April 2010 to September 2010
Winter season starts at Aldershot relays

The winter season got underway at Aldershot on Saturday with the customary curtain raiser of the South of England relays. The U17 Women were best placed as Becky Stanley (11:25), Patsy McWeeney (12:42) and Bethaney hall (12:06) came home in 20th place. The U13 boys placed 25th thanks to legs from Fraser Scott (12:00), Sam Thompson (13:03), Sam Dell (13:20) and Robert Woodgate (12:04).  Lydia Hallam's opener of 11:15 for the U15 Girls brought her home 11th and 19th fastest overall and team mates Abigail Loynes (13:21) and Lindsay McLachlan (12:49) came home in 29th. Heidi Surman Wells' fine opening leg of 9:01 placed her 16th for the U13 Girls and legs by Annie Maguire (11:25) and Abigail Spink (10:17) placed the trio 53rd. Massi Dendani was the only U17 Man to make the trip placing 38th on his leg (13:32). On Sunday the senior men's team were a very good 36th place, their highest finish for many years. Every runner obtained a PB at the course, with three athletes all ducking below the 20-minute mark. Matt Bland led off with a solid 20:27 before handing over to Grant Twist who had a great run doing the team's fastest leg of 19:38. Jamie Buckley Stanton in his first senior outing continued the good work with 19:57 bringing the team up to 29th. Joe Waked had a steady run as the weather started to close in 21:47. Rob Warner took up the baton with a powerful run in the rain of 19:43 to bring the team up to 28th. He handed over to Simon Hart who, in the pouring rain did well with a 22:01 final leg.  added & updated 26/09/10  

Josh breaks Octathlon record again

Josh Olawore ended his season on a high note when he improved his club Under 17 Octathlon Record in finishing seventh out of 40 entrants at the English Schools Combined Events Championships at Stoke this weekend. His competition had a low key start when he opened with a below par long jump of 5.90m, way down on his best of 6.60m, but he went on to improve his best in all three remaining events on Day 1, adding four metres to his discus best with 28.99m, half a metre to his javelin best with 36.43m and  new 400m PB of 53.34s.  But the lost points in his long jump meant he lagged in 12th place.  On Sunday good points came from his 13.88s hurdles clocking and 1.72m high jump clearance, before his winning shot put and PB of 11.94m moved him into the top six. A new 1500m best of 5:07.27s brought him home seventh with a new club best of 4563 points, 39 points higher than his record set in June. added 20/09/10

Alex Law improved his triple jump best to 12.18m at the Watford Open on Sunday to move up to sixth on the club all time Under 15 lists and into the top 20 nationally this summer. 

Kike adds to record haul

Kike Oniwinde’s late season rich vein of form continued at Lee Valley on Saturday when she added almost  metre to her personal best to extend her club U20 javelin record to 46.61m, which also took her past Louise Mathews’ club senior record.  The sixth form student from Dagenham Kike now holds the club javelin records for the U15, Under 17, U20 and senior age groups.  The club was well represented in the Essex team in the Eastern Inter Counties at Chelmsford on Saturday. Claire Brennan improved her PB to 66.25s in winning the 400m hurdles, and also won the B sprint hurdles. Zoe Young contested three events, winning the B shot (9.11m), third in the B long jump & fourth in the javelin. In the men's match, Rob Warner & Jason Lendon scored maximum points in the A & B steeplechase, Isaac Ogunlade was third in the 400m hurdles and Shaun Stewart improved his 400m PB to 50.18 in fourth and won the B long jump (6.64m). In the U17 Men's competition Hoseah Gikungu was a comfortable winner of the 300m in a new PB of 9:03.24s for fifth best all time U17. Pedro Malungo smashed his triple jump best with 12.84m for third, Danny Wilson was second in the discus (40.31m), Andrew Kerr was third in the B hammer (42.24m), Adam Wileman's long jump PB of 5.55m placed third, Jon Seeking's 400m hurdles PB of 72.02s won the B and Jake Nelson was third in the 100mhurdles (15.02s). added 13/09/10

EYAL Team third in Trophy Final

The Eastern Young Athletes team had to settle for third place in the Top Six Trophy Final at Stevenage on Sunday. They scored strongly on the field but track points were hard to come by with only two A string individual wins. Josh Olawore provided the boys' only A string track win in the U17 hurdles and added wins in long & triple jumps. Lydia Hallam front ran her way to 1500m U15G victory while Georgie Taylor (DT) and Mercy Gutteridge (PV) added U15G A string wins on the field as did Chenice Constable (U13G - LJ). Danny Wilson (U17M) won the A discus and Oliver Garwandoe won the U15 pole vault. The U13 girls' relay team of Emma Whitby, Chenice Constable, Heidi Surman-Wells & Michelle Hughes added a third track victory.  . added 13/09/10 Full results pics added 14/09/10

Ladies go down fighting

A battling second place finish at Winchester was not enough to save the ladies Southern League team from relegation to Seniors Division 2. The team notched up their highest points tally of the season thanks to eight victories. Kate Cowley won both long & triple jumps, the latter a PB of 10.85m & the fifth longest by a club female. Chloe Van Wulven & Claire Brennan provided a win double in the sprint hurdles and Flic Clarke & Claire again doubled up to win the 400m hurdles also. Zoe Young added full points in the B javelin and Ingrid Deane's 3000m PB brought her victory. The result lifted the squad off the bottom of the table but strong showings from relegation strugglers Blackheath and Nene Valley consigned Havering to the lower flight. .  added 04/09/10 & updated 05/09/10  

