Woodford Green with Essex Ladies' Ed Shepherd takes bronze at South of England Cross Country Championships

ATHLETICS: Shepherd takes bronze for Woodford Green

ATHLETICS: Shepherd takes bronze for Woodford Green

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Woodford Green with Essex Ladies' Ed Shepherd was the club's stand-out performer at the South of England Cross Country Championships on Saturday as he won an Under-20 bronze medal.

Halfway through the race, the youngster found himself in the middle of a 105-strong field but by the end of the first loop, Shepherd had moved up to fifth before a strong finish saw him clinch third.

Green's other two starters in the event were James Stockings, who came 33rd and Locan Murphy who ended up 48th.

Green finished 13th overall in the Senior Men's event at Parliament Hill with a total of 811 points.

Martyn Cryer led the team home, starting off well before drifting backwards to finish 62nd.

Just 35 seconds later, Kevin Murphy was next in, coming 75th, before Angus Holford crossed the line in 94th.

Jim Roche continued his good form by being Green's fourth man home in 164th, two minutes behind Holford.

Seventy seconds after Roche was Gareth Cavell in 204th and he came on top in a 3-way battle with Rob Wilbraham (212th) and Joe Everitt (272nd).

Tony Russell (234th) came from behind to pose a challenge to Cavell and Wilbraham but he ran out of distance.

In the Senior Women's race, Woodford came 41st out of 72 clubs with Jenny O'Sullivan was the team's fastest finisher in 138th.

The club managed to put out two scoring teams in the Under-15 events with the girls finishing 14th out of the 38 teams with a score of 291.

Six girls made it to the start line and Jodi Ratcliff led the team home in 33rd place.

Isabella Hoy was forced to retire, allowing Edie Preece to come through as the second team member home in 51st, just 18 seconds down on Ratcliff and 11 seconds ahead of Rosie Poole in 60th.

Jess Archard, not yet fully fit after illness, closed the team in an admirable 147th.

The boys team finished 36th out of 37 clubs.

Elsewhere, several of the club's athletes were in action at the London Games held at Lee Valley over the weekend.

Joseph Dewar put in two decent runs over 60m, clocking 6.82 in the first race and 6.80 secs in the second. Also racing over 60m was Adrian Stamp (7.08 and 7.18), Jason Greenidge (7.11 and 7.13), Justin Duru (7.12 and 7.14) and Under-20 Oluwakorede Atanda (7.52 and 7.56).

In the women's event, Katie Skelding twice recorded 7.98.

In the men's 60m hurdles, Dan Davis recorded 8.16 in his first race before improving to 8.05 in the second, while over 400m Paul Scanlan clocked 51.29.

Over 800m, Jordan Donnelly opened his indoor season with a useful 1.52.80 while Omar Mansour recorded 1.54.45 and Gavin Lewis managed 1.56.26.

In the high jump, Jack Lochans cleared 1.91m, and in the women's event Ayamba Akim cleared 1.68m.

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