New British record for Joylyn

Joylyn Saunders-Mullins smashed the W55 age group British record in the 400m at Windsor on Saturday. On her second outing of the season, she was competing in the Southern Women s League for Stevenage and North Herts AC and clocked a time of 65.3 seconds t

Joylyn Saunders-Mullins smashed the W55 age group British record in the 400m at Windsor on Saturday.

On her second outing of the season, she was competing in the Southern Women's League for Stevenage and North Herts AC and clocked a time of 65.3 seconds to beat the old record by two-tenths of a second.

Joylyn said: "This is my first season in this age group and my goal for this year is to be able to win the British Masters in June and to at least get silver in Slovenia in July."

Coach and husband Tim added: "Comparing the times from last year and if Joylyn progresses as she did last year and with no injuries, I think she will be more likely to get gold and a new European record."


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The busy summer league season started at the weekend for Stevenage and North Herts AC.

On Sunday, a large contingent travelled to Braintree, Essex, where the overall team came second behind Chelmsford, beating Dacorum, Southend, Colchester and Braintree, and putting themselves into seventh place in the 25-team table.

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Stars of the show were the under-15 boys who won their age group scoring eight individual first places.

Daniel Gardner led the way by winning the pole vault (pb of 3.40m) and B high jump. The other winners were Josh Swain (B 100m), Liam Vooght (B 200m), Paul Spicer (B long jump), Jake Exton (A javelin) and Jack Gates (B javelin). The other team members were Peter De'Ath, Tom Kinsella, and Laurence Levy.

The under-17 boys were placed second with nine first places. Nick Stoppard won three - A 100m hurdles, A long jump, and A shot.

Other winners were Sam Pollard (A 100m), Lewis Keeble (A 200m), David Pickett (B 200m), Connor Winters (B 100m hurdles), Jack White (A javelin) and the 4x100m relay team.

The under-15 girls were also second team with two individual wins from Alex Gates (300m and long jump).

Not to be outdone, the under-17 girls' team also came second with eight individual wins. Anne Rees won two events (A high jump and B long jump).

Other winners were Karen Meadows (B 200m), Chloe Vernon-Hamilton (B high jump), Bethan Scanes (A triple jump), Jess Barber (B triple jump), Beccy Knapp (B discus) and Frances Gross (A hammer). Club member Hollie Reader won the under-13s B 1500m.

Saturday saw the women's team of seniors and under-15 girls in their Premier Division match where Joylyn Saunders-Mullins starred.

The team came fourth with enough points to be 11th in the 16-team table.

Against top-notch competition from Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow AC, Herts Phoenix AC and Horsham Blue Star AC, there were only two individual winners. They were both under-15s - Laura Agnew in the B long jump and Sophie Goddard in the B discus.

Many second places were taken by the seniors - Bunmi Awokoya got three (A 100m, 200m and shot pb of 10.77m), Joanne Mansell (B 800m), Lizzie Hutchinson (B 400m hurdles), Nikki Andrews (B high jump), Anne Rees (B pole vault), Beccy Knapp (B shot and B hammer), and Loren Scanes (B discus).

Second places in the under-15 girls went to Janet Browne (A high jump and B javelin), Jade Barber (B shot) and Renee Hector (A discus), and in the under-17s 80m hurdles to Jess Barber.

Club member Tonderai Tomu won the 400m in a personal best of 48.0 competing for Oaklands College in the Southern Students Association Championships at Lee Valley.

Bunmi Awokoya was second in the 200m (25.65). Cameron Webb and Josh Moss set personal bests in their events (200m 22.64, and 800m 2:00.5 respectively).

Four athletes set personal bests at Watford - Callum McKechnie (800m, 2:08.31), Adam Searle (1500m, 4:10.16), Dan Poulton (3000m, 8:55.24) and Jasmine Forde (11:15.17).

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