13 February 2016
Kent League 2015
13/02/16 - Kent
League - Foots Cray Meadows 13-02-16
28/11/15 - Kent League - Danson Park 28-11-15
7/11/15 - Kent
League - (incls B&B YA C-C Champs) Sparrows Den 8-11-15
24/10/15 - Kent League - Somerhill Park, Tonbridge
10/10/15 - Kent League - Swanley Park
13/02/16 - Kent
League - Foots Cray Meadows
28/11/15 - Kent League - Danson Park
The final race of the Kent League cross country series
concluded in Danson Park, Bexley on a previously unused part of the park and
offered great spectator views, if a little boring for the athletes!
Blackheath and Bromley once again provided large numbers of athletes and
supporters and finished the day with one individual winner, three individual
league winners and two team victories.
A total number of 73 young athletes from BBHAC have competed in this years
league and 34 of them competed in all four races, a fantastic number. Their
efforts were all rewarded with some great team results.
Ellie Dolby set the day up nicely doing the grand slam, winning her fourth
Kent league race and therefore winning the individual league title and
collecting a lovely 1st place plaque for her efforts. This is a fabulous
achievement especially considering Ellie is still an U13 next year. Our U13
girls are very strong and proved the point by doing the 1,2,3 ! Ellie 1st,
Morgan Squibb 2nd and Jess Neal 3rd, a great sight to see. Morgan’s great
season saw her finish 4th in the league overall with Jess picking up the
bronze plaque for a great 3rd overall. Rosie Allen had a strong run
finishing 5th. Seven other U13 girls did all four races and so feature well
in the individual league. Danielle Harper was 16th on the day (finishing
13th overall), Ella Smith 17th on the day (15th overall), Niamh Milmo 19th
(17th overall), Abbie Leeves 24th (19th overall) a fast finishing Emily
Davis was 28th (20th overall ). Heidi Forsythe was 29th, Olivia Berry 30th
(22nd overall) and Daisy Bates was 43rd and (30th overall). All the girls
efforts helped the U13 girls team retain the Kent team trophy.
Rowan Fuss also finished the day as individual league winner despite
dropping back to third on the day. Rowan, not feeling 100%, had won the
previous three fixtures helping to secure his victory. A year young Sam
Reardon has had a great season so far as he finished in 4th giving him an
overall 4th place as well. Great numbers from the U13 boys had Justin
Strover 12th, Thomas Penlington 13th (10th overall in the league), Eddie
Sellar 19th and Jake Leng 21st. Charles Winton had his best run of the
season pushing himself to a great 26th (17th overall). Tom Brash on his
BBHAC debut looked good and did well finishing 31st and Nicholas Paddington
completed the line up in 34th. The team were a respectable 2nd behind a
strong Tonbridge team.
The U17 girls have dominated the Kent league all season and yesterday was no
different with six girls in the top eight. Jess Keene was 2nd on the day,
Yasmin Austridge 3rd, Amy Leach 4th, Kelsey Fuss 5th, Genny Allen 6th and
Lottie Weitzel 8th. Having run in all four races Jess came out on top with
the best aggregate score and collected the gold plaque, Yasmin was 2nd
overall, Amy was 3rd and Kelsey was 4th, all Blackheath in the top four,
impressive result. These results inevitably gave the U17 girls the Kent team
The U15 boys age group has had the largest number of BB athletes (sixteen)
and eleven raced at Danson Park. Fresh back from time off injured was Angus
Harrington and great to see him battling out near the front finishing 6th.
Joe Georgiadis continue to run well and had a great 9th place finish giving
him 4th overall individually just missing out on a plaque. Robert Suckling
finished well in 14th (11th overall), Charlie Andrews 17th (13th overall),
Ben Gardiner 22nd (15th overall) and Keir Lundy 26th (16th overall). Lewis
Stickings looked good crossing the line in 32nd as did Matthew Pond in 36th.
Cameron Swatton was 37th and 19th individually overall and smiling Seb Large
was 41st (28th overall). Callum Myatt was on for a great performance and
would have finished high up the table but unfortunately had to pull out half
way through the race. Similar to the U13 boys, their performances gave them
a second team position behind a strong Tonbridge team.
