September 2012 to March 2013

Simon, Steve 10th & 11th in Brentwood Half

Simon Hart shrugged off the bitterly cold, windy & sleet affected conditions to finish tenth in the Brentwood Half Marathon, winning the M45 age category on Sunday. His time of 1hr 18:09, although three minutes down on time from last year, was still good in the wintry conditions. One place further back in an equally good 1:18.50 was clubmate Steve Rand who repeated his 11th position from last year and was again third in the V40 category. Also competing were Eighteen year old Josh Conners who made his half marathon debut with a 1:33.32 clocking in 164th , Tracey O’Neill who took five minutes of her previous best with 1:49.44 and Colin Wiggins who finished in 2:08.03. There was also a strong showing in the associated Brentwood Fun Run. Ross Moncrieff was fourth (18:19) and Kate O’Neill 14th (19:17) while Ed Laughlin (19:55) & Sophie Rand (20:40) both made the top 30 in 22nd & 29th. Also taking part were Catherine Barker (71st 22:14), Abbie O’Neill (149th – 24:52) and Hannah Paton 32:52). added  25/3/13

Ed Thompson breaks U17 vault best

A long-standing club record was broken last week when vaulter Ed Thompson erased the club U17 pole vault record which had stood since 1990.  Ed’s 3.72m indoor clearance at Carshalton added two centimetres to the previous best and 19 cms to Ed’s own PB.  It marked an impressive rise for the 15-year-old former 800m runner who only competed at the event in June 2011 to pick up points for the club, clearing 2.30m on that occasion. He finished last summer with a 3.20m PB and improved this to 3.53m in winning the Essex indoor championships last month before his club best, which ranks Ed 13th in his age group nationally.  added  25/3/13

Members honoured at AGM

The club took the opportunity of their Annual General Meeting, held at Havering Bowls Club on Friday, to honour three long-standing members. Former sprinter and later coach and starter George Dalby, who had chalked up 50 years’ club membership, was presented with watch by club President Kevin White to mark the occasion.  George & his wife Pam have recently retired to Devon & are now active on the south-west and Midlands athletics circuit. Also honoured was veteran all-rounder Aaron Bonning who received life membership following 25 years continuous service. Bonning, 37, is still a regular competitor in the Southern League team where he racks up points in numerous field events. Long-standing Men’s British League team manager Peter Estcourt also received Life Membership.

At the AGM itself, Doug Tierney returned to the Chairman’s position after a two-year break, with senior athlete Claire Brennan filling the vacancy for Vice Chairman as previous Chairman Chris Smith stepped down onto the Committee. For 2013 Committee see here added  21/3/13

Men fourth in Essex Road Relays

On a cold and wet Chelmsford course Havering’s senior men’s A team achieved a creditable fourth place in the Essex Road Relays on Saturday.  Jamie Buckley-Stanton coming back to full fitness led the team off with a good 19.55 to bring the team home in 7th place. Steve Rand continued the fine start and clawed back two places to take the team up to fifth with a fast 20.14. Ian Anthony ran well to take another place with a 20.41 time handing over to anchor-an Rob Warner who took up the challenge. Although running the team's fastest leg of the day with 19.30 Rob couldn’t get the squad into a medal place. The B team of Paul Grange 21.23, Massi Dendani 21.44, Jason Lendon 20.54, and Matt Bland 21.14 had the distinction of being the first B team home in 11th place. The incomplete C team of Paul Berrett 23.23, Russ Middleton 25.23, and Tony Collins 24.26 were 20th when they ran out of runners.  added  17/3/13

Debbie Appleton finished 30th overall and third women with a clocking of 81:52 - the second fastest by a W40 veteran woman in 2013.

