September 2009 to March 2010
Faye's best yet in World Cross

Faye Fullerton produced her best international performance to date when finishing 33rd in the senior women's race with a time of 26:36 at today's World Cross Country Championships held in Bydgoszcz, Poland.  Faye was the second finisher for the Great Britain team who were placed sixth. Steph Twell was 23rd finisher, while UK Trials winner Freya Murray was 37th, Stevie Stockton 47th and European Champion Hayley Yelling, who has been suffering from ill-health recently, was down in 63rd. It was Faye's sixth appearance at these World and her previous best placings had been 44th in the junior race in 2003 and 45th in the senior event two years ago. added 28/03/10 

Men fourth in Essex Relays

The senior men fielded two teams in today’s Essex County Road Relay Championships. Although missing many of their top runners the athletes who stepped up to the mark did remarkably well. The A team was led off by Jason Lendon (19:59) who ran a strong race to hand over to Ian Anthony (20:54) who brought the team up to 5th. Rob Warner picked up the gauntlet and ran the team's fastest leg (19:31) making up another place. Matt Bland (20:01) took up the baton and brought the team home in a very good 4th place. The B team started with Graham Pritchard (21:16) handing over to Under 17 Joe Waked who ran well in his first senior outing (20:54) Chris Smith then took up the challenge with a fast 20:11. Paul Berrett covered the last leg in 21:42 to bring the B team home in 7th place with the distinction of being the first B team home. Simon Hart had the unenviable job of running a single leg and ran a good time of 21.00. added 21/03/10

Kevin White is new President

Highly respected club stalwart Kevin White has taken over the reins as Club President after Mark Bishop stands down after an excellent six years in the post. Mark now becomes a Life Vice President and retains his place on the club committee. Long-standing club member Sue Deane joins the club committee to fill one of the recent vacancies and Graham Knight takes over as Coaching Coordinator. Life Membership was awarded at Friday's Annual General Meeting to Irene Brennan and Tony Benton for exceptional and meritorious service to the club, and active athletes Lauren Deadman and Lucy Sargent also become life members after obtaining GB International Vests in 2009. The Young Athletes Team has a full complement of managers but the club is still looking for managers for its senior women's teams in both the UK League and Southern Women's League - Can you help fill these gaps? List of officers for 2010  added 20/03/10  

Lydia team gold in English Schools

Lydia Hallam helped the Essex Schools' junior girls'  team to victory at today's English School's Cross Country Championships at Heaton Park, Manchester. Her 51st place finish in a time of 10:47 contributed to the Essex team's narrow two point victory over Surrey.  Bethaney Hall was a fine 102nd in a time of 15:02 for the Essex Intermediate Girls' team which placed sixth. Jamie Buckley-Stanton and Callum Sutton pulled on Essex vests in the Senior Boys' competition, finishing in 145th and 181st respectively with times of 26:51 and 27:19 as Essex took the bronze medal.  added 20/03/10  

Indoor season ends in style

Holly Thomas made up for her recent disappointing performance in the National Indoor Championships when she won for Essex in the U17 60m hurdles Indoor Inter Counties meeting at Lee Valley on Saturday. Her fine victory was achieved in a new PB of 8.80s, which lifts her to fourth on the national rankings, and she beat Chelmsford’s Hayley McLean, the National bronze medallist, who clocked the same time.  Josh Olawore had a busy day. He equalled his 60m hurdles PB of 8.54s, losing out by just 1-100th to Essex team mate Ben Clark, and had to give second best again to Clark in the long jump, leaping a new best of 6.14m. He also equalled his high jump best of 1.65m, placing sixth.  Annie Adewole and Emmanuel Quarshie were also in Essex action, both finishing second in the shot. Annie threw 8.37m in the U17 women’s competition while U20 Emmanuel threw the senior shot a new PB of 12.40m in the senior men’s event.  Three club athletes competed in this weekend’s British Universities Indoor Champs at Sheffield. Luke Stott was eliminated in the 200m semi-final after a 22.56s heat but returned to join the silver medal winning Loughborough 4 x 200m relay team. Sara Luck (London) was seventh in the 1500m in a season’s best of 4:39.24s while Laura Bealey (Sheffield) improved her indoor 400m best to 60.37s in placing third in her heat.  added 15/03/10  

Fabulous Faye third in World Trials

Faye Fullerton showed her potential with a fantastic third place in the World Cross Country Trial incorporating the Inter Countries Championships, earning a coveted automatic selection place for the World Cross Country Championships. Always well placed, Faye covered the leaders' break when Steph Twell and Freya Murray took on the race and was in contention until the last two kilometres of the 8km course. A jubilant Faye said "I surprised myself! I just tried to cover the break and hold on to the leaders for as long as I could. I started to suffer in the final few kilometres but just managed to hold on". Faye's performance has earned her selection for the Great Britain team for the World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland in two weeks (28 March). It will be Faye's sixth World Championships - after three appearances as a junior and two others as a senior.  Eight other club athletes earned Essex honours - for details see report.  added 12/03/10   added 14/03/10  

