November & December 2002

Kate, Debbie lead way in senior lists

Kate Brewington is highest ranked club athlete to make the senior top 50 lists published this week. The 21 year-old is eighth ranked in heptathlon with her club record 5229 points, and also appears in the 100m hurdles (13.85) and long jump (5.84m). Debbie Sullivan is the most ranked member appearing in 1500m, 5000m and 10,000m on the track and also in the 5k and 10k road race rankings. Under 20 Faye Fullerton ranks in both 800m and 1500m events, while fellow u20 Sarah Deacon also makes to senior hammer top 50 with her club record of 42.91m. Leo Barker's decathlon return earns him a top 20 place while club record holder Des English's 800m and 1500m best marks were recorded but not ranked as he has Irish nationality.  (added 24/12/02

Kate Brewington

Faye suffers injury blow in South Africa

Faye Fullerton's promising return from injury has been wrecked by a freak training injury in South Africa. Just a day after arriving with the elite training group led by coach Alan Storey from St Mary's College, Twickenham, Faye was out on an easy training run when she collided with a side-on street sign. The metal sign, which narrowly missed her left eye, lifted off a large section of skin which needed 28 micro-stitches to repair. The devastating injury has sidelined Faye for at least the first two weeks of the four-week altitude training trip, just as she was starting to show a return to form after recovering from a stress-fracture of the thigh that wrote off her 2002 summer season. Faye has decided to stay with the group in South Africa to recover and, after spending Christmas Day on safari, hopes to ease back into training before jetting home on 6 January. added 21/12/02  

Faye Fullerton (pic: Kieran Galvin)

It's official: Mel is talented!
Mel Harrison is talented: it's official! The 17-year old Campion sixth form student, who won discus bronze in last summer's English Schools championships, has been selected to attend the UK Athletics Southern Talent Academy based at Haringey. The letter confirming her selection says that she is one of a small number of athletes selected for the programme based on her outstanding test results and goes on to say that she clearly has the potential to achieve a very high standard in athletics. The Academy is held on Tuesday evenings under the expert eye of Jackie McKernan, former UK Discus No.1. and will cover nutritional, psychological and physiological as well as training needs. The news is a welcome boost to Mel, who along with other throwers coached by International Paul Head, have relocated to Woodford since the Mayesbrook arena throwing cage blew down in October. The good news is that work on a new cage will start on 6 January, with completion a few weeks later. added 21/12/02  

Mel Harrison

Club indoor record for Chloe

Chloe Van Wulven made an stunning under 17 indoor debut when she broke Kate Brewington's five year old club 60m hurdles best at Chelmsford today. In her first attempt at the u17 event Chloe ran 9.4 secs, comparable to Kate's electrically timed 9.33 best, before twice clocking 9.2 secs to win the event and to set new club marks. Chloe's training partners Danielle Ross (9.5) and Nicola Schofield (9.6) also smashed their PBs to place third & fourth. In the u15 hurdles event Lisa Schofield also improved her PB, improving to 9.8 secs to place second overall. Also at Chelmsford, Luke Stott and Vincent Lazaro ran 7.7 secs and 9.1 secs in the 60m sprints for u17 and u15 boys respectively. added 15/12/02  

Nat Senior's 1.49m high jump clearance last summer won him a place in the national u13 boys' rankings published this week.

Chloe Van Wulven

Three team golds, one silver in Essex YA champs

There were three team golds - for the u13 boys & girls, and the u15 girls - and a team silver for the u15 boys in the Essex Young Athletes Cross Country Champs at Stubbers today. In the individual stakes there no golds but three silvers for Katie Richardson (u15), Bradley Tungatt (u13) and Martin Heys (U20), while Megan Foley added an u15 bronze. added 14/12/02  

  & pics added 14/12/02

Winning u13 girls' team  - Hayley Thomas, Clare Robinson,   Michaela Roberts & Francesca Clark

Debbie wins, Faye 2nd, Sara 3rd!

