May 2008 to September 2008

Faye first - Harriet returns

Faye Fullerton set a new personal best and was first women home in Ilford AC’s Valentine’s Park 5k road race on Sunday.  Her finishing time of 16:38 brought her fourth overall in the mixed race and was a five second improvement on her previous best. Behind her Harriet Scott made an encouraging return to competition after her enforced lay off after suffering a stress fracture last December. She clocked a useful 17:42 for female runner up and 11th overall. Hayley Pegg, in the colours of Thrift Green Trotters, was fourth lady and 26th overall. Also in action was Ross Earney (34th), Adam Wileman (41st) and Glenn Wileman (79th). added 30/09/08   

Relay teams do club proud

Five relay teams did the club proud as the winter season kicked off with the South of England road relays at Aldershot today. The U15 Girls team were always in medal contention as Rebecca O’Neill's fine first leg of 10:39 brought the team home sixth against tough opposition. Eleanor Bounds continued the impetus with a leg of 11:21 to improve the team to fourth and Rachel Sadler's anchor of 11:31 maintained the momentum to bring the home in a very creditable fifth. A young B team - all eligible next year - showed promise as they finished 23rd and second B team behind Aldershot thanks to Rebecca Stanley (11.37), Amanda Blaxland (11.58) and Shannon Sullivan (12.45). The U13 girls' team - all new to the road relays - were 30th from the efforts of Avril Loynes (9:18),  Lydia Hallam (9.53) and newcomer Lindsay McLachlan (9.38). The U17 men's squad of Daniel Shanney (13:28), Thomas Shanney (13:48), Joseph Waked (13:55) and Jamie Buckley-Stanton (13:10) finished 22nd and the U15 boys (Thomas Davis - 11:18; Tyler Bennett - 11:50; Chris Hyde - 12:07 and Mathew Lattimer - 13:08) were a gallant 36th. added 28/09/08   

Jake bronze - Emmanuel fourth best all time

Jake Nelson set hurdles & shot PBs when finishing third in the East of England U15 pentathlon at Bedford yesterday. His points tally of 2260 points was achieved through 80mH - 12.17s; SP: 9.42m; LJ: 4.79m; HJ: 1.64m; 800: 2:33.44s. Adam McCarthy did well to place fifth in the U17 Octathlon setting a PB at 400m (53.84s) and his fine 1500m PB of 4:35.15s lifted him from 11th to 5th. Nicola Peachey was 12th out of 41 starters in the U15 event with PBs in shot & high jump.

U17 Emmanuel Quarshie threw an impressive 13.09m with the U20 weight shot at the Biggleswade open to rank second-best on the U20 all-time list. He has three years in the U20 ranks to close down Scott Hayes record set in 1991 - just before Emmanuel was born! Sam Harrison threw a season's javelin best of 53.30m at the same meting and U13 Alex Law improved his hurdles best.  added 28/09/08 

Relay gold for U15 Girls

The U15 Girls ended their track and field season by taking 3x800m gold in the Essex Championships at Southend on Saturday. Rebecca O'Neill led off and legs by Rachel Sadler and Eleanor Bounds ensured gold in 7m 17.9s. The Under 17 Men's squad of Terry Hughes, Charlie Moss, Jack Edgar-Hill. Jordan Brown took bronze in the 4x100m relay in 45.3s. Another bronze was added by the U13 boys 3x800m relay squad of Freddy Keefe, Nick Duffey and Finbar Smyth who stopped the clock at  7m 34.5s. Nick Duffey was drafted in at short notice to join Jordan Fox, Alex Law and George Perkins in the sprint relay team which were edged out of the medals in fourth. added 21/09/08 

EYAL Team fourth in Top Six Final

The Eastern Young Athletes Team were a well-beaten fourth in the Top Six Trophy at Bedford on Sunday. The U17 Men salvaged some pride as they won their age group trophy and the U13 boys were third but all other age groups produced disappointing fourth or fifth places. The powerful U17 men’s squad again impressed finishing ten points clear of the rest. The Under 13 boys put up a good  all round team display to place third in a close contest. The U15 boys had a solid day in fourth without managing any individual victories. All three girls teams found the going tough. The U15 girls had four wins as they placed equal fourth. The Under 17 women had five wins but could place only fifth. The throwing events produced useful points for the Under 13 girls with a win double in the discus and another win in the B shot. added 15/09/08 & Updated 16/09/08  Full results

Joe second, Anthony third in Junior Grand Prix

Twenty-four hours after helping the men's team regain a British League place Joe Ramie and Anthony Williams tasted individual success when they placed second & third in the National Junior League Grand Prix event at Derby, held alongside the NJL Final.  Joe's individual marks in his three events were Triple Jump: 13.50m, Long Jump 6.54m and 200m - 22.7s and he was beaten to the title by Teeside athlete Charlie Dryden. Anthony's marks of 6.31m (LJ), 12.83m (TJ) and 15.51s (110m Hurdles) were achieved despite only training twice in six weeks due to a knee injury.  added 15/09/08 

Men back in BAL as Bonne adds another record

The senior men's team are back in the British Athletics League next summer after a great fifth place at the qualifying match at Abingdon on Saturday. Although the sun was shining it did not seems to favour the Havering Mayesbrook squad as James Murphy, Charlie Moss and Jay Ryan all picked up painful injuries. With just four events remaining the squad lagged in sixth place with Tonbridge close on their heels for the final qualifying place. Fortunately these final field events were two of the club's best. Bonne Buwembo once again improved his PB and club U20 & senior javelin records with 70.80m coach Sam Harrison won the 'B' event. Joseph Ramie triple jumped to a new PB of 13.91m for second and B string Tunde Olayiwola won the B. These excellent results lifted the club to fourth and after a fine runners up spot in the sprint relay they were able to line up for the last event (4 x 400m relay) knowing promotion was secure.   added 14/09/08  Full results

