IT’S not often that Thurrock’s athletes make a challenge in championship races but at the weekend Thurrock’s 50+ veteran’s team did just that in the Southern Road Relays. These were held at the picturesque Rushmore Arena Course in Aldershot. The Club’s challenge was led by Jon Metcalf. He ran superbly to finish 2nd with a time of 22m 22s. Jon’s best distances are the 800 and 1500m but this outing showed that he can excel at the longer distances.
On stage 2 Rob Russell fought hard but dropped back to 13th place. Rob’s summer has been affected by a house move and injury so he is not in his best form at the moment. His time for the 6k course was 24m 51s. Eamonn Shelley showed excellent form on stage 3 bringing the Club up to 7th place with a time of 22m 25s. Eamonn is a new arrival in this age group and he is running well enough to have ambitions at Championship level.
On the 4th and last stage Phil Oatham held on to that 7th place with a courageous run of 23m 42s. The team were hoping for a top 6 placing but were not disappointed with this excellent overall performance. The Southern Counties region covers an area that stretches from Cornwall to Peterborough, to finish where they did represented an encouraging and gratifying performance.
This weekend the majority of the Club’s distance runners will be tackling the ever popular Southend 10K. The traditional course has had to be changed this year and will now head towards Shoeburyness rather than Chalkwall but it remains a potentially very fast course.