July to September 2003

Nicola steps up in record style

Nicola Hill showed that the u15 age group holds no fears for her as she set a new club u13 pentathlon record of 1950 points - running over higher u15 hurdles & throwing a heavier shot. She finished ninth overall in the Essex, Herts, Bucks and Middlesex u15 pentathlon event at Watford today and finished in style with a 800m PB of 2m 47.57s (Other results: 13.60s 75mh; 4.15m  LJ; 6.08m SP and 1.22m HJ). In the same event Lisa Schofield was also in good form in her last competition as an u15 leaping to a long jump PB of 4.89m and clocking a swift 11.69s 75m hurdles. She still led the 13 strong field after her 6.99m shot effort, but a slumped to fourth after a disastrous 1.19m high jump, before a stirring 2m 42.34s second place 800m run brought her third place overall with 2423 points. Chloe van Wulven's u17 heptathlon debut showed signs of her potential as she scored a useful 3612 points to win the overall competition and Essex gold. (80mh: 12.15; HJ - 1.57; SP - 5.53m; 200m - 27.43s; LJ - 4.88; JT - 16.94; 800m - 2m 50.86s). added 28/09/03 

Faye wins junior Great North Mile
Faye Fullerton built up the pace from 300m out to win the u20 Great North Run Mile event at Gateshead yesterday. Running for England she came home 20m clear of Scotland's Morag McLarty to clock 5 min 2.1 secs for the road mile. Today Debbie Sullivan came a creditable 9th in the Great North Run proper with a good 74 mins 57 secs effort in her first race over the half marathon distance - the best ever by a club woman. Closer to home Ashley Reece won the Thames Chase 3k race at Stubbers today, with u13 Steve MacLachlan showing superb form in 2nd, ahead of Grant Twist (3rd) and Katie Richardson, fourth overall and first female home. Ingrid Deane placed seventh. added 21/09/03 

Sara Luck placed ninth in Essex Schools colours in the English Schools Heptathlon Championships at Sheffield this weekend. Her 4105 pts tally was over 100 less than her club record and, although not setting any PBs, she was close to several. added 21/09/03 

Ashley leads record spree
Ashley Reece smashed the club u15 boys' 3000m record with a stunning 9m 11.4 secs clocking in winning the Essex Champs race at Southend on Saturday. His performance put beyond doubt any queries about the record and former holder Ross Clarke won bronze. Robyn Matson won silver in the u17 girls' equivalent. Another record fell in the u13 boys 3 x 800m relay and how. Grant Twist, Joe Webster and Grant Twist carved almost 7 secs off the 6 year-old club record to record 7m 14.5 secs, one of the fastest ever in the UK. The u15 girls relay team of Lisa Schofield, Katie Richardson, Lucy Sargent and Lauren McVicar were again in great form setting their fastest time this year of 51.5 secs in winning Essex gold. There was silver for the u13 girls 3x800m squad of Ingrid Deane, Michaela Roberts and Catrina McAuliffe. Both u17 girls' teams won bronze: 4x100m squad of Emma Christmas, Chloe Van Wulven, Emma Bonny and Christina Kalejaiye, and 3x800m trio of Caroline Smith, Natalie Adams and Helen Roche.  added 21/09/03 

Kevin Deacon extended his u20 hammer record at Watford on Wednesday, launching the 6kg implement 52.89m, a 7cm improvement on his earlier best.

Young athletes reclaim EYAL Trophy 
A brilliantly sunny late summer afternoon had a perfect finish at Bedford today when the combined girls' and boys' team reclaimed the EYAL Trophy. With the lead changing hands all afternoon it was all down to the relays and HMAC did enough to take the silverware by 5.5 points, ahead of joint runners-up Chelmsford and hosts Bedford. It was a day for PBs and results in the clubs all-time list. Ashley Reece's 800m took him to 4th on the u15B list, while Ingrid Deane went 6th on the u13g 800m list. Newcomer Adam Edobar went close to 12m in the triple jump for 5th on the all-time u15 lists, while Frankie Calder's 100m & 200m PBs hit the u13g  rankings. Bradley Reece set a new u13 boys club discus record. The u15 girls again starred with Lucy Sargent's win treble, and win doubles from Lauren McVicar and Lisa Schofield. This trio combined with 1500m winner Katie Richardson to win the relay. added 14/09/03 

