October 2010 to March 2011

Essex Athletics Network issues first newsletter

The Essex Athletics Network celebrated its first six months of operation with a newsletter which reports on its varied activities including Sportshall, QuadKids, Athletics365, Coach education and Officials' courses.  The Havering Mayesbrook club is one of seven Essex clubs in the Network and has been one of those who have actively supported some of the events organised to date - this included for instance Graham & Karen Knight managing the Essex Under 13s and Under 15s Sportshall teams at the Regional finals in February.  The Network also now has its own website up and running at: www.essexathleticsnetwork.org .   To read the first newsletter click here   added 29/03/11 

Faye in England 1-2-3

Faye Fullerton contributed to a clean sweep for England when she finished third in the Home Countries Cross Country International at Antrim on Saturday. Juliet Doyle led an England 1-2-3 in the race over 7.2km winning in 25:47 from Emily Wicks on 25:55, while Faye was just three seconds adrift in third. Afterwards Faye expressed disappointment at her run saying “I fell asleep!”  Mat Bland was just outside the podium places as he finished fourth veteran and 43rd overall in Saturday’s Victoria Park 5 Mile road race, clocking 28:14. Robyn Matson’s good form continued as she carved half a minute off her previous best crossing the line in 30:29, as seventh woman finisher and 68th overall.  Also on Saturday Sarah Wilson and Heidi Surman Wells did well in Essex colours at Reigate in the South-East Schools Inter Counties championships.  Sarah was a great fifth in 13:27 and Heidi 11th in 13:54 in the Year 8 race.  added 29/03/11 

Men close to road relay medal

Havering Mayesbrook’s senior men came close to another medal in Saturday’s county road relays but had to settle for a very good 4th place. With six of the eleven athletes all ducking below the magical twenty-minute mark it was a shame that the race is now a four-stage instead of the old six- stage. The A team of Steve Rand (19:30), Jason Lendon (19:36), Rob Warner (19:48) and fastest leg from Grant Twist (19:21) were up to second at one stage but came home in fourth. The B team of Matt Bland (19:56), Glen Hill (19:42), Ian Anthony (20:24) and Chris Smith (20:03) were in the fourth spot at the mid-stage but still produced a great sixth place, beating many A teams and over five minutes clear of the next B team. The C team only had three runners Simon Hart (20:20), Rob Dickenson (22:07) and Gary Howard (23:43) all ran well and were 12th at the end of the 3rd stage. So, no medals on the day but a very good team effort at the end of a long winter season. added 20/03/11 

Five in English Schools' XC action

Lydia Hallam was an impressive eleventh place clocking 12:55 in the junior girls' race for Essex in yesterday's English Schools' Cross Country Championships at Nottingham.  She was joined in the gold medal-winning county team by debutant Sarah Wilson who impressed with her 57th place finish (13:34) in a field of over 300. It was Lydia's second Schools' team gold as the Essex squad won last year as well. Hoseah Gikungu was a fine 16th in the Intermediate Boys' event crossing the line in 18:29 as the first Essex finisher. Jamie Buckley-Stanton improved on last year to finish 83rd (22:58) in his final Schools' Championship, and Bethaney Hall placed 86th in the Inter Girls' competition to help Essex earn team silver. added 20/03/11 

Ladies claim senior relay gold

The senior ladies team led from start to finish to add to a golden weekend for club athletes when they won gold in the Essex Cross Country relays at Highams Park hosted by Woodford Green on Saturday. Robyn Matson built up a substantial lead on the first leg which never looked threatened clocking 12:18 which proved to be the second fastest of the day.  Strong running from Jo Sullivan (13:53), Lauren Deadman - with the fastest leg of 12:15 - and Debbie Appleton (12:51) maintained and built on that lead to come home in first place. The senior men’s team earned a very good third place in their event.

Jamie Buckley Stanton led the A team off with a great run coming home as the first Essex runner in 10:43 for third fastest of the day. Jason Lendon (11:18) had a hard fought tussle with Chelmsford's Will Wright and handed over to Rob Warner in second place with Basildon not far behind. Warner's powerful run in 10:52 regained the lead but Matt Bland couldn’t prevent county champion Mark Sanford of Basildon from overtaking him and was overtaken by Lee Pickering (Chelmsford) to come home a good third with a 11:33 anchor. The B team runners did well despite several late withdrawals with Chris Smith being the pick of the bunch (11:26), ably assisted by Gary Howard (13:46), Rob Dickenson (12:37) and Russ Middleton (13:37). Tony Collins who did well in his first race after recovering from a long illness (16:22). added 13/03/11 & updated 15/03/11

