Track & Field : 2014 News & Reports

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Track and Field league fixtures now over for 2014
The regular season for Track and Field league fixtures is now over and we’ve had an excellent season. Our success this year has only been possible due to the bigger than ever teams we’ve been able to field as more and more members have turned out and competed for the club. Thank you and well done to you all and a special thank you to all the Team Managers for their hard work during the season.

In the East Anglian League, where the top 8 teams get into the final, the results are:
U13 Girls 2nd
U13 Boys 6th
U15 Girls 9th
U15 Boys 12th
U17/Senior Women 10th
U17 Boys 3rd
Senior Men 8th
Overall 6th out of 17 teams. So we have 4 out of 7 teams heading off to Bury St Edmunds on 14th Sept for the finals, which is fantastic. Congratulations to those teams on qualifying and well done and thanks again to everyone who competed.

SEAA combined events indoor championship, Lee Valley, 20/21 December 2014
Melissa Gurteen achieved 2 pb's in hurdles and 800m on the way to achieving 1900 points in the U15 girls SEAA Indoor pentathlon.  In her biggest competition to date, Melissa achieved her target of gaining UKA ranking with her new 1900 point pb.  Well done Melissa!

SEAA Intercounties Championships, Oxford, 13th December 2014
Well done to our three young endurance athletes Abigail Kerr (U13), Kiera Hornsby (U13) and Courtney Gordon (U15) who represented Essex at the Intercounties Championship in Oxford.  All three gave a good account of themselves and enjoyed the experience of competing at this level.  Go girls!

Metaswitch Games 13th December 2014
Leah Duncan and Hannah Smith used an early winter indoor competition at Lea Valley to test where they are with their winter training and both were delighted with their results. Hannah Smith showed she was very comfortable over the increased height of 60m U15 hurdles with a very sharp 9.96 seconds setting a new club record.  She went on to pb in the long jump leaping to 4.56m and running a strong 60m. Leah Duncan also set a pb in long jump before smashing her 60m pb where she ran a blistering 8.26 seconds a time which would have made her 4th in the UK last season.  She went on to set a new indoor pb over 200m in 28.18 seconds.

Club Championships, 20th Sept 2014
After some torrential storms on Saturday morning things weren’t looking good weather wise for the club championships which were to be held later in the day. Thankfully though the thunder & rain eased and the weather brightened but the next concern was the ‘starter man’ who somehow got his days mixed up and thought he was required on the Sunday, however, he eventually arrived and things got underway after a short delay!

It was a great turn out and although it was the last time to gain a personal best this season, a lot of people were taking part for fun as well which was great to see. We saw some great performances by our athletes who have supported the club this year but we also saw parents and coaches who do not usually participate have a go at some of the events. Everyone who took part had a very enjoyable day and there were some pretty good performances on the day. All the results are here and will also be uploaded to the Power of 10 website.
Medal winners are listed here.

In addition to all those that competed for the club this year on the track, we could possibly have found some budding new athletes (young and old!) to take part in some of the competitions next year – mentioning no names specifically but you all know who you are so get some training in during the winter!!!!

In addition to her 100m record set earlier this season, Leah Duncan also managed to gain the club record in the U13 girls 150m at our club championships on Saturday 20th September. It was a good chance to run in an event that is not run often and it was indeed Leah’s first time over this distance. She lined up against the U17 boys and produced a time of 20.4s breaking the previous record of 20.6s set in 1994. Congratulations Leah!

A big shout goes out to Vicky Brockbank who organised the championships with changes being made to events right up until the last minute, Vicky also sorted out all of the mixed and family relays to ensure there were some very close (and some not so!) races. A big thanks also goes out to all the clubs officials and time keepers who officiated the track and field events in a professional manner and helped the day run very smoothly. Great work from Steve Brockbank and Steve Partridge on the microphone keeping everyone up to date with proceedings and medal ceremonies! Lastly, the club would also like to thank all those parents that got stuck in and helped out as well. It was very much appreciated.

It was undoubtedly an excellent and very enjoyable day and great to see so many people taking part and supporting the club, looking forward to seeing you all again at next year’s event.

