11 February 2017
Kent League 2016/7
11/02/17 - Kent
League - Foots Cray Meadows 11-02-17
26/11/16 - Kent League (incls B&B YA C-C Champs) -
Danson Park (no SM) 28-11-16
12/11/16 - Kent League - Sparrows Den, Hayes (no SW)
29/10/16 - Kent League - Somerhill School, Tonbridge
15/10/16 - Kent League - Stanhill Farm
11/02/17 - Kent
League - Foots Cray Meadows
Kent League (incls B&B YA C-C Champs) - Danson Park (no SM)
The 2016 Kent league cross country series came to an
end this weekend in great style for BBHAC young athletes, with three
individual victories, three team gold and two team silver along with six
athletes collecting individual league trophies and thirty one athletes
completing a full house of racing in all four Kent league races.
Past President Dave Cordell started his busy day
putting up the BBHAC tent ably assisted by winter team captain Marco Arcuri,
who was still out of breath having just run the Bexley Park run. Dave’s next
task was setting up the finish funnel where he was to spend the rest of the
day acting as race referee.
The U13 girls were first off and have had great
strength and depth all season resulting in a fine team victory. Ellie Dolby
pushed on from the off winning comfortably, completing a hat trick of wins
and picking up the league individual overall gold trophy for her efforts.
Daniella Harper has been highly consistent all winter and finished high up
the field in 4th and was worthy winner of the bronze individual trophy.
Amerisa Sibley had a great run finishing 7th (5th individual overall) just
in front of Olivia Berry’s great 8th place (7th individual overall). Heidi
Forsyth had her best run of the year placing 11th (13th individual overall).
Kelsey Pullin broke into the top 20 for the first time with a gutsy run
finishing 18th (15th individual overall) and Ella Smith completed the series
with another top 20 finish placing 19th (12th individual overall). Zara
Aslam ran strongly crossing the line in 25th as did Isabella Louth in a good
30th. Amelie Willars was 39th and having run all four was rewarded with an
individual overall placing of 28th. Sofia Elliot completed the strong squad
with a 41st finish.
Sam Reardon started the U13 boys race positively and
was in a pack of three with a couple of hundred meters remaining. Once out
of sight of his parents Sam sprinted to the front and bravely held on to
record his second win of the season! A great sprint finish. Ben Campbell had
another fine run finishing 13th but more importantly was 4th individual
overall. Max Gregson had a strong run finishing 14th (7th individual
overall). Matt Smith was a strong 17th (11th individual overall) and Oliver
Robertson was 22nd (placing 14th individual overall). Sam Stuart on only his
second club XC race was a good 26th and Will Andrews crossed the line in
29th with Callum Carlton in 33rd. Oles Chaban completed the series in 34th
(placing a great 22nd overall) and Jake Anthony in his first year was 40th
(a fine 20th overall). Nick Paddington completed the full house finishing
46th and a high 26th overall. Good to see Josh Buddle Smith running and
finishing inside the top fifty in 48th. The team was second in the league
table but interesting to note most of these boys will still be U13 next
Morgan Squibb then made it three wins out of three for
BBHAC as she powered her way around the two-lap course winning by over 20
seconds. Morgan’s second victory of the season ensured she picked up the
individual overall gold. Zoe White’s fine season continues as she finished
4th on the day and an impressive 4th overall for the season. Jess Neal is
returning to form and posted a great 5th place performance. Lily Tappenden
was a strong 8th (6th individual overall). Niamh Milmo was a good 13th and
her seasons efforts saw her finish 10th overall. Abbie Leeves was 15th and
Isabelle Bridge 18th and having both raced in all four XC’s were highly
place overall with 12th and 13th places respectively. These great U15
results were more than enough to win the team gold.
