Josh schools gold, Alex bronze as club records fall

Josh Olawore and Alex Law will both be representing the English Schools’ team in the Indoor Combined Events International in Glasgow in December after fantastic performances in this weekend's National Schools' event at Exeter. Josh won Inter Boys' Octathlon gold in a closely fought battle where the lead changed hands several times. After his second-longest winning long jump of 6.93m, Josh added personal bests in the discus (36.42m) & javelin (41.14m) before a 52.46s 400m run left him in second place with 2552 points, some 85 behind leader Nicholas Hunt (Dorset) after Day 1. Day 2 saw Josh open with a big hurdles win in 13.33s to retake the lead but a 1.77m high jump saw him slip into second place and a winning shot PB of 12.72m meant he lined up for the final event the 1500m some 38 points adrift of leader Nick Hunt. A 1500m time of 5m 07.33s was just outside his best, but it proved enough to bring Josh home for gold 25 points ahead, scoring a new club record of 5200 points, ahead of Kent's David Hall who moved through into silver spot with 5175 points, with long-time leader Nick Hunt dropping to bronze in 5140 points as the top six competitors all set new bests.  Alex Law had earlier set not one but two club records in winning bronze in the junior boys' pentathlon on Saturday. He got off to the best possible start with a winning hurdles PB & club record clocking of 11.25s, and after a below par shot put of 11.30m a long jump of 6.40m put him back in front. A disappointing high jump clearance of 1.68cm saw him lose ground again & start the 800m event in second place. In heavy rain Alex gave it his all and was rewarded with a five second improvement on his best with 2m17.75s which secured a fine bronze and England Schools' selection in a yet another club record of 3040 points.  His medal led the Essex team to victory. added 17/09/11 Pic: Ian Law

EYAL Team second in Final as Mercy sets records

Mercy Gutteridge broke her club Under 15 pole vault record, and also bettered the U17 and U20 marks, as the Eastern Young Athletes squad ended their season on a high note in placing second in the league trophy final behind hosts Chelmsford on Sunday. Mercy’s winning vault clearance of 2.56m added six centimetres to the U15 girls’ record of 2.50m she had cleared several times since May, but it also took her past Angela James’ U17 & U20 records of 2.55m.The U17 Men shared first place with the hosts, after scrutiny of the results, and there were runners up spots for the U13 and U15 Girls. Havering’s second place was their third such finish in recent years but it’s now nine years since they lifted the Trophy as Chelmsford made it five successive victories in this end of season competition, winning four of the six age categories. League champions Stevenage & North Herts, who had comfortably lifted the league shield, could only finish fourth.  added 12/09/11 Pics 14/09/11 

UK Schools Games Medals for Danny Wilson

Danny Wilson threw a personal best & second longest ever discus throw by a club U17 of 46.27m to win bronze medal for London in the UK Schools Games at the weekend.  And the versatile Campion sixth-form student capped a fine weekend by running a 50.0secs 400m leg as the London team won silver.  There was a strong showing from club athletes in Essex colours at the Eastern Inter Counties meeting at Cambridge on Sunday. Zoe Young was in fine form setting season's bests in the 100m, long jump, high jump & javelin winning the B long jump. Claire Brennan won both 100m & 400m hurdles  string races and Kate Cowley was another winner in the B pole vault. Vicky Smith ran her fastest times for a couple of years in both the 3000m & 1500m, winning the B string of the shorter event. In the senior men's competition Jimi Tele warmed up for his Commonwealth Youth Games International with victory in the triple jump and Adam McCarthy improved his PB in finishing second in the 400m hurdles. For the U17 Men Josh Olawore doubled up with wins in both 100m hurdles A & triple jump B and Hoseah Gikungu improved his nest to win the 1500m. Dale Marks-Swain was another winner taking the B string honours in the 400m flat, while George Hadler was second in the 400m hurdles equivalent while Patrick Lear was second in the B javelin.   added 6/09/11 

