19 June 2013
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Blackheath & Bromley athletes came away from the
England Athletics Under 23 and Under 20 Championships and European Trials at
Bedford with a magnificent seven gold medals. Adam Gemili and Dina Asher
Smith enjoyed double victories in the sprints while Dan Putnam, Lorraine
Ugen and Izzy Jeffs also had well earned wins.
Adam’s time of 20.30 in winning the 200 metres was not
only a personal best, it was also a new Under 23 Championship best
performance breaking the previous record set in 1998 by Christian Malcolm.
Not only this, it was the fastest time by a British athlete for five years
and is the third fastest in Europe so far this season. It is easily inside
the Great Britain A standard for the World Championships which take place in
Moscow in August.
His performance secures him automatic selection for
the Great Britain team for the European Under 23 Championships which take
place at Tampare, Finland between July the 11th and 14th.
He has also gained selection for the 100 metres as he
won this event as well in a blistering 10.09, albeit wind assisted. This
also was a Championship Best Performance and saw him finish nearly three
tenths clear of Croydon’s Samuel Owesa.
Dina Asher Smith enjoyed a similar double in the under
20 age group. Like Adam, her time in winning the 100 metres was wind
assisted. The Newstead Woods schoolgirl clocked 11.30 to secure her place in
the Great Britain team for the European Under 20 Championships which take
place at Rieti in Italy from the 18th to the 21st of July.
Her 200 metres was equally impressive as she won in
23.19 just five hundredths slower than her seasons best which tops the
European Under 20 rankings by four tenths of a second. Like Dina, her coach
John Blackie is having a great season.
Newly crowned US Collegiate champion Lorraine Ugen
secured the Under 23 long jump title with a wind assisted leap of 6.31. Her
6.77 distance set in America last week means she is second in the European
Under 23 rankings this year. She also finished 4th in the 100 metres.
Izzy Jeffs is number one in the country this year in
the javelin so it was no surprise that she won her event. No doubt the windy
conditions ensured the Loughborough University student’s winning distance of
50.24 was a little down on her seasons best of 56.31 which ranks her 6th in
the European Under 23 lists. However, it secures a place at the European
Under 23 Championships.
Fellow Loughborough student Dan Putnam has been
carefully protecting one or two niggles this season and his sensible
approach and planning was rewarded with a fine win in the 400 metres in a
new personal best of 47.16, eight hundredths of a second ahead of Kent AC’s
Elsewhere in the under 23s Jonathan Ilori, who only
returned from University in the States during the week, claimed silver in
the triple jump with a leap of 15.44. It was silver too in the discus for
Samantha Milner with a throw of 44.09. Jermaine Olasan won the long jump
title in 2011 but this year had to settle for 6th place with a leap of 7.03.
Phil Sesemann was 6th also in the 5000 metres in 14.43.59 as was Craig
Morten in the 400 hurdles in 54.56. Sam Brown was 7th in the pole vault with
a clearance of 4.20.
In the under 20s Oliver Newport was third in the long
jump with 7.21 as was Robyn Pettit in the high jump with 1.78.
Gemma Brown was 4th in the discus with a fine new best
of 42.59 while her sister Samantha was 5th in the 400 hurdles in 63.00.
Stefan Amokwandoh is still an under 17 but this did
not stop him coming 4th in the triple jump with a leap of 14.13. Likewise,
another under 17, Cheriece Hylton was 5th in the 400 metres in 56.06.
Jahisha Thomas was 7th in the 100 hurdles in 14.44 and
also 8th in the long jump with 5.70.
Meanwhile at Horwich, Shaun Lightman finished in 7th
place in the British Masters 5km road walk in a time of 29.32. He was the
first over 70 to finish and he also won the age adjusted race by half a
point. Roger Michell finished in 9th place in 30.52 despite a foot problem.
This ensured he won the over 65s race.
Closer to home the Club enjoyed success in the third
round of the Southern Athletics League at Norman Park. After finishing last
in the first match of the season two wins have moved the Club up to 5th
place in the 16 team division with two matches to go.
Encouragingly the match featured plenty of individual
wins, personal bests and a new Club Record. This came from Maureen Miller
who competed as a non scorer in the 800 metres. The former Club President
set a Club over 50s best of 2.37.07 to take over six seconds off the
previous record of Helen Godsell.
With all the good performances it was a difficult job
to select the Club’s male and female athletes of the match. After much
thought Zara Asante received the womens award for her new best of 12.99 in
the triple jump while Mark Cryer took the mens champagne for his all round
effort for the team competing in the high jump, long jump, 110 hurdles and
Grace Sheppard was one of a number of athletes to set
a new best. Buoyed by the presence of electronic timing she won the 100
metres in 12.09. She then won the 200 and was also part of the winning 4x100
Likewise under 20 Charlie Harris improved to 56.7 as
he won the 400 hurdles, and under 17 Charlotte Rhule enjoyed an impressive
win in the 1500 in a new best of 4.54.0.
Other A string wins came from Peter Tucker in the 5000
metres; Alex Pope (discus); Rachel Dickens (400); Danielle Critchley (800);
Mark Longhurst and Helena Coleman ( both pole vaults); and the womens 4x400
Among the other notable performances were new bests
for William Adams (400); Bethany Frost (400 hurdles); and Abi Kingston and
Chloe Haffenden (1500 steeplechase).
While this was taking place many of the Club’s
youngsters were competing in the South East Schools Inter County
Championships at Basingstoke.
In the Intermediate age group wins came from Vivien
Olatunji in the 100 metres; Will Fuller (1500) and Richard Webb with a new
best of 4.32.8 in the 1500 steeplechase.
Perhaps the highlight was the performance of under 15
Dele Aladese. He made a big breakthrough in the discus as he threw 39.65 a
distance that moves him up to 9th in the National Rankings. This was a
National grade one performance and there were more. Jessica Keene won the
1500 metres in 4.43.7; Shannon Riskey was 2nd in the 800 in 2.19.4; Niyi
Akin-Agunbiade 2nd in the boys 800 in 2.06.5; and Anna Barnett third in the
discus with 27.80.
The Club had its most successful Kent Young Athletes
League match of the season at Erith Stadium with both the boys and girls
team winning their overall contests.
Among the highlights were four grade one performances
and two of these came from under 13 Eloise Locke. Her throw of 9.07 in the
shot was a new personal best and moves her to 7th furthest in the country
this year. She also won the javelin with 25.97. Another under 13 Oliver
Lucas Head soared over 1.45 to win the high jump and there was more vertical
success in the under 15 age group as Jamilya Robinson Pascal set a new best
Jamilya was also part of the winning 4x100 team along
with Megan Beamon Browne, Olivia Richer and Emily Sheppard; while further
victories came in this age group from Jake Potter (800); Magda Cienciala
(100) and Akina Gondwe Onobrauche (75 hurdles).
Peter Guy won the 800 metres in the under 13s age
group while in the field Dominic Mulhall was first in the discus. Antonia
Alapafuja, Karina Harris , Gabrielle Dalsan and Mhairi Brooks maintained the
Club’s great tradition of relay running by winning the 4x100 metres.
