19 February 2017
Cross Country Results for 2016/17
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28/01/17 - South of
England Championships - Parliament Hill
Saturday saw the return of the South of England champs
at our favourite turf, Hampstead Heath.
It has always been a gruelling 15k over the heath
since 1883 (some say it is the longest cross country course in the world, or
at least in Europe!) and this year was no exception.
Some decent weather persisted and allowed for ok
conditions underfoot. We saw some gritty performances from everyone
As a team we placed a respectful 20th out of 69 teams
with 1068 finishers.
40 - Andy Rayner
102 - Alex Gibbins
150 - Daniel Kennedy
172 - Danny Brewer
407 - Fintan Parkinson
484 - Chris Tuck
705 - Richard Byford
847 - Andrew Lawes
978 - Ian Taylor
Full results here:
A big congratulations to everyone who ran and shouted
us over 15k.
The weather was unusually mild for this years South of
England cross country Championships and racing conditions at Parliament Hill
were excellent with some of the ground underfoot, firm!
Fifty BBHAC young athletes took on the challenging
Hampstead Heath course and all our junior teams finished in the top 10 with
the U17 girls being highest placed in 4th.
Jess Keene continued her great winter season winning
an impressive bronze in the U20 women’s 6k race.
Lottie Weitzel and Genny Allan had a great run in at
the end of the U17 girl’s 5k race placing 35th and 36th respectively, just 1
second apart. Millie Smith was just behind in 43rd with Amy Leach in 50th
and a great run from Jess Sellar finishing 54th. Graces Scopes in 87th and
Charlotte Fairies in 138th completed the squad and secured a fine 4th in the
The U15 boy’s efforts contributed to a respectable 5th
team place and Matthew Francis led the attack with a solid top 20 finish
coming 19th. Peter Guy had another strong run placing 40th as did Joe
Georgiadis finishing 54th and Oscar Heaney Brufal had a good run in 127th.
Ben Gardiner lost one of his spikes but was lucky enough to find it, pick it
up and carry on home but still finished well in 186th. Jake Leng was 214th
and Seb Large 268th rounding off a great team result.
The U13 boy’s had the biggest squad on the day and did
well finishing 7th overall. Sam Reardon and Tom Brash continued their
private battle and ran strongly finishing 34th and 35th but with exactly the
same time. Luca Thurlow, in only his second BBHAC race must have seen Sam
and Tom in front as he finished with pace just 2 seconds behind them in
37th. Max Gregson was a solid 134th, Oliver Robertson 157th and Jamie Sears
160th. Matt Smith crossed the line in 172nd, Oles Chaban was 206th, Adam
Parkinson 257th and Nick Paddington completing the squad in 295th.
The large U13 girls team also placed 7th and saw great
runs from Lily Meers in 30th, Heidi Forsyth in 49th and Amarisa Sibley in
61st. Ellie Dolby started the race positively and did well to continue,
finishing 69th.Kelsey Pullin had a strong run crossing the line in 102nd,
Olivia Berry was 121st, Hanna Clark 156th, Zara Aslam was 169th and Isabella
Louth rounded off the team effort in 198th.
Morgan Squibb ran a solid race U15 girls race and
rewarded with a 10th place finish, Zoe White had another great run in 47th
as did Jess Neal in 57th. Good to see Rosie Allan running well and finishing
129th, follow by Niamh Milmo in 160th and Emily Davis in 220th. The team was
The U17 boy’s squad was also 10th despite Lewis Mills
having to pull out during the race with a sore knee. Hopefully no lasting
damage done and he can rest up and still compete later this winter. Callum
Myatt had a great run finishing 66th, with Oscar Hussey running well in
74th. Michael Eagling was 124th and Finlay Brannan, in only his third race
for BBHAC was strong finishing 141st. Charlie Andrews has been running well
all winter and was moving along nicely but fell heavily landing on his hip
and struggled to complete the course but did so and shouldn’t be too
Winter team captain Marco Arcuri led the charge in the
U20 men’s 8k race coming 56th with Thomas Desborough 80th and James Crawley
81st unfortunately one athlete short of a complete scoring team.
