Four in English Schools action
Eleanor Bounds was the highest placed of the quartet of club athletes representing Essex in this weekend's English Schools Cross Country Championships held at Stanford Hall, Leicestershire. Eleanor 's 36th place in 17:11 was the second of the Essex team, which placed fifth.  Grant Twist signed off his Schools' account in the Senior Boys' event finishing 42nd in 24:46 to lead home the Essex team to sixth.  Also inaction were Zoey Littlechild who stepped up an age group to the Senior Girls competition finishing 109th in 20:23 and Rebecca Stanley made her Schools' debut with 119th in the Junior Girls competition with 12:22 as the Essex Girls claimed team bronze.  added 22/3/09  

50 up for Dave & Tim
Two special club members received well-deserved awards for each notching up an amazing 50 years service with the club & its predecessors at the AGM held at Hornchurch Bowls Club tonight. Former leading club athlete & official Tim Pailthorpe and coach Dave Naylor each received special awards presented by club President Mark Bishop. There were also Life Membership Awards to Jo Sullivan & Mat Bland both for 25 years membership with Mat's award also in recognition of his honour of achieving his GB Masters vest last year. The top team (Chairman, Secretary & Treasurer) stayed in place and Derek Drew steps up to Vice Chairman. Club athletes will be pleased to know that all team managers' track & field positions have been filled thanks to last minute willing volunteers coming forward (it is faithfully reported).      added 20/3/09                  Link to Club Officers for 2009

Club President Mark Bishop with Dave Naylor in 2008

Men sixth in Essex Relays
Late withdrawals caused much last minute reshuffling and the senior men did admirably in the circumstances to finish sixth in the Essex Relays at Chelmsford. Mat Bland's 19:55 very good first leg brought the team home tenth and Peter Coates in his first run since injury improved two places with his 20:13 split. Rob Warner contributed the fastest leg with his best ever time on the course of 19:27 to claw back one more place to hand over seventh. Chris Smith, who only a few days earlier had been earmarked for the D team, took up the challenge and his 20:44 leg saw him overhaul the Colchester athlete in from of him to finish sixth. The B team of Martin Chester (20:44), Paul Berrett (21:15), Graham Pritchard (23:29) and Neil Collins (20:52) finished highly while the short-handed C team of Russ Middleton (21:47), Dan Miller (24:21) and Gary Howard (25:13) performed with credit. Team Manager Peter Warner said " We had hoped for higher positions but the commitment of the athletes who were thrown in at the deep end was something to be admired." added 15/3/09

Jack claims club indoor record
Jack Edgar-Hill broke a club record set a year before he was born when he clocked 8.34s for Essex at Lee Valley today. His career best performance beat Richard Hall's club Under 17 60m Hurdles best that was set in March 1992 and is the third fastest in the UK in this age group this winter. Also in winning Essex action in the Inter Counties U17 and Senior match against Middlesex and Herts was Rebecca O'Neill who clocked 2:22.1s for victory in the U17 Women's 800m event. Mel Harrison opened her 2009 campaign with a senior women's shot victory with an indoor PB of 11.59m, very close to her summer 2008 best, and ZoŽ Young added a B string win with 9.56m. The club's winning sequence was continued by Emmanuel Quarshie who was the senior men's B String shot winner with 11.73m and Laurence Goodacre who was closed to his best in throwing 13.84m for victory in the U17 Men’s equivalent.  added 15/3/09 

