There were some great Harrier performances at the 4th round of the Essex Cross-Country League, held at the Discovery Centre, Braintree on Saturday.

One of them was produced by Leon Wheeler, who won the under 15 boys’ race by some distance. He just needs to finish in the first 3 in the last event, next month, to take the title. He also leads an excellent team which on Saturday finished second, but are odds on favourites to lift the league title next month. On Saturday, Ben Prior ran a strong race to finish 9th. Finnlay Lowe made a welcome return to form by finishing 14th. Henri Willett rounded off a good team performance in 24th place.

The other winner on the day was Hayley Instance who won the under 15’s race for girls – a great reward for her hard winter’s training. Emily Fall was 25th in this group.

Alec Finch ran a gutsy race to finish 5th in the men’s race. This team are almost certain of promotion from Division Two. Sam Smith ran grittily to finish 23rd while Scott Rice had his best race of the season in 43rd place. Returning from injury Keith Willett had a very good outing in 69th. Don Lawless featured high in the V50 section with his 75th spot. Improving Tim Martin closed in the team with his 92nd place. Nigel Instance provided invaluable back up in 119th place. Only 6 other teams beat the clubs 308 points total – an encouraging result for the club’s management team.

In the under 17 men’s race Joe Logan’s 8th place caught the eye as did Taylor Newell’s return to racing in 16th.

Other results: in the under 13 boys’s race Dylan Harrod 10th, Sunny Vehit 17th, Kai Lovelock 19th, Henry Moore 32nd earned the team 4th place.

In the under 13 girl’s race Demi Eaves 7th, Hannah Peacock 17th, Jane Elvin 30th, Leah Brewer 35th, Madeleine Booty 48th took the 5th team spot.

In the under 17th women Lucie Ball was 16th.

Claire Whitbread