Nine aid Essex win

Nine club athletes pulled on the red vest of Essex as the county squad romped to victory in the Eastern Inter Counties match at windswept Stevenage on Sunday. Georgie Bean had a great javelin win against Bedford's Pieter Snyman, who tops the U K rankings and Brad Burr took B string honours. They threw 59.28m and 54.35m respectively. Charlie Moss battled against a strong headwind to take the 200m A in 22.9s and also won the B 100m in 11.6. Laurence Goodacre won boith shot & discus B strings and Adam McCarthy set a season's best of 59.7s in placing second in the 400m hurdles. It was wins all the way in the senior women's event. Emma Christmas pulled off a good javelin win with 40.35m, Zoey Young pulled off a B string shot & long jump double, and Mel Harrison won the B discus and was runner up in the A shot.  Danny Gamester made a swift comeback after hanging up his hammer shoes: he was fourth in the senior men's hammer.    added 8/09/08 

Alexa fine sixth in Hyde Park 5k

Alexa Joel was a superb sixth in the televised adidas women's 5k race at London's Hyde Park today. Olympic bronze medallist Meseret Defar (Ethiopia) defended her tile in 15:01, with Kenya's Linet Masrai holding off Jo Pavey for third (15:32). with another Kenyan Lucy Wangui Kabuu in fourth. Katrina Wooton in fifth was six seconds ahead of Alexa's fine 16:11 clocking, fifth fastest in Britain this year. Three other club athletes made the top 50. Debbie Appleton was 26th in 18:14, eight places and 22 seconds ahead of Robyn Matson, while 17 year old Ingrid Deane was a useful 46th with 20:01. Jo Sullivan placed 70th in 21:30  added 7/09/08 and updated 8/09/08  Photo: Gary Howard

Three in Schools Games action

Three club Under 17s were in action for Eastern Region at the UK Schools Games at Bath last weekend. Charlie Moss showed his class as he was runner up in the 200m in 22.42s to add to his fine fourth place in the English Schools. Kike Oniwinde was fourth at Bath in a tight women’s javelin – her 41.48m throw was her second best ever and she was 3cms short of a medal as 10cms covered second to fourth places. Georgie Bean was fifth in the men’s javelin with 56.25m. Overall the East Region squad were third behind the South-East and Wales in this contest for U17s from 12 UK Regions. Another of the javelin squad to see action last weekend was Bonne Buwembo who was victorious for the South of England with 66.46m in the Inter-Territorial match at Abingdon.  added 4/09/08 

Men get British League promotion chance
Despite finishing only seventh in the Southern League table the Senior Men's team have a chance to regain a place in the British Athletics League after places were allocated based on a qualifying "paper match" between interested clubs nationwide. They have been invited to compete in the BAL Qualifier at Abingdon on Saturday 13th September where the team will battle it out with seven other clubs aiming to win six coveted British League places. The top two will join the existing Division Three and the other four will join the two clubs relegated from Division Three in the newly-formed National Division Four for summer 2009. . The opposition will be the top four Southern League clubs Bournemouth, Yeovil, Cambridge Harriers and Exeter, plus eighth place Tonbridge and  Midland club Coventry and Scotland's Glasgow.  Skipper Mark Bishop hopes to help the club regain the British League status which they lost in 2003 after many years on the national stage. The meeting gets under way on the field at 11.00am with  track action at 12.00 noon   added 1/09/08  Timetable


Southern Women promoted with big win
A powerful women's squad confirmed promotion to the Southern Women's League Senior Division One with a convincing home victory at Mayesbrook yesterday. Their 123 points tally was the highest in the division this season and was only 13 points short of the maximum. On the field there were win doubles in all events except the hammer, while track doubles came in 100m, 400m, and both hurdles events. Kate Cowley further increased her club pole vault record with a third-time clearance at 2.85m and she added high jump and B long jump victories. Win doubles were gained by Lucy Sargent (100m & 200m), Laura Bealey (400m hurdles & 400m), Mel Harrison (shot & discus), Nicola Hill (100m hurdles & long jump), Claire Brennan (100m & 100m hurdles B), Danielle Ross (PV B & Triple jump A) and Cathy Matthews (400mb & Triple jump B). Louise Mathews' knee injury in the final round of the javelin was a sad end to a successful first season in the Seniors section of the league.     & pics added 31/08/08  Full results 

Round Up - August
Alexa Joel won the most important race of her track career when winning the 5000m against strong opponents at the BMC Grand Prix Final at Eton last week.  Her PB of 15:56.89 was a ten second improvement on her best and her first time under the 16m barrier, ranking her eighth on the summer 2008 GB lists. Faye Fullerton was disappointed to finish sixth in the 1500m final at the same venue with 4:19.39s. Lauren Deadman produced her fastest 1500m run of the season with 4:30.75 when placing second n the B race. The consistent Emma Christmas was sixth in the UK Challenge Final throwing 39.66m. 

