Thurrock’s endurance athletes had a busy weekend spreading themselves between Bexhill, Colchester, Great Bentley and Orsett Heath.

The Essex Cross Country League held its fifth and final round on the grassy slopes of Abbey Fields, Colchester on Sunday.

Harry Parker won his under 13 boys race rounding off his overall victory in great style. He also led his team to the season’s championship on Saturday; Finlay Lowe was 7th, Jamie Mack 10th (pb), Dylan Harrod 20th, Sunny Vehitt 29th and Teddy Norcott 38th. These boys have been the basis of the team for the whole season.

The under 13 girls team was 2nd for the season; Demi Eaves 8th, Sarah Blockley 10th, Hannah Peacock 18th, Emily Ford 32nd, Maddie Booty 39th were the finishers on Saturday.

The under 15 boys team finished 4th for the season; Taylor Newell was an excellent 5th, Ben Prior 13th, Henri Willett, following his park run win on Saturday, finished 20th, Mason Hambleton was 30th.

Amber Pullinger, who didn’t run on Sunday, was 2nd overall in the league individual championship and her team was 2nd in the league under 15 girl’s championship. Her team for the season finished 2nd but on Saturday only Hayley Instance ran and finished in a season’s best 5th.

The senior men have had a poor season and shockingly on Sunday fielded only 4 runners. However, Keith Martin’s 51st place caught the eye. Don Lawless rounded off a good season on Saturday, finishing 53rd and 3rd in the 50+ section for the whole season. Tim Martin emulated his brother with a pb in 64th spot, Nigel Instance was 91st.

In the senior ladies section Thurrock’s 2 runners excelled. Toni Noble was 21st whilst Jodie Farrell finished 26th to consolidate her 4th place in the FV45 section.

A dozen or so Harriers represented Essex Schools in the South East Inter Counties Match at Bexhill on Saturday.

In the senior section Brooke Mensah’s run indicated she is in her best form. She finished 38th. Other participants, many of them getting their first County Schools vest were Taylor Newell, Hayley Instance, Ben Prior, Lucie Ball, Harry Parker, Keira Scott, Joe Logan and Oliver Mann.

Jason Syrett continued his preparation for the spring Marathon by finishing 89th in the 600 strong field at the Great Bentley half marathon.

Claire Whitbread