In the seasons opening Essex Cross Country League fixture at Hockley there were mixed results for Chelmsford - from success for the Under 13 Girls and Senior and Veteran Women teams, down to failure to find complete teams in both the Under 15 Boys and Girls, and the Under 17/20 Women’s races.
The younger girls were led home by Kiera-Jayne Atkinson, who had of course recorded the fastest lap stage in last month’s Essex Championship Relay - and again there was sound support, with the scorers all crossing the line by ninth position.
The Seniors also packed well, on a tough 6.7k course - due to not being able to use the farmers field, two laps of a hilly and wooded course were required. With Rebecca Luxton placing 6th (and hence achieving an Essex selection) they were dominant squad in the team scoring. Rachel Broome was 10th, Wendy Smith 11th, Rebecca Cole 13th, and Megan Williams 27th.
Will Steadman (U13 Boys) and Zach Bridgeland (U17 Men) - both third, and Martha Smith in 5th (U17 Women) were the pick from other events, whilst Harry Tullett will have been pleased with his 16th placing in the Senior Men’s event in his first season as an Under 20, and his first race in the older category.
U13 Girls: Kiera-Jayne Atkinson (1st), Kayleigh Atkinson (4th), Nneka Okoh (8th), Holly Watson (9th), Amelia King (12th), Alice Bower (19th), Mia Bowring (22nd), Sophie Cotton (23rd)
U13 Boys: Will Steadman (3rd), Gregory Martin (18), Cooper Mills (20), Azuka Okoh (32), Lawrence Martin (35), Lewis Waite (39)
U15 Girls: Katie Brazier (8th), Lauren Wood (30), Paige Woodcraft (43)
U15 Boys: William Nuttall (22nd), Samuel Waite (24), Jacob Alexander (37)
U17/20 Women: Martha Smith (5th), Faye Sweeting (20)
U17 Men: Zach Bridgeland (3rd), Harry Clarke (20), Aaron Davis (24), Scott Thomas (25), Mark Beale (49)
Senior Women: Rebecca Luxton (6th), Rachel Broome (10), Wendy King (11), Rebecca Cole (13), Megan Williams (27)
Senior Men: Harry Tullett (16th), Joe Lane (76), Peter Waite (77), Mick Bridgeland (83), Peter Tullett (95), Nick Hunter (123), Kevin Kirby (172)
Report: Roy Meadowcroft, Rebecca Luxton
Photo: Zach Bridgeland