Emma Christmas, Robyn Matson and Rob Warner all made winning performances for Essex in the South of England senior Inter Counties at Kingston last week (10th August). Emma took the A string with 40.34m, ahead of Woodford’s Emma Smith on 39.91m to win the B. Robyn won the women’s 3000m steeplechase with 11:43.1s and Rob took the men’s equivalent with 9:40.5s

Bonne Buwembo further extended his club U20 and senior javelin record competing for Enfield & Haringey in the BAL Premiership at Hendon on Saturday 16th. His 69.30m winning throw is the 12th longest ever by a UK U20 and added 23cms to his two-week old best set in the last round of the same competition and edged him nearer to the 70m barrier. added 17/08/08

Jimi adds England U15 title
Jimi Tele added the England Athletics title to his English Schools gold to maintain his position as the best U15 triple jumper in Britain this year. His third round jump of 13.49m was 15cms short of his best but brought him the title by an 18cms margin over Leicester’s Daley Graham.   Eleanor Bounds was an excellent fourth in the 800m U15 final with her 2m 18.15s clocking. Se had run faster in her heat, when she ran 2m 18.11s to qualify as a fastest loser placing fifth, but in Sunday’s final beat four athletes with much faster PBs for her best track showing in a major event. Jack Edgar-Hill was fourth in his U17 heat of the 100m hurdles with 14.29s but fell short of a final place and Sophie Baggs gained useful experience in placing tenth in the U15 discus with 25.01m, some way short of her best.. added 17/08/08 

Eight help Essex U17s win Inter Counties

Eight club athletes helped Essex to victory in the U17 Inter Counties meeting at Basildon on Sunday - six of them winning their events. Charlie Moss won both B string sprints in 11.60s & 22.73s while Laurence Goodacre (shot - 13.74m) and Bradley Burry (javelin - 52.62m) provided A wins in the field. Kieran Nelson won the B 400m hurdles with 63.23s while Adam McCarthy's 60.44s was sixth in the A.  Jimi Tele stepped up an age group to place third in the triple jump with 13.15m.  Two B victories in the women's events came by way of U15 Eleanor Bounds who also ran against older opposition and improved her 1500m PB to 4:45.38s, placing third overall and winning the B contest. Angela James was close to her best in winning the B 80m hurdles. added 4/08/08 

Eastern Young team claim league title

The Eastern Young Athletes team won by almost 200 points in Sunday's final fixture at Ilford to claim the league title ahead of Bedford. Their 762 point winning tally was enough to take the team up from third place to top, 19 points ahead of Bedford, with Peterborough third, all three finishing on 34 match points. The top trio will be joined by Luton, Chelmsford and Stevenage in the Top Six Trophy at Bedford on 14 September. added 4/08/08   added 7/08/08 revised 17/08/08 

UK Women fine fourth but drop anyway 

The best result of the UK Women's League campaign brought a fourth place finish at Carshalton on Sunday but it was not enough to preserve the squad's Division 2 status as once again the results on the day went against them in this topsy-turvey league. Track wins for Alexa Joel (1500), Faye Fullerton (3000m), and Catherine Holdsworth (100m hurdles), a javelin double for Louise Mathews and Emma Christmas and Bethan Siddons (B high jump) provided much needed victories. Kate Cowley further improved her club pole vault record to 2.80m but good enough only for fifth. B string runners up spots went to Lauren Deadman (800m B), Robyn Matson (3000m), Mel Harrison (shot), and Lauren Clark (discus).  But despite finishing in the bottom two only once in the three fixtures the team ended up two points adrift of safety.       added 4/08/08  Link to full results

Senior Men end on a high

Despite absentees through injury and holidays the Southern Men's League squad narrowly held off highly placed hosts Cambridge Harriers to end the season with a win lifting us to seventh in the table. The squad's promotion play-off chances were boosted by marked improvements in the shot and discus together with season bests in the 400m hurdles. There were personal bests on his senior debuts for U17s Emmanuel
Quarshie11.84m in the shot. Rob Warner improving his 3000m s/chase to 9.32.6 and 800m to 2.04.4 and Bradley Reece improving his hammer distance to 40.08m and discus to 33.63m. It was also good to see Brett Heath returning to action for the first time for many years with impressive throws of 38.43m in the discus and 11.79m in the shot. Joe Ramie won four individual events. The team will now have to keep their fingers crossed and wait to see if they have made the play-off.
 added 2/08/08

Senior Women still in promotion hunt

The Southern Women’s league team kept their promotion hopes alive at Lee Valley on Saturday finishing five points adrift of hosts Enfield & Haringey despite being badly hit by the unavailability of key athletes due to holidays and the U20 match the following day.  Among victories were a javelin double from Emma Christmas & Louise Mathews and a B 100m hurdles win for Cathy Matthews. The result keeps them in second place, but third placed Dartford trail them by just five points – the two teams meet in the fifth round fixture at Mayesbrook Park on 30th August.  With the top four promoted the Havering squad are in a strong position to claim a Division 1 place.    added 28/07/08 & updated 29/07/08 

Kike record again but NJL final hopes dashed

The U20 team achieved some fantastic results in finishing second in heat wave conditions at Norwich on Sunday.  They had been hoping for second place to ensure a place in the promotion final but they expected to lose to hosts Norwich who already had the divisional title own up. However a revitalised Saxons – the combined Chelmsford & Ipswich outfit – won the match and edged out Havering to claim the coveted place.  Kike Oniwinde again improved her club U17 & U20 club javelin record. Her 41.59 winning throw added 1.25m to her week-old PB. New signing Charlie Moss marked his league debut with 100 & 200m PBs.    added 28/07/08  & updated 29/07/08 

Kike record as YAL go down fighting

The National Young Athletes team went down fighting as they lost their Premiership status after bringing up the rear at Southampton today. Kike Oniwinde set new U17 and U20 javelin records as she threw beyond the 40m barrier for the first time. The squad's season was summed up by the fact that only two of the 20 or so U13 girls who have competed for the club made the trip so thanks to Sacha Martin and Jess Fazakerley for their loyalty.     Full results  added 20/07/08 

Kate's vault record as Women 3rd, Men 4th

Kate Cowley set a new club pole vault record of 2.70m as the Ladies were third and the men equal fourth in the BAL Cup semi final at Hendon today. Sara Luck was a comfortable winner in the 1500m and there were runners up spots for Faye Fullerton (400m), Hayley Pegg (3000m) Claire Brennan (100m hurdles) and Louise Mathews (javelin). Mel Harrison twice improved her hammer PB.  The men were hit by late withdrawals which left gaps which cost outright fourth place. Sam Harrison was best placed with javelin second and there were season's bests for Paul Adair (400m), Mark Bishop (110m hurdles) and Danny Gamester (hammer) competing in club colours for the last time after deciding to hang up his hammer shoes.   added 19/07/08    & pics added 20/07/08 

Alexa Joel was third in 4:22.77 in the 1500m A race the BMC Grand Prix at Stretford on Saturday night. Lauren Deadman ran a season's best of 4:32.41s for fourth in the B series.

