03 December 2013
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Blackheath & Bromley athletes were out in force at the
Kent Cross Country League races at Sparrows Den and they produced many fine
individual and team performances. For the younger age groups this was the
last race of the season and so it decided many of the overall titles. To add
spice to the event it was also the Club Cross Country championships for the
The results saw five members win overall titles for
the season, the Club were top team in two age groups and second in the
Will Fuller won the under 17 mens race and in so doing
secured the individual title. Third place in the race was Richard Webb and
this gave him second overall. Tom Desborough completed the scoring in 16th
leaving the Club second on the day and for the season.
Niamh Bridson Hubbard replicated Will’s victory in the
womens race and took the title. With Charlotte Rhule 4th and Anna Myers in
7th they won the team race and Leah Everson also made the top ten. They were
second in the overall standings.
The under 15 girls won as expected placing five
athletes in the top ten led home by Jessica Keene in 2nd with Naomi Kingston
4th, Yasmin Austridge 5th, Georgina Taylor 6th and Kelsey Fuss, despite a
fall, 8th. They dominated the individual placing for the season with Naomi
1st, Yasmin 2nd, Kelsey 3rd and Georgina 4th.
More fine packing in the boys race saw Marco Arcuri
5th, Aleksander Wiltshire 6th, Charlie Davis 7th, Jake Potter 8th and Joss
Barber 9th securing 2nd place in the team contest and second overall. Marco
finished third individual for the season.
There was a one-two in the under 13 boys contest
courtesy of Michael Eagling and Peter Guy and with Henry James Cowie 5th
they secured the team race on the day and overall. Good back up came from
Coleman Corry with his best run of the season in 7th and from George Pope
whose 8th place meant he was 4th individual of the year. Michael and Peter
were winner and runner up.
Millie Smith won the girls race and is champion for
the season. With Grace Scopes 5th and Alice Prentice 7th they were second in
the team and overall silver medallists. Lauren Goddard in 9th also made the
top 10. New member Jessica Sellar, competed as a guest and was the 2nd Club
member across the line.
Will Ruiz was 2nd in the under 20 mens race and Kate Curran was similarly
placed in the womens contest. Bethony Frost’s 8th place meant she was second
overall and with Holly Fletcher 10th the Club were 2nd on the day and for
Impressively 40 youngsters across these age groups
competed in all four races this season.
The afternoon also featured the third Senior Mens race
of the year. Alex Gibbins led the Club home in 14th place with Danny Brewer
18th, Gareth Evans 22nd and Jon Vintner 49th. The team were 5th on the day
and are currently placed 5th. They were 6th in the 12 to score.
The squad may have been stronger but the fixture
clashed with the wedding of Andy Rayner and Elaine Murty to whom the Club
sends its congratulations
Phil Sesemann had a useful run at the British
Athletics Cross Challenge in Liverpool which incorporated the Trials race
for selection for the European Championships that take place next month. The
Blackheath & Bromley athlete finished in 44th place in a time of 30.40.
The Club suffered a heavy defeat in the annual Mob
Match against Orion Harriers in Epping Forest. A worryingly low turn out
from B&B meant that the scoring was just 25 a side. The Club had only two
male runners who fall in the Senior age group (20-34) and no Senior women at
all. This lack of firepower was clearly reflected in the results as the Club
had only seven finishers in the top 30.
First home was Peter Tucker in 7th place with
youngster Charlie Davis 11th and 54 year old Nick Kinsey in 12th. Anne Cilia
was the first woman from the Club to finish in 72nd beating the only other
B&B female runner Maz Turner, who was 89th.
Orion won with 414 points to B&B’s 1105 and enjoyed a
similarly emphatic victory in the veterans 20 a side contest scoring 296 to
The race incorporated the latest round of the Bennett
Cup, a handicap series of races which take place over the Winter months.
First on this occasion was the aforementioned Charlie Davis who dipped under
the Handicapper’s radar to win by over three minutes from another youngster
Scott Bulmer. Steve Pairman was third and this leaves him top of the
Handicap after three of the nine races with 148 points. However, he is just
one point ahead of joint second placers Scott Bulmer and Gareth Evans, who
in turn are just one point of Austin Adams. Charlie Davis is nicely placed
in 5th on 141 points.
