STEPH OKORO BREAKS CLUB U17W 400mH RECORD
Three club athletes were in action yesterday at the prestigious Loughborough International Games. The highlight came from Stephanie Okoro who broke Denise Kiernan's club U17 Women’s 400m hurdles record, set back in 1977. Steph crossed the line in a guest race in 61.22s, a tenth inside the old mark but outside the UKA's European U18 qualifying mark of 61.0s which she aims to better over the next month. Kieran O'Hara clocked in second fastest ever 1500m with 4m 11.04s in finishing third in a Paralympic athletes event, while Jacob Blanc's hopes of improving the club U20M 400m hurdles record faltered when he hit the sixth hurdle hard and lost momentum in a guest race. Posted: 23rd May 2022.
JAMES CONNOR PB IN VITALITY LONDON 10K
James Connor’s fine form continued as he improved his best in the televised Vitality London 10K on Monday. The race made the headlines as Sir Mo Farah was outkicked by Aldershot’s Ellis Cross down Birdcage Walk and James Connor often made the TV coverage as he finished ahead of Eilish McColgan who just missed out on breaking Paula Radcliffe’s 2003 British record, but had the consolation of beating her mother Liz’s Scottish best. James crossed the finish line in 30 minutes 19 seconds, some four seconds ahead of Eilish, taking 13 seconds off his previous best set back in 2013. Also in action was Dan Meredith who improved his best to clock 35:32 to place 181st and 13th in the M45 category. Posted: 3rd May 2022.
CLUB AGM - NEW CHAIRMAN & PRESENTATION
Last Friday we held our first face to face AGM since 2019. Our new Chairman is Martin Chester, a club life member, committee member and young athletes team manager. One of his first tasks was to make a special presentation to another life member Martin McVeigh on 50 years’ club membership. Martin McVeigh joined Havering AC in October 1970 and competed for club track and field teams in distance events and at steeplechase, and also a regular on the cross country and road events for many years after that. He was an active club member and held several volunteer positions in the club including track & field fixtures secretary, and cross country captain and also involved in organising the Boxing Day Handicap and annual training camp at Winterton-on-Sea which he still attends. Posted: 22nd March 2022.
PASSING OF BILL WOODBERRY (1924-2022)
We are sad to report that our life member Bill Woodberry has passed away at the age of 97.
Bill hung up his coaching shoes at the end of the 2009 track season, just before his 85th birthday, after 40 years involvement with the club. The event was marked by a presentation to Bill of a garden bench on behalf of the club by our then Club President Mark Bishop.
Bill Woodberry first came to the Club as a parent with his son who was originally coached by Dave Naylor. He gradually began to get involved, to lend a hand and became a club member in 1968, & eventually took up coaching -that's over 40 years of volunteering at the Club. In addition to his coaching role, Bill was for many years, the Club's representative on the Havering Sports Council. Bill has all those attributes that makes for a good coach. It is impossible to count how many young athletes he looked after - always with a smile and an encouraging word. We will miss him very much and will always be grateful for the thousands of hours he has given to the Club. Members past & present will have fond memories of Bill, who was true gentleman of the old school. His funeral is at Corbets Tey on 6th April. Posted: 21st March 2022.
OFFICIALS DAY - A BIG SUCCESS
Despite miserable weather, it did not stop a group of budding officials and volunteers braving the elements to learn all about officiating and what it takes to run an athletics meeting. We were very lucky to have four very experienced officials, who have judged at the Commonwealth, European and Olympic Games, leading each of the different sessions. In the morning, everyone split into three groups with two groups having the opportunity to learn about judging the jumps and throws events and the third group exploring aspects of being a Clerk of Course and Technical Manager.
Posted: 21st March 2022. REPORT
THREE CLUB MEMBERS WIN AT HAVERING AWARDS
There were three awards for club members at the Havering Sports Council Awards presentations held at Upminster Golf Club last night.
Katie Ennis added to her England Athletics London Region Young Volunteer victory by picking up the Sports Volunteer of the Year Award for her volunteering both at athletics and ice hockey. Rebecca O'Rourke picked up the Disability Sports Competitor award, after previous runners up near misses, while national 300m hurdles champion Stephanie Okoro won the Junior Sports Competitor award. For good measure national vets steeplechase champion Jason Lendon was runner up in the Senior Sports category. Well done to all! Posted: 8th February 2022.
