Herts Phoenix Cross Country Championships

On Saturday 6th January two of the Clubs' athletes competed in the Essex County Championships held in Great Notley Park, Witham. On a bright frosty morning with very muddy conditions underfoot over a largely flat course with a steep hill that had to be negotiated on each of the two laps Afewerk Rossom, competing in the under 20 men's race ran a steady well controlled race to finish in an excellent third place, having not been able to train for the previous two weeks due to a heavy cold and only finally deciding to compete as he made his way to the start line. His team mate Amaniel Tesfay also had a very good race to finish in 12th place

Individual results

Under 20 men - 8000 metres approx

Afewerk Rossom 3rd 26.56

Amaniel Tesfay 12th 30.27

21 finishers

On Sunday 7th January about 30 of the club's athletes in all age groups competed in the Hertfordshire County Championships held in Cassiobury Park, Watford. In contrast to the previous day the weather was very dull with a bitterly cold wind sweeping across the park. The underfoot conditions in the park area were good for the athletes, however, for those who had to run in the wooded areas conditions were much tougher and muddier and all athletes had a long relentless uphill run to the finishing funnel. The under 11 girls made an excellent start to the meeting with Tilly Major winning the race just one second in front of team mate D'arcy Wright and Caitie Reid coming home in 4th place to wrap up the Team award, Willow Thomas finished in 11th place. Ethan Primett had an excellent race being just pipped on the line to come second, but given the same time as the winner and together with team mates George Ward 10th and John Sporborg 11th coming second in the Team competition. Freya Stapleton continued her excellent recent form to comfortably win the under 15 girls' race and Lottie Rowedder ran very strongly to repeat last year's win in the under 17 women's race by just over a minute from the second placer. Joe Smith finished in 4th place in the Under 17 men's race. George Cook in his first cross country race for some time ran well to come second in the under 20 men's race. In the final event of the day John Eves easily won the Senior men's race with a margin of almost a minute over his nearest rival.

Individual results

Under 11 Girls - 1500 metres

Tilly Major 1st 6:35

D'arcy Wright 2nd 6:36

Caitie Reid 4th 6:43

Willow Thomas 11th 7:21

Team 1st - 25 finishers

Under 13 Girls - 3000 metres

Niamh Kelly 12th 11:55

Mary-Rose Sporborg 14th 12:09

Lily Harrison-Stokoe 24th 12:56

Team 5th - 32 finishers

Under 15 Girls - 4500 metres

Freya Stapleton 1st 17:57

Sarah Crooks 20th 23:50

23 finishers

Under 17 Women - 6000 metres

Lottie Rowedder 1st 21:55

16 finishers

Senior Women - 8000 metres

Alicia Found 18th 34:53

Elizabeth Doyle 62nd 42:19

90 finishers

Under 11 Boys - 1500 metres

Reuben White 15th 6:45

Alex Roberts 24th 7:05

Toby Cracknell 25th 7:07

Dexter Moor 26th 7:08

George Dumont 35th 7:47

Max Peat 36th 7:55

Benjamin Dorman 37th 7:56

Ciaran Sweeney 46th 8:54

Teams 7th & 10th - 49 finishers

Under 13 Boys - 3000 metres

Ethan Primett 2nd 10:02

George Ward 10th 10:53

John Sporborg 11th 10:56

Benjamin Carter 28th 11:47

Gabriel Thornton 30th 12:15

Benjamin Gill 32nd 12:31

Daniel Biddulph 42nd 13:14

Teams 2nd & 11th - 45 finishers

Under 15 Boys - 4500 metres

Daniel Gill 13th 18:28

Ben Crooks 24th 19:11

33 finishers

Under 17 Men - 6000 metres

Joe Smith 4th 20:28

Elliot Breen 13th 23:16

16 finished

Under 20 Men - 8000 metres

George Cook 2nd 27:58

Adam Hughes 4th 29:14

10 finishers

Senior Men - 12000 metres

John Eves 1st 38:46

Richard Bloom 112th 56:38

132 finishers

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