There were gold, silver & bronze performances for club athletes in the South of England Cross Country Inter Counties at Banbury yesterday. Running in muddy conditions, on a course that in places resembled a farmers field Debbie Sullivan confirmed she is in top form on the country as well as the roads to come through strongly to win gold in the senior race. In the u20 age group Faye Fullerton's comeback continued as she finished 2nd - and made it double silver as the team placed second also. Faye now jets off to South Africa for 4 week warm weather training trip. Sara Luck placed third in the u17 event and also won gold as Essex claimed the team prize.  added 8/12/02  

Debbie Sullivan - strong start to winter continues

Campion sixth in English Schools XC Cup

Campion were the highest placed of the local schools' teams in action at the English Schools Cup Cross Country championships at Northwich, Cheshire yesterday, finishing 6th of the 24 participating school teams in the Inter Boys (y9/10) race. Stephen Wildish was first home for Campion in 25th, while HMAC members Andrew Luck (30th - 16:53), Paul Andrews (31st - 16:54) and Aaron Churchouse (34th - 16:56) completed the scoring four, with David Nefs 63rd in the 138 strong field. Two club members were in action for the Brentwood Ursuline team which finished 7th in the Inter Girls competition. Charlotte Wood finished an excellent 17th, with Kayleigh Brown in 81st. The Coopers' Coburn squad ran well to place 8th in the junior (y7/8) race. Chelmsford's Anni Dunn was 14th & Danielle Redmond 16th before club members Francesca Clark (61st) and Clare Robinson (67th) completed the Coopers' scorers. In the same race Louisa Wood was 110th in the Ursuline team which finished 20th, with Catriona McAuliffe 122nd. added 8/12/02  

Sara Luck was 3rd in the Inter Girls' race at the South of England Inter Counties at Banbury yesterday as Essex took team gold. More results to follow.

Photo: ESAA & Joe Lee Computing

Aaron Churchouse (122) with Andrew Luck behind him (right) in action for Campion at Northwich. Paul Andrews can be seen further back 

(Photo: ESAA/Joe Lee Computing)

Natasha White Hot!

Sprint find Natasha White made up for being the only HMAC girl to make the summer 2002 under 13 rankings by appearing in all four sprint lists. In the shortest event, the 75m sprint, only one girl - Stoke's Jasmine Rowe - bettered Natasha's 9.9 secs club record, a time shared by four other girls. Natasha ranks 4th in the 150m with her 19.6 secs club best, equal 8th with her 27.3 secs clocking for 200m and is also in the top-20 lists with her 13.3 secs 100m time. All in all the rankings are a welcome birthday surprise for the Barking-based youngster who celebrates her 13th birthday on Sunday.  added 4/12/02  

Natasha White in winning form at NYAL Final

Essex XC League title goes to the wire

The battle for the Essex Cross Country League title will go down to the wire with the title to be settled between Havering Mayesbrook and Chelmsford at the final fixture. The under 15 girls again dominated although Katie Richardson this week was second. In the u13 boys Bradley and Matthew Watkins were 2nd and 4th but Joe Webster (15th) and Grant Twist (16th) ensured a team win. The under 17 men also won the team competition, while Michaela Roberts gained her highest placing of the season in fourth in the under 13 race as team runners-up spot was confirmed. Third place points were gained by the under 15 boys and also the senior men, with 14 running. Sara Luck came home third in the combined under 17/under 20 event while Nikki Barnett's 9th place was best in the senior women's race.  added 1/12/02  

Matthew Watkins & Bradley Tungatt again led the u13 boys to victory

Chelmsford 10k road win for Debbie

Debbie Sullivan returned to action with an excellent win  in the Chelmsford 10k last Sunday. Finishing 13th overall in a field of around 500, Debbie finished almost three minutes clear of her nearest female competitor, Ilford's Karen Sindall to clock an excellent 34mins 24 secs, faster than her best track time for the distance. In the process she beat the first clubman home as Trevor Keys was 20 secs back but still finished a good 14th place in the men's competition. And there was good news for the men as they finished second in the team stakes, as Neil Collins finished just outside the top 20 in a PB of 35:50, ahead of Martin Chester 36:08 and Tony Collins (37:30).   added 29/11/02  