SILVER & CLUB U20 RECORD AT SEAA CHAMPS
There was a silver medal and a club record at the two-day South of England Under 20 and Senior Indoor Championships at Lee Valley this weekend. On Saturday Jacob Blanc further improved the club Under 20 Men’s 60m hurdles record he had set at the same venue two weeks earlier. His heat clocking of 8.06s trimmed six-hundredths of his previous mark but he was edged out of the medals in the final as his 8.11s clocking placed fourth in the final.
Olivia Boachie set a new career 400m best in the Under 20 Women’s event on Sunday, winning silver. She won her heat in style with a 57.46s PB, to improve her two-week old best, and placed second in the final with a 58.04s clocking.
Posted: 7th February 2022.
TWO CLUB U20 RECORDS FALL AT LONDON INDOORS
Two club records fell as club athletes took to the boards at the two-day London Indoor Games at Lee Valley at the weekend. Jacob Blanc made his debut at the Under 20 Men’s 60m sprint hurdles on Saturday by smashing the nine-year old club record with his 8.12s clocking. Jacob now holds the club hurdles records for Under 15 Men 60m & 80m hurdles, the Under 17 men’s 100m, 300m and 400m hurdles records, and the Under 20 men’s 60m hurdles mark.
On Sunday it was the turn of Ridwan Salaam to rewrite the record books. He had already shaded the previous U20M 60m sprint mark racing indoors at Newham on Wednesday with his 7.17s run, and went even faster at Lee Valley on Sunday stopping the clock at 7.14s. There were also swift 60m times from U20s Jacob Blanc & Denzil Achi (7.20s) and Ronnie Adoma (7.22s) suggesting that the new mark won’t survive the indoor season.
Olivia Boachie also impressed winning the U20 Women’s 400m on Saturday with a front-running PB of 58.23s, after winning her 200m heat in a legal best of 25.97s.
Posted: 24th January 2022.
TOM PITKIN IMPROVES CLUB 600m BEST AGAIN
Tom Pitkin started 2022 as he had finished 2021 by further improving the club 600m best he had set before Christmas
Competing for Butler University at Lexington, Kentucky, in the Jim Green Invitational on Friday 14th January, just two days after his 24th birthday, Tom trimmed one-tenth off his club best with a winning time of 1m 18.88s. He returned to the track on Saturday to place second in the 400m with 47.48s, his second fastest time.
Posted: 18th January 2022
SILVER FOR AIDAN & FINAL PLACES AT SEAA INDOORS
Aidan Doherty won silver in the Under 13 Boys' 800m at the South of England Indoor Championships at Lee Valley on Sunday. His time of 2m 33.94s took six seconds off his previous best. He also placed fourth in the 60m on Saturday with 8.57s. There were Under 17 60m hurdles fourth places for Paris King and Al-Ameen Salaam. Paris clocked a PB of 9.05s after heat and semi final times of 9.13s and 9.23s. Al-Ameen ran a promising 8.45s in his heat but hit hurdles in the final and finished outside the medals with 8.74s. Leila Jones was also fourth in the Under 15G 300m with 44.41s
Other heat results: U15G. 60m: Fisola Fagbadegun 8.34; Mya Thomas 8.50; Oma Nwapa 9.03; 200m: Leila Jones 27.51; Isobel Pickard 28.09; Amy Mansell 28.68; Fisola Fagbadegun 28.78; Fiyin Adebayo 29.64; 300m 60mH: Maggie Smith 10.39; U17W: 60m: Paris King 8.33; Precious Fagbadegun 8.36; Chizara Okocha 8.41; 200m: Miriam Adebayo 27.56s; Precious Fagbadegun 28.07; 800m: Miriam Adebayo 2: 4.11; 60mH Ruby Tillson 9.34s; U17M: 60m: Leon Bengo 7.59s; 800m: Sam Mahoney 2m 4.75s. Posted: 18th January 2022.