Essex Relay gold for Rob Warner & Vets

Faye close to club record & fine Brentwood results


Five do Essex proud at English Schools

 Pic: (Jane Hallam)

Lydia in Essex Inter Counties win

Mercy flies higher still at Nationals

Mercy extends vaults record again

BUCS Indoor Gold for Josh

More Success at Havering Sports Awards

Mercy improves club Under 20 vault record

Mercy Gutteridge bounced back from her recent no height in the best possible way when she improved her personal best and club Under 20 pole vault record at Lee Valley on Saturday. Her third time clearance at 3.36m was a 6 cms improvement on her previous best and took her into the UK U20 top 10 this winter. Tom Pitkin impressed with a new 400m personal best of 51.17s to win his U20 race while Lucy Bailey's U20 60m hurdles debut resulted in a promising 9.43s clocking. Michelle Hughes had a busy weekend finishing third in the U20 200m with 25.93s, and long jumping 5.10m and a 60m sprint effort of 8.14s on her 17th birthday.  Mike Duncan improved his 800m best by over five seconds in clocking 2m 9.56 in winning his race while Bradley West recorded 2:17.00 in his first indoor 800m race.


Lydia third in Schools Inter Counties

In-form Lydia Hallam was an excellent third place in the senior girls' race and the best of the bunch of the nine club athletes who ran for the Essex Schools squad in the South of England Inter Counties Cross country event at Reigate on Saturday.  Heidi Surman-Wells finished 32nd in the same race. Kate O'Neill was ninth in the Junior girls race with Sophie Rand placing 33rd and sixth Essex athlete home to improve her chance of English Schools selection, and Jessica Mitchell was 52nd.

Jack Rice's 27th place was the highest Essex placing in the junior boys' race with John Fennessey 68th.  Also in Essex action were Matt Braybrook ho placed 72nd in the senior boys competition and Emily Marshall  79thin the Inter Girls.


Full Results

Michelle gold, Faye silver, Beth bronze in SEAA Indoors

Michelle Hughes picked up where she left off last summer as she won yet another gold medal at the South of England Championships at Lee Valley. Competing in the Under 20 age group for the first time Michelle improved with every round of her 400m event to clock 58.29s in her heat, and 58.16s in their semi final before setting a new personal best of 57.64s to win the final from the front.

Faye Fullerton added senior 1500m silver in her first indoor race for four years, clocking 4m 37.83 seconds and Bethan Siddons completed the club’s full set of medals with senior high jump bronze on count back after a 1.65m clearance.

Ed Thompson opened his account for 2015 with a 4.30m clearance for fifth in the U20 pole vault but Tom Pitkin missed out on a 400m final place after finishing fifth in his semi final in 52.24s after a second place in his heat with 51.87s. But there was disappointment for Mercy Gutteridge who failed her opening height of 3.00m in the vault. 18/1/15

South of England Under 15 & Under 17 Champs

There were no medals but some fine performances as a small group of club athletes competed at the South of England U15 & U17 Indoor Championships at Lee Valley. On Saturday Modupe Shokunbi opened her indoor campaign with fourth place in the U17W 60m sprint, clocking 7.82s. just outside her PB. But on Sunday after a winning 200m heat in 26.67s Modupe was unable to improve & missed out on a final place. All rounder Mayi Hughes, who last month won Southern pentathlon bronze, had a fine individual championships. Her final round shot effort of 10.58m was not only massive 70cm PB and a club U15 record with the new 3kg weight, but also almost snatched a medal, just one cm off a podium place. Mayi had earlier placed sixth in the 60m hurdles final, equalling her PB of 9.67s, set earlier in the competition when winning her heat.  Grace Newson stepped up to the U15 ranks to register two good hurdles  performances with a 10.28s heat and improving to 10.21s in he semi final. Fraser Boston was second in his heat with 24.84s but failed to earn a faster loser slot. 11/1/15

Lauren 13th in Edinburgh XC International

Lauren Deadman recorded one of her best performances on an international stage when she placed 13th in the televised Edinburgh Cross Country International on Saturday. Lauren started strongly & was placed 12th after the first of the three laps in the 6km race, just 9 seconds down on the leader.  Although losing ground as the leading group got away, Lauren finished strongly to cross the line in 13th place, not far behind newly crowned European champion Gemma Steele who faded badly to place 11th in the cold & windy conditions as the race ended in a blizzard. Lauren was the fourth of the 11-strong Great Britain team to finish as Europe took the honours ahead of the USA runners up. Lauren said afterwards “I was really pleased with my run. I didn't run well there last year so it was nice to run well this year! The weather conditions were awful but they were the same for everyone so I just tried not to give in and stay strong until the end. It was as much a mental challenge as physical.”   11/1/15 & 12/1/15

