The Essex Seniors Cross Country Championships took place at Woodford Green, London on Saturday. The race attracts runners of a high calibre competing for a county medal and the chance to represent Essex in the inter-county championships. However, the field is far from exclusive with runners of all abilities enjoying competing for their club.

The course through Ashton Playing Fields sees runners doing 3 laps (men do a larger lap than the ladies) with each including a steep hill testing the runners.

The ladies raced first churning the course up nicely for the men. Melanie Candler was first home for Halstead in 58th place followed by Wendy Carter (77th), Nicole Smith (102nd) and Sarah Frost (137th). The ladies placed 19th out of 29 teams.

Unfortunately the men didn’t have enough runners for a scoring team. However, it was good preparation for the forthcoming Southern Cross Country Championships at the end of the month. Wesley Atkins finished in 91st place followed by Richard Candler (107th) and Jon Greenley (128th).

Dan Smith and Andy Wilmot clocked up yet another marathon completing the inaugural East Hanningfield Trail Marathon on Sunday in 5 hours and 54 minutes. Conditions were very sticky and muddy underfoot tackling every kind of terrain as runners navigated a circular route around Danbury.

Elsewhere GB duathlete Maurice Young completed his first race of the season, the Mince Pies Revenge Duathlon, at the Velopark, a one mile circuit accessible from the Olympic Veoldrome. Young completed the 2 lap run, 10 lap bike and 1 mile run in 1 hour 18 minutes.