Eight in Essex U15 & U20 Inter counties action

Seven club athletes competed for Essex in the U15 and U20 Inter Counties at Abingdon on Saturday. Lydia Hallam was the pick of the bunch winning the U15G 800m in 2m 21.74s and Laurence Goodacre was second in the U20 shot throwing 13.77m while Kike Oniwinde's 43.68m javelin effort earned her third in the U20 competition.  Mercy Gutteridge again equalled her pole vault best and U15G club record of 2.50m in placing fourth but Georgie Taylor was below par in placing fifth in the U15G discus with 30.80m.  Katherine Knight (28.09m - discus), Ellie Watson (4.27m - long jump) and George Hadler (400m - 54.43s) also saw action for the U20s.  added 28/08/11 

BAL Men sixth at Swansea - fifth in table

The Men's British League team confirmed their Division 3 status for next summer when a hard-working squad finished sixth in the final match at a wet and windy Swansea on Saturday.  With the promotion and relegation issues virtually settled after the first three rounds, there was little to play for but the smaller than usual Havering Mayesbrook squad kept battling to the end. Isaac Ogunlade turned in a starring display, again running close to his 400m hurdles best in finishing second, and stepping up to the A string 400m spot and finishing third in that event too. Runs in both relay squads completed a busy day. Promoted Glasgow & Kingston are replaced by relegated Southend & Trafford (Manchester) to join Swansea, Channel Islands and Yeovil who remain in the Division with Havering Mayesbrook. Victoria Park/Tower Hamlets & Southampton are promoted from Div 4 as Leeds drop out and Cambridge Harriers are relegated.   added 28/08/11 

Two medals & two records for Josh - Alex & Georgie silvers

Josh Olawore had a brilliant day at last weekend's England Athletics Championships at ~Bedford, winning two medals and setting two club records. Just eight days after narrowly breaking the club U17 long jump record. Josh added almost half a metre to his club best, cutting the sand in a superb 7.20m leap to take long jump gold. He rushed off to compete in his 100m hurdles heat, shaving 2-100ths off Jack Edgar-Hill's club best with his 13.38s clocking, and two hours later in the final further improved this mark to 13.35s in winning bronze. Alex Law had to settle for U15 long jump silver after his 6.37m jump, and pulled out of the 80m hurdles with a tight hamstring. Georgie Taylor was edged out of adding U15 discus gold to her English Schools' title when Birchfield's Adele Nicoll's UK Leading throw of 39.97m bettered Georgie's 39.58m best. Lydia Hallam was fifth in the U15 girls' 1500m with 4m 46.35s and Karl Tucker wasn't far off his 100m hurdles best with 14.56s added 26/08/11 

Big win for SAL Team earns promotion

Havering Mayesbrook's Southern League squad finished their season in style to win by almost 50 points at Battersea on Saturday to seal promotion to Division One for next summer.  Zoe Young starred for the ladies with five wins and Claire Brennan almost matched her with four wins. Vicky Smith showed her usual superb team spirit tackling four track events and winning three. The men were not so dominant but scored strongly. Grant Twist won the 1500m and also the B string 'chase with Rob Warner taking A string victory. Adam Wileman had a win double taking A string 400m hurdles in a new PB and winning the B triple jump. Mark Bishop was victorious in sprint hurdles and pole vault and was second in the high jump. The win ensured that the squad won one of the three promotion places. added 26/08/11  & pics

EYAL team mauled but make Top 6 final

A holiday-affected Havering Mayesbrook Eastern Young Athletes League suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Chelmsford in the final league fixture at Braintree on Sunday but did enough to earn place in the end of season Top 6 Trophy Final. Only the Under 15 Girls came out on top in their section, thanks to nine wins, five in A strings and four in B string events. The Under 17 Men lost out by a single point and the five athletes did all they could to stave off defeat as each of them notched up at least one victory. Both Under 13 teams were second, the weakened U15 boys were third and just two ladies contested the U17 women's events. added 15/08/11  & pics

Men's fifth in round 3 - Josh beats U17 record

A fifth place finish at Kingston by the senior men's squad ensured another year in National 3 Division of the British Athletics League on Saturday. And Josh Olawore marked his BAL debut by jumping 6.76m to beat the club U17 long jump record. There were no individual victories but Richard Morrissey, in his final races of the season, was second in both 100m & 2400m, and Shaun Stewart was also second in the B 400m and B long jump. Jason Lendon was runner up in the B 'chase and Adam McCarthy (400m hurdles B) and Mark Bishop (Javelin B) were also second in their events. With the final match at Swansea in two weeks the team are fifth in the league and although on paper are not 100% safe from the drop, it's unlikely that seventh placed Cambridge Harriers can turn things round in the last fixture.  added 14/08/11

