July & August 2002

Men earn another year in British League

Fifth place at Rugby today ensured another season in British League Division 4 for the men's team, as threatened Bolton also avoided the drop. Sixth place on the day consigned Swindon to the promotion match to fight for their place while Blackpool were relegated, and Kent and Liverpool promoted. Despite missing several team members through injury the 16-strong squad pulled together to pick up vital points. Multi eventer Leo Barker long jumped his furthest for five years to place second with 7.02m, just a cm behind the winner. Leo also placed third in the 110m hurdles and B discus. Captain Mark Bishop capped his usual fine performance with a B javelin 2nd, while in the A event Sam Harrison's PB won third. Third places were also earned by Phil Sadler (200m B), Gavin Maley (1500m), Rob Warner (B steeplechase) and Keith Robinson (B hammer). added 31/8/02  

Leo Barker

New club hammer record for Kevin Deacon

Brother & sister duo Kevin and Sarah Deacon were in great form for Essex at the Southern Inter-Counties competition at Hendon on Sunday. Kevin threw the hammer to a new club best of 49.17m to finish 5th in the men's u20 competition while Sarah placed 2nd in the equivalent women's u20 event with a 41.11m throw. She also placed 7th in the discus with a 33.10m effort. Hannah Gamester was also in action in the u20 age group, placing 6th in the pole vault with a 2.00m clearance, and 13th in the long jump with 4.74m. Three club members represented Essex in the u15 events. Best placed was walker Alex Winch who was 3rd in the 3000m walk in 19m 54.66 secs. Christina Kalejaiye qualified for the 200m final with with a 26.49 secs heat run and placed 7th in the final in 27.08. Lauren Clark was the final club member in action, equalling her high jump best with 1.35m in twelfth place.  added 26/8/02  

Kevin Deacon - new hammer record

Men third in Basildon Junior League

The junior men ended their season with a third place at Basildon on Sunday, finishing fourth overall in the eight team Thames Division. The throwers again piled up the points with Kevin Deacon throwing further than before with the 6.25kg hammer in winning the event. Tom Melrose provided excellent support with a B string winning shot-discus-hammer treble. Steve Prady was runner up in the A high jump and B long jump while on the track Andrew Bartlett recorded a pair of sprint second places, with Peter Phillips also 2nd in the B 200m. To round off the day there were cameo steeplechase debuts for Kevin Deacon and Tom Melrose before the 4x400m relay foursome of Bartlett, Phillips, Andrew Hunter and Joe Golding claimed second place. added 21/8/02  

Kevin Deacon - close to hammer record

Junior ladies second, through to National Final

The “Home & Away” Havering Mayesbrook Under 20 ladies team placed second in the National Junior League Premier Division match hosted by the club at Walthamstow on Sunday. The result ensured the team have qualified for the National final at Derby on 8 September. Excellent field event results were the foundation to the team’s success, with five wins and six seconds in the field. Katie O'Sullivan set a new PB & club under 17 record in the pole vault. Amy Rogers, Caroline Smith and Lynsey Clark - all first year under 17s - made promising league debuts. and pics  added 20/8/02  

Katie O'Sullivan - hurdling here - new u17 vault record

EYAL third at Chelmsford

A depleted girls and boys under 17 team competed in their last eastern young match of the season. Already guaranteed a place in the trophy final at Bedford we were not in a position to win the league this year. In the end a disappointing last match, so we go to Bedford in September to stop Milton Keynes doing the double. Score: Chelmsford 373; Ipswich 279;  HMAC 264; Ryston 48 . added 13/8/02  

The Men's NJAL team finished third in their Thames Division fixture at Basildon (details not available)

Mel Harrison fourth in AAAs

Mel Harrison finished just outside the discus medals in the AAAs under 17 championships held at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham at the weekend. Her best effort of 35.70m gained her fourth, just 32cms short of a podium place. She also finished eighth in her second string event, the hammer with a 32.26m throw. Three other club members gained useful experience in these national championships. Kirsty Smith triple jumped 10.38m for 11th place, high jumper Katie O’Sullivan cleared 1.55m for 12th, while Lynsey Clark was 14th in the discus with 30.73m.  All three have another year in this age group. added 13/8/02  

