January 2008 to April 2008

Eastern Young team snatch a win

The EYAL team were narrow winners in their Round 1 fixture at Lee Valley yesterday, snatching the match from Luton by two points. Bradley Burr led a strong showing from the U17 men. His 60.75m javelin winning throw was second best ever by a club U17 and second best in the UK this summer. Emmanuel Quarshie went o fourth on the club all time list with his 13.81 put edging out Laurence Goodacre's 13.47m PB. Gabriel Makinwa won the triple jump and there were three B string wins. For the U17 women there were A string wins for Zoey Littlechild (1500) , Kelly Jarrold (HJ) and Amy Cox (HT) and two B string successes. Sophie Baggs (DT) and Debbie Knight (JT) added two U15G A string wins and Avril Loynes (1500m) and Sacha Martin (HJ) were victorious for the U13G. Nick Duffey (800m) and Lee Jarrold (HJ) added winning A string U13B points.   added 28/04/08 

Dozen do well at 12 stage relays

The senior men acquitted themselves admirably at the National Road Relays at Sutton Park. After suffering four late withdrawals the team had to call upon athletes who hadn’t expected to run. Being in the fifties at the quarter stage the team dug in and produced some exceptional performances and using the theory that you don’t put all of the best athletes at the start. The team clawed their way back up the field to finish an amazing 30th place of the 60 starters. Jason Lendon (54) 30:27; Matthew Bland  (53) 16:22; Ian Anthony (51) 31:24; Rob Dickenson (49) 16:42; A. Guest (42) 28:58; Grant Twist (38) 16:07; Paul Berrett (42) 32:27; Russ Middleton (40) 17:25; Rob Warner (32) 29:28; Chris Coates (31) 16:15; Graham Hogan (31) 31:57; Tony Collins (30) 17:01 added 28/04/08 

Juniors struggle at Ipswich

A badly depleted National Junior team got off to a shaky start placing fifth in their Thames Division fixture at Ipswich today. Nicola Hill & Bonne Buwembo provided the only wins. Nicola's 62.7s winning 400m Hurdles clocking was her second fastest ever.. She was also second in the B 100m. Bonne could not match his club record performance from last week but threw an excellent 64.55m which rightly earned him the Male Athlete of the Match award.  Kike Oniwinde was second in the women's javelin. For the men Joseph Ramie gained a hat-trick of two second places with his triple jump effort & 100m PB,  and B long jump, and Anthony Williams went close to his hurdles best for runners up spot.    added 27/04/08 

Winning start for Southern Women

The Women's Southern League team got their season off to a winning start at Crawley today. Despite being short-handed they still ran out easy winners in their Seniors Division 2 match.  Danielle Ross returned from injury with a winning treble in the A pole vault, and B shot & high jump.  Emma Christmas not only won her javelin speciality in a season's best but also took the B 100m and earned discus points. Mel Harrison went over 40m to win the discus, won the B javelin and was hammer runner up. Cathy Matthews made her league debut with wins in the 400mH A & 100mH B, and Laurie Cooper (400m) and Hayley Pegg (1500m) also took the honours. Claire Brennan filled the gaps well but her only win came in the B pole vault. Robyn Delivett (200m), Rachel Kerr (400m) and Angela Thompson (3000m) completed the winning squad.  added 26/04/08 

Bonne spears double club record

Bonne Buwembo smashed the club senior and junior javelin records at today's JavFest at Milton Keynes. His throw of 65.98m added exactly two and a half metres to Mark Bishop's senior best set in 1990.Brad Burr hurled the U17 implement 55.70m for fifth on the club all time list and threw the senior spear close to 50m too. Emma Christmas set a season's best of 38.38m and Kike Oniwinde opened her season with a 35.50m effort.   added 19/04/08 

