17 December 2015
Cross Country Results for 2014/15
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14 March 2014 - English Schools
Cross Country Championships, Blackburn, Lancashire
The culmination for most young athletes winter program
takes place at the prestigious English Schools Cross Country Championships
and this year it was held at Witton Country park in Blackburn, Lancashire.
With the reward of an England call up for the top 8 in
each race, competition was fierce and so the standard as always was top
All of Englandís 45 counties selected their best eight
boy and girl athletes to compete in junior, intermediate and senior school
age groups, with individual, team titles and international selection up for
Blackheath and Bromley HAC had 15 athletes running,
representing 3 different counties.
Henry Cowie, (having missed a few cross country events
to concentrate on multi events and the indoor season, where he won the
National 800m title) ran for Kent and produced a brilliantly gutsy
performance to see him cross the line in 7th, earning him a trip to Dublin
next week to run for England. So proud was Henry he spent the rest of the
day sporting his brand new bright red England tracksuit and quite rightly
Running for Surrey, also in the junior boys were
Michael Eagling and Angus Harrington and only a second separated them as
they powered down the flat home straight in 87th and 91st respectively.
Kentís intermediate girls totally dominated their
race, easily winning the team trophy with 6 runners inside the top 20, in a
field of 340. A truly impressive sight. Jess Keene made her move up the
steep long hill, mid way through the race and was delighted to finish 7th
earning herself another England vest to add to the one she won two years
ago. Yasmin Austridge kept both spikes on this weekend as she finished a
fantastic 13th place and Genny Allen ran well finishing 220th.
The start at the English schools can be treacherous as
athletes line up 8 deep and 45 wide, all wearing long sharp spikes. Naomi
Kingston running for London suffered badly, falling hard barely 20m into the
race but to her credit she got up and pushed on finishing 113th.
In the junior girls Millie Smith had a fabulous run
fighting all the way and finished a fine 19th place tantalisingly only 8
seconds away from claiming a England vest. Sophie Hoare and Yasmin Marghini
both running for London in their first year finished 87th and 249th
Joss Barber continued his fine season with a fantastic
19th place finish and being the third Kent scorer helped the team take
silver. Joss is competing and holding his own in fine company as Kentís
first two scorers were both selected to run for England.
In the senior girls race Niamh Bridson Hubbard
finished her outstanding winter season with a brilliant 10th place finish
over the testing 4.3k course. Sam Leighton had a fine run crossing the line
in 148th with Anna Myers just behind in 172th.
At the Kent schools in January senior boy Will Fuller
showed his class off the sporting field by handing his bronze medal to an
unregistered boy (and therefore ineligible), who had narrowly beaten him.
This very sporting gesture didnít go unnoticed as the Kent schoolís team
management presented Will with his very own engraved medal, on the team
coach, in front of his 47 team mates. A great gesture by the Kent team and
very well deserved. In Wills last schools cross country championships he
gave his all as he tried to stay with the front runners but drifted a little
off the pace and finished a still respectably 23rd.
Winning your County vest is a great achievement, so
congratulations to all who ran.
Winning your England vest is fantastic and the very
best of luck to Henry and Jess who travel to Dublin next week to run for
England against Scotland, Ireland and Wales in the home Countries
The next generation of Blackheath and Bromley athletes
were also competing on Saturday in the Bromley primary schools cross country
champs and there was a fine win for Sam Reardon in the year 6 boys race
followed by a great 2nd place for Thomas Penlington. With many of our young
athletes helping Mick Jones as hare and sweepers at Crystal Palace it looks
like the future is in safe hands.
7/03/15 - UK Inter Counties,
Cofton Park, Birmingham was ablaze with sunshine for
the 2015 UK Inter Counties Championships and the going was good on firm
grass with a couple of small boggy sections. Blackheath and Bromley HAC had
17 young athletes and one senior athlete representing Kent.
These Championships are the highlight of the Cross Country season attracting
all the best athletes from throughout the UK, it also incorporates the Cross
Challenge finals and doubles up as the trials for the World Cross event, so
competition is fierce and the standard is high.
Being selected to run for Kent is a huge honour and
gaining selection is even more special as Kent is one of the strongest
counties in the UK.
Highest individual placing of the day was Peter Guyís fabulous 10th place
finish in the U13 boys, just pipping Rowan Fuss (and three other boys) by a
second into 11th. Rowan had led the field early on with a typically
determined start and their efforts saw Peter and Rowan 1st and 2nd Kent boys
home helping the team secure third place. Joseph Georgiadis continued his
fine season with a great run finishing in 71st.