Nine rank in UK Age Group Top 10s

Nine club young athletes feature in the UK Age Group (U13-U20) Top 10 end of year track & field rankings, published this week in Athletics Weekly. In the U20 age group, Duane Jibunoh ranks 6th in the discus and Josh Olawore 10th in the long jump for the men while discus duo Georgie Taylor & Rachel Forder rank second & fourth respectively.  In the U17 rankings Tom Pitkin's 400m hurdles fifth place is the only male to feature while for the girls Michelle Hughes ranks second in the 300m hurdles, fourth in the heptathlon & sixth in the 80m hurdles, with Modupe Shokunbi sixth ranked in the 100m. U13 Boys duo Max Law & Jairzinho Morris star in the U13 lists with Max topping both javelin & discus rankings while JJ ranks third in the 200m, fourth in the long jump and fifth in the 100m.  3/1/15

Nine rank in UK Senior Top 30 lists

Nine club athletes feature in the UK senior Top 30 end of year track & field rankings, published recently in Athletics Weekly. Lauren Deadman appears in no fewer than four lists ranking 18th in the 5000m, 19th and 21st in the 3000m steeplechase and 10,000m respectively after her debuts in those events, as well as squeezing in at 29th in the 1500m. Under 20 Georgie Taylor was the highest ranked club athlete with her 12th place in the discus with fellow U20 Rachel Forder also making the discus top 20 in 18th while Louise Lockwood ranked 16th in the javelin with Emma Christmas also making the grade in 30th.  The club’s strength in the throwing events is also the feature in the men’s lists.  Laurence Goodacre, who came close to breaking the long-standing club senior shot record, was 18th on the national shot rankings, with Emmanuel Quarshie 29th, “spear-chucker” Craig Lacy returned to form in 19th in the javelin and Under 20 Duane Jibunoh made the national lists for the first time in 30th in the discus.  3/1/15

Martin & Jo win Boxing Day Trophies

On a very cold Boxing Day morning we suffered with the conditions and due to icy paths the route have to be amended at the last minute. The Race itself was reduced to 4.3 miles rather than the normal 5 miles but was still very competitive. Prior to the start of the Race the athletes were told of the new trophy which has been introduced to the overall winner of the race . This Trophy The Dave Bland Trophy is in memory of Dave Bland who Died Earlier this year and who had been the organiser of this race for many years . The runners and supporters responded with a minute's applause.

The Race itself was won with a very strong run from Roger Hagan of Havering 90 Joggers followed by Roger Winston and Steve Cornew.

The Havering AC club run was won for the first time by Martin Chester who's performance was particularly good as he has just returned to training in recent weeks following a 3 month lay off through injury. The Ladies race was won this year by the ever consistent Jo Sullivan.  28/12/14

Mayi bronze in Southern Pentathlon

Mayi Hughes enjoyed her best result so far when she won bronze in the South of England Indoor Pentathlon Championships at Lee Valley today. An opening 60m hurdles clocking of 9.76s was a new PB for third overall, and Mayi improved hr high jump best to 1.49m for another third place. Victory in the shot with a new career best of 9.84m took her up to second and she narrowly held onto runners up spot after a long jump of 4.70m with only the 800m, her weakest event, left. A gutsy run in 2m 51.77s - just outside her best, ensured a bronze medal and the highest ever pentathlon points tally by a club U15 girl. 21/12/14

Lauren Deadman and Lydia Hallam produced good runs in the Lotto CrossCup event in Brussels today. Lauren's 21:24 run placed her ninth in an international field and she led home the England team. Lydia was a good 12th in the U20 event, representing the South of England team in her first overseas competition.

