Hot News! - February 2000

Sixth places for senior women and U13 girls in National Cross Country Champs

There were solid results - but no medals - for the HMAC competitors in the National Cross Country Championships at Stowe School, Bucks today. The U13s medal hopes were dashed when Sara Luck dropped out when placing fifth. But Megan Foley - still only 11 and with another year in the age group - ran superbly to claim seventh, only dropping back from fourth in the latter stages. The club's other scorers were Charlotte Watkins in 31st, Lynsey Clark (75th) and Nicola Schofield placing 122nd. Caroline Smith in 202nd completed the HMAC competitors.

The U13s efforts were matched by the Senior Women with Debbie Sullivan running well to close in 7th, with solid packing from Nikki Barnett (63rd), Jo Sullivan (78th) and Dorita Harmse (83rd). Veterans Dawn Hawes and Linda Smith placed 225th and 275th respectively in the same race. In the U17 girls' race the sole representative was Faye Fullerton who placed a creditable 10th. Club competitors in the Junior Men's race were Rob Warner in 125th and Neill Collins (158th). Results (26/2/00).

Eleven HMAC youngster in Essex Sports Hall team

The Essex Sports Hall team for the Southern Region Inter-Counties match at Newham on 19 March, announced this week, includes eleven Club members. In the Under 13 Girls' section, where club athletes have dominated all the Essex Sports Hall fixtures, there are an unprecedented seven HMAC girls in the 12 strong Essex team: Lynsey Clark, Megan Foley, Sara Luck, Katie O'Sullivan, Danielle Ross, Nicola Schofield and Caroline Smith. Four boys complete the Havering contingent: Terry O'Leary and Danny Skelt in the Under 13 section and Bob Thanda and newcomer Peter Phillips for the Under 15s.(25/2/00).

Havering Sports Council Awards for Faye Fullerton and the Club

Rising star Faye Fullerton won the Havering Sports Council's annual Junior Girls' Competitor of the Year Award, presented at Upminster Golf Club on Monday 21 February. The talented 15-year-old Hall Mead student fought off competition from two local opponents to win the prize. The club itself was also winner of the Havering Club of the Year Award and overcome challenges from County Park Football Club and Havering Herons Swimming Club. This success adds to the Barking & Dagenham Sports Council's Award for 'Development in Sport for Secondary Schools Young People' which was recently awarded to the club for the third year in succession. (22/2/00).

International Vest for Wells

Long Jumper Stuart Wells has been selected for the England team in the Home Counties International at Cardiff next Saturday (26 February). The 20-year-old Barking-based University of East London design student competes at Britain's newest indoor arena at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff. Wells hopes to improve on his indoor PB of 7.40m achieved recently when he gained bronze at the AAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham. (19/2/00).

Havering in the medals at the Inter Counties

A strong Havering contingent were prominent in the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Nottingham and a successful day included individual and team medals. In the U17 Girls race Faye Fullerton took on the pace but "blew up" and was passed by Donna Daly of Humberside, the surprise winner. Faye gritted her teeth after being passed to hold off the closing pack to win individual silver. In the Girls U13 event there were team silver medals for Sara Luck, who placed seventh and Megan Foley in 15th with Lynsey Clark completing the Havering trio in the Essex team, placing 83rd. The four Havering Senior women representatives also gave a good showing, led by Debbie Sullivan in 12th, with Dorita Harmse 38th, Jo Sullivan 83rd and Nikki Barnett in 103rd. In the U20 Ladies race Havering's lone Essex representative was Laurie Cossey who placed 38th of the 133 woman field.

Havering's representation in the men's races was not so strong but nevertheless there were two runners in each of the U17 and U20 events. In the U17 race Glen Coppin was 38th and Dave Allen 103rd, while in the U20 competition Ryan Lloyd and Rob Warner were 139th and 141st respectively. Results (13/2/00).

Hornchurch Stadium to be resurfaced?

The Romford Recorder (4 February) reports that Havering Council's Strategic Policy Committee has agreed a 500,000 package of leisure proposals which will go ahead "if final detailed planning permission for a new hospital in Oldchurch Park, Romford is agreed and the Council receives the capital receipts for the release of the park land". This package includes "150,000 to be spent on the resurfacing of the running track at Hornchurch Stadium". It's early days, but this is the first formal confirmation that the ageing Tartan surface, first laid in 1978, may finally be replaced.(4/2/00)

...but not for a while yet

Cllr Margaret Latham told the Havering Council meeting last week that she could not guarantee that the 150,000 on the track improvement would be spent in the very near future as it depends on the conclusion of the Oldchurch Hospital deal which is still awaiting the appointment of a private sector partner and detailed planning permission. However she went on to say that the Council is "confident the money from the running track refurbishment will become available through the Oldchurch Park deal ... and the money we receive will be spent before the hospital is built ". From Romford Recorder (11 February).(11/2/00)

Success at SoE CC Champs

Havering's Ladies returned from the SoE Champs at Parliament Hill on 29 January with two team and one individual medals. Faye Fullerton raced to runners up spot in the Under17 race to claim individual silver, while team silver went to the Under 13 team of Sara Luck (5th), Megan Foley (9th), Charlotte Watkins (14th) and Robyn Matson (30th). In the Senior Women's race the Havering squad came home with bronze medals. Debbie Sullivan was first home in 7th, backed up by Dorita Harmse 14th, Nikki Barnett in 40th and Jo Sullivan (50th). Results (4/2/00)