Club Record Trophy Presentation, 18th Sept 2014
Two of our young endurance athletes, Joe Nourse (U20 2k steeplechase) and Courtney Gordon (U15 800m) received their club record trophies from their coach Simon Mennell at the track on Thursday. Congratulations Joe and Courtney.

EAL CUP FINAL, Bury St Edmunds 14th Sept 2014
The U13 girls and boys, U17 boys and the Senior Men were all competing and our U13 girls team came an amazing first place. Having come 2nd in the league, they went one better, led brilliantly by Team Manager Craig Duncan, and put in a fantastic team performance to be crowned the top team in East Anglia for their age. Results and more information for all age groups to follow. Well done to everyone who represented the teams today and to everyone who has helped the teams throughout the season by competing.

U15/U17 England Championships, Bedford, 30/31 August 2014
Courtney Gordon and Lewis Thorn competed at these prestigious Championships this weekend. Courtney achieved the entry time at Watford earlier in the year and decided to race to gain the experience for next year when she will top the age group. Courtney had a great experience competing at national level despite, unfortunately, being tripped and stumbling on the first lap to finish in 5mins 1 second, missing out on the final.
Under 17 Lewis Thorn followed up his Essex Relay Bronze from the Saturday to take 7th place on day two at Bedford where he jumped to a pb of 5.35m.
Well done to both athletes representing BDAC at this standard.

Essex Relay Championships, 30th August 2014
A successful day saw Braintree pick up more medals to add to those gained at the Essex Championships earlier in the season. With 3 relay teams entered we came home with 3 medals. First up was the U17 mens 4x100m team including Ben Slayman, Lewis Thorn, Jamie Sutton and Tom Ramsey who brought the baton home for the bronze medal. There was only 0.2s between 1st and 3rd so a good performance and a season’s best of time of 45.6s.
In the U13 girls we had two teams, one in the 3x800m and one in the 4x100m. The 4x100m team consisting of Hannah Smith, Catherine Levick, Leisha Hunt and Leah Duncan, ran 54.6s in the semi final to qualify as the 2nd fastest team for the final later in the day. They ran even quicker in the final with some good change-over’s to gain the silver medal with another season’s best time of 54.2s.
The 3x800m team, Georgia Tombs, Morgan Harrod and Kiera Hornsby were in a straight final against another 8 teams. Georgia led the team off with a great first leg and made sure the girls were in contention as she passed the baton to Morgan just behind the leaders. Morgan hit the front to take the lead early on in her leg and did well to maintain this to hand over to Kiera in 1st place. Kiera, out on her own in the lead on the final leg looked very comfortable and with another solid run was able to come home for the gold medal and a new club record of 8:15.8. A superb run from all 3 girls.
In the individual events, Joseph Nourse ran in the mens U20 2000m Steeplechase to claim the gold medal with a time of 6.33.7. Well done Jo!

Inter-counties at Allianz Park, Barnet, 3rd August 2014
Joe Nourse competed for Essex today at Barnet. He came 3rd out of 11 in the 2000m Steeple chase in a new club record of 6.32.97. The first lap was run at a very fast pace and Joe then settled in for a very even paced run after the frantic start in what turned out to be a fantastic performance. Well done Joe; another club record.

Eastern Athletic Association Championship 26th July 2014
The Eastern Championships took place in sweltering conditions at Cambridge on Saturday and Braintree and District AC Athletes once again excelled. The Championship sees athletes from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire go head to head and with temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius, conditions for the sprinters and jumpers were ideal but it tested the athletes over the longer distances.

The youngest Braintree athlete on the day was U13 Hannah Smith who powered over the 75m hurdles to claim gold in 11.98 seconds. Hannah headed off to become the latest club member to make her Essex debut the next day in long jump, where she gained 4th place with a leap of 4.19m in the Intercounties Championship. Two U15 girls attended and Courtney Gordon secured her 4th major medal of the season winning the combined U15 and U17 girls 1500m race in a quick 4mins 53 seconds. Courtney now heads off to the South East of England Championship and then the England Championship before the season closes. Melissa Gurteen jumped close to her season’s best in long jump with 3.89m but was unlucky to clip the first hurdle in the later race and required medical attention, but thankfully the only damage was a bruised knee. Ryan Morgan in the U15 boys age group claimed a superb triple jump silver with a jump of 11.91m and just missed out in a medal in the long jump despite jumping well. Ryan will represent Essex this weekend in the triple jump.