Bethany smashes U15 triple jump record

In only her second triple jump competition Bethany Chambers smashed her club U15 triple jump best by over half a metre with a leap of 10.74m at Southend on Monday. It was the second longest jump by an U15 girl in the UK this year & eighth longest ever. It's also sixth longest ever by a club female, third on the club U20 lists and second on the U17W Statpack! Also at Southend there were wins for Alex Law (LJ U15B - 5.59m), Sophie Baggs (U17W DT - 30.29m - with sister Erin 2nd - 24.72m) and PBs for Jake Nelson (U17M 100mH - 14.5s), John Nelson (U13B SP 6.19m & JT - 17.29m), Michelle Hughes (U13G DT - 22.23m) and Kiera Law (U13G SP - 4.62m). Emma Whitby came back from the Colchester & Braintree Open with gold medals in both sprints (13.8 & 29.5) and shot silver in a 6.44m PB.  added 31/08/10  

Juniors just miss promotion

A battling team display by the National Junior League squad just fell short of winning promotion to the Southern Premiership, as the squad ended third in the Promotion Final at Hendon on Sunday. The meeting quickly settled down into a three way-fight for the two promotion places between The Saxons (Chelmsford & Ipswich), Basildon Beagles (Newham & Essex Beagles and Basildon combined) and the Havering Mayesbrook outfit who flirted with the lead on occasions.  But despite the men finishing runners up and the women third, crucially both trailed Beagles while the powerful Saxons' women's squad's huge points tally more than made up for their men's weak showing to give them overall victory and regain their Premiership place.  Isaac Ogunlade finally nailed the club 110m hurdles record as he clocked 14.53s with legal wind to break Leo Barker's 13 year-old club best.  More...   & pics added 30/08/10  

Kike extends her club record
Kike Oniwinde extended her club U20 record at Hendon on Saturday competing for Essex in the South of England Inter Counties. Her third round effort of 45.65m added 5 cms to her best and closed the gap on Louise Mathews' senior record of 46.41m.  Three club U20 men pulled on Essex vests as Isaac Ogunlade won the U20 400m hurdles in 56.14s, Brad Burr was third in the javelin with 57.99m and Laurence Goodacre was seventh in the shot with 12.85m, his best this summer. Alex Law was the only club U15 in action, improving his triple jump PB by half a metre to 11.82m for a place in the club all time top 10.  added 30/08/10   

Jimi Tele adds national gold

Jimi Tele added the England Athletics triple jump title to his English Schools crown when his second round jump of 14.68m clinched gold in the national Under 17 Championships at Bedford today. It brought Jimi revenge on Bradley Pike who had claimed gold in the Home Countries Schools International last month. Josh Olawore improved his 100m hurdles PB to 13.54s to qualify for the final but he smashed into an early hurdle and failed to finish.  It took him to second on the club all-time list and he has another season to overhaul the year-old club record  added 22/08/10  

BAL Men finish fifth in table
Richard Morrissey's victories in both 100m and 400m, and runners up spot in the 200m led the way for the Men's British League team at rainy Swansea. Sean Stewart's long jump PB gave him victory with Anthony Williams adding B string full points, and Adam McCarthy comfortably won the 400m Hurdles B in difficult conditions.  Jason Lendon's 3k 'chase season's best earned him B string second place and Georgie Bean defied the elements with B string javelin runners up spot. The 4x400m squad of Paul Adair, Isaac Ogunlade, Sean Stewart and Richard Morrissey ended the day in style with a fine second. Sixth place on the day was enough for the team to finish fifth over the season and secure another year in National 3 Division, as Southend and Exeter grabbed the promotion placings and Bournemouth and Southampton dropped a flight.    More...   added 22/08/10   

EYAL win seals league title
Victory in the final Eastern Young Athletes fixture at Colchester on Sunday was good enough to keep the league title with Havering Mayesbrook for another year.  The holiday-affected squad beat Bedford by nearly 50 points and a big win by second-placed Stevenage in their fixture failed to bridge the points gap between the teams. The Under 17 men once again took the limelight with an amazing 21 individual wins and relay success. Dale Marks-Swain and Michael Lewis cleaned up with maximum points in the 100, 200 & 400, both improving their bests in the shorter sprints. The improving Under 13 Girls saw off the opposition with six victories. Chenice Constable’s long jump of 4.59m was fifth best ever by a club u13. More...   added 16/08/10   

