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LAC Women win in Writtle

Loughton AC athletes had an excellent morning out at the Essex Veterans' Cross-Country Championships on Saturday 3 December, returning with both team and individual medals.

Four members of Loughton Athletic Club's women's teams dressed warmly in purple club hoodies and some wearing coats pose in a line with gold medals round their neck next to a member of Essex County Athletic association wearing his chain of office
Essex Vets Cross-country champions 2022

Running over a 5.2 mile course in the race for women aged 40+, Zoe Oldfield and Mary Knapman led the team home in 4th and 5th place. They were backed up superbly by Georgina Taylor and Sharon Palmer who ran strongly to the finish finishing in 33rd and 35th place respectively.

Zole Oldfield in purple Loughton AC hoodie with two gold medals round her neck
Zoe Oldfield, V45 champion

Zoe's performance made her the first finisher in her age category and therefore Essex V45 champion!

The women veterans' team gained the bonze medal in 2021 and are half way through a cross-country season in which they currently sit top of the women veterans' category in the Chingford League and are flying high in the Essex League.

There were also fine performances from the men's team with Kristian Jarvis (V40), Chris Thomas (v40), Robin Daines (V50), Jon Whitehouse (V50) and James Lambden (V60) all running well in their age categories.

Women's V40 race

4. 36:02 – Zoe Oldfield (1st V45)

5. 36:09 – Mary Knapman (4th V40)

33. 41:53 – Georgina Taylor

35. 41:56 – Sharon Palmer

Men's V40 race

28. 33:02 – Chris Thomas (11th V45)

55. 37:30 – Kristian Jarvis

Men's V50+ race

14. 34:02 – Jon Whitehouse

49. 37:00 – Robin Daines

55. 38:00 – James Lamden (12th V60)

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