Athletics: Metcalf star of Vets scene

JON Metcalf was the star performer in the Vets League match held at Southend last week. In winning the 800m he beat the world’s leading V60 runner at 1500m.

Dave Butler of Billericay. While it cannot be said that 800m is Butler’s ideal distance he does not get beaten very often in Essex races by veterans of any age. So Jon’s comprehensive victory was a real feather in his cap.

Athletics: Thurrock athletes make their mark for numerous clubs

THERE ARE Thurrock-based athletes competing for a whole host of clubs across the region. It looks like a very promising year as they continue to make a great impression as many climb up the national rankings. Borough athlete Alex Houghton was a comfortable winner of the Orsett Three mile Run on Sunday. Frustratingly he recorded the same time as his record run last year 15m 49s, but this was a welcome show of form from the Grays athlete.

Athletics: Jenkins the hero with nine event performance

THE NINE man team battled hard to secure 3rd place in the 2nd round of the Southern Mens’ League Division 1 on Saturday at Gillingham, Kent.

The foundation of the team was an heroic nine event performance from 47 year old Mark Jenkins. The former County decathlon champion took on the heavy workload after some last minute withdrawals.

Athletics: Johnson crowns a fine 5K

DAVID Johnson turned in a great performance in the May Crown to Crown run. He was 3rd in a time of 18m21s, both time and position were his best. There were 2 more much improved performances in the top 10 of the 180 strong field. Antony Tobin was 6th in 19m14s, also a personal best. John Russell 19m 52s in 8th place indicates a welcome return to his best

Athletics: A high for Khai as Thurrock athletes shine

ONLY a few weeks ago, Thurrock’s Khai Riley-Laborde told YT that he was struggling to get to grips with moving up from 100 metre hurdles to 110 metres.

However, the Purfleet teenager recorded an amazing 14.3 in his first race of the season in Basildon.
Khai competes for Enfield & Haringey. Many other Thurrock athletes who compete for a number of clubs are the county were in action.

Athletics: Good league debut for Harriers

THURROCK made its debut in the Southern Athletics League, which caters for mixed teams of senior men and senior women, at Dartford on Saturday and were pleased with their 2nd place in the 5 team match.

They were neck and neck with Dartford for most of the match but the home club pulled away over the last hour of the 6 hour competition to win by 282 to 232.

Athletics: Superb turnout for Harriers in first event of the season

THURROCK Harriers kicked off the Eastern Young Athletics League in cracking style. Middle distance runner Tyler Chu was to have his debut outing for Pole vault but this was cancelled due to windy conditions. Keeping the team spirit he then slotted into the only event left for U15 boys – High jump, something he has never done in competition or practiced much, came away with a PB of 1.50.

Cedar Hall profile: Alice Perkins “Physio has been the difference between first and second.”

Alice is a middle distance runner and member of Basildon Athletics Club coached by Jacqui Childs. Following a broken ankle during training, Alice worked hard, through rehabilitation, and was rewarded at the end of the 2012 season by achieving a PB in her 1500m of 4min 56secs, knocking almost 30 seconds from the start of her season.

Profile: Cedar Hall sponsored athlete: Hayley MacLean

IF YOU ever want to know how seriously these young athletes take their sport then you just need to go back to last year, when Hayley MacLean was disqualified from the National Under-20’s 400m hurdles.

But such disappointment just make junior international athletes such as Hayley even more determined. And Hayley has a whole set of ambitions for 2013.

London Marathon: A passage to India for Meena

THERE ARE a host of joggers and runners from around the borough who are now making their final preparations for the London Marathon on Sunday April 21st. YT will be catching up with a number of the runners over the next two weeks as they face the mighty challenge of 26 miles and 385 yards.

Athletics: Braintree 5 no problem for veteran Mick

AT the Braintree 5 on Sunday the outstanding performance from the Harriers came from Mick Bumstead. The former County 20 mile and marathon champion won the 60+ section of the race comfortably with a time of 30m15s. The injury plagued Corringham athlete produced his best performance for many months in good conditions and on the attractive Braintree course.

Athletics: No break for Harriers as they shine at Lea Valley

THURROCK Harriers youngsters are proving to be strong competitors this season already. A hardy bunch were competing on Easter Sunday at Lee Valley and produced some fantastic results. Daniel Knight kicked things off with a solid 8.88s 60m which is just outside his personal best swiftly followed by Jessica Smith running a 9.24s. Daniel then ran an impressive personal best in the 200m with a time of 29.61s.

Athletics: Thurrock success at Brentwood Half-Marathon

IN WINTRY conditions, Thurrock athletes enjoyed success at the Brentwood Half Marathon on Sunday.

There were concerns that the race might be called off as there was a dusting of snow on the roads and pavements.Veteran Scott Rice finished seventh in a great time of 1:16:31. David Johnson came 43rd in 1:24.02. Jason Syrett came 77th in 1:29:17.

Athletics: Harriers impress in St Clare’s 10K

A Fourth place from David Johnson was the highlight of the Thurrock Harriers’ performances at the St Clare’s Hospice 10K. The course in Hastingwood near to Harlow is a demanding one with lots of twists and turns and sneaky inclines that can test the best of runners.

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