London Heathrow Games – Parliament Hill Fields, Hampstead - Saturday 22 November 2003
atrocious weather conditions, Havering’s young athletes performed
magnificently in the London Heathrow Youth Games cross-country event at
Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday.
the end of an afternoon during which it never stopped pouring with rain, the
girls’ team won the overall title against 33 other Boroughs whilst the boys’
finished runners-up. The success owed much to the fact that many Havering
Mayesbrook Athletic Club members were available to participate.
the girls’ 11/12 age group, Annie Dunn (a member of Chelmsford AC and
Coopers’ schoolgirl) ran a great race to take the individual silver medal with
Danielle Raymond (also Coopers) in 8th position. Francesca Clark and
Louisa Wood made up the four-to-score that took the team silver medal whilst
Hannah Denis and Ciara Gillespie both ran well on their debuts for the Borough.
boys’ 11/12 age group quartet of Matthew Bloy (individual silver), Stephen
McLachlan (5th), Grant Twist (6th) and Joe Webster (15th)
took the team gold medal in super style. They were backed-up by Jamie Harrington
(16th), Daniel Winters (19th), Simon Brown (27th),
Ben Warden (38th), and James Stewart (52nd).
girls’ 13/14 age group squad was far too strong for the opposition taking the
team gold medal in fine style. Katie Richardson was totally dominant to take the
individual gold medal with Lauren Clark taking the bronze. Clare Robinson also
achieved a top six placing to take a medal with Jade Edwards completing the
scoring quartet in 14th place. Other fine runs came from Hayley
Thomas, Alex Watkins, Georgina Clark, Rachel Newman, Lauren Newton and Charlotte
boys’ 13/14 age group race saw Matthew Watkins take a medal for 4th
place ably supported by Paul Adair, Bradley Tungatt and Liam Gildea.
the oldest age group for girls (15/16), Havering were again fully in control
with Sarah Luck (now able to compete for Havering due to school eligibility with
Campion) easily winning the gold medal. Alison Brown ran a terrific race to take
individual 4th place and there were also top six medals for Helen
Roche and Vicky Smith. The remainder of the squad - Charlotte Wood, Caroline
Smith, Laura Moore and Jennifer Szantai – also finished close on the heels of
older boys found the going tough but packed extremely well to gain valuable
Meech ran strongly for a top-20 placing followed closely by Aaron Churchouse.
Then came Paul Andrews, Michael Parperis and Christian Newton.
Having won the cricket competition some time ago, Saturday’s cross-country results sets Havering up nicely in the quest for overall London Heathrow Youth Games success next summer.
The senior men were once again far below full strength and not helped by the fact that Rob Dickenson and Chris Coates arrived 15 minutes after the start of the race but still completed the course even catching some of the tail-enders. The scoring team were 39 Rob Warner, 59 Matt Bland making a welcome comeback after a long lay-off through injury, 87 Neill Collins, 143 Tony Collins.