November 2004 to March 2005

Spring into summer!

As the clocks go forward, and the nights get lighter it's time to look forward to the summer track and field season. The club handbook and fixture list will be available at both tracks immediately after Easter and the full summer fixtures are now available here. To help athletes know what to aim for the club's all-time list, the StatPack, has been updated to include all performances up to 21 March 2005 - top 10s for u20s to u13s and top 20s for seniors. This is only available on line, not in a booklet, so you'll need to print off the pages you need from here. To see what standards you'll need to enter the national (AAAs) Champs, or to be considered for selection for the English Schools Champs, or under the AAAs Standards Scheme, click here.    added 26/03/05   

Gold, two silvers & a bronze in relay romp

One gold, two silver and a bronze medal were the club's haul from the Essex Young Athletes' Road relays held at Chelmer Valley on Sunday. Two medals came in the under 15 boys. Matt Bloy's opening 9:43 lap proved to be the fastest in the event and his A team colleagues Steve McLachlan (10:26) and Bradley Tungatt (9:55) ensured gold. For the B team Chris McLachlan's 10:06 opener and Daniel Winters' 10:28 leg were capped by Grant Twist's 10:07 anchor that made up two places to claim bronze. The hard working under 13 girls at last got their reward as they won silver through Georgia Davies (12:16), Becky Luck (12:38) and Sidnie Sales (11:59). The u15 girls repeated their achievement as Ingrid Deane's 11:13 first leg set up the medal charge and Clare Robinson (11:53) and Hayley Thomas (11:43) ensured silver. added 21/03/05   

Pic: Gary Howard

Silver service from senior men

Havering Mayesbrook senior men proved once again that if they turn out in numbers they are a force to be reckoned with. As with the cross country relays the A team came away with a medal - this time silver behind Basildon. Right from the first leg from Jason Lendon (19:01), through the middle two legs run by Matt Bland (19:02) and Gavin Maley (18:55), to the final leg by Trevor Keys (18:59), the team showed a consistent high quality that brought them home in second place. The club put out so many athletes that they were the only club to have three complete teams in the race. The B team of Rob Warner (20:29), Barry Loveday (20:51), and brothers Neill (20:58) and Tony Collins (21:17)all acquitted themselves admirably. And were followed home by the C team of Graham Pritchard (20:48), Rob Dickenson (23:06), Russ Middleton (21:33) and Martin Chester (21:48) who ran well to prove that the senior men’s team have strength in depth and can truly be a force to be reckoned with on the local scene. added 15/03/05  The following day five of the twelve ran a half marathon. Jason Lendon and Matt Bland ran superbly to place 2nd and fourth in 74:10 and 74:55 respectively, while there were good runs from Martin Chester (81:50), Russ Middleton (86:19) and Chris Coates (87:51). Meanwhile at Hastings Trevor Keys contested the AAAs and Inter Counties half marathon for Essex placing 28th in 73:28. added 15/03/05


Competition returns to Hornchurch

Competitive athletics returned in style to Hornchurch on Sunday for the first time in over 12 years when the club hosted the first of the Spring Open events. Over 100 athletes turned up to sample the surface of the refurbished track and despite the chill conditions there were some good races. Jade Edwards set the ball rolling with victory in the opening event the girls 1200m while junior international Lucy Sargent opened her outdoor campaign with one of the fastest ever times by an under 17 for the rarely contested 150m event, stopping the clock at a sizzling 18.3 secs - yet another club u17, junior & senior best. Matt Russell showed good form with an 80m/150m double the latter just outside the club best. During the event Gary Baker, the Project Officer from the Cleanaway Havering Riverside Trust presented a plaque to Mark Bishop, Havering Mayesbrook AC's President acknowledging the Trust's contribution of £50,000 to the costs of refurbishing the track and field facilities at the Stadium. added 14/03/05     pdf  Excel 