Stephanie Taylor lead the U15 girls home in a strong 8th place with Lily
Tappenden just behind in a great 10th giving her a fine 8th place
individually, Grace Scopes was 12th and her great season gave her a 4th
place overall just missing out on an individual plaque. Isabelle Bridge and
Zoe Austridge had their best and highest positions of the season and having
done all four finished well up the league table. Isabelle’s 22nd left her
14th overall and Zoe’s 23rd place saw her finish 16th overall. Millie Smith
was unable to compete due to recent illness but was well enough to stand in
for Niamh Bridson Hubbard as team captain and took the role seriously
walking the course with the young athletes and collecting kit from the girls
before each race. Well done Millie. The team finished second overall.
Marco Arcuri lead the U17 BB boys home in 12th and was rewarded for his
consistency with a third place individual plaque. Team captain Marco had
worked tirelessly all morning walking the course several times, carrying out
team management roles for both boys and girls teams in the finishing funnel
and even helped with first aid when called upon, so we can forgive him for
leaving just before his presentation and thank coach Mick Jones for
collecting his plaque in his absence! Charlie Davis stormed back to form
with a great 17th place finish. Lewis Mills 20th place left him with a great
5th overall. Oscar Hussey was 22nd (13th overall) and Frankie Scrivener 26th
(16th overall). The team only managed a fourth place finish on the day but
ended the season in third.
Bertie Harrington was our sole representative in the U20 mens race and his
20th position added to his three other Kent league races had him sitting
nicely in 6th place in the individual league table.
We had a few athletes not racing at Danson Park as they were in Liverpool at
the British Cross Challenge. U20 Will Fuller had what he described as his
best ever cross country race finishing a fantastic 8th. With this race being
a qualifier for the European cross country champs (and other Internationals)
we hope that Will will soon get his first international call up. Likewise
Niamh Bridson Hubbard’s 11th place will surely put her in the reckoning for
more International selection. Richard Webb took time off Uni and finished
69th in the U20. In the U15 girls race Yasmin Marghini was 9th and Sophie
Hoare was 12th and Kelsi Cornish was 36th. We also had the Radus sisters
making their club debut yesterday with Lia 13th in the U15 race and younger
sister Maayan a great 8th in th U13 girls race.
This weeks team manager award for the girls goes to Lily Tappenden who had
her best Kent league finish of the season, improving by 6 places on her
The boys team manager award goes to Charles Winton for
his best ever Kent league finish and for the way he ran his race, determined
to run well from the start.
A great Kent league concluded now leads us into Championship season with the
Kents, South of England and Nationals (amongst other events) to look forward
Photos from Jay Galley
Photos from Rod Harrington
7/11/15 - Kent
League (incls B&B YA C-C Champs) - Sparrows Den
Horizontal rain and high winds did little to deter the
young athletes of Kent as Blackheath and Bromley hosted the 3rd fixture in
the Kent league cross country series.
Sparrows Den was the venue and the tough course with
fields, muddy woods and challenging hills wasn’t made any easier by the
The Blackheath and Bromley family did a fantastic job
of organising the course, officials and marshals, (many of whom were
parents) ensuring another very successful days athletics both on and off the
Mr and Mrs President were once again first to arrive
to set up camp, hunkered down in the woods for shelter, and were also last
to leave! Past presidents, including Mr and Mrs last years President, vice
presidents, club members, parents, grandparents, siblings and friends all
pulled together in awful weather, marking the course, marshalling (standing
in the rain for 4hrs) and generally supporting the club and athletes. Many
thanks go to all who helped sharing the burden and work load that these
Down to the action and the U13 girls couldn’t have
given us a better start with a clean sweep, 1, 2, 3. Ellie Dolby made in
three wins in three, Morgan Squibb finished strongly for her best ever Kent
league result in 2nd and Jess Neal put in another great run finishing 3rd.
Rosanna Allan, in her first outing for the club this winter, was a strong
7th, Daniella Harper with another great run was 14th and Niamh Milmo 20th.