Pic: Chris Watts

Beta Ladies win back Alpha place

The combined senior ladies & U15 team have regained their place in the Alpha Trophy  after a good performance at a cold & wet Lee Valley today. The seniors believe they finished second after five wins: ZoŽ Young made her club debut with a javelin PB of 32.77m to rank 7th on the all time list. Mel Harrison added discus victory, and Hayley Pegg dominated the 1500m. Claire Brennan (200m) and Nicola Hill (100m Hurdles) added B victories. For the U15 the throwers scored highly with Debbie Knight's superb javelin win with 29.30m 8th best all time by a club female and third best by a club U15 - in her first competition with the the 600mg spear. All three B string throws went the club's way as Laura Drew (discus & javelin) and Sophie Baggs (shot) scored maximum points. Rachael Sadler won the B 1500m as Eleanor Bounds smashed her PB placing second in the A.   added 19/04/08  & pics  added 20/04/08  Full results

Ellie wins Mini Marathon

Ellie Bounds added her name to the club's London Mini-Marathon roll of honour when she today won the Girls 13-14 London Borough's event. Sidnie Sales was 10th in the same age group as Havering placed third. Georgie Sales was a fine fourth in the girls 15-16 category and with Ingrid Deane one place back Havering took the team prize. Rebecca Stanley was also fourth in the youngest girls age group (11-12) and Freddy Keefe was highest placed in ninth in the boys' equivalent as the team were second. Another second placed team effort went to the 15-16 year boys as Grant Twist led them home in 14th. But after recent wins the Havering borough teams finished third overall.  First home in the marathon proper was Graham Pritchard with a PB of 2:52.57 and Graham Hogan, Steve Rand, and Martin Chester also broke the three hour barrier. added 13/04/08 

S'no joke for relay men

Havering’s senior took to the snowy wastes of Aldershot to place an excellent 20th in the South of England 12 stage road relays. Still missing many of their top athletes through injury the squad turned in a fighting performance from first to last. Every athlete ran well, with Ian Anthony running the fastest short leg and Rob Warner the fastest long leg. Even the three inches of snow and an accompanying cold wind could not deter the sheer grit and fight to achieve the team's highest recent 12 stage result and get them to the finals in Birmingham. Individual legs: Trevor Keys: 29:55; Ian Anthony 14:24; Martin Chester 31:07; Rob Dickenson 14:54; Jason Lendon 29:45; Neill Collins 15:27; Peter Coates 30:35; Tony Collins 15:45; Matt Bland 29:57; Russ Middleton 15:18; Rob Warner 29:27; Graham Foster 14:26. added 07/04/08 

International flavour to spring open

Visitors from Malta, Norway and the Czech Republic, in London for the Hercules Wimbledon meeting the following day, added an international flavour to the second spring warm up at wet & blustery Mayesbrook Park on Saturday. The throwing events produced a senior double for Mel Harrison who returned to her best to win the shot  and discus. There was a senior javelin victory for Emma Christmas, and in the men’s javelin Bonne Buwembo opened his season with one of his longest ever throws for victory. There were hammer wins for Daniel Gamester in the senior and Bradley Reece who added two metres to his PB to win the U20 event.  Andrew Kerr smashed his PB in the U15 boys hammer competition and Laurence Goodacre was a good winner of the U17 shot.  Bethan Siddons took the ladies high jump. Claire Brennan won the ladies 100m hurdles and Jack Edgar-Hill’s winning 100m hurdles debut took him into the club all time top 10. Another newcomer Andrew Lewis was a worthy winner of the U17 400m, with more to come. added 06/04/08 

Faye wins World University Championships

Faye Fullerton achieved the greatest result in her athletics career when she won gold in the World University Cross Country Championships held in Mauquenchy, near Rouen in northern France. Her win also led the British team to a comfortable gold ahead of Australia and Ireland. Faye was in contention throughout with Irish pre-race favourite Fionnuala Britton, who last week had finished nine places above Faye in the World Cross Country Championships.  But this time the Irish runner had no answer as Faye went past her in the final 100m to claim gold by three seconds, with bronze going to Morocco's Ikram Zoulali, who last week was over half a minute and 16 places ahead of Faye in the World Champs.  added 06/04/08    

