April 2004 to July 2004

Round Up - 24th & 25th July

Faye Fullerton and Sarah Deacon were in international action for the GB U23 team at Manchester on Saturday. Faye placed third in the 1500mwhile Sarah was seventh in her international debut. Kate Brewington was also in weekend action, winning the long jump for the South of England team at Solihull in an Inter-Area match. Sara Luck beat the 4000 point barrier for the heptathlon by the narrowest of margins in difficult conditions at Bedford. She improved her 100m hurdles PB to 16.58s but the conditions ruled out good results to score 4001 pts to take South of England u20 silver. Nicola Hill placed tenth in the u15 girls pentathlon in a new PB score, with new individual bests in the long jump and shot. Also at Bedford in the vets champs Lesley Felton won W45 800m gold and Gary Howard took M40 silver for 5000m.  added 28/07/04

NJAL Men win League - now for qualifier

The NJAL men placed second at Woodford to win the Thames Division and qualify for the promotion match at Hendon at the end of August. They are just one step away from joining the ladies' team in the Southern Premier Division. On the way there were some excellent results and PB performances. Ashley Reece recorded a B 800m / 1500m double, the latter in a new PB, as he battled it out with Martin Heys, who came out on top and took A string honours. A busy Scott Keating piled up points and won high jump A with partner Mark Connelly taking the B.  added 27/07/04

EYAL win at Ware

The combined EYAL team won against hosts Herts Phoenix to virtually book their place in the end of season final. English Schools medallist Bonne Buwembo stretched his u15 javelin record again to 54.22m and but on the track the strong headwinds ruled out fast times - although U15 Eugene Ayanful defied the elements with another fast 100m time. There were some fine match winning performances in all age groups as team managers Sue Deane & Colin McVicar juggled their resources to good effect.   added 25/07/04 & pics added 27/07/04

Junior Women fourth - now in final

Lucy Sargent ran faster than any club woman as she clocked a fantastic 23.6s for 200m aided by a strong following wind as the NJAL Women booked their place in the National final when placing 4th at Haringey today. Lucy's win earned her the Athlete of the Match award and was backed up by her long jump success and she later helped the sprint relay team to place 2nd. Katie Richardson starred with a 400m/800m PB double and Helen Roche ran a PB for 800m B string second. Kara Graham equalled her 100m PB & added a windy 200m PB, while Emma Christmas was again in javelin PB form, as was Lynsey Clark in the long jump. B string field wins came from Mel Harrison (javelin) and Jessica Mole (shot) and Harriet Scott was a B 3000m victor as the weakened team did enough to finish third in the division.  added 25/07/04 & updated 26/07/04

PBs and records in home NYAL

Warm conditions and favourable winds resulted in a glut of PBs and three club records in the fourth round NYAL fixture at Mayesbrook yesterday. Chloe van Wulven set the scene in the first event by making the u17w 300m hurdles record her own in 45.4s, before Eugene Ayanful ran 11.2s for a new u15 boys 100m record behind English schools champion and Athlete of the match James Alaka. Ashley Reece missed out on a sub 9m clocking for u17M 3000m when he eased across the line and equalled the record at 9:00.2s. The u15 boys turned in a good performance. Overall the boys were second and the girls third, with the combined team comfortably beating Woodford for second as Blackheath & Bromley piled on the points. added 19/07/04 and pics added 23/07/04

Chloe wins for England
Chloe van Wulven gained her first international victory when she won in England colours at Chelmsford on Saturday in the Home Countries Schools International.  Competing for England Schools for the third time, , she was always in control and came home by five- hundredths over Schools runner-up Vicky Garrard, clocking 11.55s into a headwind. Faye Fullerton travelled to Cardiff on Saturday as Britainís 800m runnersí search for late Olympic qualifying times in a British Milerís club event fell foul of the cold & blustery conditions.  With pacemakers towing the field through a fast first lap Faye was last at the bell in 59secs, but came through strongly as the leaders faded to finish fourth in a new PB of 2m 6.84s.. Kate Brewington took part in the European Permit Meeting at Loughborough on Saturday, clocking 14.13s for second in the B hurdles final. This Saturday Sarah Deacon gains her first international when she competes in the hammer for the GB Under 23 team in a three-way international against Germany and Italy at the new Manchester stadium. Her international call comes after her recent AAAs silver medal.  added 21/07/04 

Short-handed cup team

A short-handed combined menís and womenís team took part in the cup semi-final at Hendon on Sunday. With only one team progressing to next monthís final there was limited incentive to field a full squad, and the menís side registered a token presence. The women gave a good performance with victories from Kate Brewington in the long jump and late replacement Claire Brennan in the 100m hurdles. There was a strong display in the field events as Danielle Ross placed second in the pole vault, as did Lynsey Clark in the triple jump with a new PB, albeit wind assisted. Mel Harrison tackled three throwing events, with top three finishes in each. Just half a dozen men made the trip with Matt Bland placing third in a competitive 10,000m race in a new PB, while Dan Gamester was hammer runners up. Junior Luke Stott tackled four events.  added 21/07/04 