Bromley. 6 Fintan PARKINSON 00:18:06 15 Charlie DAVIS 00:19:02 16 Andy
TUCKER 00:19:06 17 Nick PERRY 00:19:11 21 Steven PAIRMAN 00:19:19 22 James
PERRY 00:19:22 26 Robert PERRY 00:19:31 28 Andrew LAWES 00:19:47 29 Jennie
BUTLER 00:19:54 30 Keir LUNDY 00:19:56 47 Barry WETHERILT 00:20:57 53 Iain
SWATTON 00:21:13 66 John FENWICK 00:21:40 74 Glen READ 00:21:56 76 Mike
SIMMS 00:21:58 82 Nigel HAFFENDEN 00:22:11 106 Nigel BULMER 00:22:49 125
Chloe KIBBLEWHITE 00:23:21 155 Adrian PERRY 00:24:21 166 Austin ADAMS
00:24:35 172 John LEESON 00:24:42 315 David WOODCOCK 00:30:15
Crystal Palace : 4 David BEADLE 00:19:55
Greenwich : 33 Rich GRANT 00:24:26
Maidstone : 5 Marco ARCURI 00:18:53
Orpington : 23 Harry William KEENE 00:23:36 27 Joanna CLOWES 00:24:35 28
Andrew CLOWES 00:24:36 38 Mick KEENE 00:26:25 39 Billy KEENE 00:26:35 83
Karen DESBOROUGH 00:34:59
Oxford : 1 Glen TURNER 00:17:57
Sheffield Hallam : 21 Kelsey FUSS 00:19:29
Lorraine Ugen was celebrating this week as she leapt a
personal best of 6.77 for the long jump to win the NCAA D1 Championships at
Eugene, Oregon. The Blackheath & Bromley athlete’s distance exceeds the
British Athletics “A” standard for the World Championships which take place
in Moscow in August. This means a win in the Trials next month would secure
an automatic selection place. It also breaks the long standing Club Record
set by former Commonwealth Games champion Joyce Oladapo in 1985.
If Lorraine were to make the World Championships, it
would be some compensation for missing out on Olympic selection last year by
one centimetre. Another who was very close to being at London 2012 was James
Alaka. Injury thwarted his bid for the Games. He was also competing at
Oregon timing 20.97 in his heat of the 200 metres.
Blackheath & Bromley gained a very useful 5th place in
the opening match of the Premier Division of UK Womens League in Edinburgh.
Some fine individual victories and a group determination to make sure that
no string of any event was left uncovered helped make up for the absence of
nearly 30 athletes for a variety of reasons.
Despite being a junior, Dina Asher Smith won both the
100 and 200 against senior opposition in times of 11.80 and 23.84. She will
be looking forward to the England Athletics Under 20 Championships at
Bedford this weekend. Chioma Matthews won the triple jump with a leap of
13.38 and Zara Asante made it maximum points in the B string with a distance
Shaunagh Brown is clearly enjoying her foray into the
world of hammer throwing. She won the event with a distance of 64.60, but
also finished second in the shot with 15.43 and won the B string discus with
at throw of 45.81. This must be the first time Shaunagh has been B string in
the discus for the Club. It was Sam Milner who was 4th in the A string with
a throw of 46.14 and she also competed in the hammer and javelin.
More good points came in the pole vault where Mariette
Terisse Hilborne was second in the A string with a height of 3.70 and Rachel
Arnheim won the B string. Not only this, Mariette enjoyed a rare excursion
over the sprint hurdles and threw the javelin, while Rachel competed in the
shot and high jump, all to score vital points for the team. Similarly,
middle distance runner Clare Elms ran the 800, 1500 and 3000 metres. Her time
of 10.27.34 in the latter is a new over 35s Club record.
With so many fine performances and such efforts to
support the team, it was difficult for manager Brendan McShane to select an
Athlete Of The Match. However, after much deliberation he chose Mariette
whose performances were remarkable considering she had not trained during
The next fixture takes place at Manchester on the 6th
At Derby, the men finished in 4th place in their
British Athletics League Division Two match. This means they are now second
in the table, in one of the two promotion places.
They were helped by the presence of Olympian Adam
Gemili who won the 100 metres in 10.28 in his first race of the season. He
was also part of the winning 4x100 metres team with Oweka Wanogho, youngster
Matthew Jones, on his Club debut, and Javari Cameron.
As the meeting was the opening fixture on the newly
relaid track at Derby, a cheque for the Athlete Of The Match award was
presented by the British Athletics League for the top athletic performance
of the day. This went to Adam for his 100 metre victory and he very
generously donated this to Club funds.
Sam Brown also enjoyed an A string victory in the pole
vault with a clearance of 4.20 and would have gone higher but, having won
the contest, he opted to retire to rest a niggling injury. Jermaine Olasan
bounced back from a recent hamstring tear to win the long jump with a leap
of 7.04 and he now prepares for this weekends National Under 23
Championships at Bedford where he will be looking to regain the title he won
Phil Sesemann had another good days racing for the
Club running his second fastest ever 800 off no speed work and he followed
this with a personal best of 8.29.73 in finishing third in the 3000 metres.
Ed Harrison and Craig Morten both had very busy
afternoons after scoring near maximum points in the 400 hurdles as did
middle distance runners Richard Daniel and Jamie Darling, who came into the
team at short notice to help the Club.
Busiest athlete of the day though, as he often is, was
Alex Pope, who competed in seven events. His Herculean effort scored 48
points for the team and for this he was the Club’s Athlete of the Match.
The mens team claimed a vital one point victory in the
latest Kent Masters League match at Norman Park and now head the table after
three fixtures. However just four League points separate the top four clubs,
and only eight and a half match points.
Highlight of the evening was the over 35s 100 metres
where Michael Champion and Nigel Stickings secured maximum points. Michael
continued his return from illness to take the A string 12.1 before Nigel
went even quicker to win the B string in 11.9. This means the former
International has equalled the Club over 40s record on a modicum of
The duo joined Tom Phillips and Renaldo Gevera as the
Club won the over 35s 4x200 metres.
Further victories came from Steve Timmins in the
discus with a throw of 41.17 and Mark Watling in the over 50s 800.
It was not such a good evening for the women who
finished in 5th place on the night and are now third in the table.
Top performer was Past President Maureen Miller who
front ran the over 50s 800 metres to win by over 23 seconds. She also won
the 100 metres.
A number of the Club’s youngsters competed in the Kent
Schools Championships at Ashford with wins for Alex Skipp (200), Shannon
Hylton (200), Cheriece Hylton (300), Janae Galley (800), Niamh Bridson
Hubbard (1500), Bailey Stickings (400 hurdles), Alex Wheelwright (high
jump), Max Hodson (pole vault), Magda Cienciala (long jump), Megan Beaman-Browne
(75 hurdles), Anna Barnett (discus) and Eloise Locke (shot). Details from
the other Championships to follow.
The Club held it’s annual Johnson Bowl Race Walk last
Wednesday. The race is over 100 years old and the Club champion is Shaun
Lightman who finished in third place overall in a time of 37.25 with Roger
Michell second in 38.11 and Peter Hannell third in 39.50.
It has been a busy few days for Shaun as he was back
in action three days later in the Southern 10km at Enfield where he finished
in 2 hours 12 minutes and 45 seconds.
Bexley. 5 James PERRY 00:20:10 6 Nick PERRY 00:20:29 8 Robert PERRY 00:20:49
12 Adrian PERRY 00:21:46 16 Christopher PIKE 00:22:19
Darlington South Park 36 John FENWICK 00:21:45
Dulwich : 52 Nigel HAFFENDEN 00:22:11
Eastleigh : 66 Carolyna HALEY 00:26:10
Enniskillen : 5 James TUCKER 00:23:05
Gladstone : 1 Glen TURNER 00:17:40
Greenwich : 6 Steven PAIRMAN 00:19:54 9 Graham John COATES 00:20:47
Killerton : 28 Bob MINTING 00:20:58
Lloyd : 19 Sarah BELAON 00:21:50 29 Scott BULMER 00:23:01 32 Nigel BULMER
Maidstone : 29 Mick KEENE 00:23:01 109 Sarah HAYES 00:43:41
Orpington : 4 Joshua Henry DAVIDSON 00:19:33 10 Joseph GEORGIADIS 00:20:20
22 Glen READ 00:22:38 35 Harrison PARKER 00:23:21 46 Joanna CLOWES 00:24:39
47 Andrew CLOWES 00:24:40 85 Peter LOVELL 00:27:52 110 Karen DESBOROUGH
Riddlesdown : 4 Fintan PARKINSON 00:17:54 21 Mike SIMMS 00:22:02
Shorne Woods 20 Claire SPRINGETT 00:24:54
Blackheath & Bromley’s under 20 and under 17 squad
took a big step towards qualifying for National Final of the UK Development
League Upper Age Group by finishing second in the latest Southern Premier
Division One match at Norman Park. In a close contest their points total of
587.5 was just 5.5 shy of winners Shaftesbury Barnet after seven and three
quarter hours of competition.
