March & April 2003

Junior Ladies Third in opener

A tremendous team performance earned the u20Ladies team third place in their opening National Junior League Premier Division fixture at Harrow Weald today. There were just three wins - from Sara Luck in the 800m A, Kirsty Smith triple jump A and Lynsey Clark in the B discus but a host of second places, including a runners-up throws hat trick from Mel Harrison, and a high jump/400m hurdles B runners up double from Katie O'Sullivan. There were league debuts from Laura Moore (3000m and 2nd in B javelin!) and Carly Mottram (400m PB).  (added 27/4/03

The combined EYAL beat league champions Milton Keynes on their own patch. (added 28/4/03Link to full EYAL results

The NJAL Men's team placed third Ilford.  (added 287/4/03)

Kirsty Smith

Winning start for Southern Women

Lucy Sargent bettered the club u15 girls 100m record and Katie O'Sullivan equalled her u17 pole vault best as the Southern Women's team opened their account with a good win at windy Milton Keynes today. The powerful u15s contributed 10 wins, with doubles from Lucy Sargent (LJ & 100m PBs), Helen McDonnell (HJ & 75m hurdles), Lisa Schofield (LJ & 75m hurdles - PB) and Lauren Clark (PBs in both HJ & DT PBs). Lauren McVicar (100m B) and Louise Yard (DT) were the other winners. The seniors also notched up 10 wins with a Mel Harrison shot (PB), hammer, discus treble, a hammer/discus double from Sarah Deacon, and hurdles double from Kate Brewington (who competed in 7 events) and Claire Brennan. Team captain Debbie Sullivan (3000m) and Hayley Mottram (800m B) were the other winners. & pics  (added 26/4/03

Lucy Sargent against UK No.1 Joey Duck (Left)

Sara Luck - Born to Win!
Sara Luck cut short a holiday in Spain to take part in a   new BBC 6 part series for the autumn called Born to Win (details' hosted by Sally Gunnell and Colin Jackson. She has just spent the weekend being tested and filmed at Lougborough University for the programme which is a Sport orientated version of the recent Fame academy but with testing not voting! After an initial on-line test and application she was invited to the regional round (at Coopers) where she won through to the last 32. This weekend Sara met with U19 international competitors from all sports (Rugby, football, Hockey Volleyball, Skiing, Modern pentathlon, Fencing, Tennis, Heptathlon, Track athletes, Swimming, Martial arts were all represented) at Loughborough for two days of testing and psychological interviews. The event is for 16-18 year olds and Sara was extremely pleased to go through the last 16 as most of the others are two years older. Unfortunately she didn't get a place in the last eight who now go through to the final stage to be filmed in Austria in the summer. Sara found the whole event a fantastic experience and scored well in the disciplines relating to speed (sprints), endurance (cross country and bike), agility, reactions (laser rifle shooting and batak reflex board), and lower body power (two footed triple jump) but could not match the upper body power (medicine ball throw and chin-up) of some of the last eight. (added 20/4/03)  

Sara Luck with Sally Gunnell (& son)

Sara Luck (right) on bike endurance test

(Photos: Peter Luck)

Easter weekend round-up

The Easter weekend open meetings have seen several club members in action. The blustery conditions at the Chelmsford Open on Saturday did not affect Lynsey Clark who upped her discus PB to 35.60m, ahead of clubmates Mel Harrison and Sarah Deacon. Nicola Hill was in good discus form improving her u13 best to over 22m, while Louise Yard was near her best in the u15 competition. On the track the sprinters used the following wind to good advantage with Lucy Sargent scorching to 12.5w secs PB to win the u15 event, while Christina Kalejaiye was 2nd in the u17 event in 12.7w secs. Lauren McVicar improved her best times to 13.4w/27.0w secs. Ingrid Deane was in good form at Chelmsford on Saturday and at Basildon on Easter Monday, picking up gold at Chelmsford in the U13 800m and at Basildon winning the u13 1500 in a new PB of 5m 31 secs. Jack Richardson - younger brother of u15 middle distance star Katie - won the u11 600m at Chelmsford on Saturday in 1.57.7 and in the same event at Basildon newcomer Anina Clarke also won in a promising 2m 05.2. At the Herts Open at Welwyn on Good Friday Anthony Williams improved his hurdles and high jump PBs. (added 20/4/03)  

Lynsey Clark

Speedy Lucy Bounces to Sportshall gold

Five club members were in National Sportshall action in the final at the NIA Birmingham last week. Lucy Sargent and Christina Kalejaiye helped Essex to runners-up spot in the u15 girls competition. Lucy - who is eligible for Sportshall next winter - struck gold in the speed bounce recording 88 while Christina's best placing was 5th in the shot. In the u13 boys Jack Damon was in excellent form placing 2nd in the standing long jump and 4th in the two-lap race, as Essex again placed second. In the u13 girls competition Natasha White and Nicola Hill helped Essex place 6th. Natasha's best placing was 3rd in the two-lap event, while Nicola - who can compete in this age group next year - gained useful experience.  (added 20/4/03)  

