April 2005 to July 2005

UK Women Promoted
Second place behind hosts Cardiff today ensured that the UK Women's team were promoted to Division Two at the first time of asking. The throws were again the bedrock of the team's success with three B string victories - a shot/javelin double form Mel Harrison and Vicky Thompson's B hammer win - plus second & thirds places in the rest. There were three track wins too, with Harriet Scott & Robyn Matson doubling up for victory in the 3000m and Claire Brennan scoring maximum points in the 100m hurdles B. The promoted teams face Wakefield, Glasgow, Liverpool, Southampton, Swansea and Wigan in Division 2 next season.   added 31/07/05 & updated 02/08/05   

  

YAL Second - Avoid Drop

At Eton the YAL squad won the three-way battle to avoid relegation as they finished in second behind hosts Windsor, just ahead of Woodford G & EL, fellow candidates for the drop, and Milton Keynes, who lost their Premiership status. Nicola Hill won the track athlete of the match for her u15G 75m hurdles win, and also won the B shot. There were win doubles for Michael Jones (U13 - 200m & 800m), Matt Bloy (U15 400m & 800m), Lisa Schofield (u17 - 80m & 300m hurdles), Catrina McAuliffe (U15 DT & hurdles), Anthony Williams (TJ & 100H), Frankie Calder & Rachel Kerr (both u15 200m & 300m), Alex Edwards & Lucy Newman (both u13 75m & 150m). Lucy Sargent was robbed of a sprint double when the judges ruled that she had been beaten in the100m. The day ended with a quality U17W 4x400m relay when the club quartet of Lisa Schofield, Hayley Thomas, Lauren Clark and Katie Richardson smashed the league record but lost out to Milton Keynes.  added 31/07/05 & updated 01/08/05    

  

Men runners up - Bonne throws further
The Southern Men's team were beaten by a strong Highgate squad in their fifth round Division 1 fixture at Bracknell today. Bonne Buwembo further extended his six-day-old u20 javelin record with a winning 54.99m throw as coach Sam Harrison won the B. Track wins were recorded by Gavin Maley (800m & B s'chase), Trevor Keys (A s'chase), Luke Stott ( 200B), Scott Spencer (400m A),  and Salvatore Mutijima (B 1500m - PB). On the field Scott Keating and Mark Connelly made it a winning high jump double while Stuart Tufton cleared his best height for a while to win the B vault with 3.50m.   added 30/07/05    

The B team survived to fight another day in Division 3 with a third place finish at Bury St Edmunds. added 01/08/05    

  

Bonne's Junior record throw
Bonne Buwembo - still only 15 - broke Mark Bishop's 19-year-old club javelin record competing in the National Junior League at Carshalton today. His throw of 54.57m also took him to third on the club senior list. Ross Clarke smashed the two minute barrier for the 800m with a massive PB as the men's team held off Belgrave to finish seventh.  The Junior Women had some excellent results to finish fourth and secure third in the final table and a place in the National Final. Megan Foley & Helen Roche won both 800m races and Hayley Stibbs set a new PB in winning the B 1500m as the returning Harriet Scott was 2nd in the A. Chloe van Wulven set pole vault and 400m hurdles PBs, placing second in the latter event with the fastest time by a club athlete this year. Lisa Schofield made a fantastic 100m hurdles debut to place 2nd in the B and clock the third fastest time ever by a club u17 at the event. There was a rousing finale as the 4x400m squad of Lauren Clark, Robyn Delivett, Harriet Scott and Megan Foley powered to victory.  added 24/07/05  Men's    Women's

  

Southern Women Fourth at Basingstoke 
An already depleted SWL team suffered further when heavy traffic meant that several members travelling direct arrived too late for their event - while others turned back in frustration. And for those that made it strong opposition from Southampton and Aldershot made wins hard to come by. There were five wins for the u15s with doubles from Nicola Hill (hurdles & shot PB), Catrina McAuliffe (B hurdles & A discus PB), and a B shot win for Frankie Calder. Emma Fox carved 5 secs off her 1500m PB in placing second. Mel Harrison was the only senior winner in the B javelin and she contributed runners up spot in the other three throws. Lisa Schofield won the u17 300m hurdles but fell when leading in the sprint hurdles.  There were middle distance PBs from Denise Harris (1500m), and the 800m pairing of Vicky Smith and Laura Moore. added 23/07/05 