Bromley : 7 Aleksander WILTSHIRE 00:18:03 12 Kelsey FUSS 00:19:00 13 Robert
PERRY 00:19:30 21 Andy TUCKER 00:19:58 26 Nick PERRY 00:20:26 43 Ian
MONTGOMERY 00:20:58 44 Nigel HAFFENDEN 00:21:03 63 Glen READ 00:21:45 66
Harrison PARKER 00:22:00 83 Nick BROOKS 00:22:42 98 Sally HAFFENDEN 00:23:08
104 Claire AUSTRIDGE 00:23:16 122 Adrian PERRY 00:24:05 134 Claire SPRINGETT
00:24:31 156 Richard GRIFFIN 00:25:19 222 Peter LOVELL 00:28:00 Coventry :
166 Jennifer SHEASBY 00:24:48
Dulwich : 1 Ben HARDING 00:15:10
Eastleigh : 69 Carolyna HALEY 00:25:28
Killerton : 19 Bob MINTING 00:21:13
Lloyd Park: 2 David BEADLE 00:20:25
Orpington : 9 Harry William KEENE 00:21:16 25 Mick KEENE 00:23:51 76 Karen
Members of Blackheath & Bromley featured heavily in
Kent County awards which were recently presented. Adam Gemili, who this
Summer became only the second British athlete to have run under 20 seconds
for the 200 metres, was the Male Athlete of the Year.
The womens winner was Shaunagh Brown who has made fine
progress in the Hammer. She has improved by nearly five metres to 66.06, a
distance which sees her third ranked in the country this year.
After becoming European Junior 200 metre champion and
winning a bronze medal in the 4x100 metres at the World Championships, Dina
Asher Smith is the Young Female Athlete of the Year. Fittingly her coach
John Blackie is the Kent Coach of The Year.
Adam and Dina are also nominees for British Athletics
annual awards. Adam is in contention for the Male Athlete Of The Year while
Dina is nominated for Young Athlete Of The Year. Voting closes at midnight
on Wednesday the 20th of November. See
for more details.
Both Adam and Dina were among a number of youngsters
who attended the Club Annual Dinner at Hayes where guest of honour was
Marathon Great Bill Adcocks. He had wise words to say on training, coaching
and the administration of the Sport.
Despite attending the Dinner, Will Fuller was up early
the next day to compete in the London Youth Games cross country
championships at Parliament Hill. He finished in an excellent 4th place in
the under 17 mens race with Richard Webb also making the top 10 in 9th
position. With Tom Desborough 30th they were third in the team race. In the
womens race, Niamh Bridson Hubbard was 6th.
Both were competing for the London Borough of Bromley
with Niamh helping the girls to overall victory in the girls events.
Highlight was the under 15s age group race which saw Jessica Keene 3rd,
Naomi Kingston 5th, Kelsey Fuss 7th, Yasmin Austridge 9th and Georgina
Taylor 10th. Josh Barber took 6th place in the boys race.
In the under 13s Michael Eagling was 4th, Peter Guy
5th, Coleman Corry 14th and George Pope 17th and Bromley won the team race.
In the girls race Millie Smith was 8th , Jessica Sellar 14th and Imogen
Meers 21st to give them third place.
Further afield Alex Gibbins was in action at the
British and Irish Masters International at Cardiff. He was 10th in the over
35s race. Stuart Bailey Dainton was the Club’s first finisher in the A20
Path-n-Downs Marathon. He was 36th in 3.34.38 while John Fenwick was the
first over 70 athlete, 42nd overall in 3.38.13.
Eloise Locke made an impressive debut with the under
15s shot at the SWLAN and St Mary’s Twickenham meeting at Twickenham. She
threw 9.92 with the 3.25kg weight. Anna Barnett threw 27.86 in the under 17
Peter Hannell finished in 8th place in the Steyning
10km race walk in a time of 62.50. David Hoben was 13th in 69.28 and he won
the self handicap competition.
Bromley : 3 Aleksander WILTSHIRE 00:17:55 8 Andy TUCKER 00:18:48 15
Steven PAIRMAN 00:19:40 29 Iain SWATTON 00:20:34 31 Graham John COATES
00:20:44 40 Barry WETHERILT 00:21:03 43 Sarah BELAON 00:21:08 50 John
FENWICK 00:21:22 57 Jason SHORT 00:21:33 58 Mike SIMMS 00:21:34 75 Tim WARD
00:22:25 87 Nick BROOKS 00:22:45 138 John LEESON 00:24:24 222 Peter LOVELL
00:27:22 Finsbury park: 51 Austin ADAMS 00:23:23
Forest of Dean: 11 Adrian STOCKS 00:20:58
Greenwich : 26 Rich GRANT 00:22:23 33 Christopher PIKE 00:23:14 Results for
Killerton : 23 Bob MINTING 00:21:05
Lloyd : 4 David BEADLE 00:20:08
Orpington : 18 Harry William KEENE 00:22:28
Despite the wet and windy weather, Blackheath &
Bromley had another good afternoon at the latest round of Kent Cross Country
League races at Nonington. There were two individual wins and a further
seven top three placings while in the team contests there were two wins,
five second places and a third.
