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Blackheath Harriers, Bromley
5 Mile Championships - 12 October 2002

The Club 5 mile Championships were held on what started as a miserable Saturday, but by race time was to turn into a pleasant afternoon - 65 runners started with Roy Smith coming home a clear winner for the second year. Russell Bentley was a fine 2nd and Andrew Rayner 3rd.   Roy Smith having turned 40 last weekend was, of course, first Vet.

Jeannie Butler finished 16th overall and was the first lady home and Terry Hawkey finishing in 6th place, won the Junior Championship.

We were pleased to see our friends from the Bank of England enjoying Hayes hospitality.

This is probably one of the oldest Cross-Country Cup's in the world more history... First run for in 1880 when the winner was C Cattlin.  All past winners...

Photos here..

Blackheath Harriers, Bromley - 5 Mile Championships - 12 October 2002

          Finish Handicap Net H/C
Position Number Name Age Club

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Sec

Min

 

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Min

 

Sec

Pos

1 29 SMITH Roy 40 BH 29 : 01 01 : 10 27 : 51 12
2 14 BENTLEY Russell 21 BH 29 : 41 01 : 00 28 : 41 27
3 36 RAYNER Andrew 20 BH 29 : 58 02 : 00 27 : 58 16
4 17 MURRAY Jonathon 28 BH 30 : 00 02 : 40 27 : 20 5
5 54 AIREY Martin 31 BH 30 : 25 00 : 20 30 : 05 45
6 37 HAWKEY Terry 18 BH 30 : 27 02 : 20 28 : 07 18
7 50 MORLAND John 41 BH 31 : 21 02 : 30 28 : 51 32
8 38 GASSON Nick 25 BH 31 : 48 03 : 10 28 : 38 25
9 11 PERKINS Ray 17 BH 31 : 53 02 : 00 29 : 53 42
10 39 ELLISON David 34 BH 32 : 13 04 : 40 27 : 33 9
11 42 DANIEL Ken 52 BH 32 : 25 05 : 00 27 : 25 7
12 9 ELLISON Mark 42 BH 32 : 44 05 : 00 27 : 44 10
13 43 CALNAN Pat 39 BH 33 : 43 03 : 50 29 : 53 43
14 32 HILLIAR Darryl 34 BH 33 : 50 06 : 40 27 : 10 3
15 52 TUCKER Andy 36 BH 33 : 56 06 : 00 27 : 56 15
16 15 BUTLER (L) Jennie 29 BH 34 : 31 05 : 50 28 : 41 28
17 51 COLES Richard 48 BH 34 : 53 07 : 00 27 : 53 13
18 24 BATER Bernie 41 BH 35 : 09 06 : 10 28 : 59 33
19 19 SIMMONDS Trevor   BH 35 : 25 05 : 00 30 : 25 47
20 673 OATES Paul   BA 35 : 35   :     :    
21 45 COATES Graham 52 BH 35 : 39 06 : 50 28 : 49 30
22 16 BROWN Rob 52 BH 35 : 41 06 : 20 29 : 21 36
23 13 SLACK Will 47 BH 35 : 43 07 : 30 28 : 13 19
24 31 CRONIN Mike 58 BH 35 : 46 08 : 20 27 : 26 8
25 55 LLOYD Gareth 54 BH 36 : 30 08 : 10 28 : 20 20
26 49 KILGOUR Andy 44 BH 37 : 02 07 : 40 29 : 22 37
27 678 LEVY Simon   BA 37 : 16   :     :    
28 2 CLIFF Harry 16 BH 37 : 24 09 : 30 27 : 54 14
29 6 McSHANE Brendan 40 BH 37 : 33 05 : 20 32 : 13 51
30 672 HARRIS Dick   BA 37 : 35   :     :    
31 12 PIKE Chris 50 BH 37 : 40 09 : 00 28 : 40 26
32 1 CLIFF Bob 51 BH 37 : 55 11 : 00 26 : 55 1
33 3 LLOYD Simon 37 BH 38 : 18 08 : 40 29 : 38 40
34 22 BARBER Nick 41 BH 38 : 24 08 : 00 30 : 24 46
35 18 DAVIS Alan 62 BH 38 : 54 09 : 30 29 : 24 39
36 56 SHEPHEARD Scott 34 BH 39 : 08 08 : 00 31 : 08 50
37 674 BARDEN Lional   BA 39 : 17   :     :    
38 30 LYONS Terry   GU 39 : 27   :     :    
39 23 WADE Mike 48 BH 39 : 31 12 : 10 27 : 21 6
40 26 CAPEY Simon 50 BH 40 : 08 11 : 40 28 : 28 22
41 671 BAKSH Ken   BA 40 : 47   :     :    
42 676 DEADMAN Peter   BA 40 : 49   :     :    
43 48 APPLETON Dave 55 BH 40 : 52 12 : 50 28 : 02 17
44 57 JONES-BALDOCK (L) Carolina 29 BH 41 : 09 14 : 10 26 : 59 2
45 677 STONE Dave   BA 41 : 10   :     :    
46 27 COMPTON Mark 47 BH 41 : 13 12 : 40 28 : 33 24
47 10 PRATTEN (L) Kate 27 BH 41 : 30 14 : 20 27 : 10 4
48 5 LOVELL Peter 63 BH 41 : 37 10 : 50 30 : 47 48
49 33 WILSON Bernard 55 BH 41 : 49 13 : 00 28 : 49 31
50 28 MULLETT Jim 57 BH 42 : 08 13 : 40 28 : 28 23
51 675 WEBB Chris   BA 42 : 14   :     :    
52 8 CILIA (L) Anne 43 BH 42 : 23 14 : 00 28 : 23 21
53 46 ROWE Colin 56 BH 42 : 53 13 : 50 29 : 03 34
54 4 EDWARDS Andy 48 BH 43 : 26 09 : 30 33 : 56 54
55 25 POOLE Colin 65 BH 43 : 48 14 : 30 29 : 18 35
56 41 ROBINSON John 59 BH 44 : 50 14 : 00 30 : 50 49
57 35 GASSON Mike 54 BH 45 : 59 16 : 20 29 : 39 41
58 53 COPLEY John 57 BH 46 : 24 16 : 20 30 : 04 44
59 21 FULFORD-BROWN Chris 47 BH 47 : 36 18 : 50 28 : 46 29
60 40 CHURCHUS David 71 BH 47 : 40 19 : 50 27 : 50 11
61 34 CUMMINGS Graham 49 BH 48 : 12 15 : 10 33 : 02 53
62 44 SHEPHEARD Pete 59 BH 48 : 22 19 : 00 29 : 22 38
63 20 CHAMBERS Ron 67 BH 52 : 35 18 : 20 34 : 15 55
64 47 LONG Peter 75 BH 60 : 09 27 : 40 32 : 29 52