  

Lucy misses Euro Final place 
Lucy Sargent just missed out on a 200m final place in the European Junior Championships at Kaunas, Lithuania today. The cool and damp conditions in Eastern Europe were a complete contrast to blistering heat in Marrakech where Lucy had placed a superb sixth in the 100m final at the World Youth Champs. In Kaunas Lucy started well with a second place in her heat yesterday in 24.30s. Returning to the competition today for her semi final run Lucy just missed out on a final place, finishing 5th in her race, with the first four qualifying. Her time - into a 1.1 m/s headwind - was 24.50s. Still 16 Lucy will be still be eligible for these championships in two years.  added 23/07/05 

  

Katie third in Schools international 
Katie Richardson placed third in the 1500m for the English Schools team in the Home Counties International held at Tullamore, Ireland on Saturday.  She had spent most of the week since her English Schools victory at an endurance athletes’ training camp which left with heavy legs when the break came and victory went to School’s runners-up Stevie Stockton. added 19/07/05 

A small senior team contested the Golden Jubilee Cup semi-final at Eton on Saturday. Best results were gained by Emma Christmas who won the javelin, and Claire Brennan and Mel Harrison who were runners- up in the 100m hurdles and Shot respectively.  For the men Sam Harrison set a new javelin PB while Danny Gamester took third place hammer honours. added 19/07/05   

Lesley Felton took part in the National Masters track and Field Champs in Birmingham last weekend. She competed in the W45 800 metres finishing second in 2 min 23.61 seconds - this is a season's best and her fastest run for over two seasons. added 20/07/05 

  

Frankie & Lisa break records 
Frankie Calder erased any doubts about her earlier 300m clocking (where her performance was confused with that of another athlete) when she again ran 41.6s for a club u15 record which won her female track athlete award at the YAL fixture at Norwich. Lisa Schofield capped a hat-trick of wins by improving her club 300m hurdles record. Matt Bloy was also in great form setting a new 1500m PB that took him to second club u15 all-time and won him the male track athlete award. Bonne Buwembo again improved in the u17 javelin to move up to second on the club all time list with a throw that last week would have won Schools' silver. But despite these sparkling results and many others the team ended up in the wooden spoon position.   added 18/07/05 

  

Lucy sixth in World Champs 
Lucy Sargent placed a superb sixth in the 100m final at the World Youth (Under 18) championships in Marrakesh tonight. She had qualified yesterday after a heat win in 11.72s, and a third place semi-final clocking of a PB equalling 11.70s, which gained her the fastest loser slot. Her final time tonight of 11.65s was another PB and broke her own club record, lifting her to fifth fastest all-time among UK under 17 women.    added 14/07/05 

  

Southern Men win at Milton Keynes  
The Men's Southern League Division One team made it three wins out of their first four fixtures when they won from hosts Milton Keynes by seven points yesterday. Sprint doubles for Luke Stott & Matt Russell in both 100 & 200m, a 5k double for Trevor Keys and Matt Bland, field events doubles for captain Mark Bishop and Stuart Tufton (Pole Vault), and Bonne Buwembo & his coach Sam Harrison (Javelin) did much to secure success.     added 10/07/05 

Just seven men were in action for the Division Three team at Peterborough and despite working hard they placed fourth.   added 10/07/05 

  

Gold, silver, bronze & relay medals too  
Five club athletes returned from a quality packed English Schools Championships at Birmingham with medals - three individual, two in relays. Katie Richardson's mature run off a slow pace brought her Intermediate Girl's 1500m gold. Bethan Siddons equalled her club record and PB of 1.64m in winning silver in the junior girls' high jump. Lisa Schofield produced a PB of 11.50s when it mattered to win bronze in the inter girls' 80m hurdles. Frankie Calder and Nicola Hill helped the Essex JG relay team to silver.  Matt Bloy (4th - JB 800m), Chloe van Wulven (4th - SG 100m H) and Ross Clarke (5th - IB 3000m) and Nicola Hill (7th - JG - 75m H) also made finals but Lynsey Clark (SG Discus 9th), Joe Forde (SB - Hammer 11th) and Frankie Calder (JG 100m 4th Heat) missed out.   added 10/07/05 