The U13 girls had two - first year BBHAC athletes racing and a great run
from Rosie Allen had her finishing inside the top 100 in 96th. Jess Neal,
despite getting a spike through her foot ran well and crossed the line in
Kentís U15 girls totally dominated their age group easily taking the team
gold with the scoring four home in the top twelve places and all the girls
home in 53 out of over 300 running. Yasmin Austridge had a steady start but
worked through the field to finish a great 12th place, this despite losing
her spike in the first 200m! Naomi Kingston had another strong run and
finished in 33rd, this was good enough to place her 4th overall in the Cross
Challenge final. Naomi was delighted to be on the podium and with the
financial prize she won in the process. Millie Smith, in her first year in
the age group had a good run in 53rd.
The Kent U17 boys also won the team gold and saw strong runs from Joss
Barber in 46th and Marco Arcuri in 113th, both still first year in the age
The Kent U17 girls tied with Surrey for the team title but lost out on count
back as Surreyís fourth runner was ahead of Kentís fourth runner, so had to
settle for silver. A fabulous run from Jess Keene saw her finish in a great
11th place with Niamh Bridson Hubbard racing in determined fashion finishing
just behind in 15th. Joanna Clowes had hope to shake off a stiff calf but
after about 4k of the 5k course her calf stiffened up too much and
unfortunately she had to pull out but hopefully with no lasting damaged
The two Wills, Fuller and Ruiz were part of the Kent U20 menís winning team.
Will Fuller had a great run in a very strong field and finished high up in
22nd with Will Ruiz crossing the line in a very respectable 65th.
BB had two U20 girls running and a good effort from Sam Leighton saw her
finish in a great 79th position and Anna Myers crossed the line in 101st.
The only senior running from BB was senior man Alex Bruce Littlewood who
last ran a Cofton Park 10 years ago at the age of 14. Alex moved through the
field well, to finish in a fantastic 15th place, the first Kent man home.
This helped Kent take the silver medal in the 6 to score but earned them a
gold in the 9 to score competition.
Next weekend are the English Schools Cross Country Championships in
Blackburn where we have a number of athletes running for Kent, Surrey and
London schools. Good luck to all of those running.
31/01/15 - Southern Schools
Inter-Counties, Priory Park Reigate
Emilie Penlington: 48th Lily Tappenden: 89th Alice Prentice: 93rd
Junior Boys: Henry-James Cowie: 4th Angus Harrington: 17th Coleman Corry:
21st Michael Eagling 23rd Callum Myatt: 86th
Inter Girls: Jessica Keene: 5th Yasmin Austridge: 8th Carlotta Weitzel: 48th
Amy Leach 52nd
Senior Girls: Niamh Bridson-Hubbard: 2nd Samantha Leighton: 34th
Senior Boys: Will Fuller: 2nd Richard Webb: 22nd Tom Desborough: 32nd
Twenty Blackheath and Bromley young athletes proudly
put on their county vests (most for Kent but four for Surrey) and competed
in the South East Schools Inter County cross country race at Reigate in
freezing, wet and muddy conditions.
Six counties, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire,
Berkshire and Essex each selected up to 20 athletes for all three age
groups, junior, inter and senior and so competition is of a high standard.
In the senior girls (school years 12-13) Niamh Bridson
Hubbard (Kent) had another fantastic run, finishing with a sprint, crossing
the line in second place. Sam Leighton (Kent) had heavy fall on a muddy
downhill stretch but sprung up instinctively to carry on to finish in a very
In the senior boys Will Fuller (Kent) was back to his
glorious best, seemingly floating over the muddy terrain, finishing in a
tremendous silver medal position. Richard Webb (Kent) just back after injury
put in a gutsy performance to finish 22nd and Thomas Desborough (Kent) flew
round the final lap picking off athletes to pull himself up to a great 32nd.
The three Blackheath boys helped Kent take the senior boys title.
The junior boys (school years 8-9) had six BBHAC boys
running, three for Kent and three for Surrey. Henry Cowie (Kent) was a fine
4th follow by a great run from Angus Harrington (Surrey) 17th. Coleman Corry
and Michael Eagling (Surrey) were 21st and 23rd respectively. George Pope
(Kent) was 62nd and Callum Myatt making his Kent debut was 86th.
In the junior girls race Emilie Penlington (Kent)
finished 48th, Grace Scopes (Surrey) was 85th, Lily Tappenden (Kent) 89th
and Alice Prentice (Kent) 93rd.
Jessica Keene lead the BB Kent inter girls (school
years 10-11) home in 5th, backed up by Yasmin Austridge in 8th, Genny Allen
23rd, Carlotta Weitzel 48th and Amy Leach 52nd.