Lydia in gold-winning Essex Schools' team

Lydia Hallam helped Essex Schools' Intermediate Girls' squad to team gold at the English Schools Cross Country Championships at Catton Hall, Derbyshire on Saturday. Her 22nd placed finish in 14:05 saw her fourth home for Essex, with Thurrock's Gemma Holloway 8th, Jessica Burgess 15th and Chelmsford's Katie Solis 20th ahead of her & Victoria Hiscock (Benfleet) & Amelia Barrett 36th the county team finished on 130 points, 154 ahead of Surrey. Gemma Archer-Haley also helped the Essex Junior Girls' to get their hands on the silverware. Her 154th place finish (12:37) -  above half-way in a field of 333 - ensured that Essex won the Stedman Trophy for the team with the highest eight placed finisher, after the scoring six were fourth. Another trophy to go Essex's way was the Lancashire Trophy for the best Girls' Aggregate Team Scores across all age groups.. Hoseah Gikungu was the third club member in English Schools action coming home a disappointing 53rd in the Senior Boys' event as the county team finished fourth by just eight points.  added  17/3/13  Photo: Jane Hallam

Five in Inter Counties XC action

Five club athletes competed well for Essex at Saturday's televised Inter Counties Championships at Birmingham. Highest placed was Lydia Hallam who finished 32nd in the U17 Women's race in 20:59 and was one of the six-strong Essex team who featured prominently in the early action.  Hoseah Gikungu also started strongly in the U20 men's competition running in the early leading group but was unable to translate his county form onto the national stage placing 44th with 26:47 but had the consolation of helping Essex to team silver. Veteran Debbie Appleton was a fine 67th clocking 30:05 in the senior women's race in a field of almost 300 - her first appearance in these championships for several years - while Rob Warner had his highest ever placing of 111th in the senior men's event - where he was second Essex finisher with a time of 37:57. Gemma Archer-Haley was a respectable 179th in the U15 girls race with 20:02. Lauren Deadman was forced to withdrew last week from the senior women's event with a foot injury sustained from her run in the recent English National Championships.. added  10/3/13

Chelmsford Indoor Open - Loughborough Throws

A small group of club young athletes produced some impressive performances at Saturday’s Chelmsford Indoor Open.  Isabella Purdie trimmed her club U13 60m hurdles record to 10.3s in winning the event and made it a double success by taking the long jump with 3.92m.  Isobel McDonach won the U13 shot in a new best of 7.23m and was second in the 60m sprint in another PB of 8.9s. Matthew Owers improved his 60m hurdles PB to 9.6s in claiming runners up spot & was also second in the 60m sprint with 8.4s.  Also in action were Josie Waddams who competed in the U15 60m (9.1s), high jump (1.20m) and shot (6.41m) – the latter producing her best placing of third.  Hollie King did well in both 60m (9.7s), 60m hurdles (11.4s) & long jump (3.53m) in the U13 age group.  

Rachel Forder took an early opportunity to impress when adding almost a metre to her discus best in winning the Loughborough Winter Throws U17 discus competition on Saturday with a throw of 41.58m, comfortably beating last year's UK U17 Number 1 ranked Adele Nichol in the process. added  5/3/13

Four in BUCS Indoor action

Also in indoor action were four club athletes in their universities’ colours at this weekend’s BUCS Championships. Isaac Ogunlade (Middlesex) was very close to reaching the 400m final. After comfortably winning his heat – one of 15 – in 50.26s he was second in his semi-final in a new indoor best of 49.34s but with only the winner of each the five semis and one fastest loser to progress he was one place short of qualification. Massi Dendani (Bedford Uni) won his 800m heat with 1m 59.46s but was unable to gain a final place after a 2:01.46 clocking. Coventry University’s Emmanuel Quarshie was eight in the shot. His qualifying round throw of 13.55m was a fraction outside his best, and ranked him sixth overall and his 12.92m final effort placed him eighth. Also in action was Ellie Watson (St Mary’s) who was 14th in the long jump and competed in the 4x200m squad. added  25/2/13

Lauren 14th at National XC

Lauren Deadman was the only Havering Mayesbrook athlete to make the journey to the frozen north-east of England for the National Cross Country Championships and was rewarded with a top 15 finish. Waking up to a blanket of snow did not improve the surface of the course, which was already covered in a layer of slush, mud and icy water. Suffering with the symptoms of frostbite on her feet which hurt from the freezing water Lauren battled her way around the difficult, undulating course at Sunderland’s Herrington Country Park with enough determination that allowed her to pass two other athletes in the finishing straight to come 14th. added  25/2/13