  

Ten chase Schools' glory
Ten club young athletes compete for Essex in the English Schools championships at Alexander Stadium Birmingham this weekend. Nicola Hill is first up on Friday morning as she competes in the opening event, the junior girls 75m hurdles, and she is swiftly followed by fellow hurdler Lisa Schofield who tackles the intermediate girls 80m hurdle moments later. Shortly afterwards Frankie Calder is in junior girls 100m heat action while medal hope Matt Bloy steps onto the track just before mid-day in his junior boys 800m heat. Bethan Siddons competes in the junior girls high jump on Friday afternoon and Katie Richardson starts her inter girls’ 1500m medal hunt later that day. On Saturday lunchtime Ross Clarke hopes to transfer his sparkling 3000m form to the national stage while Lynsey Clark and Joe Forde compete in the senior girls’ discus and senior boys’ hammer that afternoon, while Chloe van Wulven has to wait till late that day for her straight senior girls 100m hurdles final. added 05/07/05 

  

Lucy's AAAs Title
Lucy Sargent went one better than on Saturday when she swept impressively to gold in the 200m in the AAAs u20 Championships at Bedford today. Her winning time of 23.93s equalled her outdoor best and gave her a three-tenths margin over Johnelle Gibbons.  Also in action was Chloe van Wulven who missed out on a final place in the 100m hurdles. Luke Stott added a new 200m PB. added 03/07/05   added 04/07/05 

The Eastern Young Athletes team again recorded numerous personal bests as they tied with hosts Ipswich today. added 03/07/05 & updated 04/07/05  

  

Ross improves 3k record again
Ross Clarke improved the club u17 record for 3000m again on Wednesday at he Watford open. His time of 8m 44.54 took 11 seconds off his own club record and ranks him third in his age group. At the same meeting Ashley Reece went to third on the club all time u17 list when he clocked 4m 03.2s for 1500m. added 2/07/05  

  

Sargent's silver celebration
Lucy Sargent celebrated her selection for the World Youth Championships with silver in the 100m in the AAAs u20 Championships at Bedford today. Lucy was edged out of gold by 4-100ths of a second by Kadi Ann Thomas who clocked 11.72s,  with Joscelyn Hopeson in third. Lucy will also contest the 100m at the World Youth - under 18 - championships which take place in Marrakech from 13th to17th July. A second AAAs medal went to Faye Fullerton who clocked 4m 23.37s for bronze in the U23 1500m championships. Mel Harrison's medal chances evaporated after she only managed one valid throw in the u23 discus, placing fourth in 38.47m. Katie Richardson was fifth in her u20 800m heat in a time close to her best.     added 2/07/05  

  

National title for Rebecca

Ten-year old Rebecca O'Neill - who trains with Eileen Naylor's group at Hornchurch - won the 600m for East Anglia in the Independent Schools Association, National Athletic Championships at Alexander Stadium Birmingham on Wednesday 22nd June 2005. Rebecca, who lives in Upminster and attends Woodlands School, Great Warley, won the Girls year 6 (U11) 600 metres title in a PB time of 1 minute 54.6 seconds. Rebecca qualified for the national event by winning the East Anglia Championships at Southend two weeks earlier. added 28/06/05  

  

Young athletes third in battle of giants

The Young Athletes beat off the challenge from Tonbridge to place third in the home YAL match at Mayesbrook today, as the unbeaten top two teams Harrow & Blackheath & Bromley battled it out, with B&B taking the honours.  On a day when victories were few Anthony Williams had a hurdles/high jump double for the u17M while on the field Bonne Buwembo improved his PB to win the javelin with Cafer Gunay making it a double with B victory; Ashley Reece won the B high jump. Lauren Clark recorded the only U17W victory with a PB in the 300m but the u15 boys fared better as wins were recorded by Matt Bloy (800m), a 1500m double from Daniel Winters & Simon Brown, a hammer win for the returning Bradley Reece. Frankie Calder led the way for the u15 girls with a sprint double and Bethan Siddons took the high jump. For the U13s Eleanor Bounds & Sidnie Sales made it a 1200m double but the boys failed to register a victory.    added 26/06/05  