Photos from Rod Harrington
Photos from Tom Desborough
3/01/15 - KCAA Cross-Country
Championships - Brockhill School, Hythe
A few photos from Luigi Arcuri
Senior Men - What a course. The shortening of the
course created a false sense of security I feel, but not for long, 6 laps of
a soggy slidey course, in driving rain. Still no National course at
Well done to all who ran:
20th Danny Brewer
22nd Peter Tucker
24th Gareth Evans
49th Mev Kay
50th Fintan Parkinson
63rd Richie Leccia
134th Ian Taylor
141st Richard Byford
145th Nigel Bulmer
Up the heath
Danny, Jon and Andy
Blackheath and Bromley HAC young athletes have started
the New 2015 Year in fantastic fashion at the Kent Cross Country
Championships, winning four team trophies, one set of team silvers and two
sets of team bronzes along with individual gold, silvers and bronze medals.
The girls are now Kent Champions in the U13, U15 and
U17 age groups and won silver in the U20.
The boys are now Kent Champions in the U13 and bronze
medalist in the U15 and U17's. A very impressive set of results.
The weather was typical cross country weather,
constant rain and the going under foot was difficult with long grass, boggy
puddles, mud, adverse cambers, flint and hills all coming in to play but
fortunately we were once again protected from the elements by our impressive
Many many thanks to the sterling work Hanna and Dave
Cordell do in difficult conditions for the rest of us to enjoy. The day
would have been unbearable without the tent!
With the English channel rolling in the back ground
the U13 girls got us off to a winning start, securing the team gold, beating
Tonbridge by two points (three athletes to score). First home, having a
brilliant run was Emilie Penlington finishing strongly to win a fine silver
medal in 2nd place. Jessica Neal and Rosie Allen had great runs and could
only be separated by a second as they took 6th and 7th place respectively.
Lily Tappenden 14th and Alice Prentice 16th were next BB finishers followed
by Morgan Squibb 25th, Gracie Horton 26th, Niamh Milo 30th, Zoe Austridge
40th and Lauren Goddard 56th.
Jessica, Rosie, Morgan and Niamh will all still be U13
next year. It was also good to see their team mate Isabelle Bridge
supporting them especially as she is out with an injury at present.
The eleven U13 boys standing on the start line must
have been inspired by the girls as they stormed to a team gold as well
winning by 15 points. Rowan Fuss continued his fantastic season winning
comfortably with Joseph Georgiadis giving himself a great birthday present
winning the bronze medal in a strong 3rd. Peter Guy who won the bronze here
last year had to settle for a still respectable 5th place having worked hard
throughout the race. Keir Lundy finished well in 12th completing the scoring
four (four athletes to score for the boys). To prove Blackheath's strength
in depth we had three bunched together with Ben Gardiner 15th, young Thomas
Penlington, making his BB debut in a fantastic 16th and Robert Suckling
placing a great 17th. Leo Braden was just behind in 19th followed by Cameron
Swatton in 30th and Ethan Kitteridge, also making his BB debut in 38th.
Young Sam Reardon was having an impressive race but was hindered by a
painful knee injury late on into the race. Such was Sam's determination to
finish he continued, albeit hobbling, through to the finish. A great team
player. Impressively Thomas and Sam still have two years left in the U13 age
group along with Rowan and Ethan who have one more year, the future is
The U15 girls continued the winning streak but the
result was a lot closer, in fact we were tied on points with Tonbridge but
as our third and final scorer finished before Tonbridge's last scorer, we
won! Yasmin Austridge started off in determined mood and clawed back an
extra place in the final 100m finishing 4th. Great to see the black vests in
large numbers as four girls crossed the line one after the other with Naomi
Kingston in 6th, Kelsi Cornish in 7th, Millie Smith in 8th and Genny Allen
in 9th. Amy Leach had another strong run finishing in 22nd followed by
Carlotta Wietzel in 25th. To prove what fantastic team spirit there is
amongst our athletes it was great to see Grace Scopes and her dad there
supporting the team despite having only just landed at Heathrow a few hours
earlier after returning from a winter break in sunny Florida.
Nine U15 boys made the start line and their collective
efforts won them team bronze, medals. Angus Harrington looked great
finishing 11th, Lewis Mills making his BBHAC debut came storming through the
field to cross the line in a great 12th just 2 seconds behind Angus. Henry
Cowie had a difficult run in 18th, not surprising as he has been recently
clocking some of the fastest indoor 800m times in the country. Obviously in
pain he dug in and helped the team to 3rd. The scoring team was completed by
a real gutsy run from Callum Myatt finishing in 20th. Good to see Oscar
Hussey back running over the country despite having to juggle other sporting
commitments in 25th, George Pope sprinting the home straight 27th, Coleman
Corry 28th sporting a fetching Blackheath & Bromley club hat! Lewis
Stickings 30th and Charlie Andrews 37th completed the BB results.