Lucy Sargent

Megan's Mini triumph

Megan Foley regained her title with victory in the London Borough's Mini Marathon 13-14 year old girls' race today. The way that the date of the races fell meant that Megan got a third crack at this age group title, having won a week after her 13th birthday in 2001, then slipping to third due to missed training through illness last year. This year she regained her crown, one day before she turned 15. Katie Richardson placed an excellent second in the same race. In the boys' races Ashley Reece was also runner up in the boys 13-14 race, with Ross Clarke in fifth. (added 13/4/03)   (added 14/4/03)  

Megan Foley (back left)

Sarah hammers record again

Three competitions, three club records.  Thatís now Sarah Deaconís tally as she extended her club hammer record again at the Watford Open meeting on Sunday.  Sarah's 44.68m throw added a further 1.34m to her previous best and club record set two weeks ago. Mel Harrison also threw the hammer further than before recording a new PB of 35.79m, two metres up on her old mark, to close the gap on Sarah Deacon's club u20 record. Mel also threw the shot beyond the 10m line again. (added 7/4/03

Sarah Deacon

National relay silver for u15 girls

Katie Richardson, Robyn Matson and Megan Foley combined to win silver in the under 15 race at the AAAs National Young Athletes Road Relays at Sutton Park, Birmingham today. Katie won gold for coming home in front on her first stage leg, with a late surge that took her past three athletes in the last 400m and after Robyn Matson kept the team in touch in seventh Megan Foley stormed through to win bronze on the line. Her leg time was second fastest overall on the day, just two seconds behind Non Stanford. The B & C teams placed 25th and 60th. The u13 girls trio of Hayley Thomas, Ingrid Deane and Francesca Clark placed 24th, with the C & B teams in 67th and 80th. The only club team taking part were the u15 boys team of Ashley Reece, David Nefs and Ross Clarke who came home 38th. (added 6/4/03

Megan Foley - 2nd fastest overall and won team bronze

"Come and try it" day a success

Over thirty youngsters aged 12 to 16 took part in a "come and try it" session at Mayesbrook Park on Saturday. The potential athletes from local schools and athletes from the club participated in morning and afternoon coaching sessions in Shot - Paul Head, Long Jump - Trevor Wells, Pole Vault - Stuart Tufton, High Jump - Doug Tierney, and Hurdles - Tony Benton. The coaching workshops, organised by club coaching coordinator Trevor Wells and funded by the club's grant from the Jack Petchey Foundation, were aimed not only in attracting some new athletes to the club but also at introducing existing members to new events.   (added 6/4/03

Trevor Wells addresses the youngsters

Ladies regain Alpha Trophy

A glut of personal bests helped the ladies regain the Alpha Trophy at Haringey today. A runaway 23 point win by the u15s, their fourth successive victory, secured the win and the senior ladies only finished 6 point shy of age group winners Radley. Among many highlights schools cross country internationals Megan Foley and Katie Richardson both caught the eye with 1500m PBs, as did Lauren Clark with a new 800m best before adding a discus PB. Lucy Sargent and Lisa Schofield both leapt further than before in a winning long jump double, and Schofield added a new hurdles PB. The Brennan sisters, Claire & Nina both improved their 400m times, Nina by a massive three seconds. On the field Mel Harrison again added to her shot best while Kate Brewington was an impressive long jump winner.  (added 5/4/03 (added 6/4/03

Kate Brewington

Colchester road relay medals for youngsters

There were medals for three club teams in the Essex Young Athletes Road Relays at Colchester today, one of the final events of the winter season. There was bronze for the u13 girls trio of Michaela Roberts, Amie Adams and Clare Robinson, silver for the u15 girls squad, led by Robyn Matson, in the absence of Megan Foley and Katie Richardson on international duty, and another bronze for the u17 girls team of Ria Lyons, Laura Moore and Jenny Szantai. The boys' teams were hit by injury and other commitments. The u13 boys' trio of Grant Twist, Matt Pearse and Joe Evans were third while Ashley Reece an Christian Newton were fifth after two legs but lacked another runner to complete the team. No u17 boys team competed.  (added 30/3/03 & updated 31/3/03

Robyn Matson (left) led u15s to silver.

