Havering athletes impress again
PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 November 2016
Members make their mark at cross-country meeting
Havering shrugged off a clash with the London Youth Games to impress at the latest Essex Cross-Country League fixture held just over the border in Cambridge.
Sydney Foley’s first individual league win led the under-13 girls to their second team victory of the season to stay top of the table, while Chloe Rand’s fifth-place finish was her best so far.
Annie Grannell (14th) and Hannah Johnson (15th) completed the scoring quartet, with Maddie Barker (16th) and Rebecca O’Rourke (17th) right behind them.
Debutant Holly Bradley finished 24th and Morgan Romain completed the squad one place back in 25th.
Molly Sweetman made it three individual wins out of three for the depleted under-15 girls and Katie Rafferty (26th), newcomer Amy Kilner (27th) and Jessie James (29th) secured fourth place as Havering slipped to third overall.
The under-17 girls/under-20 women’s race was badly hit by absences, but Havering’s three-strong squad still finished second to stay top of the table thanks to a fine third from Kate O’Neill and support from Sophie Rand (eighth) and Catherine Barker (15th).
Faye Fullerton cantered to victory in the senior women’s race on her first cross-country outing of the winter, but Tracy O’Neill (65th) was the only other Havering athlete in action.
The senior men were thankful for a new group of under-20s, who helped them achieve a very good second place to keep them in the hunt for the league title.
Rob Warner had another great run in third place, with young Ben Davis in a battling 10th place.
Vet Steve Rand turned in his best performance of the season to take 13th with Alfie Waithaka having a very good run in 22nd.
Under-20 James Stewart had his best result against senior opposition in 41st, with fellow youngster Kieran O’Hara (73rd) completing the scoring.
Steve Walker (83rd), Richard Rowe (86th) and Graham Hogan (91st) gave good support, with Rob Dickenson (102nd) and Aiden Elmore (115th) completing the line-up.
Alex Ford’s second individual victory led the under-13 boys to third place, with a promising run from Billy Titley (15th) and Lenny Houston (18th) and Timi McDaniel (28th) keeping the team second overall.
But the under-15 boys were badly affected by London Youth Games and other absentees and did well to finish fifth.
Ben Naish was first home in 28th, with Louis Berrett two places back and Matthew Edwards (35th) and Luke Chester (38th) completing the scoring four, with Henry Lay and Peter Brinton-Quinn in reserve.
Athletes chase Essex Championship honours at under-13, under-15 and Masters level at Writtle College tomorrow (Saturday), with the under-17, under-20 and seniors contesting their races at Claybury on January 7.
The next round of the Essex Cross-Country League takes place at Great Notley on January 14.