Lucy so close to World final place

Lucy Sargent missed out on a place in the World Junior Championships final today in Grosseto Italy, by the narrowest of margins. The "baby" of the GB U20 team, at 15, Lucy showed great promise with a new PB of 11.72s when placing third in her heat this morning. It was yet another PB and club u17, u20 and senior record for Lucy and 8th best ever by a UK under 17. In the semi-final this afternoon Lucy and Schillonie Calvet of Jamaica crossed the line together in second and third. Both athletes could not be separated on time, with 11.77s and it was only after the judges' scrutiny of the photo finish image that the second place position and a final place went the Jamaican athlete. It was still a remarkable result for Lucy who will be eligible for these championships next time in 2006. The UK Athletics website reported after her heat: ďI am pleased,Ē said Sargent, who credits her great improvement this year to giving up being a chocoholic and adopting a healthy diet. ďI was quite nervous but I knew there was no pressure on me here Ė there was more at the AAAs! Itís nice and warm, as well. I donít think Iíve ever run in temperatures like this before. I might have a bar of chocolate now!Ē    added 13/07/04 

Records for Kate, Matt - PB for Faye

Kate Brewington's last round long jump effort of 6.12m brought her a AAAs bronze medal and a new PB and club record at the Olympic Trials at Manchester today. It equalled her longest jump, set with wind assistance, and added 3 cms to her legal best. Matt Russell at last set an outside senior record when he ran 10.54s in his 100m heat. his time equalling Kevin Farrell's club record set in 1998. Also in good form was Faye Fullerton who ran superbly in the 1500m to place sixth in a new PB of 4m 15.02s. Faye led the chasing bunch into the last 800m and only lost out on fourth in the last 100m as she was overhauled by Natalie Lewis and Hayley Ovens.   added 11/07/04 

Southern Men Div 3 team win at last

With double the number of athletes that have competed in recent matches and a renewed belief that we could maintain our status in Southern Men's League Division 3 despite slipping into the relegation zone last time, everyone performed way beyond expectations to secure our first win for four seasons and in doing so virtually guarantee Division 3 survival with only one match remaining. Ashley Reece made it a win treble with an 800m PB, and successes in the 1500m and high jump. Luke Stott made it a 200m / long jump double while strongman Steve Archer made it a throws treble with shot, discus and hammer wins. Darron Keevil had a B shot and javelin double, Andrew Tierney won the B discus and threw a javelin PB, while wins also went to Dave Leonard (B long jump), Mike Waller (400m), Neil Collins (B 1500m) and Simon Parker (B 100m). But it was the team spirit that took the team to victory 6.5 points clear of hosts Medway & Maidstone.    added 11/07/04 

Schools: Chloe gold, Mel, Bonne Bronze

Chloe van Wulven won 80m hurdles gold in the English Schools Championships at Gateshead yesterday. She held off the challenge of Merseyside's Vicky Garrad to win in 11.39s by 2-100ths, to go one better than last year. Mel Harrison and Bonne Buwembo also added bronze medals on Friday. Bonne threw 49.41m in his first national competition - his third best ever throw - and Mel Harrison celebrated her final appearance at these championships with another bronze in 40.26m. Lynsey Clark finished seventh. Megan Foley improved her 1500m PB to 4m 30.24s but could finish to higher than sixth, with Katie Richardson two places back. Sara Luck was competitive early on the the senior 800m but faded to sixth, while Frankie Calder's ESAA debut ended in the heats, although running close to her PB. Lucy Sargent decided not to travel north ahead of her World Junior Championships appearance on Wednesday.  added 11/07/04 pics added12/07/04 

Women on top after second up north

The UK Women's team hold the pole promotion spot after a 2nd place finish as Scunthorpe took them to the top of the Division 4 table. An excellent all-round team performance made up for late withdrawals and unavailable athletes and with first-round winners Cardiff back in fifth a second successive runners-up spot leaves HMAC top by two points. There were no A string victories but two in the B strings. Nina Brennan was in excellent form winning both hurdles B races - equaling her 400h best before setting new 100h marks. Sarah Deacon won the B discus and was second in the A hammer while Laurie Cossey's B 800m win was backed by a 400m A fourth. Sue Deboos not only won the B pole vault but improved her PB in the bargain while Danielle Ross equalled her PB in second in the A string, as well as adding 100m B string runners up points. Terri Johnson equalled her long-standing 100m PB and Hannah Gamester set a new triple jump PB. Sara Luck made it a pair of seconds in the 800m and 200m B, and Somma Power was second in the shot. More second spots came from Lesley Felton (800m B) and Lynsey Clark (discus) before the 4x400m relay team sealed a fine result with second place in their event.   added 04/07/04 & 07/07/04 

Kate's javelin record but no PB

Kate Brewington stretched her club javelin record out to 37.90m and set a new shot PB of 11.74m, but finished with 5555 pts -  one point outside her heptathlon PB as she finished 17th for the Great Britain team which took part in the European Super League Combined events international at Hengelo, Holland. (100h: 13.97w; HJ: 1.71m; SP: 11.74m (PB); 200m: 25.34w; LJ: 5.82m; JT: 37.90m (PB & CR); 800m: 2m 23.33s.). Lucy Sargent placed third for GB U20s at Manchester on Saturday against Australia and guest competitors. She clocked 11.99s, just two-hundredths and two places above fierce rival Joey Duck who had got the upper hand seven days before in the World Junior Champs trials. In the same meeting Mel Harrison placed sixth when competing as a guest in the discus. added 04/07/04 