Weather brings out the best for EYAL team

Welcome fine weather conditions produced a glut of personal bests at the EYAL team were runaway winners at Thurrock on Sunday.  All three boys’ teams and the U15 girls came out on top in their categories as the squad recorded their highest league tally of the summer. The U17 Men won by almost 50 points with five A wins and four B. There was a clean sweep in the A throws as Laurence Goodacre won shot & discus, the latter with the third longest ever throw by an U17 man. Brad Burr had a hat-trick of wins with his javelin speciality plus hurdles & discus B. A strong all round showing and good B string results brought victory to the U15 Boys while the U13 boys won their section thanks to fine track performances. The U15 Girls narrowly won their age group while the U17 girls worked hard to cover as many events as possible and there were four wins from the U13 girls, both teams finishing second. added 14/07/08   

Faye, Alexa run well at Olympic Trials

Faye Fullerton placed fourth, just missing out on a medal, in a tactical 1500m final at Saturday’s Olympic Trials at Birmingham.  She was perfectly placed throughout and although she could not match the last lap sprints of winner Lisa Dobriskey & silver medallist Susan Scott her fast finish almost overhauled Hannah England, who ran an Olympic qualifying 4m 6 secs time in winning the US Collegiate title.  Result: 1. Lisa Dobriskey 4:15.84s; 2. Susan Scott  4:16.66s; 3. Hannah England: 17.82s; Faye Fullerton 4:17.89s.  Alexa Joel continues to improve with every race as she reduced her 5000m PB by another two seconds finishing fifth in 16m 06.93s in a race won comfortably by Jo Pavey in 15m 12.55s.  added 13/07/08   

Division 3 men taste victory

What looked on paper a difficult match turned out to be a well deserved victory for the Southern League Div 3 squad at Chelmsford on Saturday. Darron Keevil contributed a full hand of five victories, and another A victory was gained by hard-working Arron Bonning's pole vault win. Christian Newton returned to action with a discus win and hammer & triple jump runners up placings. Martin Chester and the late arriving Graham Hogan made it a 'chase double, and B middle distance wins came from Russ Middleton (800) and Paul Berrett (5000) . Simon Richards won the B 200m  and helped both relay teams place second. This result lifts the team to a safe sixth in the divisional table.  added 13/07/08    & pics added 20/07/08 

Promotion hopes dented at Ashford
The Southern Men's League Division 1 squad's promotion hopes took a serious dent when they trailed in fourth at Ashford on Saturday when a second place finish had been achievable.  A combination of strong opposition and a number of absences due to the English Schools Championships and UK Trails and injuries left the team struggling in the sprints and throws. The highlights were career bests for Anthony Williams in the long jump and Rob Warner in the 3000m steeplechase and there was an impressive win for 16 year old Andrew Lewis in the 400m on his senior debut. The weaknesses in throws and 400m hurdles may restrict our play off chances unless the team improve in these areas in final match on 2nd August.  added 13/07/08   

Schools gold for Jimi, Bonne, Kike Bronze

Jimi Tele and Bonne Buwembo struck gold at this weekend's English Schools Championships at Gateshead - and both set new club records too. Jimi's massive 13.64m junior boys triple jump mark won gold by 68cms and improved the club U15 record by almost 40 cms. He returned later to add relay gold as he led the successful Essex quartet. Bonne had to come from behind as Devon's Matt Smith's opening throw of 67.34m set the pace. Bonne eased past in round four and unleashed a new club record of 68.71m in round five to seal gold. Kike Oniwinde was close to her PB in winning bronze with 38.07m in very wet conditions as higher ranked athletes fell by the wayside. Nicola Hill won relay gold as the Essex senior girls squad dominated the race. She had earlier finished seventh in the 400m hurdles, once again contested in very windy conditions.  Georgie Bean placed a fine fourth in the Inter Boys' javelin with 57.10m but Brad Burr was unable to find his best form as he finished eighth. Charlie Moss was an excellent fifth in the Inter Boys' 200m in a fast 22.35s w/a and Laurence Goodacre made his English School's debut with a good eighth in the Inter Boys shot with 14.00m     added 13/07/08   

Hurdlers show Eastern promise at Cambridge

Three youngsters from the Hornchurch-based hurdles squad all came away with medals from the Eastern Region Championships at Cambridge on Sunday. Jack Edgar-Hill won silver just behind Cambridge's Ben Kelk clocking 14.4s in the U17 Men's 100m Hurdles and Angela James also struck silver with her U17 Girls' 80m hurdles time of 12.64s. There was double delight for Nicola Peachey who won bronze in both the U15 Girls' long jump with a PB of 4.69m and hurdles (12.44s). She was on track for silver in the latter until she clobbered a barrier.  added 07/07/08   

Short-handed ladies seventh at Liverpool

Seventh place at Liverpool on Sunday leaves the UK Women's League team facing a battle for survival for their Division Two place. A long list of absentees left the dozen valiant members who made the journey north with their work cut out to cover the programme in often difficult wet conditions.  Faye Fullerton (800m A) and Jess Tappin (High jump B) provided the only victories. The match results went against the club and saw the squad slip into one of the two relegation spots, two points adrift of Glasgow, Southampton and Cardiff with a lower points tally.  A top three finish is needed  in the third and final fixture at Carshalton on 3rd August to guarantee success, although a lower position could do the trick if the other results go the club's way.  added 07/07/08   

