April 2007 to September 2007

Relay good end to track season
The final curtain came down on the Summer 2007 track and field season as club athletes added to their county medal haul at the Essex County relays and combined events championships at Colchester.  The U15 Girls trio of Sidnie Sales (2:34.6), Rebecca O'Neill (2:28.6) and Eleanor Bounds (2:23.6) struck gold in the 3x800m relay. The boys' U13 and U15 squads both picked up silver in the same event. Mike Jones (2:13.2) Liam Bush (2:185) and Jamie Buckley-Stanton (2:22.7) were unable to hold off Woodford's late challenge in the U15 event while Thomas Davis (2:38.4), Tyler Bennett (2:32.8) and Ryan O'Mahoney (2:29.3) were the U13 medallists. The U13 girls 3x800m squad of Amanda Blaxland (2:43.7), Avril Loynes (2:56.2) and Becky Stanley (2:43.8) were fourth. Angela James won U17 Women's heptathlon gold, adding over 200 point to her best score. After holding a narrow six point lead overnight she added long jump & 800m PBs to claim gold in 3432 points. (80mH: 12.9s =PB; HJ: 1.53m; SP: 6.28m; 200: 29.4s; LJ: 4.88m - PB, JT - 23.98m; 800m: 2:55s PB.  Alex Edwards was fourth in the U15 Girls' 300m in a PB of 45.4s and Nicola Peachey was fifth in the U15 girls' pentathlon with a PB of 2204 points.  added 23/09/07 & updated 24/09/07   & pics

Pic: Jeanette Peachey

EYAL Final disappointment
There was a disappointing end to the league season as Chelmsford made full use of home advantage to beat league champions Bedford & runners up Havering Mayesbrook to the Top Six Final Shield. The U17 boys provided the highlights, taking the age group trophy. Georgie Bean was close to his best with a javelin victory and B string wins came from Bradley Reece (shot) and Devon Samson (B 100m) - the only club track success. The throwing events delivered the goods. Brad Burr threw his second furthest ever javelin effort to take u15 honours and Michael Jones won the B discus. Danny Wilson & Luke Overton were in top form for the u13s. Wilson set PBs in all his three events, spinning the discus out to 24.36m - second on the club all time list with Overton's 21.85m PB winning the B. Danny added B shot with Luke setting a PB in the A.  For the girls Bethan Siddons & Angela James won both high jump strings in the U17s and Angela set a javelin PB. For the U15s Kike Oniwinde's added a winning shot PB to her customary javelin success, Sophie Baggs won the A discus & Sam Hill partnered Kike & Sophie with B string wins in both events. Deborah Knight and Laura Drew starred for the U13s winning both discus strings, Drew with a PB. The previous day Debbie had improved her club u13 javelin record at the JavFest at Bedford, with Laura in second with a new PB. added 11/09/07 & updated 13/09/07

Six help Essex victories

Club athletes helped Essex to victories against the other Eastern Counties at Bury St Edmunds. Laura Bealey celebrated her Essex debut with a 400m hurdles victory and PB of 68.7s, and was also fourth in the  400m flat. Mel Harrison won both B Hammer (39.16m) and shot (10.92m) and was runner up in the discus A, while Sarah Deacon won the B discus (29.09m) and was second in the hammer  with 41.58m. Rob Warner’s hopes of an end of season steeplechase PB were blown off course when he fell after a gust off wind caught him while hurdling a barrier. He picked himself up and on the final lap clawed back to second overall  to win the B string. Matt Russell competed the club senior line up with a second place in the100m in 11.1s and fifth in the 200m with 22.8s. Georgie Bean was the only club u17 winning the javelin with 55.70m. Bonne Buwembo was second for the South of England in the Inter-Regional meeting against the Midlands, North, Scotland & Wales at Hendon on Sunday with his javelin effort of 59.08m. Bonne's hopes to throw at Lee Valley were thwarted by the late running programme there. Nicola Hill finished fourth in 64.90s.  added 5/09/07


U20s miss out in promotion bid

The U20 squad just fell short of a regaining their Premier Division status when they finished fourth in a tightly contested promotion match at Lee Valley Stadium, Edmonton today.   Vince Lazaro (Long Jump) and Emma Christmas (Javelin) were the only A string winners but B string victories were earned by Vicky Smith (800m), Angela James (High jump), Lauren Clark (discus) for the girls, while Anthony Williams added a B long & triple jump double.  Bethan Siddons added a hat trick of second places in high jump A & long & triple jump B, and other A second places went to Jess Tappin (100H & long jump), Catrina McAuliffe (A discus - PB), Vicky Smith (again - 3000m B) and Georgie Sales (javelin B). For the boys hard working Jay Ryan's pole vault PB gained him A string runners up & Bradley Reece's best result was second in the A hammer.  Despite excellent all round results by the team to cover gaps by absent athletes their efforts were not quite enough, as Basildon's victories in both 4x400m relays gained them the second promotion spot behind winners Team Cambridge.  added 2/09/07  pics added 4/09/07

