Hot News! - August 2000

News Round Up 

HMAC's men's Irish contingent claimed three silver medals in the Irish championships on 19th/20th August. Martin Kearns clocked a new steeplechase best of 9m 07.98 secs placing second in the 3k 'chase, Paul Conroy recorded 14.35 secs as runner up in the 110m Hurdles, while David Finnegan ran 47.32 secs when gaining silver in the 400m. 

Three HMAC ladies were in action for Essex in the Southern Inter-Counties match at Croydon on 27 August. Debbie Sullivan won the 1500m A race with 4 mins 31.6 secs, Dorita Harmse was 3rd in the 800m A event with 2 mins 11.2 secs, while Ruth McMenemy was runner-up in the 200m A with 25.1 secs.

Lesley Felton was victorious in W40 800m event at the Southern Counties & Vets AC combined champs on Saturday 26 August at Portsmouth, with a time of 2 mins 26.95 secs, also placing second in the 400m with 62.03 secs. In the M45 throwing events Steve Archer placed second in the shot with 12.42m and third in the discus with 34.00m.(added 3/9/00).

New Club Best for Kate Brewington

Kate Brewington further improved her own club junior 100m Hurdles record in the AAAs U20 championships at Bedford on Sunday 28th August. Her 14.77 sec heat clocking clipped a further tenth off her club record set the previous weekend, and she ran even faster when placing sixth in the final with 14.69 secs, although the following wind was just over the limit for record purposes. The previous day the talented all-rounder, who this week earns her international vest competing for England in the Home Countries Combined Events meeting in Ireland, placed fifth in the long jump final with 5.57m. In the 1500m junior championship event Faye Fullerton, although still an U17, placed a creditable sixth, while Sam Harrison was ninth in the U20 men's javelin. (added 2/9/00).

Superb fourth in Jubilee Plate Final for Ladies

A superb team performance saw the HMAC Ladies place equal fourth in the Jubilee Plate Final at Bedford on Sunday. There were individual wins for Dorita Harmse (800m) and Jo Sullivan (1500m), three PBs for Kate Brewington and a new club Pole Vault record for Sue Deboos. Report & results (added 20/8/00).

5k PB for Debbie Sullivan at Olympic Trials

Debbie Sullivan improved her 5,000 best by almost 20 secs, when placing eight in the Olympic Trials, held in conjunction with the AAAs Championships at Birmingham. After the disappointment of the 10,000 trial two weeks earlier, when she missed her PB by a fraction when placing 10th, Debbie reduced her best from 16m 26 secs to 16m 07.51 secs. (added 13/8/00).

Junior ladies set up promotion bid

Havering Mayesbrook's Junior Ladies team completed their league programme in the same style they have shown all season, with another huge win at Ilford on Sunday. The emphatic victory - achieve without any middle-distance runners - sealed the Thames Division title and confirmed the team's place in the Southern Promotion match at Abingdon in four weeks (10 September). There were club records for Sarah Deacon (Hammer) and Laura Coleman (Javelin). Report and results (added 13/8/00).

Southern Women wrap up title  

Havering Mayesbrook's Southern Women's team guaranteed the Division 2 title and promotion when they maintained their unbeaten record in a key match against the second, third and fourth placed teams at Hemel Hempstead on Saturday. Results (added 12/8/00).

British League team last and relegated 

The dismal season for the British League team came to an end at Jarrow on Saturday when the mathematical chance of survival rapidly disappeared, as the team again placed last and were relegated to Division 4 for the summer 2001 season. Maintaining their place in Division 3 for another season was always going to be a tall order for not only was a win required but City of Norwich would have had to place last as well. The highlights were individual A string wins for Phil Sadler and Martin Kearns and a consolation win in the last event, the 4 x 400m relay. Team results (added 7/8/00).

Young athletes remain unbeaten  

Havering Mayesbrook ACs under-17 combined girls' and boys' team completed their Eastern Young Athletes League campaign at Milton Keynes on Sunday in exciting fashion. At the end of a pulsating afternoon during which the lead changed hands between the home club and the Havering Mayesbrook youngsters on a number of occasions, it was victory in two of the last three 4 x 100m boys' relays that ensured victory for the defending champions. At the end of a dramatic competition, the Havering Mayesbrook athletes maintained their unbeaten record with Milton Keynes in second place, Luton in third and Great Yarmouth in fourth. Report (added 7/8/00).

Southern men fourth - avoid the drop  

Despite being forced to make the best of the team available, due to the clash with the British League and holiday absences from some regulars, the Southern League team won their relegation battle in Division 3 by finishing fourth at Andover on Saturday, as poor results from other relegation candidates went in their favour. There were only three individual wins - a 110m hurdles double from Kevin Benton and Paul Gilham and a A hammer win from ever-reliable Keith Robinson - but the team covered all the events and their overall points score on the day ensured that the team finished 18th in the final league table, above two other teams with the same match points. Report and results (added 6/8/00).