  

Another record for Emma as UKWL third

Emma Christmas improved her week-old club u20 javelin record as the UKWL team placed third in their Div 3 fixture at Bedford today. She added another metre and a half to throw 36.25m.  Chloe van Wulven logged the only track win in the B 100m hurdles and there were B string wins in the throws for Lynsey Clark in the discus with a season's best, Kate Brewington (shot) and Vicky Thompson (hammer). The team now lie second behind Cardiff after two of the three fixtures.    added 26/06/05  

Faye Fullerton put illness and injury worries behind her yesterday when she clocked 4m 19.64s for 1500m when placing  8th in the BMC grand prix at Solihull yesterday. Katie Richardson was 4th in the B race in a season's best of 4m 33.70s and Ross Clarke set a PB of 4m 05.36s in the men's races.  added 26/06/05

  

Southern men win again

The Men's Southern League team returned to winning ways with a 10 point victory in their Division 1 match at Haringey today.  There were 11 individual wins, with a strong middle distance showing at the heart of the team's success. Gavin Maley scored a 1500mA/800mB double and there were win double from Matt Bland & Chris Coates (5k), and Trevor Keys & Rob Warner (PB) in the 'chase. Salvator Mutijima won the B1500m and set a new 800m PB in 2nd. Danny Gamester & Kevin Deacon doubled up for a hammer win & Sam Harrison took the javelin. Captain Mark Bishop contributed the final win in the 110m hurdles B.    added 25/06/05 & updated 26/06/05  

The Men's Southern League Div 3N team were edged out into fourth place at the same venue.

  

Mel's Southern medal 

Mel Harrison's discus bronze was the club's only medal at the South of England Senior Champs, which took place at Ashford on Saturday & Sunday. She backed it up with fifth in the shot. Mel had another reason to celebrate: she has been selected for the South of England team in the u23 Area Match in August. Claire Brennan was the only other senior to make the top 8, finishing eighth in the 100m hurdles final in a new legal PB of 15.39s. Just outside the top 8 qualifiers were Hannah Gamester (long jump) and older sibling Daniel, also 9th (hammer). Trevor Keys was 10th in the 5000m. Elsewhere it was a tale of misfortune. Matt Russell pulled a muscle in qualifying for the second round of the 100m and took no further part in the proceedings, while Gavin Maley did not finish in the 1500m. In the races for u15s and u17s held alongside the senior champs Matt Bloy was 5th in the u15 3000m champs, but Ross Clarke was another DNF in the u17 equivalent.    added 20/06/05  

  

Eastern Young team win at St Albans 

The EYAL team ran out easy winners at St Albans Frankie Calder's stunning 41.6s debut in the u17 300m was easily a club u15 record and one of the fastest time ever nationally for this new event in this age group. The hot and sunny conditions plus a favourable following breeze at this fixture led to many PBs and good performances. The team are on course to qualify for a place in the end of season final.  added 20/06/05  

  

Emma's record - U20s book final place 
Emma Christmas set a new club u20 javelin record as the u20 women almost certainly have booked their place in the national final by placing third in their Southern Premier fixture at Ware today. Her 34.72m throw was a 30 cm improvement on her best and 9 cms further than Kate Brewington's club u20 record. Other highlights in the heatwave conditions included a 3000m win double for Megan Foley & Robyn Matson, an 800m B win for Hayley Stibbs, a discus win for Lynsey Clark in a season's best and a stunning last leg of 57.5s from Katie Richardson in the 4x400m relay.   added 19/06/05  

A depleted men's team hit by late withdrawals had some better results with Andrew Meech 2nd in the 800m in a PB and Michael Waller 2nd in the B 400m. Joe Forde set a new hammer PB    added 20/06/05  

  

Lucy's record win
Lucy Sargent made her mark on the international scene today when she won a prestigious race in Mannheim, Germany. She edged out Britain's Joscelynn Hopeson by 1-100th sec to win the u18 100m race in a new PB of 11.70s to slice 2-100ths off her club records for u17, u20 and senior women. She had earlier won her heat in a near-PB of 11.73s.    added 18/06/05  