Pic: Roger Deadman

More strike gold in Essex & Eastern Indoor Day 2

The gold rush continued at the second & final day of the Essex & Eastern Counties Indoor Championships at Lee Valley. There was a trio of hurdles gold medals. Josh Olawore improved his PB & club U17 record to 8.19s in taking the 60m hurdles in a new CBP and added long jump gold with a 6.48m winning leap. There were also hurdles victories for Chloe van Wulven who clocked her fastest time for several years in winning the senior event in 9.06s, while Jack Edgar-Hill returned from injury to win the U20 event in 8.46s. Alex Law made it a hat trick of golds taking the U15 200m in a fast 24.35s. Bethan Siddons showed she is back to her best by equalling her high jump PB of 1.66m in winning the senior women's event. Massi Dendani battled hard to take U20 800m silver with 1:58.72s and Emmanuel Quarshie won Essex silver with a 14.10m shot put effort in the U20 shot event, as did Ben Thompson with his 10.52m U17 shot putt. Nicola Hill's 8.04s PB in the senior 60m also won silver, as did Somma Power's 11.57m senior shot put. Karl Tucker won U17 high jump bronze with a 1.70m PB clearance and also improved his hurdles best to 8.87s for sixth in the final. Hannah Connor won senior long jump bronze with 4.65m. added 13/03/11  

Kate Cowley added two centimetres to her day old club record when she cleared 3.62m at Sutton today.

Gold medal glut in Essex & Eastern Indoors

There was a glut of gold medals at the first day of the Essex & Eastern Counties Indoor Championships at Lee Valley today. There was a fine U17 Men's 400m county victory for Danny Wilson who clocked a personal of 52.02s for gold, after earlier improving his PB to 53.1s. George Hadler was fifth after equalling his indoor best with 54.1 heat. There was a one-two-three for club athletes in the senior 400m as Richard Morrissey too gold in an indoor PB of 48.88s from Isaac Ogunlade & Shaun Stewart. Alex Law continued his fine form with two U15 Boys' gold medals, taking the 60m hurdles in 8.93s after a PB equalling 8.87s heat, and winning the long jump with a 6.06m leap. Nicola Hill put her injuries behind her with victory in the senior women's 200m with her fastest ever indoor clocking of 26.07s. Another senior gold medal came from Kate Cowley who again increased her club record to 3.60m in the pole vault, ad Mercy Gutteridge won Essex gold with 2.20m in the U15 vault.. Kiera Law won Essex silver in the U13G shot with a 5.48m PB.  added 12/03/11  Pic: Danny Wilson (via Facebook)

Alex silver in National Pentathlon

Alex Law posted a near-perfect performance with personal best in four of the five disciplines as he won silver in a new club best at the U15 National Indoor Pentathlon Championships at Sheffield on Sunday. It completed a full set of medals for the Upminster 14 year after after individual national gold & bronze medals the previous week. Alex opened with a new 60m hurdles club best of 8.87s and was close to his long jump best to record 6.13m to take the lead. A shot put PB of 9.68m saw his lead reduced and despite a massive 1.72m PB from Alex in the high jump Ireland's Sam Healey took the lead. A fourth PB of 2:25.85s from Alex in the final event the 800m clawed back the Irish boys' winning lead to just seven points to finish with a points score of 2789 points - 12th best all time by a UK Under 15. added 7/03/11  

Ten in Essex Inter Counties teams

Faye Fullerton was the highest placed club runner in Inter Counties action on Saturday as ten club athletes toed the line in Essex colours. Faye's sixteenth place finish in the senior women's event in 29:20 led home the Essex contingent, with Harriet Scott in 35th (30:10) and Robyn Matson 127th (32:34) as Sara Luck finished 158th (33:20). Jamie Buckley Stanton was a fine 29th (27:16) in the U20 men's event and Lydia Hallam placed 32nd (16:46) in the Under 15 girls race. Sarah Wilson finished 57th (12:19) for the Under 13 girls while Hoseah Gikungu was 67th (20:28) in the Under 17 Men's event. Completing the club contingent were Bethaney Hall who came home 125th (22:16) for the Essex Under 17 women and Andrew Holland placed 245th (17:53) in the Under 15 boys competition. added 7/03/11         Photos: Jane Hallam

County vets gold for Simon Hart

An eleventh place finish in Sunday's Essex Half-Marathon Championships held in conjunction with the Roding Valley event, earned Simon Hart a county gold medal as he was the first county veteran across the line.  His 78:10 clocking shaved 11 seconds off his best set in the equivalent event two years ago. Trevor Keys returned to club colours with his first race for several years finishing 18th in 79:37, and Graham Hogan came home in 42nd with a new best of 82:27. added 2/03/11  


Gold, silver, bronze at National age group champs

Alex Law won gold & bronze and Josh Olawore silver at this weekend's National U15-U17-U20 Indoor Age group Championships at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena. Alex found a leap of 5.85m good enough for Under 15 long jump gold and added a bronze medal in the 60m hurdles with 9.01s. Josh Olawore's last round jump of 14.02m won him silver in the U17 triple jump and lifted him to third on the club all-time U17 list. He returned to improve his club U17 60m hurdles record to 8.25s in winning his heat but hit hurdles in the final to finish fourth in 8.36s. Also competing in the heats were Massi Dendani who clocked 1:58.69s in the U20 800m and George Hadler who was timed at 9.01s in the U17 60m hurdles.    added 27/02/11  

Faye Fullerton & Richard Morrissey helped London North to victory in the Indoor City Challenge. Faye improved on the first round match to place third in the 1500m with 4:23.96s and ran the 800m opener in the medley relay, while Richard won his heat of the 400m in 49.24s.

