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Kent League 2016/7

 

11/02/17 - Kent League - Foots Cray Meadows 11-02-17

26/11/16 - Kent League (incls B&B YA C-C Champs) - Danson Park (no SM) 28-11-16

12/11/16 - Kent League - Sparrows Den, Hayes (no SW) 12-11-16

29/10/16 - Kent League - Somerhill School, Tonbridge 13-11-16

15/10/16 - Kent League - Stanhill Farm 15-10-16

 


11/02/17 - Kent League - Foots Cray Meadows

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26/11/16 - Kent League (incls B&B YA C-C Champs) - Danson Park (no SM)

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The 2016 Kent league cross country series came to an end this weekend in great style for BBHAC young athletes, with three individual victories, three team gold and two team silver along with six athletes collecting individual league trophies and thirty one athletes completing a full house of racing in all four Kent league races.

Past President Dave Cordell started his busy day putting up the BBHAC tent ably assisted by winter team captain Marco Arcuri, who was still out of breath having just run the Bexley Park run. Dave’s next task was setting up the finish funnel where he was to spend the rest of the day acting as race referee.

The U13 girls were first off and have had great strength and depth all season resulting in a fine team victory. Ellie Dolby pushed on from the off winning comfortably, completing a hat trick of wins and picking up the league individual overall gold trophy for her efforts. Daniella Harper has been highly consistent all winter and finished high up the field in 4th and was worthy winner of the bronze individual trophy. Amerisa Sibley had a great run finishing 7th (5th individual overall) just in front of Olivia Berry’s great 8th place (7th individual overall). Heidi Forsyth had her best run of the year placing 11th (13th individual overall). Kelsey Pullin broke into the top 20 for the first time with a gutsy run finishing 18th (15th individual overall) and Ella Smith completed the series with another top 20 finish placing 19th (12th individual overall). Zara Aslam ran strongly crossing the line in 25th as did Isabella Louth in a good 30th. Amelie Willars was 39th and having run all four was rewarded with an individual overall placing of 28th. Sofia Elliot completed the strong squad with a 41st finish.

Sam Reardon started the U13 boys race positively and was in a pack of three with a couple of hundred meters remaining. Once out of sight of his parents Sam sprinted to the front and bravely held on to record his second win of the season! A great sprint finish. Ben Campbell had another fine run finishing 13th but more importantly was 4th individual overall. Max Gregson had a strong run finishing 14th (7th individual overall). Matt Smith was a strong 17th (11th individual overall) and Oliver Robertson was 22nd (placing 14th individual overall). Sam Stuart on only his second club XC race was a good 26th and Will Andrews crossed the line in 29th with Callum Carlton in 33rd. Oles Chaban completed the series in 34th (placing a great 22nd overall) and Jake Anthony in his first year was 40th (a fine 20th overall). Nick Paddington completed the full house finishing 46th and a high 26th overall. Good to see Josh Buddle Smith running and finishing inside the top fifty in 48th. The team was second in the league table but interesting to note most of these boys will still be U13 next year.

Morgan Squibb then made it three wins out of three for BBHAC as she powered her way around the two-lap course winning by over 20 seconds. Morgan’s second victory of the season ensured she picked up the individual overall gold. Zoe White’s fine season continues as she finished 4th on the day and an impressive 4th overall for the season. Jess Neal is returning to form and posted a great 5th place performance. Lily Tappenden was a strong 8th (6th individual overall). Niamh Milmo was a good 13th and her seasons efforts saw her finish 10th overall. Abbie Leeves was 15th and Isabelle Bridge 18th and having both raced in all four XC’s were highly place overall with 12th and 13th places respectively. These great U15 results were more than enough to win the team gold.

Peter Guy led the U15 boys home after a brave start attacking the race with the front runners eventually coming home in 8th place but more impressively shooting up the individual table finishing an impressive 2nd. Joe Georgiadis was just behind in a strong 9th and then close packing with a great run from Robert Suckling in 11th, Ben Gardiner a solid 12th and a fantastic overall 4th for the series. Cameron Swatton had his best league run finishing high up in 15th and making the top ten overall in a fine 8th. Justin Strover looked strong crossing the line in 25th and Charles Winton completed his league campaign in style with by far his best run of the season in a pleasing 29th giving him 19th overall for the season. The team as a whole for the season was fourth behind some very strong Kent clubs.