They have been runners up in both fixtures so far and
this leaves them two points behind leaders Shaftesbury Barnet in the table
but crucially three clear of third placed Enfield & Haringey, with the top
two guaranteed a place in the final.
Two recent Club record breakers continued their fine
current form. Dina Asher Smith enjoyed victories in both the under 20s 100
and 200 metres in times of 11.65 and 23.42 while Under 17 Cheriece Hylton
won the 400 in 56.61.
Lauren Stevens took the honours in the long jump with
a leap of 5.27 and the B string winner Jahisha Thomas was just one
centimetre behind. Craig Morten had to settle for the runner up spot in the
400 hurdles but his time of 54.40 was a new best and a National Grade One
In the under 17s age group Vivien Olatunji replicated
Dina’s victories in the sprints running 12.53 in the 100 and 26.26 in the
200. Aine Hurlock took the 80 metres hurdles in 12.56 and Bailey Stickings
won the mens 400 hurdles in 59.50.
More success came in the field with wins for Helena
Coleman in the pole vault with a clearance of 3.10; and for Yemisi Sofolarin
with a distance of 38.57 in the discus.
With the match closely poised there were victories for
the under 17 mens 4x100 team of Alex Skipp, Dotum Ayodele, Ayobami Moiett
and Jed Botham and the under girls 4x300 quartet of Leah Everson, Niamh
Bridson Hubbard, Janae Galley and Cheriece Hylton whose time of 2.52.29 saw
them finish over ten seconds clear of the field.
The next fixture takes place at Reading on the 30th of
Missing from the Norman Park match, but for good
reason, were Kertis Beswick and Oliver Newport who were competing abroad.
Kertis timed 14.62 in the 110 hurdles at Oordegem in Belgium. This was a
personal best despite running into a strong headwind. Oliver was 4th in the
long jump at the AthletiCAGeneve meeting in Switzerland with a distance of
Also at Geneva were a number of Senior athletes and
these included Serita Solomon who set a new best of 13.23 in the 100
hurdles. Lauren Bouchard won the 400 hurdles in 58.46 with Megan Southwart
4th in 60.04. Chioma Matthews was 6th in the triple jump leaping 12.18.
The Lower Age Group match of the UKDL at Harrow the
previous day did not go quite so well with the team finishing in fourth
place. This means they remain fourth in the division after two matches.
However, with the fixture featuring the top six under
15 and under 13 teams in the whole of the South of England, there were
plenty of good performances.
In the under 15s age group A string victories came
from Georgina Taylor (800), Jessica Keene (1500), Isabella Hilditch (75
hurdles), Jamilya Robinson Pascal (long jump) and Anna Barnett (discus).
Parris Johnson won the B string 100 in a grade one of 12.8 and Niyi Akin
Agunbiade also set a Grade One of 2.05.6 in the boys 800 but, such was the
quality of the opposition, it only earned him third place.
Eloise Locke set two grade ones in the under 13s age
group as she won the shot with a throw of 8.57 and also came second in the
javelin with 27.74. Angus Harrington won the boys javelin with a throw of
31.61 while Dillon Robertson claimed victory in the 800 in 2.21.2.
The next fixture also takes place at Reading on the
22nd of June.
Three Club members have qualified to compete in the
World Triathlon Championships which take place in Hyde Park in September.
Colin Norris, Nick Kinsey and Jim Phelan secured their places at the Chester
Triathlon where each needed to finish in the top five of their respective
Colin was 5th overall and 4th in the 25-29 years age
group in a time of 2.04.08. Nick was 162nd and 5th in the 50 to 55 category
in 2.16.22; and Jim 691st and 2nd in the 65-70s in 2.45.18.
Mark Cryer set a new decathlon best of 6092 points
when he finished in 12th place at the England Athletics Combined Events
Championships at Bedford. His leap of 6.65 in the long jump and throw of
11.02 in the shot were both new bests as well.
At the British Milers Club Meeting at Sports City,
Manchester Carolyn Plateau was second in the 800 metres in 2.06.6.
Club members won four gold medals at the Southern
Counties Vets AC Championships at Ashford and all were in the field events.
Mike Van Den Dobbelsteen took the over 40s javelin title with a throw of
49.40 while Steve Langdon secured the over 50s crown with a distance of
Jackie Montgomery set a personal best of 2.30 to win
the womens over 45 pole vault title. Barbara Terry came away with two medals
as she won the discus with 20.97 and also took silver in the shot with 7.91.
The previous day Barbara had been in action at the
Surrey And Sussex Masters Championships at Ewell where she won the shot,
discus, javelin, hammer and heavy weight contests. Gordon Hickey did
likewise in the over 75s age group. Peter Hannell was third in the 3000
Further afield Peter Hamilton finished in 23rd place
in the Central Park Challenge 5km in New York in 20.46.49. Helen Godsell
returned from the Edinburgh Marathon with a new best of 4 hours, 12 minutes
and 41 seconds and will now return to her main event the sprints!
Shaun Lightman finished in 14th place in the Moulton 5
mile road walk in a time of 48.46.
Bromley 01/06/2013. results for this event here: 16 Steven PAIRMAN 00:19:28
23 Andrew LAWES 00:19:52 26 Andy TUCKER 00:20:02 33 Keir LUNDY 00:20:17 44
Iain SWATTON 00:20:57 62 Tammy FALSHAW 00:21:53 69 Mike SIMMS 00:22:03 71
Harrison PARKER 00:22:05 73 Nigel HAFFENDEN 00:22:13 204 Peter LOVELL
Colchester Castle 20 Mark ELLISON 00:20:19
Eastleigh 01/06/2013. 71 Carolyna HALEY 00:26:57
Gladstone 01/06/2013. 1 Glen TURNER 00:17:34
Greenwich 01/06/2013. 15 Christopher PIKE 00:22:01 18 Rich GRANT 00:22:26
Killerton 01/06/2013. 24 Bob MINTING 00:21:04
Maidstone 01/06/2013. 103 Sarah HAYES 00:42:50
Orpington 01/06/2013. 1 Neil AYRTON 00:19:11 13 Andrew CLOWES 00:22:26 14
Harry William KEENE 00:22:47 18 Billy KEENE 00:23:55 19 Mick KEENE 00:23:56
Queens 01/06/2013. 7 Joshua Henry DAVIDSON 00:19:48
Whitstable 01/06/2013. 27 Scott BULMER 00:23:12 30 Nigel BULMER 00:23:29
Scott Overall finished in 5th place in the London
10km. The Blackheath & Bromley athlete timed 30.31 after recovering from a
cold which affected him while at a recent race in Bangalore, India. Phil
Sesemann was 30th in 31.54 with Alex Gibbins 88th in 33.27.
Also on the roads Peter Tucker finished in 6th place
in the Edinburgh Marathon in a time of 2.28.24.
All of the Club’s US based athletes have been in
action over the last few days. At the NCAA Division 1 West Preliminary at
Austin, Lorraine Ugen was second in the long jump with a leap of 6.34. James
Alaka was third in the 200 metres in 21.25 having run 21.08 in his semi. He
also ran 10.62 in the heats of the 100. Jonathan Ilori was 9th in the triple
jump with a distance of 15.12.
Meanwhile, Alex Bruce Littlewood set a new best of
8.55.01 for the 3000 metres steeplechase at the NCAA Div 1 East Preliminary
At the Bedford International Games, Shaunagh Brown won
the hammer with a throw of 63.43 and she was also second in the shot with a
throw of 15.86. Other runner up spots came from Serita Solomon in the 100
hurdles in 13.47 and Chioma Matthews in the triple jump with a leap of
Lauren Bouchard was third in the 400 hurdles in 59.11
with Samantha Brown also third in the B race in 63.52. Dina Asher Smith set
a seasons best of 11.59 in the 100 metres where she was fourth as was
Samantha Milner in the discus with a throw of 46.06.
