September 2013 to April 2014

 

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Essex Road Relay gold for Men's Vets

Havering Athletic Club celebrated its change of name with a victory for the Men's veteran's team in the Essex Road Relays at Chelmsford on Saturday. The trio of Steve Rand (20:06), Matt Bland (20:14) and Simon Hart (20:40) took gold in the 40+ category by quite a way and for good measure Steve Rand's leg was the fastest of the day, earning him individual gold.  There was further success as the B team of Richard Heath (20:43), Russ Middleton (23:30) and Martin Chester (21:00) ran well enough to win bronze.  The senior men who could only field one full team due to late withdrawals still acquitted themselves admirably. The A team of Paul Grange (20.09) Jason Lendon (20.13) Ian Anthony (20.14) and Rob Warner (19.24)all ran well, with youngest team member Warner's last leg run taking the team up from 7th to 4th but just outside of the medals.  The senior men had an incomplete second team of Tony Collins (24.42) and Gary Howard (26.01).  added  23/3/14

 

Change of Club Name to Havering AC

Havering Mayesbrook Athletic Club has changed its name back to Havering Athletic Club after ruling out any move back to Mayesbrook Park Arena in Barking & Dagenham.  The change came into immediate effect after last Friday’s Annual General Meeting approved the required changes in club rules.  Doug Tierney, who continues in the role of Club Chairman for another year, said: '"As the Club Committee decided some time ago that the Club would not be returning to Mayesbrook, (a decision endorsed at last year's AGM), it made sense to revert to the name Havering Athletic Club (endorsed at this year's AGM last Friday evening)."   The original Havering Athletic Club came into being in May 1968 through the merger of Hornchurch Harriers (formed 1953) and Romford AC (formed 1951), adopting Hornchurch Stadium as the club base.  In 1992 the club name was changed to include Mayesbrook in the title when the club added the refurbished eight-lane Mayesbrook Park Arena as a second training base, and Mayesbrook hosted all club home fixtures until the club moved out in 2011.  Club Coaching Coordinator Tony Benton said “Concentrating on activities at Hornchurch Stadium means that our coaching efforts are focussed in one place and this decision ensures that our valuable resources aren’t spread too thinly.”  For the time being we will continue with the same web address but our Twitter title has already been changed.   added  18/3/14

 

Lydia in winning Essex team at Schools Champs
Well done to our three athletes competing at today's English Schools Cross Country Championships at Castle Donnington Leicestershire. After all the recent mud the course was undulating but the driest one for quite a while - with the weather quite a chilly & breezy up there. Lydia Hallam ran well to place 27th out of 321 in the Senior Girls' event as Essex won the team title by a massive 80 point margin. Kate O'Neill placed 111th out of 343 in the Junior Girls with what will be the first outing in the Essex Schools team - no doubt the first of many at this level. The Essex team placed fifth. Sarah Wilson completed the trio with 92nd out of 336 in the Inter girls team who also finished fifth. added  15/3/14

 

 

Lydia 18th in Inter Counties XC Champs

Club athletes ran well for Essex in this weekend’s Inter Counties Championships at Birmingham’s Cofton Park. Lydia Hallam was third scorer for Essex as she placed 18th in the National Under 17 event with 20;43, helping Essex to lift team gold. Sarah Wilson clocked 22:25 for 107th in the same event. Three cub youngsters did Essex proud in the Under 13 girls’ race. Kate O’Neill led the county team home in 43rd with 12:29, with Katie Mitchell second Essex scorer in 78th with a time of 12:47 while Sophie Rand was 195th in 13:35 ahead of 100+ finishers. In the senior races evergreen Debbie Appleton  was third Essex scorer in 57th place with a fine 31:03 clocking and Rob Warner placed midway in 144th for the county men.   added  13/3/14

 

