LONDON MARATHON REVIEW: A marathon effort from everyone!

Echo: David Butler

6:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

PLENTY of runners from south Essex have been walking around with aching limbs but with big smiles on their faces this week after completing this year’s London Marathon. Here we have a club-by-club look at those who battled through the pain barrier and made it to the finish in the Mall.

LONDON MARATHON PREVIEW: Paul Whittaker looking forward to debut over 26.2 miles

Echo: Paul Whittaker, pictured right, during last year's Southend 10k

5:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

SOUTHEND AC’s Paul Whittaker will be running his first marathon in London on Sunday hoping it is the start of a successful career over the distance.

LONDON MARATHON PREVIEW: Billericay Striders' David Butler has one eye on national record

Echo: David Butler

4:30pm Friday 11th April 2014

BILLERICAY Striders’ David Butler is hoping a new personal best at the sprightly age of 61 will lead him to a gold medal and, possibly, a national record.

Che Wilson links up again with his old Southend United pal Adam Barrett

9:43am Monday 7th April 2014

CHE Wilson has teamed up with his former Southend United team-mate Adam Barrett at the newly formed Players Football Academy.

Kaylee Dodd: If I had turned down Oklahoma State University I would have forever wondered, what if?

Echo: Kaylee Dodd in her Oklahoma State T-shirt

5:00pm Friday 4th April 2014

BASILDON AC’s talented middle-distance runner Kaylee Dodd has accepted an offer of a scholarship at one of America’s most successful sports universities.

Essex girls prove they are the best in the land at English Schools Cross-Country Championships

Echo: The Essex senior girls team

4:00pm Friday 21st March 2014

SEVEN days after winning gold at the UK Intercounties Championships, Essex’s girls were on top of the podium once again - this time at the English Schools Cross-Country Championships.

Jessica Judd back on track and eyeing summer championships after recovering from injury

Echo: Jessica Judd running for Essex at the Intercounties

3:30pm Friday 14th March 2014

JESSICA Judd’s strong showing in her first race since the Moscow World Championships has restored her belief that she will be back mixing it at major championships this summer.

Gemma Holloway leads Essex's under-17 women's team to gold at UK Intercounties

Echo: Lydia Hallam, Katie Solis and Gemma Holloway collect their gold medals

3:00pm Friday 14th March 2014

THURROCK Harriers’ Gemma Holloway led her Essex team to gold medals at the UK Intercounties Cross-Country Championships.

Sophie Riches receives England call after winning national indoors 1500m title

Echo: Sophie Riches

5:00pm Friday 7th March 2014

SOPHIE Riches thought she had ended her indoor season on the perfect high with a gold medal at the England Championships only to find out days later that she will have one extra race this winter… in the colours of England.

Robert Runciman jumps life-time best for silver medal but can't get better of pal Thomas

Echo: Robert Runciman, left, next to team-mate Thomas Hewes on the podium in Sheffield

4:00pm Friday 7th March 2014

RAYLEIGH teenager Robert Runciman was involved in arguably the most dramatic head-to-head of the England Indoor Championships – against his friend and training partner.

Alex Short left with regrets after fifth-placed finish at English Cross-Country Championships

Echo: Alex Short coming into the finish line at the English Cross-Country Championships

5:00pm Friday 28th February 2014

ALEX Short was left asking the question ‘what might have been?’ after he finished fifth in the junior men’s race at the English Cross-Country Championships in Nottingham.

Adam Hickey's hopes of strong run at English Cross-Country Championships hit by illness

Echo: Adam Hickey at the head of the field in the early stages of the senior men's race

4:00pm Friday 28th February 2014

ADAM Hickey’s ambitions of a leading finish at the English Cross-Country Championships was ruined by illness.

Poppy Lake beats her nerves to shine at her biggest competition yet

Echo: Poppy Lake

4:30pm Friday 14th February 2014

HIGH jumper Poppy Lake is hopeful she has overcome her battle with nerves after shining on the biggest stage of her career so far.

VIDEO AND PICTURE GALLERY: Essex Schools Cross-Country Championships

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6:30am Thursday 13th February 2014

YOUNG runners had to brave the worst of the battering winds, rain and mud yesterday as they competed in the Essex Schools Cross-Country Championships at King John School in Thundersley.

Gianni Frankis turns his focus to summer championships after injury ends indoor season

Echo: Gianni Frankis racing in Glasgow

5:00pm Friday 31st January 2014

GIANNI Frankis has started to look ahead to an exciting summer season after injury meant his indoor campaign ended prematurely.