Lucy wins University Challenge
Lucy Sargent struck gold at this weekend's British Universities Indoor Championships, winning the 200m title in the colours of Brunel University. Her winning time of 24.63s at Sheffield saw her over a quarter of a second clear of the opposition.  Lucy had earlier placed seventh in the 60m final in 7.84s. Harriet Scott led for most of the 1500m but was outpaced by winner Hannah Brooks (Birmingham) who took gold in 4:26.27s as Harriet just held off the fast finishing Sarah Hood (Edinburgh) in 4:29.56s to claim silver. Sara Luck completed the club's ladies' set of medals taking 800m bronze with a 2:13.63s clocking.  Luke Stott was the only club man on show and added a fourth medal when he ran the opening leg of Loughborough's silver medal winning 4x200m relay team. Luke also qualified for the 200m final as a fastest loser after his 22.35s semi final time. Laura Bealey (Sheffield) slashed over a second off her 400m PB, placing third in her heat with 60.53s, and was also inside her old PB in her semi-final, despite being baulked. Chloe Van Wulven completed the club contingent but her 9.64s hurdles performance and 1.50m high jump failed to make the finals.    added 15/3/09 

44th is best at Inter Counties
Three forty-fourth places were the highest positions achieved by club athletes in Essex colours at Saturday's Inter Counties Championships at Nottingham. Grant Twist was 44th in the U20 men's event and strangely Nick Shade (U13 Boys) and Eleanor Bounds (U15 girls) also achieved an identical position in their races. Seven other club athletes represented Essex.  Freddy Keefe was just one place behind his U13 Boys' team mate and Rebecca Stanley was 129th in the U15 girls event. Zoey Littlechild (89th) and Amber Turner (131st) contested the U17 women's race, and Robyn Matson was 101st in the senior women's competition. Avril Loynes (203rd - U13 girls) and Callum Sutton (265th - U17 men) also saw action for Essex.   added 9/3/09 

Golden treble for Alex leads way at East Indoors
A hat-trick of gold medals for U13 Alex Law led the way at the Eastern Counties Indoor Championships at Chelmsford today. Alex opened up with a long jump PB of 4.55m, came from behind to win the 60m sprint in another PB of 8.3s, before smashing his hurdles best with 10.1s, the fastest indoors this winter nationally by an U13 Boy. Two other hurdlers struck gold in PB times. Jack Edgar-Hill equalled his career best of 8.5s with an impressive win in the U17 hurdles, while Angela James smashed her PB to clock 9.5s to win the U20/senior race.  Rylie Trott in only her second race indoors improved her PB to 10.1s to win a deserved silver in the U15 hurdles. Joe Ramie improved his indoor best with an excellent 6.80m leap for gold in the long jump and Adam McCarthy earned bronze with 5.47m in the same event. Adam McCarthy added U20 hurdles bronze with 9.9s clocking. Holly Thomas was fourth in the U17 women's hurdles final after winning her heat in 9.4s, and Nicola Peachey tackled this U17 event for the first time, clocking a useful 10.2s.  added 1/3/09 

Three in Indoor City Challenge
Harriet Scott ran away with the 1500m title for Team London North at Saturday's Indoor City Challenge to confirm her return to fitness her injury-enforced lay off. The medical student led from the gun to tape, with a final kick that saw off Sheffield’s Helen Singleton, who had beat Harriet in the National championships, clocking 4.30.96 Harriet said: “I was in lane one to start with and I found myself at the front, so I thought ‘I have to push on here otherwise they are just going to be gunning for me.’  Sara Luck & Luke Stott were also in the London North team which earned second place overall. Sara clocked one of her fastest ever times of 2m 11.99s in the 800m but could only finish 6th in a high quality event while Luke had the misfortune to strain a muscle in warm up and could only jog round for a point in the 200m. added 1/3/09 

Club sweep board at Havering Awards
The Club swept the board at this year's Havering Sports Council Awards evening winning all four categories in which it featured. The Junior Female Sports Competitor of the Year (sponsored by Glyn Hopkin Ltd) was won by Eleanor Bounds. Sports Competitor of the Year (sponsored by McDonalds, Hornchurch) went to Faye Fullerton. Sports Volunteer of the Year  (sponsored by Councillor John Mylod) went to Club Secretary, Jean Tierney. Finally, the Club won Sports Club of the Year (sponsored by Outback Steakhouse Restaurant)  for the second year in succession ahead of Five Star Amateur Boxing Club and Killerwhales Swim Club. added 24/2/09 More details here