Good luck to all competing in the London schools on
Wednesday and the inter counties at Brands Hatch on Saturday, where our
athletes will be hoping to secure places in the prestigious English Schools
cross country Championship, held this year in Norwich.
7/01/17 - KCAA Cross-Country
Championships - Brands Hatch
The winning Under 13 team at the Kent Championships at Brands Hatch
Ellie Dolby (3rd) Danielle Harper (4th) Lily Meers (7th) Photo from Jason
fog and poor visibility welcomed the athletes to the 2017 Kent Cross Country
Championship opener at Brands Hatch. Over 50 BBHAC young athletes kicked off
the New Year in some style at the long, tough and hilly circuit winning two
individual golds and one team gold. With many athletes affected by seasonal
coughs and colds it was still great to see so many black vests high up in
all the fields.
The U13 girls got proceedings off in winning ways by
picking up team gold with determined runs from Ellie Dolby in a solid 3rd, a
fine 4th from Daniella Harper and a great 7th from Lily Meers. Amerisa
Sibley continued her fine form finishing 8th and Heidi Forsyth finished well
in a high 10th. Amelia Middleton was a great 13th, Olivia Berry 17th and
Kelsey Pullin 27th backed up by Amelie Willars in 50th and Sofia Elliot in
55th. A great team performance and worthy of gold.
The U13 boys had the biggest squad on the day and
another great run from Tom Brash had him crossing the line in 5th place
followed by Thomas Penlington in a strong 9th with Ben Campbell putting in
another great performance finishing a fine 12th. Max Gregson had a solid run
in 18th and Oliver Robertson and Matthew Smith had their own private battle
finishing 24th and 25th. Will Andrews had a good run placing 29th and Jamie
Sears did well finishing 30th despite a last minute footwear change on the
start line! Callum Carlton was 44th and Josh Buddle Smith 49th with Oles
Chaban in his first County Championships 65th. Sam Stuart started well but
took a heavy fall and was unable to finish but will have many more
opportunities to race over the country. These collective results were good
enough for the U13 boys to win team silver.
The U15 girls were up next and Morgan Squibb showed
real guts despite not being 100% well finishing a tough 4th backed up by a
great 7th place for Zoe White and good to see Jess Neal back to her best in
a pleasing 9th. Lily Tappenden looked strong crossing the line in 13th with
Niamh Milmo in 19th and Rosie Allan 22nd. Emily Davis was 29th and
completing the squad was Isabelle Bridge in 34th. The team was a worthy
winner of the silver medals.
Peter Guy led the U15 boys out in typical determined
fashion and was rewarded with a solid 10th place finish in a quality field.
Matthew Francis, reigning Kent Champion and making his BBHAC debut did well
holding on to 11th place having missed a few weeks training due to illness.
However, still a fine debut. Joe Georgiadis had a good run placing 13th and
a strong finish from Cameron Swatton had him 20th just ahead of Robert
Suckling in 21st. Keir Lundy was a good 25th, Ben Gardiner 29th, Justin
Strover 31st and Jake Leng 34th completed the U15 boys numbers. The team
finished 4th but in very strong competition.
Amy Leach had a very strong run and was first BB U17
girl home in a impressive 6th place just ahead of Millie Smith finishing
well in 7th. Yasmin Austridge crossed the line in 9th side by side with
Lottie Weitzel in 10th. Jess Sellar had a good run finishing 12th. Charlotte
Faries had a great run in her first County Championships and should be
pleased with her placing of 22nd. The U17 girl’s team picked up team silver
for their efforts.