Great strength in depth saw Ella Smith 21st, Abbie Leeves 26th, Emily Davis
28th and making her BBHAC debut Heidi Forsyth 32nd, Olivia Berry was 34th
and Daisy Bates 50th. With one match to go the U13 girls are looking likely
to retain their Kent title.
Rowan Fuss comfortably led the U13 boys home as he
also made it 3 wins in 3, the only disappointment was when the Kent schools
team manager found out Rowan goes to school in Surrey! Sam Reardon had his
highest finish to date with a fantastic 4th and Justin Strover ran well in
13th. Thomas Penlington continues to run well and finished 17th, followed by
a strong run from Alex Sibley in 22nd just in front of Jake Leng in 23rd.
Eddie Sellar, in his first official outing for the club went off in
committed fashion and finished 30th with Ethan Kitteridge in 31st. Charles
Winton had a strong run wearing spikes for the 1st time (definitely needed
now) was 36th and Nicholas Paddington completed the BB contingent in 40th.
Stephanie Taylor had a great run bringing the BB U15
girls home in a best ever KL finish of 5th. Grace Scopes also had a great
run mixing with the leading pack and crossing the line in 7th with Imogen
Meers working her way through the field to finish 14th. A strong run saw
Hanna O’Flynn finish 17th and Lily Tappenden 19th. A fast finishing Isabelle
Bridge was 26th just in front of Gracie Horton in 27th with Claudia Pickup
31st and closing the team in 32nd was Zoe Austridge.
Peter Guy and Angus Harrington, both currently
recovering from injury, boosted the U15 boys by turning up and supporting.
I’m sure watching their team mates competing (despite the awful conditions)
fuelled their desire to be back up and running. I hope so. Great packing
from the thirteen boys who started had Michael Eagling in 11th, Joe
Georgiadis in 12th, Callum Myatt in 14th and Robert Suckling 17th. A few
places behind, the boys packed out again with Charlie Andrews in 21st, Keir
Lundy in 23rd and Cameron Swatton in 24th. Ben Gardiner was 33rd, Lewis
Warren 40th and Lewis Stickings 43rd. Matthew Pond making his Blackheath
debut was a creditable 46th having used his 103rd park run in the morning as
a steady warm up. Seb Large smiling all the way around finished 54th before
dashing off to see James Bond. George Pope started but sensibly pulled out
at the top of the first hill, after suffering from recurring heel pains.
Like the U13 girls, the U17 girls have dominated the
Kent league all winter and yesterday was no different as BB took 5 of the
top 6 positions. This is a fantastic set of results when you consider the
top spot was taken by current International and English schools XC champion
Sabrina Sinha from Cambridge Harriers. Not to be out done our own English
Schools Champions were 2nd and 3rd with Jess Keene (3000m) and Yasmin
Austridge (1500m steeplechase) respectively. Yasmin got an extra cheer as
she slipped on the final bend before re gaining her composure as though
nothing had happened! Amy Leach was a fantastic 4th, Kelsey Fuss a great 5th
and Jenny Allan, on her 1st run for the club this winter a fine 6th. Joanna Clowes back running well again was 10th with Chloe Kibblewhite 13th and Mary
Guy 14th. A brilliant set of results and should prove good enough for the
U17 girls to retain their Kent title.
Charlotte Rhule ran well to finish 3rd in the U20
Kent U17 boys are amongst the strongest in the country
and so Joss Barbers 4th place in his first Kent League outing this winter
was a fantastic result. Marco Arcuri’s strong 8th place finish was equally
impressive when you consider he hardly had time to race, in between all his
team management work. Marco was such a great help to both boys and girls
team mangers that Hanna described him as “A Godsend”! Lewis Mills had a
great run crossing the line in 13th backed up by a 21st placing for Oscar
Hussey, James Crawley 26th, Charlie Davis on home turf 31st and Frankie
Scrivener 33rd, representing great numbers in this age group.