Millie Smith had another solid race in the U17 girls race and won herself the bronze trophy in the individual overall standing. Lottie Weitzel had her highest finish of the year in a great 6th and Amy Leach’s 7th place saw her finish high up the overall individual table in 5th.Great to see Jess Sellar competing over the country and finishing in the top 10 with a solid 9th place and Charlotte Fairies in her second outing for the club completed our squad in 15th place. The U17 girls winnings ways had them firmly fixed at the top of the league table.

The U17 boys age group has been dominated by Tonbridge AC but the BBHAC lads did well to get amongst them and Lewis Mills’ 5th place on the day was good enough to earn him the bronze individual overall trophy. Michael Eagling had a great run in 8th with Oscar Hussey finishing his league season in 14th and 10th overall. Callum Myatt was 16th on the day and 11th overall for the season with Charlie Andrews just behind in 18th and 16th overall for the series. Finlay Brannan, in only his second race for BBHAC ran well crossing the line in 21st and Lewis Warren worked well on the 5k course coming a good 32nd. Overall the U17 boys performance was good enough to secure silver in the team competition.

Four U20 girls ran in the senior women’s race helping them to win the six to score competition. Kelsey Fuss ran well finishing 11th, Sam Leighton was a great 37th with Joanna Clowes just behind in 41st and fantastic to see Shannon Riskey back running over the country finishing inside the top half in 66th.

With no senior men’s race two of our U20 men ran in the combined U17 and U20 race and Charlie Davis finished a high 6th place and James Crawley did well crossing the line in 12th despite having had a busy evening the previous day.

Paul

Photos from Rod Harrington

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12/11/16 - Kent League - Sparrows Den, Hayes

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The athletics world was rocked this week when two of Britain’s young bright stars tragically lost their lives in a road traffic accident, whilst doing the sport they loved, something thousands of our young athletes do week in week out throughout the country.

Stacey Burrows and Lucy Pygott both from Aldershot, Farnham & District Athletics Club were on an early evening training run when the accident occurred and the athletics world paid tribute to them both, at various running events this weekend.

At Sparrows Den, Blackheath and Bromley HAC home Kent league fixture a memorial wreath was laid at the start of the U17 girls race before a well observed, poignant minutes silence. Many of the clubs’ athletes, officials and supporters also wore black ribbons in tribute to the two girls who will be sorely missed.

The sombre mood and a clash of events including county inter counties and regional rounds of the English schools cup saw fewer numbers braving the rain and the tough hilly, wooded course that Sparrows Den is renowned for.

However, BBHAC had a good degree of success winning five of the nine races contested with an emphatic victory in the senior men’s race from BBHAC’s Olympian Scott Overall.

Ellie Dolby got winning ways off to an early start by powering her away to victory in the U13 girls race. A strong run from Daniella Harper in 4th and Amarisa Sibley in 5th ensured a good team win. Strength in depth is massive in this age group as a further ten BB’s girls finished well. Lily Meers was a strong 8th, Olivia Berry 12th, Heidi Forsyth 13th and Ella smith 17th. Kelsey Pullin had her highest finish to date in 21st as did Hanna Clark finishing 25th. Zara Aslam made her club debut finishing well in 29th with Isabella Louth crossing the line in 33rd, Sofia Elliot was 46th and completing the impressive numbers was Amelia Willars in 55th. With one fixture remaining the U13 girls are currently top of their league.

Not to be out done our U13 boys were equally impressive with a victory and large numbers running, finishing with five in the top seven and eight in the top twenty. Great to see the field flooded with Blackheath and Bromley vests. Sam Reardon and Tom Brash battled together all the way around with Sam winning the sprint but Tom was just a second behind in 2nd. Thomas Penlington finding his old form again finishing a great 4th with first year boys Ben Campbell and Max Gregson running hard to finish 6th and 7th. Matt Smith will be pleased with his highest position of 12th as will Oliver Robertson in 14th. Jamie Sears with two more years in this age group was a strong 20th. Sam Stuart making his full BBHAC debut ran really well crossing the line in 28th just in front of Callum Carlton in 30th and Jake Anthony in 33rd. Like Jamie, Oles Chaban has two more years in the U13s and did well finishing 38th just a head of Nick Paddington running well in 39th.Good to have Josh Buddle Smith back running after a short break in 45th completing a very strong U13 boys squad who currently lie 2nd in the league.