Harriet wins Student indoor gold

Imperial student Harriet Scott found the conditions under foot much firmer than her senior colleagues had the previous day when she struck gold in the 3000m at today's British Students Championships at Sheffield. Harriet tracked Loughborough's Abbie McGhee who set a fast early pace for much of the race before she overtook the leader with 500m to go to kick on for victory in her fastest indoor time of 9:20.53, some seven seconds clear of the Loughborough athlete. added 20/02/11  

Faye, ladies 11th in National XC

Faye Fullerton placed eleventh, as did the senior ladies team, at yesterday's English National Cross Country Championships at a very muddy Alton Towers course. She crossed the line in 25:19 and was ably supported by Lauren Deadman in 29th (26:20), Robyn Matson (88th - 28:14) and Jade Edwards (219th) in a field of 552 finishers. Lydia Hallam was 48th in the U15 girls' race clocking 16:29 but was the only club runner on show , as was Jamie Buckley-Stanton who was 66th in his first  Junior men's national event (31:48). Sarah Wilson (70th - 15:46) and Heidi Surman-Wells (126th - 165:16) were the U13 girls' competitors while Patsy McWeeney in 186th (29:45) ad Shannon Sullivan (202nd) in 31:06 were in action for the U17 ladies. One week after 14 senior men lifted the Essex League title Rob Warner was left without any teammates at the Staffordshire venue which he completed in 43:29 for 270th, with over a thousand runners battling behind him in the terrible muddy conditions. added 20/02/11  

Essex XC League finishes on a high

The Essex Cross Country League finished on a high note for club teams with two individual and team victories, as the senior men carried off the league title for the first time at Epping Forest on Saturday. Team manager Pete Warner's squad rallied to the cause to win on the day and come home comfortable winners of the league title notching up three wins and two seconds in the five fixtures. Grant Twist in fifth capped a great team display which saw the scoring six inside the top 22 and eight inside the top 30. Harriet Scott won the senior women's race for the second successive meeting with Alexa Joel's returning to racing in second as the ladies win earned their third spot in the table. Another win came from Hoseah Gikungu who was victorious in the U17 Men's event. Lydia Hallam's second place led home the second placed U15 Girls on the day and the league and won her league bronze. Sarah Wilson's third place was best for the second place U13s and also won her league bronze. added 12/02/11 & updated 13/02/11  & pics

Monopoly on Club of the Year continues

At last evening's 2010 Havering Sports Council Awards ceremony held at Upminster Golf Club, the Club won the Club of the Year award for the fourth year in succession.
Another winner was Club Treasurer/Membership Secretary Irene Brennan who won the Volunteer of the Year award. Under 15 Georgie Taylor was runner-up in the Young Female Sports Competitor category for the second year in succession and Faye Fullerton was also runner -up in the Sports Competitor of the Year category.
Congratulations to all of them.  added 08/02/11 

Eight in Schools Inter Counties action

Eight Havering Mayesbrook young athletes ran well in Essex Schools’ colours in this weekend’s South Eastern Counties Schools Championships at Prospect Park, Reading. Jamie Buckley Stanton showed great form finishing fourth in the senior boys event, clocking 24m 24s to cement his selection for the National Schools.  Hoseah Gikungu continued his comeback after his injury earlier this winter, with his fine eighth place finish in the Intermediate Boys’ race in 16:50. There was a strong club presence in the Junior girls’ race as a quartet of Havering athletes pulled on Essex vests. Once again in-form Lydia Hallam led the way in sixth (10:25) while Sarah Wilson’s 19th place finish, and fifth Essex scorer secured her place in the eight-strong Essex Schools’ junior girls’ team for National competition after she had missed one of the automatic top six selection places in the county event.  Francesca Smith (52nd - 11:12) and Heidi Surman-Wells (58th – 11:18) represented their county with pride. Bethaney Hall & Lindsay McLachlan were the club runners in the Intermediate Girl’s’ race, with Bethaney finishing 25th with 14:12 and Lindsay 41st in 14:36. added 08/02/11 

