It was another cross country double header this weekend with the second of the Essex League fixtures at Hockley. The temperature had dropped considerably making it bitterly cold for runners and the ground extremely hard in places. The ladies were first to race with Rachael Roughan first back in 36th position. Leigh-Anne Porter finished well in 65th with Anna Bambridge (92nd) and Nicole Smith (96th) making up the scoring team. The ladies finished 16th overall and 10th out of 12 teams in Division 1 on the day. They remain 10th in Division 1 after two fixtures.

The men’s team was depleted from the off with only 5 out of the 6 runners required. Wes Atkins and Jim Clark started strongly. Wes was first for Halstead and pleased with his 51st position ahead of some of his targets from other clubs. Unfortunately Jim got injured on the final lap so did not finish meaning Tom Porter was second back for the club in 109th. Jon Greenley, despite having a bad back, finished not far behind in 114th position. Rob Frost completed the men’s team in 138th. The men finished 19th overall and 11th out of 12 teams in Division 1 on the day and are now bottom of the table after two fixtures.

On Sunday racing was closer to home in the 53-12 League at Abbeyfields in Colchester. The 3 lap course was run in reverse to previous years and offered no cover in places from extremely strong winds. Wes Atkins showed he still had stamina finishing first for the club for the second day in a row (46th). Nathan Roulson (67th), Gavin Ripton (69th) and Stewart Ellis (70th) packed the field well with Ellis particularly happy to have improved on previous performances. Steve May (93rd) and Ivan Filchev (101st) completed the scorers. The men were out in force on day 2 with Sam Wolton (119th), Don English (136th), Andy Carter (168th) and Dan Roughan (197th) also forming part of the team. The men finished 2nd in Pool B on the day and remain 2nd in the table after three fixtures.

Despite having raced the previous day Rachael Roughan was first back for the ladies in 17th position. Also continuing to dominate the ladies scoring team were Caroliena Cameron (32nd) and Mel Candler (40th). Lorraine Garnham put in a good effort to finish in 63rd with Nicole Smith, also racing for the second day in a row, in 74th. The ladies finished 3rd in Pool B on the day and are 3rd in the table after three fixtures.

Attached photo of ladies team at Hockley from left to right – Rachael Roughan, Leigh-Anne Porter, Nicole Smith and Anna Bambridge.