The U17 boy’s race was dominated by Tonbridge AC with
their athletes filling places 1- 4 but great to see Lewis Mills holding his
own and finishing well in a strong 7th place with Oscar Hussey just behind
in 10th. Callum Myatt had a strong run finishing 12th and Charlie Andrews
27th and Lewis Warren 36th completing the squad. Tonbridge took gold but
BBHAC did well in the mix and their efforts were rewarded winning team
We were not able to field enough athletes to complete
scoring teams in the U20 races but what we lacked in numbers we more than
made up with quality by winning both the U20 men and U20 women’s race. GB
International Will Fuller looked comfortable throughout his 6.5k circuit and
pulled away mid race to record a superb victory. Marco Arcuri backed up well
in 16th. In the U20 women’s race England International Jess Keene ran
positively from the gun and was a clear winner nearly a minute ahead of her
next rival. Leah Everson also ran well finishing in 9th. Joanna Clowes
started well in her race but unfortunately had to pull out mid race.
It’s true what they say about distance runners
enjoying the pain and to prove this point U20’s Thomas Desborough and Scott
Bulmer both decided to do double the distance and do the senior men’s race,
all 12k of it. Also great to see former young athlete Will Ruiz back
competing for the club after an enforced absence due to injury.
In the Surrey Cross Country Championship held in Lloyd
Park , Croydon, Blackheath and Bromley athletes put in some great
performances. Sophie Hoare won the U15 girls title while Amy Miller ran well
finishing 12th. In the U13 girls race Holly Sutton Trot was 18th making her
BBHAC cross country debut
At the Middlesex equivalent in Hillingdon, the U13
girls excelled with Naomi Toft winning, Anwen Thomas placing 2nd and Maayan
Radus 4th. Yasmin Marghini comfortable won the U15 girls race and on her BB
debut, Lucrezia Polloni ran well finishing a great 4th.
11/12/16 - The European XC
championships, Chia, Italy
Will Fuller has just returned from Sardinia and sent
us these great photos of him with his GB team mates.
Will ran for Great Britain in the mens under 20 race
in Chia in Italy in the European XC championships and finished a terrific
30th place and was 5th GB home in a tightly contested race. The GB team won
a great bronze and may have done better had their leading athlete not taken
a bad fall!
Well done Will, another GB vest and another top run.
3/12/16 - Kent Masters -
Central Park Dartford
Full results here
Both the men's and women's teams had a successful day
at Dartford in the Kent Masters Cross Country today (Saturday 3 Dec). Thanks
to all who took part to represent themselves and the club. Special mention
1. Alex Gibbins who won a very exciting race to become
2. Alan Camp who cantered to a win in the M60 race
3. The M60 team who won the team prize: Alan Camp, Rob Brown and Andy Lawes
4. The W35 team who won the team prize : Carole Coulon Penlington, Sarah
Belaon and Sara Elmqvist
5. Maz Turner who was 3rd in the W65 race
Photos from Steve Pairman
Beckenham 10k Trail Race - Beckenham
Photo & report from Rod Harrington
At the Beckenham trail race today, Carole Penlington
was first lady and a team of Chris Tuck, Bertie Harrington an Tim Ayres won
the men's team prize.
5/11/16 - National Cross Country Relays at
Photos from Bill Foster
U13 National Champions!
U15 National Champions!
U15 and second team too!
First & second in the U15 National RelaysU13 Girls 1st
Full results here...
U13 Boys 10th
U15 Girls 1st
U15 Boys 4th &
U17 Women 17th
U17 Men 31st
Fifty two of BBHAC young athletes competed in this
year’s National Cross Country Relay Championships, held for the 29th year in
Berry Hill Park, Mansfield and these championships are a great opportunity
for clubs to compete in a team format, in an otherwise individual sport.
BBHAC's great team spirit and talent was fully on show and the club was
rewarded with a fantastic set of results. Two team gold medals, one team
silver and three teams in the top ten.
With the best clubs competing from throughout England,
competition is always of the highest standard and so all results achieved
are hard fought and well deserved. Our U15 girls were superb and dominated
their race fielding three strong teams and winning gold and silver. One
medal is special but to win two medals in one race is very impressive.
Tola Pearse, running the 5th fastest time of the day,
Amy Miller and Yasmin Marghini, running the fastest leg of the day were
worthy winners and the trio of Morgan Squibb, running the 7th fastest time,
Lia Radus and Sophie Hoare were just behind in second winning a great team
silver, a fantastic BBHAC sight. The C team of Lily Tappenden, Zoe White and
Jess Neal were 57th in a field of over 90 teams and is also a great result.