Peter Guy led the U15 boys home after a brave start
attacking the race with the front runners eventually coming home in 8th
place but more impressively shooting up the individual table finishing an
impressive 2nd. Joe Georgiadis was just behind in a strong 9th and then
close packing with a great run from Robert Suckling in 11th, Ben Gardiner a
solid 12th and a fantastic overall 4th for the series. Cameron Swatton had
his best league run finishing high up in 15th and making the top ten overall
in a fine 8th. Justin Strover looked strong crossing the line in 25th and
Charles Winton completed his league campaign in style with by far his best
run of the season in a pleasing 29th giving him 19th overall for the season.
The team as a whole for the season was fourth behind some very strong Kent
Millie Smith had another solid race in the U17 girls
race and won herself the bronze trophy in the individual overall standing.
Lottie Weitzel had her highest finish of the year in a great 6th and Amy
Leach’s 7th place saw her finish high up the overall individual table in
5th.Great to see Jess Sellar competing over the country and finishing in the
top 10 with a solid 9th place and Charlotte Fairies in her second outing for
the club completed our squad in 15th place. The U17 girls winnings ways had
them firmly fixed at the top of the league table.
The U17 boys age group has been dominated by Tonbridge
AC but the BBHAC lads did well to get amongst them and Lewis Mills’ 5th
place on the day was good enough to earn him the bronze individual overall
trophy. Michael Eagling had a great run in 8th with Oscar Hussey finishing
his league season in 14th and 10th overall. Callum Myatt was 16th on the day
and 11th overall for the season with Charlie Andrews just behind in 18th and
16th overall for the series. Finlay Brannan, in only his second race for
BBHAC ran well crossing the line in 21st and Lewis Warren worked well on the
5k course coming a good 32nd. Overall the U17 boys performance was good
enough to secure silver in the team competition.
Four U20 girls ran in the senior women’s race helping
them to win the six to score competition. Kelsey Fuss ran well finishing
11th, Sam Leighton was a great 37th with Joanna Clowes just behind in 41st
and fantastic to see Shannon Riskey back running over the country finishing
inside the top half in 66th.
With no senior men’s race two of our U20 men ran in
the combined U17 and U20 race and Charlie Davis finished a high 6th place
and James Crawley did well crossing the line in 12th despite having had a
busy evening the previous day.
Photos from Rod Harrington
12/11/16 - Kent League - Sparrows Den, Hayes
The athletics world was rocked this week when two of
Britain’s young bright stars tragically lost their lives in a road traffic
accident, whilst doing the sport they loved, something thousands of our
young athletes do week in week out throughout the country.
Stacey Burrows and Lucy Pygott both from Aldershot, Farnham & District
Athletics Club were on an early evening training run when the accident
occurred and the athletics world paid tribute to them both, at various
running events this weekend.
At Sparrows Den, Blackheath and Bromley HAC home Kent league fixture a
memorial wreath was laid at the start of the U17 girls race before a well
observed, poignant minutes silence. Many of the clubs’ athletes, officials
and supporters also wore black ribbons in tribute to the two girls who will
be sorely missed.
The sombre mood and a clash of events including county inter counties and
regional rounds of the English schools cup saw fewer numbers braving the
rain and the tough hilly, wooded course that Sparrows Den is renowned for.
However, BBHAC had a good degree of success winning five of the nine races
contested with an emphatic victory in the senior men’s race from BBHAC’s
Olympian Scott Overall.
Ellie Dolby got winning ways off to an early start by powering her away to
victory in the U13 girls race. A strong run from Daniella Harper in 4th and
Amarisa Sibley in 5th ensured a good team win. Strength in depth is massive
in this age group as a further ten BB’s girls finished well. Lily Meers was
a strong 8th, Olivia Berry 12th, Heidi Forsyth 13th and Ella smith 17th.
Kelsey Pullin had her highest finish to date in 21st as did Hanna Clark
finishing 25th. Zara Aslam made her club debut finishing well in 29th with
Isabella Louth crossing the line in 33rd, Sofia Elliot was 46th and
completing the impressive numbers was Amelia Willars in 55th. With one
fixture remaining the U13 girls are currently top of their league.
