18 February 2019
Indoor Track & Field Information & Results for
February 2019 - Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham - Club Connect
Muller Indoor Grand Prix in
Birmingham - Club Connect Relays 2019
It was a great opportunity to be invited to represent the Club at the Muller
Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham. It was an early start, but the athletes
assembled at the club house, a little tired but knowing that they would soon
be enjoying a half term break, and what a way to start!
All six races were exciting with thrills, spills and plenty of jostling but
our athletes gave their all and finished off a fantastic day with a new U17
girls National record.
The Under 13 Girls were the first on the track in a 4 X 200m race, this
would be the first time three of the team have competed in an athletics
competition and the first time any had raced indoor. They were led off by
Daisy Snell who set off at a rapid pace in lane 1 chasing down the other
teams, she handed to Nina Whitter who stormed round the track keeping the
team in contention, she handed to Adaeze Anele who took the lead running
strongly around the back straight, passing to Alexia Moren-Rosado who had a
great run but she was unfortunately clipped by another athlete coming into
the home straight. The team finished 4th a great run by all.
Watch Video of race
President’s son Marley Byfield sped off on leg one for the U13 boys,
handing over in a strong position to Rayhan Mourtada who flew around the
200m track, passing to Josh Healy, who is more conditioned to the mud and
rain of a cross country course. Josh more than held his own and set leg 4 up
nicely for Zuriel Nwogwugwu to have a real go and that's exactly what he
did. Zuriel powered his way around the banked track giving every last ounce
as he literally threw himself across the line securing a great 3rd place,
just 1/100th second off second place.
The Under 15 girls were led off by Sophie Kerr who set off at a great
pace keeping the team well placed before she handed over to Amarisa Sibley
who stormed round the track getting the team up to first, she then passed to
Faith Akinbileje her first year as an Under 15, she had a great run keeping
the team in the mix, she passed to Emily Kerr for the last leg who kept us
in contention with the other five teams bringing us home in a credible 4th
place, brilliant run by all.
The Under 15 boys team was a mixture of experience and first timers with
old hands Connor Sutton (lead off leg) and Adam Islam Medeaux (anchor leg)
providing the experience as they had both previously run in the Anniversary
games. They combined with relative newcomers Tye Stanislas (leg 2) and
Oliver Robertson (leg 3) to come home in a strong 4 place, a fantastic
result considering they had never run together as a quartet before and their
only baton practice was in the warm up area immediately before the race,
well done boys.
Our junior women’s relay teams are the stuff of legend and John Blackie
had prepared another quartet to be reckoned with. But nothing was being
taken for granted, especially with an event that we seldom encounter and
with the potential for close encounters on the tight bends and at crowded
changeovers. The tactics were simple - get out in front and stay out of
trouble - and our U17 girls executed them perfectly. Zsiriah Thomas got us
off to a determined start, handing over to Shakanya Osahon with a
comfortable lead, allowing her an unimpeded break for the inside lane.
Increasing this lead, she, in turn, allowed Ofejiro Otomewo to run her own
race and pass the baton, and a further improved lead, to Holly Mpassy who
brought us home in fine and dominant style. An impressive performance and a
UK fastest time recorded. We can now look forward to the summer with some
The under 17 boys fielded an eclectic team, due to losing a number of
sprinters to last minute injuries. Indoor blocks specialist Jacob Byfield
led the team away against a competitive field. Jacob handed to Sam Reardon
who is more used to four spins of an indoor track, who then handed to Dillon
Claydon who is more used to 4 spins of the inside of the throws cage!
Neither lad gave ground keeping Blackheath in the mix after the great start
Jacob had given the team. Dillon handed to Oli Briars, in touch, but with a
bit of work to do. Oli dug in and there was excitement as he screamed round
the final lap. The eclectic team finished strong and it was heartening that
a team drawn broadly from Blackheath and Bromley’s U17 squad performed so
well, despite not being a specialist sprinting quartet.
We were lucky enough to have great support on the day, not just from team
managers, coaches, parents and siblings but also from fellow athletes. Eve
Ward, Coleman Corry, Andi Desborough and Zoe Austridge all got stuck in
pinning numbers on, collecting kit and making sure we didn’t lose our newly
acquired relay batons! After the relays, and for a bit of fun (and financial
reward) the title sponsor Muller, invited all clubs to take part in the
blind beanbag catching competition BBHAC were well represented by Holly
Mpassy and Coleman Corry and the 9 bean bags they caught was good enough to
tie for Victory and to collect £150 of equipment vouchers This added to the
£250 won by the U17 girls meant for a very successful day at the Muller
Indoor Grand Prix.
Paul Austridge, Tim Souter, Nic Corry, Paul Byfield
and karen Desborough’