Outdoor season opens

The track and field season got under way with the club’s Spring Open at Hornchurch on Sunday. New signing Adam McCarthy showed promise when he broke the club best for the U17 Men’s 300m hurdles with 43.4s, with Jack Edgar-Hill also inside the old mark. Edgar-Hill also took the U17M 150m honours. Nicola Hill opened her account with a win in the U20/senior women’s 300m hurdles and Laura Bealey won the senior 600m. Newcomer Nicholas Duffey was a good winner of the U13 boys’ 600m and Rebecca O'Neill improved her PB to win the U15 300m. On the field Joe Ramie notched up good long & triple jump marks in the U20M section and ZoŽ Young took the senior long jump, exceeding the 5m barrier. Sacha Martin won the u13 high jump and was the fastest U13 80m runner. George Bean added over three metres to his U17 best when he launched the javelin 59.39m at Lee Valley on Sunday. Sophie Baggs was runner up in the U15 discus with 25.31m at the Ilford Throws open.  added 31/03/08    

Faye's Worlds

Faye Fullerton's gave a good account for herself for Great Britain in the World Cross Country Championships at Edinburgh finishing in a respectable 45th position. For over half of the 8km race Faye was third placed Briton, behind Liz and Hayley Yelling, and ahead of trials winner Laura Kenny.  Faye was placed 35th at the end of the first two (of four) laps, slipping back to 44th on the third lap and losing one more place on the fourth and final lap. It was Faye’s fifth performance in the World Champs, having competed three times in the U20 event, and once in the senior short case race in 2004. The GB team were out of the medals in sixth as Liz Yelling (14th), Hayley Yelling (20th) , Laura Kenney (38th) and Rachel Townend (42nd) comprised the scoring four, as Faye beat trials runner-up Jo Wilkinson (53rd) for the first time this winter.  added 31/03/08    

Sara Luck fourth in BUSA Indoors

Sara Luck smashed her career 800m best when placing fourth in the British Universities Indoor Championships at Sheffield today. London University medical student Sara's 2m11.40s clocking was just a stride short of a medal in close run race where 0.7secs covered the first four. It improved on her five-year old PB set in the 2003 English Schools Championships as an U17 and takes her into the club all-time top 20 times.  Sheffield University student Laura Bealey was close to her 400m best with 62.50s for second in her heat but it was not fast enough to progress.   added 16/03/08    

Faye's fourth earns GB call up

Faye Fullerton's fabulous fourth place in Saturday's Inter Counties Cross Country Championships has earned her a GB call up for the World Cross Country Champs. Alexa Joel (14th) and Lauren  Deadman (43rd) helped Essex to team silver. Ellie Bounds was 23rd (15:48) in the U15 girls race with Sidnie Sales 88th (16:42). Grant Twist placed 33rd in the U17 men's event but Georgie Sales failed to finish in the girls' equivalent. Ross Clarke was a respectable 71st (40:27) and second Essex scorer in his first senior Championships, while in the U13 Girls Becky Stanley (14:46) and Amanda Blaxland (15:26) were 113th and 196th respectively.  added 15/3/08 & updated 16/03/08  Link to full results      

Marathon men win gold in Brentwood half

The club's leading marathon men took a big step towards the London marathon as they struck team gold in last Sunday's Brentwood Half-Marathon. Ian Anthony lead the squad home in a PB of 1:16.18 for 15th, as the remaining three scorers packed well. Graham Pritchard clocked 1:17.15 for 18th, two places ahead of Steve Rand's 1:17.47 PB with Martin Chester completing the scoring quartet in another PB of 1:18.24 for 22nd. Graham Hogan's 53rd place in 1:22.23 secured victory as the team contest required five to run and four to score. There were good results for club athletes in the 5km Fun Run with Toby Jarvis winning in 16:54 and Thomas Davis sixth in 17:36. Zoey Liittlechild took the female honours with 18:22 for 13th overall.   added 13/3/08