Faye wins, PBs for Lauren & Nicola

There was a win for Faye Fullerton and personal bests for Lauren Deadman and Nicola Hill as the trio raced against good opposition at Watford and Loughborough. On Wednesday in the BMC Gold Standard race at Watford Faye took a step back towards her past form when she won the A race in a season's best of 4:20.88s. Behind her Lauren Deadman reduced her PB to 4:22.29s to cement her position at number 8 on the club all-time list. Today at Loughborough in the LEAP meeting Nicola Hill showed her improved speed when she twice bettered her previous best clocking a legal PB of 14.39s for 100m hurdles and trimming this to 14.37s in finishing second in the B final, although the wind was just over the limit. Her time took her up to third on the club all time list. added 10/08/11

Alex, Georgie add to medal tally

Rising stars Alex Law and Georgie Taylor each added a pair of medals to their ever-growing pile of silverware at this weekend’s South of England Championships at Ashford. Alex won 80m hurdles silver in 11.44s on Saturday and returned the following day to go one better with gold in the Under 15 boys’ long jump with his 6.42m leap. Georgie edged training partner Rachel Forder out of the medals as the duo finished third & fourth in the shot, but UK Number 1 discus thrower Georgie was victorious in her speciality, throwing 36.95m with Rachel missing the cut in ninth with 25.90m. Bethany Chambers was fifth in the U17 triple jump with 10.34m, Patrick Lear threw 44.03m for eight in the U17 javelin and Karl Tucker was fifth in his U17 hurdles heat. added 8/08/11

Senior ladies splash to fourth in Scotland 

A fourth place finish at a very wet Grangemouth Stadium on Sunday ensured another season in the UK Women’s League Division 2 for the senior ladies squad. Arriving in Scotland in rainy conditions on Saturday, more overnight rain and conditions getting progressively worse on Sunday the ladies turned in another great all-round team display. Vicky Smith kept up her fine record in the steeplechase adding another convincing victory, to add to her win at Wigan last time and Zoe Young won the B javelin. The fourth place league table finish capped the best season from the ladies for several years, achieved despite two potentially difficult away fixtures in Wigan and Scotland. With promoted Glasgow and Wigan and relegated Wakefield & Medway to be replaced with four clubs from the south of England, summer 2012  ought to result in three matches closer to home.  added 8/08/11

Kike gives good account against Europe's best

Kike Oniwinde gave a good account of herself on her Great Britian debut at the European Junior Championships at Tallinn, Estonia. Although ranked last but one of the 23 competitors in Saturday’s javelin qualifying completion, Kike punched above her weight to place 17th with her second longest ever throw of 48.39m.It would have taken a PB & club record of 50.54m to make the final 12. The other two Britons had mixed fortunes, UK Number 1 Freya Jones made the cut and finished 10th in Sunday’s final but Izzy Jeffs whose PB is 54.89m also went out in qualifying.   added 26/07/11

There was a disappointing end to the National Junior League season as a depleted squad at Peterborough on Sunday did their best but lost any hope of making the promotion final.  

Eastern YAL title hopes fade
Havering Mayesbrook’s hopes of retaining their Eastern Young Athletes League title slipped away after a 33-point defeat by the hosts at table-topping Stevenage on Sunday. Modupe Shokunbi was in superb form for the Under 13 girls setting PBs in both 100m & 200m to take her into the UK top 10, and also into the club’s top 5 all-time U13 rankings.  There were victories for the Under 17 and Under 13 boys, and second places for the U17 Women, U13 girls and Under 15 boys. added 26/07/11