Men drop back into Southern League
Despite a near-superhuman effort from team captain Mark Bishop the senior men's team placed fourth in the BAL qualifier at Abingdon yesterday. They will now drop back into Southern League Division 1. Bish contested seven events, winning the pole vault but with Leo Barker out (hamstring) it was always going to be tough. Other wins came from Matt Russell (200m), Des English (800m), Kevin Tufton (B vault), Sam Harrison (B javelin) and hammer pairing of Kevin Deacon and Danny Gamester. Team Manager John Maley praised his team's efforts but a few more quality results not only on the day but throughout the season would have been needed to avoid the drop.   added 14/09/03 

Crunch match for BAL Men 
Abingdon plays host to a vital meeting for HMAC senior men's team on Saturday. The team needs to bounce back from their shock relegation from British League Div 4 to retain the national status they have held since 1997. They compete in the qualifying fixture for two national league places and take on Herne Hill, Southend, Ashford, Halesowen, Derby, Brecon, and  Pitreavie. By the time the men's 4x400m gets under way around 5.30pm team manager John Maley and his squad will now whether they have done enough to keep their national status, or if a return to the Southern League is on the cards. The combined boys' and girls' Eastern Young Athletes team travel to Bedford on Sunday in search of victory in the end of season EYAL trophy meeting which brings together the top six clubs in the league: Bedford, Basildon, HMAC, Chelmsford, Herts Phoenix and Stevenage. A day of excellent competition kicks off at 12 noon, and the team hope to repeat their good winning record in the competition. added 11/09/03 

Southern Women end in winning style
The Southern Women's team shrugged off challenges from hosts Crawley, Exeter and local rivals Basildon to end the season in winning style today. The u15s as usual set out their stall with impressive results with Lucy Sargent, Lauren McVicar, Lauren Clark and Lisa Schofield all in winning form again. For the seniors Mel Harrison came out on top in the discus, and Claire Brennan was victorious in the 100 hurdles, with sister Nina winning the B string to add to her earlier 400m hurdles B success. Kate Brewington set a new shot PB and won the javelin, while Hannah Gamester improved her club pole vault record to 2.31m in second  added 6/09/03  added 10/09/03

BAL Men: Relegated but second chance
After two years of last gasp escapes the BAL men were relegated on Saturday after strong performances from Norwich and Swindon pushed them into seventh in the match and the league. But the team have an escape lifeline - they will compete for their league place in the BAL qualifier at Abingdon on 13 September. It was not all gloom as the team recorded eight PBs or season's bests. Matt Russell (200m A) and Mark Bishop (pole vault) were the only winners with runners up spots contributed by Russell (100m), Kevin Tufton (A pole vault), Leo Barker (long jump) and the returning Des English (800m & 1500m). But despite runners up spot in the final event the 4x400m the club failed to notch enough points to survive.   added 3/09/03

Girls third in national final
The U17 girls team claimed a 30+ medal haul on their way to a third place finish in Saturday's National Young Athletes League National Auxiliary Final at Birmingham.  The Under 15s led the way with six wins from Lauren McVicar (2), Lauren Clark, Katie Richardson, Lisa Schofield, & Lucy Sargent - who also added the club 200m record to the 100m record she set earlier this season. The u17s had five wins with Chloe Van Wulven & Sara Luck contributing A string hurdles wins and B string victories from Katie O'Sullivan, Emma Bonny & Natalie Adams. The u13s found the gong tough with Nicola Hill's hurdles and Ingrid Deane's 800m runners up spots being the best placings  added 1/09/03

Girls in national final bid
This Saturday (30th) brings the highlight of the season for the girls’ young athletes squad. Their third place finish in the southern premier division of the National Young Athletes League has won them as coveted place in the national Auxiliary Final at Birmingham.  As well as southern rivals Norwich they take on respective third & fourth place finishers from the Northern and Midlands Premier Divisions (Blackpool, Wigan, Cannock & Staffs, and Notts AC) together with Scottish runners up Edinburgh Woolen Mill and Northern Irish champions Langan Valley.  After depleted teams of recent weeks team managers Mike Munson, Kathy Reece and Sue Deane hope to field virtually full-strength squads in search of a top three finish.  added 27/08/03