Josh leads Essex U17 eight
Josh Olawore was in fine form for Essex at the South of England Inter-Counties Championships at Stevenage on Sunday.  After smashing his personal best in the long jump with a 6.60m winning leap, third best ever by a club U17, Josh was timed at 22.9s in the 200m – for a place in the club all-time top 10 – before winning the 100m hurdles in 13.8s, a shade outside his best. Seven other club U17s pulled on the red vest of Essex.  Andy Kerr once again equalled his personal best of 3.20 in runners up spot in the B vault while Massi Dendani was third in the B 800m in 2m 03.2s.Jake Nelson recorded a pair of fourth places in the 400m hurdles (63.3s) and high jump (1.75m) while Lewis Walker-Dobson went one better with a hat-trick of fourths in triple jump (11.56m), high jump (1.60m) and long jump (5.15m).For the girls Under 15 Mercy Gutteridge stepped up an age group to place third in the B vault with 2.20m, Sophie Baggs threw 29.22m for fourth in the discus, while Patsy McWeeney was sixth in the javelin with 24.10m. added 09/08/10   

SWL third in home match
The Southern Women's team notched up their best result and best points score of the season in finishing third in their Seniors Division 1 fourth round match at Mayesbrook Park yesterday.  But despite some good results with eight victories the club's home advantage was undone by gaps in seven events. Chloe van Wulven produced a win double coming home in from in a sprint hurdles seasons best and winning the B high jump, while Bethan Siddons added a seasons best in winning the high jump A.  Becky Stanley was a fine 800m winner. Jade Edwards won the 1500m and Vicky Smith returned from injury to win the B. Claire Brennan was victorious in the 400m hurdles and Ellie Watson's long jump PB earned her B string victory.   added 08/08/10   

Two records go as YAL win final place
Two club records fell as the National Young Athletes team racked up a big points tally against bottom clubs Bedford & Bexley in the final fixture at St Albans yesterday. Mercy Gutteridge improved her U15G pole vault record yet again, clearing a new best 2.30m for victory. And the U17W 4x300m quartet of Becky Stanley, Jess Seekings, Nicola Peachey and Debbie Knight carved another two seconds off their previous mark to dip under three minutes for the first time with 2:59.1s. There were many other personal bests in warm conditions. The squad's points score lifts them to third in the table & wins a coveted place in the Area Final at Hendon in two weeks where the opposition will be Windsor SE& H, Tonbridge, Reading, Team Southampton, Enfield & Haringey, Blackheath & Bromley and Croydon.    & pics added 19/07/10 & updated 21/07/10  

Lauren wins national 5k bronze
Lauren Deadman won her first National Senior track medal, winning 5000m bronze in a PB of 16:08:45 in the England Athletics Senior Championships at Gateshead on Sunday. She battled hard in the blustery conditions to improve her previous best by four seconds to finish under seven seconds behind the eventual winner Charlotte Purdue of Aldershot.  added 19/07/10  

English Schools Champion Jimi Tele suffered defeat in Saturday's Home Countries Schools International at Glasgow. Although leaping an impressive 14.59m Jimi was defeated by School's runner up Adam Khan's 14.76m PB.

Eastern promise at Cambridge Champs

There were some promising performances and a clutch of medals as club youngsters contested the Eastern Counties Championships at Cambridge yesterday. There was double discus gold as Sophie Baggs took the U17W title with a season's best of 32.56m and Georgie Taylor added the U15G crown with 31.48m. Alex Law jumped further than before in wining U15 Triple Jump gold with an 11.34m Championship best and Long Jump silver with 5.88m. Karl Tucker returned with a hat trick of medals & two PBs, taking silver in the U15 80m Hurdles in a PB of 12.38s, another high jump silver with 1.55m and triple jump bronze in a PB of  10.23m. Bethany Chambers won two bronze medals with two new PBs, jumping 10.19m for triple jump bronze to set a new club U15 best, and a wind-aided 4.88m in the long jump. Bethany was also sixth in the 200m with 27.53s. In the U20 Mens 400m Hurdles Adam McCarthy was beaten on the dip winning silver in a season's best of 57.31s. Rylie Trott was fourth in the U17W 80 hurdles with 12.85s.  added 18/07/10  

Pic: Ian Law

Neill Collins fifth in Euro Champs

Neill Collins was fifth in the 800m in the INAS-FID European Championships held in Croatia this weekend. After placing second in his heat on Saturday in 2:05.72s Neill recorded a season's best of 2:05.43s in Sunday's final. Neill also competed in the 1500m on Friday, finishing eighth in another season's best of 4:19.91s.  added 13/07/10    

Eastern Young Athletes lead restored

A convincing victory over league leaders Chelmsford at Braintree on Sunday restored the Eastern Young Athletes team’s narrow lead at the top of the table with one match to go. The U15 boys, U13 girls and U17 women all won their sections and the other three teams were all runners up. Victory in the final round on 15 August at Colchester will ensure that the HMAC side retain the league title as the club just head the table on event points, ahead of Stevenage and Chelmsford who share the same match points total. Seventh placed Bedford will be the main opposition.  added 13/07/10    

Southern men edged out in home match

A strong Belgrave squad just had the upper hand as the Southern Men's team fell three points short of victory at their home Division 3N fixture at Mayesbrook Park on Saturday. Four track A STRING victories came by virtue of Ian Price (800m, Joe Waked (1500m), Steve Rand (5k) and Dan Miller ('chase) while Anthony Soar added B string 800m top points. Nathan Steele returned to club action with a triple jump win and Arron Bonning produced wins in both B 10 hurdles and high jump as part of his eight event workload. Simon Richards, Jordan Brown, Joe Waked and Scott Spencer combined to round off events with a win in the 4x400m but Belgrave hung on for a three point winning margin.  added 13/07/10    