Lauren 5th and Ladies 4th in National

Lauren Deadman produced the greatest performance of her career when she placed fifth in the National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill yesterday. Her fantastic run led the club team to fourth as Harriet Scott was 25th, Robyn Matson 58th and Vicky Smith 132nd. The U15 Girls did well as Ellie Bounds came home 15th and Becky Stanley 54th, and Rachel Sadler (103rd) and Amanda Blaxland (145th) completed the scorers. Daniel Shanney was firs U17 home in 87th, Freddy Keefe 68th for the U13s and Amber Turner 96th for the U17W. Lindsay McLachlan (134th) led the U13 girls home, and Hosea Gikungu was first club athlete to finish for the U15s in 137th. Rob Warner was 176th in the senior men's event.   added 22/2/09   Photos

Essex indoor golds

There were medals galore as club athletes did well at this weekend's Essex Indoor Championships at Lee Valley. The youngest club athlete Alex Law struck double gold with wins in both 60m and long jump, the latter in a PB. Rebecca O'Neill set a new championship best performance in winning the U17W 800m with 2:20.07s and Jack Edgar-Hill made up for his disappointing run at the England Athletics Champs the previous day with a PB & CBP equalling 8.50s run to win U17M hurdles gold. Senior golds went to Claire Brennan (hurdles)  &Lucy Sargent (200m). Emmanuel Quarshie opened his winter campaign with an u20 men's shot win, while in the same age group all rounder Adam McCarthy won a hat-trick of silvers. Laurence Goodacre also added gold in the U17 men's shot. Nicola Hill (U20 hurdles) and veteran Paul Berrett (SM 1500m) also struck silver as did Bethan Siddons (U20 high jump). Hannah Connor (nee Gamester) and Gabriel Makinwa both added long jump bronze medals in the senior women's and U20 men's events.  & pics added 15/2/09 

Four youngsters were in action at the England Athletics age group championships at Birmingham. Joseph Ramie placed seventh in the triple jump with 13.58m and was 10th in the long jump with 6.54m, while Jimi Tele was 6th in the U17 triple jump with 13.14m and also improved his 60m PB to 7.39s Holly Thomas was third in her U17 hurdles heat but her fifth place in the semi final was not enough for a final place; Jack Edgar-Hill also missed out on a final place finishing fifth in his heat.  

Harriet Scott was seventh in the 1500m at the UKA Trials for the European Indoor champs at Sheffield with an indoor PB of 4:26.74s; Sara Luck went out in the 800m heats

Indoor season hots up

There were some fine results by club athletes on the busiest weekend of indoor season so far. Luke Stott impressed at the Birmingham Games, running a 200m PB of 22.10s in his semi final, but missing out on a final place. Also in Birmingham Jimi Tele equalled his 60m PB of 7.45s and set a new indoor triple jump best of 13.19m. There were good results and four medals at the London Indoor Games at Lee Valley on Sunday. Bethan Siddons showed she is on the way back from injury & illness to win U20 high jump gold with 1.60m. Joe Ramie had to settle for U20 long jump silver, losing out on countback with a useful 6.68m leap. The hurdles squad each recorded either personal or season’s bests, bringing home two medals.  Jack Edgar-Hill won silver in the U17 Men’s 60m hurdles, running 8.70s to place second to improve his season’s best.  Nicola Hill celebrated her 18th birthday with bronze in the U20 women’s equivalent with career bests of 9.26s in her heat and 9.22s in the final. In the same event Angela James was fifth in her first attempt at the U20 heights & spacings, in 9.66s. U17 Holly Thomas again reduced her best time to 9.34s before running 9.27s for fifth overall.  added 2/2/09 

