17 December 2015
Kent Young Athletes League (U15 & U13
Boys & Girls) Results
July 2014 - Kent Young Athletes League -
Blackheath and Bromley U13 boys won their fourth and
final Kent league fixture on Sunday, making it 4 straight victories .This
result, along with the U15 boys results, secures BBHAC the Kent league title
once again. Brilliant! With the Kent league being used as our development
league for new and less experienced athletes, it shows what strength and
depth we have in the club and proves we are the best boys track and field
team in the county.
We had two boys making their Blackheath and Bromley
debuts, Nathan Urwin in the sprints and Tom Mills in the throws. Tom made a
great impact winning both his throwing events convincingly and impressed the
Kent selectors, who were there making their last minute team selection for
the forth coming inter counties match. Tom, who has only had a couple of
training sessions, albeit with our own multi events man Steve Timmins, put
the shot 9.52 ranking him in the top 15 in the country. His discus soared
out to 24.88m, a massive throw giving him another high National ranking just
outside the top 10. We are all looking forward to seeing Tom throw the
Javelin, his favoured event at the next National league fixture on 19th
Nathan also had a great debut and posted the fastest
BBHAC sprint time of the day in the 100m with a quick 14.2. Nathan also had
the glory leg in the 4 x 100m relay maintaining the fine lead the other 3
boys had given him, racing down the home straight to victory.
Rowan Fuss, who has been excelling over 1500m all
season turned his hand to hurlding and sprinting and proved what a versatile
athlete he really is. Rowan's time of 13.3 in the 75m Hurdles was a PB,
having never hurdled before, won him the B string race and ranks him in the
top 40 in the country His 200m time of 28.7 was the fastest BBHAC on the day
and quick enough to place him third in the A string amongst the recognised
sprinters. To complete his day Rowan put the shot over 6m.
New Sprinter Phil Tenyue had another great day running
his first ever 200m and winning the B string in 29.2 before another debut
event leaping 3.87 in the long jump. Phil also had two great baton changes
in the relay powering down the back straight helping the team to first
Myles Duffus showed his range of talent running 30.2
in the 200m before winning the B string shot put with 6.23 despite having a
stiff neck sustained at a school PE lesson.
Matthew Proctor helped do the clean sweep by winning
the B string discus at the start of the day, before lining up again near the
end of the day in the 800m, kick finishing with great speed but just outside
his best.The few hours gap between events gave his father Stewart time to
help officiate in the field earning the club more valuable points. I't's not
just the athletes who are awarded points, clubs are also rewarded for
supplying track and field judges. If you as a parent or guardian are often
standing at the side of the track, bored, waiting for you son or daughter to
compete and would like to get more involved, we would love you to and look
forward to hearing from you.
Back to the action. Caelan Raju, having only just
recovered from tonsillitis, had a tough battle with his arch rival from
Tonbridge unfortunately losing out this time by hundredths of a second, as
they were both given the same time, equal to Caelan's best. Caelan then had
an unusual conclusion to his high jump , finishing on a clearance of 1.30
and not with a failed height. The high jump was running late and so clashed
with the hammer. Having cleared 1.30 Caelan raced over to the hammer, threw
a life time best ( hammer debut!) but on returning to the high jump found
the competition had finished. It was a shame as Caelan was jumping well.
Joseph Georgiadis had a busy day running a brave first
lap in the 800m, leading the field out but a stitch hindered his second lap
and he slowed slightly, finishing just outside his best .
Joseph came 3rd in the A string long jump 3.92 and jumped a PB 1.20 in the
Cameron Swatton was another busy athlete competing in
three events and was 0.2 seconds off his best for 800m, threw 12.20 in the
discus and was 3rd in the A string hammer with 11.50 on his very first
attempt at the event.
Sprinter Leo McCallum was 3rd in the B string 100m
just 0.2 off his best and had a great third leg in the 4 x 100m relay
helping the team to first place. Leo wasn't sure if the story he heard about
the starter getting 50 pence every time he fired the gun, was true. However,
with lots of false starts being called it got us all wondering!
Robert Suckling is used to the gruelling 2 lap event
of the 800m and so was pleased for a relatively easy day equalling his best
in the high jump before leading the sprint relay team off like a sprinter
with a speedy first leg on the opening bend.
Young Elliot Wanagho was the fastest c string runner
on the day clocking 14.6 and also jumped 3.00 in his first long jump
Billy Keene had a day off hurdling to concentrate on
the 800m running just outside his best but then jumped a great 3.77 in his
first long jump competition. Watching the race walk must have really
Keir Lundy ran another impressively controlled 800m,
letting the rest of the field pull away on lap one before slowly winding it
up to sprint past the whole field on lap two, slicing nearly 5 seconds off
his PB timing 2:25.0.
Our three past presidents Graham Botley, Ian Wilson
and Chris Haines, all celebrating their 70th birthdays and 150 year BBHAC
membership collectively, quite rightly had the club tents for their very
enjoyable weekend bash at the club house. A few comments were directed at us
about falling on hard times as our make shift home of varing sizes of green
and blue gazebo held together with gaffa tape did look a little sorry. But
this didnt stop the athletes and supporters getting behing everyone as the
team continue to show great team spirit. This was evident when young and old
all contrbuted in taking down and packing away our temporary home for the
day. As I've said before Blackheath and BromleyHAC are a great team on and
off the track.
Looking forward our next fixture, the National league
Saturday 19th July Tooting Bec.