Harriet best at student champs

Harriet Scott was the highest placed club athlete at this weekend's British Students' championships held at Birmingham. The final year Imperial College London University medical student placed a creditable 15th in a classy field coming home in 29:53. Kings College London student Sara Luck was 35th in 31:14 while Birmingham's Vicky Smith finished 95thg in a field of over 300 timed at 33:39. In the Men's Championship Canterbury's Grant Twist was 58th in 38:21 while the Shanney twins in Bedford University colours were back in 231st (Daniel) & 244th (Thomas) added 06/02/11 

Jack trims record in London Indoor Games

Jack Edgar-Hill trimmed four-hundredths of a second off his club U20 60m hurdles club record in clocking 8.38s in third place at the London Indoor Games at Lee Valley on Saturday. Richard Morrissey reduced his indoor best to 49.08s in placing second behind fellow junior international Jack Green in the senior 400m, beating rival Dan Putnam into third. Shaun Stewart ran 51.25s in his 400m heat and returned later to leap 6.01m in the long jump. Chloe van Wulven won the B final of the women's 60m hurdles in 9.22s after clocking the same time in third in her heat. Adam McCarthy was timed in 24.55s in his heat and also clocked 2:04.13s for the 800m. Hannah Connor improved her winter's best to 4.67m in the senior long jump. On Sunday Nicola Hill took an important step back from injury with a 60m PB of 8.07s in the senior competition, and there was an 800m PB of 1:58.32s for Massi Dendani in the U20 event.  Somma Power won the senior shot with a 11.82m putt.added 30/01/11 & updated 01/02/11 

Lauren fourth in South XC Champs

Lauren Deadman was a fine fourth in the Senior women's race at Saturday's South of England Cross Country Championships at the notoriously tough Parliament Hill venue. Sarah Wilson was an excellent twelfth in the U13 girls' event as the team finished 18th overall. The U15 girls were a respectable seventh as Lydia Hallam's 24th place led the team home. Hoseah Gikungu was 53rd as the U17 Men placed twelfth and Jamie Buckley-Stanton's 34th place finish was the only runner for the U20s. James Kidd was 104th as the U15 Boys placed 22nd and Thomas Pitkin led home an incomplete U13 boys' team in 129th. Rob Warner flew the flag for the senior men in 113th.  added 30/01/11 

Josh hurdles record at London Games

Josh Olawore opened his indoor campaign with a new club U17 hurdles record and a UK leading triple jump PB at Sunday's London Indoor Games at Lee Valley on Sunday. Josh’s run of 8.32s in the 60m hurdles shaved two-hundredths off Jack Edgar-Hill’s two-year old club best. Josh’s winning triple jump PB of 13.82m added 16cms to his best and took him to the top of the UK U17 indoor rankings. Current UK No. 1 Under 15 long jumper Alex Law was untroubled with a best leap of 6.09m and he also eased to 60m hurdles victory in 8.95s and cleared 1.55m for fourth in the high jump. Also in hurdles action were U17s George Hadler and Karl Tucker, who ran 8.76s and 9.25s respectively in their heats. George also added an indoor 400m PB of 54.03s in winning his race, and Karl posted a snappy 60m sprint clocking of 7.77s. Others competing were Alex Hewitt (U15 60m: 8.35s and 27.76s – Indoor PB), Michelle Hughes (U15G High jump 1.35m =PB & 60m – 9.04s), Bethany Chambers (U17 triple jump 4th – 9.87m) and Nick Shade (U17M 800m – 2:33.84s).  added 24/01/11 

Gold, two silver, bronze & club best at SEAA

There were four medals and two new club records as club athletes tackled this weekend's South of England Indoor Championships at Lee Valley. Alex Law found his 5.83m leap good enough to take U15 long jump gold, but missed out on a double gold when he placed second in the 60m hurdles in a new PB and club best of 8.93s. Harriet Scott won 1500m silver in the senior women's event in 4:34.68s and Jack Edgar-Hill added bronze with his 8.45s run in the U20 60m hurdles. Kate Cowley increased her club pole vault record with an excellent 3.50m clearance but was outside a podium place in fourth. Georgie Taylor was also fourth in the U15 girls' shot.  New boy George Hadler was just outside a final place in the U17M 60m hurdles but set a fine PB of 8.75s. Also competing were Adam Wileman (U20 TJ), Hannah Connor (SW LJ), Karl Tucker & Rylie Trott (U17 60mH).   added 16/01/11 

Jamie, Lydia medals pick of county schools crop

A silver for Lydia Hallam and a bronze for Jamie Buckley-Stanton were the pick of a crop of club athletes competing in the Essex Schools Cross Country Championships at Hylands Park, Chelmsford on Saturday. Lydia's runners-up spot in the junior girls event was well-supported by Heidi Surman-Wells in 9th and Sarah Wilson, one place back, with Francesca Smith in 14th. Jamie was third in the senior boys' competition in his final county schools event, with Adam Edwards 20th & Jon Seekings also in action. Bethaney Hall was a great fifth in the Inter Girls' competition, with Isabella Woods in and Lindsay McLachlan prominent in 10th & 12th. Hoseah Gikungu led the Inter boys contingent in fifth, with Andrew Holland in the top 20  added 16/01/11 