[pic: Roger/Fay Deadman]

Alex gold & Josh bronze at National indoors

There were two medals, one gold one bronze and a top four finish from the small contingent of five club athletes taking part at the National Indoor Age-Group Championships at Birmingham’s NIA. Alex Law confirmed his UK top ranking with a gold-medal winning performance in the Under 17 long jump. Alex his lifetime best to 6.81m in the fifth round to clinch the title by 8cms - only Josh Olawore has jumped further among club U17s. Alex strained a hamstring however which forced him to withdraw from 60m hurdles. Josh Olawore repeated his bronze medal winning performance from last year in the Under 20 long jump. His 6.98m fourth round effort was a season’s best and a longer no jump might have won silver. Josh later returned to improve his 60m hurdles PB to 8.40s  Modupe Shokunbi performed brilliantly in her first national competition. After winning her Under 15 60m heat she improved her club record to 7.94s in finishing second in her semi-final and was judged edged out of the medals in the final, finishing fourth in 7.98s, ahead of several girls with faster times. Also in action were Robbie Clarricoats who was just outside his U20 club 60m hurdles record with 8.36s heat clocking and Michelle Hughes who ran close to her U17 hurdles PB with 9.28s.  added  25/2/13

Lauren 8th and Ladies 5th at Southern Champs

Lauren Deadman's eight place led the senior ladies into fifth position at the rearranged Southern XC Champs at Parliament Hill last Saturday. Debbie Appleton (27th), Jo Sullivan (84th) and Jade Edwards (93rd) were the scorers with Mo Lear, Bobbie Westwood and Tracey O'Neill also in action.  The U15 girls were 12th thanks to Sarah Wilson (47th), Amy Baggs (83rd), Lois Wyatt (105th) and Louise Lear (156th0 with Robbie Nunn & Abbie O'Neill also taking part. The U13G were 16th with Becca Brown 73rd, Katie O'Neill 82nd and Jessica Mitchell 127th and Sophie Rand 132nd.  The U13B also had a complete team with Bailey Hearne 79th, Oliver Bath 98th, Ollie Morter 138th and Aaron Westwood 150th and Michael Vanderhook 196th. Jamie Buckley-Stanton (U20 - 33rd), Ed Thompson (U17 - 128th) and U15s boys Bradley West (151st) & Sam Dell (156th) all flew the flag in their age groups..    added  20/2/13

Modupe stars as club members will 26 Essex medals

A golden weekend at Lee Valley saw club athletes notch up no fewer than 13 titles, 13 other medals and four club records at the Essex & Eastern Counties Championships. Pride of place went to Modupe Shokunbi who improved the club U15 girls’ 60m record stopping the clock at an impressive 7.96s. She returned on Sunday to comfortably add the 200m title. Alex Law also won double gold taking the Under 17 long jump and came from behind to edge the 60m hurdles. There was a pole vault U17 double as Mercy Gutteridge and Ed Thompson both won. Massi Dendani won the U20 800m from gun to tape while Becca Brown won the U13 girls' equivalent. Other county track wins came from Tom Pitkin in the U17M 400m and Bella Woods in the U20W 1500m. Isabella Purdie improved her club U13 hurdles record on her way to silver before winning the long jump and in the senior category Bethan Siddons made it a hat-trick of high jump titles with a 1.65m clearance and was close to a PB of 1.70m. In the U17 shot Georgie Taylor edged out Rachel Forder by three centimetres. added  10/2/13

Tony wins Havering Sports Volunteer Award

At Monday evening's 2012 Havering Sports Council Awards ceremony held at Upminster Golf Club club coach, team manager & webmaster (etc etc) Tony Benton won the Sports Volunteer of the Year Award. Three other club members were runners up their their categories. Georgie Taylor was runner-up in the Senior Sports Competitor category, having also been runner up in the junior category for the previous three years. Michelle Hughes was runner up in the Junior Female Competitor of the Year category as was Brian Kiernan in the Lifetime Achievement category.  Thanks to Havering Sports Council for their support for sport in the borough and for supporting these achievement awards. The Club had won the Club of the Year award for the previous five years but decided not to submit a nomination this time round!   added  5/2/13

