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Athletics: Gemma Holloway grabs silver at National X-Country Champs

Minithon at Lee Valley Gemma Holloway 2

Many young Thurrock athletes got their first taste of an athletics competition this weekend by competing at this years indoor Minithon competition at lee Valley.

yr3 boys

Daniel brown – youngest thurrock harrier competing, had his first taste of a competition at Lee Valley this weekend, other competitors include:

yr 4&5 boys

Oreonuoluwa Adepegba and Ryan Ashworth who ran a tremendous 200m time.

year 6&7 boys

Morgan Saunders

year 4&5 girls

Sophie Matthews came 1st in her 600m heat getting a gold medal overall, Oluwatolase Abbas Also took part in the day.

Year 6&7 girls

Scarlett Carter gained a PB in High Jump. Rosie Ann Townley, Hayley Ashworth, EJ Nwachukwu, Francesca Ford and Emily Butler all turned out to represent the club.

All kids bought families and friends with them, who cheered on and throroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, hosted by Peter Scott made the day fun and relaxed with medals presented by Goldie Sayer GB Javelin Thrower who all the kids got to meet and have a photo taken with.

Endurance report

By Dave Staines

A small squad of Harriers made the journey to Nottingham for the National Cross-Country Championships on Saturday.

Most successful was Gemma Holloway who was runner up in the Women’s under 20 race. She was beaten by long-standing rival, Warrington’s Harriet Knowles-Jones. But Gemma’s run more than did herself justice. Unfortunately she cannot be selected for the upcoming World Cross-Country Championships in this age group because the IAAF age group rules differ from the ECCA version. However, she will now focus on the Inter-County race later this month, where running in the senior section, she could catch the selectors’ attention for the British Under 23 team.

Hayley Instance can be proud of her 34th place in the under 15 girls. She was the first Essex girl over the line and can look forward to another year in this age group.

Leon Wheeler, the Essex League under 15 boys champion was also the first Essex runner across the line in 45th place. Leon is improving steadily and has the ambition to achieve great things in the future.

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