Mel Harrison

Kate B wins Southern Champs - new club record

Kate Brewington smashed through the 5000 points barrier for the heptathlon when winning the South of England title at Barnet Copthall Stadium, Hendon at the weekend.  Her 5229 points total broke her own previous club record of 4971 by over 250 points. While Kate was adding to her senior club heptathlon record Sara Luck gave warning that Kate’s club under 17 record will come under threat next season.  The 15 year old all rounder, who last year claimed the club under15 pentathlon record, placed fourth in 3818 points, missing out on a medal by just 44 points and just over 150 short of Kate’s five year old club record. The Hendon  meeting also heralded the return to the decathlon of Leo Barker. whose 6184 points score gained him fourth place in the senior men’s decathlon event. added 13/8/02

Other good performances at Hendon came in the South of England veterans championships, held alongside the multi events competitions from Lesley Felton and Peter and Maria Luck. added 13/8/02  

Kate Brewington

Five do well for Essex Under 17s

Five talented club members performed well in Essex colours at the South of England Under 17 Inter Counties meeting held at Kingston on Sunday. Mel Harrison again improved her hammer PB with 33.82m, closing in on Sarah Deacon’s club record, and for good measure she won the B discus, giving second best to Essex rival Hollie Redman who she had pipped for a medal in the recent English Schools championships. The pair again go head to head this weekend when they contest the AAAs U17 championships at Birmingham. Nicola Schofield came from behind to win the 300m hurdles B race and was runner up in the 300m sprint equivalent, while fellow hurdler Claire Sargent also come home first in the 80m sprint hurdles B race.  Triple jumper Kirsty Smith, who performed close to her best with a 10.59m leap, and sprinter Laura Jones completed the five. added 6/8/02  

Nicola Schofield

Southern Men Relegated

Havering Mayesbrook Men’s Southern League team have lost their Division 3 place after placing fourth in the final fixture at Woodford on Saturday. Team manager Peter Estcourt initially thought that the team had placed 20th in the 25 team division and that their fate rested on the fortunes of the club's British League team at Rugby in three weeks (31 August) which could doom them to relegation from British League but the weekend’s results went against the Southern League team and on Monday came the bad news of their relegation to Division 4 for the 2003 season. Good field events performances were the order of the day at Woodford.  Multi-eventer Brett Heath, Kevin Deacon, fit-again Danny Gamester and Sam Harrison all scored well in the throws, while Mark Gardiner and Mark Connelly did likewise in the jumps. The track highlights came from Rob Warner who again improved his steeplechase PB and good 5000m points as Tony Collins and veteran Gary Howard both bagged second placings.   added 4/8/02 and amended 6/8/02  

Brett Heath

UK Women third in national league
The senior ladies secured another year on the national stage with a solid fourth place at Cardiff in the final UK Women’s League Division 4 fixture on Sunday, confirming third place in the league. Kate Brewington notched up long jump and hurdles wins, while her sprint hurdles partner Claire Brennan won the B string.  Claire and younger sister Nina both set 400m hurdles PBs on a busy day. Sarah Deacon was in good form, winning the hammer and taking runners up spot in the discus, and Terri Johnson again improved her hammer PB, as did Faye Powell (Triple jump). Eleanor Mole made a good track debut with useful points in both 1500m and 3000m events, both in PBs.  added 5/8/02  

Claire Brennan - hurdles win & PB

BAL men on beach at Blackpool

A seventh place at Blackpool yesterday left the Men's British League team needing a good result at Rugby in four weeks to preserve their national status.  After three of the four fixtures they lie sixth, just half a point ahead of Bolton. Gavin Maley was in superb form as he smashed his 800m best and also came through for 2nd in the 1500m. Captain Mark Bishop made light of his 6-event load with third placings in the javelin and long jump, while Leo Barker tackled 7 events, with B discus 3rd being his best result. The only other third placing came from Kevin Benton's 400m hurdles season's best, while A string Stephen Kearn's new best was only good enough for 7th.   added 4/8/02  