Essex Schools Cross-Country Championships called off...again

Echo: The Essex intermediate girls team that won gold at last year's English Schools Cross-Country Championships. This year's squad still hasn't been selected

4:57pm Thursday 30th January 2014

ESSEX’S top young cross-country runners will be kicking their heels again this weekend after the Essex Schools Cross-Country Championships was postponed for a second time.

Adam Hickey is boosted ahead of nationals with biggest win of his senior career

Echo: Adam Hickey breaks the tape in Cardiff. Pic: Sport Pictures Cymru

5:40pm Friday 24th January 2014

ADAM Hickey’s biggest win of his senior career has re-affirmed his coach’s belief that he is ready to challenge for the country’s most prized cross-country titles.

Benfleet 15 is at its muddiest best

Echo: Getting started - the runners get under way

12:00pm Wednesday 22nd January 2014

MORE than 500 hardy runners battled through some atrocious wet and muddy conditions to complete one of the toughest ever editions of the Benfleet 15.

Adam Hickey admits he's feeling more confident with every race ahead of Great Edinburgh Cross

Echo: Adam Hickey in Antrim (pic courtesy of

4:00pm Friday 10th January 2014

ADAM Hickey takes on part two of a gruelling run of three top-class races in as many weeks when he races for Great Britain at the Great Edinburgh Cross tomorrow.

Gemma Kersey feeling confident again after impressing on senior international debut

Echo: Gemma Kersey

3:00pm Friday 27th December 2013

GEMMA Kersey is back feeling confident about her running and she showed it during her first senior international in Belgium.

REVIEW OF THE YEAR: A memorable year for athletics in 2013

Echo: Jessica Judd at the World Championships in Moscow

12:00pm Friday 27th December 2013

2013 WAS quite simply a memorable year for athletics in south Essex. From Jessica Judd propelling herself to one of the most talked about athletes in the country, to Hayley McLean becoming European Junior champion and to two of our schools taking on the best in the world.

Essex girls rule at Southern Intercounties

Echo: The under-17 women's team of Gemma Holloway, Georgia Tuckfield, Katie Solis and Victoria Hiscock

5:49pm Friday 20th December 2013

OUR Essex girls proved to be a class apart at the Southern Intercounties Cross-Country Championships.

Adam Hickey: I was determined to come back from European Cross-Country Championships with a medal

Echo: Adam Hickey with his bronze medal and memento for winning his senior Great Britain vest

5:00pm Friday 13th December 2013

ADAM Hickey admits he was in a “world of pain” as he dug deep within himself to help his Great Britain team win a bronze medal at the European Cross-Country Championships.

Alex Short: Racing for Great Britain has given me new perspective on running

Echo: Alex Short in Belgrade

4:20pm Friday 13th December 2013

ALEX Short says making his Great Britain debut at the European Cross-Country Championships has changed his perspective on running.

Adam Hickey helps Great Britain to team bronze at European Cross Country Championships

Echo: Adam Hickey helps Great Britain to team bronze at European Cross Country Championships

2:25pm Sunday 8th December 2013

ADAM Hickey will fly home from the European Cross Country Championships in Belgrade with a bronze medal in his back pocket.

Adam Hickey aiming for the top 15 at European Cross-Country Championships

Echo: Adam Hickey

5:00pm Friday 6th December 2013

ADAM Hickey races in his first European Cross-Country Championships as a senior athlete on Sunday with a tough objective set in his mind.

Jessica Judd up for top BBC award

Echo: Jessica Judd crashes out of World Championships...but picks up A-Level in PE

10:40am Wednesday 4th December 2013

CANVEY’s teenage athletics star Jessica Judd has been nominated for the BBC’s Young Sports Personality of the Year award.

Adam Hickey delighted to make the GB team for European Cross-Country Championships

Echo: Adam Hickey delighted to make the GB team for European Cross-Country Championships

5:00pm Friday 29th November 2013

ADAM Hickey will be back racing at a major championships for the first time in nearly six years after sealing his spot at the European Cross-Country Championships.

Alex Short: It's all a bit surreal qualifying for European Cross-Country Championships

4:00pm Friday 29th November 2013

FORMER Southend High School for Boys pupil Alex Short still can’t believe he will be representing Great Britain for the first time at the European Cross-Country Championships.

Southend High School for Girls all set to host English Schools Cross-Country Cup final

Echo: The Southend High School for Girls teams

6:02pm Thursday 28th November 2013

SOUTHEND High School for Girls will host one of the biggest schools athletics events of the year on Saturday.

Tom Richardson sets sights on European Cross-Country Championships

Echo: Tom Richardson on his way to second in Bristol

4:00pm Friday 1st November 2013

TOM Richardson has set his sights on a place in the Great Britain squad for the European Cross-Country Championships.

