harlow 46th and James Stewart 53rd both competing very well to make the scoring six. Jason Crispin was next in 57th place followed by another Under 20 making his senior league debut Kieran O'Hara in 71st. A trio of vets were next in, led by Gary Atkins 80th Paul Berrett 88th and Steve Walker 93rd before the squad was completed by Richard Rowe 96th, Graham Hogan 108th, U20 Aidan Elmore 113th , Tony Collins 137th, and Barry Ward 153rd. With more runners to come back from injury the seniors’ season looks very promising.

The Under 13 Girls had to settle for second as Sydney Foley was runner up to Basildon’s Abigail Ives, with the promising Chloe Rand in 7th, Annie Grannell in her best race in club colours in 10th, while Hannah Yexley (14th) got the better of 15th placed Alice Atkins in the battle to complete the scoring quartet. The club fielded a dozen runners in all as Maddie Barker was 19th, Rose Mears 21st with Jessie Collier, Freya Higginbottom and Rebecca Rourke filling the places from 24th to 26th with Mary Lammas 31st, Alice Brown in 35th and Morgan Romain one place back.  

The Under 17 Boys also bagged second place thanks to Sam Atkins in 9th, Lewis Debenham 12th, with 19th placed Jack Rice and Oliver Bath in 28th ensuring a full complement. 

Molly Sweetman’s superb victory for Under 15 Girls led the squad to third place in the team standings as Grace Dukelow (11th), Lily Bath (13th) and Kate Walker (24th) were the scoring four with five other club members in action - Charlotte Wright (27th), Katie Rafferty (30th), Lucy Priestley (33rd), debutant Angelica Thomson in 34th with 37th placed Jessica James completing the line-up.


The Under 15 Boys mustered 10 runners but it wasn’t enough for a top three finish. Harry Jones ran well for 7th place with an under-the-weather Alex Friend in 28th, Dominic Jarvis (41st) &  Ben Naish (44th) the scorers in the team which placed fifth. Also in action were Henry Lay (48th), newcomer Louis Berrett (50th), Matthew Edwards one place back, with good packing from Jake Long (52nd), Henry Chaplin (53rd) and Edoardo Sonzogni in 56th.  The Senior Women’s quartet of Jo Sullivan (39th), Juliet Ward (66th) Jane Hallam in 69th and Tracy O'Neill (75th) the scoring four who placed third in their division.







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Under 13 Girls: 2nd Sydney Foley 12:31; 7th  - Chloe Rand 13:57; 10th - Annie Grannell 14:19; 14th Hannah Yexley 14:32;  (Team 2nd  -38 pts)  15th  - Alice Atkins 14:36; 19th – Maddie Barker 14:56; 21st – Rose Mears 15:03; 24th – Jessie Collier 15:18; 25th – Freya Higginbottom 15:32; 26th  - Rebecca Rourke 15:34; 31st Mary Lammas 16:10; 35th – Alice Brown 16:39; 36th – Morgan Romain 16:42  

Team: 1. Basildon 29; 2. Havering – 33; 3. Orion 55

Under 15 Girls: 1st - Molly Sweetman 15:19; 11th – Grace Dukelow 17:29; 13th – Lily Bath 17:36; 24th Kate Walker 19:31  (Team 3rd -  49 pts)  27th - Charlotte Wright 19:47; 30th  - Katie Rafferty 20:04; 33rd – Lucy Priestley 21:19; 34th Angelica Thomson 21:48; 37th – Jessica James 22:32

Team: 1. Chelmsford 29; 2. Basildon 35; 3. Havering - 49

Under 17 Girls / Under 20 women:  2nd  - Kate O’Neill 18:12; 3rd – Jess Mitchell 18:23; 9th Sophie Rand 19:35; 16th – Catherine Barker 22:14 (Team 1st - 30) 24th - Georgia Phillips (U20) 24:43 ; 26th - Emily James 26:39; 

Team: 1. Havering 30; 2. Benfleet 66; 3. Southend 50 (3)

Senior Women: 39th – Jo Sullivan (W40) 31:27;  66th – Juliet Ward (W50) 35:15; 66th – Jane Hallam (W45) 35:28; 75th - Tracy O'Neill (W50) 36:13 

Team (Div 2): 1. Billericay 162; 2. Halstead 245; 3. Havering -  249;[ Vets: Team 7th – 174]

Under 13 Boys:  1st  - Alex Ford 11:56; 2nd – Matthew Blacklock 12:15; 11th  - Lenny Houston 13:16; 12th – Timi McDaniel 13:17 (Team 1st - 26)  15th – Oliver Yexley 13:32; 30th  - Jack Thomson 15:39 

Team: 1. Havering – 26; 2. Southend 35; 3. Basildon 60

Under 15 Boys: 7th  - Harry Jones 14:14; 28th  - Alex Friend 15:27; 41st Dominic Jarvis 16:15; 44th – Ben Naish 16:33  (Team 5th - 120 pts) ; 48th – Henry Lay 16:53; 50th Louis Berrett 17:17; 51st Matthew Edwards 17:19; 52nd Jake Long 18:01; 53rd - Henry Chaplin 18:16; 56th – Edoardo Sonzogni 19:05   

Team: 1. Thurrock 55; 2. Ilford 60; 3. Basildon 69….5 Havering - 120

Under 17 Boys:  9th  - Sam Atkins 24:08; 12th Lewis Debenham 24:43; 19th – Jack Rice 25;20; 28th -  - Oliver Bath 29:28  (Team 2nd  - 68 pts

Team: 1. Southend 64; 2. Havering – 68; 3. Orion 23 (3)

Senior Men: 2nd - Rob Warner (M35) 26:41; 10th  - Ben Davis (U20) 28:09; 18th - Steve Rand (M40) 28:56; 25th  - Paul Grange (M35) 29:25 46th – Euan Harlow (U20) 31:11; 53rd  James Stewart 31:48; 55th  (Team 1st – 154 pts); 57th – Jason Crispin (M35) 32:04; 71st – Kieran O’Hara (U20) 33:24; 80th – Gary Atkins (M40) 33:47; 88th  - Paul Berrett (M50) 34:07; 93rd - Steve Walker (M45) 34:36; 96th – Richard Rowe 34:59; 108th – Graham Hogan (M40) 35:37; 113th – Aidan Elmore (U20) 38:59; 137th - Tony Collins (M35) 38:38; 153rd – Barry Ward  (M50) 40:22

Team: Team: 1. Havering 154; 2. Springfield 180; 3. Chelmsford 201

Vet Team: 1. Springfield 141; 2. Benfleet 204; 3. Southend 234; ….5. Havering 243

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Photos (Gary Howard, Jane Hallam, Jo Day & Peter Blacklock)