In the older age groups, U17 boys sprinters Lewis Thorn (11.56secs) and Ben Slayman (11.59secs) took silver and bronze respectively and Lewis followed that up with gold in the long jump with a jump of 5.69m. Amber Chudleigh was pipped by .003 of a second to 100m bronze but was delighted to gain her first major medal in the 200m in 26.96secs.

At U20 there was even more success as Richard Shingleton took gold in the 100m in 11.54 secs and then 200m bronze in 23.62secs and brother Charlie took the 400m bronze in 52.33secs along with triple jump silver with James Murphy, in his first competition for 6 weeks since pulling his hamstring, took the long jump bronze. In the endurance events Joesph Nourse took the U20 gold over 3000 and Adam Bateman claimed a new pb of 1.55.63secs and a superb gold.

Another stunning haul of 14 medals in such a prestigious regional competition is something the whole club should be proud of. Well done to everyone who competed.

Conor 's Essex U17's Debut, Sunday 20th July 2014
Conor competed in Portsmouth and having been selected to compete in discus, he was surprised to suddenly be asked to compete in triple jump, having only done it once at school!
He came a very respectable 10th on the day in discus and it's great to have another Essex representative from our club. Well done Conor.

Eastern Athletics League, Braintree 6th July 2014
Congratulations to everyone who competed at this, our home event. The team achieved a stunning first place in the overall competition beating many big towns and clubs. Many thanks to everyone who helped out on the day, making it so successful.

Watford Open, 2nd July 2014
Courtney Gordon took a huge 6.5 seconds off her own 1500m club record and in doing so gained the automatic qualification entry standard for the U15 England Championships at the end of August, her main target for the season. Courtney, coached by Head Coach Simon Mennell, headed to Watford on 2nd July and in warm, still weather conditions went with the quick early pace and finished strongly to secure her third club record of the season and second in two weeks in a time of 4 minutes 50.38 seconds.
In perfect conditions, U20 Ben Holdgate smashed his PB running a quicker second half of his 1500m race to accelerate through the field and finish second in an excellent 4.37.21 taking 7 seconds off his previous best. The sprinters were also present and Charlie Shingleton in only his second 100m ever, ran a sharp 11.66 PB with brother Richard taking second in 11.62. Lewis Thorn 11.76 and Ben Slayman 11.88 were in the same race and all four went on to the Long Jump where Charlie continued his fine form with the best jump of the night with 5.95m PB, Richard 5.71m, Lewis 5.40m and Ben 5.35m.
All in all, a very successful evening for the Braintree gang.


SAL meeting, Colchester, 21st June 2014
Joe Nourse added to the recent spate of club records in the U20 men's 2k steeplechase. Joe attacked the previous record set in 1995 and smashed it by a huge 7 seconds to finish in first place in 6mins 38.1 secs. That makes it 3 longstanding club records broken in 6 days; surely a record itself!

Watford Open, 18th June 2014
Courtney Gordon followed up the breaking of the 1500m record earlier in the season with a new u15 800m record at the Watford Open on Wednesday. Courtney ran a perfectly even paced race with two 71 second laps to cross the line in 2.22.58 taking almost a second off her previous best. As another athlete in the first year of her age group, we hope for more records to come over the next season and a half from Courtney. At the same event, Leah Duncan followed up her excellent recent form with another strong run, this time taking 2nd place in the 200m in a time of 28.5 seconds.

ISA Nationals, Birmingham 16th June 2014
Leisha had a fantastic day, taking the silver medal in the long jump and the gold in the 150m. Leisha and Freya were also in the relay, coming in 5th. Well done both.

