Havering Mayesbrook AC enjoy success at both senior and junior level

Southern and National Junior Athletes League squads taste success at the weekend.

Havering Mayesbrook AC’s Southern League team made it two wins out of two matches as they beat the hosts Swindon by 10 points on Saturday despite a number of late withdrawals.

The ladies squad dominated their competition with 11 A string victories and seven B string wins plus first places in both relays.

Kate Cowley showed her class by winning five events and setting a new club triple jump record of 11.94 metres into a breeze to add 11 centimetres to the five-year-old club best. In addition to her triple jump victory she added wins in the pole vault, high jump, 200 metres and B javelin.

Claire Brennan added a quartet of wins in both hurdles and B shot and 200m, plus runners up points in the B vault while Ellie Watson took both B string high and long jumps and was second in the triple jump. Becky Stanley won a fine double in the 800m & 1500m and Ingrid Deane and Gemma Phillips scooped maximum points in the 3000m.

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Lauren Clark was also successful in the discus and Kike Oniwinde in the javelin, whilst Nina Brennan won the B discus and was second in the shot.

The men faced stiffer opposition but seven wins in both A & B strings were enough to seal victory.

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Former international decathlete Leo Barker completed a trio of wins in the 400m, shot put and discus.

Another hat-trick of wins came from Shaun Stewart in the 200m, B 400m and long jump while stalwart Arron Bonning notched up B string victories in the hurdles, triple jump and pole vault, plus points in javelin and hammer.

Jamie Buckley-Stanton and Simon Richards doubled up to take A & B 800m wins and in the field veteran Stuart Tufton cleared a season’s best for victory and Jake Nelson won the B high jump.

Meanwhile their National Young Athletes League squad bounced back from defeat in their opening fixture to edge a narrow victory against their Woodford Green hosts on Sunday.

The under-17 men turned in a powerhouse performance notching up no fewer than seven individual wins plus the relay, backed up by eleven second place, with the under-15s boys and girls picked up nine victories between them.

The under-13 girls won four individual events along with the relay and also four second places, whilst Ben Ellis was a star performer for the under-13 boys, winning the 800m in a new personal best before smashing his 200m best for second to leap into the club’s all-time top 10.

Alex Law’s hurdles and long jump double helped the under-15 boys to three individual successes, whilst the under-17s women still performed admirably despite several absentees through exams.

Deborah Knight provided a welcome victory with a new personal best in the shot, whilst Lindsay McLachlan won the 3000m.

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