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   National Final Birmingham
   September 6th

  The BBHAC U13 boys              and as Caelan had cleared all        Southampton boy kept his
  performed out of their skins    his attempts he was still able to    form to cross the line first with
  at the National final winning   attempt the current height. 1.63     Peter just behind recording
  17 of the 22 medals available   must have seemed daunting as it      his third fastest ever 800m.
  to them.                        towered over him but this didn’t     Such was the Southampton
                                  stop Caelan having three decent      performance that he broke the
Angus Harrington (B) and          attempts at what would have          league record and won ‘Athlete
George Pope (BB) congratulate     been a massive best and gold.        of the Match’ award. It took
each other after a 1500m          It wasn’t to be but silver and a     a super human effort to beat
Myles Xavier, a great example     new best was still a wonderful       Peter, something no one else
to the team, was our busiest      result. Caelan’s parents and         has done this season!
athlete on the day, winning       Grandparents were as busy as         Peter’s performances all year
three gold and one silver medal.  Caelan trying to keep up with        have inspired Robert Suckling
Myles sprinted his way to         his clash of events!                 to great things and the final was
victory in the 100m and 200m      Tom Mills only found athletics       no exception as Robert cruised
with times just 0.1sec off his    recently and after joining the       through the first lap holding
best. His silver medal was won    club late in the season soon got a   a great position. Going up the
long jumping a big 4.71m into a   Kent call up for his efforts in the  back straight and rounding
head wind before anchoring the    throwing events. In Birmingham       the top bend the whole field
relay team home to a glorious     Tom showed his strength on the       seemed to surge forward but
win in their last event.          track as well, powering down         fortunately for BBHAC Peter
Caelan Raju won medals in all     the home straight to win the B       was the strongest and fastest as
of his three events. The high     string 200m in 27.51. Tom was        he eased in front to lead down
jump started well for Caelan      disappointed only to win the         the home straight. Robert had
and he was soon clearing a        bronze in the shot put with 8.51     run the perfectly timed race
personal best height of 1.45m     but put that disappointment          and there was no way he was
before he had to dash to the      behind him winning the Javelin       giving up the lead as he crossed
start line for the 75m hurdles.   with a massive 39.49 a new PB.       the line a comfortable winner.
Caelan has had a great season     Two golds and a bronze, not          As Robert came to a stop it
over the hurdles, representing    bad just two months into your        was great to see him subtly
Kent earlier in the year and the  athletic career. The Mills Mob       clench his fist, overjoyed by
high jump had clearly warmed      were all there to witness Tom’s      the result.
him up as he sped to a new PB     efforts.                             Pedro Gleadall, another Kent
12.75 taking the silver medal.    Peter Guy has dominated              county standard athlete in
One competitor was still          the 800m all season and was          his first year of competition,
remaining in the high jump        determined to keep it that           continues to throw the javelin
                                  way going through the bell           with relative ease and his
                                  in a rapid 63sec. The equally        throw of 32.24m won him
                                  talented Southampton lad             a well deserved gold medal.
                                  tracked Peter all the way and        Earlier in the day Pedro had
                                  somehow found another                just missed out on a medal
                                  pace as he crept past Peter          in the high jump coming 4th
                                  on the top bend. Peter               with 1.30 a little off his best.
                                  continue to push hard but the        The whole Gleadall family
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