August/September 2001

Season ends with relays medal haul

Havering Mayesbrook ACís young athletes ended their successful track & field season in style with another medal haul in the Essex County Young Athletes Relays at Basildon on Saturday. The strong Under 15 girls teams again took pride of place picking up gold and bronze in the 3 x 800m event and silver in the 4 x 100m relay. Silvers also went to U13 girls & U17 Women's 3 x 800m teams, and Men's U17 4 x 100m squad, and bronze to the  Men's U17 4 x 400m team. In the individual events Faye Fullerton rounded off her superb season with a win in the County Senior/Junior 3000m championship.   added 22/09/01

Megan Foley - Fastest leg in 3 x 800m success

Eastern Young Final Win at Bedford

The combined under 17 boys and girls team, who last month won the league title for the sixth successive year, travelled to Bedford to contest the Eastern Young Athletes Final.  In what was a very close run contest, between the teams who finished first and second in the league, Havering Mayesbrook led from the start over Milton Keynes and ran out overall winners for the fifth year in a row.  The two team captains, Nina Brennan and Bob Thanda were presented with both the League and Final Trophies (see photo).    & Photos added 11/09/01

Nina Brennan & Bob Thanda with the trophy

Junior League Final: Sixth for Ladies' team

The U20 ladies team finished sixth in their first-ever National Junior Final at Derby today. Siobhan Dennehy (2nd claim) won gold the high jump A, Faye Fullerton picked up silver in both 800 & 1500m, as did Sarah Deacon (discus  B). There were bronze medals for Lauren Deadman (3000m A), Fran Rigby (long jump B) and Mel Harrison (hammer B). Harrison also excelled with a new discus PB of 35.52m.   added 10/09/01

Faye Fullerton:800/1500m silver double

Senior Ladies Qualify for UK Women's League

A triple victory by Kate Brewington, including two wind-aided best-ever 100m & sprint hurdles times, helped the senior ladies team qualify at Stafford on Saturday for a place in Division 4 of the UK Women's League next season. There was also a win double for Faye Fullerton in the 800m & 1500m and a B1500 victory for Lauren Deadman. It marks a return to the national league for the club which last competed at this level over 10 years ago.    added 11/09/01   & Photos added 14/09/01 

Kate Brewington  100m, hurdles & long jump wins

McDonald's Final: Seventh for Girls' team

The Havering Mayesbrook girl's U17 team made the long journey to Birmingham for the McDonalds Final with the top eight teams from throughout the United Kingdom competing.  The girls put up a great show in the biggest final they have ever contested.  In the end they finished a creditable seventh place against some major opposition. The U15s won in their age group, winning 14 of the 22 medals gained by team members. Christina Kalejaiye (2 PBs), Nicola Schofield (hurdles PB), and Sara Luck (high jump =PB) were all double medallists.  added 3/09/01  Pictures added 4/09/01  

Christina Kalejaiye on her way to 200mB gold: 2 medals, 2 PBs

Winning end for Southern Women

There were PBs galore at Basildon today as the Southern Women's team won the sixth and final league fixture notching up a big score ahead of Radley Ladies, Guildford, Thurrock and Medway. Sarah Deacon set new marks in the shot, discus and javelin while Caroline Smith matched the PB triple with new best performances in the U15 shot, hurdles and long jump. Kate Brewington improved her 100m time while Mel Harrison added further to her week-old hammer best.   added 1/09/01  

Caroline Smith: 3 PBs

Weekend News Roundup

With no club team meetings this weekend many club members were in individual action. Seven U20s and U15s competed for Essex in the Southern Inter-Counties at Hendon in appalling weather conditions on Sunday. In the U20s events Lauren Deadman placed third in the 800m, as did Sarah Deacon in the hammer. Deacon was fifth in the discus, improving her PB to 34.26m, while her younger brother Kevin was just short of his best in placing fourth in the U20 men's hammer. In the U15 girls events Katie O-Sullivan was third in the high jump, Danielle Ross was fourth in the 75m hurdles, while Charlotte Watkins was ninth in the 1500m. Terry O'Leary completed the club interest with sixth places in both shot and javelin. On Monday there were PBs in the Colchester Open for the Harrisons who improved their week-old bests. In the Senior Men's javelin Sam Harrison added almost two metres to 51.19m while younger sister Mel upped her discus best by 13 cms to 34.44m. Also in action over the weekend in the Vets AC Champs were Lesley Felton who won the W40 800m title in a CBP, also winning the 200m, and Gary Howard who won M40 5000m.   added 27/08/01  

