Essex Schools the Southern Schools Inter Counties Cross Country Championships

Three Harlow Athletic Club juniors competed for the Essex Schools team at the Southern Schools Inter Counties Cross Country Championships on Saturday 28th March 2015 in Kent.  

Blustery wind and driving rain greeted our athletes on the tough hilly courses.  

Our athletes had qualified to compete for the Essex Schools team following their selections from performances at the Essex Schools XC Championships earlier this winter.

In the year 7 girls race Charlotte Pratt (Mark Hall School) finished in 33rd place from a large starting field. Charlotte's younger sister Jemima (year 3), a Henry Moore School student was crowned Essex County XC Champion (primary schools) last week on Wednesday 25th March 2015.

In the year 7 boys race Kai Boggon (Passmores School) finished in 18th place and HAC team mate Joe Morgan (Stewards School) finished in 20th place, again from a large starting field.

This event concludes the winter calendar for HAC's endurance contingent and we are now focusing our efforts towards to the approaching track and road race season.

Photo below (L to R); HAC's Year 7's Joe Morgan, Charlotte Pratt and Kai Boggon wearing the Essex Schools team colours.


Essex Primary Schools

Harlow Athletic Club (HAC) had an astonishing total of 26 young athletes take part in the Essex Primary Schools Cross Country Championships at a very wet and windy Southend on Thursday 26th March 2015.  

Our athletes who were all representing their respective schools had qualified for the event when taking part in the West Essex Schools Championships which was organised by David Stacey of Church Langley School at Parringdon Sports Club on Tuesday 10th March 2015. HAC supported David with the organising and running of the event which saw the first 3 finishers and winning school team athletes in each race qualify to run at Essex County Championships.

We had amazing results at Southend and pride of place went to year 3 HAC athlete Jemima Pratt who won the 900m race beating around 140 other runners to be be crowned Essex Schools County Champion. Our other results in this race were; Lilly Smith 37th, Millie Carter 39th and Sophie Brennan 65th.

In the year 4 girls race over the same distance HAC's Elizabeth Woods won a brilliant bronze medal. Our other results in this race were; Larna Morgan 18th, Madeleine Bailey 21st, Alicia Bovelle 39th and Sadie Collier 73rd

In the year 4 boys race over 900m HAC's Frankie Edwards was pipped on the finishing line for the bronze medal finishing in a well deserved 4th place. Our other results were; Thomas Smith 26th, Jack Rushworth 34th, Ben Savidge 36th and Rafferty Groat 49th.

In the year 5 girls 1 mile race our results were; Ellie Callaghan 20th, Sian Kearney 70th and Ava Quill 85th.

In the year 5 boys 1 mile race our results were; Darryn Gerty 29th and William Smith 121st.

In the year 6 girls 1 mile race our results were; Mackenzie Cranfield 17th, Ellen Savidge 36th, Katie Brennan 45th and chloe Reynolds 77th.

In the year 6 boys 1 mile race our results were; Alfie Collier 24th, Oliver Carter 63rd and Henry Quill 71st.
Gina Bailey, HAC Chairman and Henry Moore Teacher commented "it was great to see our U11 contingent representing their Harlow schools at these championships. It was lovely to see so many of them wearing their green HAC tracksuits and I'd like to say thanks to the team at Create Identitee in Harlow for designing such a fantastic kit for us".

Photo below (L to R); Year 4 girls Elizabeth Woods 3rd, Year 3 girls Jemima Pratt 1st and Year 4 boys Frankie Edwards 4th




Lee Valley Open Meet


We did amazingly well at Lee Valley Open Meets today.
Mohammed Tambedou came 3rd in his first race with a New PB of 7:20
Came 2nd in his 1st race with a new PB of 7:14
Dylan Ellis came first in his fist race 7:24, new PB and did 7:21 in his second race, joint 3rd. We only had 10minutes to warm up! But it was a fantastic day!


Essex League No. 4

Harlow Athletic Club's (HAC) junior endurance squad were out in force once again at the Essex League XC match held on Sat 10th Jan 2015 and hosted by Orion harriers in Chingford. We had a great day with 1 win and 3 podium places.

Conditions were foul on the day with driving wind and rain and a quagmire of a course. HAC had it's largest turn outs of athletes for many years with 30 athletes braving the elements, which is confirmation the club is going from strength to strength.

