February 2004 to March 2004

Excellent day at Essex YA Road Relays

The club's youngsters had an excellent day at the Essex Young Athletes Road Relays at Colchester Garrison on Sunday, returning with a quartet of team medals. The u13 boys returned to winning ways with team gold and added bronze for good measure as the B team performed well. Matt Bloy (10:21) led for the A team but had to concede the lead to Gavin Lewis of Orion, Daniel Winters ran well to bring the B team home clear in 4th. Steve Maclachlan stormed into the lead on lap 2 for the A team (10:11), with Simon Brown running his best race for the club moving the B team up to 3rd. Grant Twist (also 10:11) extended the lead on the final circuit to win team gold and Joe Webster (10:28) ran excellently to bring the B team home in 3rd for bronze. In the u15 boys race Matt Watkins had a tough battle on the opening lap racing with the U17 Men but battled bravely to bring the team home in 4th (9:45). Chris Maclachlan stormed round to hold 4th place (10:51) before Ross Clark brought the team home in silver medal position with the fastest lap of the day (9:33). There was also a silver medal performance from the u15, girls, despite missing Katie Richardson, with Lauren Clark (11:30), Hayley Thomas (12:03) and Clare Robinson (11:31) coming up with the goods. Rachel Newman's 11:19 opener was the highlight for the B team who placed fifth, with Amie Adams & Lauren Newton completing the trio. Fourth place finishes were earned by both the u13 and U17 trios of Michaela Roberts (12:01), Georgia Davis (12:36) and Ingrid Deane 11:09 - 4th fastest leg of day), and Helen Roche (11:19), Robyn Delivett (13:05) and Laura Moore (13:34).  added 22/3/04 

Record-breaking Kate wins AAAs gold!

Kate Brewington celebrated her life-membership award in style yesterday with a gold medal winning performance at the AAAs Combined events indoor Championships at Cardiff. Her new PB and club record of 4070 points was the 11th best ever by a UK female and an improvement of almost 150 points of her previous best set less than two months ago. She set two PBs with a new hurdles best of 8.54s and shot of 11.45m - a 20cm improvement. Her long jump leap of 5.99m was her best this winter and best ever indoors, while her 2m 24.6s run in the 800m was also a season's best, and could have been faster had she not followed the slow early pace of rival Julia Bennett. She was disappointed not to clear 1.71m in the high jump after soaring over 1.68m. added 22/3/04 

Her fellow new life member Faye Fullerton also acquitted herself well on Sunday in the World Cross Country Championships in Brussels. Called into the team at short notice after a withdrawal Faye tackled the 4km race, 24 hours after the GB women's team won bronze i the long course 8km event. Faye finished 66th, after lying 40th at half way and told the UKA website It was OK. I didnt go off too hard because obviously I had looked at the course a couple of days ago and knew that by the time our race came round it would be like a bog. On the second lap, they just wound it up. It got faster and faster and I found it hard to go with the pace. It was a good experience my first Senior race. Im happy with how I ran.    added 22/3/04 



Bish President - Faye & Kate get life!

Mark Bishop replaced Ann Drew as club President last night & within minutes bestowed a life sentence on Kate Brewington and Faye Fullerton! Retiring President Ann Drew, whose two year term of office ended at last night's AGM, handed over the presidential sash to club captain and stalwart Mark Bishop, saying she had known him for 20 years "since he was 11" (for those who want the truth about Mark's age check the StatPack!). Among the first pleasant task for the new President was to award life membership to Internationals Kate Brewington, and Faye Fullerton (in Brussels for this weekend's World Cross Country Champs). The AGM on Friday at Havering Bowls Club also saw Chairman Doug Tierney provide an update on the Hornchurch refurbishment plans, due to start by the end of May, and the re-election of the current "top team" unopposed. Officers 2004  added 20/3/04 

Faye gets World Champs Call Up

Faye Fullerton has received a late call up for the World Cross Country Championships in Brussels this weekend following the withdrawal of Ashford's Lisa Dobriskey. She wins her first GB senior vest in the 4km race, in which she placed fourth in the trial race at Nottingham on 6th March. It will be her fourth appearance at the World Champs, after three attempts as an U20 and her superb fifth place in the European Junior Champs in December. She joins a strong GB line up headed by Paula Radcliffe.  added 16/3/04 

