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16 February 2019 - Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham - Club Connect Relays 18-02-19


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Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham - Club Connect Relays 2019

It was a great opportunity to be invited to represent the Club at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham. It was an early start, but the athletes assembled at the club house, a little tired but knowing that they would soon be enjoying a half term break, and what a way to start!
All six races were exciting with thrills, spills and plenty of jostling but our athletes gave their all and finished off a fantastic day with a new U17 girls National record.

U13 girls
The Under 13 Girls were the first on the track in a 4 X 200m race, this would be the first time three of the team have competed in an athletics competition and the first time any had raced indoor. They were led off by Daisy Snell who set off at a rapid pace in lane 1 chasing down the other teams, she handed to Nina Whitter who stormed round the track keeping the team in contention, she handed to Adaeze Anele who took the lead running strongly around the back straight, passing to Alexia Moren-Rosado who had a great run but she was unfortunately clipped by another athlete coming into the home straight. The team finished 4th a great run by all. Watch Video of race

U13 boys
President’s son Marley Byfield sped off on leg one for the U13 boys, handing over in a strong position to Rayhan Mourtada who flew around the 200m track, passing to Josh Healy, who is more conditioned to the mud and rain of a cross country course. Josh more than held his own and set leg 4 up nicely for Zuriel Nwogwugwu to have a real go and that's exactly what he did. Zuriel powered his way around the banked track giving every last ounce as he literally threw himself across the line securing a great 3rd place, just 1/100th second off second place.

U15 girls
The Under 15 girls were led off by Sophie Kerr who set off at a great pace keeping the team well placed before she handed over to Amarisa Sibley who stormed round the track getting the team up to first, she then passed to Faith Akinbileje her first year as an Under 15, she had a great run keeping the team in the mix, she passed to Emily Kerr for the last leg who kept us in contention with the other five teams bringing us home in a credible 4th place, brilliant run by all.

U15 boys
The Under 15 boys team was a mixture of experience and first timers with old hands Connor Sutton (lead off leg) and Adam Islam Medeaux (anchor leg) providing the experience as they had both previously run in the Anniversary games. They combined with relative newcomers Tye Stanislas (leg 2) and Oliver Robertson (leg 3) to come home in a strong 4 place, a fantastic result considering they had never run together as a quartet before and their only baton practice was in the warm up area immediately before the race, well done boys.

U17 girls
Our junior women’s relay teams are the stuff of legend and John Blackie had prepared another quartet to be reckoned with. But nothing was being taken for granted, especially with an event that we seldom encounter and with the potential for close encounters on the tight bends and at crowded changeovers. The tactics were simple - get out in front and stay out of trouble - and our U17 girls executed them perfectly. Zsiriah Thomas got us off to a determined start, handing over to Shakanya Osahon with a comfortable lead, allowing her an unimpeded break for the inside lane. Increasing this lead, she, in turn, allowed Ofejiro Otomewo to run her own race and pass the baton, and a further improved lead, to Holly Mpassy who brought us home in fine and dominant style. An impressive performance and a UK fastest time recorded. We can now look forward to the summer with some optimism.

U17 boys
The under 17 boys fielded an eclectic team, due to losing a number of sprinters to last minute injuries. Indoor blocks specialist Jacob Byfield led the team away against a competitive field. Jacob handed to Sam Reardon who is more used to four spins of an indoor track, who then handed to Dillon Claydon who is more used to 4 spins of the inside of the throws cage! Neither lad gave ground keeping Blackheath in the mix after the great start Jacob had given the team. Dillon handed to Oli Briars, in touch, but with a bit of work to do. Oli dug in and there was excitement as he screamed round the final lap. The eclectic team finished strong and it was heartening that a team drawn broadly from Blackheath and Bromley’s U17 squad performed so well, despite not being a specialist sprinting quartet.

We were lucky enough to have great support on the day, not just from team managers, coaches, parents and siblings but also from fellow athletes. Eve Ward, Coleman Corry, Andi Desborough and Zoe Austridge all got stuck in pinning numbers on, collecting kit and making sure we didn’t lose our newly acquired relay batons! After the relays, and for a bit of fun (and financial reward) the title sponsor Muller, invited all clubs to take part in the blind beanbag catching competition BBHAC were well represented by Holly Mpassy and Coleman Corry and the 9 bean bags they caught was good enough to tie for Victory and to collect £150 of equipment vouchers This added to the £250 won by the U17 girls meant for a very successful day at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix.

Paul Austridge, Tim Souter, Nic Corry, Paul Byfield and karen Desborough’

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