SWL struggle at Ware

Where on earth were all the U15s? Not at Ware for one thing. Only Michaela Roberts and Rachael Kerr bravely flew the flag in the age group as late withdrawals - four on the day - shattered a squad already weakened by the UKWAL fixture and other commitments. But it was not all gloom. Lauren McVicar won the senior 200m and a busy Sarah Deacon the discus, while Emma Christmas twice improved her javelin PB, exceeding 30m for the first time and closed in on Mel Harrison's club u17 record. Chloe van Wulven and Lisa Schofield made it an u17 hurdles double. Returning athletes caught the eye with season's bests from Lauren Deadman (1500m) and Vicky Smith (800m). But the depleted team were last with one of their lowest points scores.  added 04/07/04 & updated with pics 04/07/04 

Lucy Sargent - World class

Lucy Sargent has two big reasons to be cheerful. On Monday she was named in the GB u20 team to compete in the 100m and relay against Australia and selected guests at the new Manchester venue, and today she was one of the first wave of selections for the World Junior Championships taking place in Grosseto Italy from 13-18 July. It caps a remarkable rise to national status for the 15 year old. Just twelve months ago Lucy finished fourth and out of the medals in the junior girls (u15) 100m in the English Schools Champs, now she is top-ranked UK u20 at both 100m and200m and about to compete on the world stage.   added 30/6/04 

Lesley & Russ's Master Class
Two Havering Mayesbrook athletes returned from Birmingham with medals from the British Masters (Veterans) Championships at the weekend. In the W45 age group Lesley Felton won the 800 m in very windy conditions in a time of 2.24.23 The race was particularly exciting as she lead for 700 metres of the race when the athlete who shadowed her overtook her at the start of the final straight and she came back 30 metres from home and won it by just two tenths of a second. Russ Middleton competed in the exhibition event for the new M35 age group which will be recognised for next year. He finished second in a time of 2 min 8.38 seconds, and was awarded a silver medal. added 29/6/04  (report thanks to Pat Gahagan)

Medal treble at AAAs U20/U23s
There were three medals for club athletes on Day one of the AAAs u23 and u20 champs at damp and windy Bedford on Saturday. Sarah Deacon won her first medal at National level when she hurled the hammer to a season's best of 47.96m to place second. Lucy Sargent was also second as fierce rival Joey Duck edged her out in a u20 100m race run into a 3m/s+ headwind, clocking 12.17s. Mel Harrison performed well in slippery conditions in the u20 discus as several fancied athletes fell by the wayside. She spun the discus to 39.90m with two other 38m+ efforts to win bronze - her first AAAs medal. Lynsey Clark was 8th in 36.03m. On Sunday Chloe van Wulven ran faster than before in the 100m hurdles to better her week-old club record, clocking 14.44s. But there was double disappointment as the following wind ruled out another record and Chloe's time was 3-100ths outside a final place. Megan Foley was also in action and after a comfortable qualifier had a "bad day at the office" in the final, slipping off the pace and finishing 12th in 4m 36.42s. The final competitor was Nina Brennan, 7th in her 400m hurdles heat.  added 26/6/04 & updated 29/6/04  

Bonne smashes javelin best
Bonne Buwembo added three metres to his own u15 javelin best when he threw 52.62m at Norwich today. His performance was 10th best all time by a UK u15 and not surprisingly won him the athlete of the match award. The weakened team finished third on 308 behind the awesome might of table-topping Windsor SE & H who ran out winners with a massive 495 points, ahead of previously unbeaten hosts Norwich (382) and ahead of Medway & Maidstone on 276 pts.  added 27/6/04  added 29/6/04

Sara Luck set three PBs as she finished second for Essex Schools in the English Schools Combined Events regional final at Ipswich. Her points tally of 4032 was second best ever by a club u20 and she has qualified as an individual for the National Final in Exeter in September. In the Inter Girls (U17) category Lisa Schofield and Lauren McVicar were 7th & 8th in their Heptathlon debuts in 3453 and 3450 respectively. added 27/6/04

Men third in top of table clash
The men's Southern League team had to settle for third at Newham on Saturday four of the top five clubs met head on in this Division One clash. Matt Russell was in superb form with a 10.8/21.6 (PB)  sprint double into strong headwinds for our only A string track wins but there were good B string wins in 800 (Martin Heys), 5000m (Matt Bland) and steeplechase (Rob Warner). The pattern was repeated on the field with no A wins but B successes from Stuart Tufton (vault), Sam Harrison (javelin) and Danny Gamester (hammer). After a tense tussle league leaders Southend triumphed on 129, with the hosts second in 121 and HMAC on 110. & pics added 27/6/04 & updated 1/07/04  

Meanwhile at Eton the six-strong Southern League Division Three team brought up the rear with the highlights being a discus & shot win double for Steve Archer and Darron Keevil. The team are now struggling in 15th (of 16) with two fixtures remaining. added 27/6/04

Post chaos makes athletes sweat
Britainís chaotic postal system was blamed as athletes throughout Essex waited in vain for selection letters for the national schools champs at Gateshead next month. Only a handful of notifications to the 60 strong team reached their destinations and team managers were forced to ring round. The Havering Mayesbrook club will again be well represented with nine making the trip to Gateshead. Mel Harrison and Lynsey Clark both compete in the senior discus while Sara Luck is in the senior 800m. Megan Foley and Katie Richardson make it double delight in the Intermediate 1500m, while Chloe van Wulven hopes to repeat her 80m hurdles medal success from last year.  Sprint ace Lucy Sargent goes in the inter 100m while Frankie Calder tackles the junior 100m. Flying the flag for the boys is rising star Bone Buwembo who competes in the junior javelin. added 23/6/04 

