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Van Wulven shines in Southern League

PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 June 2015

Havering's Heidi Surman-Wells passes the baton to Chloe van Wulven during the relay (pic: Ian Law)

Havering's Heidi Surman-Wells passes the baton to Chloe van Wulven during the relay (pic: Ian Law)

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Havering athletes enjoy success in Kent

Havering's Ed Thompson in pole vault action in the Southern League (pic: Ian Law)Havering's Ed Thompson in pole vault action in the Southern League (pic: Ian Law)

Havering are beginning to make coming third a bit of a habit as they finished in that position again in the second Southern League match of the year at Ashford.

Chloe van Wulven was the team’s top points scorer at the meet, returning from Kent with a hat-trick of wins on the track.

Van Wulven had a hurdles double and anchored the women’s 4x400m relay squad to victory, as her team-mates enjoyed success elsewhere.

Heidi Surman-Wells came home first in the 1,500m, while Taylor Humm saw off the challenge of all rivals in the 200m on her way to victory as Nina Brennan scored in several events.

The team also scooped full points in the steeplechase thanks to Bella Woods, as Georgie Taylor landed a shot and discus double, Tina Quinlivan took the pole vault and Emma Christmas the javelin.

There were B string wins for Clare Davis (800m, Claire Brennan (400m hurdles), Beth Siddons (long jump), Annie Maguire (triple jump) and Hannah Connor (pole).

The men were missing several big names and struggled for points, with Paul Grange the only victor on the track in the 800m, a week after his golden double at the county championships.

Havering’s only other A string winner was Alex Law in the long jump, while veteran all-rounder Arron Bonning demonstrated his versatility with B string wins in the triple jump and javelin and scored in four other events.

The rests of the men’s team were able to pick up points lower down the standings, but the team will hope their stars can return to action soon.

The club also had several athletes in action at the Bedford International Games, with their share of success.

Louise Lockwood came within half a metre of the club record on her way to second in the javelin, while Modupe Shokunbi clocked a season’s best as she took second in the under-17 girls’ 100m.

There were personal bests in the under-18 400m hurdles for Tom Pitkin and Michelle Hughes, who also edged closer to the qualifying time for the Commonwealth Youth Games.

Hughes would later better her time in the sprint hurdles although her new best was later qualified as a wind-aided effort.

Havering are back in action this weekend with the men in British League action at Reading, while the women return to Bedford for the next fixture in their UK League campaign.


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