Hot News! - March 2000

Ten Havering Mayesbrook young athletes qualify for National Sports Hall Finals

Two Essex teams, the under 13 girls and Under 15 boys, including nine club athletes, came out on top in the Regional Sports Hall Final at Newham today, qualifying for the National Finals at the Birmingham National Indoor Arena on Sunday 9 April. The seven-strong HMAC contingent in the Girls U13 event saw off a strong Surrey challenge to claim their places. Sara Luck was a double winner, taking the six laps event and the high jump, the latter in a 1.43m PB. She was partnered by Megan Foley, who was runner-up in the six laps event, and Katie O'Sullivan, a little way below her best, who placed fourth in the high jump. There were standing triple jump medals for Lynsey Clark, second with a PB 6.54m attempt, and Nicola Schofield with a third place 6.40 PB leap. Nicola placed third in the two lap race, losing out to second placed team-mate Danielle Ross. Caroline Smith also claimed a shot put gold.. The Essex girls' team have an enviable record to follow, as the county U13 girls have claimed gold in the national finals in six years out of the last eight.

Bob Thanda and Peter Phillip contributed to the Essex Boys' Under 15 team victory. The powerful Thanda stormed to a clear victory in the four laps event and also took the standing triple jump. The promising Phillip was victorious in the standing long jump and a finalist in the two lap race, after winning his heat. The Essex U13 boys team also gained an unexpected place in the final. Although they placed second on the day, a team from Scotland have decided not to contest the final, leaving the way open for the highest scoring second placed team (Essex) to fill the gap. Havering Mayesbrook's Terry O'Leary is a member of this squad, bringing the total number of club athletes travelling to Birmingham as ten. Danny Skelt had withdrawn from the team earlier in the week and his place was taken by local Campion pupil Scott Keating. Results are now available on the Sports Hall web site (added 19/3/00 & amended 20/3/00 & 27/3/00 ).

Faye Fullerton wins English Schools double bronze and International selection

Faye Fullerton ran superbly at the tough Parliament Hill course to win an excellent third place bronze medal in the Girls' Intermediate race in the English Schools Cross Country Championships. She was just edged out of silver by Northumberland's Charlotte Wickham, with Courtney Birch, the Millfield student representing Somerset, a clear winner. Faye's fine performance brings with it selection for the English team in the Cross Country Home International at Irvine, Scotland on 1 April in addition to another bronze medal, awarded for leading the Essex team to third place. Lauren Deadman placed 36th and also won a well-deserved team bronze for Essex. In the Junior Girls' race Sara Luck, in the bottom year of the age group, placed a creditable 12th and was first Essex runner home, and has been selected as a reserve for the England team. Lynsey Clark placed 174th. In the Senior Girls' race there was an unexpected team bronze for Laurie Cossey, who battled well to place 54th in a field of 286. Glen Coppin was the club's only male participant, closing in 67th in the senior boys' event. Results (added 12/3/00).

Preview: English Schools Challenge for youngsters

Havering Mayesbrook will have several representatives in the English Schools Cross Country Championships at the tough Parliament Hill venue on Saturday 11 March. After a winter season based on traditional cross country age groups, the Schools Champs reflect school year groups, with Years 10 & 11 forming the Intermediates and Years 8 & 9 the Junior age group, with sixth formers making the Senior grouping. Havering Mayesbrook athletes in the Essex team include Laurie Cossey (Senior Girls), Faye Fullerton (Inter girls) and Sara Luck and Lynsey Clark (Junior Girls). For course and travel details visit the ESAA web site. (5/3/00).

England win for Wells

Stuart Wells was a comfortable winner for England in the Home Counties International at Cardiff last week. Leading throughout Stuart's best jump came in the last round when he leapt out to 7.38m, just below his indoor PB of 7.40m set in the AAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham. (5/3/00).