Essex Cross Country League, Round 1, Horseheath Race Course Cambridge, 28 October 2017

The club's Essex Cross Country League campaign got off to a strong start with three team victories and an individual win at a chilly Horseheath Racecourse outside Cambridge on Saturday. And with the top seven in each young athlete age group earning an Essex call up for the Southern Inter Counties fixture later this year the club will be well represented in the Essex line ups.

The victory roll started in the first event of the day for Under 13s and was wrapped up in style in the last race by the Senior men. Stephanie Okoro marked her league debut with runners up spot in the Under 13 Girls: competition and strong support from Chloe Rand in 7th, earning Essex selection, and two more debutants Tilly Canty (9th) and Freya Long (16th) gave the squad a 19 point cushion over the hosts Cambridge. Six other club athletes competed as Maddie Barker (21st), Kate Ruane (21st); Ava Haythorn (35th), Holly Bradley (40th), Isabelle Bartlett (42nd) and Ruby Lendon in 46th completed the10-stromg line-up.

The Under 13 Boys' event, run alongside the girls', also brought an individual win for Matthew Blacklock who finished almost 100m clear o the field. Shane Hart was a fine fifth, and Alex Kerr (25th) & Joseph Baxter (26th) completed the scoring four in runners-up team spot and Joshua Lee-Prime, Archie Winney and Ryan McCarthy all finished in the top 40.

The Under 17 Girls / Under 20 women took an impressive step to defending their league title which saw their scoring four all in the top seven to gain Essex selection. Jess Mitchell was almost a minute clear at the head of the field and Kate O’Neill (3rd); Molly Sweetman (6th) and Sophie Rand (7th) completing the team domination. Grace Dukelow led home the other five club finishers in 16th and Lucy Priestley, Emily James, Amelia Day and Georgia Phillips finished between 33rd & 41st. 

Sydney Foley stepped up effortlessly into the Under 15 Girls age group with a superb runner up spot, earning her Essex vest. Alice Brown (16th), Lily Bath (21st) and an improved Morgan Romain (25th) were the third placed scoring quartet, with Rebecca O'Rourke (28th), Jessie Collier (35th), Alice Atkins and Jessica James providing support.

The Senior Women had their best season opener for while with a second place team finish, as Faye Fullerton took individual runners up spot. Ginte Bailey made an impressive league debut in 12th and Robyn Matson's 18th place and Jo Sullivan's 38th completed the scorers.  Jade Edwards returned to club colours in 45th and five others made it a ten athlete finish thanks to Angie Thompson (56th), Juliet Ward (76th), Clare Rudgely (90th), Alex Edwards (91st) and Tracy O'Neill (99th).

There were fifth place finishes for the Under 15 Boys and Under 17 Men. Sam Atkins and Alex Friend finished together in 12th & 13th for the Under 17s, with Oliver Woods (22nd) and Louis Berrett (35th) ensured a full scoring quartet.26:23.

Alex Ford's first Under 15 outing saw him first home for the club in 16th with Luke Chester (28th), Sam Bradley (34th) and Jake Long (39th) the other scorers. Also in action were Dominic Jarvis (40th), James Bartlett & Timi McDaniel in 46th & 47th with Reece Debenham and Henry Lay 53rd & 54th.

The day ended, just as it has started, with another victory, this one for the Senior Men who carried on their fantastic start to the season with a league victory. Another good turnout of 17 runners was led home by Under 20 Ben Davis with a great run in sixth, followed home by strong running Rob Warner in eighth. Paul Grange kept up the momentum with a good 15th with James Stewart showing his potential in 24th, with Steve Rand 27th and Alfie Waithaka 30th completed the the scoring team in a strong field. Matt Bland 51st, Freddie Keefe 59th and Steven Dukelow 60th will be contesting a scoring place in the next round, while Martin Chester 65th, Kieran O'Hara 73rd, Lewis Debenham 74th, and Gary Atkins 95th, all finished in the top 100. The impressive roster was completed by John Whitehead 102nd, Aidan Elmore 126th, Paul Berrett 145th and Barry Ward 204th on a day which saw several athlete making their senior league debuts.

League action resumes with Round 2 at Hockley on 25th November.