Debbie Sullivan

Havering triumph in London Heathrow Games

Four team wins - in the under 13 and under 15 boys and girls categories - swept the Havering borough team to overall victory in the London Heathrow Youth Games Championships at rain-soaked Parliament Hill yesterday. The under 13 boys squad of Matt Watkins (3rd), Bradley & Scot Tungatt (5th & 7th) and Paul Adair (12th) were team winners as were the u13 girls team which included Francesca Clark (12th) and Hayley Thomas. There were also wins for the u15 boys team of Ross Clarke (5th), Aaron Churchhouse (6th), Andrew Luck & Paul Andrews, while Ashley Reece, running for Barking & Dagenham did even better in 3rd. The u15 dominated the race with Katie Richardson again coming from behind to win with Megan Foley runner up in her come back race. Vicky Smith (5th) and Lauren Clark (10th) secured the team gold, while Robyn Matson finished 7th for Barking & Dagenham. The u17 girls were 2nd, with Caroline Smith starring in 8th, with Andrew Meech 11th in the u17 boys' race. Faye Fullerton improved after her low-key run at Margate, taking an early lead but eventually settling for 4th in the combined u20/senior race, and winning individual u20 gold. added 24/11/02  

Katie Richardson - headband - won a thrilling u15 race

Essex call up dozen for Inter Counties cross country

Over a dozen have been called up for the Essex squads in the Southern Ladies Inter Counties cross country event at Banbury, Oxon on Saturday 7 December. In the u13 event Rebecca Heath, Hayley Thomas and Michaela Roberts have responded to the call, while Clare Robinson had to forego selection as she will be in action for her school, Coopers, in the English Schools Cup Final. Katie Richardson will be in action for the u15 girls, with Robyn Matson as reserve, while in the u17 age group Sara Luck has been selected, with Ria Lyons on stand by. For the u20s Faye Fullerton and Hayley Mottram compete, with Emma Baglin as a reserve. Debbie Sullivan has been picked for the senior ladies, as has Laurie Cossey, while Lesley Felton declined selection as she will be contesting the Essex Veterans championships that day.  added 21/11/02  

Rebecca Heath (right), Hayley Thomas (centre) & Clare Robinson (left) 

Three ranked in girls' under 15 lists

Megan Foley was highest ranked club athlete in the girls' under 15 lists, published this week. Her English Schools' medal winning 800m PB of 2m13.95 secs earned her fifth place in the national rankings, four places higher than her 1500m ninth place (4m 41.6 secs). Chloe Van Wulven is also ranked in two events, making the 75m hurdles lists with her 11.70w clocking when winning bronze in the SEAA champs, and her 1.60m high jump victory clearance in the National YAL final. The third u15 girl to make the rankings is Emma Bonny, with her early season 5.20m long jump effort making 10th place. This was achieved before her summer was wrecked when she broke her jaw at the end of May.  added 21/11/02  

Photo: Copyright Keiran Galvin

Megan Foley (photo: Keiran Galvin)

Scott Keating in national under 17 rankings

Scott Keating's 1.90m high jump clearance last summer helped him soar into the u17 men's rankings, published in Athletics Weekly earlier this week. With another season in the age group in 2003 there is every hope that Campion student Scott, 16, can go even higher next summer. added 17/11/02  

Scott Keating

Faye Fullerton eases back into action

Faye Fullerton returned to top class competition at Margate today, placing 30th in the under 20 race at the Reebok International Cross Country Challenge. Now back in full training after injuries wiped out most of her summer season, Faye prepared for the Margate race with solid results in two London Colleges League events, running for her University, St Mary's, Twickenham. Last year Faye finished 23rd in the same race but bounced back to later gain selection for the world cross country championships. Sara Luck ran in the same race, which combined the u17 and u20 age groups, and finished just 19 secs adrift of Faye, placing 13th in the u17 age group. Both Faye & Sara finished ahead of Essex rivals Stacey Ward, Ellie Childs and Linzi Snow. Also in action at Margate was Robyn Matson who finished well up the u15 girls’ field coming home in 26th out of over 100 in 11m 44 secs, and Michaela Roberts who finished 41st in the u13 girls’ event. Both Sara Luck and Robyn Matson have been selected to represent Essex in the South of England women's Inter Counties event at Banbury, Oxon on 7 December. Also selected in the u15 event is Katie Richardson.   added 17/11/02  

