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 Club.