Nicola's PB and club record

Nicola Hill further improved her PB & club 300m hurdle record but had to settle for silver at today's UK School's Games Final at Coventry. Running for Eastern Region she shrugged off the early challenge of Wales' Sarah Dacey to take the lead coming into the straight to approach the final flight in pole position. But for once her stride pattern let her down and the fast-finishing Jenny White, for West Midlands, the English Schools runner-up, come through to hurdle the final flight perfectly to take gold, as Nicola came home in an excellent 43.70s. It denied her the hat-trick after her Schools and AAAs U17 titles. Georgie Bean was the other club athlete competing for East Region, placing a good fifth in the javelin with his first round 53.78m.  Meanwhile, his training partner Kike Oniwinde was also close to her best in launching the spear 37.12m to win the South of England U15 Inter Counties at Hendon today. Bonne Buwembo added the U20 men's javelin title with 58.84m. Lisa Schofield also represented Essex in the U20 event, placing third in the 400m hurdles in 66.9s. Also competing were Brad Burr, fourth in the U15 Boys' javelin with 46.07m, Vince Lazaro, 7th in U20 long jump (6.19m) and Jimi Tele, 8th in the U15 equivalent with 5.57m. added 26/08 & updated 27/08/07 

Great Scott! Harriet improves 1500m PB

Harriet Scott sliced another two seconds off her 1500m best clocking 4m 15.97s in a high quality British Milers' Club race at Crystal Palace on Saturday. The race also doubled as the Final of the UK Challenge, and her time earned her third place among those eligible - based on performances in key races throughout the season. Her latest improvement means that she has taken almost 16 seconds off her PB this summer, which stood at 4:31.92s. Not surprisingly Harriet has also bettered her PBs at 400m, 800m & 3000m this year. Her latest 1500m is the third best ever by a club female, bettered only by internationals Una English (4:11.33) and Faye Fullerton (4:12.34). At the same meeting Hayley Stibbs was close to her 800m best, clocking 2m 16.67secs.  added 26/08/07 

Strongman Steve adds another title

Steve Archer landed his tenth world title at the World Masters Throws Championships in Hungary last week. The 52-year-old came out on top in the shot putt competition, which involved throwing different weights, with the best distance from each used to find an aggregate total. Archer's five best throws led to an cumulative score of 65.77m, more than enough for him to clinch gold ahead of Germany's Lutz Schellenberg - a competitor at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles - who took silver with a combined score of 63.07m. "It was a good scalp for me, to beat an ex-Olympian," said Archer, who was himself a former English Schools Champion & AAAs Junior Champion. "I've got physio Phil Sadler to thank, as he got me in really good shape for the competition. You get a lot of niggly injuries at my age," he added. Archer also took part in different weight competitions in the discus, hammer and javelin disciplines in Hungary, picking up five silver medals and one bronze to complete an impressive haul. added 24/08/07 

Report courtesy Romford Recorder

Kike & Nicola add England titles

Kike Oniwinde and Nicola Hill both added England Championship titles to their English Schools' successes at Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield this weekend. Kike's winning 37.74m throw to land the U15 Girls' javelin title was her second furthest ever, beaten only by her School's gold throw, to preserve her unbeaten 2007 record in the event. Nicola Hill's 300m Hurdles victory today was also her second fastest ever, behind her schools' win and extended her unbeaten sequence at the event which dates back to April 2006. But there was no final place for Nicola in the sprint hurdles as her 11.71s heat time was 3-100ths outside a fastest loser spot. Schools' javelin medallist Brad Burr missed out this time, his 50.72m throw was only a metre short of his best, but good enough only for 5th. Georgie Bean did well to place 7th with 53.88m in the U17 javelin, one of his longest throws. Georgie Sales was also 7th in the U17 women's 3000m.  Also in throws action was Sam Hill who was just outside a top-8 final place in both U15g discus & shot.  added 12/08/07  & pics added 14/08/07

Pic: Chris Watts, http://www.thejavelinclub.com

Good Essex showing by seniors

The bulk of the UK Women's senior team pulled on Essex vests in the South of England Senior Inter Counties at Portsmouth today. Kate Cowley won the long jump in 5.77m, was third in the high jump (1.70m) & was second in the B shot.  Harriet Scott won the A 1500m, while Lauren Deadman & Robyn Matson were both second in their 3000m strings. Deadman had on Wednesday finally bettered her pre-injury 1500m PB, clocking 4:27.77s at Watford in the BMC Grand Prix. Faye Fullerton was second for Essex in the 800m, having travelled down from Manchester where she had raced at 1500m on Saturday night, and also paced the 3000m event in another BMC event. Mel Harrison won the B discus and was fifth in the hammer. In the hurdles Lisa Schofield was 6th in 15.4s while Claire Brennan was a tenth slower for second in the B. Schofield was also 5th in the 400m hurdles in 66.7s.  For the strong Essex men's squad Matt Russell was edged out of B 100m victory in 10.9s but made no mistake in the B 200m.  Rob Warner was third overall in the steeplechase, winning the B string.  added 12/08/07

Bish inspires Southern men

Veteran skipper Mark Bishop drew deeply on his  experience to anchor the 4x400m relay squad to victory and clinch second place in the team stakes, in the sixth and final Southern League Division 1 fixture at Reading on Saturday. It came after Bish had already won the pole vault and B sprint hurdles, and ensured that hosts Reading did not claim second place. Matt Russell won both sprints and there was a 'chase double thanks to Rob Warner & Jason Lendon. Matt Bland was the best of the 1500m B strings and Paul Adair continued to improve with a sub- 2 mins, 800m PB. Another double came not unexpectedly from javelin ace Bonne Buwembo & his coach Sam Harrison, while Dan Gamester (A hammer) and Arron Bonning (B pole vault) also took top points.   added 05/08/07  

The Men's Div 3 team placed third in their final fixture, ending up the league in 12th.

