Essex Cross Country League, Round 5, Basildon, 11 February 2017

Club athletes rounded off their Essex League campaign in style with some fine results at a snowy Gloucester Park, Basildon on Saturday to ensure league victories for two teams - with three teams runners up - plus four individual titles. But it was hard fought as the snowy conditions in the early races and the hilly course made a challenging end to the league season.

A fourth victory for the Under 17 Girls / Under 20 women was the icing on the cake as they already the league title in the bag. Jessica Mitchell was runner up on the day and also second in the individual standing and Kate O'Neill's third place was also third in the table.  Sophie Rand was 7th and Amy Baggs 13th to complete the scorers with Catherine Barker in 14th and Emily James' 19th showing the squad's strength

The Under 13 Girls had also sealed the league title after round four and another victory confirmed their dominance and the squad were once again the largest on show with  a dozen finishers. Natalie Sewell was third and with another year in the age group looks forward to a good season next winter and Sydney Foley's fourth place brought her runners up spot in the league stakes. Chloe Rand was a fine ninth and Alice Atkins' 13th was her highest yet and completed the scoring four. Holly Bradley, Jessie Collier, Maddie Barker, Hannah Yexley and  Freya Higginbottom all placed between 23rd and 29th and Morgan Romain  (31st), Rebecca O'Rourke (36th) and Hannah Johnson (37th) completed the roster.

Alex Ford's fourth individual victory confirmed his individual league title and also lead home the second placed Under 13 boys who were also second in the league table. Matthew Blacklock's fine third place brought him fourth in the individual standings and he will hope to emulate his older team mate Alex's title next year.  Sam Bradley in 12th and Alex Kerr (23rd) were the scorers and James Bartlett (25th),  Timi McDaniel (26th) and Jack Thomson (30th) also competed.

Molly Sweetman's second place was enough to confirm an individual Under 15 Girls league title. Lily Bath (12th), Grace Dukelow (16th) and 26th placed Lucy Priestley completed the third placed team, on the day & in the table, and Jessie James and Angelica Thomson also saw team action.

The Senior Men's team finished their successful campaign with one of their best league turn outs of the season as 15 club athletes toed the line. Another strong run from Rob Warner in fourth confirmed his individual league title just in front of sixth placed Ben Davis who became the first club athlete since Rob Warner in 2000 to lift the Under20 league title. Vet Steve Rand had another solid run in 17th to place second in the Veteran's standing with ever improving James Stewart finishing in a great 26th. Good runs by Paul Grange 36th and Euan Harlow 47th completed the scoring team. Alfie Waithaka 53rd and Matt Bland 56th both ran well and Kieran O'Hara 75th, Gary Atkins 81st , and Steve Walker 83rd finished close together. They were followed home by Jason Crispin 95th returning from a long injury lay off with Richard Rowe 108th, Tony Collins 131st and Aidan Elmore 145th .

The Senior Women regained their Division 1 status as second placed ensure a top three promotion place. Debbie Appleton was 13th  sister Jo Sullivan in 31st, Claire Davies made a rare cross country appearance in 31st and Lesley Gahagan was the fourth to score in 59th, with Tracy O'Neill 68th. 

The Under 15 Boys' highest placing this season lifted them into the top three in the table, boosted by Harry Jones' second place. Alex Friend was 8th Dom Jarvis 13th, and Ben Naish in 20th to complete the scoring quartet who placed second. Henry Lay was 22nd and Reece Debenham 36th.

Third place for the Under 17 Boys was enough place second in the league table thanks to Sam Atkins (5th) Lewis Debenham (11th) and Oliver Bath's in 17th.

It was by some way the club's best Essex League campaign for several years with the hope of more of the same in future years. No other Essex club came close to matching their record of top three finishes in every age group.