EYAL League, Chelmsford 15th June 2014
Leah Duncan's exceptional season continues as she beat her own club U13 100m record from last month. Off to a flying start, she powered to a victory in relatively calm conditions, in a time of 13.1. Overall the club came 5th out of 7 clubs attending on the day. Congratulations to the U13 girls who took first place in their age group. Next up is the EAL league at Braintree on 6th July 2014. Results are on the Track & Field Results page.

Essex Schools, Chelmsford 7th June 2014
Hannah Irwin took the Essex Schools gold medal for the U17 1500m and in doing so, she broke one of the oldest club records set 35 years ago. Hannah sat on the shoulder of the leader before taking the lead on the final lap and won in 4.56.15

ISA Regional Athletics, Garons Park, Southend 6th June 2014
Some really good performances by club Juniors:
Izzy lane came 3rd in 600m (bronze)
Freya Coulton came 2nd in 80m (silver) and part of the relay team that won gold
Leisha Hunt 1st in 150m (gold), 1st in long jump (gold)and 1st in relay team (gold)
Both Freya and Leisha will represent Essex at the National Championships in Birmingham (see 16th June, above).

Essex Champs Day 2, Chelmsford, 24th May 2014
Day two of the Essex Championships carried on where day one left off for Braintree and District Athletes Club athletes, as they went on to claim a further nine medals making it twenty over the two days of the Championships.

Medallist from last week, U13G Leah Duncan followed up her 100m bronze with a 200m Silver medal in a time of 28.84secs. Leah, still in her first year at U13 has now claimed a club record, 60m Essex indoor gold, 100m bronze and 200m silver all in the past 4 months. Also in the U13's, Hannah Smith had pull out a season’s best long jump to claim Essex bronze medal with a leap of 4.35m. The first year U15 girls again had a great day, as Daisy Partridge, overcame a strong headwind to claim a personal best of 26.5m and the Essex gold medal, one better than her 2013 silver medal. Courtney Gordon followed up her 1500m silver of last week with the bronze in the 3000m, in her first ever race over this distance, running 10min 56sec taking her to 11th ranked in the UK. U17 Megan Larkins pulled off a huge PB in the shot putt of 9.25m to take 3rd place and make the podium in her first ever athletic season and year with the club.

The boys also chipped in with four medals which all happened to be in the jumps. In the U20 men category Richard Shingleton and James Murphy took silver and bronze respectively both jumping over 6 metres. U17 boy Lewis Thorn leapt to 5.94m, to take the bronze medal and round off a busy weekend where he also made the 200m final. Finally Charlie Shingleton took the bronze in the U17 Triple Jump in his first competition back from a hamstring injury sustained earlier in the year.

A host of personal bests and competitive performances from all the club athletes meant the club had its best performance at county level for many years, confirming the growing stature and strength in depth of the club.

Essex Schools Combined Events Champ, Brentwood School, 21st May 2014
Melissa Gurteen representing Alec Hunter Academy gained four new PBs in one day! Starting well in the Junior Girls (Year 8 & 9) Pentathlon with a new PB in the 75m hurdles of 13.6 seconds for 6th place, she continued in good form to achieve another PB in the 3kg shot putt of 5.79m. In the high jump she achieved her 2nd highest ever jump of 1.28m. Next a long jump of 3.88m, her 2nd longest of the season so far. Finally another PB of 3 mins 2 secs in the 800m. Her total points score was 1739, only 11 off a UK ranking. This is her best Pentathlon score ever – so another PB! Overall she finished a respectful 17th and is hoping for a top ten finish next year.

