10 July 2015
Kent Young Athletes League (U15 & U13
Boys & Girls) Results
July 2015 - Kent Young Athletes League - Erith
Full results on KCAA
Match Report - KYAL July 5 at
A wet and windy Erith Stadium was the venue for our
last match of the Kent Young Athletes league for the 2015 season.
I turned up early to see Dave building the edifice
that is known as the Blackheath tent with Paul working on putting one of the
walls in place. He didn’t seem to appreciate the offer of a spirit level . .
. but it was great to be able to get out of the driving rain!
We had a number of athletes missing either due to
having competed the previous day or due to competing at the London Youth
Games (and many thanks to Jay for my numerous team changes – the league were
grateful for the additional paperwork!) so a number of boys were given the
opportunity to try new events. Despite this, the boys in the team did
themselves and the club proud! I provided numbers, pins and asked them to do
their best. They did – once again, we had numerous personal best
performances across the whole of the day.
Two individuals though stood out for me on the day –
Rico and Nor. Rico has been quietly training with Paul and made his debut in
the 80mh where he ran an outstanding 13.49. I asked him if he would mind
doing the high jump “for a point”. With expert coaching from Pedro and
Caelan he jumped 1.55m – an outstanding debut performance. Not to be
outdone, Pedro also jumped a new personal best of 1.65m to move into the top
80 in the UK.
In the javelin Nor showed his undoubted ability by
throwing an outstanding 41.28m to move to 20th in the UK rankings for the
year. There was also a personal best in the javelin for Cameron who also ran
a pb in the hurdles.
In the shorter events we competed strongly. Although
times were down on individual best performances the athletes weren’t helped
by the conditions which were for the most part cold and wet. Ben made a
great debut in the 100m and long jump as well as a strong leg in both relays
showing the class and ability he brings to the club. He was more than ably
assisted the other boys who performed extremely well.
Ollie and (the other) Ben also competed well by
running a sprint and 800m double. This selection decision was shown to be
the right call as they both ran strongly and surprised athletes from other
clubs with their versatility.
We were also strong in the throws where we only
dropped one point in the whole match. In addition to the strong performance
from Nor Nathan took to the hammer in the quiet, unassuming and competitive
manner showing himself to be a strong addition to the squad in all of the
heavy throws. James was also outstanding yet again in the hammer.
We were equally strong in the jumps where we were
either first or second in both disciplines in both matches – fantastic
strength from the team on the day.
With this scoring, any concerns that we wouldn’t
finish in the top four in the division one match were quickly dispelled
which allowed us to claim the league title. We did this comfortably by
winning the overall match by almost 80 points from Tonbridge, our fourth win
out of four.
In division two we were too far behind Cambridge
Harriers to win the league but were outstanding on the day to push them into
second place. This allowed us to finish the league in second and promoted to
division one next season. It will be an amazing experience to see BBHAC
athletes competing at this level and a tribute to the work, commitment and
talent of the athletes.
Apologies to anyone who I haven’t named!
To close out the KYAL season I would like to say a
huge thank you to the boys who will be unable to compete in this league next
summer as you move up to the U17 age group. It has been a pleasure being
allowed to be called your team manager this year.
The Youth Club are hosting a BBQ on July 17 from 19:00
– 21:00 at the Club House in Bourne Way. It would be great if as many of you
as possible are able to attend. There have been emails being sent out by
Claire Austridge so please let her know if you are planning on being there.
U15 Boys Team Manager
Blackheath and Bromley HAC young
athletes proved they are the best team in Kent by winning the Kent league
title at Erith yesterday and such is our strength and depth that our second
team also gained promotion to the top league.
After four matches throughout the summer the U13 and
U15 combined boys and girls team finished firmly at the top of the Kent
Young Athletes League. In addition our division 2 team finished second in
the table and so gain promotion to Division 1, making for an interesting
season next summer with lots of head to head encounters to look forward to.
The day started off more reminiscent to a cross
country fixture with heavy rain showers but these passed relatively quickly
(but not quick enough for the hurdlers who got the brunt of the rain)
leaving perfect competition weather!
The U13 boys were once again a solid team and were
bolstered by debut performances from new boys Kyron Morgan and Alex Sibley.
Kyron, having only just joined BBHAC, had a busy day
sandwiching his athletic events in between dance performances at Crystal
Palace in the London Youth Games. Having won the Kent schools 100m, running
for Bromley, it was no surprise to see Kyron win the 100m in a fast 12.68
and the 200m (his very first 200m) in a comfortable 27.29. Showing his
versatility he then put the shot over 9m, placing him firmly inside the top
10 in the country.