The Club’s athletes won 26 Gold medals at the Kent
Championships at Ashford and included three Championship Best Performances.
These came from Shaunagh Brown in the Senior Womens hammer with a distance
of 62.92, Cheriece Hylton in the under 17 womens 300 metres with 37.59 and
Shannon Hylton in the heats of the under 17s 100 metres in 11.64. Not only
was Cheriece’s time a new Club Record, it was also the 2nd fastest time ever
by a UK under 17 athlete. Shannon’s time is the fastest in the age group in
the country this year.
Elsewhere in the Seniors there were golds for Grace
Sheppard (100 and 200), Steve Timmins (shot and discus) and Rachel Arnheim
In the under 20s wins came from Gemma Brown (shot and
discus), Rhiannon Jones (100 hurdles), Bethany Frost (400 hurdles), Jessica
Jones (1500 steeplechase), Evie Syron Russell (triple jump), and Tom Parker
Aside from Cheriece’s 300 metre victory in the Under
17s age group other wins came from Vivien Olatunji (100), Yemisi Sofolarin
(discus and javelin), Niamh Bridson Hubbard (1500), Max Hodson (pole vault),
Richard Webb (1500 steeplechase), Janae Galley (800) and Leah Everson (300
Under 15 Isabella Hilditch enjoyed victories in both
the 75 metre hurdles and long jump, the latter in a new Club Record of 5.39
while further successes saw wins for Anna Barnett (discus) and Georgina
More golds came at the Surrey Championships at
Kingston where in the under 20 age group Oliver Newport returned from injury
to win the long jump with a distance of 7.30 and Jonathan Osbourne won the
400 in 49.83.In the under 17s Kerri Davidson and Jed Botham won both long
At the Norfolk, Lewis Ely won the Senior Mens high
jump clearing 1.85, while at Middlesex Zara Asanta took the triple jump
crown with a leap of 12.54. Sam Brown won the Sussex pole vault title with a
clearance of 4.40.
Parkruns, Bexley 17 Christopher PIKE 00:22:05
Bromley. 10 Andy TUCKER 00:18:42 31 Kelsey FUSS 00:20:02 34 Graham John
COATES 00:20:14 37 Robert PERRY 00:20:26 44 Nick PERRY 00:20:43 45 Bob
MINTING 00:20:44 46 Keir LUNDY 00:20:52 60 John FENWICK 00:21:38 69 Mike
SIMMS 00:21:53 83 Glen READ 00:22:42 95 Adrian PERRY 00:23:10 131 Austin
ADAMS 00:24:23 169 Chloe HAFFENDEN 00:25:56 171 Nigel HAFFENDEN 00:26:00 219
Peter LOVELL 00:27:47
Eastleigh 50 Carolyna HALEY 00:26:22
Gladstone 4 Glen TURNER 00:18:41
Greenwich 40 Rich GRANT 00:26:19
Lloyd Park 10 Sarah BELAON 00:21:47 16 Scott BULMER 00:22:17 18 Nigel BULMER
Maidstone 102 Sarah HAYES 00:43:49
Orpington. 2 Jake POTTER 00:18:26 9 Joseph GEORGIADIS 00:20:03
Blackheath & Bromley athletes enjoyed an outstanding
day at the Loughborough International as they set five Club records and
produced numerous personal bests.
Leading the way was Dina Asher Smith who, representing
the Great Britain under 20 team, won the 200 metres in 23.14. Not only was
this a Club Junior record, it also bettered the Senior time as well. It is
the fastest time by a Junior woman in Europe this year and leaves her fifth
on the UK all time list. National record holder for the 100 metres Montell
Douglas representing England was 5th in 24.18.
Shaunagh Brown broke the Senior Womens Hammer record
when she finished in second place with a distance of 66.06. This was an
improvement of nearly five metres and to add to her celebrations she also
set a new best of 16.39 in the shot, a distance that leaves her number one
in the country this year. She is ranked third in the Hammer.
Fourth and fifth Club records of the day came from
Cheriece Hylton in the 400 metres. Her time of 54.58 broke both the Club
under 17 and under 20 records and means she is third ranked in the country
in the under 20 age group this year.
Amidst all this excitement, Samantha Milner made a
massive breakthrough in the discus as she improved her best by five metres
with a throw of 51.07; and Izzy Jeffs’ throw of 56.31in the javelin meant
that the Club’s athletes had set pbs in all four throws.
Serita Solomon was selected to run for the England
Senior team and she finished third in the 100 hurdles in a seasons best of
13.50. More success came in the triple jump where Chioma Matthews was just
two centimetres off her best as she placed 4th in 13.16 and Zara Asante was
10th with 12.43.
Accompanying the match events were numerous non
scoring and development contests. Shannon Hylton timed an outstanding new
best of 23.54 in the 200 metres, a performance which leaves her top of the
under 17 rankings this year, and is just five hundredths of a second off
Dina Asher Smith’s Club Record.
Among the other new bests were Femi Owolade’s 21.03
and Dan Putnam’s 21.17 in the 200 metres and Kertis Beswick’s 14.65 in the
under 20s 110 hurdles.
Lauren Bouchard won the 400 hurdles B race in 58.51
with Megan Southwart fifth in 60.09.
More good news came at the BMC races at Solihull where
Phil Sesemann and James Poole set new bests of 14.27.17 and 14.35.91 for the
The Club’s over 55s finished in 5th place at British
Masters Road Relays at Sutton Park. After Con Griffin gave the quartet a
solid start, Tim Soutar moved up eight places on leg two with 17.54. Further
strong runs from Cliff Keen and Andy Lawes secured the 5th spot, less than
half a minute off a bronze medal position and 37 seconds off silver.
An over 45s team of Neil Ayrton, Mark Watling, Roy
Smith, Mark Ellison, Steve Pairman and Andy Tucker finished in a useful 15th
place. Roy Smith was the fastest of the sextet timing 17.34 on the third
stage and moving up 14 places.
Unfortunately the Club were not able to field teams in
the other age group races.
The Club enjoyed a victory in the second Southern
Athletics League match of the season at Norman Park. After finishing last in
the opening match, they needed a good result and they secured their win by
seven points from Chelmsford. This catapults them from bottom to 8th in the
16 team division.
Steve Timmins and Grace Sheppard picked up the bottles
of champagne as the Club male and female Athletes Of The Match. Steve won
both the A string shot and discus events and set a new best of 49.67 to win
the B Hammer with under 20 Tom Parker setting a pb of 55.38 in the A string.
In fact, the Club achieved maximum points in the mens throws with Mike Van
Den Dobbelsteen winning the javelin A string and Alex Pope taking the shot,
discus and javelin B strings.
Grace’s award came for her A string wins in the 100
and 200 metres and she was also part of the winning 4x100 metre quartet.
Toby Olubi won both the mens sprints and other A
string wins came from Alex Gibbins (3000 steeplechase), Lewis Ely (High
Jump), Mark Cryer (Long Jump), Rhiannon Jones (110 hurdles), Helena Coleman
(pole vault), and Chioma Matthews in the triple jump, an event that Zara
Asante would have won if she had been A string.
The squad will be looking to consolidate it’s position
in the top division at the next match, which is also at Norman Park on the
15th of June.
The Kent Masters League is set to be keenly contested
this year. After the second match at Canterbury, just three points separates
the top four teams in the Mens Division One and while Dartford have a 3
point lead in the womens division, B&B are second but on the some number of
points as third place Cambridge.
Michael Champion showed that he is recovering from
illness as he won the over 35s 200 metres and was also part of the winning
4x100 metres team.
The other winners on the night came in the 1500 metre
races with Mark Watling first in the over 50s and Graham Coates dominant in
the over 60s.
The team finished third on the night and are now
second overall, one point behind leaders Ashford.
