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Kent League 2014

 

7/02/15 - Kent League (All) - Swanley Park 9-02-15

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

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

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

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

 


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

Full results here...

Final Kent league went off with a bang, great performances all around especially from Scott, Alex Phil and Richie, all taking the team home in 2nd Place, for the 4 to score just behind Tonbridge. We were also 2nd place from first 12 to score, again just behind Tonbridge! Great to have so many out, lets keep it up for the Nationals.

1: Scott Overall
3: Phil Sesseman
14: Alex Gibbins
21: Richie Leccia
25: Gareth Evans
28: Richard Webb
31: Tom Desborough
32: Andy Rayner
34: Fintan Parkinson
35: Dan Kennedy
51: Richard Byford
55: Tim Nash
65: Dan Ryan
92: Andy Lawes
93: Andy tucker
104: Steve Pairman
105: Rob Harrington
112: Chris Pike
122: Nigel Bulmer

 


After the final fixture of this winters Kent cross country league series Blackheath and Bromley HAC girls reign supreme, winning team trophies in all age groups U13, U15, U17 and U 20. The boys, not wanting to be out done also won the U13 team trophy and were third in both the U15 and U17, a fantastic set of results.

Swanley was the venue for this rearranged fixture after the Danson Park race was unusually cancelled back in November and the weather was dry but very cold.

The U13 girls were first to race and Imogen Meers had her highest finish, placing 5th, a second in front of Jessica Neal in 6th. Jess having run all four KL races finished a fine 4th in the overall league standings. Gracie Horton had her best run of the season finishing a great 10th place and giving her 8th overall in the league. Lily Tappenden went off in her usual determined fashion and crossed the line in 13th and having done all four races this year finished 7th overall in the league. Zoe Austridge also had her best and highest placed run of the season finishing 19th and giving herself a 18th finish overall. Niamh Milmo was 22nd followed by two girls running their BBHAC debuts, Abigail Leaves crossing the line in 26th and just behind in 27th was Caitlin Prifti. All of these performances were good enough to secure the Kent team trophy for the U13 girls.

Rowan Fuss led the U13 boys home in the next race with a great run, making it three wins in three races. A well measured race from Peter Guy ensured his comfortable individual league victory (having performed well in all four races with 1st, 2nd, 2nd and 3rd finishes) and collecting a fine glass plaque for his efforts. Joseph Georgiadis bounced back from injury with a fine battling 5th place but twisted his ankle on the run in, hopefully with no lasting damage. Keir Lundy had a fantastic run in 8th, giving him a great 4th overall position having done all four races. Ever improving Leo Braden finished a fine 14th, his highest finish of the season. Consistent Robert Suckling had another great run in 17th leaving him with a high 7th place in the overall league. Cameron Swatton had his best run of the season in 18th and has improved in every race seeing him sitting in 10th place in the overall individual league.

Ben Gardiner had another difficult day this time losing his spike early on but persevered (one footed) to finish 28th, still a respectable result. As with the U13 girls the boys efforts were enough to comfortably take the team title having convincingly won all four fixtures.

The U15 girls only had four athletes running but were still able to maintain their 100% record to retain the team trophy. Yasmin Austridge was a great second to Tonbridge’s Kathleen Faes (winner of all four fixtures) Yasmin’s highest finish, also winning her the silver glass plaque in the overall individual league. Millie Smith continued her fine consistent season with a great 4th place on the day and fantastic to see her winning the bronze glass plaque in the overall individual league. Genny Allen had a strong run finishing 5th and Amy Leach, having her best run of the season in 12th, also finish high up in the overall league with a 10th place finish. Great strength and depth from the U15 girls.

Good numbers from the U15 boys saw them secure fourth place on the day but third team overall for the season. Coleman Corry back to his fine form finished a strong 9th, Oscar Hussey was a great 17th, Frankie Scrivener was 27th and having done all four races saw him well up the individual league in 17th place. Callum Myatt finished well in 30th followed closely by George Pope in 32nd. George having done all four ended the season a great 13th place in the individual league. Charlie Andrews had a fine 34th finish with Charlie Scrivener just behind in 36th. Charlie Scrivener ended the season well up the individual league in 24th. Lewis Warren completed the BBHAC contingent in 40th.