Ten in Essex Sportshall action

Ten club athletes represented Essex in the regional Sportshall final at the University of East Anglia Norwich on Saturday bringing back eight individual medals with two girls part of the victorious U13 relay team. Four girls were part of the Under 13 Girls’ squad who pushed champions Norfolk all the way to finish second. Isobel McDonach & Josie Waddams joined with Thurrock (& Coopers’) Grace Okunola and Chelmsford’s Jess Down in the gold medal winning 4x2 lap relay team. In the individual events Josie added silver with her standing long jump effort of 2.16m while Isobel bagged two fourth places in the shot & two lap race. Isabella Purdie added bronze in the standing long jump and was sixth in the four lap race, while Mayi Hughes completed the quartet with fourth in the standing triple jump with 6.30m. The club provided five of the six U15 girls team which finished third, bringing back six medals, four silver and two bronze. Michelle Hughes & Modupe Shokunbi both bagged a pair of silvers, with Michelle placing second in both the shot (9.00m) and four lap race and Modupe was second in both the two lap race & Vertical jump. Chenice Constable returned with two bronze medals from the speed bounce & vertical jump.  Katie Dawson and Louise Lear completed the club contingent with their best positions being eighth Katie (speed bounce) and seventh (Louise shot). Matt Owers competed the club contingent and his best result being sixth in the standing triple jump.   added  3/2/13

Pic: Karen Knight

Essex Schools' Gold for Hoseah

Hoseah Gikungu continued his dominance of the local U20 cross country scene when winning the senior boys title at Saturday's Essex Schools Cross Country Championships at Basildon. Hoseah came home 14 seconds clear of Basildon AC's Tom Richardson in 24:04 to earn selection for the Essex team to compete in the National Schools event in Derbyshire on 16th March. Club mates James Kidd (Mid-Essex), Andrew Holland & Nick Shade were 11th, 12th & 16th respectively with Nick Duffey 24th . Lydia Hallam also joined Hoseah in the Essex Schools team for Derbyshire with her fine sixth place in the Inter Girls' event with 18:12 with Sarah Wilson (Mid Essex) 19th & Becky Ward 27th. Bella Woods just missed out on Essex selection in the Senior Girls’ race placing ninth, with Lindsay McLachlan 19th and Lindsey Wiggins in 28th.  Amy Baggs was first junior girl home in 13th, with Lois Wyatt 18th, Emily Marshall 31st, Jess Ward 33rd, Grace McLeod 39th & Elysha Thatcher-Grey 64th. In the junior boys race Abdul Mohamed was 25th in Barking & Dagenham colours with Elliott Nunn 35th and Ollie Morter 61st. added 2/02/13 & updated 3/2/13

Gold & club best for Alex

Alex Law won his third consecutive South of England Indoor Pentathlon title with a club record performance at Lea Valley today. He won the opening 60m hurdles and was never headed in the Under 17 men's, finishing with a new club best of 3258 points to beat Guernsey's Sam Wallbridge by 147 points, improving on his 3217 total set in winning last year. 60mH; 8.64s; long jump: 6.52m; shot: 10.91m; high jump: 1.77m; 1000m: 3:08.08. Michelle Hughes posted a useful series of marks in the U17 women's equivalent. She smashed her best with a 60m hurdles 9.32s (PB), and added 1.48m high jump, 7.85m shot (PB), long jump 4.75m and 800m 2:51.1s to score 2772 points.  George Hadler improved his 400m best to 52.23s to reach the U20 final, finishing sixth. Isaac Ogunlade just missed out on a senior 400m place, after clocking 50.62s heat & 50.59s semi, while Tom Pitkin set a new PB of 55.97s in the U17 equivalent. added 13/01/13