Maureen Miller ran a fine 200 metres to win the womens
over 50s race by three and a half seconds in 31.1. Anne Cilia won the over
50s javelin by nearly ten metres and Barbara Terry secured maximum points in
the over 60s shot. The team were second on the night and lay in the same
Shaun Lightman has been in good form recently
finishing in second place in Vets AC 5 Mile walk at Battersea Park. An over
70, he timed 46 minutes and two seconds with Peter Hannell 5th in 51.40 and
David Hoben 7th in 58.32.
18/5/13 Parkrun results. Bexley. 15 Christopher PIKE
Bromley. 1 Richard WEBB 00:16:42 7 William B RUIZ 00:18:07 14 Angus
HARRINGTON 00:19:08 25 Arthur CAREY 00:19:43 26 Georgina TAYLOR 00:19:52 49
Jennie BUTLER 00:20:48 52 Keir LUNDY 00:21:02 62 Barry WETHERILT 00:21:33 65
Harrison PARKER 00:21:37 69 David CARTON 00:21:42 75 Nigel BULMER 00:21:51
77 John FENWICK 00:21:55 80 Nigel HAFFENDEN 00:22:00 88 Mike SIMMS 00:22:10
105 Scott BULMER 00:22:43 193 Chloe HAFFENDEN 00:25:30 336 David WOODCOCK
00:32:52 338 Leszek MALYNICZ 00:33:19
Dulwich. 11 Nick PERRY 00:18:59 19 James PERRY 00:19:53 23 Robert PERRY
Eastleigh. 66 Carolyna HALEY 00:27:38
Gladstone. 30 Glen TURNER 00:23:56
Greenwich. 9 Lewis STICKINGS 00:20:21 15 Charlotte STICKINGS 00:21:50 (First
Hilly Fields. 11 Peter HAMILTON 00:20:56
Killerton. 23 Bob MINTING 00:21:18
Lloyd. 3 Eamonn PRENDERGAST 00:19:16 15 Sarah BELAON 00:21:50
Maidstone. 4 Paul ROSS-DAVIES 00:20:24
Orpington 5 Jessica Zara KEENE 00:20:24 (First woman) 22 Dave LEAL 00:23:29
23 Mick KEENE 00:23:50 70 Karen DESBOROUGH 00:34:33
Two athletes from Blackheath & Bromley have so far
been selected for the Loughborough International this weekend. Serita
Solomon has been picked for the England team in the 100 metre hurdles. Dina
Asher Smith will represent the Great Britain Under 20s team in the 200
metres and is in the 4x100 metres squad.
The Club enjoyed victory in the opening British
Athletics League Division Two match of the season at Norman Park. A mixture
of classy performances and a willingness to cover events where regular
athletes were unavailable, ensured the team finished 22 points clear of
second placed Southampton.
There were a number of contenders for the Club’s
Athlete Of The Match with the award going to Luke Smallwood. He won the 400
metres in 47.60 beating Notts AC’s Michael Warner, who was twice the
League’s Athlete of the Match last year and last week won the British
Universities title. Not only this, he also helped the team by volunteering
himself for the high jump and long jump, and finished his athletic afternoon
by anchoring the 4x400 metre team to third place. As he was also operating
the photo finish, he was the first team member to arrive and the last to
Dan Putnam, who was second in the 400 at the British
Universities, moved down in distance and won both the 100 and 200 metres
races while Oweka Wanogho made it maximum points in the B strings.
The other A string wins came from athletes returning
to the team after breaks of at least a year. Andrew Jordon set a seasons
best of 61.57 to claim the A string hammer with youngster Tom Parker marking
his debut with victory in the B string.
Phil Sesemann prevailed in an exciting 1500 metres and
Scott Huggins launched himself over 4.60 to win the A string pole vault with
Sam Brown making it maximum points in the B string.
Elsewhere there were top three A string places for
Mike Van Den Dobbelsteen (2nd javelin); Steve Timmins (3rd shot); Alex
Gibbins (3rd 3000 steeplechase); Andy Rayner (3rd 5000); and the 4x400
quartet of Craig Morten, Ed Harrison, Richard Davies and Luke Smallwood.
Craig had earlier won the B string 400 hurdles.
So, after such a good start, the squad will be looking
to build on this performance at the second fixture at Derby on the 8th of
James Alaka, Alex Bruce-Littlewood and Jonathan Ilori
would all have been selected for the Norman Park match, but they are all
studying in the United States. James was 6th in the 100 metres at the PAC 12
Outdoor Championships in Los Angeles in a time of 10.35 having timed a wind
assisted 10.22 in his heat. He also ran 21.13 in the 200 metres.
Alex also had a busy weekend. He was in action at the
SLC Outdoor Championships at Lake Charles where he was 4th in the 3000
metres steeplechase in 9.21.83 and 3rd in the 5000 metres in 14.43.37.
Jonathan jumped 15.15 for the triple jump at the SEC Outdoor Championships
The Club’s younger members enjoyed a successful day at
the latest KYAL match at Canterbury, as the under 15 and under 13 girls both
won and the boys squads both finished in second place.
In the under 15s Isabella Hiditch starred in the 75
metre hurdles, not only because of winning, but also because her time of
11.8 was a grade one performance.
In the field there were wins for Toyin Orelaja in the
high jump; Akina Gondwe Onobrauche (shot) and Anna Barnett (discus). Back on
the track, the 4x100 metre team of Olivia Richer, Nicole Farmer, Magda
Cienciala, and Jamilya Robinson Pascal enjoyed victory in 51.6.
Most successful athlete of the day was Eloise Locke
who won the shot, discus and javelin in the under 13s age group and she
joined Antonia Alapafuja, Isobelle Bridge and Karina Harris for victory in
the 4x100. Daisy Dowling’s 19.02 would have won the A string javelin had
Eloise not been competing, but it won the B string and she also won the B
For the boys Dominic Mulhall won the hammer and Oliver
Lucas-Head, Caelan Raju, George Pipe and James McGruer won the 4x100 metres.
Steve Cooper won his first race in nearly ten years at
the Alton Water multi terrain 10km in 36.59.
Amber Reed was the first woman the finish at the
latest Bromley Parkrun at Norman Park. She was 11th overall in 19.22. Nick
Perry was 8th overall with Andy Tucker in 12th also making the top 20.
A number of Blackheath & Bromley athletes enjoyed
success at the British Universities Championships at Bedford. Among the
highlights were the victories of Izzy Jeffs in the javelin with a throw of
53.29 and Samantha Milner in the discus. Dan Putnam won a silver medal in
the 400 metres with a time of 47.52.
Others came close to medals with Megan Southwart 4th
and Lauren Bouchard 7th in the 400 hurdles; Sam Brown 5th in the pole vault;
Jermaine Olasane 5th in the long jump; Grace Sheppard 7th in the 100; and
Caroline Ford 8th in the 800 metres.
There was disappointment for Tremayne Gilling. The
former England champion won his heat of the 100 metres in 10.6 and was
leading his semi final at 60 metres before succumbing to a hamstring injury
which meant he struggled across the line in 11.11.
On Bank Holiday Monday the Club hosted its annual Ted
Pepper race at Norman Park. Now a multi terrain event it was won by Andy
Rayner in 34.32, who, the day before had timed 31.33 on the roads at the
BUPA Bristol 10km . Roy Smith was 10th and Len Crowder 11th. First woman
from the Club was Amber Reed in 37th followed by Jane Bradshaw in 57th and
Justine Eastbury in 71st.
On Friday, the mens team finished in second place in
the Kent Masters League at Sutcliffe Park. The women finished third and the
B team was second in Division Two.
Perhaps the most notable performance for the men was
that of Shaun Lightman. Although over 70 the 1968 Olympian won the over 35s
2km walk by nearly 70 seconds in 11.27.7. Rob Brown in the over 60s also
enjoyed emphatic victories in the 400, where he won by over 9 seconds, and
in the triple jump where he leapt over a metre further than his nearest
challenger. Other victories came from Alex Gibbins in the over 35s 3000
metres and Clem Leon in the over 50s 400.
In the womens Division One contest Jackie Montgomery
won the over 35s pole vault with a clearance of 2.30; Helen Godsell won the
400 in 76.5; and Anne Cilia took the over 50s pole vault with 1.40.
