October 2006 to March 2007

 

Men qualify for National 12-stage

The senior men continued their run of good form by finishing in the top twenty five teams at the South of England twelve stage relay at Milton Keynes to qualify for the National 12 stage finals. Although missing a few top athletes there was still enough depth of good runners to beat top teams including Wells City Harriers and Tonbridge. Jason Lendon ran a good first leg (27:01) to bring the team home in 31st place before handing over to Matt Bland whose strong run (18:16) took the team up to 28th. Ian Anthony, despite doing the team’s third fastest long leg (28:13) couldn’t hold on and slipped back to 31st. Glen Hill then ran the teams fastest short leg of the day (18:11) and brought the back to 28th again. Martin Chester produced a strong run (28:26) to hold onto 28th before handing over to vet Paul Berrett who brought the team up to 26th with a well-judged run (18:40). Rob Warner then took the baton and produced the team’s best leg of the day with a blistering run (26:25) that dragged the team up to 22nd place. Neill Collins maintained 22nd place running well (19:01) in the very blustery conditions, Graham Hogan took up the challenge and although losing a place held on well (29:22) to hand over to Chris Coates who also suffered in the very windy conditions (20:12) to hand over to Tony Collins in 25th place. Collins kept his nerve and pulled back a place (28:54) to bring the team up to 24th and last runner, Russ Middleton ran the glory leg in 20:23 to bring home the team in 25th and qualify for the national final in two weeks. A good result and a great day out for the team who all thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Full results  added 8/04/07

Men third in Brentwood Half

The club’s men’s distance specialists were out in force as the men’s squad placed third in the Brentwood Half-Marathon on Sunday. Graham Pritchard confirmed his good form in the recent Essex relays when he bagged a top ten place to finish ninth in an excellent PB of 1h 16m 26s. Ian Anthony was two places back in 11th with 1:17.17 and Martin Chester (21st in 1:19.19) and Tony Collins (67th – 1:25.12) completed the scoring quartet. There was good support from Panos Kakoulis (136th – 1:31.30), Graham Foster (143rd – 1:31.56) and Pat Gahagan (156th – 1:32.44) in a men’s field of over 1200.  On the same day Kevin Benton improved his PB to 1:31.58 in the Bath Half Marathon, placing 633rd of 8165 finishers.  added 27/03/07

 

Solid results in English Schools
Eight club athletes posted solid performances for Essex Schools in today's English Schools' Cross Country Championship Championships at Leeds. In the Inter Girls' event Georgie Sales (38th- 13:45), Zoey Littlechild (76th - 14:07) and Jennifer Holland (83rd - 14:10) helped Essex to sixth place. Sidnie Sales was 65th in the Junior Girls' race (13:16), with Rebecca O'Neill in 212th (14:00). Daniel Winters (10th - Inter Boys - 19:42), Rob Jones (103rd - Senior Boys - 24:15), and Christina Holland (186th - Senior Girls 19:44) also saw National Schools action. added 24/03/07

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Girls win relay golds
The under 13 girls made light of the blustery conditions at Abbey Fields, Colchester today to win another county gold medal. Rebecca O'Neill gave them the flying start they wanted storming home in first place. Eleanor Bounds extended their lead even further and Rachel Sadler kept well ahead of the field to anchor the team to gold. In the combined under 15 and under 17 girls' races Zoey Littlechild started the U15 team well coming in 3rd overall. Jennifer Holland brought the girls to first in their race and overall and newcomer Amber Turner, impressed on her debut to maintain the gold medal position. The U17 Women's team of Alex Beard, Christina Holland and Ingrid Deane were fourth. There was no repeat of last year's clean sweep for the boys' teams who found the going tough and failed to win any medals. An under-strength U13 Boys team (Tyler Bennett, Jonathan Seekings and Thomas Davis) maintained 6th throughout. The U15 boys' team of Daniel Shanney, Callum Sutton & Jamie Buckley-Stanton also finished 6th. The U17 Men's team of Rob Jones, Daniel Winters and Grant Twist went one place better in 5th. added 18/03/07   added 20/03/07

Vince merits award

Vince Lazaro's great 2006 summer campaign was recognised when he recently received a merit award from Barking & Dagenham Sports Council for his Long Jump achievements last season.  His fine season brought him Essex Schools' gold and selection for the English Schools Championships and national top-25 ranking. His end-of-season nomination was too late to be considered for the Annual Awards but was successful this time. The efforts of the club's young athletes' teams also gained recognition with a merit award for achievements and services to athletics in the borough of Barking & Dagenham.   added 17/03/07

    