Senior men sixth in Essex XC relays

The senior men with several of their number missing still fielded two complete teams at the county cross country relays on a freezing snow-showered day at Hadleigh on Sunday. On a freezing snow showered day, Daniel Shanney in his first senior race led off for the A team and managed a respectable 6th place (17:28). He handed over to Grant Twist who brought the team up to 5th with is 17:07 leg. Rob Warner then took up the challenge to bring the team up to 4th, with the fastest leg for the team of 17:06 which was strongly held by Mat Bland on the penultimate leg (17:37). Trevor Keys ran well on the final leg but couldn’t hold off the challenge from Southend and Colchester to bring the A team home in 6th place with 18:15 anchor. The B team of Paul Berrett (18:41), Jason Lendon (18:05), Russ Middleton (19:38), Martin Chester (18:47) and Neill Collins (18:  d their experience by bringing the B team home just one place back in 7th while Ro Dickenson returning from injury volunteered to be the sole C team runner and still produced a good time (19:19 added 2/2/09  

Lauren's Inter Counties gold

Lauren Deadman judged her tactics to perfection to win the South of England Inter Counties title and lead Essex to team gold at Biggleswade on Saturday. She tracked leader Nicola Sykes, last week's South of England bronze medallist for over two of the three laps before striking for home with half a lap to come home nine seconds clear in 21:06. Harriet Scott was fourth overall and second u23 to win silver in that category. In the U15 girls event Eleanor Bounds was a fine fourth as the Essex team won bronze. Also wearing the red vest of Essex were Nick Shade (24th) and Freddy Keefe (36th) in the U13 boys event,  Avril Loynes 37th in the U13 girls race, and Zoey Littlechild  30th in the U17 women's event. added 24/1/09 &  updated 1/2/09 

Southern bronze for ladies

The senior women competed magnificently to achieve team bronze over the difficult quagmire of a course at Hillingdon today, just 11 points short of the gold medal. Faye Fullerton and Lauren Deadman were in the leading group all the way, with both achieving top six slots. Faye battled through the mud to take individual silver medal while Lauren, no less determined, achieved her highest position in these championships in 6th place. Robyn Matson also ran well to finish in 29th place, while the all important fourth runner, Vicky Smith showed the determination to get within the top 100 in 96th place out of 273, to secure the bronze medal for the team. The U15 Girls led home by Ellie Bounds in 18th placed 7th, the U17 Men were 12th and the U5boys in 26th were the only other complete team added 24/1/09 &  updated 25/1/09 

Athletes book schools' XC places
Club athletes featured prominently and many booked places in the Essex team for the English Schools Championships at Saturday's Essex Schools Cross Country Championships at Basildon. In the senior boys event Grant Twist won silver in his final appearance in these championships and with Callum Sutton fifth and the Shanney twins (Daniel) 15th & (Thomas) 22nd with Josh Dunne 24th there was a good showing from club athletes. Ellie Bounds was also runner up in the Inter Girls event, with Amber Turner 11th and Rachel Sadler 15th.  Becky Stanley just missed a medal placing fourth in the junior girls race, with Amanda Blaxland 10th, Lindsay McLachlan 16th and Hannah Bloy 19th. In the senior girls event Zoey Littlechild was sixth, Gemma Phillips ninth and Jennifer Holland 10th. Hose Gikungu was first home in the junior boys in 9th, with Ryan O'Mahoney 13th and Tom Davis placing 18th. Adam Edwards led the Inter Boys in 19th  added 20/1/09  added 21/1/09

Two more Southern Indoor medals
There were two more medals, both bronze at the third day of the South of England Indoor Champs Harriet Scott was another athlete who returned from injury to claim a podium place. She ran 4:30.83s to win bronze in the senior women’s 1500m and hopes to run faster this Saturday running for London North & Essex at the same venue in the Inter City Challenge event. Rebecca O’Neill added 1500m bronze to her 800m silver from the previous week’s competition. She clocked a useful 4:55.80s for third in the U17 event.  Joe Ramie placed 6th in the U20 Men's triple jump with a decent 13.65m and Lucy Sargent also returned on Sunday but was unable to make it a second medal in the short 60m sprint however, placing third in her heat with 7.74s and fifth in her semi final with 7.73s.  Ross Earney was fifth in the U17 Men's 1500m.  added 19/1/09