Alex Sibley, in his first club race and in his first
year in the age group showed great character and strength as he held of
fierce competition at the start of the 800m. Alex could have easily been
daunted and knock off his feet as the eight runners bustled for position on
the first bend but instead he fought like an experienced middle distance
racer using strong arms and elbows. Pleased with a personal best he then ran
a good leg in the winning relay team.
Harry Cowie had another busy day in the field throwing
two new personal bests in winning the B string discus and in the shot. His
third place in the A string hammer was just short of his best but still won
valuable team points.
Michael Burfoot added nearly a meter to his shot put
best winning a tough shot competition and his 9.68 places him equal 12th
Nationally. Michael made it a clean sweep winning the A discus just 10cm
short of his best.
First year in the age group Thomas Penlington had his
busiest day yet starting with a 2nd place debut in the hurdles, a PB in the
long jump and remarkable one, one hundredth of a second off his best in the
800m. Finishing his great day with a leg in the relay.
Also in his first year and having a busy day was Sam
Reardon. A strong 2nd in the 200m, a gutsy win in the 800m followed by a PB
in the high jump, rounded off with the lead out leg in the relay.
Sean Lancaster, also in his first year scored great
points in the field placing 2nd in the shot put and 3rd in the discus.
Tareq Bannour continued his impressive consistent form
winning the 100m in 12.75 and the 200m in 26.06 then ran a quick final leg
in the 4 x 100m relay.
Ethan Kitteridge started his busy day hurdling then
jumping 1.30 in the high jump before running the third leg in the 4 x 100
Leo McCallum, recently back from injury, showed great
form sprinting down the track in both the 100m and 200m and lead the team
home to victory in the relay.
Next seasons U13 boys are looking good as yet another
first year Barnaby Corry also had an event filled day. A PB equalling 100m
sprint followed a half a metre improvement in the long jump, just below his
best in the high jump and a good start off leg in the relay. I’m not sure
who was more tired at the end of the day his 5 year old sister Luna or his
Jacob Byfield was due to compete all over the arena
but a sore knee after a fall and the prospect of a big primary school
meeting on Monday saw him only compete in two events. However, a great PB
run in the 200m and a fast back straight leg in the relay kept him busy
Being champions of Kent is fantastic but we hope to go
higher and become Southern champions. Our next meeting on Saturday 18th July
in the National league is an important step closer. If we finish in the top
two we will go on to compete in the National final where we have a great
opportunity to show that we could be the best club in Britain.
U13 Boys Team Manager
June 2015 - Kent Young Athletes League - Norman Park
Full results on KCAA
Norman Park was packed with
athletes, officials and spectators as Blackheath and Bromley HAC hosted the
third fixture in this season Kent young athletes league. Many great
performances ensured BB finished on top winning three of the four age groups
contested by U13 and U15 boys and girls.
You only have to look at the determination on the
faces of our athletes in the following photos to see how committed they all
The U13 boys dominated in many areas getting clean
sweeps in the discus, 1500m, and 200m and achieving loads of personal best
throughout the day.
Michael Burfoot, on only his second appearance for the
club had a great day winning the discus with a great 24.35, putting the shot
7.57 and launching the javelin 15.07. Michael is a great new addition to the
Harry Cowie also had a great day in the field, despite
having his biggest discus throw ruled illegal as it landed just outside the
sector. However, Harry still won the B string with 20.96, threw 7.87 in the
shot and 22.16 in the Javelin. It was good to see Harry and Michael
practising their long and triple jumps in between their throws ready for
other competitions to come!
Sean Lancaster was just short of his best in the
discus and shot but still had a good series of throws in the discus 17.73
and shot 4.72.
Jacob Byfield began his busy day with a new personal
best in the hurdles knocking half a second off his time. Jacob then threw
himself over 4 m in the long jump and 1.25m in the air over the high jump
bar for another great PB. His last effort of the day was part of the winning
4 x 100m relay team.
Ethan Kitteridge also had a busy but successful day
getting two PBs and equaling another. He began with a new best in the
hurdles breaking 16 seconds for the first time before clearing 1.30 in the
high jump, matching his best. The high jump started late and so overlapped
the javelin competition and the relay but Ethan just about had enough time
to throw a big new best of 18m but then dashed off again to run in the B
Jake Leng bounced back to form also breaking 16
seconds for the first time in the hurdles. He then had a gutsy run in the
1500m, the first time over the distance in a BB vest. Jake also played a
part in the relay B team leading the team off.
Another busy athlete was Barnaby Corry competing in
four events, starting with a determined run over the hurdles, a consistent
series of leaps in the high jump and a rapid sprint in the 100m dash.
Barnaby completed his day running the second bend in the B team relay.
Tareq Bannour was head and shoulders above the
opposition in the 100m and 200m running very near to his best and had the
lovely job of bringing the team home to victory in the relay.
