Hot News! - July 2000

Season's best for Flying Scot Ruth and back to form for Vet Lesley  

Flying Scot Ruth McMenemy (far left) went back to her roots to compete in the Scottish Championships at Glasgow on Saturday 29th July and was rewarded with a season's 200m best. With the programme compressed into one day to suit Scottish TV coverage the former Junior International faced four tough sprint races in an afternoon and came through with flying colours. In the 100m Ruth was sixth with 12.3 secs, just two-tenths down on winner Joanna Hill, and she repeated the position in the final of her favoured 200m, clocking a best this year of 24.72 secs in a race won by 400m hurdles prospect Sinead Dudgeon.

Meanwhile in the British Veterans championships at Bedford last weekend Lesley Felton put her early season injury worries behind her to approach her best form. In a tight finish in the 800m W40 event she placed fifth in 2m 23.90 secs a race in which just seven-tenths of a second covered the first five athletes home. (added 3 August)

AAAs Silver for Faye and PBs for Sara and Laura

A silver medal winning performance from Faye Fullerton (right #) topped a good weekend for a small bunch of Havering Mayesbrook young athletes competing in the AAAs Under 15 and Under 17 Championships at Sheffield. At Sheffield Faye finished strongly to place second in the U-17 girls' 800m in 2m 1.88 secs, just 0.36 secs behind Crawley's Charlotte Best, and half a second ahead of English Schools runner-up Lisa Dobriskey. Stepping down to the shorter event did her no harm and provided a useful sharpener for her next race in a young athletes' invitation 1500m before the packed house at Crystal Palace during the Grand Prix meeting this Saturday (5th) in which she faces all her main rivals in a star-studded field.

In the u-15 girls discus Melanie Harrison was unable to repeat her English Schools medal winning performance and had to settle for fourth, throwing 29.33m. Sprinters Matthew Kelsey and Laura Jones also performed well. Kelsey put his nightmare in the English Schools behind him to make both 100m and 200m finals, placing seventh and sixth respectively, the latter in a fast 22.99 secs which would have been a new club best but for a following wind just over the allowable limit. Laura Jones just missed out on a final place in both sprints but was rewarded with a new 100m best time of 12.59 secs, the fourth best ever by a club u-15 sprinter. Another club u-15 young athlete to record a new best mark was Sara Luck who twice improved her 800m best, clocking 2m 16.42 secs to place fourth in the final after a slightly faster heat (2m 16.22s) which ranks her sixth on the club all-time lists. (added 31/7/00 and amended 3 August)

# Photograph of Faye Fullerton at English Schools Champs 2000 courtesy Joe Lee computing/ESAA ( )

Southern Gold and Club Record for Kate Brewington

Kate Brewington (pictured left) turned in a stunning performance to claim gold in the South of England Under 20 Heptathlon Championships in near perfect conditions at Enfield, smashing the club U20 and senior records in the process. Brewington turned in an almost faultless performance over the two day, seven event, competition recording three personal bests and coming within a whisker of four others. Her final score was an excellent 4500 points, almost 1000 points ahead of the previous club best.
Results: 100m Hurdles - 14.99 secs; High Jump - 1.62m; Shot Put - 8.83m; 200m - 26.67 secs (PB); Long Jump - 5.41m; Javelin - 29.02m (PB); and 800m - 2m 39.97 secs (PB).

Club members also recorded good results in the under 15 pentathlon events. In the u-15 boys competition a personal best performance of 2 m 18.74 secs in the final event the 800m won Terry O' Leary the bronze medal, edging out teammate Scott Keating, who finished fourth. In the u-15 girls event Caroline Smith recorded a grade 1 score of 2506 points in placing ninth in a field of 20, including a new hurdles best, ahead of good performances from Danielle Ross (2156 pts) and Lynsey Clark 2112. (added 30/7/00 and amended 31/7/00)

Cup bonus for Ladies

Havering Mayesbrook's Senior Ladies team have qualified for the Jubilee Cup Plate Final to be held at Bedford on Sunday 20 August. Although placing only seventh in their semi-final on Sunday, HMAC qualify as Plate Finalists by virtue of a "paper contest" where scores are allocated to the best performances in the heats and semi finals. Their opponents will be: Barrow-in-Furness; Bedford & County; Epsom & Ewell; Herne Hill Harriers; Newham & Essex Beagles (groan!); Thames Valley Harriers; and Woking. (added 25/7/00 & amended 26/7/00).

