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Middle Distance extravaganza, US achievements and Kent County Champs

Sportscity hosted some of the UKs finest middle distance athletes in the BMC event and the club had 6 athletes taking part. Teenager Alex Botterill ran a great new 800 pb in 1.48.47 in the main race won by a 15 year old in 1.47.50 for a new world age 15 record. James Habergham also ran a pb of 1.51.80.

In the 1500m new boy Andrew Smith clocked 3.43.75 for a pb and Phil Sesemann broke 14 minutes for the 5000m for the first time winning the main race in 13.59.27 with second claimer Graham Rush not far behind in 14.11.27. Will Ruiz also continued his fine form also clocking a new pb with 15.25.87.

On the collegiate circuit in the US Joseph Ellis bettered the club hammer record again with a mighty throw of 72.72m while Jahisha Thomas leapt out to 6.55m in the long jump for 4th in the UK rankings. Oliver Newport also recorded 7.43m in the mens long jump.

Scott Huggins has been selected to represent Scotland in the Loughborough International meeting.

It was also the county championship across England and the club had many athletes competing far and wide with the biggest contingent at the Kent event in Ashford over two long days.

Notable winners in the 100m under men were Korede Awe in 10.77 and Katia Cienciala in the under 17 womens event and Emily Kerr winning both the under 15 girls 100m and 200m events in pbs of 12.63 and pb.25.81, while Ethan Brown won both the 200m and 400m in the under 20 mens events, 21.66 in the 200m giving him a new. Holly Mpassy won both the under 17 ladies 200m and 300m and Oliver Briars won the under 17 mens 400m, with Louise Evans winning the under 20 ladies 400m.

To the middle distance events and there were wins for Morgan Squibb in the under 17 ladies 800m and steeplechase, Ellie Dolby won the under 15 girls 800m and 1500m, Sam Reardon won the under 15 boys 800m and set an extravagant new pb of 2.03.88 in qualifying, Angus Harrington won the under 20 mens 1500m and Pablo Seema Rocca the under 15 boys 1500m in a new pb of 4.17.70. In the senior events Clare Elms now back to form won the ladies 5000m with Amy Leach 2nd.

In the hurdles President’s son Jacob Byfield won the under 15 boys 80m hurdles in a new pb of 12.35m, he also won the long jump and triple jumps by clear margins. Rico Cottell won the under 17 mens 100m hurdles and Coleman Corry set a new pb of 57.52 in winning the under 20 mens 400m hurdles. In the ladies under 17 1500m steeplechase Millie Smith won comfortably, Rob Donohue won the senior mens event over 2000m and Lewis Mills won the under 20 event. Isabelle Bridge won the under 17 ladies 3000m walk by almost 2 minutes.

In the field there were high jump wins for Deborah Martin and Rebecca Hawkins in the senior and under 20 events respectively and Pedro Gleadall won the under 17 mens event and also the pole vault. A great deal of success was had in the pole vault with Scott Huggins winning the senior mens event, George Pope won the under 20s and getting to 4m in the process, Lois Warden won the under 17 ladies vault and Barnaby Corry won the under 15 boys event with a new pb of 3.15m. Myles Xavier won the under 17 mens long jump with a 6.43m pb and Ben Sutton won the under 20 event. Louis Mascarenhas retuned to form winning both the senior mens shot and discus with Dillon Claydon taking the under 15 boys shot and discus crowns and Anika Olalere winning the under 20 ladies shot. Hannah MacAulay won the under 17 ladies discus and Carys Marsden won the under 20 event. In the ladies under 20 hammer Victoria Wiltshire won, Pedro Gleadall completed a triple win by taking the under 17 mens javelin with Eloise Locke winning the under 20 ladies event and Lauren Farley won the under 17 ladies event.

This weekend sees the YDL under 13 and 15 teams in action at Norman Park on Saturday and the mens and womens senior team now top of Southern League Division1 in action at Battersea Park on Sunday.

Nick Brooks

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Over 100 BBHAC Athletes in action over busy Bank Holiday weekend – Men second in BAL, Maya Bruney win BUCS 400m title

National League Division 1
At Eton in perfect warm and still conditions, BBHAC senior men were in action in the British Athletics Division 1 match with many new members on display. Despite many athletes being unavailable as this for some reason cashed with the BUCS Champs, Blackheath rallied well in the last 5 events to secure 2nd place on 293 points behind Harrow on 380 but ahead of Southampton on 285.

