On Saturday October 28th Benfleet competed in the Essex Cross Country League with representatives in nearly every age category
In the seniors only 4 (Fem) or 6 (Male) count to the total score but it is important to have as many people from the club running as you can affect the points other clubs score even if you are not a Benfleet scorer. It is also great fun and good training often rewarded by homemade cake at the end!
Below are the Team results from the 1st race at Horsheath
Men’s Senior Team (8.5k)
We had 6 men running so all counted towards Benfleet’s score, George Watts was 1st home for Benfleet in an impressive 31.32 a full second ahead of Terry Spooner! Next was Andy Low in 31.46 followed by Michael Feltham 32.47, Nick Rankin with an remarkable sprint finish at 34.12 and continuing his strong battle back from injury Steve Burton at 41.09
Women’s Senior Team (6.5k)
We had 6 women running in this event which saw Dominique Hart as the 1st Benfleet lady in 27.12 an incredible 17th out of 125 runners, next was Nikki Leigh in 29.57 followed Lianne Conners in her new ‘go faster trainers! at 32.16, then Annette Johnson 32.33, Laura Williams 35.30 and Frances Webster in 37.33
The junior categories are run between 5k and 3k depending on the age and we had some sterling performance from all our runners
In the Under 17/20 women Victoria Hiscock continued her impressive form with a 4thplace out of 41 runners and a 1st in the under 20 women’s, and qualified to represent Essex in the SEAA inter-counties xc on the 9th December, next was Abbi-May Walters in 32nd.
In the Under 17 men we had Charlie Sullivan in his 1st Essex league coming in 19th from 37.
In a step up in age category Archie Connors had a fantastic run in the Boys over 15 coming 27th out of 40
In the Under 13 also in the 1st Essex League race Ronan Longman-Young came 38 in the boys race and Lucia De Cristofano 39 in the girls