The Club also field a team in Division Two of the
League and on this occasion the squad consisted of just one athlete.
However, what they lacked in numbers they made up for in quality as Justine
Eastbury won the 3000 metres and came second in the 400 metres and triple
The Club’s youngsters finished in 4th place in the
opening UK Youth Development League for under 15 and under 13s at Norman
The under 15 girls produced a number of impressive
performances with Anna Barnett winning the discus and hammer contests, the
former in a Grade One of 28.28. Other grade one victories came from Parris
Johnson (200), Georgina Taylor (800), and Jessica Keene (1500). Isabella
Hilditch won the long jump but despite running a grade one in the 75 metre
hurdles had to settle for second place. The quartet of Olivia Richer, Parris
Johnson, Nicole Farmer and Jamilya Robinson-Pascal also won the 4x100
metres. For the boys Daniel Nkukwe won the long jump with a leap of 5.36.
In the under 13s age group wins came from Angus
Harrington in the javelin and Karina Harris in the long jump.
Fintan Parkinson was the Clubs first finisher in the
latest Bromley 5km park run at Norman Park. He was 2nd in 17.33 with young
Marco Arcuri 7th and Steve Pairman 11th. Chloe Kibblewhite was first woman
in 83rd, with Claire Austridge 103rd and Chloe Haffenden 189th.
Elsewhere Sarah Belaon won the womens race at Lloyd
Park and Niamh Bridson Hubbard was 13th at Greenwich.
Scott Overall of Blackheath & Bromley will not be
competing in the marathon at the World Championships in Moscow later this
Summer as no British male athletes have been selected. Two women have been
picked to race in Russia. Scott now plans to race the Berlin Marathon in the
James Alaka enjoyed a double victory in the sprints at
the UW verses WSU meeting at Seattle, Washington. He won the 100 metres in
10.62 and the 200 in 21.48.
At the Loughborough open meeting which incorporated
the Trials for next weekends BUCS Championships, Sam Milner won the womens
discus with a throw of 43.81. Lauren Bouchard ran 55.76 for the 400 metres.
The Club’s under 20s and under 17s finished in second
place at Basildon in the opening Southern Premier Division of the new Youth
Development League. Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers won the match and a strong
finish in the relays helped the Club secure the runner up spot.
Highlight of the day was the performance of Dina Asher
Smith who won the under 20s 200 metres in 23.66 which is a qualifying time
for the European Junior Championships. She also won the 100 metres in 11.83
despite running into the teeth of a -3.2 metre per second wind. Shannon
Hylton made it maximum points in the B strings with times of 12.40 and
24.97. Twin sister Cheriece timed an excellent 55.86 in the 400 metres but
had to settle for second place.
Other A string victories came in the under 17 womens
age group from Maya Bruney (100), Vivien Olatunji (200), Aine Hurlock
(javelin) and Kerri Davidson with a very useful grade one of 10.99 in the
The team produced a strong finish to the afternoon
winning five of the eight relays. In the under 20s Dina Asher Smith, Amara
Lalemi Jacobs, Georgina Middleton and Charlotte Colegate took the 4x100
metres in 49.07. The men did likewise, courtesy of Kertis Beswick, Craig
Morten, Alex Skipp and Reuben Fakoya in 43.69.
More sprint relay success came in the under 17s as
Vivien Olatunji, Cheriece Hylton, Shannon Hylton and Maya Bruney won the
womens 4x100 in 48.60, quicker than their winning under 20 team mates.
Luke Russell, Ayo Moiett, Jonathan Court and Bailey
Stickings won the mens 4x400 in 3.42.67 and Sonia Woolhouse, Niamh Bridson
Hubbard, Janae Galley and Cheriece Hylton the womens 4x300 in 2.55.14. The
squad will be looking to consolidate their position in the next match which
is a home fixture at Norman Park on the 2nd of June. The top two teams will
gain automatic places in the National Final at Birmingham in September.
Roger Michell finished in 15th place in the National
20km walk championships at Coventry in a time of 2.08.26. In doing so, he
helped Surrey Walking Club win the three to score National team title. Peter
Hannell was 20th in 2.15.37 and so helped SWC to victory in the four to
score race as well.
Earlier in the week David Hoben was 14th in the VAC,
Surrey, Herts and Middlesex 10km track championships at Battersea Park. He
timed 1 hour 13 minutes and 22.9 seconds and was 4th in the Surrey
The results from last weeks mini marathon have now
been revised and verified after a number of Blackheath & Bromley runners did
not appear in original listings. The majority of the B&B athletes were
competing for Bromley, helping the Borough to some excellent team results.
The under 17 girls finished in second place led home
by Janae Galley in 15th place with Anna Myers 17th, Emily Grant 23rd,
Bethany Frost 25th , Lucy Sidey 45th and Holly Fletcher 57th.
Two of the boys finished in the top 10 with Will
Fuller 5th and Richard Webb 6th. With Will Ruiz 37th, Tom Desborough 67th,
Nicholas Perry 85th and Gavin Benson 110th they were 7th in the team race.
Highlight of the day was the victory for the under 15
girls. Georgina Taylor was first home in 7th with Niamh Bridson Hubbard
10th, Jessica Keene 19th, Shannon Riskey 21st, Leah Everson 40th and Mary
Guy 65th. To add to the celebrations Charlotte Rhule, representing Croydon,
finished in 12th place.
The boys finished in 12th place with Niyi Akin
Agunbiade in 46th, Alexander Wiltshire 47th, Charlie Davis 68th, Joshua
Davidson 89th, Anthony Caballero 95th and Arthur Carey 128th.
The under 13 boys came a fine 2nd place with Jake
Potter having another good run to finish in 6th place. Joe Smith was 13th ,
Angus Harrington 28th, Oscar Hussey 30th, James Elms 37th and George Pope
First Club member home in the girls race was Naomi
Kingston, who, representing the City of Westminster, came third. The Bromley
team were12th with Yasmin Austridge finishing an impressive 8th and Tamsin
Falshaw 47th, Georgina Piper 76th, Lauren Goddard 123rd, Claudia Pickup
124th and Grace Scopes 155th.
A small group competed at the Sward & Kinnaird Meeting
using the event to shake off the cobwebs after a Winters hibernation. Best
performance came from Jermaine Olasan who was second in the long jump with a
leap of 7.15. New member Mark Cryer won the B string with 6.52 and he had a
busy afternoon competing also in the 110 hurdles, 400 and high jump.
Ed Harrison dipped under 55 seconds for the 400
hurdles despite having hardly stepped on a track all Winter, work
commitments having led to him curtailing his Athletics training.
Lewis Ely was second in the high jump with a leap of
1.80 and Mike Van Den Dobbelsteen third in the javelin with 47.60.
Gordon Hickey and Barbara Terry both finished in 2nd
place in their respective age groups in the latest SECTA Weight Pentathlon
at Ewell. Gordon scored 2234 points in the mens over 75 contest while
Barbara amassed 3104 points in the womens over 65s.
Katie Murray not only won the womens race at the
latest Bromley 5km park run at Norman Park, she was also the Club’s first
finisher, beating all the men. She was 8th overall in 18.51with Steve
Pairman in 14th and Andy Tucker 19th also making the top 20. Youngster Jamie
Gosnell was the third male home in 28th. Yasmin Austridge was second woman
home in 54th with mum Claire next in 244th.
Charlotte Stickings won the womens event at Bexley and
was 18th overall in 21.47.
Joshua Davidson was 5th at Orpington with Robert Perry
6th and Harry Keene 13th. Andrew Riches was 14th at Hilly Fields, Steve
Haley 29th at Riddlesdown; Rich Grant 34th at Greenwich; and Peter Hamilton
36th at Winchester.