The third place came from the Senior women who were
led home by Jennie Butler in 10th with Carole Penlington 14th and Jane
Bradshaw 18th. They were also 2nd in the 6 to score contest as Sarah Belaon
was 23rd, Charlotte Stickings 28th and Abigail Kingston 56th, just one place
ahead of Claire Austridge. With one race to go they are 2nd in both the 3
and 6 to score races. There was not a Senior Mens race on this occasion.
Bethany Frost was second in the under 20 womens race
with Lorna Clowes third and they are also second and third respectively in
the overall individual table. Calvin Fuss heads the mens overall title race
although he was 5th on the day with Will Ruiz 8th.
The Club have both mens and womens overall leaders in
the under 17 age group. Will Fuller leads the men following his second place
on the day and with Richard Webb in 5th and Tom Desborough 17th they were
also runners up in the team race.
Niamh Bridson Hubbard heads the womens contest after
her third place. Again the Club were 2nd in the team contest with Charlotte
Rhule in 8th and Anna Myers 9th, and the women are 2nd in the overall team
Yasmin Austridge continues to improve as she finished
in 2nd place in the under 15 girls race, her highest ever position. The Club
again dominated the team race with Naomi Kingston 3rd, Kelsey Fuss 4th and
Georgina Taylor 5th. Naomi leads the individual standings with Kelsey
second, Yasmin third and Georgina fourth and they head the team contest too.
There was more good packing in the boys race as Marco
Arcuri closed in 4th, Alex Wiltshire 5th , Charlie Davis 6th and Josh
Davidson 10th. This meant they finished in 2nd place which is where they are
in the overall contest.
Likewise in the under 13 boys race which was won by
Michael Eagling with Peter Guy second. Henry James Cowie was 5th , George
Pope 6th and Lewis Stickings 10th to give the Club first place in the team
race. They are first overall as well and Michael and Peter are first and
second overall individuals.
Millie Smith leads the race for the girls title after
her second individual win of the season. With Stephanie Taylor 6th and
Emilie Penlington 8th they were second in the team race and also second
overall for the season.
The final race for the younger age groups is on the
30th of November as the Club host at Sparrows Den. It will also incorporate
their Club Championships.
Still on the country, Ben Harding finished in 8th
place in the 2XU Surrey Cross Country League Division One race at Mitcham
Common. Further North, Warwick university student Georges Vacharopoulos was
72nd at the Birmingham League Division One race at Leamington Spa.
Peter Hannell finished in 25th place in a large field
for the Enfield 7 mile race walk. He timed 72.30 with David Hoben 29th in
Bromley : 6 Rowan FUSS 00:19:09 15 Andy TUCKER 00:19:59 18 Ian MONTGOMERY
00:20:26 19 Keir LUNDY 00:20:27 20 Adrian STOCKS 00:20:29 23 Graham
HOLLINGDALE 00:20:42 24 Graham John COATES 00:20:44 30 Iain SWATTON 00:21:01
36 Glen READ 00:21:21 41 Nick BARBER 00:21:31 54 Mike SIMMS 00:22:06 57 John
FENWICK 00:22:11 59 Alice PRENTICE 00:22:17 68 Tim WARD 00:22:32 111 Nick
BROOKS 00:23:42 112 Austin ADAMS 00:23:43 124 Georgina PIPER 00:24:10 241
Jason SHORT 00:28:28
Dulwich : 35 John William BECK 00:20:19
Greenwich : 15 Rich GRANT 00:22:13 32 Sally HAFFENDEN 00:23:55 39
Christopher PIKE 00:24:25 40 Nigel HAFFENDEN 00:24:26
Killerton : 31 Bob MINTING 00:22:06
Orpington : 9 Harry William KEENE 00:21:52 69 Karen DESBOROUGH 00:35:33
Tilgate : 57 Mick KEENE 00:23:50
Tonbridge : 38 Adrian PERRY 00:22:01
Blackheath & Bromley enjoyed a successful day at the
National Cross Country relays at Mansfield. A bumper entry made this one of
the strongest competitions on record, yet the Club had a number of top 20
finishes and this included bronze medals for the under 15 girls team.
The Senior men finished in a very useful 13th place
but it could have been higher still had Michael Skinner not been literally
hamstrung. Warming up for the anchor leg, it became clear that a niggle
might prevent him from getting round the course. Yet the Great Britain
International was not prepared to leave the team incomplete and he not only
negotiated the course but was the Club‘s fastest runner with 16.19 moving up
from 20th to 13th in the process. Phil Sesemann had closed in 29th on a very
strong opening stage before Ben Harding swept up the 20th on leg two, a
position held by Sam Barnes before Skinner’s exploits on last leg.