Senior ladies win & Rob, Steve titles

The club's Essex Cross Country League campaign ended on a high at a very muddy Epping Forest on Saturday as the senior ladies repeated their team victory at the previous weekend's county championships and Rob Warner & Steve Rand picked up individual best league performer awards. As at Hadleigh the weekend before the senior women's quartet comfortably won in the team stakes with two of the first three finishers as evergreen Debbie Appleton reversed the placings on her younger teammate to place second as the returning Faye Fullerton was third Vicky Smith a fine fifth and Jo Sullivan's 17th. Rob Warner’s fantastic second place in the senior men's race secured the honours as the first Havering Mayesbrook man for many years to take the individual league gold medal and Steve Rand made it a double celebration as he took the veteran's title. . added 13/01/1

Club record and Southern silver for Josh

Josh Olawore set a new club U20 indoor heptathlon record and won South of England silver, when finishing fourth in the England Athletics combined events championships at Sheffield this weekend. Fourth place in the opening 60m sprint with 7.36s set up Josh's medal challenge, and second places in both the long jump (6.90m) and shot (12.69m) gave Josh a narrow lead but a modest pole vault clearance of 2.67m saw him slip to fifth at the end of the first day. A sluggish hurdles clocking of 8.66m, although third fastest, was short of his target, as was a high jump clearance of 1.77m which left Josh in fifth. A final 1000m effort of 2m 59.96s lifted Josh into fourth and saw him add 112 points to Brett Heath's club best dating from 1994. added 6/01/1

Essex Champs golds for senior ladies & Hoseah

There was a team gold for the senior ladies an individual gold for Hoseah Gikungu and team bronze for the U13 Girls as the Essex Cross Country Championships took place at a muddy Hadleigh Country Park on Saturday. Faye Fullerton (5th), Debbie Appleton (6th), Vicky Smith (12th) and Gemma Phillips (20th) took a comfortable senior team victory while Hoseah beat last years champion to clinch U20 gold. The U13 girls quartet of Katie Mitchell (10th), Kate O'Neill (11th), Sophie Rand (20th) and 26th placed Emily Marshall also made the podium. There were good individual runs from Lydia Halam (U17W) - 4th, Gemma Archer-Haley (U15G - 5th) and Rob Warner (5th senior men); added 6/01/13    Pic: Vicky Smith

Lauren Deadman represented Great Britain with distinction as she placed 28th in the Edinburgh International Cross Country on Saturday.

Boxing Day Handicap 2012

On a sunny and fortunately dry morning the 2012 Boxing Day Handicap took place at Rise Park. With an Improved  turn out from  last year, a very good hearted group of athletes from Havering Mayesbrook, Havering 90 , East Essex Triathlon and Thrift Green Trotters took part in the Annual Boxing Day handicap. A good race was won with an excellent run from Jodie Timbrell from Thrift Green and was followed  in a close finish for second and Third places with Roger Hagan of Havering 90 just pipping his clubmate Tony Galea.  We saw the return from long term illness of Tony Collins to run his fastest time for some years and win the Havering Mayesbrook club event and saw the ever consistent Jo Sullivan win the women's section of the Havering Mayesbrook  event.  The event raosed 155 in aid of St Francis Hospice. added 27/12/12 

Volunteering Award for Doug & Jean Tierney

Congratulations to our Vice Chairman Doug & Secretary Jean Tierney on winning the "Services to Volunteering Award" at the England Athletics London Region Awards ceremony held at John Lewis' Westfield Stratford last night. Headlines from their award nomination were "To o many people this couple are Mr & Mrs Havering Mayesbrook AC.