Sam Harrison: javelin PB

Mayesbrook Trees not so poplar! Relays meeting cancelled

HMAC officials have had to introduce a root & branch change their home meetings' plans after the roots of poplar trees adjacent to the Mayesbrook Arena track have broken through the track surface. The Southern Women's League fixture on 11 August was the first to suffer, being switched to Newham at great expense, while the home SWL match on 1 September has now been switched to Basildon, as a double fixture. But the biggest casualty is the Floodlight Relays scheduled for 14 September which have been cancelled. The club await news from Barking & Dagenham Council about when the track will be returned to full use, as a 60m stretch of the bend is currently out of use.  added 19/08/01  

Mayesbrook Park - the offending poplars (photo: Tim Grose)

EYAL Squad Champions Again 

Havering u17 girls and boys teams are champions once again in the Eastern Young League. On a wet and very windy afternoon they won the fifth match, to remain unbeaten for another season. They now travel to Bedford on 9 September in the plate final to try for the double again. Three girls set new personal bests, Sara Luck cleared 1.55m winning the u15s high jump, Mel Harrison threw 34.31 in the u17s discus and Nina Brennan threw 26.84 also in the u17s discus.    added 19/08/01  

Sara Luck - High Jump PB

BAL Men Third - Avoid Drop in Style 

An excellent third place from Havering Mayesbrook ACís senior men in the British League Div 4 match at Rugby today has secured another season in the British League. Among the highlights in a superb last-ditch team performance was an event winning club U17 and U20 High Jump record of 1.95m from Steve Prady, a 400m double from Phil Sadler & Scott Spencer, a 1500m B string win for Rob Dickenson and PBs from Kevin Benton (400m hurdles), Sam Harrison (javelin)  and Rob Warner (3k s/c).   added 18/08/01  

Steve Prady - win, PB & Club record

Throwers Lead the Way for Junior Men 

Havering Mayesbrook ACís junior men concluded their first season in the National Junior League for many years with an excellent third place at Dartford on Sunday. The throwers led the way with three wins and there were several PBs. The result leaves Havering Mayesbrook in third place in the League with hopes of doing better next year. added 13/08/01  Caroline Smith gained the bronze medal in the SEAA pentathlon at Hendon on Sunday with 2613 points.

Andrew Tierney - win & 2 PBs

Junior Ladies Third as Sarah D wins Athlete of Match 

A superb team effort from the HMAC Junior Ladies gained third place in the final National Junior League fixture at Watford on Sunday. And Sarah Deacon's excellent form was rewarded as she won the Athlete of the Match award for her Grade 1 winning hammer performance.

There were tired legs and arms among the twelve-strong squad, as eight of them had been in action for the Southern Women's League team  the previous day. But the team spirit showed through the tiredness as team members took on additional events at short notice as some of the team picked up minor injuries. added 12/08/01 

Sarah Deacon - athlete of match

Home and Away Ladies Win Again! 

Forced to host their home fixture at Newham, due to tree root damage at the Mayesbrook track, HMAC ladies nevertheless come home in front of Newham & Essex Beagles to win again.   

Sarah Deacon broke the 40m barrier for the first time for yet another club hammer record and added a discus PB for good effect, on a day when several other club members claimed PBs, including Kate Brewington with new 100m and high jump bests, while Hannah Gamester equalled her club pole vault record. added 11/08/01 

Hannah Gamester - equalled club PV best

Sarah Smashes Hammer Record - Again! 

In-form Sarah Deacon smashed the club junior and senior hammer records for the third time in four weeks on Sunday. Competing in the Great Yarmouth Trophy event the 18-year-old from Harold Hill added over a metre to her own best set seven days earlier with a 39.97m effort, only 3 cms shy of the 40m barrier. 

Kate Brewington made her outdoor GB under 23 debut in the combined events international at Bedford on Saturday and Sunday. In difficult wet and windy conditions Kate finished in 4711 points, 258 down on her club record. Her best result came in the long jump, which she won. added 7/08/01 

Sarah Deacon -another  hammer record

Southern Men finish with third at Thurrock

Brett Heath was a heavy points scorer over seven events - including a win treble - as HMAC Southern Men's League team finished their season with a third place at Thurrock today. Kevin Deacon added almost 3 m to his senior hammer best while Kevin Benton equalled his PB dating from 1998 in winning the 400m hurdles. Jason Lendon returned to action to win the 400m hurdles B and place second in the 'chase. Veteran Steve Archer had a throws B string double while Steve Prady and Mark Connelly picked up maximum points in the high jump.     added 4/08/01 

Kevin Deacon - hammer PB


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