Harriet fifth in BUSA Indoor Champs

Harriet Scott opted out of the National cross country event to wear the vest of Imperial College at the BUSA (British Universities) Indoor Championships at Sheffield this weekend. After winning her 3000m heat in a good 9m 58.90secs, the 21-year-old medical student Harriet improved to 9m 52.47s in the final, just five seconds outside her outdoor best, to finish a fine fifth in a strong field. Two other of the club’s university contingent were in action. Recent recruit Laura Bealey, representing the hosts Sheffield, clocked a useful 62.48s in her 400m heat and only just missed out on a semi-final place. Fast finishing Chloe van Wulven (East Anglia) just missed out on a place in the 60m  hurdles final. After false starting at the first time of asking she was left in the blocks next time and just failed to grab a final place with her 9.53s clocking. Report &  added 11/03/07  

National fifth for flying Faye

Faye Fullerton produced another fine performance when she finished fifth in the National Cross Country Championships held at Sunderland on Saturday. The event was held on a traditional hilly and muddy Cross country course but Faye made light of the conditions over the 8km course to finish in 30:18, just 38 secs behind bronze medallist Louise Damen away from a medal as Liz Yelling beat sister-in-law Hayley Yelling to gold Few club members made the long journey to the north east. Consistent Robyn Matson notched up another good result with her U20 Women's 35th place finish. The U13 Girls fielded the only complete quartet in 16th with Rebecca O'Neill 36th (12:09); Rachel Sadler 93rd (12:52); Amanda Blaxland 125thg (13:10) and Nicola Peachey 230th in 14:23. In the U13 boys' equivalent Ryan O'Mahoney was 124th (12:05) and Jonathan Seekings 172nd (13:38) while completing the club contingent in the U15 Boys' race were Callum Sutton with his best race this winter in 61st (16:22) and Jamie Buckley Stanton 159th - 17:43.  added 11/03/07  

Senior Men add to medal tally

Another County Championship and another team medal. The senior men fielded four complete teams and although many were suffering from illness or injury the team spirit is so good that none of them wanted to miss out on today’s event. Trevor Keys' A team opener proved to be the club’s fastest of the day, bringing the team home in fourth. Rob Warner clawed back a place and Steve Rand fought his way up to second.  Flou-weakened Matt Bland, just couldn’t hold off the home team's runner but held on to bring the team home third. The B team had many of the top runners who had suffered illness during the week. Gavin Maley, Jason Lendon, Glen Hill and Ian Anthony combined for ninth place and first B team home. The C team suffered with late withdrawals still put in a good result to come home in 14th while Graham Pritchard outstanding first leg for the D team produced the surprise of the day to bring the team home in 12th after the first leg.  added 05/03/07  

Nicola fourth in English Indoors
Nicola Hill twice improved her 60m Hurdles personal best on her way to fourth place in the English National Indoor Championships at Birmingham on Saturday. She clocked 8.90s in her heat, improved to 8.85s in placing second in her semi final, and was only a shade slower with her 8.89s final clocking. All three medallists had previously won National medals and it was Nicola's best placing in a national competition. Vincent Lazaro was the only other club athlete to make the trip to the Midlands. Despite being just one cm below his winter indoor best with his 6.32m leap, he finished back in thirteen.  added 26/02/07  

Georgie leads again in Inter Counties
Georgie Sales again led the way for the club contingent in Essex action in the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Nottingham on Saturday. Despite running the second lap with only one shoe after losing one in the mud, she was the first Essex scorer in15th. Jade Edwards (128th) and Christina Holland (152nd) provided support.  Essex were runners up in the senior women's event, despite missing Faye Fullerton and with Harriet Scott failing to finish. Alexa Joel, who is in the process of joining HMAC, placed 13th, and a fast-finishing Lauren Deadman was 60th. Robyn Matson was a promising 22nd in the U20 event , while Sidnie Sales (39th), Jennifer Holland (46th) and Zoey Littlechild (246th) did well for Essex in the U15 Girls' race. Rebecca O'Neill was 60th in the U13 Girls, with Rachel Sadler 162nd, but Eleanor Bounds lost both spikes in the mud and was forced out. Rob Jones (145th - U17M) was the only competing club male. added 25/02/07  

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Charlie, Faye top Borough poll
Rising sprint star Charlie Smith and seasoned international Faye Fullerton both picked up awards at this year's Havering Sports Council's Annual Awards ceremony. Despite early season injuries, Charlie marked his first track campaign with a fast 12.7s in the 100m for third on the club all time lists and helped the U13 boys' relay team to a new club record, to top the UK lists. He topped the poll for the junior male competitor of the year. Faye marked her return from injury with PBs in 800m, 1500m and 3000m, gaining further UK vests along the way, and won the Borough's top Sports Competitor of the Year. It was the second time Faye had scooped the honour, having also won the trophy in 2004. The club lost out however in the club of the year category.added 23/02/07  