National success for club youngsters

Club youngsters helped their schools to national success at Saturday's English Schools Cup competition. Jimi Tele won the 100m in a PB of 11.6s and took triple jump honours with 12.84m as his School Southend High School for Boys were crowned national champions in the Inter Boys competition.  Deborah Knight won the discus in 23.42m and ran the 100m in 14.3s to helped Southend Girls' High win the junior girls' trophy by a single point, while Shelley Wilson threw 23.69m discus and ran 30.1s for 200m as the same school who won the Inter Girls section.  Her younger sibling Danny spun the discus 32.05m for victory and ran 800m in 2:36.3s but his SHBS's junior boys team failed to make it a clean sweep, finishing second. In the Inter Girls' competition Ellie Bounds ran a PB of 4:47.2s to help Coopers placed fifth while her school mate Sophie Baggs ran 14.3 for the unfamiliar 80m hurdles and spun the discus 25.50m  Nicola Peachey completed the club interest with a 100m PB of 13.6s and 4.18m long jump for Chelmsford County High.   added 07/07/08   Full results

National Bronze for Mat

Mat Bland was an excellent third in the British Masters Championships at Birmingham on Saturday. His 4m 10.39sec clocking for the 1500m earned him bronze behind Plymouth's Simon Anderson (4:07.87 and North Shields' Thomas Brannon (4:09.11). It was Mat's fastest ever as a Vet and compares to his 3:50.0 career PB from 1991. Paul Berrett ran well to win the B final of the M45 800m race with 2m 10.82s and he also placed fourth in the 1500m 4: 24.12s.Russ Middleton missed out on an 800m final place clocking 2m 9.66s in his heat.  added 07/07/08   Full results


Bonne Buwembo improved his club javelin yet again when he launched the senior spear 67.80m, a 56 cms improvement, competing for Enfield & Haringey in the British Athletics League Premiership fixture at Windsor on Saturday. added 07/07/08

Eastern Young win boosts final hopes

The Eastern YAL squad posted their best result of the season when they toppled league leaders Peterborough in their third round fixture at Stevenage on Sunday. The win increases the certainty that the club will once again feature in the end of season Top Six trophy final.  The Under 17 dominated their section, winning by 40 points. Ten individual wins, five A and five B, plus a relay success were the deciding factors. There were second places for the U17 women and both U13 squads and the U15 teams were both third.     added 30/06/08   Full results

Andy equals record as Juniors second

Andy Lewis equalled the club U17 400m record of 50.4s, which has stood for 30 years as the National Junior League squad boosted their promotion hopes with a second place finish at Welwyn Garden City today.  The men ran eventual winners Norwich close, finishing just six points adrift. Their field events performances were a major factor in the team’s success. Bradley Reece had a hat trick of wins with A string hammer & discus victories and a B shot success. Jay Ryan partnered him to winning doubles in all three events and added high jump & pole vault points. Bonne Buwembo added a good javelin win and Grant Twist and Rob Jones made it a chase double, with Twist adding 400m hurdles B win.  Lisa Schofield's B discus success was the only ladies individual success but she combined with Lydia St Ange, Angela James and newcomer Cheki Onwuka for sprint relay victory.    added 29/06/08    Full results


Luke, Joe star as Southern Men second
A spate of absences cost the Southern Men's League Division 1 squad their second victory of the season at Abingdon on Saturday. They lost out in the final tally by three points to Serpentine. But there were some fine results which will assist the club's play-off chances when a "paper match" decides places in the end of season restructuring of the leagues. A strong following wind helped our sprinters and jumpers to achieve a number of PBs. Luke Stott running 10.7 for the 100m and 21.8 for the 200m while Joe Ramie added half a metre to his long jump PB with a massive 6.95m jump and later jumped a further PB of 13..86m in the triple jump. Paul Adair returned to action after injury and new recruit Charlie Moss - who is eligible to run from the club from 1 July - ran PBs in guest appearances both the 100m (11.0) and the 200m. Matt Russell added season's bests in the 100 & 200m and Rob Warner & Jason Lendon scored top points in the chase. Skipper Mark Bishop was at full stretch in eight events  added 29/06/08   

The Men's Div 3N B team placed second at Bedford and the Southern Women's team were also runners up at Battersea Park.


Mat Bland's GB vest
Mat Bland proved that waiting pays off on Saturday when he won his first GB vest after 24 years in the sport. He ran for GB Masters B team in the Interland which is a triangular International Match involving France, Belgium and GB, where the hosts field A & B Teams. A tactical race, run in mild but windy conditions, went to form and Mat finished 7th with 4:16.48 behind France’s Hassane Zouhal with 4:05.19. Mat expects to face the other three Britons who ran 4.06, 4.11 and 4.12 on on the 5th July at the National Vets champs.  added 23/06/08   


Young athletes last at Norwich

The National YAL team need a miracle in their final fixture if they are to hold onto their Premier Division status after bringing up the rear at Norwich on Sunday. Jimi Tele (100m) and Andrew Kerr (hammer) provided the A string wins for the U17s, with Like Overton adding a B shot & discus double. Jack Edgar-Hill, (100mH), Gabriel Makinwa (TJ) and Emmanuel Quarshie (SP) gained wins for the u17 men and Adam McCarthy (SP), Kieran Nelson (400mH) and Chris Lowe ('chase) added B wins. Newcomers Luke Jarrett * Alex Law 's 200m double was the only max for the U13 boys. For the u17 women Kike Oniwinde's javelin & shot double and Esther Tele's long jump win were the top results, while Rachel Sadler & Laura Drew's B wins in the 800m & discus added little comfort for the U15s, while Jess Fazakerley's equal first in the B high jump was the best points for the four-strong the U13 girls.  added 23/06/08   