Third again for Southern men

As in the previous match a terrific team spirit enabled the Southern League team to achieve third place above rivals Wimbledon and Haslemere by finishing ahead of them in the last event the 4 x 400m relay, having been in fourth place all afternoon. But this still leaves the team in 18th place in the league just one point above the relegation places. Anything less than third place in our final match at Andover on the 5th August will result in relegation to division four. Report and results (added 25/7/00).

McDonald's Boys Safe - Girls Promoted

Havering Mayesbrook AC’s girls’ and boys’ under-17 teams were both in McDonald’s league action on Sunday and both came away well satisfied with the days’ performances. The boys’ under-17 team completed their McDonald’s Southern Premier League campaign at Basildon where they finished third behind Harrow and GEC Avionics with Oxford in fourth place, guaranteeing Premier Division action again next season. The girls were at Ealing for their third and final McDonald’s meeting of the season and an overwhelming victory ensured the league title and promotion for the second year running – this time to the Premier League. (added 24/7/00) Boys' report and Girls' report

Tough in Cup at Enfield

With key athletes missing, good individual and team performances by both men's and women's senior teams were not enough to make an impact against top opposition in the Men's Gold and Women's Jubilee Cup at Enfield on Sunday 23rd. The ladies finished seventh and the men were last in the eight team contests for places in the Cup Final at Bedford next month. (added 23/7/00) Ladies' results and Men's results

Junior ladies closer to promotion

A convincing home win against poor opposition virtually sealed the National Junior League Thames Division title for the junior ladies team. With one more of the four match series to come, the team are almost certainly heading for place in the Southern Region promotion fixture at Abingdon in September. (added 17/7/00) Results

Fourth win for Southern Women

The unbeaten streak continued as the Ladies Southern League team tightened their drive for the league title and promotion to Division 1 with a fourth successive victory at Bromley on Saturday. Although not at their strongest, the combined senior and u15 team were convincing winners ahead of hosts Bromley, Crawley, North Devon and Worthing. With four of the six matches completed the team are now clear leaders of Division 2. (added 17/7/00) Results

Sixth place for British League Men

The British League Men's team recorded their best result of the season with a sixth place in the third fixture at Cardiff on Saturday. But despite this improve performance, which saw the team place ahead of Morpeth and Stoke, Havering Mayesbrook are still bottom of the division and to avoid relegation they will need to win the final fixture at Gateshead in four weeks and sixth-placed City of Norwich have to place last. (added 10/7/00). Results

Fine win secures Eastern Young Athletes League Title

Havering Mayesbrook AC's combined under-17 girls' and boys' team guaranteed a fifth successive Eastern Young Athletes league title with a fine victory at Welwyn Garden City on Sunday. Main rivals Bedford were surprisingly beaten into third place behind Hertford with the home club, Verlea, in fourth. Although there is still one more league match to come, the local club are home and dry and can now begin to look forward to the annual Trophy Final for the top six clubs at the Mayesbrook Arena in September. (added 10/7/00). Report

Faye Fullerton wins Schools bronze

Faye Fullerton was for the second year a medallist in the English Schools Inter Girls 1500m Final, placing third in 4m 38.26secs behind Cornwall's Zoe Jelbert, who successfully defended her title, and runner-up Charlotte Moore from Dorset. But a personal best clocking of 52.05 secs for Bob Thanda in the Junior boys 400m was just outside the medals in fourth place. Despite his impressive qualifying form in the heats and semi-final of the senior boys 800m Glen Coppin had to settle for 6th in 1m 57.10 secs. Report and Full Results (added 8/7/00).

Battling third place for Southern men

In a closely fought Southern League match, which saw a handful of points covering the second to fifth places all afternoon, a spirited performance by Havering Mayesbrook's men brought them home in third place, just two points short of second. Report and results (added 8/7/00 & amended 10/7/00).