Lucy Sargent proved herself on the international stage on Sunday when she won her race at the prestigious Mannheim meeting in Germany, finishing third overall. This weekend she competes in the AAAs u20 champs for a place in the World Junior team. added 23/6/04 

Winning junior men hit promotion trail

The u20 Men were runaway winners at Ipswich on Sunday, as league leaders Herts Phoenix could only finish fourth.  The revitalised squad now top the Thames Division table and look strong contenders for the Southern Regional Promotion qualifier in September. The 12 strong team shrugged off late withdrawals to win A & B track doubles in 200m, 400m & 800m, a 'chase win and successes in both relays. There were no A string field wins but strength in depth brought five B string victories. A good result in the final fixture at Woodford in four weeks will mean the men's team are only one step away from joining the u20 ladies in the Southern Premier Division.     added 23/6/04 

A depleted young athletes team found the going tough against full strength squads at Chelmsford as the hosts & Basildon pushed them into third     added 21/6/04 

Two more records as Junior ladies second

A barn-storming 400m relay leg by Megan Foley ensured the HMAC junior ladies team ended up in second ahead of Blackheath in the match, as Woodford romped to victory. Two more junior records were added as rapidly-improving Danielle Ross equalled the U20 pole vault record of 2.30m, and Chloe van Wulven added yet another club record to her list as she bettered both u17 and u20 records for 100m hurdles, finishing in 14.5s, 5-100th inside Kate Brewington's U20 mark. On a day with few winners Sara Luck and Nina Brennan again made it a 400m hurdles double, and Lynsey Clark threw a season's best to win the discus. Kara Graham equalled her 100m PB and smashed her 200m best, finishing second in each, and Jenny Szantai equalled her 400 time.    added 20/6/04 

Quality action for Kate & Faye

Faye Fullertonís impressive form continue when she sliced over three second off her six-day-old 1500m PB in finishing runner up at Watford on Saturday.  The 20 year-old St Maryís student led the chasing pack which tried to rein in Commonwealth Games finalist Charlotte Moore (Bournemouth AC) who went past the bell in 3:04 with a 40m lead and came home in 4:14.47. By the finished Faye had narrowed the gap to 10 metres, finishing in her new best of 4m 15.57s, ahead of a quality field. Kate Brewington was another international to show good form the following day competing in the Bedford International Games.  Kate leapt to a seasonís best of 6.05mw in the long jump to place fourth and later placed seventh in the 100m hurdles with a fast 14.06.  This weekend Lucy Sargent is one of 13 UK u20s who compete in the prestigious Mannheim International, the top European invitation meeting for juniors. Lucy competes in the 200m, hoping to improve on her 23.93s best. added 15/6/04 

Quiet day at the Essex Schools

Seven golds and at least eight other medals marked a fairly quiet day at the Essex Schools. With club entrants down on recent years there were nevertheless good results from the familiar faces on show on a blustery & often wet day. Frankie Calder again set a new PB on the way to junior girls' 100m success, and Ingrid Deane front ran her way to JG 800m victory. In the Inters Lucy Sargent recorded another fast 200m time, Chloe van Wulven eased to 80m hurdles victory and Megan Foley got the upper hand on Katie Richardson in a competitive 1500m. Throws golds were added by Joe Forde (Inter Hammer) and Bone Buwembo (Junior javelin).   added 12/6/04    added 13/6/04 

Faye's winning PB at Loughborough, Lucy goes faster

Faye Fullerton improved her 1500m PB in winning at the Loughboro International on Sunday. Her time of 4m 19.02s takes her to second on the club all time list. At the same meeting Lucy Sargent made her GB junior debut with yet another PB and club u17, u20 and senior record. She shaved one-hundredth of a second off her week-old best to clock 11.78s, to finish third in a competitive race, ahead of several established senior international athletes. Her time was 11th best ever by a UK u17 girl at the event.  added 7/6/04 

Bone spears record as NYAL 2nd

The improving Bone Buwembo took another step forward in the NYAL fixture at Harrow on Sunday when he added 5 metres to his javelin PB to throw 49.85m smash the club u15 record dating from 1966. But it was only good enough for 2nd as the Aldershot thrower sent the spear out 2ms further, winning Boys' Field Athlete of the Match. The girls' Field honour went to Chloe Van Wulven, who equalled her high jump PB of 1.70, also taking both hurdles events. Megan Foley won the girls' best Track Athlete award for her 2:14.9s time for 800m, and also added B 300m. Overall the girls were clear winners while the boys placed third, as the team were second to runaway hosts Harrow.    & pics added 7/6/04 

Women second in UK home match

A strong field events showing and other excellent results gave the Ladies team a well-earned second place in their UK Women's League Div 4 fixture. There was a clean sweep in the throws. Mel Harrison was a double winner with a discus PB and B shot success, and Sarah Deacon went one better with three wins, in the A hammer, and B discus & javelin. Somma Power and Vicky Thompson - both 2nd claim - won A shot & B hammer respectively. Kate Brewington won the A javelin, to add to her LJ and 100 hurdles wins, the latter in a new PB and beating Lynne Ilott's 30 year old club record in the process. Laurie Cossey was the only home track winner, taking the B 800m after 2nd in the 400m A. All round an excellent team effort.    added 6/6/04 & updated 8/6/04 