Juniors third clinches league runners up spot

Third place in the final National Junior League fixture at Colchester on Sunday ensured a runners-up spot in the league and put the team on course for a place in the promotion match for the Premier Division on 2nd September at Lee Valley. Nicola Hill returned to club colours less than 24 hours after her return from GB action to win both hurdles events, winning the female athlete of the match award. Becky Quinlan (2nd claim) proved a worthy addition to the squad with wins in the A triple jump and B 100m hurdles plus a 400m hurdles runners up spot, while the other second claim member Jess Tappin won the B high jump and added points in 100, 200m and shot. Emma Christmas won the javelin in her final appearance in this league. Anthony Williams returned from injury with a double win, taking the A 110m hurdles and B long jump, while Bonne Buwembo and Georgie Bean cleaned up in the javelin, with Georgie adding three metres to his PB to go fifth on the club all time senior list. Another U17, Bradley Reece won the B discus.  added 30/07/07  

Record for Debbie - four in Essex action

Four club members helped Essex to victory in the South of England Inter Counties U13 match at Kingston on Sunday. Debbie Knight added over a metre to her PB and club javelin record, throwing 23.96m for fifth. She added another PB in the discus, to 25.13m, for sixth best by a club U13, placing second, and was close to her shot PB when throwing 7.83m for fourth. Laura Drew's 19.94m javelin throw took her to second on the club all-time list, and earned fifth place points on the day. Sacha Martin equalled her PB in the high jump clearing 1.40m and placing third, while Erin Baggs was close to her discus best with 17.96m, placing fourth in the B.  added 30/07/07  

Pic: Karen Knight

Record for Angela as Southern Women third

Angela James improved her club U17 pole vault record and also set a club U20 record with her winning clearance of 2.55m in today's Southern Women's League Div 1 home fixture. Bethan Siddons was equal first in the high jump, and the throws yielded a good crop of victories from Mel Harrison (discus & B hammer), Sarah Deacon (hammer, B discus & B shot), and Emma Christmas (javelin). Sara Luck & Zoey Littlechild contributed a  1500m double for the only senior track victories. For the U15s Nicola Peachey had a double win in the hurdles &  long jump, the latter a PB, and Jessica Seekings won the B hurdles. Kike Oniwinde (javelin & shot), Sam Hill (discus & B shot) and Laura Drew (B javelin - PB) added good victories in this age group. added 28/07/07 added 29/07/07 

GB debut for Nicola Hill

Nicola Hill literally had a baptism of fire as she made her GB U18 debut in almost unbearable 45 degree heat at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Belgrade on Tuesday. She was with the leaders at 200m but ran out of steam in the last 150m to come home fourth in a creditable 64.10s, but outside the qualifiers. The scorching track left her with blistered feet which required medical treatment. Undeterred she returned to the track two days later in a hastily assembled 4x100m relay squad who won through to Friday's final where they placed fifth. The GB team earned four medals as the boys' relay team finished the meeting in style with a victory, to add to sprint medals for former member Eugene Ayanful (100m), Torema Dorset (100m) and Andrew Robertson (200m)   added 28/07/07   

Injury-hit Southern men last

A weakened Southern men's squad, already affected by injuries to Mark Bishop, Leo Barker, Gavin Maley and Rob Dickenson, and missing Bonne Buwembo and his coach Sam Harrison at the English Schools Champs, suffered more injuries on the day which consigned the team to last place in their fifth round fixture at Milton Keynes on Saturday. Among those injured was Anthony Williams who suffered a repeat of a hip injury after winning the long jump with a new PB of 6.51m. Matt Russell easily won the 100m but had to give second best in the 200m to Swindon's Toby Ulm, who contests the European Junior Championships next week. Paul Adair won the B 400m, Arron Bonning the B long jump and Stuart Tufton took the B pole vault. There were PBs for Rob Warner (steeplechase) and Jay Ryan (pole vault) both placing second. added 15/07/07  

Three golds and silver mined at Schools

There were four medals - three of the gold variety - at this weekend's English Schools Championships at Birmingham. Kike Oniwinde's massive 38.16m opener in the junior girls' javelin event was not only PB and club record it also put the competition beyond reach of the field. Nicola Hill likewise was a class apart in the Inter girls' 300m hurdles, breaking her PB and club record in both heat & final to come home a second clear in 43.82s. Bonne Buwembo was the only thrower over 60m in the senior boys' javelin with his 61.45m best.  In Friday's dismal damp conditions Bradley Burr threw well for silver in the junior boys' javelin, Georgie Bean was a good seventh in the inter boys' equivalent while Lisa Schofield was below her best in the senior 100m hurdles.  added 14/07/07 & pics  added 15/07/07