Gavin Maley (5) on way to 800m PB

Eightsome reel at Croydon NJAL

The eight-strong Ladies Junior League team did all that was asked of them at Croydon last Sunday. It was the field events where the points were won. Mel Harrison won the B hammer in a new PB while throwing partner Sarah Deacon won the B discus, and was second in the hammer, Katie O’Sullivan set a 100m hurdles PB and was 2nd in the B pole vault & third in the high jump. Distance runner Faye Powell tackled the jumps and Natalie Adams showed tremendous team spirit in the 800m, 1500m & relay. With one fixture left the team are in the fourth qualifying place for the National Final and need a good result in the “home” meeting at Walthamstow on 18 August.  added 4/8/02  

Mel Harrison

Club u17 record for Claire Sargent
Claire Sargent ran superbly to clock 11.7 to break Kate Brewington's club under 17 80m hurdles record in the Southern Women's League division 1 fixture at Perivale today. Katie O'Sullivan was also in great form, equalling her best in winning the B string 80m hurdles event, as well as recording a fast time in her 300m hurdles debut. Kate Brewington was the only winner in the senior ranks with a long jump success. The under 15s again scored well: Megan Foley and Robyn Matson made it a 1500m double and there were wins for Helen McDonnell high jump, Lucy Sargent (100m B) and Hayley Charman, who smashed her discus PB in winning the event. Overall the short-handed team finished fourth.  added 27/7/02  

Claire Sargent

Boys YAL last - lose Premiership status
A dispirited boys' young athletes team recorded their worst points score of the season as they finished last slumped out of the Southern Premier Division of the National Young Athletes League after over 10 years in the top flight.  It was not all gloom as there were wins for u13s Paul Adair (1500m) and Nat Senior (B L.J.), U15 hammer newcomer Joe Ford, and u17s Andrew Bartlett (100 & 200m double), Andrew Meech (800m B) and Mark Connelly (H.J).   added 23/7/02  

Mark Connelly

Girls YAL win seals title and final place
The girls YAL team booked their place for the National Finals at Birmingham on 1 September when they won the Premier 5 division fixture and title at Crawley today. The u17s led the way with seven individual wins - six of them B strings - the only A string win being Lynsey Clark who turned the tables on Schools medallist Mel Harrison. There were four individual B string wins for the U15s, including a double for Lucy Sargent as well as a relay win, while the u13s claimed three wins with Bethan Siddons high jumping 1.40m for fourth on the club all time list. Runners up Bromley won through to the National Auxiliary final. added 21/7/02  

Lucy Sargent

Lauren Stars in Cup Semi
Lauren Deadman was the star turn as she recorded the only club win in the tough Cup Semi Final at Eton today. She carved four seconds off her best 1500m time to run 4m 28.3 secs beating u23 international Louise Damen in the process. In the jointly scored men's & women's fixture the men's 1500m also brought a new PB for Gavin Maley who clocked 3m 54.9 secs placing 2nd. Also second were Steve Prady with high jump season's best of 1.90m and Laurie Cossey in 800m. Joe Naughton notched a pair of thirds in the shot & javelin, as did Kevin Tufton (pole vault) and Ricky Brown (triple jump) while Sarah Deacon's hammer effort also gained third. The combined team finished fifth as hosts Windsor romped to victory and a final place.   added 21/7/02  

Lauren Deadman

GB Hurdles Call up for Kate
Kate Brewington's hurdles PB at last weekend's AAAs Champs has won her an international call up. She competes in 100m hurdles for the Great Britain U23s this Saturday against Germany at Newport. This is Kate's first international vest for an individual event - her previous GB honours have been in combined events.
Despite her call up Kate will still be competing for Havering Mayesbrook the following day in the Jubilee Gold Cup semi final at Eton where she competes in 100, javelin and relay. This is the first of a new format cup competition, featuring combined men's and women's teams. added 18/7/02  

Kate Brewington

AAAs: Bronze for Debbie, Hurdles PB for Kate

Debbie Sullivan produced a storming finish to win the bronze medal in the 5000m at the AAAs Championships at Birmingham today, clocking 16:28.37secs, outside her best. After leading the bunch who were chasing winner Hayley Yelling, Debbie survived a bad patch to run down Glasgow's Collette Fagan to take third. Kate Brewington edged closer to Lynn Ilott's 28-year old club 100m hurdles record when she clocked 13.85 secs in perfect conditions. Kate's time placed her sixth in the final and trimmed 4-100ths off her previous PB set last month in the Commonwealth Games trials. Her new mark moves her to within a tenth of a second - 7-100ths - of Ilott's 13.78 mark. It showed that her decision to take a mid-season break in Spain to recharge her batteries had paid off.  added 14/7/02    