Nicola wins national bronze

Nicola Hill took an important step back from injury when she won bronze at this weekend’s England Athletics Championships at Bedford.  After an injury shortened 2010 campaign and an injury-delayed start to 2011, Brunel student Nicola qualified for the final of the 400m hurdles with a season’s best of 61.74s and took another half a second off that in Sunday’s final recording 61.28s to cross the line fifth, but winning English bronze as two Irish-qualified athletes were ahead of her. Faye Fullerton was the only other club athlete in action, finishing sixth in a slow-run 1500m final. Eight club athletes were in Essex action at the Southern Inter-Counties at a wet & windy Hemel Hempstead on Sunday. Emmanuel Quarshie's winning shot effort of 13.34m moved him up to sixth on the club all -time list and Jimi Tele's 14.44m triple jump also took the honours.  Vicky Smith tackled the 3000m steeplechase for the first time placing an excellent second in 11m 56.77s and Rob Warner was third in the men's equivalent in 9m 46.04s. Kate Cowley was third in the vault with 3.40m and Shaun Stewart set a season's best of 6.73m for fourth in the long jump and was fourth in the B 400m with 50.28s. Chloe van Wulven was fifth in the 100m hurdles with 16.11s and Adam McCarthy seventh in the 400m hurdles with 56.93s.  added 19/07/11

Kike takes on Europe's best

Kike Oniwinde faces the biggest challenge of her athletics career when she competes in this week's European Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.  After a record-breaking season which has seen the 18 year old improve her PB and club javelin record to 49.35m Kike has won her first GB vest joining Freya Jones & Izzy Jeffs as a trio of UK javelin throwers.  The going will be tougher than in any competition Kike has faced as she is ranked 23rd of the 24 entrants who line up for the qualifying competition next Saturday.  added 16/07/11

Teams shine at Essex relay champs

Club young athlete squads returned from Braintree last night with three gold, a silver and two bronze medals from the Essex County relays.  The U17 men harvested two golds & a silver with the powerful 4x400m squad of George Hadler, Dales Marks-Swain, Danny Wilson and Josh Olawore proving much too strong for the opposition winning in 3m 31s.  The U17M medley relay squad of Harry Phillips & Danny Wilson (200m) , Dale Marks-Swain (400) and Hoseah Gikungu (800) also struck gold while the 4x100m quartet of Harry Phillips, Oliver Garwandoe, Karl Tucker & Pedro Malungo had to settle for bronze.  The U13 girls foursome of Tolu Akingbade, Annie Maguire, Sophia Sharpe and Modupe Shokunbi topped the podium with a fine victory in 55.8s and the U15 Girls squad placed second, thanks to Emma Whitby, Chenice Constable, Tayla Humm and Tomi Akingbade who clocked 52.7s for silver. Another medals came courtesy of Jessica ward, Emily Marshall & Amy Baggs who won bronze in the U13 Girls 3x800m relay event.  added 16/07/11      Pic: Clare Whitby

Schools' Five medals: golds for Georgie & Kike

There were five medals, two of them gold, at this weekend’s English Schools Championships held in fine conditions at Gateshead. Georgie Taylor and Kike Oniwinde both struck gold. Top ranked Georgie did not disappoint as she maintained her number 1 status but was unable to match her recent form close to 40m as her 34.91m throw was just enough to take the Junior Girls discus title. Rachel Forder improved her PB to 29.34m to place seventh in her first national competition. Kike in contrast had to overcome UK number 1 Freya Jones to clinch the senior girls' javelin title throwing 47.08m for victory as 52m thrower Jones could only manage 45.51m on this occasion.  Kike awaits the selectors’ verdict for the European Junior Championships (team to be announced Tuesday). Alex Law once again improved his club U15 long jump record with a 6.52m final round effort but he was thwarted in his search for gold by Essex team mate Ola Aina, from Campion School, who jumped two centimetres further for victory in an Essex one-two. Lydia Hallam fully justified her late call up when she won bronze in the junior girls’ 800m in a new personal best of 2m 13.57s – the fastest time by a club u15 for over 30 years and the fifth fastest ever behind the club’s all-time great youngsters from the late 1970s. Jimi Tele, competing for Norfolk, broke his triple jump best to leap close to 15m and his 14.95m effort which won him a bronze medal in the senior boys age group. Josh Olawore was however outside a medal place in the Inter Boys' triple jump with his 13.95m leap placing him sixth while Danny Wilson's 41.63m discus effort earned him seventh place and Laurence Goodacre signed off from these championships with fourth place and a new PB of 14.35m in the senior shot. added 01/07/11 & updated 04/07/11