Interesting to note that Angus, Henry, Callum, George, Coleman, Lewis and
Charlie are all still U15s next year. As I say this is great for the future.
The U17 girls welcomed back Niamh Bridson Hubbard to
the team after a long time away through injury. Depite limited training and
only a few steady runs it was great to see her set off with real
determination and lead the Blackheath girls out. In form, but not 100% well,
Jessica Keene just passed Niamh in the run in but their great results won
them team gold. The scoring three were Jess 2nd behind National Champion
Sabrina Sinha, Niamh 3rd and Kelsey Fuss 4th. They were well backed up by
great runs from Joanna Clowes 8th, Georgina Taylor 10th and Mary Guy in
14th. Shannon Riskey unfortunately had to pull out during the race after
Seven U17 BB boys started their 5.1km race and great
runs from Joss Barber in 6th and Marco in 7th along with Alek Wiltshire 22nd
and Will pope in 27th help secure team bronze medal for Blackheath and
Bromley. James Crawley had a difficult few minutes before his race after
discovering that his spikes had been accidentally taken home by someone with
a similar spike bag. Left in its place was a brightly coloured pair of
spikes 5 sizes too small! Joss Barber came to the rescue and selflessly
offered James his pair of clean dry trail shoes. James wore these and
finished 28th. I didn't realise the scale of the gesture until I saw Joss
after his race walking around in the now sodden trail shoes. A very kind
act. Bertie Harrington, having watched younger brother Angus run earlier and
anticipating watching dad Rod run later finished just behind James in 29th.
Charlie Davis started but had to pull out with recurring knee problems but
not before he had got muddy enough to make it worth while.
The U20 women continue our medal haul winning team
silver with Kate Curran placing 4th, Anna Myers 7th, Sam Leighton 8th and
Shauna Paice making her BB championship debut in 9th.
Thomas Desborough, just back from a hip injury was our
only representative in the U20 men after other withdrawals due to illness
and injury, didn't enjoy his day much as he had to pull out when his hip
problem flared up again. Hopefully a little rest and we will soon see Tom
flying around the country again.
Todays conditions were very difficult and resulted in
the senior men and women's races being altered at the last minute after one
athlete broke her ankle after a fall running through the valley. Although
the emergency services were at her side quickly and were able to keep her
dry, warm and comfortable it took over an hour and half to move her due to
the awkward terrain and ground conditions.
Many athletes stumbled or fell as did some spectators
including team manager Andy Frankish. Fortunately Andy was wearing his new
Christmas coat, a present from his training squad, maybe next year they
should buy him some spikes!!
It's no surprise that Blackheath and Bromley are such
a great club with great athletes, members and parents. Despite the weather
and location of this years County Championship many of our club's members
made the trek to support our athletes along with even more keen and willing
parents. Great to see Dick and Sheila Griffin, our Mr and Mrs President all
over the course, Tim Soutar our Chairman and U20 ladies team manager, Norman
Park track manger and past president Ken Daniel and as mentioned previously
our ever present Hanna and Dave Cordell.
Hanna and Dave arrived at Hythe at 8am in the morning,
set up the tent in heavy rain (not an easy task), Dave spent the day
officiating the races and Hanna spent the day handing out 10 sets of team
numbers and pins and generally taking charge in the tent. Once all the races
were complete they then dismantle the now sodden and muddy tent, fold away
and transport back to the club house, where they get it all out once again
and hang it up to dry. They have a very full, long day and we genuinely
could not do without the Cordells.
13/12/14 - South of
England Inter County Championships- Oxford
Oxford was the venue for this winters South of England
Inter County Cross Country Championships and BBHAC had 17 young athletes and
one senior lady running and competing for Kent.
The weather was bright sunshine but very cold, the
ground was icy and very hard but as the races got under way the going under
foot soon became very muddy.
Two U13 girls making their Kent debuts and both having
great runs were Emilie Penlington 26th and Jessica Neal 43rd. The Kent team
We also had two U13 boys running and Peter Guy racing
in typical determined fashion finished a terrific 8th place with Joseph
Georgiadis finishing strong in 22nd. The Kent team were 4th.
Henry Cowie started the U15 boys but in the bustle of
the start lost his spike and lost too much ground on the whole field and
unfortunately pulled out.
Four BBHAC girls competed in the U15 race in which
Kent won the team silver. Naomi Kingston was a great 6th , Yasmin Austridge
10th, Kelsi Cornish 26th and Genny Allen 42nd.
The U17 girls also had four BB athletes in the Kent
team that finished 6th. Jess Keene had a fantastic run coming a strong 3rd.
Georgina Taylor was 50th, Charlotte Rhule 57th and Shannon Riskey 67th.
