August 2004 to October 2004

Essex XC League Round 2
After the sunny start and hard surface in the first round Essex Cross Country League fixture heavy rain and windy weather made the conditions difficult for the second round at One Tree Hill on Saturday. Faye Fullerton kept up the winning tradition in the senior women's race and the under 15 boys' squad were again victorious as the scoring four - led by Brad Tungatt in 4th - made the top 12 and six finished in 15. Not to be outdone the u15 girls also took the honours, with Hayley Thomas 4th and Ingrid Deane 5th, with all four scorers in the top nine. The improving u13 boys stepped up to second this time, as three finished in the top ten, and the u13 girls were 3rd.  Katie Richardson took second place in the u17 event, with Robyn Matson 8th while Rob Warner had a great race for 8th in the senior men's field, but they failed to field a full team.    added 23/10/04 & updated 24/10/04

Essex XC League opens well
The Cross Country Season got off to a sunny start with good turnouts in the younger age groups, in the opening Essex Cross Country League fixture at Hockley Woods on Saturday. Club captain Debbie Appleton (nee Sullivan) celebrated her recent marriage with a comfortable win in the senior women's event. Matt Watkins led the u15 boys to victory with an impressive 2nd place finish as Matt Bloy (4th), Brad Tungatt (5th) and Steve Maclachlan (9th) scooped the team honours. With the u13 and u15 girls both second, and the u13 boys third, it was an effective opening performance by the younger teams.    added 10/10/04 & updated 11/10/04 .

Debbie ties the knot
Belated congratulations to club captain Debbie Sullivan who married Russ Appleton last month on 31st August. added 28/09/04.

Meanwhile the action continued on Sunday when Rob Warner was the impressive winner of the annual Thames Chase 10k event held at Stubbers. Leading from the start, Rob showed no effects from his run at Aldershot the day before, & won in a time considerably faster than last year's winner. The first lady home was Hayley Hawes - also in the Havering vest - who ran strongly having only recently returned from a spell in Portugal. The 3k event was won by Havering Mayesbrook's Ben Warden with Helen Roche first girl home (2nd overall). Both athletes look capable of a successful winter season ahead. The final event of the track & field season took place at Watford on Sunday with the combined Essex, Herts, Middlesex, Berks and Bucks multi-events competitions. Two HMAC youngsters performed well in the u15 girls pentathlon. Nicola Hill was a creditable sixth in a field of 31 in a long drawn out competition, recording a high jump PB on the way to her 2173 points total. Training partner Catrina McAuliffe competed well in her first pentathlon and also finished in the top half of the field in 15th. added 28/09/04.

Photo: Kevin White

Winter season opens in style
The u17 girls' trio of Robyn Matson, Megan Foley and Katie Richardson started the winter season in style when they struck silver in the South of England Road Relays today. After Robyn's solid opener in 11th (11:23), Megan overhauled nine teams to put the team in medal contention with a sparkling 10:53 run, for seventh fastest overall. Katie's brilliant anchor leg of 10:22 was bettered on the day only by Woodford's Jessica Sparke, but it was not enough to close down winners Aldershot. There was a great performance from the u15 girls' squad of Clare Robinson (11:41), Hayley Thomas (11:36) and Ingrid Deane (11:51) who finished 9th, with the B team of Michaela Roberts (11:54), Rachel Newman (12:33) and Charlotte Humphreys (12:05) in 17th. The boys' u15 quartet of Matt Bloy (10:09), Steve McLachlan (10:28), Joe Webster (11:04) and Grant Twist (10:44) came 13th, and the u13s were 17th - Simon Brown (11:38), Daniel Shanney (11:20), Thomas Shanney (11:33) and Luke Jones (12:43). The senior men were 46th in the 6-satge relay on Saturday with Gavin Maley and Jason Lendon fastest.  added 26/09/04 & updated 28/09/04.

Lucy heading Down Under
Lucy Sargent, who celebrated her 16th birthday last week, is now taking two weeks well-earned rest but she will soon be into heavy training as she has been named in the England team which will compete in the Commonwealth Youth Games at Bendigo, Australia in early December. She contests the 100m and relay in a high quality competition. The competition, held every two years, brings together athletes aged under 19 from across the Commonwealth for a high quality competition. It will be her second major championship this year, after the World Junior Champs in July, in a breakthrough season in which she has staked a claim on 14 individual or team club records – the u17, u20 and senior records at 60m, 100m and 200m, the u17 and u20 records at long jump and the latest 4x100m relay, and the u17 record for 300m.  added 22/09/04.

Record-breaking season continues
The club's record breaking season continued at the Essex County relays at Southend yesterday when one of the longest standing records was obliterated. Lisa Schofield, Frankie Calder, Lucy Sargent, and Lauren McVicar took just 49.3 secs to wipe out the club u17 and u20 4 x 100m relay record which had stood since 1969. The awesome foursome also set new county marks as they came home 25 metres clear to win gold and clock one of the fastest times by an u17 team in Britain this summer. The gold rush was repeated as the u17 3x800m trio of Lauren Clark, Megan Foley and Katie Richardson were impressive winners, and the u15 boys 3x800m trio of Paul Adair, Grant Twist and Matt Bloy were also victorious. A scratch u15 boys 4x100m quartet of Joe Calder, Gary Tonks, Matt Bloy and Eugene Ayanful came through into silver medal spot, while bronze medals went to Charlotte Humphreys, Hayley Thomas and Ingrid Deane in the u15 girls' 3x800m, and the u17 B squad of Vicky Smith, Robyn Matson and Helen Roche.  added 19/09/04.