UK Women runners up at Eton

Two jumps wins by Kate Cowley were the icing on the cake for a fine team performance as the UK Women's team finished equal second in their round two fixture at Eton on Saturday - probably the best placing by a club senior team nationally. Cowley's long & high jump victories were supported by B string wins in the same events by Kirsty Smith & Sara Luck respectively. Harriet Scott's 3000m PB earned her second in a good quality race and B string runners up spots went to the middle distance trio of Sara Luck (800m), Hayley Stibbs (1500m PB) and Robyn Matson (3000m PB). Emma Christmas and Mel Harrison (shot) were second in the B javelin & shot. and  A string third places went to Harrison again in the discus and Louise Mathews (javelin).  Lauren Deadman bagged a pair of A third places with her 800m/1500m double, and Lisa Schofield added a 100m hurdles B string third place. Kirsty Smith, nursing a sore knee, improved her 100m PB, as did hard working Claire Brennan set a 200m PB and was close to her 100m & hurdles best, and Laura Bealey again improved her 400m hurdles PB. Birthday girl Hannah Gamester contributed valuable points in 200m, hammer & vault. After holding second position for much of the match the final result for the minor placings behind winning hosts Windsor rested on the 4x400m relay and the club quartet of Scott, Stibbs, Bealey & Cowley did enough for the team to place fifth and equal second in the team stakes.  added 8/07/07 & pics

Junior team runners up in home match

Excellent field performances from the men's team, who won their section, were not enough to clinch an overall victory as the National Junior League squad finished runners up to league leaders Basildon at Mayesbrook today. Bradley Reece was in fine form with PBs to win both discus & hammer, and Anthony Williams added a pair of wins with hurdles & long jump B full points. Jay Ryan returned to club colours with a high jump victory & good pole vault runners up spot, and the customary javelin double this time from Georgie Bean and second claimer Johnny Fairclough. Vince Lazaro won the long Jump A & a B string jumps victory came from Paul Adair high jump and Kieran Nelson added a B sprint hurdles win. Nicola Hill & Lisa Schofield doubled up for a hurdles maximum and added B sprints victories in the 200m & 100m respectively. A high jump double came from second claim member Jess Tappin (on her debut) and Bethan Siddons, who added two second places in long & triple jumps. Emma Christmas won the A javelin and Lauren Clark was first home in the B 800m. The ladies ended on a high as the 4x400m quartet of Lauren Clark, Katie Richardson, Nicola Hill & Megan Foley had a good win.  added 1/07/07

GB U18 vest for Nicola - Lucy gets Euro nod

Although missing out  in her attempt to gain the 400m hurdles qualifying time for the World Youth (U18) Championships as she placed seventh in the U20 400m Hurdles final with 63.48 Nicola Hill was today celebrating as she earned her Great Britain vest in the 24-strong UK team for the European Youth Olympics in Belgrade, Serbia at the end of July. It is a remarkable achievement for the Rainham 16-year-old who has yet to win a medal in a national event – something she hopes to put right in two weeks when she contests the 300m hurdles at the English Schools Championships at Birmingham – her final competition before joining the UK Team. Seasoned international Lucy Sargent was also celebrating as she was named in the 100m event in the GB U20 team for the European Junior Championships to be held in Hengelo, Holland in three weeks.  added 25/05/07

Poor last for weak NYAL team

A series of late withdrawal and "no shows" by U17 athletes cost dear as the National YAL team ended up last in their home Southern Premier league fixture at Mayesbrook Park. The result plunged the club into the relegation battle, wiping out the promising start to the season. The U15 boys showed the way to tie with runaway winners Windsor in their section with Andrew Kerr taking double top with pole vault & B hammer wins. The U15 girls also set an example with a good second place, with Sophie Baggs winning the field athlete of the match award for her discus success, also setting a hurdles PB to win the B. Kike Oniwinde & Sam Hill also had throws win doubles. For the depleted U17s Bethan Siddons had a hat trick of jumps wins with top marks in long, high & triple jumps. Fred Mokoso was the only U13B A winner with a 200m PB and B wins came from Tyler Bennett (80m) and Ryan Blake (hurdles).   added 24/06/07 

Bonne bronze in National Champs

Bonne Buwembo added another medal to his collection with another long throw at Bedford delay. His 62.65m effort earned him javelin bronze at the England Athletics U20 Championships. Lucy Sargent was unlucky not to to win a 100m medal as she finished fourth in a season's best of 11.78 a mere 2-100th of a second off a podium place but failed to get past the 200m heats. Harriet Scott was also fourth in the U23 1500m final with 4:22.65s. Emma Christmas again improved her season's best with a 39.27m javelin throw, closing in on a new PB and the 40m barrier, finishing fifth. Ross Clarke finished in seventh in the U20 5000m with 15:22.95s. Nicola Hill has a good chance of a place in the UK team for the European Youth Olympics in Serbia next month as she placed seventh in the U20 400m Hurdles final with 63.48. Luke Stott (23.05s) was eliminated in the U2 200m heats.   added 23/06/07 & updated 24/06/07 

Another great day at Southern Champs

The second day of the South of England Championships topped the first to make for a most successful weekend. Lauren Deadman produced her best result since returning from injury to strike senior 3000m gold, with a new PB of 9:56.17s. Kate Cowley (nee Brewington) added silver & bronze in the high jump (1.68m) and long jump (5.96m) and was denied another when disqualified for two false starts in the 100m hurdles. Harriet Scott's superb finish brought her senior 800m silver smashing her PB by three seconds with 2m 06.27s, while Ross Clarke added an U20 1500m bronze with a fine 3:58.78s run. Just out of the medals were Nicola Hill who sped to 14.82s for a massive 100m Hurdles PB in the U20 event, while Claire Brennan's 15.62s was good enough for fourth in the senior final. Emma Christmas was on track for an U20 javelin medal with her 39.03m season's best but was edged out, while Lucy Sargent was back in fifth in the U20 100m with 12.14s.  added 17/06/07  & pics