Sunday marked the final fixture of the this season’s
Kent Young Athlete’s League. Sunday was also a key date in the London Youth
Games calendar with finals for Athletics, Hockey and even Weightlifting
taking place. The performance Blackheath and Bromley’s young athletes put in
on sunday illustrated the depth we now have in the squad, along with the
athletes' own deep desire and tenacity.
In spite of the drain on the squad from the other
events Blackheath and Bromley under 15s finished the day in third place,
just 10 points behind Dartford who were able to field a full strength team
on the day, and who produced their best score of the season. This great
performance from Blackheath and Bromley meant that the final standings for
this season’s competition stand as follows:
1st Blackheath and Bromley Harriers AC 727
2nd Tonbridge AC 685
3rd Bexley AC 613
4th Medway and Maidstone AC 579
5th Dartford 557
6th Tonbridge AC 2 185
The athletes drive was clear from the first event:
In the Shot Put newcomer Oscar Bailey was paired with
our two Harrys, Harry Taylor and Harry Keene. The athletes racked up 18
points for the team between them. Harry Taylor produced a PB on his first
attempt. Oscar who had a go at the discipline “a bit at school” sailed in to
the places in the A string. Harry Keene was a little exuberant with two
wayward attempts that fell outside of the field, but produced a beauty on
his third round only to step out of the front of the circle. Frustrating but
A Oscar Bailey 3rd 9.19m Debut, B Harry Taylor 2nd
8.70m PB, NS Harry Taylor DNS
On the track the hurdles had been laid out, despite a
greasy surface from the morning rain, George Pope and Lewis Stickings
(clearing a bar without a pole) held their own PB party and added 13 points
to the team total.
A Lewis Stickings 4th 15.6 PB, B George Pope 4th 15.2
With the hurdles cleared away it was time for the
day’s blue ribbon event - the 2km walk. Yellow numbers were donned and
Charlie Short and Harry Keene cautiously approached the start not wanting to
use up too much energy. That caution was well rewarded. It was a win double
for the team! With the maximum 24 points going to the team. Charlie Short
knocked a full 30 seconds of the time he had set earlier in the season.
Harry Keene making his debut in the event went even faster and won the A
string, this was in spite of a judge disqualifying an athlete on the final
event right in front of Harry. Harry wasn’t put off and kept his focus right
to the line. It was a thrilling 13 minutes of action. Both boys are now
close to the club record set in 2005 by Cameron Ward who achieved 12:44.5 in
2005. It looks likely next season that Harry and Charlie will better that
result which will have stood for a decade! Make sure you keep up the walking
through the winter season!
A Harry Keene 1st 13:05.3 Debut B Charlie Short 1st
During all that drama on the track, Robert Perry,
Harrison Parker and Rhys Urwin were called on to represent the club for High
Jump. All of the clubs regular High Jumpers were away at Crystal Palace, and
I have complete admiration for Robert and Harrison who stood in for the
event. All our events are tough in their own way, but high jump combines
athletic performance with a large dose of psychology and confidence. Both
Robert and Harrison had three great attempts, but were unable to clear.
Robert sailed over the bar on his final attempt only to clip with his feet.
Rhys Urwin produced a solid performance clearing 1.30m in the non score, but
there was more to come from Rhys later in the day.
A Robert Perry DNS, B Harrison Parker DNS, NS Rhys
Action moved next to the cage, with Henry Henderson
and Charlie Short preparing for the Hammer. Henry Henderson’s attention to
his technique paid off handsomely beating his previous PB by nearly 3
metres. Charlie Short produced a another solid performance in excess of 20m.
These great performances added 16 points to the team total.
A Henry Henderson 3rd 21.40m PB, B Charlie Short 2nd
Back on the track it was the 100m. With Adefela Lipede
still out injured, Harry Taylor has stepped up to the A string with gusto.
He was joined by George Robinson and Robert Perry. The boys produced a
whopping 20 points between them for the team, and George smashed his
previous PB by 0.6 - literally by a country mile in this event. Robert made
a great debut for the club at the event, recording himself a great time for
power of ten.
A Harry Taylor 2nd 12.2, B George Robinson 2nd 12.3 PB,
C Robert Perry 4th 15.0 Debut
Sporting a close aerodynamic hair cut Callum Myatt was
joined at the Long Jump by George Pope and Lewis Warren. Callum continues to
improve at the event recording a new PB which bodes well for next season.
Both George and Lewis produced jumps within a whisker of their PBs, and were
unfortunate not to record new ones on the day. The athletes together added 9
points to the team total.
A Callum Myatt 6th 3.82m PB, B Lewis Warren 5th 3.33m,
NS George Pope 4.10m
Back on the track it was time for the 200m. The trio
of Rhys Urwin, Oscar Bailey and Lewis Stickings brought home 18 points for
the team, and all three smashed their previous bests to hold their own PB
A Rhys Urwin 2nd 25.2 PB, B Oscar Bailey 3rd 26.7 PB,
C Lewis Stickings 2nd 28.50 PB
The final field event of the day was the Javelin,
Harry Keene joined Charlie Short and Henry Henderson. Their throws yielded
the team 18 points. Harry achieved great distances but unfortunately
couldn’t make a mark in the ground on his first two attempts. It was
heartening to see Charlie and Henry offering advice and on his third throw
Harry managed a clean throw which will now record on Power of 10.
