British Athletics League Promotion Qualifier Abingdon 13th September 2003  

(Photos: Fred Gamester)

Havering Mayesbrook failed in their attempt to regain the British Athletics League spot they lost two weeks ago, in a sun drenched finale to the season at Abingdon on Saturday. Despite seven victories on the day they didnt accumulate enough points to overcome some tough opposition.

Mark Bishop was at his bullish best, competing to great effect in six events. He won the A pole vault with a mighty 4.10, hurled the javelin just short of 52 metres for second place. He still found the energy to run the 110m high hurdles, leap 6.45m in the long jump as well as throw the shot and discus - a performance typical of his efforts for the Club over the years.

Another immense performance on the day was put in by Matt Russell, beaten in to 2nd place in the 100m by the thickness of a vest; he recorded his best time for 4 years with 10.7 secs, the same as the winner. An hour later he ran his first ever Senior 400m, running superbly to get 2nd place in a remarkable 49.6 seconds. Only 40 minutes later he stormed to victory in the 200m with a time of 22 seconds, he then rounded the day off by running a leg in both relays.  

Whilst Mark and Matt were the busiest athletes on the day, the others were more than bit part players. Des English was victorious in the 800m but was squeezed in to 2nd in the 1500m. Hammer throwers Kevin Deacon and Danny Gamester dominated the event recording A & B victories. Sam Harrison was close to his recent pb when winning the B javelin, pole vaulter Kevin Tufton, despite being under the weather still managed victory in the B event.  

Despite slipping out the National League theres plenty of  good young athletes in the pipe line. Sprinters Simon Parker and Jonathon Buckler worked hard and accumulated plenty of points. High Jumpers Steve Prady and Scott Keating both performed well on the day.

The whole team gave it their all to overcome the absence of a number of injured athletes, most notable absentee being multi-eventer Leo Barker, who pulled a hamstring just a few days prior to the match.

Next season will see the team return to Division One of the Southern League, for the first time since 1996. But the promise is to overcome this setback and return to National League athletics for 2005!!



Match result

Pos. Team


1 Derby 346.5
2 Herne Hill Harriers 344
3 Southend 318
4 Havering Mayesbrook 315
5 Pitreavie 283.5
6 Halesowen 282
7 Ashford 218

A STRINGS Pos. Time/Dist   B STRINGS Pos. Time/Dist
100 Matt Russell 2 10.7   100 Simon Parker 5 11.7
200 Matt Russell 1 22.0   200 Simon Parker 6 23.8
400 Matt Russell 2 49.6   400 Jonathan Buckler 6 54.1
800 Des English 1 1:54.2   800 Rob Dickenson 4 2:01.6
1500 Des English 2 3:55.9   1500 Rob Dickenson 4 4:18.9
5000 Ryan Prout 5 16:06.9   5000 Trevor Keys 3 17:03.3
3000 s/c Rob Warner 7 10:14.5   3000 s/c Graham Pritchard 7 11:20
110H Mark Bishop 4 16.2 110H Steve Kearns 5 18.1
400H Steve Kearns 7 63.7 400H Rob Warner 6 69.1
L.J. Mark Bishop 4 6.45 L.J. Jonathan Buckler 7 5.51
H.J. Steve Prady 4 1.90 H.J. Scott Keating 4 1.80
T.J. Dave Leonard 6 11.99 T.J. Jonathan Buckler 5 11.66
P.V. Mark Bishop 1 4.10 P.V. Kevin Tufton 1 3.60
S.P. Brett Heath 4 11.88 S.P. Mark Bishop 4 10.95
D.T. Brett Heath 3 39.01 D.T. Mark Bishop 3 33.99
J.T. Mark Bishop 2 51.94 J.T Sam Harrison 1 51.73
H.T. Kevin Deacon 1 44.85   H.T.  Danny Gamester 1 44.30
4x100 Matt Russell; Simon Parker, Steve Prady, Jon Buckler 6 45.8
4x400 Jon Buckler, Simon Parker, Matt Russell, Des English 3 3:29.8