Southern Women relegated 
A last hurrah from the Southern Women was not enough to stave off relegation as they dropped into Division 2 by just one half point over the six match season. Winners on the day South London's 22 point margin was enough to overhaul the HMAC ladies by the narrowest of margins and consign the team to a season in the lower ranks. In the final analysis the damage was done by the rock bottom scores in the third and fourth fixtures, with the shortage of under 15s willing to compete in this league being a key factor, alongside clashed with senior and junior national leagues. Starring performances went to Christina Kalejaiye who set a new long jump best of 5.55 in her first meeting for 15 months, and Georgie Lou Sales who showed promise with a 25m javelin best.   added 15 & 16/09/04.

EYAL team well beaten in Bedford Final 
A lack-lustre performance by the young athletes team saw them finish fourth in the Eastern Young Athletes League Final at Bedford on Sunday. Despite some good individual results the team were never in the frame to defend their trophy and finished way off the pace. The under 17 women and under 15 girls were best placed, each in third. It was a disappointing end to a successful season for the combined boys and girls squad, whose performances in the National YAL had promised a better result in this end of season swansong, but on the day their below-par performance saw them well beaten by teams they would normally see off with comfort.    added 15/09/04.

U20 Ladies second in National Final 
Havering Mayesbrook's under 20 Ladies produced one of the best track and field results in the club's history when they were runners up in the National Junior League Final at Derby on Sunday.  A strong all-round performance saw them see off the challenge of powerful Northern Champions Trafford to place second to local rivals Woodford, who ran out worthy winners by 19.5 points.  Lucy Sargent notched a sprint double, Katie Richardson and Megan Foley made it double 800m gold, while Chloe van Wulven won B high jump gold. But nine silvers and two bronze, together with a host of good results in the cold and windy conditions, ensured a fantastic result for the talented young team.   added 13/09/04. (pic: thanks to Debbie Christmas) pics added 18/09/04

UK Age best for Bonne, record  for Danielle 
Bonne Buwembo's amazing debut season continued when he set a UK under 15 & age 14 best with the senior (800g) javelin at Colchester yesterday. It was six metres further than the listed record, ranks 2nd on the club u20 all-time list and sixth on the club senior rankings - a metre behind his coach Sam Harrison. Also in record form at Colchester was Danielle Ross who made the u20 women's pole vault record her own with a 2.40m clearance, having previously shared the record.  Nicola Hill set a winning hurdles PB with 12.1s and Anthony Williams equalled his 100 hurdles best at the same meeting.        added 31/08/04.

Junior Men Promoted
The Under 20 men's team produced a superb team effort to clinch promotion at windy Hendon on Sunday. They came from behind to beat Milton Keynes for the second promotion spot as Belgrave ran out winners. They now join the ladies team in the Southern Premier Division next summer. There were just three wins, all on the track, which came from Martin Heys and Andrew Meech with a 1500m double, Daniel Quinn with the steeplechase, but solid top four placings throughout ensured that the team overhauled Milton Keynes in the latter stages, and MK's dropped baton in the 4x1 relay sealed their fate.    added 31/08/04.

Photo: Alan Mead (Belgrave H)

Neill in the spotlight
Neill Collins appears on national TV (Saturday) and is likely to make the pages of the national press on Monday. The learning disability international will appear on Saturday's Channel 4 Early Evening News in an item which highlights the fact that events for athletes with learning disabilities have been dropped from the forthcoming Paralympics, robbing Neill and older brother Tony of their chance of competing in the Athens Olympic Stadium. The decision was taken after a Spanish basketball team cheated in the Sydney Games by including athletes who were not disabled. The TV news item is likely to be followed on Monday or Tuesday by a feature in the Daily Mirror.   added 27/08/04.

Essex Pride for club athletes
Several of the club's athletes pulled on the red vests of Essex with pride on Sunday as they took part in the South of England Inter Counties event. Faye Fullerton and Sarah Deacon both won their events, with Faye winning the A 800m with 2min 09.2 and Sarah winning the B hammer in 46.28m. Trevor Keys (5000m - 15m 37.2s) and Melanie Harrison (Discus - 37.65m) both placed fourth and Mel was also fifth in the javelin (31.45m). Hannah Gamester was fifth B Long Jump with 4.82m while Rob Warner's season's best of 10min 06.8  in the 3000m steeplechase also gained A string fifthadded 17/08/04