Faye & Harriet "On Camp with Kelly"

Faye Fullerton and Harriet Scott are two of the five new athletes who have been selected by double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes to join her successful ‘On Camp with Kelly’ mentoring and education initiative. The five athletes - the other three being Vicky Griffiths (Liverpool Harriers), Amanda Moss (Cardiff AAC) and Shelayna Oskan (Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow) - all attended the latest ‘On Camp with Kelly’ Get-Together at Birmingham University on Sunday 21 February. Dame Kelly said: “Not all athletes develop at the same rate and I wanted to open up ‘On Camp with Kelly’ to a small number of high achieving older athletes who were not invited as juniors. Faye said "This opportunity provides me with enormous inspiration and I'm honoured to be selected". Harriet added "Having seen how other athletes have benefitted from "On Camp with Kelly" in the past, it makes me excited to be part of it".   added 11/03/10  

Four in Schools Y7/Y8 Inter Counties

Four club athletes represented Essex Schools last weekend at the South East Schools Years 7 and 8 Inter Counties too place at Eastleigh, Hampshire on Saturday. Lydia Hallam was highest placed, coming home fifth in the Year 8 competition in 9:16 as Essex were runners up.  Francesca Smith was 26th with 10:05.  Heidi Surman Wells was 11th in the Year 7 race as with 8:32 as Essex won the team stakes. Fraser Scott celebrated his Essex vest with a 51st place finish in the Year 7 boys' race.      added 10/03/10  


Emmanuel best at U20 Indoors

Shot putter Emmanuel Quarshie was highest placed of the small HMAC contingent at this weekend's age group championships at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena. His fourth round 14.15m PB putt placed him sixth in the U20 men's shot and moved him closer to the club record set in 1991. Josh Olawore improved his 60m Hurdles PB to 8.54s in qualifying for the U17 men's final in which he was eighth in 8.61s. He was also 10th in the triple jump with 12.50. Richard Morrissey was fourth in his U20 men's 400m semi final is a fast 49.62s, after placing third in his heat with 49.92. Holly Thomas was edged out of a final place in the U17 women's hurdles equivalent. After a third place heat (9.17s) Holly was fourth in her semi final in 9.0s but had to run off for a fastest loser spot for the final, but missed out.  Jack Edgar-Hill was eliminated after placing fourth in his U20 Men's hurdles heat in 8.64s and in the U15 Boys' hurdles newcomer Billy Bilton (9.87s) and Alex Law (9.92s) gained good experience on the national stage but also did not progress.  added 28/02/10  


Faye fourth in National XC, ladies team fifth

Faye Fullerton was an excellent fourth in today's National Cross Country Championships in Leeds, one place higher than her previous highest placing in the event. She was headed only by winner Steph Twell and silver and bronze medallists Stevie Stockton and Hatti Dean, finishing in 28:21 ten seconds outside a podium place. Harriet Scott repeated her 25th placing of last year with 30:03 and with Sara Luck in 90th (32:53) and Robyn Matson two places further back (32:55) in a field of over 500 the quartet were fifth of the 61 complete teams, one place lower than last year. The U17 Men were 16th. Jamie Buckley-Stanton led the way in 73rd in 22:10 with Joseph Waked close by in 86th (22:18). Adam Edwards (187th) and Massi Dendani (248th) completed the foursome.  Rob Warner was 183rd, just down on his highest ever placing, completing the course in 44:11. Just two other team mates joined him: Mat Bland was 100 places higher than last year, finishing 344th with 46:48 and Neill Collins was 501st of the 1400 finishers in 49:01 . added 27/02/10  

Good night at Havering Sports Awards

The efforts of club athletes, managers, coaches & administrators was recognised when the club picked up three awards at the Havering Sports Council Awards event at Upminster Golf Club on Monday 22nd February.  Talented all rounder, Alex Law who set club U13 Boys' records at discus and hurdles and was ranked in the top six nationally in each event collected the Junior Male Sports Competitor Award. Lauren Deadman's excellent cross country exploits earned her the Senior Female Sports Competitor Award and the club won the Club of the Year award for the third consecutive year.  Georgie Taylor was a nominee for the Junior Female title.    added 23/02/10  More details here

Photo: Jo Law

Lydia third in Essex Y8 Champs

Lydia Hallam was the highest placed club athlete in Wednesday's Year 7 & Year 8 Cross Country Championships held at Hylands Park, Chelmsford.  In the colours of Coopers Coborn Lydia was third in the Year 8 race, with Francesca Smith a fine 12th out of nearly 200 finishers.  Heidi Surman-Wells (Hall Mead) was an excellent sixth in the Year 7 competition with Abigail Spink (St Martins) 30th. There were also top 30 finishes for Fraser Scott (Emerson Park) who was 13th and Nick Wade (Coopers) who placed 29th in the Y7 boys event.)         added 14/02/10  