Gold, silver , bronze in Southern Champs

Club athletes had a good day at the first day of the South of England U20 & Senior Championships at Crystal Palace, coming away with a medal of each colour. Bonne Buwembo supplied the gold, winning the U20 javelin with 63.29m, just one cm shy of his PB set last week. Nicola Hill continues to impress carving three seconds off her 400m hurdles best  to record the second fastest time ever by a club female, a 62.24s run which earned her silver. Bronze went to Lucy Sargent with a 24.74s effort in the U20 200m.  Also in championship action were Lauren Clark and Robyn Delivett with 61.48s & 61.90s (PB) in the U20 & Senior 400m and Ross Clarke with 4:01.45s in his 1500m heat.   added 16/06/07


Bonne close on record & Faye 1500 PB

Bonne Buwembo closed the gap on Mark Bishop’s club senior javelin record when he improved his best to 63.30m - a one-and-a-half metre improvement and just 18cm short of Bishop’s 17-year-old club best. It extended Bonne’s club U20 record but the mark, achieved at Sunday’s Bedford International Games, was good enough only for eighth on the day.  At the same meeting Lucy Sargent could only finish fourth in her 100m race with 12.34s and a day after her County schools’ gold Nicola Hill took on older opposition to finish third in the U18 specification 100m hurdles, with 14.54s.Faye Fullerton set a new career best at the BMC Grand Prix meeting at Manchester with 4:12.34s, to rank ninth fastest in UK this summer. There was more success at the metric mile on Sunday when Matt Bland won the Eastern Veterans’ title at Peterborough with 4:14.4s. added 11/06/07

Photo: Javelin Club (courtesy Sam Harrison)

Seven win schools' golds

There were seven gold medal performances as club athletes gloried in perfect conditions at Saturday's Essex Schools Championships at Chelmsford. There were three javelin golds as Brad Burr again improved his P to win the junior boys' event, Kike Oniwinde won the junior girls' equivalent and Georgie Bean too the Inter boys' crown. Three more golds came virtue of the middle distance events. Rebecca O'Neill was victorious in the junior girls' 1500,, Georgie Sales easily won gold in the Inter Girls 3000m while Grant Twist was a comfortable 1500m steeplechase champion. Nicola Hill defended her inter girls' 80m hurdles title.    added 11/06/07 Pics added 12/06/07

A quartet of club javelin throwers will contest the English Schools Championships at Birmingham on 13/14 July - Bonne Buwembo (Senior Boys), Georgie Bean (Inter Boys), Bradley Burr (Junior Boys) and Kike Oniwinde (Junior Girls). Hurdles duo Nicola Hill (Inter Girls 300m hurdles) & Lisa Schofield (senior girls' 100m Hurdles) have also been called up by the Essex Schools selectors.



Faye, Kate in international action

Faye Fullerton set a season’s best (& her second fastest ever) 1500m time of 4:14.24 finishing third in the Catalan Open Champs at the Barcelona Olympic stadium on Saturday. Kate Brewington showed that she in superb form at an international heptathlon contest at Arles, France at theweekend. She ran a wind-assisted 14.10s for 100m hurdles, equalled her high jump PB of 1.73m and was within a cm of her shot PB with 12.02m. She finished the day in 14th after her 26.08w in the 200m but day 2 opened with a multi eventers nightmare as she registered three no jumps in the long jump – one of her strongest events. Undaunted she added two metres to her javelin PB with a 39.78m and ran the 800m in 2:25.98s but the long jump foul cost her a heptathlon PB & club record added 04/06/07 



Young athletes third at Woodford
The National YAL squad had to settle for third place in their round 3 Southern Premier fixture at Woodford on Sunday as exam commitments & injury in the u17 age group cost the team dear. Despite key absences the U17 men achieved ten victories but team manager Gordon Kerr singled out Michael Donovan for special praise as he answered the call to complete the 4x400m relay quartet just minutes after finishing the steeplechase. Similarly on the girls’ side his praise went to thrower Carla Schofield who was pressed into action when the 4x300m squad were an athlete short.   added 04/06/07 

UK Women fifth in Wigan opener

The Senior Women’s team opened their UK Women’s League campaign with a spirited fifth place in their tricky Division 2 fixture at Wigan on Sunday.  Although badly hit by absentees, the squad rallied round to produce a fine team effort. There were no individual wins but second place points were gained by the javelin duo of Louise Mathews & Emma Christmas, Claire Brennan (100H B), and Kirsty Smith (triple jump). Third places went to Kirsty Smith & Hannah Gamester (long jump), Laura Bealey (400mH B), Robyn Matson (B 800m), Katie Richardson (B Triple jump) and Sarah Deacon (B discus).   added 04/06/07 

Southern Men second at Ashford

The Southern Men’s League Division 1 team gained their third consecutive runners-up spot in their third round fixture at Ashford on Saturday.  On the track Rob Warner made the headlines with his steeplechase winning PB, Martin Chester made it a win double, taking B string honours. Anthony Williams, still 17, senior high hurdles debut produced a time of 16.6s and he also won the B long jump and improved his PB in the triple jump. Mark Bishop won the B discus and scored heavily elsewhere  while oldest team member Stuart Tufton showed age is no barriers with B pole vault win.   added 04/06/07 