  

Nine picked for English Schools
Nine club youngsters were today celebrating their selection for the Essex team at the English Schools' Championships next month. In the senior girls age group former medallists Lynsey Clark (discus) and Chloe van Wulven (100m hurdles) will both compete for the fourth time. Katie Richardson (IG-1500m) and Frankie Calder (JG-100m) and will also be pulling on the Essex vest again at these champs while there are first time performances for Bethan Siddons (JG - HJ), Nicola Hill (JG - 75H), Lisa Schofield (IG - 80H), Matt Bloy (JB - 800m) and Ross Clarke (IB - 3000m). The two-day competition this year takes place at the Birmingham Alexander Stadium on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July. added 14/06/05  

  

Kate's just champion!
Kate Brewington was crowned AAAs heptathlon champion at Hexham on Sunday after placing third, and first Briton, in the AAAs championship event held in dismal conditions in the north east. But her 5041 points tally and individual results were disappointing and well short of her best (100H - 14.59, HJ - 1.66, Shot - 11.32, 200m - 26.12, Long jump: 5.56, javelin - 32.50, 800m - 2:29.94)Lucy Sargent resumed her battle with Joey Duck at Sunday’s Bedford International Games.  She ran faster than ever before, aided by a strong following wind, to place third in the B 100m in 11.68s, as Duck was fourth in 11.70s. But the positions were reversed in the A 200m race as Lucy’s Milton Keynes-based rival was 3rd in 24.00 with Lucy 4th in 24.04s.  Mel Harrison was also in action at Bedford, throwing the discus beyond 40m again, to place 10th against good opposition.  Also at the weekend Lesley Felton won the W45 800m in 2m 27.5 and the 400m in 64.3.at the SCVAC Champs at Battersea Park.   added 14/06/05

  

Nine golds in Essex Schools
Club athletes reaped a rich harvest in the Essex Schools Champs today collecting nine golds and at least six other medals. Lauren Clark (300m) and Katie Richardson (1500m) won in the Inter Girls age group, while there were three wins for the junior girls as Frankie Calder (200m), Nicola Hill (75m hurdles) & Bethan Siddons (HJ) were victorious. The Inter boys also won three golds as Eugene Ayanful (100m) and Ross Clarke (3000m) triumphed while Richard Demko beat Anthony Williams on the run-in to win the 100m hurdles. Matt Bloy completed the medal roll with an 800m victory.  added 11/06/05 & updated 12/06/05  

  

UK Women's Winning start 
The promoted UK Women's League team got off to a flying start with a win in the first Division 3 fixture at Mayesbrook Park today. Nine individual victories, backed up by ten second places set the scene as the squad recovered from a slow start to overhaul early leaders Cardiff to run out winners by 19 points. A string victories came from Kate Brewington (100h & LJ), Faye Fullerton (3000m) & Somma Power (SP), with B string wins from Robyn Matson (3000m), Kirsty Smith (LJ), Lynsey Clark (DT), Mel Harrison (SP), Vicky Thompson (HT). Hannah Gamester equalled her pole vault club record and there were 100m sprint PBs for Christina Kalejaiye (A), Claire Brennan (B), and Emma Christmas (non scoring) while Kirsty Smith's long jump effort was her furthest without wind assistance. The second meeting is at Bedford on 26th June.  added 05/06/05  

  

Southern Women's Haringey Victory 
The Southern Women strengthened their claims for promotion when they emerged victorious in the third Southern League Div 2 fixture at Haringey today. After contesting the lead with Kingston for most of the match they eased clear in the closing stages to record an emphatic win. The Senior Women recorded 11 individual victories and won both relays, with Kate Brewington heading the cast with a win treble, while Emma Christmas was a double winner, moving closer to Kate Brewington's U20 javelin record. Sarah Deacon (HT & JT-B) and the returning Katie O'Sullivan both collected win doubles. For the u15s there were five victories and Catrina McAuliffe contributed three B string wins, taking the honours in the shot, hurdles and high jump. added 04/06/05  

  