Schools XC: Matt & Katie 4th, Steve 6th, Ross 7th

Essex Schools dominated the English Schools Cross Country Champs at Norwich today with club athletes in the winning teams. The junior boys swept the field - thanks to four club members. Matt Bloy & Steve Maclachlan ran superbly for 4th & 6th, Grant Twist was an excellent 22nd with Joe Webster 130th. Katie Richardson was also fourth in the inter girls and Hayley Thomas 144th but Essex were this time outside the medals. There was no mistake in the inter boys team stakes as Ross Clarke was 7th, Matt Watkins 32nd and Ashley Reece 127th. In the senior girls Megan Foley's 25th placing helped Essex to team gold, with Robyn Matson 190th, while Ingrid Deane was 122nd in the junior girls, as Essex took team bronze. Katie, Matt, Steve and Ross will represent England schools in the Home Countries International in Wales in two weeks. added 12/03/05   


Inter Counties Bronze for Katie

Katie Richardson defied the blizzard to win bronze for Essex in u17race at the Inter Counties Championships at Nottingham on Saturday. Essex teammate Danielle Sale took gold and Katie was seven seconds behind runner-up Danielle Walker (Staffs) in 18:56. Megan Foley had her best run of the winter to place fifth, 11 seconds behind Katie, with Robyn Matson 58th. Debbie Appleton's good form continued as she placed an excellent 11th in the senior women's race. Four club athletes ran in the u15 boys event. Matt Watkins was 45th, Matt Bloy 52nd, Brad Tungatt 95th, and Chris MacLachlan 127th. Ingrid Deane placed 112th in u15 Girls event. added 7/03/05  


Lucy: Second AAAs Gold

Seven days after her stunning AAAs u20 200m gold Lucy Sargent returned to Birmingham yesterday and added an u17 300m gold to her growing collection. She held off Laura Gillhespy - who had won 400m u20gold last week - to record 39.37s - the 3rd fastest ever time by a UK u17. She also placed 5th in the long jump with 5.51m. There were PBs all round for the hurdles squad as Lisa Schofield improved to 9.04s, Anthony Williams to 9.08s, Nicola Hill to 9.50s and Catrina McAuliffe to 9.95s - but there was no final place. Frankie Calder survived a first round disqualification for stepping out of lane but after a protest was reinstated to place 3rd in her semi in 26.79s while Lauren Clark's 300m time of 43.4s was not enough to progress.  added 28/02/05  


Kate on crutches - misses big break

Kate Brewington's ambitions have suffered a double blow. The GB Combined Events international injured her ankle during the long jump warm up at recent AAAs championship and ended up spending most of the evening in Sheffield A&E. Fortunately no break was found but a bone scan on Monday revealed that Kate had suffered a complete tear to two of ankle ligaments and had inflamed bone marrow in the ankle joint. She received two cortisone injections and is receiving intensive physiotherapy and magnetic therapy in order to try and speed up the healing process. To add to the disappointment of missing such a vital part of her training programme, and also risking jeopardizing some early season competition opportunities abroad, Kate  received further news which further added to her
heartbreak. As a result of some withdrawals from the European Indoor Championships pentathlon in Madrid next weekend Kate received an invitation from the European Athletics Association to compete at these champs. Kate said  "Obviously I had to reject this invite but as you can imagine this was a very depressing thing to have to do. I just can't express how devastated I am to have to give up this fantastic opportunity to be able to compete next to Olympic champions such as Kelly Holmes and Carolina Kluft is one that I obviously found very exciting." 
added 26/02/05  


Photo Courtesy Nicolas Forichon


Katie, Chloe win Havering Awards

Katie Richardson and Chloe van Wulven both won awards at the Havering Sports Council annual awards ceremony at Upminster Golf Club on Monday. And on a great evening there were runners up awards for Chairman Doug  Tierney (Personality of the Year) and the club itself in the "Club of the Year" category. Katie's honour came as the Junior Female Competitor of the Year where she beat hockey player Jessica Bryan and tennis ace Gemma Vango to the honour. Chloe was tops in the prestigious "Competitor of the Year" prize beating Michelle Griffin (hockey) and Miles McBain (badminton) for the honour. added 24/02/05  