Bertie Harrington was our only BB in the U20 mens race
and did well finishing 10th. Thomas Desborough also an U20 ran in the senior
race but made the right decision to pull out after the first lap after
repeatedly turning his ankle on the numerous tree roots. Thomas was soon
being looked after by first aiders and hopefully won’t be out of action for
This weeks girls team managers award, nominated by
Andy goes to Stephanie Taylor for her great run improving 4 places on the
last race and having her highest ever Kent league finish.
The boys team manager award, nominated by Paul goes to
Joss Barber for his quality run in the U17 boys race.
The next fixture is the London youth games at
Parliament Hill. This is a borough event and you should have already heard
from your borough team manager.
The next club fixture is the final Kent league race at
Danson Park on 28th November.
Incorporated into our home fixture at the Sparrows
Den, Kent League fixture was the BBHAC cross country club championship and
medals were (or will be) awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd Blackheath athletes in
each age group.
The winners are as follows:
Photos from Rod Harrington
24/10/15 - Kent League - Somerhill Park, Tonbridge
The stunning buildings and grounds of Somerhill
School, Tonbridge were the setting for round two of the Kent league cross
country series that saw three individual winners, two team victories and
loads of great individual running from Blackheath and Bromley young
As usual the U13 girls got us off to a winning start
and Ellie Dolby made it two wins in two with a comfortable victory. Jess
Neal and Morgan Squibb also had strong runs in 4th and 5th ensuring 1st
place in the ‘three to score' team race. The team were well backed up by
more great runs from Daniella Harper 16th, Ella Smith 19th, Niamh Milmo
24th, Emily Davis 27th, Olivia Berry 29th, Abbie Leeves 32nd and Daisy Bates
50th. Half way through the season the girls currently top the league table.
Not to be out done the U13 boys also secured victory
with an emphatic win from Rowan Fuss crossing the line just short of a
minute clear of the rest of the field. Sam Reardon continued his good form
with a fine 5th place and a great run from Jake Leng in 16th combined to
place the team a solid second behind a strong Tonbridge team. Further great
runs from Thomas Penlington 22nd, Alex Sibley 23rd, Ethan Kitteridge 28th,
Nicholas Paddington, on his club debut in 40th, Barnaby Corry 48th and
Charles Winton 51st prove the age group to be in a healthy state.
Eight Blackheath and Bromley girls toed the line for
the start of the U15 girls race and most pleasing was to see Lydia Taylor
back running after a lengthy period out of the sport. Millie Smith had
another strong run finishing 2nd, Kelsi Cornish a great 5th and a gutsy 7th
place from Grace Scopes was good enough for 2nd in the team competition.
Lily Tappenden had a good run in 16th, Imogen Meers and Isabelle Bridge
fought it out in a sprint finish 25th and 26th respectively and Zoe
Austridge was 31st.
The biggest age group was the U15 boys with 10 BB
youngsters racing. Joe Georgiadis is running with great confidence (and
ability) and no surprise to see him in the leading group on lap one but a
little more surprising to see him leading the field by 20 m on lap two! The
pack paced the race well and were able to claw Joe back but his final
position of 4th matched his great Stanhill farm run. Two more boys who have
raised their game were Callum Myatt 14th and Charlie Andrews 15th both
having superb runs. Great Blackheath packing then saw four cross the line
one after the other with Robert Suckling 17th, Keir Lundy 18th, Ben Gardiner
19th and Cameron swatton 20th. Coleman Corry was showing signs of fatigue
after his great previous weekend efforts in the South of England relays and
the club 5 mile championships as he finished 25th and Lewis Warren crossed
the line in 36th and Seb Large smiled his way around the course in 51st.
The U17 girls were once again dominant in the team
competition with tight packing high up the field with Jess Keene 3rd, Kelsey
Fuss 4th, Yasmin Austridge 5th, Amy Leach 6th, Georgina Taylor 10th and
Chloe Kibblewhite 15th. Joanna Clowes had a difficult afternoon but made the
right decision to pull out mid way through the race due to breathing
difficulties, Jo can now look forward and prepare for the next race.With two
races remaining the girls are looking good to retain Kent team title.
Marco Arcuri, the boys team captain lead the BB charge
in the U17 mens race and got involved in the action from the gun mixing it
up with the leading pack. His efforts were rewarded with a fantastic 5th
place finished in a competitive age group. Likewise Lewis Mills 9th place
finish was a great run and a significant improvement on the last fixture.
