March & April 2001

Promoted ladies start with win

Newly-promoted HMAC Ladies carried on from where they left off last season with an emphatic win in their first Southern Women's League Division 1 fixture at Hemel Hempstead. A dominant display from the Under 15s and a senior middle distance clean sweep were at the heart of a 44 point victory. Sarah Deacon - Junior hammer - and Kate Brewington - in a first attempt at the Pole Vault - claimed new club records. (added 28/4/01) 

Sarah Deacon - Ilford 13 Aug 2000

Sarah Deacon - new club hammer best

Sports Hall: Two in Essex boys' win; two girls in action too

Peter Phillips and Terry O'Leary represented Essex in the National Sports Hall Final at Birmingham's Indoor Arena on Saturday last. Competing for the boys' under-15 team, Peter had a particularly successful afternoon taking the silver medal in  the 'all rounder' competition with 264 points, behind Argyll's Oliver Vanwell's 283 points tally. Peter also won gold in the two-lap relay and bronze in the 2-lap race. Whilst outside the medals, Terry performed with distinction, helping the Essex boys to again become overall winners.

Invited to compete as individuals in the Final were Emma Bonny and Christina Kalejaiye and both produced excellent second place performances  - Emma with a personal best of 6.85m in the Standing Triple Jump and Christina with a fine run in the 2-lap race in 21.8 secs, just two tenths outside gold. (added 26/4/01)

Graphic - Norwich Union Sportshall

Emma Bonny: Mayesbrook Park 1 April 2001

Emma Bonny

London Mini-Marathon - Borough's wins for Faye and Megan

Faye Fullerton won her fifth victory in the London Mini-Marathon today.  After previous victories in the younger age categories, the talented Upminster 16-year-old defended her title in the 15-17 age category and hopes to make it three out of three in her final effort in this age group next April in the annual event held over the last 4 kms of the London Marathon course. She also had to endure a post-race TV interview with a clearly unbriefed Sue Barker who asked if GB International Faye would like to be an athlete when she grows up! Also interviewed was Megan Foley, who won the London borough's 13-14 title, placing third in the national counties race.  


(added 22/4/01 & amended 23/4/01)

London Marathon Logo

Faye Fullerton - Haringey 7 April 2001

Faye Fullerton

Club Records for Kate Brewington and Sarah Deacon

Kate Brewington (pictured right) added 8 cms to her month-old club senior ladies Long Jump record in the inter-club meeting at Woodford today with a 5.83m leap - over 19 feet in old money! This was the second club record this week, as Sarah Deacon had improved her club junior hammer record by 31 cms to 35.73m at Crawley on Easter Monday. 

(added 21/4/01)

Kate Brewington Mayesbrook 31 March 01

Fixture List and Handbook Out

The club Fixture Book and Handbook for the Summer 2001 season is now out. Copies can be obtained from the Hornchurch and Mayesbrook club houses. In addition to listing committee  members and officers elected at the AGM on 30 March, and summer fixtures, the handbook lists records as at 1 April 2000.  (added 21/4/01)

Link to Fixtures   Link to Officers


News Round-Up

Debbie Sullivan competed with distinction when she gained her third GB vest in South Korea last week (Sunday 8th). Running the fourth of seven stages in the International Ekiden Relay Debbie covered the 7km leg in 23m 50 secs, the eight fastest on this stage, making up ground on the teams in front. Also in international action was Faye Fullerton, (photo right) who competed in the Balmoral International Road races on Saturday 14th coming home in a creditable 10th place against experienced opposition in an event won by Olympic 800m bronze medallist Kelly Holmes. Lauren Deadman sealed an excellent winter season when she won the British sixth form colleges championships on Saturday 7th, with club mate Lydia Comley in 18th.    


Faye Fullerton Haringey 7 Apr 01

Faye Fullerton ran well at Balmoral

Flying Start as Ladies Retain Alpha Trophy

HMAC Ladies repeated their winning start to the season when they held the Alpha Trophy at Haringey today. Runners up spot by just three points in the senior competition, with 9 individual successes, and a runaway win in the under 15 age group with 11 victories, ensured that the HMAC ladies were clear winners of the combined competition.

     (added 7/4/01)

Kate Brewington 100mH Haringey 7 Apr 01

Kate Brewington in 100m hurdles action at Haringey

Green Light for Hornchurch Upgrade Plans

Club Chairman Doug Tierney told members at the Club's Annual General Meeting, held last Friday, 30 March, that both Sport England and UK Athletics have given unconditional support to the Club submitting an application for lottery funding in order to refurbish Hornchurch Stadium.

The initial concept for the upgrade involves relaying the track and field areas, together with 'new build' at the south end of the Stadium incorporating an indoor training area, fitness suite, weights room and clubroom.

In total, the project is likely to cost around £1million, with funding from the local authority, trusts and the national lottery. The project will also involve the Club being established as a Trust in order to best manage the new facility on a day-to-day basis.

There are numerous obstacles still to be overcome but the Club is now able to press on with its Stage 1 formal lottery application to Sport England in the knowledge that it already has the support of that body.  