A Henry Henderson 2nd 29.68m, B Charlie Short 3rd
17.61m, NS Harry Keene 17.33m
The last individual track event, the 800m, saw George
Pope team up with Callum Myatt. Great runs from both athletes added 13
points to the day’s total. Callum achieved his second PB of the day. In the
non scoring race Lewis Warren and Harrison Parker excelled in a fast field
to hold their own PB party. The continued good performance from the athletes
is so encouraging for the cross country this winter and going in to next
season’s track and filed as all of them will be in this age group.
A George Pope 4th 2:24.7, B Callum Myatt 4th 2:27.5 PB,
NS Lewis Warren 2:27.3 PB, Harrison Parker 2:44.2 PB
The grand finale of the 4x100m relay Blackheath and
Bromley took maximum points in a riveting race. Rhys Urwin’s first leg set
the team up so well, handing to George Robinson who motored up the back
straight, handing to Oscar who held off Dartford, giving Harry Taylor just
enough room ahead of Justin Oludemi of Dartford Harry’s nemesis from the
earlier individual event. Harry opened up the throttle however and left the
result in no doubt. It was a great finish for the team on the day.
This meeting concluded the Kent Young Athletes League
series. I have said it before and I will say it again that I love the set up
the Kent League, the professionalism of the officials balanced with the
desire to encouraging and bring on the athletes through the pre event
coaching sessions and the full Non Scoring opportunity. A big thank you to
Wendy Daniel who started the season in the comfort and glamour of the
control room at Ashford, and finished in the snug homely hut at Gillingham
(up close with Brian!), who has opened new opportunities to a wide range of
athletes through her dedication to the cause of non scoring. The team earned
20 points from the provision of officials, the efforts of Jackie Montgomery,
Mike Davies and Steve Hollingdale were much appreciated, and I must mention
John Pairman who helped with 5 events on the day, having competed himself
the day before. Finally to Bailey Stickings and Will Pope, who
enthusiastically stepped in to marshall the relays at the end of the day.
Thank you also to all the parents and grandparents,
who made the trip to Gillingham. The support you have given this season, and
especially at Gillingham have helped the athletes achieve so much.
Under 15 boys manager
June 2014 - Kent Young Athletes League - Norman Park
Before I start my report I would like to thank all my U13
boys, their parents, the other team managers and supporters who all helped
me to run the team. All the athletes were in the right place at the right
time with such enthusiasm. It made my day really enjoyable. Thank you.
I would also like to thank some of the U13 boys who
stepped aside today to allow new and inexperienced boys a chance to have a
go. This shows just what a great U13 boys team we have.
As per the norm the U13 boys had a great day of
athletics and won the competition. (Who needs Paul Austridge!!)
The first field event was the discus and not only was
it the first event of the day but also Cameron Swatton and Rowan Fuss’s
first ever discus throw! They both had great throws with Rowan coming 2nd in
the A string with a throw of 12.79 and Cameron coming 1st in the B string
with 12.56. A great start to the day!
The first track event was the 75m hurdles with Caelan
Raju coming 2nd in the A string with a PB of 13.30 fantastic. Billy Keene
continued his track success by coming 1st in the B string with a time of
14.8 just off his personal best.
The next field event was the shot and a debut for new
Blackheath Harrier Myles Duffus. Myles had a great start to his athletics
career by putting 6.31 and coming 2nd in the A string, Cameron came 2nd in
the B string with 5.78. In the non scoring Rowan scored a great 6.11 having
never putt the shot before! Calean's achieved his second PB of the day
already, with a distance of 5.76.
LJ Wright had a fantastic 100m sprint recording a PB
of 13.8 making him 2nd in the A string he was joined by new Blackheath
Harrier Phil Tenyue making his debut for the club with 13.8 putting him in
1st place in the B string, what a great start for Phil. Leo McCallum came
1st in the C string with a time of 14.5 just off his PB.
Joseph Georgiadis had a fantastic 1500m race he timed
his acceleration perfectly with a very strong finish giving him a PB 5.01.8,
he then had to jog over to his debut in the long jump, because of this he
missed the first round which was frustrating but luckily he managed to get
two good solid jumps in with a PB of 4.07 making him 4th in the A string,
Ben Gardiner jumped 4.02 and came 2nd in the B string.
Matthew Proctor had a gutsy run in the Non scoring
1500m attacking from the bell but unfortunately his legs could not hold onto
the lead. He recorded a great time of 5.08.4 PB especially as this was his
first 1500m. He then went over to the long jump. Luckily his legs regained
their strength and he jumped 3.56.
Robert Suckling continued his track and field success
by scoring a PB in the long jump of 4.06.
Fortunately, Billy Keene had had an early night which
enabled him to have a gutsy debut in the 1500m. He went off hard (which made
Dad Mick Keene very nervous) and recorded a great time of 5.02PB. This made
his Dad's Father's Day very special!
Myles Xavier jumped 1.25 just below his PB. I would
like to thank Myles for his help in coaching the two relays teams. He also
offered to step in to any events if needed at short notice (a team manager's
Robert Suckling had a cracking first leg in the 4 x
100m relay especially as he was in the middle of his high jump competition,
he passed to new comer Phil Tenyue in first place, Phil held the position
and passed to Ben Gardiner who ran a great leg to LJ who did the glory leg
to victory in a time of 57.0, brilliant.