Grant, Georgie, Ellie place well in Schools XC

Top 25 finishes for Grant Twist, Ellie Bounds and Georgie-Lou Sales were the pick of the bunch of club members' performances at last weekend's English Schools Cross Country Championship at at Sefton Park Liverpool. Grant was 21st in the Senior Boys' event in 22:17 while Georgie placed 23rd in the senior girls' equivalent with 16:18. Ellie placed a good 21st in the junior girls event with 13:46 as the Essex girls' team (pictured) finished second.  Rachel Sadler was 290th in the same age group (15:35). In the Intermediate age groups the club interest was represented by Sidnie Sales, who finished 86th (15:14) and Daniel Shanney (190th - 22:23).      added 10/3/08


Photo: David Bounds

Senior men miss out again

The senior men were again so near and yet so far at the county road relays, as another county championship brought another fourth place. Although missing many of their top athletes the squad still managed to field four full teams. The A team started well with Peter Coates bringing the team home in 8th place (19:53) handing over to Rob Warner who took the team up to 6th with his 20:01 leg. Grant Twist in his senior debut then took up the challenge and in a superb run doing the fastest Havering Mayesbrook leg of the day of 19:32 brought the team up to 5th. Matt Bland running the final leg fought hard to make up the gap on the Chelmsford runner in third place but just failed and brought the team home in 4th place with 20:12. The B and C teams were so evenly matched that it wasn’t until the final quarter of a mile that the B team of Paul Berrett (21:06), Rob Dickenson (20:50), Trevor Keys (20:20) and Jason Lendon (20:06) overhauled the C team of Chris Coates (20:14), Martin Chester (21:6), Ian Anthony (20:24) and Rob Jones (20:54) to finish 9th and 10th. The D team of Neill (21:21) and Tony Collins (21:27), Russ Middleton (22:26) and Ian Rutter (25:16) all acquitted themselves admirably in a strong windy day that made the going tough.  added 2/3/08

Rebecca's National Indoor bronze

Rebecca O'Neill was the only medallist but there was a good crop of results at this weekend's national indoor championships for the U15, U17 and U20 age groups. Rebecca's 800m bronze in 2:27.25s, in the U15 Girls age group, capped a fine indoor season which has brought her Essex and South of England medals.  Jimi Tele had another busy weekend contesting three events, setting PBs in all three and just missing out on a medal in two. His long jump PB of 5.99m placed him fourth in the U15 boys' event, just 2cm off bronze and his 200m PB of 23.86s earned him a final place but he failed to finish. In the 60m Jimi had set a PB of 7.50s in his heat and a repeat in his semi final would have won a final place but his 7.54s was not good enough. Another athlete to place fourth was Laurence Goodacre who threw 13.21m in the U17 shot, and in the same age group Jack Edgar-Hill's heat third placing in 8.62s left him just short of qualification. Final club athlete in national action was Joseph Ramie whose long & triple jump efforts of 6.08m and 12.89m left him down the strong fields.  added 25/2/08

National bronze for senior ladies team

The senior ladies team won a superb bronze medal at today's National Cross Country Championships on a roller-coaster of a course at Alton Towers.  Faye Fullerton showed no ill-effects from her recent indoor races as she finished an excellent fifth in 24:50 after being in medal contention for much of the race, finishing ahead of many big names on the Staffordshire course.  Alexa Joel looked strong throughout and took 15th place (25:22), and with Lauren Deadman 43rd (26:53)  and Debbie Appleton 55th (27:21) showing the determination to achieve these high positions in the most testing of conditions and a very strong field, the team held off a strong Charnwood team by just one point to win a well deserved team bronze.  The team contest was keenly fought with just 23 points separating four teams. Winchester won the team title and Aldershot were runners up as Liz Yelling again ran away with the individual title ahead of Southern Champion Rachel Townsend.  There were fine individual results from Ross Clarke, 11th in the Junior Men's event in 29:06 and Grant Twist who was 15th in the U17M race (15:24). Robyn Matson was 31st in the Under 20 women's competition. Rob Warner (194th) and Tony Collins (574th) contested the senior men's event. The U15 Girls were the only other complete team  also in action, placing 14th out of 35 teams. Eleanor Bounds led them home in an excellent 21st (13:50) ahead of Rachel Sadler (73rd), with support from  Amber Turner (201st) and Sharmila Golan (223rd) in their first national.  Amanda Blaxland (81st - 12:54) was the only U13 to compete.   added 23/2/08 & updated 24/2/08

