Hot News! - October & November 2000

Senior Ladies Fourth in London Champs
Nikki Barnett (pictured) was just outside the medals as she placed fourth in the London cross Country Championships at the tough Parliament Hill course on Saturday. Team mate Jo Sullivan was close on her heels in fifth, while Hayley Hawes (also pictured) placed a good 15th. Vet Ruth O'Sullivan completed the scoring four in 29th and the team were just a few points short of the medals as they placed fourth. Also in action was Dawn Hawes in 41st.

The Heathrow London Young Athletes Cross Country races over the same course was cancelled for safety reasons, as it was felt that many inexperienced athletes in the field would have had unsuitable footwear. (added 26/11/00)

Nikki Barnett (left) and Hayley Hawes (R) in cross country action.

Faye Third in Belgian Euro Cross race
Faye Fullerton placed third and was the first English runner home in the Junior Eurocross race at Roeselare, Belgium on Sunday. Although originally selected to run for the South of England, Faye switched to the England team after a discussion between the team managers. The race doubled as the Belgian team trials for the European Cross Country Championships in Sweden on 10th December. (added 26/11/00)
Good run for Debbie Sullivan in Japan
Debbie Sullivan turned in a good performance for the Great Britain team in the International Chiba Eikiden Relay in Japan on Thursday. Taking over in thirteenth place on the penultimate stage Debbie's 16 m 25 sec effort for the 4,797m leg hauled in the Mexican runner ahead of her to hand over in twelfth, a position maintained by Britain's last leg runner. The British women's sextet completed the marathon distance in 2 hours 23m 47 secs. (added 24/11/00)


Three in U15 boys' rankings
Three Havering Mayesbrook Under 15 boys were ranked in the national top 20 listings, published this week. Powerhouse Bob Thanda - pictured right - was highest ranked in fifth with his 52.05 secs 400m clocking, achieved in the English Schools Champs. Sprint ace Matt Kelsey ranked sixth in the 100m with his 11.40 secs best time and tenth in the 200m (23.1 secs).  Making up the local trio was high jumper Adam Napier whose 1.75m clearance earned him 14th place in the national lists. (added 24/11/00)

Faye Eighth in Margate Euro Trials
Faye Fullerton's eighth placing in the combined under 20 and under17 race in the Reebok International at Margate on Sunday, which doubled as the UK Trial for the European Cross Country Championships,  has earned her selection as one of the reserves for the Great Britain junior team at the event in Malmo, Sweden on 9 December. Always well placed in a race which featured all the top British junior and U17 cross country specialists in contention for the six championship team places, Faye only dropped a little off the pace over the last 800m of the 3500 metre rain-sodden course but still finished just 25 seconds behind the winner, Juliet Potter of Charnwood. Lauren Deadman gained valuable experience in the same race, placing 39th. 

Other HMAC athletes in action at Margate were Neil Collins and Rob Warner (95th and 99th respectively) in the Junior Mens' race, and Graham Pritchard (79th) and Tony Collins in the senior mens' event.

Next weekend Faye Fullerton travels to Roeselare in Belgium where she represents the South of England in a Euro Cross event, which will serve as the Belgian trials for the European Championship event. Faye was invited to run for England in the same event but had already accepted the South's invitation and decided to honour this commitment.  (added 19/11/00 & revised 20/11/00)  


Fantastic Faye Fastest at Mansfield
Faye Fullerton continued her outstanding form, running the fastest leg in the National Cross Country Relays at Mansfield on Saturday, helping the Havering Mayesbrook Under 17 team place fourth out of over 40 teams.  Lauren Deadman's opening leg of 9 mins 26 secs, which proved to be the fifth fastest on the day, gave the team a good start in third place before Faye's blistering 8 mins 59 secs second leg effort handed over in front. Anchor runner Faye Powell ran well - after falling badly and hurting her hand in the warm up - but she was unable to hold onto a medal winning place, as Sale, Medway and Bedford claimed the prizes, coming home in fourth ahead of a fast finishing City of Norwich team.

In the Senior ladies race the Havering Mayesbrook trio of Jo Sullivan (11m 23 secs), Debbie Sullivan (10m 48 secs) and Nikki Barnett (11m 46 secs) placed a good 11th in this national competition, out of 51 teams, with Debbie's leg twelfth fastest overall on the day. (added 12/11/00) Link to results

Jo Sullivan - ran opening leg for Senior Ladies at Mansfield 


Schools Cup Wins for Megan & Sara
HMAC athletes, running for their schools, featured significantly in the Regional Final of the English Schools Cross-Country Cup at St Albans on Saturday. In the Junior girls (Years 7 and 8) event Megan Foley (Sanders Drapers) won comfortably, with Charlotte Wood (Brentwood Ursuline) 4th, Robyn Delivett (Sanders Drapers) placing 16th, with Kayleigh Brown (Brentwood Ursuline) in 23rd. The Brentwood Ursuline Junior Girls came second overall and qualified for the National Final at Tadcaster in Yorkshire on 2nd December. This success was matched by the Ursuline School's Intermediate Girls (Years 9 and 10) which included Sara Luck, winning in this Regional event for the third year in a row, with sprinter Laura Jones also helping the team on its way to the National Final.
In the Junior Boys event HMAC athletes made up four of the team of six running for Campion School, Hornchurch. The tough and somewhat physical competition saw three of the boys impeded or injured but the team still managing to finish an comfortable second to Southend High School, who won the National Final last year. With four runners home in the first twelve a place in the National final for the Campion youngsters was secured. The Havering Mayesbrook runners in the Campion team were Jay Ryan 6th, Aaron Churchouse 7th, Andrew Luck 12th and Paul Andrews 35th. The versatile Bob Thanda made an appearance for Barking Abbey in the Intermediate boys event. (added 12/11/00) (Report thanks to Peter Luck)
Ladies Dominate Essex League again   
Havering Mayesbrook's ladies and girls dominated the second Essex League fixture at Basildon on Saturday, providing the individual winner in all six age categories. The Men's and Boys' could not match their female club mates' success but nevertheless placed strongly.  (added 4/11/00) Report