Debbie's half marathon win

Club captain Debbie Appleton showed that she is rounding into shape to tackle when she won the Watford Half Marathon a couple of weekends ago.  She clocked 76:08 for 18th spot overall, missing the course record by just two seconds and also finishing outside her club best dating from 2003. It was an emphatic win as she beat Amy Waterlow by nearly six minutes. As disappointed as she was to just miss out on the record,
her misfortune was compounded when she discovered that her bag with keys, phone and kit had been stolen.
added 24/021/05  (via Kevin White) 

 Photo: Watford Observer

Photo: Watford Observer

Lucy's Stunning AAAs Gold

Lucy Sargent scored at stunning 200m victory at the AAAs u20 championships at Birmingham today. Her winning time of 23.78s was not only a championship best, it was also third best all-time indoors by an u17, 5th best by an u20, and 20th best by a UK senior women. Inevitably it was a club u17, u20 & senior record. Chloe van Wulven was 6th in the u20 women's 60m hurdles and Robyn Delivett was 5th in her 400m heat yesterday. added 20/01/05  

Meanwhile at Chelmsford Lisa Schofield took the u17 hurdles title in 9.1s, Mel Harrison defended her senior shot title in 11.32s, Claire Brennan gained silver in the SW 60 hurdles with 9.5s,  and Eugene Ayanful won u17 men 60m bronze in 7.5s. Richard Denko & Anthony Williams were 4th & 5th in the u17m hurdles with Richard clocking a fast 8.8 heat PB & Anthony recording PBs of 9.1 in heat & final. Chris Clements was 5th in the u17M 60m in 7.6s, as was Claire Brennan in the SW sprint (PB of 8.4 heat), with Hannah Gamester sixth. added 20/02/05  


National XC Bronze for U15 Boys

Matt Watkins' 18th place led the Under 15 Boys' team won bronze in the National Cross Country Champs at Cofton Park, Birmingham today. Chris & Steve MacLachlan and Matt Bloy completed the medal winning quartet. Katie Richardson was best placed club athlete, 8th in the U17W race but the team just missed out on a medal in 4th. Debbie Appleton placed an excellent 12th in the senior women's race. Ingrid Deane was first home for the u15 Girls, who finished 13th, while both u13 squads placed 17th.   added 19/02/05 & updated 21/02/05  


Nicola's golden return

Nicola Hill returned from injury to win 60m hurdles gold at today's Essex Indoor Champs for u13s and u15s.  And Rebecca Clements three times equalled the club u13 60m sprint best on her way to bronze. Nicola's recent preparations had been hampered by an ankle injury that has required treatment but she showed little signs of her enforced lay off when she won both heat & final of the u15 hurdles in 9.7s, a fraction below her best. Rebecca showed good heat form to win in a PB of 8.8s to equal Lilla Jacks' 12 month old club 60m record, and she matched that time in placing second in her semi final and third in the final. Frankie Calder just missed a medal in a blanket finish in the u15 girls' 60m, placing fourth in 8.3s. Sam Hill smashed her hurdles PB in the u13 girls' event to run 11.1s but was unable to repeat her feat placing fifth in the final. Catrina McAuliffe again improved her hurdles PB, clocking 10.1s but narrowly lost out on a final place. Michael Isted also saw action in the u15 boys' 60m. added 19/02/05  



Kate leads Britain to Multis Win

Kate Brewington came of age on the international scene when she led the Great Britain to success in the multi-event international in Aubiere, France. Her 4047 point pentathlon total placed her third of the 20 competitors in the five-way international against France, Spain, Netherlands and the Czech Republic. Kate opened with the second fastest hurdles time of 8.58s, before equalling her club high jump record of 1.73m. A shot PB of 12.01m was followed by a long jump of 5.77m and 800m of 2m 28.30s to place third behind clear winner Laurien Hoos of Netherlands (4264) and just behind runner up Maria Penado Bravo of Spain (4075). Team mates Ros Gonse (5th), Fiona Harrison (6th) and Laura Redmond (12th) ensured the GB team's success.  added 06/02/05  Results  PICS added 14/02/05

Faye Fullerton was fourth in the British Universities Cross Country Championships at Leeds yesterday. Results


