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Athletics Report                    27

U13 boys Kent League

  The new track season kicked     Sam Reardon had a busy debut      pleased with his performance
  off in style at the Julie Rose  day having first played for       and his great team spirit.
  stadium in Ashford with         his local football team in the    Ethan Kitteridge, on his
  the first track and field       morning. Sam, a first year U13    debut was also involved
  match of the Kent league        ran a strong 1500 m winning       in the delayed high jump
  2015. Blackheath and            the B string in 5:01.7, broke     competition and with good
  Bromley HAC had eight           30 seconds for 200 m coming       numbers watching enjoyed
  boys competing in the U13       2nd in the B string, managed      success up to 1.15 just
  boys age group, 6 of whom       to squeeze in one jump in         clipping the bar at 1.20.
  were making their club track    the long jump and finished        Ethan did well to get off
  debuts.                         his day with a great leg in the   the ground at all having
                                  victorious relay team.            run the 75m hurdles in the
Tareq Bannour dominated the       Jacob Byfield, another first      morning and the 1500m in
sprints, comfortably winning      year U13 making his debut         5:29.0 shortly before the high
both the 100m and 200m and        showed great promise, (as did     jump. Ethan finished his
also brought the relay team       his dad Paul 30 years ago!).      day with a great second leg
home to victory. Tareq’s 200m     Jacob began with a strong         in the winning relay team.
performance was a grade 1         run over the hurdles coming       Sean Lancaster in his first
standard run and currently        2nd in the B string, jumped       year made a great start to
places him 2nd fastest boy in     an impressive 3.82 in the long    his athletics career coming
the country. A fantastic early    jump and ran the third leg in     second in the A string discus
season achievement and a great    the winning relay team.           and showed great team spirit
debut. Rowan Fuss also ran a      The U13 boys team is full of      having a go at the shot despite
grade 1 performance, winning      talented, enthusiastic athletes,  never lifting a shot before, but
a very controlled and evenly      all willing to give events a      gained more valuable points
paced 1500 m in 4:39.6. Earlier   go, if required and Barnaby       for the club. Blackheath
in the day Rowan had clocked      Corry was a fine example of       and Bromley U13 boys were
15.1 in the 75m hurdles           this doing everything asked       second on the day just 6
showing his range of talents.     of him and more. Barnaby,         points behind Tonbridge AC
Leo McCallum was having           first year U13 started with his   but when combined with the
a great morning, running          debut run over the hurdles,       U15 boys and girls teams we
close to his best in the 100m     stepped up to throw a javelin     came out on top winning the
and jumping a personal            to gain extra valuable points     first fixture by over 24 points.
best in the long jump, but a      for the team before being
swollen ankle forced Leo to       involved in an exciting high                          Paul Austridge
reluctantly pull out of the       jump competition that had
200m and relay. Leo wasn’t        been delayed for an hour
concerned for himself but         and half, due to an athlete
he didn’t want to let the         needing medical assistance
team down. Hopefully Leo          on the high jump fan. Unlike
will recover quickly and we       most events the high jump
look forward to seeing him        finishes on a failure so
competing again very soon.        athletes are often dejected
                                  but Barnaby should be very
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