This time last year, he was turning up for pre-season training at Ship Lane in Thurrock. Last night he won the gold medal for the 100 metres in the World Junior Championships in Barcleona.
Maddie Cannell 25.57m discus, Alyssa pb in hurdles 12.8, Eleanor March 12.7 hurdles, Charlie Splarn 14.0 100m, Liam Barnard 1.25m High Jump, Max Hepher 8.02m Shot Putt, Jodi Meredith 2.12 800m. Aiden Simpson 1.60m HJ.Akin Moronkeji 11.22m Shot.
THURROCK triathlete Matt Harris proved he is an ‘Ironman” beyond all doubt when he completed the gruelling Ironman triathlon in Klagenfurt in Austria. To us mere mortals, the distance of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle ride and then the little matter of 26.2 mile run is hard enough but this was in temperatures […]
THURROCK hurdler Hayley McLean won the senior girls 400 metre hurdles in Bedford at the weekend. Hayley was made captain of the Essex side and stepped up to the plate with a controlled performance winning in 60.01 seconds.
The Junior boys team continued in the same fashion and began with both Jake Bailey and Lewis Beard hammering it down the track in the 80m hurdles final. Separated by a whisker, top spot went to Lewis as Jake had to eventually settle for silver. Jake, however got his rewards and was crowned High Jump champion with a great jump of 1.75m taking the gold.
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.