This weekend at SEAA U15/17 Indoor Champs Lee Valley
Leisha Hunt won a Bronze with a PB of 8.62m in U15G 3 kgs shot putt, which ranked her number one in Essex & the East . She also gained a PB in 60m with a time of 8.33s which ranked her 2nd in Essex and 3rd in the East.
Ruby Bridger also won a bronze in U15G 60m hurdles and a new PB and club record of 9.23s which ranked her 1st in Essex & East and 2nd in the UK.
William Adeyeye also gained a PB in his 60m U17B with a time of 7.16s which ranked him 1st in Essex & 2nd in East.
Gbenga Adewole obtained an U15 60m PB of 9.35s and 5th place in U15 Long Jump with SB jump of 3m73s, his sister Funmi also obtained PBs in both 60m and 200m of 8.84s and 29.34s respectively.
By Dave Staines
Day 2 of the Essex Cross Country Championships produced a mixed bag of results for the Harriers.
Gemma Holloway, who had suffered the effects of a cold in the preceding week, turned in a really gutsy performance to finish 2nd in the senior women’s event. Gemma was probably the youngest in the event but bravely led the field for the first two thirds of the race. In the final third she was hauled in by the very talented Springfield Strider, Liz Davies.
Injury and illness wiped out the rest of the senior woman team which was unfortunate, as they certainly had a strong chance of team medals.
The other medallist was Amber Pullinger, who picked up a well deserved bronze in the under 17’s event. Amber has another year in this age group so can anticipate more success. Consistent Lucie Ball finished 15th in the same race.
Another team to suffer from illness induced withdrawals was the under 17 men’s team. Improving Sarab Dhillon was an excellent 11th. Joe Logan ran well to finish 15th and returning from a long term injury Taylor Newell was 18th. But they needed a fourth member for a certain team medal.
Sam Smith was the only Thurrock competitor in the under 20’s boys. He had a good outing. The fields in this section are always small but very strong so Sam’s 11th place was a satisfying effort.
The senior men were pleased to field their strongest team. Led by Alec Finch in 34th place, they were 14th in the team event, their best performance for a few years.
Scott Rice 69th, Toby Draper 77th, Anthony Tobin 106th, John Green 113th all had their best runs of the season and the amazing V65 Mick Bumstead closed in the team with 130th spot. Keith Martin was 131st, Tim Martin 139th, Bernie Johnson 169th also finished in the strong field where there were 200 starters.
This weekend sees the 4th round of the Essex League which takes place at the Discovery Centre in Braintree. The under 15 boys team are in the running to take the title and the other target is for the senior men’s team to move up into Division One.