It was great to have Leo McCallum back in the team
after a few weeks off with injury and he hasn't lost any form sprinting down
the home straight in the 100m just outside his best ever. Leo also ran the
last leg of the B team relay and seems now to have fully recovered from
Exam season ties many of the athletes up but it was
great that Archie Shipley could mix both and turned up to compete in the
long jump posting three consistent jumps all over 4m with the longest being
4.20 just shy of his best.
Thomas Penlington threw himself in the deep end
running in the 1500m and the doing the long jump, both at the same time.
However, the task didn’t bother him as he ran a very strong personal best in
1500m and managed to get a jump in either side of his track race.
Sam Reardon continues to race well as he cruised to a
strong new personal best and victory in a closely fought but tough 1500m.
Sam never seems to give up, as his competitors found out, as they tried to
out sprint him the home straight. Sam also used his sprint legs winning the
B string 200m and leading the relay team off in their winning run.
Rowan Fuss, despite a recent illness showed his class
in the 1500 m leading from gun to finish, equalling his best and
strengthening his grasp on top of the National rankings. Rowan also showed
his sprinting prowess powering round the bend in the 200m and down the
straight in a rapid 28.40. Rowan was also part of the victorious relay team
and managed the get a javelin big throw in as well, 24.07 to win the A
There was also a PB at the Tuck Shop where the Leach
family took over £1300!! A great result and service by Wendy, Trevor, Dan,
Amy and the parent helpers.
With one fixture left in this league BBHAC are looking
good to continue as Kent’s strongest club but the real test will be in the
UKYDL league match on Sunday 21st June in Reading.
We are currently top of this league but need to keep
up the momentum if we are to secure a place in the prestigious finals in
Birmingham later this summer.
Photos from Jay Galley
- Kent Young Athletes League -
Full results on KCAA
Blackheath and Bromley U13 and U15 boys
and girls were once again triumphant in Sunday’s Kent league, fixture No2, at a
sunny but blowy Medway Park.
Our President and first lady, Dave and Hanna Cordell were at the track early and
selected the best possibly site for the club tent, out of the wind but with a
great sunny aspect.
On to the action and loads of great performance contributed to BBHAC comfortably
winning the overall combined match by over 80 points.
The U13 boys produced 17 personal best performances, had two boys competing on
the track for BBHAC the first time and were top of the U13 boys league table.
Harry Cowie was first to compete and started his day well with a personal best
18.05 to finish 3rd in the hammer. This was followed by another personal best
coming 2nd in the shot before finishing the day winning the Javelin B string
with a throw of 19.09.
Field events are often over shadowed by
the more visible track races but Harry’s performances prove how important they
are as he scored 26 points for the club, nearly 20% of the total points scored.
Sean Lancaster continues to score valuable points for the club putting the shot
just shy of his best.
Archie Shipley tried his hand at hurdling for the first time and was rewarded
win a win in the B string. Archie then produced another personable best, shaving
a couple of tenths off his 100m time, placing second in the B string.
A good series of jumps with a best of
4.17, was good enough for 3rd in the long jump and Archie finished his day with
a rapid sprint down the back straight as the relay boys posted their fastest
time of the year and a win.
Jacob Byfield improved his 75m hurdle best by over a second (he must be getting
some great coaching?), was just short of his best in the long and high jump but
had a great second bend in helping the relay team to victory.
Tareq Bannour ran two great new personal bests in the 100m (12.52) and 200m
(26.05) to place himself 2nd and 3rd in the National rankings, not bad for a 12
year old. Tareq also used his strength to put the shot a good distance but was
marked down as a no throw on a technicality! With a throw that could have put
him in the top 20, we will definitely be working on that one!
Tareq made up for the shot disappointment
by storming down the home straight on the final leg of the relay.
Sam Reardon made up for his disappointment of being knocked off the top of the
Parkrun grand prix league table (by a girl!) by running two new personal bests
in the 200m sprint and the tough two lap 800m. Sam knocked well over a second
off his 200mm running a rapid 27.88 and had a strong race winning the 800m in
2:27.87. Sam was also the lead off leg in the relay team and had a good series
of jumps in the long jump.
Rowan Fuss had a busy hour and three quarters squeezing in three events,
starting with a second place in the 200m before dominating the 800m and running
a strong but totally controlled 2:22.46. After barely catching his breath it was
over to the javelin where he manged to get in a fantastic 25.90 on his second
attempt, also finishing second.
Ethan Kitteridge had another busy day starting with a personal best in the 75m
hurdles ( could be the coaching!) . A timetable clash again gave Ethan the
difficult job of doing both the 800m and high jump at the same time but with the
800m completed, just out side his best, it was straight over to the high jump
(after a fast number change). A couple of clearances later but a slight
disappointment for Ethan just below his best. It might be good one day for Ethan
to high jump on a fresh pair of legs and with a steady pulse!