They came into the sport with their children over 20 years ago and have been heavily involved ever since. Their leadership in putting the club in sound administrative order and shaping the club's vision and ethos is immeasurable. and has made HMAC one of the most efficient clubs in Essex. The numbers of hours they dedicate to the sport week in, week out are extraordinary. For more see      added 6/12/12 

Essex Veterans silver for Debbie

Debbie Appleton won silver at the Essex Veterans Cross Country Championships hosted by Woodford Green on a chilly & muddy Claybury course. After an easy win last year, Debbie came up against Springfield's in-form June Allen, the Essex League individual leader, who came home 19 seconds ahead of the Havering Mayesbrook stalwart.  Younger sibling Jo Sullivan was the next club runner home in a respectable 21st with Mo Lear 62nd and Bobbie Westwood (68th) getting the better of Tracy O'Neil (69th) for the fourth scoring slot, with Claire Rudgley in 83rd. The team placed ninth. In the men's age 40-49 age group Matt Bland placed 20th with Simon Hart one place back, and in the M50+ race Len Parrot - 77 years young - was fifth in the Over 70s category and 84th overall while Derek Earney was 91st. added 2/12/12 

Lois Wyatt was the highest placed of the club contingent,  representing Coopers in the English Schools Cup final at Bolton, finishing in 31st. Amy Baggs was 66th and Jess Ward 83rd as the Upminster School placed ninth in this National Final. added 2/12/12 

PBs galore in Chelmsford 10k

Nine club athletes competed in blustery conditions at Sunday's Chelmsford 10k event. James Kidd was the first athlete home, finishing 33rd overall in the field of almost 500, and placing second Under 17 clocking a respectable 36:16.  Sam Jackson smashed his best in 49th with 37:24, with Tony Collins 100th in 41:55 and Luke Jackson 146th.  Tracy O'Neill (51:10) crossed the line one place and a second ahead of Mo Lear, placing 62nd & 63rd in the ladies competition with Bobbie Westwood (51:57) in 72nd and Clare Rudgley 107th . Team manager and coach Derek Earney finished in 60:28.

This weekend sees the Essex Veterans Cross Country Championships at Claybury, with conditions bound to be treacherous after recent heavy rain, while Lois Wyatt, Jess Ward and Amy Baggs will be representing Coopers in the English Schools Cup final at Bolton..  . .. added 27/11/12 

Pic: Scott Westwood

Lauren close to Euro place

Lauren Deadman came close to winning selection for the Great Britain when she finished twelfth overall and seventh senior in the Trial race for Under 23 and senior women held in conjunction with the McCain's Cross Country Challenge race at Sefton Park Liverpool on Saturday.  Lauren started steadily on the difficult wet and boggy Liverpool course and as the race unfolded she worked her way steadily through the field to finish a very good 12th position in 29m 09 secs. With the top five seniors & top five U23s guaranteed UK team selection. U23s Jessica Coulson (Stockport) and /Hannah Walker (Birchfield) finished one-two with third placed Louise Damen (Winchester) leading home the seniors, with Caryl Jones (Swansea), Rosie Smith (Durham) Elle Baker (Stockport) and Katrina Wootton (Coventry) securing the five automatic qualifiers while Emily Wicks, who finished just 12 seconds ahead of Lauren, was selected for the sixth, discretionary, place. added 25/11/12 & Updated 27/11/12

Pic: Roger Deadman

Hoseah's slip costs Essex League victory

Hoseah Gikungu almost pulled off the first individual league victory in the Senior men's competition by a club athlete for many years . He outsprinted eventual winner Macauley Delo but went the wrong side of the finishing tunnel and was overtaken before he could duck inside the tape and had to settle for a still impressive second place in only his second senior competition. Rob Warner was fourth as the team also placed fourth. Both Under 13 and Under 15 girls again finished second, with top ten finishes from Rebecca Brown, Katie Mitchell and Jessica Mitchell' (U15s) and Gemma Archer-Haley (U15s)and the boys' equivalent teams both posted their highest placings this term in third.  Lydia Hallam was seventh as the U17/U20 women were third.  added 18/11/12 

Gemma Phillips opted to compete in the London Championships at parliament Hill and was rewarded with a fine 15th place in a large field. added 18/11/12 

