Please see details of the above Championships and note that the closing date for postal entries for the May Championships is April 14th.
The club had five athletes selected to represent Essex/Hertfordshire at this famous event. Cloudy skies greeted our runners at the Norfolk Showground where the going underfoot was firm and a fairly fast course was the order for the day.
First off were the Junior Boys over 4k, with a starting field of 350 runners. Kai Boggon was up with the leaders early on and one should feel proud of a our lad, never afraid to have a go and he should be pleased with 37th in his first race at these champs. We know Kai was hoping for higher but the experience will have done him the world of good. Kai was 2nd home for Essex. Kieran Allgood only started running with us last autumn and was really chuffed to reach these championships. Kieran was confident he would give it his best .He more than did that by placing 84th and 3rd scorer for Essex - a fine run and a great way to conclude his first cross country season with us. After missing out through injury last year which prevented him running in these championships, 800 metre runner Sidnie Ward also had a fine run for 94th, and 4th scorer for Essex, and just a couple of seconds behind Kieran. Essex were 7th from 45 counties, with all three lads scoring.
In the Junior Girls race over 3,250 metres, Grace and Clare Malcolm toed the line representing Hertfordshire. Both girls had good starts and at the halfway point were inside the top 20. Clare managed to move through from that point to finish 12th, an agonising 10 seconds from an international call-up. Clare was disappointed to miss out and did say that, had it been further, she feels she would have made the top 8. Grace, who had suffered very slight stress fractures on two toes, was fine on the warm up and elected to run in trainers. Grace should be pleased with 60th given her slight injury, and at least she came through unscathed.
I have travelled to many championships of this nature in the past and have never seen all our runners inside the top 100. They must all be hugely congratulated.
2015 European Junior 100m silver medalist, and former World Schools Long Jump Champion, Joseph Dewar returned to competition at Eton, on Sunday, where he ran an impressive personal best of 6.58 secs over 60m to comfortably beat Greg Rutherford who clocked 6.75 secs.
A contingent of the men's winter squad made the 3 hour trip up to Wollaton Park in Nottingham on Saturday for the National Cross Country Championships. The overcast weather, drizzle and challenging under-foot conditions made it a tough day for all. Over a distance of 12K the course consisted of undulations, good firm running, boggy mud and uneven ground to make for a catch-all course. We ended up finishing in 17th place in both the six and nine to-score trophies, which was a par performance for the men who toed the start line in what was a very strong, deep field.