Numerous members of Blackheath & Bromley were involved
in the Virgin London Marathon from those who ran the full distance, to the
youngsters who raced the mini marathon; from those who help man the baggage
vans at the finish, and those who lined the streets to cheer all those
Peter Tucker was the first Club member to finish in
2.27.19, thus winning the Club Marathon Championship which was incorporated
in the race. He was followed home by Mike Skinner, making his marathon debut
in 2.28.10 and Fintan Parkinson in 2.43.18. Kevin May was the only other
Club member to go under three hours with 2.43.53.
First woman from the Club to finish was Lisa May who
timed 3.16.12, with Julie Reynolds second in 3.27.06 and Sarah Belaon third
Scott Overall had been looking to secure selection for
the World Championships later this year but he pulled out just after half
way. He said he had not been feeling comfortable throughout and that a knee
injury which had recently stopped him running for 16 days had contributed to
Further down the field Richard Daniel was running to
raise monies for the Royal Marsden Hospital. Richard is now fully recovered
from a brain tumour. Part of the tumour was taken out in an operation. The
remainder was removed with radiotherapy at the Royal Marsden, a gruelling by
ultimately successful treatment. He was not able to do as much training as
he would have liked but managed to get round in under four hours.
Up until last Sunday Mike Peel had finished every
London Marathon since the race was first held in 1981. However, all good
things come to an end and this year he did not finish because of recent
illness. He did, however, toe the start line and run the first 100 metres
before dropping out preferring a Did Not Finish after his name rather than a
Did Not Start.
His record may not last as long as Mike’s series of
runs, but, Sundays results mean that Club member Mark Steinle remains the
fastest British marathon this Century with the 2.09.17 he ran in 2002.
News on the mini marathon will be delayed while
results are verified.
James Alaka’s season picked up significantly at the
Mount Sac Relays in Walnut, California. He went under 21 seconds for 200
metres for the first time this year with 20.96. He also ran 10.52 for the
100. Alex Bruce Littlewood timed 9.00.52 for the steeplechase.
Perhaps the most important news of the week was that
there was no news from the mens track events at the Southern Athletics
League match at Stevenage. Without a team manager, the Club did not fill a
single string of a mens track races, this despite the attractions of
electronic timing. Credit to youngster Tom Parker who threw a best of 53.04
in the hammer and Mike Van Den Dobbelsteen who was second in the javelin
with 49.00 and scored points in the discus and long jump.
It was a different story on the womens side, where a
team largely of younger athletes performed extremely well. Highlight was a
stunning 55.74 by under 17 Cheriece Hylton to win the 400 metres. Grace
Sheppard enjoyed wins in both the 100 and 200 A strings and there were
further victories for Rhiannon Jones (100 hurdles), Mariette Hilborne (pole
vault), Lauren Stevens (long jump) and Evie Syron Russell (triple jump), and
the 4x100 quartet.
However, with the League being a joint scoring
contest, it was almost inevitable that, given the number of uncontested
events, the Club finished last.
The first of the Veterans AC 5 mile League race walks
took place at Battersea Park. Shaun Lightman was 5th in 46.07 with Peter
Hannell 11th in 50.28 and David Hoben 17th in 57.35.
There was a clean sweep of the leading places at the
latest Bromley 5km Parkrun at Norman Park. Alex Gibbins was first with
George Vacharopoulos second and Ross Braden third. Andy Tucker in 10th and
Steve Pairman 15th also made the top 20.
Neil Ayrton was 2nd at Orpington, Brendan McShane 8th
at Riddlesdown, and Chris Pike 12th at Bexley.
Blackheath & Bromley’s senior men finished in a very
useful 19th place in the National 12 stage Road Relays at Sutton Park,
Sutton Coldfield. This is one of the highlights of the road race calendar
with the top clubs in the country going head to head over 6 long and 6 short
stages to provide over four hours of top class racing. The event
incorporated the Southern Championship which was cancelled three weeks ago
and the Club were 8th in this.
Andy Rayner closed in 10th place on the traditionally
strong opening stage in a time of 26.47. This left James Poole nicely placed
on the second stage and he brought the team home in the lead, the first time
the Club has headed the field at the end of a stage since 2000 when Dave
Heath “won” the first leg. James’ time was 14.22 and this proved to be the
third equal fastest short stage of the day, an excellent effort.
This left joint team manager Alex Gibbins there to be
“shot at “ by the other Clubs. He slipped to 14th with 29.05 and Steve
Cooper produced a 16.52 on the next short stage to leave the Club in 20th
after a third of the race. He passed to Great Britain World Cross Country
representative Mike Skinner on stage 5, who moved the team back up to 14th
George Vacharapolous, who is currently studying at
Warwick University, produced a solid 16.29 to leave the Club in 16th at half
Peter Tucker maintained this position with 28.24
before another student Ross Braden (Kent Uni) timed 16.30 for 17th. He
passed to Olympian Scott Overall, who in his last race before this weekends
London Marathon, swept through the field to 12th recording 26.18, the 7th
fastest long stage time of the day.
Dave McKinlay, one of the other joint managers,
slipped one to 13th with 16.34, before Fintan Parkinson, on his debut in the
event, timed 30.55 for 16th. Danny Brewer, just back from Thailand, brought
the team home in 19th in 16.56.
A total of 72 teams finished and there were others who
started but could not complete a team of 12 runners. It was, therefore, a
good effort with a mixture of youth and experience, and something on which
the Club can build.
To emphasise this point, the Clubs youngsters posted
an impressive set of results at their own National Relay Championships the
following day at the same venue. In the under 17’s age group the men
finished in 10th place. Richard Webb came in 10th on the opening stage
before Will Ruiz slipped a place on leg two with 13.22. Will Fuller moved
back up to 10th with 12.28.The women were 15th. Lucy Sidey came in 16th on
the opening stage in 16.47 and Holly Fletcher moved up a place on the second
stage with 17.27, a position held by Chloe Affined (19.22).
Best team position of the day came from the under 15
girls who came 5th and, in a remarkable display of consistency, they all
timed within six seconds of each other. Georgina Taylor brought the trio
home in 5th on the first stage in 14.31. Niamh Bridson Hubbard edged up to
4th on the second stage with 14.35. Despite clocking a fine 14.30 on the
last leg Jessica Keene slipped to 5th. The girls were 12th=, 14th and 15th
fastest individuals of the day. A “B” team of Shannon Riskey, Mary Guy and
Charlotte Rhule finished 19th. The boys team of Joss Barber (13.41), Marco
Arcuri (14.39) and Charlie Davis (14.33) came in 25th .
Both the under 13 teams finished in the top 10. Naomi
Kingston was 5th on the first leg and her time of 15.00 proved to be the
11th fastest of the day. Georgina Piper slipped to 12th on the second leg
with 16.29 before Yasmin Austridge moved the trio back up to 7th on the
anchor leg with 15.06.
Jake Potter brought the boys team in 5th on the
opening stage with a time of 14.00. He passed to Oscar Hussey who ran a
useful 15.01 to close 9th, a position held by Dillon Robertson on the final
leg with 14.32.
Encouragingly the Club also fielded a B team who were
27th and half a C team.
The track and field season is now well under way and
it could not have had a better start the previous week with Blackheath &
Bromley winning the Alpha Beta Meeting at Lee Valley retaining the trophy
they won last year. They won both the Senior and Under 15 age group
Among the many fine performances was a double victory
in the Senior 100 and 200 metres from Shannon Hylton, who is an under 17
athlete. She was also part of the winning 4x100 metres winning team along
with Grace Sheppard, Vivien Olatunji and Amara Lalemi Jacobs.
Other A string victories came from Niamh Bridson
Hubbard in the 1500 metres; Rhiannon Jones (100 hurdles); Samantha Brown
(400 hurdles); Sam Milner (Discus), and Lauren Stevens (long jump).
Team manager Brendan McShane was delighted with the
efforts of his squad and was particularly pleased at the efforts of Rhiannon
and Lauren, who, as well as winning their specialist disciplines, also
scored important points for the team in events in which they do not normally
take part. Rhiannon enjoyed a rare excursion over the 400 hurdles winning
the B string by 8 seconds. Lauren contested the B 100 hurdles and was
rewarded with 3rd place. All these efforts meant they won the Senior event
by a mighty 61.5 points.