An eight strong Men's Div 3N team did their best but could not avoid last place at Sandy. Ross Clarke had a useful return to league action with fast wins in the 800m & 1500m. Christian Newton & Darron Keevil doubled up with win double in both discus & javelin but despite the best efforts of Craig Moore, Neil Gowers, the Collins brothers & Ian Anthony (5K) the squad were fourth of the competing teams.      added 04/06/07

Juniors win at Basildon

The National Junior League team produced an impressive performance to win their second round Thames Division fixture at Basildon today, finishing five points clear of Ipswich with the hosts and Bedford close behind. Another strong result from the women, with doubles from Georgie Sales & Zoey Littlechild (3000m), Emma Christmas & Sales (javelin), and Lauren Clark & Catrina McAuliffe (discus) was well supported by the men with Anthony Williams & David Creedon winning the sprint hurdles & Bonne Buwembo & Georgie Bean taking both javelin strings.   added 27/05/07  added 28/05/07 

Record win for Nicola at Southern Champs

Nicola Hill broke the club U17 women's 300m  Hurdles record as she came from behind to win the South of England title at Ashford today. Her powerful finish carried her from bronze to gold medal position from the final hurdle to bring her home in 44.83s, a PB by 6-10th and breaking Lisa Schofield's two year old club best. But there was disappointment for Nicola as she was disqualified for an infringement after finishing third in the 80m hurdles final. Georgie Bean finished outside the medals in the U17 javelin, missing out on bronze by 12cm as he was unable to match his recent consistent 50m+ form. Rebecca O'Neill again improved her 1500m PB, dipping under 5mins with her 4:59.82s run in 12th in a fast run race.  added 27/05/07  added 28/05/07

Southern win for Brad Burr

Brad Burr added almost 5m to his PB when winning the South of England U15 Boys' javelin title at Ashford today. His 51.34m throw was the second best ever by a club U15 behind Bonne Buwembo's record. Nicola Hill put herself in medal contention for Sunday's final when winning her U17 Women's 300m hurdles heat in 45.94s. Rebecca O'Neill improved her PB to 5:00.38s to qualify fo the U15 1500m final tomorrow. Nicola Peachey missed out on a U15 Girls' 75m hurdles semi-final place by the narrowest of margins 1-100th of a second with her 12.58s PB heat time. Lisa Schofield smashed her PB when winning the 100m Hurdles at the London Inter-Clubs Challenge at Lee Valley. Her 14.8s clocking was fourth best ever by a club athlete and over one second faster than her previous best. James Murphy & Salvator Mutijima both improved their 400m PBs to 50.7s & 51.0s at the same meeting. added 26/05/07

Pic: Sam Harrison

Three club athletes in UK 1500m top 16

Faye Fullerton was just outside her best as she placed third in England colours in 4m 14.92s the 1500m at Sunday's Loughborough International. Behind her Harriet Scott reduced her PB further clocking 4:20.01s in sixth place. Alexa Joel was sixth in the 3000m, clocking a new PB of 9:20.70s. All three now rank in the top 16 in Britain at 1500m. Lucy Sargent was also in Loughborough action, dipping below 12 secs in the 100m for sixth, and finishing second in her 200m race. Meanwhile at Woodford Kate Brewington's return to the heptathlon ended in disappointment.  She started with a useful 14.23s hurdles clocking, a 1.66m high jump clearance,  and 11.82m shot. She led off the bend in her 200m race but felt her hamstring cramp and eased home. On day 2 she took no part in the long jump as a precaution and attempted the javelin before opting out of the 800m. She now travels to France next week to contest the Arles heptathlon event.       added 21/05/07  

Young athletes third at Croydon

The Young Athletes team fought back from a shaky start to finish third in their Southern Premier Division fixture at Croydon on Sunday. After trailing in last place early on a strong finish saw the team put the hosts under pressure, as Enfield & Haringey came out on top. The fine conditions, after recent wind and rain-affected meetings, made for a glut of personal bests. The U15 girls and U17 women both won their categories, notching up 10 and 12 wins respectively. Kike Oniwinde and Bradley Burr's u15 javelin wins earned them the field event performances of the match.      added 21/05/07  

Southern Men second in round  2

The men's team placed equal second at Eton yesterday Good points in the field events meant nothing as middle distance gaps in the B 1500, 5000 & 'chase probably cost the team the match. Leo Barker won shot & discus, Mark Bishop the hurdles & B shot, Bonne Buwembo & Sam Harrison had a javelin double. Another double came virtue of U20s Anthony Williams & Vince Lazaro in the long jump, while veteran Stuart Tufton took B vault honours. Track side Matt Russell was runner up in both sprints, as was Rob Warner in the 'chase. James Murphy's 400m flat B string second was supported by a 400m hurdles PB.     added 20/05/07   & updated 21/05/07  