The only Kent team victory of the day involving BB was
the U17 boys and a great run from Joss Barber in 17th helped to secure this
The U20 girls team were third and we had Anna Myers
35th, Sam Leighton 36th and Sonia Woolhouse in 44th.
Carole Penlington completed BB's contribution with a
great run in the senior ladies, (despite being eligible to run in the
masters age group) her 19th place helped Kent win the team bronze.
The next Championship race is the Kents at Hythe on
Saturday 3rd January 2015.
6/12/14 - Kent Masters -
The Kent Masters XC VM60 gold medallists.
15/11/14 - London Championships
at Parliament Hill Fields
Good performances all around for London Champs on
Saturday, despite no officials having a course map to hand until the starter
announced the course!
Alex Bruce-Littlewood performed to his usual top
standard, coming in a healthy 4th place. Danny Brewer maintained his decent
form in 32nd, with Gareth Evans having a cracking run in 38th.
Kev May showed his strength coming in 54th, keeping
Fintan '5 minutes to go' Parkinson who despite arriving with minutes to
spare came in a hearty 59th. Jamie Darling finished strongly in 66th, Jon
Vintner in 108th & Chris Tuck in 127th.
Strong team performance for a wet and seriously muddy
Alex Bruce-Littlewood: 4th
Danny Brewer: 32nd
Gareth Evans: 38th
Kev May: 54th
Fintan Parkinson: 59th
Jamie Darling: 66th
Jon Vintner: 108th
Chris Tuck: 127th
1/11/14 - National Cross Country Relays at
Blackheath and Bromley's U13 boys National Cross Country Relay Champions
Rowan Fuss, Peter Guy and Joseph Georgiadis
Blackheath and Bromley Harriers Athletic Club U13
boys and U15 girls are both NATIONAL CHAMPIONS.
Mansfield was the venue for The National cross country
relays and despite an event packed weekend all our athletes produced some
fantastic results in what turned out to be a brilliant weekend of running.
The bulk of the boys squad and a few of the girls
squad travelled up by minibus on the Friday but as numbers increase each
year we are very fortunate to have parents willing and happy to transport
our athletes all the way to the midlands and back.
Nick Swatton, Cameron's dad did just this and took
four of the U13 boys. Unfortunately Nick had a blow out puncture on the M11
and despite jacking the car up and undoing the wheel nuts was unable to
remove the wheel. The two hour wait in a field next to the motorway was
great fun for the boys who re enacted X factor over and over, but not so for
Nick. we weren't the only ones with vehicle issues, the Griffin contingent
were oping to leave early and spend the afternoon relaxing with Dave Cordell
and Nic Corry in the pub however, their plans were scuppered when Dick
(narrowly missing the Wally award) filled his son Gareth's car with the
wrong fuel. Several hours and pounds later they were ready to join the
The mini bus had less problems but still had to endure
huge traffic jams meaning less swimming time before dinner!
Once booked into our rooms it was down to the swimming
pool for a few ball games. We were soon joined by track manager Ken Daniel
whose work out consisted of two widths of the pool around 20 m, very
We were joined at dinner by Mr and Mrs President Dick
and Shiela Griffin, VP's (amongst many other things) Dave and Hanna Cordell
and Nic Corry. Dinner passed peacefully with the highlight being an irate
Ken Daniel (starving after his workout) complaining about the lack of choice
of desserts. The speedy athletes had devoured the cheese cake and lemon
meringue leaving Ken with only fruit salad!!
The young athletes then took over the snooker room and
after a couple of hours chatting and doing what youngster do, it was lights
out and resting up in preparation for the next days exertions.
Dave and Hanna were first up for breakfast and were
already en route to set up our tent before many were even awake. Many thanks
once again go to Hanna and Dave who work tirelessly to set up our base at
all our athletic events. It was a great sight seeing our huge black tent
flanked by BBHAC banners on arrival and in a prime location at the front of
a very busy team tent area. If Hanna wants to continue helping Dave put the
tent up she might need to get down the gym to build her arms up (so says
After breakfast it was a bit concerning seeing
diligent Dave, our driver for the weekend, rushing back into the hotel
looking concerned. The minibus wouldn't start as the battery had completely
drained. We thought Nick Swatton had had enough of vehicle problems but he
reacted quickest and whisked Dave away to find somewhere to buy jump leads.
Thirty minutes later sporting a heavy duty pair they quickly set about
getting the minibus started. Huge thanks go to Nick Swatton for many reasons
but especially for making light work of the situation and getting us all
mobile again. Nick did get his rewards as all of the Blackheath contingent
cheered him on during his senior mens race, despite wearing the colours of
our rivals Herne Hill Harriers!!
