Search

Havering show girl power in Essex League

PUBLISHED: 09:54 17 February 2017

Havering under-13s Chloe Rand, Sydney Foley and Alice Atkins celebrate their Essex Cross-Country League title (pic Charlene Foley)

Havering under-13s Chloe Rand, Sydney Foley and Alice Atkins celebrate their Essex Cross-Country League title (pic Charlene Foley)

Archant

Club clinches cross-country titles

Havering's Chloe Rand battles through the snow (pic Kevin White)Havering's Chloe Rand battles through the snow (pic Kevin White)

Snowy Gloucester Park in Basildon proved a tough but pleasing backdrop for Havering in the final Essex Cross-Country League match of the season.

It has been an excellent season for Havering as they secured two team titles for the under-17/under-20 women and the under-13 girls.

It was a fourth victory in five races for the older girls as Jessica Mitchell also completed her fine season with a runners-up placing which put her second overall.

They already had the team title in the bag, but they emphasised their superiority as Mitchell was backed up by Kate O’Neill in third, while Sophie Rand was seventh.

Havering's Alex Ford battles through the snow (pic Kevin White)Havering's Alex Ford battles through the snow (pic Kevin White)

Amy Baggs came home in 13th to complete the scorers, while Catherine Barker (14th) and Emily James (19th) showed Havering’s strength in depth.

The under-13s had already sealed their title, but still confirmed their dominance as their dozen finishers were led by Natalie Sewell in a superb third, while Sydney Foley (fourth) was second overall for the season.

Chloe Rand was a fine ninth, with Alice Atkins (13th) completing the scoring four.

Holly Bradley, Jessie Collier, Maddie Barker, Hannah Yexley and Freya Higginbottom finished between 23rd and 29th place, with Morgan Romain (31st), Rebecca O’Rourke (36th) and Hannah Johnson (37th) completing the dozen.

Havering's Steve Rand, Ben Davis and Rob Warner with their individual awards from the Essex Cross-Country League (pic Kevin White)Havering's Steve Rand, Ben Davis and Rob Warner with their individual awards from the Essex Cross-Country League (pic Kevin White)

Alex Ford’s fourth individual victory gave him the overall title at and helped Havering’s under-13 boys to runners-up honours.

Matthew Blacklock was a fine third, as Sam Bradley (12th) and Alex Kerr (23rd) completed the scoring team, while James Bartlett (25th), Timi McDaniel (26th) and Jack Thomson (30th) also ran.

Molly Sweetman was second in the under-15 girls’ race, but clinched the overall title in style and was backed up by Lily Bath (12th) and Grace Dukelow (16th) as Lucy Priestley (26th) helped seal third overall.

The under-15 boys had their best day of the season, boosted by Harry Jones’ second place.

Havering youngsters helped Essex under-11s to sportshall successHavering youngsters helped Essex under-11s to sportshall success

Alex Friend backed him up in eighth with Dom Jarvis (13th) and Ben Naish (20th) completing the team, while Henry Lay was 22nd and Reece Debenham 36th.

Sam Atkins led the under-17 boys with a fine fifth, while Lewis Debenham was 11th and Oliver Bath 17th.

And the men ended a successful campaign with one of their best turn-outs as 15 athletes toed the line.

Rob Warner was again the star as his fourth place on the day was enough for the individual title, while Ben Davis was sixth to become the first Havering athlete since 2000 to win the under-20 title. The previous winner was Warner!

Vet Steve Rand was a solid 17th to finish second overall among the veterans, with James Stewart (26th), Paul Grange (36th) and Euan Harlow (47th) completing the team.

Alfie Waithaka (53rd), Matt Bland (56th), Kieran O’Hara (75th), Gary Atkins (81st), Steve Walker (83rd), Jason Crispin (95th), Richard Rowe (108th), Tony Collins (131st) and Aidan Elmore (145th) also ran.

The senior women regained their Division One status as second place on the day ensured promotion.

Debbie Appleton was 13th, while sister Jo Sullivan was 31st and Claire Davies made a rare appearance to take 33rd as Lesley Gahagan (59th) completed the scoring and Tracy O’Neill finished 68th.

*Havering’s Dominic Alexandru, Callum Basinger, Thomas Greening and Gidea Park Primary pupil Teddy Matthews helped Essex under-11s win the Eastern Region Sportshall Championships.

The under-11 girls’ team, including Havering’s Stephanie Okoro, Tilly Canty and Charlotte Grundy also triumphed, while five others were in the under-13 teams.

Alex Critchell, Michael Okoro, Daragh Thomas and Patrick McLean-Tattan shone for the boys and Lola Kuponiyi for the girls.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

The Hammers made it two goalless draws in a row as missed chances cost them the three points at Stoke City

Yesterday, 16:13

County side unbeaten in first three championship matches

Yesterday, 15:08

Daggers manager made nine changes to face Cards with an eye on National League promotion semi-final

Yesterday, 14:09

National League: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 (Heard 84) Woking 1 (Kretzschmar 12)

Yesterday, 12:00

After adjusting to life in the second tier, Hothi feels his talented young crop of players can aim higher this season

Yesterday, 10:00

Experienced manager full of praise for Brentwood Town and Soham Town Rangers after they avoided relegation this season

Yesterday, 08:00

Daggers manager likely to significantly rotate squad for visit from Cards

Fri, 16:00

Urchins boss looking forward to a break from football after defeat at Thurrock

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now