Photo: Roger Deadman

Club scoops four awards

It was a great evening for the club last night at the Havering Sports Council Annual Awards held at Upminster Golf Club as there was a clean sweep of wins in all four categories that the club received nominations for. Hurdler Nicola Hill beat off challenges from basketball player Ben Warden and swimmer/triathlete Joe Giggins for the Sports Competitor of the Year award.  In the Junior Male competitor of the Year javelin thrower Bradley Burr took the honours from swimmer Jon Congdon and tennis/cricket competitor Sam Hampton.  The club were victorious in the Club of the Year category ahead of Ardleigh Green cricket club and Harlequin Gymnastics. The fourth award went to Ann & Derek Drew who earned the Doug Riden Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of their combined 50 years of service to the Club.  The Club was represented by President Mark Bishop, Chairman & Secretary pairing Doug & Jean Tierney, and Committee Member Claire Brennan. Young athletes Jamie Buckley-Stanton and Rebecca O'Neill collected the Club of the Year Award on behalf of the Club.  added 19/2/08   

Essex 20 bronze for club trio

The club trio of Ian Anthony, Martin Chester and Steve Rand had to settle for team bronze as they fell one point short of silver in the team event at Sunday’s Essex 20 Mile Road Race Championships at Great Bromley.  Ian Anthony was first home in 19th (2:05.35), with Martin Chester 23rd in 2:08:44) with Steve Rand three places and 12 seconds back in 26th (2:09.01). Graham Hogan was 26th with 2:9.48 added 18/2/08    added 21/2/08

Indoor PBs for Sara, Ross & Jack

Sara Luck improved her 1500m PB as she placed fifth for London North in the Indoor City Challenge Final at Sheffield on Sunday. Her time of 4:36.16s slashed 12 seconds off her PB set last summer and took her into the club’s all-time top 20 for the distance.  She also competed in the high jump where her 1.59m clearance earned her sixth. Ross Clarke produced another PB, improving his 800m best to 1:55.64 as he placed third, beating five athletes who were faster on paper. The London North team once again finished runner-up to hosts Team Sheffield, who won the competition for the third time. Jack Edgar-Hill showed good form in his final competition before this weekend’s England Athletics age group Indoor Championships as he again improved his U17 60m hurdles PB at the Brunel Speed Series Open at Uxbridge on Saturday. His 8.56s clocking improved on his 8.69s time set in both last month’s South of England & Essex Championships.  Also in Brunel hurdles action were Anthony Williams (8.78s – U20 men), Nicola Hill (U20W – 9.51s), Angela James (9.49s – U17W) and Nicola Peachey (10.39s – U15G)

added 18/2/08

Faye Fifth in UK Indoor Trials

Faye Fullerton improved her indoor PB for 1500m when placing fifth in a good quality race at the UK Athletics Indoor Championships and World Championships Trials at Sheffield today.  She tracked the leading bunch throughout but was able to make no impression on the medals and finished in a time of 4:17.89s - an indoor PB by five seconds. Newquay's Jemma Simpson, who last week beat Faye over 800k, took the title in 4:13.99s to clinch a World Indoors place, ahead of Susan Scott (4:154.84, and defending champion Katrina Wooton (4:16.00) with Charlotte Best in fourth.  added 10/2/08  

