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Kent League 2019


9 February 2019 - Kent League - Norman Park 14-02-19

24 November 2018 - Kent League - Foots Cray Meadows 25-11-18

10 November 2018 - Kent League - Danson Park, Welling 20-11-18

27 October 2018 - Kent League - (incls B&B YA C-C Champs) Somerhill Park, Tonbridge 28-10-18

13 October 2018 - Kent League - Beech Grove Academy Nonington 15-10-18


9 February 2019 - Kent League - Norman Park

Full results here...

The final Kent League fixture of the season brought out the best in everyone as 12 men toed the line for a Blackheath organised event at our very own Norman Park in gale force winds and a surprising amount of mud.

Making a welcome return to racing after disgracing himself by guesting in the Surrey League, team manager Ross Braden patiently worked his way through the field to place 10th after a desperate charge for the line in a group of five. Alex Gibbins followed him home in 14th for his highest finish for the season, a fitting way to seal the masters league title, even if it was, ironically, his worst finish in the masters category of any league race this season.

Gareth Evans was Blackheath's third man in 23rd for his best finish of the season, clearly indicating the benefits of marathon training. Following on Ben Cockburn completed the scoring 4 in 28th as his fitness shows signs of improvement after a bad patch over Christmas.

Luca Ercolani was the next man over the line in 38th to crack the top 40 for the first time this season in his best finish. Tom Desborough ably supported him in 41st after gamely battling a cold and a hamstring niggle. After a mid-race battle with Tom, Jon Vintner joined them in the top 50 by coming 46th.

Slightly further back, another good battle played out between Paul Sharpe and Steve Hough with the former winning in 74th to the latter's 77th. Steve's was also notable for being a massive improvement on his first outing.

In a promising first senior cross country race, Ifetobi Salako displayed a Pete Tucker-esque sense of punctuality to reach the start line 5 minutes before the start and come 107th. Steve Pairman closely followed in 112th in his league debut for the season and club stalwart Richard Byford rounded off the dozen Heathens in 116th.

The combined efforts of everyone brought third places in the 4 and 12 to score categories, a feat matched in the overall 4 to score standings as Tonbridge ran away with it. Unfortunately, we could only manage 6th in the 12 to score overall standings because this was only the 2nd one that 12 finished.

Special thanks to Alex, Gareth and Tom for running in all 4 fixtures and being the backbone of the team, particularly given the inability of the team managers to get fit.

Up the Heath!

Ross, Dan and Chris


Photos from Paul Byfield

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24 November 2018 - Kent League - Foots Cray Meadows

Full results here...

Photo of the 'happy' U15B medalists by Paul Brash
Sam Reardon - silver, Tom Brash - gold, Matthew Smith - bronze

BBHAC young athletes completed the Kent league cross country season at an overcast Foots Cray Meadows, running the last of the four fixtures.

Many prizes, individual and team were on offer, (including our own internal “Club Champs”) and our athletes finished the day with two team victories, five teams in the top three and had six athletes finish in the top three individually.

The U15 girls again dominated packing the top end finishers. A great run from Daniella Harper saw her finish in 2nd for her highest place finish of the season and this was good enough to finish fourth in the individual overall table (IOT). Olivia Berry had her highest placing in a great 3rd, finishing fifth IOT. Ellie Dolby continued her great season with a 4th place finish on the day completing the season in third IOT. Hanna Clark was spiked in the foot in last weeks LYG and was slightly hindered at Foots Cray but still managed a respectable 7th and this combined with the three other strong races, placed her second in the individual overall table. Heidi Forsyth, Ella Deighton and Amelie Willars all competed in all four Kent league races and were rewarded with great overall positions of 8th,14th and 24th. The squad had a very consistent season with great depth of athletes and were well worthy winners of the Kent league team title.

The U17 girls were equally as impressive dominating the season and picking up o the Kent league title and team trophy. Ellie Osmond added another great 2nd on the day to see her lift the individual title. Jess Neal, despite stumbling early on, recovered well to finish strong, placing 3rd and securing second in IOT. Zoe White was rewarded for her consistency with third overall after placing a fine 5th on the day.

The U15 boys had good numbers running, despite some of them being up late the night before, representing our young athletes at the annual Club dinner. They were led home by the focused Tom Brash, pushing hard from the gun but tired towards the finish but still crossing the line in a solid 5th place and impressively placing him 4th in the IOT. Sam Reardon is clearly back fit and in form after a recent ankle injury and ran well closing in on Tom at the finish, placing 6th on the day. Matt Smith completed his fourth Kent league placing a strong 19th and tenth overall. Year young George Shaw ran a sensible, determined race finishing well just behind Matt in 21st. Returning to form after an injury break, Max Gregson is firmly getting back to business with a solid run in 23rd and just behind was the consistent and ever reliable Will Andrews finishing 25th but placing very high up in 11th individually. Another regular Jake Anthony completed the series in 32nd and this was good enough to see him placed a fine 17th overall in the IOT. Ted Marston had a great run in 35th and good to see Sam Stuart cross the line, placing 40th. The fantastic squad of U15 boys combined well to secure second place in the Kent team challenge, a great result against a very strong Tonbridge side and many strong Kent clubs.

