Saturday was always going to be difficult with the conflict of the Met League and Essex U13/15 champs on the same day. Nevertheless we enjoy great strength and depth in our junior sections and were able to be well-represented in both competitions. The Essex Cross Country Championship this year also had some added spice in that Essex vests for the Nationals in March were available for the top 6 athletes home.
We are likely to be given just 1 place in the London Marathon this year (to be confirmed by December 12th).
Places will be prioritised in the following order:
- Must be a fully paid up club member
- Those who applied and were rejected in the public ballot
- If we don’t get 3 applicants who qualify under 2, then will open up to other club members
If we have more than 1 applicant at stage 2, a ballot will be held in the clubhouse to allocate the place.
If we have only 1 applicant at stage 2, that person will get the place.
16 Young Athletes travelled to Liverpool to be greeted with strong winds, showers and a course that was extremely muddy following heavy rain during the week leading up to the event. The starting fields for most of the races were between 135 and 150. It was a record number of entries.
The standout performance was an excellent run from Molly Sherrin in the Under 11 Girls race. This was combined with the Under 11 Boys, so a field of over 300 started out on the 1.9 k circuit. Unfortunately, current Essex Schools XC Champion Molly got caught at the start, but she pushed through the field for an excellent 4th place (photo right) behind the impressive winner, Freya Murdoch from Stockport. Behind Molly in the girls race came Isobelle Matheron who ran really well to place 49th. Molly Wain, who has progressed well this season, should feel pleased with 55th.
The 2017 London Volunteer Awards were presented on Wednesday 15th November at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health. Our own Thomas Finch picked up the Young Volunteer Of The Year award.
On the evening, Thomas was supported by mum Helen and (pictured from left to right) fellow officials Simon Wright, Jackie Wright and Kevin Diedrick).
The England Athletics website has a full report on the evening. Thomas's citation features here below.