Link to Full Results

Under 13 Girls: 2nd  Stephanie Okoro 12:39; 7th - Chloe Rand 12:54; 9th - Tilly Canty 12:58; 16th Freya Long 13:34 (Team 1st - 34 pts);    21st – Maddie Barker 13:49; 26th - Kate Ruane 14:24; 35th - Ava Haythorn 15:25; 40th - Holly Bradley 16:03' 42nd Isabelle Bartlett 16:16; 46th - Ruby Lendon 16:46

Team: 1. Havering 34; 2. Cambridge & Coleridge 53; 3. Basildon 60


Under 15 Girls: 2nd - Sydney Foley 16:03; 16th - Alice Brown 17:58; 21st - Lily Bath 18:35; 23rd - Morgan Romain 18:37 (Team 3rd - 62 pts) 28th - Rebecca O'Rourke 19:00; 35th - Jessie Collier 19:42; 45th Alice Atkins 21:03; 48th Jessica James 21:46

Team: 1. Basildon 22; 2. Cambridge & Coleridge 45; 3. Havering - 62

Under 17 Girls / Under 20 women:  1st - Jessica Mitchell 18:45; 3rd - Kate O’Neill 19:45; 6th - Molly Sweetman 20:07; 7th Sophie Rand 20:13; (Team 1st - 17 pts 16th - Grace Dukelow 22:05; 33rd - Lucy Priestley 25:34; 36th - Emily James 25:59; 39th - Amelia Day 26:75; 41st  Georgia Phillips 28:45 

Team: 1  Havering 17; 2. Basildon 67; 3. Cambridge & Coleridge 76


Senior Women: 2nd Faye Fullerton 22:49; 12th - Ginte Bailey 26:29; 18th - Robyn Matson 27:30; 38th - Jo Sullivan (W40) 29:46; (Team 3rd - 70 pts) 45th - Jade Edwards 30:21; 56th - Angie Thompson (W40) 31:04; 76th - Juliet Ward (W50) 33:14; 90th Clare Rudgley W40 34:30; 91st Alex Edwards 34:33; 99th  - Tracy O'Neill (W50) 36:02 

Team : 1. Chelmsford 30; 2. Basildon 54; 3. Havering 70 (Vets: 8th - 170 pts)


Under 13 Boys:  1st - Matthew Blacklock 11:14; 5th Shane Hart 11:34; 25th  Alex Kerr 13:16; 26th - Joseph Baxter 13:24; (Team 2nd - 57 pts) 37th - Joshua Lee Prime 14:26; 39th – Archie Winney 14:52; 40th - Ryan McCarthy 15:05

Team: 1. Cambridge & Coleridge 21; 2. Havering 57; 3. Chelmsford 74

Under 15 Boys: 16th - Alex Ford 15:20; 28th Luke Chester 16:10; 34th Sam Bradley 16:31; 39th - Jake Long 16:55 (Team 5th - 117 pts) 40th - Dominic Jarvis 16:55; 46th James Bartlett 17:40; 47th Timi McDaniel 17:41; 53rd Reece Debenham 19:01; 54th  Henry Lay 19:20

Team: 1. Cambridge & Coleridge 48; 2. Southend 64; 3. Basildon 67; 4. Chelmsford 88; 5. Havering 117

Under 17 Boys:  12th - Sam Atkins 22:49; 13th - Alex Friend 22:49; 22nd Oliver Woods 24:24; 35th - Louis Berrett 26:23 (Team 5th - 82 pts)

Team: 1. Chelmsford 35; 2. Orion 55; 3. Southend 70; 4. Basildon 71; 5th Havering - 82


Senior Men: 6th - Ben Davis (U20) 28:07; 8th - Rob Warner (M35) 28:20; 15th - Paul Grange (M35) 29:22; 24th - James Stewart (U20) 30:01; 27th - Steve Rand (M45) 30:11; 30th Alfie Waithaka (M35) 30:30; (Team 1st – 110 pts); 51st - Matt Bland (M50) 31:28; 59th - Freddy Keefe 31:51; 60th - Steve Dukelow (M45) 32:04; 65th Martin Chester (M40) 32:25; 73rd – Kieran O’Hara (U20) 32:41; 74th - Lewis Debenham (U20) 32:42; 95th - Gary Atkins (M45) 34:03; 102nd – John Whitehead 34:25; 126th - Aidan Elmore (U20) 36:04; 145th - Paul Berrett (M55) 37:03; 204th - Barry Ward (M50) 44:02

Team: Team: 1. Havering 110; 2. Colchester H 137; 3. Orion 178 {Vets: 2nd - 203 pts)


Link to Full Results

Photos: Jane Hallam, Mick Ford, Jerry Canty

Photos: Kevin White (with apologies no Under 13s)