Photos Courtesy Nicolas Forichon


Matt, Katie win for Essex Schools 

There were impressive victories for Matt Bloy and Katie Richardson in the Southern Schools Inter Counties event at Basildon today. Matt's set the early pace but trailed with a mile to go before taking the lead going into the last hill to win in the junior boys' race. He was well supported by Steve MacLachlan's late effort which won third place. Katie was also always prominent and also came from behind to win the Inter girls' event. Megan Foley was fourth in the senior girls' event. added 05/02/05 & updated 06/02/05  & Pics   results to follow


Gold, silver, two bronze in SEAA XC 

Team gold & silver, and two individual bronze medals were the reward for a great day by club athletes at the South of England Cross Country Championships at the tough parliament Hill course today.  Matt Watkins' individual bronze led home a team gold performance in the U15 boys' event. Matt Bloy on 10th and Steve and Chris Maclachlan in 28th & 40th secured the team prize with 81points - eight ahead of Aldershot. Silver came from the u17 women. Katie Richardson and Megan Foley finished 5th and 8th, and good runs from Robyn Matson in 19th and Vicky Smith 47th secured runners up spot. The final medal came in the senior women's event when Debbie Appleton won bronze. Ross Clarke was a good 9th in the u17 men's race. The u13 girls placed 6th, the u15 girls 11th, and the u13 boys 13th.  added 29/01/05 & updated 30/01/05  


Competition returns to Hornchurch

Athletics competition returns to Hornchurch Stadium after a ten-year break on Sunday 13 March when Havering Mayesbrook AC hosts a Spring Warm Up meeting on the newly resurfaced Bridge Avenue track. The club’s fund-raising efforts, led by Chairman Doug Tierney, were instrumental in ensuring that the badly worn 3M Tartan surface dating from 1977 was replaced last summer.  The track has been open for training since last September and was officially reopened on 31 October by the Mayor of Havering, Councillor Louise Sinclair and Danny Crates, the Athens 2004 Paralympic 800m gold medal winner. Club Chairman Doug Tierney comments: 'It's very exciting to be able to bring competitive athletics back to Hornchurch Stadium after such a long break. The Club has attracted and developed many fine young athletes in recent years and the new facilities will greatly help coaches and athletes in that development process. Space limitations mean that we have had to stick with a six-lane track but the Club will be looking to hold regular competitions there in coming years. We hope that the 'track events only' meeting on Sunday, March 13th will attract good support not only from within the Club but also from neighbouring Clubs. We are fortunate to have another 'home' at the Mayesbrook Arena in Barking where we can hold eight-lane meetings. A second open meeting at Mayesbrook Park, that will cover the full range of events on Sunday, 10th April traditionally attracts a good turn out.”  added 29/01/05  Links to Meeting details    web     pdf


PB sprinting at Haringey

There were a series of good performances at the London Sprints Festival at Haringey on Sunday. U20 Luke Stott led the way in the 60m flat with a 7.44 heat win and improved to 7.32s second round PB. Richard Demko (U17) showed good speed as he clocked 7.77s to win his heat and later improved to 7.76s. Another u17 Anthony Williams ran a PB of 8.04s and went close with 8.10s. Chloe van Wulven (U20) smashed her sprint PB to clock 8.17s. Earlier she was fastest in a specially arranged mixed hurdles race with 9.09s, ahead of Williams & Demko, who both clocked PBs of 9.26 and 9.31s respectively. Next fastest club sprinter was Lisa Schofield (U17) with 8.39s (& 9.48 hurdles). Other results: SW - Hannah Gamester 8.43s, Claire Brennan 8.47s (& 9.79s hurdles), U15G - Nicola Hill 8.48 (=PB & hurdles 9.59s PB), Catrina McAuliffe 9.03 (& 10.23s hurdles PB). added 24/01/05


Senior Men Bronze in Essex XC relays

A full strength senior men's team won bronze behind Chelmsford and Colchester in the Essex Cross Country relays at Stubbers today, much to the delight of team manager Warren Roe. Jason Lendon's 11:22 opener proved to be the best of the day by an HMAC entrant. Gavin Maley's ran second with a 11:31 leg, before Matt Bland's 11:41 on third. Graham Pritchard continued the good work with his 12:25 effort, before Rob Warner anchored the team to a medal with 11:49. The B team placed 7th thanks to Chris Coates (12:03), Neill Collins (12:28), Russ Middleton (12:37), Tony Collins (12:20) and Gary Howard (13:04) added 23/01/05 & updated 26/01/05  Pics added 24/01/05 