Debbie Sullivan

Southern Men last at Milton Keynes 

A short-handed Men’s Southern League team finished last of five in their Division 3 fixture at Milton Keynes on Saturday. Sam Harrison was a double winner winning his javelin speciality after hurling the hammer to take B-string victory points. Kevin Deacon took second in the A hammer competition. Father and son pairing Stuart and Kevin Tufton scored good pole vault points while youngest team member Mark Connelly high jumped 1.80m to win. On the track Rob Warner recorded a new PB in placing second in the steeplechase, and also set a new best in the 800m. Neil Collins also set a new personal best in the 400m.   added 14/7/02    

Sam Harrison

Lauren second, Mel & Megan third in Schools
Lauren Deadman ran superbly to win silver in the senior girls 1500m English Schools final at Nottingham today. Her 4m 33.97 secs clocking was just short of her best and brought her home second to unexpected winner Manchester's Danielle Woods and ahead of more fancied contenders. On Friday Mel Harrison defied the 10am start to three  times improve her discus PB to end on 38.04m which won her bronze in the Inter girls event ahead of Essex rival Hollie Redman. Megan Foley also won bronze - but in controversial circumstances. She was fourth across the line in a new PB of 2m 13.95 secs but was later elevated to the bronze medal position when winner Charlotte Browning was disqualified for pushing.  Sara Luck qualified for the final - having run close to her PB in her heat despite missing two weeks training through injury and had to run a semi-final as well in which she qualified for the final. She went with the pace but ran out of steam, and jogged home last. Chloe van Wulven, Christina Kalejaiye and Cherelle Westlake made up for the disappointment of missing out on final placings by reaching the relay final as three-fourths of the Essex team (joining Ilford's Hannah Frankson) in which they were fifth in 50.81 secs. Chloe was unluckiest of all to miss  a final place - she was 8th fastest in the 75m hurdles heats equalling her best legal time of 11.8 secs but unusually the track has only seven lanes so she did not qualify. Claire Sargent was also eliminated in the inter girls 80m hurdles heats with 12.2 secs, into a headwind, placing fourth.   added 13/7/02   

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Mel Harrison

Lauren Deadman (heat)

Megan Foley (heat)

UK Ladies third in the west
Team captain Debbie Sullivan led by example, winning the 1500m and placing second in the 800m as the UK Women's league team placed an improved third in the Div.4 match at Yate (Bristol) today.  Laurie Cossey with a B string 800m & 400m victory double was the only other winner but the team covered well to hold off Bournemouth to claim third. The team are lying third after two of the three fixtures. Scores: 1. NEB  196,  2.  Newport 176,  3. Havering M.  155,  4.  Bournemouth  149,  5. Bristol  136,  6. Cardiff  116,  7. Gateshead  113,  8. City of Stoke 106.   added 7/7/02    added 8/7/02

Debbie Sullivan

British League Men rally to fifth in "Home" fixture
A late surge took the British League Men's team through to fifth in the "home" fixture held at Chelmsford today. Irish multi-events star Joe Naughton was in superb form with a shot PB for second, and a B javelin win, and pole vault, high jump & discus second places. Skipper Mark Bishop had quiet day - by his standards - competing in just three events,  with B long jump & pole vault second places. Leo Barker also notched up good points, while Danny Gamester returned after a long injury lay off to take hammer runners up spot. With two of the the four fixtures complete the squad lie sixth in the eight team league, with a long trip to Blackpool next, in four weeks. .   added 6/7/02    Photos added 7/7/02

Leo Barker crashes through last 110m hurdle

Depleted Southern Ladies last at Kingston
Excellent results from the u15 squad could not make up for the gaps in the senior ranks as the the Southern Women's Team finished last in a close  fought match at Kingston today. With the senior ladies unavailable due to the clash with the UK Women's League, the spotlight was on the younger members. Nicola Schofield smashed her own club 300m hurdles record, improving to 45.8 secs, 0.7 secs faster than before. added 6/7/02  added 7/7/02 

Nicola Schofield


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