16 Oct

The Essex Cross Country League season got off to a great start on Saturday 14th October with Thurrock Harriers hosting round 1 of the league at One Tree Hill, Corringham.

Blessed with sunshine and great course conditions our Harriers organisers and marshals were able to ensure everything went to plan ensuring the event was a great success.

With 29 clubs and over 600 athletes from across Essex competing, Thurrock’s athletes performed admirably.

We had Alfie Bumstead U13, Rhea Bryan U17, Kirsty Osborn SW, Gosia Baluka W40, Harvey Green SM, David Beatty M50, Olatunde Phillips Akerele M40 and Louis Le Roux M40 competing for the club in cross country for the first time, which bodes well for the future.

Alfie Bumstead 33rd in the U13 Boys.

Rhea Bryan 18th in the U17 women.

Lucas Willett 24th in the U17 men.

U20/Senior Women

Kathryn Spring 15th

Kirsty Osborn 40th

Gosia Baluka 72th

Jodie Farrell 80th

Gloria Bullen 133rd

(141 finishers)
Our Senior Women’s team were 7th overall in Div 1.

U20/Senior Men

Ben Prior 4th

Sarab Dhillon 8th

Chander Dhillon 25th

Taylor Newell 27th

Harvey Green 32nd

Rob Doyle 59th

Tom Peacock 60th

Ifeoluwa Adebusoye 69th

David Beatty 100th

Olatunde Phillips Arkerele 132nd

Louis Le Roux 147th

(257 finishers)

Our Senior Men’s team were 3rd overall in Div 1 which is our best result in years.
Pick of the results has to go to Ben Prior finishing 4th overall and gaining automatic Essex Selection.

There was also an Essex League U11 school year5/6 development race.
Thurrock had a number of girls and boys from our U11’s running in this race:
Charlie Matthews - 13

Edison Draper - 30

Isla Sandford - 38

Finley Maule - 40

Grace Williams - 45

Courtney Ullbright - 54

Chae-Joel Bryan - 55

Asya Nalcioglu - 58

You all did brilliantly.Well done to all our athletes and especially all the club helpers and marshals - a big thank you to them.

Round 2 of the League is on Saturday 28th October at Gloucester Park, Basildon.