Depleted Southern Women bring up rear

A depleted Southern Women's League squad brought up the rear in their third round fixture at Battersea Park today. Kate Brewington set a new winning high jump PB of 1.73m to equal Linda Knowles' long-standing best, and also won the 200m and placed 2nd in the shot. Sarah Deacon set a season's best in winning the hammer, and combined with Lynsey Clark for a winning discus double. Laurie Cossey's B 400m success was the only other senior win. Frankie Calder was the star turn for the u15s, carving another half-second off her 200m best with 25.8s and equalling her 100m best for a sprint double. Catrina McAuliffe's B hurdles win was the only other success.  added 5/6/04 

EYAL squad pipped in home match

Victories in three age groups and equal first in another couldn't stop the combined boys' & girls' Eastern YAL squad suffering a home defeat by Bedford on Sunday. There was the usual a glut of good results and Michael Waller's 400m win and Hayley Thomas' sub-5mins 1500 victory stood out, as did the trio of wins by Harrison Ellis in the u13 boys. Lilla Jacks & her partners had a sprint clean sweep in the u13g events, and Eugene Ayanful continues his improvement in the u15 sprints. There were good results in the u15b & u17m throws with Bradley Reece, Ben Warden & Chris Van Ristell in good form in the u15s, as were Alex van Ristell, Harry Tyler and Ashley Reece in the u17 age group, and Louise Yard and Emma Christmas for the girls.  added 31/5/04 

Lucy's double top

Lucy Sargent left the best to last as she came through in the last stride to win the u17 women's 100m title from  Joey Duck by the narrowest margin of 1-100th sec to record yet another World Junior qualifier. Her 11.79s winning time was 12th fastest ever by a UK u17. Katie Richardson was also in fine form smashing her PB by another five seconds, and winning bronze in 4m 30.7s. Lisa Schofield had a busy day and had to endure a run-off for the last 80m hurdles qualifying place clocking a new PB of 12.20s (legal) on her way to a final place. Frankie Calder was another to set a legal PB with 26.34s in placing fifth in the u15 200m.    added 30/5/04  added 31/5/04 

Lucy's World Junior Qualifier

Lucy Sargent smashed the 24 secs barrier for 200m as  she not only beat rival Joey Duck but also clocked a World Junior qualifier. Her 23.93s winning time in the u17 event was just two-hundredths inside the selection standard for the champs in Grosseto, Italy in July and yet another club record. Also in sparkling form was Mel Harrison who notched up two PBs on the way to a brace of bronze medals. She heaved the shot out to 11.52m, a 30 cm improvement on her previous best and a new club u20 record, and returned later to spin the discus out to 41.17m, over a one metre improvement. Lynsey Clark was 7th in the same competition with 37.84m while Nina Brennan was also 7th in the 400h in 68.72s, just outside her best, with Sara Luck two places higher with 65.92. Also in PB form were Ingrid Deane, who missed an 800m final place by two-tenths in 2m 22.89s and Lauren McVicar who stopped the clock at 41.55s for 300m.   added 29/5/04   added 30/5/04 

Hornchurch track - work to start

The long-awaited resurfacing of the run-down Hornchurch track is about to start! The final training session at the stadium will be on Wednesday 2nd June, after which the contractors will move in to rip up the 27 year-old 3M Tartan surface and replace it with a brand new track, jumps pits and throwing facilities. During the closure period, which will last about three months through to the end of August, the club has made alternative training arrangements. Mayesbrook Park will be open on Monday evenings, as well as the usual Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday openings, and training facilities will also be available at Emerson Park School, Hornchurch on Monday & Wednesday evenings. Individual coaches will advise on when & where their groups will train.  Further details added 29/5/04 

Chloe second in Milan International

Chloe van Wulven was an excellent second place for the English Schools team in an under 18 International in Milan today. She ran a stunning 14.04s for 100m hurdles (76cm) placing a close second to the winner from the home nation who clocked 13.97s. She later contributed a 200m leg to the medley relay team which placed fourth.  The eight -strong England girls' team placed third, behind winners Italy and runners-up Spain. It was not all play for Chloe who had to sit two GCSEs while she was away!    added 27/5/04 Link to full results

Relay win seals first win for NJAL Men

A dramatic last leg in the final event the 4x 400m relay by second claim member Adam Shaw secured a first team victory in the NJAL Men's Thames Division at Parliament Hill on Sunday. The Southend runner overhauled the Woodford anchor man to finish second to ensure success over first round winners Herts Phoenix. Luke Stott was in blistering form with PBs in 100m, 200m, long jump and 400m hurdles (three of them victories). Ross Clarke was another to set a PB in the 3000m while partner Lewis Huckfield also improved his best in the B. Scott Keating won the high jump and B long jump (PB) while Andrew Meech was close to his best with an 800m win. Second claim members Adam Shaw and Daniel Quinn notched up three wins, while Jay Ryan notched up two PBs. The team are second to Herts Phoenix at the half way stage.      added 24/5/04

Relay record caps battling third in NJAL

The 4x400m relay squad broke the four minute barrier to set a new club u20 record as the Ladies u20 team placed third overall at Sutton Arena today. The  foursome of Lauren McVicar (61.1), Sara Luck (59.5), Katie Richardson (59.9) and Megan Foley (59.0s) clocked 3m 59.5s to slash 1.6s off the year old best. Megan had earlier notched up a 400mA/800mB double, Katie had won the 800m A and Sara the 400m hurdles in a new PB. Nina Brennan made it a 400m hurdles double, while the other win came from Mel Harrison (shot). Mel added a hammer PB, throwing over 40m for the first time, and there were also PBs for Emma Christmas (javelin) and Jenny Szantai (400m). The result leaves the team second in the league at the half way stage, looking good for a National Final place.   added 23 & 24/5/04