The course at Mansfield is undulating, woody, dryish
under foot and very well marked out. Having walked the course, pinned
numbers on and secured timing chips to their ankles, all were ready to go.
First race of the day was the U20 girls and sad to say
we had no BBHAC woman running, however Jess Jones (coach Mick's daughter)
was running in the purple of her university, Loughborough. We all agreed
Jess looks better in black but good to see Loughborough university coach VP
Bill Foster gaining success with a fine 3rd place finish.
Jessica Keene had a great lead off leg for the U17
girls, running the fourth fastest leg of the day, handing over to Shannon
Riskey who had a strong run and passed over to Kelsey Fuss who brought the
team home in a great 7th position.
Next up was the U20 men and for the first time in many
years BBHAC had more than enough running to complete a scoring team. Will
Ruiz made the short journey across from his University at Birmingham to take
on the fierce, competitive first leg and did well to hand over to Will
Fuller in 40th. Will had a great run moving through the field taking many
scalps handing over to Richard Webb in 22nd. Richard, having interrupted a
holiday to race, continued the scalping crossing the line in a very
creditable 14th place.
Showing we have strength in depth Thomas Desborough
ran the first leg of our incomplete B team running nearly 20 seconds quicker
than last year.
The U17 boys trio of Joss Barber, Marco Arcuri and
Charlie Davis are all first year in the age group so their 21st position
finish was a great achievement and bodes well for next year. Joss had a very
strong first leg handing over in 14th, passing to Marco who handed over to
Charlie in 15th. Charlie was going well until being taken out with an upper
cut head butt to the shoulder from a spectator clambering under the course
marking tape. Charlie was able to finish but went straight to first aid
where he was hoping to see a spectator with a bloody nose!
The U13 girls had two strong teams (they even had a
travelling reserve in Zoe Austridge). First year in the age group Morgan
Squibb and Lily Tappenden had the difficult task of leading the teams out on
leg 1. With 112 girls crammed onto the start line it was no surprise that
girls were getting spiked and falling but unfortunately Morgan was one of
them. Getting spiked, ripping a brand new pair of spikes and tumbling right
at the start is hard but Morgan gallantly got up, carried on and worked her
way back up through the field. Not a great experience for her first National
relay championship but hopefully it won't put Morgan off. Lily had a strong
run handing over in 37th. Emilie Penlington ran a strong second leg for the
A team gaining 21 positions while Sophie Hoare making her debut appearance
for BB ran the fastest Blackheath U13 girl leg. Jessica Neal continued her
great season with a fine last leg making up 9 places and bringing the team
home in 20th position. Gracie Horton in her first competitive year also took
a tumble at the start but recovered well to bring the B team home in 23rd
The U13 boys were looking forward to their race and
were confident of doing well having won bronze medals at both the National
Road relays and the South of England cross country relays. 90 teams started
leg one and for the BB A team Peter Guy stormed off in usual power fashion
leading from start to the home straight but was caught in the last few
hundred meters by the City of York youngster. Not surprisingly these two
recorded the first and second fastest times of the day. Joseph Georgiadis
soon regained the lead and stayed in front all the way around the undulating
2km course and past over to 11 year old Rowan Fuss. Rowan never looked
troubled despite being followed by some very useful athletes and crossed the
line as Champions some 5 seconds clear, having run the sixth fastest time of
the day. A fantastic team performance (and slightly more impressive than
Joseph's dad Steve first to finish the Mansfield park run earlier that
Cameron Swatton took on the challenging task of
leading the B team out on leg 1 and more than rose to the challenge with a
superb run passing over to Robert Suckling in 37th. Robert pushed on through
his leg gaining 7 places before handing to Keir Lundy who gained 5 places
crossing the line in a great 25th as the second placed B team. A brilliant
performance from all the U13 boys.
Next up was the current U15 girls National Road relay
Champions team of Naomi Kingston, Yasmin Austridge and Katy Ann McDonald and
what a thrilling race they produced right up until the final few strides.
Naomi set the team up in a field of over 100 teams with a powerful leg
handing over in 5th placed (having run the 6th fastest time of the day).
Yasmin set off in determined fashion and was soon in 3rd place and gained an
extra spot on the long hilly run in passing to Katy Ann in second place.
Katy Ann flew off chasing the race leader but fully aware that hot on her
heels was her school friend and running rival Alex Brown. Katy Ann pushed on
throughout her leg and clawed back the leader and took the lead coming into
the long home straight, still looking strong but with Herne Hill Harrier
Alex Brown closing the gap. Approaching the last hill Alex eased forward and
past Katy Ann to take the lead and looked good for the victory until Katy
Ann open up her famous sprint finish to regain the lead and win a
magnificent gold for the Blackheath team. A very exciting finish to a great
race. The Blackheath U15 girls are so strong that the B team of Millie
Smith, Stephanie Taylor and Grace Scopes finished a terrific 19th place
being the 3rd B team to finish. We also had an incopmlplete C team
comprising Madalina Samoila running in her BB debut recording a great time
and Amy Leach running her leg nearly 20 seconds faster than last year.