The U17 girls only fielded three girls but they all ran superbly to help them retain the team trophy. Kelsey Fuss, having recently missed a month of running ran strongly to finish second. Add this to her two other 1st and 3rd finishes, saw her convincingly win the overall individual league title, picking up a lovely glass plaque. Mary Guy was second home for the club and produced her best run of the season and her highest league finish with a fantastic 6th place. Her consistency this season saw her finish the season in a brilliant 5th on the individual league table. Charlotte Rhule also had a strong run and finished 9th on the day and was rewarded for her consistently high standard season with a bronze glass plaque for her overall individual standing, coming third.

The U17 boys had four toeing the line for their race and James Crawley was first home in 15th. James, having competed in all four fixtures finished well up the individual league in a great 12th place. Great to see Bertie Harrington getting involved in the action crossed the line in 16th and Will Pope, despite stomach cramp, finished 18th. Great also to see Scott Bulmer back racing for the club was 19th. The boys efforts gave them 3rd place on the day and third overall for the year but finishing with the same points as second placed Medway and Maidstone AC.

The BBHAC U20 girls have dominated all season and comfortably won the overall team trophy. On the day Anna Myers was first across the line, as she has been all season and so comfortably won the overall individual title. Sam Leighton was 2nd, adding this to two previous second places. Emma Rowland was 4th on the day and this along with her other three performances was good enough to win the bronze in the individual league. Sonia Woolhouse took a break from pole vaulting to finish 5th and Chloe Haffenden finished her KL campaign in 6th place but was rewarded with a fine 4th place on the individual league having competed in all four fixtures.

We had no U20 boys running in the U20 race as young Thomas Desborough and Richard Webb decided to run in the much further / tougher, bigger field of the senior mens race. All those still there witnessed a great race as our very own Olympian Scott Overall powered around the course as though on the flat, to win comfortably. This must have inspired many including Thomas as he had his best run of the season finishing a terrific 31st with Richard just in front in 28th. Despite being still U20 Thomas finished 17th in the senior individual league standing for the whole season, the second highest Blackheath athlete. Well done Tom.

The managers awards this week go to Mary Guy for her highest place ever in a cross country race and to Coleman Corry for his great run at the front of the U15 boys race.

The National Cross Country Championship at Parliament Hill on 21st February 2015 is the last Championship race for the club this winter so it would be fantastic to have everyone out competing. If we do I’m sure we can bring home some brilliant results and even maybe some silver ware.

Paul Austridge

 

Photos from Claire Austridge

 

These photos from Rod Harrington

 

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29/11/15 - Danson Park, Bexleyheath Bexley AC was CANCELLED

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

Full results here...

Photos from Rod Harrington

 

 

The third fixture in the Kent league cross country series took place at our home venue, Sparrows Den but numbers were slightly depleted due to a clash with the English schools cup that had some 14 athletes competing for their various schools.

The U13 girls were up against a strong Tonbridge team but saw Jessica Neal finish a strong 7th, Emily Penlington 9th and Morgan Sqiubb, sporting new spikes after her last ones were ripped by a spike at the Nationals, 11th. Lily Tappenden bravely led the race for a while but hung on to finish 13th with Gracie Horton a great 15th. Niamh Milmo 27th and Zoe Austridge 28th completed the team. They are currently 2nd place in the league, one match point behind Tonbridge with one match remaining.

The U13 boys were next off and a confident Peter Guy, fresh from his National victory, powered to the front and stayed there until the end. The seven other BB boys all had great runs led home by Keir Lundy in 4th having his best run of the season to date, Ben Ten, Ben Gardiner in 10th, Robert Suckling 15th and Cameron Swatton 20th both also having their best runs of the season to date. Making his Blackheath and Bromley and Kent league debut was primary school boy Sam Reardon and he finished in a fine 24th place, very impressive having only just turned 11. Billy Keene, still sporting his BMX bike injuries and dashing straight to Sparrows Den from football training was 25th and Jake Leng crossed the line in 28th. This was the U13 boys third straight team victory and sees them firmly at the top of the table.

