Seven of our young athletes toed the line on a course that was deep in mud for the majority of the route following heavy overnight rain.
Unfortunately, we were without the services of Ben Sloan, who was sick the night before and unable to run for Hertfordshire in the Under 15 boys race. Joe Geller picked up a nasty ankle injury last week and took advice from the physio not to run for Essex in the Under 17 Men’s race.
It's been some weekend for 15-year old Kai Boggon, who has been a key part of this winter's U15 success story.
On Saturday he finished 13th in the Inter-Counties U15 race, a tremendous achievement in itself.
But on Sunday he competed in a major duathlon in Bedford. First, he ran 5K in 16 mins 21 secs. Next came a 20 Kms cycle in 29 mins 21 secs. And he rounded it off with a 3K run in 9 mins 35 secs. This positioned him 5th in the U20 age group.
As a result, he has been selected to represent Great Britain U20s in the World Duathlon Champs in Denmark later this year - aged just 15!
Paul Merrywest, Championship Secretary, Essex AA, informs us that
"A system error has meant that details of anybody who entered prior to 13:00 on 8th March 2018 in respect of the main championships has been lost. Athletes will need to re-input their entry again. I am certain no payment has been taken from their bank account."
Four young athletes made the journey north to compete in these championships.
Sidnie Ward, the reigning South of England and Essex Champ over 800m for Under 17 Men, ran a superb tactical race in his heat on the Saturday to claim first place and automatic qualification into the final. Sidnie sat at the back of the pack until the third lap. He then took closer order and with 200m to run he made a break to coast home in a new PB of 1 mins 59.7secs.