Athletics: Winner Kai doesn’t get bogged down in the mud

Athletics / Tue 11th Feb 2014 at 09:04pm

country4HARLOW Athletic Clubs winter team were competing in the last Essex League cross country match of the season at Orion Harriers in Chingford on Sat 8th Feb 2014.

It was hard going for the athletes on the day with very high winds, driving rain and knee deep mud!!

In the U11 boys 3k race, Kai Boggon stormed to victory with Joe Morgan finishing in 7th place and Frankie Edwards in 16th. In the U11 girls race over the same distance, Charlotte Pratt claimed a silver in 2nd, Hallie Copping-Jones 4th, Savannah Sirkett 8th, Ellen Savidge 10th, Katie Brennan 15th and Maddie Bailey 21st. There were 61 finishing athletes in the U11 race. These races were meant to be 1.4K but due to a marshalling error the kids ended up running the U13’s course but theses races were not timed.

In the U13 girls 3K, a much improved Lottie Rowedder finished in 11th place (13.26) beating several members of the Essex girls team in the process, with Zoe Rutter in 27th (14.50) and Asleigh Rowland in 43rd (24.55). Ashleigh missed the start of her race and accidentally gave everyone a 100m head start!! There 46 athletes in the race and the HAC girls finished as 7th place team from 11 clubs.country2country3

In the U13 boys 3K, Lewis Harknett finished in 2nd place (11.11) just loosing out in yet another nail bitingly close sprint finish to Cambs’ Tom Keen. Twin brother Own ran strongly for 15th (12.07). Lewis’ run has earned him a well deserved silver and 2nd place overall in the Essex League after this, the 5th and final match, of the league season.

In the U17 Men’s 6K, Donald Campbell finished in 14th place (24.26) from 21 finishing athletes.

In the Senior Men’s 8K, HAC’s V40 Brett Savidge finished in 117th overall (40.02) being 41st in his age group and Paul Bailey was 125th overall (41.26) being 44th in the same age group. There were 142 finishing athletes in the race. Brett and Paul agreed to run the final race of the season as a bit of fun if the HAC young athletes performed well in the season – and I can say it was hell!!

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