Hot News! - June 2000

Huge Win for Eastern Young Team

Havering Mayesbrook AC's young athletes were in magnificent form at the Cambridge University track on Sunday afternoon. In defeating Cambridge & Coleridge, Dacorum and Huntingdon by a huge margin, the combined girls' and boys' under-17 team maintained their position at the top of the Eastern Young Athletes League. The outstanding performance of the meeting came when Emma Bonny took the under-13 girls' Long Jump with a massive leap of 4.92m (against a Grade 1 standard of 4.65m) which smashed the Club record that had stood since 1983. Report (added 26/6/00).

Southern Ladies win again but Southern men place fourth

Three new club records were the highlights of another big win for the ladies team in the Southern League Division 2 fixture at Mayesbrook Park. Kate Brewington recorded 14.9 secs to break her own club under-20 record in the 100m hurdles while Hannah Gamester's 1.90m pole vault clearance equalled the previous best junior and senior performance. Megan Foley, running against older opposition in the 1500m for under-15s, recorded a new club under 13 best for this event. In the parallel Southern League Division 3 match the men's team put up a stronger showing but still only placed fourth in a difficult clash against title contenders second and third placed Chichester & Bracknell, both unbeaten in their opening two fixtures, and fourth placed Kingston who emerged as victors on the day. Ladies results Men's results (added 24/6/00 & amended 25/6/00).

Junior ladies too hot to handle

In heatwave conditions Havering Mayesbrook's Under 20 Ladies team were too hot for the opposition to handle, running out comfortable winners of the Thames Division match on Sunday, well ahead of Thurrock and hosts Dartford. Among a number of personal bests was a new club junior record of 35.04m from Sarah Deacon in the hammer. With convincing victories in the first two of the four match series, and with home advantage in the next league fixture at Mayesbrook Park in four weeks, the team now look certain to qualify as League Champions for the promotion fixture at Abingdon in September. Reports and results (added 18/6/00).

Eight get English Schools call up

An eight-strong squad of Havering Mayesbrook youngsters received the selectors' call-up to represent Essex in the English School Championships at Sheffield on 7th and 8th July. Laurie Cossey, who placed fourth in the recent South of England under-20 championships, will be competing in the Senior Girls 800m. In the Intermediate girls' category Faye Fullerton faces strong opposition in the 1500m, in which she was runner-up last year. The strongest representation is in the Junior Girls category where three club athletes will make the trip northwards: Claire Sargent competes in the 75m hurdles, Sara Luck in the 800m and thrower Melanie Harrison has been selected for the discus event. Completing the local contingent are the awesome Bob Thanda in the Junior Boys' 400m while in the same age group sprint star Matthew Kelsey goes in the 100m. The final competitor at Sheffield will be Glen Coppin who contests the Senior Boys 800m. Two athletes John Davies (Senior Boys Long Jump) and Greg Smith (Intermediate Boys' Javelin) are on the reserve list. Unluckiest club member was Laura Jones who was not selected for the junior girls 100m despite having twice run the national 12.8 secs standard, and winning both clubs' and schools Essex titles. (added 17/6/00)

Home win for Eastern Young Athletes

In warm but windy conditions at the Mayesbrook Arena on Sunday, Havering Mayesbrook AC's combined under-17 girls' and boys' team won their Eastern Young Athletes League match in comprehensive fashion. In defeating Norwich, Stevenage and Ipswich, the team maintained their unbeaten record and look favourites to retain their league title. (added 12/6/00) Report

Senior Men and Women both through

Both the mens' and womens' team qualified for the Cup semi finals with good results at Kingston on Sunday 11th. In the Gold Cup the men ran out clear winners while the women's runners up spot in the Jubilee competition, behind Epsom and Ewell, was enough to gain a semi final place. Both teams now face top class opposition at Enfield on 23 July in the battle for a final place. (added 11/6/00) Women's results Men's report and results

Essex Schools headlines

The Junior Girls (U-15) grabbed most golds on a day when HMAC young athletes were again to the fore in the Essex county schools' championships at Basildon on Saturday 10th. Laura Jones (100m), Sara Luck (800m), Claire Sargent (75m Hurdles) and Melanie Harrison (discus) were the U-15 girls gold medallists: all await the team selectors' decisions on whether they will be in the Essex team for the English Schools champs at Sheffield in July. The two U-15 (Junior) boys winners - Matthew Kelsey (100m) and Bob Thanda (400m) - can look forward to automatic selection, having reached the national standards. Faye Fullerton claimed a new Championship best performance (CBP) in winning the Inter (U-17) 1500m and is also guaranteed selection for the national event. In the Year 7 champs (which don't lead to the nationals) Megan Foley recorded a new club best and also a CBP in the 600m,while newcomer member Chloe van Wulven was a clear winner in the 75m hurdles, recording a CBP on her way to gold. Silver medals went to Nina Brennan (silver - inter 300m hurdles), Gemma Tyler (300m), Caroline Smith (junior 800m) and Charlotte Watkins (Y7 - 600m)while for the boys Kevin Deacon (Inter -Hammer), Mark Gardner (Inter Long Jump) and Andrew Bartlett (Junior 200m) also gained runners up medals. Greg Smith gained bronze for his Inter Javelin efforts (added 11/6/00) Report

Third for McDonald's boys

An under-strength Havering Mayesbrook AC's under-17 boys' team found the going tough in their latest McDonald's Southern Premier league meeting at Croydon on Sunday. Third place was the best that could have been expected at the start of the day but there were signs once again that if the local club is ever able to field a full-strength team, some of the bigger, more successful clubs will be in for a shock. (added 5/6/00) Report

Triple Gold for Veteran Ruth

Ruth O'Sullivan was in excellent form in the Eastern Veterans Championships at Chelmsford on Sunday 4th, claiming three golds. Now enjoying her first injury free season for several years, the former Southern 400m Champion took gold in the 100m (13.5 secs), 200m (27.8 secs) and 400m (61.9 secs). (added 4/6/00)

Last for Southern Men

Although there were some good individual performances the absence of a number of regular athletes resulted in the Men's Southern League Division 3 team coming last with a disappointing total score of 88 points at Finsbury Park on Saturday 3rd. (added 4/6/00) Results