Next up were the U15 girls and their third straight team victory also seem them heading the league table. Tonbridge's Kathleen Faes won the race, a very impressive performance considering she had just won the SE region english schools cup race at Knoll park, some two hours earlier! Naomi KIngston continued her great seasons finishing 4th with Yasmin Austridge 5th and Millie Smith 6th. Kelsi Cornish had a great run finishing in 9th with Grace Scopes just behind in 10th. Carlotta Weitzel finished strongly in 14th picking up loads of places in the second half of the race and Amy Leach had her best Kent league run of the season finishing in 16th. Jessica Sellar crossed the line in 19th and Stephanie Taylor was just outside the top 20 in 21st.

The consistent, ever present Scrivener twins Frankie (18th) and Charlie (35th), George Pope 19th and Lewis stickings 25th were joined by Callum Myatt, first home for BB in 14th. The team were fourth on the day and are currently in third place.

The U17 women again dominated their age group and are still firmly at the top of the league. Kelsey Fuss had a very convincing win, backed up by a great 3rd place finish for Charlotte Rhule and a fine 5th place for Shannon Riskey. Great to see Georgina Taylor running well again finished 6th, Joanna Clowes looking strong in the run in was 10th followed by Mary Guy in 13th and Jenny Sheasby in 16th.

Eight U17 men stood on the line for the start of their race, the best turn out BBHAC have had in that age group for a good few years. Joss Barber continued his great start to the season and went with the front pack and held on for a good 7th place. Also in form Charlie Davis was just behind in 9th and Alek Wiltshire was a great 12th. Alex Leggatt was 23d,and James Crawley was 27th. Will Pope (28th) crossed the line looking like he had just played rugby with blood dripping down his leg, having taken two tumbles. Bertie Harrington, running his first Kent league twisted his ankle on the first lap and did well to complete the course finishing in 29th and it was great to have Scott Bulmer running again (30th). The team finished in second place and are current second in the league.

BBHAC U20 women are reigning supreme and dominating their league. Anna Myers was 1st, Sam Leighton 2nd, Janae Galley 4th, Sonia Woolhouse, having a break from pole vaulting was 5th, Emma Rowland 6th and Chloe Haffenden 7th.

No U20 men were running but Tom Desborough was all over the course giving valuable support to all, while he recovers from a hip injury.

This weeks girls team mangers award goes to Charlotte Rhule for her fine top three finish, having competed in the Kent league every year for the last five years.

The boys team managers award goes to Keir Lundy for his fantastic 4th place finish.

Incorporated into this fixture was the BBHAC cross country club championship and medals were awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd Blackheath athletes in each age group.

The winners are as follows:

Gold Silver Bronze
U13 girl Jessica Neal Emilie Penlington Morgan Squibb
U13 boys Peter Guy Keir Lundy Ben Gardiner
U15 girls Naomi Kingston Yasmin Austridge Millie Smith
U15 boys Callum Myatt Frankie Scrivener George Pope
U17 women Kelsey Fuss Charlotte Rhule Shannon Riskey
U17 men Joss Barber Charlie Davis Alek Wiltshire
U20 women Anna Myers Sam Leighton Janae Galley

Kent League cross country incorporating BBHAC cross country club championships. Sparrows Den 8/11/14


U17 boys Charlie Davis silver, Joss Barber gold, Alek Wiltshire bronze

 


U15 Boys George Pope bronze, Frankie Scrivener silver, Callum Myatt gold

 


Mr and Mrs President after a long shift on our cross country course

 

Meanwhile at Knoll Park, Sevenoaks 14 of our athletes were competing for their schools in the ESSA cup and some fantastic results were produced.

