On an amazingly warm and dry Friday afternoon, primary schools from West Essex School Sports Partnership descended on the new venue of Chigwell Police Club for the West Essex Cross Country Champs, and an enormous crowd of parents friends and families turned out to see an afternoon of year 3 -6 racing.
Seeing John Stow there to support all his younger athletes, they all stepped up and gave amazing performances.
First up, Molly Wain (Epping Primary), pictured in the Year 5 Girls 1500m race, showed us once again her great start, and attacked right from the off, running from the front all the way, a valiant effort! However, she was pipped in the home straight, nevertheless a great run produced a shiny silver medal and a big smile.
The year 6 race had 4 Young Woodettes and was a great race for the spectators. Kezia Beeton (St Johns Buckhurst Hill) won gold, leading almost all the way, with Larna Morgan (Epping Primary) not far behind in a very strong second taking silver. Then there was a three-way struggle for 3rd involving Bronya Overington (Staples Road), who was beaten by a very short margin into 5th, but who was happy to see how much she has improved from last years 8th place. Finally, Ruby Castle (Epping Primary), a very new Woodford girl, placed an excellent 11th place.
The last race of the day, the Year 6 Boys 1500m race, had Jimmy Geller of St John Fisher School and his great school friend and Met league companion Luca Gormley. Jimmy, pictured, romped home to take gold with Luca very happy with his silver and a ticket to the Essex Champs in an SJF team destined for the finals for the 4th consecutive year.
Finally, this eagle-eyed reported spotted Jay Russell, a year 7 Woodie, doing an excellent job hareing, supporting and cajoling many runners home, and he should also be congratulated for his hard work.