London Mini Marathon – Sunday, 17th April 2011  

Havering’s young athletes maintained their fine record in the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon on Sunday in finishing second overall behind Richmond in the competition involving all 33 London Boroughs.

Starting from Old Billingsgate and finishing in the Mall, the annual event is run over the final three miles of the main London Marathon course.

Qualification for the Havering team was via a trial held in February and open to all young people between the ages of 11–17 who live or go to school in Havering.

The best Havering performance on the day came from Rebecca O’Neill (Chelmsford) who took 3rd place in the girls’ 15-17 (under 17) race, earning her a sponsor’s prize. Another top-10 finish in this age group came from Eleanor Bounds (NEB) in 8th place. Becky Stanley running for Barking & Dagenham, was 14th

In the girls’ 13-14 (under 15) race, three Havering competitors finished in the top-20 – Lydia Hallam (8th), Isabella Woods (15th) and Francesca Smith (20th).

The youngest age group (11-12 - Under 13) saw top-20 performances from Isobel Ives (a splendid 4th place) and Natasha Patient (13th). Club member Sarah Wilson placed an excellent 10th.

For the boys, there was an excellent 8th place for Hoseah Gikungu in the oldest age group and an impressive 14th place for James Kidd in the 13-14 age race.

The older girls finished third in their age group and the 13-14 girls fourth. There were also two six places, one seventh and one eight across the six races. Each race attracts some 33 teams and 250 competitors!

In the past ten years, Havering’s squad haven’t finished outside the top-three in the team competition and this year’s young athletes can be proud of maintaining the Borough’s fine record.

Doug Tierney


Girls Under 13  

4th - Isobel Ives; 10th - Sarah Wilson; 13th - Natasha Patient; 34. Heidi Surman-Wells; 38th - Amy Harris;  50th - Amy Baggs; 164th - Charlotte Hogg; 175th - Lestine Manduakila Team: Havering - 6th

Girls Under 15  

6th - Lydia Hallam;  15th - Isabella Woods; 20th - Francesca Smith; 50th - Rosie Webber; 84th - Avril Loynes; 103rd - Rachel Phelan; 114th - Bethany Chambers ; 139th - Abigail Jowett; 161st Ella Rudgley    Team: Havering - 4th

Girls Under 17

3rd - Rebecca O'Neill; 8th - Eleanor Bounds; 14th - Becky Stanley; 33rd - Patsy McWeeney; 63rd - Hannah Bloy; 89th - Lindsay Wiggins; 91st - Shannon Sullivan; 142nd - Grace Balmford   Team: Havering - 3rd

Boys Under 13

24th - Robert Woodgate; 32nd - Jack Ayling;  37th Elliott Nunn; 41st - Fraser Scott; 49th - Sean Wilson; 76th - Thomas Pitkin;  88th - Sean O'Callaghan;  174th -  Reece Povey; 191st - James GiordmainaTeam: Havering - 6th

Boys Under 15

14th - James Kidd; 21st - Nick Shade; 48th - Andrew Holland; 48th - Adam Hill; 63rd - Edward Thompson; 84th - George Dixon; 124th - Adam Hill; 146th Nick Duffey; 151st - Andrew McLean  Team: Havering - 7th;

Boys Under 17

8th - Hoseah Gikungu; 56th - Ryan O'Mahoney; 57th - Adam Edwards; 59th - Thomas Davis; 85th Chris Hyde; 86th -Ross Earney; 98th - Tom Brennan; 137th Conor Chatfield; 138th - Michael O'Callaghan  Team: Havering - 8th


Havering  Barking & Dagenham

Non-HMAC Members in Havering Team


There was a good showing from club members in Sunday’s London Marathon.

Simon Hart again improved his best, taking over two minutes off his previous time with an even paced 2:43.54, for 16th in the Vets 45 category.

Glen Hill was just outside his best, finishing in 2:50.59, and Chris Smith came through strongly to cross the line in 2:55.20 while Ian Anthony took four minutes of his best to beat the four hour barrier in clocking 2:57.38. Steve Rand was some six minutes outside his best coming home in 3:01.49, suffering in the second half after passing half-way in under 1:23. 

Also running were Graham Hogan (3:04.45), Graham Pritchard (3:28.58) and Russ Middleton (3:59.18)


Pics: Gary Howard