Pic: Pete Warner

Schools XC - Good day at the races 

It was a good day at the races as HMAC athletes were well to the fore in the Essex Schools Cross Country Champs at Basildon today. Matt Bloy led from start to finish to win the Junior Boys' title, with Steve MacLachlan close behind in silver spot. Katie Richardson also took gold in the combined Inter & Senior Girls' race, with Megan Foley returning from injury to take second in the senior event. Ross Clarke also returned to competition with an excellent second place in the Inter boys race, while Ingrid Deane claimed bronze in the junior girls event. added 22/01/05 & updated 23/01/05 and 26/01/05  


Nicola's PBs but no medal 

Nicola Hill set three PBs out of five events in the South of England Indoor Pentathlon today. But her 2620 points tally - the best indoors by a club u15 - left her seven points short of a medal as she finished fourth. Her PBs came in the 60m hurdles (9.60s), shot (7.78m) and 60m sprint (8.48s). Kate Brewington opened her indoor account at Loughborough yesterday when she twice clocked 8.78s for the 60m hurdles - faster than at this stage last winter.  added 16/01/05  


Essex gold for Under 15s, Faye 

There were team honours for both u15 squads and Faye Fullerton took individual senior gold in the Essex Cross Country Championships at Basildon yesterday.  Debbie Appleton's individual bronze set up a bronze for the senior team bit both u13 squads were out of the medal hunt in 5th.  The u15 girls' close packing again secured gold with Ingrid Deane's best run this winter in 7th leading the way. Matt Watkins missed out on an individual U15 medal in 4th but with his scoring team mates closing in before ninth it was team gold. Sidnie Sales was first home for the u13 girls in 8th while Daniel Shanney's 8th was also best for the u13 boys. Rob Warner (24th) was best for the senior men.  added 16/01/05  Senior men's pics added 17/01/05  


Under 15s end League on top

The u15 teams both emerged victorious in the league after the fifth and final fixture contested in gale force windy conditions at Hilly Fields, Colchester on Saturday. The u15 girls were again the strongest team with Hayley Thomas, Clare Robinson, Georgie sales, Ingrid Deane and Jade Edwards  occupying 4th to 8th positions.  The u15 boys low score of 28 points - with Matt Bloy 3rd, Steve & Chris McLachlan 6th or 7th, and Daniel Winters 12th - was beaten by Colchester on the day but they won the overall league title. Sidnie Sales was 3rd for the u13 girls, Katie Richardson 2nd in the u17 race, and Daniel Shanney was first home for the u13 boys in 8th.  added 9/01/05  updated 12/01/05 


Silver service at Bedford indoors

There were four silvers and a gold medal for club members on the first day of the South of England Indoor  Championships at Bedford today. Chloe van Wulven stepped up into the u20 ranks but lost out to rival Kylie Robilliard in a tight finish as both girls clocked 9.1s in a straight final, before Claire Brennan won an unchallenged gold in the senior event in 9.5s. Nicola Hill won both her u15 hurdles heat and semi final, setting a new short-lasting PB, before further improving her best to 9.62s to take were silver in the final. In the u17 event Lisa Schofield also had to settle for silver with a 9.22s clocking after heat and semi final wins.  The fourth silver went to Frankie Calder who ran 8.28s to place second in the u15 60m sprint. Eugene Ayanful failed to make to u17 60m sprint final but smashed the club best of 7.7s by three-tenths with his 7.38s heat performance, which would have gained a final place if repeated in his semi final.  added 8/01/05 & updated 9/01/05  added 9/01/05 