Good results in Southern Inter Counties
A group of club u15s &u20s did well for Essex in the Southern Inter Counties at Abingdon on Sunday. Lucy Sargent won her 100m heat in 12.90s and went on to place second in the final behind English Schools champion Joey Duck. Katie Richardson and Ashley Reece also both gained runners-up medals in their u15 1500m events. Katie clocked 4m 47.93s behind Hants’ Stacey Preston, while Ashley was just edged out in a close finish in a time of 4m 17.36s, just outside his PB. Also in action was Lauren McVicar who was fifth in the 200m in 26.81s and Lauren Clark who returned from holiday to place fifth in her 800m heat with 2m 32.13s. In the U20 match at the same venue Faye Fullerton interrupted her holiday plans to easily win the women’s 1500m with 4m 30.98s while Mel Harrison placed fifth in the hammer with a 36.12m throw.  Kevin Deacon placed fourth in the hammer with 50.69m, and after being involved in the same accident as sister Sarah, on Monday at Peterborough, went even further with 51.08m. Sam Harrison also shrugged of the effects of the accident to throw close to his 2003 javelin best with 50.89m at Peterborough. added 26/08/03

Sarah's record season continues

Sarah Deacon's record-breaking season continued today at Peterborough when she added over two metres to her club hammer record, throwing a massive 48.78m. It came less than a day after was involved in a  car accident for which needed medical attention. Meanwhile at Colchester Mel Harrison came close to the 40m mark when she launched the discus to a new PB of 39.86m to win gold and was close to her shot best with 10.43m, for second. Lucy Sargent was a double winner in the u15 long jump with 4.89m and 200m in a new PB of 25.7s. Lauren McVicar won three medals in the U15 100m, javelin and high jump, while Nicola Hill won a pair in the u13 high jump and 100m. Kevin and Stuart Tufton made it a pole vault one-two with 3.80m and 3.40m, while Claire Brennan clocked 16.0 secs for 100m hurdles success. Sara Luck was in great form with PBs in the high jump (1.63m) and shot (7.84m) while David Nefs was third in the u17 400m in a PB of 55.2. There were PBs for Nina Brennan (U20 400m - 63.5) and Catrina McAuliffe (U13 70mh - 13.0s)  Please advise any further results   added 25/08/03 &updated 26/08/03

Lisa close to AAAs medal

Lisa Schofield was just five-hundredths of a second away from a AAAs medal at Sheffield yesterday. Running in the u15 girls 75m hurdles event after scraping into the final as a fastest loser the Southern Champion prove her worth to hurdle superbly to place fourth agonisingly close to a podium place in a fast 11.73s. Lucy Sargent made the finals of both u15 sprints, placing seventh in the 100m in 12.68s, and clocking a new 200m PB of 25.73s for an excellent fifth. Sara Luck took on the pace in the u17 girls' 800m but blew up to finish seventh as the leaders blasted to a sub 2mins 10 secs finish time. Lauren McVicar just missed a semi final place in the u15g 200m with 26.98s, while Terry O'Leary's 48m+ javelin effort gained eighth in the u17 boys' competition.  added 18/08/03

Eastern Young miss out in title chase

As expected Havering Mayesbrook had an uphill battle against Chelmsford who started the day only two places behind in the League and needing to win to make sure of a place in the Cup Final. Nevertheless despite missing many athletes to the AAA's champs, Junior League clashes and many holiday absentees, the remaining athletes put up a spirited performance led by the never say die attitude of the U17 Women! Performance of the day went to Matt Bloy who clocked the second fastest ever 1500m by a club u13 boy with 4m 42.2s, and Grant Twist chased him to a new PB of 4m 53.  added 18/08/03   

Junior ladies fall just short

Mel Harrison again starred as a short-handed ladies junior team just fell short of a national final place at Eton yesterday. Mel won the A shot & B hammer, before launching the javelin to a new PB in second, adding triple jump points before placing second in her discus speciality. Throws partner Vicky Thompson was also a double winner with A hammer & B shot success before B discus runners up. Completing the throws success was Amy Rogers who was second in the B javelin, and also second in B triple jump & third B long jump. Faye Fullerton won the 800m while Nina Brennan set a new 100m hurdles PB. Robyn Matson returned from injury for a good 3000m league debut, Laura Jones bagged a pair of sprint thirds, while vital points were also contributed by Kara Graham (sprints) and Faye Powell.  added 18/08/03   

