April 2013 to September 2013

Josh ends schools' career with ESAA bronze

Josh Olawore brought down the curtains on a successful career at the English Schools events when finishing third in the English Schools Senior Boys' Decathlon Championships at Birmingham at the weekend with a personal best score of 6249 points for second on the club’s U20 all-time list. Josh recorded a brilliant first day easily winning the 100m in 11.05s, adding long jump victory with a massive 7.18m leap, and finishing third in the shot with 12.81m. A 1.76m high jump saw him slip to second but a 400m PB of 50.62s saw Josh regain the lead overnight by 13 points.  Third place in the hurdles (15.35s) kept him in front but despite a discus PB of 29.15m he slipped to second and dropped to third after a 2.60m pole vault. A javelin career best of 41.99m saw him line up for the 1500m in silver position and although Josh was close to his best with 5:07.75 a fine run from Yorkshire’s Aiden Davies clinched second place and Josh had to settle for bronze. Josh is now off to Bath University to start his degree course. There was also a good performance from Michelle Hughes on her heptathlon debut, finishing 11th of the 37 finishers in the Inter Girls event. She scored well on Day 1 placing second in the 80m hurdles (11.78s), a 1.52m high jump season’s best, a shot PB of 8.77m and third fastest in the 200m (25.94s) for fourth at the end of Day 1, and a 5.05m long jump PB retained her place. Her two weakest events – the javelin (19.69m PB) & 800m (season’s best 2:47.40) saw her slip back to 11th but her 4069 points tally rank 2nd on the club all-time U17W list, with another year in the age group. Alex Law’s injury hit season ended disappointingly when he finished 23rd in the Inter Boys’ Octathlon with 4,033 points, and Danny Wilson also placed 23rd in the senior boys’ decathlon with 4514 points and now heads off to St Mary's College & University. added  23/9/13  

Under 13 Girls highest placed in SEAA Relays

The Under 13 girls' squads placed highest of the club teams in action at Aldershot on Saturday as the winter season got under way with the South of England Road Relays. Rebecca Brown's opening 8:50 leg got the squad underway in 17th, Kate O'Neill's 8:51 second stage pulled the team up to 12th and Katie Mitchell ran the team's fastest stage of 8:38 to finish 10th of the 70 teams. The B team of Sophie Rand (9:15), Molly Bath (9:02) & Jessica Mitchell (8:57) were 21st. The other young athletes teams were placed in the 40s. Lois Wyatt (11:45), Emily Marshall (12:20) & Amy Baggs (13:00) combined to place the U15 girls 42nd, the same position as the U17 Men's quartet of Brad West (15:03), Elliott Nunn (14:46), newcomer Euan Harlow (16:01) and Matt Braybrook fastest with 14:10.  Robbie Nunn (14:33), Abbie O'Neill (15:23) & ZoŽ Rudgley (13:39) were 43rd. The "Mums' Army) of Mo Lear (19:45), Tracy O'Neill (18:35), Clare Rudgley (21:21) & Bobbie Westwood (20:10) were 10th in the veterans' race. added  22/9/13  

Athletes young & old in National action

Georgie Taylor and Rachel Forder represented the South East team at the final fixture to be held at the soon to be demolished Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield. Georgie completed her season as the UK Number 1 U17 discus thrower and was undefeated in her age group and is already ranked in the UK senior top 10,   Her 44.03m wining throw saw her win by almost three metres and she now steps up to the U20 ranks.  With only one athlete per region per event there was no discus place for UK fourth ranked Rachel Forder who was instead selected for her second string shot event in which she is ranked in the UK top 10. and her shot put of 10.08m placed her fourth. Rachel too now moves into the U20 age group.

Paul Berrett won gold in the M50 3000m steeplechase at Birmingham this weekend clicking 11:20.03s. He also contested the 400m hurdles, finishing fifth in a new club M50 best of 70.03s and was seventh in the javelin with 29.82m PB. Jason Lendon won M35 'chase silver with 11:07.23s, a minute down on his best this year, affected by a recent calf injury. added  16/9/13  