Bonne wins, Emma bronze at England Champs

Bonne Buwembo confirmed his UK Number 1 Under 20 status when he added the England Athletics javelin title to his South of England gold from last week. His final round throw of 65.73m at Bedford was five metres further than the opposition's best efforts. Emma Christmas won her first major medal when she claimed U23 javelin bronze with her second round 41.96m throw - just below her week old best and an excellent throw in the gale force winds. Ross Clarke improved his 5000m PB to 14:48.69s when placing a fine sixth in the U23 championship, a nine second improvement on his best and the fastest by a club athlete for over 15 years. Nicola Hill shrugged off a bug to qualify for the U20 400m hurdles final in a time well outside her best but decided not to return for Sunday's final. Anthony Williams had to cope with Sunday's windy conditions and ran a wind-assisted 15.23s in his U20 100m hurdles heat. Luke Stott went out in the heats of the U23 100 and 200m.   added 22/06/08   

Bonne's best, Ross wins at Southern Champs

Bonne Buwembo added another 21 cms to his club U20 and senior javelin records when winning the South of England U20 Championships at Crystal Palace on Saturday. His 67,14m throw was also a championship best.  Georgie Bean took bronze in a new PB with the senior javelin of 54.22m. Ross Clarke notched the most important win of his career when he was crowned senior 1500m champion.  He clocked 3m 56.61s to win by one hundredth of a second. Emma Christmas was another to throw a javelin PB. Her 42.23m effort improved her two-week-old best and placed her sixth. Mel Harrison threw a season best of 40.50m when winning discus bronze. She also  was fifth in the shot with 11.19m. Dan Gamester was eighth in the senior hammer (45.38m).  Anthony Williams improved his 110m Hurdles PB to 15.18s when placing eighth in the U20 men's final and Claire Brennan ran a season's best of 15.56s in the women's 100m hurdles. Sara Luck was also outside the medals in the 800m, finishing sixth with 2:12.33s, and Robyn Matson (7th) and Hayley Pegg (11th) contested the 1500m.. Joe Ramie was 10th in the U2 triple jump (13.22m) and Grant Twist 11th (6m 30.85s) in the 2000m steeplechase. Nicola Hill gained useful experience when winning the Northern Ireland 400m hurdles Championships in Antrim yesterday in windy conditions with 66.93s. Laura Bealey improved her 400m PB to 61.72s at the Northern Championships, running for Sheffield University and was eighth in the hurdles equivalent with 69.32s. Alexa Joel improved her 3000m PB when placing fifth in a good quality race at Watford on Saturday and Faye Fullerton was eighth in the 1500m in Huelva Spain in 4:14.79s on Friday.    added 15/06/08 & updated 16/06/08   

Throws & MD golds at Essex schools

Golds in the throwing events and middle distance races provided the club highlights at Saturday's Essex schools Champs at Chelmsford. Brad Burr's inter boys' javelin PB  took gold with Georgie Bean second, and there was also an inter boys' shot double as Laurence Goodacre's shot PB had the upper hand over Emmanuel Quarshie, both exceeding 14m.  Kike Oniwinde equalled her best to win the Inter girls javelin and Andrew Kerr (junior boys hammer), Sophie Baggs (Junior girls discus) and Esther Tele (Inter Girls long jump) also struck gold on the field. Track wins went to Ellie Bounds (800m), Sidnie Sales (inter Girls 3000m) and Adam McCarthy (400m hurdles - Inter boys)   added 09/06/08   

Southern Men second at Swindon

A weakened Southern Men's League team did well to place second against a strong Yeovil team in their Division 1 fixture at Swindon on Saturday.  With a number of athletes missing and with Matt Russell and Chris Coates still recovering from illness it was always going to be difficult to win. But to make things worse Scott Spencer pulled a calf muscle warming up and a number of athletes had to leave early due to evening commitments so all things considered  runners up spot was a good result. A string wins were the preserve of Bonne Buwembo in the javelin and Danny Gamester in the hammers and Sam Harrison and Bradley Reece ensured doubles with B victories. There were four other B victories and a welcome return after a long break from Ashley Reece.    added 09/06/08 

UK Women battling fifth at Swansea

The UK Women's League team got their season off to a solid start with battling fifth at Swansea on Sunday.  Alexa Joel headed the cast with a fine 1500m victory against highly ranked Vicky Griffiths and also ran way with the B 800m. Sara Luck was a good second in the 800m before winning the 1500m B, and added the fastest leg of the 4x400m. Robyn Matson ran strongly for second in the 3000m. Kate Cowley won the B high jump and was second in the B javelin, with Emma Christmas also second in the A.  Mel Harrison was again in great form. She was second in the shot, with Catherine Holdsworth winning the B, fourth in the discus and fifth in the hammer. Laura Bealey (400m Hurdles B) and Hayley Pegg (3000m B) added PBs and Nicola Hill ran a a season's best in a high quality 400m Hurdles a race.         added 09/06/08 

Bonne improves javelin record again

Bonne Buwembo improved his club U20 and senior javelin record to 66.93m but could finish only eight at a high quality competition at the Bedford International Games on Sunday. Faye Fullerton was a comfortable winner ahead of a good domestic field at the BMC Grand Prix at Manchester on Saturday.  Her 4m 12.47 winning time was over three seconds clear of the rest. Alexa Joel improved her 2008 best to 4:19.74secs in seventh place.   added 03/06/08 

