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Havering edged in to third

By Brentwood Gazette  |  Posted: May 24, 2012

victorious: Lydia Hallam was the 3000m winner at Croydon

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THE Havering Mayesbrook Athletic Southern League Team finished third after losing out in a close three-way battle for the top places in their second match at Stevenage on Saturday.

The Havering team collected 181 points, pipped by Stevenage on 184 points with the over winners being Chelmsford on 191 points.

The ladies piled up the points with wins in nine A strings, six B strings and the sprint relay.

Vicky Smith shrugged off an injury to notch two wins and a second place, winning the 800m and steeplechase, going close to her best, and was second in the 1500m.

There was a clean sweep in the hurdles as Claire Brennan and Flic Clarke won A and B 400m hurdles, before Chloe van Wulven and Brennan again won both sprint hurdles.

Kate Cowley won both pole vault and triple jump A and made it a hat-trick with B javelin victory.

There were jumps victories as Hannah Connor's good form continued with a Long jump A victory and second in the 100m.

Tina Quinlivan won the B vault on her league debut and Katie O'Sullivan returned to club colours after a seven year break to win the B high jump – with her mum Ruth, scoring points in the B 3000m.

The throwing events also produced a strong crop of wins. Under 17 Georgie Taylor conquered her senior opponents with a discus win while Rachel Forder was second in both shot and B discus.

Debbie Knight added more than three metres to her best in winning the javelin and Nina Brennan was the B shot winner and was second in the B hammer.

Aisha Kamara and Thiziri Dendani – both U17s – completed the line up with sprint points.

The men faced strong opposition and welcomed back some familiar faces. Anthony Williams opened his 2012 campaign with victory in the triple jump and runners up spots in both sprint hurdles and long jump.

Grant Twist returned to club action with a 3000m PB in second and set another new best in winning the B 'chase, with Rob Warner clocking one of his fastest times in talking the A honours, while Trevor Keys returned to the track after several years away with third in the 1500m.

Club chairman Chris Smith was third in the 3000m B and team manager Kevin White third in the B hammer.

Paul Adair's PB in the 800m placed him second while other second places were earned by javelin thrower Patrick Lear, Richard Holland (Long jump B), and Danny Wilson in the B discus and Darron Keevil had his usual busy day tackling five events with his best points coming with second in the B javelin.

Neill Collins was third in the 800m and Phil Groombridge third in the B shot.

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