Lucy back with silver
Lucy Sargent is back. The former GB Junior star, who placed sixth place in the World Youth Championships, showed that she has put her injury troubles behind her to  win 200m silver at the South of England Indoor Championships at Lee Valley yesterday. Her 24.70s clocking was her fastest time since summer 2007 and it took a Championship Best of 24.30 from veteran international Olympian Donna Fraser to thwart Lucy's comeback. Joe Ramie failed to make the final of the U20 Men's long jump, as his 6.04m effort placed him ninth.  Holly Thomas took chunks off her week-old PB to clock 9.37s and place fifth in the U17 60m hurdles semi-final, while Rylie Trott gained useful experience at this level with a10.58s performance in the U15 equivalent. added 18/1/09

Rebecca silver in Indoor Champs
Rebecca O'Neill stepped up to the U17 age group in style when she won silver in the South of England Indoor 800m championships at Lee Valley today. After winning her heat in 2:31.62s she took silver in 2:22.02 behind winner Jenny Beckingham of Southampton and ahead of South London's Harriet Field. Also in action was Nicola Hill who won her U20 400m heat in 60.2s before placing fourth in her semi-final in a fast 59.27s. It was good enough to win a final place but she pulled out with tight hamstrings.  Three hurdlers competed indoors at Brunel University on Saturday. Chloe van Wulven returned to action after a two year break from competition to win the senior 60m hurdles event in 9.36s and U17 Jack Edgar-Hill was also fastest in his age group with 8.73s. Holly Thomas tackled the U17W hurdles for the first time and did well to place third in a useful 9.63s. Lucy Sargent made a welcome return from injury last weekend, running close to her best in the 60m sprint at Eton with 7.72s. added 11/1/09

Golden day in Essex XC Champs
A great day in dismal conditions saw club athletes win three gold, three silver & three bronze medals at today's Essex Cross Country Championships at Basildon. Pride of place went to Lauren Deadman who came home in front to lead the victorious senior ladies team of Sara Luck (7th), Harriet Scott (8th) and Robyn Matson (11th). The U15 girls also struck gold thanks to Eleanor Bounds (5th), Becky Stanley (6th), Amanda Blaxland (8th) and Rachel Sadler (13th). Team silvers went to the U13 boys and both U17 teams and bronze medals were earned by the U13 girls and Freddie Keefe in the U13 boys' equivalent. added 10/1/09  added 11/1/09  Pics by Gary Howard

Teams rally in Essex League
Good results in the final round of the Essex Cross Country League at Chingford today brought five team and two individual medals. The U13 Boys provided another victory over Southend but it was not enough to win the league title from the "seasiders" as the squad were one point adrift. Nick Shade once again led the team home and took individual bronze. The U15 Girls and U17 Men won league silver thanks to fourth place on the day. Daniel Shanney's third place won him league bronze. The U13 Girls' second place on the day ensured league bronze and the U17 Women also took bronze but the U15 boys third placing came too late to earn a league medal. The short handed senior men's team saw their title hopes vanish - a sixth runner would have ensured team medals.  added 3/1/09  added 4/1/09

Faye Fullerton was a fine eight representing England in the IAAF International Cross Country event at Antrim, Northern Ireland today. She was the third Briton home behind winner Steph Twell and Scotland's Freya Murray.

