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Thurrock athletes continue to impress at home and abroad.

THURROCK athletes have been putting in a number of impressive performances both at home and abroad. Former Grays Convent student, Jessica Judd once again went under 2 mins in a high class 800 metres at Monaco in the Diamond League. Jessica was initially disappointed with her position but once she discovered she had got under 2 mins again (1.59.92) she was delighted.

Athletics: Mighty Khai selected for World Junior Champs

THURROCK hurdles star, Khai Riley-Borde has been selected for the British team for the World Junior Champs later this month. Khai who competes in the 110 metre hurdles for Haringey and Enfield has continued to impress in the event this year.

Athletics: Lawless medals in 15 mile champs

THE first ever National Vets off-road 15 mile championship took place in Bewl, Sussex on Sunday. Pat Dobbs took a rare defeat in the V75 age group but managed a silver medal. On a very hilly woodland course he recorded 2h27m. Don Lawless, in the V45 age group, took a bronze medal with an excellent time of 1h44m45s – a sign that he is in great form.

Athletics: 500 take on the Horndon 10K

OVER 500 runners turned out for this the ‘toughest’ 10K in Essex. The race got underway from the now famous Blue Rotary Arch at 11 am sharp.

Athletics: Triumph for Hayley at British Champs

THURROCK hurdler, Hayley McLean made a huge leap in her athletics career when she grabbed the bronze medal for the 400 metre hurdles at the British Champs at Birmingham. 19-year-old Hayley produced a great run on the home straight to medal in a personal best time of 56.43.

Athletics: Harriers show strength away in Southern League

THURROCK’S senior athletes fought hard in their Southern Athletics League round 3 match. It was held at the spectacular Allianz Stadium, Hendon and after five hours of competition the team took a comfortable 2nd place behind the hosts Barnet with Shaftesbury Harriers but in front of the Vale of Aylesbury and West Norfolk.

Athletics: Stanford’s Hayley McLean selected for Commonwealth Games

STANFORD’S Hayley McLean has been selected for the England team for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The senior international call-up is a significant breakthrough for the former Palmer’s College athlete and an indication of how far Hayley has come.

Athletics: Chafford Hundred shine at Southend Half Marathon

THE CHAFFORD HUNDRED running group produced a number of excellent performances at the Southend Half Marathon. For many, it was the first time at the distance and, with temperatures reaching close to 80 degrees, it was testament to the training and dedication of the athletes that they performed so well.

Athletics: Cahill wins Orsett road race

ON Sunday the Orsett 3 mile fun run took place attracting a disappointingly small field. The race is held round the lanes of the village and is always enjoyed by the competitors.

Athletics: Good results at Southern League

OUTSTANDING performance came from Michael Shortall who won the official “man of the match award” with his winning time in the 400m hurdles of 57.7s. He was in his usual point scoring form in many events the best of which was the 110m hurdles where he was 2nd with an excellent time of 16.1s. One of the few doubles of the day came when Michael won the B long jump whilst team mate Dan George took the A string event.

Athletics: Khai makes world standard

THURROCK hurdler Khai Riley-Laborde continued his impressive start to the season with a qualifying time for the World Champs. The Enfield and Haringey hurdler clocked 14.22 in Cardiff at the British Athletic League match. This was done despite the very difficult windy conditions.

Athletics: How many Thurrock Harriers have run sub-four for the mile?

EVEN now this remains a milestone in any athletes career. In the Harriers 65 year history only 1 person has achieved this mark. He was Barry Smith who recorded 3m59.4s in 1976. Later Barry moved to Gateshead with his job. Here he ran a second faster and made it to the Olympic 5000 semi final. He also broke the British 10k record.

Athletics: Mick continues to impress

THESE include winning the Essex 20 and Essex Marathon and multiple wins in the veterans age groups. Somewhat unfortunately for the Corringham based athlete there are currently two world class endurance runners who are in his age group and living in Essex: Dave Butler (Billericay Striders) and Dave Cox (Woodford Green and Essex Ladies) are capable of winning titles at world level but this would not stop the very competitive Thurrock athlete from taking up their challenge.

On their marks for the London Marathon (please sponsor them!!)

IT IS a long way. Every year, since 1981, it comes round and ever year we stand in awe at the people determined to put themselves through the agony of 26 miles and 385 yards. There are a number of Thurrock folk running the marathon. They all have a chip in their race number and so we can follow their 5K split times on the Virgin marathon website.

Athletics: Johnson impresses at Brentwood Half Marathon

THE Brentwood Half-Marathon saw the usual huge field of 2000 toe the line and the return to Essex of David Johnson. He acquitted himself well in 14th place with a time of 79 minutes an improvement of almost a minute. Most pleased with his effort was Jason Syrett who returned a pb effort 86.46 in 66th place.

Athletics: Harriers make their mark at St Clare’s Hospice 10K

MICHAEL Bumstead ran a remarkable 40.20 for 10K at the St Clare’s Hospice in Harlow. On a lovely sunny morning, the over 60′s veteran put in a fine time over the undulating course. Gary Cahill came 33rd in 41.29 and Toni Noble 45h in 43.10.

Speedway: Big hearts for Little Havens

THE Lakeside Hammers Community Programme is declaring 2014 as the year “When Every Point Counts!” as we are thrilled to announce that our Regional Charity for this year will be Little Havens Hospice. Little Havens Hospice is set in beautiful woodland near Thundersley, Essex and cares for children with life-limiting conditions, and their families, throughout the journey of their illness.

Popular Parkruns set for the area

Parkruns are 5km runs that encourage entrants to race against the clock rather than each other. They have proved very popular around the country and around the country. Our sister paper, www.yourharlow.com reports regularly on the Waltham Abbey 5k which runs most Saturday mornings.

Athletics: person scoops four medals at indoors

THE Essex and Eastern Counties indoor competition this weekend was held at Lee Valley and Thurrock’s James Pearson didn’t disappoint. The Enfield and Haringey athlete was entered in two events with the possibility of four medals which is exactly what he came away with.

Sport: What will Tei excel at?

NOT many sportsmen have the dilemma that faces Tei Lynn-Jones. The 19-year-old excels at a variety of sports. He reached the national finals of the boxing newcomers competition. He has played football for Tilbury reserves.

Dinner to mark Mel’s world record

IN April 1964, Grays-based Mel Batty ran 40 laps of Herningham’s cinder track to break the world 10 mile record with 47m26.8s. The Thurrock Harriers are holding a dinner with celebrity guest speakers to commemorate his achievement.

Athletics: Pearson medals at London Winter Games

WILLIAM Edwards pupil James Pearson took part in the London Indoor Games this weekend at Lee Valley. Pearson threw an impressive 12.96m with the 5k shot to win the under 17 mens shot putt competition and his 1st of the 2014 season.

Athletics: Jo leads Harriers home on the country

THURROCK’S senior women’s team produced a good performance in the County Cross Country Championships led in by reigning champion Joanne Wilkinson who was third but the whole team rose to the occasion. Joanne, who ran for the club until she was 25, has since travelled widely with her RAF officer husband and has run for Paula Radcliffe’s Club, Bedford and County.

Athletics: Strong performances by Harriers

ALEC Finch led home the Thurrock squad finishing 5th in 18m8s, an excellent time in the muddy conditions. In 7th place was David Johnson with a time of 18m35s. Jodie Meredith in 11th place could vie for a place in the under 15s County team provided his football commitments permit. Thurrock’s strong under 13 group of boys did well. Jack Exley was 15th in 20m20s, Harry Parker, just 11 years old, was 21st in 20m40s and Reece Scott was 31st in 21m30s.

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