Record goes as Jimi strikes Schools' gold

Jimi Tele further improved his cub U17 triple jump record with a massive 14.86m leap as he won Inter Boys' gold at the English Schools' Championships at Birmingham on Saturday.  He now competes for England in the Schools International at Glasgow on Saturday. Georgie Taylor was edged out of a medal in the junior girls' discus finishing fourth with 31.45m. Flic Clarke improved her 400m hurdles PB to 63.66s in finishing sixth in the senior girls' event and there were also sixth places for Kike Oniwinde (senior Javelin 43.86m) and Emmanuel Quarshie (senior shot - 14.01m). Holly Thomas failed to finish in the 80m hurdles final after a recurrence of her hamstring injury. Isaac Ogunlade moved closer to the club U20 110m hurdles record with his 14.76s heat clocking, while Josh Olawore went out in the inter boys' 100m hurdles semi finals. Brad Burr was 11th in the senior javelin.   added 11/07/10    

Athletes shine in London Youth Games

Nine club members represented the Havering Borough U15 team on Sunday at the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games at Crystal Palace.  Lydia Hallam's exciting 800m victory saw her smash her personal best with a time of 2.18.9. A bronze medal went to Bethany Chambers in the 300m and she took 9th in the Long Jump. Georgie Taylor, Rachel Forder and Tomi Akingbade all gained valuable points. For the boys, Billy Bilton was 8th in the Javelin then stepped up to run the 400m in an excellent 56.5 sec that gained him a place in the final where he placed 6th. Alex Law finished 4th in the Long Jump with 5.65m and, immediately afterwards, won his heat of the 200m to make the final but withdrew due to heat exhaustion. Another fourth place and fine PB went to Karl Tucker for his 1.60m High Jump and Ben Thompson gained good points in the Shot with 10.75m. added 05/07/10    

Mat & Jason wins veterans' titles

Mat Bland defended his British Masters' M40 1500m title at Cardiff in style this weekend when he came home in 4:08.07s in the National Veterans' Championships. Mat was also fifth in the 800m in 2:05.37s. And new Veteran Jason Lendon earned his first national title when he was victorious in the M35 3000m steeplechase with his 10m 06.24s clocking.  Another club athlete new to the vets ranks was Scott Spencer who came away with silver medals in both 200m (23.90s) & 400m (51.57s) in the M35 age group. Paul Berrett returned from injury to win bronze in the 3000m 'chase for M45s with his 11:16.78s effort and was also seventh in the 1500m.  added 05/07/10    

Ladies third at Stevenage

A near full-strength ladies team bounced back from their first round seventh position with a third place finish in their UK Women's Division Two fixture at Stevenage on Sunday. The middle distance events provided the backbone of the squad's success.  Lauren Deadman was an emphatic B string 800m victor before winning the 1500m A race in equally dominant fashion. Faye Fullerton was third in the 800m before kickinghard for 3000m victory. Sara Luck had an excellent B string double taking 300m B honours before returning with 1500B maximum points. Claire Brennan's 400m Hurdles PB brought her B string win and took her into the club all-time top 10. Kate Cowley showed her class with long jump victory and was also second in the B javelin and scored in the shot.  The final fixture is at Coventry on 1 August and another strong turn out is essential if the Havering side are to keep their Division Two place. added 05/07/10     & pics

Photo: Peter Luck

Men fifth - Richard earns World Junior selection

A battling fifth place finish at Yeovil on Saturday lifted the men's British League squad to fourth place in the table at the half-way stage. Richard Morrissey again improved his club U20 400m record in taking victory in the A string and his 48.04s PB clocking sealed his selection for the GB Juniors 4x400m relay team at the World Junior Championships in Moncton Canada at the end of the month.  Luke Stott provided the second A string win with a confident 200m victory. Richard joined Joseph Ramie, Isaac Ogunlade and Shaun Stewart in a fine 4x100m relay quartet who comfortably ran out winners. The result lifts the club to fourth in the table but the positions are tightly poised and with the bottom two clubs Southampton and Swansea hosting the final two fixtures on 31st July and 21st August nothing can be taken for granted.  added 05/07/10    

Josh beats Octathlon record
Josh Olawore broke the club U17 Octathlon record at the first time of asking, competing for Essex in the Eastern Schools combined events competition at Chelmsford. He set six PBs on the way to a 4524 points tally which added 50 points to Brad Burr's record set last year. LJ: 6.48m (PB), DT: 24.69m; JT: 35.49m (PB); 400: 53.4 (PB); 100H: 14.1s; HJ: 1.74m (PB); SP: 11.78 (PB); 1500m: 5:10.3 (PB). Brad Burr made up for the loss of his U17 record with a fine decathlon performance close to 5000 points in the senior boys competition setting PBs of 1.74m (HJ), 16.7s (110mH), 5.62m (LJ) and 2.60m (PV) in fifth. Both will represent Essex in the National Finals at Stoke on 18/19 September.  added 28/06/10 & updated 30/06/10    

