Nearly 70 young athletes supported two great clubs with much history over many decades in the past.
In the Under 13 girls this was headed by junior schools international Abigail Reid, posting out a fine solo run of 8 minutes 58 secs for the 2.5k at Mile End. Amana Oguntuga, who has stepped up her running training whilst in lockdown in the absence of her football, posted an excellent 9 mins 22secs. In this age group we had a huge turnout bolstered by many of our Under 11s supporting this event as the minimum age was 10. Jasmine Hall, another missing her swimming, ran an impressive 10 mins 15 secs, tearing up the fields at Church Langley. Even Rebecca Wright, much more a thrower/hurdler/jumper, gave it a go. Another notable effort was year 5 girl Faye Owers, who produced an excellent 10 mins 16 secs.
Meisha Trend-Evans at High Wych, near Sawbridgeworth
In the Under 15 girls event Meisha Trend-Evans, our triathlete, ran on the roads in the countryside near her home in High Wych to record a healthy 9mins 35 secs. Next fastest was Kezia Beeton who looked like she had spent the entire lockdown abroad - she ran 9mins 39 secs.
Take Me Home Country Roads: Ellen Savidge runs her 4K
Our Under 17 duo of Ellen Savidge and Jessica Adams ran fine solo efforts over 4K in 17 mins 11 secs (Ellen) and 17 mins 14 secs (Jess). They had to give way to Belgrave's Maddy Whitman, one of the best in the UK, who ran a brilliant 14 mins 35 secs.
Belgrave completely dominated the Under 13 boys event but from our prospective it’s worth noting that our squad was led home by 10 year old Herts County athlete Rudy Parker-Bayes in 9 mins 55 for 2.5k. Rudy used the cricket pitch in Old Harlow to perform his effort. Again, like the Under 13 girls, it’s worth mentioning the sheer number of athletes we had, most just moving up to the Under 13s.
Nathan Wright ran a stormer to lead the Under 15 boys home in a fast 8 mins 15 secs on the roads close to Chingford. Reuben Fabian, Max Richards and Evan Johnson also broke the 9 minute barrier. These four can feel happy as Belgrave had the Juxon boys, who both performed brilliantly over the country in 2019, filling the next two spots.
Rhys Edwards was our sole Under 17 athlete, but a fine solo effort of 13 mins 52 secs led the way in this age group.