James Crawley, despite having a “work do” the previous evening had a good
run in 20th as did fast finishing Frankie Scrivener 26th, Oscar Hussey 27th
and Harry Keene 37th. The team finished third on the day. Charlie Davis
started well but had to pull out three quarters of the way around the course
but it was a great afternoon for his mum to get out and enjoy the lovely
Two U20 BB men competed at Somerhill and Bertie
Harrington finished a creditable 10th in the U20 race while Tom Desborough
chose to do twice the distance in the senior mens race but still finished in
a fine 40th place.
We also had two U20 women running but both chose to
run the longer more competitive race of the seniors and what an inspired
choice it was for Niamh Bridson Hubbard as she powered through the 5k course
winning by 44 seconds. Being girls team captain and walking the young
athletes around their various courses is clearly good race preparation for
Niamh. Great also to see Sam Leighton finish high up the field of over
hundred in 28th.
This weeks team managers award goes to Charlie Andrews
for his gutsy run in the U15 boys race and improving his best ever Kent
league finish by 19 places.
The next Kent league fixture is our home fixture at
Sparrows Den on November 7th and also incorporates our Club Championship,
medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd BB in each race.
Photos from Tom Desborough
Photos from Rod Harrington
Photos from Luigi Arcuri
10/10/15 - Kent League - Swanley Park
A brand new farming venue, record numbers of athletes,
two individual winners, two team victories and several Blackheath and
Bromley debuts all welcomed the start of the 2015 /16 Kent league cross
country series, on a bright but blowy day.
Stanhill Farm, Wilmington opened its gates to allow
KCAA to set up a new course amongst all the produce including strawberries,
sweetcorn and pumpkins. The course was relatively flat but firm underfoot,
well laid out and was great for both athlete and spectator to follow all the
Over 600 athletes, through all age groups and clubs, finished and this is
the largest number recorded, for at least the last seven years. Its also
pleasing to see that B&B had over 60 young athlete contribution to that
BBHAC U13 girls and boys got proceedings off to a winning start with
victories in both. Ellie Dolby led from start to finish in the girls race
and Jess Neal 5th and Morgan Squibb 7th ensured team victory. Brilliant
numbers in the younger age group saw a further seven girls cross the line,
Daniella Harper 16th, Niamh Milmo 20th, then three in a row, Ella Smith on
her winter debut 22nd, Abbie Leeves 23rd and Olivia Berry also on her B&B
debut in 24th. Emily Davies finished in 28th and Daisy Bates 46th on her
very first race for B&B.
Like Ellie, Rowan Fuss led from gun to tape and looked relaxed throughout
winning by over 30seconds. Sam Reardon finished strongly to post a 7th place
finish with Justin Strover just two places behind in 9th. With three
athletes to score in the team competition this trios aggregate score was
enough to place second behind a strong Tonbridge side. Thomas Penlington
looked good as he finished 14th. Eddie Sellar was a great 21st but had to
run as a guest while he waits for EA registration to clear from his old
club! Alex Sibley continues to run well in 26th and Charles Winton looked
strong in 37th and Ethan Kitteridge back from injury 46th and Barnaby Corry
just behind in 47th.
The U15 girls had good numbers running and a fantastic effort from Mille
Smith gave her a well deserved 2nd behind Tonbridge’s National Champion
Kathleen Faes. The team scoring three, were made up by Millie, a great run
from Kelsi Cornish in 6th and Stephanie Taylor in 9th combining to finish
2nd to Tonbridge once again. Grace Scopes had a good run in 11th with Lily
Tappenden finishing well in 16th. Alice Prentice 25th, Isabelle Bridge 29th,
Claudia Pickup in 31st and Zoe Austridge in 33rd completed the B&B
By far the best represented age group were the U15 boys with a fantastic 14
boys racing, the best turn out for many a year. Joseph Georgiadis is running
with great confidence and ability and it was no surprise to see him at the
front of the field fully involved in the action and crossing the line in a
very pleasing 4th spot. Michael Eagling 17th and a strong finishing Callum
Myatt 18th helped the team take second place overall. Our strength in depth
saw six of our athletes taking consecutive spots from Michael 17th, Callum
18th, Coleman Corry 19th, Ben Gardiner 20th, Robert suckling 21st and George
Pope 22nd, all those black vests was a great site to see. But still we had
more and great runs from the fast finishing Cameron Swatton 25th, Charlie
Andrews 26th, Keir Lundy 28th, Lewis Warren 33rd, Lewis Sticking 44th, Leo
Braden 45th and on his first ever race for Blackheath and Bromley, Seb Large
The U17 men also had great numbers running with seven toeing the start line.