A “B” team of Alex Gibbins, Andy Rayner, Ross Braden
and Daniel Kennedy were 48th , a good effort considering this was out of 157
The Senior womens team was notable not only for the
fact that they finished in a good 34th place but also by the fact that all
three are in the veterans age group. The joint captains Jennie Butler and
Jane Bradshaw ensured the team were 38th after two legs before Carole
Penlington brought them up to 34th on the closing stage.
The Club were not able to field teams in the under 20
races nor the under 17 womens event, but were most prominent in the under 17
mens race where after Richard Webb had a strong opening leg with 9.32, Will
Fuller moved up to 7th on leg two with 9.26. Tom Desborough ran another
solid leg to bring the team home in 12th place. Jamie Gosnell ran a useful
leg for an incomplete B team.
As already mentioned, the under 15 girls were the
highest placed of the Club’s teams with an excellent third place. Naomi
Kingston was 5th on the first leg with 7.14 before Kelsey Fuss moved up to
2nd with 7.34. Despite running a fine 7.26 Jessica Keene slipped a place on
the final stage. It was another great effort by the team and pleasingly the
B team of Shannon Riskey, Mary Guy and Yasmin Austridge were 34th , the 5th
B team overall, with a C team of Amy Leach, Joanna Clowes and Francesca
Pickup the 5th C team to finish.
The boys team were 19th in their race thanks to the
efforts of Joss Barber, who was 26th on the first leg in 6.52, Marco Arcuri
17th (7.04) and Alex Wiltshire (7.13). Will Pope ran a very useful 7.04 on
the opening leg for an incomplete B team.
In the under 13s age group the boys team were given a
strong start as Peter Guy closed in 9th with 7.12. George Pope slipped a
couple of places with 7.38 as did Coleman Corry on the last leg with exactly
the same time to finish 13th. A “B” team of Henry-James Cowie, Callum Myatt
and Harrison Parker finished 46th.
The girls team of Grace Stopes, Lauren Goddard and
Millie Smith finished in 33rd. Millie’s time of 7.56 moved the team up 17
places on the last leg.
The afternoon was also notable for the unveiling of
the new Club tent and the athletes were most grateful to Dave and Hanna
Cordell for transporting it to the venue.
Amber Reed finished in 5th place at the recent North
Staffordshire Cross Country League races at Stafford. Now studying at Keele
University she timed 22.27.
Shaun Lightman finished in 8th place in the Alec
Potton Memorial 7 mile race walk at Sandilands, Croydon. Despite being in
the over 70s age group he timed 70 minutes exactly for the distance. Peter
Hannell was 13th in 73.58 and David Hoben 16th in 89.34.
Crystal Palace : 1 Calvin FUSS 00:17:43 18 Rowan FUSS 00:20:09 43 Glen
READ 00:22:32 46 John FENWICK 00:22:42
Delta park run South Africa!: 101 Stephen HOLLINGDALE 00:30:16
Dulwich : 39 Iain SWATTON 00:20:43 47 John William BECK 00:20:57
Eastbourne : 15 Nick PERRY 00:19:49 17 Robert PERRY 00:19:55 27 Kate CURRAN
Greenwich : 11 Niamh BRIDSON HUBBARD 00:20:15 35 Charlotte STICKINGS
00:21:46 36 Adrian PERRY 00:21:46 78 Rich GRANT 00:24:59 102 Chloe HAFFENDEN
00:26:49 104 Nigel HAFFENDEN 00:26:53 112 Christopher PIKE 00:27:31
Killerton : 17 Bob MINTING 00:21:09
Lloyd Park: 21 Ian MONTGOMERY 00:22:49
Orpington : 12 Mick JONES 00:20:54 30 Robert P BROWN 00:22:55 34 Mike SIMMS
00:23:17 35 Harry William KEENE 00:23:24 41 Andrew CLOWES 00:24:07 65 Anne
CILIA 00:25:54 101 Peter LOVELL 00:28:13 149 Karen DESBOROUGH 00:35:32
Whitstable : 21 Scott BULMER 00:23:00 26 Nigel BULMER 00:23:18
Blackheath & Bromley’s athletes enjoyed a successful
day at the second Kent League fixture of the season at Somerhill School in
Tonbridge. Five individual wins; one team victory; and eight top three team
placings mean that, half way through the series, the Club feature
prominently in the overall team scores in a number of age groups, and five
athletes lead their individual age groups.
The Senior women now head both the 3 to score and 6 to
score team races. This followed a welcome return to the country of Katie
Murray. Now primarily a triathlete, with her energies spread over three
events, she still finished in 6th place. Carole Pennlington in 13th and Jane
Bradshaw in 14th ensured the Club were second on the day. With Danielle
Critchley in 17th, Sarah Belaon 20th and Charlotte Stickings 24th , they
were also second in the 6 to score on the day.