Photo of Faye Fullerton Copyright 2002: Kieran Galvin

Faye Fullerton

Katie leaves it late

Katie Richardson came from behind in the last 150m to snatch victory in the Intermediate Girls (Year 9 & 10) event n the English Schools Cross Country Cup Regional Final at St Albans on Saturday. But her Gaynes team-mates, including club members Lauren Clark (12th), Lauren McVicar (33rd) and Lisa Schofield (50th), finished outside the qualifying positions in fifth. Charlotte Watkins (Coopers) in 5th made steady progress on her comeback from the ill-health which blighted her summer 2002 track season, with Georgina Clark in 16th, as Coopers finished 8th. Charlotte Wood (10th) will be making the trip to Cheshire for the national final on 7 December as her Brentwood Ursuline team-mates won this event. Also Cheshire bound is the Campion Intermediate Boys’ team who squeezed into the third qualifying position by a narrow margin thanks to close order between Aaron Churchhouse (10th), Andrew Luck (12th), David Nefs (15th) and Paul Andrews (20th).  Joining them will be the Coopers Junior (year 7 & 8) girls' squad, which includes Claire Robinson (7th on the day), and Francesca Clark (16th), as the team claimed runners up spot to qualify.   added 10/11/02  

Katie Richardson

Seven girls in national under 17 rankings

The talented crop of under 17 girls have made a big impact on the national rankings, published this week. Pride of place goes to English Schools' medallist Mel Harrison whose 38.04m discus throw ranks her 7th, while her hammer best is also ranked. Sara Luck also makes two lists, with her South of England gold medal winning time of 2m 14.53 secs making the top 20, as did her heptathlon mark of 3924 points. Hurdlers Claire Sargent and Nicola Schofield also made the listings in the 80m and 300m hurdles events respectively. In the jumps Katie O'Sullivan's 1.62m high jump clearance also appears, while Kirsty Smith's club u17 triple jump record gained her a national top 20 ranking. Seventh of the bunch was Lynsey Clark's discus effort of 34.63m. With five of the seven still in the age group next season - Mel & Claire moving into the u20 ranks - the future looks bright.   added 7/11/02  

Mel Harrison

Sara Luck 11th in Belgium

Sara Luck made a promising cross country debut for the South of England team in the Lotto Cross Cup event at Ghent, Belgium on Sunday. The 15-year old competed in the U20 ladies race, rather than her own age group,  as the South of England choose a team of U17 athletes as a development squad. Also represented were the full England squad, the North of England, Ireland and a host of Europeans. Starting strongly on a very wet, flat but twisting 4.8km course Sara worked her way through the 33 strong field to finish 11th, in the process beating half the England team members. added 4/11/02  

 Sara Luck

Youngsters in top flight next summer

The club's young athletes this week received a welcome boost with the news that they will be competing in the top flight of the uk:athletics' sponsored National Young Athletes League next season. It was feared that last summer's poor showing by the boys' team, who finished the year in one of the relegation slots, would mean a lower standard of competition in summer 2003. But in the meantime the Boys' and Girls' Leagues have merged and the club's combined team have been placed in the restructured Southern Premier Division of 16 teams. There will be five fixtures - provisionally on 4 & 18 May, 1 & 29 June, and 20 July, with the end of season national finals to aim for. The club has offered to host a home fixture on 29 June. The arrangements will be confirmed at the League AGM on 23 November. added 3/11/02  

Bradley back on top
Bradley Tungatt returned to winning ways as a strong second half performance sealed another Essex League victory, with Matthew Watkins runner up. But this week the jinx in this age group hit Scott Tungatt who dropped out with a leg injury and the team could only place 3rd. The under 13 girls were comfortable winners with their scoring four in the top 8 as Rebecca Heath in 3rd led the quartet home. Katie Richardson had to give second best to Orion's Catherine Conway in the u15 race, as the team placed second. The u17 boys were also 2nd, with close packing between 8th & 12th, as Andrew Meech was again first club member home. Elizabeth Berner won the u11 girls race, held before the league races. & pics added 2/11/02  

 Bradley Tungatt - under 13 winner


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