Excellent debuts for Katie, Megan & Ross

Katie Richardson and Megan Foley both made excellent international debuts today when they placed third for England in their races in the Schools International in Dublin. If Megan's third place in the intermediate girls' race was in line with her most recent form, after medals in the inter counties, nationals, and schools, Katie's excellent result came after her sixth place finish in the English schools championships at the hilly Brighton course. Ross Clarke also marked his England vest with a superb result - placing seventh - when he had only finished in this position in the English Schools. (added 29/03/03 & updated 30/3/03 & 31/3/03

Megan Foley, Ross Clarke & Katie Richardson

Faye 44th in World Cross Champs

Faye Fullerton justified her late international call up when she placed 44th in the junior race in the World Cross Country Championships at Lausanne, Switzerland today. She was fourth scorer for the Great Britain team that came home fifth, and top placed European team, missing out on a medal by just four points. It was Faye's highest ever finish in her third attempt on the world stage, having placed 48th in both her previous appearances. It was an excellent comeback after injury, after last summer's stress fracture and the horrific accident in South Africa in late December. Faye completed the 6.2km course in 23m 45 secs, with her teammates Charlotte Dale, Dani Barnes and Aine Hoban placing 14th, 27th and 37th.     (added 29/03/03

Faye Fullerton

Sarah D springs into record form

Sarah Deacon started where she left off last season when she improved her club hammer best at the Spring Warm Up meeting at Mayesbrook Park on Sunday. Her 43.34m winning effort added over 40 cms to her record set last June. The warm up meeting, the first athletic event held at Mayesbrook for almost two years was a great success as a bumper entry of 275 athletes enrolled on the day. Athletes from all over Essex, East London and further afield enjoyed the bright spring sunshine, big fields and good competition, particularly in the throwing events. On the track the cold head wind slowed times but in the senior ranks there were good wins for Gavin Maley (800m) and Laurie Cossey (1500m), while in the field Leo Barker won the shot in a new PB. Among the younger athletes there were PBs galore with Nicola Hill achieving u13 hurdles & discus PBs and u13 boy Michael Dymond showing great promise in winning the combined u13/u15 boys 1500m.   (added 24/03/03

Sarah Deacon

Indoor Silver and record for Kate

Kate Brewington improved her club indoor pentathlon best when winning silver in the AAAs Indoor Combined events champs at Cardiff on Sunday. Her medal winning total score of 3859 points was exactly 200 points better than her indoor best set at the same venue 12 months previously. Kate put together an impressive series with one new PB, and other marks close to her all-time best performances. In her opening event, the 60m hurdles, she clocked a fast 8.68 secs, before adding one cm to her high jump PB with 1.66m. A near PB shot of 10.56m was followed by a massive long jump of 5.86m, one cm shy of her club record and her best ever indoors. Her final event saw her run faster than ever indoors in the 800m with 2m 29.31 secs, one second outside her PB. All in all it was tremendous performance by the 21 year-old. (added 24/03/03

Kate Brewington

London build up continues

Havering Mayesbrook's marathon men continued their build up for the London Marathon at Bedford last weekend in the Oakley 20 miles when they carried off the team prize to be in the medals for the third week in succession. Rob Dickenson won the event coming home in 2hrs 2min.45sec, closely followed by Jason Lendon 4th who clocked 2hrs.4min.50sec with Martin Chester in 9th in 2hrs 9min.43sec. Meanwhile in the Brentwood Half Marathon, Russ Middleton finished 37th in a field of over one thousand in a time of 1hr 22min 33sec with Eric Donaldson clocking 1hr 24min 30sec (added 18/03/03

Rob Dickenson

Debbie 7th, Faye 11th - Faye picked for World XC

Debbie Sullivan's good form continued when she placed seventh in the UK 4km cross country championships at Brighton, repeating her position in the 9km event two weeks ago. She produced her customary powerhouse finish to over haul teammate Faye Fullerton in the last kilometre. Faye dropped a few more places, but produced a stirring finish to close the gap to place eleventh in 14m 14 secs, six seconds behind Debbie. The race served as the selection indicator for the World Cross Country championships, and Faye's performance was good enough to clinch the final place in the junior women's race, as she ran faster than her rivals who contested the English Schools senior girls race over the same course. (added 9/03/03

Debbie Sullivan

Senior men silver in Essex Road relays

Havering Mayesbrook senior men fulfilled their expectations at Chelmsford on Saturday securing 2nd place in the Essex Road Relay Championships behind the defending champions Basildon. It was the best result for a number of years and a fitting climax to the winter season. The men were never out of the first four positions for the entire race highlighted by Des English's second fastest time of the day  (18m 28s) on the 4th leg. The senior men showed the greater depth they have achieved  this season with the 'B' team finishing 9th and the 'C' team 19th after five legs even though the younger runners were absent at the English Schools CC Championships. (added 9/03/03 

A Team 2nd Jason Lendon 19m 29s; Trevor Keys 19m.31s; Rob Dickenson 20m.08s; Des English 18m 28s; Rob Warner 20m.49s.Gavin Maley 19m.32s.