Morgan Squibb continued her fine form finishing a clear winner. Zoe White, not put off by her fall at the start of the last Kent league fixture had her best run of the season finishing a really strong 6th with Lily Tappenden only four seconds behind in 9th. Niamh Milmo had a good run in 17th just ahead of Jess Neal in 18th with Abbie Leeves 22nd, Emily Davis 24th and Issie Bridge 25th, completing the U15 girls squad efforts leaving them top of their league, albeit by only one point.

Eight U15 boys toed the line for their 4.2k course and Peter Guy will be pleased with his great 5th position just seconds behind the leading few. Ben Gardiner had a good run in 16th, Robert Suckling worked hard finishing 20th with Cameron Swatton and Keir Lundy battling down the home straight, finishing 22nd and 23rd respectively, one second apart. Jake Leng was 34th just ahead of Luke Simpson in 35th and Charles Winton having his strongest run of the season finished in a great 37th. The U15 boys are currently 5th in their very strong league.

The U20 and U17 combined women’s race saw a strong victory from our sole U20 Jess Keene and a season’s best run for Amy Leach had her crossing the line in a solid 4th. Millie Smith was 6th, Lottie Weitzel 7th, Grace Scopes 10th, having already coached our youngsters in the rain in the morning and Jess Sellar 13th and great to see Charlotte Fairies 23rd making her club debut finding time to run after also coaching at our young Bees academy in the morning. The U17s top their league table.

The U17 boys age group is dominated by Tonbridge AC placing 1- 5 but Lewis Mills and Michael Eagling held their own and did well placing 7th and 8th. Oscar Hussey was a good 14th, Callum Myatt 22nd, Charlie Andrews 29th and Finlay Brannan making his club debut did well despite falling on a muddy section, to finish 30th with Lewis Warren completing the squad in 37th. The U17 boys are currently second behind the strong Tonbridge team.

All our U20 men decided to double the distance they had to run by lining up with the seniors. Olympian Scott Overall was overall winner (no pun intended) but a great showing from the U20s saw Marco Arcuri and Charlie Davis high up the field finishing 25th and 27th only four seconds apart and that was after both had spent the morning coaching our under 11 endurance athletes in the rain.

James Crawley looked strong finishing 53rd with Tom Desborough just behind in 56th and ever present Scott Bulmer had his best run so far this winter in 173rd and the icing on the cake was beating his dad Nigel.

This home fixture also doubles up as our young athletes cross country club championship and so gold, silver and bronze club champs medals were awarded to

              Gold                    Silver                            Bronze
U13 girls Ellie Dolby            Daniella Harper             Amerisa Sibley
U15 girls Morgan Squibb     Zoe White                     Lily Tappenden
U17 girls Amy Leach           Millie Smith                   Lottie Weitzel

U13 boys Sam Reardon      Tom Brash                    Thomas Penlington
U15 boys Peter Guy            Ben Gardiner                Robert Suckling
U17 boys Lewis Mills           Michael Eagling             Oscar Hussey

BBHAC were responsible for the running of this fixture and that was in no small way thanks to many BBHAC members, parents and friends and special thanks go to Nic Corry who turned up in a free 30 minute window to help despite no family members running, John Reardon arriving early and leaving late to put up and dismantle the tent, Nic Swatton and Mick Keene for their help with the tent, Peter Lovell for all his help all day in the rain and ‘track’ Steve who turned up just to help dismantle the tent because he knew we would need help. A true team effort made light work of what can be a difficult job, especially in the rain.

Further afield BBHAC members were racing in various other meetings. Niamh Bridson Hubbard and Will Fuller were on International duty running for England in Atapuerca, Northern Spain where Niamh finishing 10th and Will 13th in their respective races.

At the English schools cup SE regional final race at Tonbridge, Sophie Hoare won the inter girls race, Tola Pearse was 2nd and Rosie Allen was 18th. Amelia Middleton was 15th in the junior girls race while Rowan Fuss and Joe Georgiadis were 13th and 14th in the inter boys with Oscar Heaney Brufal just behind in 19th. Barnaby Corry was our only representative in the junior boys race and finished 64th.

Amy Miller ran well to finish 6th in the schools inter counties in the West Midlands running for Surrey.

The British cross challenge series started in Milton Keynes and U13 Naomi Toft ran well finishing 5th with Madolina Samoila crossing the line in 31st in the U17 girls race.