Barnaby Corry, in his first year was another busy athlete starting his day early
with a good run over the hurdles followed by a PB in the 200m and a big 5m
improvement in the javelin.
Jake Leng made his debut on the track despite taking most of the skin off his
knee and elbow in training on Thursday when a hurdle got in his way! Jake’s only
concern as he hobbled his way over to the compassionate Ken Daniel (our first
aided, amongst other things) was that he would still be able to hurdle at the
weekend. So lining up on the start, with fresh scabs aplenty, it was great to
see Jake finish safely and in a very good time. Jake also ran a very competitve
800m finishing with speed down the home straight in 2:36.18.
Thomas Penlington was also making his track debut for the club and was also
involved in the 800m running a very good 2:35.54 in his ver first club track
With a great number of U13 boys competing for the club we were able to field a
second 4 x 100m relay team, so it was great experience for Ethan, Barnaby, Jake
and Thomas as they safely and skilfully got the baton around the track in a very
With loads of parents, grandparents and siblings supporting, team spirit in the
camp was high and it was little wonder that the team tent was disassembled,
packed away and delivered to the presidents car in record time, a final PB to
end the day.
The next two fixtures are both home matches at Norman Park. The UKYDL on
Saturday 30th May and the Kent YAL on Sunday 14th June.
Photos from Jay Galley
Photos from Rod Harrington
- Kent Young Athletes League -
Full results on KCAA
The new track season kicked off in style
at the Julie Rose stadium in Ashford with the first track and field match of the
Kent league 2015. Blackheath and Bromley HAC had eight boys competing in the U13
boys age group, 6 of whom were making their club track debuts.
Tareq Bannour dominated the sprints, comfortably winning both the 100m and 200m
and also brought the relay team home to victory. Tareq’s 200m performance was a
grade 1 standard run and currently places him 2nd fastest boy in the country. A
fantastic early season achievement and a great debut.
Rowan Fuss also ran a grade 1 performance, winning a very controlled and evenly
paced 1500 m in 4:39.6. Earlier in the day Rowan had clocked 15.1 in the 75m
hurdles showing his range of talents.
Leo McCallum was having a great morning, running close to his best in the 100m
and jumping a personal best in the long jump, but a swollen ankle forced Leo to
reluctantly pull out of the 200m and relay. Leo wasn’t concerned for himself but
he didn’t want to let the team down. Hopefully Leo will recover quickly and we
look forward to seeing him competing again very soon.
Sam Reardon had a busy debut day having first played for his local football team
in the morning. Sam, a first year U13 ran a strong 1500 m winning the B string
in 5:01.7, broke 30 seconds for 200 m coming 2nd in the B string, managed to
squeeze in one jump in the long jump and finished his day with a great leg in
the victorious relay team.
Jacob Byfield, another first year U13 making his debut showed great promise, (as
did his dad Paul 30 years ago !). Jacob began with a strong run over the hurdles
coming 2nd in the B string, jumped an impressive 3.82 in the long jump and ran
the third leg in the winning relay team.
The U13 boys team is full of talented, enthusiastic athletes, all willing to
give events a go, if required and Barnaby Corry was a fine example of this doing
everything asked of him and more. Barnaby, first year U13 started with his debut
run over the hurdles, stepped up to throw a javelin to gain extra valuable
points for the team before being involved in an exciting high jump competition
that had been delayed for an hour and half, due to an athlete needing medical
assistance on the high jump fan. Unlike most events the high jump finishes on a
failure so athletes are often dejected but Barnaby should be very pleased with
his performance and his great team spirit.
Ethan Kitteridge, on his debut was also involved in the delayed high jump
competition and with good numbers watching enjoyed success up to 1.15 just
clipping the bar at 1.20. Ethan did well to get off the ground at all having run
the 75m hurdles in the morning and the 1500m in 5:29.0 shortly before the high
jump. Ethan finished his day with a great second leg in the winning relay team.
Sean Lancaster in his first year made a great start to his athletics career
coming second in the A string discus and showed great team spirit having a go at
the shot despite never lifting a shot before, but gained more valuable points
for the club.
Blackheath and Bromley U13 boys were second on the day just 6 points behind
Tonbridge AC but when combined with the U15 boys and girls teams we came out on
top winning the first fixture by over 24 points.
It was great to have our newly appointed president David Cordell in attendance
support the young athletes, he was seen throughout the stadium officiating at
various jumps and throws and even raking the sandpit (rather professionally!)
The U13 boys next fixture is the UKYDL at Southampton on Saturday 2nd May.