Treble top for Lisa, Lauren

Lisa Schofield & Lauren McVicar contributed three wins apiece as the Southern Women's team finished third at Ware today. Lauren again improved her javelin PB in winning the A string and added b string sprint wins. Lisa won the A hurdles, and B long jump & discus.  Louise Yard made a winning return from injury with a shot win and Lucy Sargent added a long jump win. For the seniors Debbie Sullivan defied the heat to win the 3k race, while Mel Harrison (hammer) and Sarah Deacon (discus) added B string wins.  added 9/08/03   

Faye Fullerton improved her 3k PB to 9m 39.1s as she finished second in the u20 race at Crystal Palace last night. It came two days after she had trimmed her 1500m mark again, running 4m 20.22s in a BMC race at Solihull.   added 9/08/03   

Bad hair day at Rugby for BAL Men

The British League Men's team suffered a collective "bad hair day" in their third round Div Four fixture at Rugby on Saturday, finishing seventh. In scorching hot conditions there were a few highlights with Kevin Tufton's B string pole vault win the providing the only victory. Runners-up spots went to Matt Russell (200m), Mark Bishop (A pole vault) and Leo Barker (B shot). Barker also leapt to a long jump season's best, while Sam Harrison's javelin effort was also his best this year and close to his PB.    added 4/08/03   added 8/08/03 

The Men's Southern League were relegated to Div 4 after finishing last in the final fixture at Southampton on Saturday.  added 3/08/03   

UK Ladies battle in vain

A tremendous third place team effort by the UK Women's squad at Peterboro today fell just a point short of what was needed to win promotion. Hosts Peterboro won to secure the division 4 title as Milton Keynes pipped HMAC by just half a point to claim the second promotion slot. Sarah Deacon returned to her best with yet another club hammer record, adding almost 40cms to her previous mark with 46.42m. Kate Brewington had a winning long jump and hurdles double, and there were B string wins for Laurie Cossey (400m), Nina Brennan (400m hurdles PB), Sue Deboos (pole vault), Sarah Deacon (discus) and Mel Harrison (hammer). Hannah Gamester equalled her PB & club pole vault record of 2.30, while Claire Brennan further trimmed her 400m hurdles PB.   added 3/08/03  

Faye seventh in Euro juniors

Faye Fullerton trimmed her 1500m PB in placing a creditable seventh in the European Junior Champs in Tampere, Finland on Sunday. Her new landmark of 4m 20.87 secs was just six-hundredths quicker than her previous mark going into the championships. Also in top class action last weekend was Kate Brewington who saw action in the AAAs champs and World Champs trials at Birmingham. On Saturday in dismal conditions Kate placed fifth in the long jump with her first round effort of 5.88m while the next day she dipped under 14 seconds in the 100m hurdles, placing fourth in her heat in 13.98 secs, and just missing out on a final place.   added 29/07/03  Meanwhile on the domestic front the Junior men placed third in their NJL home fixture at Mayesbrook on Sunday. added 29/07/03  

EYAL pipped by determined Basildon

Havering Mayesbrook U17s lost their unbeaten record to a very determined Basildon side by only 16 points despite losing many athletes to other fixtures clashing. The u17 girls found wins hard to come by with only Emma Bonny, Caroline Smith & Hayley Charman victorious. The u15 girls managed six wins, but the u13 girls stared with 10 wins, including a win treble from Elizabeth James. For the boys Joe Golding set a new 800m PB of just outside 2 minutes in the u17 event and Ashley Reece improved his PB in the u15s equivalent. Christian Newton notched up an u17 throws double. The u13s did well with 9 wins.  added 28/07/03

Sara - five PBs and record seals Southern gold

Sara Luck set three PBs and equalled two others on her way to a new club heptathlon record and the gold medal in the South of England u17 champs at Watford this weekend.  She led from her winning 80m hurdles performance in a new PB of 12.57s and on day one went onto equal her high jump (1.60m) and 200m PBs (26.64s) and improve her shot to 7.28m. Day 2 saw a long jump PB of 4.67m, a javelin effort of 21.11m before capping her record with a 2m 15.21s 800m. Her 4228 total added 146 points to her own PB and club record. In the u15 pentathlon Lisa Schofield had mixed fortunes. She was close to her hurdles and long jump PBs with 11.81s and 4.84s respectively but was disappointed with her high jump (1.29m) and shot (6.38m). But she bounced back superbly to smash her 800m best by 8 secs with 2m 39.90s to place 7th overall in a new points tally of 2480. In the South of England vets champs at the same venue Lesley Felton won the 800m title in 2m 27 secs, while Maria Luck won long jump gold with 4.22m. added 27/07/03

