June 2006 to September 2006

Bonne steps up in style
Bonne Buwembo made yet another mark on the club all time lists when he threw 59.42m with the senior 800gm javelin at the Biggleswade Open on Saturday in what was his final competition as an U17. It added over 4m to his own club U20 record and was third best ever by a club athlete, just 4m short of Mark Bishop's club senior mark set before Bonne's first birthday (sorry 'but that Mark!). It was for good measure the sixth longest throw by a UK u20 this summer. Georgie Bean was victorious in the U15 javelin and was second in the U17 event, which Bonne also won. Sophie Baggs won the U13 girls' discus in her second best-ever throw and set a new hurdles PB, Sam Hill was runner up in the U15 shot & discus, while Rebecca O'Neill set a new discus PB and was close top her javelin best.   added 2/10/06

Road relay girls just miss medal

The winter season got under way at Aldershot today with the traditional opening fixtures, the Southern Road Relays. The U13 Girls just missed a medal as Emma McAuliffe (9:24), Rebecca O'Neill (8:41) and Eleanor Bounds (8:43) placed fourth. Rebecca & Eleanor's times were 12th & 13th fastest on the day. The U15 Boys' quartet of Simon Brown (10:38), Michael Jones (10:11), Jamie Buckley-Stanton (10:31) and John Whitehead (10:26) did well to place 7th. The senior women's foursome of Lauren Deadman (13:53), Helen Biscoe (16:33), Katie Richardson (15:01), and Faye Fullerton (13:15) did well to place 15th out of 57 finishers.  added 24/09/06

Relay record smashed again

The Under 13 Boys 4 x 100m relay quartet of Fred Mokoso, Charlie Smith, Ben Western & Rhys Stevenson twice smashed their two week old club record as they stormed to gold in today's Essex championships. Their winning time of 50.8s (after a heat of 51.0s) is thought to be the fastest in Britain this year. The U13 Girls 3 x 800m squad of Rebecca O'Neill, Nicola Peachey and Eleanor Bounds also dominated their race to win gold.  There was silver for the U15 boys 3 x 800m squad and bronzes for the U13B, U15G & U17W 800m relay trios. In the individual 3000m events Harriet Scott ran away with the senior women's event, Georgie Lou-Sales was runner up in the U17 competition and Matt Bloy third in the Men's U17 race.   added 23/09/06 & updated 24/09/06

Hammer Open a success

Organiser Sarah Deacon declared the open hammer & throws events a success as two British age records were set in the weights competition, and two club youngsters set inaugural club hammer records for the age groups. Veteran Malcolm Fenton won the men’s senior hammer and went onto better the M50 veteran’s record with the 25lb weight while Blackheath’s Amir Williamson improved the UK U20 25lb weight best.  Deacon herself set an inaugural club 20lb best in the women’s competition. The competition gave club youngsters Amy Cox & Andrew Kerr the chance to set club best hammer performances for U15 girls & U13 boys respectively.   added 18/09/06


Nicola Hill and Frankie Calder helped the Essex U17 Ladies squad to second place in the English Schools Combined Events Championships at Derby at the weekend. Nicola set high jump & javelin PBs on the way to a new career best 3915 points heptathlon tally finishing 20th in a field of over 40, but Frankie found the going tough and was over 300 points down on her best score, finishing 29th in 3727. added 18/09/06

PBs but no prizes in EYAL Final
There was disappointment as the young athletes team returned empty handed from the EYAL final at Bedford. A strong all-round effort brought them runners up spot but hosts Bedford led throughout and won four of the six categories, shared another and were second in the other age group. Highlight for HMAC was the U13 boys 4x100m relay quartet of Fred Mokoso, Charlie Smith, Rhys Stephenson, and Ben Western who made the club record their own, after sharing the 11 year-old mark.  The win was hardly surprising as the quarter had shared the honours in the individual sprints. Among the pick of the rest were Bethan Siddons' winning high jump mark of 1.66m in the U17 event, and Cafer Gunay's U17 javelin PB of 51.20m.   added 10/09/06, updated & pics added 1109/06

Bonne does it again!
There's no stopping Bonne Buwembo, who goes from strength to strength. Just six days after smashing the club U17 javelin record and consolidating his position as UK Number 1 Bonne repeated the trick at Sandy, Beds on Sunday in very windy conditions.  Throwing for Essex in the Peterhouse Trophy for the Eastern Counties Bonne twice bettered his previous mark, finishing with a best of 66.54m, which boosts him to 11th on the UK all-time list for U17s. Also representing Essex at Sandy were throwers Sarah Deacon, third in the senior hammer with 41.69m, Emma Christmas, also third in the javelin with 33.54m, Mel Harrison - fourth discus in 37.77m, and Robyn Matson also fourth in the 3000m in 11m 33.4. Sam Harrison flew the flag for the Essex senior men's team, finishing third in 46.89m.   added 5/09/06

