Essex Cross Country League, Basildon 10.2.18
THE Essex Cross Country League concluded with a match at Gloucester Park, Basildon on Saturday. It was another disappointing day as Harlow managed to field only a single team, the Under 15 Girls. There were, however, some notable individual performances.
The hosts put on an Under 11 race of just over a mile in distance and Sam Dawson came home in thirteenth place in the boy’s race.
Lizzie Stables was the club’s sole representative in the Under 13 Girl’s race. She covered the 3.3k course in 15.15 minutes to claim 22nd place out of the forty-one who participated.
In the boy’s Under 13 race Harlow had two competitors. Newcomer, Alex Milkowksi, was twentieth in 13.38 minutes. Jack Rushworth was 36th in a time of 14.42 minutes, there were forty-seven competitors.
In addition to team placings, the league provided individual standings. To be eligible a runner had to have competed in a minimum of three matches over the season. Rushworth’s commitment to the competition was rewarded by being the only U13 Harlow boy to feature on the individual list: he was 24th of the thirty eligible athletes. In the U13 team standings, the boys ended the season in eleventh place out of fifteen and the girls were eighth.
After a good turnout in the very first event, the U15 boys were sadly under represented with no athletes present at all in the last match. It is no surprise that they ended their season in last place.
The U15 girls were Harlow’s most consistent and successful team over the season, so it is fitting that they ended their season in fourth place on the day to consolidate seventh place overall.
Maddie Piron was first home for the team in 19th place, she completed the 4.7k distance in 18.26 minutes. She ended the season in 20th place overall.
Grace Malcolm was next home in 20th in 18.40 minutes. Fifteen seconds later Lois Hale crossed the line in 23rd position. In the overall standings these positions were reversed, Hale was 23rd and Malcolm 27th.
Mairi Malcolm completed the the team and was 36th in 20.02 minutes; she ended the season in 35th position. Her efforts cannot be underestimated as a team required four athletes to be complete and she always made herself available to ensure Harlow had a scoring team.
Reflecting on the season as a whole, club chairman Steve Lott said; “It’s a shame that we couldn’t encourage more to get out and compete, but congratulations to those who did. Particular thanks goes to our U15 Girls and Jack Rushworth who showed great commitment and were our only regular competitors.”
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