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National Cross-Country, Donington Park, 27 February 2016

Good conditions, cold, windy and a little on the muddy side....

Photos start here...

Full results here...


Mogan Squibb 2nd Under 13 girls

Rowan Fuss 2nd in Under 13 Boys

Niamh Bridson-Hubbard 6th in Junior womens race

Will Fuller, 6th in Under 20 Mens

U13 Boys were 8th team

U13 Girls were 1st

U15 Boys 12th

U15 Girls were 4th team

U17 Men were 10th team

U17 Women were 2nd team

Junior Men didn't close in

Junior Women were 5th team

Senior Men 9 to score ?th & 6 to score 22nd

Senior Women didn't close in

The club enjoyed a very successful weekend at this years National at Donington Park, Castle Donington, winning two individual medals and two team medals.

Over fifty of our young athletes and countless other members, parents, siblings and friends made the journey up north, most of them on the team coach, handled safely by ex para Simon Fitz!! After a short re fuelling stop, KFC, Redbull and crispy creme doughnuts (young athletes staple diet it seems) we set up base at a new Hotel venue in Nottingham, complete with a 25m swimming pool, enjoyed by all, except the life guards!

A good healthy breakfast the next day set us all up for a great days running and all age groups excelled starting with the U13s.

Morgan Squibb had her best run of the season as she powered through the field to finish a magnificent second, picking up the well deserved silver medal. With the rest of the team running superbly it was no surprise they won the team gold ahead of 47 other clubs. Ellie Dolby was a fantastic 19th, Maayan Radus a strong 26th, Jess Neal just behind in a great 30th and Daniella Harper finishing well in 35th. With strength in numbers we had Niamh Milmo cross the line in 167th, Abbie Leeves 186th, Emily Davis 215th and Olivia Berry 342nd.

Rowan Fuss was superb in the boys race also winning the silver just behind the Northern champion who hasn’t lost a cross counrty race all season. Sam Reardon continued his great season with a strong 58th finish as did Thomas Penglinton in 93rd. Justin Strover was a strong 112th with Eddie Sellar 127th, Jake Leng 203rd, Ethan Kitteridge 351st and Barnaby Cory completing the team in 394th. The boys 8th place in a field of 43 teams (over 400 individuals) was a brilliant result.

The U17s once again produced fine performances that deservedly won them team silver medals. A very strong determined run saw Kelsey Fuss first home for BB in 20th place, Jess Keene was 27th, Yasmin Austridge 30th, Amy Leach 38th, Lottie Weitzel 91st, Joanna Clowes 135th and great to have Naomi Kingston back running for us in 184th.

The U15 girls had good numbers out and were unlucky not to medal but their fourth place finish was still very impressive (32 complete teams). Sophie Hoare was first BB home in a fine 18th place with Yasmin Marghini in 34th, and Lia Radus just behind in 36th. Kelsi Cornish had a great run in 45th as did Millie Smith in 60th with Grace scopes 154th, Stephanie Taylor 183rd, Lily Tappenden 195th, Isabelle Bridge 225th, Claudia Pickup 247th and Zoe Austridge 274th.

Five U17 boys produced great runs that gave them their highest team position for many years with a satisfying 10th place. Team captain Marco Arcuri had a fine run finishing 63rd and Lewis Mills continued his great season in 84th and strong finishing James Crawley 118th, Oscar Hussey 125th and Charlie Davis 177th. Will Pope was there supporting his team mates but the 6k course was probably about 5600m too far for Will these days!

Girls team captain Niamh Bridson Hubbard had another great performance finishing 6th in the high class field of GB and England international athletes in the U20 womens race. Leah Everson in her first cross country race for nearly two years finished 78th and just behind in 81st was Sam Leighton and their collective efforts helped them to secure a creditable 5th team placing.