Club Champs end summer season

Around a hundred of the Havering Mayesbrook club’s young athletes marked the end of the summer season by competing in the club track championships art Hornchurch on Sunday.  In the Under 11 Boys Victor Hughes won all three races on offer – the 75m, 150m & 600m while Poppy Ellis won both Under 11 girls 75m & 150m with Jessica James winning the 600m. Jairzinho Morris won both Under 13 boys sprints while Bailey Hearne won the 800m. Mayi Hughes won Under 13 Girls hurdles & 150m with Isobel McDonach winning the 75m, Rebecca Brown the 600m & Kate Mitchell the one mile. Matt Owers had a hat trick of wins in the Under 15 boys races taking 100m, 300m & hurdles with Lewis Debenham (800m) and Oliver Bath (Mile) taking the other golds. Modupe Shokunbi as expected won both U15 girls sprints. Katie Dawson won the 300m, Holly Hyde the 800m and Shannon Dooley the hurdles. The Under 17 men’s sprints were both won by promising new recruit Lewis Bailey while Michael Duncan won the 400m, Tom Pitkin stepped up to 800m for gold and Matthew Braybrook took the Mile title. Tomi Akingbade won the U17 girls’ 100m & 300m, Chenice Constable the 200m, Heidi Surman Wells the 800m and Lucy Bailey won hurdles gold. added  16/9/13  

Pic: Emma Freshwater (Via Facebook)

Young athletes fourth in EYAL Top 6 Trophy

The Club’s young athletes’ team completed a successful season with a fourth place finish against strong opposition at Stevenage on Sunday despite rain showers & breezy conditions often taking a shine off performances. The powerful Under 13 Girls squad starred as they edged out overall winners Bedford for victory in their category with seven individual wins & also taking relay honours. The Under 17 women were third, nine points shy of victory and the Under 15 Girls were also third, thanks to a solid team display. he boys’ teams struggled to make much impression on the opposition with the Under 15 Men highest placed in fourth while the Under 17 Men were back in fifth place. The inexperienced Under 13 boys’ team, many of whom will also be competing in this age category next summer, were placed fifth place. Perhaps the most impressive performances came from Jairzinho Morris  one of those still an U13 next year, who smashed his previous bests in winning both the 200m and long jump, both marks ranking him seventh in the club all-time Under 13 top 10.  added  9/9/13  

Ten medals at Essex Champs last day

There was an impressive ten medal haul at the final day of the Essex Championships were held at Colchester on Saturday. Six medals were earned in the relay events with the Under 13 Girls 3x800m gold taking pride of place with Rebecca Brown, Jessica Mitchell & Katie Mitchell combining well for an impressive victory in 8m 00.7 secs. There were silver medals for the trio of Elliott Nunn, Abdul Mohammed & Michael Duncan) in the U17 Men’s equivalent in 7:04.9 and these three were joined by Ed Thompson for claimed bronze in the U17 medley relay.  Two more medley relay bronze medals were won by the U15 girls (Holly Nash – 200m, Riva Siggins & Katie Dawson 300m & Amy Baggs – 800m) and U17 women (Chenice Constable, Louise Lear, Heidi Surman-Wells & Sarah Wilson.  Another bronze went to the senior men in the new 3x1600m relay as Jamie Buckley Stanton (4:40.5s) Paul Berrett (5:05.5s) and Rob Warner (4:45.4s) came home in third with 14:31.4s. The steeplechase events added to the club’s success with two golds and two silvers.  Rob Warner won his eight successive senior 3000m ‘chase title with a season’s best of 9:39.0s – before joining the relay trio less than an hour later - and Vicky Smith won an uncontested ladies race as the other entrants failed to show.  Bella Woods won silver in her first U20 women’s 2000m steeplechase race and Matthew Braybrook also took the silver medal in the U17 men’s 1500m ‘chase taking seven seconds off his previous best. added  1/9/13  

Pic: Nicola Brown

Alex silver, Modupe bronze: four medals total at EA U15/U17 Champs

Alex Law won long jump silver and Modupe Shokunbi added 200m bronze to bring the total medal haul to four at the EA Champs at Bedford. Alex Law rescued an injury hit season with his last round 6.70m long jump effort to win Under 17 men long jump silver after previously laying sixth while Modupe ran the fastest time ever by a club Under 15 girls - a wind aided 25.15s - to add 200m bronze to her 100m silver.  Tom Pitkin was a fine fifth in his first national final clocking 58.36s in the Under 17 Men's 400m hurdles while Michelle Hughes was bitterly disappointing by her U17 Women's 80m hurdles final seventh place in 12.10s after her promising 11.57w semi final performance - the fourth fastest qualifier.   added  1/9/13 

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Georgie gold, Modupe silver at England U15/U17 Champs