After lots of emails and several discussions it was
finally agreed one hour before the race was due to start that we would be
allowed to run a Non scoring 4 x 100m relay.
Leo and Myles Duffus had just got a throw in the
javelin when they had to rush over to their relay starts. Billy Keene had a
great first leg and passed to Caelan who handed over to new boy Myles Duffus
who ran a good leg to Leo McCallum who is always so enthusiastic he ran an
excellent leg but was overtaken by what can only be described as a giant of
a boy! In a time of 57.9 great running and team work.
Leo and Myles then went back to finish their javelin
recording 13.67 & 13.14 respectively, which Rowan Fuss also debuted in and
recorded a throw of 15.57.
Robert and Ben completed their Non scoring high jump
with a jump of 1.15 each.
Caelan jumped 1.35 giving us maximum points by coming
1st in the A string just after completing the relay.
Once again the team were well supported on the day by
Mr and Mrs President, past president Bob Cliff, club officials and many
parents, grandparents and siblings.
One of the highlights of the day is often the taking
down of the club tent and today was no exception I don't know how we would
have managed without my in laws expert assistance (not quite sure if they
helped or hindered)
We had some minor challenges today one being a
shortage of pins, two trying to persuade the track officials to have a Non
Scoring 4 x 100 relay team and the parking, other than that it all went very
Thanks again for a great afternoon of athletics and
team spirit. I will now leave you in Paul's capable hands for the next
U13 Boys U13 Boys Reserve team manager (whilst Paul is away going redder
It was a busy weekend for the cub’s young athletes and
officials. School’s County Championships were held on Saturday, and on
Sunday the Kent Young Athletes League rode in to town, arriving at Norman
Park. It was a grey, overcast, blustery day, but but the weather brought out
the best in everyone, with an overall “can do” spirit prevailing.
It was nice to see the ladies getting stuck into
erecting the club tent, refusing all offers of help, it was Father’s Day
after all. As the day wore on it served as a Field Hospital as St John’s
ambulance set up shop, and a steady stream of injured appeared for
treatment. All were dealt with kindly and with efficiency, and as a father
of one of the injured athletes I’d like to thank them for their voluntary
services on Sunday.
Being a home fixture we wanted to give as many
athletes the opportunity to represent the club, and for their families and
friends to see them in action. We must also give a big thank you to Wendy
Daniel, Brian and the rest of the Officiating Team who allowed us to enter a
number of non scorers. Wendy bravely held on to her paper work as the wind
did its best to send race numbers and entry forms across the Kent
The day’s action for the under 15 boys commenced with
the Shot Put. Battling away against the men-mountains from Tonbridge,
Blackheath and Bromley were represented by Henry-James Cowie, Charlie Short
, Harry Taylor and Henry Henderson. The team earned 18 points, and scoring
was open for the day. A Henry-James Cowie 2nd 9.73m, B Charlie Short 3rd
4.74m, NS Harry Taylor 8.22m, NS Henry Henderson 6.46m.
The points continued on the track. Our hurdlers added
a further 20 points to the total, with both athletes recording PBs. Lewis
Stickings also achieved the team’s first place of the day. A Coleman Corry
3rd 13.9 (PB), B Lewis Stickings 1st 15.4 (PB)
At the last YDL match at Reading Frankie Scrivener was
a last minute entry to the High Jump, in an attempt to help the team fill
the score card. It was great to see him enter the event at Norman Park,
having had some training. Frankie set a new PB winning the B string. Edward
Adams returned to the event for the first time this season, and held his own
in the A string. 800m specialist Lewis Warren tried out the event in a non
scoring role, but unfortunately clipped the bar with his attempts. The
Jumpers earned the team a further 20 points. A Edward Adams 3rd 1.45m, B
Frankie Scrivener 1st 1.40m (PB).
Back on the track and the team were very unlucky not
to take all the points on offer in the 100m. All the athletes matched or set
new PBs however. Matthew Knight made his debut for the team, and a strong
finish saw him beat the times set at the recent Norman Park open meetings.
In the A string, Adefela Lipede equalled his PB, again running sub 12, all
the more remarkable considering Mum Kehinde had been treating him for a cold
the night before. Harrison Parker knocked 0.3s off his previous best time.
These performances added 20 more points to the team total. A Adefela Lipede
2nd 11.9, B Matthew Knight 2nd 12.3 (PB), C Harrison Parker 2nd 15.9 (PB).
I must mention also that at the Kent Schools in
Ashford on Saturday, Harry Taylor set a PB of 12.21 in the 100m final. This
sunday the next round of the YDL comes to Norman Park, and we will be
teaming up Adefela Lipede, Harry Taylor, Matthew Knight and Edward Adams in
the 4x100m relay. One event not to be missed!
At the Javelin it was all the “Harrys”, with Angus
Harrington, Harry Keene, Henry Henderson and Henry-James Cowie throwing for
the team. Our throwers attracted considerable support. Shouts of
encouragement and advice from a number of the girls’ team lifted their
throwing, helping Henry Henderson to win the B string. The throwers added 22
points to the team total. A Angus Harrington 2nd 31.87m, B Henry Henderson
1st 28.50m. NS Henry-James Cowie 21.39m, NS Harry Keene unfortunately did
The day prior at the London Schools Femi Sofolarin
threw over 38m to win the Javelin competition. Femi will be in action next
Sunday in the YDL at Norman Park.
