Six Woodford athletes ran for Essex at the English Schools cross country championships at Kegworth’s Stanford Hall, in Leicestershire on Saturday. The result of the day came from Georgie-Lou Sales who finished 4th in the Senior Girls event, 22 seconds down on Surrey winner Loulou Rowlands. Georgie-Lou finished ahead of established names such as Laura Weightman and Blue Haywood and was only 6 seconds off the bronze medal position.
In the Senior Boys event, Gavin Lewis finished 76th and was the 5th Essex counter home. Robbie Meadows was a late call up for the team (having finished 9th in the county race) and ran cautiously for the first two laps, having picked up a calf strain during the week. He pushed hard in the final lap and passed over twenty runners to come home 111th and in the circumstances was well satisfied with the experience.
For the Junior Boys, James Stockings suffered the disappointment and pain of being badly spiked at the start and struggled round gamely for a respectable 135th, but understandably well below what his form would have predicted. In the Inter categories, Sidnie Sales was the 6th Essex counter and finished 161st in the girls race, which was won by Surrey’s Emelia Gorecka. For the boys, Khalid Yusuf was 154th.
The previous Sunday saw the East London Mini Marathon trials taking place over the Hog Hill cycle circuit at Hainault. 21 of our runners were taking part in the Redbridge trials (which were held jointly with the Newham and Waltham Forest trials) and 17 gained selection for the Redbridge team which will contest the pre-London Marathon races along the final two and a half miles of the senior event.
Alex Cornwell, Darren Southcott and Liam Blaikie (1st, 2nd and 3rd) will be joined by Lorcan Murphy (6th) in the 15-17 Boys team. With Becky Hewitt pre-selected, Claudia Conway (1st), Eleanor Flaherty (2nd) and Kate Stockings (3rd) achieved a clean sweep of the 15-17 Girls medals and they will be joined in the team by Suna Yokes (5th) and Amy Grant (7th). James Stockings won the 13-14 Boys event and Sam Robinson also made the team, finishing in 8th place.
For the 13-14 Girls, Amy Doyle, Georgina Ferrari, Ellie Foster and Holly Bedeau were selected after finishing 2nd-5th respectively, whilst Stephanie Smith (9th) has been named as the reserve. Hannah Williams (10th) and Hannah Patti-Belleli (15th) didn’t make the cut and neither did Lorenzo Ferrari (13th) for the 11-12 Boys, but field eventer Maya Bedeau did a fine job in making the 11-12 Girls team having finished 5th.
We also had several runners taking part in the Waltham Forest trials but these results have not been made available yet.