National Young Athletes’ League, Southern Premier Division East

Lee Valley 8th May 2011

Final result


Enfield & Haringey


Croydon Harriers


Havering Mayesbrook



There were two club records as the National Young Athletes League squad were outgunned by powerful opposition in  the first Premier Division match of the season at blustery Lee Valley on Sunday.

Georgie Taylor’s massive winning discus throw of 35.99m added almost two metres to her previous best and erased one of the oldest club records on the book, set by Janis Wilderspin back in 1977 – it’s the second furthest throw nationally in the U15 age group this summer. Georgie also added third place points in the javelin and hammer. Her throwing partner Rachel Forder added a new PB in finishing second in the discus and added another PB in the shot, placing second.


Mercy Gutteridge also improved a club record by a margin, but in this case it was her own club U15 pole vault best, set last summer. She added 15 cms – six inches to her previous height clearing 2.45m to win the competition.


The jumping events also produced other successes. Beth Chambers won both long & triple jumps for the U17 women, while Megan Poultney improved her previous best in winning the U15 high jump. In the boys’ events Oliver Garwandoe vaulted higher than before to finish second in the U17 men’s pole vault, and Josh Olawore and Pedro Malungo made it a one-two in the U17 triple jump.  Josh also added full points in  the 100m hurdles with George Hadler second, and George also took the honours in the 400m hurdles. Another hurdles victory came from Alex Law in the U15 boys’ spr8int hurdles and the multi-talented youngster also added full points with victories in the shot and long jump, leaping further than before but with wind assistance to complete his hat-trick.


The middle distances produced  a fine crop of good  results. Lydia Hallam led all the way for victory in the U15 girls’ 800m and Heidi Surman-Wells was on her heels in second place.  Sarah Wilson added another U15 win in the 1500m and good points came from the U17s as Becky Stanley won the 800m, Avril Loynes the 3000m and Isabella Woods was second in the 1500m.  Amy Baggs finished strongly to claim second in the U13 1200m. For the boys Hoseah Gikungu kicked clear at midway for an emphatic U17 3000m victory and was second in the 1500m., while Josh Conners was second in the steeplechase and Adam Hill runner up in the U15 1500m.  There was a fine double for Benjamin Ellis who won the U13 800m and returned to win the 200m in style.


Sprint points were hard to come by against powerful Enfield and Croydon squads but Modupe Skunbi’s 75m personal best saw off the best of the U13 girls’ opposition and she was also runner up in the 150m and high jump.  The U13 girls quartet of Modupe, Annie Maguire, Sophia Sharpe and Tolu Akingbade were also second.


Tyler Bennett smashed his personal best in finishing second in the U17 men’s 400m and he combined with Dale Marks-Swain, George Hadler and Dan Wilson for second in a thrilling 4x400m relay. The versatile Wilson had earlier improved his discus best for victory and Patrick Lear was another U17 to win his event, taking the javelin in a new personal best, while John Nelson won the U13 shot. . More good throws points came from Deborah Knight who won the U17 javelin and was second in the shot, Laura Drew who was second in the U17 discus and Ed Thompson who was second in the U15 hammer.


After trailing Croydon by almost 40 points with 15 events to go, strong scoring in the closing stages saw the Havering club close the gap to just six points but it was not enough to overhaul second placed Croydon.

Round 2 sees the squad travel to Woodford in 22nd May to face the hosts and Norwich.

Link to HMAC Results (PDF)