Southern indoor gold for Alex Law

Alex Law was crowned U15 Pentathlon champion at today’s South of England Indoor Champs at Lee Valley. Alex opened with a winning 9.11s 60m hurdles clocking and extended his lead with a 6.11m long jump victory. A shot PB of 9.43m and a big high jump PB of 1.59m gave him a 200 point cushion going into the final event, the 1000m where his 3m 17.52 secs effort ensured gold with a points tally of 2741. Richard Morrissey placed fourth in his senior men’s 400m semi-final with 49.50s and Isaac Ogunlade ran 54.92s in his heat in the same event. Other club athletes in action were new recruit George Hadler who improved his indoor 400m best to clock 54.59s in the heats of the U17 Men’s event, and Georgie Taylor who was timed at 47.44s in the U15 girls’ 300m. On Saturday three club Under 15s contested the Lee Valley U13 and U15 Open. Alex Hewitt recorded a PB of 8.33s in winning his 60m heat and ran 28.27s in the 200m. Thomas Pitkin was just outside his 800m best clocking 2:35.3s and tackled the 60m hurdles for the first time with 11.89s.  Michelle Hughes was busy contesting the 60m (8.87s), 200m (30.38s) and high jump (1.30m). added 09/01/11 

Pic: Ian Law

Ladies defend County title

The Senior Ladies team dominated the Essex Championship at a very muddy Hadleigh Country as they won gold with Harriet Scott taking individual prize with Sara Luck runner up and Robyn Matson 4th, with Vicky Smith in 14th completing the rout.  Lydia Hallam's bronze led the U15 Girls to silver and another individual bronze went to Sarah Wilson in the U13 girls' race.  The U15 boys also tasted podium success as Andrew Holland's fifth place set up their team silver finish. Jamie Buckley-Stanton took the county bronze medal in the U20 Men's event.  added 08/01/11   & pics

Pics: Peter Luck

Winning start to 2011 indoor season

There was a winning start to the 2011 Indoor season as Richard Morrissey and Jack Edgar-Hill recorded victories at the Metaswitch Indoor Open at Lee Valley on Sunday. Richard opened his senior career with a win in the 400m in a useful 49.49s while Jack also won comfortably in the U20 60m hurdles in 8.54s - his fastest ever start to the winter. In the senior women's events Kate Cowley was second in the pole vault with a clearance of 3.25m, just short of her recent club record while Somma Power marked her return to competition after a four year break with a useful 12.00m shot runners up spot. Chloe van Wulven clocked her fastest indoor time for five years of 9.12s on her way to third place in the 60m hurdles.  added 03/01/11 

Ten in Senior Lists

Ten club athletes, eight female and two male, appear in the recently published senior top 50 lists for 2010. In an injury affected summer, Faye Fullerton was highest ranked at 11th in the 3000m with 9:12.42s and she also ranked 19th in the 1500m with 4:15.10s. Hot on her heels was Lauren Deadman who was 15th in the 5000m (16:08.45s), 22nd in the 3000m (9:20.12s) and 44th in the 1500m (4:23.1s). Completing the middle distance roll of honour were Sara Luck - 14th in the 3000m 'chase (club record of 10:48.55s) and Alexa Joel 18th in the 5000m (16:15.58s). Kike Oniwinde's club javelin record of 46.61m launched her to 18th ranking nationally and Kate Cowley's recent 3.40m club vault record saw her placed 34th. U20 hurdlers Nicola Hill and Flic Clarke were31st and 44th in the 400m hurdles lists with 62.7s and 63.66s respectively. Brad Burr and U17 Champion Jimi Tele were the only club males to feature in the senior top 50s. Brad ranked 47th in the javelin with his 60.19m PB while Jimi was 28th with his superb club U17 triple jump record of 14.86m.   added 29/12/10 & updated 30/12/10 

Gary Howard retains Boxing Day title

In bright, sunny but icy conditions the 2010 Boxing Day Handicap took place in its temporary home of Bedford’s Park due to the icy conditions which made it too dangerous to start the race at Rise Park. The new start made little difference to the course as it's on the same route, but the distance at 4.5 miles was slightly shorter than the normal 4.7 miles. With 27 starters, slightly fewer than recent years but not surprising considering the conditions, the race was contested in very good spirits. The main race was won by Denis Mole of Havering 90 Joggers with a fine run winning by 10 seconds from his club mate Paul Hutchins. The Havering Mayesbrook  race saw Gary Howard retain the trophy which has only been done once before by Club President Kevin White. The women’s race was keenly contested with Vicky Smith regaining the trophy, holding off challenges from  Jo Sullivan and Anne Gifford (2009 winner). Jamie Buckley Stanton comfortably retained his U20s trophy with a sterling performance. We also raised 90 for St Francis Hospice through voluntary donations. added 27/12/10 

