01 June 2015
UK Youth Development League
30 May 2015
- U13/15 - Norman Park
It was a great day athletically for Blackheath &
Bromley Harriers yesterday, as you will read in Paul's report later but it
was also a great fundraising day for the club as well.
We raised £211.41 on the 2nd hand kit stall and £35 on
the popcorn sales. Total £246.41. I propose to give the GB girls £100 and
the £146.11 to go towards the U13 & U15 athletes.
Thanks for all your help and support yesterday. I know
the BBQ did so well it sold out and I am sure Wendy and her helpful family
are still counting all the money they made on the refreshment sales! The 2nd
hand kit sale was a great success making us some money but also giving
athletes a real bargain. A thoroughly enjoyable and successful Blackheath &
A buzzing Norman Park was the venue for Blackheath and
Bromleyís HAC home fixture in this seasons UK youth development league and
the fantastic atmosphere there was matched by the fantastic winning result.
Our first place yesterday has us sitting at the top of
the league on equal match points with Southampton. With the top two teams at
the end of the season going to the National final in Birmingham in
September, we need to keep up the high standard to secure our place.
Numbers were slightly depleted for the U13 boys due to
holidays, injuries and illness, however the eight boys who made up the team
put on a sterling effort, recording many personal bests and filling all
New member Michael Burfoot, having only recently
joined the club, produced two great performances on his BB debut. In the
shot put Michael threw a big 8.32 placing him just outside the top 20 in the
country and threw a personal best in the javelin.
This was Michael first javelin competition and two
days before was the first time Michael had actually thrown a javelin, after
a few valuable pointers from coach Herbie. Great to have Michael in the
Ethan Kitteridge cut short his important Band practice
to help the team out and run in the early hurdles event and was rewarded
with a new PB having run a very balanced race. After a short break it was
back to doubling up with the 800m and high jump, both at the same time. This
is not ideal but Ethan coped well, getting in a couple of jumps early before
heading out onto the track and winning valuable points for the team in the A
string 800m, just running outside his best time.
Barnaby Corry also took on the tough task of doing
both 800m and high jump at the same time and did well, just missing out on a
PB but like Ethan earning valuable points for the team. Hopefully Ethan and
Barnaby will soon be able to fully concentrate on the high jump where Iím
sure they will soar to new heights.
Harry Cowie had only been back in the country for a
couple of hours after a school trip to France but was soon heading to Norman
Park to compete in the Javelin. His efforts were well worth it as he threw a
great new best of 22.76m.
Rowan Fuss has been injured in recent months but itís
great to have him back fully fit. Rowan used the Bromley Park run to warm up
in the morning, strolling around in just over 17 minutes before dominating
the 1500m cruising around to win in a seasons best 5:32.1.
Rowan then warmed down, sprinting the lead off leg in
the 4 x 100m team who ultimately placed second but ran another seasons best
Archie Shipley had a very busy PB busting day starting
with a personal best in the 75m hurdles followed by another PB coming second
in the B string 100m, followed by another PB coming second in the A string
long jump. Archie finished his successful day running the third leg of the
Sam Reardon also had a very busy day, although this
was looking unlikely as Sam took a heavy knock to the knee during hurdle
training on Thursday. An ice pack and a days rest did wonders as Sam stormed
around the bend coming second in the B string 200m. Sam then squeezed in a
quick long jump competition before having to go to the start of the 1500m.
Another gutsy but controlled race saw Sam win the B string adding to his
tally of match points. Samís final effort was running leg two of the 4 x
Tareq Bannour continues to show why he is ranked in
the top 3 in the country with great performances in the 100m (12.9) and 200m
(26.0) both of which he won comfortably. His personal best in the 200m was
matched by a brand new best in the shot put with a big 8.31 winning the B
string event. Tareqís last run of the day was powering down the home
straight as the last leg in the relay team.
Not only was the track and field athletics excellent
so was the performances of BB members and parents as they set up and manned
a second hand kit stall, the BBQ and the refreshment stall selling lovely
bacon rolls. President Dave Cordell started preparing the track the week
before and many were at the track at the crack of dawn pitching tents,
filling hot water urns and priming the BBQ. The parent council set up a
fantastic stall selling new and second hand kit, spikes and trainers for
ridiculously cheap prices raising over £200 and giving loads of people a
real bargain. Many thanks go to Claire (my lovely wife!), Sue Pope, Isobel
Harrington, Belinda Bridge and Charlotte Stickings for all their efforts on
the friday evening and Saturday. The Leach family of Trevor, Wendy, Dan and
Amy made and sold over 100 bacon rolls, teas, coffees and various other
goodies raising over £700. Alison Brand, Dave White, Dick Griffin and many
other Heathens cooked and sold dozens of burgers and sausage and raised over
£500. Nearly £1500 raised by all our volunteers, a truly fantastic effort.
Many thanks to everyone.
Well done to Ken Daniel and his team for presenting
the track to such a high standard and the results service was the best I
have seen and this was thanks to Rob Brown, Steve Hollingdale, Andy Tucker
and Wendy Daniel among others.
This small but successful U13 boys team are backed up
by some brilliant parents, all of whom were there supporting both their sons
and Blackheath and Bromley HAC. Michael Burfoot parents David and Lynn
helped out on the BBQ and clothing stall, Archieís dad Adam also took his
turn flipping burgers. Ethanís mum Teresa did a stint on the 2nd hand
clothes stand while dad Mike flipped burgers and turned sausages. Samís mum
Marilyn did her turn on the clothes stand and dad John enjoyed his time
cooking burgers. At the end of the day many parents and BB members packed
away the tents and at the forefront was Barnabyís dad Nic and Emily Pursers
dad Mark, having spent the day on the track officiating.
The whole day was magnificent and a great example of
how fantastic Blackheath and Bromley are both on and off the track. We are
the envy of many other clubs.
The next fixture is our home match in the Kent league
on Sunday 14th June at Norman Park.
from Jay Galley
following photos from Rod Harrington