Junior girls 1st Sophie Hoare, 4th Rosie Allan, 10th Imogen Meers, 15th Hannah OFlynn, and 16th Alice Prentice.
Junior boys 1st Rowan Fuss and 6th Joseph Georgiadis.
Intetr girls 6th Genny Allen .
Inter boys 4th Henry Cowie, 15th Michael Eagling, 16th Angus Harrington 24th Oscar Hussey 29th Coleman Corry and 32nd Robert Perry.

The final fixture in the Kent league is 29th November at Danson Park when all the final league and individually placings will be decided.

Paul

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

Full results here...

Blackheath and Bromley’s Senior Men’s team turned in the performance of the season so far by taking the 4 and 12 to score titles on a relatively warm day in Tonbridge at the second Kent league fixture. This moves us into joint first position in both competitions on match points after two league races with everything to play for in the remaining two fixtures.

We were lucky to have two Internationals in Alex Bruce-Littlewood and Mike Skinner turn out for us on the day and this no doubt made the difference to our overall total, especially in the 4 to score where we won by only 2 points!

Alex turned in the star performance of the day by winning the race overall and looking in control the whole way round even when an unknown Eritrean from Invicta started the final lap alongside him.

His margin of victory was 18 seconds by the finishing tape and this must give Alex the confidence to take his fitness into next Month’s European Cross Country trials where he will aim to be in the mix for a spot on the GB team. Mike Skinner who has made numerous GB teams previously graced us with his presence on his come back to fitness and backed Alex up with a solid 4th position in his first race for some time.

Will Fuller made his senior Kent league debut and didn’t look out of place at all as he made the top 10 by finishing in 9th position in a strong field. The ever present Alex Gibbins made up the scoring quartet by finishing in 21st position even though he was carrying a painful calf injury. It’s this sort of team player that enabled us to be victorious on the day.

Again we were grateful for our Juniors Richard Webb and Tom Desborough turning out for the seniors and both scoring in our 12 man team. It was also great to see a new face in Chris Tuck making his debut for the club. There are too many people who deserve mentions but you are all valuable members of the team and even if you don’t make the scoring team, you are still beating other clubs scoring members and making a difference to the outcome.

Full B&B results:
1st Alex Bruce-Littlewood 33.12
4th Mike Skinner 34.17
9th Will Fuller 36.02
21st Alex Gibbins 37.01
23rd Peter Tucker 37.05
24th Richard Webb 37.19
27th Ben Cockburn 37.43
34th Kevin May 38.38
37th Ross Braden 38.50
47th Fintan Parkinson 39.45
52nd Danny Brewer 40.08
69th Tom Desborough 41.36
85th Andy Tucker 42.55
92nd Chris Tuck 43.42
128th Andrew Lawes 46.42
146th Adrian Stocks 49.10

We really do have the momentum behind us now and with only two fixtures remaining we can win both titles if we get numbers out on the day. After being called up to compete in the Great South Run on Sunday, Scott Overall had to skip this event but has committed to the next fixture at Danson Park on November 29th so let’s all aim towards this as our next goal before the Championship season begins early next year.

Important information:

Some important information to remember at the Kent leagues. Please retain your numbers that you raced in as these are for the season and do not get replaced at each fixture.

Make sure you are wearing appropriate club attire. The officials have warned all clubs that athletes not wearing the correct club kit will be disqualified at future fixtures.

Finally:

Next week is the National Cross Country relays in Mansfield. Team selection and details will be sent out tomorrow for those that asked to be considered.

Up The Heath,

Andy, Jon, Danny


Hi all

Two coming of age birthdays, a great debut run, three individual firsts and 5 age group teams top of the league were the results after a fantastic second Kent league fixture at Somerhill school, Tonbridge.

On a glorious autumn day over 50 BBHAC young athletes competed on arguable the best, toughest, well marked out cross country course Kent have to offer. Tonbridge AC and Somerhill school hosted a well organised event over a varied and difficult course.

The girls continue their dominance in all age groups despite losing the U13 team race by one point. We lead the team tables in all the girls age groups U13, U15, U17 and U20, a great showing so far.

