Woodford Green with Essex Ladies’ youngsters were in action as they raced to represent Essex in the English School’s Championships.
In the junior boys’ race, Canaan Solomon enjoyed a return to form following a recent injury, winning by a comfortable 19-second margin.
Solomon bided his time well before making a perfectly-timed break three quarters of a mile from the finish line.
In the junior girls’ race, Woodford enjoyed great success with three athletes in the first five places – all of whom secured their place at the All England Championships.
Bella Hoy secured a bronze medal, while just behind her were Rosie Poole and Jodi Ratcliff in fourth and fifth place respectively.
In the inter girls’ race, Jess Burgess grabbed third spot, with Amelia Barrett crossing the line in fifth place.
Alicia McArdell came 11th on her return from injury, while Abbie Dell finished 31st.
The inter boys’ race saw Perry Rowan claim fourth spot to secure his place at the All England Championships, while in the senior boys’ event, James Stockings finished third and George Hoy ninth.
Holly Bedeau ran well for 17th in the senior girls and Isabel Moss came 21st.
n East London Runners’ Patrick Brown led the way at the Wanstead Flats 5km last weekend.
Brown crossed the line in first with a time of 19.47 and next in from Runners was Regis Martin, who finished in 22.55.
Celia Payaneeandee was the first woman to come in and placed 14th overall, while Ashley Sarangi was just in front in 13th.
Lee Wollaston and David Irwin were not far behind with times of 24.34 and 25.06 respectively.
The Valentine park run 5km saw Alex Haward finish third and record a personal best time of 19.33.
Richard Guest came fourth in the Walthamstow park run in 22.43, while Phoebe Bowman was the first female competitor to cross the line, finnishing 11th overall in a time of 26.00.
Anna Charlton completed Runners’ contingent in 16th.
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea was just one place away from top spot in the Richmond Park 5km, finishing in 20.01, while Mark and David Wyatt came 18th and 78th respectively in the Mile End park run.
Patrick Brown was Runners’ top man again in the Chingford League’s Victoria Park run, finishing 17th with a time of 27.33.
Gavin Stebbing (52nd), Michael Wilson (68th) and Peter Rains (78th) all came in the top 100, while Grant Conway (33.13), Kieran Brown (36.11), Phoebe Bowman (37.03), Sarah Burns (37.29), Emiko Priest (41.17), Ninette Fernandes (41.34) and Fiona Day (41.41) all recorded respectable times.
Runners had eight entries in the Watford Half Marathon of which six managed to register personal bests.
Nobody finished in the top 40 but Manjir Bedi (1.20.44), Mark Boulton (1.23.26), James Wilson (1.27.33), Alex Haward (1.32.34), William Davies (1.45.30) and Ninette Fernandes (2.01.01) all took something home to be proud of as they recorded personal best times.
William Pierce (1.26.33), Alex Haward (1.32.34) and Manhjit Singh completed the Runners’ contingent.