Pic: Jane Hallam

Combined events records for Alex, Josh

Alex Law's remarkable season continued at Peterborough on Saturday when he set three PBs on the way to improving his U15 pentathlon best in winning the English Schools Eastern Region multi events final. Alex was close to his hurdles and long jump bests with 11.4s and 6.32m, before setting new marks in the high jump (1.78m), shot (11.85m) and 800m (2:22.4) to total 3029, 91 points better than his club record an UK lead score. Josh Olawore broke his club U17 Octathlon record. After long jumping 6.67m, and PBs in the discus, javelin and 400m (51.7s) Josh led after the first day and didn't look back on Day 2.  A steady 13.7s hurdles run was followed by a huge 1.85m high jump PB, and a 12.17m shot, before his safe 1500m clocking brought him home in 5034 points, adding 500 points to his club best and the highest points score in UK this summer. added 25/6/11 & updated 26/6/11

National U20 Bronze for Kike, Richard sixth

Kike Oniwinde boosted her hopes of selection for the European U20 Championships when she won javelin bronze at today's national U20 Championships and trial. Her 47.83m throw in difficult windy conditions at Bedford was her third best ever, although short of the 48.50m entry mark which she exceeded earlier this season. Richard Morrissey again improved his 400m best to qualify for Sunday's U23 final, clocking 47.57s in his semi final and went on to finish sixth in the final with a slightly slower 47.74s. Isaac Ogunlade (54.17s) and Adam McCarthy (57.97s) went out in the 400m hurdles heat.  added 25/6/11

Four win South of England medals

There were four medals and other good results as the South of England U20 and senior championships took place at a blustery Ashford arena at the weekend. Richard Morrissey’s fine season continued when he set a new lifetime best of 47.90s in finishing in silver medal spot in the senior 400m, while his training partner Isaac Ogunlade also won a fine podium place in the 400m hurdles. After only scraping into the final as a fastest loser, Isaac set a new PB of 53.28s in the final  - the third fastest ever by a clubman. The third medal came from Kike Oniwinde whose 45.59m javelin throw won her bronze, while Laurence Goodacre's U20 shot PB of 13.99m also took third place. Other finalists were Kate Cowley who 3.50m pole vault placed her fifth, and senior sprint hurdler who was also fifth in the 100m hurdles with a wind-affected 15.79s.  Jack Edgar-Hill returned from injury for sixth in the U20 men’s 110 m hurdles.Adam McCarthy’s 55.75s PB in the 400m was the eight best ever by a club athlete, and Zoe Young’s season’s best long jump of 4.86m got the better of team mate Hannah Connor (4.68m).  added 20/6/11

Havering Borough team win Super8 title

In the exciting atmosphere of the National Athletics Stadium at Crystal Palace on Saturday, Havering’s young athletes put up a tremendous performance to win the London Youth Games Super 8 competition beating six other London Boroughs in the process. The event for athletes in school year 7 (U13) involved each member of the team (eight boys and eight girls) competing in a run (sprint or 800m), a field event and a relay. The Havering squad consisted of a number of experienced club members and other young athletes from Coopers Coborn School. Individual winners included Modupe Shokunbi (girls 100m and High Jump)  Benjamin Ellis (a grade 1 performance in his first ever attempt at Long Jump), Daniel Cole (Javelin) and Connor Martin (Hurdles).  Top placed overall were Modupe Shokunbi (3rd Girls) and Benjamin Ellis (2nd Boys). added 19/6/11

NYAL team bring up rear at St Albans

With nothing to play for a short-handed NYAL Team brought up the rear in the final league fixture at St Albans today. Lydia Hallam provided star quality, with the third fastest 800m time by an u15 in Britain this year of 2:15.4s to enter the club all time top 10 and to earn a late call up  for the English Schools Champs at Gateshead next week. Alex Law again improved the U15 boys long jump record with the longest jump in the UK this year of 6.49s. Ed Thompson's first pole vault competition resulted in a 2.30m clearance and a place in the club top 10. added 19/6/11 & updated 20/06/11 

EYAL top table after win at wet Watford

Havering Mayesbrook young athletes overcome the elements as well as the opposition when they claimed a narrow victory in monsoon-like conditions at Watford on Sunday. There were wins in three age groups as the U13 Girls won 6 A & 6 B string events and the U15 Girls & U15 Boys also tasted success. The u13 boys finished second, as did the exam-affected U17 men's quartet, but  the U17 women were third.  All in all some excellent results in very difficult conditions - by athletes which one team manager described as "a credit to the club". added 13/6/11