Southern Women grab second

A powerful senior ladies performance ensured that the Southern Women League team came up trumps in a three way fight for second place behind Dacorum & Tring in their round two fixture at Ashford today. Sarah Deacon had a win treble (A hammer & B shot & discus) as did Nicola Hill  with senior B 100m victory to add to her U17 hurdles double. There were win doubles for Lauren Deadman (800m  &1500m), Mel Harrison (hammer & discus) and Kirsty Smith (triple & long jumps).  Lisa Schofield & Claire Brennan battled the gales for a senior sprint hurdles double and Louise Mathews & Emma Christmas doubled up for a javelin win. Other wins win went Angela James (U17 hurdles) & Becky Owen (B 800m) before wins in both relays ensured second place. A weak U15 team of just six athletes were unable to claim maximum points but made a vital contribution to the overall result.    added 19/05/07 & updated 21/05/07  

Kate shows the way

Kate Brewington showed good form in winning two county titles at another day of wet & windswept competition in Day 2 of the Essex Championships at Chelmsford today. She was close to her best with a legal 6.03m long jump victory before battling the winds to win the 100m hurdles and gaining shop put bronze. Bonne Buwembo was close to his best in winning the U20 javelin and Georgie Bean, Brad Burr and Louise Mathews added golds at the same event. Nicola Hill defended her U17 hurdles title with a PB performance and doubled up with 300m gold. Lisa Schofield smashed her PB to claim U20 400mH victory. Matt Russell shaded gold in the senior 100m event. Race of the day was the senior women's 1500m which saw Harriet Scott slice 8 secs off her PB in a fast run race, just behind Alexa Joel (awaiting clearance to compete for HMAC). Lucy Sargent won the U20 sprint double, Vince Lazaro added U20 long jump hold and Rob Warner's steeplechase win completed the gold medal roll.    added 12/05/07 & updated 14/05/07  

BUSA bronze for Harriet

Harriet Scott (Imperial) put in a great performance to win 1500m bronze in the (BUSA) British Universities Championships at Bedford today clocking 4:32.65 in a tactical race and relegating team-mate Faye Fullerton (St Mary's) to fourth in 4:34.19. It was the fifth race of the weekend for Faye who had earlier placed fifth in the 800m in 2m 8.99s after heat (2:16.57s) & semi final (2:11.37). Sara Luck (Kings College) went out in the 800m heats (2m 19.41s) but bounced back for equal fourth in the high jump in 1.60m. Luke Stott (Loughboro) was eliminated in the 200m semi finals after his 22.76s heat while Laura Bealey's 400m hurdles PB of 70.15s was not enough to progress - nor was her 63.3s flat 400m.   added 7/05/07  

Essex Day One Highlights

The first day of the Essex Champs was again greeted by wet & breezy conditions at Ilford today but some quality performances shone through. Kike Oniwinde retained her U15 javelin title with another 34m+ effort to smash the championship best. Sacha Martin, still a first year U13, won the high jump with 1.33m and went close to the CBP of 1.36m. Sam Hill was second in the U15G discus with her last gasp 27.03m throw as club throwers filled four of the eight places, and in the U17W equivalent Catrina McAuliffe and Becky Luck claimed silver & bronze. Zoey Littlechild smashed her day old 1500m PB to win U17 silver but Georgie Sales lost out of a medal but still broke the 5m barriers. There was some consolation as Georgie picked up javelin bronze with a PB of 27.71m, while her younger sibling Sidnie won U15 javelin silver (22.63m).  More silverware came from Rebecca O'Neill's 1500m silver, Debbie Knight's U13 shot runners up medal, and Fred Mokoso's U13 200m third place.  added 7/05/07  Pics

Report & results to follow (info please on events after 2.30pm!)

Good start at Hendon for NYAL team

The National Young Athletes Team kicked off their Southern Premier season with an encouraging third place at Hendon today. Angela James improved her week-old club U17 pole vault record to 2.30m but the honours went to Nicola Hill whose 80mH victory in 11.95s, into a stiff headwind,  earned her Female Track Athlete of the Match; she also won 300m Hurdles & long jump. Bradley Reece jumped to second on the U17 all-time hammer list with his 48.21m PB - he also won the shot in another PB. Other A string successes went  to Zoey Littlechild (U17 - 1500m PB), Georgie Sales (U17 - 3000m - PB), Bethan Siddons (U17 - HJ), Sam Hill (U15 DT) and Sidnie Sales (U15 - JT), Sacha Martin (U13G - HJ), Georgie Bean & Brad Burr (U17 & U15 JT) and Ryan O'Mahoney (U13B - 800m)   added 6/05/07  

Age no barrier to super vets

Age proved no barrier as skipper Mark Bishop celebrated his first competition as a M40 veteran by inspiring the senior men to second place in their opening Southern League Div One fixture on home soil yesterday. He competed in seven individual events and both relays, winning the pole vault and B shot and rewriting the club's all-time veterans' lists in the process.  His ageless B string pole vault partner, Stuart Tufton made it maximum points in the event and in the 1500m new veteran Matt Bland improved the club best time by a M40 vet. U20 Bonne Buwembo and his coach Sam Harrison cleaned up with a javelin double and Rob Warner was close to his PB with a dominant steeplechase win. There were encouraging senior PBs for James Murphy (400mH) and the returning Leo Barker (discus) and the club's U20 contingent performed well against senior opposition.  added 6/05/07  

The B team battled well with some good results to finish third against powerful opponents. Wins were hard to come by and U17 Georgie Bean provided the only A string victory with his first 50+ effort with the senior javelin. added 6/05/07  

