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The opening fixture of the season saw CAC starting with a win in the Eastern Young Athletes League as a first step to retain the trophy.

Impressive performances came from all age groups, boys and girls. Scoring 705 points will surely take us to an early lead in the table'! Second here were home team Thurrock on 527 followed by Brentwood`s 301 Enfield, Bedford Lions an Braintree were others involved.         

Starting with the under 13 girls there was triple success for Shindra Ayo-Adeyena , first on the track via the hurdles followed by the high jump and shot putt - three events which show promise in a pentathlon.  Another `A` string wins came from Niamah Taiwo over 200 metres whilst Isla Kehoe  second in the 1500m opened the way for Olivia Clarke to take the `B` string result. Haneefa Bello took two `B`wins, the 100m and long jump. 

From the under 13 boys Mason Sanford won the 1500m, Max Good the hurdles with Matiejus Norkus taking the `B` string and then taking full points in the discus.     

On to the under 15`s and a double for Sam Steadman with victory in the 200 and 300m, events which also saw `B` string wins via Zachery Ikharebone and Jakab Skamia. In the 800 we saw a fine 'B' string win for Luke Webb with Jacob Parrot positioning 2nd in the 'A' string, Jake Reed won the high jump and Dexter Burton the javelin with Tommy Hewitt making it full points here with his `B`sring win – also repeating this in the discus. 

From the girls there came many doubles, Alicia Yalaju winning over 100 and 200. Ezrah Harrold won over 300 and 800 with Ava King taking the second string in the latter. Erin Kelly in the 1500 and Chelsea Clarke ,hurdles, were winners with their team mates Francesca Phillips and Amy Pugsley in the `B` events not bettered by others in the `A` race, Amy won the high jump with Chelsea the `B` with this reversed in the long jump. The throws of shot, discus and javelin were dominated by Chelmsford with Monica Malagala, Saya Saunders, and Madison Poulter in command.  

The under 17 women brought many doubles, the 100m with Olivia Hall and Evelyn Shonde,, the 300m via Sophia Catchpole and Sophia Govrilovic. The 800m with Lottie Wilkin and Daisy Stollery - the hurdles via Amelia Scott and Sophie Catchpole. In the field events Kate Case and Evelyn Shonde took full points from the long jump and Matilda Hewitt and Amelia Scott in the shot putt, Matilda was partnered with Lily Frost in the discus.  

In the men under 17 age group five events brought about full points with wins coming in the 400m via Harry Shorey and Marcus Fazicakerly, the 800m with Ben Smith and Thomas Carter, the 1500m - Jacob Hurrell and Dylan Robbins,-  hurdles- Ben Negus and Harry Lee and the discus with Stephen Adesina and Harry Lee. The later also winning the high jump and the`B` shot. Stephen also took the pole vault whilst Charlie Pyner had success in the high jump.    


Report written and compiled by Roy Meadowcroft


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No fewer than seventeen of our members were included in the Essex teams for the English Schools cross country championships staged at Pontefract, Yorkshire with the junior girls bringing about the best result as they took second place behind Surrey. Brentwood`s Summer Smith tasted a rare defeat being placed fourth when leading the county in but it must be remembered that the schools age groups differ from that used in club competition and here four of the top six were of the older club range. Full marks then to our Ava King and Ezrah Harrold placing 6th and 7th, with Erin Kelly 23rd and Francesca Phillips 79th achieving those second place medals

There was also place medals for the intermediate boys where Jacob Hurrell led the team to third spot with his eighth place. In this event Harry Wright was fourth home for Essex finishing 52nd, whilst the intermediate girls also claimed the bronze medals. In this event Brentwood's Olivia Forrest gained top spot whilst Daisy Stollery placed 38th and Lottie Wilkin 139th from the field of 343 finishers. In the senior age groups Chelmsford athletes led their teams home with Joseph Grange 11th in the boys race in which Finn Rafferty placed 47th and Gregory Martin 104th.

In the girls race Kiera Atkinson finished 14th with sister Kayleigh 62nd and Lucy Nuttall 135th, to the junior boys and Jacob Parrott 41st and Fred Ferman 82nd helped Essex to a fourth place.

And so the cross country season draws to its close -  not  so for the National Championships which should have been earlier this month but cancelled due to weather is to now be staged in September - with the age groups as per this past season. Our under 13 girls must be in the frame for medals then.


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Staged at the new venue of Wollaton Park, Nottingham, our under 13 girls again achieved an incredible first which I feel will not be noted by many. Yes of course Essex were led home by Brentwood`s Summer Smith who has had a wonderful season with first places in all races but of the remaining seven places in the Essex team all were taken by Chelmsford. Ava King 6th, Erin Kelly 8th and Heidi Woodley 23rd completed the scoring team for 38 points to take the title ahead of Yorkshire 79 and the North East on 116. Now Francesca Phillips placed 30th and this would have brought about a club score of just 67 to have beaten all of the counties, yes a remarkable achievement.

Other placings in the field of 298 finishers were Lily Sanford 85th, Isabella Eida 97th and Emma Pickering 226th.

From other races Fred Ferman in the under 13 boys had what must be considered as the best performance placing a most respectable eighth in such a major meeting. The under 15 girls led home by another Brentwood athlete Olivia Forret in pole position found Ezra Harrold 30th and Daisy Stollery 51st - Essex a most respectable fourth behind Scotland, Surrey and Yorkshire. Essex also placed 4th in the under 20 men and here Finn Rattray finished 27th and William Nuttall 47th. It was also 4th for the under 20 women with Chelmsford well represented with Kiera Atkinson 25th, Sophie McCallum 69th and Sophie McCall 109th.

From other events Joseph Grange 13th and Gregory Martin 72nd were in the under 17 men`s race, an age range in which Kayleigh Atkinson 25th and Lucy Nuttall 138th were in the women`s race. In the under 15 boys Austin Kelly placed 59th and Jacob Parrott 153rd whilst in the senior women Rebecca Luxton - classed as a veteran but still showing much younger athletes the way home finishing 63rd and third Essex  athlete home.


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