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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 25-10-15

10/10/15 - Kent League - Swanley Park 11-10-15

 


13/02/16 - Kent League - Foots Cray Meadows

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28/11/15 - Kent League - Danson Park

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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 title.

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 previous best.

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 to.

Paul

 

Photos from Jay Galley

 

 

 

Photos from Rod Harrington

 

 

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7/11/15 - Kent League (incls B&B YA C-C Champs) - Sparrows Den

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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 weather!

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 course.

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 fixtures require.

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 race.

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 too long.

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.

Paul

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:

  Gold Silver Bronze 
U13 girls  Ellie Dolby  Morgan Squibb  Jessica Neal 
U13 boys  Rowan Fuss  Sam Reardon  Justin Strover 
U15 girls  Stephanie Taylor  Grace Scopes  Imogen Meers
U15 boys  Michael Eagling  Joseph Georgiadis  Callum Myatt
U17 women  Jessica Keene  Yasmin Austridge  Amy Leach
U17 men  Joss Barber  Marco Arcuri  Lewis Mills

 

Photos from Rod Harrington

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24/10/15 - Kent League - Somerhill Park, Tonbridge

Full results here...

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 athletes.

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 fresh air!

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.

Paul Austridge

 

Photos from Tom Desborough

Photos from Rod Harrington

 

Photos from Luigi Arcuri

 

 

 

 

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10/10/15 - Kent League - Swanley Park

Full results here...

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 action.

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 large number.

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 contingent.

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 in 56th.

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 Keene 41st.

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 B&B compliment.

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 U20.

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.

Paul Austridge

 

Photos from Rod Harrington

 

One from Paul Austridge

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