Masterful Matt's High 5
Matt Bland celebrated his entry to the M40 Veteran's age group with a great sixth place at last week's Chingford League 5 Mile road race held on a fast, flat course at Victoria Park. Just eight days after his 40th birthday Matt posted his best 5 mile time for 15 years, and his fourth fastest ever of 26:04. His time would have ranked in the UK M40 top 10 last year and on the day he was just 24 seconds behind second place.  Behind him Rob Dickinson took a welcome step towards full fitness, placing 38th in 28:51.  Another club stalwart to pass the 40th birthday landmark last week was club President and men's skipper Mark Bishop who celebrated his entry to the M40 category on 12th February, three days after Matt.      added 23/02/07  

Faye gets GB call-up
Faye Fullerton will again be on International duty in Japan this weekend after her call up by the Great Britain selectors.  She competes in the famous Ekiden International Road Relay in Yokohama, Japan on Sunday 25 February alongside Mara Yamauchi, the UK No.1 last year at 10km, half marathon and marathon, and  Commonwealth 10,000m bronze medallist. Also in GB action in Japan are Vicky Gill (Chorley AC), Wendy Jones (Cirencester AC), Gemma Phillips (Kendal AC) and Sonia Thomas (Sale Harriers Manchester). The Ekiden Relays, which comprise teams of six runners whose legs of various distances make up the 26.2 Marathon distance, are a popular event in Japan where they attract large crowds. Faye follows in the footsteps of ex-club captain Debbie Appleton who twice represented Great Britain in Ekiden events in 2000 and 2001. But it means that she will not be able to line up for Essex in Saturday's Inter-Counties event.  added 20/02/07  

 

 

 

Nicola, Claire, Vince - Gold in East Indoor

Nicola Hill, Claire Brennan and Vince Lazaro all struck gold in today's Eastern Counties Indoor Championships at Chelmsford. Nicola repeated her county long jump/60m hurdles golden double, equalling her best this winter to take the U17 long jump and returning to again clock 9.0s in the hurdles to equal the Championship best. Claire too the senior hurdles in 9.6s and added 60m sprint bronze with 8.5s. Vince won the U20 triple jump in 12.58m but was edged out of gold in his preferred long jump, finishing with 6.27m. There was double bronze in the U20 women's events for Lisa Schofield who was timed at 8.4s in the flat sprint & 9.9s in the hurdles. Also in action was Sam Hill who was eliminated in the U15 hurdles semi-final after her 10.4s heat clocking qualified her as a fastest loser. Rebecca Clements also qualified for the semi finals in the U15 sprint after her 8.8s heat but did not contest the next round.  But there was disappointment for Bethan Siddons as she failed her opening height in the U17 high jump.  added 18/02/07  

 

Georgie Fifth in Schools' Inter Counties

Georgie Sales led home the club contingent as she placed fifth for the winning Essex Schools team in the Intermediate Girls' race at the Southern Schools Inter Counties Cross Country Event at Bexhill on Saturday. She crossed the line in 16:20, with club-mate Jennifer Holland also in the victorious Essex squad in 11th.  Zoey Littlechild (35th - 17:57) and Rebecca Luck (68th - 19:16) were in the Essex B team in the same event. In the Junior Girls' race Sidnie Sales was first Essex runner home in 15th in 15:27, with Rachel Sadler placing 57th (16:55). Also taking part were Christina Holland (19th - Senior Girls), Daniel Shanney (49th - Inter Boys) and Rob Jones (53rd - Senior Boys).   added 18/02/07   External link to full

 

Faye Bronze in BUSA Champs

Faye Fullerton struck bronze in the British Universities' Cross Country Championships held at Bath yesterday. The race, which also served as the trial for the senior team for next month's World Cross Country Championships in Kenya, included other leading UK runners and trainee teacher Faye, in the colours of St Mary's College Twickenham, was 10th overall. Behind her there was another excellent run from Harriet Scott, a medical student from Imperial College, who was a fine eight in the University champs and 19th overall. Also  in action were Sara Luck (who captained the London Uni team, 56th), Robyn Matson (Birmingham - 65th) and Hayley Stibbs (Loughborough) 103rd).  added 4/02/07   Link to full

 

Essex Indoor Gold Rush

There was an indoor gold rush at Chelmsford as club athletes struck gold six times at the Essex Indoor Championships. After missing a medal at the South of England Champs last week Bethan Siddons bounced back to win the U17 high jump with 1.65m to equal Chloe Van Wulven's championship record. Lucy Sargent returned to action with a winning 7.7secs in the U20 Women's 60m, equivalent to her electronically timed club record of 7.67s. Nicola Hill was a double winner, taking the U17 Women's long jump in 5.01m and winning the 60m hurdles with 9.0s. Vincent Lazaro was another long jump winner, taking the U20 Men's event with 6.33m and the sixth and final gold went to Chris Warden who claimed his first county title when winning the U17 Men's 60m hurdles with 9.0s. Joseph Ramie added silver & bronze with his U17 long jump and triple jump efforts.  added 28/01/07    added 30/01/07 Link to full

 