Women end year on high

The excellent summer for the club's female contingent was reflected in the summer 2004 senior track & field rankings, published last week. All-rounder Kate Brewington is highest ranked club athlete placing fourth in the heptathlon and also ranking in four individual events, finishing 12th in the long jump, making the 100h and high jump top 30s, and also ranking in the shot. Faye Fullerton just missed out on a 1500m top 10 place, in 11th, and also made the top 25 at both 800m and 3000m. Under 17 Lucy Sargent also achieved rankings in three events with 13th in 100m, 15th in 200m and top 40 in long jump. Another u17 to make an impact on the senior scene was Chloe van Wulven, ranked in both 100m hurdles and high jump. Throwers Mel Harrison, Lynsey Clark and Sarah Deacon were ranked at discus (Mel & Lynsey) and hammer (Sarah) respectively while Sara Luck completed the eight who made the rankings with a heptathlon listing. Matt Russell alone flew the flag for the men's team with a 100m top 30 ranking position and also making the 200m top 50. added 28/12/04


Junior teams boost club's success

The men's and women's junior teams' season of success was recognised when their achievements were highlighted as part of the winning entry as club of the year at the Barking & Dagenham Sports Council Annual Awards recently. The men clinched promotion to the National Junior League's Southern Premier Division next season, where they will compete alongside the ladies, who recorded one of the best ever results by a club team when they placed second in the national final. Lucy Sargent was again in the limelight as she walked away with Sportswoman of the year, for her memorable achievements. But there was no joy for AAAs u15 javelin champion Bonne Buwembo who was unsuccessful in the male equivalent award, as a karate player scooped the honours.  added 21/12/04


Debbie's Inter Counties win

Debbie Appleton led the Essex senior women's team to gold with a winning performance at the South of England Inter Counties Cross Country Champs at Stowe School, Bucks at the weekend. Also in good form on the testing course at Stowe was Matthew Watkins who won silver in the u15 boys' event in another Essex team victory. Matt Bloy (17th) and Bradley Tungatt (32nd) were also in action in the age group. Robyn Matson also helped Essex to team gold as she ran well to place 12th in the u17 women's race and Vicky Smith was back in 57th. Ingrid Deane and Hayley Thomas were 28th and 37th for the u15 girls, and Rebecca Luck and Georgia Davies placed 44th and 58th for the u13 girls.  added 13/12/04

Faye's Euro Silver

Faye Fullerton performed well in GB colours in Germany on Sunday to win team silver, as she finished 49th in the European Cross Country Championships. After a cautious start which saw her pass the first km in 37th she found the going tough and as the hilly course took its toll she slipped back to just hold on to a top 50 place. Ahead of her it was a fantastic day for the GB team as Hayley Yelling's late surge took her to gold, and Jo Pavey claimed silver. Helen Clitheroe and Natalie Harvey placed well to ensure team silver, and Faye and sixth GB runner Charlotte Dale joined them on the podium to collect their medals.  added 13/12/04

Club athletes win medals in Schools' Cup

Club athletes helped their school teams to medal winning performances in the English Schools Cross Country Cup Final at Oswestry on Saturday. Both Coopers' School girls' teams emerged victorious and Charlotte Humpheryes (12th), Clare Robinson (16th) and Georgie Lou Sales (17th) contributed to the Inter Girls' success.  Younger sister Sidnie Sales was one of the Coopers' winning quartet in the junior girls' race, finishing 26th.  The club provided all four of the Emerson Park quartet who won silver in the Inter Boys' race. Matt Bloy led them home in 11th, while siblings Steve and Chris Maclachlan fought it out in 16th and 17th while newcomer Michael Donovan completed the medal winning foursome. Also in action for Brentwood Ursuline were Becky Luck (44th Junior Girls) and Louisa Wood and Catrina McAuliffe (64th & 128th Inter girls).  added 7/12/04


Lesley's silver lining

In contrast to the young athletes' medal-free day Lesley Felton came away from Woodford with an individual silver medal in the Women's over 45 Veterans' age group championships held at the same Woodford venue.  She placed 19th overall in these champs for over 35s , and Linda Smith (38th), Ruth O'Sullivan (47th) and Julie Gildea (49th) ensured the team placed 7th. In the men's over 40 event Gary Howard and Paul Berrett placed 42nd and 47th respectively while there was a thirteenth place finish for the over 50 Men's of Roger Winston 60th, Len Parrott 66th, Martin McVeigh 79th & David Holland 94th  added 7/12/04

