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Athletics Report  11

        2nd in the 75m hurdles   Nick Paddington added over   Norman Park is one of the best
        showing great technique   two meters to his javelin   tracks in Kent if not Nationally
        against the wind. Bob (as many   personal best getting closer to   and was enhanced by some
        call him), then equalled his   the elusive 20m mark collecting   glorious weather and witnessed
        best in the damp high jump,   more important points for the   great competition of a high
        Fosbury style, placing second   BB team.        standard. BBHAC club records
        again and then tasted winning   Oliver Robertson had   are all quality performances
        ways in setting the relay team   a difficult journey to   and to break one requires
        off to a great start.   Southampton getting caught   excellence, so particularly
                                                        pleasing to see two club records
        Alex Sibley wiped a big chunk   up in a huge tail back on the   broken and one equalled.
        off his best in the 800m   motorway but unlike the   Ellie Dolby led from the front
        running 4 seconds quicker than   weather this didn’t dampen his   in the U13 girls 1200m and
        ever before, in not the best   spirits as he ran a quick 100m   comfortably broke Naomi
        conditions, winning valuable   as a warm up for the long jump,   Kingston’s strong 2012 record
        points for the team. Alex also   where he leaped to a fantastic   by nearly three seconds and the
                                new best, over 4m for the first
        did some speed work in his   time and in doing so securing   U15 boys’ quartet of Peter Guy,
        first club 100m race.                           Ben Bennett, Pedro Gleadall
                                all important team points.  and Robert Suckling sliced two
        Brandon Back knocked nearly   It was also great to have   seconds from last years record
        2 seconds off his best in the   Thomas Penlington back in the   breaking 4 x 300 m relay time,
        800m as he took two scalps up   team for his first competitive   an impressive relay team. Ellie
        the home straight to finish an   race of the summer season and   Barratt jumped brilliantly in
        impressive 2nd and again more   he did well in a tough 1500m   the pole vault equaling the
        valuable points towards the   running close to his PB with a   3.0m U15 club record.
        overall team score.     time of 5:11.8.         The U13 boys excelled and
        Matthew Smith looked                            probably produced their best
        dominant in his first 800m for   Match 3        set of results so far this season.
        the club and was pleased with   Norman Park 19th June  Multi talented Sam Reardon
        his 2:38.6 time. It was then a   Blackheath and Bromley   had a bumper personal best
        quick turn around and change   HAC young athletes took   day running and throwing
        of number, with hardly enough   full advantage of their home   bests in all four of his events.
        time for a packet of crisps,   fixture, in the third round   Sam started the day winning
        before sprinting against the   UKYDL National match,   the B string 200m in a quick
        wind and the rain in the 100m.  producing some fantastic   27.7 then had a couple of
                                results to comfortably win   hours rest before the javelin,
        Josh Buddle Smith also ran   on the day. Many of BBHAC   where he threw a long 25.60m
        his first 800m for the club and   stalwarts had set the scene   again winning the B string.
        recorded a new best of 2:48.2   early, putting up team tents,   Changing his focus Sam
        and this was a great warm up   stocking the beer tent and   then lined up for the 1500m,
        for his javelin competition   refreshment stall, lighting the   possibly his strongest event.
        where he threw just a few cms   BBQ and laying out all the   Having already reduced his
        short of his best but finished in   generously donated second   best time by thirteen and half
        a strong second place.  hand clothes and shoes.   seconds this year another PB
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