Southern Women's battling third
A youthful Southern Women's League team, including 6 under 17s, successfully battled in the near-gale force winds to retain their Division 1 status at Stevenage on Saturday.  With champions Herts Phoenix and hosts Stevenage turning out in force HMAC wins were limited - although the full strength senior throws squad scored full points in javelin, hammer & discus. Kirsty Smith won the triple jump and Nicola Hill excelled in the windy conditions to equal her 300m hurdles PB with an emphatic victory, as well as adding second places in the long jump & 80m hurdles. Lisa Schofield & Charlotte Owen were both second in their 400m hurdles races, as was Lauren Clark in the 400m flat and Bethan Siddons in the high jump. For the U15s Zoey Littlechild & Jennifer Holland won both A & B 1500m and Kike Oniwinde again won the javelin and equalled her shot PB.  Sam Hill contributed runners-up spots in the discus & B shot, and Jade Timothy's 800m PB earned her B string second place points. added 2/09/06 pics added 5/09/06

Bonne's record throw
Bonne Buwembo added over two metres to his club U17 javelin record when he launched the 700gm 65.12m at today's Peterborough Open. It was the longest throw by a UK U17 this year & the 16th best ever by a UK U17 and further big throws are on the horizon now Bonne's finger injury has fully healed. Training partners Georgie Bean & Cafer Gunay also showed great form. Georgie stepped up to throw the U17 spear at Peterborough and reached a superb 50.37m, almost as long as his U15 PB which puts him into the U17 top 20 this season. Cafer added over two metres to his PB at the Newham Open on Sunday to throw 50.96m - 16th best by a UK U17 this summer. Also at Newham Sophie Baggs improved her discus PB to 26.40m, third best this year by a UK U13.   added 28/08/06

Kirsty's Essex double
Kirsty Smith was a double winner for the Essex team at the South of England Inter Counties meeting at Eton on Saturday. Her opening long jump of 5.59m (wind- assisted) in the U20 event saw off the the challenge of Junior International heptathlete Dominique Blaize and her last round triple jump of 11.39m edged out Suffolk's Tanya Spurling's 11.38m leading mark. In the u15 competitions George Bean was runner up with 48.95m in the javelin and Jessica Humpheryes's 28.66m discus PB earned her fourth place. Also in action were Kike Oniwinde (8th U15 javelin - 25.41m), Lauren Clark (30.91m - U20 discus - 6th) and Luke Stott who returned from a 10-week injury lay-off with a 11.54s 100m heat clocking. added 28/08/06

Flying Faye gets better & better
Faye Fullerton's fine comeback from injury continued this week when she improved her 800m & 1500m PBs and gained her full GB vest. Her 1500m PB, the second this season, came yesterday at the Antwerp Classic, when she took half a second off her career best finishing third in 4m 13.67s against international opposition. Three days earlier Faye had improved her two-year old 800m PB by the narrowest of margins when she trimmed 1-100th of a second off her best clocking 2m 6.83s placing third in the BMC event at the Watford Open. Her hectic week of racing began on Sunday when she partnered Jo Pavey for Great Britain in the 3000m in the four-way international against USA, Russia & China. Another athlete in fine form was Glen Hill who followed up his 1500m PB of 4m 04.5s at the Watford Open with a win in the Mersea Island 10 Mile race in 56m 48secs.    added 27/08/06 & updated 28/08/06

Eastern Young team rack up more points
The Eastern Young Athletes team racked up another 200+ point victory at Thurrock last Sunday scoring 727 points ahead of hosts Basildon's 515 point tally. Top performance again came from Bonne Buwembo threw beyond 60m in his second javelin competition of the day, travelling on from the U17 Inter counties and winning B string Cafer Gunay was close to his best too. Craig Moore set a PB in winning the U17 discus as did Sophie Baggs in taking the U13 girls' equivalent to go up fourth on the UK lists. The result confirms the team's place in the end of season Trophy Final at Bedford on 10 September where the squad will hope to overturn their earlier reverse at the hands of the hosts. added 26/08/06  added 27/08/06

U17s help in Essex victory
There were more good performances from club u17s as Essex men's & women's teams were both victorious in the South of England Inter Counties meeting at Ashford last Sunday (20th). Nicola Hill coped well with the windy conditions to win the 300m hurdles in 47.00s and was second in the sprint hurdles in 12.02s.  Bethan Siddons smashed her triple jump PB with a windy 10.69m leap for 2nd in the B event, the same position achieved by Catrina McAuliffe's near-PB of 29.55m discus effort. Ingrid Deane was fourth in the B 800m with 2m 31.30s.  Bonne Buwembo was close to his early season PB with 62.38m to win the javelin and Vince Lazaro doubled up with a triple jump PB of 12.57m for A fourth, and long jump B fourth with 5.87m. Another U17 who would have been in Essex action was Eugene Ayanful who placed fourth in the Spar Sprints U17 100m race held in conjunction with the Birmingham GB -v- USA -v- Russia -v- China International fixture.  added 26/08/06 