Five more medals, three gold, two bronze in SoE day two
There was another five medal haul on the second day of the South of England under 20 Championships at a much calmer Portsmouth yesterday as HMAC youngsters brought their medal tally to ten. Pride of place went o Matt Bloy whose second lap charge brought him u15B 800m gold in a new club record. Lucy Sargent turned the tables on Joey Duck to snatch the u17w 100m verdict, while Bethan Siddons won her first major title in the u15G high jump. Lisa Schofield added a second medal, this time bronze in the u17w 80m hurdles, and Chloe van Wulven won her third hurdles bronze at these championships to add to u17 and u15 bronzes in earlier years. added 30/05/05    pics added 31/05/05

  

Gold, three silver, one bronze in SoE day one 
There was a five medal haul on day one of the South of England under 20 Championships at windswept Portsmouth today as HMAC youngsters came away with one gold, three silvers and a bronze. Bonne Buwembo won the u17M Javelin by over 4m with a new best of 51.47m. There was silver service from the under 17 women, as Lisa Schofield (300m hurdles), Lucy Sargent (200m) and Katie Richardson (1500m) all finished runner-up in their events. The fifth medal was earned by Frankie Calder who sprinter faster than before, with the benefit of the strong tail wind to win bronze in the under 15 100m sprint in a lifetime best. added 28/05/05   

  

NJAL: Ladies equal third, men last at Ashford 

Megan Foley was the only winning club athlete as the Ladies U20 team finished equal third at wind-swept Ashford today. She led from gun to tape to take the 800m honours. The results leaves the team third in the Southern Premier League, and still in the frame for a national final place   added 22/05/05   Full results

The junior men's team again finished last of eight. Andrew Meech was a superb 800m winner but otherwise points were hard to come by and lack of athletes in several events cost the team dear. Full results

  

Bethan's record at Bedford EYAL 

Bethan Siddons added 5 cms to her PB to smash the club u15 high jump record by 4cms to jump 1.64m, the second best jump in Britain this year. Her grade 1jump was the highlight of the EYAL fixture at Bedford today as the club finished second  added 22/05/05 

Lucy Sargent beat internationals Catherine Murphy and Joice Maduaka as she finished second for GB Juniors in the Loughborough International in 23.99s. added 22/05/05

  

Southern Women third at Perivale

The Southern Women's team finished third in their second round Div 2 fixture at wet & windy Perivale yesterday.   added 22/05/05 

The depleted Southern Men's Div 1 team finished fourth at an equally damp & dismal Basingstoke. but there was a more encouraging result as the Div 3N team finished second at Stevenage. added 22/05/05 

  

Gold rush continues on Essex day 3 

The sun finally shone on a golden day for club athletes at the final day of the Essex Champs at Mayesbrook Park today. Lisa Schofield set the ball rolling with gold in the u17 girls' 300m hurdles setting a new club record. Katie Richardson was an impressive 800m winner in the same age group and Bonne Buwembo took gold in the u17 Men's javelin. Luke Stott made in an u20M sprint double with his 200m victory & Matt Russell was close to his PB in winning the SM equivalent. The gold standard was upheld in the SM 1500m as Gavin Maley came with a late run to claim victory in a new PB. While Kate Brewington added to her LJ gold with a victory in the HJ, and Hannah Gamester equalled her club PV best to take the SW event. added 15/05/05

  

Twenty two medals at Essex day 2 

Club athletes shrugged off cold and windy conditions to win at least twenty medals at the second day of the Essex Champs at Mayesbrook Park today. Nicola Hill set a new PB with a decisive win in the u15 hurdles event. There was a 100m double from Lucy Sargent (U17) and Luke Stott (JM) while in the jumps Kirsty Smith (JW triple jump) & Kate Brewington (SW LJ) took the honours. The sixth gold went to Matt Bloy who improved his PB in winning the u15B 800m final.   added 14/05/05

  

NYAL squad second in opener 

The combined boys' & girls' NYAL team started their season their season well when they finished second to a powerful Shaftesbury Barnet squad in the opening Southern Premier fixture at windy Hoo today. A bevy of good results were capped when both girls' Athlete of the Match awards were collected by Bethan Siddons, for her u15 girls' high jump victory in a new PB of 1.59m, and Lisa Schofield's 11.9s grade 1 win in the u17 80m hurdles. added 08/05/05 added 09/05/05