Georgie Taylor won gold & Modupe Shokunbi silver at the first day of the England Athletics Under 15 & Under 17 Championships at Bedford today. Georgie's second round throw of 45.31m took the lead - and would have been good enough for victory - but her superb winning third round effort of 47.04m was not only a personal best by 2 cms but a new club U17 record and a championship best performance, for good measure, adding 40 cms to the record which had stood since 1977. Rachel Forder's last round 42.64m throw was a new PB but left her fourth, just17 cms short of a podium place. In the U15 Girls' 100m Modupe Shokunbi posted a fine series of marks, winning her heat in 12.12s, her semi final in 12.13s before clinching the silver medal in 12.11s behind Scotland's Alisha Rees to add to her silver from the English Schools. Tom Pitkin had problems with his stride pattern in the windy conditions in the U17 400m hurdles but his 58.39s clocking - his second fastest ever - was good enough to qualify for Sunday's final as a fastest loser. Also in action was Sonny Nash who threw 44.97m to place ninth in the U15 boys' javelin.   added  31/8/13 

Clutch of medals at Southend Open

Club athletes turned out in force at the Southend Open on Monday & returned with a clutch of medals. Mayi Hughes starred in the Under 13 girls events winning the 70m hurdles in a new PB of 11.6s to jump to equal second on the club all-time list and also taking gold in the discus, with Yinka Shokunbi wining silver in a new PB.  Mayi’s siblings were also in fine form with older sister Michelle winning the U17 80m hurdles & 300m and younger brother Victor marking his debut in the Under 11 age group with wins in the 150m & 600. Modupe Shokunbi took her customary U15 sprint double and her 12.12s 100m clocking was only a fraction outside her club record. Another U15 gold came from Matt Owers in the boys’ 80m hurdles and Matt also took bronze in the triple jump with newcomer Fraser Boston winning silver ahead of him. Rachel Forder won U17 discus gold as did Sophie Baggs in the U20 equivalent, while Michael Duncan took silver in the U17 men’s discus competition and John Nelson was runner up in the U15 javelin. More field gold medals came from Tomi Akingbade in the U17 girls’ triple jump, Tolu Akingbade in the U15G high jump &  and Aaron Freshwater in the U13 high jump in a new PB, with Aaron also smashing his hurdles best. The medal roll continued in the U13 girls’ events with Katie Mitchell winning 800m silver and Kate O'Neill & Sophie Rand taking gold & silver in the 1500m.added  27/8/13 

Four help Essex retain Inter Counties title

Four club senior athletes played their part in helping the Essex team retain the Inter Counties title at Bedford this weekend. Bethan Siddons was the highest placed of the club contingent with her 1.65m high jump clearance earning her equal fifth place.  Rob Warner was close to his season's best with his 9m 44.34s clocking which placed him sixth in the 3000m steeplechase and Vicky Smith improved her 2013 best to 11m 33.45s for seventh place in the equivalent women's event. The fourth club representative in the winning Essex team was Louise Lockwood whose 37.93m javelin effort placed her eleventh.   added  25/8/13 


Gold & Three Silvers at Southern U15 & U17 Champs

There was one gold & three silver medals from club athletes at the recent South of England Under15 & Under 17 Championships at a windswept Ashford. Michelle Hughes added to her growing medal collection when she won U17 200m gold with 26.73s on Saturday and returned on Sunday to add 80m hurdles silver, clocking 12.13s after a 11.93s heat win. Tom Pitkin smashed his previous best to win silver in the U17 400m hurdles, taking over two seconds off his previous time.  His 56.15s PB was the second fastest ever by a club U17 and ranks him seventh nationally this summer. Rachel Forder added the third silver with her 40.79m U17 discus effort while in the U15 equivalent Freya Gutteridge added over a metre to her previous best with her 33.18m throw, placing fifth. Sonny Nash was also fifth in the U15 boys' javelin with his 44.74m throw and Brad West got his first taste of Southern Championships action in the U17 1500m heats, clocking 4:58.74s   added  24/8/13 

Three club athletes win at South Inter Counties

There were three winning performances from the eight club athletes competing for Essex at Hendon on Sunday in the Southern U15 & U20 Inter counties. Modupe Shokunbi won the Under 15 girls' 100m by almost a couple of metres in 12.41s into a headwind but was beaten into second spot in the 200m event. Georgie Taylor found a 42m throw was good enough to win against older opposition in the U20 event and the winning trio was completed by Robbie Clarricoats in the U20 110m hurdles as he recovered from a sluggish start to win.  Ben Ellis improved his PB to 2m 4.12 secs to place second in the U15 800m, taking him to fourth on the club all-time lists. Emma Sharp's second longest ever throw of 30.42m placed third in the U15 javelin and two fourth places in the throwing events came from Debbie Knight in the U20 javelin (37.48m) and Freya Gutteridge who was close to her best in the U15 discus. Sonny Nash's sixth place with 44.80m in the U15 boys' javelin completed the club eight-strong line up.  added  12/8/13 