Team captain Marco Arcuri dragged himself away from his duties of walking
the course and issuing race numbers (amongst other things!) to produce a
fine run finishing high up the field in 9th. A strong finishing Lewis Mills
13th and getting back to form Charlie Davis 14th completed the scoring trio
that secured third spot behind Tonbridge and Medway & Maidstone. The three
were well backed up by James Crawley 23rd, Oscar Hussey, despite having
played school hockey in the morning, 26th, Frankie Scrivener 39th and Harry
The U17 girls also had good numbers with eight girls racing. Jess Keene in
her first winter outing cruised round to finish 3rd followed by Yasmin
Austridge 4th and the ever improving Amy Leach 5th. This trio won the team
race by a single point to a strong Dartford team who were 1st and 2nd in the
race. Kelsey Fuss was 6th, Georgina Taylor 8th, a strong run from Joanna
Clowes in 12th, Shannon Riskey 19th and Chloe Kibblewhite 20th completed the
Andy Frankish had an unavoidable clash of events but he was ably replaced
(only temporarily, Andy will be pleased to hear!) by his team captain Niamh
Bridson Hubbard and her dad John. Niamh did a sterling job of walking the
young athletes around the various parts of the course, differing for each
gender and age group and dad John was all over the admin side of things
posting results, maps etc on the team tent along with other duties associate
with race days!
As with Marco, Niamh’s priority is of course her
running and she stepped up an age group to contest the senior women race and
ran brilliantly to finish in a solid second place, despite still being an
Niamh along with Elaine Murty and Thomas Penlington’s
mum Carole, did fantastically well to take the senior women team title from
a strong Tonbridge side.
U20 Charlotte Rhule did well to finish 3rd in the U20 race as did Bertie
Harrington finishing 7th in the mens U20 race.
U20 Thomas Desborough, having survived “freshers week” at Brighton
University thought he would punish himself more by stepping up to the senior
race but did well finishing 51st in a very competitive field.
Our young athletes obviously inspire their parents as several ran in the
senior races. Thomas’ mum as already mentioned, Barnaby’s dad Nic, Bertie
and Angus’ dad Rod and Cameron’s dad Nick all did their bit to help the
senior teams score some great results. It was also pleasing to see Nick
Swatton wearing proper kit in the form of the black vest of BBHAC and not
the normal red and black hoops of Herne Hill Harriers, his 1st claim club!
Claudia’s mum Andrea also ran but unfortunately had to pull out after
aggravating her hamstring. On a plus side they would have been able to beat
the rush to the tea and cake stall provided by the farmers!
Coach Mick Jones was seen all over the course supporting dozens of his
training group athletes and two of his own family in the form of daughter
and women Senior team manager Jess Jones and nephew Chris Tuck in the senior
mens race, I’ve never seen Mick move so fast or so far!!
Coach Jay Galley was also there supporting his athletes but also selecting
the Bromley borough London youth games team for the up coming cross country
race, as this Kent league fixture double as the trial. More info to follow
regarding this race.
Huge thanks once again go to the Cordell's who again secured the perfect
spot for the club tent, right alongside the start. Very impressive.
This weeks boys managers award goes to Joseph Georgiadis for having the
confidence in himself to go and run the race in such a determined fashion.
Well done Joe.
News of the girls team managers award to follow.
The next Kent league fixture is at the hilly course at Somerhill School
Tonbridge on 24th October.
Photos from Rod Harrington
One from Paul Austridge