Not to be out done our U13 boys were equally impressive with a victory and
large numbers running, finishing with five in the top seven and eight in the
top twenty. Great to see the field flooded with Blackheath and Bromley
vests. Sam Reardon and Tom Brash battled together all the way around with
Sam winning the sprint but Tom was just a second behind in 2nd. Thomas
Penlington finding his old form again finishing a great 4th with first year
boys Ben Campbell and Max Gregson running hard to finish 6th and 7th. Matt
Smith will be pleased with his highest position of 12th as will Oliver
Robertson in 14th. Jamie Sears with two more years in this age group was a
strong 20th. Sam Stuart making his full BBHAC debut ran really well crossing
the line in 28th just in front of Callum Carlton in 30th and Jake Anthony in
33rd. Like Jamie, Oles Chaban has two more years in the U13s and did well
finishing 38th just a head of Nick Paddington running well in 39th.Good to
have Josh Buddle Smith back running after a short break in 45th completing a
very strong U13 boys squad who currently lie 2nd in the league.
Morgan Squibb continued her fine form finishing a clear winner. Zoe White,
not put off by her fall at the start of the last Kent league fixture had her
best run of the season finishing a really strong 6th with Lily Tappenden
only four seconds behind in 9th. Niamh Milmo had a good run in 17th just
ahead of Jess Neal in 18th with Abbie Leeves 22nd, Emily Davis 24th and
Issie Bridge 25th, completing the U15 girls squad efforts leaving them top
of their league, albeit by only one point.
Eight U15 boys toed the line for their 4.2k course and Peter Guy will be
pleased with his great 5th position just seconds behind the leading few. Ben
Gardiner had a good run in 16th, Robert Suckling worked hard finishing 20th
with Cameron Swatton and Keir Lundy battling down the home straight,
finishing 22nd and 23rd respectively, one second apart. Jake Leng was 34th
just ahead of Luke Simpson in 35th and Charles Winton having his strongest
run of the season finished in a great 37th. The U15 boys are currently 5th
in their very strong league.
The U20 and U17 combined women’s race saw a strong victory from our sole U20
Jess Keene and a season’s best run for Amy Leach had her crossing the line
in a solid 4th. Millie Smith was 6th, Lottie Weitzel 7th, Grace Scopes 10th,
having already coached our youngsters in the rain in the morning and Jess
Sellar 13th and great to see Charlotte Fairies 23rd making her club debut
finding time to run after also coaching at our young Bees academy in the
morning. The U17s top their league table.
The U17 boys age group is dominated by Tonbridge AC placing 1- 5 but Lewis
Mills and Michael Eagling held their own and did well placing 7th and 8th.
Oscar Hussey was a good 14th, Callum Myatt 22nd, Charlie Andrews 29th and
Finlay Brannan making his club debut did well despite falling on a muddy
section, to finish 30th with Lewis Warren completing the squad in 37th. The
U17 boys are currently second behind the strong Tonbridge team.
All our U20 men decided to double the distance they had to run by lining up
with the seniors. Olympian Scott Overall was overall winner (no pun
intended) but a great showing from the U20s saw Marco Arcuri and Charlie
Davis high up the field finishing 25th and 27th only four seconds apart and
that was after both had spent the morning coaching our under 11 endurance
athletes in the rain.
James Crawley looked strong finishing 53rd with Tom Desborough just behind
in 56th and ever present Scott Bulmer had his best run so far this winter in
173rd and the icing on the cake was beating his dad Nigel.
This home fixture also doubles up as our young athletes cross country club
championship and so gold, silver and bronze club champs medals were awarded
U13 girls Ellie Dolby
U15 girls Morgan Squibb Zoe White
U17 girls Amy Leach
U13 boys Sam Reardon Tom Brash
U15 boys Peter Guy
U17 boys Lewis Mills
BBHAC were responsible for the running of this fixture and that was in no
small way thanks to many BBHAC members, parents and friends and special
thanks go to Nic Corry who turned up in a free 30 minute window to help
despite no family members running, John Reardon arriving early and leaving
late to put up and dismantle the tent, Nic Swatton and Mick Keene for their
help with the tent, Peter Lovell for all his help all day in the rain and
‘track’ Steve who turned up just to help dismantle the tent because he knew
we would need help. A true team effort made light work of what can be a
difficult job, especially in the rain.