Will Fuller, having recently represented GB and England over the country looked impressive in another high class field and did superbly crossing the line in 6th. Richard Webb was 84th and we would have been well up the team table but for two unfortunate injuries to Thomas Desborough during the race and Bertie Harrington the week before the race. However it’s great to have good numbers in the traditional quieter age group between young athlete and senior.

We had most athletes in the U15 boys age group and as a team we finished 12th. Angus Harrington once again led the boys home with a great run in 61st, Henry Cowie on his first run for the club since going to Millfield school was 80th and a fine improving run from Callum Myatt in 106th. Joseph Georgiadis was 155th, Charlie Andrews 157th, Michael Eagling 164th, Coleman Cory 239th, George Pope 249th and Ben Gardiner 328th. Keir Lundy was going well on the first lap but had to pulled out in some discomfort. Leo Braden was due to run but aggravated a hamstring while warming up. Cameron Swatton was hoping to run but hadn’t fully recovered from a recent calf injury picked up indoors (track not at home!), however Cameron didn’t waste his time and was a great asset on the day supporting all age groups and helping out where he could.

Another relaxing swim (or water fight), a great carvary for dinner and then early to bed!! before a leisurely breakfast the next day. With the Nationals next year 2017 at Wollaton Park, Nottingham only 30 minutes away we took advantage of visiting and having an easy recovery run while checking out the probable course. Next weeks English School Championship also happens to be in the same park so we were able to kill two birds with one stone. Then back on the coach, one more stop for a salad lunch (other choices were available) and back to the clubhouse early afternoon to round off another very successful and satisfying ‘’National Weekend’

The team mangers awards for this years Nationals go to and Kelsey Fuss for her superb run and Thomas Penlington for his great top 100 finish in his first in the U13 age group.

The monthly awards and winners of this months ‘power of 10 watches’ go to Daniella Harper for her great run and big improvement on her great South of England result and the boys monthly award goes to Callum Myatt for his great run and big improvement on his great South of England result.

Many thanks go to Mr and Mr President Dave and Hanna Cordell for all they do on these busy weekends away, from pitching the tent, collecting numbers, sorting hotel / room issues and looking after PP Ken Daniel as he matures in years. Thanks also to PP Mike Peel for all his great action shots and to team managers Nic Cory and Nick Swatton and chaperone Claire Austridge for all their work they do instinctively to ensure the athletes have a fun and safe weekend. Also great to have so many past presidents and members there supporting all ages.

Final thanks from Andy Frankish and myself go to team captains Niamh and Marco who have done so much to help the teams run smoothly both on race days and before, their assistance has been massive and gratefully received.




Great effort to all that ran at the weekend, we had a great time and it was a cracking night out too.

We came 22nd as a team, which is a pretty good result! Great team effort.

22 1682 BLACKHEATH AND BROMLEY HAR ( 204 216 286 293 335 348 )

204 0:48:47 6266 Danny Brewer BLACKHEATH AND BROMLEY H
216 0:49:00 6265 Ross Braden BLACKHEATH AND BROMLEY
286 0:50:07 6269 Alex Gibbins BLACKHEATH AND BROMLEY H
293 0:50:17 6277 George Vacharopoulos BLACKHEATH AND BROMLEY H
335 0:50:52 6271 Daniel Kennedy BLACKHEATH AND BROMLEY H
348 0:51:03 6276 Peter Tucker BLACKHEATH AND BROMLEY H
504 0:53:39 6278 Jonathan Vintner BLACKHEATH AND BROMLEY H
618 0:55:17 6275 Christopher Tuck BLACKHEATH AND BROMLEY H
865 0:58:24 6267 Richard Byford BLACKHEATH AND BROMLEY H
1480 1:09:22 6268 Nicolas Corry BLACKHEATH AND BROMLEY H

The Kent League Organisers have also worked out where everyone came in the Kent rankings

Up The Heath
Danny, Jon & Andy




Sorry but my camera locked-up for the senior men...



A few from the evening celebrations


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