The U13's girls were again out in large numbers with 10 girls racing. Morgan Squibb continued her great start to the seasons with a fine 4th with Jessica Neal only 1 second behind in 5th. Biathlete Imogen Meers in 8th completed the scoring team of three.
Emilie Penlington crossed the line in 10th and Rosie Allan running in her debut race for BB finished strongly in 13th, a great start to her athletic career. Alice Prentice 15th, Lily Tappenden 17th, Gracie Horton 24th, Hanna O'Flynn 25th and Zoe Austridge 33rd completed the strong turnout.

Naomi Kingston 2nd, Yasmin Austridge 4th and Millie Smith 6th ensured team victory for the U15 girls and were well backed up by great runs from Genny Allan 7th,Kelsi Cornish 9th, Grace Scopes 10th, Lottie Weitzel 15th and ladies club 5 mile champion
Amy Leach in 25th.

The U17 girls race saw the first of two Fuss family victories on the day with Kelsey leading the race from start to finish, to claim her first Kent league win . Jessica Keen in 2nd and a great run from Shannon Riskey in 5th helped the team to victory. Good to see large numbers out again and great runs from Charlotte Rhule 6th, Mary Guy 11th, Joanna Clowes 14th and Jenny Sheasby 17th .

The U20 girls again top their league after another victory for Anna Myers, a great 2nd for Sam Leighton, 5th for Emma Rowland 6th for Chloe Haffenden.

Having done the clean sweep in the first fixture the U13 boys were up against it to produce similar results, but Rowan Fuss, Peter Guy and Joseph Georgiadis all flew off the start line with real intent and the field soon spread over the difficult hilly course. Rowan, looking strong throughout gave the Fuss family their second victory of the day and backed up by a great 3rd place from Peter and a strong 5th from Joseph ensured team victory once again and sees them firmly at the top of their league. A fantastic run from Leo Braden on only his second cross country race for BB had him finishing in 16th, Robert Suckling looking strong was 18th. Keir Lundy running in a fancy pair of borrowed pink spikes was 24th and Cameron Swatton well up the field in 25 th completed the U13's effort.

Great numbers again in the U15 boys as 8 toed the line. Henry Cowie powered off in determined fashion as he normally does, but unfortunately had to pull out 3/4 of the way around with a tightening of the hip. Nothing too serious and with rest and ice should be up and running again soon. This left the team race open for the other boys and Coleman Corry 24th, George Pope 27th and Lewis Stickings 29th completed the scoring team. Lewis Warren finished 35th, Frankie Scrivener 36th, Charlie Scrivener 47th and Charlie Andrews on only his 2nd competition for BB was 49th.

The U 17 boys only had 4 running but another great run from Joss Barber in 6th, Charlie Davis 9th, James Crawley 21st and Alex Leggatt 25th sees the team joint second in the league table after two events.

Tom Desborough and Richard Webb, both celebrating their 18th birthdays, decided to run in the 10k senior race, as opposed to the U20 5k race. Just as well for the club as both finished as scorers in the twelve to score race. Fittingly, Richard had made his BBHAC debut 8 years ago on this very same course as a primary schoolboy. This time around Richard had a strong run and finished high up the field in a great 24th while Tom had a determined run finishing in a fine 69th. Another U20 opting to run the senior race was 17 year old Will Fuller who seems to improve in every race and finished in an astonishing 9th position being the third BB across the line. When you consider that Alex Bruce Littlewood was 1st and Mike Skinner 4th it puts Wills effort well into perspective.

This weeks girls team manager award goes to Kelsey Fuss for her outstanding and confident run giving her, her first ever Kent league victory.

The boys team a mangers award goes to Leo Braden for his great run in the U13 race wearing spikes for the first time!

Congratulations to Kelsey, Leo and all who ran this very tough but excellent cross country course.

Looking forward to the National cross country relays on 1st November in Mansfield.

Paul

Photos from Charlotte Kingston

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11/10/14 - Kent League - Parkwood School, Swanley 

Full results here...