Southern League squad do the business

The joint Southern League squad battled hard at Southampton on Saturday to place third in their final match and earn another season in the top flight. Isaac Ogunlade won both 400m hurdles & 200m and contributed the fastest 4x400m leg and Paul Adair front ran his way to 800m victory. For the women Claire Brennan won the 100m hurdles and Georgie Taylor comfortably won the discus. Ellie Watson took maximum points in both B string long & triple jumps, Vicky Smith won the B 800m on another busy day and Tee Quinlivan's B chase effort took full points. The third place finish - just five points shy of Portsmouth and comfortably ahead of Harrow - ensured that the club placed mid-table in ninth as Harrow were relegated despite scoring more match points than the Havering outfit over the season.   added  11/8/13 

Six Under 13s win Essex vests

Six club athletes did Essex proud as they earned their county vests in the Under 13 Inter Counties event at Kingston on Sunday. Becca Brown was close to her 800m best in the blustery conditions as she placed third in a high class A string race.  Katie Mitchell was fifth in the 1500m A race and Isabella Purdie added another fifth place in the A long jump.  Sophie Taylor improved her best to place fifth in the A discus but Mayi Hughes went even better in the B competition with her winning throw not only a new PB but was the third longest in the UK this year, also taking her to third on the club all time U13 discus list.  The girls’ team finished second overall. Jairzinho Morris got a taste of top competition when he was third in his 100m heat, as the boys squad placed third. added  29/7/13  (Pic: Nicola Brown)

Seven help Essex to victory

Seven club athletes pulled on the red vests of Essex to help the county team to victory at the Southern Senior Inter Counties meeting at Abingdon on Sunday. For the men ever-reliable Rob Warner was second in the steeplechase with 9m 48.17s and a jaded George Hadler was third in the 400m hurdles with 56.71s and fourth in the 110m hurdles with 16.5s. Emma Christmas (39.89m & Zoe Young (27.18m) were both second in the javelin A & B strings and Vicky Smith tackled the 3000m ‘chase for the first time this year clocking 11m 49.81s for second. Mercy Gutteridge was third in the pole vault (2.70m) as was Claire Brennan (71.00s) in the 400m hurdles.

English Schools’ discus champion Rachel Forder tasted her first international action when she competed for the England team in Dublin on Saturday in the Home Countries Schools International.  But she struggled to find her usual form and her best effort, a final round throw of 35.84m, placed her fifth.  added  22/7/13  

Eastern Young Final place in the balance

Another second place finish for the Eastern Young Athletes squad at Norwich on Sunday has left their place in the end of season Top Six final at risk.  Although currently laying fourth on event points there are seven clubs battling for the six places so it's all down to the final fixture on 4th August.  A much stronger Under 15 Boys squad recorded their first win of the season thanks to eight wins & nine second places. Matt Owers had a hat trick of wins, taking the A string hurdles, and the B string 300m & high jump.  Ben Ellis improved his week-old club 300m record and also improved his best in winning the 800m.  Kieran Riddell won the B hurdles and Morgan Seaman was victorious in the 100m B string, equalling his best.  Sonny Nash & John Nelson paired up for a javelin double. More ... added  22/7/13  

Youth Athletes promoted to YDL Premier Division

The Youth Development League crop of talented youngsters were last night celebrating promotion to the Southern Premier 2 Divisions after lifting the Division 1N title. Straight victories in the first three fixtures had ensured that promotion was a formality & an under-par fourth place finish in heat wave conditions at Hendon on Saturday was more than enough to bring them home four points clear of Bedford in the league stakes. Ben Ellis impressed winning the 300m in a new club best & winning the 800m & placing second in the 200m too. Emma Sharp's javelin PB was the second longest ever by a club U15, Isabella Purdie's win in the U13 hurdles took her to second on the all-time list & closer to the club record, while Isobel McDonach produced her best form to win the 75m and post the third fastest 150m time by a club U13. added  14/7/13  

Southern League squad second at Braintree

A second place finish behind the hosts Colchester Harriers helped ease relegation fears for the Southern League squad in a closely contested Division where 14 of the 16 clubs were covered by just four league points before the fixture. Lydia Hallam won both 400m & 800m with the rest of the U17 contingent also doing well. The seniors in the squad were not to be outdone with five wins including a B hurdles double for Claire Brennan. Rob Warner produced the only A string win for the men with Paul Berrett winning the B and there were six other B string wins including a throws double for Mark Bishop  added  14/7/13  

