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Cross Country Results for 2014/15

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Bennett Cup - 2014/15 22-03-15

21/03/15 - Closing 5 - Hayes 21-03-15

14/03/15 - English Schools Cross Country Championships, Blackburn, Lancashire 17-03-15

8/03/15 - Club 10 mile Championships - Hayes (10:30) 8-03-15

7/03/15 - UK Inter Counties, Birmingham 9-03-15

21/02/15 - National Cross-Country - Parliament Hill 21-02-15

15/02/15 - Ranelagh Mob Match - Hayes 15-02-15

7/02/15 - Kent League (ALL) - Swanley Park 7-02-15

31/01/15 - Southern Schools Inter-Counties 23-02-15

31/01/15 - SLH Mob Match - Coulsdon 1-02-15

24/01/15 - South of England Championships - Stanmer Park, Brighton 25-01-15

11/01/15 - Open 10k & Vets Champs & match against Beckenham RR - Hayes 11-01-15

3/01/15 - KCAA Cross-Country Championships - Brockhill School, Hythe 4-01-15

21/12/14 - Christmas 5 Yacht Handicap - Hayes  21-12-14

13/12/14 -  South of England Inter County Championships- Oxford 15-12-14

6/12/14 - Kent Masters - Sparrows Den 6-12-14

29/11/14 - Kent League (incls B&B YA C-C Champs) - Danson Park - CANCELLED

23/11/14 - Orion Mob Match - Hayes 23-11-14

15/11/14 - London Championships at Parliament Hill Fields 18-11-14

8/11/14 - Kent League (YA & Women) - Sparrows Den 8-11-14

1/11/14 - National Cross Country Relays at Mansfield 4-11-14

25/10/14 - Beachy Head Marathon - Eastbourne 26-10-14

25/10/14 - Kent League - Somerhill Park, Tonbridge 4-11-14

19/10/14 - Club 5 Mile Championship - Hayes 19-10-14

18/10/14 - South of England Cross Country relays - Wormwood Scrubs 25-10-14

11/10/14 - Kent League - Swanley  13-10-14

20/09/14 -  The Little Long Run - Newton Poppleford, East Devon 23-09-14

20/09/14 - A Mini-Mob Match against Striders of Croydon in the Bromley Park run 24-09-14

13/09/14 - Will Bolton Memorial Cross-Country Relay, Sparrows Den 15-09-14

Bennett Cup - 2013/14 Final Positions 26-03-14

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 class.

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 grabs.

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 so.

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 respectively.

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 International.

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.

Paul Austridge

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7/03/15 - UK Inter Counties, Birmingham

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 112th.

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 group.

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 done.

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.
Paul Austridge

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31/01/15 - Southern Schools Inter-Counties, Priory Park Reigate

Junior Girls: 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 respectable 34th.

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.

Paul Austridge

Photos from Rod Harrington


Photos from Tom Desborough

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3/01/15 - KCAA Cross-Country Championships - Brockhill School, Hythe

Full results here...

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 Sunderland!

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 club tent.

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 looking bright.

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 feeling unwell.

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.

Paul Austridge

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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 were 5th

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 win.

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.



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6/12/14 - Kent Masters - Sparrows Den

Full results here...

The Kent Masters XC VM60 gold medallists.

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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 course.

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

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1/11/14 - National Cross Country Relays at Mansfield

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 traffic jams!!

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 impressive!

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 Dave)!!

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 place.

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 morning!)

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 impressive statistic.

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 club.

Next fixture is the Kent League on November 8th, incorporating the Club Champs at Sparrows Den.

Paul Austridge

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


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25/10/14 - Beachy Head Marathon - Eastbourne

The start...

The following photos from Jackie Montgomery

Full results here...

35 1587 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 4:21:01.85
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 4:52:12.05
1029 1276 LONGSTAFF, Martyn M 780 Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC 5:39:42.40

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18/10/14 - South of England Cross Country relays - Wormwood Scrubs 21-10-14

Full results here...

Photos from Charlotte Kingston


Hi all

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 performance.

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.

Paul Austridge
Andy Frankish

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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.

Runner time club  
Simon Ambrosi 17.42 SoC 70
Alan Camp 17.43 B&B 69
Damian Macenhill 17.45 SoC 68
Justin Macenhill 18.01 SoC 67
Sam Agnew 18.07 B&B 66
Carole Penlington 18.08 B&B 65
Krzysztof Klidzia 18.22 SoC 64
Andy Tucker 18.24 B&B 63
Mark Watling 18.41 B&B 62
Colin Hann 18.45 SoC 61
Robert Perry 18.47 B&B 60
Andy Perks 18.57 SoC 59
Steve Pairman 19.02 B&B 58
Richard Lee-Smith 19.23 SoC 57
Martin Filer 19.37 SoC 56
Chris Morton 19.38 SoC 55
Paul Stanford 19.41 SoC 54
Alexis Tobin 19.44 B&B 53
Darren Woods 20.00 SoC 52
Mark Kelly 20.12 SoC 51
Alistair Smith 20.18 SoC 50
Sam O'Dongo 20.23 SoC 49
Mike Simms 20.24 B&B 48
Iain Swatton 20.28 B&B 47
Sarah Bealon 20.40 B&B 46
Graeme Drysdale 20.47 SoC 45
Adrian Stocks 20.58 B&B 44
Gareth Griffin 21.06 B&B 43
Steve Smith 21.13 SoC 42
Tony Ostrowski 21.21 SoC 41
Thomas Penlington 21.29 B&B 40
Harrison Parker 21.30 B&B 39
Alice Prentice 21.42 B&B 38
Barry Wetherilt 21.43 B&B 37
Tim Ward 21.48 B&B 36
Colin Cotton 22.07 SoC 35
Scott Bulmer 22.15 B&B 34
Sally Haffenden 22.45 B&B 33
Selena Wong 23.10 SoC 32
Nigel Finch 23.12 SoC 31
Nigel Bulmer 23.29 B&B 30
Russell Harmsworth 23.59 SoC 29
Justine Eastbury 24.06 B&B 28
Richard Tanner 24.12 SoC 27
Tom Littlewood 24.24 SoC 26
Linda Daniel 24.37 SoC 25
Helen Godsell 24.49 B&B 24
Nick Fiander 25.05 SoC 23
Anne Cilia 25.15 B&B 22
David Denton 25.30 SoC 21
Chloe Haffenden 25.51 B&B 20
Andrew Diamantis 26.03 SoC 19
Julia Parman 26.38 B&B 18
Adrian Perry 26.38 B&B 17
Hannah Musk 27.23 SoC 16
Andy Elliott 27.31 SoC 15
Peter Lovell 27.34 B&B 14
Robert Ewen 28.16 SoC 13
Yasmin Anderson 28.25 SoC 12
Sandra Francis 28.43 SoC 11
Peter Attewell 28.56 SoC 10
Phil Handley 28.59 SoC 9
Richard Griffin 29.29 B&B 8
Graeme Bowyer 29.33 SoC 7
Karen Connor 31.52 SoC 6
Rachel Tanner 32.51 SoC 5
Charlie Tanner 32.51 SoC 4
Kevin Burnett 33.49 SoC 3
Victoria Legge 33.57 SoC 2
Stacey Seymour 40.56 SoC 1


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20/09/14 -  The Little Long Run - Newton Poppleford, East Devon

Bob Minting enjoying this challenge, he came 13th. Photo from Chris Woodcock

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