  

Kate's shot PB in International meeting 

Kate Brewington was one of six UK athletes who will contest the IAAF Combined Events Challenge at Salo Italy, this weekend. Kate consolidated her early season form after returning from injury but a shot PB of 12.03m was all she had to show for two days' hard labour in Italy. She finished back in 18th place, in 5138 points, some 400+ points shy of her best and 600 points short of the World Student Games qualifier she is seeking. . Results: 100mH: 14.42s; SP: 12.03 PB; HJ: 1.67m; 200m: 25.96s; LJ: 5.75m; JT: 35.13m; 800m: 2m 38.75s). Jessica Ennis in 4th was best of the Brits.  added 08/05/05

  

Southern men off to winning start

The Southern Men's League Division 1 team got their season off to a winning start when they made full use of home advantage with a convincing victory at Mayesbrook today. But the Division 3N team struggled and look set for another nail-biting season.  added 07/05/05  Div 1    Div 3N   pics added 08/05/05

  

Ross in record form again

Ross Clarke was rewarded for his decision to miss the Essex Championships when he broke his week-old club under 17 3000m record at Street, Somerset in the British Milers Club PB Classic on Monday. He trimmed over four seconds off the PB & record set in the NJL meeting last week to clock 8m 55.11s.  Meanwhile Mel Harrison placed fourth in the discus with 35.96m for St Mary’s College in the British Universities Championships held in cold and wet conditions at Glasgow on Sunday . added 04/05/05

  

Six golds in Essex Champs Day One

There were six golds, five silvers and a bronze as club youngsters contested the first day of the Essex County Champs at Colchester today. Lucy Sargent was one of three U17women to strike gold, winning the 200m and Katie Richardson and Lauren Clark added the 1500m and discus titles. Nicola Hill set three new PBs on the way to her u15 pentathlon title and Matt Bloy was untroubled in winning the u15 boys' 1500m. Bradley Reece added a sixth gold in the u15 boys' discus.  Ingrid Deane (1500m) and Frankie Calder (200m) won silver in the u15s while Eugene Ayanful won u17 boys' 200m silver. Rochelle Rhodes took silver in the u13 girls shot & Georgie Lou Sales was also second in the u15 javelin. Jessica Humpheryes added a final medal with an u15 discus PB.  added 02/05/05 & updated 03/05/05

  

Southern Women back to winning ways

There were a glut of victories as the Southern Women's team returned to winning ways at Woodford today. Lisa Schofield notched up a trio of wins (both hurdles & LJ - B), as did the returning Kate Brewington (SP, JT & HJ). Sarah Deacon also contributed a trio of wins in the hammer and shot and discus B strings. And there were doubles for Bethan Siddons (U15 HJ & LJ), Nicola Hill (hurdles & B HJ), Catrina McAuliffe (DT & hurdles B), Laurie Cossey (400 & 800m), and Claire Brennan (hurdles & B 200m). It was an encouraging result as the team set out their stall for a rapid return to Division 1 action after their narrow last match relegation last year.   added 30/04/05  & pics added 01/05/05

  

Junior Women 2nd in home match, men last

The Ladies U20 squad finished a fantastic second in the opening NJAL fixture at Mayesbrook today. The newly promoted men found the pace hot however and brought up the rear. There were wins for Chloe van Wulven (100h & HJ), Sara Luck (HJ - B), Harriet Scott & Helen Roche (1500m both PBs),  Megan Foley & Robyn Matson (3000m), Lucy Sargent (100m), Hayley Stibbs (800m -B). Andrew Meech (B 800) was the sole winner for the men but Ross Clarke broke the club u17 record when finishing runner up in the 3000m.  added 24/4/05 Women's  Men's   Women's full     Men's full 

  

Mini marvels sweep the board

The London Boroughs Mini Marathon was again a happy hunting ground for Havering as the borough swept the board, winning four of the six individual races, team winners in five of the six age groups and also taking the overall honours. Katie Richardson won the girls 15-17 race, Matt Bloy the Boys 13-14 event and Ingrid Deane was victorious in the girls' 13-14 equivalent. There was yet another Havering winner In the youngest age group, 11/12, as Gemma  Phillips from Coopers School & Chelmsford AC took the first place trophy. Past winner Megan Foley was runner up in the girls 15-17 race and Ross Clarke was 3rd in that age group for boys, a day after his tremendous 15:30.61 debut clocking for 5000m. added 17/04/05 & updated 18/4/05 