 

First published in the Blackheath Harriers Gazette, No 629, Vol 100, Summer1997/Winter 1997/8

The Blackheath Harriers
Cross-Country Challenge Cup
A little bit of history

On several occasions over the last few years, when the incumbent President has presented the trophy to the winner of the Club '5', he has commented that the Cup, first competed for in 1880, is probably one of the oldest in the country, or even the world.

As Trophies Secretary, I have spent a considerable amount of time cleaning the Club's silverware, including the '5' Cup and, it was whilst on one of these polishing sessions that I decided to establish if there was any basis of fact behind these comments.

After a few enquiries made through Athletics Weekly I was put in touch with Wilfred Morgan, the archivist of Birchfield Harriers, who is an authority on athletics trophies.

From a series of letters and articles that he has sent to me it can be established that our trophy is certainly one of the oldest in the country.

The first National Cross Country was held in 1876 and the first USA Cross Country Championship was held in 1890; none of the European countries started their athletics organisations before the mid-1880s. There are Track and Field trophies that go back earlier than 1880. The ones belonging to the AAA once in fact belonged to the old Amateur Athletic Club and were given to the AAA in 1880; they are:-

400m Kenelm Thomas Digby 1868
5000m Earl of Jersey 1868
11OH Viscount Southwell 1870
100m Prince Hassan 1871
10,000 Walk J G Chambers 1871
1500 Lawes-Wittewronge c1873
HJ Sir Claude Champion de Crespigny 1875
800 PM Thornton c1876
Steeplechase James & W Waddell c1880

Wilfred adds a rider to the effect that although London AC (1863) is the oldest existing club, in their early years and for most of their recent years, they have been exclusively Track and Field, and their early trophies were not perpetual but awarded to people who won them three times in succession. In a later letter, Wilfred went on to say that he hated disappointing us but Thames Hare and Hounds have two trophies which pre-date our '5' Trophy and are also for cross-country; they were evidently bought in 1874.

I have made enquiries of the Thames Hare and Hounds Secretary and he informs me that Wilfred is correct in his information and in fact the two trophies - the "Short", which was purchased on the 20th May 1874 and the "Long", purchased on the 29th July 1874, were both stolen some 15 years ago. They have been replaced and are competed for annually, the "Short" over five miles and the "Long" seven and a half miles.

Wilfred has contacts at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Although CUAC Mile Championship Trophy was presented in 1864 and is still taken out of the safe once a year, Oxford do not have anything older than that. He added: "You may have noticed that the area south of the Thames is rich in history, with Thames, Blackheath and SLH. But you have to bear in mind that there were 'clubs and clubs' in the early years and Thames was closed to anyone who was not a 'gentleman amateur' for a long time.

London AC was much the same, a closed club for many years, like schools and universities, not open clubs such as Blackheath and Birchfield. That's got nothing to do with trophies but I thought I'd get it off my chest.

I've been casting my mind to other sports but I think athletics has some of the oldest trophies in existence. I know the FA cup is the third one; the first was given to an official of the FA for services rendered and the second was stolen from a shop in Birmingham and was replaced with a new one in 1895.

The one for the Open golf championship goes back to the early 1870s. I don't think cricket or rugby has anything of any great age, maybe horse-racing has, I don't know."

So when our President next presents the '5' trophy and remarks that it may well be the oldest in the country, he may not be far off the mark. B.S.

 

The Blackheath Harriers
Cross-Country Challenge Cup
Past Winners

Dates from Nov 13 1880 to 21st Oct 1972 are engraved on the cup and dates from the 20th Oct 1973 to the present are engraved on the plinth. (All dates shown above are as engraved).

