Essex Championships Days 2 & 3, 14th & 15th May 2011 Chelmsford

Havering Mayesbrook’s record-breaking season continued at this weekend’s Essex Championships as three more club best were broken.  Prolific Alex Law added the U15 80m hurdles mark to his earlier club long jump & pentathlon bests while Mercy Gutteridge further improved her week-old U15 pole vault record and Georgie Taylor again extended her hammer best in the same age group.

Alex Law’s new record was one of five golds and nine medals won in the hurdles events. His heat time of 11.30s erased Josh Olawore’s club best and beat the Championship best, and in the final Alex took gold in 11.49s into a headwind. Olawore may have lost one record but he took U17 sprint hurdles gold in a swift new championship best of 13.21s and would have added a club record but the following wind was over the allowable limit.  A third sprint hurdles gold went o Chloe van Wulven in the senior 100m hurdles event.  Two more victories came in the longer hurdles as George Hadler dipped below 60 secs for the first time to lift the U17 400m crown, while Flic Clarke defended her U20 title. Jack Edgar-Hill won silver in the U20 110m hurdles, as did Jake Nelson in the U20 400m hurdles and Claire Brennan in the senior equivalent. Jon Seekings set a new PB in winning bronze behind Nelson

Mercy Gutteridge’s first time clearance of 2.50m to win the U15 vault added 5 cms to her previous best and club record and also took her within reach of the U17 best. More jumps success came from Josh Olawore who added triple jump gold to his hurdles win, as did Alex Law in the U15 long jump – and Alex added high jump bronze also, Jake Nelson won gold in the U20 triple jump and bronze in the long jump and jumps silver medals were added by veteran Stuart Tufton in the senior vault, Anthony Williams, in the senior long jump and Beth Chambers with a season’s best U17 triple jump. Ellie Watson won long jump silver and triple jump bronze, in the U20 category.

The throws once again were also a happy hunting ground with  a dozen podium places. Rachel Forder and Georgie Taylor and continued their dominance of the U15 throws adding shot gold and silver to their earlier discus and javelin medals.  Georgie provided the third club record of the weekend when she added over two metres to her own club hammer best throwing 28.99m. Kike Oniwinde improved the championship best to win an expected U20 javelin gold, and Patrick Lear won gold in the U17 men’s competition. Emmanuel Quarshie won the U20 Men’s shot, with Laurence Goodacre third, and Goodacre added discus silver. Erin Baggs & Laura Drew made it a one-two in the U17 discus, Katherine Knight won U20 discus silver and Somma Power won senior shot bronze.

Lydia Hallam confirmed her status as the best Under 15 middle distance runner in Essex when she won the 3000m in a photo finish on Saturday, in what is thought to be the fastest time by a club U15, and she smashed her 800m best on Sunday for gold. It completed a hat-trick of wins as she had won 1500m gold at the first day of the Championships two weeks earlier.  Hoseah Gikungu dominated the U17 3000m for a new personal best best – to go fourth on the club all-time u17 list while evergreen Mat Bland maintained his 100% record as a veteran in these championships when he took the 1500m tile for the fifth  year running.

Danny Wilson blasted to victory in the U17 Men’s 400m, slicing over a second of his best to leap into the club all-time top 10 for the age group, but disappointingly only his gold and Shaun Stewart’s silver in the senior equivalent were the only sprint medals for club athletes.


Golds (21)

Silver: (12 )

Bronze (7 )

Veteran Men Mat Bland (1500m)    
Senior Men Adam McCarthy (400H) Shaun Stewart (400m); Stuart Tufton (PV); Anthony Williams (LJ)  
Senior Women Chloe van Wulven (100h); Harriet Scott (1500m) Claire Brennan (400H) Somma Power (SP)
Junior Men  Emmanuel Quarshie (SP); Jake Nelson (TJ) Jack Edgar-Hill (110H); Jake Nelson (400H); Laurence Goodacre (DT); Laurence Goodacre (SP); Massi Dendani (800m); Jon Seekings (400H); Jake Nelson (LJ)
Junior Women  Flic Clarke (400H); Kike Oniwinde (JT) Katherine Knight (DT); Ellie Watson (LJ) Ellie Watson (TJ)
Under 17 Men Josh Olawore (100h); Danny Wilson (400m); Hoseah Gikungu (3000m); George Hadler (400H); Patrick Lear (JT)    
Under 17 Women Erin Baggs (DT) Laura Drew (DT); Beth Chambers (TJ)  
Under 15 Boys Alex Law (80H & LJ)   Alex Law (HJ)
Under 15 girls Lydia Hallam (800 & 3000m); Mercy Gutteridge (PV); Rachel Forder (SP); Georgie Taylor (HT) Georgie Taylor (SP)  
Under 13 Boys      
Under 13 girls      


Link to full results to follow


Under 13s

75m - Heat: Lily-May Hill 13.18s

800m - Heat: Amy Baggs 2:49.40s ; Lily-May Hill 3:14.98s PB

Under 15s

100m  Heat: Emma Whitby 14.19s

800m -  1st - Lydia Hallam 2:18.16s PB (Heat: 2:28.1s); 5th - Sarah Wilson 2:27.75s PB (Heat: 2:30.6s); Heat: Heidi Surman -Wells 2:27.59s

3000m -  1st - Lydia Hallam  10:33.93s PB (?Club best?)