Adam Hickey is a class apart in Essex League opener

Echo: Adam Hickey

5:00pm Friday 25th October 2013

ADAM Hickey warmed up for the country’s first big cross-country meeting of the season with a dominant win at the first Essex Cross-Country League meeting of the year.

Kiera Tippett wins team gold at World Biathle Championships - despite broken toe

Echo: Kiera Tippett with her gold medal

4:00pm Friday 11th October 2013

TALENTED teenager Kiera Tippett returned from the World Biathle Championships with a gold medal – despite breaking her toe just a day before the competition.

Training partners Adam Hickey and Gemma Kersey look to build on Southend 10km wins

Echo: Adam Hickey (762) at the head of the field in the early stages

4:58pm Wednesday 9th October 2013

TRAINING partners Adam Hickey and Gemma Kersey are hoping victories at the Southend 10km will serve as the perfect building block as they look for further international honours this winter.

Full Southend 10k results in today's Echo

Echo: Runners competing in this year's 10k

9:01am Wednesday 9th October 2013

See today's Echo for a full list of results from the Southend 10k, plus pictures and reaction from Sunday's big race.

Adam Hickey and Gemma Kersey triumph at Southend 10k

Echo: Adam Hickey

10:16am Monday 7th October 2013

ADAM Hickey won his fourth Southend 10k on the spin in glorious conditions yesterday.

Hickey sets fastest time at relay race

6:00pm Friday 4th October 2013

ADAM Hickey clocked the fastest time of the day at the Essex County Relay Championships.

Runners flock to Southend 10k

10:00am Friday 4th October 2013

THOUSANDS of runners will be pounding the streets of Southend in the annual 10k race on Sunday.

Party rounds off busy season for Southend Athletics Club

7:00pm Friday 27th September 2013

SOUTHEND AC’s party evening rounded off a very busy season with an opportunity to applaud the 200-plus club champions, League winners and those receiving special awards.

Relays medal rush at final day of Essex Championships

Echo: The winning Southend AC 4x100m teams

5:00pm Friday 6th September 2013

SOUTHEND AC’s girl sprint teams were in dominant form at the final day of the Essex Championships at Colchester.

Benfleet Ladies seal their seventh straight Essex Way title

3:00pm Friday 6th September 2013

CLUBS took part in one of the more intriguing races on the county calendar – the Essex Way Relay.

Levi Causton and Michael Shields win bronze medals at English Championships

3:00pm Friday 6th September 2013

BASILDON AC’s young hammer thrower Levi Causton produced the throw of his life so far to win his first national medal.

Gianni Frankis and Hayley McLean win gold for Essex at Intercounties

Echo: Gianni Frankis

5:00pm Friday 30th August 2013

HURDLES pair Gianni Frankis and Hayley McLean both won gold medals for Essex at the UK Intercounties Championships in Bedford.

Kerry Holland breaks own course record in winning Mel Batty 10km

Echo: Runners at the event

4:00pm Friday 30th August 2013

SOUTHEND AC’s Kerry Holland won the women’s race at the Mel Batty 10km – smashing her own course record in the process.

Jessica Judd vows to come back even stronger

Echo: Jessica Judd crashes out of World Championships...but picks up A-Level in PE

3:00pm Tuesday 27th August 2013

JESSICA Judd believes the highs and lows of the season of her life will only make her stronger in years to come.

Heartache for Jessica Judd at World Athletics Championships

Echo: Jessica Judd

4:00pm Friday 16th August 2013

JESSICA Judd was left distraught after being knocked out in the heats of the 800m at the World Championships.

Jessica Judd devastated after crashing out of World Championships in heats

Echo: Jessica Judd

11:02am Thursday 15th August 2013

JESSICA Judd was left distraught after being knocked out in the heats of the 800m at the World Championships today.

Jessica Judd set for the biggest test of her life

Echo: Jessica Judd on her way to winning at Gateshead

12:28pm Wednesday 14th August 2013

JESSICA Judd’s coach wants her to take “every ounce of experience” out of her World Championships debut in Moscow tomorrow.

Robin Womack curses his bad luck at IPC World Championships

Echo: Having a ball — Robin Womack trains while waiting to see if he will be at the Paralympics

12:00pm Monday 29th July 2013

SOUTHEND shot-putter Robin Womack was left cursing his luck after finishing eighth in the IPC World Championships final in Lyon on Saturday.

Hayley McLean's delight at winning European gold medal

Echo: Hayley McLean wins gold

6:00pm Friday 26th July 2013

HURDLES star Hayley McLean has been crowned European Junior Champion barely a year after she nearly quit the sport.


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