London Youth Games Cross Country – Parliament Hill Sat 16th November

Havering AC athletes helped Havering Borough teams as the girls were victorious and the boys sixth at the London Youth Games Cross Country Championships at a muddy Parliament Hill on Saturday. Saturday.

The Under 15 Girls edged out Kensington & Chelsea to strike gold. Ruby Higgins in eighth, Tilly Canty (12th) and 15th placed Chloe Rand were the scoring three with Nicole Langan 17th, Ruby Naughton (Coopers School and Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets AC) 28th, Isobelle O’Connor 33rd, Hannah Yexley 43rd and Holly Bradley in 113th completing the eight-strong team.

Under 15 Girls

There was a fine third for the Under 13 Girls race as Charlotte Evans was 13th, Hannah Evans 20th and Ruby Tillson 45th the scoring three and club athletes Rosie Warner in 52nd and Faith Wicks 102nd also in action. The Under 17 Women were fifth as Abigail Ives (Coopers & Basildon) took individual gold and Havering’s Sydney Foley was eight, and Rebecca O’Rourke and Ella Burgess 85th & 86th.

There was not such a strong club showing for the sixth placed boys. Owen Fisher (38th), Shane hart (41st) and Max Robbins (83rd) competed for the sixth-placed Under 15 Boys while Nathan Hart (34th), Sean Langan (43rd) and Max Robbins were in action for the seventh placed Under 13 Boys while Luke Chester in 90th was the only club athlete to contest the Under 17 Men’s event, with the team placing 10th

Chelmsford 10k – 17th November

The club had a good turn out in the Chelmsford 10k race on Sunday.

Kieran O’Hara was a good 18th with 36:16 on his 10k debut while 16-year-old Alex Ford, one of the youngest competitors, was a fine 25th with a 37:02 clocking. Morgan Campbell took almost a minute off her best with a fine 38:05 finish to place fourth in the ladies event, and second among the under 35s.

10k Runners

Veterans Steve Walker (43rd – 38:51), Gary Atkins (73rd – 41:51) and Paul Berrett (74th – 42:02) all had good runs while coach Florence Okoro clocked 51:14 on her debut in 221st and Tracy O’Neill posted 51:14 – her fastest time for four years – two places back

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