Lauren sets 5k best,  BIG win for Richard

Lauren Deadman sliced another 10 seconds off her 5000m PB to take her to go third on the current UK senior rankings at Watford on Saturday. Running in the BMC Grand Prix Lauren opted to stay in the main group rather than following the early pacemaker. A storming last circuit of around 68 secs saw her come through into fourth behind the Swiss winner and Britons Katrina Wootton and Sonia Samuels, as all three ran the fastest times in the UK this summer.  At the same meeting Faye Fullerton ran her first 1500m of the season clocking 4:22.53 secs. On Sunday athletes had to contend with wet & windy conditions at BIG (the Bedford International Games). Richard Morrissey was an impressive winner of the 400m B race, timed in 48.34s taking the scalps of several athletes with faster times, in a performance that would have placed him second in the A event. Also in action at Bedford was Kike Oniwinde who placed seventh in a high class javelin competition in 42.80m. added 13/6/11

Six golds at Essex Schools Champs
There were six golds, eight silver and two bronze medals as club athletes competed for their borough teams at today's Essex Schools Championships at Chelmsford. Georgie Taylor took the junior girls' discus in a new CBP with Rachel Forder second. George Hadler (400m hurdles), Josh Olawore (Triple jump) and Danny Wilson (discus) all struck intermediate boys' gold) while Lydia Hallam won the junior girls' 1500m.  Benjamin Ellis took the Year 7 boys' 200m crown. Alex Law broke his club U15 long lump record but had to settle for silver and there were four more silvers for the Inter boys thanks to Dale Mark-Swain (400m), Josh Conners ('chase), Hoseah Gikungu (1500m) and Patrick Lear (javelin). In the Inter girls Debbie Knight won javelin silver, while Bethany Chambers took triple jump runners up..   added 11/6/11  & pics

UK Ladies fantastic third in opener
The UK Women's team got their season off to a flying start with a fantastic third place finish at Hendon today. The middle distance events were the backbone of the team's success with an 800/1500m double for Lauren Deadman, with Faye Fullerton winning the B 800m, and a 3000m one-two for Ingrid Deane (PB) and Robyn Matson, who was also second in the B 1500m. Vicky Smith was second in the steeplechase. Kike Oniwinde provided the best field result with javelin victory and good points came in the pole vault thanks to Leanne Butler & Hannah Connor but the whole team battled well to cover the gaps and score vital points for the cause.  added 04/6/11  Pic: Fred Gamester

Lauren 5k PB plus Inter Counties News
Lauren Deadman carved 12 seconds of her 5000m best when finishing seventh in a high quality race at the BMC meeting at Manchester on Saturday. In a race in which the top eight break 16 minutes, Lauren’s 15m 56.84s clocking was the second fastest ever by a club female while Faye Fullerton’s debut at the distance saw her timed in 16m 30.19s in tenth. A number of club athletes were in action in this weekend’s Inter County Championships at Bedford. On Sunday Rob Warner was seventh in the steeplechase with 9m 54.53s and Jimi Tele set a season’s best of 14.59m in placing seventh in the triple jump. Kike Oniwinde recorded her second longest throw of 48.06m in a top-notch javelin competition. Chloe van Wulven was also in action clocking 14.99s in her 100m hurdles heat. Harriet Scott took time out from her medical studies to take silver in the 1500 m with 4:31.58s.  Richard Morrissey was an excellent fourth in Monday’s 400m final clocking 48.24s after a 48.23s semi final third place. Isaac Ogunlade improved his 400m hurdles best to 54.43s in qualifying for the semi-finals but missed out on a final place. Bethan Siddons completed the club contingent placing 11th in the high jump with her 1.63m clearance.  added 30/5/11 & Updated 31/5/11

Georgie, Alex records at Eastern Champs

The record-breaking season continued as Georgie Taylor & Alex Law improved their club bests at the Eastern Counties  Champs at Cambridge yesterday. Georgie Taylor added almost 3m to her club record with a whopping 39.81m - longest in UK this year by an U15 and 12th best ever. And Alex Law improved his U15 long jump record to 6.30m (+1.8m/s) - longest in UK this year by an U15 - and posted his fastest ever 80m hurdles time - 11.27s (w/a) - equal fastest in UK this year. Georgie also won shot with 9.72m and was second in the hammer. Karl Tucker won U17 high jump with 1.65m and was second in 100m Hurdles with 14.77 w and George Hadler won U17 400m Hurdles with 61.48s and Alex Law added high jump silver with 1.60m. Bethany Chambers won U17 triple jump silver with 10.54m w/a and Danny Wilson 's discus PB and English Schools qualifier of 44.29m also took second. Michelle Hughes placed in high jump, 200m and hurdles finals.   added 29/05/11 & updated 30/5/11