Ten in Schools Inter Counties

Grant Twist and Georgie Sales showed good form for the Essex Schools teams in yesterday's Southern Schools Inter Counties event at Paddock Wood, Kent. Grant was fourth in the Senior Boys' competition with 20:32 while Georgie placed a good ninth in the senior girls' equivalent with 20:59. In the junior girls event Rachael Sadler was best placed in 24th (16:10) with Amanda Blaxland 42nd (186:58) and Rebecca Stanley 50th in 17:12. Daniel Shanney was first of the club trio in the Inter Boys race in 26th (18:16) with twin Thomas in 37th (18:32) and Jamie Buckley-Stanton was 45th (18:44).  In the Inter Girls event Sidnie Sales finished 29th with 19:03 and Jennifer Holland was 37th (19:15).  added 10/2/08  Full results


Sara Luck's victory in the fifth round of the London Colleges Cross Country League at Reading on Wednesday consolidates her top place in the league stakes and with one race to go she looks good for the title.  Full results

Boys help Essex win National final place

Jordan Brown and newcomer Harry Hughes helped Essex Under 15 team to victory in the Regional Sports Hall final at Norwich, winning a place in the National final next month. Sprinter Jordan was victorious in the two lap race and also third in the standing long jump with an excellent 2.56m. Jumper Harry was seventh in the SLJ with 2.36m, and eight in the speed bounce. In the U13 Boys Fred Mokoso was an impressive winner in the vertical jump as Essex placed second, and Debbie Knight - third shot - and Sacha Martin - fifth high jump - competed for the U13 girls, who were also runners up.   added 5/2/08  


Four in BUSA XC action

Four club ladies saw action in this weekend's BUSA (British Universities) Cross Country Championships at Swansea. First home of the club quartet was Sara Luck whose 32nd place (26:19) led the London University team to 10th place. Robyn Matson finished eight places and 16 seconds back in Birmingham University colours, and Vicky Smith was also in the Birmingham squad, finishing 133rd. There was a commendable 222nd place for 400m hurdler Laura Bealey who competed for Sheffield University.  added 3/2/08  Photo: Peter Luck


Four club athletes ran well in Sunday's Essex Half-Marathon Championships, held in conjunction with the Great Bromley race.  Debbie Appleton won bronze in the women's competition placing 45th overall with her time of 1m 22.16s.  Leading club man was Ian Anthony, who was 17th in the field of 800+ with a useful 1:17.79. Martin Chester was six places and just over a minute back in 1:19.04 while Graham Hogan was just behind Debbie Appleton in 47th with 1:22.26. added 5/2/08

Faye, Ross in good indoor form

Faye Fullerton and Ross Clarke showed fine indoor form in helping the London North team to victory in the Indoor City Challenge semi final at Cardiff yesterday. Faye faced a tough challenge against World Championships semi finalist Jemma Simpson, just back from the UK Athletics training camp in South Africa. The strong opposition worked wonders as Faye placed second posting a fast 2m 07.92s - only a second outside her outdoor PB.  She also gave the medley relay team a wining lead with her 800m opening leg. Ross Clarke stepped into the team at short notice and acquitted himself well in the 1500m. He finished fourth taking over half a second off his PB with a time of 3:55.76s. There was however disappointment for Kate Cowley in her return to GB action at the combined events international against Czech Republic, Holland & Spain at Sheffield. Kate began the competition despite being ill but withdrew after sprinting the 60m hurdles in 8.90s, high jumping 1.66m and putting the shot just 9.33m, well below her best.   added 3/2/08  

Seven more Essex Indoor golds

There was another strong showing as the Essex Indoor Championships continued at Lee Valley today. Jimi Tele added the U15 200m gold to his day one medals and Rebecca O'Neill added U15 girls 800m silver. Sara Luck also struck double gold clearing 1.60m to win the senior high jump then won the 800m in 2m 16 secs.  Jack Edgar-Hill won his first gold in club colours with his U17 Men's hurdles win, and another new boy Laurence Goodacre won U17 shot gold with the fourth best by a club athlete. Lucy Sargent returned to long jump action with gold in the senior women's event. Junior & senior women's hurdles silver medals went to Nicola Hill & Claire Brennan. Jumps medals came by way of Gabriel Makinwa - U17 long jump gold & triple jump silver, and Joseph Ramie added U20 triple & long jump silvers and Bethan Siddons an U20 high jump silver.  Anthony Williams added an U20 Men's hurdles bronze.  added 27/1/08   

