Thursday, May 30, 2024

Athletics: Thurrock athletes make their mark for numerous clubs

THERE ARE Thurrock-based athletes competing for a whole host of clubs across the region. It looks like a very promising year as they continue to make a great impression as many climb up the national rankings.

Borough athlete Alex Houghton was a comfortable winner of the Orsett Three mile Run on Sunday. Frustratingly he recorded the same time as his record run last year 15m 49s, but this was a welcome show of form from the Grays athlete.

One minute behind him was in-form David Johnson. Mick Bumstead, also going well at the moment, finished in third place in 18m40s. And Reece Scott, 12, tied in fourth slot in a time of 18m56s. He had a race long battle with Matthew Pointer, from Basildon, who is the same age. They crossed the line together and were given the same time and position.

Gary Rowlett ran well to finish 6th in 19m44s. Other Harriers finishers: Gary Cahill 8th 20m17s, Rob Russell 11th 20m35s and Victoria Peacock 17th in 22m31s. The women’s race was run by Erica Rider of the Nomads with a time of 21m46s.

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William Edwards School pupil Katie Head put herself in the top 10 under-15 hammer throwers of all time.

The 13-year-old launched the hammer 50.90m at the UK Development League meeting at Dartford.

Thomas Head launched the 6kg hammer 62.19m for a new personal best that puts him fifth in the men’s under-20 national rankings.

Stanford-le-Hope hurdler Hayley McLean finished second at the Flanders International in Belgium.

Chelmsford AC’s McLean, 18, ran 58.32s to finish second

Tilbury’s Robbie Clarricoats, 18, ran a personal best of 14.9 secs to win the 110m hurdles for his club, Havering Mayesbrook, at their UK Development League match at Welwyn.

Fellow sprint hurdler Khai Riley-Laborde, from Purfleet, was denied in his attempts to get the 13.80s qualifying time for the European Junior Championships, but still won the 110m hurdles in 14.35s for club Enfield at the UK Development League Premier Division meeting at Bromley.

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