Photo: Jane Hallam

Faye, Lucy, Luke in UK Trials action

Faye Fullerton, Lucy Sargent and Luke Stott were in action at this weekend's UK Indoor Championships and World Trials held at Sheffield.  Faye's 9m 12.97s run in the 3000m event earned her a fourth place finish and a UK Champs  bronze as the Irish winner was ineligible for a podium place. It was Faye's fastest indoors and her second fastest ever at the distance. Lucy Sargent clocked her fastest 200m time of the winter with 24.40s in placing third in her heat but she missed out on a final place. It earned Lucy a place in the B final but with her opponents opting not to compete again Lucy coasted to an untroubled 24.60s walkover. Luke Stott recorded an encouraging 22.28s in finishing second in the Men's 200m B final, after a third place heat effort. added 14/02/10  

Eight in Schools XC Inter Counties

Jamie Buckley-Stanton was a fine eighth place clocking 23:50 for the winning Essex Schools senior boys team in the Southern Schools Inter Counties Championships at Reigate on Saturday. Callum Sutton (25:15) and Joseph Waked (25:32) were 26th and 30th in the same race. Lydia Hallam also helped the Essex Junior Girls team to victory with her 16th place finish in 13:56. Francesca Smith was 49th (14:47). Nick Shade placed 22nd in the junior boys race and Bethany Hall (16:38) and Rachel Sadler (17:37) were 37th and 58th respectively in the Inter Girls competition.  added 09/02/10  

Jane Hallam recorded a respectable 1:41.22 on her half-marathon debut at Great Bentley on Sunday, as part of her preparations for the London Marathon.

Faye wins in City Challenge

Faye Fullerton was victorious in the 1500m for London North in the McCain’s City Challenge at Sheffield on Sunday, clocking 4m 21.72s. She also ran an 800m leg in the medley relay. 

Lucy Sargent improved her 200m best this winter to 24.45s when placing second at the Birmingham Games at the National Indoor Arena.  After a heat win in 25.10s, Lucy improved to 24.61s in her semi-final before trimming her time further in the final. Laura Bealey also reduced her 400m time this year to 60.49s in the senior race - for a new indoor personal best. added 09/02/10  

Eleven more medals in Essex Indoors Day 2

There were five more golds, five silvers and a bronze at the second day of the Essex  Indoor Champs at Lee Valley today. There was a fine U13 boys 200m victory from Alexander Hewitt who clocked 29.2s for gold. Emanuel Quarshie improved his PB to take gold in the U20 Men's shot with 13.88m and Annie Adewole's 8.83m effort took gold in the U17W equivalent. Jack Edgar-Hill's superb form continued as he broke the club U20 indoor hurdles best for the third time in for weeks stopping the clock at 8.42s. Josh Olawore's busy day earned him four U17 medals - triple jump gold with 12.36m, and three silvers in the long jump (6.06m PB), high jump (1.65m - PB) and hurdles (8.71m). Holly Thomas again improved her best with 8.88s runners-up spot in a high quality U17 hurdles race and Laurence Goodacre's 12.06m put won him silver in the U20 competition. Ashley Purnell's 5.74m (?) long jump brought him U17 long jump bronze. added 06/02/10  

Medals in Day 1 Essex Indoors

There was a good start to the Essex  Indoor Champs at Lee Valley today. Nicola Hill took gold in the U20 Women's 400m with her 60.07s clocking and Georgie Taylor stepped up into the U15 age group with a shot put victory with 9.08m. Silver medals came from Massi Dendani who was timed at 4:32.15s for runners up spot in the U17 Men's 1500m and Alex Law whose long jump PB of 5.08m was just 8cms short of victory. Law was sixth in the U15 hurdles final after his heat win in 10.11s and was fourth in the 60m semi-final. Alexander Hewitt won silver in the U13 Boys 60m after wining his heat in 8.81s. Danny Wilson set a new 400m PB of 55.46s to take bronze in the U17M event. Other club athletes in action were Sophie Sharp (U13G 60m - 9.99s), Tomi Akingbade (U15G - 60m - 8.64s heat & 8.72s semi) and 47.84s for fourth in the U15 300m.  added 06/02/10   Further results to follow asap

Lucy's winning start indoors

Lucy Sargent opened her indoor account this winter with a 200m victory at the London Indoor Games at Lee Valley clocking 24.81s. Lucy was also runner up in the long jump with 5.66m and ran 7.74s for 60m sprint. Jack Edgar-Hill further improved his club U20 Men's 60m Hurdles record with his 8.47s heat clocking and was fourth in the final in 8.54s. Holly Thomas dipped under the nine second barrier clocking 8.96s for runners up in the U17 hurdles. Rylie Trott made her U17 debut with a win in her race with 9.71s. Josh Olawore was unable to repeat his recent fine hurdles PB, clocking 8.87s in the U17M event and race-rusty Chloe van Wulven managed a best of 9.54s in the senior event. In the senior 400m Laura Bealey improved her season's best to 60.78s.  added 31/01/10  