The U17 boys went into the last fixture in 3rd place overall bur were good enough on the day to jump up to second, again behind a strong Tonbridge but in front of rivals Invicta East Kent AC. Matthew Francis, in his first Kent league race looked strong placing a fabulous 5th. Cameron Swatton finished well to claim 12th on the day and seventh individual, rewarded for competing in all four KL races. Joe Georgiadis was a good 13th, and just behind in 15th Justin Strover had his best run of the winter and saw him end up 15th in the IOT, an impressive result. Alex Davis was 16th and Jake leng 20th. Bailey Marks completed the series with a 34th finish but pleasing 18th in the IOT.

The U13 girls finished the series with a third team placing. Amie Gould had her best run of the season finish well in 6th, just in front of Carys Firth in 7th but having done all four races was high up the individual table in a great 4th. Cara Gould, Aime's sister kept the BBHAC pressure on placing 8th and and a strong starting Emily Deveney finished 9th, her best finish of the year. SP Maher matched her best run of the season crossing the line in 22nd and placing a good 17th in the IOT. Olivia Magee Brown was rewarded for her consistent season placing 25th on the day and 15th overall.

The U13 boys were led home by Arthur Starvis in 14th giving him a fine 7th in the IOT. Josh Healy was a great 17th on the day placing him 12th overall and Jamie Sears completed his series in 26th despite struggling with his breathing mid race, but did well to recover and finish the season in a fine 10th overall. Nathaniel Brunner started off strong and finished well in 34th. Archie Whitehead was keen and ready to run but made the decision not to race due to sickness - cross country is hard enough without feeling ill before the race.The team placed 5th team against some very strong Kent clubs.

The U20 men had two running and saw Callum Myatt take a great victory and Theo Wood finish in 8th to leave him fourth overall in the individual table.

Within this final Kent League race we incorporated our own “BBHAC Club Championships” and so all our athletes placing BBHAC 1, 2 and 3 were presented with club Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.

Gold, Silver, Bronze
U13 boys Arthur Starvis, Josh Healy, Jamie Sears
U13 girls Amie Gould, Carys Firth, Cara Gould
U15 boys Tom Brash, Sam Reardon, Matt Smith
U15 girls Daniella Harper, Olivia Berry, Ellie Dolby
U17 boys Matthew Francis, Cameron Swatton, Joe Georgiadis
U17 girls Ellie Osmond, Jess Neal, Zoe White


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10 November 2018 - Kent League - Danson Park, Welling

Full results here...

Danson Park, Bexley was the venue for the third of the Kent cross country league races but unfortunately it clashed with the English schools cup regional finals and so numbers were slightly down. That said it did give others an opportunity to take advantage and produce some great performances.

The U15 boys continue to do well and are a solid 2nd in the table behind a strong Tonbridge squad Tom Brash ran another brave race finishing well in 4th. Matt Smith and Will Andrews arguably had their best runs of the season (so far) placing 16th and 17th. Ben Campbell was a good 28th, just in front of Max Gregson in 29th. Jake Anthony was 37th, Sam Stuart 45th and Ted Marston 47th. Sam Reardon went off with the pack early on but sensibly pulled up when the ankle he turned in Mansfield the previous weekend, started to hamper him.

The U17 boys squad combined well again to consolidate their 3rd place position in the league. Joe Georgiadis had a fine run in 10th, followed by Harry Fisher, having his highest place finish to date, in 13th and Cameron Swatton, having another solid race in 15th. Justin Strover ran well placing 22nd, Jake Leng was 28th, Alex Davis 34th and ever present Bailey Marks 38th.

Only two U20’s running so no team result but good runs from Callum Myatt in 3rd and Theo Wood in 9th.

Six U13 boys on the start line with Arthur Starvis bringing them home in a great 11th, with Jamie Sears in 15th and Josh Healy in a good 19th. Despite Harry Fage only arriving with minutes to spare, having dashed from the Bromley primary school races at Crystal Palace, he was still able to finish high up in 37th. Nathaniel Brunner had another consistent run in 43rd as did Jasper Brooks in 50th. The team were 4th on the day and currently sit fifth in the table.

More solid runs from the U15 and U17 girls see them continue to dominate the Kent league with the U13 girls third in their league.

