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Havering’s Hallam helps Essex to gold

PUBLISHED: 10:00 13 March 2015

Havering's Lydia Hallam (second from left) and Woodford Green's Jessica Burgess (second from right) helped Essex to gold at the Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships

Havering's Lydia Hallam (second from left) and Woodford Green's Jessica Burgess (second from right) helped Essex to gold at the Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships

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Youngster shines at Inter Counties event

Havering's Matt Bland and Simon Hart won medals at the British Masters 10-mile event in Sidcup (pic: Simon Hart)Havering's Matt Bland and Simon Hart won medals at the British Masters 10-mile event in Sidcup (pic: Simon Hart)

Havering’s Lydia Hallam helped Essex under-20 women win gold for the third year in succession at the Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships in Birmingham at the weekend.

Hallam’s 15th-placed finish in a time of 23mins 15secs was her best ever in the national event and, along with fine results from team-mates Gemma Holloway (Thurrock), Jessica Burgess (Woodford) and Georgia Tuckfield (Chelmsford) helped Essex clinch victory by seven points ahead of Yorkshire.

Isabella Woods was also in action in the same race, finishing in 91st place.

Faye Fullerton came home in 30th place in the senior women’s event, while Kate O’Neill was 47th in the under-15 girls’ race as Essex finished fifth.

Jack Rice was the second Essex scorer in the under-15 boys’ race, finishing 76th, while Rob Warner improved on his 2014 finish by 26 places to come home 118th in the senior men’s competition, just five places off his best.

Molly Sweetman (166th) and Olvier Woods (229th) earned their Essex vests at under-13 level.

Havering’s Michelle Hughes added to her international honours as she finished second for England at their indoor meeting with Wales in Cardiff.

Hughes equalled her 400m personal best of 57.64 in the under-18/under-20 event to help England to victory over their hosts.

Havering’s Matt Bland and Simon Hart won national medals at the British Masters 10-mile Championship at Sidcup. Bland was 21st overall, clocking 59mins 20secs for bronze in the 45-49 years group, while Hart was 14th in 57.32 in his first competitive race after an injury, which earned him silver at 50-54 years


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