Havering youngsters show fine Essex form
PUBLISHED: 11:00 31 July 2015
Quartet help county teams onto podium
Havering youngsters performed superbly for Essex at the Under-13 Southern Inter Counties meeting at Kingston.
Robyn Moody improved her discus best by a metre and a half to win with a throw of 29.46m, the second longest in Britain this year.
Only Georgie Taylor is ahead of Moody in the club’s all-time list and the youngster also threw past nine metres for the first time in the shot, finishing third with 9.15, which also ranks her third at the club.
Adelaide Thatcher-Gray broke the club’s javelin record with a throw of 27.56, smashing her best by over three metres and adding a metre to Debbie Knight’s eight-year old record as she finished third.
County debutant Alice Brown was third in the B discus with 21.97 and has another year in the under-13 age group.
Peter Brinton-Quinn was another Havering youngster to flourish, with a javelin throw of 33.09 close to his best and good enough for fourth, as he also set a new best of 19.98 in the discus for sixth place.
The Essex boys came out on top at the end of the meeting, but the girls were edged out by hosts Surrey by a single point.
*Havering’s Paul Grange made a big impression at the British Masters Championships in Birmingham.
Grange maintained his excellent form to win the M35 800m title in a new career best of 1.56.11, while Jason Lendon took the honours in the M40 steeplechase in 10.91.71.
Ex-Lithuanian international Gintalas Varanauskas, a new club recruit, won Havering’s third gold of the day in the M40 high jump with a clearance of 1.95m, while Tina Quinlivan picked up silver in the W35 pole vault after equalling her personal best and club record of 2.80.
*Havering’s Youth Development League squad saw their season end as a damp squib, after their final fixutre at Walthamstow was cancelled due to the wet weather.
The youngsters had arrived at the track still hoping to clinch promotion, being level on points with Division One North East leaders Chelmsford.
But torrential rain just before the start of the action, with more forecast, led to officials calling off the meeting on safety grounds after consultation with managers.
*Havering took a group of 15 under-15 and under-17 athletes and three coaches to the Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium.
The club had received several Jack Petchey Foundation awards over the course of the year, each bringing £200 into the coffers.
And committee members agreed that athletes who had competed in at least two of the Eastern Young or Youth Development League fixtures would be eligible.
Names were drawn out of a hat and the lucky winners were Millie Hodges, Charlotte Fransham, Jack Rice, Chloe Morter, Elliott Addison, Aaron Freshwater, Finn Hutton, Max Law, Isabella Purdie, Kate O’Neill, Rosie Brown, Tobi Idowu, Sophie Taylor, Richard Peel and Tilly Metz-White.
Coaches John Duncan, Claire Richards and Ruth O’Sullivan were supervisors of the group and praised the youngsters for their behaviour.
*Former club president Charlie Mustoo passed away earlier this month, aged 91.
A former coach, chairman and president, Mustoo was a life vice-president and his funeral took place last Tuesday.
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