Photo from Alex Gibbins

 

The following photos from Charlotte Kingston

 

 

The first Kent League of the season took place on Saturday at Swanley Park. I am very pleased to say that we had a FANTASTIC turn out – a big thank you to everyone. It was definitely the most B&B runners seen in recent memory, I believe we had 22 possibly 23 guys taking to the start line which is a great effort.

The full results can be found here - http://www.kcaa.org.uk/kent%20league%20results.htm  and there are literally too many names to write down everyone. Some special mentions –

Well done Andy Rayner – first man home.

Tom Desborough – making his senior debut, great run mate!

Andy Lawes – pretty much a constant face in the Kent League over the last few years and can always be relied upon to race. Big thanks.

Indeed everyone who ran deserves a massive pat on the back.

In the team race we finished 3rd in the 4 to score, only 7 points behind 2nd placed Cambridge. Even more remarkable in the 12 to score event we came 2nd to Tonbridge and were only 123 places behind (which sounds a lot but is nothing). To put this into context last year in this race we didn’t even get 12 out….

WE MUST build on this now. Tonbridge have had the league their own for the last few years, why not lets go out there and beat them this year!? SCOTT OVERALL and MIKE SKINNER will both be running in the next race on the 25th at Somerhill School, Tonbridge – 2.30pm start again.

If we get the same numbers again with these 2 and hopefully another one of our ‘big guns’ turning out we will beat Tonbridge – no doubt about it!

Big thanks again to everyone who ran and supported.

Up the HEATH!
Jon, Danny, Andy


The first Kent league cross country fixture of the winter took place this weekend at Swanley Park and what a fantastic turnout from our young athletes with 65 Blackheath and Bromley athletes taking part.
Amongst those were four boys making their BBHAC debuts with another seven running their club debuts over the country.
BBHAC contested seven age categories, finishing 1st in five of them and 2nd and 3rd in the overall team positions. Great team results.

The day started early with newly appointed team captains Niamh Bridson Hubbard and Marco Arcuri taking their roles seriously as they led the teams on a walk about around the course to familiarise the youngsters with the course and task ahead. Especially good to see Niamh at Swanley, despite not being able to compete herself, at present.

The U13 girls were the first off and it was great to see Morgan Squibb and Jessica Neal (both a year young) at the front of the field. Morgan crossed the line in a fine 4th, (but was disappointed not to have held onto 3rd!), Jessica was 5th and Emilie Penlington in 8th secured the team victory. With massive strength and depth our black vests dominated the next few positions with Imogen Meers 10th, Alice Prentice 11th, Lily Tappenden (carrying a nasty training incident wound to her knee!) 12th, the much improved Gracie Horton in 13th and Hanna O'Flynne in 15th. Niamh Milmo on her BBHAC winter debut finished 24th, with Isabelle Bridge 31st and Zoe Austridge 33rd. Lauren Goddard only just back from injury unfortunately had to pull out near the end but we hope to see Lauren fit and on the starting line again very soon.

The U13 boys were next up and with 11 BBHAC on the starting line it looked an impressive sight. The finish was even more impressive as it read 1,2,3 BB, easily winning the team race. Rowan Fuss , despite playing rugby in the morning and having to stop during the race to ask a marshall the way, still managed a victory with in form Peter Guy only a few seconds behind 2nd. Joseph Georgiadis, fresh from winning his National bronze relay medal, had a cat and mouse fight with a Dartford boy contesting 3rd and 4th place.

The look of sheer determination on Joseph's face as he turned into the finish straight ensured he won his private battle to cross the line in 3rd and complete the clean sweep. Ben Gardiner had another great run coming 9th with fast moving through the field Kier Lundy 11th. Following in older brother Ross' footsteps Leo Braden made his BB debut finishing 21st, a great performance especially in trainers! Robert Suckling had a good strong run in 24th and just behind with a late decision to run from Billy Keene in 25th. Jake Leng making his BBHAC debut had a good run finishing 27th followed by Cameron Swatton 33rd and Matthew Proctor on his winter debut 42nd.

