National Youth Development League, Division 1B, Stevenage 27 May 2018

Match Result


Team Name



Havering AC



Basildon Beagles



Stevenage & North Herts AC






Tonbridge AC



 Croydon Harriers



Havering's Under 17 and Under 20 squad pulled together to see off the combined Basildon and Newham team at a sunny Stevenage on Sunday. With may athletes missing due to exams and holidays the squad was far from full strength but with other clubs similarly affected it came down to a two way contest between the two Essex squads.

The Under 17 Men were only missing a few regulars and recorded nine victories. Reece Harriott won the 400m in a photofinish to set new career best to jump into the club all time top 10 and added 200m and high jump points. Louis Berrett and Luke Chester took full points in the 'chase and Henry Lay added B 3000m victory, while Somto Okpalauko was close to his best in finishing B 400m runner up. The field events produced a rich crop of points as Kimathi Christie's PB won the triple jump and he added a 200m PB and high jump points. Aaron Freshwater won the triple jump and hammer B events. Peter Brinton-Quinn won the B javelin, was second in the vault and third in the discus, with Reece Debenham winning the B vault. Charlie Savill added B shot second and javelin third, and Oliver Ray was second in the B high jump and smashed his best for 800m third and Tobi Idowu added long jump third.. Southend's Tom Milton, competing under second claim rules, was runner up in both the hammer & discus (PB) and third in the shot. Kimathi, Somto, Oliver & Reece Harriott combined to place second in the 4x 400m relay. Calum Paget (800m PB) completed the line up.

The Under 17 Women claimed six wins. Alex Adeniji won the shot and B discus and was B hammer runner up . Rosie Brown's discus PB took the honours and Adelaide Thatcher-Gray was second in the javelin. On the track Poppy Ellis won the 300m and was third in the 200m and Molly Sweetman's strong finish brought her 800m victory. Jade Kavanagh won the long jump and set season's bests in the Under 20 prints for second (100m) and third (200m), Esther Agnimel's PB placed third in the 100m and she was also third in the  long jump. There were more third places for Charlie Wright (800m B) Grace Griffiths high jump and B hurdles, and Ayesha Anderson (B long hump). Both relay teams were third as Charlie, Esther Ayesha and Jade in the sprint relay, and the quartet of Rosie, Robyn Moody - who won the Under 20 discus - Charlie and Hannah Panchal placed third in the 4x300m relay. Grace Newson added hurdles points for the cause.

Matthew Agnimel scored well for the short-handed Under 20 Men with the only A string victory in winning the triple jump in a new PB, placing third in the 100m and long jump and adding 400m points. Sam Atkins won the 1500m in a new PB and was second in the 'chase as Elliot Cordery was second in the A 1500m on his club debut. Lewis Debenham (400m), Tom Keevil (800m), James Stewart (300m) and Kieran Riddell (400m hurdles) were all track runners up.

Only six Under 20 Women were available but all scored well, backed up by Under 17s competing in this age group. Philippa Gill won the A shot and was second in the hammer & javelin, and Elysha Thatcher-Gray added two B string victories in shot & javelin. Kate O'Neill's 3000m PB brought victory, Sophie Rand's 800m PB took second, with Catherine Barker taking full points in the B string, and Tomiwa Sanwo earning two third places in the 100m & 200m. Kate, Sophie, Catherine and Under 17 Molly Sweetman combined for third place in the 4x 400m relay..

At the half-way stage of the four fixture programme Havering and Basildon Beagles are neck and neck in the battle for the promotion place to the Southern Premier Division.

Club results

League Table - after 2 of 4

Posn Team Name Total M Total L
1 Havering AC 1207.0 11.0
2 Basildon Beagles 1194.5 11.0
3 Tonbridge AC 939.7 6.0
4 Team ATIP 931.5 6.0
5 Stevenage & North Herts AC 841.2 5.0
6 Croydon Harriers 864.0 3.0

Pic - Tracy O'Neill