Further afield BBHAC members were racing in various other meetings. Niamh
Bridson Hubbard and Will Fuller were on International duty running for
England in Atapuerca, Northern Spain where Niamh finishing 10th and Will
13th in their respective races.
At the English schools cup SE regional final race at Tonbridge, Sophie Hoare
won the inter girls race, Tola Pearse was 2nd and Rosie Allen was 18th.
Amelia Middleton was 15th in the junior girls race while Rowan Fuss and Joe
Georgiadis were 13th and 14th in the inter boys with Oscar Heaney Brufal
just behind in 19th. Barnaby Corry was our only representative in the junior
boys race and finished 64th.
Amy Miller ran well to finish 6th in the schools inter counties in the West
Midlands running for Surrey.
The British cross challenge series started in Milton Keynes and U13 Naomi
Toft ran well finishing 5th with Madolina Samoila crossing the line in 31st
in the U17 girls race.
The next club fixture is the final Kent league at Danson Park on 29th
November when all the individual and league tables will be completed. Hope
to see you all there.
29/10/16 - Kent League - Somerhill
The magnificent buildings and grounds of Somerhill
school, Tonbridge were once again the backdrop for the 2nd fixture of the
Kent league cross country series and the perfectly and precisely marked out
course witnessed some great racing.
The girl’s reign supreme, now sitting at the top of
the league in all the age groups that they contest. The boy’s numbers are
huge and their collected efforts leave them second in the U13 and 17
age-groups and 4th in the U15’s behind a very strong Tonbridge AC.
The U13 girls got proceedings off to a winning start
with Ellie Dolby dominating and winning comfortably by 14 seconds. Daniella
Harper had a superb run finishing 4th and young Lily Meers had her best run
to date crossing the line in an impressive 6th to help win the team race.
Strong back up from Mayaan Radus in 9th then three in a row with Amelia
Middleton 16th, Amarisa Sibley 17th and Olivia Berry 18th. Ella Smith was
20th, Heidi Forsyth 24th, Kelsey Pullin 29th, Hannah Clark 39th, Isabella
Louth 41st and Amelie Willars 57th completed the strong squad.
Sam Reardon and Tom Brash then led the BBHAC U13 boy’s
contingent home with strong runs in 4th and 6th respectively. Ben Campbell
continues to impressive finishing in a great 12th helping to secure second
team position. Tom Penlington was a strong 16th, Max Gregson 20th, Matt
Smith 22nd and making a fantastic debut was 11-year-old Jamie Sears looking
comfortable finishing 28th. Great back up from Oliver Robertson 31st, Will
Andrews 36th, Jake Anthony 39th and Adam Parkinson in 42nd. Barnaby Corry in
his first cross-country run of the season was 49th, 11 year old Oles Chaban
53rd and Nick Paddington 58th rounded off an impressive number of U13 boys.
The U15 girls were also victorious with Lia Radus
winning, coming out on top of the battle with the Thanet RR girl. Morgan
Squibb, (possibly still jet lagged from her USA travels where she competed
for Great Britain and finished 5th in the World Biathle (run-swim-run)
Championships) did well to finish high up in 5th and Amy Miller had a very
strong run finishing 7th to complete the three to score team win. Zoe White
continues her great season with a fine14th place finish, Lily Tappenden
16th, Niamh Milmo 19th, Isabelle Bridge 23rd, Emily Davis 25th and Abigail
Leeves 27th completed the strong U15 squad.