Good field in Boxing Day handicap
On a sunny morning, but with a biting wind, the Annual Boxing Day handicap took place at Rise Park in Romford. With a recent record number of athletes from Havering Mayesbrook, Havering 90 and Thrift Green a good race took place with fine performances from many athletes. The home club's race was won by Chris Smith who improved by over four minutes on last year's time to hold off the evergreen Matt Bland, closely followed by Rob Warner who was fastest of the day in a lifetime best on this course of 25:03. In the women's race Vicky Smith's hard training paid off as she held off international Faye Fullerton who also improved her time own best ime from last year by over 50 seconds. The Under 20s race saw Callum Sutton produce a sparkling performance in his first appearance in the event to win comfortably and will make other U20s look out next year.  The overall race was won by a much improved Gideon Buton, closely followed by Danny Trimbrell of Thrift Green and Barry Rowell of Havering 90. added 27/12/08 

Nine in Senior Women's rankings

Nine club females are ranked in the UK Top 50 lists for summer 2008 published this week. Middle distance stars Alexa Joel and Faye Fullerton feature heavily. Alexa was ranked second in the 5km Road lists (15:53), eighth in the 5000m track lists (15:56.89) and 10th in the 3000m (9:04.78) as well as 11th in the Mile and 27th at 1500m. Faye also ranks in five events, placing seventh in the 1500m with her 4:10.45 club record, and also featuring in the 800m (28th), 5k Road (20th), 10k Road (28h) and 3000m (43rd). Also in the track rankings are Robyn Matson (19th - 3000m steeplechase) and U20 Nicola Hill (33rd - 400m Hurdles). All-rounder Kate Cowley makes three jumps lists thanks to indoor marks. She ranked 27th in the high jump (1.71m) and 39th in the long jump (5.75m) with marks from last winter while her recent 3.30m club pole vault record makes the UK top 50. Mel Harrison appears at number 32 in the discus rankings with her 40.74m throw, while three javelin throwers rank topped by Emma Christmas (33rd - 42.23m), Louise Mathews (35th - 41.90m) and U17 record holder Kike Oniwinde, already at 36th in the senior list with 41.59m. Former member Bonne Buwembo was the only male to make the standard national, 10th in the javelin.  added 20/12/08


Improved results in Essex League

There were Essex League victories for Harriet Scott in the senior women's race and the U13 boys team and a string of improved turn outs and results in Round 4 held in terrible conditions  at Colchester yesterday. Harriet's win continued the club stranglehold in this race after successes from Debbie Appleton and Lauren Deadman (twice) in the first three races.  The U13 boys inflicted the first league defeat of the season over Southend led by great runs from Nick Shade (2nd) and Freddy Keefe (3rd). There were runners up spots for the U15 Girls and U17 men with top 10 placings from Becky Stanley who was 7th in the U15 race and Daniel Shanney (5th) and Callum Sutton (6th) in the U17 men. U13 Avril Loynes was 3rd,  Zoey Littlechild was 7th in the U17 women's race, and Adam Edwards was the U15B top placer in 9th. The Senior Men are still in with a chance of the league title, sharing top spot with Colchester after their sixth place finish.     added 14/12/08


Matt strikes silver

Matt Bland struck silver with a great run in the Essex championships Vets 40 on the muddy course at Claybury. After battling with Colchester and Springfield athletes for the first two laps for second place, he broke free to chase the eventual winner Paul Dobson taking a great second place. Paul Berrett had a good run to take 17th just ahead of Russ Middleton continuing his good cross-country form in 25th. Gary Howard in his first cross-country of the season completed the team in 60th. In the M50+ race Len Parrot continued to defy the age gap by beating runners twenty years younger than himself to earn a very respectable 61st place with Dave Holland completing the club duo in 74th. In the women's race Jane Hallam was 29th and Angie Thompson 10 places back.    added 7/12/08

Photo: Ryan Prout (via Facebook)

Sacha ranks in U13 top 20

Sacha Martin made the national U13 girls' high jump rankings for the second year in succession. Her PB equalling 1.44m clearance - which ranks Sacha as second on the club all time U13 lists - placed 20th on the summer 2008 national rankings.    added 7/12/08

Kate smashes vault record

Kate Cowley may have had a big smile on her face when she picked up the Senior Women's field cup at Friday's awards ceremony but her smile was even broader this afternoon when she smashed her pole vault PB and club record at Brunel. After concentrating on the vault this winter she was looking to do well in her opening indoor  competition of the winter and how she succeeded. Kate improved her record by 45cms - almost 18 inches - to become the first club female over 3m with her clearance of 3.30m.   added 30/11/08   