Teenager Ethan Brown ran very strongly and despite being caught with 80m to go used his strength to pull away to record a great new pb of 47.19 in the 400m making him the fastest under 20 in the UK. Another teenager making his debut was Alex Botterill who is the Commonwealth Youth Games champion, who ran very maturely outkicking his rivals to win the 800m in 1.51.42. Phil Sesemann ran a very relaxed and controlled race in the 3000m pulling away over the last 1000m to win in 8.25.31 and winning by the length of the home straight.

Tom French won the long jump with 7.26m and won by 40cm, while Scott Huggins entered the pole vault at 4.80m as all but one had finished the competition, and after knocking down his opening height went on to win with a great 5.10 vault. To round things off the mens 4X100m of Duayne Bovell, Dan Putnam, Kyle Reynolds-Warmington and Toby Olubi combined well to win the relay, and the team in the 4x400m relay secured a solid second, with Adam Herring running a massive new pb of 50.4 on leg 3 having travelled from Norwich just to run in the relay. Dan Kennedy was our only B string winner in the steeplechase with a new pb. Besides those already mentioned there were a series of pbs for Will Ruiz and Lewis Mills in the 1500m with 4.04.77 and 4.07.25 respectively, Charlie Davis with 10.03.18 on the 3000m steeplechase, Kelechi Aguocha with 1.80m in the high jump and Angus Harrington 44.93 in the javelin.

The race for the Graham Botley Memorial trophy for most individual points in a season is well under way with Alex Pope leading on 26, Dan Putnam last years winner on 24 and Ethan Brown and Alex Botterill on 19.5 points. The second match in June is at Portsmouth.

Ted Pepper Race
In Mondays Ted Pepper race over 10km at Norman Park the club had 28 athletes among the 407 finishers. Last years winner Ross Braden was second this year with Luca Ercolani 7th, Roger Beswick 8th and Tony Crowder 9th.Carole Penlington was second lady home in 32nd place and Amy Leach third lady to finish in 36th.

BUCS Champs
At the BUCS Champs held over three days at Bedford the club had many top 10 finishers representing their respective Universities and Colleges with Camron Lyttle 6th in the 100m, Vivien Olatunji 7th in the ladies 100m, Mary Adeniji 7th in the ladies triple jump and Louis Mascarenhas 5th in the shot and 4 in the discus.

On the final day Maya Bruney continued her winning ways by winning the ladies 400m crown in a new pb of 53.10, and Joe Fuggle lopped a huge amount of time of his pb for second in the mens 400m hurdles with 52.56. Will Fuller also ran a lifetime best for 4th in the 5000m with 14.05.97, Sam Milner threw 43.61m for 6th in the ladies discuss and Joss Barber ran 9.37.72 in the steeplechase for 10th spot having run new pb in qualifying of 9.32.61. Jess Keene ran a pb in the ladies 5000m with 17.51.07.

At the Newham Open 100m series Dean Hylton clocked 10.71 and Immanuela Aliu ran a new pb with 11.88.

Nick Brooks

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Young and Old in action for BBHAC in a typical weekend – new club hammer record and ladies discus record.

The Upper Age of the Young Athletes Development (U17 and U20) took place at Reading in cold and windy conditions but the team performed admirably and won the match convincingly with 764.5 points from Shaftesbury 664.5 and Windsor with 633. Yasmin Austridge broke her own club record in the ladies under 20 steeplechase with a 4.53.6 clocking. There were some excellent early season efforts from Bekah Walton in the javelin (supported by Eloise Locke, Lauren Farley and Daisy Dowling), Jade Oni, on her League debut, in the long jump and her speciality, triple jump, Carys Marsden and Yinka Shokunbi in the hammer, Issie Hilditch and Annie Davies in the 100mH, Holly Mpassy in the 300m and a number of the middle distance ladies, especially Sophie Hoare, Lucretia Polloni, Morgan Squib and Millie Smith, with pride of place going to Ava White (U17) who followed up an impressive win in the 3000m with another win in the U20 800. This was all rounded off by 3 good relay wins.

Elsewhere at the London Colleges open event Amir Sultan Edwards broke the club 400m record for under 15 boys with 50.52 eclipsing a record which has stood since 1996. At the Loughborough trials Dan Putnam recorded 10.91/21.81 in the 100m and 200m with Camron Lyttle clocking 10.95 in the 100m. Will Fuller opened his 1500m account with a 3.50.01 timing, James Habergham ran a pb in the 400m with 51.3 and Joe Fuggle ran a great 53.73 in the 400m hurdles. In the ladies events Niamh Bridson Hubbard ran 9.51.06 in the 3000m.

