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Harlow AC runners shine at West Essex X-Country champs

Athletics / Mon 13th Oct 2014 at 04:53pm

HARLOW AC’s young athletes stormed to victory on Friday 10th October 2014 at the West Essex Schools Cross Country Competition, held at Burnt Mill School, Harlow.

Paul Bailey (Essex Coach and Harlow AC Endurance Specialist) and Harlow AC stalwart Nat Fisher (former coach of Olympian Andrew Osagie) were thrilled to watch so many of their athletes producing stunning performances; proving that hard training, dedication and teamwork pay off!

Representing their schools, Harlow AC’s athletes brilliant results were a victory for Charlotte Pratt and Kai Boggan, winning their respective Year 7 races, followed closely by Savanna Sirkett (2nd), Joe Morgan (2nd) and Ronnie Edwards (4th).

In the Year 8 & 9 races Lewis Harknett produced a stunning run, striding into first place proving he is definitely a force to be reckoned with as cross country season commences. Following him closely into second place was his twin brother Owen Harknett who has made huge improvements over the past three months. Claudia Andrews, after suffering a number of serious injuries, produced a strong performance coming 14th, we are thrilled to see her form returning!

Amy Edwards, one of our very successful triathletes, ran with determination producing an excellent second in the years 10 and 11 race. Furthermore, Sam Randall, achieved a admirable 3rd in the boys Years 10 and 11 race.

There were other notable performances from Zach Newman, one of our excellent sprint team Shaemar Boldizar, Amy Price and Megan Reid.

Gina Bailey, Vice Chair of Harlow AC and Senior Teacher at Henry Moore Primary School, was thrilled when she heard the results.

“The Club is so proud of all our athletes amazing performances. Our athletes pride themselves on embracing the community values of teamwork, sportsmanship and being honoured to represent their town and wear the name of Harlow on their vests.

“We have worked tirelessly for the last five years, with the support of over 20 volunteers and excellent coaching staff to build a strong club. Harlow has many talented young people who have unnecessarily been filtered to other clubs in the past, based on hearsay and misinformation.

“With International level coaches and two Essex County team Managers we are ideally placed to cater for all the athletics needs of Harlow and the surrounding areas.We have proved today that Harlow AC is here to stay.

“We are also lucky to have Andy Smith at Mark Hall Sports Centre, who is working hard to improve the track facilities at the club, with the aim of it reaching competition standard. This is an exciting prospect for Harlow AC and Mark Hall School.

“The future is bright for Harlow Athletic Club, we have had a wonderful track season with a string of International, National and County performances and we are now looking forward to a stella cross country season.
Harlow AC XC

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