Southern XC - Faye, U13 Girls fourth

Faye Fullerton & the Under 13 Girls' squad missed out on medals by one place as they finished fourth at Saturday's South of England Champs at an impressive Holkham Hall, Norfolk. Faye returned to form with her senior fourth place finish, with Harriet Scott in seventh. Eleanor Bounds (14th), Rebecca O'Neill (23rd), Rachel Sadler (50th) and Rebecca Stanley (61st) tallied 148 points, as Bedford took bronze with 143 points. Apart from that the club landed no other scoring quartet although there were good individual efforts. Ross Clark returned to action with ninth in the U20 men's race, and Georgie Sales had a fantastic run to earn the same place in the U17 women's event. Robyn Matson was 12th in the U20 Women's competition and Jennifer Holland (13th) and Sidnie Sales (15th) ran well in the U15 girls' race  added 27/01/07      added 30/01/07 Link to full

Senior Men - Essex XC relay bronze

The senior men’s team continued their medal-winning haul with a bronze in the cross-country relays at Chigwell Row. Even with late withdrawals and injuries Havering Mayesbrook were still able to field two teams. The “A” team were led off by Trevor Keys, who suffered in the muddy conditions and h brought the team home in 9th place. Keys handed over to the in form Rob Warner who dragged the team up to 4th with another superb run. Jason Lendon took up the challenge handing over to Gavin Maley in 7th place. Maley then produced a fine run to give the team a fighting chance finishing in 4th place. Mat Bland took the baton for the last leg and powered into a medal winning position to bring the team home in 3rd place. The B team had Steve Rand in their pole position and he blazed a great run to bring the team home in 5th, ahead of the A team.  Veteran Paul Berrett kept the B team in the frame with another fine run and he handed over to Tony Collins who covered the third leg. Russ Middleton ran a good leg to hand over to Gary Howard who brought the B team home in eighth. added 21/01/07

 

Southern Indoors: Claire, Nicola win silvers
Claire Brennan and Nicola Hill both hurdled to 60m silver medals at Saturday's South of England Indoor Championships, held at the impressive new Lee Valley Athletics Centre, Edmonton. Claire came through strongly to snatch silver, clocking 9.47s in a straight final in the senior women's event. In the U17 equivalent Nicola went one better than last year’s bronze medal when she came away with silver. After winning both heat & semi-final, the latter in a career best of 8.98s, in the final Nicola came back powerfully from a poor start to claim second as Colchester’s Kaneesha Johnson took gold. On Sunday Nicola added a second silver when her last round 5.12m leap earned her long jump runners-up spot. There were top six places for Anthony Williams (5th U20 - 60m Hurdles - 8.70s PB), Vincent Lazaro (5th - U20 - long jump 6.29m),  Kirsty Smith (5th - Senior Long Jump 5.34m), Chris Warden (6th - U17 - 60m Hurdles - 8.88s PB) and Bethan Siddons (6th - U17 High Jump 1.55m). David Creedon set a PB of 8.93s in his U17 60m Hurdles heat but just missed a final place and returned on Sunday to set a 400m PB of 55.46s. added 20/01/07 & updated 21/01/07

 

Schools XC win for Rebecca
Rebecca O'Neill notched up the best win of her career when she won the Essex Schools Junior Girls' Cross Country title at Basildon today. Sidnie Sales was fourth, confirming her place in the Essex Schools' team for the national event, while Eleanor Bounds did not compete. In the Inter Girls' event Jennifer Holland was top club athlete in third, with Georgie Sales one place behind her in fourth. In the junior boys' event Mike Jones won bronze while Daniel Winters put himself in the frame for national schools' selection with his top eight finish, as did Rob Jones' seventh position in the senior boys event.  added 20/01/07 

  

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Essex League: Georgie, Faye win, two team golds
Georgie-Lou Sales & Faye Fullerton both won their races, and there were the expected team & league title wins for the U13 & U15 girls as the Essex XC League came to a conclusion at Epping Forest today. In the league stakes. Georgie Lou led from start to finish in the U17/U20W event to claim her second successive win and secure the league title. Faye's win in the senior race on the waterlogged course saw a return to winning ways, as Lauren Deadman eased back to action after her sore hamstring in fourth, for league bronze. Eleanor Bounds was again second in the u13 girls, and was also league runner up, and Rob Jones' U17M third place earned him third in the league stakes. The U15 girls dominated their event and Jennifer Holland & Sidnie Sales' second & third places brought her league silver & bronze.   added 13/01/07 & updated 14/01/07 

 

Two golds, three silver, two bronze in Essex Champs
There were two team golds & a silver, and a pair each of individual silver & bronze medals at the Essex Cross Country Champs held at a very wet & muddy Stubbers today. The U13 girls contributed three medals as Eleanor Bounds (silver) and Rebecca O'Neill (bronze) combined with Rebecca Stanley & Shannon Sullivan for team gold. Jennifer Holland's U15 silver, supported by Zoey Littlechild (4th) and Sidnie Sales (5th) plus Emma Fox's vital 26th secured team gold. Faye Fullerton won individual bronze in the senior women's race and the senior men produced a great team silver through Rob Warner (10th), Trevor Keys (11th), Jason Lendon (17th), Matt Bland (20th), Steve Rand (27th) and Gavin Maley (33rd). added 06/12/06  & pics

