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HAVERING MAYESBROOK S Alex Law captured his fourth title after competing in days two and three at the Essex Championships in Chelmsford last weekend. Law added the 100m hurdles to his earlier hurdles, discus and 200m golds, while Freddy Keefe ran another

HAVERING MAYESBROOK'S Alex Law captured his fourth title after competing in days two and three at the Essex Championships in Chelmsford last weekend.

Law added the 100m hurdles to his earlier hurdles, discus and 200m golds, while Freddy Keefe ran another new best as he added the 800m crown to his 1,500m title, clocking the fifth fastest ever by a club under-13.

Veterans Mat Bland and Mark Bishop both struck gold in the oldest category. Bland shrugged off an early challenge to defend his veterans' 1,500m title, while Bishop showed a glimpse of his old form, as he powered to 400m victory.

The senior women were in superb form with four golds, four silvers and two bronze, with Lucy Sargent and Harriet Scott both capturing two medals each.


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Sargent excelled in Sunday's 200m final to win in her fastest time for two years, while Scott also bounced back from Saturday's 1,500m silver to dominate Sunday's 800m to show she has now recovered well from injury.

There was a clean sweep in the pole vault as the trio of Karen Baldwin, Danielle Ross and Leanne Blaney all finished in the top three.

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Mel Harrison won her first county title for a few years in the discus and took shot bronze, while silver service was provided by Claire Brennan (100m hurdles), Laura Bealey (400m hurdles) and Emma Christmas (javelin).

Jack Edgar-Hill won both under-17 mens' hurdles events in PB times and Brad Burr (javelin) and Laurence Goodacre (shot putt) also won titles in this age group, as Jon Seekings added a 400m hurdles silver.

The under-20 men added half a dozen medals, two of each colour.

Adam McCarthy was a fine winner of the 400m hurdles and Joe Ramie's triple jump PB went gold to add to his long jump silver.

Georgie Bean was runner-up in the javelin and Andy Lewis dipped under 50 seconds for the first time to win 400m bronze, as Emmanuel Quarshie's shot PB brought him bronze.

Nicola Hill won Saturday's under-20 sprint hurdles and on Sunday she trimmed a second off her 400m hurdles best with 1.1.32 but had to settle for silver.

Angela James won the javelin and high jump bronze, while silver and bronze went to Lauren Edgar-Hill (100m hurdles) and Amy Cox (hammer).

Ellie Bounds dominated the under-17 women's 800m final just as she had the 1,500m the week before, and her winning time of 2.14.69 was over three seconds faster than her previous best.

Katherine Knight had the better of Sophie Baggs as they won discus silver and bronze, while Holly Thomas produced another great result to win 80m hurdles bronze.

Henrietta Adewole was the only club medallist for the under-15 girls with a winning shot PB, and Ashley Purnell's long jump silver was the under-15 boys' only podium place.

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