Athletes brave blizzard in Essex league
Havering Mayesbrook athletes braved the snow and blizzard-like conditions to run well in the fourth round of the Essex Cross Country League at Great Notley on Saturday. Harriet Scott took a step back to full fitness with a convincing win in the senior women's event, finishing two minutes clear of her rivals. The senior men held onto their top of the league position after claiming another second place finish after the hardy six runners braved the worst of the blizzard in conditions not seen in this series for many years. Four athletes in the top twenty were led home by Jamie Buckley Stanton with a great 10th place. Other top ten finishes came from Lydia Hallam and Sarah Wilson, both third in the U15 and U13 girls' events, Hoseah Gikungu, fifth for the U17M, Sean Wilson seventh (U13 boys), Heidi Surman-Wells (eighth - U13G), James Kidd (U15B) and Lindsay McLachlan (U15G) both ninth  added 19/12/10  & pics

Photos: Kevin White


Better news about Mayesbrook Arena

Things have moved on since the concerns about the club's future at Mayesbrook, reported below on 19 October. Although the detailed specification or build plan is not yet available, the indications from the relevant bodies (local authority, Olympic Delivery Authority) are more favourable than was the case some weeks ago. The decision appears to have been taken to ensure that the Club is provided with the essential facilities to continue to operate post-Olympics at the Mayesbrook Arena, including a clubhouse and changing rooms/toilets. The track will also be completely refurbished and upgraded. Club Chairman Doug Tierney says "It's unlikely that we'll hear much more pre-Christmas but we hope to be in more discussions with the relevant authorities early in the New Year." added 14/12/10  

Lauren leads Essex to Inter Counties gold
Havering Mayesbrook women helped secure Essex the SEAA inter counties championship with an excellent team performance at Biggleswade on Saturday. Lauren Deadman was in imperious form as she led from start to finish to win the individual gold medal by 10 secs with 21:32. In addition strong running from Harriet Scott in 11th (22:44) and Sara Luck (14th - 22:50) both contributed to the Essex team's winning score. Robyn Matson also ran well placing 22nd (23:46) and was fourth among the U23 finishers. Lydia Hallam's fine form this winter continued when she placed 11th in the U15 event as Essex again won gold. Sarah Wilson & Heidi Surman-Wells missed out on Essex vests in the U13 event due to illness. added 13/12/10

Alex Law showed impressive form at the Metaswitch Indoor Open at Lee Valley on Sunday.  He carved almost 8-10ths off his 60m hurdles best clocking 9.06s for victory and setting the best time by a club U15. In the long jump Alex improved his best three times, finishing with 6.17m for second on the club U15 all-time list.

Photo: Roger Deadman

Club vault record for Kate

Kate Cowley opened her indoor account this winter with a new senior club pole vault record at the Windsor Indoor Open on Sunday. Her 3.40m clearance added 10 cm to her own club record, set two years ago before her maternity break. Now back in training Kate feels further improvements are on the cards as she said afterwards “Technically it was poor. I have a few competitions after Christmas so I hope to go higher.” Harriet Scott made a return to competition at Lee Valley yesterday winning the 3000m at the South East Students Championships in Imperial College Colours in 10m 07s. Flic Clarke won silver for SEEVIC in the 400m in 61.6s and Adam McCarthy (also SEEVIC) won the 400m B final in 54.4s.. added 9/12/10

County bronze for Mat Bland

The snowy conditions did not prevent the County Veterans' cross country championships going ahead at Chigwell Row on Saturday. Matt Bland ran a strong race but could not hold onto his title for a second year. In a race controlled by an Ilford and Colchester duo, Matt found the slippery conditions tough going but was still fast enough to take the bronze medal. The only other Havering Mayesbrook athlete to brave the snow-covered course was Gary Howard who did well to take 46th place. In the senior women's champs Jo Sullivan ran a well judged race for a very good 7th place followed home by sister Debbie Appleton who claimed a top ten finish in 10th. Jane Hallam ran well to take 24th. added 5/12/10

Georgie & Bethany in UK lists

Georgie Taylor and Bethany Chambers both feature in the UK Summer 20010 Under 15 Girls' rankings published this week. Georgie's fine season which saw her place fourth in her first English Schools Championships  earned her seventh position in the final discus UK lists with her 32.93m best. Bethany's fine end of season triple jump debut was followed by an excellent 10.74m leap which saw her claim runners up spot in the national lists for this developing event. It was the sixth longest ever by a club female of any age. added 5/12/10