The under 15s contest was a tighter affair but a fine
effort from all members of the squad saw them claim a narrow victory, seven
points ahead of host Enfield & Haringey.
Individual A string wins came from Isabella Hilditch
in the long jump and the 75 metre hurdles; and from Jessica Keene (800) and
Georgina Taylor (1500). In fact, in an impressive display of middle distance
strength, the Club secured maximum points in the 800 and 1500 with B string
wins from Shannon Riskey and Naomi Kingston .
The Combined Senior and Under 15 results saw the Club
win the overall trophy by over 70 points.
The clash with National Road Relays meant that the
Club were far from full strength in the opening Kent Young Athletes League
fixture of the season at Norman Park.
Best result in the under 15 girls age group came from
Isabella Hilditch who won the 75 metre hurdles in a National Grade One
standard of 12.2. In the field Anna Barnett enjoyed victories in both the
shot and hammer contests. Nicole Farmer won the 100 metres and was also part
of the winning 4x100 quartet along with Olivia Richer, Emily Sheppard and
For the boys Niyi Akin Agunbiade won the 800 metres by
nearly five seconds.
Eloise Locke won the shot in the under 13s age group
with a Grade 28.02 and the 4x100 team of Mhairi Brookes, Karina Harris,
Kareena Gayley and Antonia Alapafuja also enjoyed victory.
There were no wins in the boys age group but lots of
enthusiasm from those who competed.
On the roads Shaun Lightman finished in 13th place at
the Pat Furey 5 mile walk at Lee Valley. He timed 49.54 with David Hoben
25th in 57.03.
Two women from the Club were winners in the latest
series of 5km Parkruns which take place around the country each week. At the
Bromley event Amber Reed won in 19.58. She was 11th overall in a field of
272 finishers. Chloe Kibblewhite was the second Club female to finish in
36th with Sonia Woolhouse 121st. First male to finish was Steve Pairman in
12th with Joshua Dowling 17th and Nigel Haffenden 26th.
Sarah Belaon was first woman at the Lloyd Park event
and was 17th overall.
Elsewhere, Nick and Robert Perry were 4th and 7th at
the inaugural Maidstone event; Chris Pike was 22nd at Bexley; and Karen
Desborough 35th at Orpington.
This coming weekend is, of course, the London Marathon
with many Club members taking part any many youngsters also competing in the
accompanying Mini Marathon. At the sharp end Scott Overall, who represented
Great Britain at last Summers Olympics, will be bidding to earn a place at
the years World Championships.
Further down the field Richard Daniel will be running
to raise monies for the Royal Marsden Hospital. Richard is now fully
recovered from a brain tumour. Part of the tumour was taken out in an
operation. The remainder was removed with radiotherapy at the Royal Marsden,
a gruelling by ultimately successful treatment.
Mike Peel has finished every London Marathon since the
race was first held in 1981. However, this is unlikely to happen this year
because of illness. He may, however, toe the start line preferring a DNF to
Scott Overall continued his preparations for this
years London Marathon with a 29.49 10km time at Brunssum, Holland. This is
the fourth fastest by a Briton this year. The previous weekend the
Blackheath & Bromley athlete incorporated the Richmond Half Marathon into
his long Sunday run. After covering 9 miles to the start, he then timed
72.49 over the 13.1 mile course to finish 2nd in the field. His last race
before London will be representing the Club at the National 12 Stage Road
Relay at Sutton Park this Saturday, where he will be joined in the team by
Michael Skinner, fresh from his exploits at the World Cross Country
Some of the Club’s other top athletes have also been
in action over the last few days. In the States, James Alaka competed in the
100 and 200 at the Pepsi Team Invitational at Eugene, Oregon timing 10.75
and 21.51 respectively. At the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee
Invitational, Lorraine Ugen leapt 6.08 in the long jump and also ran 11.92
for the 100 metres. Alex Bruce Littlewood timed 3.48.60 for the 1500 metres
at Auburn, Alabama.
Craig Morten is on tour in America with a combined
Oxford and Cambridge University team. Competing against Penn and Cornell
Universities he ran 59.10 for the 400 hurdles.
Kate Curran was first junior to finish in the National
Duathlon Championships at Prestwold Hall near Loughborough and has secured a
place in the European Championships. The event featured a 5km run followed
by a 20km cycle and finishing with a 2.5km run. Kate timed 63.43 and was 6th
More good news saw the Club retain the Alpha Beta
Trophy at Lee Valley. Further news on this match when details are received.
The Club featured prominently at the Paddock Wood Half
Marathon where in a field of over 1700 finishers Andy Rayner was 2nd in
69.11. Peter Tucker was 4th in 70.27 and Alex Gibbins 8th in 72.13. Julie
Reynolds was the first woman from the Club to finish in 268th in 93.46
followed by Sarah Belaon 307th (95.09) and Helen Godsell 778th (109.57).
Justine Eastbury was second over 40 woman to finish at
the Croydon Half Marathon. She was 108th overall in 96.54. First man from
the Club was David Carton in 99th.
Both Shaun Lightman and Peter Hannell competed in the
2km walk at the Veterans Inter Area Indoor match at Lee Valley. Although an
over 70, Peter was 2nd in the 35 to 49 year olds contest in a time of
11.47.4. Shaun, an over 65, was 2nd in the 50 to 59 year olds race in
Both had been in action the previous day at the
Steyning Slater Bryce 10km track race at Horsham. Shaun was 3rd in 62.20.5
while Peter was 4th in 64.08.2.
Many of the Club’s youngsters competed in the Hercules
Wimbledon Open Meeting at Crystal Palace. Ellie Duffy Penny threw a useful
32.90 for the discus in the Under 20s age group. In the under 17s Jed Botham
leapt 6.03 in the long jump while on the track Will Fuller timed a very good
4.11.44 for the 1500. Anna Barnett launched the discus out to 25.50 in the
under 15s age group. In the under 13s Karina Harris showed great promise
winning the long jump with a distance of 4.45.
Georgina Taylor was the first female finisher at the
latest Bromley 5km Parkrun at Norman Park. The youngster came 15th in a time
of 20.18 and keeping things in the family big sister Rebecca was 2nd woman
from the Club in 33rd and dad Ian was 20th. First male home from the Club
was Richard Daniel in 7th with Joshua Dowling 18th.
Andy Tucker was 3rd at Oprington with Anne Cilia 23rd
and Karen Desborough 42nd. Steve Haley was 17th at Riddledown; Chris Pike
20th at Bexley; and Rich Grant 26th at Greenwich.
Alex Bruce Littlewood finished in 2nd place in the
5000 metres at the Texas Relays at Austin. The Blackheath & Bromley athlete
timed 14.30.82 less than a second behind the winner. At the same meeting
Lorraine Ugen continued her promising start to the outdoor season by timing
11.73 for the 100 metres. Aided by a +2.3 metre per second wind this gave
her 6th place in her heat.
At the Crawley open meeting Niamh Bridson Hubbard set
personal bests in both the 300 and 3000 metres with times of 44.43 and
10.56.77. Three athletes won their events. Emilie Blackwell was first in the
under 20 womens pole vault clearing 2.90, while Sonia Woolhouse took the
honours in the under 17 womens competition with 2.10. Jessica Keene was
first in the under 15 girls 1500 metres in 4.48.89 while Shannon Riskey
timed 2.23.98 for 800. Kate Purser set personal bests in the 100 and long
Naomi Kingston won the womens race at the latest
Bromley 5km park run at Norman Park in a time of 19.41. She was 6th overall
with Steve Pairman in 16th also making the top 20. Tom Desborough was the
winner of the Orpington event with Jake Potter second, and Joshua Davidson
12th. Joanna Clowes was first female runner from the Club in 22nd overall.
Andy Tucker was third at the Crystal Palace event; Chris Pike 15th at
Greenwich; and Austin Adams 40th at Finsbury Park.