Our results were as follows;

U11 girls 1 mile; 

2nd Ellen Savidge 5.47, 3rd Jemima Pratt 5.51, 6th Elizabeth Woods 6.06, 8th Katie Brennan 6.12, 13th Maddie Bailey 6.47, 15th Amity Mignot 7.07.

U11 boys 1 mile; 

7th Ben Savidge 5.44, 8th Jack Rushworth 5.48, 10th Josh Knightsbridge 5.55, 11th Daryn Gerty 5.59, 15th Raferty Groat 6.28, 16th Jacque Mignot 6.39, 18th Dominic Morgan 7.13, 20th Ben Templeton-Knight 13.39.

The time recoded by our U11 athletes are very very fast indeed and given the conditions face on the day, a real credit to the hard work the juniors put in at training.

U13 boys 3.2k; 

9th Kai Boggon 12.16, 13th Callum Parish 12.37, 19th Joe Morgan 12.52, 37th Sam Collins 13.32. The boys were 4th in the team competition.

U13 girls 3.2k; 

Zoe Rutter 12.56 sprinted hard at the end to be awarded joint 3rd place, 9th Charlotte Pratt 13.35, 21st Savanna Sirkett 14.32, 24th Gracie Malcolm 14.49, 28th Mairi Malcolm 18.08. The girls were 3rd in the team competition.

U15 girls 4.2k; 

7th Lottie Rowedder 17.45, 18th Eilidh Malcolm 20.36, Izzy Brown 25.35.

U15 boys 4.2k; 

8th Lewis Harknett 15.53, 24th Owen Harknett 17.35.

U17 girls 5k; 

Run of the day was had by Leventhorpe student Rebecca Vears who won the race in 20.02.

U17 boys 6.2k; 

The ever dependable Donald Campbell was 18th 29.45. Donald is a great role model for the youngsters at the club and we are very proud of him.

The next race for some of our athletes will be the Essex Schools Champs on 17th Jan 2015.

Following all the recent races we know have the following athletes as confirmed for the CAU National Inter counties XC Champs 7th March 2015;

U13 - Kai Boggon (Cambridgeshire)
U13 - Ben Sloan (Essex - reserve)
U15 - Lottie Rowedder (Hertfordshire)
U15 - Katie Champion (Hertfordshire - reserve)
U15 - Lewis Harknett (Essex)
U17 - Rebecca Vears (Hertfordshire)


Harlow Athletic Club's (HAC) members in 3 different county cross country championships. 


Harlow Athletic Club's (HAC) members were out in force this weekend competing in 3 different county cross country championships. 

On Saturday the 3rd Jan it was the Essex county champs held in East London and on Sunday the 4th Jan it was the Hertfordshire champs at St Albans and the Cambridge shire county champs in Cambridge. 

Athletes can select to compete in county championships by either birth or residence. 

Conditions were foul this weekend with driving rain and quagmire courses underfoot.

Our results were as follows (Sat 3rd Jan - Essex champs)

U13 girls 3k - 22nd Savanna Sirkett (15.41).
U13 boys 3k - 11th Ben Sloan (12.56), 16th Callum Parish (13.28), 17th Sam Sloan (13.30) and Joseph Morgan (14.12).
U15 boys 4k - 9th Lewis Harknett (16.50), Christian Barker (18.04) and Owen Harknett (18.25).
U17 women 5k - 17th Amy Edwards (31.14) and Francesca Jarrett (41.12)
U17 men 5k - 22nd Donald Campbell (23.07) and Jamie Rushworth (24.41)
Senior men 12k - 136th Brett Savidge (54.11).

Ben and Lewis have both gone on the Essex squad reserve list for the National Inter Counties in Birmingham on 7th March.

Herts Champs (4th Jan);

U13 boys 3k - 17th James Murphy (12.06)
U15 girls 4k - 6th Lottie Rowedder (19.18) and 10th Katie Champion (20.26)
U17 Women 6k - 5th Rebecca Vears (28.28)

Lottie and Rebecca have gained automatic Herts squad selection for the National Inter Counties in Birmingham on 7th March and Katie is on the reserve list.

Cambs Champs (4th Jan);

U13 boys 3k - 5th place Kai Boggon and Kai has gained automatic Cambs selection for the National Inter Counties.