Harriet silver in Southern XC

Harriet Scott continued her successful winter season with an excellent South of England silver medal placing behind GB international Jess Sparke on a cold but sunny Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday. Harriet was in the chasing group at the end of the first short lap but then started to work away from this group and eventually held off the strong challenge of Andrea Whitcomb to win the silver medal in 31:04. Sara Luck (33.03) finished impressively in the top 20 in 18th place with Robyn Matson (35.01) in the top 50 in 46th. Hoseah Gikungu (38th) led home the U15 Boys, with Ryan O'Mahoney 58th, Josh Connors 135th and Nick Duffey 174th. Jamie Buckley-Stanton (59th) and Joseph Waked (61st) were close together in the U17M race, and Ross Earney (152nd) and Chris Hyde (189th) completed the quartet. Callum Sutton was the only U20 Man competing, finishing 66th. For the U13 boys Adam Hill was 98th, Fraser Scott 158th and Will Hart 188th.  added 31/01/10 & updated 01/02/10

Great schools' win for Nick Shade

Nick Shade's front running tactics brought him victory in the junior boys'  at yesterday's Essex Schools Cross Country Championships at Hylands Park. Taking the lead after the first few hundred metres he led throughout to clinch a place in the Essex team for the championships at Manchester in March. Jamie Buckley-Stanton and Callum Sutton will also making the trip to the north-west after finishing fourth and sixth in the senior boys' race, and Joseph Waked's 12th place finish in the same race earned him an Essex vest in the schools inter-counties. Lydia Hallam put in a fine run in the Junior Girls' event to finish fourth and earn her national selection and Francesca Smith's eight place may also merit selection. Bethaney Hall placed eight to lead home the club contingent in the Inter Girls and Becky Stanley (15th) and Rachel Sadler (16th) earned inter counties selection.   added 24/01/10

Two shot bronzes at SEAA final day

Laurence Goodacre and Alex Law each won shot putt bronzes at the final day of the SEAA Indoor Championships. In his first competition as an U20 Laurence threw 12.89m for third place while Alex's modest 7.87m effort also earned a U15 Boys' shot podium place. Alex also progressed through the first round of the 60m sprint with his 7.99s clocking.  Sara Luck opened her indoor campaign with fourth in the senior women's 1500m with 4m 46.72s clocking but Jamie Buckley-Stanton's 4m 23.6 effort in the U20 equivalent did not win him a final place.  added 17/01/10

Jack & Holly best at SEAA First day

Jack Edgar-Hill and Holly Thomas posted the best club results at the first day of the main South of England Indoor Championships at Lee Valley today. In his second outing as an U20 Jack added the club U20 60m hurdles to his U17 indoor & outdoor hurdles records from last year. After a PB of 8.72s in his heat he improved to 8.58s in his semi-final shading the club best of 8.6s dating from 1980, but it left him 1-100th of a second short of a place in the final. Holly improved her best in winning her u17 60m hurdles heat with 9.11s and after making the final with a 9.12s run improved to a new PB of 9.06s for fourth in the final. Nicola Hill ran 9.28s to make the U20 women's 60m Hurdles final where she finished fifth while Angela James ran 9.70s in her U20W hurdles heat.  Alex Law competed at the U15 hurdles for the first time clocking 9.81s and placed fourth in the long jump with 4.93m. Annie Adewole threw a respectable 8.26m shot putt to place seventh in her first competition as an U17.  added 16/01/10

Josh Fourth in SEAA Multis

Talented all-rounder Josh Olawore marked his first competition in the Under 17 age group with a fine fourth place in the South of England Indoor Pentathlon Championships at Lee Valley on Sunday.  Josh opened his account with a fantastic 8.63s 60m hurdles clocking for second place, and he slipped to third after his 5.72m long jump – with a long last round effort ruled a no jump.  A fine 10.99m effort in his first competition with the U17 weight shot putt saw him hold onto a podium place, but his 1.63m high jump saw him slip out of the medal position and his 3m 12.13s time for the 1000m brought him a total points score of 2939 for fourth place. Also in action were new signing Felicity (Flic) Clarke who was third in her U20W 400M heat with 61.85s and Danny Wilson who clocked 57.41 in the U17M equivalent  added 12/01/10

Lauren 10th in good company

Lauren Deadman showed the resolve to overcome cancelled trains and planes to complete a 10 hour journey, and then put in a stunning display to claim a top 10 finish at the Edinburgh International Cross Country on Saturday. On the beautiful snow-covered Holyrood course, Lauren worked with fellow internationals Lisa Dobriskey and Stevie Stockton for the first two laps of the four lap 5.8 km race. Just after the half way mark Lauren started to move away from these GB athletes to finish well clear of them in tenth place; a little more than a minute behind winner Ethiopia's World Champion Tirunesh Dibaba. European Champion Hayley Yelling was best of the Brits in fourth. added 10/01/10