Members in Essex Senior action
Club seniors were in fine form for Essex in the Southern Inter Counties event held at Crawley on Sunday. Harriet Scott just lost out in the 800m, placing second in 2m 10.50s, before running a great last lap to claim victory in the 1500m in a new PB (4m 32.05s).  Louise Mathews continued excellent season with a javelin victory in 43.67m and there were second place performances from Sarah Deacon in the Hammer (42.97m) & Claire Brennan in the B 100m hurdles (16.06s). These performances were among many by the Essex Ladies team who won overall. Rob Warner smashed his steeplechase PB by nearly 10 secs with 9m 47.44s in the men's race, finishing fifth. Two potential Essex representatives were in action elsewhere. Mel Harrison won the discus for the South of England in the Inter Area Under 23 competition at Derby, while Faye Fullerton was third in 1500m at the British Milers Club Grand Prix event in Manchester on Saturday.  added 14/08/06 & updated 26/08/06 

Under 20s lose their place
The already-relegated U20 squad bade farewell to the Southern Premier Division of the National Junior League with a token appearance at Eton on Sunday. There were three wins apiece from both men and ladies.  The javelin duo of Bonne Buwembo and Cafer Gunay both came up trumps winning both A & B strings. It was sweet revenge for Bonne as his final round effort snatched victory from Windsor's Dan Pembroke, who had denied Bonne gold the week before in the AAAs Championships. Two other A string wins also came by way of field events. Bethan Siddons won the women's high jump on count-back but second claim vaulter Michael Read made no mistake in the pole vault, as the only athlete to go clear at 4.00m. Vicky Smith won a great B string middle distance double, running away with the 800 B race and returning to finish as top B string in the combined A & B 1500m race.  added 14/08/06 

Southern Ladies blown off course
Another strong senior throws performance could not prevent the Southern Women's team finishing in the wooden spoon position at blustery Kingston on Saturday. Mel Harrison (A shot & discus) and Sarah Deacon (A Hammer & B discus) both contributed throwing top points, as did the javelin pairing of Louise Mathews & Emma Christmas. Nicola Hill ran well in the windy conditions to win the 300m hurdles event for u17s, and for the U15s there was a javelin double success for Kike Oniwinde and Jennifer Holland. Jennifer also won the B 1500m. The team now face a difficult trip to Stevenage on 2 September against higher placed opposition to hold onto their Division 1 status.   added 14/08/06 

Bonne silver - Eugene smashes record
Bonne Buwembo had javelin victory snatched from his grasp in the final round while Eugene Ayanful smashed the club U17 & U20 100m records at the AAAs Championships at Birmingham this weekend. Defending champion Bonne's second round 60.18m effort had the upper hand until English Schools Champion Dan Pembroke, trailing by 8 cms, launched a final round 61.46m winning throw which pushed Bonne into silver. Eugene's stunning 100m clocking of 10.73s earned him equal third & bronze in a blanket finish for the minor medals as winner Funmi Sobodu's 10.49s went second best all -time U17. Eugene's time - faster than Dwain Chambers at the same age - took him into the UK all-time top 30. Not surprisingly it erased Matt Russell's club u17 & U20 records of 10.80s and 10.76s. Four other club young athletes were in action. Georgie bean was unable to repeat him English Schools U15 javelin medal, finishing fourth in 47.47m, while Kike Oniwinde was 8th in 29.47m in the girls' equivalent. Vince Lazaro was 11th in the U17 long jump (5.79m) while Matt Bloy returned after injury to go out in the 800m heats in 1m 58.7s.  added 07/08/06 

UK Women just hold on
A spirited performance by the UK Women's team saw them place sixth and hold on to their national Division 2 status in the third and final UK Women's fixture at Liverpool on Sunday. Faye Fullerton and Louise Mathews provided the only victories in the 3000m and javelin respectively, with Emma Christmas's season's best earning B javelin runners up spot. Kirsty Smith was a good second in the triple jump, while Harriet Scott (800m A) and Mel Harrison (Hammer B) were the only other top 3 finishers. After the horrendous travelling this season - Wigan, Swansea & Liverpool - next year looks better as promoted Cardiff & Glasgow give way to Windsor & Rugby while relegated Liverpool & Swansea's places are taken by Belgrave & Milton Keynes.   added 08/08/06  added 09/08/06