Senior Men, Lauren wins in Essex League

A long-awaited team victory for the senior men and Lauren Deadman's individual senior victory were the highlights of  the third round of the Essex Cross Country League, which took place at Hylands Park, Chelmsford on Saturday. Avril Loynes produced a fine second in the U13 girls and Nick Shade & Freddy Keefe were fourth and fifth in the U13 boys. But it was a case of quality rather than quantity as continued injury and illness meant some of the poorest turn outs for several years, with some young athletes teams short handed.   added 30/11/08   

Faye Fullerton was a good 12th and Harriet Scott 38th in the Trials for the European Cross country Championships held at Sefton Park Liverpool on Saturday.

Track & Field Awards 2008

The efforts of club athletes last summer were recognised at Friday's Track & Field Awards Ceremony held at Hornchurch Football Club. four special awards presented for Best Performances by the Club Committee performances outside the normal Club competitions went to Kike Oniwinde and Jimi Tele (U13 to U17), and Faye Fullerton and Matthew Bland (U20 to Vets).  The full text of Chairman Doug Tierney's speech and photos of all the winners who attended can be found at this link.  added 29/11/08   

At the recent Barking & Dagenham Sports Awards the club won the Club of the Year award and Joseph Ramie won the Sports Person of the Year award.

Four in U15 rankings

Jimi Tele's amazing season saw him top the national U15 triple jump rankings and place in two other events. His 13.64m winning leap at the English Schools was ninth best ever by a UK U15 and a new club record.  Jimi also ranked at 100m with his 11.4s clocking - equal second best ever in the club lists and long jump with his 6.03m - fourth best by a club U15. Andrew Kerr was the other U15 Boy t make the grade nationally. His 2.80m pole vault clearance, second best ever on the club StatPack, made the top 20. Sophie Baggs and Eleanor Bounds made the annual top 20 rankings for Under 15 Girls, published last week. Sophie’s 30.81m discus best was ninth best last summer in this age group – and ranks seventh best ever by a club u15 girl. Eleanor’s 800m PB of 2m18.00 secs earned her a place in the national top 20.  added 27/11/08   

Four medals in London Champs

Despite lacking in numbers due to illness and injury there were excellent performances as four young athletes teams brought back medals from the London Championships at the ever-challenging Parliament Hill course, Hampstead today. Three silver medals were earned by both the U17 teams, and the Under 13 boys, while the U15 boys win bronze. Top 10 places went to U17s Daniel Shanney (7th) and Callum Sutton (8th) and Zoey Littlechild (8th) and Jennifer Holland (9th), plus U13s Nick Shade (6th) and Freddie Keefe (7th), and U15 Adam Edwards (8th). Also in the top 10 were Lydia Hallam (u13s) and Debbie Appleton (seniors).    added 22/11/08   

Lauren's Essex League success

Lauren Deadman took a step towards retaining her Essex League individual title with a victory in the Senior Women's race at Hockley today. First round winner Debbie Appleton was seventh. Callum Sutton was the best of the rest placing third in the U17 men's event. Nick Shade & Freddie Keefe were fourth and fifth in the U13 boys event. Other top 10 placings came from Ryan O'Mahoney (8th - U15B), Daniel Shanney (9th - U17M), Rob Warner (10th - SM), Avril Loynes (9th - U13G), Rachel Sadler (9th - U15G) and Zoey Littlechild (10th -U17/U20W).  There were no team victories but second place positions were earned by both U13 Boys and Girls teams.  added 15/11/08 and updated 16/11/08  Pics  