Young athletes dominate Eastern XC Champs

HMAC young athletes dominated the Eastern Cross Country Championships at Colchester on Sunday winning three team and two individual golds, three silvers and three bronze medals. Hoseah Gikungu was49 seconds clear in the U17 Men's event with Massi Dendani third and Tom Davies completing the winning trio gold. Chris Hyde, Ross Earney & Tom Brown won team silver. Lydia Hallam edged victory in the U15 girls race and fifth and sixth places for Lindsay McLachlan and Francesca Smith won team gold, with Avril Loynes & Rebecca Ward also in action. Sarah Wilson's individual bronze led the U13 girls to victory as Heidi Surman-Wells (6th) and Jess Ward (11th) completed the team with Amy Baggs 12th.  More silver service came from Robert Woodgate (U13B with Sam Hurley 7th) and the U15 boys' trio of Nick Shade (5th), James Kidd (8th) and Andrew Holland (9th). Becky Stanley won bronze in the U17W race.  added 29/11/10 & pics

Lauren Deadman was a creditable 26th in the UK Trials for the European Championships at Liverpool on Saturday.   Sara Luck (65th) and Robyn Matson (66th overall & 26th U23) were also in action.

Summer success celebrated at T&F Awards

Club Chairman Doug Tierney was the Master of Ceremonies and President Kevin White made the presentations as the Havering Mayesbrook club celebrated another successful summer season at the award evening held at the AFC Hornchurch clubhouse on Friday. Pride of place were the Best Performance Awards outside club competition which went to:  U13 to U17 Girls – Georgie Taylor;  U13 to U17 Men – Jimi Tele;  U20 to Veteran Men – Richard Morrissey; and  U20 to Veteran Women – Sara Luck. The Sidney Edwards Award for Services to Coaching went to veteran Brian Kiernan who first joined the club 43 years ago.  added 29/11/10   For full text of Doug Tierney's address & pictures of Award winners click here    Photos: Elizabeth Drew

Holly, Alex and Ben in UK rankings

Hurdler Holly Thomas was the only club member to make the recently published national U17 Women's top 20 rankings. An injury affected season saw Holly place seventh in the rankings with her 11.58s 80m hurdles clocking.  Two faster clockings by Holly were wind-assisted. Alex Law and Ben Thompson both appear in the Under 15 boys lists, out today. Alex makes the rankings with his end of season triple jump personal best of 12.18m, sixth longest ever by a club U15, and has another season in the age group. Ben's discus best of 36.43m, fifth club best all-time, places him 17th in the national lists.   added 25/11/10  

Golden girls head Youth Games show.

The U15 girls trio led the way at Saturday's London Youth Games Cross Country races at Parliament Hill. They took the team gold medal thanks to Lydia Hallam, individual silver medal winner, and excellent runs from Francesca Smith (9th) and Lindsay McLachlan (10th). In the U13 girls Heidi Surman-Wells ran well for 9th despite an ankle injury and with Jessica Ward (48th), Amy Baggs (71st) and Megan Ruffell (99th). Bethany Hall was 10th in the U17W race in Redbridge colours supported by Sharmila Golan in 41st place. The U15 boys squad came 4th with Nick Shade 9th and James Kidd in 15th. Andrew Holland continued  his recent improvement in 23rd, Nicholas Duffy was close up in 26th. Both Adam Hill (56th) and George Dixon (59th) had fine runs. In the U13 boys Sean Wilson ran an excellent for 21st place supported by Thomas Pitkin in 33rd. Finally, in the boys’ under-17 race, disrupted by marshals sending many competitors the wrong way, the Havering competitors packed well with Adam Edwards (24th), Ryan O’Mahoney (32nd), Chris Hyde (36th) Ross Earney (B&D - 67th) and Thomas Davis (43rd) in the 105-strong field. added 22/11/10  

Young milers do borough proud.

Havering’s young athletes did the Borough proud in the second ever Lord Mayor’s Mile last Saturday morning held immediately prior to the start of the annual procession that marks the inauguration of the new Lord Mayor of the City of London. Best performance of the day went to Heidi Surman-Wells who celebrated a win in the girls’ 11-12 age group race. Heidi led from the front to beat over 60 athletes from the other 32 London Boroughs. In the same age group, the boys’ 11-12 age, Adam Hill and George Dixon ran a terrific team race to finish in 6th and 7th respectively. Similarly, in the Girls' 13-14 race, Georgie Taylor and Rebecca Christmas tracked each other to finish in 19th and 20th places. James Kidd in the same age group finished 24th while in the oldest age group, 15-17 Jamie Buckley-Stanton ran an excellent race to finish 6th whilst Joseph Waked was close up in 14th place.  Ross Earney and Hanine Waked represented Barking & Dagenham in the 15-17 age group.  added 16/11/10  

Jimi , Josh in U17 Men's rankings

English School's Champion Jimi Tele tops the recently published UK U17 Men's triple jump rankings with his club record leap of 14.86m. All rounder Josh Olawore features in four lists. He ranks ninth in the 100m hurdles with his 13.54s personal best and also made the Octathlon top ten with his club record of 4563 points. His long jump leap of 6.60m and triple jump best of 13.66 also earned him a top 20 ranking place. The talented 16 year old has another season in the age group next summer to make a further impact in the age group.  added 14/10/10  