Angus Harrington went straight from the Javelin to the
1500m to be joined by George Pope and Callum Myatt. The long distance lads
scored highly for the team bringing in 20 points. Angus ran a terrific race
winning the A string with a new PB, and George Pope comfortably held his own
with a number of year 9 runners, achieving 3rd in the Bs. Callum Myatt
performed well in the non scoring race coming home 3rd. A Angus Harrington
1st 4:38.2 (PB), B George Pope 3rd 4:53.3 NS Callum Myatt 3rd 5:07.2
Next it was over to the cage, for the Discus. I’ve
mentioned before that we have to thank Wendy and the Kent Officials for
letting us field a number of non scorers. How things unfolded at the Discus
may never have occurred had it not been for this. Henry Henderson’s best
this season had been 16.93m. Coleman Corry tried out the Discus as a non
scorer, having never tried the event before. Coleman saw James Lancaster and
others whirling round like helicopters, he followed suit and achieved
20.64m. This prompted Henry to change his technique, and the result was a
new PB of 27.32m. James Lancaster fresh from winning the Surrey Schools
Hammer throw, went on to set a PB in the Discus of 34.26m. Charlie Short
also threw 14.66m. This success at the cage added 22 points for the team. A
James Lancaster 2nd 34.26m PB, B Henry Henderson 1st 27.32m, NS Coleman
Corry 20.64m (Debut), Charlie Short 14.66m.
Following the events at Norman Park Paul Lancaster was
informed that James has been selected to represent the English Schools at
Hammer. A great Father’s Day present for him. The club wishes James every
At the track it was time for the 300m. Harry Taylor
and Charlie Scrivener were joined by Robert Perry, who was glad of a Sunday
fixture, as he has school on Saturdays and has had to miss most of the
season’s events. The boys added 16 points to the team total. Harry Taylor
ran a valiant race after setting multiple PBs in the 100m the day before at
the Kent Schools. Charlie Scrivener won the B string, and Robert came home
first in the C string. A Harry Taylor 5th 41.9, B Charlie Scrivener 1st
42.9, C Robert Perry 1st 48.6 (Debut)
Back at the field it was over to the long jump. Harry
Keene, Callum Myatt and Harrison Parker representing the team at an event
which will surely become their own next season. Harry Keene set a new PB and
Harrison and Callum made exciting debuts. The jumpers added 11 points to the
team total. A Harry Keene 5th 3.66m (PB), B Callum Myatt 4th 3.61m (Debut),
NS Harrison Parker 3.32m.
The team had scored consistently well throughout the
day, all that remained were the relays…
In the 4x100m Harry Taylor, Edward Adams, Lewis
Stickings and Adefela Lipede were on rockets, putting nearly a second
between themselves and the rest of the field. They also shaved 1.6 seconds
off the last time they were together as a team. This performance earned a
whopping 14 points for the team. A 1st 49.9.
For the 3x800m, Coleman Corry and Henry-James Cowie
were joined by Lewis Warren who has set PBs at each of his last meetings at
800m. It was no surprise that these three destroyed the rest of the field,
bringing another 14 points home for the team. A 1st 7:01.5.
Last of all it was the 4x300m, due to there being free
lanes we were able to field two teams, and both performed admirably. The A
string comprising The Brothers Scrivener, George Pope and Callum Myatt sped
to victory in 2:57.8, and the Non Scoring Quartet of Robert Perry, Harry
Keene, Matthew Knight and Harrison Parker beat Bexley’s A team. The team
ensured we maxed out on points in all three relays. A 1st 2:57.8, NS 3:15.5.
The Under 15 boys team topped the table for the day.
Their total combined with the Under 13 boys (who also finished 1st) and with
maximum points from the Officials Blackheath and Bromley HAC have extended
their league in the competition. The final round is on the 6th of July at
Gillingham, which is also the date some of the squad will compete at the
London Youth Games. As the report shows above we have great strength and
depth in the squad, and we will be looking for a strong finish to this
Thank you to all those that came to support the team
yesterday. All the parents and grandparents, and finally to our President
and First Lady, who yet again brought the team an extra winning impetus with
their support. The team is in action again at Norman Park this Sunday in the
YDL. They would welcome your support. What other way to spend the longest
day of the year?
Under 15 boys manager
Photos from Rod Harrington
- Kent Young Athletes League - Erith
Team Blackheath and Bromley brightened the most overcast of days, by
maintaining their lead in the Kent Young Athletes Lead at Erith Stadium. The
team performance further demonstrated the strength and depth that is now
building. A number of athletes made their debuts for the team.
There was one last minute selection headache however.
Dave and Hanna would not be available to put up the Blackheath tent. A
substitute team was hastily put together, and the Austridge family in an
effort worthy of the A-Team got out the duct tape and got to work erecting
the team shelter, Paul Patten making useful observations throughout. 42
minutes and 3 sore thumbs later HQ was set up and we were in business.
The KYAL is our development league and there are two
great features of the league besides the opportunity to compete. Before the
meeting starts coaches offer their services in selected events to give
athletes a teach in. Paul Patten hosted the long jump class, and there were
classes offered in sprint starts and shot put. The second great feature is
the way the league encourages non-scorers, we took full advantage of this
fielding extra athletes in the 800m, Long Jump, Hammer and Walk. All day in
a small room above the stadium a dedicated team of officials work to collate
times, register non scoring athletes, facilitate name changes, and even
weigh equipment such as shot and hammer. This dedication allows our young
athletes to achieve so much, and their work needs recognition. A thank you
to you Wendy, and please pass one on to Brian and the team.