B Team 9th Matt Bland 20m.34s.Martin Chester  21m.37s; Graham Pritchard 20m.09s; Neill Collins 20m.55s. Russ Middleton 21m.19s.Tony Collins  22m.58s.

C Team 19th Gary Howard   22m.55s; Eric Donaldson  21m.42s; Simon Maley 31m.42s; Trevor Robinson 32m.15; Graham Pritchard 21:13

Des English



Schools: Megan bronze and vests for Katie, Ross

Megan Foley made it a hat-trick of medals in four weeks at Brighton yesterday as she added English Schools bronze to her Inter Counties and National successes. Her third place finish - and Sara Luck's 14th place - ensured team gold for Essex in the Intermediate Girls' event. Megan's run earned her selection for the International Schools event in Dublin in three weeks and she will be joined there by club mates Katie Richardson and Ross Clarke whose fine runs earned a coveted top eight finish and an England vest. If Katie's sixth place in the junior girls race, which followed her recent superb form and also contributed to Essex's team gold, had been widely tipped, Ross Clarke's performance was less expected. Although Ross's form had been improving rapidly the focus had been more on team mate Ashley Reece who looked best placed to score. But with Ashley's withdrawal on Wednesday night Ross grabbed the limelight to place seventh and secure selection for the Dublin International. 

Also in action for Essex at Brighton were Lauren Clark, 205th in the junior girls race, Ria Lyons who placed 115th in the senior girls event and Martin Heys who was 128th in the senior boys competition. (added 9/03/03    

Megan Foley

Ross Clarke

Megan Katie, Ashley lead schools medal bid

Club athletes will battle for medals in the English Schools Cross Country Championships, at Stanmer, Brighton on Saturday. In the opening race, the Intermediate Girls, Megan Foley, fresh from her national cross country champs silver, will be to the fore. Also in action is Sara Luck, who hopes to improve on her 25th placing last year, while Robyn Matson, Vicky Smith and Helen Roche are all on stand-by. Another medal hope comes in the junior girls race as Katie Richardson, 50th last year, could be in with a shout. Lauren Clark also goes, while Hayley Thomas and Georgina Clark are reserves. Rapidly improving Ashley Reece could also be well placed in the junior boys event with Ross Clarke in close contention. Bradley Tungatt is a reserve. In the oldest (senior) age groups Martin Heys and Ria Lyons go, with Rob Howe reserve, as is Andrew Meech in the intermediate event. (added 4/03/03

Katie Richardson

Rob, Jason, Martin: Essex Half Marathon silver

A trio of Havering Mayesbrook athletes combined to claim team silver in the Essex half-marathon championships on Sunday, the first club medals in this competition for many years. First home in his half marathon debut was Rob Dickenson, 23, who placed an excellent sixth in a respectable 1 hour 15 mins 16 secs. He was two minutes and three places above steeplechaser Jason Lendon, another debutant at this distance, who came home in 1:17:12. The vital third points came from Martin Chester whose performance of 1:21:40 placed him 25th, as the team were runners up to Woodford and ahead of Ilford in the county stakes. All three competed as part of their build up to the London Marathon in April. (added 4/03/03

Rob Dickenson

Hurdlers dominate Windsor Indoors

A ten-strong hurdles squad dominated the proceedings at today's Windsor Indoor meeting. The highlight was Nicola Hill's  u13 60m hurdles win in a new club best of 10.6secs, two-tenths inside Lucy Sargent record time. Behind her Catrina McAuliffe twice improved her own PB, finishing with 11.6. Chloe van Wulven was a comfortable winner of the u17 women's event in 9.2 secs, while Nicola Schofield and Danielle Ross were first and second in the B event, both clocking 9.6 secs. Lisa Schofield shrugged off an ankle injury to win the u15 event in 9.9 secs, after smashing her 60m sprint PB with 8.4 secs. Claire Brennan also came home in front in the senior women's competition, with 9.8 secs, and twice equalled her 60m sprint best. Three squad members made their age group hurdles debuts. Nina Brennan clocked a useful time of 10.5 secs in her first effort in the u20 women's event, while Anthony Williams (U15 boys) and David Creedon (U13 boys) both recorded 11.1 in their respective age group debut races. (added 2/03/03

Last week in the Birmingham Indoor Games there were good performances from 800m runners Martin Heys and Joe Golding. in the u20 event Martin clocked a new PB, indoors or out, of 2m 1.98 secs, while Joe set a new indoor best of 2m 5 secs and 200m best of 24.9 secs.


Back: Danielle Ross, Nicola Schofield, Chloe van Wulven, Nina Brennan, Claire Brennan. Front: Nicola Hill, Catrina McAuliffe, Lisa Scofield, Anthony Williams, David Creedon.


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