If you would like to know more about the Club's plans for the refurbishment, talk to Doug Tierney (01708 341547) or any member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee. (added 6/4/01)


Hornchurch Stadium: No longer "the pits"?

GB Call up as Debbie Sullivan heads east again

After the disappointment of just missing individual selection for the recent World Cross Country Championships, in which she was non-travelling reserve, Debbie Sullivan has been called up to run for Great Britain in Korea in the Seoul International Road Relay this Sunday. This will be the third GB vest for Debbie, coming after her debut in the same event last year, and her selection for a similar road relay in Japan last autumn. She is one of the team of seven competing in the Ekiden relay consisting of 7 legs making up in total the marathon distance of 26.2 miles. (added 3/4/01)

Gold and two silvers in Essex YA Road Relays 

Havering Mayesbrook's young athletes braved the bitterly cold conditions to bring back one gold and two silvers in the team events in the Essex Young Athletes Road Relays at Colchester on Sunday. 

The Under 13 girls trio of Vicky Smith, Leanne O'Neill and Megan Foley were easy winners of the team gold, with Megan fastest overall. The B team of Lauren Clark, Katie Richardson and Robyn Delivett claimed silver medals. The under 17 girls were also among the medals as Faye Powell, Laura O'Neill and Lauren Deadman came home in second place, with Lauren fastest in the age group.     (added 24/3/01 & updated 28/03/01)

Megan Foley double gold in team & individual events

Faye 48th in Ostend World Junior Cross Champs

Faye Fullerton placed 48th out of 126 starters in the World Junior Cross Country Championships held at  muddy Wellington race-course in Ostend today. In a race dominated by the Kenyans and Ethiopians, who filled the top ten places, the Upminster 16-year-old came home as the fourth scorer in the Great Britain team which finished sixth.. 

The recent heavy rain left the grassy course under water and ankle-deep mud in places - conditions hardly likely to favour Faye's elegant style. But she gave it her everything, completing the first of the three circuits comprising the 6km course in 34th of the 126 starters,  almost on the shoulder of the more experienced GB runner Colette Fagan, and ahead of Trials winner Louise Damen. Faye's early efforts told on the second lap, as she slipped back to 45th, some 24 seconds adrift from the three Britons, Emma Ward in 27th, Damen in 30th and Fagan 31st and ahead of Henrietta Freeman in 59th and Liz Lilley in 62nd. Despite slipping back to 48th on the final circuit Faye finished strongly on the last lap to close the gap to finish just 16 seconds and 10 places behind Fagan, while Ward and Damen placed 23rd and 32nd. Faye will have gained valuable experience from her own run and from watching Paula Radcliffe's senior victory at close hand. This will stand her in good stead  for her two further attempts in these Under 20 championships.    (added 24/3/01)

Tony and Neil perform with credit in Lisbon

Tony and Neill Collins performed with credit in the World Indoor Championships for athletes with learning disabilities in Lisbon last weekend. Tony ran in the 3000m on Saturday and finished a creditable 10th (field of 18 ) in a time of 10 mins 14 seconds which is a English record, beating the previous record held by his brother Neil. Tony then competed later on Saturday in the heats of the 1500 and ran 4 mins 44 secs but failed to qualify. Neil ran in the heats of the 800m on Saturday and failed to qualify for the final running 2 min 12 seconds, but later on Saturday ran the heats of the 1500 and qualified as one of the  fastest losers in a personal best of 4m 28. In the final he surpassed himself finishing 5th with a new lifetime best (indoors and out) of 4 mins 18 secs.  (information from Pat Gahagan)   (added 20/3/01)

Neil Collins in Cross Country action this winter

Three win National Sports Hall Final Places

In the Southern Regional Sportshall Final at Newham on Sunday the Essex Under 15 Boys won their fixture against Kent, Surrey and Middlesex.  Club members Peter Phillips, Bob Thanda and Terry O’Leary will form part of the team which goes on to compete at the Birmingham Indoor Arena in April. Phillips, who won the award for best all rounder and Thanda who was runner up, were members of the victorious Essex team which went on to win the national Under 15 boys' event last year. But the  Essex squad, including other HMAC members, were unable to clinch success this time.  (added 20/3/01)


Club Long Jump Record for Kate Brewington

Kate Brewington set a new club senior ladies long jump record at the Winter Warm Up at Mayesbrook Park today. The long-standing record of Tina Castling, set in June 1979 - over two years before Kate was born - fell in the final round of the event held in near freezing conditions after GB U23 International Kate had registered several even longer no jumps. Kate's 5.75m effort was a 5cm improvement on her best and was 2cm beyond the old record.    (added 18/3/01)


Four in line for Petchey awards

The first monthly winners for the year 2001 of a Jack Petchey Achievement Award will be presented with their Certificates this week  Each month an award will be presented to two athletes in the age range 11 – 24 who have achieved or advanced in an identifiable and specific way. Winners will be selected by two Club Coaches, each selecting one athlete, probably but not necessarily from within their training group. 