One more fixture to go at Footscray meadow on 24th November and within this race we incorporate the BBHAC club cross country championships, with gold, silver and bronze going to the first three Blackheath and Bromley athletes across the line in each age group.


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27 October 2018 - Kent League - Somerhill Park, Tonbridge

Full results here...

A cold winters day greeted those that travelled for the second beacon race down at Tonbridge. Whilst we didn't quite get the numbers to achieve our lofty ambitions of beating Tonbridge, those that attended all put in strong performances.

Leading the team home in 6th place was Ross Braden, who was looking good for 3rd position with a mile to go before fading towards the end. Next home, in 13th was Jon Vintner doing his best Will Ruiz impression. A very strong run considering *not* Will Ruiz had been out injured since July and only been back training in the last 4 weeks. Ever consistent Alex Gibbins achieved another top 20 finish (20th) to put himself in the #1 spot in the V40 Kent League standings this year. The scoring 4 was completed by Chris Tuck, who despite struggling with fitness and a few niggles put in a strong performance to place 44th. This put us in 3rd place on the day in 4 to score.

There was some good packing following on from Chris, Tom Desborough continued to show his form by improving by 16 places from the first Kent League, he was joined by Luca Ercolani, and after a battle throughout the race Desborough managed to outsprint Luca. They finished 46th and 47th respectively. Only a few positions behind was Gareth Evans, who finds himself in 6th position in the V40 league standings after two races with a finish of 50th (9th V40).

Next in was Paul Sharpe on his return to form putting in a stellar effort to get 86th place. Graham Hollingdale snuck in the top 100 (99) as our next runner in and was closely followed by Heath Anthony 4 places back, going from strength to strength in his debut Winter season. The scoring 12 was made up by good runs by Steven Hough in 112th and Jason Meers in 176th.

The final runner in was Dan Marks, doing his best Tim Ayres impression. To make things worse injury struck a lap in causing him to pull out and being wrongly informed that he was our 12th man, the Tim Ayres impersonator carried on valiantly to finish in 226th.

A big thank you to everyone that turned up for the team and the supporters on the day.

Ross, Dan & Chris

Fixture two of the 2018 Kent cross country league was hosted by Tonbridge AC in the fabulous grounds of the schools at Somerhill. The start and finish to the course were different to previous years but the course was still a proper cross country test with challenging hills both up and down but with going underfoot very good. Great numbers of BBHAC female and male athletes racing, just falling short of the 50 mark, ensured we did well in the team races.

The U15 girls and U17 girls continue to dominate and both currently sit on the top of the table, with the U13 girls performing well, placing 3rd on the day and are now third overall.

Eight U13 boys toed the line for their 3k race and young Alex Middleton had an inspired run placing a fabulous 5th, against boys a year older. Arthur Starvis had another fine run placing 10th with Jamie Sears not far behind in 13th. Josh Healy seems to be improving in every race and finished a pleasing 17th. Franco Hillier making his club debut ran well in 39th and it was great to have Oscar Witcombe back in the squad after a short injury break, but despite still being in some pain managed to finish in 44th with great encouragement from team mate Harry Fage in 45th. Jasper Brooks completed the U13 boys squad in 53rd.The team were third on the day and are now fourth overall in the table.

The U15 boys had a 10 strong squad and were once again led home by Tom Brash crossing the line in a fantastic 4th. Sam Reardon had a solid race placing 13th, Matt Smith had a great run finishing 17th with young George Shaw just behind in 19th. Will Andrews was a great 31st and Ben Campbell was 36th. Good to see Sam Stuart back racing and finishing in 48th place with Jake Anthony 57th, Ben Healey 64th and Thomas Sugden 68th. The U15’s were second on the day and remain in second overall.

The U17 boys had an eight man squad and a gutsy run from Oliver Bright on his winter debut was rewarded with a brilliant third place finish. Peter Guy on his first race this winter also ran well finishing 12th just in front of Ben Gardiner in 13th and Cameron Swatton in 16th. Harry Fisher ran well finishing in 25th, Justin Strover was 37th, Bailey Marks 46th and Harvey Blanden 47th. The team were second on the day but is currently fourth in the table.

Three U20 men made up a scoring trio as Lewis Mills finished 2nd, Callum Myatt 4th and Theo Wood 8th giving the team victory on the day and are now top of the league.

Half way through he league and all to play for!


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13 October 2018 - Kent League - Beech Grove Academy Nonington

Full results here...

The Kent league cross country season kicked off this weekend in lovely sunshine in the Kent countryside. The Bruderhof community were our hosts, as they opened up their grounds near Canterbury for us to run, over what was a fairly flat but challenging course, with a long uphill drag mid lap.