The U13 girls were equally impressive fielding three
teams with the A winning a brilliant gold. Annie Thomas lead off on leg 1
running the 4th fastest time, handing over to Ellie Dolby who brought the
team home in 1st place handing to Naomi Toft who held 1st place all the way
collecting a fine team gold. Daniella Harper had a strong first leg for the
B team handing over to Amarisa Sibley and then Mayaan Radus securing a solid
21st place, but the 3rd B team home. The C team was lead out with a strong
opening leg from Amelia Middleton handing to Olivia Berry and Lily Meers
combing well finishing 71st.
The U20 girls finished a good 8th place with Jess
Keene running the 6th fastest time of the day on leg one. Jo Clowes ran a
solid leg two passing to Niamh Bridson Hubbard who brought the team home in
a respectable 8th.
The U17 girls had two complete teams running and
Yasmin Austridge, Madolina Samoila and Millie Smith combined well finishing
17th as did Lottie Weitzel, Grace Scopes and Stephanie Taylor finishing
The U15 boys had two solid teams running and the A
team were set off with a fast opening leg from Peter Guy, running one of the
fastest legs of the day. Joe Georgiadis continued the good work handing over
in 7th before Oscar Heaney Brufal, complete with a new pair of spikes
stormed around the 2k course finishing a brilliant team 4th. The B team of
Robert Suckling, Ben Gardiner and Cameron Swatton all had strong runs and
were rewarded by being the 3rd B team home and were 23rd overall.
Nine U13 boys made up three strong teams and Sam
Reardon, running one of the fastest legs of the day, handed over to Ben
Campbell who ran a strong leg passing to Tom Brash who brought the team home
in a very creditable 10th place. The B team of Thomas Penlington, Max
Gregson and Matt Smith all ran great legs and were 2nd B team to finish
crossing the line in 24th. Showing our strength and depth the C team of
Oliver Robertson, Will Andrews and Barnaby Corry finished 3rd C team and
Callum Myatt led the U17 boys charge handing over to
Oscar Hussey who had a great leg passing 21 teams and handing over to Lewis
Mills who clawed back a further 12 teams to finish a good 31st.Charlie
Andrews and Coleman Cory both had good runs but without a third runner were
unable to finish as a complete team.
Richard Webb continued his fine running with a solid
1st leg for the U20 men’s team handing over to Joss Barber, who went off
hard on the 3k leg before passing to Marco Arcuri who brought the team home
Charlie Davis had a great opening leg and passed to
James Crawley who powered around the course, but similar to the U17’s they
were unable to field a third runner and so could not complete the team race.
Good luck to U20’s Niamh Bridson Hubbard and Will
Fuller who have both been selected to run for England in Burgos, Northern
Spain next week in an international cross country race.
The next fixture is our home match, the 3rd Kent
league fixture at Sparrows Den on 12th November 2016 and this also doubles
up as our winter cross country club championship, so we expect to see you
The Senior men competed in the hotly
contested National Cross Country relays this weekend and finished in a
highly respectable 22nd position.
Phil Sesemann ran the 3rd quickest time of
the day in bringing home the team in 2nd place on leg 1. This placed him
ahead of some big domestic names including Andy Vernon who competed at this
year's Olympics over 10km.
Andy Rayner then took over but dropped back
to 21st position before handing over to London 2012 Olympian Scott Overall.
After a busy period of racing including the Chicago Marathon, Scott showed
no signs of heavy legs as he moved the team back up the field into 8th
position. Dan Kennedy then took over and ran strongly after suffering from a
niggle during the week to finish us in 22nd.
We unfortunately could not complete a B team
but Chris Tuck, Nic Corry and Tim Ayres who admirably stepped in to run at
the last minute all ran strongly and showed great team commitment.
Special mention goes to Danny Brewer (Men's
team manager) who ran 3:02 at New York Marathon this weekend on a tough
Up The 'heath
Andy, Danny & Jon.