So, it's been a great weekend for HAC's endurance contingent with 3 automatic county selections and 3 reserve places".



Essex League No. 3 - Braintree Cross Country 6th Dec 2014

Hi everyone details of the event on 6th Dec at Notley Park Braintree.

The time table will run as usual but with under 11's running in the under 13s races at 12noon. On the day please ask for Josie and the under 11's will be given numbers to put on so they can run over the finish line but WONT get discs. Please remind runners to bring pins for their numbers.

The races are at the usual Notley Park and remember you have to pay for parking or you can park at the nearby Tesco free for 2 hours only. Cost is currently £3 at the Park. The address is Great Notley Country Park, Discovery Centre, Great Notley, Braintree, Essex,CM77 7FS.

URGENT The Rangers and Café owners have asked that runners use the basement level back door and not the café entrance. Please remove shoes on entry to reduce the mud and anybody trying to change in the café area will be asked to leave as kit is a café and not a changing room.

Team managers please remind all your runners of this as we have the problem every year and they will stop the race happening if it continues. Thanks so much for your understanding. Please ensure you put your name down in the clubhouse if you are going to compete. We look forward to seeing you all and hope you have a good run


2nd Essex League XC match

HAC's juniors competed at the 2nd Essex League XC match this season at a very muddy Hylands Park at Chelmsford on Sat 15th Nov. The strength and depth of competition in the Essex League junior races is exceptional and the standard was very high across the age groups. There were 24 athletes competing across all the age groups for HAC, with a special pre-league U11 race over 1mile being well supported by HAC's future stars. 



Our results from the main league event were as follows;

U17 Men 6K - 28th Donald Campbell 23.21.

U15 Boys 4K - 14th Lewis Harknett 12.16, 20th Christian Barker 12.32.

U13 Boys 3K - A super fast race with tough competition with 10th Kai Boggon 10.28, 11th Ben Sloan 10.32, 26th Sam Sloan 11.06, 30th Joe Morgan 11.12, 51st Connor Harrington 11.58, 60th Peter McRae 12.19. The boys were 4th in the team competition.

U15 Girls 4K - 7th Lottie Rowedder 13.20, 41st Eilidh Malcolm 16.01.

U13 Girls 3K - Highest place finisher of the day for HAC was 6th Zoe Rutter 10.56, 13th Charlotte Pratt 11.37, 17th Gracie Malcolm 11.57, 20th Savanna Sirkett 12.08, 53rd Mairi Malcolm 51.01. The girls were 3rd in the team race!



the Great South Run.  


On Saturday 25th October 2014 Harlow Athletic Clubs youngsters travelled to Portsmouth to compete in the junior and mini races at the Great South Run.  

In her first major race Jemima Pratt (7) finished in 2nd place in the U9's 1 mile race in a fast time of 5.58 losing out on gold by 1 second.

In the 9-11yrs girls 2.5k Charlotte Pratt (11) finished in 7th place (10.08),  Savanna Sirkett (11) was 10th (10.15) and Maddie Bailey (9) was 68th (12.35).

In the boys 9-11yrs 2.5k race Kai Boggon (11) was 4th (9.18) being pipped on the line for the bronze position with Peter McRae (10) 143rd (11.43).

In the girls 12-15yrs 2.5k race Zoe Rutter (14) was 17th in 10.18.

In the boys 12-15yrs 2.5k race Lewis Harknett (14) was 12th (8.31) with Owen Harknett (14) 38th in 9.30.



first Essex League cross country match


Harlow Athletic Club (HAC) had it's largest turnout of athletes for many years at the first Essex League cross country match of the season, hosted by Thurrock Harriers at One Tree Hill in Essex, on Saturday 18th October 2014. HAC had a total of 29 athletes competing across the age groups on the tough hilly courses. Conditions were gruelling on the day, with warm weather and very hilly and muddy courses.

