Harlow AC’s young athletes take on hilly challenge in Colchester

Athletics / Mon 18th Dec 2023 at 09:21am

COLCHESTER and Tendring, and Colchester Harriers, jointly hosted the fourth round of the Essex Cross Country League. They did so at Hilly Fields Country Park, on the edge of Colchester.

Conditions were tough and the venue lived up to its name. In addition to the undulating course, it was slippery under foot and wind was also a factor.

There were races for all age groups from U11 to veteran. Harison Dodwell and Huxley Richards ran the 1.5km U11 course. Forty-one boys set off and Dodwell finished fifteenth in 4.28 minutes. Richards finished in thirty-fourth in a respectable 5 minutes.

Ben Tucker, who has enjoyed a consistent individual season was once again running on his own. He was eleventh, out of forty-seven runners, and covered the 3km course in 11.29 minutes.

Similarly, Isla Garrett was an individual in the U15 Girl’s race. The girl’s course was 4km in distance and she was seventeenth of thirty-nine, in a time of 17.02 minutes. And another running solo was Eilidh Malcolm in the Senior Women’s race. It was the busiest race of the day with 132 competitors. She ended the race in 50th place, in a very congested midfield, in a time of 30.11 minutes.

The Under 17 Men fared just a little better, mustering two athletes on the day. There was due to be a full team. Sadly, illness saw withdrawals on the day. Sonny Mowatt was nineteenth in 22.06 minutes. Conor McEwan was thirtieth in a thirty-nine-runner field. His time was 23.53 minutes.

Once more, only the Under 15 Boys competed as a team. On the day, the team ended sixth and remain in contention to end the season in the top three teams. There were forty-one runners and George Watkins was the team’s first finisher, in fourth place, over the 4km distance. He ran it in 13.38 minutes.

Next home for the team was Manny Richards. He was twentieth in exactly fifteen minutes. Daniel Hundley was next home in 16.06 minutes and thirty-first. Finally, Thomas Graham came in, in thirty-seventh place, and in a time of 16.57 minutes.

The fifth and final round takes place in February and will be hosted by Ilford AC, at Hainault Country Park.

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