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Fabulous Fullerton storms to the title

PUBLISHED: 16:21 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:09 02 July 2010

BACK ON THE TRACK . . . Faye Fullerton.

BACK ON THE TRACK . . . Faye Fullerton.

FAYE Fullerton took a break from cross country action to return to track racing and took 13 seconds off the championship best in winning the 1500m title at Sunday s South of England Indoor Championships at Lee Valley. The Havering Mayesbrook star s winni

FAYE Fullerton took a break from cross country action to return to track racing and took 13 seconds off the championship best in winning the 1500m title at Sunday's South of England Indoor Championships at Lee Valley.

The Havering Mayesbrook star's winning time of 4.22.27 was the second fastest in UK so far this winter and she won by a massive 20-second margin.

Fullerton is also aiming to race the same distance at the UK Indoor Championships on February 9-10.

Another 1500m medal came by virtue of Rebecca O'Neill's under-15 girls' silver in 5.14, while Bethan Siddons won high jump bronze with 1.55m in her first competition as an under-20.

There were final places for 60m hurdlers Anthony Williams, who was fourth in the under-20 men's event in 8.74secs, new member Jack Edgar-Hill, who came fifth in the under-17s after setting a PB of 8.69 in the heat, and Claire Brennan who was the fifth fastest senior woman in 9.54.

Jimi Tele was also fifth in the under-15 boys' 60m sprint, with a new best of 7.54 and Gabriel Makinwa's triple jump PB of 12.32m also earned him fifth.

Also in heat action were Nicola Hill, who ran an under-20 60m hurdles PB of 9.54, Nicola Peachey who lowered her PB to 10.41 in the under-15 event, Jordan Brown, who ran 24.7 in the under-17 men's 200m, and Esther Tele, who sprinted 8.35 for the under-17 women's 60m.

Elsewhere, Georgie Sales claimed gold and there were silvers for Eleanor Bounds and Grant Twist, and a bronze for Sidnie Sales at Saturday's Essex Schools Cross Country Championships at Basildon.

Sales' gold came after a convincing victory in the senior girls' event, while in the senior boys' equivalent, Twist's fine form continued as he bagged silver, with Rob Jones in ninth and Michael Donovan 11th.

Bounds' silver came in the junior girls' race where she was beaten by Thurrock's impressive Jessica Judd. Good support was provided by Rachel Sadler in seventh, Becky Stanley (ninth) Amanda Blaxland (10th) and Shannon Sullivan in 17th.

Sidnie Sales added to the family medal tally with an inter girls' bronze, with Jennifer Holland 16th, but an unwell Gemma Phillips dropped out.

In the inter boys' race, the Shanney twins were sixth and 10th, while Jamie Buckley-Stanton was 16th and John Whitehead 20th.

Meanwhile, Havering Mayesbrook's senior men's team nearly pulled off a smash and grab raid on the medals at the Essex Cross Country Relays at Hadleigh.

Peter Coates led the A team off with a good sixth place in 17.05, before Rob Warner took over the challenge and produced another dazzling run to pull the team up to second with the squad's fastest time of the day - 16.27.

Chris Coates (17.59) covered the middle leg and did well to hold off several top athletes to come in fourth, handing over to Matt Bland whose strong run of 17.13 brought the team up to third.

Rob Dickenson (17.45) fought hard with top county athletes on his tail to hold his place but although he nearly caught the second place runner, was overtaken near the end and came home in a brave fourth place.

The B team meanwhile was filled with experienced athletes, many of whom were returning from injury, and they got off to a solid start with vet Paul Berrett (17.50).

He handed over to Trevor Keys, who ran the fastest B team time of 17.48 before passing the baton to Gavin Maley (18.59), who also ran well.

Martin Chester ran an 18.41 fourth leg before Jason Lendon, in his first cross country of the season, showed what the team had missed with another good run of 18.01.

The C team of Graham Hogan (19.01 and 19.21), Tony Collins (21.07), Russ Middleton (19.06), and Neill Collins (18.59) all acquitted themselves well and helped to produce the highest club turnout for the event for many years.

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