NOV 13 1880 C CATTLIN 33 : 5
APRIL 23 1881 G M NEHAN 27 : 59
JAN 14 1882 C M NEHAN 29 : 9
MAR 11 1882 W G GEORGE 28 : 25
NOV 11 1882 C CATTLIN 29 : 15
MAR 28 1883 W G GEORGE 28 : 00
JAN 5 1884 C CATTLIN W :  
MAR 22 1884 W G GEORGE 27 :  
NOV 22 1884 M HILL 30 : 48
MAR 14 1885 C CATTLIN 29 : 06
JAN 1886 C CATTLIN 31 : 20
MAR 27 1886 H C PRITCHARD 30 : 10
DEC 4th 1886 J B NASH 32 : 05
MAR 26th 1887 J F PONSFORD 29 : 46
DEC 3rd 1887 J F PONSFORD W :  
MAR 10th 1888 J F PONSFORD 30 : 13
DEC 1st 1888 H C SCARD 30 : 00
MAR 28th 1889 H C SCARD 28 : 52
NOV 30th 1889 A R COOPER 30 : 5
MAR 22nd 1890 H C SCARD 30 : 10
NOV 29th 1890 G M HARRIS 31 : 10
MAR 27th 1891 G M HARRIS 29 : 20
NOV 28th 1891 C M HARRIS 29 : 23
MAR 19th 1892 G M HARRIS W : 0
DEC 10th 1892 H C SCARD 29 : 50
DEC 23rd 1893 G N HARRIS 30 : 8
MAR 11th 1893 G M HARRIS 29 : 11
MAR 10th 1894 G M HARRIS 30 : 06
DEC 1st 1894 G M HARRIS W :  
MAR 16th 1895 G M HARRIS 30 : 35
DEC 7th 1895 G M HARRIS 30 : 45
MAR 14th 1896 G M HARRIS 31 : 00
MAR 13th 1897 W G SUFFIELD 34 : 10
DEC 5th 1897 W G SUFFIELD 33 : 04
NOV 5th 1898 E RATCLIFF 32 : 35
NOV 4th 1899 E RATCLIFF 33 : 41
NOV 3rd 1900 E RATCLIFF 33 : 22
JAN 4th 1902 T C DAVIS 33 : 07
NOV 15th 1902 J E FISHER 33 : 07
JAN 9th 1904 T C DAVIS 33 : 28
DEC 17th 1904 T C DAVIS 33 : 37
DEC 16th 1905 M P S WHITE 33 :  
 8th DEC 1906 A C FRECKER 31 : 20
14th DEC 1907 H E J SOUTHWELL 34 : 23
12th DEC 1908 H F J SOUTHWELL 36 : 29
18th DEC 1909 H E J SOUTHWELL 32 : 52
29th OCT 1910 C H BAXTER 32 : 20
 2nd DEC 1911 C A GLAESER 31 : 38
26th OCT 1912 B H LYMBFRY 32 : 42
25th OCT 1913 B H LYMBERY 32 : 19
25th OCT 1919 B H LYMBERY 30 : 11
23rd OCT 1920 A C EDWARDS 30 : 24
29th OCT 1921 C H W O'BRIEN 30 : 50
21st OCT 1922 E J CASTELLO 40 : 18
20th OCT 1923 S H CLAYDON 35 : 56
25th OCT 1924 S H CLAYDON 33 : 21
24th OCT 1925 R D BELL 32 : 11
30th OCT 1926 R D BELL 32 : 26
29th OCT 1927 R D BELL 28 : 14
20th OCT 1928 A C V ALLEN 29 : 07
19th OCT 1929 N I BURT 28 : 21
18th OCT 1930 H SMITH 28 : 33
17th OCT 1931 J W M NORMAN 31 : 59
22nd OCT 1932 L T BROCKWAY 30 : 11
21st OCT 1933 H S SMITH 28 : 38
