London Boroughs Mini Marathon Sunday 21st April 2013

Although provisional results indicate that the Havering team finished 5th overall in Sunday’s Mini-Marathon competition involving the cream of young athletes from all 33 London Boroughs, the bare result doesn’t do justice to some superb individual performances.

Pride of place goes to Lydia Hallam who ran magnificently to win the girls 15/16/17 age group race beating 198 other athletes in the process. Lydia’s reward, in addition to the winner’s trophy, was a congratulatory cuddle from Prince Harry after the race and an appearance on the BBC’s race coverage. Lydia succeeded in her first year in the age group and the Havering Mayesbrook AC athlete will be back next year to defend her title.

In the same age group, another stunning run came from 13 years old Jessica Ward who agreed to compete just 48 hours previously when another athlete had to withdraw through injury. Jessica also agreed to move up an age group so she was some two years younger than the other competitors. Nonetheless, she ran a brilliant race to finish in 59th place.

In the same age group, there were also good performances from Isabella Woods (27th) and Georgia Porter (47th). Lindsay McLachlan, Lindsey Wiggins & Ella-Rose Rudgley also represented Havering.

In the girls’ 13/14 age group, there was another excellent performance from the ever reliable Isobel Ives to take 2nd place well supported by Amy Baggs (31st), Lois Wyatt (51st) and Heidi Surman-Wells (52nd). Also in action for Havering were Zoe Rudgley, Holly Hyde, Ella Jolly & Louise Lear whiel Sarah Wilson ran well in 27th for Barking & Dagenham.

In the youngest girls’ age group (11/12 year olds), there was another superb performance from a Havering athlete. Molly Bath, the winner of the Havering trial event in February and who had her eleventh birthday in the same month, finished in 9th place of the 237 competitors. With normal progression, Molly will be among the favourites for next year’s event as will Rebecca Brown (17th) and Jessica Mitchell (27th) who will all be in the same age group in 2014. These three girls were well supported by Emily Marshall (51st) , Katie Mitchell (53rd) and Sophie Rand (77th) who placed third in the team competition. Olivia McAlpin & Emily James completed the line up.

Havering’s boys generally found the going tough against some of London’s top young athletes. Best performance came from the ever reliable James Kidd in his final year in the event, finishing in 31st in the 15/6/17 event with Nick Shade, also in his final Mini-Marathon in 59th with 66th placed Andrew Holland not far back. Ed Thompson, Joshua Welsh, Liam O’Driscoll, Terry Bell and Nick Duffey were the other Havering runners.

With 233 runners in the 13/14 age group race, four of the Havering team (Matthew Braybrook, Bradley West, Elliott Nunn and Finlay Hyde) finished in the top half with Benjamin Ellis, Robert Woodgate, Ben & Toby Bridgman seeing action as well.  

In the youngest boys’ race, there was a promising run in 59th place from Thomas Keevil in his first year in the age group. In the same race, Josh Lamont, Oliver Bath and Flynn Astbury all finished in the top 70. Bailey Hearne, Aaron Westwood and Lewis Deacon were in the top half and Keiran Davies also took part.

Overall, the Havering team performed with credit, yet again finishing in the top-5 in this prestigious London Boroughs event, and throwing up some exciting prospects for the future.



Girls Under 13  

9th - Molly Bath 19:02; 17th Rebecca Brown 19:42; 27th Jessica Mitchell 19:59; 51st - Emily Marshall 20:30; 53rd  - Katie Mitchell 20:30; 77th - Sophie Rand 21:02; 178th - Olivia McAlpin 23:48; 180th  - Emily James 23:51  Team: Havering - 3rd

Girls Under 15  

2nd - Isobel Ives 18:11; 27th - Sarah Wilson (B&D) 19:44; 31st - Amy Baggs 19:48; 51st - Lois Wyatt 20:50; 52nd - Heidi Surman-Wells 20:51; 100th - Zoe Rudgley 22:03; 122nd - Holly Hyde 22:41;145th - Ella Jolly 23:23; 165th -Louise Lear 24:04. Team: Havering - 6th

Girls Under 17

1st - Lydia Hallam 17:23; 27th - Isabella Woods 20:00; 47th - Georgia Porter 21:46; 59th - Jessica Ward (13/14 age group) 22:00; 75th - Lindsay McLachlan 22:37; 158th - Lindsey Wiggins 26:35; 179th - Ella-Rose Rudgley 27:59.  Team: Havering - 5th

Boys Under 13

58th - Josh Lamont 18:55; 59th  - Thomas Keevil 18:55; 64th - Oliver Bath 19:00;  65th - Flynn Astbury 19:01; 85th - Bailey Hearne 19:17; 93rd  - Aaron Westwood 19:26; 107th - Lewis Deacon 19:38; 147th - Keiran Davies 20:18.  Team: Havering - 8th