Michelle fourth in Glasgow International

Michelle Hughes smashed her indoor pentathlon best but missed out on an individual medal for England in the Schools Home Countries International Pentathlon at Glasgow today. She got off to the best possible start improving her shot best to 10.85m in fourth but a fall in warm up for the hurdles event affected her in her next two events, her hurdles specialty with a below par 9.07s and the long jump with a safe 4.91m after two no jumps. After a break Michelle bounced back with a high jump clearance of 1.68m, her second highest ever, moving up into fourth place and although her 800m PB of 2m 29.96s closed the gap on a podium place her 3538 points personal best tally left her 73 points short of a medal.  Nevertheless it was another fine performance to end an exceptional year for the Hornchurch 16 year old. added  13/12/14

Debbie wins bronze in Essex Vets Champs

Debbie Appleton added yet another medal to her tally when she won bronze in Saturday's Essex Veterans Cross Country Championships, held on the testing Chigwell Row course.  It was Debbie's fourth consecutive podium place as Colchester's Sarah Stradling & Springfield's Liz Davies took gold & silver.  Jo Sullivan placed 22nd with Tracy O'Neill 58th but the club lacked a fourth finisher so failed to place in the team stakes.  Matt Bland was a fine seventh in the Veteran's M40 category, a two place improvement on his 2013 position.  Paul Wyatt was 21st in the same race, with Russ Middleton in 34th & Barry Ward (56th) completing the scoring four, who placed seventh. Gary Howard (85th) & Derek Earney (101st) flew the club colours in the M50 event.

Lauren Deadman, who last year was a member of the gold medal winning Great Britain team in the in the European Cross Country Championships, looks to have missed out this time round. Her 10th place finish in in the Trials race held at Liverpool's Sefton Park on Saturday, with two Under 23s in front of her, leaves her outside the six likely to gain selection for the race in Bulgaria on 14th December. added  28/10/14

Lauren silver in National 10M champs

Lauren Deadman opened her account this winter with a fine silver medal in the England Athletics 10 Mile Championships, held in conjunction with the 25th edition of the Great South Run at a windswept Portsmouth on Saturday.

Lauren’s impressive 56m 4 secs clocking – just outside five and a half minute mile pace – placed her eighth in the elite international field as Ethiopia’s Beleynesh Olijira out sprinted England’s Gemma Steele for the overall race prize with a disappointed Steele who had hoped to win taking the England title and Worthing’s Rebecca Moore taking the England bronze.   added  28/10/14

One gold, three silver, three bronze in County XC relays

The cross country season got off to a promising start when club teams won seven medals at the Essex County Cross Country Relays at Hockley Woods on Saturday.  The Under 15 boys squad of Oliver Morter, Lewis Debenham & Oliver Bath struck gold with the B team of Jack Rice, Sam Atkins & Tom Sheldrick claiming bronze. The senior ladies trio of Debbie Appleton, Lydia Hallam & Vicky Smith took silver medals as did the Under 15 Girls A team of Sophie Rand, Kate O'Neill and Katie Mitchell, and Under 13 boys team of Oliver Woods Ellis Osborne & Harry Jones. Bronze medals were added by the Under 15 Girls' B trio of Becca Brown, Emily Marshall & Jess Mitchell, and the Under 13s trio of Molly Sweetman, Molly Bath and Grace Dukelow.  & pictures  added  28/9/14 & Updated 29/9/14 

Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards

The achievements of 12 young club athletes were among those celebrated last week at the latest Jack Petchey Foundation Regional Achievement Awards ceremony held at the Queens Theatre Hornchurch last week.  The club winners for this half year (pictured right) were:

Catherine Barker Rosie Brown
Sophie Taylor Jack Rice
Matthew Braybrook Bradley West
Sonny Nash George Goss
Charlotte Fransham Lucy Bailey
Shannon Dooley Molly Sweetman

Well done everyone, keep up the hard work.  added  28/9/14 

Under 15 Girls & seniors fly flag at Aldershot

Two Under 15 girls’ teams and a quarter of senior ladies flew the club flag at the South of England Road Relays at Aldershot on Saturday.

Katie Mitchell led off for the A team with a 11m 34s leg, handing over to Emily Marshall in 24th, and Emily’s 12:21 split saw Kate O’Neill start the anchor leg in 32nd.  Kate’s 11:24 clocking was the fastest by the club athletes and clawed back 12 places to bring the trio home in a respectable 20th place of the 72 finishers.  The B team of Becca Brown (12:33), Sophie Rand (12:00) and Jess Mitchell (12:01) finished in the top half of the field, placing 35th

The club was represented in the senior ladies race by Mo Lear (18:12), Clare Rudgley (19:27), Bobbie Westwood (20:56) & Tracy O'Neill (19:00) who finished 61st.  added  22/9/14 

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