Second win for Southern League men

The Men's Southern League Division 1 team took another step back towards the British League with another convincing win at Ilford today. Matt Russell won both sprints, while other track wins came from Scott Spencer (400m), Phil Tierney (400 hurdles), Trevor Keys (5000) and Chris Coates (1500B). There was a hammer double for Kevin Deacon & Danny Gamester, while Leo Barker made it a long jump A & javelin B double, and Stuart Wells added B long jump honours and Stuart Tufton won the Pole vault B.     added 22 & 24/5/04

Southern Women's League team placed 3rd at Bromley today - favourable winds produced fast sprint & hurdles times with PBs for Frankie Calder (12.8 & 26.3), Chloe van Wulven (80h - 11.3), Nicola Hill (75H - 12.4) and Claire Brennan (100h - 15.1). Lucy Sargent again dipped under 12 secs with 11.8 and there was a welcome return from Lauren Deadman after 22 months out injured.   added 26/5/04

Golden girls lead the way at County champs

Lucy Sargent's sensational form continued today as she twice broke 12 secs for 100m, clocking a legal 11.90s heat - to break the club u17 & u20 records and equalling the club senior record, before improving to a wind aided 11.75s in winning the final. Her gold medal was one of ten for club athletes with Chloe van Wulven adding a 80m hurdles & high jump double, and Mel Harrison winning both senior & junior discus events, throwing beyond 40m for the first time. Kate Brewington won the senior long jump & Kirsty Smith landed the u20 triple jump, and Joe Forde was a winner in the u17 hammer. Gold also came from Lesley Felton's veteran 400m win and when most people had left Trevor Keys capped a fine day with a 5000m victory.   added 15/5/04 & updated & pics added16/5/04  - added 17/5/04

Kate spears record again - Faye's mile of smiles

Kate Brewington improved her club javelin record as she competed in her first heptathlon of the year in Italy last weekend. Her new mark of 37.61m was over a metre further than her recent best as she finished the international competition in 13th place with 5337 points, 200 down on her best. Results: 100m hurdles - 14.40, High Jump -1.61, Shot - 11.38, 200m - 25.66, Long Jump - 5.88, Javelin - 37.61, 800m - 2:22.87. Faye Fullerton took part in the historic Oxford meeting that marked the 50th Anniversary of Roger Bannisterís epic first sub-four minute mile.  Her time of 4m 37.41s took her into the all-time UK womenís top 50 and suggests that her 1500m PB of 4m 20.22s is in line for revision. She returned to international action two days later to contest the mile again this time on the road, in the Balmoral mile event, finishing seventh in a high quality race won by Kelly Holmes.    added 14/5/04 

Lucy's record day as NYAL team place second

Lucy Sargent's record-breaking season continued today at Haringey as she broke the club u17 200m record of 24.2, equalled the league record, and was awarded track athlete of the match. Lucy's win double was one of 16 for the u17 women as the girls won their section, while the boys were a clear second to the hosts Enfield & Haringey, who ran away with the match as HMAC were well clear in second. Despite the cold conditions PBs fell all afternoon - good news for all concerned with the Essex Champs next weekend.      added 9/5/04 and updated 10/05/04 

Ten medals, three gold in Essex Day 1

The teeming rain could not dampen the spirits of the club's youngster who braved the elements at Newham for the first day of the County Championships today. They returned with nine medals, three gold, two silver and five bronze and a mass of PBs. Lucy Sargent won by the u17 200m by a massive two seconds, and Megan Foley retained her u17 title for 1500m, as Katie Richardson struck bronze. Lauren Clark took the u17 discus with a PB effort while Lauren Newton won silver in the u15 equivalent, and her older bother Christian added u17 men's bronze. Wins in the hurdles and 800m gained a pentathlon silver for Nicola Hill. Matt Bloy carved 10 seconds off his 1500m best to win bronze in the u15 boys final, where he was joined by three club mates, while Ashley Reece shaved a few tenths off his 1500m PB when winning u17 bronze. Frankie Calder also gained bronze in theu15 girls' 200m. Ingrid Deane, Hayley Thomas and Claire Robinson all smashed PBs on their way to the u15 girls' final     & pics added 4/5/04  

Big win in Eastern YAL opener

The combined boys and girls Eastern Young Athletes League team got their season off to a flying start with a win at Luton today. There were wins in five of the six age groups and a mass of PBs and good early season form pointers ahead of next week's NYAL opener. Among many highlights were Lauren Clark's new 800m PB (U17G), and Charlotte Humphreys' massive u15g 800m PB. On the field the improving Bone Buwembo's 44m javelin throw which exceeded the English school's u15 boys' qualifier, and Emma Christmas' 28m+ javelin (2nd best ever by a club u17) caught the eye. There were also encouraging results from a strong u13 boys squad.      added 2/5/04 & updated 3/5/04  