Junior women fourth at Harrow

Magnificent Mel Harrison piled up the points at  the U20 ladies placed fourth at Harrow today. Mel won the javelin and B hammer, and added second place points in A shot & discus. Lynsey Clark won both discus and Long jump B events, the latter in a new PB, and also gained vital triple jump points. Other B string victories went to Vicky Thompson (shot) and Nina Brennan who improved her PB in winning the 400m hurdles B race. Nicola Schofield also improved her 400m hurdles PB  in the A race, and also smashed her 400m flat PB while Katie O'Sullivan bettered her triple jump mark and gained hurdles & high jump points. Helen Roche came through strongly for 1500m third place points and Ria Lyons just missed her 800m PB. Jenny Szantai ran her heart out for vital points, as did sprinters Laura Jones & Kara Graham (2nd claim) while Faye Powell contributed to the total in the B high jump. The team still hold the fourth qualifying place for the final but the battle will go down to the wire in the last meeting in a five team fight.   added 27/07/03

Sara continues record breaking season

Yet another club record fell last night at Watford as the record-breaking season continued when Sara Luck broke the u17 record for 300m hurdles, held by Nicola Schofield. In only her second attempt at the distance Sara trimmed two-tenths off the year-old record coming home in 45.6 secs. Nicola Schofield led in a competitive race until she landed awkwardly off the fourth flight which she took on her weaker leg, and gave vital ground to Sara. Chloe Van Wulven tackled the event for the first time and came through with a late charge to pip Nicola for second on the run in, with 46.1 secs, with Nicola one-tenth back in third, equalling her season's best of 46.2s. Also in contention just a stride back was Claire Brennan who improved her PB by two seconds to 46.3s.  added 24/07/03

Five new bests as Kate breaks record again

Kate Brewington set an amazing five PBs as she smashed her club heptathlon record on the way to international victory yesterday. Competing for GB Under 23s against France, Germany , Italy and other European nations in Rostock Germany Kate upped her best by over hundred points to record 5557 points, the 14th best ever points total by a UK u23. After a modest (by her standards) 14.18 secs hurdles opener she reeled off PBs in the remaining events and was close to another to win the competition. High Jump: 1.72m; Shot: 11.14m; 200m - 25.11s (+0.0 m/s); Long Jump 6.09m (+2.0 m/s); Javelin 35.02m (PB Is 35.32) & 800m: 2m 22.15s. added 20/07/03

Young athletes end in style

The National Young Athletes team ended their season in style with a 50 point win at Abingdon today. The u13 girls dominated. Nicola Hill recorded a triple win in 70m hurdles (11.9 PB), high jump & shot, with her partners all victorious - hurdles - Elizabeth James (PB), High Jump - Bethan Siddons & Shot - Catrina McAuliffe). There was another u13 double in 1200m (Ingrid Deane & Becky Luck) as well as other wins. Provisional result: 1. Havering Mayesbrook 407; Crawley - 356; Croydon - 336; and Radley - 190.   added 20 & 21/07/03

More GB Vests for Kate and Faye

Kate Brewington and Faye Fullerton have both again received the call for GB international action. After making her debut alongside Olympic Champion Denise Lewis in the Great Britain that won the First League Championship in Tallinn, Estonia, recently Kate has been called up for the GB U23 Team to contest the Rover Combined Events International against Germany and France in Rostock, Germany, on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 July. Faye has been picked to compete for GB Juniors at 1500m for the European U20 Championships which take place in Tampere, Finland from 24 to 27 July. It will be one of her final competitions in the u20 category and she will looking to improve her best of 4m 20.93 secs, and possibly challenge Anne Reason's club record of 4m 19.29secs.  added 17/07/03