Ed Thompson equals club U20 vault best

Ed Thompson cleared 4.20m at the England Athletics Age Group Champs at Sheffield yesterday to gain a share of the club Under 20 men's pole vault record which dates back 20 years to Brett Heath's mark, equalled by Kevin Tufton five years later. Ed’s third time clearance at 4.20m added 10 cms to his previous best and earned him 11th place in his first National competition. As the 16 year old Upminster student has three full seasons in the Under 20 age group he should hopefully soon make the mark his own by some margin.  Michelle Hughes placed sixth in the Under 17 hurdles final in 8.82s - her highest placing in a National final. She clocked 8.91s in her heat and 8.81s in her semi but was unable to challenge her club record of 8.67 set earlier this winter. Lucy Bailey shone in the same event in her first National championships improving her PB to 9.34s in her heat and trimming it to 9.28s in placing fifth in her semi-final. In the U20 men's hurdles Karl Tucker made his trip worthwhile by improving his PB to 8.69s in placing fifth in his heat.   Mercy Gutteridge was 11th in the U20 vault in her first national championships. She cleared 2.90m comfortably but with the bar going straight to a new PB club U20 record of 3.10m it proved to be too much, despite a close third attempt. Modupe Shokunbi was second in her U17 60m heat with 7.91s and improved to 7.86s in placing 5th in her semi-final and would have needed a PB to progress. Modupe also ran 26.25s in her Under 17 women’s 200m heat and improved to 26.18s in her semi-final – in her fastest ever indoor marks. Tom Pitkin was third in his U17 400m heat in 52.07s to earn a semi-final place where he clocked 52.04s in fourth after being impeded at the break from lanes but would have needed a sub 51s PB effort to make the final.  added  3/3/14

 

Faye 22nd in National XC Champs

Faye Fullerton confirmed that her comeback is on track with a respectable 22nd place out of over 700 finishers in the senior women's race at Saturday's National Cross Country Championships at Birmingham. There were good results from Vicky Smith whose 75th place finish was her highest ever in the National, and Robyn Matson 88th position was matched her position in her last National outing. However the trio were one short of a scoring four who might have placed quite highly in the team event. Also in action were Molly Bath only U13G there in 297th and senior men Tony Collins once again flew the flag in 1462nd.  added  23/2/14

Emmanuel Quarshie improved his shot PB in both qualification and in the final at this weekend's BUCS Championships at Sheffield.  His qualifying mark of 13.90m added 20 cms to his best and his final throw of 14.12m earned him fifth place and was the third best all time by a club senior.

 

Five trophies for club at Havering Sports Awards

The club dominated the Havering Sports Council Awards held at Upminster Golf Club last night, picking up five of the trophies on offer. There was a clean sweep of the Sports Competitor awards as Max Law won the Junior Male Competitor of the Year and Michelle Hughes the female equivalent (ahead of nominee Freya Gutteridge) while Lauren Deadman carried off the senior Sports Competitor Award (with Lydia Hallam a runner up). Pat Gahagan was the winner of the Doug Riden Lifetime Achievement Award and the club once again lifted the Sports Club of the Year, beating off challenges from Elm Park Boxing Club and Havering Sports Acrobatic Gymnastics Club.  added  11/2/14

 

Under 13s & Debbie lift Essex League titles

The Essex Country League ended in true cross country fashion at the muddy & waterlogged Epping Forest course on Sunday.  The under 13 girls lifted the League title and a strong end to the season ensured top 3 league finishes for most squads. The Under 13 girls maintained their unbeaten record on the county scene to lift the league title, which was already a formality. Kate O'Neill & Katie Mitchell were second & third and also repeated these placings in the league standings and with Becca Brown & Sophie Rand in the top 10 confirmed their dominance. Lydia Hallam's runner up spot was her highest of the winter and bagged her league individual silver for the Under 17/Under 20 women. second successive victor in the Senior women's race ensured Debbie Appleton carried home the individual Vets 35+ title and would have won the senior category as well.   added  10/2/14

 

Golden weekend at Essex Indoors

It was a golden weekend at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre as club athletes notched up no fewer than 13 titles, 17 other medals and two club records at the Essex & Eastern Counties Championships. Rising star Jairzinho Morris was unpressed in notching up an Under 13 sprint double. On Saturday he beat the club record & championship best in both heat & final to clock 7.90s, three tenths inside the old club mark to rank second in the UK.  He returned the next day to set a championship best in his heat with 27.17s and was just two-hundredths slower in winning gold by a street – his time is the third fastest by an u13 nationally.  Jairzinho also added long jump silver. The second club record came from pole vaulter Mercy Gutteridge who stepped to the Under 20 ranks in style by clearing the three metre barrier for the first time for a club U20 best.  added  10/2/14