Southern men's home comforts

The senior men's team returned to Southern League action on Saturday and put the memories of last summer's British League relegation behind them with a convincing win in their home fixture at Mayesbrook Park. There was more than a winning hand of track wins as Matt Russell (200m), Scott Spencer & Andrew Bartlett (400m), Gavin Maley (800m), Trevor Keys (1500m & s'chase), Ryan Prout (5000m B), and Rob Warner (B s'chase) all tasted success. And the wins continued on the field as Mark Bishop & Kevin Tufton made it a pole vault double, with Leo Barker winning the B high jump and the throws squad piled up points with wins from Bishop & Barker again (B discus & B javelin), Dan Gamester (B Hammer) and Sam Harrison (A javelin).     The Division 3 men's team had to settle for third in a tight finish as Simon Parker, Andrew Tierney, Dave Leonard and strong man Steve Archer notched up multiple wins, while Harry Tyler claimed the javelin spoils, Jon Buckler the B 100m and Ashley Reece won the 1500m . added 2/5/04  

News Round Up
Neill and Tony Collins competed for Great Britain in the World Cross Country Champs for Learning Disability in Stellenbosch South Africa on 16/17 April. Neill finished an excellent 13th in the short course 3km and Tony followed close behind in 14th place helping the team to a bronze medal.  In the 6km race in better conditions the next day Tony showed his greater strength finishing 13th and Neill finished in 16th place to again help the GB team to win bronze.
The Havering Mayesbrook trio of Matt Bland (4th - 27:00), Chris Coates (14th- 28:20) and Graham Pritchard (16th- 28:28) won the team prize in a 5-mile road race at Canvey on Sunday. Ryan Prout (26.52) who competes for the club on the track but for Thrift Green Trotters in road races & cross-country events was third.
Faye Fullerton kick-started her track season with a trio of training races at the Woodford open on Saturday. She trimmed almost a second off her 800m with 2m 8.0s in a mixed race, and went on to run 61s for 400m and 4m 31s for 1500m. Also at Woodford Matt Bloy hacked three seconds off his 800m best clocking w2m 12s in the u15 boys race, while Anthony Williams smashed PBs in three events, timed at 16.4 for 100m hurdles, 5.31m long jump and 1.62m high jump. Daniel Gamester was just 10 cms short of his PB throwing 47.14m in the senior hammer. Ten club athletes plus the club itself recently received merit awards from Barking & Dagenham Sports Council for our success in sport last year & for outstanding achievements in the sport of athletics at a special ceremony at Dagenham Civic Centre. They were: Bradley Reece; Robyn Matson; Natalie Adams; Amie Adams; Christina Kalejaiye; Helen Roche; Nathaniel Senior; Michaela Roberts; Helen McDonnell; and Danny Tyler added 27/4/04  


Junior Men second at Ware

The eight-strong Junior men's team achieved one of their best results when they placed second in their Thames Division fixture at Ware on Sunday. Terry O'Leary scored well with a win double in the A javelin and B discus (PB) and also added a PB in the hammer. There were B string field event wins for Scott Keating (shot), Harry Tyler (javelin) and Mark Gardiner (triple jump). Joe Golding was the only track A string winner in the 800m, while Adam Shaw won the B 200m. Good points were scored by Simon Parker in the sprints and multi eventer Aaron Edwards who notched up a trio of second placings. added 27/4/04  

Junior Women superb win at Hendon

A superb team performance ensured the NJAL team came through to beat Woodford in the first fixture at Hendon today. Lucy Sargent starred on her league debut with a 24.0w (200m) and 5.65m (Long Jump) double. Lauren Clark went under 60 secs on her 400m debut and older sister Lynsey improved her triple jump PB. Katie Richardson knocked almost five seconds off her PB but only came third, as did Megan Foley's 3k PB for third on the club all-time list. Other PBs went to Nina Brennan (400m hurdles) and Mel Harrison (javelin).  added 25/4/04   added 26/4/04 

Pics added 27/4/04

Southern Women third in tough opener

A weakened Southern Women's team performed well in their tough opening fixture at Abingdon yesterday. Kate Brewington extended her club javelin record with a new PB of 36.54m while Chloe van Wulven improved her 300m hurdles time to 45.6, to equal Sara Luck's club record. She also combined with Lisa Schofield for an 80mH double win, and doubled with Kate Brewington to take A&B high jump. Brewington set a new shot PB and won the hurdles, as did Claire Brennan in the B event. sarh Deacon scored a Hammer A/Javelin B double.  There were PBs galore, with Lauren Newton notching three in the u15 throws and Frankie Calder setting new 100/200m PBs. Bethan Siddons set a new high jump PB as did Nicola Hill in the discus.  added 25/4/04  added 26/4/04 

Three win in London Mini-Marathon

The club's fine record in the London Mini Marathon continued today when three youngsters struck gold for Havering. In the girls' 15-17 race Katie Richardson came out on top, after placing second last year in the 13-14 race to training partner Megan Foley. Matthew Watkins came out on top in the boys' 13-14 age group, improving on his 11-12 category runners-up spot in 2002. Ingrid Deane improved on her sixth place last year to claim victory in the 11-12 girls' competition. added 18/4/04 and updated 20/4/04 

Rob Dickenson was first club member home in the Marathon proper finishing 1389th in a PB of 3h 3m 25s, 14 mins ahead of Jason Lendon. Roger Winston (M50) ran a creditable 3:42.11 and Dave Thomas (M55) was 11 mins further back. Linda Smith finally broke the 4hour barrier, coming home in 3:57.21, while Gillian Smith was just inside 4h 7m and Claire Richards clocked 4:44.


