Essex Cross Country League, Round 1, One Tree Hill, Saturday 12th October 2019

Havering AC started their Essex Cross Country League season with an impressive five team victories at a soggy One Tree Hill on Saturday.

The Under 13 Boys set the ball rolling with a fine win, as all four scorers made the top ten. Ryan Carroll and Oliver Taylor-Bush both made the top three, with Nathan Hart seventh and Toby Johnson tenth 12:40. Joseph Oton, Zack Higgins and Alfie Geeves were 12th, 15th & 21st on their league debuts, with Joseph Gray 27th, and more league debutants Michael Tesi and Ike Okwudi in 31st and 44th.

Although all five Under 13 Girls placed in the top 12 they were edged into second by one point by Chelmsford. Charlotte Evans, Hannah Evans and Ruby Tillson all finished higher than before in second third and fourth and new recruit Abigail Swan completed the scorers in 11th and Rosie Warner was one place back on her debut

Both Under 15 teams took the honours.  The Under 15 Girls had fewer on show than usual but the competing quartet all finished inside the top 15 to see off Chelmsford's challenge. Ruby Higgins overhauled Natalie Sewell as the pair finished fifth and sixth and Nicole Langan impressed on her league debut in eighth as Hannah Yexley's 15th place ensured victory.  The Under 15 Boys had a good turn out with ten on show with the scoring four placed in the top 15. Charlie Howell's fine track form carried over onto the hills as he finished third with Matthew Blacklock one place back. Dan Peters made the top 10 for the first time and Shane Hart was 14th to confirm victory ahead of Southend. Owen Fisher was not far behind in 16th and Charlie Burgess; Max Robbins and Lewis Edwards were also in the top 30, with Finley Wolton and Archie Winney also competing.

The Senior Ladies started their league title defence in style as Lauren Deadman,  Morgan Campbell and Ginte Bailey were second, third and fourth and Robyn Matson's 15th position brought the squad home well in front of the rest. Debbie Appleton was 25th, with sister Jo Sullivan and Jade Edwards 45th & 46th, and Tracy O'Neill placing 90th and team manager Jane Hallam in 107th.

The Senior Men had a great turnout and a successful start to their defence of the league title. Twenty four Havering runners toed the line, led home by a great run from Ben Davis in sixth just in front of Rob Warner with another strong finish in eighth while a good run by Sam Atkins saw him make the top ten. James Stewart in 18th, Jamie Buckley-Stanton 25th and Steve Rand 31st completed the scoring six to come out on top in the team stakes.

They were well supported by Gavin Watts 34th and Barry Smith 35th with a quartet of runners in the fifties with Gavin Maley in 52nd, Louis Berrett in his first senior Essex league 57th, Kieran O'Hara 58th and Matt Bland 59th. Tony Pecoraro 84th Rob Trevor 89th and John Whitehead 95th all made the top one hundred. The rest of the squad was made up of Steve Walker 105th, Gary Atkins 107th, Jason Crispin 119th, Paul Berrett 120th, Darren Priestley 126th Roy James 138th Chris Coates 153rd Tony Collins 185th and Jon Hart 211th.

Sydney Foley led home the fifth placed Under 17 Girls / Under 20 women  with Jessica James, Morgan Romain, Annie Grannell and  Emily James between 24th and 29th and Rebecca O'Rourke in 33rd. Alex Ford was a good fourth in his first race in the Under 17 Men but Lenny Houston was the only other club athlete on show in 27th as the incomplete pair were sixth.

The league action moves out of county as Cambridge & Coleridge host at Horseheath Point to Point course on Saturday 26th October.