Lauren fourth in Euro Trials
Lauren Deadman was a fine fourth in the European Trials and UK Championships at Birmingham this weekend. Her 16m 27.78s clocking for 5000m in heat wave conditions on Sunday saw follow medallists Freya Murray, Laura Kenney and Justina Heslop across the line ahead of several athletes with faster times. Alexa Joel was 12th in 16m 43.72s.Sara Luck improved her season’s best to 10m 48.55s in finishing ninth in the 3000m steeplechase while Faye Fullerton was tenth in the a pedestrian 1500m which developed into a flat out last lap sprint after a funereal early pace. added 28/06/10    Photo: Peter Luck

Juniors keep promotion hopes alive

The National Junior League squad hopes of a Promotion play-off final place were not dented as a depleted side held on to their top of the table spot after a third place finish at sweltering Bedford on Sunday. Flic Clarke and Nicola Peachey provided a winning start on the track when they won both A & B 400m hurdles races, with Nicola smashing her PB. Katherine Knight excelled in the throws, throwing a season’s best for runner up in the discus, and smashed her PB in the hammer for B string second place. Jack Edgar-Hill provided the only A string victory for the men winning the 110m hurdles in a new legal best and Lewis Williams’ B string hammer win was the other maximum points. added 28/06/10  

Magnificent seven are fourth

The combined efforts of the magnificent seven team members who made the trip to Luton on Saturday could not stop another fourth place finish in their Southern Women's League Division 1 fixture. The sprint hurdles provided maximum returns with Claire Brennan winning the A and Kate Cowley taking B honours. Former multi-eventer Kate scored well with second places in the long jump (season’s best), high jump and pole vault, and third in the shot, while Claire added 400m hurdles, 200m and javelin points. A much improved turn out is needed for the next fixture which the club host at Mayesbrook Park on 7th August. added 28/06/10   

Nine earn English Schools selection

Eight club athletes – four throwers and four hurdlers – will compete for the Essex Schools Team in the English Schools Championships at Birmingham on 10/11 July. A ninth athlete, Jimi Tele, who attends Millfield School in Somerset, will represent that county after improving his club U17 Triple Jump record to 14.19m and again extending it to 14.43 last weekend.. Javelin throwers and previous medallists Brad Burr (senior boys) and Kike Oniwinde (senior girls) have been selected as have shot putter Emmanuel Quarshie (senior boys) and promising junior girls’ discus thrower Georgie Taylor. Hurdlers Holly Thomas, fifth last year but nursing an injury, and Josh Olawore, who won triple jump silver last year,  go in the intermediate sprint hurdles, while Flic Clarke, fourth in the inter mediate girls’ 300m hurdles event last year steps up to the senior 400m hurdles event and Isaac Ogunlade contests the senior 110m hurdles. The event will be televised by Sky Sports. added 21/06/10   

NYAL team keep Final hopes alive

Havering Mayesbrook young athletes left it late but overhauled hosts Herne Hill to place second at Battersea on Sunday, keeping alive hopes of an end of season Regional final place. The U17 Men led the way with eight individual victories. Josh Olawore contributed two, smashing his triple jump best, taking the long jump and just losing out in the 100m hurdles. Andrew Kerr added another double with victories in hammer and pole vault. The U17 Women had three wins and six runners up spots and there was a good team display from the U15 Boys who had three wins and no fewer than 10 second placings. There were four victories and a club record from the U15 Girls as Mercy Gutteridge again improved her pole vault club best.  Enfield & Haringey and Blackheath & Bromley have bagged two of the four Final places but it looks like a three-way battle between Herne Hill, Croydon  and the Havering Mayesbrook squad for the other two. The final match is at St Albans on 18 July.   added 21/06/10   

Richard bronze at U20 Champs & Trials

Richard Morrissey earned a fantastic bronze medal at this weekend's national U20 championships and World Junior Trials at blustery Bedford. After winning his heat and semi final on Saturday, the latter in 48.45s just shy of his club record, Richard was third in today's final in a time of 48.68s.  Jack Edgar-Hill bounced back with a fine fourth place in the 110m hurdles in 14.82s after his disappointing seventh in last week's Southern Champs. In qualification he smashed his best to run 14.65s- better than the club u20 record but the wind was just over the allowable limit. Brad Burr threw 53.92m for seventh in the U20 javelin, with Georgie Bean 11th, and Kike Oniwinde threw 41.29m for eighth in the women's equivalent. Flic Clarke (65.63s), Isaac Ogunlade (56.97s) and Adam McCarthy (59.68s) all went out in the 400m hurdles heats.   added 20/06/10   

Six medals at Southern Champs

A gold, three silvers and a bronze were the medal tally from this weekend's South of England Under 20 and Senior Championships, held at Crystal Palace. Sara Luck successfully defended her senior 2000m steeplechase crown with victory in a new club record of 6m 48.20s. Another club record to go came not unexpectedly in the U20 Men's 400m where Richard Morrissey erased Kevin Lidlow's 30 year old mark. Isaac Ogunlade battled the strong head winds to win silver in the U20 men 110m hurdles event.  Emmanuel Quarshie was a fine third in the U20 Men's shot and Kike Oniwinde returned to form with a season's best of 44.00m to win U20 javelin silver. added 13/06/10  & pics 