Alexa close to Southern XC medal

Alexa Joel was just short of a medal when finishing fourth in yesterday's SEAA cross country champs at the tough Parliament Hill venue. A superb run from Lauren Deadman in seventh and Debbie Appleton's 19th place lost any medal chances as there was no fourth scorer.  Grant Twist's ninth place led the U17 Men to 10th and Robyn Matson placed 10th in the U20 Women's event, with Ross Clarke 14th in the junior men's equivalent. Eleanor Bounds was well placed in 13th as the U15 Girls finished seventh, and the U13 Girls were ninth with Amanda Blaxland & Becky Stanley in 41st & 42nd. There were incomplete teams in the other age groups and no individual top 30 finishes  added 27/1/08   Full results

Rebecca, Jimi gold in Essex Indoor

Rebecca O'Neill and Jimi Tele struck gold at the first day of the Essex Indoor Championships at Lee Valley today. Rebecca powered to gold in the U15 Girls' 400m - a new event for the age group, clocking a useful 65.73s. Jimi dominated the U15 Boys' long jump, winning easily with his only valid jump of 5.63m. He also won silver in the 60m sprint with 7.58s. Field event medals went to siblings Cameron & Jessica Fazakerley who came home with silver & bronze high jump medals in the U15 boys & U13 girls competition and Sophie Baggs took another bronze in the U15 girls shot. Nicola Peachey's hurdles PB of 10.10s won her a final place where she finished sixth (10.18s). Nina Brennan was just edged out of a medal in the senior women's 400m, with Hannah Gamester one place back in fifth. Esther Tele was also fifth in the U17 women's 60m sprint with 8.24s after her heat of 8.22s   added 26/1/08  

Men close to county relay medals

Havering Mayesbrook’s senior men’s team nearly pulled off a smash and grab raid on the medals at the cross-country relays. Peter Coates led the A team off with a good 6th place. Rob Warner produced another dazzling run to pull the team up to 2nd with the squad’s fastest time off the day. Chris Coates did well to hold off several top athletes to come in 4th handing over to Mat Bland whose strong run brought the team up to 3rd. Rob Dickenson fought hard to hold his place but although nearly catching 2nd was overtaken near the end and came home in a brave 4th place. The experienced B team got off to a solid start and finished 7th while the C team, were twelfth. The dozen helped to produce the highest number the club has turned out in cross country relays for many years.  added 21/1/08  

Faye back on track for Southern Indoor gold
Faye Fullerton took 13 seconds off the Championship best when winning the 1500m title at today's South of England Indoor Championships at Lee Valley. Her winning time of 4:22.27s was second fastest in UK so far this winter and she won by a massive 20 seconds margin. Another 1500m medal came by virtue of Rebecca O'Neill's U15 girls' silver, and Bethan Siddons won high jump bronze with 1.55m in her first competition as an U20. There were final places for 60m hurdlers Anthony Williams (U20M - 4th - 8.74s), new member Jack Edgar-Hill (U17M 5th - 8.69 PB heat) and Claire Brennan (SW - 5th 9.54s). Jimi Tele was also 5th in the U15 boys 60m sprint, with a 7.54s best and Gabriel Makinwa's triple jump PB of 12.32m placed him fifth in the u17M 's event. Also in heat action were Nicola Hill (U20W - 60m hurdles 9.54s PB), Nicola Peachey (U15G - 60m Hurdles 10.41s PB) and Esther Tele (U17W - 60m - 8.35s). Meanwhile Laura Bealey was sixth in the 400m with 63.28s in the North of England Champs at Sheffield.  added 20/1/08  External link to results