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Boxing Day Handicap thrives
The Boxing Day Handicap continued its recent increase in popularity thanks to a mixture of Havering Mayesbrook, Havering 90 and some other welcome guests to a overcast but relatively mild Rise Park.  The event was a great success with a field of 41 competitors ranging from joggers to sprinters, pole vaulters and the usual group of serious middle and long distance runners out looking for a good tempo run.  Most athletes went home with a great sense of achievement at completing such a tough course and feeling that they had burnt off some of that Christmas food. The race had an exciting finish in both men's and women's events with Havering Mayesbrook's Russ Middleton just holding off a guest runner and soon-to-be new joiner Chris Smith in a final 800m struggle. The ladies' race was won in a tough final sprint between Havering 90's Marissa Ishikawa and Barbara McDonnell, the latter improving two minutes on last year. The club's women's race was won for the second year running by the ever-youthful Jo Sullivan and with a welcome return to competition of her sister Debbie Appleton after having a baby, probably not the ideal race to make your return. Matt Bloy retained his under 20 trophy in fine style improving by over 1min 30 seconds on last year. The fastest time of the day was run by guest James O'Connor with an exceptional 24 mins 6 seconds.  added 28/12/06 

 

(Thanks to organiser Pat Gahagan for report & results)

Seven in senior women's rankings

Seven club junior and senior women feature in the UK top 50 rankings, out this week. Javelin star Louise Mathews is sixth in the UK merit rankings, based on her win-loss record against other leading athletes over the season and 11th longest thrower with her 46.41m best. Faye Fullerton ranks in no less than four lists, placing seventh in the 3000m lists with 9m 7.52s, 11th in the 1500m with 4m 13.67s, 17th in the 5k road rankings and inside the 800m top 40. Despite her injury-affected season Lucy Sargent figures in both sprints at 24th in the 100m (11.85s) and 38th in the 200m (24.47s). Mel Harrison and Sarah Deacon make the discus & hammer top 40 lists, as does club triple jump record holder Kirsty Smith, while Chloe van Wulven was just outside the top 40. Things were not so rosy in the men's lists and only U17 javelin star Bonne Buwembo was ranked in the top 50.  added 22/12/06

Sprint hope Charlie Smith was ranked in last week's U13 boys rankings. His 100m PB of 12.7s ranked him equal 9th. added 22/12/06

 

 

Lauren back to winning ways

Former English Schools 3000m Champion Lauren Deadman returned to winning ways as she race to victory in round 4 of the Essex Cross Country League at Hylands Park Chelmsford today. Georgie Sales was also victorious in the U17/U20W race, with Hayley Stibbs third. Rob Jones was second in the U17M event, with Michael Donavan in fourth. In the U13 Girls race Eleanor Bounds & Rebecca O'Neill were again second & third and with Rachel Sadler fifth and Becky Stanley sixth the team win was a formality. Jennifer Holland & Sidnie Sales came home third & fourth in the U15G event. Ryan O'Mahoney was first home for the U13 boys in fifth, and Trevor Keys' fifth place set up another second team position for the senior men.  added 16/12/06 & updated pics added 17/12/06  Link to full results

 

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Club members in Essex action.

Club members were in the thick of the action for Essex at Saturday's South of England Cross Country event at the tough Parliament Hill venue. Harriet Scott and Lauren Deadman led Essex to the team silver medal and individual medals in the under 23 age group. Harriet fine form continued as she ran strongly to finish sixth overall and second under 23, followed closely by Lauren, who showed she is fast getting back to full fitness, placing 7th position and third under 23. In the U20 event Robyn Matson placed 10th as the Essex team won gold. Eleanor Bounds (8th) and Rebecca O'Neill (16th) helped the U13s team to bronze, as did Georgie Sales (14th) and Christina Holland (28th) in the U17 event. For the U15s Jennifer Holland was 15th, Sidnie Sales 26th and Zoey Littlechild 31st as Essex were fifth.  added 10/12/06  Link to

 

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Third Euro Gold for Faye

Faye Fullerton claimed her third gold medal in the European Cross Country Championships as the Great Britain U23 team swept to victory. The latest success added to her team medals in the 2003 junior event & the 2004 senior races.  She came home in 25th as fourth GB scorer as Aine Hoban (Wakefield Harriers), was 5th, Laura Kenney (Royal Sutton Coldfield), 8th and Claire Holme (Ipswich AC) was 19th as the GB team beat Poland to gold. Faye's performance justified her late decision to run after overcoming a recurrence of a back injury which caused her to miss the recent trial. This came after the trainee science teacher's training was restricted by her teaching placement at an independent school. Faye lived up to the reputation as the team's lucky mascot, publicised by UK Athletics, and she has now won gold in all three appearances in these championships.  added 10/12/06 

