Athletics: Havering athletes impress for Essex

PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 March 2018

Havering's Matt Blacklock and Nat Sewell on Essex duty (pic Peter Blacklock)

Havering's Matt Blacklock and Nat Sewell on Essex duty (pic Peter Blacklock)


Havering club members posted a good set of results on Essex duty at the Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships in Loughborough.

Havering's Grant Twist in action for EssexHavering's Grant Twist in action for Essex

Ben Davis (30.50) had his best result in a national event to date in the under-20 men’s race, finishing seventh ahead of his appearance for the Eastern Counties team at a Home Counties International at Nottingham on March 24.

James Stewart (33.52) was 69th to help Essex finish fourth, while Kate O’Neill (23.21) was 12th in the under-17 girls’ race to lead the county team home.

Molly Sweetman (25.00) was 55th and an unwell Sophie Rand battled to 116th (26.25), as Natalie Sewell (15.05) maintained her good form with 20th place in the under-13 girls’ race ahead of Chloe Rand (16.09, 113th).

Matthew Blacklock (13.30) was 32nd and first Essex runner home in the under-13 boy’s event, while Grant Twist (46.15) was 36th in the senior men’s race to earn an Eastern Counties call-up. Clubmate Rob Warner (48.50) was 112th and fourth Essex athlete home.

This weekend sees the club represented at the English Schools’ Cross-Country Championships in Leeds, with O’Neill, Jessica Mitchell and Sophie Rand in the senior girls’ race and Sweetman in the intermediate.

Sydney Foley, Sewell, Maddie Barker and Chloe Rand run in the junior girls’ race, with Sam Atkins (senior), Harry Jones (inter), Alex Ford and Blacklock (junior) completing one of the club’s largest line-ups at the event for many years.

The senior men have two teamss in action at the South of England 12-stage relays in Milton Keynes on Sunday.

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