Runners take on Essex Way relay

Grange Farm and Dunmow Runners' Danielle Robertson leading the way

Grange Farm and Dunmow Runners' Danielle Robertson leading the way - Credit: Archant

A total of 66 teams, including a team from The Netherlands, took part in the annual Essex Way Relay race from Epping Station to Harwich Old Lighthouse on Sunday.

The 82 mile cross-country route was divided into 10 stages, ranging from 5.3 to 11.2 miles.

Grange Farm and Dunmow Runners (GFDR) entered five teams: two women’s, a men’s, a men’s veterans and a mixed comprising men and women.

The race was won by Springfield Striders men, with Benfleet second and Leigh-on-Sea Striders third.

GFDR’s men’s team was the sixth of the 40 men’s teams, the veterans second of four teams and the mixed third of 13 teams. Of the nine women’s teams, Springfield Striders was first, followed by Southend AC. GFDR’s teams took third and ninth places.

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For GFDR, Claudine Davie and Danielle Robertson were the first women in their stages, while Storme Alexander, Pru Hayhow and Octavia Singleton each took second places. Matt Webster was the third man in his stage, with James Huertas taking a fourth place and James Bosher and Dan Reynolds each finishing fifth.

At the end of the day GFDR members gathered at Harwich to cheer in their final runners.

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