Boys Under 15

100th - Matthew Braybrook 18:50; 103rd  - Bradley West 18:52; 110th - Elliott Nunn 18:55; 116th - Finlay Hyde 19:02; 119th - Benjamin Ellis 19:04; 129th - Robert Woodgate 19:10;  155th - Ben Bridgman 19:41; 193rd  - Toby Bridgman 21:01.  Team: Havering - 17th;

Boys Under 17

31st  - James Kidd 16:40; 59th - Nick Shade 17:09; 66th - Andrew Holland 17:29; 84th - Ed Thompson 17:56; 91st - Joshua Welsh 18:06; 103rd - Liam O’Driscoll 18:18; 110th - Terry Bell 18:24; 147th - Nick Duffey 19:25. Team: Havering - 9th


Photos: Kevin White


Photos: Gary Howard

Main Marathon - Sunday, 21st April 2013  

Simon Hart was the first club athlete to finish in a superb 2:42.09 which took almost two minutes off his previous best & club veteran’s record – an impressive performance just a few days shy of his 49th birthday.

Another club veteran’s record to fall came from former GB international Debbie Appleton whose 2:48.38 was a minute faster than her run last year and placed her second in the W40 age group and 11th in the non-elite race. 

Newcomer  Joe Perry clocked a respectable  3:15.29 while next club athlete home was Megan Foley who made her marathon debut with a fine 3:24.41 – the third fastest ever by a club female. The Hornchurch 25 year old Megan is no stranger to London Marathon day, having won the London Boroughs Mini-Marathon U17 race in 2004 and finishing runner up in 2005, having also won the U15 event twice.

Also pounding the streets were Tony Collins who beat the four hour barrier with 3:57.53, Dave Evans who clocked  4:11.48 to improve his best by 12 minutes, Angie Thompson who was on pace for a sub 3:50 clocking before cramp slowed her to 4:26.58, and club coach Gary O'Neill who came home in 4:56.34.

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Debbie Appleton:  Last year Debbie was ninth in the non-elite women’s event and third in the W40 with 2:49.42 in her first marathon for seven years. Club Marathon holder Debbie said “I’ve been training for it as best I can but with a 2 year old and 6 year old it’s not always easy! I have been running for a long time now and really love it so come Sunday I will just enjoy the experience and atmosphere. I hope to run a similar time to last year.   
I’ll be raising money for a little boy called Georgie Nye.  Georgie is six years old and was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in December 2011. DMD is a life shortening condition that causes muscles to weaken and waste over time, leading to increasingly severe disability. Georgie's condition is progressive which means that his muscles will weaken and waste so that he will need to use a wheelchair at some point in the future. Georgie's family need to raise a massive 30k to adapt their family home so that it is suitable for Georgie and his changing needs.  If anyone would like to help me raise money for this worthwhile cause, I’d be grateful if you could text me on 07843 776 886 or email and the amount you would like to donate and I can add you to my sponsor form”.

Simon Hart: Simon is likely to be the first club athlete to cross the line with a best of 2:43.52 set in 2011, and last year he was 28th in the M45 category with 2:47.29. He has prepared with M45 wins in the Brentwood & Great Bentley Half Marathons.  Twitter @RunSi

Tony Collins in running in his first Marathon and has recently returned to running after a spell of illness and injury.  Rainham-based Tony is an athlete who has competed internationally for the GB team for athletes with learning disabilities and is the Learning Disabled Spokesperson Executive for Remploy Ltd. He is running for the charity Guide Dogs for the Blind and says “ I’d like to raise as much money as possible to help give a better life to so many blind people. I want to help with the up keep and training of these Great dogs. I’ve run Half Marathons for the GB Learning Disability Team, and I’m looking forward to the hard challenge of the full London Marathon”. Donate at:

Also competing:

Megan Foley: Former English Schools cross country international Megan is tackling the marathon for the first time and is raising money for the charity Bliss.  Megan says : “Bliss is a charity for babies born too early, too soon and too sick.  This is a charity dear to my heart - a very good friend's daughter Louisa died recently during pregnancy and her baby Jimmy was born too early. He passed away soon after.  This is for Louisa and baby Jimmy Boulahlib.” Donate here

Angela Thompson, from Upminster will be running in London for the second time and aiming to break four hours

Gary O’Neill, one of the club coaches, from Upminster, is running to raise money for Children with Cancer UK Donate here

Dave Evans (from Collier Row – also represents Havering 90) running his first London Marathon after his marathon debut last year (4:25).

Joe Perry – a new member