Club record for birthday girl Michelle

Michelle Hughes celebrated her 16th birthday in style by claiming Chloe van Wulven's 10-year old club Under 17 60m hurdles record. Her first round run at the Lee Valley London Indoor Games on Saturday was (for her) a modest 8.92s but she bounced back in round 2 to trim five hundredths from her best to clock 8.69s to better the old club mark and to enter the all-time UK Under 17 top 20 for the event.  Michelle returned on Sunday to set an indoor personal best for 200m in 25.87s to win her race, taking almost a second off her previous indoor time. Tom Pitkin also showed impressive form on his first indoor race of the season improving his 400m best, indoors or out, to 51.95s to place second in the U17 event, ranking him in the current UK U17 top 10 for the event. There were also personal bests on Saturday for Lucy Bailey with 9.48s in the U17 event and Isabella Purdie who clocked10.31s in the U15 category. Matt Owers clocked new bests for 60m hurdles (9.85s) and 400m (59.80s) and Fraser Boston ran 400m in 60.04 and triple jumped 10.44m in their first competitions as U17s. Both returned on Sunday to clock PBs at 60m of 7.88s (Owers) and 7.97s (Boston).  Another new U17 Amy Baggs clocked 2:35.01s in her 800m race. added  3/2/14

Michelle Southern Indoor gold

After winning Southern silver last weekend Michelle Hughes went one better this time out when she won 60m hurdles gold at this weekend’s main South of England Indoor Championships at Lee Valley. As the fastest in the Under 17 hurdles entry list Michelle was able to cruise through the rounds, taking her heat in 9.05s and winning her semi-final easing down in 8.92s before turning on the power in the final to come home well clear in a new personal best of 8.74s.  Her time cemented her position as second fastest in the UK this winter, behind Northern Champion Alicia Barrett, and took her within one-hundredth of a second of Chloe van Wulven’s 10-year-old club U17 best which looks set to be broken soon. Michelle returned on Sunday to contest the 60m sprint and after 8.06s winning heat time a semi-final second place time of 8.09s wasn’t quite enough to earn her a fastest-losers’ final place. On Saturday fellow hurdler George Hadler had made it through to the U20 Men’s 60m hurdles final finishing sixth after improving his best to 8.43s in qualifying.  added  20/1/14

Lauren 13th in Seville, Faye wins 10k

Lauren Deadman’s impressive cross-country winter season continued when she placed thirteenth in England colours in a top-quality international event in Seville, Spain. Lauren’s time of 28:51 saw her come home behind England team mates Lily Partidge (5th – 28:11) and 8th place Chloe Richardson (28:23) and ahead of Basildon’s Essex Champion Gemma Kersey (21st 29:27).

Faye Fullerton won the women’s race and was close to overall victory at a low-key 10k race at Eton on Sunday.  But she came away empty handed as the red-faced hosts wrongly handed the women’s winner’s trophy & prize to the second lady home who had finished over seven minutes behind Faye and who swiftly ran off. It seems that the organisers assumed that her time of 34:52 was too fast for a woman and that instead it must have been her time for the 5k race, run at the same time. A disgruntled Faye said: “I know I’ve been out of the game but even I would have run faster than 34:52 for a 5k!  Anyway I broke 35 minutes and my 5k split (17:15) was faster than my Park Runs, so things are looking up!

Matt Braybrook’s run of seven victories in the Barking Park Run came to an end on Saturday when club mate Paul Grange took the honours.  But there was again no stopping Ian Anthony who notched up another victory in the Southend equivalent. added  20/1/14

Bethan gold Michelle silver in SEAA Day 1

Only two club athletes were in action on the first day of the South of England Indoor Championships at Lee Valley on Sunday but both won medals. Bethan Siddons won the senior women's high jump gold in her first competition this winter thanks to a clearance of 1.65m to match her indoor best. In the Under 17 Women’s pentathlon Michelle Hughes set three personal bests on the way to winning silver. She opened with a 60m hurdles PB of 8.85s, the second fastest in Britain this year by an U17, cleared close to her best with 1.51m in the high jump, three times improved her shot PB finishing with 9.35m, almost a 60 cms improvement, disappointed slightly with a 4.71m long jump after run up problems, before improving he 800m PB to 2:40.78s to score total a PB of 3106 points some 231 points higher than she scored in placing seventh in last year’s competition. Michelle is one of a number of club athletes who return to Lee Valley this weekend for the main South of England Championships event. added  13/1/14

Essex Cross Country League Round 4

The recent heavy rain produced the most difficult conditions of the season as the fourth round of the Essex Country League took place at a very waterlogged Hockley course on Saturday. The Under 13 Girls have sown up the league title with a round to go as the recorded their fourth straight league win. Kate O'Neill and Katie Mitchell repeated their second and third place county positions and Sophie Rand (11th) & Molly Bath (14th) completed the scoring four. Evergreen super-vet Debbie Appleton notched up yet another career win in the Senior Women's race and Vicky Smith bounced back from her fall last week in fourth. The U17 Men and U17/U20 women were both second, the U15 Girls and U13 boys third and the U15 boys were one short of a team, while the senior men placed a disappointing ninth.     added  13/1/14