 

Awards: Lucy tops poll, club wins county prizes

Lucy Sargent topped the poll in last week's Barking & Dagenham Sports Council annual awards to win the borough's Sportswoman of the Year trophy. Meanwhile, at this week's Essex County AGM the club won two awards. The Senior/Junior Women won the Anna Neagle Trophy for the most points in county cross country, road relays and track & field champs notching up 185 pts, three ahead of Basildon. And the U17 Women also pipped Basildon for the Joe Louis Trophy for that age group, with 100 pts to Basildon's 98, with Chelmsford close by on 97. The U13 girls were beaten by Thurrock for the George Holroyd Trophy.     added 08/12/06 

 

Four Under 13 girls rank, two Under 15s

Eleanor Bounds, Rebecca O'Neill, Lannahn Leary-Kiernan and Sophie Baggs rank highly in the U13 Girls' summer 2006 track & field rankings published today. Eleanor features in no less than four lists, ranking third at 600m with her 1:44.0s club record, eighth at 800m (2m 24.52s), and also making the UK top 20s at 1200m (3:59.86s) and 1500m (4:59.2s). Her middle distance partner Rebecca was seventh in the 600m lists with 1:46.1s. Lannahn and Sophie rank third and fifth in the discus lists with bests of 28.52m and 26.43m respectively. English Schools runner-up Georgie Bean was the only U15 boy to rank nationally, in third with his 50.86m PB javelin while Jessica Humpheryes was the sole U15 girl to register in the recent UK lists with her 28.66m discus effort.    added 07/12/06 

 

One gold, two silver in first leg of County XC

Georgie Sales' silver medal placing led a full strength Under 17 Women's team to gold in the first leg of the County Cross County Championships at Claybury on Saturday. With Jade Edwards 6th and Christina Holland 9th, Alex Beard's 12th place secured a comfortable team gold. There was team silver for the Under 17 Men with Rob Jones leading home the squad in fifth, Matt Bloy one place back in sixth, Daniel Winters ninth and Michael Donavan in 17th. Colchester and Tendring won by 17 points, with all their scoring four in the top eight,  but the margin would have been closer had Grant Twist not missed the event through ill health and as Michael Donavan was a little down on recent results due to a knee injury.    added 03/12/06     added 03/12/06  pics added 05/12/06

In a good weekend for the Sales family, Georgie's younger sister Sidnie, placed fourth in the English Schools Cup Final event at Bolton, with Jennifer Holland a fantastic fifth, as Coopers Coborn School defended their Intermediate Girls' title. Eleanor Bounds was a superb runner up for Coopers in the Junior Girls' event, with Emma McAuliffe 54th.     added 03/12/06

 

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Faye in European Champs?

Despite missing in the trial race for the European Cross Country Champs at Liverpool last weekend due to a niggling hip injury, Faye Fullerton has been selected in the GB Under 23 Team for the SPAR European Cross Country Championships to be staged in Italy, on Sunday 10 December.  However, to confirm her place Faye first has to prove her fitness. In the race itself Harriet Scott was 34th overall and 10th placed U23. Both Harriet & Faye, along with fit-again Lauren Deadman, have been selected to represent Essex in the Southern Inter Counties Cross Country Event at Parliament Hill on 9th December. Also selected to compete are Eleanor Bounds & Rebecca O'Neill (Under 13), Jennifer Holland, Zoey Littlechild & Sidnie Sales (U15), Georgie Sales (U17) and Megan Foley (U20).  added 28/11/06 

 

Three wins in Essex XC League

There were team victories for the U13 & U15 girls, and U17 men on another good day for club teams in treacherous conditions at the third round of the Essex Cross Country League at Hockley today. The u13 girls made it three wins in three rounds as Eleanor Bounds' 2nd place led home a winning quartet who all finished in top 10 placings. Jennifer Holland was again runner up as Michelle Lovell's vital 29th place brought the U15 girls team success by two points. The U17 Men also finished four in the first 10 as Matt Bloy was again third. A strong showing by the senior men brought them second place as Trevor Keys placed fifth with four other top 20 finishers and another fifth place finish by Georgie Sales contributed to the U17 Women's runners up spot. The U15 boys were third but the U13 boys and senior women had incomplete teams  added 25/11/06   added 26/11/06

 

Bonne tops U17 lists, Matt fourth

Bonne Buwembo was ranked UK Number 1, in the U17 Men's rankings, published this week  His massive 66.54m end of season effort was over 4m further than any other UK athlete, and came after a summer affected by a finger injury. Matt Bloy's early season 1m 55.31s 800m clocking proved to be fourth fastest of the summer by a UK U17, ranking him second in the club all-time lists for the age group. His Essex Schools' winning 1500m run of 4m 01.5s proved to be 14th fastest, but badly blistered feet ruined the rest of his season. Eugene Ayanful, who will appear in Woodford Green colours in 2007, was fourth in the 100m and sixth in the 200m. added 18/11/06

