West Essex Primary Schools
Some of our talented Under 11 athletes represented their schools on a very cold, windy day at Chigwell Police Grounds, where the first ten across the line go on to represent their District in the Essex Schools in April.
The year 5 girls race, over 1500 metres, was a close affair with Molly Sherrin, the reigning Year 4 County winner, just holding off a determined effort from Hannah Hardy at the finish.
In the Year 6 girls race, also over 1500 metres, Rosemary Kelly took an early lead to sweep home a good winner with Molly Wain in second during the early stages to press home a determined 4th place.
In the Year 6 boys race a commanding run from Eden McNicholas gave him a comfortable win, some way ahead of the rest of the field.
All our athletes qualified for the Essex Schools with fields of about 40/50 runners per race.
It was also very pleasing to see Jay Russell haring some of the races - well done to him!
A wet and miserable morning was in store for our runners at St Albans.
In the Year 6 girls race, over 1600 metres, with nearly 150 runners starting, Holly Hudson got a good start and was in the leading pack at the halfway point. She then pressed on in her usual determined self to claim an excellent 6th spot, sharing the same time as 4th and 5th, to earn selection for Hertfordshire on 24th March at Prestwold Hall.
In the Year 7 boys race over 2,500 metres, Evan Johnson led the whole race only to be jumped close to the finish and just lost out by a second to the winner. Like Holly, Evan will represent Hertfordshire on 24th March.
In the Year 7 girls race, over the same distance as the boys, Molly Matheron had a superb run to place 9th and gain her first County colours (first 10 selected).
Ben and Sam Sloan started in the Inter Boys race over 5k, with the top 8 being selected for the English Schools Championships. Both are both bottom Year for this age group. Despite falling, Ben had an excellent run to place 3rd and will run in his first All-England Champs next month at Leeds. Sam also ran well for 12th, and will be a named reserve for the same championships.
So an excellent day for our athletes who are already looking forward to the final Start Fitness Met League this Saturday, where our youngsters are aiming to bring back five trophies to Woodford.