Once the coaching was complete, the first event was
the Shot Put. Charlie Short and Frankie Scrivener with new techniques fresh
in their ears provided 18 points to the team. Frankie’s best effort of 6.87m
landed him 3rd in the A string. Charlie Short recorded 5.30m to finish
second in the Bs. It was also Frankie’s debut at the event.
Meanwhile on the track two more debuts were about to
be made for the team in the 80m hurdles. Charlie Scrivener was narrowly
beaten into 4th in the A string despite a valiant sprint for the line
(15.6). Lewis Stickings keeping up the family hurdling tradition with a 4th
in the B string (16.1). The hurdlers added 13 points to the team total.
Back at HQ, however, a crisis was developing. A
chronic shortage of pins. This would be tested to the limit by the next
track event: the 2km walk. Blackheath very nearly came away with maximum
points. Sporting their extra number: the walkers made their way to the
start. The boys set off at a terrific pace, acting as a group. A strong
finish saw Charlie Short home in 14:09.2, Lewis Warren in 14:10.1 and
Harrison Parker in 14:10.5. The walkers added 22 points to the team total.
All the while competition in the U13 girls high jump
was intense. So much so that events in the field began to over run. The
under 15 boys High Jump which had meant to commence at noon didn’t really
get started til nearer 1pm. It was a small blessing that the High Jump was
located next to the throwing cage, as Henry-James Cowie could move between
the High Jump and Hammer. However it meant that he had to sacrifice his High
Jump spikes. The Jumpers also had to contend with an oversize opposition
shot putter who insisted on scissoring the bar all the way up to 1.45m. In
spite of this set back the Jumpers earned 17 points for the team, Coleman
Corry finishing 2nd in the As, setting a new PB (1.50m). Henry-James’ 1.35m
placed him 4th in the Bs.
In the Hammer James Lancaster and Henry-James Cowie
took maximum points for Blackheath and Bromley. James’ best throw of 40.28m
winning the As, Henry-James won the Bs with a distance of 26.29m. 24 points
added to the team.
With events on an even keel in the field, at the track
the 100m was about to start but the fastest man in the team was stuck in
traffic! A quick reordering of numbers saw Harry Taylor step up to the A
string, and Frankie Scrivener move to B. Harry came 4th in the As in 12.7,
Frankie came 3rd in the Bs in 13.1. Together adding 13 points to the team
total. Heartbreaking for Adefela on the one hand, but a relief to arrive to
see his team mates do so well.
Back at HQ the pin situation was getting dire. It was
heartening to see team members, boys and girls, mums and dads, coaches and
managers, helping the athletes make do with what was available.
Over at the cage James Lancaster and Charlie Short
were back on duty in the Discus. They took home 18 points between them,
James 2nd in the As with 27.28m, Charlie 3rd in the Bs in 14.09 (scarily
similar to his time for the walk). Charlie missed out on 2nd place by 1cm….!
In the 200m the boys added 12 to the team total, Harry
Taylor 4th in the As in 26.3, Charlie Scrivener making his 200m debut came
5th in the Bs in 28.4, and Callum Myatt 3rd in the Cs in 30.80.
In the Long Jump Coleman Corry and Harry Keene were
joined by non scorers Henry-James Cowie (4.94m), Lewis Warren (3.35m) and
Lewis Stickings (3.71m). The Long Jump team added 9 points to the total.
Coleman 6th in the As (4.14m), Harry Keene 5th in the Bs (3.37m). All the
Long Jumpers were involved in the next two track events the 800m and 4 x
100m relay, and I have to thank the mums and dads at the pit who helped get
everyone where they needed to be and back again during a hectic half hour
for British sport!
For the 800m a large crowd had congregated around the
Blackheath tent. In the main race Callum Myatt and Harry Keene lined up, men
among giants. One of the features of the age group, competitors can be
bigger than you, much bigger than you. However, no one quite has a stride
like Callum Myatt, honed over a winter of park running (when it wasn’t
flooded), and we know the Keene family has form. Callum (2:31.8) and Harry
(2:38.7) blazed around the track earning 11 points for the team.
In the 4x100m regulars Henry-James Cowie, Harry Taylor
and Adefela Lipede were joined by debutant Lewis Stickings. The boys ran a
fantastic race, which was thrilling all the way to the tape. Finishing in
the same time as the eventual winners 51.9, the relay runners were sadly
denied first place, but still provided the team with 12 points.
The full final results are attached, 25 points were
provided to the team by the work done by our officials. A really big thank
you to them. This placed the team 2nd overall on the day, being pipped by
Medway and Maidstone by just 2 points. However the team’s margin (combined
with U13 boys) over the series has now grown into a lead of 34 points over
2nd placed Tonbridge.
The next match in the KYAL is at Norman Park on Sunday
the 15th of June. Hopefully with "home advantage" we can increase this
margin further. We will need to, as the final match in the series at
Gillingham on the 6th of July coincides with the London Youth Games at
Crystal Palace. The KYAL will be thrilling to the end...
Erith was the venue for the latest fixture in the
Kent league and the cold wind was more suited to cross country than track
However, President Dick Griffin said it was "
positively tropical " compared to the previous days weather in wet and windy
Swansea! Dick, along with Mrs President Sheila had made the long journey
west to support our senior ladies in the opening premier league fixture and
it was great to have them and Past President Steve Hollingdale at Erith
supporting our young athletes.