 

Collins brothers World bronze for GB

Neill and Tony Collins helped the Great Britain team to win bronze in the World  Cross Country Championships for Athletes with Learning Disabilities, held for the first time in the UK at Thornes Park in  Wakefield, Yorkshire. The Yorkshire venue offered cold, wet and almost gale force winds with the course including a series of tough hills. The fast and furious 3km race held on Saturday (11th), held in the worst of the conditions, was won by an outstanding front running performance from the Iranian athletes. The Collins brothers ran to form, with Neill finishing in 21st just ahead of Tony's 24th, helping the GB team win bronze behind the Portuguese and South African teams. On Sunday the winds had died down but the temperatures were quite low for the longer 6km event, which was a much more exciting race with the leading group of 6 athletes remaining close for two of the three laps. Again the Iranian won the race, this time with a final straight sprint, and Tony got the better of younger brother Neill with both finishing higher up the field in 16th and 17th places, although the team were out of the medals in fourth. added 18/11/06

 

Katie's on camp with Kelly
Katie Richardson is "On camp with Kelly" after being one of the latest additions to the group of rising female middle distance stars receiving help & advice from Olympic Champion Kelly Holmes. After taking part in races as part of the scheme in the summer at Birmingham University and the Grand Prix at Crystal Palace Katie's first big moment came last weekend (3-5 November). After talks at the UK athletics offices in London about drugs and drug testing, and how to plan for the following track season of 2007, there were interviews for local papers (see Romford Recorder 10 November). After travelling to Tonbridge there was a morning training session, followed by an afternoon spent coaching local children a variety of different activities within athletics e.g. hill running, drills etc.  Later on the group had a question and answer session with Commonwealth 1500m Champion Lisa Dobriskey and former European 800m Champion Jolanda Ceplak (Slovenia). There was also the chance to talk with Kelly's ex-coach Margo Jennings, topped with TV interviews and photos with Kelly. Katie said "All in all the weekend was really good, and I got some valuable information". added 11/11/06

 

Three in U17 Women's lists
Nicola Hill, Frankie Calder and Bethan Siddons made the U17 Women's top 20 rankings, published earlier this week. Nicola ranks in three hurdles lists, placing 15th in the 300m hurdles with 45.5s, 15th in the 80m hurdles (11.89s) as well as recording the fourth best by an u17 in her 15.2s debut at the senior 100m hurdles event. Frankie's 25.2s PB at 200m squeezes into the lists while Bethan Siddons' end of season high jump PB of 1.66m ranks her in the top 10 nationally.  All three have another year in the age group. The talented trio were among club athletes who picked up awards at the club's annual track & field presentations on Friday evening.  added 11/11/06  Award evening reports & pics

 

Two top 10 places at National Relays
Excellent performances by club athletes brought a splendid day for the two Havering Mayesbrook teams, notching up two top 10 finishes in the National Cross Country Relays at Mansfield on Saturday. In the first race of the day, the under 13 girls scored an impressive 5th place against stiff opposition. In their first race at this National event Emma McAuliffe (8:25), Rebecca O'Neill (7:38) and Eleanor Bounds (7:31) combined well to produce such a high place finish. Individual leg positions to follow. Against some outstanding competition, the senior women produced an excellent 7th place, the first time Havering Mayesbrook have competed at this level for a number of years. Faye Fullerton (10:02) started well bringing the team in in 7th position. Harriet Scott (10:25) improved the team position to 4th, Lauren Deadman (10:44) held on to bring the team home in that moral boosting top 10 position.  added 5/11/06  

 

Sam Harrison wins award
Sam Harrison's coaching efforts were rewarded recently when he was this year's recipient of the British Athletics Supporters' Club's Ron Pickering Coaching Award. Sam's group of rising javelin stars includes UK top ranked u17 Bonne Buwembo, who added over 5m to the club u17 and u20 records this year, and English Schools silver medallist Georgie Bean, who went to number 2 on the club all-time U15 list behind Bonne.    added 4/11/06  

 

Five Under 20 Ladies ranked
Five of the club's talented under 20 ladies have been ranked in the national top 20 lists, published this week. Junior International Lucy Sargent appears in both sprints, ranking 4th in the 100m with her 11.85s clocking and 8th in the 200m with 24.47s. Kirsty Smith's superb season resulted in a national top 10 triple jump ranking, with her club record-breaking 11.83m leap, which earned her the club u20 and senior triple jump records, while her wind assisted 5.59m long jump also features in the top 20 lists. English School's hurdles silver medallist Chloe van Wulven appears in two lists, ranked 11th in her favoured 100m hurdles event with her 14.71s effort and also making the top 20 with her 400m hurdles PB of 65.01s.  The five-strong club contingent was completed by Katie Richardson's 800m PB of 2m 11.52s ranks her 15th and Emma Christmas' season best javelin throw of 36.49m, ranked 20th.  added 28/10/06  