Twelve U15 boys toed the line for BB for their 4K race
and Rowan Fuss came out on top finishing a great 6th. Peter Guy, despite
falling on a tight bend, did well ending up 17th and Ben Gardiner in 23rd
completed the three to score result of 4th place. Robert Suckling was 24th
and Cameron Swatton was 26th, Keir Lundy 37th, Justin Strover 38th, Luke
Simpson 47th, and a great run from Charles Winton in 53rd. Seb Large was
59th with Ethan Kitteridge 61st and Jake Leng 63rd rounded off the large U15
Only four U17 girls made up the BBHAC squad but they
were strong enough to win the team race. A strong performance from Millie
Smith, despite losing a shoe in warm up, saw her finish an impressive 3rd. A
great run from Grace Scopes placing 7th with Yasmin Austridge 8th and Amy
Leach 12th completing the squad results.
The U17 boys finished a good second in the team
competition after a great performance from Lewis Mills finishing 4th. Callum
Myatt was a strong 13th and Oscar Hussey did superbly finishing 15th despite
only just making the start line in time after a horrendous journey from
France that left him with only minutes to spare! Charlie Andrews was a solid
22nd and Coleman Corry on his first winter outing this season was 35th and
Chris Swinfen completed the squad in 43rd.
BBHAC had no representatives in the U20 races as our
U20’s chose to race in the longer senior races. Jess Keene extended her run
of great form winning her first senior Kent league race looking comfortable
all the way around the 5k circuit.
Kelsey Fuss looked good finishing 19th as did Sam
Leighton in 40th and Joanna Clowes in 42nd.
In the senior men’s race Richard Webb used his study
break from Cardiff University well finishing high up in 12th, Charlie Davis
excelled at the senior distance of 10k and crossed the line in solid 20th.
Thomas Desborough was a great 37th and fellow U20 James Crawley was a good
67th and Scott Bulmer in 182th completed the U20 squad.
Now half way through the Kent league series next we
have the National Cross Country Relay Championships at Mansfield to look
forward to where we hope to be amongst the action in all age groups.
Photos from Jay Galley
Photos from Rod Harrington
15/10/16 - Kent
League - Stanhill Farm
A record number of runners started this winter’s Kent
League cross country season at the pleasant surroundings of Stanhill Farm,
Dartford. With the weather more suited to the track season Blackheath and
Bromley HAC young athletes were out in force with many making the BBHAC
debuts and some making their winter debuts.
The course was fairly flat, firm under foot and great
for spectators and we had great interest in every race as 75 of our young
athletes competed throughout the day.
The U13 age group gave us our biggest turn out and our
debutants made a big impact helping the girls to win the team race and the
boys to place second in their team race.
The U13 girls are so strong in depth that we had eight
BB in the top 14 with new girls Naomi Toft and Annie Thomas finishing a
great 1st and 2nd with Ellie Dolby just behind in a solid 4th. Consistent
Daniella Harper a great 8th, Amarisa Sibley in her debut league cross
country race 9th, Lily Meers also on her debut in 10th, Olivia Berry 12th
and Amelia Middleton also on her first club winter race 14th all well inside
the top 20. Ella Smith had a great run in 21st and the ever improving Kelsey
Pullin was 27th. Heidi Forsyth was 31st, Hanna Clark 38th and Amelie Willars
making her BB debut was 62nd completing a very strong squad.
The U13 boys produced the biggest squad of the day
with 16 athletes toeing the line to start the 3.3k two lap course. With
Tonbridge AC flooding the front end it was great to see Tom Brash hold his
own and split them up crossing the line in 3rd backed up by a fast finishing
debutant Luca Thurlow, finishing 8th just two seconds ahead of Ben Campbell
in a great 9th. With three to score in the team event these results ensured
a fine second behind a strong Tonbridge team. BB U13 squad is strong and
large and so the black and magenta vests kept crossing the line with a good
11th for Eddie Sellar and 12th for Max Gregson followed by 14th for Thomas
Penlington. Matt Smith finished well in 19th with Oliver Robertson a solid
24th. Callum Carlton ran well finishing 31st as did Will Andrews on his
debut finishing high up the field in 32nd. Alex Sibley was 36th and Jake
Anthony making his debut league appearance was 40th with Adam Parkinson just
behind in 42nd. Year 6 Oles Chaban had an impressive debut run in 46th and
Nick Paddington 52nd and Josh Buddle Smith 53rd completed our strong squads
efforts in a field of over 80 club runners.
