Athletics: Medals for Harriers at Essex X-Country Champs

Thurrock Harriers

HIGHLIGHT for the Harriers at the Essex Cross Country Relays championships at Stubbers on Saturday (7th) came from the U17 men’s team who took bronze medals.

Taylor Newell opened up their effort with a worthy stage 1 effort and a time 9m44s. Leon Wheeler brought the team into medal contention with an excellent time of 9m14s. On the third and final leg Sarab Dhillon ran the race of his life to finish 3rd, just 5 seconds behind the winner. His time was 9m11s. These bronze medals were well-earned.

The U17 squad is particularly strong at the moment and they fielded a squad of nine in three teams on Saturday. The B squad came 9th; Jack Exley returned a time of 10m19s. Ben Prior an excellent 9m43s and Henri Willett 10m58s. The 3rd team featured good runs from Mason Hambleton 10m52m and Brian Wong 10m59s with Ellis Swindell returning 12m11s. They were 14th.

The U15 girls team were 5th with Demi Eaves returning the 3rd fastest time in the age group with a superb 10m57s. Her team mates were Sarah Brockley (11m56s) and Leah Brewer (12m57s).

In a non-scoring team Jane Elwin 11m59s time was a notable effort.

Finnlay Lowe’s run in the U15s race was remarkable. It was the 2nd fastest in the race, 9m36s. His team mates, who finished 6th, were Dylan Harrod 10m44s and Harry Parker 10m20s.

The senior men’s team finished a very worthy 9th. That quartet was Scott Rice, Joe Logan, Nick Trencher and Oliver Mann. The mixed team were 11th in the 20 teams that finished. The squad consisted of Steve Ball, Nigel Instance, Sue Beck and Brooke Mensah.

The senior women’s team were 11th. Toni Radley’s time was a notable 18m24s, Victoria Peacock (19m16s) and Jodie Farrell (20m03s).

20 seniors turned out on Saturday which is also a good omen for the winter season. The best performance probably came from the senior men’s A team who were 10th. The good runs of Scott Rice (15m47s), Joe Logan (15m26s), Nick Trencher (16m47s) were capped by an outstanding run from Oliver Man who returned 15m15s. 

The mixed team was 11th and included an interesting debut from Steve Ball whose time was 18m24s. Other members of the team were Nigel Instance (19m39s), Sue Beck (20m36s) and Brooke Mensah (19m13s). 

Other senior men who competed were Don Lawless (17m11s), Keith Willett (16m27s), Anthony Tobin (19m), Tim Martin (17m21s), Paul Mitchell (18m47s), Mick Bumstead (18m12s), Gary Cahill Senior (18m08s), Gary Cahill Junior (18m58s). 

Oxford half Marathon
8th October 2017

Eddie Essex completed his first race affiliated to Thurrock Harriers on Sunday 8th October; The Virgin Sport Oxford Half Marathon finishing in 1hr 32mins🎖

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