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Double home win for Southern Men
The Southern Men's League season ended on a high at Mayesbrook Park yesterday when both Division 1 and 3 teams won their fixtures. A powerful track performance helped the team to victory. Matt Russell won both sprints, Salvator Mutijima had a 400/800m B double, Trevor Keys doubled up to win A 5k and B 'chase, where Rob Warner ran away with the A chase to clock a season's best. Mark Bishop contributed wins in the vault & 400m hurdles, with Luchien Anderson taking B hurdles honours, and Glen Hill set the 1500m pace but had to settle for a B string win & PB. Arron Bonning's busy day led to one win, in the B 110m hurdles. The squad welcomed back Leo Barker, who has been living in Spain & Scott Spencer, sidelined through injury since the County champs in May. Both provided wins with Barker claiming B discus & Spencer 200m B. Joe Forde provide the final win with a senior hammer PB. added 06/08/06 & updated 07/08/06  

The Division 3 team were worthy winners of a two-club contest with Wycombe. The field events provide the key to success with 12 wins from 16, and Andy Tierney notched up 5 wins, Jon Buckler impressed with a jumps trio, and Darron Keevil won three throws B strings. The win lifted the team to a safe 11th in the final table.  added 06/08/06  

Four help Essex Under 13s
Four club youngsters were a credit to the club as they competed for Essex in the U13 Inter Counties event at Kingston today. Lannahn Leary-Kiernan confirmed her status as UK top ranked u13 discus thrower with a win in the A Discus with a throw of 27.75m - just below her recent club record of 28.52m.  There was good support from Sophie Baggs who came second in the B event with 23.79m. Eleanor Bounds came third in the A String 800 metres in a time of 2m 27.87s and Rebecca O'Neill was second in the B String with 2m 29.10s. Rebecca also came sixth in the B String Javelin with a throw of 16.30m. added 30/07/06 

Another big EYAL win
The Eastern Young Athletes squad powered to a 230 point win at Braintree today. The absence of many athletes unavailable due to holidays or other commitments did nothing to dent the points tally. The u15 girls were in impressive form with 12 individual wins, with Kike Oniwinde throwing the javelin over 30m and setting a shot PB, Angela James winning both hurdles & high jump, and Jess Humpheryes victorious in both discus & B javelin. The u13 boys also dominated their age group, with nine individual wins. The 4x100m relay team of Rhys Stevenson, Charlie Smith, Fred Mokoso & Harry Picking equalled the club record set in 1995.  The u17 Men had 10 individual wins & also won the relay, and the U15 boys won 9 events & the relay.    added 30/07/06&updated 31/07/06 

Four in London Grand Prix action
Four club athletes performed before a packed Crystal Place crowd at the London Grand Prix meeting on Friday night. Eugene Ayanful rose to the occasion to set a lifetime best as he placed third in the Spar Sprints 200m race that kicked off the proceedings. He stopped the clock at 21.91s, into a headwind, improving on his previous bests set three weeks ago at the English Schools to move up to second on the club all-time u17 list and third best u20. Faye Fullerton also set a PB by a massive 15 seconds in the televised 3000m event.  Although she came home towards the back of a world class field her time of 9m 7.52s was the seventh best by a UK woman this summer & inside the top 70 best all-time UK women's times. Two other club athletes in action were Katie Richardson who was seventh in the "On Camp with Kelly" 800m event in 2m 13,53s and Ross Clarke, 18th in the U20 men's 3000m race in 9m 3.87s.   added 30/07/06 


Lucy's world
Lucy Sargent's season today received a boost as she was among the initial 38 athletes selected by UK Athletics to compete in the World Junior Championships event in Beijing from 15-20 August.  She competes in the 4x100m relay, with Asha Philip, Elaine O'Neill, Hayley Jones and hurdler Zara Hohn making up the five-strong squad.  It will be the second World Championships for the 17 year old student from Rush Green, who was close to a final place two years ago in Italy, when still 15. This time around, an injury affected season after a winter foot problem has seen Lucy some way below her club records. In the circumstances her selection is a great achievement. Last summer Lucy was sixth in the World Youth (U18)  championships.    added 25/07/06 


Faye title, Kirsty's record, Lucy's medal
There were reasons to be cheerful, one two, three, four at the AAAs U20 and U23 championships at Bedford last weekend. Kirsty Smith added 12 cms to her club senior & u20 triple jump record when she jumped 11.83m on Saturday, placing 6th in the u20 competition. There was a national U23 title for Faye Fullerton as her last lap kick brought her the 1500m title in a tactical race, winning in 4m 21.30s from Sutton Coldfield's Laura Kenney. She returned to the track on Sunday to place sixth in the 800m in a season's best of 2m 07.99s. Lucy Sargent won bronze in the u20 100m final on Saturday, finishing in 11.96s ahead of her rival Joscelyn Hopeson, as Newham's Asha Phillips  and Elaine O'Neill from Bath took gold and silver. But on Sunday, despite running a season's best of 24.44s Lucy was edged out of the medals in fourth as Wigan's Hayley Jones beat O'Neill & Hopeson to gold. The consistent Mel Harrison also missed out on an U23 discus medal finishing fourth with her 39.20m best effort. added 25/07/06 