Essex Schools success

Club athletes won at least six gold medals and several other podium places at yesterday's Essex Schools Champs at Chelmsford. Three hurdles golds came by virtue of Holly Thomas (Inter Girls - 80mH), Josh Olawore (Inter Boys 100m H) and Jake Nelson (Inter boys 400mH)Throws golds came from Debbie Knight (Inter Girls javelin, Georgie Taylor (Junior girls discus )and Rachel Forder (junior girls shot). Other podium places went to Danny Wilson (IB discus bronze), Billy Bilton (JB javelin silver), Sophie Baggs (IG discus bronze), Alex Law (JB long jump bronze) Lydia Hallam (800 JG bronze) and Bethany Chambers (JG 200m). These and other athletes await the outcome of the Essex selectors' meeting today to pick the team for the English Schools  Championships in July.  added 13 & 15/06/10  & pics 

Gold and two bronze in Essex relays

Club squads came away from the Essex Relays Championships at Braintree last night with one gold and two bronze medals.  The Men's Under 17 squad struck gold in the 4x400m relay. Dale Marks-Swain gave the squad a fantastic start with his 54.2s opener to hand over in front to Ryan O'Mahoney who ran a fine 55.6s on second to maintain the lead. Danny Wilson ran his fastest leg of 53.5s and regained the lead after being passed to hand over with a short lead. Massi Dendani's  superb 51.6s anchor just kept the team in front and sealed gold in 3m 34.9s. The two Under 13 boys' squads both earned bronze. The sprint relay team of Sam Dell, Liam Norman, Sean Wilson and Alex Hewitt clocked 57.3s in the 4x100m event while Fraser Scott, Thomas Pitkin and Sean Wilson again clocked 8m 06.5s for third in the 3x800m competition.   added 9/06/10 

Massive win for EYAL Team
The Eastern Young Athletes Squad top the table after two rounds after a crushing 200 point victory at Luton on Sunday, winning all six age groups. Both U17 teams were dominant.  The U17 men won eight A string events and nine B strings. Debbie Knight starred for the U17 women again improving her javelin best to 33.95m for second on the club all time list. Strength in depth saw both Under 15 squads win their sections. The Under15 boys had one A and three B winners while the U15 girls again had a field day as Georgie Taylor & Rachel Forder won five events. The U13 boys remarkably came out on top despite no individual wins and they had to wait until the final event the relay before claiming maximum points. added 7/06/10  Full results

UK Women seventh at Wakefield

A short-handed ladies team battled well to avoid the wooden spoon in their first UK Women’s League fixture at a damp Wakefield on Sunday. International Faye Fullerton made the trip despite an Achilles injury and provided the only A string victory in the 800m backed up by 400m B string runners up but the contributions of her ten teammates were every bit as valuable The hurdles events provided good points.  In the 400m hurdles Nicola Hill was overhauled and had to settle for second while in the B race Flic Clarke made a winning league debut with an easy victory. In the 100m hurdles Chloe van Wulven held on for third place and B string partner Claire Brennan came through to take first place points. added 7/06/10  Full results

BAL Men fifth in Hendon opener

The promoted Men’s British League squad got their season off to a solid start with a fifth place finish at Hendon on Saturday.  Evergreen Mat Bland ran his fastest time for many years to break the 25 year old club veterans 1500m record, as his 4m 05.15s clocking shaded the long-standing best by just 0.05 to earn the 43 year old fifth place points. Richard Morrissey was just outside an even older record, as his 48.78s winning 400m run left him a mere 0.06 secs short of the 30 year old club U20 record. Morrissey also ran in both relays clocking an impressive 47.1 secs anchor leg in the 4x400m relay. The team next head west for the round 2 match at Yeovil on 3rd July added 7/06/10  Full results

Sara gold, Rob, Alexa bronze at Inter Counties

Sara Luck defended her Inter Counties Championships title with a fine 3000m steeplechase victory in Essex colours in near gale force wind conditions at the Inter Counties Championships at Bedford on Saturday, coming home ten seconds clear in 11:01.72s. In the men's equivalent Rob Warner secured the bronze medal, leading for the first five laps in the windy conditions, but was overtaken with two laps to go and came in a very good third for a podium place with 9m 56.50s.  Alexa Joel completed the medal tally on Sunday placing third in the women's 1500m with 4m 31.97s. Completing the HMAC quartet was 17-year -old Felicity Clarke who marked her senior debut, placing fifth in her heat, with a fine PB of 63.93s in the 400m hurdles for third fastest ever on the club all-time lists. added 30/05/10

Two bronzes at Southern U17 Champs

Two bronze medals were the total pickings as HMAC Under 15 and Under 17 athletes at this weekend's South of England age group championships, held at Ashford. Kent. Georgie Taylor battled against Saturday's windy conditions to claim discus bronze with her 30.77m effort in the Under 15 Girls competition. And on Sunday previously topped-ranked Holly Thomas was disappointed to win bronze in the Under 17 Women's 80m Hurdles with 11.76s after a poor start left her out of contention early on.  added 30/05/10