English Schools' Championships Pre-view

This weekend sees the cream of the club’s young athletes in action at the English Schools Championships at Birmingham with high hopes of bringing home a clutch of medals. Modupe Shokunbi is unbeaten in club &county 100m & 200m competitions this summer and has posted the fastest U15 girls’ 100m time in the UK this year and will aim to translate her form onto the national stage in the Junior girls 100m. With Ukraine-bound World Youth Championships selection Georgie Taylor unable to defend her Inter Girls discus title, teammate Rachel Forder, fourth last year, is a strong gold–medal contender and last week improved her career best. Robbie Clarricoats last year won Inter boys sprint hurdles silver and contests the senor boys 110m hurdles with hopes of another podium place, while George Hadler will hope to be challenging for medals in the senior 400m hurdles after winning bronze in the Inter boys last year. Josh Olawore has twice won medals at these championships including long jump bronze last year & hopes to sign off with another medal from his final ESAA appearance.  Lydia Hallam has quietly been improving all season and will be aiming for a repeat of her medal two years ago - this time in the Inter Girls 1500m.  Michelle Hughes is highly ranked in the Inter Girls’ 80m hurdles and needs to produce her best form for a podium place.  Freya Gutteridge gets her first taste of English Schools action in the junior girls’ discus and is ranked sixth nationally and Debbie Knight, will hope to improve on her ninth place in last year’s senior girls’ javelin. Completing the club line-up is Sonny Nash, whose transfer from Dartford became effective on 1st July he will be in the mix in the junior boys’ javelin. Alex Law  hasn't recovered sufficiently from a hamstring injury to compete.  The event is televised live on Sky Sports 1 from 2pm Saturday. added  4/7/13  

Clubmark accreditation received at XC evening

The club's recent achievement of the prestigious Clubmark accreditation was recognised at a presentation held in conjunction with the annual Cross Country awards. Clubmark is the only national cross sports quality accreditation scheme for clubs with junior sections. Built around common criteria, the award of Clubmark ensures that accredited clubs operate to a set of consistent standards. Clubs are supported in obtaining the accreditation by their England Athletics Club & Coach Support Officer and Karen Stephanou – our CCSO – presented our Clubmark accreditation to Chairman, Doug Tierney on behalf of the Club.  Achieving Clubmark ensures that Havering Mayesbrook AC is nationally recognised as providing an active, accessible and accredited environment.

For the report & photos of the Cross Country Awards evening, see here: added  29/6/13  

Georgie gets World Youth call up

Georgie Taylor was today announced as one of the 26 strong team to represent Great Britain in the World Youth Championships to be held in Donetsk, Ukraine  from 10th-14th July. Her 47.02m discus PB & club U17 record - which leads the UK U17 rankings & which only five UK seniors had beaten this year, exceeded the UK selection mark and was enough to earn the selectors' favour.

There were also two medals for club athletes in this weekend’s South of England U20 & Senior Championships at Watford.  Rachel Forder stepped  up an age group to win silver in the U20 competition, improving her career best to 42.00m in the process – the fourth longest ever by a club female and also fourth best by a UK U17 this season.  Another silver medal went to George Hadler with his 55.86s clocking in the U20 400m hurdles. Jeremy Watson was sixth in the senior 110m hurdles, Emma Christmas, sixth in the javelin and Sophie Baggs - 7th U20 discus. added  25/6/13  

YDL U13s & U15s win confirms promotion

The young athletes Under 13 & Under 15 team's third successive victory ensured promotion to the Southern Premier Division with one more fixture to go. They head the Division 1 North table by eight points and only have to turn up for the final match at Hendon next month to confirm their place. Modupe Shokunbi 12.1s 100m in the Under 15 Girls category was not only the fastest in the UK this year but was also a new club U15 record while her winning 25.6s 200m clocking took her to second on the club all-time list.  Another highlight came in the final event the 4x300m relay where the foursome of Matt Owers, Olla Obaye, Morgan Seaman & Ben Ellis smashed the previous club best time in this recently introduced event. added  24/6/13  

National Bronze for Georgie - Record for Rob
A small group of club athletes performed well as this weekend’s National championships for Under 20s & Under 23s at Bedford. Georgie Taylor stepped up an age category to take on the U20s and came away with a bronze medal in the discus with 45.08m and will have done her bid for World Youth Championships selection no harm. Robbie Clarricoats came into form when it mattered and not only smashed his 110m hurdles best but also obliterated the club U20 record. His heat time of 14.19s was a third of a second better than Isaac Ogunlade’s old mark and his final time of 14.40s for fourth was also inside the previous best. Ogunlade battled the strong winds on Saturday to qualify for the U23 400m hurdles final and in calmer conditions on Sunday clocked 52.86s for seventh.  Another 400m hurdler George Hadler missed out on a final place in the U20 event by one place with his 56.28s heat clocking, and was also eliminated from Sunday’s sprint hurdles. added  17/6/13    