Lauren Deadman added to her collection of Great Britain vests when she gave another creditable international performance for the national team, finishing 23rd in the televised Edinburgh International Cross Country event on Saturday. Next Sunday Lauren gets another international cross country vest, running for England in Seville,

Essex Cross Country Champs

Club athletes returned from the Essex County Cross Country Championships at Colchester with one gold, three silver and a bronze medal. As anticipated the Under 13 Girls continued their mastery of the county scene by adding a full set of medals - team gold and individual silver and bronze. Kate O'Neill led the team home for individual silver clocking 13:43, with Katie Mitchell taking bronze in 13:56 to earn automatic selection for the Essex team in the Inter Counties Championships. The improving Sophie Rand was a fine eighth and Molly Bath's 15th spot ensured team gold. The Under 17 Girls claimed team silver  as Lydia Hallam (4th), Sarah Wilson (5th) and Heidi Surman-Wells (8th) all made the top 10 and  Zoe Rudgley's vital 23rd place finish ensured team silver.  Any hopes of the already depleted Senior Women defending their title or even making the podium disappeared with an injury and fall early on but Faye Fullerton won an excellent silver.      added  5/1/14

Boxing Day Handicap

The Boxing Day Handicap took place in the new venue of the redeveloped Raphaels Park. The race is now over scenic two lap course  and is an accurate 5 mile. The weather was fortunately mild and sunny and we had a good turn out from both Havering MAC and Havering 90 Joggers. The overall race was won by Havering 90 Ron Dobie who won by a good distance. The Club race saw excellent runs from Faye Fullerton returning to form and  a very consistent Vicky Smith who won the women's competition  In the men's event this was an equally good race with Matt Bland and Martin Chester running well after long spells out with injury and super consistent Rob Warner running the fastest time of the day. The winner of the men's race was the evergreen Gary Howard who put in another good solid performance. The event raised 152 for St Francis Hospice.     added  27/12/13

Twenty seven members in National Rankings

Club members feature prominently in the National end of season rankings for 2013, published in this week's Athletics Weekly. Georgie Taylor (U17W discus) & Modupe Shokunbi (U15G 100m) both topped the rankings in their events while there were top 5 age group rankings for Rachel Forder (U17W discus - 4th), and fifth ranked Michelle Hughes (U17W - 80m hurdles), Alex Law (U17M long jump), Mayi Hughes (U13G discus) and former member Robbie Clarricoats (U20M 110m hurdles).  Top 10 rankings were earned by U20 triple jumper Jimi Tele (6th),  Tom Pitkin (U17M 400m hurdles - 7th), Josh Olawore - 8th U20 decathlon & 9th long jump, Freya Gutteridge (U15G discus) & Max Law (U13B javelin 9th).   added  21/12/13

Six athletes in South East Inter Counties action

Six athletes represented Essex with pride at the South East Inter Counties Cross Country Competition at Biggleswade on Saturday.  Kate O'Neill led home the club trio in the Under 13 girls, placing 22nd in 12:02. five places and six seconds ahead of Katie Mitchell (12:08) with Molly Bath 69th (12:57).  Bella Woods was 26th in the U20 women's race in 26:10 while Sarah Wilson (35th) in 19:47 got the better of Lydia Hallam who was 39th(?).  In the Veterans Championships run at the same venue, Paul Berrett was a respectable 11th in the M50 event clocking 39:23 added  15/12/13 

Faye Fullerton contested her first top-level race of the winter when she finished eighth female in the Telford 10k event with 35:58.

