Schools Cross Country League 2009

Last week saw the completion of the schools cross country league organised by the club for local schools in the Epping Forest and Redbridge districts. The event is held over four weeks with points counting for both team and individual events. Prizes are awarded for winners in both team and individual categories. The first race was held at Ashton Playing Fields over a flat grassland course, but the remainder of the races were held on the tough undulating course at Claybury Park, on part of the course used for our home cross country fixtures. The event, which is now in its 16th year, was well attended with twenty five schools, some for the first time, sending teams or individuals over the six age groups for which the races are run.

Essex YA Road Relays

A bronze medal and a fastest lap award was the modest return for our young athlete teams at the weekend’s poorly supported Essex Road Relays at the Garrison in Colchester.  With middle distance eyes turned to cross country, the event (normally held in April) was an unwanted addition to the calendar. However, it gave some of our runners a chance to shine and impress the selectors with inter-county opportunities on the horizon – and this they duly did.

Lauren Stewart interview post-2:51 in Amsterdam Marathon

ImageLauren Stewart produced an extremely good debut marathon in Amsterdam on 18th October, with a chip time of 2:51.00 which ranks her 17th in the UK in 2009. She ran very even 5K splits of: 20.04; 20.04; 19.58; 19.57; 19.45; 20.20; 20.32; 20.49. 

Update: Lauren has kindly told the website editors what was behind her very useful time and, as interestingly, her successful, even pacing.

Click "Read more", below, to access Lauren's story.

National 6- and 4-Stage Road Relays

Our teams produced two very sound performances at the National 6- and 4-Stage Road Relays in Sutton Coldfield today. Our men finished 20th and our women 21st in this very high quality event. With neither team suffering from an obvious weak link, Matt Barnes-Smith and Linzi Snow delivered our fastest runs of the day.

Men's results

Women's results

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