Under 13 Girls: 2nd  Charlotte Evans 13:08 3rd - Hannah Evans  13:14; 4th - Ruby Tillson 13:14; 11th -  Abigail Swan 13:56 (Team 2nd - 20 pts);  12th - Rosie Warner 13:57

Team: 1. Chelmsford 19; 2. Havering 20; 3. Southend 95


Under 15 Girls: 5th - Ruby Higgins 16:10; 6th - Natalie Sewell 16:25; 8th - Nicole Langan 16:43; 15th Hannah Yexley 17:20 (Team 1st - 34 pts)

Team: 1. Havering - 34; 2. Chelmsford 38; 3. Southend 51

Under 17 Girls / Under 20 women:  7th Sydney Foley (U17) 19:21; 24th - Jessica James (U17) 24:23; 25th - Morgan Romain (U17) 24:27; 26th - Annie Grannell 24:38 (Team 5th - 82 pts)29th - Emily James (U20) 24:50; 33rd - Rebecca O'Rourke 27:16

Team: 1   Basildon 26; 2. Chelmsford 57; 3. Thurrock 64; ...5. Havering 82


Senior Women: 2nd Lauren Deadman (W35) 24:59 3rd - Morgan Campbell 25:45; 4th - Ginte Bailey 26:15; 15th - Robyn Matson 28:34  (Team 1st - 24 pts) 25th - Debbie Appleton (W45) 29:02; 45th - Jo Sullivan (W45) 31:24;46th - Jade Edwards 31:26; 90th  - Tracy O'Neill (W55) 36:23; 107th - Jane Hallam (W50) 40:03

Team : 1. Havering 24 ; 2. Colchester H 64; 3. Springfield 100;. (Vets: 5th)


Under 13 Boys:  2nd - Ryan Carroll 12:15; 3rd  - Oliver Taylor-Bush 12:18; 7th - Nathan Hart 12:27; 10th - Toby Johnson 12:40; (Team 1st - 22 pts) 12th Joseph Oton 12:40; 15th Zack Higgins 12:55; 21st Alfie Geeves 13:16; 27th - Joseph Gray 13:30; 31st - Michael Tesi 13:37; 44th Ike Okwudi 14:49

Team: 1. Havering 22; 2, Chelmsford 35; 3. Southend 76

Under 15 Boys:  3rd - Charlie Howell 14:18; 4th Matthew Blacklock 14:22; 10th - Dan Peters 14:57; 14th - Shane Hart 15:16  (Team 1st -  31 pts) 16th - Owen Fisher  15:27; 26th- Charlie Burgess 15:52; 28th - Max Robbins 15:57; 29th Lewis Edwards 16:03; 33rd - Finley Wolton 16:26; 40th Archie Winney 18:48

Team: 1. Havering 31; 2. Southend 39; 3. Chelmsford 53

Under 17 Boys:  4th - Alex Ford 23:09; 27th -  Lenny Houston 27:33  (Team 6th - 31 pts (2))

Team: 1. Chelmsford 55; 2. Southend 55; 3. Basildon 55 ...6th - Havering 31 (3)

Senior Men: 6th - Ben Davis 27:49; 8th - Rob Warner (M35) 28:02; 10th - Sam Atkins (U20) 28:05; 18th - James Stewart 28:56; 25th - Jamie Buckley-Stanton 29:19; 31st - Steve Rand (M45) 29:54; (Team 1st – 98 pts); 34th - Gavin Watts 30:00; 35th - Barry Smith (M40) 30:09;  52nd Gavin Maley 31:03 ; 57th - Louis Berrett (U20) 31:21; 58th - Kieran O'Hara 31:27; 59th Matt Bland (M50) 31:28; 84th Tony Pecoraro (M55) 32:29; 89th Rob Trevor 32:48; 95th John Whitehead 33:15; 105th Steve Walker (M50) 33:44; 107th - Gary Atkins (M50) 33:50; 119th - Jason Crispin (M40) 34:54; 120th - Paul Berrett (M55) 34:59; 126th Darren Priestley (M50) 35:46; 138th - Roy James (M45) 36:26; 153rd Chris Coates 37:48; 185th - Tony Collins (M40) 41:09; 211th Jon Hart 46:16

Team: 1. Havering 98; 2. Colchester H 139 105; 3. Orion 174

Veterans Team: 1. Orion 163; 2. Havering 175; 3. Colchester H 185




Photos: Gary Howard, Becky Collier, Mick Ford, Jane Hallam & Pete Warner

Photos: Kevin White