Hilly Fields in Colchester was the venue for this year’s Essex Vets Cross Country Championships. It was a proper cross country event in every sense of the word with mud, plenty of hills and rain. There was a great attendance level across the board with almost record entry levels. This year chip-timing was introduced together with weather proof numbers which were timely given the conditions.
In the Women V35+ race Halstead fielded 8 ladies equating to two scoring teams. They placed 10th and 20th out of 23 teams. In the individual results Rachael Roughan continued her excellent form placing 23rd out of 120 runners. Caroliena Cameron thoroughly enjoyed the race finishing in 53rd. There was close packing between Wendy Carter (69), Anna Bambridge (70) and Sandi Robinson-Miller (72). The remaining ladies were Hazel Buist (82), Treena Carder (95) and Nicole Smith (100).
In the MV50+ race Bob Langley finished 45th overall and 7th in the MV60 category. Don English also had a top 10 finish in the MV60 category placing 56th overall. Neil Poulter finished 71st.
The MV40 race is an extremely competitive category. The Halstead men placed 16th out of 18 teams with some sterling individual performances. Nathan Roulson crossed the line in 51st with Tom Porter putting in a sprint to the finish in 57th. Simon Humphrey and Sam Wolton finished in 82nd and 95th respectively. Darren Powell (99) and Anthony Denton (102) enjoyed the support of their spectating club mates as they powered up the main hill and to the finish.
On Sunday many Road Runners got into the festive spirit with the Prince Pie Trail, 6 miles in distance, organised by the Company of Runners from the Prince Louis pub in Great Notley. For the soloists, Caroliena Cameron was the 1st female finisher and 5th overall in 59:37. Rob Frost 2nd overall tag teamed baby minding responsibilities with wife Sarah who was 8th lady and 13th overall.
Emma Healy, Victoria Metson and Kelly Judge had an enjoyable run together in 1:13. Dan Roughan did a little bit of dancing on mud but enjoyed navigating with his running mates Charlotte May, John Warne, Phil Jeffries, Karl Hillman and Nicole Smith. They finished in 1:15.
Wes Atkins got a new PB completing the Perivale 5 mile race in West London in an impressive 29:10 placing 14th overall.
Midweek Shannon Conlon did the Nightmare Trail at the Little Elms pub in Witham. She opted for the 3.5 mile route which she completed with a Mid Essex Casual runner in 1:04 having both got lost and very muddy!
I attach photos of our teams at the Essex Vets XC championships (photos courtesy of James Smith).