Blackheath and Bromley vest were out in large numbers as over 70 of our young athletes turned up for the first of the four Kent league races.
The U13’s 3k races were first on the timetable and the 16 girls on the start line combined well bringing the team home in second place. India Blakey, on her debut ran with great confidence placing 5th, Megan Slattery went off hard and was rewarded with a fine 8th and Tallulah Ndikanwu’s hard work paid off as she finished 10th. The girls team were 2nd.

The U13 boys had 9 warming up but were struck hard as three were unable to finish. Jamie Sears ran hard finishing a solid 10th with Arthur Starvis not far behind in 16th. Josh Healy had a great debut run placing 28th followed by two more making their debuts, Harry Fage in 35th and Nathaniel Brunner in 38th. Jasper Brooks on his first race for the club completed the squad in 54th. Archie Whitehead warmed up and was keen to go but an existing calf problem flared up and so he rightly didn't run. Oscar Witcombe was going well until a knee injury, picked up during the week, flared up making it impossible to continue Oles Chaban in his first winter outing also suffered with an existing injury and did well to pull out before doing more damaged. The boys were 5th team

The U15 age group provided our largest numbers with 11 boys and 18 girls making for an impressive line of black vests at the start.The U15 boys teams produced some great results and finished 2nd team overall. Tom Brash, coming back to great form crossed the line in 5th with Sam Reardon 7th, Freddy Georgiou 13th and George Shaw 21st. Matt Smith had a great run placing 24th, Will Andrews was 27th and Thomas Sugden, making his club debut finished with a flourish in a creditable 31st. Good to have Jake Anthony back running for the team and finishing 39th and Ted Marston brought the team home in 45th.
The U15 girls totally dominated their race taking 9 of the top 11 spots, easily winning the team race. English schools 800m champion Zakia Mossi powered around the 4k course winning in style with Naomi Toft and Anwen Thomas and Hanna Clark looking equally impressive in 2nd and 4th and 5th respectively.

The U17 girls also dominated their age group comfortably winning the team race over the 5k course. Ava White ran well placing 2nd, Sophie Hoare was a strong 3rd, Lucrezia Polloni a solid 4th and Jess Neal ran a gutsy race placing a great 5th.
The boys U17 team had six toe the line for their 5k effort. A great run from Cameron Swatton in 14th followed by Jake Leng in 26th, Alex Davis in 29th, Justin Strover in 33rd. Ever present Bailey Marks ran well finishing 35th and Harvey Blanden completed the squad in 41st.The team placed 5th.

BBHAC had four U20’s racing, two male and two female. Lewis Mills won the U20 contest and Theo Wood was 11th but with only two running, no team placing was achieved. Like wise in the girls race no team score was recorded but this didn’t stop great runs from Iyata Santos, in her first cross country, winning the U20 contest, racing with the seniors. Mille Smith was an impressive 3rd.

Our hosts produced an interesting well marked out course and provided a BBQ and hot and cold drinks on tap, free of charge all day!

Without a girls team manger we were very fortunate to have many parents happy to help, handing out race numbers and walking the course with the athletes to help prepare them for their races. Many thanks also go to our President Paul Byfield (normally only seen in the summer!) and past president Ken Daniel for their help in setting up and taking down the club tent that was well used throughout the blustery day.

Paul Austridge

A slightly depleted but always competitive team arrived in the secluded Beech Grove Academy in Nonington for the 1st Kent League fixture of the season on the Saturday just gone. The flat and firm cabbage patch farm was replaced with an equally firm but thankfully undulating course on an unseasonably warm October day.

First across the line was Rob Donohue on his first occasion leading the Blackheath charge home in 17th. He was made to work for it, though, as Alex Gibbins was the point of the Blackheath knife for most of the race, and it was only a late charge by Rob that relegated Alex to second and 18th place, albeit at the expense of two South Kent Harriers. Gareth Evans made his usual strong start to the cross country season by following them in 35th, and Tom Desborough continued his recent rich vein of form by finishing in 61st to complete the scoring quartet.

Paul Sharpe followed closely behind Tom in 67th as part of his preparation to tackle another marathon. Club stalwart Dan Marks was next in 111th, soon joined by Steve Hough in his first Kent League race in 13 years in 122nd. Tim Ayres, waving to supporters like a royal, and Rich Byford completed the Blackheath team after running in tandem for the entire race to in 162nd and 163rd. It was a commendable effort from both after the former's parkrun that morning and the latter's impending run at the Royal Parks Half-Marathon the following day.

The scoring four came 5th out of the 19 complete teams, but the lack of numbers prevented the 12 to score category being completed. The only way is up, however, and that is exactly what will happen at the next Kent League fixture: Saturday 27th October in Tonbridge. Are athletes are coming far and wide to compete, so make sure your there for the 2nd Beacon race of the season and the chance to beat Tonbridge in their own back yard!

Up the Heath!

Ross, Dan & Chris


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