Link to Link to Full Results League Tables Individual Tables

Under 13 Girls: 3rd  Natalie Sewell 16:00; 4th - Sydney Foley 16:33; 9th - Chloe Rand 17:30; 13th - Alice Atkins 17:54 (Team 1st - 29 pts);    23rd – Holly Bradley 18:55;  24th - Jessie Collier 18:58; 25th – Maddie Barker 19:00; 27th - Hannah Yexley 19:21; 29th - Freya Higginbottom 19:49;  31st – Morgan Romain 20:01; 36th - Rebecca O'Rourke 20:34; 37th - Hannah Johnson 20:35

Team: 1. Havering 29; 2. Southend 43; 3. Chelmsford 49

League: 1. Havering 5; 2. Chelmsford 11; 3.  Basildon 12


Under 15 Girls: 2nd - Molly Sweetman 17:33; 12th - Lily Bath 19:41; 16th - Grace Dukelow 20:46; 26th - Lucy Priestley 24:09 (Team 3rd - 54 pts) 27th - Jessie James 24:37; 28th - Angelica Thomson 26:51

Team: 1. Chelmsford 33; 2. Thurrock 52; 3. Havering - 54

League: 1. Basildon & Chelmsford 6; 3. Havering 10


Under 17 Girls / Under 20 women:  2nd - Jessica Mitchell 18:59; 3rd - Kate O’Neill 19:14; 7th Sophie Rand 21:15; 13th - Amy Baggs (U20) 22:49 (Team 1st - 25 pts) 14th – Catherine Barker 23:06; 19th - Emily James 25:28

Team: 1  Havering 25; 2. Southend 64; 3. Chelmsford 6 (2);

League: 1. Havering 4; 2. Chelmsford 9; 3. Southend 11


Senior Women: 13th  -Debbie Appleton (W40) 33:38; 31st  Jo Sullivan (W40) 36:43; 33rd - Claire Davies 37:37; 59th Lesley Gahagan (W55) 43:10; (Team 2nd - 136 pts) 68th - Tracy O'Neill (W50) 45:26 

Team (Div 2): 1. Springfield 106; 2. Havering 136; 3. Halstead 154 [Vets: Team 5th – 103

League (Div 2): 1. Billericay 4; 2. Halstead 8; 3. Havering -  9 (Promoted to Div 1)


Under 13 Boys:  1st - Alex Ford 14:56; 3rd - Matthew Blacklock 15:32; 12th Sam Bradley 16:33; 23rd - Alex Kerr 17:44 (Team 2nd - 39) 25th - James Bartlett 17:51; 26th – Timi McDaniel 18:17; 30th - Jack Thomson 18:58

Team: 1. Southend 25; 2. Havering 39; 3. Thurrock 61

League: 1. Southend 4; 2. Havering 8; 3. Cambridge & Col 14

Under 15 Boys: 2nd Harry Jones 15:40; 8th  - Alex Friend 16:27; 13th - Dominic Jarvis 17:46; 20th Ben Naish 18:38 (Team 2nd - 43 pts) 22nd - Henry Lay 19:54 36th Reece Debenham 21:04

Team: 1. Ilford 39; 2. Havering 43; 3. Basildon 56

League: 1. Thurrock 6; 2. Basildon 9; 3 Havering 14

Under 17 Boys:  6th - Sam Atkins 28:46; 11th Lewis Debenham 30:19; 17th Oliver Bath 32:06  

Team: 1. Thurrock 35; 2. Southend 51; 3. Havering - 34 (3)

League: 1. Southend 5; 2. Havering 14; 3. Colchester & T 16

Senior Men: 4th - Rob Warner (M35) 28:06; 5th - Ben Davis (U20) 29:04; 17th - Steve Rand 30:02; 26th - James Stewart (U20) 30:53; 36th - Paul Grange 31:18; 47th Euan Harlow (U20) 31:56; (Team 2nd – 136 pts); 53rd Alfie Waithaka 32:24; 56th - Matt Bland (M50) 32:29; 75th – Kieran O’Hara (U20) 34:08;  81st - Gary Atkins (M45) 34:38; 83rd - Steve Walker (M40) 34:49; 95th – Jason Crispin 35:55; 108th Richjard Rowe 37:41; 131st  Tony Collins 39:56; 145th - Aidan Elmore (U20) 41:22

Team: Team: 1. Springfield 104; 2  Havering 136; 3. Orion 160 [Vets: 4th]

League: 1. Springfield 5; 2. Havering 9; 3. Chelmsford 13 {Vets 6th]



Link to Full Results League Tables Individual Tables

Photos: Kevin White, Charlene Foley