Essex County Relays, Hornchurch

The club had four Young Athlete teams taking part in these relay championships and every team came up with medals.

First up were the heats of the Under 13 Girls 4 x 100m, with 11 teams competing to reach the final. Our team of Tiya Canning, Shona Vincent, Emily Scofield and Zahara Malcolm made it safely through with a 56.1 clocking. With only 3 tenths of a second covering the fastest three teams we knew the final would be close and involve us. The same team ran their hearts out, placing 3rd, just behind Havering and Braintree with the same time as the heat of 56.1. This time ranks our girls 26th in the UK.

Next up were the unbeaten Under 13 Boys 4 x 100m team, in a straight final. The team of Jimmy Geller, Jay Russell, Ettien Miller and Kaiden Chambers were brilliant as they stormed to victory in 53.9, a time that puts them in top 10 in the UK.

Next up were the Under 15 Boys 3 x 800m team with county champion Sidnie Ward running the final leg. Kieran Allgood took control of the first leg running a fine race to put us ahead. Rhys Edwards was brilliant and, although dropping a place, he really stuck to task with great determination. Sidnie Ward was only left with a couple of seconds to make up. He sat back and with 250 metres to go he burst away making 2.03 look like a stroll in the park. Their overall time of 6.30 was superb indeed.

After two 15 minute delays caused by two injuries on the track, the Under 13 Boys 3 x 800m team finally got going after 10pm. Coach Paul Scofield did a great job of looking after the boys during the second delay. Jay Russell set a PB of 2.35 on the first leg to bring us into the lead. On the second leg Nathan Wright, despite giving way to Havering, also ran a PB of 2.34. On the final leg double county champion Jimmy Geller gave his all but silver it was for our boys.

Our youngsters were all delighted with their medals and, although a long evening, it was one that parents, athletes and coaches will remember for a long time to come.