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Holloway and Houghton are stars for the Harriers
6:00am Thursday 18th October 2012 in Sport
ATHLETICS: THURROCK Harriers’ Gemma Holloway laid down an impressive marker for the winter ahead with a dominant win at the first Essex League cross country meeting of the season.
Stepping up to the under-17 age group for the first time over the country, Holloway, 15, was a convincing winner of arguably the highest quality race of the entire meeting.
And it was a race which also included all the best under-20 athletes.
The William Edwards School teenager won the 5km race, at Braintree, by more than half a minute. And in doing so she beat her main rival over the country from last season, Georgia Tuckfield, by over a minute.
It was also an impressive day for Harriers’ Alex Houghton who finished third in the senior men’s race.
It was Houghton’s highest placed finish in an Essex League fixture and one which led his Thurrock Harriers’ team to third place overall.
Alex’s brother Nick was the next Thurrock man home in 19th place, with Steve Prosser finishing three places further back.
The other scoring members of the Harriers’ team were Scott Rice (27th), Alex Finch (42nd) and Dennis Cross (54th).
Other finishers in the senior men’s race were Adam Dowman (59th), David Johnson (69th), Eamonn Shelley (82nd), John Metcalf (86th), Anthony Tobin (92nd), Nigel Instance (99th), Mike Bumstead (105th), Richard Amery (110th), Nick Trendler (115th), John Arthur (124th), Gary Rowlett (133rd) and Jordon Ware (155th).
For boys in the under-13 age group, it was a first chance for them to experience cross-country racing and they all acquitted themselves well over the 3km course.
Jack Exley was 23rd, Reece Soctt 24th and the fast improving Liam Chivers 34th.
Gary Cahill finished an encouraging 10th in the under-15 boys’ race, with team-mate Sam Smith finishing in 26th. Brooke Mensah was 32nd in the under-15 girls race.
In the senior women’s race, Toni Noble was the first of the four-strong Harriers’ team home, finishing in 20th place. Sylvia Bognarova was 33rd, Victoria Peacock 52nd and newcomerJodie Farrell did well to finish 63rd.
This weekend the endurance team tackle the Wix Five miles road race which incorporates the County Championships. For more Athletics, and pictures, see Friday's THURROCK GAZETTE