Archer fires up Southern League Men to second

Second place in the Southern Men's home meeting yesterday has renewed hope of avoiding relegation to Division 4. The return of veteran thrower Steve Archer, after almost two years out with injury, boosted the squad as the strong man contributed two wins, a second and a third. At  the other end of the age spectrum u17 Michael Waller made an impressive debut winning the 400m B in a new PB, gaining 400m hurdles points, and running a relay leg. Another debutant u17 to impress was Scot Keating who won the high jump, while juniors Mark Connelly and Mark Gardiner won the B high jump and long jump respectively. Dave Leonard & Jon Buckler doubled up to win both triple jump strings while other field successes went to Andrew Tierney (shot) and Kevin White (discus). The final win in an excellent result went to newcomer Paul Mitchell who took the 5000m honours.   added 13/07/03

Silver for Chloe, Club record for Lucy

Chloe Van Wulven raced to 80m hurdles silver and Lucy Sargent set a new u15 club 100m record on a superb day's competition at the English Schools Champs at Sheffield today. Chloe overcame a poor start to grab silver on the line, fractionally outside the club record she set in the heats. Lucy improved her 100m club best to 12.31secs but lost out on a medal by three hundredths, placing fourth. Also fourth was Megan Foley who set the pace but was overhauled in the last 200m of the inter girls 1500m, slicing three seconds off her best with 4m 30.43s. In contrast Katie Richardson came from way back with a storming last lap to place fourth in 4m 40.42 in the junior girls 1500m. Mel Harrison was also fourth in the senior girls discus in a season's best 37.67m while Sara Luck improved her PB to 2m 12.24s in placing fifth in the inter 800m. Ashley Reece had finished strongly in the inter boys 1500m but had left himself too much to do, ending up eighth. added 12/07/03  & pics added 13/07/03

Silver for Lynsey, Club records for Chloe, Kirsty 

Lynsey Clark launched the discus over 40m to win silver in the English Schools Championships at Sheffield today. Her 40.90m throw in the Inter Girls event improved her PB by two metres and took her to second on the club u17 list. Two club records fell on a stunning day for club athletes. Kirsty Smith improved her PB and club u17 record to 11.07m, but placed only 11th in a high class competition. But Chloe van Wulven's stunning 80m hurdles record of 11.36 secs in the inter girls event not only gave her sole possession of the club record she had shared with Claire Sargent, but set her up for a medal as heat winner and second fastest qualifier.  Lucy Sargent also ran faster than before in the junior girls 100m winning her heat with 12.37s aided by a strong following wind. Megan Foley won to 1500m heat to qualify as fastest overall with 4m 41.89s, while Ashley Reece also won his junior boys' 1500m heat in 4, 17.44 secs. Katie Richardson's fourth place in the junior girls 1500m in 4m 52.1 secs was also enough to claim a final place. Also in tomorrows final will be Sara Luck who won her inter 800m heat before winning a final slot with fourth in her semi final. Final club athlete in action was Terry O'Leary who aggravated an ankle injury and his 40.18m javelin throw was well below his best. added 11/07/03

Ten in English Schools Bid 

Ten Havering Mayesbrook young athletes go for glory at Sheffield on Friday & Saturday as they compete for Essex in the English Schools Championships. Four go in the middle distance events. Sara Luck competes for the third successive year, and looks ready to make major inroads in her 800m personal best. Megan Foley takes part in the intermediate girls’ 1500m, and is in excellent form after smashing her 800m best by two seconds last Saturday. Her training partner Katie Richardson makes her debut at this level in the junior girls’ equivalent and hopes to compete well, also having also showed a good turn of speed with a 800m PB last week.  Ashley Reece has also been in PB smashing form of late and will need to keep close to the pace to be in the junior boys’ 1500m medal hunt. Discus duo Mel Harrison and Lynsey Clark are both past medallist in these championships and could repeat the trick this time out.  Sprinter Lucy Sargent has raced at a high standard all season and looks good for a good placing in the junior girls 100m, while Chloe Van Wulven’s recent 80m hurdles club record has set her up for a serious tilt at a final place in the Inter girls’ age group.  Completing the local presence are field eventers Terry O’Leary, who is looking to perform well in the Inter Boys’ javelin, and triple jumper Kirsty Smith who makes her English Schools debut in the Inter Girls’ competition.

