COLCHESTER Harriers runner Angus Holford was victorious in the latest 53-12 Cross Country League fixture at Ramsey.

He led from the front to finish more than a minute clear of the field and lead his Harriers team-mates to within 20 points of winners Ipswich Jaffa.

The green vests were happy with the result and a good turnout of more than 50 Seniors and Juniors, for the club.

Backing Holford up was Chris Sellens (11th) who is returning to his best, while 16-year-old Ermeas Aferwerki was a superb 12th in his first five-mile cross country.

Completing the Harriers eight scorers were Olympic race walker Dominic King (12th), the ever-reliable Colin Ridley (16th), Allen Smalls (24th), Tom Cresswell (25th) and Paul Rodgers (33rd).

Harriers' ladies were struck down on the morning with illnesses and injuries but the four remaining participants battled well to ensure the team finished fifth.

Andrea James is running much better and came home fifth, with Ffion Harris (14th), Jenny Richardson (28th) and a brave run by Rachel Rodgers (78th). Other Harriers men to finish: Jon Nears 37, John Fryer 38, Keith Marley 42, Alex Sales 48, Joseph Boden 50, Pete West 57, Richard Flutter 58, Gavin Scanlon 60, Kevin Higgens 63, Simon Smith 66, Russell Goodridge 72, Adam Garrish 79, David Hilson 84, Richard Millward 97, Dan Wilkinson 111, Dave Gayer 115, Martyn Claydon 130, Ian Rattray 138, Pat Marsh 149.

Harriers' junior team finished third with Millly Presland first over-15 girl and 11th overall, in the mixed junior race.

Other Harriers junior finishers: Danny Millward 5, George Mann 10, Milly Presland 13, Harrison Leek 22, Madeline Claydon 30, Grace Rallweed 35, Charlie Parmenter 36, Ella Patterson 37, Emilt Henderson 46, Molly Whiteford 48, Savanna Harrison 56, Isabella Minder 59, Anber Fisher 68, Jes Longstaff 73, Daisy Bulmore 83, Michael Woods 88, Hannah Rodgers 90, Jenny Palmer 97, Charlie Palmer 98.

Harriers' Jordan Rowe ran a superb first leg at the National Cross Country Relays, in Mansfield.

He finished 11th and on the day 14th fastest runner against some of the best runners in the country.

Louise Yates was first veteran at the Round Mersea Duathlon and Rachel Richardson-Wright also competed well.

Chris Panton won the Elmstead Trail half marathon only a week after running the OMM mountain event.

Paul Rodgers won the mersea park run, with Richard Flutter runner-up at the Maldon Event in 18 minutes 49 seconds.

It was a Harriers one-two at Colchester Castle thanks to Laura Shewbridge and Jasmine West.

The club's men were well to the fore with Jon Nears (18m 29s, runner-up) and Andy Raynor (18m 52s, fifth).

They were followed by Ian Haw 10, Richard Boden 11, Lewis Bysouth-Smith 16, Nicholas Kricka 17 and Robert Ferguson 20.

Sarah Sellens was second at the Great Cornard event, while Drew Olley ran 18m 28s to win the Clare Castle Park run.