The U15 girls did the clean sweep placing 1st, 2nd and
3rd with Yasmin Marghini winning well on her first winter outing followed by
Morgan Squibb running in her normal determined fashion holding on for 2nd
and third place was filled by another new girl making her club debut Tola
Pearse. Zoe White placed a great 13th, Lily Tappenden 15th, Rosie Allan
18th. Emily Davis was 23rd just in front of Niamh Milmo in 24th. Abigail
Leeves was 26th and Isabelle Bridge completed the strong squad in 29th.
The U15 boys had the second largest team out with 15
black vests on the start line. Great to see Peter Guy back running over the
country, having missed a year through injury and being involved in a very
high standard age group. Peter did well finishing 9th backed up well by
Rowan Fuss, also niggled recently with injuries, in 13th and Joe Georgiadis
in 14th placing 4th in the team race just one point behind third Ben
Gardiner ran well in 20th and Oscar Heaney Brufal on his winter BB debut
looked strong in 22nd. Keir Lundy was a solid 27th, Cameron Swatton had a
good run in 29th as did Justin Strover in 37th. Jake Leng crossed the line
in 49th and Matthew Pond, using a park run for a warm up was 52nd and Luke
Simpson on his full BBHAC debut was 55th. Leo Braden was 62nd, Seb Large
64th, Ethan Kitteridge 72nd and Charles Winton in 77th made up the BB U15
The U17 girls squad of eight packed their number
together tightly all finishing inside the top 20 and comfortably winning the
team race. Madalina Samoila ran well placing a great 5th followed by Millie
Smith who continues her great winter with another strong run in 6th. Grace
Scopes finished well in 8th as did Amy Leach in 9th. Good to see Genny Allan
back racing, finished 14th with Jess Sellar just behind in 15th. Stephanie
Taylor completed the strong squad finishing 20th.
It is encouraging to have seven U17 boys racing and
this is the largest number of U17’s we have had for many years and this
resulted in a great 2nd place finish behind an as ever strong Tonbridge
team. Triathlete Michael Eagling made his winter opening run a solid one
pacing 8th with Lewis Mills a strong 13th. Oscar Hussey continues to impress
finished 16th with Callum Myatt a good 19th. Charlie Andrews was 31st, Lewis
Warren 38th and Chris Swinfen on his BB winter debut was 51st. U20 Charlie
Davis started well but had to unfortunately withdraw with a tight chest.
Young athletes girls team captain Jess Keene had the
choice to run 3.6K with the U17’s or 5.3k with the seniors and chose the
latter, an inspired decision as she ran a great race finishing 4th. Kelsey
Fuss getting back to her old form looked solid finishing an impressive 8th.
The U20 men had the same dilemma of running 5.3k with
the U17’s or 9.8k with the seniors and all chose to run the longer senior
event. Boy’s team captain, Marco Arcuri, inspired by his young athletes performances
earlier in the day ran superbly placing 28th in a field of 225. Tom Desborough took a day off his university weekend exploits to run for the
club and placed 41st, James Crawley finished well in 56th and good to see
Scott Bulmer running and finishing 209th.
The next race, 29th October, is the second fixture of
the Kent league series, in the lovely grounds of the Somerhill schools
Tonbridge where the challenging course will as always be beautifully
prepared. The following Saturday 5th November is the National cross country
relays where we will be selecting three teams of three athletes for the
annual event held in Mansfield.
As ever our parents, grandparents, family and friends
were a great support to the club as is our long distance Welsh fan Bryn,
supporting from a far!
Photos from Luigi Arcuri