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        time on the track and a well
        paced race saw him finish just
        outside 5 minutes, in a tough
        1500m race, for a great new PB.
        The U13 boys’ efforts, along
        with the U13 girls and U15
        boys & girls collectively saw us
        finish in third spot on the day.
        Match 2
        Southampton 21 May
        Difficult weather conditions
        had little effect on the
        Blackheath and Bromley
        young athletes as they ran,
        jumped and threw their way
        to a strong 2nd position in
        the UK Youth Development   (27.9) despite there being   Jacob Byfield started his day in
        League, just behind the   a strong head wind in the   victorious form, comfortably
        equally strong home club   home straight. Robert had   winning the hurdles, in
        Southampton AC.         to settle for 2nd in the 100m   unfavourable conditions, not
        This great result left us in 2nd   but more than made for any   far outside his best. This bodes
        place in the league and with   disappointment by bringing   well for Jacob and the rest of
        the next fixture being at our   the relay team home to a   the season. Jacob’s versatility
        home venue of Norman Park,   brilliant but soggy victory.   helped at his next event, the
        we hope to build on this, to   Revenge is best served wet.  high jump. With the high jump
        hopefully finish in the top   Multi eventing Sam Reardon   landing mat now soaking wet
        two at the end of the season,                   the athletes doing the Fosbury
        thereby qualifying for the   started his day coming 3rd in   flop landed in puddles fully
                                the shot put and then showed
        National final in September.                    on their backs. Being wise to
                                he has speed and strength   this Jacob opted for the scissor
        The U13 boys had a very   as he eased past his rivals in   style jump, landing upright on
        successful day with eleven   the last 50m of the 200m,
        boys braving the elements   finishing a pleasing 2nd. Sam’s   his feet! Remarkably Jacob was
        and all producing some   real strength showed as he   able to add 10cm to his best
                                                        and stay relatively dry!
        outstanding performances.  dominated the 1500m leading
        First to compete was Robert   from the front and controlling   This prepared Jacob well as he
                                                        soared to a big new personal
        Murray, making his UKYDL   the race, crossing the line just
        debut and he started his day   outside his best. An impressive   best and a win in the long
        putting the shot a massive   performance considering the   jump before teaming up with
                                                        the relay boys to post another
        9.43 to win the competition   wind and rain. Then, with
        by nearly 3m. Robert then   little time to recover, Sam sped   victory.
        powered his way to a new   down the back straight as part   Barnaby Corry had another
        personal best in 200m   of the winning relay team.   great day of athletics coming
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