Monday, September 26, 2022

Athletics: Harriers not too shabby at the abbey

THE Essex League Cross-Country series ended on Saturday at the Abbey

Fields course in Colchester.

Best individual performance came from under 13 Harry Parker who was 3rd

but secured his runner up spot for the season. He led his team to

fourth spot on the day and 2nd for the season. They were beaten only by

the out of county team Cambridge & Coleridge. The rest of Saturday’s

team consisted of Finley Lowe 14th, Ben Prior 29th, Henri Willett 35th.

Lucy Ball, in the under 15 girls, had a real moment in the sun by

finishing 6th – an excellent pb. Heather Peterson was 17th in the same

age group. Likewise Brooke Mensah pb’d in 4th place in the under 17 girls


Another top 10 finisher was Holly Dowsett-Ward who was 8th in the under

13 girls. She led a solid team to 3rd place on the day. The rest of the

team were Demi Briggs

8th, Keira Scott 14th and Amy Raven 26th.

The senior men finished 8th with their best score of the season at 307.

Alex Houghton, always a class act, was 16th. Scott Rice was 27th and

consolidated his 6th place in the competitive 40+ age group. Don

Lawless was 50th – 4th 50+ on the day. He took the bronze medal in that

age group for the season – a fantastic effort in this strong section in

the County. It was good to see Eamonn Shelley back in harness in 61st

spot and Adam Dowman who was 74th. Evergreen Mick Bumstead rounded off

the team in 79th spot. Other finishers were Iain Scott 96th, Bernie

Johnson 106th and John Chambers 118th.

In other age groups under 15 boys – Reece Scott 13th, Sarab Dhillon

15th. Under 17 men – Luke Strudwick 20th.

Jon Metcalf has proved himself a bit of a specialist in the indoor

scene. At Lee Valley on Sunday he returned a time of 2m19.8s for the

800m which at the moment puts him at the top of the V55 rankings for

this discipline. The main championship is in 5 weeks time, which Jon

anticipates optimistically.


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