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The results of the Essex Vets and Juniors can be found here

The cold of the past few days gave way to a balmy 5 degrees as the juniors and Vets gathered at Writtle College for the Essex XC championships.

It was another bumper turnout with over 500 runners taking part. The course was fast and muddy, running around field edges, through woods but thankfully not off camber around the reservoir.

The event kicked off at 10am with the U13 boys running over 3k. 23 seconds separated gold, silver and bronze and it was Havering's Matthew Blacklock who took the honours, followed by Jimmy Geller from WGEL with Will Steadman from Chelmsford collecting bronze.

Team:
Gold WGEL
Silver Chelmsford AC
Bronze Havering AC

The U13 girls race was even more competitive over the 3k course as this time only 5 seconds split gold, silver and bronze. Natalie Sewell took gold for Havering AC with Kiera-Jayne Atkinson from Chelmsford just pipping her fellow club-mate Erin Little for silver.

Team:
Gold Chelmsford
Silver Havering AC
Bronze Southend AC

Moving onto the U15 boys and this was always going to be a battle over the 4K distance with good competition. A strong finish saw Aaron Samuel from Ilford AC picking up gold with Kai Boggon from WGEL closing in for silver and Finnlay Lowe from Thurrock Harriers chasing hard for bronze.

Team:
Gold WGEL
Silver Basildon AC
Bronze Ilford AC

The last event in the junior race was the equally competitive U15 girls running the same 4K route. Megan Harris from Basildon AC had a good 14 second lead over Abigail Ives, also from Basildon, to secure gold and silver respectively. A solid performance by Milly Presland of Colchester Harriers rounded out the medal positions.

Team:
Gold Basildon AC
Silver Chelmsford AC
Bronze Havering AC

The V35+ women ran with the V50+ men over 8k and by now parts of the course were starting to churn up. Their course went out beyond the reservoir and just to make things interesting, a water-filled ditch had to be negotiated. Not to be put off by any obstruction Liz Davies, running for the host club Springfield Striders, showed the whole field a clean pair of heels (or should that be muddy spikes?) by winning the race outright by a clear 26 seconds from Colin Read of Orion Harriers.

The final race of the day was the V40 men, standing on the start line in bright sunshine.
This was a much smaller field than in the previous race and was dominated from start to finish by Billericay's Crispian Bloomfield. His winning time of 27.55 was almost a minute clear of Lee Taylor from Southend AC, closely followed by team mate Christian Holmes in 3rd.

Huge thanks to Springfield Striders for hosting the race, course set-up, providing marshals and refreshments. Thanks also to the the Essex referees who, as always, did a sterling job with time-keeping.

Full results of today's races are linked above but here are the gold medal winners for each category:

WV35 Liz Davies (Springfield Striders)
WV45 Wendy King (Chelmsford AC)
WV55 Rebecca Pitman (Springfield Striders)
WV65 Lynn Tanner (Springfield Striders)

V40 Crispian Bloomfield (Billericay Striders)
V50 Colin Read (Orion Harriers)
V60 Dave Butler (Billericay Striders)
V70 Peter Binns (Southend AC)

Runners in Action

Runners in Action

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