Southern Men fourth again
There were just four victories as the senior men's team again placed fourth in wet conditions at Reading on Saturday. Gavin Maley continued his return from illness as he came out on top in the 800m with a fast 1:56.7s. He later returned to trim his steeplechase PB, in second place. His 800m partner, the hard working Salvator Mutijima made it a double as he took the B string 800m and another middle distance win came as Jason Lendon won the B 1500m, and Glen Hill set another PB for third in the A string. The final success came - not surprisingly from club President Mark Bishop who took full points ion the B javelin, as well as two runners up spots in  long jump and B 400m hurdles. Other second places came from Matt Russell (100m), Matt Bland (B 5000m), new father Trevor Keys (chase) and Sam Harrison (A javelin).    added 25/07/06 

Young athletes come up trumps
After an exciting afternoon on which the lead changed hands several times, the HMAC squad set off home believing they had won. Hosts Tonbridge initially claimed a narrow two point victory, after a late recount but further check on Monday confirmed a HMAC win by four points. On a day of over 50 personal bests and a glut of victories (including 16 for the u17 men alone) the class performances came from Charlie Smith who returned from a two-month injury lay-off to claim an u13 sprint double in PB times, with his100m time taking him to equal third on the club all-time list and his 200m time to sixth. Three club youngsters won athlete of the match awards: Bethan Siddons (Female - field), Frankie Calder (Female - Track) & Jake Nelson (Male field).    added 23/07/06 & updated 24/07/06 

Young talent brightens gloom
There was much to brighten the gloom as a short- handed National Junior League squad again finished last at Stevenage today & now face almost certain relegation. Katie Richardson went close to the league record in winning the 1500m steeplechase slicing 8 seconds off her best. Another A victory came by way of newcomer, 2nd claim Henrietta Sims, who won the 400m, and Lauren Clark made it a double with a B string win in the same event. Clark later was runner-up in the discus where Catrina McAuliffe was close to her best in taking B string honours in her league debut. Bethan Siddons was a good A high jump winner, equalling her PB. B wins were earned by Megan Foley in the 800m and Georgie Sales was close to winning the 3000m and had to settle for 2nd & a new PB. For the seven-strong men's squad two u17s had the main success. Bonne Buwembo won the A javelin, while Cafer Gunay added a massive 10m to his PB with the senior javelin to go 4th on the club all-time u20 list. More impressive performances came from two first year U17s in runners-up spots. Nicola Hill made a stunning debut over the senior high hurdles clocking 15.2s - the 4th fastest ever 100m hurdles time by a club athlete and 2nd fastest by an u17. And her training partner Frankie Calder carved 6-10ths off her 200m PB, to run 25.2s for 5th on the u17 all-time list, as well as a 100m PB of 12.5s.    added 16/07/06 

Home second for Southern Women
Another strong senior field events showing, with 7 wins from the 8 A & B strings, helped the Ladies Southern Women's League team gain second place in their Division 1 home fixture at Mayesbrook Park today.  Mel Harrison made it a quartet of wins, with A shot & discus victories and B hammer & javelin successes. Hannah Gamester & Danielle Ross paired up for a pole vault win double but there were thin pickings on the track as Claire Brennan's 100m hurdles success & Laurie Cooper's B 400m hurdles win were the only maximum. In the U15s two of the talented U13 middle distance squad stepped up an age group with wins, as Rebecca O'Neill & Nicola Peachey took A & B string honours. On the field Sam Hill (PB) and Becky Luck took full points in the discus A & B, Kike Oniwinde contributed an A-string javelin win while Jennifer Holland won the B high jump..   added 15/07/06 &updated 17/07/06 

Matt & Gavin fail to lift Southern Men
The return to club colours of Matt Russell & Gavin Maley failed to lift a heavily depleted Southern Men's League team who finished in fourth place at Milton Keynes on Saturday. Matt Russell showed he is on the mend after recent hamstring troubles with a sprint double while Gavin returned after illness to place second in both 800m & steeplechase. Club captain Mark Bishop saw action in six events, winning the B javelin with a 50m+ effort. Glen Hill recorded a PB on his 1500m club debut for second and other runners up spot came from the hammer duo of Danny Gamester & Joe Forde, Salvator Mutijima in the B 800m & 200m, Rob Dickenson in the 1500m B & Sam Harrison in the javelin. added 09/07/ & updated 12/07/06 

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Lucy Sargent bounces back to form
Lucy Sargent bounced back closer to her best when she ran a season's best of 11.86s in her 100m heat, improving by one-hundredth for fifth in the final.  Selection the World Junior championships in Beijing, China in August will rest on the results of the AAAs U20 championships at Bedford on 22-23 July, while next weekend Lucy contests the AAAs senior championships & European championships trials at Manchester.  added 09/07/06  

Please note that earlier reports concerning Lucy's 200m clocking in Mannheim (based on the official results & a report on uk:athletics website) were incorrect. Lucy did NOT run 200m at that meeting. 