Alex Gibbins finished in his highest ever place in the
Senior Mens race when he closed in 5th but, despite the efforts of Ben
Cockburn in 17th, Will Ruiz 21st and David McKinlay 30th the Club had to
settle for 4th in the team contest which is also where they are overall.
Unfortunately, they did not have enough finishers to feature in the 12 to
Although the Club did not field teams in the under 20s
age group, it did provide both individual winners. Bethony Frost secured the
womens race and is now League leader. For the men, Calvin Fuss is now second
overall after his victory.
It was a similar story in the Under 17s age group as
Niamh Bridson Hubbard won the womens race and is current League leader. Anna
Myers and Leah Everson in 8th and 9th helped secure 2nd in the team race,
which is where they are placed overall.
Will Fuller equalled Niamh’s efforts with victory in
the mens race and he heads the individual table. Currently in second place
is Richard Webb who was 4th in the race. Tom Desborough in 17th secured 2nd
place for the team and 2nd overall.
There was another impressive display from the under 15
girls as Kelsey Fuss finished 2nd, Naomi Kingston 3rd, Yasmin Austridge 4th,
Georgina Taylor 5th and Jessica Keene 6th. This gave them a big margin of
victory and they are current League leaders. In addition Kelsey and Naomi
are 2nd and 3rd overall.
Charlie Davis in 6th, Marco Arcuri 8th and Alex
Wiltshire 10th secured 2nd place in the boys race.
Millie Smith took the honours in the under 13 girls
race and she is also now the leading individual. With Imogen Meers in 10th
and Lauren Goddard 12th the Club were 2nd in the team race. Michael Eagling
finished 2nd in the boys race with Peter Guy in 5th and George Pope 10th to
secure the runner up place in the team race.
What was particularly pleasing again was the high turn
out in the younger age groups with double figures in the under 13 and under
15 races. There were many pleasing performances which bodes well for the
future. Full results can be found via the Club website.
A number of the Club’s runners took part in the annual
Beachy Head Marathon, a multi terrain event over the Seven Sisters. First
home was Chris Gentle in 4.03.25 with Stuart Dainton 201st, John Fenwick
257th, Glen Read 288th, Peter Burford 299th, Mathew Newins 300th, Andy
Riches 432nd and John Leeson 940th.
Basingstoke : 24 Nick PERRY 00:20:03 26 Robert PERRY 00:20:11 121 Adrian
Bromley : 13 Steven PAIRMAN 00:19:58 16 Keir LUNDY 00:20:19 26 Peter BROOKS
00:20:52 27 Adrian STOCKS 00:20:53 31 Iain SWATTON 00:21:09 50 Jason SHORT
00:22:11 60 Mike SIMMS 00:22:29 92 Nick BROOKS 00:24:04 150 Richard GRIFFIN
00:26:12 191 Peter LOVELL 00:27:30
Finsbury : 51 Austin ADAMS 00:23:47
Killerton : 30 Bob MINTING 00:21:54
Orpington : 19 Mick KEENE 00:24:06 71 Karen DESBOROUGH 00:35:41
Blackheath & Bromley celebrated the achievements of
their youngsters this Summer with a special awards presentation at The
Ravensbourne School last Sunday afternoon. Special guest was the Club’s own
Olympian and World Championship representative Adam Gemili, who this Summer
became only the second Briton ever to run under 20 seconds for the 200
Amongst the recipients was Adam’s team mate from the
World Championships in Moscow, Dina Asher Smith. She received the London
Biggin Hill Airport Outstanding Athlete of the Year award. Her successes
stretched from January through to September with the highlights being a
bronze medal as part of 4x100 team in Russia and winning the European Junior
200 metre title.
Others recognised for International Selections this
year were Jessica Keene who ran for England at the Home Countries Schools
Cross Country International; Shannon Hylton who represented Britain at the
World Youth Games; and Cheriece Hyton, Stefan Amokwandoh, Kerri Davidson who
won two golds and a silver at the Home Countries Schools track and field
Eloise Locke received the Breakthrough Award for her
improvement and excellence in the under 13 throws and Henry-James Cowie
capped an astonishing year which saw him in hospital after a road accident
in the Spring but a triple County champion in September.
After handing out all the Awards it was Adam’s turn
receive as Allan Finn of London Biggin Hill Airport presented him with his
Club Senior and Junior Honours salvers.
The afternoon would never had been able to take place
without the efforts of Julie Asher Smith, Margaret Jones and their team of
helpers; and the sponsorship of London Biggin Hill Airport and the Bees
And after celebrating the achievements of the Club’s
youngsters and Adam, timely news arrived from across the other side of the
globe that the Club has a new World Champion. The World Masters
Championships have been taking place at Porto Alegre in Brazil and in the
over 60s pole vault Allan Williams won with a clearance of 3.50.
