Havering athletes make mark at Mile of Miles event

Maddie Barker (left) and Natalie Sewell (right) on the way to success in the under-17 girls race at

Maddie Barker (left) and Natalie Sewell (right) on the way to success in the under-17 girls race at the Chelmsford Mile of Miles (pic Joanne Day) - Credit: Archant

Havering AC’s endurance athletes got back to proper head-to-head racing on Sunday – and enjoyed their share of success.

Chelmsford AC hosted a pilot event under strictly controlled conditions at Writtle University College.

And the Mile of Miles event proved a different experience for athletes, with each race of six runners on a looped course around campus including no overtaking zones on narrow parts.

With over 300 athletes from under-13 to veterans taking part in 55 races over a six-hour period in heatwave conditions, it proved a great success.

Havering’s Natalie Sewell and Maddie Barker led the way in the under-17 age group, finishing first and second, and Hannah Yexley’s heat win was the fifth fastest in the age group.

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Freddie Rowe was fastest of the under-13 boys and Sam Burdett was 17th, while Ryan Carroll (11th) led a quartet of under-15 boys, ahead of Daniel Lammas (17th), Joseph Gray (24th) and Toby Johnson (25th).

For the girls, Lily Blackwell won her under-13 heat and was first of four club athletes in 20th, ahead of Rosie Warner (23rd), Scarlett Woods (31st) and Abigal Rogers (32nd).

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The senior races saw Kieran O’Hara and James Stewart finish 20th and 22nd respectively in a 90-strong field.

Results, under-13 girls: 20 Lily Blackwell 6:33.8; 23 Rosie Warner 6:45.7; 31 Scarlett Woods 7:35.4; 32 Abigail Rogers 7:47.8.

Under-17 girls: 1 Natalie Sewell 5:32.2; 2 Maddie Barker 5:34.9; 5 Hannah Yexley 6:00.3.

Under-13 boys: 1 Freddie Rowe 5:41.9; 17 Samuel Burdett 7:00.1.

Under-15 boys: 11 Ryan Carroll 5:33.4; 17 Daniel Lammas 5:49.2; 24 Joseph Gray 6:00.1; 25 Toby Johnson 6:09.5.

Senior men: 20 Kieran O’Hara 5:02.3; 22 James Stewart 5:05.5.

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