Megan's magnificent medals

Megan Foley won individual bronze and led her Essex Intermediate Girls squad to English Schools team gold at Maidstone yesterday. Her bronze medal was a repeat of last year's performance as favourite Emily Pidgeon flew to gold, with last week's Inter Counties winner Stephanie Barnes winning silver. She was in good company as Katie Richardson, still coming back from injury, was only 11 seconds behind Megan in eighth to set up the team gold.  Ross Clarke also came away with team gold as Essex dominated the Intermediate boys' event winning all three individual medals with the other three scoring athletes placing an unprecedented fifth, seventh (Ross) and 13th. Both Ross and Katie have been selected for English Schools in Inverness next week - Megan will also be in Schools action competing for England U18s. There was another golden finish in the senior girls event as Sara Luck's 70th place got her in on the act to make it three team awards out of the six races for Essex. The junior boys team, including four HMAC athletes, were agonisingly one point short of a podium place in fourth as Matthew Watkins (19th), Bradley Tungatt (27th), Matt Bloy (115th) and Scott Tungatt (121st) did well. Completing the club's contingent were Ingrid Deane (116th) and Hayley Thomas (257th) in the junior girls race, and Andrew Meech (116th in the senior boys competition.  added 14/3/04  

Photo copyright ESAA/Joe Lee Computing

Photos courtesy: ESAA/Joe Lee Computing

Photo copyright ESAA/Joe Lee Computing

Photos courtesy: ESAA/Joe Lee Computing

Men's solid winter season ends

An encouraging winter season for the senior men's team, which saw 20 athletes pull on a club vest, came to an end with fifth place in the Essex Road Relays at Chelmsford yesterday. The windy conditions meant there were few fast runs and only Trevor Keys and Tony Collins improved on their times over the same course last year. Rob Warner brought the A team home in 15th on the first leg in 21m 22 and thereafter with solid performances the team gradually worked their way through the field to fifth but fell short of the benchmark two hour time that would have offered a medal chance. Times: Matt Bland 20m04s, Gavin Maley 20m26s, Trevor Keys 19m15s, Graham Pritchard 20m49s and Rob Dickenson 20m21s. In the 'B' team Martin Heys led off with 20m59s followed by Neill Collins, Tony Collins both timed at 21m41s and Russ Middleton running 21m28s added 14/3/04  

Another indoor record for Chloe

Chloe Van Wulven's record breaking indoor season continued at Eton today when she twice smashed the u20 club record for 60m hurdles in her first effort at the event. She bounced back from her disappointment last week in finishing out of the AAAs u17 indoor medals to clock 8.96s in her first round and shade this to 8.94 second time out over the u20/senior heights and spacings. It was a good day all round for Tony Benton's hurdles squad. Claire Brennan took the senior hurdles event in her second fastest ever 9.43s, after improving her 60m sprint PB to 8.45s. Lisa Schofield improved on her AAAs return from injury to win the u17 event in 9.49s, and would have gone quicker had she not hit a hurdle hard in her first race. Rapidly improving Anthony Williams dipped below 10 secs for the first time with 9.9 and 9.82s, while Nina Brennan had her best race this winter to clock 10.51s in the u20 race, a fraction off her PB.  added 07/3/04  

Megan, Faye just miss podium places

Megan Foley and Faye Fullerton both just missed medal places as they finished fourth in their respective races at the Inter Counties Championships at Nottingham yesterday. Megan was unable to repeat her national bronze in the u17 event but her consistent form was rewarded by her fourth place finish in 18m 55s, five seconds off medal pace. There were higher stakes for Faye in the 4km short course race as she battled to catch the World Cross Country team selectors' eye. But with UK not committed to sending a team in this event and only considering athletes capable of sub-16m 5km pace she looks out of luck in making her first World Cross as a senior. Ross Clarke and Katie Richardson both finished seventh in their u15 races, with Katie having an excellent first race back after a short break due to injury.  There were good placings for the u13 boys as Grant Twist was 21st, Matt Bloy 27th and Steve MacLachlan 29th. Also in action: U15B - Matt Watkins (93rd); U15G - Lauren Clark (103rd); U13G- Ingrid Deane (75th); U17W - Robyn Matson (60th); SW Nikki Barnett (185th)  added 07/3/04  