EYAL victory seals final place

The combined boys & girls young athletes team recorded a narrow 6 point victory over hosts Stevenage on Sunday in the final EYAL fixture. Their win took them above Herts Phoenix to a second place league finish as Bedford took the team title. A superb performance from the dominant u15 boys' squad set up overall victory. They won A & B doubles in all five field events and added three track doubles, and two more A string wins. The powerful u17 Men also emerged victorious thanks to an all round team display while team work also earned good points for the u13 girls team. A depleted u17 women's section nevertheless earned good points but there were thin pickings for the u13 boys and u15 girls.   added 17/08/04

Bonne gold - Lucy robbed

Bonne Buwembo won a tremendous AAAs U15 title at Birmingham when his amazing 57.78m last round effort - a PB by over 3 metres and the third longest ever by an UK u15 boy today - claimed gold. But Lucy Sargent was robbed of u17 200m gold when she was disqualified after coming home first, apparently for running out of her lane. On Saturday Lucy had won 100m bronze and on Sunday Katie Richardson improved her 1500m PB by a second to run 4m 29.39s to place third. Chloe van Wulven was sixth in a competitive 80m hurdles race, while on Saturday Matt Bloy narrowly missed an u15 800m place when he ran a new PB of 2m 4.68s, after improving his PB to 2m 6.89s in his heat. Lisa Schofield was also in 80m hurdles action but went out in the heats.  added 16/08/04 & updated 17/08/04

Men close second in final match

The senior men's team finished their first season back in Southern League Division 1, finishing second at Eton today in a close contest with Yeovil. There was an impressive Division 1 debut from junior Luke Stott who won the long jump, B 100m, set a 400m PB in finishing second and ran strong legs in both relays. Matt Russell contributed two individual and anchored the sprint relay to victory, while Scott Spencer won the B 200m and was 400m runner up. There was a strong B string showing as Mark Bishop won both 110 hurdles & long jump B events, Danny Gamester won the B hammer, Sam Harrison the B javelin and Stuart Tufton the B vault. There was a welcome return from decathlete Joe Naughton.  added 14/08/04

Neill and Tony go Global

Neill and Tony Collins took part in the Global Games in Bollnas, Sweden which replaces the Para Olympics as learning disability sports have been excluded after the cheating by the Spanish basketball team in Sydney 2000. It was an excellent championship for both boys who each took part in two events.  Neil ran a lifetime best in his first event, the 1500 heat on 28 July 2004, with 4m 13.86s and excelled even further the next day in the final finishing 5th in a new best of 4m 12.76s. There was no rest for him as on the Friday 30th he ran the heat of 800m, winning in a season's best of 2m 3.4s. But four races in four days took its toll and he finished 7th in Saturday's final in 2 mins 4.8 sec. Tony was in equally good form running ran an impressive 1500 heat in 4.31.01 only a few seconds outside his best, although he did not qualify for the final. He also produced his best performance in his favoured event the 5000m in which he ran a best time in an England vest of 17min 10.11 to finish 12th out of 21 starters. The England team management again commented on both Neil and Tony’s excellent response to the big occasion as they produced their best performances of the year at the major championships.  added 12/08/04

Round Up - 7th & 8th August
Faye Fullerton and Sarah Deacon were in action for the South of England U23 team in the Home Counties meeting at Derby on Saturday in which U20 & U23 teams from the South, Midlands and North took on international opposition from Wales, Scotland, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Faye was a narrow winner of the 1500m in 4m 20.66s as she held off Natalie Lewis from Wales and Ireland’s Deirdre Byrne in a tight finish. Sarah threw 44.11 to place fourth overall in the hammer competition. Mel Harrison and Bonne Buwembo were in winning form for Essex on Sunday when they competed for their county in the u15 & u20 inter counties at Abingdon.  Mel improved on her recent form to win the discus with 37.52m, and placed sixth in the shot with 10.99m. Bonne left the best till last as his final round effort of 53.07m – his second best ever – brought him victory in the u15 javelin. added 10/08/04

Southern Women Runners Up at Crawley

A dozen wins from the u15 & u17 contingent boosted the Southern Women's team to second place, their best position this season in the fifth round fixture at Crawley yesterday. Lucy Sargent claimed a 100m/Long Jump double for the only senior category wins, while Lisa Schofield had a double victory in the u17 hurdles events, improving her 300m hurdles PB for the second time in six days. In the u15s Frankie Calder recorded a sprint double, and Lauren Newton also doubled up with discus A & javelin B successes, the latter in a PB. Track wins were added by Charlotte Humphreys (800m A) and Michaela Roberts (1500m B) while Bethan Siddons (A high jump) and Nicola Hill (B discus) completed the victory roll. added 8/08/04

Round Up - 31st July & 1st August

UK Women's League, Abingdon 31st July - club records for Hannah Gamester (PV) & Mel Harrison (U20 - SP) as UK Women gain promotion at third attempt.

Southern Men's League Div 1 Worthing 31st July - pics added 11/08

Southern Men's League Div 3S Hastings 31st July -

National Young Athletes League Southern Premier Div Hendon 1st August - Another club record for Lucy Sargent in her first attempt at 300m as she runs one of the fastest times ever by a 15-year-old but is beaten by Joey Duck's UK age 15 best.

all added 8/08/04

 

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