Good results at Chelmsford Open

Jade Edwards was a convincing winner as a group of Havering Mayesbrook young athletes took part in the Chelmsford open on Saturday.  Also in winning form was the improving Bone Buwembo who threw the javelin beyond the 40m barrier for the first time.  Matt Bloy was a double runner up in the u15 800m & 1500m, while Simon Brown was third in the u13 boys 800m.  On the field personal best performances brought third place finishes for Chris Newton (u17 discus) and Louise Yard (U17 girls shot). added 12/4/04 

Under 17s star in Alpha Trophy

Star performances from the under 17 contingent were the highlights at Haringey as the ladies were runners-up in the Alpha Trophy. Performance of the day went to Lucy Sargent who ran a stunning 100m PB of 12.09s into a strong headwind, later winning the long jump in a PB of 5.34m. Chloe van Wulven smashed the u17 record for 100m hurdles by four-tenths, clocking 15.16s, into an even stronger headwind. Katie Richardson just missed her PB when winning the 1500m in style, while Lauren Clark partnered Laurie Cossey to an 800m double with a PB of 2m 20.28secs, after a 64 secs opening lap. The u15s found the going tougher but Ingrid Deane was an impressive 1500m winner in a new PB of 5m 06.37s, with Clare Robinson smashing her PB for second in the B. Catrina McAuliffe was the only other winner, with a clear win in the u15 B hurdles.    added 10/4/04  added 11/4/04 

Megan 21st in World Schools Champs

Megan Foley had an excellent run on Sunday to come 21st in the World Schools Cross Country Events for Under 18 athletes held at Le Tour de Salvagny, Lyons. Against really hard competition and on a really hot day Megan was second of the English girls home in an event dominated by Algerian and Moroccan competitors who filled 10 of the first 13 places. Megan came through strongly, moving up nine places over the last 400m of the 3800m course, to finish in 13:12. National champion Abby Westley was first English team to finish in 15th, as the team placed fifth.   added 6/4/04 

Harold Wood success for men

Havering Mayesbrook runners took the honours at the annual Harold Wood 7k on Sunday. Rob Warner returning from a virus that caused his collapse at the end of the county relays put in a steady run to finish first overall. And with Gary Howard taking the first vets place and Dave Holland taking the senior vets prime spot, it was a good day all round for the Havering trio.   added 5/4/04 

Katie bronze for England Schools in Ayr

Katie Richardson showed she is back to her best as she won individual bronze as the English School's Intermediate Girls' team ran away with the team gold in the Home Countries Cross Country International at Ayr on Saturday. The race was won by Wales' Non Stanford in 15:11, with England's Stephanie Twell runner up in 15:39 and Katie nine seconds back in 15:48. Ross Clarke also returned from Scotland with gold as the Intermediate Boys' dominated the race as Ross was ninth, and the sixth and final England team scorer.       added 5/4/04 

National silver service from under 13 boys

Runners up spot for the U13 Boys in the prestigious national road relays at Sutton Park, Birmingham on Sunday erase any disappointment from their medal-less National Cross Country disappointment. The first leg over the longer course of 3.8km saw Grant Twist and Joe Webster  (running for the A & B teams respectively) in hot pursuit of Cliffe of Warrington. Grant held on to the leaders to finish a close fifth in an excellent 13.46 - eight fastest of the day - followed closely by Joe in a gutsy 12th in 14.12. On the second leg Steve Maclachlan set off in pursuit of the leaders and soon established himself in their and his tremendous leg brought him home third, with the second fastest stage leg of 13:59, with Daniel Winters returning to his National form holding onto a brilliant 12th overall for the B team in 14.48. The final leg saw a rejuvenated Matt Bloy charging after the Aldershot B string runner in third place, passing him early, only to be taken again just before the final bend and then produced a tremendous sprint finish to win an exciting silver medal behind Warrington. Matt's leg was not only third fastest on the stage in 13.38, but fourth fastest overall on the day. Simon Brown continues to improve and managed to gain one place to bring the B team home in 11th place of the 70 finishers in 14.35.  Results:  1. Warrington 40.36; 2 HMAC "A" 41.23        3. Aldershot "A" 41.24;11 HMAC B 43.55 added 5/4/04 

Warm up competition beats the cold

It may have been officially spring but no one told the weather, as a cold wind did its best to dampen the enthusiasm of the 260+ athletes who flocked to Mayesbrook Park on Sunday as Havering Mayesbrook hosted their traditional pre-season open. Despite the chill conditions competition was hotly contested with home athletes in the thick of the action. Among many excellent results Sarah Deaconís 45.80m hammer effort dominated the senior womenís competition and showed she could be on the way to another record-breaking season.    added 1/4/04 

Faye's Golden Italian Job

Faye Fullerton was a member of the goldĖmedal winning GB Students team on Sunday which triumphed at the World University Cross Country Championship in  Italy on Sunday. Faye finished 11th overall, just seven days after making her GB senior debut in the Senior Womenís 4km event at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. This time the distance was 6.5km and Fayeís finishing time of 22:53 made her fourth GB scorer as Louise Damen (Bournemouth AC and Loughborough University) finished second in 22:11, five seconds behind the Moroccan winner. Britain finished as the top team thanks to Kate Reed, fourth in 22:20 and Collette Fagan, eighth in 22:48, just five seconds and three places ahead of Faye. The GB studentsí squad was completed by Freya Murray, 18th in 23:10.   added 1/4/04 


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