Essex Champs Day 1, Chelmsford, 18th May 2014
In a fantastic first day of the championships with fine conditions apart from a head wind, our athletes took home a total of 11 Essex County medals. In the under 15 girls 1500 metres, Courtney Gordon qualified comfortably in 2nd place and three hours later ran in the final to achieve an excellent 2nd place and achieve an Essex Silver medal despite being in her first year for the under 15’s.
Leah Duncan followed up her 100 metre club record from a week ago by qualifying for the final in two separate heats and took the bronze medal in the final in a time of 13.91 into a head wind, again in her first year in under 13. Leah currently sits 7th in the country over this distance.
Kiera Hornsby showed her versatility across all events and achieved a bronze medal in the discus with a PB taking her to 48th in the country.
Ryan Morgan achieved a fantastic double in the vertical jumps first of all leaping to 5.46 in long jump and following this up a few hours later in the triple jump where he went one better to get the Essex Gold.
Amr Ziko achieved a silver medal in the veteran men’s 100 metre, missing out on Gold by .01 seconds running 12.86.
Stacey Lebond enjoyed success in the senior women’s hammer achieving a silver medal in 36.41 metres and under 20
Chloe Cockell threw 40.74 metres to claim gold, with sister Ellie Cockell claiming the bronze.
Kirsty Ronald ended the day on a high by claiming triple jump gold with a leap of 10.56 metres.
Finally Joseph Nourse took on the 3000 metres and ran his second fastest ever race to grab the silver medal.
With a number of other athletes posting impressive performances, the club’s early season success in track and field looks set to continue and many athletes will be heading to Chelmsford for day 2 on 24th May.

U13 Girls 100m Club Record broken, EYAL, Ipswich, 11th May 2014
Congratulations to Leah Duncan who, one month into her first U13 season, broke the club 100m record. Leah carved a huge 0.4 off her pb, running 13.3 seconds at the Ipswich Eastern Young Athletics League fixture on Sunday 11th May, breaking the previous record of 13.4 set in 1988. Leah will have the rest of this season and next at this age group, but following such a amazing start to her season, she will head off to the Essex Champs this coming Sunday full of confidence. Well done Leah.

Southern Athletics League, Braintree, 19th April 2014 A big well done to our u17 and upwards athletes who competed on Saturday at our first home event of the season, coming a very credible third place on the day. As we're becoming accustomed to, there were PBs galore from our athletes. A massive thank you to everyone who made the day run so successfully. The club can only run with the help of our team of volunteers and they were out in force today and did the club proud, hosting great day.

Track and Field Events at EYAL Thurrock, 13th April 2014

On behalf of the Team Managers, "well done" to our Track and Field athletes who competed for the Club in the Eastern Young Athletics League at Thurrock. On a glorious sunny day, there were many excellent performances and great team spirit from all. Thanks also to all the parents/supporters for making the trip and everyone who helped out officiating for the club. See the Track & Field Results page.

Watford Open Athletics Event, 9th April 2014
Courtney Gordon returned to the venue of her u13 club record and in only her 2nd 1500m race in the higher age group, she did it again, breaking the u15 record by almost 3.5 seconds. The previous record set in 1997 of 5.00.2 was targeted by Courtney and in a fast race, she was within record pace from the off and finished with a strong final lap to cross the line in 4.56.81; a time which also betters the u17 record. With a full year and a half remaining at this age group, it will be interesting to see how much that record will come down.
At the same event, Chloe Beckett opened her season well with a strong 1500m in 5.02 and Lois Gordon gained a sprint double pb of 14.85 in the 100m and 30.8 in the 200m. Well done to the three girls.

UK Sportshall UK Final in Manchester, 6th April 2014
Congratulation to our Kian Culham who represented the Essex team at the UK Sportshall Championship in Manchester. Amongst Kian's highlights was coming 7th in the country in speed bounce.

Woodford Green Open, 5th April 2014
Josh Partridge had his first ever try at both 400 and 800 metres, recording a time of 66.66 for the 400 and 2:48.48 for the 800. Daisy Partridge recorded a pb for the 100 metres of 14.88 and a time of 50.25 for her first try at a 300 metres.