 

Good results in Essex League Round 2
There was no repeat of the superb team results, with five wins in six age groups in the first round of the Essex Cross Country, but two team wins, two seconds and three thirds were a good return for the club athletes' efforts. The u13 girls again swept to victory despite missing two of their first round scorers. Rebecca O'Neill (3rd), newcomer Rachel Sadler (7th), Nancy Kane (10th) and Becky Stanley (12th) were followed home by seven other club athletes. The powerful u15 girls also triumphed as Jennifer Holland, Zoey Littlechild and Sidnie Sales were 2nd, 3rd and 4th and Jade Timothy's 15th place ensured victory. Both U17 squads were runners up as Jade Edwards' much improved performance placed her second and Christina Holland (7th), Ingrid Deane (14th) and Alex Beard (15th) fell just two points short of Basildon's winning total. Grant Twist's third place led home the U17 boys with Rob Jones 5th)( and Daniel Winters (7th) not far back and Anthony Soar's 17th place confirming team second. Ryan O'Mahoney's fourth place was best for the u13 boys, who were third, and Michael Jones' 8th place finish led home the third finishing u15 boys. The senior men improved to place a close third with Trevor Keys (5th) and Rob Warner (9th) both making the top 10 and Matt Bland 15th. Martin Chester (32nd) Tony Collins (40yth) and Ian Anthony (43rd) made up the scoring six. Lauren Deadman was again third as the senior women placed sixth.   added 28/10/06     Link to full results  

Faye fastest for Relay squad
Faye Fullerton was 11th fastest overall as the Senior Women's team placed 28th in the National Four-Stage Road Relays at Sutton Park on Saturday. Robyn Matson, now at Birmingham University, hound the going tough on the opening leg, clocking17:52 and handing over 76th of the 100 starters.  Faye Fullerton, not yet in full winter training due to work placements as part of her teacher training course, burnt up the ground to overtake 42 athletes with her 14:36 stage clocking to finish 34th. Not only did it prove to be 11th fastest overall but was third fastest on that leg. Late replacement Hayley Stibbs made the trip across from Loughborough clocking 17:32 but slipping to 41st.  Anchor runner Harriet Scott, who had hoped to run the first leg but got held up in traffic, ran well to overhaul 13 runners in front of her to finish a creditable 28th. On Sunday a young U13 boys trio were the only club team to tackle the Young Athletes relays in wet & windy conditions at the same venue. Ryan O'Mahoney opened the proceedings with 15:30 for the 3.8km leg in 28th, Tyler Bennett held the placing with his 15:42 stage while improving Thomas Davis - only fourth club finisher the week before in the Essex League, contributed the fastest club leg with his 15:19 effort reeling in four teams to finish 24th.added 22/10/06    Link to full results  

Winning start to Essex League
The cross country season got off to a flying start with five team victories and bumper turn outs from club athletes at One Tree Hill, Corringham today. Both U13 squads won as Eleanor Bounds in 3rd led the winning girls'  team of Rebecca O'Neill (5th), Nicola Peachey (7th) & Becky Stanley (11th), while Ryan O'Mahoney's third place for the U13 boys was well supported by Tyler Bennett (9th), Jon Seekings (10th) and Thomas Davies (22nd). In the U15s Jennifer Holland was also 3rd, closely followed by Zoey Littlechild (4th), Sidnie Sales (5th) with Emma Fox's 17th place ensuring victory. Yet another third place went to Matt Bloy in the U17 men with Rob Jones (7th), Grant Twist (8th) and Daniel Winters (10th) taking the team honours. It was a similar story for the U17 ladies with Georgie Sales first home in 4th, a fast finishing Ingrid Deane in 6th, with Jade Edwards (11th) and Alex Beard (14th) making up the winning quartet. The U15 boys had all four scorers in the top 15 but had to settle for second.  In the senior women's event there was a welcome return to club colours by Lauren Deadman in 3rd, while Rob Warner worked his way through the 150 strong men's field to finish 13th.  added 14/10/06 & updated & pics added 15/10.06    Link to full results  

Good efforts in Southend 10k
There were good efforts in yesterday's Southend 10k Road race as the senior men's squad placed second and Harriet Scott was third lady finisher. Good packing by Trevor Keys (16th - 34:11), Steve Rand (19th - 34:23), Jason Lendon (25th - 34:54) and Matt Bland (28th - 35:21) ensured runners up spot in the team stakes. Harriet Scott's fine 36:46 run brought over 56th in a mixed field of almost 2000 and ladies' bronze  while Emma Wallace was inside the top 250, and placed 17th female with her 43:26 clocking.  The men's B team of Tony Collins (42nd), Martin Chester (45th), Ian Mulley (48th) and Graham Pritchard (57th) were ninth team.  added 9/10/06

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