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Last updated 08 September 2015


UK Youth Development League 2015


5 September 2015 - U13/15 Final - Alexander Stadium, Birmingham

Full results here...

Blackheath and Bromley Harriers AC officially have the best U13 and U15 combined boys and girls team in England, despite narrowly missing out on winning the National title, trailing Scotlandís Edinburgh AC by a mere 9 points.

Eight of Britainís best athletic clubs battled it out for the honour of becoming champions but by the afternoon Sale Harriers (last years winners), Edinburgh AC (Scottish champions) and BBHAC had opened up a small lead on the rest. With only a few points separating the top three and positions constantly changing, it was clear the result would be tight.

The final result read as

Edinburgh AC 608
Blackheath and Bromley HAC 599
Sales Harriers 591
Southampton AC 549.5
Cardiff AAC 527.5
Rugby and Northampton 507.5
Reading 448
Preston Harriers 405.5

This result, along with our U17 and U20 placing 3rd in their final, makes BBHAC the best young athletes club team in Britain.

The twelve U13 boys that made up their team once again competed out of their skins and produced some excellent results including a few personal bests.

77 people piled onto the double decker coach for the journey to Birmingham and after a short stop to refuel with KFC and haribos (athletes fuel!) we arrived relatively fresh at our hotel.

Once settled in and fed in the well stocked restaurant it was time for the team meeting and collection of team shirts.

Lights out early, next morning a continental breakfast or full english breakfast OR both and they were all ready for an exciting days athletics.

Birmingham arena with its High Performance indoor centre is a great venue and B&B set up home in prime position above the finish line.

First into the arena were Ethan Kitteridge and Jacob Byfield in the high jump. Ethan has had a great season improving steadily throughout the season but was unfortunate to twist his knee on his very first jump and wasnít able to improve on his best. Jacobs mind was taken off his competition when he remembered that his spikes were still on the coach in his suitcase. Unfortunately for us the coach had already returned to the hotel!! Such is team spirit that all the boys were rallying around offering the use of their spikes. Jacob settled on Pedroís Nike pair and he even suggested they were more comfortable than his own ( as his own were a little tight!). Jacob may have been a bit distracted but it didn't show as he jump just short of his best.

Michael Burfoot and Kyron Morgan were next up and they scored maximum points winning both A and B strings in the shot with massive puts, as they have done all season.

First event on the track was the 75m hurdles and a great technical run by Jacob just off his best and a great new personal best for Barnaby Corry got us off to a good start.

Tareq Bannour with his first race of the day and Kyron were next up on the track in the 200m and once again maximum points were scored with blistering wins for both. Tareqs 25.53 was a PB (albeit windy) and Kyronís 25.98 just a fraction outside his best.

Thomas Penlington and Jake Leng, running in their fist National final were up next in a highly competitive 800m. Thomas ran a gutsy run and did well finishing 5th in a new personal best of 2:32.77. Jake ran equally well in the B string also finishing 5th in 2:38.27. After their race they were now both free to get full use out the indoor soft play area otherwise know as high jump mat!

Michael and Ethan were back in action in the field in the javelin. Micheal got in a safe throw to secure valuable points before trying a new run up technique (he may have seen on you tube!) that could have seen the javelin orbiting mars but sadly didnít. Ethan struggling with his knee was only able to throw with a restricted approach but scored more valuable points.

Back on the track were the sprinting boys and two more great victories and more maximum points in the 100m. Tareq 12.55 and Kyron 12.49 (windy) were classy performances.

The 1500m was the next event and Rowan Fuss and Sam Reardon continued to do what they have done all season, win, both strings and in fantastic style. Rowan powered away from the gun and looked controlled in all the 3.75 laps. Rowan crossed the line 20 seconds clear of second place and in doing so set a new league record of 4:31.20.

A brilliant run despite having just climbed down from Gemmaís physio bench after treatment for a back spasm! Sam Reardon has really taken to the track season and runs with more maturity than his years as he comfortably won the B string.

Sprinter Archie Shipley had to wait all day to compete in his first event as the long jump didnít start until 4pm. Archie wasted no time leaping to a great 4.34 in the first round but wasn't able to improve on this further. Jacob sporting a new pair of spikes having returned the borrowed pair, took a while to settle in with two no jumps. The pressure was on as he faced his final jump but we neednít have worried as he nailed the board and flew to a big 4.15 winning the bronze medal in the process.

The last event of the day for the U13 boys was the 4 x 100 and three strong legs and three safe change overs from sprinter Leo McCallum, Kyron and Archie left Tareq only 10 m down on the very strong Cardiff quartet. Tareq took the baton and flew down the track gaining on Cardiff with every stride but unfortunately ran out of track and crossed the line just 2/10th of second behind but still winning a superb silver for the team.

Blackheath and Bromley HAC are one of the best supported clubs and that was evident on the day with Mr and Mr President and many BB members and parents there in large numbers. I would especially like to thank Ethanís mum Teresa, Barnabyís dad Nic and Jacobs dad Paul for all their help in ensuring the weekend was safe and fun. Thanks also to Jay for all he does behind the scene (and that is loads) and for his great work behind the camera.

Two track meetings left this summer season, next weeks Kent champs (12th -13th Sept) followed by Kent relays on Sunday 20th Sept.

Photos from Jay Galley


Photos from Rod Harrington


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