Winning home return for Southern League team

Senior athletics returned to Hornchurch Stadium in style as the men's & women's Southern League squad beat off strong challenges to win the first senior fixture to be held at the Stadium since July 1991. Matt Bland has reasons to remember the last time a senior meeting was held at the track - on 20 July 1991, before many of the squad had been born, as he set his 1500m PB on that occasion in a British Athletics League fixture.  Another one of the "golden oldies" who in the Havering squad that day 22 years ago was Mark Bishop who scored well in shot, discus & pole vault and set a club 45+ long jump best.  Bethan Siddons' remarkable improvement this year continued when she added another three cms to her PB, to claim a share of the club record, which she now aims to make her own. added  17/6/13   More... see

Makeshift men's team struggle at Abingdon

The men's British League team are anchored at the bottom of the table after bringing up the rear again in their second fixture at Abingdon on Saturday. With several athletes unavailable it was always going to be a struggle but despite managing to cover every slot with the athletes available the squad finished almost 30 points adrift.  Isaac Ogunlade provided the only win, extending his winning streak in the 400m hurdles, with George Hadler placing second in the B event. Another second place over the barriers went to Jason Lendon in the B string 'chase while third place points were won by Emmanuel Quarshie in the A shot, and B strings Jeremy Watson (110m Hurdles) & Pat Lear (javelin).  The result leaves the squad three points adrift at the foot of the divsion at the half-way stage.   added  9/6/13   More... see & pics


Eight golds, seven silver, four bronze at Essex Schools

Club athletes returned from a windswept Chelmsford with at least 19 Essex County Schools medals, eight of them gold. Modupe Shokunbi broke the championship best in both heat & final to win Junior Girls' 100m and in the same age group Freya Gutteridge's PB won discus gold. Georgie Taylor defended her Inter girls' discus title with another championship best and Lydia Hallam (1500m) and Chenice Constable (long jump) also won Inter girls' golds. Alex Law jumped further than before in his first outdoor competition after injury to win the Inter Boys' long jump and Tom Pitkin won the 400m hurdles in this age group. The final gold came in the rarely run 600m where Rebecca Brown took Year 7 gold.  Selections for the English Schools Championships are made today and athletes will be watching the post from Tuesday onwards for their selection letters.   added  9/6/13   More... see

UK Women sixth at Abingdon

The ladies team put together some good results but could finish no better than sixth in their opening UK Women's fixture at Abingdon on Saturday. Lauren Deadman improved her 800m PB in second and romped away with the 1500m event. Vicky Smith shrugged off injury to win the B string and returned to win the steeplechase, having earlier placed third in the B 800m. Chloe van Wulven was second in the high jump & third in the sprint hurdles, Gemma Phillips second in the B 3000m and Emma Christmas was third in the javelin with Debbie Knight second in the B string. Claire Brennan was third in both her B string hurdles races, while Katie O'Sullivan was also third in the B high jump.    added  9/6/13   More... see & pics

Late surge sees YDL U13s & U15s to victory

Despite trailing throughout the afternoon and down in fifth place at one stage, the U13s & U15s Youth Development League come through in the closing stages to take victory by 3.5 points from Bedford in their second fixture at Woodford today.  A series of strong results in the field events, in particular the throws, saw the squad snatch what to many seemed like an unlikely result. There were U13 Boys' wins for Max Law (javelin & B hurdles) and Jairzinho Morris (100m), and wins in the U13 Girls events for Isabella Purdie (long jump), Elizabeth Adams (high jump), Yinka Shokunbi (shot) and Kerys Middleton (javelin). The U15 girls had seven wins - a sprint double from Modupe Shokunbi and A string throws wins from, Freya Gutteridge (discus) & Emma Sharp (javelin) backed up by B wins for Riva Siggins (discus), Lily Swift (hammer) & Elysha Thatcher-Gray (javelin). At the half-way stage in the season the squad are three points clear at the top of the table.  added  1/6/13   More... see