This was a particularly sweet victory as he has spent
most of the season trying to get back to competition after injury. His
persistence has paid off.
Elsewhere Ben Harding finished in 10th place in the
Surrey Cross Country League at Wimbledon Common. On the roads Shaun Lightman
was 5th in the Cambridge Harriers 5km race walk in a time of 29.27. Peter
Hannell was 7th in 30.39.
Jonathan Vintner was 16th in the Lexus Croydon 10km
with Len Crowder 22nd and Tony Crowder 23rd.
Bexley : 1 Marco ARCURI 00:18:45
Bromley : 1 Calvin FUSS 00:17:23 8 Jessica Zara KEENE 00:18:48 10 Rowan FUSS
00:19:32 12 Georgina TAYLOR 00:19:36 13 Lewis WARREN 00:19:38 14 Steven
PAIRMAN 00:19:39 19 Robert PERRY 00:19:45 20 Rebecca TAYLOR 00:19:47 23 Andy
TUCKER 00:20:01 27 Kelsey FUSS 00:20:13 44 Iain SWATTON 00:21:00 58 Glen
READ 00:21:24 65 Adrian PERRY 00:21:39 70 Alice PRENTICE 00:21:48 78 John
FENWICK 00:22:00 79 Harrison PARKER 00:22:04 83 Scott BULMER 00:22:09 112
Mike SIMMS 00:22:55 122 Nigel BULMER 00:23:24 135 Claire AUSTRIDGE 00:23:42
141 Austin ADAMS 00:23:56 159 John LEESON 00:24:26 172 David BEADLE 00:24:40
200 Chloe HAFFENDEN 00:25:48 218 Richard GRIFFIN 00:26:18 242 Peter LOVELL
00:27:02 279 Mick KEENE 00:28:56 280 Harry William KEENE 00:28:59
Finsbury : 1 Samuel BARNES 00:16:32
Greenwich : 34 Rich GRANT 00:24:27
Norwich : 53 Graham John COATES 00:20:52
Orpington : 21 Joanna CLOWES 00:24:30 22 Andrew CLOWES 00:24:31 31 Anne
CILIA 00:25:44 85 Karen DESBOROUGH 00:35:01
Blackheath & Bromley’s Senior men finished in 33rd
place in the National Six Stage Road Relays at Sutton Coldfield. A total of
84 teams started so, without some of the Club’s top runners; with some not
fully fit; and against the best teams in the country; this was a solid
First leg runner Phil Sesemann was the Club’s quickest
on the day but, despite timing a very useful 18.01, this was only good
enough to finish in 28th on the stage.
James Poole slipped to 43rd on leg two before the in
form Sam Barnes moved up 10 places to leave the Club 33rd at the half way
After a Summer of injury Ben Harding is now showing
good form as he edged up to 28th with 18.32. Andy Rayner is also on the
comeback trail and his 19.17 brought the Club back in 32nd. Just a week
after finishing in 4th place in the Jersey Marathon, Peter Tucker ran 19.06
on the anchor leg.
Unfortunately the Club did not field a womens team.
The youngsters races took place the following day and
produced some very promising results, particularly as a number were making
their debuts in this event. In the Under 17s age group Richard Webb brought
the team home in 7th place on the opening leg and building on this William
Fuller swept up to third with 12.17. These were the 13th and 18th quickest
times of the day. Bailey Stickings had the difficult job of anchor man but
finished in 17th with 14.15 out of 40 teams that completed the race. Tom
Desborough was 41st on the first leg for an incomplete B team with 13.31.
The womens team were 20th with Niamh Bridson Hubbard
being the quickest with a time of 14.30 on the opening leg. This gave the
Club 12th place. Jennifer Sheasby slipped to 29th with 17.24 before Leah
Everson bounced the trio back up to 20th on the final stage with 15.56.
Most successful team of the weekend were the under 15
girls who ran outstandingly to win silver medals. Naomi Kingston was 4th on
the first leg with 14.08 which ended up being the 9th quickest individual
time of the day. Kelsey Fuss edged the trio up to a bronze medal position on
the second stage with 14.32 before Jessica Keene ran the 8th fastest time of
the day with 13.58 to secure second spot.
A B team of Georgina Taylor, Shannon Riskey and Yasmin
Austridge was 18th while the C team of Mary Guy, Amy Leach and Chloe
Kibblewhite was 53rd.
The Boys team were 20th with some very consistent
clockings courtesy of Josh Barber (13.36), Alex Wiltshire (13.42) and Jake
Potter (13.51) and the B team of Niyi Akin Agunbiade, Charlie Davis and Josh
Davidson were 34th.
