Friday, July 19, 2024

Athletics: Harriers continue to impress on country

THURROCK Harriers had some great results from round 2 of the Essex Cross Country League held at Hockley on Saturday (25th) from both the teams and individuals.

Top individual effort came from Finnlay Lowe who won the U15 boys race with majestic ease.

Demi Eves in the U15 girls race and Hayley Instance in the U17 girls race both took runners up spot – they’re looking good for the various upcoming championships.

Best team performance came from the U17 men squad. Led by Leon Wheeler in 4th place they just pipped the much vaunted Basildon quartet by 3 points. Sarab Dhillon 9th, Ben Prior 11th and Taylor Newell 13th made up the winning outfit. Their championships are after Christmas and they can anticipate some very positive results. Henri Willett 33rd on Saturday can be joined by 3 other athletes for that event to make what is an exceptional strong section.

Jayne Elvin’s breakthrough 5th place in the under 13 girls race caught the eye. In the same race Rosie Spring showed promise finishing 14th.

The senior men finished a creditable 8th among the 24 teams. Alec Finch returned a great 4th place. He was supported by Joe Logan 44th, Scott Rice 57th, Oliver Mann 60th, Keith Willett 74th and Rob Doyle 83rd. This is an improving team and they can target a sub 300 points score. On Saturday they notched 322 points so they are getting close.

The senior women had five finishers; a result in itself. Toni Radley was an excellent 26th in the 136 strong field. Jodie Farrell was 3rd in the FV50 age group and 45th overall. Sue Beck 61st and promising rookie Kathryn Spring 63rd made up the team which was 7th among the 21 teams present. It was pleasing to see Charlotte Edwards back in action in 95th place.

Other results:
U15B – Dylan Harrod 10th, Sunny Vehit 30th
U15G- Hannah Peacock 23rd, Leah Brewer 32nd, Emily Fall 34th, Kennedy Beardwell 36th
U13B – Harry Tobin 16th (an excellent debut!)
Senior Men – 230 finishers -
Paul Green 89, Tim Martin 110, Eamonn Shelley 112, Tom Anderson 127, Martin Mack 133, Mick Bumstead 141, Paul Mitchell 149, Gary Cahill 160, Bernie Johnson 182


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