Club receives London Development Club of Year Award

The club’s fine coaching & competition record was recognised last week when Club Chairman Doug Tierney received on the club’s behalf the London Region award for “Development Club of the Year” at a presentation evening held at the University of London’s Institute of Exercise & Science. The awards citation started that the club “have shown a strong community focus and big involvement within their borough. With both strong competitive sides at senior and junior level, Havering has also been nurturing local young talented athletes. This year alone 10 of their athletes made it to English schools competitions bringing back Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. Not only were they awarded Club mark in February of this year but have worked hard to keep the athletics track open and operating with extended hours to cope with demand". Club Coaching Coordinator Tony Benton said “It’s great that all the hard work from our coaching team and the many hours spent by various team managers, officials and many other volunteers week in, week out throughout the year has been recognised by this brilliant England Athletics Regional award”.  added  10/12/13 

Lauren wins Euro team gold

Lauren Deadman did herself & her country proud when she was a member of the gold medal-winning Great Britain team at the European Cross Country Championships held in Belgrade on Sunday. Her 43rd place individual finish in a time of 28 mins 24 seconds for the 8km course in the Serbian capital saw her finish just past midway in the large international field drawn from Europe’s best.  The Great Britain squad retained their title as Gemma Steel won individual silver behind France’s Sophie Duarte, with team mates Julia Bleasdale 7th, Lauren Howarth 11th, Steph Twell 15th and Katie Brough 27th. It was Lauren’s second medal at these Championships, adding to her team silver from Dublin four years ago. added  10/12/13 

Pic: Roger Deadman

Under 13 Girls win third Essex League round

A third consecutive Essex Cross Country League win for the Under 13 girls leaves them in pole position for lifting the league title, after three of the five rounds.  Kate O'Neill (3rd) & Katie Mitchell (4th) led the huge squad of 14 finishers. Lydia Hallam (4th) & Sarah Wilson (6th) saw the U17/U20s place third, as did the U15s with Emily Marshall (7th) highest placed. Rob Warner was again sixth in the senior men's race and Vicky Smith was the first senior woman finisher in eighth. added  8/12/13 

 

Debbie silver, ladies bronze in County Vets Champs

Debbie Appleton's individual silver led the Lady Vets to a great team bronze medal in Saturday's Essex Championships race at Claybury. Debbie's silver was a repeat of her position last year as Springfield's June Allen again took gold. Jo Sullivan was next home with a strong run to take 12th, nine places higher than last year as pole vaulter Tina Quinlivan ran well to take 33rd. Mo Lear completing the scoring team in 49th and Tracy O'Neill was not far behind in 51st.  Paul Berrett battled his way to a very good 6th place in the Vets 50 race, Kevin White was the next team member home in 96th with Colin Wiggins and Derek Earney completing the team in 98th and 103rd. Unfortunately the teams most senior athletes Len Parrot and Martin McVeigh had to withdraw during the race. Late withdrawals took their toll on the Vets 40 squad with only three out of the possible six toeing the line. Matt Bland had another fine run coming home in 9th place. Martin Chester ran well beating many of his contemporaries in 22nd and Darren Priestley in his first championships for many years proved there is a lot more to come with a good 54th.added  1/12/13 

Lauren selected for Euro Champs after 8th in Trial

Lauren Deadman has been selected as one of the Great Britain Senior Women's team to compete in the European Cross Country Championships in Belgrade, Serbia on 8th December.  She joins Julia Bleasdale, Katie Brough, Lauren Howarth, Trials winner Gemma Steel and Steph Twell in the six-strong team.

Her selection came after she had one of her best races to date when finishing eighth and fifth senior in Saturday's Liverpool Cross Event which acted as the UK Team Trials for the Championships. For the first two laps Lauren ran steadily in around 16th place and then part way round the final lap she started to increase her speed to overtake a number of athletes. Her strong finish over the final quarter of a mile saw her force her way through to eighth place as Gemma Steel (Charnwood) won the event and Under 23 Charlotte Purdue (Aldershot) was second. With three U23s ahead of her Lauren was fifth senior women and with the top for automatically selected she was next in line for one of the Great Britain selectors' two discretionary places.

Lauren also competed in these Championships in Dublin in December 2009 for her GB debut when she finished individual 29th and was a member of the silver medal winning GB Ladies team.  added  24/11/13 & updated 26/11/13 

On Saturday Faye Fullerton improved her ladies' course record by 26 seconds in the Harrow Lodge Parkrun in second, and Sarah Wilson’s PB of 20:19 placed her fifth overall.

