Essex League Round 3, Stubbers, Upminster 2 December 2000
|Ladies Lead the way|
|Havering Mayesbrook Ladies' teams dominated the third round
home Essex Cross Country League fixture at Stubbers on Saturday, just as
they had in the first two rounds of the five race series.
In the opening race for under 13 girls Charlotte Watkins took full advantage of the absence through illness of team-mate Megan Foley, who had won both the previous fixtures, to come home in front. Robyn Matson was runner up and top ten placings for Lauren Clark (7th) and Leanne O'Neill (8th) secured the team prize.
The under 15 girls, without Sara Luck and several other regulars, also claimed first place as newcomer Rosie Saunders was first to finish in fifth, with Natalie Adams in 9th, Lynsey Clark 10th and another debutant, Liz Shrimpton in 13th completing the scoring four.
Lauren Deadman confirmed her dominance to make it three wins out of three in the combined under 17/under 20 event. Team mates Laurie Cossey in third, Lydia Comley (7th) and Helen Biscoe (12th) brought the team home in second.
Another team and individual success was recorded in the senior ladies race where GB International Debbie Sullivan come home in front, well supported by sister Jo in third, with Nikki Barnett just behind in fourth and Hayley Hawes also in the first ten, placing ninth.
The men's teams ran well but without the success of their female colleagues. Best places were the senior men who were runners up. John Barker in 6th, Graham Pritchard 10th and Matt Bland in 13th packed well, and they were supported by Rob Dickenson 21st, with juniors Rob Warner and Neil Collins in 32nd and 38th respectively. The Under 13 boys (Matthew Watkins 10th, Martyn Chambers 17th, Christian Newton 20th and Michael Parperis 23rd) placed third and the Under 15 boys (Daryl Rogers 8th, Danny Skelt 19th, Andrew Bright 21st and Ashley Roberts 26th) were fourth. The under 17 boys with only three competitors, Andy Hunter (6th), Martin Heys (11th) and Martin Meehan (16th), had an incomplete team.