Young Athletes' narrow win at Woodford

The National Young Athletes League squad bounced back from defeat in their opening fixture to edge a narrow victory against the hosts at a very blustery Woodford on Sunday. The Under 17 Men turned in a powerhouse performance notching up no fewer than seven individual wins plus the relay, backed up by eleven second places. There were six wins for the U15 girls and five from the under13 girls and three victories from the under15 boys. The Under 17 women suffered badly from exam absences but still earned three wins, while the under 13 boys won two events. The third round sees the team travel to Tonbridge in two weeks (Sunday 5th June)     added 23/05/11

Kate triple jump record in Southern League win

Kate Cowley added the club triple jump record to her long jump, high jump pole vault, 100m hurdles and heptathlon records as the Southern League team made it two victories in two matches at Swindon on Saturday. Kate's  11.94m leap into a breeze added 11 cms to the five year old club best, and she added wins in the pole vault, high jump, 200m and B javelin. The ladies squad dominated their competition with 11 A string victories and seven B string wins plus first places in both relays. The men faced stiffer opposition but seven wins in both A & B strings were enough to seal victory.  Former international decathlete Leo Barker showed that he is coming back to his best with a trio of wins. He was close to his recent 400m PB and added one cm to his eight-year old shot best and also won the discus.    added 22/05/11

Mercy & Georgie improve records in Essex gold spree

Mercy Gutteridge celebrated another club U15 pole vault record in gold medal winning style when she took the Essex title with 2.50m at Chelmsford on Sunday. And not to be outdone, Georgie Taylor also extended her club U15 hammer record, adding over two metres with a throw of 28.99m. More golds today (& yesterday afternoon) from George Hadler (U17 400mH). Hoseah Gikungu (U17 3k - fourth fastest U17M ever)), Lydia Hallam (U15G 800m to add to U15 3k yesterday and 1500m gold on Day 1), Flic Clarke (U20 400H), Kike Oniwinde (u20 JT - CBP), Adam McCarthy (SM 400H PB), Matthew Bland - with his fifth consecutive vets 1500m gold, Rachel Forder (U15 shot), Erin Baggs (U17 DT), Josh Olawore (U17 TJ), and Patrick Lear (U17 JT),   & pics added 15/05/11 & updated 16/5/11 & 19/05/11 

Another record on golden day at Essex Champs

Alex Law's golden streak continued as he broke the club U15 hurdles record on the way to two gold and a bronze medal at Day 3 of the Essex Champs Chelmsford today. On a golden morning Josh Olawore ran faster than any club U17 with a wind assisted 13.21s hurdles clocking for gold and Danny Wilson smashed his 400m best for U17 gold. Harriet Scott ran away with the senior 1500m after Chloe van Wulven had added to her county medal tally with 100m hurdles victory. Emmanuel Quarshie added U20 shot gold.   added 14/05/11 

Two more records but YAL team outgunned

There were two club records as the National Young Athletes League squad were outgunned by powerful opposition in  the first Premier Division match of the season at blustery Lee Valley on Sunday. Georgie Taylor’s massive winning discus throw of 35.99m added almost two metres to her previous best and erased one of the oldest club records on the book, set by Janis Wilderspin back in 1977. Mercy Gutteridge also improved a club record by a margin, but in this case it was her own club U15 pole vault best, set last summer. She added 15 cms to her previous height clearing 2.45m to win the competition. After trailing Croydon by almost 40 points with 15 events to go, strong scoring in the closing stages saw the Havering club close the gap to just six points but it was not enough to overhaul second placed Croydon as the hosts won comfortably.    added 9/05/11 