Charlotte Watkins and Lisa Schofield, the award winners for January, selected by Tony Benton and Linda Smith, will receive their certificates at Hornchurch on Monday 19th, while the presentation for February winners Christina Kalejaiye and Leanne O'Neil, selected by John Galvin and John Deacon, will take place at Mayesbrook on Tuesday.  (added 17/3/01)


Collins Brothers in Lisbon World Champs
Neill and Tony Collins compete this weekend for Great Britain in the World Indoor Championships for athletes with learning disabilities, held in Lisbon. Older brother Tony, 22, tackles the 1500m and 3000m while younger brother Neill,19, goes in the 800m and 1500m. In the 1500m the brothers could go head to head in the hunt for medals.  (added 17/3/01)



Lucky Thirteen in Essex Sports Hall Team

Thirteen HMAC members compete for Essex on Sunday at Newham in the South East Regional Sportshall against teams from Kent, Middlesex and Surrey. Eight girls have been selected - Lucy Sargent, Christina Kalejaiye, Helen McDonnell, Emma Bonny, Megan Foley, Caroline Smith and Danielle Ross. Lynsey Clark and Katie O'Sullivan were also originally selected but are unable to compete. The five boys in the county squad are: Bob Thanda & Peter Phillips (pictured right), Terry O'Leary, Paul Andrews and Andrew Luck. Winning teams in each age group go through to compete in the national final at the Birmingham Indoor Arena on 21 April. Essex have an excellent record in the competition and last year won both under 13 girls and under 15 boys' events.   (added 17/3/01)

 Peter Phillips & Bob Thanda


Late Switch for Faye's World Cross Debut

The IAAF announced today that, as feared, the World Cross Country Championships on 24/25 March will not be held in Dublin due to the impact of foot and mouth disease. Instead the Belgian Federation will take over the running of the event, with Brussels as the new venue and a "challenging and very muddy" course, previously used for the IAAF Cross Country Fortis Cup, replacing the largely flat Leopardstown race track. For Faye Fullerton, who contests the Under 20 race at these championships, it will mean a return to the country where she placed third in the Roeselare race event in November. Debbie Sullivan remains on stand-by as reserve for the senior ladies 8km event. (added 6/3/01)

The IAAF announced on Thursday 8 March that due to the shortage of hotel rooms in Brussels the championships will be held at Ostend instead. (added 9/3/01)

Link to report on IAAF web site 

 Faye Fullerton 

Vet Len Claims Southern M65 Title
Supervet Len Parrott added another title to his collection when he was victorious in the Southern Vets Cross Country Championships for the men's 65-69 age category at Croydon on Saturday.  (added 6/3/01)
Five Mills Eighteenth for Debbie Sullivan

Debbie Sullivan placed a respectable eighteenth in the Five Mills ("Cinque Mulini") Cross Country race in Italy today. The event, which was also part of the Energizer European Cross Cup Challenge Series, and which served as the Italian National Championships and their Trials for World Cross Country selection, took place in deep mud at San Vittore, near Milan. Debbie took 31m 32 secs for the challenging 8km course, in a race won by Yugoslavia's Oliveira Jevic, with Britain's Kathy Butler in runner up slot. (added 4/3/01) 

Debbie Sullivan

Amber Light for Hornchurch Upgrade Plans

Sport England has responded positively to the club's outline plans to refurbish Hornchurch Stadium. In giving a cautious amber light the national body, who will have to approve any lottery funds, have confirmed in principle that they are "very supportive" of the bid but before considering Stage 1 approval, they will need more work done on how the bid will be structured, what the ancilliary facilities might be and what this might cost. The next stage will be a further meeting at the track with club and Sport England representatives.   (added 2/3/01) 

First of many hurdles for plans surpassed?

Five Mills Test for Debbie Sullivan

Debbie Sullivan has been called up to run for England in Italy this weekend, as one of three English ladies who will take part in the famous "Cinque Mulini" - Five Mills - race. Described as "the best cross country race in the world behind the World Championships", the race, held in San Vittore, near Milan, Italy, uniquely involves the competitors running through five mills during the race - hence the name. This trip is a small compensation for Debbie who has just missed out on selection for the World Cross Country Championships, for which she is first reserve. (added 2/3/01) 

English Schools Cross Country Champs Cancelled

The Foot and Mouth Crisis has claimed another victim with the cancellation of the English Schools Cross  Country Championships scheduled for Hylands Park, Chelmsford next Saturday 10 March. With the foot and mouth outbreak first identified nearby at Brentwood, and with several other farms plagued by the disease, the news is perhaps not a surprise but is nevertheless a disappointment for the local athletes who had performed well in the national clubs event at Durham last week. The English Schools Athletics Association announced today that it had cancelled the event "owing to the increasing number of outbreaks of foot and mouth disease across the country, and in deference to the competitors, teachers and parents of the farming community in rural areas".

Meanwhile, the IAAF has indicated that the World Cross Country Championships will go ahead at another venue should Ireland be unable to host them in three weeks. Press sources indicate that Portugal heads the list of countries which will to step in, with the  races relocating either to Villamoura, venue last year, or Lisbon.  A decision is expected next week. (added 2/3/01) 

The foot & mouth crisis may force Dublin to forfeit the World Cross Country champs in three weeks.  


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