More solid results in Essex League Round 2

Club shrugged off the loss of several young athletes to schools' cup duties with another solid showing in the second round of the Essex Cross Country League at Colchester Hilly Fields on Saturday. Rob Warner's brilliant second place in the competition and U20 Hoseah Gikungu senior debut in seventh in the senior event led the squad to third.  Debbie Appleton and Vicky Smith were fourth and fifth for the senior ladies and Lydia Hallam a fine sixth for the U17s. Both U13 an U15 girls were second again. Gemma Archer-Haley's fifth place was the first Under 15 finisher with Sarah Wilson improving to ninth while Jessica Mitchell's seventh place led the way for the U13s. the U15 boys were fourth, the U13 boys fifth and James Kidd flew the club flag solo in the Under 17s.  added 12/11/12 

Lauren Deadman gained further international experience when she represented England on Sunday in the IAAF  Cross de Atapuerca event at Burgos in Northern Spain, finishing 22nd in a strong field  added 12/11/12 

Lydia splashes to trophies in Billericay 10k

Lydia Hallam braved the elements to come home second female and first U20 in the Billericay 10k road race held in cold, wet and windy conditions on Sunday. Lydia's debut at the distance was timed in a decent 42:15 placing her 63rd overall on a course which was flooded up to a foot deep in places, making it more like cross country than road running.  Tony Collins was 81st in 43:24, Jane Hallam 289th in 51:28 and Derek Earney 518th (63:27).

Last weekend saw Lauren Deadman open her cross country season with a fine run as she placed sixth in the first round of the McCain's Cross Country Challenge event at Bristol. added 4/11/12 

Two team seconds and two thirds at first Essex League

Two team seconds and two thirds marked the start of the Essex Cross Country League season, hosted by Braintree at Great Notley on Saturday.  The  13-strong U13 girls squad got the day off to a good start placing second with Emily Marshall (8th), Rebecca Brown (10th), Katie Mitchell (14th) and Jessica Mitchell (19th) being the scoring four. Also second were the ten strong U15 Girls with good packing from Gemma Archer-Haley (11th), the returning Sarah Wilson (14th), debutant Lois Wyatt (15th) and 17th placed Jess Ward in close order. Both Under 17 teams  were third. Lydia Hallam led home the women in fifth with Bella Woods 14th and Lindsay McLachlan 27th & Becky Ward 28th, while James Kidd was first finisher for the men in 6th with Nick Shade 11th, Andrew Holland 13th and 24th placed Ed Thompson ensuring third. Rob Warner & Vicky Smith were both fifth in the senior races as both teams were sixth. The U13 boys were fourth and the U15 boys sixth. added 14/10/12 

Traffic delays add drama to Aldershot SEAA relays

Major traffic jams on the M25 meant some of the runners were delayed and literally made it with seconds to spare at the traditional curtain raiser for the winter season, the South of England Road Relays at Aldershot on Saturday!  The Under 13 girls all arrived without mishap and Katie Mitchell (9.43) and Rebecca Brown (9.29) handed over to Emily Marshall on the last leg in 37th and her 9.20 effort clawed back seven places for finish 30th in the 60 strong field. The Under 15 girls A Team – saw the welcome return of Sarah Wilson after a long injury lay off and her 12.16 leg was the team’s fastest as Amy Baggs (12.28) and Heidi Surman Wells (12.44) finished 40th of the 72 finishers.  The B team were unlucky as final runner Zoe Rudgley arrived at the venue with the second leg underway and despite frantic dash to the start arrived well after Louise Lear (13.59) had finished her leg. Opening leg runner Robbie Nunn had clocked 13.11 and Zoe ran an unofficial 13.18 to make her journey worthwhile. There was more last minute drama in the Under 17 women’s event.  Lydia Hallam led off finishing in10th with 11.12, before Lindsay McLachlan’s 12.43 clocking on the second leg. Bella Woods on the start, having run across the field, pulling her numbered top on to arrive with 10 seconds to spare and ran 12.23 to bring the team home in 17th.  Maureen Lear (18:37), Bobbie Westwood (19:42) and Claire Rudgley (19:43) needed one more runner to make up a complete team of four in the seniors’ event. added 23/9/12 

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