In the Under 13s age group the boys finished in a fine
8th place. Angus Harrington was 15th on the first leg with 14.25 before
Henry James Cowie moved to 11th on leg two with 15.05. Peter Guy’s 14.28
moved them up further to 8th on the anchor leg.
Encouragingly a B team of Lewis Stickings, Coleman
Corrie and Lewis Warren was 17th and the C team of Keir Lundy, Callum Myatt
and Harrison Parker was 36th.
Claudia Pickup was the only runner for the girls team
closing 46th on the opening stage.
Fresh from his efforts in the midlands Peter Tucker
was back in action the following day winning the Petts Wood 10km in 36.04.
Youngster Nick Perry was 13th with Jennie Butler in 33rd, Steve Pairman
34th, Carole Penlington 51st and Mark Ellison 55th all inside the top 100.
Luke Smallwood is best known as a 400 metre runner but
he has ambitions to move up in distance on the track and as part of his new
regime he ran the Givaudan Ashford 10km. He finished in 76th in 40.46 with
Barry Wetherilt 137th in 43.47.
Dick Griffin was 149th in the Maidstone Half Marathon
which incorporated the Kent County Championships. He was the winner of the
over 60s race with his time of 1.50.42 over four minutes ahead of the runner
David Hoben was 26th in the Enfiled 5.4 mile walk at
Lee Valley in a time of one hour and 38 seconds.
Bromley : 1 Calvin FUSS 00:18:05 6 Peter BROOKS 00:19:19 7 Andy TUCKER
00:19:19 9 Jamie GOSNELL 00:19:25 14 Andrew RICHES 00:19:42 17 Lewis WARREN
00:19:52 22 Andrew LAWES 00:20:04 34 Iain SWATTON 00:20:57 42 Ian MONTGOMERY
00:21:21 57 Georgina TAYLOR 00:21:57 85 Nigel BULMER 00:23:00 88 Mike SIMMS
00:23:04 105 Claire SPRINGETT 00:23:33 110 Austin ADAMS 00:23:49 128 Imogen
DUKE 00:24:28 146 Adrian PERRY 00:25:04 231 Claire AUSTRIDGE 00:28:42
Crystal Palace : 39 John FENWICK 00:22:53
Eastleigh : 56 Adrian HALEY 00:25:07 59 Carolyna HALEY 00:25:27
Killerton : 17 Bob MINTING 00:21:20
Orpington : 7 Joseph GEORGIADIS 00:20:40 19 Harry William KEENE 00:24:33 20
Mick KEENE 00:24:34 53 Karen DESBOROUGH 00:35:33
Blackheath & Bromley athletes were out in force for
the opening Kent Cross Country League races of the season at Swanley and
enjoyed some considerable success. Two individual wins, two team wins and
seven top three team placings represented a fine start to the season.
The Senior women finished third with Jennie Butler
first home in 5th place, Carole Pennlington 13th and Jane Bradshaw 15th.
With Jenny Neal 21st, Danielle Critchley 29th and Charlotte Stickings 30th
the squad were also second in the six to score race.
It did not go quite so well in the Senior mens race in
which the team finished in 5th place. Andy Rayner continued his return from
injury in 12th while Alex Gibbins was 16th, Dave McKinlay 37th and under 20
Will Ruiz 42nd. There were not enough runners to feature in the 12 to score
Will chose not to contest his own age group race but
one who did was Calvin Fuss who was 4th . Bethony Frost was 2nd in the Under
20 womens race.
Will Fuller won the Under 17 mens race in 16.04 just
six seconds clear of runner up Richard Webb. They beat some good runners in
the process and with Bailey Stickings 22nd they were second in the team
race. The women were also runners up led home by Niamh Bridson Hubbard who
was second followed by Charlotte Rhule in 7th and Anna Myers 8th.
The Club had five athletes in the top 10 in the under
15 girls race where Jessica Keene was 2nd, Naomi Kingston 4th, Kelsey Fuss
5th, Yasmin Austridge 6th and Georgina Taylor 8th. This ensured first place
in the team contest.
First home for the boys was Marco Arcuri in 5th place
and with Alex Wiltshire 7th and Josh Davidson 10th the Club were runners up
in the team contest.
Biggest turn out of the day came in the under 13 boys
race where B&B had thirteen finishers. Michael Eagling won the race in 10.30
while Peter Guy, complete with new haircut, was third, Henry James Cowie,
two weeks after breaking the Club Hammer record, was fifth and George Pope
sixth. They easily won the team race by 31 points.
The girls were led by Millie Smith who had a fine run
to finish in second place. Imogen Meers was 12th and Lauren Goddard 13th to
give the Club second place, and again the numbers were good with ten
Boys team manager Paul Austridge was delighted with
these efforts “What stuck me today, other than great performances, was the
great team spirit and support everyone gives each other.