Essex Day 3: Eight more golds, six silver, two bronze

Warm sunny conditions ensured more fine results at the Essex championships and club athletes added 16 more medals to their Day 2 total. There were three hurdles golds for Michelle Hughes (U17W 300mH), Tom Pitkin (U17M 400mH) & George Hadler (U20 400mH), with Robbie Clarricoats in third. Rebecca Brown retained her U13 girls' 800m title in a PB, and field golds went to Mercy Gutteridge (U17W vault), Georgie Taylor (U17W shot), Emma Christmas (SW javelin) & Josh Olawore (U20 LJ). More silvers were won by Lydia Hallam (U17W 800m), Debbie Knight (U20 javelin), Steve Rand (Vets 1500m), Massi Dendani (U20 1500m), and Jairzinho Morris (U13B 100m). Bronze medals from John Nelson (U15 javelin) & Katie Dawson (U15G high jump) co0mpleted the medal roll. added  26/5/13   More... see

Essex Day 2: Four golds, eight silver, four bronze

There were four golds, eight silvers and three bronze medals and a glut of fast times at Day 2 of the Essex Championships at Chelmsford on Saturday. Modupe Shokunbi struck 100m gold & raced to the fastest time ever by a club U15 girl and a CBP with her wind assisted 12.12s clocking. Michelle also smashed her 80m hurdles best for U17 gold, and also took six-tenths off her 100m best. Another gold & CBP went to Georgie Taylor in the U17 discus with Rachel Forder completing the club domination in silver position. Ed Thompson won the U17 men's pole vault.  More U17 silver service came from Lydia Hallam in the 3000m while Ben Ellis took U15 silver in the 800m.  Robbie Clarricoats edged out George Hadler as both set PBs for U20 hurdles silver & bronze and Jack Edgar-Hill also improved his best for a senior hurdles silver. Sam Harrison & Pat Lear both won javelin silver in the senior & javelin events and Emmanuel Quarshie's shot PB won bronze and took him to fourth on the club all-time list, while Tom Pitkin won bronze in the U17 400m event.  added  25/5/13   More... see

BAL Men struggle at Cardiff

It was a long road back from Wales for the senior men's team as they brought up the rear in their opening British League National 3 fixture at a windswept Cardiff International Stadium on Saturday. Isaac Ogunlade continued his winning streak, with his fifth successive BAL victory in the 400m hurdles event, with his last league defeat dating back to August 2011. He also added 200m points and anchored the 4x400m relay squad to third.  Josh Olawore had two runners up placings to show for his efforts, leaping to second in the long jump and improving his season's best in coming home second in the 200m B event and also added 100m & relay points. added  12/5/13   More... see & pics

Eight golds in first day of Essex Champs
Club young athletes had a dazzling day at a brilliantly sunny Thurrock on Sunday as they brought home eight gold and eight more silver & bronze medals from the first day of the Essex County Championships. Max Law grabbed the headlines in the Under 13 boys’ javelin, adding 10m to the Championship best also breaking the club record; Max also added discus gold.  Isabella Purdie improved her best in heat & final to take Under 13 70m hurdles gold. In the U3 girls 1200m Rebecca Brown winning in the third fastest ever time by a club U13 while Mayi Hughes won the U13 girls’ discus and the discus was also a happy hunting ground for Freya Gutteridge who threw beyond 30m for Under 15 gold.  The 200m races produced two golds: Modupe Shokunbi made sure of gold in the U15 race, after setting a new PB in her semi-final, and Jairzinho Morris improved his PB in heat and final for a runaway U13 boys’ gold. added  7/5/13   & pics

Good club turn out at BUCS Champs

There was a good turn out from club athletes competing for their universities at this weekend’s BUCS Championships at Bedford. Louise Lockwood (Anglia Ruskin) was 6th in the javelin with 40.89m after qualifying with  41.32m, just 3 cms short of her best.  Emmanuel Quarshie (Coventry) was 7th in the shot with a putt of 13.19m having made the final with a PB of 13.63 in qualifying – the sixth best ever by a club senior.  In the women’s discus Sophie Baggs (Nottingham) added almost two metres to her best to qualify for Monday’s final with 36.86m, finishing 10th, moving up to ninth on the club all time list. Samantha Hill (Loughborough) continued her come back with season’s best of 26.04m in the same competition. Isaac Ogunlade (Middlesex) was second in his 400m hurdles heat (55.94s) but fifth in his semi final and Massi Dendani (Bedford) progressed through the 800m heats with 1:58.98 but despite improving to 1:58.60 in the semis didn’t make the final. Ellie Watson (St Mary's long jumped 4.10m. added  7/5/13 

Winning start for YDL U13s & U15s at Basildon
The young athletes Under 13 & Under 15 team started their Youth Development League campaign in style  on Saturday with a resounding victory at Basildon. The team took an early lead and never looked back, ending the meeting some 56.5 points clear of second placed Orion. The powerful U13 girls were dominant with nine wins, including a hat-trick for Isobel McDonach, and six second places and three thirds. The U15 girls were not far behind with eight wins - including all four B string throws - with four seconds and four thirds. The U13 boys contributed three wins but 10 runners up spots while the Under 15 boys recovered from late withdrawals to record a winning javelin double and two second places.  It was certainly one of the best performances by a young athletes team for several years and similar winning results in the remaining fixtures will see the squad promoted to Southern Premier Division 2.   added  4/5/13 & updated 5/5/13  & pics