Photo: Roger Deadman

Faye's day but Harriet's title
Faye Fullerton continued the club's recent dominance of the Senior Women's race with an individual win in the final round of the Essex League at Colchester on Saturday but Harriet Scott's runners up spot ensured her the individual league title with two wins and two second places in her four qualifying races. Jamie Buckley-Stanton's fourth place in the U17 race helped the team to place second on the day & in the league, and earned him individual bronze. Another individual bronze was gained by Lydia Hallam thanks to her third place finish on the day in the U13G race. For the senior men Rob Warner's seventh place finish placed him third senior over the season and Mat Bland's 20th spot lifted the veteran's title. Hoseah Gikungu's fifth place for the U15B's also on him fifth ranking over the season. added 02/01/10 & updated 03/01/10

Boxing Day Handicap
Fortunately, despite concerns a few days back the club's 2009 Boxing Day Handicap was not a victim of the weather. Although parts of the early sections of the course were still slightly slippery underfoot this did not deter the 36 competitors. A clear but cold day set up another good race with athletes from a mixture of local clubs including Havering 90 and Thrift Green Trotters. A field of strong runners battled the tough road course with Jeff Black Havering 90 winning the open race and the ever green Gary Howard returning to form to win the Havering Mayesbrook race. Anne Gifford who has recently returned to competitive athletics won the women's race. The outstanding performance of the day came from Jamie Buckley-Stanton who in winning the Under 20s trophy also improved by 4 minutes running the second fastest time of the day and he is still only 17 years of age. There was also a donation from the athletes of just over 100 which will be passed onto St Francis Hospice. added 27/12/09

Eight in Senior Women's list

Middle distance aces make up half of the eight females who reached the Senior women's UK Top 50 rankings for 2009, published this week. Sara Luck's club 3km steeplechase record of 10:38.37s ranked her 10th nationally and she also made the 3000m flat top 50. Harriet Scott features in 800, 1500 and 3000m lists placing 19th in the metric mile with her 4:15.12 PB, 20th in the 3k with 9:17.33 and 40th in the 800m. She also ranked in the 10km road rankings. Faye Fullerton appears in five lists ranking 4th in the 3k list and 28th in the 1500m on the track and an impressive sixth in the 10 miles road list, 11th in the 5k road list and also ranks in the 10k road. Lauren Deadman ranked 22nd in the 3k, 23rd in the 5000m and made the 1500m top 50. Lucy Sargent was an impressive 12th in the 200m rankings with her 23.57s club record and 22nd in the shorter sprint. Nicola Hill ranks 16th in the 400m hurdles while Kike Oniwinde (18th) and Emma Christmas (28th) are in the javelin lists.  added 24/12/09

Lauren in Euro silver team

Lauren Deadman made a successful Great Britain debut when she finished 29th in Sunday’s European Cross Country Championships at Dublin. After a cautious opening Lauren moved through on the first circuit to mid-field and held her position against Europe’s best to come home in 29th as all six of the GB women's squad finished in the top 30 to win silver in the team stakes. GB Team mate Hayley Yelling, was the surprise winner, coming out of retirement to regain the title she won in 2004.  Freya Murray was 9th, Katrina Wootton, Sonia Samuels and Laura Kenney were in close order in 20th, 21st and 22nd with Lauren not far behind. added 15/12/09

Ross Clarke is back home

Former club member Ross Clarke, 21, who left to join Basildon AC in October 2008, who was reported missing earlier this week is understood to have returned home today. Ross had not been seen after leaving his home in Rainham last Friday and police believe he was heading for the Southampton area. Middle distance star Ross holds the club U17 records at 1500m and 3000m set in 2005 and is ranked in the club senior all time top 10s at 800m, 1500m and 3000m. Anyone who sees Ross or who knows of his whereabouts should call Romford police at 0300 123 1212. added 10/12/09 &updated 13/12/09

Essex League wins for Harriet, U15Bs

A convincing victory by Harriet Scott, her second of the season, confirmed her Essex League leadership and a second victory by the U15 Boys, with all four scorers inside the top 12,  took them to the top of the league table. Jamie Buckley-Stanton was third as the U17 Men were pipped by a single point.  The senior men were third but there were no top three finishes for other teams as the U13 girls & boys, the U15 girls and U17/U20 women were all fourth, and the senior women placed fifth. Top ten finishes went to Lydia Hallam (U13G), U15 girls Bethany hall (7th) and Becky Stanley (9th),  Hoseah Gikungu (4th) Ryan O'Mahoney (8th) and Tom Davis (10th) for the victorious U15 boys, Joe Waked (9th - U17M) and eight places for Gemma Phillips (U17/U20W) and Rob Warner (SM)  added 10/12/09  & pics

Alex, Will & Freddy in U13B rankings

Alex Law, Will King & Freddy Keefe all feature in the summer 2009 U13 Boys rankings, published today. All round talent Alex features in three top 20 lists. His club discus record of 30.34m ranks Alex third nationally and 15th best all time, and he also features sixth in the 75m Hurdles list with his 12.2s club record, and makes the long jump rankings too. Will King, another club u13 to improve a club record ranked 10th with his 34.54m javelin best.  Freddy Keefe features in both 1500m & 800m rankings at ninth & 20th respectively despite missing most of the season through injury added 10/12/09