At the Penn Relays in Philadelphia Divine Oladipo broke her own club record by over a metre in the ladies discus with a throw of 54.23 and Joseph Ellis smashed his own club record in the mens hammer with a truly international performance of 72.16m in Fayetteville. In Louisville, Kentucky Oliver Newport leapt out to 7.35m in the long jump and Jahisha Thomas leapt to a windy 13.32m in the ladies triple jump in Des Moines, Iowa.

Only one team from Blackheath & Bromley competed at the British Masters Athletics Federation road relays at Sutton Coldfield. Our M65’s were delighted with a silver medal behind a powerful Oxford squad. The event comprises a team of three each running 5km. 70 year old Peter Hamilton clocked 22.22 on the hotly contested first leg, finishing 7th overall and handed over to Rob Brown who scythed through the field to 3rd in 22.01. Bob Minting then took the team up to silver with a 22.21 clocking.

Nick Brooks

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Commonwealth Medals for Dina and Southern League Success

In the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast, Dina Asher-Smith ran brilliantly for a bronze medal in the women’s 200m final with a time of 22.29 and in doing so beat Olympic champion Elaine Thompson into 4th place. Later in the week Dina ran in England’s 4 x 100m relay team running a strong second leg giving England an unassailable lead going into the last keg which was run by Lorraine Ugen a former B&B athlete to anchor the team to winning gold medals.

Adam Gemili who had withdrawn from the men’s 100m final having qualified among the fastest athletes was unable to compete in the mens 4 x 100m relay which England also went onto win.

Southern League
Close to home at Bromley’s Norman Park, the first match of the Southern League season took place with new manager team Nick Swatton fielding many of the clubs youngsters, many of who we will see in action in the Youth Leagues as well. Conditions were perfect as the weather was warm and the wind was not aiding or hindering the athletes. In the mixed match B&B had 10 men winners in the A string events with the ladies gaining 11 wins, and in the B string events the men had 7 winners and the ladies 14.

There are far too many performances to mention but the highlights were undoubtedly seeing Pedro Gleadall clearing a new pb of 4.30m to win the pole vault, and having three good close attempts at 4.42m in trying to take the under 17 club record. Although he missed the record he will beat it this season on another day. Youngster Oscar Heany-Brufall stormed around the 400m hurdles to win in 55.69 for a new pb, while Morgan Squibb made her debut in the 2000m steeplechase and won by almost a minute also just missing the under 17 club record by 8/10 of a second with 7.20.97. With some water jump coaching this record won’t last much longer.

The ladies 4x400m team of Megan Walsh, new girl Louise Evans who earlier won the 400m in a new pb of 56.36, Rachel Dickens who earlier had won the 200m and European junior 200m champion Maya Bruney, combined to win with a new league record of 3.49.05 winning by the length of the home straight.

National 12 Stage Road Relay
Also the senior men’s team were in action in Birmingham’s Sutton Park and they finished a highly respectable 32nd with a time of 4.45.29. Will Fuller got the team off to a good start coming home in 20th place and after that the team ran solidly and always finishing each leg between 29th and 32nd place. Will was our fastest long leg runner with 27.17 while Will Ruiz ran 28.39 as our second fastest, our fastest short leg runners were Joss Barber with 16.54 and the evergreen vet Alex Gibbins with 17.17.


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Gravesend Race Walking
The Cecil Gittins meeting at Gravesend was greeted with Summerlike conditions which were very welcome after the rain but less welcome for those competing as the higher temperature added to the hills and bends on the course to make the races, especially the 15km, even harder. A very unfit Peter Hannell battled over the first 5km with difficulty and settled for the shorter event only to be embarrassed by being first home against the older competition including 85 year-old Ken Livermore. At the other end of the age scale were two of Shaun Lightman’s Blackheath charges doing one 2.5 km lap. Abi Smith, now in the Under 15 group, won the race while Katie Brash was the only Under 13 and it was the latter who had better performance over what was for her a long and hard distance.

2.5 km Girls
1. A.Smith (B&B 1st U15G) 15 min 2 sec; 2. C.Wallis (AFD U15G) 15 min 43 sec; 3. M.Morris (M&M U17G) 15 min 45 sec 4. K.Brash (B&B 1st U13G) 16 min 33 sec.