Chloe, Georgie - Silvers in English Schools
Chloe van Wulven and Georgie Bean returned from Gateshead with silver medals in the English Schools Championships. For Chloe the senior girls' 100m hurdles silver was her third and final medal to add to her previous gold & silver hurdles medals as an intermediate girls but Georgie's silver came on his debut in the junior boys' event. Eugene Ayanful came within a whisker of a medal in the inter boys 200m, finishing fourth after fast heat & semi finals PB times. Katie Richardson ran a positive race in the senior girls 800m taking the race on early on an finishing with a PB. Bonne Buwembo was unable to reproduce his form from last week ending up 6th in the inter javelin. But there were no final places for Nicola Hill, despite a new PB in the inter girls hurdles, Frankie Calder, who was close to her best in the 300m, and Vince Lazaro had run up problems in the inter long jump while Matt Bloy's blisters made for a painful exit in the intermediate boys 1500m heats  added 09/07/06 

Eastern Young edged out at  Bedford
The EYAL team lost their unbeaten record when league leaders Bedford edged past them for a home win in the Division 1 fixture on Sunday. In the end the hosts won by 16.5 points, and were ahead in five of the six categories, with only the HMAC U17 women gaining an upper hand. Six of the club's nine English Schools Championships contingent tuned up with their final competitions before the long trip north to Gateshead. Bonne Buwembo put his finger injury behind him to throw beyond 60m in the u17 javelin and had a 63m effort controversially ruled out while Georgie Bean was head and shoulders above the u15 javelin field. Matt Bloy cruised to 800m victory and set a 400m PB in the U15s, and Vince Lazaro again long jump over 6.40m to win. Nicola Hill improved her long jump PB to 5.37m and also won her speciality 80m Hurdles in impressive form. Frankie Calder was the only one of the six not to win but she improved her 300m PB in a quality race. added 03/07/06 

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UK Women fourth at Swansea
The UK Women's League team placed fourth in their Division 2 fixture at Swansea today and after two of the three fixtures are third in the division. Louise Mathews was a good A javelin winner, and B throws wins were added by Vicky Thompson (Hammer), Emma Christmas (javelin) & Lynsey Clark (discus). Lynsey added B triple jump victory in a new PB and Claire Brennan won the B 100m hurdles. Chloe van Wulven set a 400m hurdles PB for third and was also third in the sprint hurdles in a season's best.  Injured Kate Brewington turned out for 2nd B shot, Kirsty Smith was 2nd in the triple jump A, Hayley Stibbs was 5th in the 800m in a season's best & 3rd in the B 1500m, while Katie Richardson was 4th in the A 1500m. Mel Harrison competed in three throws with two 4ths to show & Robyn Matson was 4th in the 3000m.   added 02/07/06   

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Club members in Schools Cup action
Eleven club members were in national action for their school teams on Saturday as Coopers Coborn & Brentwood Ursuline placed well in the Schools Cup Final at Bournemouth. Four helped Coopers' junior girls pace fourth with Ellie Bounds cracking the 5m barrier with a 4:59.2s 150m clocking for 2nd club u13 all-time. Sidnie Sales threw the javelin an impressive 24.17m PB and Sophie Baggs added a discus PB of 20.74m with the 1kg implement, and Lucy Newman completed the club quartet with a 28.2s 200m run. Nicola Peachey set a 1500m PB of 5m 31.2s for her school Chelmsford County High. In the Inter Girls Ursuline pipped Coppers (4th & 6th). Catrina McAuliffe, Louisa Wood & Becky Luck were in action for Ursuline while Georgie Lou Sales, Jennifer Holland & Jessica Humpheryes competed for Coopers.    added 02/07/06  Link to

Frankie & Nicola - all round success
Frankie Calder & Nicola Hill made stunning heptathlon debuts for the winning Essex Schools team, in the English Schools Eastern Region multi-events competition at Bedford this weekend. Frankie set four PBs on the way to a 4063 point tally, the second best ever by a club U17, while Nicola also set four career bests as she scored 3858 points, finishing fourth & sixth respectively. Frankie's PBs were: 80m hurdles - 12.0s, Shot - 9.65m, 200m - 25.8s and 800m 2m 30.5s while Nicola's PBs were in the same events: 11.9s, 8.01m, 26.4s and 2m 26.2s - the latter the fastest by a club u17W this season! Both will compete for Essex in the national final at Derby in September.  added 25/06/06 