Men still top after Essex League Round 3

The Senior men's team's winning streak came  to an end but they still top the Essex League table after second place at Hockley yesterday. Grant Twist again led the team home, finishing tenth. Sara Luck was highest placed individual on the day placing fourth in the senior women's race, with Robyn Matson seventh as the team improved to fourth. Lindsay McLachlan was seventh and Isabella Woods one place behind as the U15 girls placed second. The U13 boys have a share of the league leadership despite a fifth place finish. Other club teams finished fourth as the Schools Cup & Lord Mayor's mile creamed off athletes from all younger age groups. & pics added 14/11/10   Full Results

U17 Women fly the flag at XC relays

The Under 17 Women's trio of Becky Stanley, Shannon Sullivan and Patsy McWeeney were the only club team to make the trip to the Midlands to fly the club flag at the National Cross Country Relays at Mansfield on Saturday. Becky started the proceedings against tough opposition on the opening leg, finishing in 32nd out of 65 starters with the team's fastest leg of 9:47.  Shannon battled well on leg two with her 11:16 effort in 46th, handing over to Patsy who made up seven places with her good10:46 anchor split to bring the team home in 39th.  added 07/11/10   Pic: Angela Thompson

Three U20 Women's in UK rankings

Three club U20 women feature in the National rankings, published in Athletics Weekly today. Kike Oniwinde's club U20 and senior javelin record of 46.61m, ranked her seventh nationally - and took her into the UK all-time top 20. Nicola Hill's injury-hit season, which restricted her to just two competitions, still saw her ranked eighth in the 400m hurdles with her 62.7s clocking. Also ranked in the 400m hurdles was Flic Clarke whose 63.66s PB, third on the club all-time list, placed her 17th in the national rankings.  added 31/10/10  

Five in U20 Men's rankings

Five club athletes feature in the summer 2010 UK Under 20 Men's rankings, published this week. GB Junior International Richard Morrissey ranked seventh in the 400m with his club record of 48.01s and just missed out on a 200m top-20 place too. Another record-breaker to appear was Jimi Tele whose new club U17 triple jump mark of 14.86m was good enough for eighth in the U20 lists. Isaac Ogunlade ranks in two events, with his 400m hurdles time of 54.71s placing him ninth and his club 110m hurdles record of 14.53s in twelfth. Two throwers also made the grade with javelin expert Brad Burr's 60.19m effort ranked twelfth and shot putter Emmanuel Quarshie 16th in the shot lists with his 14.43m throw.   added 31/10/10  

Senior men on top in Essex League Round 2

The Senior Men's team continued their great start to the season with another Essex League win at Colchester yesterday. Grant Twist's fourth place, backed up by Rob Warner, Jamie Buckley-Stanton and Mat Bland all in the top 20 made for a comfortable second win in succession. In the Senior Women's race Lauren Deadman opened her winter season with a fine second place while Lydia Hallam was third for the U15 girls. Sarah Wilson's fifth and Heidi Surman-Wells were eighth for the U13 girls and Becky Stanley in seventh led the U17/U20 women home. There were top 10 finishes for U13B Sean Wilson in eighth and U15B Nick Shade who placed 10th. added 31/10/10  

Club’s Future in Doubt at Mayesbrook Arena

As a result of a planning application submitted to the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham regarding the development of the Mayesbrook Arena, there is a strong likelihood that the Club will no longer be able to operate from that site. The application has been made by Ebbsfleet Community Sports Centre Ltd to build an indoor leisure centre 100m x 60m x 12m. The positioning of this building (possibly the largest of its type in the UK) would involve the demolition of the existing dilapidated stand, the HMAC Clubhouse and the pavilion (changing rooms, toilets and warm-up area) used by the Club on training evenings and during competitions, with no intention of replacement facilities being provided.  added 19/10/10   Full report & more details in latest TrackChat

Senior men win & Faye back with Essex League success

Faye Fullerton returned from injury to record a comfortable senior women's victory in the first round of the Essex League at One Tree Hill today. There was also a fine win for the senior men with Rob Warner (11th), U20 Jamie Buckley-Stanton (13th) and Chris Smith (18th) all making top 20.  In the U15 girls Lydia Hallam impressed in second place with Francesca Smith eighth. U13s Sarah Wilson and Heidi Surman-Wells were fifth and sixth in their age group, and Becky Stanley was ninth in the U17W event.  Hoseah Gikungu was a fine third on his U17 cross country debut for the best boys' result and other top 10 placings went to Sean Wilson (u13 Boys) and Nick Shade (U15 boys). Three teams gained second places:  added 09/10/10  

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