Georgie's Essex gold
Georgie Sales claimed gold and there were silvers for Eleanor Bounds and Grant Twist, and a bronze for Sidnie Sales at yesterday's Essex Schools Cross Country Championships at Basildon. Georgie's gold came with a convincing victory in the senior girls event. In the senior boys' equivalent Grant Twist's fine form continued as he bagged silver, with Rob Jones in ninth and Michael Donovan 11th.  Eleanor Bounds' silver came in the junior girls' race where she was beaten by Thurrock's impressive Jessica Judd. Good support was provided by Rachel Sadler in 7th, Becky Stanley (9th) Amanda Blaxland (10th), Shannon Sullivan in 17th and Sharmila Golan 23rd.  Sidnie Sales added to the family medal tally with Inter Girls' bronze, with Jennifer Holland 16th and Amber Turner 17th but an unwell Gemma Phillips dropped out. In the Inter Boys race the Shanney twins were sixth & tenth (Daniel getting the upper hand!) Jamie Buckley-Stanton was 16th and John Whitehead 20th.   added 20/1/08  Full results

England gold seals Kate's come back
Kate Cowley took a major step back towards the international stage when she won pentathlon gold in the England Athletics Open Indoor Combined Events Championships at Sheffield today. Her winning score of 3974 points was just 96 points shy of her PB and club best set in 2004 before a series of injuries put her international career on hold.  Kate opened her campaign by clocking 8.78 seconds in the 60m hurdles, high jumped an indoor PB of 1.71m, put the shot 11.70m, long jumped 5.75m and ran the 800m in 2:26.58.  Her winning tally secured a win by 68 points from Colchester's Catherine Holdsworth. Victory almost certainly earns Kate selection for Senior indoor combined events international against the Czech Republic, France and Spain at the same Sheffield venue on 2 and 3 February. Afterwards Kate said "I was pleased just to finish it as I've had a bad hamstring for the past few weeks. I'll hopefully perform better in the international in a few weeks."   added 13/1/08  

Five gold, three silver, six bronze in Essex XC League
Club teams finished the Essex League season in style as they won seven team medals - three gold - and the same number of individual medals - two gold as the five fixture series ended at Chelmsford today. Eleanor Bounds confirmed her county number one status with a front running individual win & the league Under 15 title with the Sidnie Sales holding on to league bronze despite failing to finish as the team won league gold.  Another win for Lauren Deadman, this time hard earned with Debbie Appleton in close contention in second, secured her the senior league title, as the team won silver in a close finish to the season. Grant Twist's superb U17 victory on the day won him individual league bronze and a team bronze.  Amanda Blaxland edged out Becky Stanley for second on the day and was an excellent silver placing in the series, as the team won gold.  Georgie Lou Sales' second place in the U17/U20 women's race was enough to secure individual bronze, and the team held on to the league title. Jamie Buckley-Stanton took a step back to fitness in the u15 race in 8th and won series bronze. Rob Warner's great seventh place led the senior men to second on the day and bronze in the league stakes. The U13 boys did enough to win league silver.    added 12/1/08   Full results  Report to follow


Three gold, three silver, two bronze in Essex XC Champs
The ladies led the way as HMAC teams opened their 2008 account with a string of good results in today's Essex Cross Country Championships at Basildon.  Eleanor Bounds won both individual and team gold in the U15 Event, as Sidnie Sales (4th) , Rachel Sadler (7th) and Amber Turner (16th) completed the winning four. The senior women's team swept aside the opposition for team gold and after battling it out with eventual individual winner Jo Wilkinson Faye Fullerton & Alex Joel won silver and bronze. Lauren Deadman (5th) and Debbie Appleton (8th) completed the winning team. There were two more silvers as Grant Twist (U17M) and Georgie Sales (U17W) turned in good runs. Rebecca Stanley led the U13 Girls quartet to team bronze with her individual fourth, with Amanda Blaxland (14th), Shannon Sullivan (16th) and Avril Loynes (17th) completing the medal winning four.     added 5/1/08 and updated 6/1/08   Full results


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