Young athletes struggle at home
A depleted YAL squad struggled in their Southern Premier Division fixture at Mayesbrook today. Surprisingly it was not the absence of the boys that cost the team dear but the girls, who finished well behind the opposition due to a spate of very late withdrawals and no shows. The U15 boys were equal 1st, with a good all-round display capped by wins from Georgie Bean & Brad Burr (javelin), Michael Jones (discus), and Liam Hughes (200m B). English Schools bound Eugene Ayanful notched a fine U17 sprint double, and Vince Lazaro (Long Jump) and Cafer Gunay (B javelin) also won. There was again a strong U13 girls showing thanks to wins from Rebecca O'Neill & Nicola Peachey (800m), Ellie Bounds (1200m), Jessica Seekings (B hurdles). For the u13 boys Charlie Hazlewood won the 1500m while Lauren Newton won a throws double for the U17s and Bethan Siddons won the high jump. Kike Oniwinde and Nicole Dalton were the only winning U15 girls. added 25/06/06 & updated 25/06/06 

Hannah's record as Southern Women fourth
Hannah Gamester added 10cm to her club pole vault record, with a 2.60m clearance as the Southern Women's team placed fourth at Eton today. The senior women's throws were again a strength with shot, discus & javelin doubles, and hammer second & first. For the u15s the only wins came in the javelin through Kike Oniwinde and Jennifer Holland, who had a great day with PBs in her three events.  On a hot day with some athletes arriving late due to M25 travel delays it was an afternoon of good team work to cover all the events - none more so from Mel Harrison who apart from a throws hat trick high jumped and ran in both relays.   added 24/06/06 & updated 25/06/06 

Massive win in Eastern Young League
The Eastern Young Athletes team romped to a massive 200+ point win at St Ives today, with emphatic victories in all six age groups. There was impressive discus throwing in the u13 girls age group as Lannahn Leary- Kiernan's 25m effort took her to 4th on the all-time list and Sophie Baggs' 23m PB took her into the top 10.  These were just two of 11 individual wins plus the relay in this age group. The U17 women also notched up 11 wins with a A hat-trick for Frankie Calder and the u17 men capped that with 12 successes. The u15 boys were not far away with 10 wins and the U15 girls had 6 wins and U15 boys five. added 18/06/06  added 19/06/06 

Four medals in Southern champs
Lucy Sergeant picked up a pair of U20 sprint medals at this weekend's South of England Championships at Crystal Palace. On Saturday Lucy was edged out in the 200m finishing 2nd to rival Joey Duck in 24.68s, and on Sunday in the shorter sprint she turned the tables on Duck but placed 3rd in 12.12s.  Louise Matthews was close to her best, finishing 3rd in the senior javelin in 45.95m, and Chloe van Wulven repeated her u20 100m hurdles bronze medal in 14.85s. Harriet Scott smashed her 800m PB with 2m 10.21s, placing fourth, and other PBs were gained by Joe Forde (U20 hammer - 49.91m) and Mel Harrison (senior shot - 11.74m).  added 18/06/06  added 19/06/06 

Nine get English Schools' call-up
Nine club youngsters will represent Essex Schools at the prestigious English Schools Championships at Gateshead in three weeks (7th & 8th July). The largest group is in the Intermediate Boys where Eugene Ayanful (100m), Matt Bloy (800m), Vince Lazaro (long jump) and Bonne Buwembo (javelin) will be in action. In the senior Girls category Chloe van Wulven contests the 100m hurdles for her fifth and final championships while last year's Inter girls 1500m winner Katie Richardson has been selected for the 800m this time round. Frankie Calder takes part in the Inter Girls 300m for her third championship, while Nicola Hill competes in the 80m hurdles. Completing the HMAC contingent is South of England javelin champion and medal hope Georgie Bean. added 15/06/06 

Eugene in world record action
Eugene Ayanful competed with distinction on the national stage as he placed 6th in a personal best of 11.02s in a Spar Sprints Invitation event for u17s, held in conjunction with the Grand Prix event at Gateshead which saw Asafa Powell equal the world 100m record. Also in top class action was Lucy Sargent whose come back continued with a 4th place in 12.41s at the Bedford International Games. Faye Fullerton set a season’s best on Saturday in the British Milers Club 1500m event at Watford, placing 8th in 4m 19.56s. On Weds (7th) Matt Bloy set a PB that was to last only three days, when a sub-60secs last lap brought him victory in the invitation u17 1500m race at the adidas St Mary’s College Relay meeting at Twickenham. Eleanor Bounds was fourth in the u13 girls 800m in 2m 27.81s.  added 12/06/06 