Mat wins Essex Veterans gold

Mat Bland took a well deserved gold medal in the Vets 40 age group at today's Essex Veterans Championships at Chigwell Row. Leading from the start, Mat was in control of the race and though being tracked by Ilford’s Ian Campbell he held him off to win by 50m. Gary Robins was the only other HMAC runner and did well to come in 53rd in his first outing for the club in many years. Len Parrot was the only athlete to take up the challenge of the over 50 race and did very well against runners over twenty years his junior finishing 81st. Jo Sullivan was the sole team member for the lady vets but she acquitted herself very well with a strong finish to take 18th place. added 5/12/09

Josh Third in Schools International

Josh Olawore produced a fine performance on his International debut when he placed third for English Schools in the Home Countries Pentathlon International at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow today. He opened with a swift 8.71s for 60m hurdles, placing third and he held onto a podium place after his 5.91m long jump, fourth longest on the day. He was second in his 200m heat and fifth overall) with a good 24.54s clocking to move up to second and his second-longest ever shot put of 11.77m held his position. An 800m run in 2m 29.84s saw Josh slip a place but hold onto bronze medal spot as the England team comfortably won the competition. added 5/12/09

Georgie, Rachel, Tia in U13G List

Georgie Taylor, Rachel Forder and Tia Telford-Dickson all feature highly in the U13 Girls track & field rankings published this week. Georgie's club U13 discus record of 32.31m saw her rank second nationally and 11th best UK all-time. Newcomer Rachel Forder was not far behind in sixth in the discus lists with 27.48m for third on the club all-time rankings, while her shot club record of 10.23m also saw her rank sixth nationally. Tia, another end of season newcomer, was an impressive fifth nationally with her 27.1s 200m PB (equal second on the club all-time list) and joint sixth in the 100m rankings with 13.1s for third best all-time by a club u13G.    added 5/12/09

Lauren earns GB Euro call up

Lauren Deadman has earned her Great Britain call up for the European Cross Country Championships after her impressive run at Liverpool on Saturday after she was named today by UK Athletics in the six strong senior women’s team which will travel to Dublin on 13 December.  It is a fantastic achievement by the 25 year old teacher from Harold Wood who has battled injury for much of her career after winning medals as a young athlete at the English Schools Championships back in 2001 & 2002.  She joins Laura Kenney (Royal Sutton Coldfield); Freya Murray (Chester Le Street & Dist AC); Sonia Samuels (Sale); Katrina Wootton (Bedford & County); and Hayley Yelling (Windsor Slough, Eton & Hounslow in a team that could challenge for honours. Lauren's best cross country performance placed her a superb eighth overall in the Trials, held as part of the McCain Cross Country Challenge. Against a high quality field in difficult muddy and wet conditions Lauren's 27:30 clocking for the 8.1km course was under 20 seconds off the fourth place automatic qualifying place in a race won by Hayley Yelling who returned from retirement. Although Lauren finished eighth in the trials two of the athletes in front of her will contest the U23 event in Dublin. Faye Fullerton was back in 20th and Robyn Matson was a creditable 56th.  added 29/11/09 & 1/12/09   

Photo: Roger Deadman

XC teams still in Essex league hunt

A win for the U15 Boys, and second places for theU17 men and U17/20 ladies were the team highlights at today's Essex XC league at Hockley. Jamie-Buckley-Stanton's runners-up spot in the U17 Men's race was the best individual result and good placings came from U15 Hoseah Gikungu (3rd), Lydia Hallam's fourth place for the U13 girls and sixth place finishes for newcomer Bethany Hall (U15 Girls) and Ryan O'Mahoney (U15 Boys). Also making the top 10 were Joseph Waked (U17M - 7th) and Nick Shade (U15B - 10th) added 28/11/09    pics added 1/12/09

Josh & Danny in U15 rankings

Josh Olawore and Danny Wilson feature highly in the Under 15 Boys' rankings, published this week. Josh's amazing debut season saw him ranked in three events. He topped the lists with a 13.10m leap in the triple jump where he won England Athletics gold & English Schools' silver, ranked fourth in the Pentathlon where he won National Bronze and was sixth in the 80m Hurdles with his club record 11.4s clocking. Josh competes for English Schools team at pentathlon in Glasgow next weekend. Danny's PB of 40.58 earned him bronze in the England Athletics championships ranked him ninth nationally and took him to second on the club all time lists.  added 28/11/09

