Athletics: Veterans show clean pair of heels

THURROCK’S golden oldies were out in force in the 2nd round of the Essex Cross Country League. The tough course, over the Gloucester Park Hill, didn’t deter them from putting in some great performances. Scott Rice finished 16th in the 180 strong field. He was the second 40+ runner being beaten by the reigning county veteran cross country champion Alan Smalls from Colchester.

Athletics: Veterans show a touch of class for Harriers

Thurrock’s distance veteran runners are in the middle of preparing for the county cross championships in early December. They will be looking for medals in all age groups. Odds on favourite for the 70+ race is the indefatigable Pat Dobbs who has won all the road championships except the marathon. At this distance he is the current London marathon champion for his age group.

Athletics: Harriers enter winter in fine form

Star of the younger age groups was Gemma Holloway. She has emerged slowly over the Summer to become a leading light in her age group in the County. On Saturday she won the under 15 girls race with considerable ease and has her sights set on regional and national championships. Gemma lives in Grays and attends William Edwards Sports College.

Over-50’s do Harriers proud in Southern relays

IT’S not often that Thurrock’s athletes make a challenge in championship races but at the weekend Thurrock’s 50+ veteran’s team did just that in the Southern Road Relays. These were held at the picturesque Rushmore Arena Course in Aldershot. The Club’s challenge was led by Jon Metcalf. He ran superbly to finish 2nd with a time of 22m 22s. Jon’s best distances are the 800 and 1500m but this outing showed that he can excel at the longer distances.

Athletics: Thurrock finish second in Southern League

Thrower Sue Lawrence picked up a trio of second places in the A string hammer, discus and javelin before winning the shot. And U17 athlete Amelia Sumun has contested the pole vault all season gaining many valuable points as well as in the 100m hurdles where she has shown great potential despite having another year over the 80m hurdles.

Thurrock running legend Mel Batty passes away

1965 saw him win the National Cross Country Championship in Parliament Hills, London. He won this race by over 300m, an amazing feat considering the field contained the whole of the New Zealand Cross Country team and such running ‘greats’ as Ron Hill and Bruce Tulloch. Competing in the IAAF Cross Country Championships a fortnight later he left 4 Olympic gold medallists in his wake but found the then unknown Frenchman, Jean Fayolle, hanging on to him as if his life depended on it.

Harriers show strength in depth at Woking

On Saturday the senior men’s track and field team rounded off their league season at Woking when they finished in 3rd place behind Highgate Harriers, Poole Runners but in front of Thames Valley Harriers and Metropolitan Police. This result confirms a satisfactory mid-table position. This division remains the strongest league in Britain outside the 5 British league divisions.

Former Harrier makes her mark at world trials

AS former Thurrock Harrier Jessica Judd went toe to toe with olympian Jenny Meadows at the Track and Field trials for next months World Athletic Champs it looked at times like she was running with her mum! Sixteen-year-old Judd finished in a respectable sixth in the 800 metres, which may not see her qualify this year but has definitely laid down a marker that this is a major talent arriving.

Two Thurrock athletes shine at World Youth Games

FORMER Thurrock Harrier Jessica Judd showed her world class potential after winning a bronze medal at the World Youth Championships.

The 16-year-old former Grays Convent athlete came third in the 800 metres clocking a time of 2m 3.43. America’s Ajee Wilson won in a time of 2m 2.64s.

Personal Bests tumble for Thurrock Harriers

Elle Smith was on top form, achieving a creditable second place in the Under 13 girls 800m but wiping 12 seconds off her personal best. Her team mate for the under 13 girls, Brittany Abbott-Trangmar bagged new PBs in the 200m and long jump. James Pearson went to the UK number one slot with a shot putt 11.20. 1500m runner Gemma Holloway finished first by 300m.

Khai’s jumping to new heights

Khai from William Edwards School, had already had a good series of events in the Intermediate Boys Octathlon, but the 1.88m high jump was several centimetres better than other competitors, scoring him massive points. Khai, better known for his UK Ranked performances in the 100m Hurdles and Shot Putt, has added an extra event to his repertoire. Khai’s dreaded event, the 1500m, will need some work before the final in Exeter in September.

Olympiad Kwakye at the College

The fastest woman in Great Britain popped into The Grays Media and Arts College today. Jeanette Kwakye represented team GB at the Bejing Olympics and is raring to go for the world championships in South Korea and of course London 2012. So this morning she was at the Olympic stadium in Stratford with Lord Coe […]

Emmanuel takes silver at county track and field champs

Star of the show was Emmanuel Stephens. He ran a fine 10.7 100 metres to take silver and also took a bronze in the 200 m. Another Grays based sprinter 17 year old Lennox Thompson took bronze in the under 20 400 m. Chris Travis just missed out on a medal in the senior men’s 200 m finishing in 4th place. As always Michael Shortall took medals in both 110 m hurdles and the 400 m hurdles.

Good work in the field for Thurrock Harriers

Man of the match for Thurrock was Aveley’s Patrick Halcrow. He won the discus with an outstanding throw of 44.97 metres, the 3rd best in the club’s history only Commonweath shot putt champions Billy Cole and Matt Simson have thrown further. He also won the shot with 13.35 metres and the B high jump (1.75) and was 4th in the hammer.

Fine performances by Harriers at London Marathon

As he has done in the last 30 marathons, Pat Dobbs completed his 31st London with a great performance. He was third in the 70+ age group with a time of 3.49.06. This was 18 minutes faster than last year when he was recovering from a serious health set back. As he has passed through the various veteran age bands Pat has collected an array of medals but this one has given him a great amount of satisfaction.

Hassenbrook Hayley heads for World Champs

THIS IS A pivotal time for some of the star track athletes in the borough. Hayley McLean from Hassenbrook School who runs for Chelmsford AC made great strides last year as she won the All-England 300m hurdles title beating all the girls a year above her. Now, Hayley is a Year 11 student and has […]

Athletics session with olympic hopeful

When I got my silver medal, I particularly disliked losing to another Welshman. The Americans are the guys to beat – which is why I have an American coach that gives me more technical experience.” But he later made known that: “I like doing stuff on my own back. If I lose, it’s my own fault.” When asked how he knew if he could be number one, he replied: “It was always in the back of my mind.