27th OCT 1934 L T BROCKWAY 26 : 31
19th OCT 1935 H S SMITH 28 : 27
24th OCT 1936 C H WILKINSON 27 : 25
16th OCT 1937 H S SMITH 28 : 22
15th OCT 1938 C H WILKINSON 28 : 43
20th OCT 1945 H NUNNS 28 : 50
19th OCT 1946 R R CHOAT 27 : 49
25th OCT 1947 H N NUNNS 27 : 01
27th OCT 1948 A J BRENT 27 : 41
22nd OCT 1949 C F MONSHALL 27 : 56
21st OCT 1950 R A MORLEY 29 : 13
20th OCT 1951 R A MORLEY 27 : 16
18th OCT 1952 R A MORLEY 28 : 16
17th OCT 1953 L F FLETCHER 31 : 35
16th OCT 1954 A J BRENT 28 : 35
15th OCT 1955 L F FLETCHER 27 : 55
20th OCT 1956 L F FLETCHER 28 : 19
9th NOV 1957 A J WEEKS-PEARSON 26 : 38
8th NOV 1958 L F FLETCHER 28 : 15
17th OCT 1959 J B HERRING 27 : 26
15th OCT 1960 J B HERRING 27 ; 34
21st OCT 1961 J B HERRING 27 : 18
20th OCT 1962 B W HEAVER 27 : 37
19th OCT 1963 J B HERRING 26 : 49
31st OCT 1964 B W HEAVER 26 : 48
23rd OCT 1965 J B HERRING 26 : 34
5th NOV 1966 B W HEAVER 24 : 30
21st OCT 1967 J R BALDWIN 24 : 21
12th OCT 1968 J R BALDWIN 24 : 13
18th OCT 1969 R RICHARDSON 24 : 04
17th OCT 1970 R RICHARDSON 26 : 20
16th OCT 1971 R RICHARDSON 25 : 47
21st OCT 1972 R RICHARDSON 27 : 20
20th OCT 1973 R RICHARDSON 28 : 27
19th OCT 1974 P HAMILTON 29 : 09
18th OCT 1975 P HAMILTON 28 : 26
16th OCT 1976 R J COLES 27 : 46
15th OCT 1977 S J KNOWLES 28 : 02
21st OCT 1978 R J COLES 27 : 09
20th OCT 1979 C R HAINES 30 : 06
11th OCT 1980 R J COLES 29 : 53
17th OCT 1981 R J COLES 30 : 15
16th OCT 1982 W FOSTER 29 : 10
15th OCT 1983 R J COLES 23 : 32
20th OCT 1984 W O'DONNELL 28 : 07
19th OCT 1985 R J COLES 27 : 12
15th NOV 1986 T M NASH 28 : 43
17th OCT 1987 M A COLPUS 23 : 44
15th OCT 1988 M J TRINCA 25 : 48
21st OCT 1989 R J COLES 31 : 54
20th OCT 1990 N I L WATLING 31 : 23
19th OCT 1991 D W TAYLOR 29 : 53
17th OCT 1992 D J HEATH 28 : 46
16th OCT 1993 M I L WATLING 27 : 05
15th OCT 1994 M I L WATLING 26 : 29
14th OCT 1995 M I L WATLING 27 : 38
19th OCT 1996 M R STEINLE 27 : 15
11th OCT 1997 M I L WATLING 28 : 43
10th OCT 1998 M R STEINLE 28 : 22
23rd OCT 1999 R D SMITH 29 : 01
14th OCT 2000 A J DRAPER 28 : 50
13th OCT 2001 R D SMITH 27 : 49
12th Oct 2002 R D SMITH 29 : 01