Lucy Sargent AAAs twin silver in record times

Lucy Sargent was in stunning form as she won two silver medals in the AAAs u20 champs at Birmingham this weekend, setting two club records in the bargain. Her 60m semi final time of 7.67 was a new club u17, u20 and senior record, and came after she had set new club U17 mark of 7.71s in her heat. She came through to snatch silver in the final in a time of 7.69s, behind winner Joey Duck. Lucy's amazing 200m time of 24.58 was not only 10th fastest ever indoors by any UK u17 but a club u17 and u20 record and third fastest ever by a club female.  It came after she had improved her PB to 25.00s in winning her heat. Chloe van Wulven was fifth in the U17 hurdles with 8.82s after a near perfect 8.77s semi which saw her qualify as second fastest. The same fifth position was occupied by Mel Harrison in u20 shot with her second best ever putt of 11.08m. Kirsty Smith made the u20 triple jump top 8 finishing 7th with her third round 10.91m effort but Nicola Schofield (u20 -400m 62.04), Lauren McVicar (u17 300m 43.04) and Lisa Schofield (U17 hurdles 9.51) went out in the heats. Link to results  added 01/3/04  

Faye - National gold - Megan bronze

Faye Fullerton added the National U20 Cross Country title to her u17 title from 2001 at Leeds yesterday. After a sluggish start she same through for a clear win by 15 seconds from steeplechaser Bryony Frost over the very hilly course. Also on the podium was Megan Foley whose late charge took her past pre-race favourite Charlotte Browning to win u17 girls' bronze, as she finished 15th overall in the combined u17/u20 race; Robyn Matson ran well for 31st. Ross Clarke was an impressive fifth place in the u15 boys' race with the improving Matthew Watkins an excellent 19th, after a late surge, as the team placed 11th. There were good results from the u13 boys with Grant Twist 14th and Joe Webster two places back, and Daniel Winters 53rd but Steve Maclachlan was unable to finish after being well placed throughout.  Ingrid Deane's 45th was highest placing for the u13 girls, with Michaela Roberts a good 73rd, while Lauren Clark (108th) and Andrew Meech in 128th flew the flag for the u17 men and u15 girls respectively. For the seniors Nikki Barnett (132nd) and Lesley Felton (172nd) did well for the ladies, while Matt Bland 393rd was fastest of four senior men in action. added 22/2/04  added 24/2/04 

Essex Indoor medal haul at Chelmsford

Five golds and a clutch of other medals were the reward for club athletes competing this weekend at Chelmsford in the Essex Indoor Championships. On Saturday Mel Harrison won shot gold, winning the senior title and setting a new club u20 record of 11.21m in the process beating Claudia Barnard's 24 year old mark; Mel also won u20 silver with 10.88m.  Also on Saturday Lucy Sargent leapt to u17 long jump gold with 5.29m and Kirsty Smith won u20 triple jump and Nat Senior won u15 Long jump bronze. On Sunday there were five hurdles medals, two gold and another gold in the 60m sprint. Chloe Van Wulven ran 8.89secs to take the u17 hurdles event, while Claire Brennan clocked 9.53s on her way to senior gold and later sprinted to fourth in the flat equivalent in a PB of 8.53s. Bronze medals were earned by Elizabeth James (10.53s final after a 10.4s heat) in the u15 girls, Uzoma Nnajuiba (9.96s) in the boys' equivalent, in which Michael Bland was 4th in 10.35s, and Nicola Schofield, also 10.35s for third in the u20 ladies (with Nina Brennan 4th in 11.01s). Anthony Williams ran a PB of 10.1 again placing 4th in the u17 boys' event. Matt Russell completed the gold medal haul winning the senior men's 60m with another sub-7 secs clocking.  added 22/2/04   added 24/2/04 

Matt Watkins best for Essex Schools

Matthew Watkins was best placed of the club athletes on show for Essex Schools in the Schools Inter Counties event at Wellington School, Berks last Saturday. He placed fifth in the junior boys event as three other clubmates helped Essex to team gold - Bradley Tungatt seventh, Grant Twist 17th and Scott Tungatt in 27th. Matt Bloy missed the event as he was on a school skiing trip, which also means he'll miss this week's Nationals at Leeds. Also missing - last week and this - was Ashley Reece, still on the road to recovery after injury. In his absence Ross Clarke ran well for ninth in the Inter Boys race, against older opposition, and he hopes to be well placed in the National U15 race after his recent good placings in major competitions. With Megan Foley resting ahead of the Nationals Robyn Matson (19th) was highest placed HMAC lady, with Helen Roche (29th) and Lauren Clark (32nd) also in action. Katie Richardson and Sara Luck missed out through injury and holidays and will also both miss the national event. Completing the HMAC participants were Ingrid Deane and Hayley Thomas 24th and 31st respectively in the junior girls' event, with Andrew Meech 16th for the senior boys.     added 17/2/04 

