Athletics: Havering AC duo Jess Mitchell and Faye Fullerton impress at Home Countries International

PUBLISHED: 08:30 28 March 2017

Jess Mitchell of Havering AC at the Home Countries International

Jess Mitchell of Havering AC at the Home Countries International


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The cross-country season ended on a high for Havering AC as Jess Mitchell and Faye Fullerton both topped their international performances with medals as the Home Countries International took place at Port Talbot’s Margam Park.

It was an interesting contrast as the 15-year-old Mitchell earned her first international vest, while for Fullerton it was another welcome addition to her tally of England & Great Britain honours.

With conditions bright but breezy, the going was good, but the grassy course around the attractive 850 -acre estate also contained some testing hills.

Mitchell came home in tenth for the England team against Scotland, Ireland and the hosts Wales on her international debut in the intermediate girls event.

The teenager also had the bonus of earning a gold medal as part of the winning England Schools team, who closed all six of their scorers inside the top 10 to dominate the proceedings.

Fullerton was delighted to win an individual bronze behind seasoned international sisters Juliet and Jane Potter, and not surprisingly the England senior women’s squad also walked away with the team title to add a team gold.

“I’ve struggled with my back for a long time now, but I’m hoping I’ve turned a corner,” said Fullerton.

“I lumbered up the horrid hills, but made up ground on the flat bits. Even the commentator announced I was finding it hard, it was that apparent!”

• Eight club youngsters ended their cross country season with good performances representing Essex Schools in the South East Schools Year Seven and Eight Inter-Counties in Reigate.

Matthew Blacklock had a superb result with his third place in the Year Seven event, with Billy Titley 75th, while Natalie Sewell also starred in the girls’ Year Seven equivalent in 6th, with Chloe Rand 33rd.

In the Year Eight competitions, Alex Ford was a good 22nd, Sam Bradley 57th and Lenny Houston 74th, and Alice Brown was 42nd in the girls’ Year Eight race.

• Paige Robinson ended her indoor season in style as she bettered the club under-13 girls 60m record at the Lee Valley Indoor Open on Sunday.

Her heat-winning 8.72s not only improved her career best, but also bettered Bella Smith’s year-old club best.

For good measure, Robinson improved her 60m hurdles personal best to 10.59s.

Elize Bonning improved her under-15 60m hurdles best to 9.60s at the same meeting and Olivia Boachie set new marks of 9.08s and 30.42s in the under-13 60m and 200m.

• Zoe Hughes started her outdoor season in the way she finished her indoor campaign with another club record in Florida on Saturday.

The Harvard University freshman’s 13.90s clocking for 100m hurdles at a meeting at the University of Miami carved over half a second off her previous club under-20 record for the event and took her within reach of Kate Cowley’s senior mark of 13.70s.

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