Essex Cross Country League, Round 2, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, 29 October 2016

Havering athletes continued their strong start to the Essex League season after three team wins, an individual victory and three runners up placings as Chelmsford hosted the second fixture at Hylands Park on Saturday.

The Under 17 Girls / Under 20 women made it two wins out of two and had the biggest club turn out in this age group for years, with nine athletes taking part. Chelmsford's International Khai Mhlanga once again took the individual honours and Jess Mitchell was first club athlete home in runners up spot, turning the tables on fourth placed Kate O'Neill. Sophie Rand's 13th place and Catherine Barker in 23rd ensured a three point winning margin over the hosts. With Amelia Day and Georgia Phillips 29th and 30th, Emily James (33rd), Emily Crane (37th) and Anna Osborne (40th) it was a promising day for the club.  

The Under 13 Girls went one better than last time to win the team stakes. Sydney Foley was again runner up to Basildon’s Abigail Ives to lead home the 13 strong Havering squad, and Chloe Rand was again 7th, with Holly Hagan 11th on her debut and Hannah Yexley (16th) completing the scoring four who gave Havering a comfortable win to move to the top of the league table. Hannah Johnson, Rebecca O'Rourke and Rose Mears occupied 21st to 23rd places with Maddie Barker, Alice Atkins and Jessie Collier all in the top 30 and Mary Lammas, Isobelle O'Connor and Morgan Romain completing the line up.   

Molly Sweetman once again took the individual honours for the Under 15 Girls and was well supported by her team mates, as the squad took the team honours and a share of the league leadership, in a three-way fight with Basildon & Chelmsford. Lily Bath (7th) Grace Dukelow (10th), and Poppy Ellis (13th) made up the winning quartet with six other runners closing in with Rosie Brown in 15th, Molly Bath 26th, Kate Walker in 29th) and Chloe Morter, Charlotte Wright and Jessica James also supporting the cause.

Although the Senior Men were knocked off the top spot in the league, Rob Warner's great start to the cross country season continued as another powerful run brought him home in second place. Under 20 Ben Davis ran well against very strong opposition in 14th while Steve Rand 27th and Paul Grange 35th both made the top forty. Another Under 20 Euan Harlow placed 50th with another impressive run, just in front of Martin Chester (67th) who completed the fourth placed scoring team. Two more Under 20 James Stewart 75th and Kieran O'Hara 100th proved their worth to the team and they were followed home by Gary Atkins 106th, Richard Rowe 120th and U20 Aidan Elmore 123rd who all competed well. The squad was completed by Graham Hogan 142nd, Tony Collins 160th, Darren Priestley 179th while late-arriving Alfie Waithaka gave everyone a ten minute start but still came home in 196th place.

The Under 13 boys had to settle for third as Southend dominated. Round 1 winner Alex Ford placed fifth this time while Matthew Blacklock was 10th, as Sam Bradley (25th) and Oliver Yexley (29th) were the other scorers. Lenny Houston placed 31st, Timi McDaniel and Joseph Baxter were 38th & 39th and Jim Monaghan was the eighth club finisher.

The Under 15 Boys repeated their fourth place finish from round one but were only edged out from third by one point. Alex Friend was first home in 11th, with Ollie Woods  in 15th with Dominic Jarvis an improved 35th and Louis Berrett (38th) the scorers. Jake Long and Peter Brinton-Quinn also flew the flag.  

The Under 17 Boys were one short of a scoring four despite god efforts from Sam Atkins and Lewis Debenham in 16th and 17th and Oliver Bath in 31st . The Senior Women’s quartet once again placed third in their division thanks to Jo Sullivan (47th), Jane Hallam in 65th, Juliet Ward (73rd) and Tracy O'Neill (95th).

With the top five finishers from Essex clubs gaining county selection for the Inter Counties match at Oxford on 10th December congratulations go to Sydney Foley (U13G), Molly Sweetman (U15G), Jess Mitchell & Kate O'Neill (U17), Alex Ford (U13B) and Rob Warner (senior).