No joy in Essex champs

There was little to celebrate as HMAC young athletes returned empty handed from the first day of the Essex Cross Country championships at Woodford. There were just three club starters in the u17 men's race and it was almost two, as Ross Clarke made it just before the off. He showed little signs of his restricted warm up as he ran well for fifth but Ashley Reece was unable to repeat his Essex League form, finishing back in twelfth with David Nefs in 23rd completing the trio. The u17 girls were also shorthanded. With both Katie Richardson and Megan Foley already out through injury Robyn Matson was best placed in sixth, ahead of Vicky Smith and Helen Roche in 10th and 13th respectively. Charlotte Watkins, who had just returned from a trip abroad the previous evening, bravely started the race to complete the team entry but unfortunately had to drop out around the 1k mark. This put paid to any chance of a team medal. Sara Luck ran well to finish fifth in the u20 women's event.  added 4/12/04 & updated 5/12/04

A trio of club hurdlers excelled in their first indoor outing this winter at the Windsor Open. Lisa Schofield twice improved her PB in winning the women's u17 60m hurdles event, in a swift new best of 9.14s, as well as improving her 60m flat best to 8.27s. Anthony Williams (U17M) and Nicola Hill (U15G) both carved over half a second off their hurdles PBs clocking 9.31s and 9.75s respectively. added 4/12/04

Lucy gold down under

Lucy Sargent struck gold down under today when she anchored the England 4x100m relay team to victory in the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bendigo, Australia. She combined with Joscelynne Hopeson, Johnelle Gibbons and Joey Duck to claim gold in a swift 45.63s - the second fastest time ever by a UK U18 team.  Earlier Lucy had finished fourth in the individual 100m final after winning her heat, clocking 12.50 secs into a strong headwind, as teammate Hopeson took gold. Lucy said afterwards that she was "really disappointed after my performance in the 100m but I’m really pleased with the relay. The girls were brilliant." On Thursday Lucy was again in action as she joined Johnelle Gibbons, Tara Bird and Danielle Christmas in the medley relay, placing fourth.  added 2/12/04 & updated 3/12/04

Bonne top ranked

Rising javelin ace Bonne Buwembo this week was celebrating his top ranking in the summer 2004 under 15 boys’ rankings.  His massive 57.78m winning effort from the AAAs championships in August was second best ever in this age group and was three metres longer than any other throw in Britain this year. The 14 year old from Dagenham had a meteoric rise from rookie to champion as he only took up the event in April. Another newcomer to make the national u15 boys’ lists was sprinter Eugene Ayanful who is listed at both 100m and 200m. Two club youngsters have also made the grade by appearing in the girls’ under 13 rankings, published this week.  Both Jessica Humpheryes and Rebecca Luck are listed in the discus top 20.  added 1/12/04

Ashley storms to League win
Ashley Reece recorded an impressive win in the u17 race in the fourth round of the Essex League at the hilly Basildon course today. Also in excellent form was Lauren Deadman who showed she is returning to her pre-injury form with second in the senior women's event in which her team mates Nikkii Barnett (7th), Denise Harris (13th) and Emma Wallace (13th) provided fine support. The u15 boys' returned to winning ways as Matt Watkins (3rd), Matt Bloy (5th), Steve Maclachlan (6th) and Grant Twist (10th) notched up a big win. The u15 and u17/20 girls both took team honours with Hayley Thomas (5th) leading the u15s home and Robyn Matson's 4th place the u17s best. Daniel Shanney was first home in 9th for the third placing u13 boys, and the u13 girls also gained third with Sidnie Sales highest placed in 5th. Rob Warner was again first senior man on show.   added 27/11/04; updated 28/11 & 1/12/04 pics added 3/12/04

