IN the opening cross country fixture of the Essex League programme, held at the Discovery Centre, Braintree on Saturday, Thurrock Harriers were well represented in most of the age groupings. Outstanding performance came from Gemma Holloway who comfortably won the under 17-under 20 women’s race. This was a particularly impressive performance as Gemma was one of the youngest in the race and it also promises well for the championship races that are dotted through the Winter.
The seniors had a good start in their events. The women’s performances were highlighted by a great run from Jodie Farrell who finished 34th easily her best-ever performance in this event and placed her 4th in her age category.
An eye-catching run came from new signing, Amy Trencher. In one of the biggest women’s fields in recent years, there were 118 finishers, she finished 45th. Sam Tuck ran a brave race to finish 39th, again her best performance at this level. The team was completed by Victoria Peacock in 53rd place. This was a welcome indication of a return to form. Her run meant that the team finished 10th in what is a very strong league this year where 20 teams are battling for the title.
Alex Houghton has spent most of the summer nursing an injury, but he showed no signs of this as he stormed in 23rd place in the 231 strong senior field. Scott Rice was 5th veteran – just 4 seconds behind the 3rd man in that age group. His overall position was 34th – a good start to his Winter campaign.
The team finished a creditable 9th in the 22 team contest. The four other scorers in the quality field were David Johnson 73rd, John Green 75th, Eamonn Shelley 84th, Don Lawless 85th.
The Club fielded 13 other runners where there were some promising efforts. Anthony Tobin 89th, John Russell 97th, Nick Trencher 101, John Metcalf 104, Dave Marchant 108, Jason Syrett 121st, Martyn Mack 125th.