Medals in London XC Champs

The cross country team had a very good Saturday at Parliament Hill, winning two team Golds, a team silver and four individual Silver medals in the London Cross Country Championships, run in conjunction with the South of England Inter Counties. Nick Shade’s individual silver in the Under 15 boys’ event, was supported by good efforts from Hoseah Gikungu, Ryan O’Mahoney and Thomas Davis as the club quartet’s 25 point tally saw them win comfortably from Thames Valley (64) and Orion (82). Josh Conners, Nick Duffey and Danny Wilson provided support on one of the most testing courses around.  In the U17 Men’s competition Jamie Buckley-Stanton had a good run, to lead home the Essex team finishing in 17th place overall and runner-up of the London entrants winning individual silver. Adam Edwards in 6th, Joseph Waked (12th) and Dean Leftley (15th) ensured team gold and Massi Dendani and Ross Earney also took part placing 20th & 21st.  Amanda Blaxland added another individual silver in the U15 Girls competition and Lindsey McLachlan, Rosie Brett and Avril Lyons combined well to make it team silver. Lydia Hallam was another to win individual London silver, placing 14th overall in the U13 Girls event and also winning team gold for Essex. Amy Baggs was 87th in her Parliament Hill debut.   added 24/11/09 & updated 26/11/09 

Harriet Scott took over a minute off her previous best time to clock 34:53 when winning the Chelmsford 10k road race in windy conditions on Sunday.


Havering win by miles

Havering’s young athletes again proved to the best in London when they won the overall team title in Saturday’s inaugural Lord Mayor’s Mile held before the Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London. The event, covered live on BBC television, was run along similar lines to the London Mini-Marathon across three age groups (11/12. 13/14 and 15/16/17). Two runners represented each London borough in each of the six races in front of thousands of spectators. Eight top-ten finishes ensured that Havering again finished on top of the 33 London Boroughs. In the girls’ 15/16/17 race, Eleanor Bounds and Ingrid Deane (both past winners of the Mini-Marathon) ran superbly to finish 3rd and 7th respectively. In the 13/14 girls’ race, Amanda Blaxland waved the Havering flag with a terrific 6th place whilst Kirsty Mills from Sanders Drapers School ran well in 41st place. In the youngest girls’ age group, both runners ran brilliantly to finish in the top-ten – Heidi Surman Wells in 6th and Lindsay McLachlan in 10th. For the boys, Callum Sutton was a magnificent 6th and Jamie Buckley-Stanton close up in 9th. In the 13/14 race, Ryan O’Mahoney showed his talent to finish 11th whilst Adam Edwards ran a solid race in 35th. For the 11/12 boys, Nick Shade was an excellent 7th supported in 31st by Charles Hammond. The athletes gathered pre-event in the historical surroundings of the Drapers Hall from where they were escorted to the start of each race at the Mansion House. The idea for the event came from the new Lord Mayor, Nick Anstee, who has completed several marathons successfully. Hopefully, the event will now become a regular feature in the annual show.  added 19/11/09 

Pic: DougTierney

Harriet wins Essex League
Harriet Scott improved on her runners-up spot in round 1 to claim a comfortable victory in round 2 of the Essex League held at wet and windy Hylands Park on Saturday. Robyn Matson was an excellent fourth and the team held on to their league leadership. Three teams finished second on the day. Rob Warner's sixth place set up the senior men for second and they hold that place in the league. Adam Hill in 9th was first finisher for the U13 Boys whose second place confirmed the same position in the league. The U17/U20 Women were also second. Becky Stanley's third place led the U15 Girls team to third and Massi Dendani (13th) was first across the line for the third placed u17 men. Thomas Davis's 11th position was best for the U15 boys who were 4th and the U13 girls had an incomplete team.  added 15/11/09  Pics added 19/11

Faye Fullerton's fourth place finish in 29:03 led England to victory at the Gateshead International Cross Country on Saturday with Lauren Deadman an impressive ninth (29:28) in a race won by rising international star Steph Twell.

Pic: Kevin White

Four in Under 17 Men's rankings
Four talented club Under 17 Men have made the National Top 20 Summer 2009 rankings published this week. Brad Burr led the way placing third in the javelin lists with an excellent 63.96m early season throw for second on the all time list and the all-rounder's club Octathlon record of 4476 points also made the National top 20. Jack Edgar-Hill's fine season saw him rank fifth in the 100m Hurdles with his club record of 13.40s. After his fantastic 2008 season Jimi Tele suffered an injury hit 2009 but his triple jump best of 14.00m was good enough to rank 13th nationally and take him within 7 cms of the club record. The fourth club U17 to rank was Laurence Goodacre whose end of season 14.15m shot put made the rankings. added 13/11/09   

Kike & Holly in Under 17 rankings
Kike Oniwinde and Holly Thomas both feature in the Under 17 women's rankings for the Summer 2009 track & Field season, published this week. Kike was runner up in the U17 javelin rankings, after ranking fifth on the recent U20 list with her excellent 45.60m throw which places her fifth on the UK U17 Women's all-time list. Louise Mathews' club senior record of 46.41m is within reach for the talented thrower next summer. Holly Thomas' breakthrough season, which brought her a South of England silver medal & English Schools Final place, saw her rank fifth nationally in her 80m Hurdles speciality with her 11.56s clocking. She is third on the club all time lists and has all the summer 2010 season to overhaul Chloe van Wulven's 11.36s club best. added 8/11/09   

