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Essex League XC, Horseheath, 28th October 2017
Saturday saw the start of the 2017/18 cross country season for the Essex League. Hosted by Cambridge and Coleridge Athletics Club at Horseheath Point to Point racecourse. See our Results page for the full results.

C&C put on an early race for the U11 athletes, which was well attended by the young Braintree members. The course was an undulating 1.8km which was well run by our team. Out of the 17 girls in the race we had some first-class performances, there was only a little over 2 minutes between the first and last place. Roberta Dines was first girl home for Braintree in 5th position, immediately followed by Katie Mason. Jessica Pugh was running comfortably and finished 13th, with young Abigail Prince enjoying her first cross country for BDAC finishing strong in 15th.

There were 27 boys in their race, 6 BDAC athletes. It was a fast start and the adult hare at the front looked rather surprised by this! Dylan Robins ran a very strong race and came in a comfortable second place, fantastic start to the season, Dylan has another year in this age group! Oliver Mizon put in a great uphill run to the finish line to secure 10th place, just one second ahead of the next athlete. Alistair Mizon also stayed strong up the finishing hill to finish in 12th. Ronnie Williams pipped another athlete to the post for 19th. Proving that commitment to training and taking part in Parkrun regularly Edward Grainger was close behind in 21st, and Nicholas Grainger in 26th. Those guys must have thought nothing of the hills at Horseheath!

The BDAC U13’s boys put out some strong performances over the 3km course. In a field of 47 boys Oliver Prince and Thomas Wood ran together for the whole course, until the competitive spirit took over up the finishing hill with Oliver just beating Thomas on the line finishing 15th and 16th respectively. Finishing strong and with a smile on his face in his first cross country race came Alistair Moscuzza in 31st.

59 entrants in the U15 boys 4km race were all keen to be up the front competing for 1 of 7 places for Essex selection. Tyler Wiltshire improved on last year’s performance and came second getting that ‘golden ticket’. Only 3 minutes later and still 5 minutes ahead of the final finishers, Haydn Hawkins finished in 45th position. A great result following a strong run only last weekend at the Chelmsford 5k!

Abigail Kerr returned for her 4th cross country season for BDAC. In her first year in the U17 women and in a mixed race of U17 and U20 women, Abi ran a great race finishing the 5k course in 23rd position.

Next up were the senior women. BDAC had 3 athletes take on the 6km course. There were 125 athletes from 22 clubs. Braintree Coach, Josie Sheffield took 53rd position, Liz Cahill came in close behind her in 64th and Lynne Culham proudly sticking by her motto of ‘finish lines not finish times’ came across the line in 125th place.

As the ladies race finished the whistle blew for the men’s 8+km race. This has always been a big event, and with 3 new clubs entering the Essex League this year, the entry list was a massive 220! With GB athlete Adam Hickey leading the race, and carrying one of his shoes for much of this, first place was certainly not on anyone’s mind! Joshua Mulley was the first Braintree athlete home in 91st, 2 seconds later Conor Culham finished. An impressive run only 6 days after his first marathon! Another impressive performance came from David Reaves (I make no apologies for saying he is in the V70 category), he came 176! It was great to see Raoul Grantham making a return after 4 years to the cross country scene, Raoul finished happy in 202nd place, keen to take part in more XC knowing it will improve his road running ability.

Thanks to everyone, parents and athletes for the support on Saturday. We would love to field complete teams for the next Essex League event on 25th November 2017 - Apex Playing Fields, Hockley. Any questions, or to let us know you’ll be there, please email Conor Culham, Team Manager on conorculham@googlemail.com

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