County medals for Rob, Jason, Simon

Rob Warner retained his county steeplechase title winning the Essex Championship event for a sixth consecutive year at Woodford on Saturday. Leading from the gun Warner was pushed all the way by club mate Jason Lendon, who had a very good race and would have achieved his first sub ten minute clocking for many years but for a heavy fall at the last water jump. Lendon picked himself up and took a good silver medal position in 10m 07.9 secs as Rob Warner took gold in 9m  51.9s. On Sunday, veteran Simon Hart ran the Halstead Marathon just two weeks after setting a new personal best in the London Marathon and managed to post a time of 2:51:35 in very hot conditions on a hilly course. He was second  overall in the race which also doubled as the Essex Championship event, receiving a County silver medal for the Open championship and a County gold for the V40 championship. added 9/05/11 

Essex golds top good club weekend

Fourteen medals including five gold at Monday's Essex Championships Day One, capped a successful weekend for club teams as league fixtures got under way. On Saturday the newly combined senior men's and women's teams earned a last-gasp victory in the first match in the new Southern Athletics League at Eltham. On Sunday the Eastern Young Athletes Team saw off strong challenges to win at Cambridge by 11 points, while at Ware the National Junior League team were pipped by hosts Herts Phoenix by just three points. At Monday's Essex Championships Alex Law starred with a new CBP & Club U15 pentathlon record with five PBs and also improving the club long jump best on the way. Georgie Taylor added an U15 Girls javelin & discus double, John Nelson won the U13 javelin and Lydia Hallam impressed with her U15 1500m victory  added 3/05/11 

Kike spears Euro qualifier

Kike Oniwinde smashed her personal best and club U20 & senior records today at Lee Valley when winning the javelin in a massive 49.35m - a qualifying mark for the European U20 Championships. It was also the 11th best ever by a UK U20. Kike's victory was one of nine victories for the senior squad, with other A string wins contributed by Chloe van Wulven (100m hurdles), Claire Brennan (400m hurdles), Bethan Siddons (high Jump), with B string victories from van Wulven (high jump), Brennan (100m hurdles), Deborah Knight (javelin), Kike Oniwinde again (shot) and Hayley Stibbs (1500m).  Georgie Taylor was in fine form with a discus & javelin double for the U15 girls but these were the only U15 victories.   added 16/04/11  pics added 17/04/11

Good marks at Lee Valley Open

For the second weekend in a row good conditions brought some excellent early results as club athletes competed at the Lee Valley Open. Alex Law was in superb form, smashing his 80m hurdles PB with 11.63s, third best in the club U15 all-time lists, while George Hadler's impressive 14.03s 100m hurdles debut took him to fourth on the club U17 all-time rankings. George also debuted in the 400m hurdles, clocking 60.37s to enter the top 10 lists. Michelle Hughes set three PBs clocking 13.83s (100m), 28.25s (200m) and 1.44m (HJ) in the U15 events. Richard Morrissey's 21.80s 200m PB clocking took him into the senior men's all time top 10, and Isaac Ogunlade posted his best 400m time in club colours with a winning 50.18s. Patrick Lear again improved his best in the U17 javelin with a 44.25m throw and Deborah Knight (31.80m) and Kike Oniwinde (44.36m) did well in their competitions. Meanwhile in Arizona, Nicola Hill took time out from her warm weather training trip to open her outdoor season with 58.66s in the 400m. added 11/04/11 

Kike opens with new club record

Warm sunny conditions on Saturday attracted a bumper turn out of over 300 athletes at the Hornchurch Open and club athletes rose to the occasion. The first outdoor club record of the summer fell as Kike Oniwinde started her campaign towards European Junior Championships selection with a PB and new club U20 and senior mark of 47.18m in the senior javelin.  Another club best fell in the U17 Men’s 300m hurdles when George Hadler marked his club outdoor debut with a new mark of 42.3s.  Georgie Taylor moved up to number three on the club all time U15 discus rankings with her 34.11m PB - the second longest throw by an U15 in the UK this year. Josh Olawore improved his long jump best to 6.64m into a headwind in winning the U17 competition and his13.7s hurdles time and Alex Law's U15 hurdles (12.0s - fourth club all time) rank them second on the national lists. Lydia Hallam was an impressive winner of the U15 1500m posting the fastest time in the UK so far this year of 4:52.6.  Elsewhere a good turn-out by club youngsters gave team managers an idea of athletes’ early season form and potential emerging talent.   added 4/04/11 

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