Essex League R2 wins for Kate O'Neill and U13 Girls

The Under 13 Girls led the way with an individual and team wins as the Havering Mayesbrook cross country squads tackled the second round of the Essex league at the always-challenging Basildon course. After her second place last time out Kate O'Neill went one better this time with victory in the Under 13 Girls. Round 1 winner Molly Bath had to settle for third this time and Katie Mitchell's sixth place & Rebecca Brown's 11th ensured another comfortable team win. The senior women were unable to match their round one victory but did well to place third with a fine turn out for a very difficult course with its usual testing hill. Debbie Appleton continued her good early season form with an impressive 5th place. The Under 17 & Under 20 women's team were headed by Lydia Hallam's fifth place with Sarah Wilson improving to sixth and the senior men's team had another great turnout as Rob Warner led the fifteen strong squad home with a powerful 6th place. added  24/11/13 

Lauren seventh for England in Spanish XC International

Lauren Deadman showed she is in good shape with a fine seventh place finish for England at the Cross Country International in Soria in northern Spain on Sunday. She crossed the line in 28 minutes 24 secs, just 18 seconds behind Ethiopian winner Marta Mekonen, and 12 seconds shy of team mate Julie Potter, who led home the England quartet. Katie Brough, who beat Lauren in winning the recent Bristol Cross Challenge (28:34), and Tish Jones (28:40) were 9th & 11th in the 59 strong field.  Lauren’s form is encouraging as the UK selection trials for the European Cross Country Championships take place at Liverpool in two weeks (Saturday 23rd).  The top four will earn automatic selection for the European event in Belgrade on 8th December, with two further discretionary selections, so Lauren will be hoping for a repeat of the form that earned her GB selection for the same event in 2009. added  12/11/13 

On Saturday Faye Fullerton continued her comeback trail with another victory in the Harrow Lodge Parkrun but the boggy conditions on part of the course meant she was unable to challenge her recent course record finishing 18 seconds short of her 18:52 best.  Sarah Wilson’s PB of 20:47 in sixth place – and second female – was all the more encouraging given the conditions. Matthew Braybrook continued his winning streak in the Barking Park event (17:56) with Jason Crispin second (18:13) while Ian Anthony notched up another victory in the Southend Parkrun with a useful 16:53. added  12/11/13 

Lauren third in Bristol XC Challenge

Lauren Deadman was an excellent third in the opening British Athletics Cross Challenge Series held on a tough undulating Bristol course made even more difficult by strong winds and intermittent rain on Sunday. Lauren was always in contention in the leading pack and was the first to try to claw back the deficit after the leader and eventual winner Katie Brough (Vale Royal) opened up a gap.  But Brough was  strong enough to withstand the challenges and came home in 24:39, four seconds ahead of Charnwood’s Juliet Potter while Lauren moved up from fourth to third up the final hill overtaking Stevie Stockton for a well-deserved third place – three places higher than last year. added  28/10/13 

There was a clean sweep of the local Parkruns  as club athletes recorded wins in the Harrow Lodge, Barking Park & Valentines Park, Ilford events. Faye Fullerton took tentative steps back to competition, after a foot injury which ruled her out of action this summer, by winning the overall Harrow Lodge event and setting a new ladies record of 18:52, with former record holder Lydia Hallam second and Zack Killoran winning the male competition in third to make it a one-two-three for club members. Veteran Simon Hart won the Valentines Park event comfortably in 17:18 while 15 year old Matthew Braybrook recorded his third successive win in the Barking Park event setting a new PB of 17:42. added  28/10/13 

Pic: Roger Deadman

Flying start in Essex League

The cross country season got off to a flying start when club teams opened their Essex League account with two individual and two teams wins at Great Notley on Saturday. The Under 13 Girls were rampant with three runners in the first four and two more in the top 13.  Molly Bath showed impressive potential when she held off team mate Kate O'Neill for a Havering one-two with Katie Mitchell in fourth. Jessica Mitchell edged out Sophie Rand to claim the fourth scoring spot, the pair finishing 12th & 13th, with eight other club finishers. In the senior women's race Lauren Deadman took the lead from the gun and gradually extended her lead to over 100 metres.  Lauren was well supported by Debbie Appleton who came a very good 5th, with Gemma Phillips 9th. The senior men's team had a great turnout with no less than eighteen athletes toeing the line. Rob Warner led the team home with a strong 5th place, with Jamie Buckley-Stanton battled well to come home in 10th, not far in front of 12th placed Hoseah Gikungu. added  21/10/13  

Robyn Matson made an excellent marathon debut when she finished the Amsterdam event in 3 hours 6 mins & 56 seconds – the second fastest ever by a club woman after Debbie Sullivan’s club record.  Robyn passed the half-marathon mark in 1 hour 31m 12 secs and despite suffering in the final 7km held on well to place 30th in the women’s field. On Sunday Vicky Smith clocked a respectable 89:29 in the Birmingham half marathon on her debut.

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