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Havering athletes help Essex

PUBLISHED: 09:30 20 March 2015

Havering's Katie O'Neill, Becca Brown, Jack Rice, Lydia Hallam and Sophie Rand shone on Essex duty at the English Schools Cross-Country Championships (pic: Jane Hallam)

Havering's Katie O'Neill, Becca Brown, Jack Rice, Lydia Hallam and Sophie Rand shone on Essex duty at the English Schools Cross-Country Championships (pic: Jane Hallam)

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Rice shines on national debut

Five Havering club athletes did Essex proud at the English Schools’ Cross-Country Championships on a hilly and often muddy course on a very chilly day at Blackburn.

Jack Rice excelled on his first taste of a national competition, placing 16th in the junior boys’ race to lead the Essex team home in fifth place, and can now look forward to a successful track campaign after his breakthrough this winter.

A trio of junior girls had mixed fortunes as Essex Schools’ champion Kate O’Neill was pleased to be the first county athlete across the line in 33rd, a massive improvement from her 111th place at last year’s competition.

Sophie Rand was satisfied with 131st on her English Schools’ debut, but Becca Brown was left disappointed after taking a tumble near the start and finding it hard to make up positions, and had to settle for 289th.

Lydia Hallam signed off with her final English Schools’ cross-country appearance and although she was once again part of the winning Essex team, she was unwell all week and could only manage a disappointing 52nd place, having placed 15th at the Inter Counties Championships seven days earlier.

n Havering’s Faye Fullerton took a step back to her old competitive self with victory in the women’s event at the Gainsborough & Morton 10k race in Lincolnshire on Sunday.

Fullerton’s 34mins 5secs clocking was her fastest time over the distance for five years and her second fastest ever and ranks her seventh in Britain this year at 10k.


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