The weather did affect times and distances but it
didn't stop some great performances and a handful of personal bests.
The U 13 boys had three boys making their Blackheath
and Bromley debut. Ben Ward, having only done two or three training sessions
with the club, enjoyed a great run out over 200 m clocking a respectable
31.1 before taking on the 800 m and timing 2:54.2, a good solid start to his
Bees Academy LJ Wright was another debutant, only
recently back in training having suffered with painful knees for many
months.Taking precautions LJ raced in flats but still managed to clock 15.0,
a great first time run and we look forward to seeing him fully fit and
sprinting very soon.
Matthew Proctor also made his debut for BBHAC and
first time out in the long jump soared over 4 m. Matthew then raced over 800
m and finished showing great speed coming down the home straight recording a
best time of 2:47.5.
The Kent league enables us to give the athletes a
chance to try events they don't normally do so it was brilliant to see Peter
Guy flying around the bend in the 200m and powering down the windy straight
in 28.0 sec a PB. Peter then tried the hammer for the very first time and
won the competition in a strong 16.79. Peter completed his day coming second
in the shot and running the second leg in the 4 x100m relay.
Ben Gardiner had a busy day having his first attempt
at hurdling but was disappointed to lose the lead clipping the final hurdle
and slightly losing his balance but holding onto second place in 16.6. Ben
was just below his best in the long jump but had a strong run in the 800m
running a new PB time 2:37.9 before running the third leg in the 4x 100 m.
The windy conditions did nothing to stop Billy Keene
hurdling his way to a personal best in the 75 m Hurdles, a well deserved
best as Billy really attacked each hurdle.
He then improved his 800m best by 10 seconds finishing
strongly in 2:41.0 and was also the lead off runner in the 4 x100 relay.
Leo McCallum was as busy as ever and has now perfected
his finishing dip, running a fine 15.0 in the 100m, jumped over 3m in the
long jump, threw over 14m in the javelin and then sprinted down the home
straight as the final leg runner in the relay, just being pipped by the
Tonbridge athlete, who was approx 18" taller.
Our relay boys disappointment at coming second was
soon lifted as Tonbridge were disqualified ( not for having tall boys!) for
an illegal baton change.
Myles Xavier, one of the countries furthest long
jumpers turned his hand to the vertical jump and despite the competition
starting 1 1/2 hours late, managed to jump 1.30. Myles' 13.6 sec in the
windy 100m and 4.44 in the long jump show what great form he is in and we
look forward to to seeing Myles compete in better conditions.
Hurdler Caelan Raju turned his attentions to jumps and
a sprint and was just over 30 sec in the 200 m, jumped a great PB of 4.14 in
the long jump and showed consistence in winning the high jump with a PB
Most spectacular U13 race of the day saw Keir Lundy
power through the last bend in the 800 m and go from third to first and
finish a comfortable winner, recording a negative split (75 sec 1st
lap,74sec 2nd lap ) PB time of 2:29.0. Keir was so happy he wanted to do it
all over again.
Cameron Swatton spent his Sunday morning helping his
football team secure third place in their league in a 3-3 draw, before
racing over to Erith to put the shot, with only minutes to spare. His reward
was 2nd place, he then threw the javelin just over 1m further than his
The only real drama of the day was when the U15 boys
team manager Nic Corry, bellowed across the track, for all to hear,( without
the aid of a mega phone) " Blackheath have wrong lane, Blackheath lane 1".
Halting the race. Nic's instructions, being clearer than the public address
system, ensured no confusion and so the relay could start and what a race it
was. From the side lines it looked a dead heat but the result was eventually
given to Bexley but with the same time as us.
Paul Patten was once agin on hand advising and
coaching all our long jumpers as was Nigel Stickings who always gives
positive words of encouragement to all the boys and girls in the team.
The U 13 boys again won on the day and this result
along with the U15 boys and girls gave us overall victory, seeing BBHAC on
top of division one.
Fantastic result and lets hope we can keep the memento
going for the National League.
Next Kent league fixture is out home fixture at Norman
Park on Sunday 15th June but before that is our next all important National
league match at Reading on 31st May.
Monday 19th May we have the first of our open graded
summer meetings and it would be great to see all the U13 boys there
- Kent Young Athletes League -
You will see that we finished the meeting in first
position, and now lead Tonbridge by 1 point.
Note: In fact the scoring for the 4x100m
relay was incorrect which we have flagged to the KCAA. They are
correcting and that should increase our margin of victory to 7 points
from 1 point.
What stands out is the number of points each athlete
contributed to the team.
It was a wet and windy morning when we arrived at
Ashford, however with such a great day of track and field the inclement
conditions soon became irellevant. Edward and Harry set the tone for the day
in the first event: Shot Put. Edward Adams put a Personal Best (10.81m) with
his first attempt taking 2nd in the A string, and Harry Taylor’s best
(8.64m) drew maximum points for the team from the B string. 22 points from
the Shot Putters, thanks lads.
Meanwhile on the track the hurdlers took 18 points for
the team, Henry-James coming third in the A string (13.76) narrowly missing
his PB and Coleman second in the Bs (15.11) with a new PB.
The hurdlers then decided to raise the bar and headed
over to the High Jump. 17 points were added to the team total as Henry-James
cleared 1.45m pipped into third by number of attempts, and Coleman sharing
second in the B pool.