Faye wins at Loughborough International
Faye Fullerton recorded an impressive victory in England colours when her sprint finish saw her cross the line first in the 3000m event at the Loughborough International on Sunday. Her 9m 12.42s clocking saw her beat Emily Pigeon (9:12.74) and Sonia Samuels (9:13.06) in a close finish as World 1500m silver medallist Lisa Dobriskey finished off the pace in fourth. Alexa Joel ran 9:39.95s for ninth in the same race. Luke Stott was also in Loughborough action, clocking a season's best of 22.07s in the 200m.  added 24/05/10


Photo: Mark Shearman & England Athletics

Juniors on top after second win
The National Junior League squad stay on track for a place in the Promotion match after a fine win in heat wave conditions at Ware on Sunday. The men claimed three track wins. Richard Morrissey repeated his first round 400m victory winning comfortably, Jack Edgar-Hill showed his worth with victory in the sprint hurdles and Jamie Buckley-Stanton had a good win in his first 2000m 'chase race. On the field Brad Burr had two wins, taking the javelin A and making it a double with B shot success. Nicola Hill returned from injury to win her speciality 400m hurdles and Felicity Clarke took B string points. Holly Thomas and Nicola Peachey made it a long jump double. The victory keeps the team on top of the table two points clear of Herts Phoenix.   . added 24/05/10 Full results

Kate & Sarah return but ladies lag
The return of Kate Cowley and Sarah Deacon boosted the Senior Women's team's hopes but could not prevent another fourth place finish in their Southern Women's League fixture at scorching Milton Keynes on Saturday. Former international multi-eventer Kate returned to action after maternity leave and tackled four events and the relay, placing first equal in the high jump and second in the long jump. Sarah returned after three years injury absence to compete in all four throws, winning the B javelin and coming second in the B shot. The hurdles produced maximum points with Claire Brennan and Laura Bealey in the 400m hurdles and Chloe van Wulven and Brennan in the sprint hurdlesThe fourth place finish leaves the squad needing good results in the remaining three fixtures to hold onto their Division one place.     . added 24/05/10 Full results

Southern Men win well at Ipswich
A fine blend of youth and experience coupled with great competitive spirit saw the Southern Men's team win their second round Div 3 fixture in emphatic style at Ipswich on Saturday. Isaac Ogunlade set the track team off to a winning start in the 400m hurdles. This was followed by winning the next event the 100m, having a rest then winning the 400m flat then completing the day undefeated in both winning relays. The team's backbone of Darron Keevil and Arron Bonning competed in ten events resulting in an impressive 33 points of the team's 122 point tally.  . added 17/05/10

More county medals
There were three more county medals for club athletes  at Woodford this weekend as Days 4 & 5 of the Essex championships were held in conjunction with the County multi-events competition. On Saturday Rob Warner won the county 3000m steeplechase title for the fifth consecutive year. In a fast race Rob beat Gavin Chatterton of Leeds in a time of 9.42.19, his best of the season.  On Sunday Ingrid Deane smashed her previous best to clock 10:46s to win gold in the U20 ladies 3000m event while Jamie Buckley-Stanton also set new personal marks of 9m 20 secs to take bronze in the U20 Mens' equivalent. added 17/05/10

Young athletes step towards final
The National Young Athletes League team took a step towards a place in the Southern Regional Final with victory at Sutcliffe Park, Eltham on Sunday.  A strong all-round performance saw off first round winners Woodford and a strong Norwich squad to come home in front by 60 points.  The Under 17 Men led the way providing winners in eight of the ten individual track events and taking the 4x400m relay honours to round off the day in style. The Under 17 Women scored notched up five individual victories and set a new 4x300m relay record as Nicola Peachey, Becky Stanley, Debbie Knight and Holly Thomas sliced three seconds off the previous club best to come home in front.   added 17/05/10

Faye win's England 10k title
Faye Fullerton smashed her 10k road run personal best to take the England Athletics title at Bristol on Sunday. Her 33:03 clocking was over a minute faster than her previous best and brought her home second ten seconds behind Kenyan elite runner Edith Chelimo, who came home in a course record of 32:53. Faye’s second place won her the England Athletics title & 500 prize as first British runner across the line, with Bristol & West’s Claire Hallissey third home taking England silver ten seconds behind Faye in 33:13, and Charnwood’s Gemma Steele taking England bronze.  added 10/05/10 

Medals pile up at Essex Day 3

Mat Bland won the veterans 1500m title for the fourth year running as the main Essex Championships continued at chilly Chelmsford today. There was a quartet of 400m hurdles golds Claire Brennan & Felicity Clarke took the senior & U20 women's honours and Isaac Ogunlade & Jon Seekings won the U17 & U20 crowns. Bethan Siddons won senior high jump gold. Silver service was provided by Holly Thomas (U17 LJ), Annie Adewole (U17 SP) and Kike Oniwinde (U20 JT)  plus Karen Baldwin (senior PV).  Ashley Purnell (U17 LJ) and Joseph Ramie (SM LJ) also added runners up meals.   added 9/05/10 & updated 10/05/10  Pics added 10/05/10 