Whether boy or girl, young or old, if you were wearing
a Blackheath and Bromley vest you were getting loads of support all over the
course. It was great to see.”
With many of the youngsters making their Club debuts
it was a very promising start to the season and the squads will be looking
to improve further at the next races at Tonbridge on the 26th of October.
Before then, however, it is the National road relays next weekend at Sutton
On the roads Peter Tucker was 4th in the Standard
Chartered Jersey Marathon. His finishing time of 2.30.15 was nearly a minute
quicker than last year when he ran 2.31.11, but he was actually one place
lower in the field.
Peter Hannell finished in 10th place at the Gazette
Cup 4 mile race walk at Sandilands, Croydon. He timed 41 minutes exactly.
David Hoben was 13th in 45.04 and Nolan Simmons made a very welcome return
to racing after injury finishing 15th in 50.53.
The track and field season is now at an end but some
athletes still managed to set personal bests at last weeks Jim Day Memorial
Pole Vault competition at Carshalton. This was the 7th edition of this
meeting which remembers the former Club President.
Fittingly it was organiser Allan Williams who provided
one of the highlights of the meeting as he set a British Indoor M60 record
of 3.61. There were many more as out of the 87 vaulters who took part 63
achieved seasons best, indoor bests or lifetime bests.
Among these was Jackie Montgomery who cleared 2.61,
the highest by an over 45 in the country this year. Helena Coleman set a new
best of 3.21 and fellow under 17 Max Hodson’s clearance of the same height
was an indoor best. Murray Hilborne set a seasons best of 2.81 in finishing
5th in the over 45s age group.
There was disappointment for Scott Overall at the BMW
Berlin Marathon. The Blackheath & Bromley athlete had gone into the race
hoping to improve on the time of 2.10.55 which he set at the same event in
2011. This had given him an automatic place at the London Olympics.
Unfortunately on Sunday a calf injury forced him to pull out before half
Better news for Past President Ian Wilson who coaches
Rugby and Northampton’s Angela Copson. She was the first over 65 to finish.
There is some debate as to whether this is a World Best performance but she
already holds six World Records on the track. Perhaps her coach could be the
next Head of Endurance at British Athletics.
Meanwhile in the United States, Alex Bruce Littlewood
continued his strong start to the Winter cross country season by finishing
in second place in the McNeese Cowboy stampede classic at Lake Charles. He
Gareth Evans is the Club 5 mile cross country
champion. He won what is one of the oldest races in the world in a time of
30.47 nearly 50 seconds clear of Fintan Parkinson who was second in 31.35.
Promising youngster Calvin Fuss was third in 32.53. Calvin was also the
first junior with Tom Desborough second and Will Fuller third.
Jennie Butler is the womens champion. She won the
title in 35.47 with Carole Penlington second and Jane Bradshaw third.
The race incorporated the second of the nine Bennett
Handicap races which take place over the Winter months. Nick Barber was the
winner here with Claire Austridge in second and Jane Bradshaw third. Austin
Adams leads the current overall standings with Carole Penlington second and
Jennie Butler third.
Back on the roads Sam Barnes, who last week was the
fastest leg runner for the Club at the Southern 6 stage road relay, finished
in 6th place at the Ealing Half Marathon. He timed 72.07. Peter Hannell
finished in 17th place in the Enfield One Hour Race Walk. His distance was
9,438 metres while David Hoben was 23rd in 8,077.
Bromley : 5 Kelsey FUSS 00:19:03 9 David BEADLE 00:19:32 13 Rowan FUSS
00:19:47 14 Andrew LAWES 00:19:49 15 Lewis WARREN 00:19:55 16 Steven PAIRMAN
00:19:55 19 Andy TUCKER 00:20:00 41 Iain SWATTON 00:21:04 43 Ian MONTGOMERY
00:21:09 49 Glen READ 00:21:16 50 Georgina TAYLOR 00:21:17 55 Harrison
PARKER 00:21:30 69 John FENWICK 00:22:09 107 Alice PRENTICE 00:23:20 134
Claire SPRINGETT 00:24:05 147 Mike SIMMS 00:24:38 206 Richard GRIFFIN
00:26:37 278 Honey OKIKIADE 00:29:17
Finsbury : 47 Austin ADAMS 00:23:02
Greenwich : 15 Rich GRANT 00:21:01
Orpington : 3 Joshua Henry DAVIDSON 00:18:28 6 Jessica Zara KEENE 00:19:16 9
Bailey STICKINGS 00:20:02 13 Joseph GEORGIADIS 00:20:11 17 Lewis STICKINGS
00:20:53 20 Harry William KEENE 00:21:05 28 Charlotte STICKINGS 00:22:05 31
Andrew CLOWES 00:22:38 95 Karen DESBOROUGH 00:34:22