The off road action continued this weekend with the Essex Veterans Cross Country Championships at Writtle University College. The course was largely the same as the recent 53-12 League fixture but with a few changes and the first proper mud of the season!

Halstead fielded six ladies and four men at the event which attracts the best runners in the county hoping to come away with an Essex medal. The vet ladies and V50 men raced first. Rachael Roughan finished in 20th position followed by Caroliena Cameron (38th), Anna Bambridge (77th) and Wendy Carter (79th) making a welcome return to racing to complete the scoring team. The other Halstead ladies were Nicole Smith (90th) and Val Kerrison (97th). The ladies finished 12th out of 21 teams.

In the Men V50 race Neil Poulter finished in 66th and Andy Carter 84th. The final race of the day was the Men V40 with Simon Humphrey in 57th and Richard Tiller 79th. Unfortunately there were not enough men for a scoring team in either age category but this did not stop all four giving it their all out on the course.

Elsewhere John Warne took on the Festive Forest Challenge, a 20 mile race which raises funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care. This is the second year that Warne has participated in the event. He finished in 3 hours 34 minutes, 27th out of 55 runners and first (and the only runner) in his age category of 65-69.

In case you’re getting bored with team photos (especially of the ladies), I’ve also attached an action shot of Andy Carter.