British League high for Havering men
PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 June 2015
Squad impress with second-place finish
Havering’s men turned in a superb performance to place second in their second British League fixture of the season at Reading on Saturday.
A brilliant series of results in the field events produced nine victories and a new club record as Laurence Goodacre’s winning shot put of 15.82m was not only a new personal best by almost half a metre but also erased Scott Hayes’ 24-year-old club mark, set a year before Laurence was born!
Goodacre was also runner-up in the discus and fourth in the hammer, while Georgie Bean’s winning javelin throw of 57.16m was the sixth best ever by a club athlete and improved his best set seven years ago.
Coach Sam Harrison won the B javelin, with Duane Jibunoh winning the discus, and US-based Jimi Tele marked his return to England and club colours with triple jump victory.
John Adekoya made it a double by winning the B string, while Josh Olawore was close to his best in winning the long jump, as Alex Law took maximum points in the B string.
Bradley Armorgie’s high jump victory and pole vault third places from Luke Williams and veteran Stuart Tufton ensured Havering had a field day, but there were a series of good performances on the track too.
Timi Kuye marked his British League debut with a win in the B 200m after placing third in the B 100m, as Lewis Bailey dipped below 11 seconds for the first time in the A string.
Jason Lendon again won the B string steeplechase, while Rob Warner was third in the A string and also fourth in the 5,000m as Alfie Waithaka was a fine third on his track debut in the B race
Paul Grange improved his best in both 400m, placing third, and the 800m, and George Hadler was runner-up in the sprint hurdles in a new best and third in the 400m hurdles, with Karl Tucker third in the B sprint hurdles.
Further track points from Billy Rungay (400m, 800m), and the 1,500m pairing of Matt Bland and Jamie Buckley-Stanton all helped Havering into second place at the halfway stage of the four-match campaign, with all still to play for.
Havering’s women managed to hold on to fourth place in the UK League table after a hard-fought sixth place at a typically breezy Bedford on Saturday.
Faye Fullerton showed she is returning to good form with victories in the 1,500m and 3,000m in her first appearance in the league since 2011.
Fullerton led from start to finish in both races, lapping half the 3,000m field and also lapping the back marker in the metric mile.
Vicky Smith gave her usual strong support with third places in both B strings, as well as running the 400m and 4x400m relay.
A strong finish brought Michelle Hughes victory in the 400m hurdles against a faster opponent and she also shared winning points in the B string high jump, as Bethan Siddons won the A string and was close to her best in placing third in the triple jump.
Siddons added more points with fourth in the long jump, while Louise Lockwood and Emma Christmas were a class apart in the javelin, finishing first and second for maximum points in a wind-affected competition.
Lockwood also improved her shot best, while Bella Woods ran well to place second in the B 800m and was fourth in the steeplechase, before returning to the track straight away to run a 4x400m relay leg.
Claire Brennan was fourth in the B 400m hurdles and a surprise third in the B discus, while Zoe Young’s fourth-placed long jump effort was her longest since 2009 and she added points in both sprints and the relay.
Further track points were added by Lucy Bailey in the 100m, 100m hurdles and relay, while and Heidi Surman-Wells tackled the 400m and 800m, made her 100m hurdles debut and ran both relays.
Field points came from Nina Brennan (discus, hammer) and the returning Hannah Connor (hammer, pole vault) as all the squad showed tremendous team spirit for the club cause.
Crawley and Harrow look to be heading for the promotion spots, while Reading seem favourites to be relegated, but the third and final fixture in Glasgow on August 9 will decide who joins them, with Havering not out of the relegation battle despite their current fourth place.
Lauren Deadman’s fine season was recognised when she received a call-up for Great Britain duty this week.
Deadman’s 3,000m personal best of nine minutes 4.56secs at Watford last Wednesday, a seven second improvement on her previous best and the second fastest ever by a Havering club athlete, caught the eye of selectors and she has been added to the GB line-up to compete in the European Team Championships in Cheboksary, Russia next weekend (June 20-21).
After numerous cross-country international vests this is the first time Deadman has been honoured by the national squad on the track, a fine achievement for the 31-year-old PE teacher.