 

We refer to it as Hayes Common but the finish is actually on West Wickham Common which is owned by the Corporation of London.

 

1st o/a & 1st Vet Roy Smith 2nd Russell Bentley 3rd Andrew Rayner
4th Jon Murray 5th Martin Airey 6th & 1st Junior Terry Hawkey
7th John Morland 8th Nick Gasson 9th Ray Perkins
10th David Ellison 11th Ken Daniel 12th Mark Ellison
13th President, Pat Calnan 14th Darryl Hilliar 15th Andy Tucker
16th & 1st Lady Jennie Butler 17th Richard Coles 18th Bernie Bater
19th Trevor Simmonds 20th Paul Oates 21st Graham Coates
22nd Rob Brown 23rd Will Slack 24th Mike Cronin
25th Gareth Lloyd 26th "Birthday Boy"
Andy Kilgour
27th Simon Levy
28th Harry Cliff 29th Brendan McShane 30th Dick Harris

 

31st Chris Pike 32nd Bob Cliff 33rd Simon Lloyd
34th Nick Barber 35th Alan Davis 36th Scott Shepheard
37th Lional Barden 38th Terry Lyons 39th Mike Wade
40th Simon Capey 41st Ken Baksh 42nd Peter Deadman
43rd David Appleton 44th Carolina Jones-Baldock 45th Dave Stone
46th Mark Compton 47th Kate Pratten 48th Peter Lovell
49th Bernard Wilson 50th Jim Mullett 51st Chris Webb
52nd Anne Cilia 53rd Colin Rowe 54th Andy Edwards
55th Colin Poole 56th John Robinson 57th Mike Gasson
58th John Copley 59th Chris Fulford-Brown 60th David Churcus
61st Graham Cummings 62nd Pete Shepheard 63rd Ron Chambers
64th Peter Long DNF Keith Tyler

 

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