Pics: Gary Howard


Trials fifth for Fabulous Faye
Faye Fullerton showed her class with a superb fifth place in the Reebok London Challenge today at Parliament Hill. The race served as the trials for the European Championships in Germany and Faye's superb result earned her selection. Debbie Sullivan was 24th in the same race. Katie Richardson's fine form continued as she finished 7th in the u17 event, while Ross Clarke opened his winter account with a good 19th in the boys' equivalent. Matt Bloy was 22nd in the u15 boys' race and Ingrid Deane and Hayley Thomas made the top 50 in the u15 girls.   added 20/11/04 & updated 21/11/04

Katie, Megan in Belgian action
Katie Richardson and Megan Foley faced good quality opposition this weekend when they competed for the South of England team in the Lotto Crosscup under 20 event at Ghent, Belgium on Sunday. Katie, still several months short of her 16th birthday, was the youngest competitor in a field of mainly 18 and 19 year olds. She was well placed throughout and bagged a top ten finish to come home ninth.  Megan's slow start to the winter season continued as she failed to translate her training form into competition but nevertheless she was still placed 24th.  added 8/11/04

Six in Under 17 rankings
Six of the best u17 women were ranked in the National track & field rankings, published this week. Junior international Lucy Sargent not surprisingly took pride of place with runners up placings in 100, 200  & 300m and fifth in the long jump. Chloe van Wulven also made four lists, ranking third in the 80m hurdles, and ranked in the 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles, and high jump. Middle distance stars Katie Richardson & Megan Foley made two lists each. They both ranked at 1500m with Katie 10th & Megan 12th, and additionally Katie made the 800m lists and Megan the 3000m rankings. Also ranked were Lisa Schofield (80m hurdles) and Christina Kalejaiye (Long jump).  Two weeks earlier Lucy & Chloe had also ranked in the u20 lists where Mel Harrison ranked at discus, shot & hammer, and Lynsey Clark joined her in the discus lists.  added 7/11/04

Faye and Lauren Legless
Faye Fullerton and Lauren Deadman performed well to no avail at Mansfield yesterday as the senior women failed to field a third team member at the National Cross Country Relays. Lauren Deadman led off, continuing her recovery from long term injury and ran very well to bring the team to 19th place out of over 90 starters. Starting steadily, she progressed through the race to improve her position, finishing in 10.52. Faye Fullerton took over and ran a fantastic race overhauling opponents to improve the team placing to 5th. Her run gave her the third fastest lap of the day in 9.59, just two seconds short of legs from the experienced Tara Krzywicki and Liz Yelling. A steady final leg could easily have secured a top ten finish but with no third runner to hand on to Faye & Lauren finished legless!  added 7/11/04

Golden opening for Hornchurch track
The Mayor of Havering, Councillor Louise Sinclair and Danny Crates, the Athens 2004 Paralympic 800m gold medal winner, officially re-opened the running track at Hornchurch Stadium in Bridge Avenue, Hornchurch, on Sunday 31 October. Work to replace the existing track, the oldest all-weather surface in England, was completed in September. The £258,000 facility was funded by grants from Cleanaway Havering Riverside Trust (£75,000), London Marathon Trust and Sport England (both £50,000), with the Local authority allocating the balance of £83,000. Club Chairman Doug Tierney, who played a major role in preparing the successful funding bids, said: "We are very excited about using the new track, and that we will be able to bring competitive athletics back to Havering next season. We will also be able to provide opportunities for many people to develop a competitive spirit and acquire new skills. It has been a long, hard slog to obtain the essential funding but it has all been worthwhile." added 3/11/04

Photo: Derek Drew

Essex XC League Round 3

After a week of heavy run, underfoot conditions are beginning to resemble traditional Cross Country, but the bright sunshine made the conditions warm for the undulating Stubbers course, as Havering Mayesbrook hosted the third round Essex League fixtureTwo girls' teams led the way on home territory with team victories. Katie Richardson & Megan Foley were 3rd and 4th as the u17 girls triumphed, and Ingrid Deane was 4th, followed by Hayley Tomas, Clare Robinson and Jade Edwards inside the top 9 to clinch the u15 girls' event. Ashley Reece was a powerful 3rd in the u17 men's event, and Matt Watkins was in the same position in the u15 boys' race, as the team were pipped in the team stakes, despite a lower score than their One Tree Hill winning total. added 1/11/04


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