YDL U17s & U20s second at Stevenage
The Havering Mayesbrook Under 17 & Under 20 team got their season off to a flying start when finishing second behind the hosts in the first-ever Youth Development League fixture at Stevenage on Sunday. First year U17 Michelle Hughes starred for the ladies, finishing the day unbeaten in her four events 300m hurdles, 400m & triple jump and joined with Georgie Taylor, Louise Lear & Heidi Surman-Wells to win the 4x300m relay. Georgie won the discus & shot, Lydia Hallam won the B 400m, Debbie Knight the javelin and Laura Drew the B shot & discus. Rachel Forder won the U17 discus. There were 13 wins for the men: George Hadler won the 400m hurdles & 110m hurdles B, and Robbie Clarricoats the 400m hurdles B. The pair were joined by John Adekoya and Michael Duncan in the winning 4x400m squad. Adekoya won the B long jump & Duncan the U17 discus. Josh Olawore won the U20 long jump & B discus and Pat Lear took the javelin with Dan Bristow winning the B, as well as the B shot, Alex Law the U17 shot and Ed Thompson the pole vault. added  29/4/13 

Club marathon records for Simon & Debbie
Simon Hart was the first club athlete to finish in a superb 2:42.09 which took almost two minutes off his previous best & club veteran’s record – an impressive performance just a few days shy of his 49th birthday. Another club veteran’s record to fall came from former GB international Debbie Appleton whose 2:48.38 was a minute faster than her run last year and placed her second in the W40 age group and 11th in the non-elite race. Newcomer Joe Perry clocked a respectable  3:15.29 while next club athlete home was Megan Foley who made her marathon debut with a fine 3:24.41 – the third fastest ever by a club female. Megan is no stranger to London Marathon day, having won the London Boroughs Mini-Marathon race three times with two other two three placings. Also pounding the streets were Tony Collins who beat the four hour barrier with 3:57.53, Dave Evans who clocked  4:11.48 to improve his best by 12 minutes, Angie Thompson who was on pace for a sub 3:50 clocking before cramp slowed her to 4:26.58, and club coach Gary O'Neill who came home in 4:56.34. added  22/4/13

Pic: Ian Anthony via Facebook

Lydia wins London Mini Marathon

Lydia Hallam added her name to the club’s roll of honour when she won the Under 17 Girls’ race in the London Boroughs’ Mini Marathon, ahead of Croydon’s Sophie Foreman.  It was the Upminster 16-year-old’s first win after six years of competing and she will get the chance to defend her title next year. Another impressive performance came in the U13 Girls' race where 11-year-old Molly Bath, whose story of her childhood battle for life was featured on ITV London  last Friday, finished in ninth position, with Becca Brown 17th and Jessica Mitchell 27th as the squad finished third overall.  added  22/4/13 

Pic: Jane Hallam

Southern League squad last at Lee Valley

Despite some promising individual results the men's & women's Southern League squads were pushed into last place in their opening Division 1 fixture at Lee Valley on Saturday. The men had seven individual wins with A string victories for George Hadler (400mH), Josh Olawore (long jump), Ed Thompson (Pole vault), and four B string wins for Ian Anthony (5k), Jake Nelson (triple jump), Phil Groombridge (pole vault) and Sam Harrison (javelin). The ladies match saw win doubles for the javelin pairing of Louise Lockwood (PB) & Debbie Knight, and discus throwers Georgie Taylor & Rachel Forder while Chenice Constable marked her league debut with a high jump B victory. added  21/4/13

EYAL Squad edged out in first round

The Eastern Young Athletes squad opened their season with a narrow four-points defeat at the hands of Ipswich at a sunny, but very windy Blackshots Stadium, Thurrock on Sunday. The blustery headwind not only caused track athletes to miss out on personal bests but also caused the cancellation of the pole vault and may have contributed to the club’s defeat as the club expected good points. Both the Under 13 teams won their sections.  The powerful Under 13 Girls almost swept the board – only dropping points in four events. The Under 13 boys could not quite match the girls’ near whitewash but notched up seven wins. Although not at full-strength the Under 17 women were runners up, as were the Under 15 girls while The Under 15 boys and the Under 17 men were both third. added  15/4/13   Pic: Jo Law

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