Improved showing for U20s

A much higher points tally and some superb results failed to stave off a last place finish in the 2nd round NJAL Fixture at Haringey today. Chloe van Wulven provide the only A victory in the 100m hurdles, but three middle distance B string wins came from Helen Roche (800m), Hayley Stibbs (1500m) and NJL debutant Georgie-Lou Sales (3000m PB). There were PBs for Frankie Calder (shot & =PB 100m). Katie Richardson become the first club female to tackle the steeplechase, finishing an impressive 2nd. The men found top 3 placings hard to come by, but the sprint hurdles events saw PBs for Anthony Williams & Richard Demko (to rank 3rd & 4th on club all-time list), and Demko made an impressive 400m hurdles debut with the fastest clocking by an u20 for 8 years. Ross Clark was 3rd in B 800m and 2nd claim member Michael Read was 3rd in the pole vault. Joe Forde threw PBs in both hammer & shot.  added 11/06/06  added 12/06/06 

Georgie, Bonne, Matt book schools' places

Georgie Bean, Bonne Buwembo and Matt Bloy almost guaranteed their selection for the English Schools Champs with fine performances in the county schools championships at hot & windy Chelmsford today. Southern champ Georgie's 47.40m winning javelin throw in the junior boys event was beyond the necessary national standard that virtually guarantees selection. After starting left-handed Bonne took two throws with his injured right hand & launched the Inter spear 56.32m for victory. Matt Bloy's 4m 1.5s PB was also beyond the national 1500m Inter Boys' mark but good enough only for 2nd to Basildon's James Shane.  Three other club athletes won gold but now await the selectors' verdict. Nicola Hill came from behind to win the Inter Girls' 80m hurdles, Frankie Calder set a new PB in winning the Inters 300m, as was Vince Lazaro's Inter boys' wining long jump of 6.53m - both 3rd best by a club athlete in that age group. Other medals went to Catrina McAuliffe's silver - Inter discus PB, Ben Western (3rd - Y7 long jump) and Louise Devine (3rd Junior boys' javelin)  added 10/06/06 

Copyright: Lesley Richardson

Photo: Lesley Richardson 

Two third places for Southern men

Despite a great team effort the Southern men's League Div 3 squad were pipped for second place when Bedford managed to move from third place to win the last event (400m relay). There were A string victories courtesy of Kevin Benton (400mH), Rob Warner ('chase) and Jason Lendon (1500m) and Paul Berrett (400mH) and Martin Chester (chase) completed maximum points in these events. Lendon also added 400mB top marks and Darron Keevil won the B 110m hurdles and added points from three throwing events. Kevin Deacon and Lee Arrowsmith completed the hammer double. Despite the disappointment everyone performed beyond expectations and with perfect weather conditions a great day was had by all.   added 4/06/06 & updated 5/6/06  

The Senior Men’s team went to Stevenage expecting the worst. With only 10 athletes on show it was the worst turn-out for over a decade. But at a warm and sunny Stevenage they showed what could be done. With everyone accepting responsibility to give their utmost, the team achieved far more than could be expected. added 4/06/06 & updated 6/6/06

Young athletes second to Blackheath

The NYAL team put aside their disappointing first two results with a strong second place at Bromley today as fine conditions triggered a glut of PBs. The U17s did much to ensure the squad's success as both men & women scored seven wins with Matt Bloy recording an 800m/1500m double, Chris Warden winning both hurdles events, Frankie Calder the 300m A/ 300m hurdles (PB), Nicola Hill winning the 300m hurdles A in the third fastest ever by a club u17. Other u17 wins went to Bethan Siddons (HJ), Jade Edwards (1500m B), Georgie Sales (3000m) and Lauren Newton (B discus) and for the men Rob Jones (1500m B), Grant Twist (3000m A) and Vincente Lazaro (LJ). There was also a very strong showing from the u13s and excellent support from the u15s on a day of excellent team spirit /& commitment from those athletes who made the journey.    added 4/06/06 & updated 5/6/06  

Promoted UK Women fifth at Wigan

The Ladies team covered the gaps well to place fifth in their first fixture in UKWAL at Wigan today. Faye Fullerton supplied the only track A string win & also placed 2nd in the 800m, while Robyn Matson's B string 3000m PB ensured a double. Louise Matthews' last round effort brought victory & a new club record. Lynsey Clark won the B discus & set a new triple jump PB for second, while Kate Brewington shrugged off injury to take the B shot. Emma Christmas was 2nd in the B javelin as was Danielle Ross in the B pole vault. Chloe van Wulven set a new 400m hurdles PB for 2nd fastest ever by a club female and ran her fastest 100m hurdles for two years as well as placing third in the high jump; Claire Brennan's 100m hurdles clocking for third was her fastest ever with electrical timing.   added 4/06/06  

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