23 November 2019 - Liverpool Cross Challenge (Euro
Liverpool Cross Challenge (incorporating the European Cross Country
Saturday saw the European XC champs trials held in
Liverpool, 4 men took the long travel up north plus one supporter (shoutout
to Will Ruiz)
First home was Team Manager Ross Braden, who finally
managed to put in a worthy performance in Blackheath colours, finishing in
42nd. He was closely tracked by Northerner Josh Schofield, who after a
blistering start (briefly taking the lead) settled down and put in a fine
performance finishing a very solid 53rd.
The next Blackheath vest to finish was '800m turned
cross country specialist' James Habergram. Despite being far from thrilled
with the conditions, Habergham put in another superb performance over the
cross for Blackheath, putting an end to any rumours that he would prefer to
run indoors than at nationals.
Charlie Davis was also running however he seemed to
have forgotten his B&B HAC vest, which meant he was forced to run in the
colours of Birmingham Uni instead. This misstep can be forgiven as Charlie
improved on already very good performances this winter to finish in 64th.
30 November 2019 - Kent Masters -
Central Park Dartford
2019 - London C-C Championships
Several Blackheath athletes were again on the charge
at the weekend over Parliament's Hills in a boggy, undulating affair that
served as a reminder that winter has well and truly arrived; and that even
the comparatively short 10km on Hampstead Heath is no mean feat.
Local resident Danny Brewer led the charge after his
stint altitude training in Bolivia in an impressive 41st place despite a
stitch on the last lap. Dan Kennedy followed him home in 59th after a well
judged effort, Luca Ercolani snuck into the top 100 in 98th with a
determined sprint to the line, and Fintan Parkinson completed the scoring
quartet 158th after taking the brave decision to wear trail shoes in the
ankle deep mud.
Josh Dowling made a welcome return to racing in 172nd
after some achilles trouble, Jon Vintner ensured it was a worthwhile trip up
from Winchester in 218th, while Heath also made a return to racing in 238th.
Chris Tuck continued his march back to full fitness in 263rd to just miss
out on the top half, Darren Corneille built on an impressive few months
worth of training to come 295th, and Rich Byford completed the Blackheath
contingent in 406th to give us 10 finishers: our best total in years.
All of this translated into 13th place out of 38
complete 4 to score teams. Naturally this was rewarded with a few well
earned refreshments at some of Highgate's finest drinking establishments.
Full results can be found here:
Up the Heath!
Chris, Dan & Ross
2019 - National Cross Country Relays at
A strong team effort was on display again on Saturday
as 1 complete and 1 incomplete Blackheath and Bromley side descended on a
wet and muddy Berry Hill Park in Mansfield for the National Cross Country
Charlie Davis made his seasonal debut for Blackheath
with a strong performance on the ultra competitive first leg to come home in
38th in 17:17, a time that would have been close to the top 10 on any other
leg. Josh Schofield continued his impressive form from Tonbridge last
weekend to charge through the field in the 8th fastest time of the 2nd leg,
16:53, to make up 20 places and take some impressive scalps in the process.
James Habergham, rapidly making himself indispensable to all our relay
teams, continued the good work to snatch an extra place in 17:23 in a
battling performance. Sadly, this momentum couldn't be maintained on the
last leg as Dan Kennedy, a late change due to injury and illness, could only
manage 19:42 and lost 10 places to lead the team home in 27th. Far from a
disaster, but below expectations.
Simultaneously a the incomplete B team made the most
of the opportunity to compete on the national stage by all bringing their A
games to the competition. Tom Desborough came home in 69th on the 1st leg in
18:38, suggesting he might have been better off in the A Team. Mark Cage
made his long awaited debut for the club by holding his own in a solid 19:37
and Ian Firla got in a relatively speedy work out in his preparation for the
Valencia Marathon by completing the team in 20:07 to leave them back in 69th
but sadly without anyone to pass on to it.
A big shout out to former Heathen Phil Sesemann for
defending the Cross Country Relay title with Leeds City despite taking a
heavy fall down hill on the first leg.