Ladies sixth in National XC relays
Lauren Deadman gave the team the best possible start at the English Cross Country Relays at Mansfield on Saturday. After lying second till half way she took the lead and held off all challenges to finish strongly and hand over in front after her superb leg of 9:59, the fifth fastest time overall on the day. Late stand-in Robyn Matson, substituting for the unwell Harriet Scott, ran a good second leg against stiff opposition but slipped to tenth after her 11:15 leg. Faye Fullerton's anchor leg of 9:56 overhauled four opponents and was to prove the third fastest overall but there was a little too much to do and she brought the team home in a very good sixth place out of 85 finishers. So after winning in 2007 and placing second last year the senior ladies cross country trio missed out on a third set of medals. added 31/10/09 & updated 1/11/09    Photo: Roger Deadman

Nic & Kike in Under 20 rankings
Nicola Hill and Kike Oniwinde both feature in the newly-published Under 20 women's rankings for the Summer 2009 track & Field season. Nicola placed third in the 400m Hurdles list with her 60.14s best after a season which saw her win silver in both the English Schools and England Athletics Championships She also made the top 20 for the sprint hurdles, ranking 17th with her 14.79s best for the 100m event. Although still an Under 17 Kike's superb club U17 & U20 javelin record of 45.60m, achieved when winning silver in the England Athletics Championships to add to her English Schools' bronze, placed her fifth in the national u20 lists. It was also the fifth longest all time by an U17 women nationally.  added 27/10/09   

Faye silver in National 10 Mile Champs
Faye Fullerton won silver in the National 10 Mile Championships, held in conjunction with today's Great South Run at Portsmouth. Her 56:28 timing was just 40 seconds behind National winner Claire Hallisey and placed her seventh in an International quality race field. It ranks Faye fifth in the 2009 UK rankings and would no doubt have been faster had the first four mile not been into a stiff breeze. 1500m specialist Faye does not usually race that distance but after receiving an invitation decided to take part instead of a planned 10 mile training run and to take the opportunity to catch up with friends and training partners from St Mary's University. added 25/10/09   

Young Athletes claim relay medals haul
There was a great haul of medals as club youngsters claimed four silvers and a bronze at today's Essex Road Relays at Colchester. The u13 Boys started the ball rolling as Charles Hammond (10:15), James Wright (10:34) and Freddy Keefe (9:10 - second fastest of day) took silver. Excellent runs by U15s Ryan O'Mahoney (8:44), Josh Conners (8:58), and Hoseah Gikingu (8:21) added another silver before the U17 Men made it a hat-trick of silvers for male teams. Jamie Buckley-Stanton's opener of 7:51 proved to be the second fastest on the day and Joseph Waked (8:15) and Adam Edwards (8:18) saw the team a stride off victory.  The U15 girls also added to the silver tally thanks to Avril Loynes, Amanda Blaxland & Becky Stanley. The U13 girls trio of Lydia Hallam, Abigail Spink & Amy Baggs added bronze.    added 18/10/09           Photo: Sue Blaxland

Ladies 16th in National Relays
Harriet Scott's fine start to the winter season continued  when was ran the 13th fastest stage overall as the Senior Women's Squad combined well to finish 16th in near perfect conditions at the National Road Relays at Sutton Park, Birmingham. Harriet's 14:28 opening stage - six seconds faster than her previous best, brought her home in fifth. Sara Luck ran 15:34 on the second leg, looking powerful on the hills, handing over to Robyn Matson in 12th. Robyn appeared fresh a week after making a fine half-marathon debut with 84:59 when placing seventh in the Birmingham event. Robyn completed her stage in 16:00, finishing 13th, before Vicky Smith's shrugged off an ankle injury to run bravely on the anchor stage of 16:06  to bring the quartet home in 16th out of the 73 finishers in this high profile event.  added 18/10/09           Photo: Helen Scott

Women storm to Essex League win
Harriet Scott led the senior women to victory, while Sara Luck and Debbie Appleton made the top 10 as the Essex Cross country League kicked off in warm & testing conditions at One Tree Hill on Saturday. Three young athletes teams were runners up. Lydia Hallam was first home in fourth for the second placed U13 girls and Freddy Keefe's seventh was best for the U13 boys. Jamie Buckley-Stanton's third place led home the U17 men to second also. A fine run from Hoseah Gikungu in fourth was best for the third placed U15 boys and Becky Stanley was also fourth as the U15 Girls placed fourth. Ever consistent Rob Warner was eighth as the senior men were fifth and the U17 women was incomplete.   added 11/10/09

Photo: Peter Luck

Faye wins Southend 10k
Faye Fullerton opened her winter season in style when she won the women's race in the Southend 10k road race on Sunday. Her 34:50 (chip) effort brought her home 19yjth overall in the mixed event and two minutes ahead of the runner up Charlotte Smith of Colchester. Vicky Smith had a fine run to slash three minutes off her PB to dip under 40 minutes with 39:21 to place fourth female.  Steve Rand was an excellent ninth in the men's event setting a new PB with his 33:42 finish time. Graham Hogan was 54th in 37:28 and Gary Howard 248th in a field of 1700 clocking 43:25. added 30/09/09

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