Category: XC

Essex Cross-Country League

The last round of the Essex Cross-Country League was held at Basildon on Saturday and among the plethora of statistics some great performances from the Harriers emerged. Leon Wheeler dominated the under 15 boys’ race to win the individual title for the season and led his quartet to the team title. Henri Willett 11th (pb), Ben Prior 17th and Jamie Mack 27th ensured the winning trophy came to the Harriers. In-form Hayley Instance won the under 15 girls’ race and this consolidated her second place in the age group for the season. Sarah Blockley 18th, Emily Fall 19th, Amy Raven 22nd brought the team to 2nd place on the day and 7th for the season. Senior man, Alec Finch finished 3rd overall for the season. On Saturday he was 7th but his top 10 placings over the season ensured his bronze. His senior men’s team gained promotion from Division 2 by a vast margin but will find it much tougher in division one next year. On Saturday Scott Rice 51st, Keith Willett 80th, Tim Martin 86th, Jon Metcalf 94th, Don Lawless 99th, Gary Rowlatt 139th made up Saturday’s squad. It’s a case of might have been for the 17 men. On Saturday they won, led by Sarah Dhillon in 5th place.Joe Logan was 9th, Jack Exley 10th and Taylor Newell 15th. The might have been is that they needed...

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Endurance Report

There’s a saying used by the old hands in the sport that you cannot call yourself a runner until you tackled the Parliament Hill cross country course. On Saturday 13Harriers did just that doing battle in the Southern Counties Cross-Country Championships. Gemma Holloway not only survived the tough conditions but won the Under 20’s championship. It was a solid, competent run where she held off the talented attentions of Aldershot’s Niamh Brown. This great performance sets Gemma up for the CAU Inter Counties race later this month where CAU rules demand she run as a Senior. The other outstanding run of the weekend came from Stanford’s Hayley Instance. She battled away in and around the top ten for the whole race and in the run-in fought on to overtake two athletes to clinch 8th place. In the senior race over a thousand runners stormed up the first hill and Thurrock’s Alec Finch did well to clinch 220th place – in a race that is unusual in that it covers the traditional distance of nine miles. The performances of all the other Thurrock finishers pleased coach Brenda Stone. The most eye catching performance amongst the other ten was Sam Smith’s 47th place in the high quality under 20’s field. Under 13 girls   Demi Eves Under 13 boys   Dylan Harrod 137th, Sonny Vehit 227th, Kai Lovelock 250th Under 15 girls  Amy Raven...

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Gold at European XC Championships for Gemma Holloway

Gemma Holloway overcame some health issues in the preceding weeks to return with a triumphantly won team gold medal in the European Cross Country Championships. These were held in Sardinia at the weekend. Gemma was representing the UK in the under 20 level race and was the four women teams 3rd scorer. This performance underlines what a tough and talented athlete this Grays-based Harrier is. Also in a winning team was former Harrier, Jess Judd, who ran in the under 23 category. The Club’s Essex representatives did well in the SEAA match at Oxford. Best performance was produced by Amber Pullinger who was 9th in the under 17 race. Amber has another year in this age group so is showing real promise. The Essex team is also very strong and just missed out on a gold medal. Hayley Instance was 19th in the under 15 race – a great effort from the Stanford Le Hope athlete. Leon Wheeler was 47th in the under 15 boys team. Leon is a crucial member of the Clubs very strong under fifteen squad which is looking to win their section in the Essex League and in the County Championships next month. Sue Beck produced a 10k pb in the Olympic Park 10k. Her time of 46:38 was a big step forward for this promising newcomer to the...

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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 Harriers Endurance Report

The best result for the Harriers on Saturday was delivered by the very strong under 15’s squad. Not only did they provide an outstanding individual runner in Leon Wheeler, they were emphatic winners of the team race. Harry Parker 8th, Ben Prior 10th and Finnlay Lowe 17th were the finishers on Saturday, which indicates they can look forward to a successful County Championship at the end of the month. They also have a good set of reserves. Henri Willett 33rd, Jamie Mack 37th and Ellis Swindell 44th were additional finishers on Saturday. Amber Pullinger earned her invitation to run for the county next month by finishing 5th in the under 17 girls event. In the same race Lucie Ball was 25th and Brooke Mensah 28th. Hayley Instance will also be travelling to Oxford for the December Inter County event. On Saturday she finished an excellent 3rd. Emily Fall was 45th in the under 15 race. In the u-13 girls race Demi Eves fell foul of a rather chaotic start but recovered to finish 7th which will possibly earn her a county selection. Good runs by Hannah Peacock 24th, Kennedy Beardwell 29th and Madeline Booty 47th secured 4th place for the team. In the same age group for boys Dylan Harrod was 16th, Kai Lovelock 27th and Sonny Vehitt was 45th. They were sixth team. The senior men were missing...

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