5km Men
1. P.Hannell (B&B M75) 36 min 24 sec

Nick Brooks

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Harriers on the move!

For more than 90 years Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC have operated from their headquarters in Bourne Way, Hayes, but changes are afoot to move their base to Norman Park to be closer to their training track. At last month’s AGM, Club members overwhelmingly voted in favour of developing a new community sports centre adjacent to the athletics track in Norman Park, Hayes Lane, Bromley. The decision was reached after years of investigation and consultation with interested parties.

This is a big commitment for the club as it will mean selling their existing freehold clubhouse and investing the sale proceeds and reserves as well as undertaking major fundraising activities to raise sufficient funds to enable them to complete the project in time to celebrate the Club’s 150th anniversary in 2019.

Whilst ensuring the long term future of athletics in the borough the club also aims to provide a venue for other local community groups which run sports, leisure and fitness classes. The centre will provide catering, toilets, changing rooms, a strength & conditioning suite and a number of multi-purpose rooms available for hire for meeting or by medical practitioners to provide physiotherapy and sports massage.

Alan Pickering, Chairman of the trustees, said “Sadly, good news stories are rare these days. However, athletics in the London Borough of Bromley is a beacon of optimism. Not only did the Club have its best ever year in 2017, the Norman Park development will secure our pivotal position in British Athletics and be at the heart of the local community. Every family in the local community will receive a warm welcome when they visit the new home of Blackheath and Bromley Harriers AC.“

The planning application for the building has just been submitted to Bromley Council Planning Department by Architect, Zareen Rahman of Zendium Design and a successful outcome is hoped for this summer to enable work to commence by the Contractor, Paul Barthorpe of The Construction Project Limited at the beginning of September.

“The new facilities at Norman Park will, when completed provide an excellent, modern, indoor space for athletes to train in during the winter months and in addition offer fantastic leisure and fitness opportunities for the wider community.“ Said new Club President, Paul Byfield.

The Club would be interested in talking to potential users and funders of the centre.

Notes to Editor
Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC is one of the UK’s oldest clubs and thrives today, with over 850 members and is a registered charity. To the wider public the club is perhaps best known for its senior athletes’ recent medal winning successes at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London of Adam Gemili and Dina Asher-Smith, both of whom had already competed with distinction at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Success at the elite level is based upon excellence in the younger age groups. B&BHAC teams finished in first place in both the lower and upper age groups in the Youth Development League (Southern Premier Division) in 2017, and won the Kent Young Athletes League. Last September, the Junior Girls team took third place at the European Junior Clubs Cup Final. B&BHAC’s young athletes also excelled individually in 2017 winning numerous medals at the European Under 20 Championships, Commonwealth Youth Games and National Championships.

This competitive success is supported by a dedicated group of coaches, team managers and volunteers who give up their time for free. The Bees Academy which operates from Norman Park for children aged between 5 - 11 acts as a feeder into the Club.

For further information please contact:
Chris Hilditch - Trustee - Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC
Tel: 07990 861125 E-mail:
Tim Soutar - Trustee - Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC
Tel: 07896 309708 E-mail:

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Gemili makes Commonwealth 100m final but has to withdraw
Adam Gemili qualified as second fastest athlete for the Commonwealth Games 100m final in 10.11 but had to be withdrawn with an abductor strain on doctors advice, which meant then he could not also be part of the England team in the 4x100m relay. Lets hope its precautionary and that he has a full season ahead.

Tonbridge AC Easter Open Meeting 3km walk
The SWC presence at this big open meeting was only in the coaching and judging aspect but Shaun Lightman’s coaching group were represented by Abi Smith (B&B). With damp and windy conditions results were mixed with Abi in the middle of her trio and a little down on her best but inside 18 minutes.

Lee Valley Open
First chance to test themselves outdoors ahead of the first southern league match on Saturday at Norman Park, several athletes competed at the Lee Valley Open. There were pbs in the pole vault for Pedro Gleadall with 4.25m, George Pope with a pb of 3.93m, and Ellie Barrett also a pb with 3.30m. Pedro also made a comeback in the javelin with a solid 53.51m.

Jahisha Thomas competed in Baton Rouge in the US and jumped a mighty 6.44m on the long jump but with an illegal tailwind of 3.7m. A great start the US Collegiate outdoor season. The previous weekend Jonathan Ilori jumped a new personal best of 16.13m in the triple jump in Texas.

Nick Brooks

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