 

Photo: Gary Howard

Debbie's London marathon record

Debbie Appleton sliced two and a half minutes off her club record finishing 23rd in the London Marathon Women's race today. She was on course for a sub 2:40 clocking at half-way, which she reached in 79:10 and she held on to finish in 2:42.24 in her first London effort. In the men's race Jason Lendon took over 15 minutes off his previous best, finishing in 2:46.27 and Matt Bland also beat the three hour barrier with his 2:56.11 clocking. Martin Chester ran 3:16.53 and Chris Coates finished in 3:39.04. added 17/04/05 

There were again victories for Havering in the London Boroughs Mini Marathon. Katie Richardson won the girls 15-17 race, Matt Bloy the Boys 13-14 event and Ingrid Deane was victorious in the girls' equivalent. Past winner Megan Foley was runner up in the girls 15-17 race and Ross Clarke was 3rd in that age group for boys, a day after his tremendous 15:30.61 debut clocking for 5000m.

 Photo: Watford Observer

Photo: Watford Observer

Claire wins National award

Claire Brennan, the youngest member of the Club's Management Committee, followed up her London region success in UK Athletics' Clubs Future Awards by taking the National title at the NEC in Birmingham on Saturday evening. Up against strong competition from all areas of the UK, Claire took the Young Volunteer award at the inaugural ceremony held following the annual UKA Congress Dinner. Claire's parents Peter and Irene (Club Treasurer) and sister Nina were there to support her together with Club Chairman Doug Tierney and Club Secretary Jean Tierney. The awards winners were introduced  by ex-GB athlete Alison Curbishley, now an athletics presenter for BBC Radio. The award trophy, together with a bursary, was presented to Claire by Stephen Miller, triple Paralympic Gold Medallist.  Despite not getting home from Birmingham until 2am on Sunday morning, Claire was at Mayesbrook bright and early to compete in the Spring Warm-up.  added 11/04/05 

Photo: Courtesy UK Athletics

Good results in Alpha Trophy
The cold and windy conditions did not stop club athletes posting some good early season marks at Haringey today in the Alpha Trophy. Harriet Scott was an impressive senior 1500m winner carving 8 seconds off her PB. Also in dominant track form were u15s Ingrid Deane and Nicola Hill who literally run away with the 800m & hurdles events. But at the end of the day too many gaps cost the weakened team vital points but their 6rth place finish secured the top division position in the Alpha Trophy next year.   added 9/04/05 

Claire in line for National award
The Club is delighted to announce that Claire Brennan has won the Young Volunteer of the Year Award for the London Region in the UK Club Awards 2005. These new awards recognise clubs, volunteers, officials and coaches for their contribution to athletics throughout 2004. Claire has been the youngest member of the Club's Finance & General Purposes Committee for the past two years and received her Regional award for her contribution to the work of the Committee, including completely revising the Club's computer-based membership record scheme. In addition, she was responsible for recommending a significant revision to the Club's annual awards structure. Chairman Doug Tierney comments that 'her contribution to the work of the Committee has been a 'breath of fresh air'.'  Claire has been invited to the UKA Annual Congress Dinner on Saturday, April 9th where she is in the running for the national award. We wish her well. added 5/04/05 

Four well placed in Schools International

The club's quartet all performed with credit in the Schools International Cross Country event, held at Northop, Wales yesterday. Ross Clarke's return to fitness continued as he placed sixth - and fourth English scorer - in the Inter Boys' event. Katie Richardson was also sixth (and fourth England scorer) in the Inter Girls' race. In the Junior Boys' event Steve McLachlan and Matt Bloy made their international debuts placing 12th and 13th respectively.  added 3/04/05 

The u15 boys' teams placed 18th and 34th in the AAAs Road Relay champs at Sutton Coldfield today, while the u13 boys were 40th. The u15 B team were first B team to finish.   added 4/04/05 & updated 5/04/05 

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