Last updated 21 September 2000
Blackheath Harriers - Young Heathen's
McDonald's Young Athletes League Auxiliary Final -
Birmingham 2 September 2000
Blackheath Harriers Young Athletes produced an excellent
all round performance to finish second in the McDonalds League Auxiliary Final
at the Alexander Stadium on Saturday 2 September 2000.
Particularly pleasing was the performance of the U13 team
who won their match convincingly picking up 3 gold, 3 silver and 7 bronze
medals. Compare this with a solitary bronze medal win in our 1998 final victory
and our prospects for the future are looking bright.
There were 23 personal bests by our athletes and we picked up a total of 54
medals which included all 5 relay teams.
The outstanding performances of the day were Andrew
Johnson (U15) beating (although with wind assistance) Jamie Quarry's 13 year old
Club record in the 80m hurdles in a time of 11.78; and Fabrice Serybi setting
another record of 10.49 in the U13s Shot.
The unluckiest athlete of the day was Colin Smith who
clipped the third to last hurdle while leading the B race and was brought down,
but to his credit he completed the race.
The climax of the meeting was the victory of our U17 4x400
relay team in the final event in a time of 3.31.87s their fastest time of the
There were top quality performances from Shane Marsh
(4.77m long jump U13), Dwayne Bovell (11.7 100m U15), Olusanjo Bamgboye (23.75s
200 U15) and Alex Pope (2.60m pole vault U15).
We managed to cover all the team places on the day with
Matt Gipon running the 1500m steeplechase for the first time ably assisted by
Daniel Snow who had only run in the 1500m an hour earlier.
A special mention must go to Mike Davies' coaching which
enabled Paul Barrett and Trevenan Walther-Symons achieve bronze (A) and gold (B)
medals respectively in the U15 hammer competition.
Congratulations to all the athletes wherever you finished
as every point was vital to the team performance. There should be a special
mention of the traveling reserves Billy Davies, Stephen Leach and Tim Smedley
who unfortunately did not get the opportunity to perform but whose contribution
has been vital throughout the season. It is only because of our reserve strength
that we qualified for the Final.
Thanks to all the helpers especially Michelle Bovell and
Linda Robinson who ensured things ran smoothly over the two days. Thanks also to
Matthew Lucht whose massaging expertise got many of our walking wounded into
competition and Will Bolton who rounded up the athletes.
Especially pleasing was the good behavior of our athletes
which was commended both by out coach driver and the hotel staff. Well done
Next season our aim has to be the Main Final on the Sunday
if only to avoid the Friday rush hour!
Fran Robinson, Team Manager.
McDonald's Young Athletes League Boy's Auxiliary Final
1. Harrow 435. 2. Blackheath 415. 3. Birchfield 393. 4. Gateshead 388.5. 5.
Notts A.C. 351. 6. Wirral A.C. 335.5. 7. Giffnock North 245.5. 8. St Columbas
100. A. 3. Fabian Collymore 11.21. B. 1. George Isodo 11.49pb. 200. A. 3.
Colleymore 22.91. B.2. Darren Watson 23.45. 400. A. 2. Neil Simpson 50.96. B.3.
Ian Allerton 54.80. 800. A.5. Joseph Godsell 2.06.01. B. 6. David Griffin
2.15.25. 1500. A. 7. Daniel Ryan 4.35.71. B. 6. Daniel Snow 4.42.93. 3000. A. 5.
Peter Underwood 9.46.57pb. B. 5. Byron Foster 10.52.90. 1500S/C. A.6. Matthew
Gipon 5.13.69pb. B.4. Snow 5.22.44. 100H. A.4. Stephen Brockwell 14.79pb. B.1.
Jake Aust 14.75pb. 400H. A.5. Brockwell 62.90. B. 3. Tom Robinson 64.81. HJ.
A.6. Watson 1.60. B.6. Quincy Belgrave 1.50. LJ. A.4. Belgrave 5.75. B.3. Isodo
5.41. TJ. A.6. Robert Unwin 11.15. B. 5. Gareth Fergus 11.03. PV. A.6. Robinson
3.20pb. B.3=. Unwin 2.60. SP. A.5. Robin Shelley 11.14pb. B.3. Aaron Mulhearn
9.99. DT. A.4. Philip Shelley 32.60pb. B.3. Mulhearn 29.50. JT. A.6.R. Shelley
37.56. B.4. P. Shelley 35.16pb. HT. A. 2. Mulhearn 35.33pb. B. 3.P. Shelley
35.16pb. 4x100 2. 45.63 4x400. 1. 3.31.87 (Godsell, Aust, Simpson, Allerton).
100. A.2. Dwayne Bovell 11.70pb. B.5. Dennis Sawyerr 12.51. 200. A.4. Olusanjo
Bamgboye 23.73pb. B.4. James Sharpington 24.84. 400. A.7. Brendan Early 57.74.
B.3. Asandro McLeod 56.82. 800. A.5. Simon Childs 2.12.76. B.5. Ray Campbell
2.17.92. 1500. A.2. Joe Sweeney 4.29.58. B.4. Tom Morgan 5.01.10. 3000.A.8. Tom
Puttock 10.49.36. B.5. Matthew Greene 11.04.18. 80H. A.1. Andrew Johnson
11.78pbCR. B.8. Colin Smith 16.48 (fell). HJ. A.6. William Agyare 1.55. B.3.
Bovell 1.50. LJ. A.4. Bamgboye 5.47. B.5. Sharpington 5.11. PV. A.3. Alex Pope
2.60pb. B.3. Sharpington 2.00pb. SP. A.5. Abdul Gbla 11.67. B.1. Trevenan
Walther-Symons 11.53. DT. A. 5. McLeod 27.81. B.4. Sam McCarthy 24.76. JT. A.4.
Daniel Murray 33.15. B.3. Tom Morgan 33.12. HT. A.3.Paul Barrett 37.27pb. B.1.
Walther-Symons 34.76pb. 4x100. 2. 47.62. 4x400. 2. 3.47.14.
100. A.3. Fabrice Serybi 13.42. B.4. Adam Berry 13.86. 200. A.3. Harry Tidman
27.88. B.2. Jeremy Farr 27.48pb. 800. A.3. Daniel Casey 2.31.21. B.4. Dale
Willis 2.40.25. 1500. A.6. Chris Place 5.14.58. B.1. Tom Beech 5.15.94. LJ. A.1.
Shane Marsh 4.77pb. B.2. James Grannell 4.46pb. SP. A.2. Serybi 10.43pbCR. B.1.
Farr 8.38pb. 4x100 3. 54.41 (Serybi, James Nelson, Berry, Tidman)