Home landslide for EYAL Team

The Eastern Young Athletes squad had a landslide victory against weak opposition on home territory at Mayesbrook Park on Sunday, winning all six age groups. The U17 women had three A string & five B string successes, the U15 girls also had just three A wins and five B string wins.  Debbie Knight achieved two of the four A string wins for the U13 girls, with an impressive Sacha Martin winning the high jump in 1.36m to go into the club all time sixth in this age group. The U17 men dominated their section with no less than six A and eight B victories, plus a relay win. The U15 boys did not have things their own way but still came out on top. The U13s won two A & four B events A sterner test will come this weekend when the team step up to face strong opposition in their opening fixture in the NYAL at Barnet Copthall Stadium, Hendon. added 1/05/07    

Angela's Vault record - U20s Fourth

Angela James broke a club record at the first time of asking as she cleared 2.10m to improve the U17 pole vault mark on her debut at the event at today's National Junior League fixture. She also won the B triple jump. Nicola Hill again starred with a treble in both hurdles & long jump, Lisa Schofield added a B hurdles double, Georgie Sales led from gun to tape to win the 3000m in a PB time and Bethan Siddons won the triple jump. For the men Bradley Reece impressed with a huge hammer PB to go fourth on the club U20 list and Vince Lazaro, Anthony Williams and Rob Jones scored well. The women won their competition but a depleted men's squad were fourth and the combined team also had to settle for fourth in the match. added 29/04/07    

Kate back to winning ways

Kate Brewington returned to winning action as the Southern Women placed equal third at Oxford today. After her long injury lay off she showed good form to win the 100m hurdles & long jump and score in two other events and relay. Other senior wins went to Lauren Deadman (1500m), Claire Brennan (100mH B) and Sarah Deacon & Mel Harrison's Hammer double. Sam Hill again starred for the U15s with winning PBs in both shot & discus & added a hurdles PB too. Kike Oniwinde won both javelin and shot, the latter in a big PB. Sophie Baggs added another carer best to win the B discus and more PBs fell to Nicola Peachey (200m & hurdles), Nicola Dalton (LJ) and Amber Turner (800m & LJ)  added 28/04/07    

Havering win Mini Marathon again

Club athletes kept up their fine tradition at Sunday’s Mini-marathon, held over the final 4km (2.6m) of the London Marathon course when they again won the London Boroughs Challenge, thanks to numerous top-ten placings. Michael Jones was highest placed, with his bronze medal position in the Boys’ 13-14 event, while Jamie Buckley-Stanton was sixth in the same race. In the Girls’ 11-12 event Rebecca O’Neill was a fine fourth for Havering with Rebecca Stanley, representing Barking & Dagenham, in ninth. More success came in the Girls’ 13-14 race. Zoey Littlechild (B & D) raced home in fifth while Havering’s Sidnie Sales was four seconds slower in ninth, with Jennifer Holland only one place back in tenth. Georgie Sales was sixth in the girls aged 15-16 event. added 23/04/07   & pics.

Nic's stunning 400m Hurdles debut

Nicola Hill made a stunning 400m hurdles debut when she ran the third fastest ever by a club female in winning at today's Alpha Trophy event in 65.30s. Lisa Schofield provided good backing as she took the B string in a new PB and added second place in the B sprint hurdles, matching Claire Brennan's A string placing. Emma Christmas was third in the senior javelin with a season's best of 37.26m. Hayley Stibbs and newcomer Hayley Pegg paired well for good 1500m points. The short-handed Under 15s, missing their usual middle distance contingent ahead of Sunday's Mini-Marathon found points hard to get. Sam Hill improved her PB to win the discus and Amber Turner ran a sensible race to place third in the 800m, smashing her PB.  added 21/04/07 & updated 23/04/07  & pics.

Kike adds another javelin record

Kike Oniwinde became the third of Sam Harrison's javelin group to break a club record when she launched the spear 35.11m at the Eton JavFest on Saturday. Not only did it break Mel Harrison's U15 record, it added over two and a half metres to Mel's U17 record too, ranks second on the U20 all-time lists and is fourth best ever by a club female. Kike showed it was no fluke at Mayesbrook Park yesterday when she threw 33.90m to win the U15 event. Heatwave conditions ensured 250+ entries and some fine early season performances, with numerous PBs which are encouraging for the league season which gets under in two weeks. It's difficult to highlight individual results among so many but big breakthroughs included those from Jordan Brown (U15 - 100 & 200), Joseph Ramie (U17M - LJ & TJ), Moli Geng (U13G LJ) and Helen Roche (SW 1500). added 16/04/07 

Javelin records for Deborah, Bonne

The first club track and field record of the outdoor season was broken at Basildon last Wednesday when Deborah Knight set new marks for the U13 javelin. She launched the 400gm implement 22.65m to add a massive 2.75m to Caroline Smith's record set in 1999 and over 5m to her PB, which had ranked her second on the all-time list. Then yesterday at the Chelmsford open Deborah added to her record with a 22.72m throw. Bonne Buwembo started his season with a bang at the same meetings. His 59.30m effort at Basildon was just 12cm below his U20 club record, which he set last summer and at Chelmsford he made no mistake throwing 61.87m for a new U20 record and moving up to second on the club all-time senior list.   added & updated 8/04/07 

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