Annual Results: Havering Spring Warm Up Meeting, 30th March 2014

Leah Duncan took her great indoor form to the outdoor track, setting a new PB in a very quick 13.9, a Long Jump of 3.32m and equaling her 200m pb.  Lois Gordon gained her 2nd UK ranking in the 200m and bagged a 100m and long jump pb of 3.59m at the same time.  Georgia Tombs ran her first 800m outdoors, coming home in a pb of 2mins 52 for 2nd place and then 3.12m in the long jump.  Daisy Partridge had a busy weekend first at Cambridge on Saturday where she PB'd in Javelin and then another pb on Sunday in the shot put throwing 7.01m.  Ben Holdgate ran the shorter distance of 400m just missing a new pb but showed good early season speed.  Courtney Gordon ran a strong 1500m gaining a 10 sec + pb for 2nd in 5mins 03 and finally
Joe Nourse as normal attacked early on and came home for an excellent 2nd in a new pb of 4min 18.   A total of 10 PBs from teambraintreeac athletes - a great start to the outside season and now less than two weeks to the first league meeting!

Annual Club Party and Presentation of Awards, Friday 28th March 2014
A fantastic night was had by all at the Annual club party and awards night. The club goes from strength to strength with many of our athletes performing at country and national level. Congratulations to all our award winners. Full details of the award winners are here.

Chelmsford Open Results 1st March 2014
Four of our athletes attended the Chelmsford open with many season and personal bests achieved. Well done to them all.
Hannah Smith: 60m Hurdles - 2nd new PB 10.2; 60m Sprint - SB 9.1; Longjump - 2nd indoor PB 4m27
Melissa Gurteen: 6th High Jump 1.30pb
Leah Duncan: 1st 60m 8.6secs pb
Ewan Banner: 1st Shot put 7.61pb; 2nd Long jump 3.81 SB2.

England Indoor Championships - Sheffield 1st/2nd March 2014
Well done to U20m Richard Shingleton who achieved a 60m pb at the indoor national championships of 7.34sec along with Lewis Thorn who achieved a pb of 7.62 secs at U17B. Richard also competed in the Long jump leaping to 6.03m.

Essex & Eastern Counties Indoor Championships – Lee Valley 8th/9th Feb 2014
Eleven boys and thirteen female athletes represented the Club.  Held over two days, the competition brings together the best in Essex and the six neighbouring counties, with medals awarded by each association.  This was our biggest entry for some years, showing the growing strength of the club.

In the U20 Boys category the club had five medallists with Joe Nourse taking Gold with a thrilling dip finish to PB and win by 0.02 seconds having led the race throughout.  Charlie Shingleton claimed two medals with a 400m Essex Bronze and Essex and Eastern Bronze medal in the Triple Jump with twin brother Richard claiming the Essex and Eastern Bronze in the Long Jump.  Also in the Long Jump U17 Lewis Thorn lept with a new PB to take the Essex Silver medal while U15 jumper Ryan Morgan also claimed new PB of 5.45m on the way to two bronze medals.
From the girls eight medals were taken starting with Kirsty Ronald winning both Golds in the U20 in the Triple jump with best jump of 10.72m.  U15 shot putter Megan Larkins achieved 7.53m to take both Bronze medals and first year U13 Leah Duncan had a stunning weekend with an Essex Gold and Eastern silver successfully achieving new PBs in each of her heats and the final.  She had a further three races in the 200m the next day as she made it through the final.  U13 Hannah Smith grabbed her first ever medal at this level claiming both Bronze medals in the 60m hurdles and then getting to the final and achieving a PB in the long jump.  First year U15, Courtney Gordon was the other female finalist winning her 800m heat and then claiming a five second pb in the final.
With the club taking a total of 13 medals, there are promising signs for the Track and Field Season ahead. Full results showing results for all our athletes can found here.

Lee Valley graded open indoor athletics meeting, New Year's Day 2014
Four of our Athletes couldn't wait to get their competitive year under way.  Leah Duncan ran two excellent 60m sprints, the fastest of which was just outside her pb with an excellent 8.94 seconds.  She followed this up with a 200m pb of 29.84, an excellent time for a first year u13. Melissa Gurteen wanted to test herself over 800m and ran a good race to come home in 3mins 08 secs.  Another first year u13, Lois Gordon ran her first ever 200m and was delighted with her time of 32.83, while older sister Courtney bagged two pb's over 800m (2mins 34sec) and 200m (30.4 secs).   A good start to 2014 for these four.

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