THE first round of the Essex Cross Country Championships were staged at the Writtle Agricultural College on Saturday (2nd). The age groups involved were the veterans, U13 and U15’s.
Best individual performance of the day came from Finnlay Lowe, 3rd in the U15B race – and this was after a fall in the first 200m.
Shortly behind this effort in quality was Jayne Elvin’s 6th place in the U13G race which also earned her an invitation to the inter-counties championships in March.
Cassidy Dike’s excellent 8th place in the U13 boys race also gives him a chance of selection for that event. He led the club’s best team effort of the day with Thomas Peacock 16th, Harry Tobin 25th, Jack Warren 29th and Noah Trencher 43rd. They just missed out on medals, but all qualify in this group next year, so can be optimistic for a podium finish then.
The 50+ men’s team finished a respectable 7th in their event where over 20 teams closed in. Paul Green was 16th – a fine effort in a very strong field. Jon Metcalf had one of his best outings over the country finishing 27th. Eamonn Shelley 33rd, Chris Applegate 50th, Martin Mack 52nd, Mick Bumstead 59th and Bernie Johnson 74th made up this strong squad.
In the 40+ age group Scott Rice looked good in 20th place. He was supported by Keith Willett 34th, Nick Trencher 48th, Paul Mitchell 61st and Steve Ball 63rd whose battling performances took the team to 9th place.
Other finishers: in the FV45 group – Jodie Farrell was 14th and Sue Beck 61st in the veteran ladies event where 130 finished.
The U15 girls team were 9th – Hannah Peacock 25th, Leah Brewer 33rd, Emily Fall 35th, Kennedy Beardwell 38th.