Young athletes third in home fixture

An improved all-round performance, with a glut of PBs was still only good enough for third place, in the home NYAL fixture at Mayesbrook on Sunday. Wins were hard to come by against strong Blackheath and Woodford squads. The Under 15 girls were the only squad to finish second in their section - all the others were third. Good points came from the throws which contributed 11 wins and middle distance events added six more and sprints, jumps and hurdles just four. The result does little to ease the threat of relegation and improved turn outs and better showings are needed on the difficult final two fixtures at Norwich and Southampton if the club is to hold onto Premier League status.   added 02/06/08   

Southern women win again

The Southern Women's League team made it two wins in two fixtures as they beat league leaders Aldershot in their second round fixture at Milton Keynes today. Mel Harrison was close to her best with a quartet of wins in the shot, discus & hammer, plus B string javelin. Nicola Hill added a hat-trick of victories with wins in both sprints & the B discus. Emma Christmas set a new PB to win the javelin, and also took full B hammer points. Claire Brennan won both 100 flat & 100m hurdles and track wins also came from Katie Richardson & Nina Brennan (400m) Cathy Matthews (100m H B), and Robyn Delivett (B 200m).  Danielle Ross added 15 cms to her pole vault PB to go second on the club all time list. Vicky Smith returned from injury to gallantly tackle all three middle distance events and Angela Thompson improved her PB to place second in the 3000m B. Hayley Pegg (1500m) and Ingrid Deane (800m) completed the winning squad added 31/05/08  added 301/06/08

Club athletes help Essex win Inter Counties Gold

Club athletes helped Essex carry off the Inter Counties title this weekend in very wet & windy conditions at Bedford. Pride of place went to Faye Fullerton who pressed international Vicky Griffiths all the way and was rewarded with a silver medal in a new PB of 2m 05.98s - almost a one second improvement and fourth best ever by a club female. Emma Christmas was fifth in the javelin with her second best ever throw of 41.26m and Bonne Buwembo was also close to his best finishing sixth in the men's javelin with 66.33m. Other club athletes in action were Mel Harrison (11th - discus - 34.86m), Louise Mathews ( 8th Javelin 36.62m), Rob Warner (8th - 9:59.52s steeplechase), Kate Cowley (11th - long jump - 5.28m) and Nicola Hill (6th heat - 400m hurdles - 66.5s).   added 26/05/08 & updated 27/05/08 

Four Southern medals and a club record

One gold, two silvers and a bronze were won by club athletes at this weekend's South of England U15 & U17 Championships at Ashford.  Jimi Tele produced a fantastic leap in the U15 boys triple jump to set a new championship best performance of 13.53m winning by a massive 64cms   It firmly establishes him as UK number 1 and would have been a new club record, and would have been one of the top 15 jumps all-time by a UK U15 had the strong wind not exceeded the allowable limit.On Saturday Emmanuel Quarshie won silver in the u17 shot, smashing his PB with 14.23m - to jump to third on the club all time u17 list. On Sunday Brad Burr and Georgie Bean both produced personal bests to win silver and bronze in the U17 javelin. Brad's throw was a great 61.82m and Georgie was not far behind with 59.74m - second and fourth on the club all time lists. Andrew Kerr's hammer PB of 40.80m was a new club U15 record - but was good enough only for sixth. Nicola Peachey improved her PB to 12.23s (w/a) in the U15 girls 75m hurdles and jumped 4.44m in the long jump qualifier. Potential medallist Sophie Baggs, who recently threw over 31m in a school competition threw 10m less at Ashford, ending up with just 21.51m in 10th place, after two no throws and a token effort.  Joseph Waked was just outside his PB with 4:41.41 in the U17 1500m   added 25/05/08 

Juniors win home fixture

The National Junior League team bounced back after their poor first round showing with a narrow win over league leaders Norwich in their Thames Division fixture today. The me put on a great show on the field with eight victories, including a pole vault & High Jump double for Jay Ryan, who also added hammer B victory and a shot PB. Anthony Williams won A long jump & 110m hurdles and B triple jump in another PB. B string wins came from Jack Edgar-Hill (110 hurdles), Bradley Reece (discus), Vincent Lazaro (long jump) and Craig Moore (high jump). Williams teamed up with Tom Foskett, Toma Davies & Joe Ramie for 4x100m victory.  The women had a solid show with just three wins from a 1500m double from the Sales siblings, Georgie & Sidnie and Zoey Littlechild's 3000m victory. But the final match result depended on the 4x400m relays. The ladies team of Sidnie Sales, Ingrid Deane, Katie Richardson and Georgie Sales finished one place behind Norwich and with the men's quartet also one place behind them was enough to clinch victory by five points when the scores were tallied. The team are placed third overall at the half-way stage in the league campaign.  added 25/05/08 & Updated 26/05/08 

Twenty eight gaps cost dear

Twenty-eight gaps in the ranks cost the National Young Athletes squad dear as they finished last, just 27 points  adrift of Basildon. The exam-hit U17 women had the distinction of having most gaps (15) but also the most wins (10). The U17 men had eight wins, including triple jump, shot & javelin doubles, and the U15 girls had five. But the other three age groups could only contribute six victories between them and the u13 boys had looked like leaving empty handed until Finbar Smyth's late 1500m success. Better turn outs and improved results are needed to avoid relegation.  added 19/ & 20/05/08 

Faye claims club record

Faye Fullerton claimed the club senior 1500m record today when she erased Una English's 12 year-old mark in blustery conditions at the Loughborough International. Her new milestone of 4m 10.45s was almost a two-second improvement on her previous best and bettered the existing mark by 0.88 secs. It was good enough for third behind Commonwealth Champion Lisa Dobriskey and seasoned international Susan Scott. Alexa Joel was in 4th in the 5000m with a good 16::25.62s, while Ross Clarke carved three seconds off his 1500m PB finishing fifth in 3:52.28s to move up to ninth on the club all time list  added 18/05/08 