Three schools finalists today

Glen Coppin, Bob Thanda and Faye Fullerton all cruised through to English Schools final places at Sheffield today but other club athletes missed out. Glen Coppin ran under 1m 55 secs in both heat and semi-final to look a medal contender in todays Senior Boys 800m final. The powerful Thanda qualified easily from his junior boys 400m heat in an effortless 54.2 secs before powering to a PB of 52.27 in his semi-final and is strongly tipped be among the medals. A refreshed Faye Fullerton, just back from a mid-season holiday, won her heat in 4m 44 secs to qualify for the Intermediate girls 1500m final but will face tough opposition if she wants to better her silver medal from last year. Of the other club competitors Matthew Kelsey was unluckiest. Winning his heat in a new PB of 11.40 secs, which proved to be the fastest time of the day, his blocks slipped in his semi-final and he will not contest today's final in which he looked good for a medal. The other three club members just missed out on final places. Laurie Cossey placed fourth in the first heat of the senior girls 800m in 2m 15.73 secs, just short of a qualifying place, as the fastest losers' places went to those in the second and faster heat. Sara Luck also placed fourth in her heat of the junior girls 800m outside her best in 2m 21.04 secs but with another chance in this age category next year will have learnt from her experience. In the junior girls 75m hurdles Claire Sargent placed sixth in her heat in 12.3 secs. (added 8/7/00)

Schools Discus Bronze for Mel Harrison

Melanie Harrison produced the performance of her career to claim the bronze medal in the junior girls' discus in the English Schools Championships at Sheffield today. Despite only placing fifth in the South of England Championships earlier this season with an under par result, the Grays Convent schoolgirl threw close to her best with a 30.56m effort to place third in the national event. (added 7/7/00)

Club relay record sweetens boys' McDonald's defeat

Havering Mayesbrook AC s under-17 boys' team found the going very tough in their McDonald' s Southern Premier League match at the Mayesbrook Arena on Sunday. A severely depleted squad struggled all afternoon to make an impact and eventually finished fourth behind Shaftesbury Barnet, Blackheath (two Clubs likely to make the National Finals) and Woodford Green. Nonetheless, there were some bright spots for the local Club' s supporters particularly the performances of some of the under-15 boys which included a 51.6 secs 400m relay split for Bob Thanda and a club u-15 4 x 100m relay record. (added 4/7/00). Report

English Schools Championships Preview

Eight Havering Mayesbrook AC young athletes bid for national glory in the English Schools Athletics Championships at the Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield on Friday and Saturday. Such is the competition for places in the Essex team, which is limited to just 60 entrants, that only athletes capable of reaching the finals of the national competition gain selection. Hurdler Claire Sargent will be the first in action, contesting the heats of the junior girls 75m hurdles, the opening event, at 10 a.m. on Friday morning, with the final following just one-and-a-half hours later, if she qualifies. Next off at 11.01 a.m. on the timetable which runs with military precision, will be Glen Coppin in the heats of the Senior Boys 800m, with Bob Thanda tackling his heats in the junior boys 400m 25 minutes later. At 1.18 p.m. sprinter Matthew Kelsey runs his 100m heat, also in the junior boys age group. All three will have to run a semi-final later that day, if they survive the heats, in order to make their respective finals on Saturday. In contrast in the ladies middle distance events a good heat performance on Friday will qualify for a final place the next day. Laurie Cossey's 800m heat in the senior age category is timed for 1.45 p.m., while Sara Luck, fresh from her record-breaking success in the English School's Cup Final at Basildon on Saturday, competes at the same distance but in the Junior Girls' age group. Faye Fullerton is the last of the club's runners to take to the track at 4.06 p.m. in the heats of the Intermediate Girls' 1500m and aims to go one better than her runners-up spot last year. In the field events Havering Mayesbrook's sole representative will be Melanie Harrison who goes in the junior girls discus, being held outside the main arena at the nearby Woodburn Road stadium. This is by far the largest contingent from the local club for several years to compete in this prestigious national competition which provides an excellent experience for athletes and spectators alike. (added 3/7/00). Timetable

AAA Under 23 Long Jump Win for Stuart Wells

Stuart Wells returned from injury to win the AAA U23 Long Jump title at Bedford on Saturday (1 July) by the narrowest of margins, beating Herne Hill's Dominique Richards on countback, based on his second best leap of 7.20m, after both had leapt 7.28m; Darren Thompson of Belgrave was third with 7.23m. Although almost 30 cms below Stuart's season's best, victory in this national championship was a good achievement for the UEL student who celebrates his 21st birthday in three weeks. (added 3/7/00).