 added 9/07/03

UK Women battling fourth at Abingdon 
The UK women's team placed fourth at Abingdon in their second round match and are still in one of the promotion slots after two of the three fixtures. Fay Fullerton & Laurie Cossey won both 800m races for the only individual track successes before combining with Debbie Sullivan and Ria Lyons in a winning 4x400m relay quartet. Debbie had earlier placed 2nd in the 1500m in a season's best and Ria again broke her PB for 3rd in the B race. Field events points were also hard to come by and Sarah Deacon and Mel Harrison earned the only wins in the B discus and hammer respectively. Claire Brennan smashed both hurdles PBs, placing second in the longer variety as did younger sister Nina in the B race. Other third places went to Mel Harrison (discus) and Sue Deboos (pole vault B).   added 7 & 9/07/03

Creditable GB debut for Kate B
Kate Brewington performed with credit in her full GB debut alongside the returning Denise Lewis as the British women's foursome won their European combined events competition in Tallinn, Estonia this weekend. After a promising start with a season's best 100m hurdles and a near best high jump, Kate was always a little short of her recent club record points tally. She was taken ill over night & suffering from a "violent bout of illness" amazingly bounced back on day two with a near-best long jump. Not surprisingly her sickness took its toll & she ended with disappointing javelin and 800m marks. Her 5257 points total was her third best and the whole weekend will have been a fantastic experience for the 21 year old sports graduate. 100h: 13.95; HJ: 1.68m; SP: 10.62m; 200m: 25.36s LJ: 5.94m JT: 31.99m; and 800m 2m 31.59s added 6/07/03

Des English back with a win, as BAL men place 4th
Middle distance record holder Des English made a winning return to British League action at Abingdon on Saturday as the team again placed fourth. Des opened up with runners-up spot in the 800m before storming to success in the 1500m. Kevin Tufton was the only other winner with victory in the B pole vault, with skipper Mark Bishop celebrating a quiet day (only four events) with A string second, and notched a similar B shot placing. Decathlete Leo Barker was in good form in his seven events, his best result coming with long jump second. There were excellent debut performances from u17s Andrew Bartlett with a 400m PB for B string 2nd, and Terry O'Leary who launched the senior spear two metres further than before for third. Jason Lendon ran his fastest 'chase for a few years, placing third, with Rob Warner also third in the B. Danny Gamester was second in the B hammer, and third places in the middle distance were added by Chris Coates (800m) and Trevor Keys (1500m). While not wishing to count chickens after two fourth places the team already seem to be looking forward to another year on the national stage, avoiding the perennial relegation cliff-hanger.   added 6/07/03

Weak SWL squad last at Kingston
A depleted Southern Women's League squad, affected by the following day's UKWL fixture and other absentees, struggled in last place in the fourth league fixture at Kingston on Saturday. Wins were at a premium but two came in the 1500m as U17s Helen Roche in a new PB & Natalie Adams made it A & B stream success. Mel Harrison (discus) was the only other winner in the senior ranks. The u15s, again calling on u13s to fill gaps in the ranks, were limited to three wins. Lucy Sargent again clocked 12.5 secs in winning the 100m and looks set to go faster soon while the consistent Lisa Schofield won the 75m hurdles, with u13 Nicola Hill improving her PB in the B string. Lucy & Lisa then added a long jump runners up spot before Lisa place second in the discus. Michaela Roberts stepped up from the u13s to add the final victory in the u15 B 800m. The team are virtually assured another season in division one thanks to their earlier results. added 6/07/03

Three PBs at BMC Grand Prix
Megan Foley, Katie Richardson and Faye Fullerton all improved their PBs at the British Milers Club Grand Prix meeting at Watford on Saturday night. Megan carved almost a massive two and a half seconds off her previous 800m best, clocking 2m 11.54 secs when placing sixth in the B race. Katie's improvement was just as big, as she bettered her four day old PB with a 2m 17.7 secs clocking for the same event, finishing third in race D. For both it gives a confidence boost for next week's English Schools Champs at Sheffield, where both Dave Naylor-trained youngsters tackle the 1500m for Inter- and Junior girls respectively. Faye Fullerton's improvement in the 1500m was less dramatic but nonetheless welcome, trimming four-tenths off her previous best with 4m 20.97s, but this still leaves her a second outside the qualifying time for the European u20 championships.  added 6/07/03


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