Month: November 2016

Thurrock Harriers Endurance Press Report

The Cross-Country Championship Season opened on Saturday with the County Young Athletes and Veterans’ Championships. It was held on a new course at Writtle Agricultural College in perfectly sunny conditions. Just 2 bronze medals were the Harriers reward. Hayley Instance ran a gutsey race to take the bronze medal in the under 15’s, and with it earns selection for the main intercounties race in February. Hayley is in the first year of this age group so this was an especially good performance. At the other end of the age spectrum Mick Bumstead ran his usual well judged race to win bronze in the 60+ age group. Mick has been winning medals at these events for the last 40 years and this medium of the sport is his least favourite!! Great disappointment struck the U15 boys section. They returned home with bronze medals but, later after a recount they were relegated to 4th place behind Ilford. Ben Prior 13th and Harry Parker 25th didn’t find part of the course to their liking but fought on to the finish.  Jamie Mack is showing return to his best form and can be pleased with his 30th place and Henri Willett was delighted to be part of the scoring quartet in the very strong team. Another top 10 finisher was Demi Eves who was 6th in the under 13 girl’s event and will...

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Thurrock Endurance Report

Five endurance athletes tackled the normally very fast Chelmsford 10k course on Sunday afternoon. They all finished in the first hundred, in the 500 strong field, but these times were slowed by strong cross-winds. First across the line was Keith Martin with a time of 39.09 – for 30th place. Anthony Tobin was 3 places and 24 seconds behind. Nick Trencher ducked under forty minutes in 38th place. Tim Margtin was 55th in 40.56 and Gary Rowatt 86th in 43.15. Dave...

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Thurrock Harriers Endurance Report

Gemma Holloway made a good start to the British cross challenge on Saturday at the Milton Keynes meeting. She was 2nd in the under 20 section to old rival Harriet Knowles-Jones from Warrington. This performance sets her up nicely for the forthcoming championship races. There were 4 other good performances from coach Brenda Stone’s squad; Hayley Instance was 8th in the under 15 girls race and Amber Pollinger 19th in the under 17 girls, Ben Prior showed great form in the under 15 boys by finishing 18th and Sam Smith ran well to finish 33rd in the under 20 men. Pat Dobbs, running in the Epsom 10, which included the Southern Veterans AC championships finished 2nd in his V75 age group with a time 97m28s. Pat hopes his medal winning streak will continue in the forthcoming months. This Saturday round 3 of the Essex League takes place at the Cambridge and Coleridge course on the borders of Essex and Cambridgeshire. Hopefully again all squads will be at full strength to continue the successful opening of the campaign this season. Claire...

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TH Endurance Press report

A team of 4 Harriers tackled the popular Billericay10k on Sunday. 600 toed the line to tour the course around the rural lanes north of the town. Toby Draper chipped away at his pb with a time of 38.07 to finish an excellent 15th. Nick Trencher can be delighted with his 26th position and time of 39.29 which indicates he is nearing his best form. Gary Rowlatt, now in his late forties, produced an excellent pb of 42.50 in 73rd place. He has ambitions of improving still more in the coming months. Kirk Bundy achieved a top 100 spot. His time of 43.59 took him to 88th. The four finished a respectable 8th in the men’s team race a good effort from this team of relative newcomers. With the age group County Cross Country Championships at the end of the month, the Club’s endurance runners are well into their winter training schedule. By Dave...

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