Four in Under 15 Girls' rankings  
The top 30 track and field rankings for Under 15 girls, published this week, include four HMAC athletes. Highest ranked is Sara Luck, listed as eighth in the 800m with her 2m 16.22 heat time at the AAAs championships. Sara (pictured right) has another year in the age group and is almost certain to improve her position next season. English Schools and AAAs Discus medallist Mel Harrison appears in two lists, ranking ninth in her medal-winning discus event with 31.36m and 18th in the javelin (30.60m).

Hurdler Claire Sargent appears as 13th in the 75m hurdles with her 11.5 secs performance at Bromley in July, which was just a tenth outside the long-standing club record. Laura Jones' fine season was rewarded with her 20th place 100m ranking with her 12.59 wind aided performance, also at the AAAs, backed up by her 12.6 secs legal clocking at Bromley in July. In the Under 17 rankings, published two weeks earlier, Faye Fullerton made up for being the only club athlete listed by ranking in three events - placing third in the 1500m (4m 28.1 secs), fourth in the 3000m (in a club u17 record of 9m 42.3) and fifth in the 800m (2m10.1secs). (added 2/11/00) 

Debbie Sullivan heads east again   

UK Athletics announced this week that Debbie Sullivan (see right) is one of the athletes selected to run for Britain's Ladies Team in the Chiba Ekiden Relay in Japan later this month. Debbie will run a 5km leg for the team, which will in total have to run the full marathon distance (42km), and she will be joined by Lucy Wright & Birhan Dagne (10km legs),  Heather Knight (7km), Amanda Parkinson and Debbie Curley (5km), with Emma Fisher as the travelling reserve. This International call-up follows Debbie's run in a similar event in Korea earlier this summer. (added 2/11/00)


Fast Legs for Faye and Megan in Sutton Park Relays 

Super-fast legs by Faye Fullerton (see photo right) and Megan Foley were the highlights of  the HMAC girls' efforts at Sutton Park today in the National Young Athletes Road Relays. In the Under 13 race after late withdrawals the reshuffled team placed a creditable 12th. Lauren Clark opened with 9:53 in 21st, before Megan Foley, running the second fastest leg of the whole race (8:43), clawed back 15 positions to hand over 6th. Robyn Delivett held on well to come home 12th with a 10:15 anchor. The B team of Lisa Schofield (11:02), Natalie Ashwell (11:49) and Leanne O'Neill (10:43) placed 38th.

The Under 15 teams, without Sara Luck, placed 28th and 40th. The A team were Lynsey Clark (9:57), Caroline Smith (9:35) and Natalie Adams (9:44) and the B team: Nicola Schofield (10:13), Amy Ashwell (11:00) and Carmel Munson (10:01).

The HMAC highlight was undoubtedly Faye Fullerton's superb leg in the Under 17 event. Faye blasted her opening leg in 13:07, the fastest of the day by a massive 39 secs to give the weakened team an early big lead. Faye Powell (16:39) and Laura O'Neill (16:38) did well to bring the team home 11th. (added 29/10/00) 


Strong start for girls in Essex CC League  
Three wins in the girls' races set up a strong HMAC performance in the opening round of the Essex Cross Country League at Hylands Park, Chelmsford on Saturday (14th).  In the first race the U13 girls easily claimed the team prize with six of the first ten places. Megan Foley (see right) came home first, followed by teammate Robyn Matson in second, supported well by the two Charlottes - Wood and Watkins - who finished sixth and seventh to complete the scoring, with Kayleigh Brown (8th) and Lauren Clark (10th) with six others closing in. 

Sara Luck led home the u15s, with Natalie Adams 5th, Carmel Munson 11th, with Danielle Ross out-sprinting Amy Ashwell to complete the scoring four, the team placing third. Lauren Deadman continued the winning record in the combined u17- u20 race with a fine victory, with Laurie Cossey (5th), Lydia Comley (5th) and Helen Biscoe (13th) completing the winning HMAC team, with four other finishers. The Senior ladies' team took the runners-up spot with Nikki Barnett first home in fourth, Hayley Hawes in 9th, Lesley Felton (12th and first vet) and Dawn Hawes (18th and third vet). The senior/junior men turned out twelve runners and placed well - with John Barker third, Gavin Maley fifth, with Matt Bland (22nd), Graham Pritchard (23rd), Neil Collins (33rd) and Rob Warner (35th) packing well to form the scoring six. (added 14/10/00) Photos


Two fourths in Girls YA Southern Road Relays  
In the first road race of the winter two of the three girls teams finished just outside the medals in the Nike SoEAA YA Road Relays at Aldershot on Sunday 1st. The Under 13s - Lauren Clark (9:29) , Charlotte Watkins (8:42), and Megan Foley - finished eight seconds adrift from a medal, with Megan's storming anchor leg of 8 mins 19 secs proving to be the second fastest on the day. The oldest age group saw a welcome return to competition for Lauren  Deadman whose 11:13 first leg gave the team a brief lead, which Laura O'Neill (12:45) was unable to sustain before Faye Fullerton clawed back several places in what was the second fastest leg of the day (10:29). The Under 15s was badly affected by sickness of Sara Luck on first leg, then again by Lynsey Clark on last; Nicola Schofield and Caroline Smith also ran  and - unlike their team mates- both managed to keep their breakfasts down! (added 4/10/00)

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