PALMER’S College student, Hayley McLean did the borough proud by reaching the final of the 400 metres hurdles at the UK Olympic trials in Birmingham on Sunday.
Aveley long jumper, Joshua Olawore finished a creditable fifth in the under-20 men’s long jump at the World Junior championship trials in Bedford.
THURROCK world class hurdler Hayley McLean was distraught on the track after being disqualified from the UK Under-20’s champs at Bedford on Sunday.
The three regular mainstays of the team, Dan George, Mark Jenkins and Michael Shortall all turned in their usual selfless contributions. The ultimate team man, Michael Shortall, covered 5 events and both relays
to contribute 13 points to the total. His best event was the 58s 400m hurdles for 2nd place. Dan and Mark were hampered by injuries but helped out the team filling in in throws and jumps. Dan notched up 8 points before ‘retiring hurt’ while Mark, restricted to 3 events,brought his 30 years league experience to the team ethos.
Thurrock had only a handful of athletes competing and all did well. James Pearson won a silver medal in the 100m with a time of 12.47s U15B. Liam Barnard and Tom Wakeling ran the U13B 75mH. Liam came in 3rd with a personal best time of 14.19 and Tom came in 4th with a time of 16.80.
IT WAS a stunning display of 100 metre sprinting by Adam Gemeli at a meet in Germany that could see him line up against Usain Bolt at the London 2012 Olympics.
Again the triumvirate of Mark Jenkins, Michael Shortall and Dan George notched up half the team’s points total. They also covered half the
events. Dan George, whose work committment and recent bout of ill health have restrictred his training, notched up many good performances
in the jumps and throws. The best performance was a 1.85m high jump.
Damien Nugent ran a pb of 12.59 in 100m for the U17m and was followed by James Pearson who also ran a pb 12.07 in 100m for the U15m winning the final. Shannon Jameson ran 100m U15w and came 4th in her heat with a time of 13.38. Lyn Talbert ran a season’s best performance in 15.38 for the V50 and a pb in the 300m 48.77.
His highlight of the afternoon was just missing victory in the B string 110m hurdles. The middle distance squad, in addition to Alec Finch, notched up good performances. Dennis Cross contributed 10 points in the
800m, 1500m and 3k steeplechase. Nick Houghton ran a good 5k in 17m9.7 as did Adam Essa who recorded 17m18.
THURROCK athlete Hayley MacLean took another giant stride in her athletics career by posting a personal best at the first ever meeting at the olympic stadium.
Long jump provided some good results and was kicked off by Jamie Kensey who came in 1st place with a jump 5.79m. Jack Farmer also came in 1st place with a seasons best performance with 5.27m. Yinka Sudipo came in 1st place with a jump of 4.32 and Charlie Splarn jumped a respectable 3.85m. Yet again Liam Barnard produced another fine performance with a personal best of 3.77 to win. Toyin Olufemi jumped a seasons best of 3.83 and Beth James jumped 4.24m.
After going through many rounds of the Aviva SportsHall Athletics with the Essex squad, James Pearson attended the National Finals at the LG Arena, Birmingham on the 21st April and took part in the U13 boys (years 7 &8) shot putt final. Being invited to the competition as an individual James’ 2nd putt of 13.73m proved to be the winner and saw James win the Aviva SportsHall UK Final U13 shot putt.
Steve Prosser, who has been injured for most of the winter, finished 415 in the 37,000 competitors. His time of 2h 47m16s was outside his pb but a remarkable performance given his unpromising preparation. After his usual cautious start Scott Rice moved smoothly through to an excellent pb of 2hr49m58s just missing a place in the top 500.
Ockendon’s Tony Brown ran for Children with Cancer UK. We had featured Tony a few weeks ago and all that training was worth it as he finished in 4.44.47. Grays woman Amy Trencher also had a fantastic marathon. Running for Coleaic UK, she ran a very swift 3hrs 55.39.
Samuel Ekunole and Tyler came 2nd and 3rd respectively for taking part in the U15 shot putt and Tyler Chu improved his pb in Javelin which he set last week with a throw of 19.52m and proving that the javelin is becoming a successfull event for the Harrier squad, Alice Martin also threw a pb of 19.79 and Lucy Jewel in yet another event throwing a seasons best of 16.74m.
Rebecca Barnard kicked off her season with a 400m of 70.37 and Sarah Driver 800m in 2:38.16. Elle Smith ran 800m in 2:41.96 and is promising a great season. Sarah March came in 3rd for Thurrock in the 1500m in a time of 5:31.71.
Alex Houghton, the first runner home in 34mins 11secs told the Harlow Star: “It’s a perfect day for running. “It’s a great event and it’s always nice to help a charity and I hope St Clare is able to raise a lot of money from today. It was a great course and well marshaled– fantastic.”
Representing Thurrock, Gemma Holloway, a 14 year old William Edwards Student and Thurrock Harrier, once again proved what a talented up and coming athlete she is.
RISING track star, Hayley McLean scooped four gold medals at the Essex and Eastern Indoor Championships this week. The Great Britain 400m hurdle international picked up gold in the under-20 women’s 200m, 400m, 60m and 60m hurdles at the indoor track at Lee Valley Stadium.
Up against some fierce competition she refused to let the field of nearly 200 runners intimidate her, finishing the fast paced 4k race in an impressive 3rd place. Her next challenge will be back at Basildon this Saturday, in the Southern Schools Inter County Championship.
The Essex Schools Cross Country Championships, held at Gloucester Park, Basildon on Saturday , saw 14 year old Gemma Holloway, a year 10 pupil from William Edwards School, take on some tough competition in her 4.6k race, up against girls three years older than her. Despite being scored separately, the Inter Girls (year 10 & 11) and Senior Girls (year 12 & 13) ran together to make up the 87 runners on the cold and windy start line.
WILLIAM EDWARDS student, Gemma Holloway was in magnificent form at the weekend as the 14-year-old Thurrock Harrier captured the Essex Cross Country Championships.
The strength and depth of running throughout the school is improving each year at William Edwards which is evidenced in the results. Coupled together with the recent success that we have had in the national competition with both our junior boys and inter girls reaching the regional finals, the standard of running from our athletes is amazing.
One of the leading contenders is Gemma Holloway, who will be continuing her campaign to take the under 15 girls title. Among the veterans Eamonn Shelley and Jon Metcalf will strive to defend their 1 and 2 positions in the 50+ age group.