Full results can be found here:
Up the Heath!
Chris, Dan & Ross
We were all very fortunate that the National Cross
Country relays in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, went ahead as planned, despite
fears that this great venue may not have been available, due to bureaucracy!
The superb course at Berry Hill Park offers everything
needed for a great Championships - tough hills, woodlands, mud, grass,
bucket loads of rain and wind and all this easily accessed by the large
numbers of spectators in attendance.
Forty three young BBHAC athletes made the three to
five hour journey (depending on when they travelled) to Mansfield and were
met by the “worst conditions for 30 years” as announced by the PA system!
This meant that times were slightly down on last year but the effort and
commitment was exactly the same as always.
The U13 boys trio were led out by Alex Middleton, who
had his spike ripped from his foot after about 400m, but carried on
regardless before passing to Hendri Verster and then Harry Fage, both in
their first National XC relay, bringing the team home in 43rd in a field of
79 complete teams.
The U13 girls had three strong teams racing and the
trio of Megan Barlow, Amie Gould and Fran Middleton combined well to finish
a high 17th. India Blakey, Lara Tunali Flynn and Megan Slattery were just
behind in 21st and only two places behind them in 23rd were Maria Salamanca,
Alyessa Firla and Luciana Smith.
Matt Smith had a superb race coming home a solid 8th
in the U15 boys handing to Ted Marston and Thomas Sugden who both ran well
coming home 30th. Nathan Firla made his National debut running the first leg
of an incomplete team but held his own well in tough conditions.
The U15 girls had three complete teams and the A team
of Hannah Clark, Lara Mannes and Lily Meers all had strong runs,
collectively finishing a fine 8th place with 98 teams racing. Imogen Hadley,
Amelia Middleton and Carys Firth finished well in 43rd spot just in front of
trio Isabella Louth, Olivia Wauters and Cara Gould in 47th.
The U17 boys also finished an impressive 8th with
Oliver Bright running the sixth fastest leg of the day (270 racing) passing
to Tom Brash and then Sam Reardon who both had typically committed runs. The
incomplete B team was made up of Will Andrews and Freddy Georgiou and they
both handled the conditions well, just a shame there was no third leg runner
to complete a team result.
The U17 girls had two great team running and the A
team finished a high 10th with Tola Pearse running well on leg 1 passing to
Ailbhe Barnes on two, producing the fastest leg 2 of the day, handing over
to Zakia Mossi bringing the team home in 10th. The B team of Ava White, Zoe
White and Jess Neal pushed hard and finished a fine13th. In the incomplete C
team Lucrezia Polloni showed she is in great form running a solid opening
The U20 boys finished in 41st with Callum Myatt
leading them out, handing to Ben Gardiner on two and Henry Fisher on three.
The U20 girls were led out by Yasmin Austridge,
passing to Mille Smith and then to Amy Leach who crossed the line in a good
Challenging conditions all round but I’m sure everyone
enjoyed getting warm and refuelling before the long journey home. A big
thank you to PP Dave Cordell and VP Claire Austridge for taking the much
needed tent to Mansfield and back to the club house afterwards, to hang up
to dry! Many thanks again, go to all the parents, team mangers and coaches
who continue to support our young athletes enabling them to compete at this
high level. Special thanks to Paul Brash who drove the testosterone filled
minibus to Mansfield and back, not an easy undertaking.
2019 - SEAA XC Relays - Wormwood Scrubs
Blackheath fielded a single team at Wormwood Scrubs on
Saturday to run in the Southern XC Relay Championships, with everyone
performing brilliantly apart from the loan team manager. James Habergham
ensured the trip down south was a productive one with 2nd place after the
1st leg and the 4th fastest time of the day. Alex Gibbins continued the good
work with the 30th best time of the day to bring the team back in a very
respectable 6th, before handing over to Dan Kennedy, who promptly took the
team back 8 places to 14th with an awful run. Ian Firla was on hand to
steady the ship, however, with a strong run to lead the team home in 15th in
only his 2nd XC race for the club.