Athletics: Harrier Finch impresses at Thurrock parkrun

THE endurance runners took a break from competition this weekend and supported park runs.

An outstanding run came from Alec Finch at the Thurrock event where he recorded 15.29, the fastest time recorded on the Orsett Heath circuit.

Mick Bumstead also excelled. His time of 19.46 gave him an excellent age/time radio of 84%. Jodie Meredith 17.19, Sarab Dhillon 17.44, Oliver Mann 17.47, Ben Prior 17.57 all recorded pbs – while Jack Exley with 18.36 made a good debut. Under 13 Dylan Harrod recorded 19.48 – a good for age time.

In the Basildon event Henri Willett was 2nd fastest of the day with a pb of 19.40. Jamie Mack was 5th in 20.57 and Ellis Swindell 6th in 21.26.

This week a squad of younger athletes take part in the SEAA Inter County Match at Oxford. Demi Eves, Hayley Instance, Amber Pullinger, Leon Wheeler hope to bring home team medals.

Gemma Holloway represents the UK this weekend at the European Cross-Country Champs. The U-20 squad is a strong one and she’ll hope to come back with team medals.

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