Great win for Southern men

A terrific all-round team effort saw the Southern Men's league team snatch victory from Exeter in the final two events at a damp Lee Valley today, even though the Devon club had led by 25 points at the halfway stage. With two events remaining the HMAC squad were still six points behind and even after a double success from Grant Twist and Jason Lendon in the A & B 3000m steeple chase a win in the final 4 x 400m relay was needed to ensure outright victory The lads did us proud by coming home in front to ensure the first men's Division 1 victory for a number of years and keep the team on track for promotion. added 17/05/08  Full results

More Essex Champs success

Another sunny day brought a further medal glut as the Essex Championships conclude at Basildon today. Another seven golds went to Rob Warner ('chase), Matt Bland (Vets 1500m), Nicola Hill (400H -U20), Brad Burr (JT -U17), Emma Christmas (JT), Kate Cowley (HJ) & Vincent Lazaro (U20 - LJ). Silvers went to Lisa Schofield (U20 - 400H) and Adam McCarthy (400H - U17), Laurence Goodacre (U17 - SP), Joseph Ramie (U20 - TJ) Eleanor Bounds (U15 - 800m) and Amy Cox (U17 HT) while bronze meals went to Kieran Nelson (400H - U17), Joseph Ramie (U20 LJ). added 11/05/08 


1500m 1-2-3 tops Essex Champs success

A gold-silver-bronze 1500m success from Faye Fullerton, Alexa Joel & Sara Luck capped a fine day of excellent performances and good conditions at Day 2 of the Essex Champs at Basildon today. Jimi Tele won U15 long & triple jumps and added 100m bronze. Bonne Buwembo smashed the Championships best in the U20 javelin for gold and Nicola Hill's 400m PB earned her U20 gold. Luke Stott (400m) and  Ross Clarke (5000) added two more senior golds. Silver service was provided by Mel Harrison (DT & SP), Claire Brennan (100H), Lucy Sargent (100m)Kate Cowley (LJ), Andrew Lewis (U17 - 400m) and Jack Edgar-Hill (U17M - 100H) and bronze medals went to Angela James (u17W - 80mH) James Purnell (U15B LJ), Daniel Gamester (HT) and Sam Harrison (SM - JT).  added 10/05/08

Super-six nearly pull it off

A six strong fought from the first event and almost pulled second place in their Div 3N Southern League opener. Stuart Tufton was at his consistent best in the pole vault, Neill Collins ran excellent tactical races and Tom Foskett ran with a maturity beyond his years.  Martin Chester showed his bulldog spirit by warming up with a tactical 800m before his 5000m, 1500m, and 3000m steeple which he finished only to changed his wet spikes before doing a leg of the 4x400. Darren Keevil and Aaron Bonning competed in 22 events between them with the highlight a double victory in the high hurdles. added 6/05/08

Relay medals for Lucy, Sara at BUSA Champs

Lucy Sargent and Sara Luck both gained relay medals at this weekend's British Universities Championships at Bedford. Lucy helped Brunel to gold in the 4x100m relay while Sara's 58.5s split helped the London University squad to bronze in the 4x400m relay.  Luck set an outdoor PB when placing fourth in the 800m with 2:11.52s but Lucy failed to make the individual finals in either 100 or 200m.  Robyn Matson was a fine sixth for Birmingham in the 2000m 'chase.  Completing the club contingent were Laura Bealey who helped Sheffield to reach the 4x400m final, and also set a PB in the individual 400m, and Anthony Williams who was pleased with his run in the 110m hurdles.  added 5/05/08    

Eleven medals at Essex Champs Day One

There were nine medals, two of them gold, as the first day of the Essex Championships took place in hot but breezy conditions at Thurrock today. Once again the throws led the way. Sophie Baggs took U15 discus gold as Lannahn Leary-Kiernan and Debbie Knight took silver and bronze. Kike Oniwinde added the U17 javelin gold to her U15 title last year and Debbie Knight added bronze in the u15 event. Her older sister Katherine went one better with U17 discus silver. There were three 1500m medals, two silver one bronze. Ellie Bounds had to settle for silver against Jessica Judd in the U15 event, and Zoey Littlechild was runners up for second year in the U17 equivalent. Freddy Keefe showed promise with his bronze in the U13 boys event. added 5/05/08    

National YAL Open with third

The National Young Athletes team, missing almost all their middle distance, resting ahead of Monday's Essex Champs 1500m, placed third in the opening fixture at Hendon today. The U17 Men put up a power house display with six A and six B string wins and the U15 girls cleaned up with three throws double wins and a long jump success. Andrew Kerr starred for the U15 boys with two of the four victories in this age group, but the U13 girls, U13 boys and the U17 women only recorded one win apiece. But although wins were at a premium against the strong Shaftesbury & Bedford squads, there was no shortage of good performances and PBs in the warm conditions. added 4/05/08   added 5/05/08

Jav record goes again - Southern men 2nd

Bonne Buwembo further increased his club U20 & senior javelin record again as the Southern Men's team were runners up in their Division 1 match at Peterborough today. Buwembo's new mark of 66.71m won the A string beating current UK second ranked Mervyn Luckwell. Georgie Bean was second in the the B. Another double came in the chase where Rob Warner won the A and Grant Twist set a PB for B victory. Daniel Gamester won the A hammer and evergreen skipper Mark Bishop won high jump and sprint hurdles B strings. Ross Clarke set an 800m PB for second and was also second in the 1500. His B string partners - Grant Twist (800) and Matt Bland were also second. Joseph Ramie's 200m PB placed him second, as did his triple jump. Anthony Williams provided runners up double in A hurdles and B long jump.   added 3/05/08  added 5/05/08


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