Link to Full Results League Tables

Under 13 Girls: 2nd Sydney Foley 10:04; 7th  - Chloe Rand 10:55; 11th - Holly Hagan 11:14; 16th Hannah Yexley 11:29;  (Team 1st - 37 pts)21st - Hannah Johnson 11:41;  22nd - Rebecca O'Rourke 11:43; 23rd – Rose Mears 11:45; 26th – Maddie Barker 11:50; 29th  - Alice Atkins 11:57; 30th – Jessie Collier 12:01;  34th Mary Lammas 12:15; 41st - Isobelle O'Connor 12:33; 43rd – Morgan Romain 12:42  

Team: 1. Havering 37; 2. Orion 81; 3. Chelmsford 90

Under 15 Girls: 1st - Molly Sweetman 11:53; 7th – Lily Bath 12:55; 10th – Grace Dukelow 13:04; 13th - Poppy Ellis 13:16;  (Team 1st -  31 pts)  15th - Rosie Brown 13:30; 26th - Molly Bath 14:01; 29th Kate Walker 14:30; 43rd - Chloe Morter 15:38; 46th - Charlotte Wright 15:53; 47th – Jessica James 16:03

Team: 1. Havering - 31 2. Basildon 44; 3. Chelmsford 48;  

Under 17 Girls / Under 20 women:  2nd  - Jess Mitchell 15:16; 4th - Kate O’Neill 15:30; 13th Sophie Rand 16:36; 23rd – Catherine Barker 18:59 (Team 1st - 42) 29th Amelia Day 19:54; 30th - Georgia Phillips (U20) 20:12 ; 33rd - Emily James 20:29; 37th - Emily Crane 24:36; 40th Anna Osborn 30: 47

Team: 1. Havering 42; 2. Chelmsford 45; 3. Benfleet 71

Senior Women: 47th – Jo Sullivan (W40) 26:28;  65th – Jane Hallam (W45) 28:09; 73rd – Juliet Ward (W50) 28:50; 95th - Tracy O'Neill (W50) 31:25 

Team (Div 2): 1. Billericay 251; 2. Halstead 271; 3. Havering -  280; [Vets: Team 7th – 185]

Under 13 Boys:  5th - Alex Ford 9:34; 10th - Matthew Blacklock 9:53; 25th - Sam Bradley 10:21; 29th – Oliver Yexley 10:33; (Team 3rd - 69) 31st - Lenny Houston 10:38; 38th – Timi McDaniel 11:00; 39th  - Joseph Baxter 11:02; 41st - James Bartlett 11:11; 53rd - Jim Monaghan 12:00 

Team: 1. Southend 15; 2. Cambridge & Col 42; 3. Havering 69

Under 15 Boys: 11th  - Alex Friend 11:37; 15th - Oliver Woods 11:44; 35th Dominic Jarvis 12:35; 38th Louis Berrett 12:52  (Team 4th - 99 pts) 51st Jake Long 14:02; 53rd - Peter Brinton-Quinn 14:14   

Team: 1. Thurrock 36; 2. Basildon 72; 3. Colchester H 98; 4 Havering - 99

Under 17 Boys:  16th  - Sam Atkins 20:51; 17th Lewis Debenham 21:11; 31st - Oliver Bath 24:07  (Team 5th - 64 pts (3)

Team: 1. Chelmsford 14; 2. Southend 55; 3. Colchester H 64; ,,...5 Havering – 64 (3)

Senior Men: 2nd - Rob Warner (M35) 22:28; 14th  - Ben Davis (U20) 23:28; 27th - Steve Rand (M40) 24:17; 35th  - Paul Grange (M35) 24:38 50th – Euan Harlow (U20) 25:18; 67th - Martin Chester 26:04 (Team 4th – 195 pts); 75th  James Stewart 26:32; 100th – Kieran O’Hara (U20) 27:42; 106th – Gary Atkins (M40) 28:01; 120th – Richard Rowe 28:58; 123rd – Aidan Elmore (U20) 29:15; 142nd – Graham Hogan (M40) 29:56; 160th - Tony Collins (M35) 30:56; 179th – Darren Priestley (M50) 32:07; 196th - Alfie Waithaka 33:17

Team: Team: 1. Chelmsford 95; 2. Colchester H 164; 3. Springfield 176; 4. Havering 195

Vet Team: 1. Colchester H 209; 2. Springfield 212; 3. Orion 288; ...5. Havering 342

Link to Full Results League Tables

Photos (Jo Day, Jane Hallam, & Emily Brown)

Photos: Kevin White