Essex Vets Champs 2017

Given the fixture clash with the Met League, it was little surprise that our presence at Writtle College for the County Vets’ Championships was scant, with no women or M40s racing. We at least managed one runner on the start line in each of the age groups for the M50 race; Gareth Cavell on his M50 debut, Alistair Holford (M60) and a lean-looking Roger Green (M70) – unfortunately no scoring team with Andy Coleman’s late withdrawal.

Results

The single lap course took the runners though the college demonstration gardens (no time to look at the plant labels), round the lake (with a short hazardous drop down to and climb up from the lake edge) and out though the fields and woods beyond before retracing its steps back to the finish. Orion’s Colin Read won in 30m07s with Colchester Harriers taking the team gold from hosts Springfield, by a single point. Gareth Cavell managed about a third of race before having to pull out with a recurrence of a troublesome calf strain; Alistair Holford finished 71st of the 125 men (and 10th M60+) in 38m10s with Roger Green just over a couple of minutes back in 40m15s and second of the eight M70s who finished.

Roger Green also travelled to Oxford on Saturday 9th December for the Southern vets where he place a fine 7th in his age group.

Southern Inter-Counties 2017

Freezing temperatures were forecast for Saturday morning and, with the threat of rock-hard ground, there was much talk of sixes, nines or trails in the minibus on the way to Horspath Track in Oxford. With 3 Woodies running for Hertfordshire and 5 running for Essex we were well represented. Walkers of the  course brought back tales of frozen hoof-prints, multiple tree roots, tight turns and concrete bollards to jump, so it was with slight trepidation that the lads warmed up.E Johnson J Geller N Wright SEAA I C 2017

Our first race was the U13 Boys, which featured Evan Johnson running for Herts and Jimmy Geller and Nathan Wright in the Essex team (From L to R above: Evan, Nathan, Jimmy).

Petchey Award for John Stow

Young Athletes Co-Secretary, Team Manager and Coach John Stow was surprised before taking training on Tuesday evening. His fellow YA Co-Secretary, Paul Cheal, gathered everyone present and explained why a 'certain person' had been nominated for, and won, a Jack Petchey Award for outstanding leadership in sport. 

John Stow Award 1

Met League 3 2017: Young Athletes

No less than 35 young athletes arrived at Uxbridge to find a course that was reasonably dry underfoot, although a small stream had to be negotiated, plus a couple of challenging hills. The weather was kind to us being dry throughout the afternoon.

With ten of our best athletes unavailable due to the clash with the Essex Under 13/15 champs which had been held earlier in the day, our task of maintaining our overall lead plus leads in four age groups was going to prove mighty challenging.U11 Girls Met 3 2017

The athletes rose superbly to the occasion by not only maintaining the age group leads but brilliantly holding on to our overall lead too - an unbelievable  performance.

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