There were special u11 boys and girls races at the event, which we over 1 mile. Our results are as follows; Charlie Reynolds 2nd, Darryn Gerty 4th and Ben Savidge 6th. Elizabeth Woods 3rd and Ellen Savidge 5th. Other HAC finishers included; William Smith, Thomas Smith, Maddie Bailey, Katie Brennan and Emily Woods.

u13 boys (3.2k)

Our results were; An impressive debut by Callum Parrish in 8th (12.44) , Ben Sloan 12th (12.50), Sam Collins 18th (13.10), Joe Morgan 27th (13.35) and Sam Sloan 28th (13.36). The boys took 3rd place in the team event.

u13 girls (3.2k)

Our results were; Zoe Rutter 14th (14.00), Charlotte Pratt 22nd (14.44), Gracie Malcolm 23rd (14.45), Savanna Sirkett 27th (14.56), Mairi Malcolm 59th (18.33) and Ashleigh Rowland 60th (18.33). The girls took 6th place in the team competition.

u15 boys (4.2k)

Our results were; Lewis Harknett 11th (15.51) and Owen Harknett 36th (16.22)

u15 girls (4.2)

Our results were; Run of the day was had by Lottie Rowedder in 7th (17.13), Claudia Andrews 39th (21.44), Eilidh Malcolm 40th (22.09) and Megan Reid 43rd (24.46). The girls took 8th place in the team event.

u17 boys (6.2k)

Our results were; Donald Campbell finished in 30th position.

u17 girls (5.2k)

Our results were; Amy Edwards 19th (23.40).

Not to be outdone by his team mates, HAC's Kai Boggon made the long trip to Birmingham to compete at the Great Run road races on Sunday 19th October 2014. Kai had a terrific run finishing in a close 2nd place in a time of 9.31 for the 2.7k course!

Our athletes are heading to Portsmouth next weekend for the Great South Run, with the next Essex League cross country being held on the 15th November 2014 at Hylands park in Chelmsford. FYI; we will be selecting the Essex Squad for the South of England Inter Counties cross country at this match to be held in Oxford on 13th December 2014.


West Essex Schools XC Competition



Harlow AC's young athletes stormed to victory on Friday 10th October 2014 at the West Essex Schools XC Competition, held at Burnt Mill School, Harlow.  Paul Bailey (Essex Coach and Harlow AC Endurance Specialist) and Harlow AC stalwart Nat Fisher (former coach of Olympian Andrew Osagie) were thrilled to watch so many of our athletes producing stunning performances; proving that hard training, dedication and teamwork pay off!

Representing their schools, our athletes brilliant results were a victory for Charlotte Pratt and Kai Boggan, winning their respective Year 7 races, followed closely by Savanna Sirkett (2nd), Joe Morgan (2nd) and Ronnie Edwards (4th).  
In the Year 8 & 9 races Lewis Harknett produced a stunning run, striding into first place proving he is definitely a force to be reckoned with as cross country season commences.  Following him closely into second place was his twin brother Owen Harknett who has made huge improvements over the past three months.  Claudia Andrews, after suffering a number of serious injuries, produced a strong performance coming 14th, we are thrilled to see her form returning!

Amy Edwards, one of our very successful triathletes, ran with determination producing an excellent second in the years 10 and 11 race.  Furthermore, Sam Randall, achieved a admirable 3rd in the boys Years 10 and 11 race.

There were other notable performances from Zach Newman, one of our excellent sprint team Shaemar Boldizar, Amy Price and Megan Reid.

Gina Bailey, Vice Chair of Harlow AC and Senior Teacher at Henry Moore Primary School, was thrilled when she heard the results.
"The Club is so proud of all our athletes amazing performances.  Our athletes pride themselves on embracing the community values of teamwork, sportsmanship and being honoured to represent their town and wear the name of Harlow on their vests.  We have worked tirelessly for the last five years, with the support of over 20 volunteers and excellent coaching staff to build a strong club. Harlow has many talented young people who have unnecessarily been filtered to other clubs in the past, based on hearsay and misinformation.  With International level coaches and two Essex County team Managers we are ideally placed to cater for all the athletics needs of Harlow and the surrounding areas.We have proved today that Harlow AC  is here to stay.
The Harlow Star has been invaluable to our success, flying the flag for local talent and promoting sport within the community.  We are also lucky to have Andy Smith at Mark Hall Sports Centre, who is working hard to improve the track facilities at the club, with the aim of it reaching competition standard.  This is an exciting prospect for Harlow AC and Mark Hall School.
The future is bright for Harlow Athletic Club, we have had a wonderful track season with a string of International, National and County performances and we are now looking forward to a stella cross country season.
I am proud to live and work in Harlow, and can't wait to see what the future holds!"