Awards, awards, awards

Matthew Bloy's fine exploits on track and over the country were recognised this week when he won the Havering Sports Council Award for Junior Male Sports Competitor of the Year. He was in fine company at the ceremony at Upminster Golf club on Monday 9th as Faye Fullerton won the award for Sports Competitor of the Year. These successes followed on from the four awards at the equivalent ceremony in Barking & Dagenham held on 17 January. Strongman Steve Archer was voted Sportsman of the Year, with Rachel Kerr Sports Girl of the Year. Ashley Reece won the Ray Bentall Spirit of Sport Award, while Pat Wells came away with the Jack Thomas Award for services to Voluntary Sport.   added 14/2/04 

Trevor Keys & Nikki Barnett first home in Essex XC Champs

Trevor Keys led the senior men's team in the Essex Cross Country Championships at Hockley on Saturday but his battling tenth place finish was not quite good enough to make the county team for next month's Inter Counties Champs. He was strongly supported by closely-packed finishers Rob Warner (26th), Matt Bland (28th) and Rob Dickenson (29th) but with regulars Gavin Maley and Jason Lendon not in action, there was no challenge for a team medal.  The scoring six were completed by Chris Coates in 47th and Graham Pritchard two places back in 49th, while brothers Neill and Tony Collins finished 73rd and 105th respectively. Nikki Barnett was first home in the senior women's race, placing eighth and there was a welcome return to action for Jo Sullivan, who placed an excellent 16th in her first race in club colours after giving birth to baby Jamie at the end of 2002. Veteran Lesley Felton came 22nd but illness and injuries meant that the ladies were unable to field a complete team.   added 8/2/04 & updated 10/2/04 

Kate Brewington was just outside her hurdles season's best when she clocked 8.75secs when placing fifth in her heat at the AAAs championships at Sheffield today.   added 8/2/04   

Faye bronze in Uni champs

Faye Fullerton won bronze in a high class BUSA (British University Students Association) championships at Dundee today. Lisa Dobriskey of Loughborough won by 9 secs in 23:48 from in-form Louise Damen, with Faye, representing St Mary's Twickenham third in 24:12, also picking up team silver. It was a repeat of her third place finish from the 2003 champs. added 7/2/04 

Kate Brewington was back in eleventh place in a good quality long jump competition at the AAAs championships at Sheffield today, jumping 5.77m. She returns tomorrow to contest the 60m hurdles. Meanwhile at Eton Chloe van Wulven clocked two fast times (8.81s and 8.83s) in low key races in the u17 60m hurdles. Also in action was Claire Brennan who won the senior hurdles in 9.54s and her younger sister Nina, second in u20 hurdles. Nicola Hill (10.72) just held off training partner Catrina McAuliffe (10.83 - PB) in the u15 event, while Samantha Hill made her debut in the u13 event clocking 12.93s.  added 7/2/04   

Matt Russell improves club record too 

The record breaking indoor season continued last weekend when Matt Russell became the fourth club athlete to register a new indoor club best. Running at the super-fast brand-new Sutton Arena Matt, the former English Schools Champion and AAAs U17 Champion, smashed the previous 15-year-old landmark held by his coach Mark Bishop, winning his heat in 6.94 secs, compared to the old best of 7.08 secs set back in 1989.   added 5/2/04   

Kate eighth for GB - improves club record 

Kate Brewington was an impressive eighth - and second Great Britain scorer - in the five-way indoor international match at Zuibroek, Netherlands today, beating her own club pentathlon record again.  She opened the competition with an 8.74 secs 60m hurdles time - her best this winter - and added a 1.64m high jump clearance and an 11.06m shot put before a good 5.90m long jump, the fifth best of the 20 competitors. For the final event, the 800m Kate needed to break 2m 30 secs to improve her club record, set at Cardiff last March, and she did it comfortably clocking 2m 25.00 secs to set new figures of 3923 points, 64 points better than before. Her teammates in the competition against Netherlands, Czech Reepublic, France and Spain had mixed fortunes. Julie Hollman performed well for third with 4383 points, just nine points shy of her UK best, but Laura Redmond was back in 16th while Fiona Harrison failed to register a valid long jump and placed 20th and last.    added 1/2/04   


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