Two age groups as National Champions, a very
Coleman Corry led the U15 boys charge with a strong
run on leg 1 with Angus Harrington making up 3 places on leg 2 before
handing to Callum Myatt, (who would have run in his football boots had it
not been for the last minute negotiations to borrow a pair of spikes)
finishing in 43rd. Charlie Andrews making his National debut did well on the
challenging opening leg despite running in trainers. Interesting to note
that all these boys will still be in the same age group next year while many
will move up an age group.
The journey home was less eventful with a quick stop
for a fast food refuel and a lorry / car accident to slow us down before
finally arriving back at the clubhouse around 8.30. With only one parent to
wait for we thought we were in for an early night until Charlie D's car
refused to start. Fortunately Dave our mini bus driver was still around and
after a quick jump start a knackered computer was diagnosed, it was piling
into another car for a small detour.
This week 'boys managers award' goes to Cameron
Swatton for his fantastic gutsy run on the challenging first leg.
The 'girls team managers' award goes to Millie Smith
for her excellent run on leg one.
The first ever 'Wally award' goes to Yasmin Austridge
for locking her parents out of their room 10 minutes before they were due to
leave. It took a supervisor 20mins and three attempts to un lock the door.
I would also like to thank my very able Team Captain
Marco for his continued support and good humour a pre requisite for the job
along with being a tea drinker!
The whole weekend was a terrific success and it was
great to see so many BB supporters around the course supporting all our
athletes and indeed our own athletes supporting each other.
It was commented on more than one occasion what great
camaraderie we have amongst the young athletes we have within our great
Next fixture is the Kent League on November 8th,
incorporating the Club Champs at Sparrows Den.
Blackheath & Bromley Harrirs took 1 Senior Men's team
up to the National Cross Country relays this past weekend to compete in one
of the highlights of the Winter season.
Injuries struck the team on the week of the race,
which put the brakes on a B-team being represented, but we still put in a
positive performance at a National level competition.
Our team finished in 21st position out of 143 complete
teams in the 4x5km race.
First up was Phil Sesseman making a welcome return to
club action after a lengthy absence through injury. On the super competitive
1st leg he came back in a very respectable 25th position.
Alex Bruce-Littlewood then took over and even though
he was feeling under the weather he stormed through the field and moved us
up to our highest position of the day in 6th place. His leg was the quickest
of all leg 2 runners and probably was worth quite a bit more in overall
terms as the first leg is slightly shorter due to the start line position
saving some 8 seconds.
Marathon International Peter Tucker then took over and
fell back to 16th. This was still a good performance as his last marathon
was only 4 weeks previously and he is still feeling the after effects.
Dan Kennedy then brought the team home after finding
out he had been bumped up to the A-team on the morning of the event. He ran
a solid leg and brought the team home in our finishing position of 21st.
21 1:06:02.95 Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC 'A'
0:15:42.70 (25) Phil Sesseman
0:15:23.85 (6) Alex Bruce-Littlewood
0:17:13.15 (17) Peter Tucker
0:17:43.25 (21) Daniel Kennedy
Special thanks go to the Cordells for providing the
team with warmth and shelter at these events as well as their support.
Up The Heath.
Andy, Jon, Danny
Photos from Charlotte Kingston
25/10/14 - Beachy Head Marathon -
The following photos from Jackie
PENLINGTON, Carole F 2 Blackheath and Bromley 3:33:24.65
100 1545 PAIRMAN, Steve M 90 Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC 3:51:50.25
121 66 AVES, Clayton M 111 Blackheath and bromley harriers 3:55:51.30
203 1873 SKELLY, Mark M 178 4:07:41.90
204 787 GENTLE, Chris M 179 Blackheath & Bromley Harriers 4:07:40.50
205 305 BURFORD, Peter M 180 Black health an Bromley harriers 4:07:40.90
207 1420 MONTGOMERY, Ian M 182 Blackheath & Bromley AC 4:07:49.40
229 1983 SWATTON, Iain M 199 Blackheath and Bromley 4:10:03.85
230 1496 NICHOLLS, Mark M 200 Blackheath & Bromley 4:10:09.90
288 1689 READ , Glen M 249 Blackheath & Bromley Harriers 4:17:50.70
320 143 BAYLEY-DAINTON, Stu M 274 Blackheath and Bromley Harriers AC
357 702 FENWICK, John M 306 Blackheath&bromley harriers 4:25:15.45
376 1710 RICHES, Andrew M 322 Blackheath and bromley 4:27:48.60
610 862 GRIFFIN, Gareth M 502
1029 1276 LONGSTAFF, Martyn M 780
Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC 5:39:42.40
18/10/14 - South of England
Cross Country relays - Wormwood Scrubs 21-10-14
Photos from Charlotte Kingston
Wormwood Scrubs doesn't instantly spring to mind as a
classic cross country venue but the BBHAC youngsters proved once again that
they can produce fantastic results wherever they run.