Six in U17s rankings

Five U17 men plus one U17 woman made the annual top 20rankings, published this week. Bradley Burr ranked third in the U17 javelin with his 62.88m best throw and Georgie Bean was a great sixth with 59.74m. There were also two shot putters in the rankings as Laurence Goodacre (14.39) and Emmanuel Quarshie (14.23m) both made the top 20 lists. Charlie Moss completed the line up, ranking 14th in the 200m with his PB of 22.2s. Kike Oniwinde was the sole HMAC representative in the U17W listings. She placed fifth with her club U17 & U20 javelin record of 41.59m. added 13/11/08  

Ladies - great National relay silver

Determination and spirited running from the Havering Mayesbrook senior women won silver in the National Cross Country Relay at Mansfield on Saturday. Harriet Scott (10:28:9) showed the continuing return to her best form from a year ago bringing the team in 12th. Lauren Deadman (10:26:0) continued the progress turning in one of her best runs to improve the squad to sixth, only overhauled on her leg by the fastest athlete of the day, Freya Murray. Finally it took Faye Fullerton (10:04:1) only 1km to overhaul all but the Charnwood team, the eventual winners, turning in the third fastest time of the day. It was the second successive year that the club seniors had medalled at this event, taking gold last year.  added 2/11/08   Full results

Bonne: simply the best

Bonne Buwembo's record-breaking season was rewarded this week when he was ranked as the top U20 men javelin thrower in the UK. He ended the year unbeaten in his own age group - and only beaten four times in senior competition - to top the U20 rankings with 70.80m over three metres ahead of second ranked Matt Smith of Exeter. During the year he improved the club U20 and senior records by over seven metres to become the first club javelin thrower beyond the 70m mark.  added 2/11/08 

Nicola and Kike in U20W rankings

Nicola Hill and U17 Kike Oniwinde were the only club athletes who featured in the U20 Women's top 20 rankings published this week.  Nicola made the grade in both hurdles events, ranking sixth with 62.56s in her speciality 400m hurdles event, and making the 100m sprint hurdles lists in 17th with her 14.8s PB.  First-year U17 Kike made the javelin lists in the older age group in 15th with her club U17 & U20 club record of 41.59m.  added 28/10/08 

Under 15 Girls well placed in National Relays

The U15 Girls finished in a very creditable 7th place against some very strong opposition at the National Road Relays at Sutton Park today.  Rebecca O'Neill led off the team, coming home in a time of 14.33 to hand over to Eleanor Bounds in 11th place - with six of the 10 fastest legs on the day being achieved in front of her. Eleanor improved the team position by three places to eighth in a time of 14.30. Rachel Sadler did well to move the team up to seventh place with a time of 15.17 as the event was won by Aldershot in a course record. This results was a great improvement on last year when the team finished 19th. added 19/10/08   Full results

Women miss out in National Relays

The senior ladies bronze medal-winning squad from last year's National Four-Stage Road Relays fought hard but ended up one place short of a podium place in this year's event at Sutton Park on Saturday. Alexa Joel ran well among the leading group on the opening leg to bring the team home fifth in 14:27, and Lauren Deadman took up the challenge with her 15:02 leg which clawed back a place on the leaders. Harriet Scott, returning to club colours after her long injury lay off, took a step back towards her previous form with her 15:26 stage to hand over in sixth. Faye Fullerton produced the fastest leg for the quartet with her 14:24 clocking - second fastest of all on the stage and eight quickest overall on the day - to pull back two places but finished just out of the medals. In a close finish they were three seconds short of Chester Le Street in bronze and 10 seconds behind Charnwood's silver as Aldershot again took gold.. added 18/10/08 & updated 19/10/08   Full results


Good start in Essex League

The Essex Cross Country League got off to a promising start as the U13 Girls were victorious and Debbie Appleton dominated the senior race from gun to tape.  The U13 girls placed all four scorers came in the top 11 places for victory led by Avril Loynes in 6th with Lydia Hallam  7th. Debbie Appleton ran an excellent race in the senior women’s race leading from start to finish to record the club’s only individual first place finish. There were second places from the U13 boys, U15 girls and U17 men. added 12/10/08   Full results

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