53/12 Cross country fixture Harwich 5/11/17 CATs Report
Colchester & Tendring athletes roared back to the top of the junior 53/12 League on Sunday at Harwich. Tom Palmer was again first CATs athlete home in 3rd place in the sunshine. Tom was followed in by Aidan Cahill in 4th, then track specialist Sam Shippey in his best cross-country for a while, finished 7th. The ever-reliable Henry Dover was 8th and last scorer was Charlie Regan 12th who is really improving at cross country this Winter. Sister & brother Kaela & Jude Swaine 23rd & 25th made their debuts for CATs with fine races. Finn Rattray 26th Rebecca Ventre 33rd Ally Thorndyke 34th were followed by a group of promising younger athletes: Amy Thompson 40th, Stanley Hobbs 42nd, Erin Rogers 43rd, Mazy King 49th, Emily White 55th, Olivia Woods 69th, Elsa Styles 72nd, Fred Walton (struggling with a heavy cold) 74th, then another debut with Lucy Thompson 79th & little Eliza Shippey 84th......In the seniors race Glenn Hobbs made his CATs debut in 93rd while Warren Page came in 157th over the five mile course.
Essex League Cross Country (Saturday 28th Oct) and 53-12 Cross Country (Sunday 29th Oct) report
The talented Henry Dover in his 1st year of Under 13s left most of the field in his wake (photo) to gain selection for the inter-counties at Oxford finishing 3rd in the Essex league at Horse Heath. Elsie Gray finishing 9th just missed out on a county team place, but still had a good run. Freddy Richardson ran his heart out for 18th in his race whilst Jonathan Lord was 32nd in the U17s. Aiden “Legs” Cahill came in 22nd with Charlie Regan 29 in the U15 boys whilst Amy Thompson was 46th in the U15 girls. The senior race saw a Father & son duo Ben Miller 56th beating his dad Roy 194th who was running his debut race for Colchester & Tendring.
The 53/12 League began again on Sunday at Writtle College. Colchester & Tendring juniors started the defence of their team trophy, which was presented before the race to Tom Palmer (see photo) with 2nd place behind Ipswich Jaffa. In excellent conditions for cross-country running, Tom Palmer finished 3rd, Matt Brayshaw came in 4th and they were followed in by Henry Dover 6th, Sam Shippey 12th & Rocco Viljoen 24th all of whom scored for the team. Other strong runs came from Finn Rattray who was 27th and Rebecca Ventre, on her debut for CATs, did well in 36th. Others who put in good performances were Stanley Hobbs in 39th, Ally Thorndyke 41st, Fred Walton 45th, Erin Rogers 46th, Rachel Sandercock 51st Emily White 52nd Elsa Styles 63rd, Emily Bradshaw 68th Olivia Woods 70th & young Eliza Shippey also making her club debut completed the course in 81st. Lorkan Viljoen was in 88th, Fallon Viljoen in 100th (another debut) and Harry Gillon 109th. The seniors CATs featured Freddy Richardson in 46th Jonathan Walton 149th & Warren Page 156th.
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