There was high drama at the 100m. Harry Taylor was so
quick the photo video technology missed him. I must thank Sean - Harry’s
Dad, for pointing this out to me, as we could have missed out on a valuable
10 points. A quick visit to the judges’ office had them forced to go to the
manual reports, and they amended their error. The sprinters: Ade (12.58),
Harry (12.82) and Callum (16.14) added 22 points to the team total.
Next up were the big lads in the Javelin. Charlie and
Henry bringing in 16 points for the team both taking 3rd place. Charlie’s
longest (18.32m) was a new PB. Henry’s best (27.07m).
The 1500m saw some thrilling running. The long
distance lads took 18 points home both in new PBs. Oscar (4.52) screamed
home 16 seconds clear of his last. Charlie (5.09) in spite of a troubling
stitch, George Pope ran a full on non scoring 1500m - I haven’t found the
official non-score results yet.
After the excitement of the 1500m the throwers
returned to the centre of the track for the discus. Henry and Charlie were
up against the National Champion, and it raised their game, adding 18 points
to the team. It was Henry’s first go at the discus, 27.07m placed him 3rd in
the A string. Charlie took 2nd in the Bs (15.11m).
By now a few of the events had over run, and the
discus was a long competition. Next on the track was the 300m. The trio
added 8 points to the team total. Coleman ran a PB in the A string (43.74),
George (46.14) and Callum won his heat spectacularly (46.95), the Park Runs
really paying off.
The 4 x 100m relay followed shortly after, and the
Blackheath and Bromley 4 must have been the largest relay team the
competition has ever witnessed. A big plaudit to Henry Henderson who made it
possible to field a team. The lads managed a valiant 3rd, adding 3 points to
the total (52.00 averaging 13 secs a leg!). I must confess I don’t
understand the scoring attributed to the 4 x 100m relay as it seems to be in
reverse order, with Tonbridge taking the most points for coming last!
Striding off the track the long jumpers: Edward
(5.16m) and George (3.86m) added 18 points to the team total, Edward winning
the A string to take maximum points.
Events took a turn for the worse next as the
organisers managed to clawback valuable minutes and bring the events back on
schedule. This threw the entrants for the 3 x 800m, and sadly Blackheath and
Bromley were unable to enter the event, arriving at the start too late. A
plaudit to Callum, who did try to hold the space with the officials. A
lesson for the team and manager, always be at each event 10 minutes prior to
the scheduled start to register the team…
With everyone stunned and feeling a little low, our
spirits soared at the finale the 4 x 300m team produced. The team took home
maximum points with a fantastic display. George ran a terrific first leg
positioning the team well, handing over to Oscar who ran the leg of his
life. He handed Charlie Scrivener a good lead and Charlie held on to first
to hand over to Ade. Ade had been unsure about the distance prior to the
match, and valiantly stepped in due to late injury in the squad. We were
very glad he did. He flew round that track landing Blackheath and Bromley a
fitting win in the last event of the day. (2.54)
It was truly a team effort, and we look forward to the
next meeting 11th May at Erith. Thank you to all the competitors who took
part, and also to the mums and dads who got the lads to Norman Park in good
time, and to those Mums, Dads, Brothers, Sisters, Grandmas and Grandads who
supported the team so well.
Under 15 boys manager
A great opening fixture to
the 2014 track and field season saw Blackheath and Bromley win their first
Kent league fixture at Ashford in both the boys and girls U13 and U15 age
Blackheath and Bromley had great support on the day
led by Mr and Mrs President, Dick and Shiela Griffin and Mr and Mrs Past
President Denis Lawrie and loads of parents some of whom spent the day track
and field judging.
The U13 boys had a great day with many personal bests
and a comfortable win in the relay.
Peter Guy led the 1500 m from the gun and powered home
to a new best of 4:54.15 smashing the elusive 5 minute barrier and placing
himself in the top 10 in the country. Peter also won both the discus and
shot put competitions again with personal bests.
All had to contend with a strong head wind down the
home straight but this didn't stop Myles Xavier winning the 100 m in 14.0
and second placings for Caelan Raju 14.9 and Leo McCallum 15.7 making his
debut for BBHAC.
Myles, currently ranked 2nd in the country in the long
jump, dominated winning comfortable with 4.72 and also ran the anchor leg in
the 4 x 100m.
Leo had a busy debut winning the B string javelin,
second in the discus and running the 3rd leg in the winning relay team.
Caelan also won the 75m hurdles A string in 13.6
currently placing him 5th in the country. Caelan also set a personal best
winning the high jump in 1.40.
Robert Suckling had a busy afternoon with his three
events happening all at the same time but still scored loads of points for
the team placing 1st in the B string long jump, 3rd in the 1500 and 3rd in
the high jump. Despite his busy afternoon Robert still had his wits about
him enough not to stay on the Bexley coach for the journey home but to get
off and travel home with Blackheath and Bromley!!
Cameron Swatton also had a busy afternoon scoring
valuable points for the team coming 2nd in the B string shot and 3rd in the
A string javelin. Cameron also knocked off a large chuck of time getting a
great new personal best in the 1500m.
Billy Keene on his debut performance for BBBHAC had a
great afternoon with two 1st place finishes. His first ever full hurdle race
saw him crossing the line first and he led the relay team off the start for
Team spirit on the day was once again superb and we
are now looking forward to the first National league fixture at Southampton
on 3rd May 2014.