75m Hurdles -  6th - Heidi Surman Wells 12.92s (Heat: 12.65s PB)

Pole Vault 1st - Mercy Gutteridge 2.50m PB & Club record

Shot 1st - Rachel Forder 9.98m PB; 2nd - Georgie Taylor  - 9.79m PB

Hammer 1st - Georgie Taylor 28.99m PB & Club record

Under 17s

Discus - 1st - Erin Baggs 25.64m; 2nd - Laura Drew - 24.93m

Long Jump  4th - Bethany Chambers 4.70m

Triple Jump  2nd - Bethany Chambers 10.53w (9.94m legal)

Junior Women / U20s

400m Hurdles -  1st - Felicity Clarke 65.57s

Long Jump -  2nd - Ellie Watson 4.33w

Triple Jump -  3rd - Ellie Watson  9.63m PB AT 15th

Discus -  2nd - Katherine Knight 27.76m

Javelin -  1st - Kike Oniwinde 46.43m CBP

Senior Women

1500m 1st Harriet Scott 4:29.21s; 5th - Ingrid Deane 5:01.34s

100m Hurdles -  1st - Chloe van Wulven 14.92s;

400m Hurdles -  2nd -Claire Brennan 68.49s

Long Jump -  6th - Hannah Connor 4.47m

Pole Vault -  ?4th-  Leanne Butler 2.50m; Kate Cowley NHC

Shot -  3rd -Somma Power 11.56m

Link to full results to follow


Under 13s

800m -  Heat: Ryan Green 2:37.5s

Under 15s

100m  7th Alex Hewitt 13.20s (Heat: 13.09s)

80m Hurdles -  1st - Alex Law 11.49s (Heat: 11.30s - PB & Club record);  Heat: Thomas Pitkin 13.93s

800m  Heats:  Ed Thompson 2:22.43s; Thomas Pitkin 2:28.54s PB;

Long Jump 1st -Alex Law 5.94m; 12th - Lewis Middleton 3.90m

High Jump -  3rd - Alex Law 1.65m

Under 17s

100m - Heats:  Ashley Purnell  12.29s; Oliver Garwandoe 13.24s

400m -  1st- Danny Wilson 50.92s PB AT 6th

100m Hurdles - 1st- Josh Olawore  13.21w PB (Heat: 13.54s =PB) ; 4th - George Hadler 13.75w PB (Heat: 14.11s); 7th - Karl Tucker 14.37w PB (Heat: 14.94 PB)

400m Hurdles - 1st- George Hadler 59.59s PB AT 8th

800m    Heat: Nick Duffey 2:22.46s

3000m  1st-  Hoseah Gikungu PB; AT 4th

High Jump 9th - Harry Phillips 1.60m; 11th - Oliver Garwandoe 1.60m

Long Jump 6th - Ashley Purnell 5.74m;   Oliver Garwandoe 5.17m

Triple Jump 1st-  Josh Olawore 13.64m

Javelin  1st-  Patrick Lear 45.61m

Junior Men/u20

800m 3rd - Massi Dendani 1:57.95s PB

110m Hurdles  2nd - Jack Edgar-Hill 15.11s

400m Hurdles -  2nd - Jake Nelson 68.65s; 3rd - Jonathan Seekings 70.22s PB

Discus  -  2nd  Laurence Goodacre 39.08m

Shot - 1st- Emmanuel Quarshie 14.35m.; 3rd - Laurence Goodacre 13.36m

Long Jump 3rd - Jake Nelson 5.34m

Triple Jump 1st Jake Nelson 11.77m

Senior Men

100m Heat:Daniel Margiotta 11.97s

400m 2nd - Shaun Stewart 51.37s

400m Hurdles -  1st - Adam McCarthy 56.76s AT 15th

High Jump - Jeremy Watson NHC

Long Jump - 2nd - Anthony Williams 6.35m

Pole Vault - 2nd - Stuart Tufton (V60) 3.00m

Veteran Men

1500m - 1st - Mat Bland 4:19.82s


Link to full results to follow


Photo: Dave Baggs

Photos below: Gary Howard