We had a tremendous turn out of 14 teams for our opening fixture at a sunny Gosfield School. Our overall results were excellent, with silver for our Under 13 boys team and a bronze for both our Under 17 Men and Under 13 girls. We also had another 5 teams inside the top 6 teams, where the entry was the biggest ever with an average of 18 teams per race.
Unfortunately for the first leg runners in the girls race, the leading group were sent the wrong way midway through their run. However the organisers, who were apologetic, agreed to let the results stand.
We had four teams from a starting field of 20 teams. Abigail Reid on the first leg was well to the front when she was sent the wrong way and this cost the team a possible 2nd place. Larna Morgan took leg 2. The previous weekend Larna had scored a tremendous win in the UK's largest triathlon at Hever Castle, and she held on well to put us in the top 3. Kezia Beeton ran the last leg and stormed through to take the bronze. Worth noting here that Kezia was the 2nd fastest of all runners on legs 2 and 3. The next team home finished 5th. Molly Matheron ran well again, following on from winning the trial races earlier in the month. Rosemary Kelly and Emily Caton, both rapidly improving, helped take us across the line in a fine 5th spot. The next team finished 8th. Bronya Overington, one of the few who managed to stay on the right course in leg one, got us off to a good start. Next off Ruby McRudden, making her debut for us, ran well to hold our place, and she was followed by a fine run from Mary Hardy to bring us home in 8th. Our final team was started off by Macy Huthwaite, who was misdirected more than once. In her first XC race for us Emily Millward then had a fine run, taking a few places, and then the extremely reliable Molly Wain brought us home in 11th.
Again we had four teams from a large entry. Reuben Fabian had a fine opening leg with the 5th fastest overall from 63 runners. Next away was Evan Johnson, who was unfortunate to have a stitch during his leg. Going into the last leg Colchester and Tendring had a massive lead from two of the fastest legs on the previous legs but this did not deter Jimmy Geller one bit. Not feeling well, he nonetheless closed the gap to overhaul C&T, but Chelmsford were going well just in front of our man and they held on for the win ahead of our boys. Eden McNicholas, only a year 7, started the ball rolling for us and had a fine leg to record the 11th fastest time overall. Luca Gormley with the 10th fastest time, pushed us up to 6th, with Nathan Wright running a stormer with 7th fastest leg overall, bringing us home in 4th spot. Ben Savidge was first away for our next team and was unfortunate to take a tumble. This did not put Ben off in the slightest, and he had a good run nevertheless. William Kok, in his first XC for us, and Sid Cody ran the 2nd and 3rd legs for us and we finished in 8th place. Lets give praise to our 4th team, who finished 11th. Thomas Kok, Ronan Edwards and Rafferty Groat are great club runners and very much part of a strong squad of U13 boys.
We fielded three teams, with the majority of our lads bottom year U17s. Videsh Weerakkody set off on the first leg and was not too far down on the leading runners. However on leg 2 Colchester and Thurrock pulled right away from Ben Sloan, who still had a fine run. Kai Boggon set out on the last leg with not only the task of catching the clubs ahead, but also with two excellent runners chasing him in the shape of Lil and Samuel. Kai ran magnificently to catch Colchester and nearly caught Thurrock. However he could not hold off Samuel from Ilford, who ran a blinder, but he held off Lil from Basildon, who is an international 1500 metre runner.
Sidnie Ward started out for the next team and used his 800 metre speed to great effect to claim 9th fastest overall. Sam Sloan and Kieran Allgood, two good county-standard runners, helped bring the team into 6th spot. Credit must go to Thomas Adolpus, Liam Waldron and Matthew Gormley who claimed 13th from 20 starting teams.
Under 15 Girls
We fielded one full team, and how well they did! Miya Maeda, fresh from an excellent showing two days prior in our own schools races, was another victim of being misdirected. Miya held on well, though, to hand over to 300 metre runner Zahara Malcolm. Using this race as an endurance workout, Zahara maintained our fine start to keep us in 6th spot. Hollie McArdell, coming into good form, had good runners chasing down on her but she gave nothing away as she held onto 6th. Credit must be given to Ellen Savidge who ran first leg for an incomplete second team.
Under 15 boys
If anyone deserves huge credit then it is our three boys who ran in this race. All three lads are bottom year U15 boys and are all at an age where they are going through growth spurts. They placed 10th from 13 starting teams with Jacob Hardy, aiming for the English Schools next year, 11th fastest overall. Maxwell Chinn and Jay Russell were the other two runners. We should recognise that Maxwell and Jay are great club runners and always have been.
Under 17 Women
The girls did really well for 4th spot. Wren Maclean-Jackson was right with the leaders, looking good, when they were misdirected. Wren, like Jacob, is aiming for the English Schools next year. Siena Taylor and Georgina Handford, two more fine club runners who deserve much praise, helped the team into 4th spot.
So a fine set of results! And to have 43 youngsters out in our first race was a fine effort from all concerned. My thanks to the parents who transported the athletes to the course - we could not achieve this without your support!