The U15 girls having won the National Road relay title last weekend were once again in fine form and won the team race having four girls in the top 10. Naomi Kingston was 4th, Yasmin Austridge 5th followed by first year in the age group Millie Smith 6th and Kelsi Cornish 9th. Grace Scopes had a great run, possible spurred on by her german shepard Leo, proudly wearing his Blackheath vest, finishing 14th and Stephanie Taylor 15th. It was good to see Tammy Falshaw back competing and finishing 21st and Amy Leach completed the strong squad in 26th.

Twelve U15 boys stood on the start line ready for their race and interesting to note that 75% of them are first year U15s. It was a determined Henry Cowie who crossed the line in a fantastic 3rd, complaining about blisters to anyone who would listen! Michael Eagling had a solid run in 8th followed by the ever improving Callum Myatt in 23rd. The team finished 3rd but equal on points with second place. Oscar Hussey, having not run much lately due to other sporting commitments, went off bravely and finished well in 25th with George Pope, despite doing a roly poly at the start, just behind in 26th. Lewis Stickings, helped or hindered by having his dad and brother by his side on their mountain bikes finished in 29th. Coleman Corry spent his morning playing rugby for Whitgift before his dad Nic broke some traffic laws getting him to Swanley in time for his race and finished 33rd. Lewis Warren had a good run in 42nd, while Frankie Scrivener finished 49th. Charlie Andrews, not only made his BBHAC debut having only just joined the club but also did well crossing the line in 53rd considering he had never heard of the Kent League cross counrty until last Thursday. Good to have Charlie in the team. Ever present Harrison Parker continues to improve and finished 57th and Charlie Scrivener cross the line in 62nd in obvious discomfort, hopefully nothing too serious.

The morning had been very autumnal with bright sunshine right up to the start of the U17 girls race but with the girls all lining up waiting for the gun the sky darkened and then the heavens opened. Heavy rain and large hail stones had all other athletes and spectators running for cover while the girls began their arduous 3.5k race. The rain was so heavy Jessica Keene was seen running with her hands over her face whilst others were running with head tucked in against the elements.

This didn't stop a great race from being run and proves what a strong bunch of athletes cross country runners really are. The race was won by Cambridge Harriers National Champion Sabrina Sinha with Jess Keene 2nd, Kelsey Fuss 3rd and Charlotte Rhule 7th. It was great to see Georgina Taylor out competing again and ran a solid run in 9th , followed by Shannon Riskey in 12th, Joanne Clowes in 14th, Mary Guy in 17th, Jenny Sheasby 22nd and Francesca Pickup in 27th.

The U17 boys team, all first year in the age group, finished in a great 2nd position. Joss Barber continued his fine early season form powering around the two lap course and finishing 5th followed by boys team captain Marco Arcuri. Charlie Davis, who has been trouble by injuries over recent months is clearly returning to form with a great 11th place finish. Alex Leggatt and James Crawley both making their winter debuts (James making his BB debut) posted fine runs crossing the line in 25th and 29th respectively. The full squad was completed with Will Pope 31st and great to see Scott Bulmer back running for the club again , in 32nd.

Our U20 girls dominated their age category winning comfortable and saw Anna Myers 1st, Janae Galley 3rd, Pole vaulter Sonia Woolhouse 4th, Emma Rowland 6th and Chloe Haffenden 7th.

The only U20 man running, Thomas Desborough decided to run the 10K senior race rather than half that distance in the U20 race. However, this didn't stop Thomas having a great run finishing 9th BBHAC senior in 39th place running 38.11. A great run.

This weeks team managers awards go to Grace Scopes for her great run at Swanley and to Charlie Davis for his great run despite injury troubles over the last few weeks.

Looking forward to seeing many of you running at the next three meetings which are Saturday 18th October, South of England Cross country relays, Wormwood Scrubs; Saturday 25th Kent league, Tonbridge and Saturday 1st November National cross country relays, Mansfield.

Paul Austridge
Andy Frankish

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