Good start at Essex Day 2

Club athletes defied cold, windy and wet conditions to post some fine results at today's Essex Championships at Chelmsford.  Holly Thomas (U17W) and Josh Olawore (U17M) both won sprint hurdles golds. Alexa Joel made a fine return from injury to win the senior women's 1500m and Mark Bishop added the veterans 100m title. On the field Brad Burr won the javelin and Georgie Taylor added shot gold to last week's discus success. Alex Law was victorious in the U15 Boys' long jump.  Silvers came from Isaac Ogunlade U20 110H), Sophie Baggs (U17W DT) and Rachel Forder (SP to make a trio of U15 throws silvers).   added 8/05/10 

Southern Men third at Watford

The 12 athletes of Havering Mayesbrook performed magnificently and were narrowly beaten into third place in the first Southern Men's League match of the season at Watford on Saturday. Despite this there is plenty to look forward to as many PBs were set.  Kieran Nelson had a hat-trick of wins in both hurdles & triple jump. B string wins came from Ammad Massood (200) and Ian Price (400). Less than a week after running the London Marathon Arron Bonning contested nine events with two victories. Brad Burr was a class apart in the javelin and the 4x100m squad were victorious.  added 4/05/10 

Eight medals in Essex Champs day 1

The throwers led the way as club athletes won at least eight medals at Day one of the Essex Champs at blustery Thurrock today. Georgie Taylor again threw beyond 30m to win gold in the U15 Girls discus, with Rachel Forder winning silver. Rachel added an U15 javelin silver and there was another javelin silver for Debbie Knight in the U17 event with Patsy McWeeney taking the bronze.  Danny Wilson improved his discus PB to win bronze in the U17 discus. Lydia Hallam was the only track medallist winning bronze in the U15 Girls' 1500m.   added 3/05/10 

Young athletes second in opener

The National Young Athletes League marked their return to the Southern Premier Division with a runners up spot in dismal wet conditions at Lee Valley on Sunday.  The Under 17 Women scored strongly with four wins and five second places. Nicola Peachey won the sprint hurdles, with Rylie Trott second, and Nicola was second in both 300m hurdles and long jump. Another one-two came from Deborah Knight whose javelin PB brought her victory and Patsy McWeeney who was second. Patsy also took the 3000m honours.  More ... & pics  added 3/05/10 

Young athletes shine in Mini Marathon

Despite several fine individual performances, Havering’s young athletes just failed to retain the overall team title in Sunday’s Virgin Mini London Marathon finishing third. Best results from club members werefourth places from Lydia Hallam (13/14 Girls) and Jamie Buckley Stanton (15-17 Men) and Rebecca Stanley (Barking & Dagenham) in fifth (13/14 girls). Francesca Smith was a fine eighth in the 12-12 Girls race. In the marathon itself Steve Rand led home the club contingent in a shade outside his PB set last clocking 2:55.17 with Ian Anthony in 3:00.37. Jane Hallam’s marathon debut produced a commendable 3:57.32 clocking  & pics  added 27/04/10 

Pic: Jane Hallam

Big win for EYAL team at Bury

The Eastern Young Athletes squad started their defence of the league title with a convincing 100 point victory at Bury St Edmunds on Sunday. The U17 Men overwhelmed the opposition with nine A string and three B string wins, plus relay success. Andrew Kerr successfully returned to club action after a long lay-off winning personal bests in hammer and pole vault. Danny Wilson stepped up to the U17 ranks with an excellent 40m+ discus through.  The U15 boys were also well clear with eight victories. Karl Tucker had a win double in the high jump and B hurdles and Alex Law doubled up for victory in the long jump and discus. Another win double came from Alex Habbershaw with wins in the B long jump and 400m, where his A string partner Nathan Jackson made a winning debut at the event. Other highlights included Mercy Gutteridge's u15 girls pole vault record to 2.00m  added 26/04/10 

Juniors off to winning start at Braintree

A powerful performance brought an expected victory in the opening National Junior League fixture at Braintree on Sunday. There were ten victories for the men with two wins bagged by Richard Morrissey who won the male athlete of the match award for his impressive 400m success in 49.5s while his winning 200m PB was sixth fastest ever by a club u20. There was a hurdles clean sweep thanks to Isaac Ogunlade, Jack Edgar-Hill & Adam McCarthy, and a strong throws performance from Emmanuel Quarshie, Laurence Goodacre and Lewis Williams. For the ladies there were fine victories for Holly Thomas (200m PB), debutant Felicity Clarke (400m hurdles PB) and the pair were joined by Lydia St Ange and Lucy Arnold in the winning sprint relay team.  added 26/04/10 

Southern Women battle at Ewell

A hastily assembled Southern Women's League team did stand-in Team Manager Irene Brennan proud with their efforts at Ewell today but the short-handed squad had to settle for fourth. Chloe van Wulven & Claire Brennan provided a sprint hurdles double success, and also paired up in the 400m hurdles, 200m and high jump. Ingrid Deane added 3000m B victory and Kike Oniwinde was victorious in the javelin. There was a welcome return to club colours from Megan Foley after more than three years away from the track who tackled both 1500m & 3000m and 400m relay, and Hannah Connor (five events & sprint relay), Nina Brennan (four events & both relays) and Helen Biscoe (800m, 1500m & 400m relay) did their best to cover the gaps in the depleted team. added 24/04/10 

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