The majority of the squad made the 'not so straight
forward' journey across London together, by train, two tubes, bus and by
foot and surprisingly all 25 managed to stay together on both out going and
return journey, just!!
The U17 girls trio were first off and started the day
with a superb bronze medal finish. The team was Jessica Keene on 1st leg
(with the 5th fastest run of the day), Charlotte Rhule on 2nd leg and Kelsey
Fuss on anchor (running the 6th fastest run of the day).
The U17 boys were next off and were led out by team
captain Marco Arcuri who ran a fantastic leg and brought the team home in
4th (running the 7th fastest leg of the day). Self appointed deputy team
captain Charlie Davis continued his great early season form running a fast
leg 2 handing over in 5th to Alek Wiltshire, who took the opportunity to run
a great leg 3 and see the team cross the line in superb 5th place.
Will pope led the incomplete B team out on leg 1.
The U13 girls had five young athletes running. Morgan
Squibb ran a strong first leg for the A team handing over in 6th to Lily
Tappenden who in turn in held onto 6th. Jessica Neal ran a determined last
leg maintaining a 6th place finish.
The B team was incomplete but saw good runs from
Isabelle Bridge (back from injury) and Zoe Austridge.
More medals were to come and the U13 boys, fresh from
their National road relay bronze, led the way with Peter Guy on leg one
handing over in first (having run the 2nd fastest leg of the day). Joseph
Georgiadis had another strong run and passed to Ben Gardiner in 2nd. Ben on
the last leg was up against some very strong boys and did well to finish in
third winning a fantastic bronze for the team. Robert Suckling and Cameron
Swatton made up two thirds of the B team and were well up the field and like
the U13 girls it was a shame we could not field another U13 athlete to
complete the teams.
The U15 girls National Road Relay Champions were up
next and they didn't disappoint winning a fantastic silver medal behind a
very strong Herne Hill team. First off was Yasmin Austridge (running the 7th
fastest leg) handing over to Millie Smith in second place. Millie's strong
run set Naomi Kingston (running the 6th fastest leg) up to bring the team
home in second.
The B team were a great 13th overall (3rd B team) and
this was due to fine legs from Genny Allan on 1, Grace Scopes on 2 and
Stephanie Taylor on last leg. Fantastic to have great strength and depth.
The U15 boys were the last off and like the U15 girls
we had two strong teams of three competing. Henry Cowie once again ran the
first leg with real determination bringing the A team home in 3rd, Michael
Eagling had a strong run holding onto 5th, handing over to Coleman Corry who
held on for a fine 6th place. The B team were led out by a gutsy run from
Callum Myatt, George Pope moved through the field handing over to Lewis
Stickings in 19th which Lewis held onto. They were the 2nd B team to finish,
again great strength and depth.
This weeks Girls Team Managers Award goes to Yasmin
Austridge (chosen by Andy Frankish and not her Dad!) for a great first leg
The Boys Team Managers Award goes to Robert Sucking
(who narrowly missed out on Wally of the Day award) for yet another gutsy
and determined performance.
Another contented for Wally of the Day award was Lewis
stickings and the phantom oyster card loss. The slight hesitation this
caused had the group split in two, half on the tube and half on the platform
with the doors closing. If it wasn't for the hulk hand of Nick Swatton(
Cameron's dad) forcing open the doors, the groups would have travelled home
separately. Perhaps not a bad thing!!
Nine athletes went home with medals including Ben
Gardiner who also went home with a shiner collected head butting a flying
swing. Ben looked more like a boxing champ than an cross country athlete!
It was terrific to have loads of parents there
supporting the youngsters (worryingly some seemed quite comfortable around
the prison!) Also great to see new member Katy-Ann McDonald join her team
mates for the journey home.
All these fantastic results set the squad up nicely
for the National Cross Country relays in Mansfield on 1st November.
20/09/14 - A
Mini-Mob Match against Striders of Croydon in the Bromley Park run
Results from Saturdayís mob match. Closer than last time but once again
B&B came 2nd to the Striders.
20/09/14 - The Little
Long Run - Newton Poppleford, East Devon
Bob Minting enjoying this challenge, he came 13th.
Photo from Chris Woodcock