Havering men bank British Athletics League win
PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 June 2017
Women’s squad face battle for survival in UK League
Havering men’s British Athletic League squad bounced back from their disappointing first round result to score a superb runaway victory in their National Three Division match at Chelmsford last weekend.
The squad were boosted by the return of Joseph Ramie who won the long jump in a new career best and added runners-up spots in the 200m and triple jump and a 100m personal best for fourth.
His 200m partner Lewis Bailey won the B race in a season’s best and fellow long jumper Shandell Taylor won the B string in a new best which also bagged him a spot as a qualifier in the National English Schools’ event.
The pair were joined by John Adekoya, who scored high jump points, in the sprint relay team which Ramie anchored to second place.
Tom Pitkin repeated his first-round victory in the 400m, while Karl Tucker pulled off a surprise 110m hurdles win in a new career best and Jason Lendon took the B steeplechase honours to add to the track events victory roll.
Rob Warner’s season’s best earned an A string steeplechase runners-up placing and more track second spots went to Nathan Steele and Finn Hutton in the 100m and B 800m respectively.
Laurence Goodacre opened his summer season after injury with a welcome shot put win and Emmanuel Quarshie made it a double in taking top spot in the B event.
Duane Jibunoh added another field win in the discus with Graham Holder second in the B string as further field points were earned by vaulters Luke Williams and Arron Bonning, who were fourth and third respectively in the A and B events, as Sam Harrison took fourth in the javelin.
Meanwhile, there was a battling fifth-place finish for the UK Women’s League team, but that leaves them with it all to do to avoid losing their long-held Division Two status.
The team currently sit in seventh, two points adrift of safety, with the final of the three fixtures at Leigh Sports Village next month.
Lauren Deadman’s winning 3,000m and 1,500m double provided the track highlights, but she was pushed all the way in the shorter race, only making sure of victory with her finishing kick.
The meeting got off to a good start for Havering when Nicola Hill improved her 10-year-old career best for long jump victory and Katy Sealy won the B string.
Both athletes had busy afternoons as Hill added points in both sprints and ran in both relay squads, while Belize international heptathlete Sealy was runner-up in the shot put and fourth in the javelin.
Elysha Thatcher-Gray won the B shot put for her first league success, while the hurdles added further track points as Chloe Williams took third in the sprint event in her first competitive race since her short maternity break and Flic Clarke was close to her career best in earning a B string runners-up place, with Claire Brennan fourth in the B 400m hurdles.
Faye Fullerton was fourth in the 800m, while seasoned campaigner Nina Brennan added to the tally in the 400m, hammer and discus, and teenagers Emily James and Georgia Phillips claimed important points on their league debuts in the steeplechase and 800m respectively.
Team manager Tony Benton said: “It was a great team result which gives us a lifeline to take into the final match at Leigh Sports Village, Lancashire next month.
“Last summer we pulled off a great escape with a third-place finish in the last match and we have to hope for the same again this year to overhaul one of the teams ahead of us.”