The next club fixture is the final Kent league at Danson Park on 29th November when all the individual and league tables will be completed. Hope to see you all there.

Paul

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29/10/16 - Kent League - Somerhill School, Tonbridge

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The magnificent buildings and grounds of Somerhill school, Tonbridge were once again the backdrop for the 2nd fixture of the Kent league cross country series and the perfectly and precisely marked out course witnessed some great racing.

The girl’s reign supreme, now sitting at the top of the league in all the age groups that they contest. The boy’s numbers are huge and their collected efforts leave them second in the U13 and 17 age-groups and 4th in the U15’s behind a very strong Tonbridge AC.

The U13 girls got proceedings off to a winning start with Ellie Dolby dominating and winning comfortably by 14 seconds. Daniella Harper had a superb run finishing 4th and young Lily Meers had her best run to date crossing the line in an impressive 6th to help win the team race. Strong back up from Mayaan Radus in 9th then three in a row with Amelia Middleton 16th, Amarisa Sibley 17th and Olivia Berry 18th. Ella Smith was 20th, Heidi Forsyth 24th, Kelsey Pullin 29th, Hannah Clark 39th, Isabella Louth 41st and Amelie Willars 57th completed the strong squad.

Sam Reardon and Tom Brash then led the BBHAC U13 boy’s contingent home with strong runs in 4th and 6th respectively. Ben Campbell continues to impressive finishing in a great 12th helping to secure second team position. Tom Penlington was a strong 16th, Max Gregson 20th, Matt Smith 22nd and making a fantastic debut was 11-year-old Jamie Sears looking comfortable finishing 28th. Great back up from Oliver Robertson 31st, Will Andrews 36th, Jake Anthony 39th and Adam Parkinson in 42nd. Barnaby Corry in his first cross-country run of the season was 49th, 11 year old Oles Chaban 53rd and Nick Paddington 58th rounded off an impressive number of U13 boys.

The U15 girls were also victorious with Lia Radus winning, coming out on top of the battle with the Thanet RR girl. Morgan Squibb, (possibly still jet lagged from her USA travels where she competed for Great Britain and finished 5th in the World Biathle (run-swim-run) Championships) did well to finish high up in 5th and Amy Miller had a very strong run finishing 7th to complete the three to score team win. Zoe White continues her great season with a fine14th place finish, Lily Tappenden 16th, Niamh Milmo 19th, Isabelle Bridge 23rd, Emily Davis 25th and Abigail Leeves 27th completed the strong U15 squad.

Twelve U15 boys toed the line for BB for their 4K race and Rowan Fuss came out on top finishing a great 6th. Peter Guy, despite falling on a tight bend, did well ending up 17th and Ben Gardiner in 23rd completed the three to score result of 4th place. Robert Suckling was 24th and Cameron Swatton was 26th, Keir Lundy 37th, Justin Strover 38th, Luke Simpson 47th, and a great run from Charles Winton in 53rd. Seb Large was 59th with Ethan Kitteridge 61st and Jake Leng 63rd rounded off the large U15 boys squad.

Only four U17 girls made up the BBHAC squad but they were strong enough to win the team race. A strong performance from Millie Smith, despite losing a shoe in warm up, saw her finish an impressive 3rd. A great run from Grace Scopes placing 7th with Yasmin Austridge 8th and Amy Leach 12th completing the squad results.

The U17 boys finished a good second in the team competition after a great performance from Lewis Mills finishing 4th. Callum Myatt was a strong 13th and Oscar Hussey did superbly finishing 15th despite only just making the start line in time after a horrendous journey from France that left him with only minutes to spare! Charlie Andrews was a solid 22nd and Coleman Corry on his first winter outing this season was 35th and Chris Swinfen completed the squad in 43rd.

BBHAC had no representatives in the U20 races as our U20’s chose to race in the longer senior races. Jess Keene extended her run of great form winning her first senior Kent league race looking comfortable all the way around the 5k circuit.

Kelsey Fuss looked good finishing 19th as did Sam Leighton in 40th and Joanna Clowes in 42nd.

In the senior men’s race Richard Webb used his study break from Cardiff University well finishing high up in 12th, Charlie Davis excelled at the senior distance of 10k and crossed the line in solid 20th. Thomas Desborough was a great 37th and fellow U20 James Crawley was a good 67th and Scott Bulmer in 182th completed the U20 squad.

Now half way through the Kent league series next we have the National Cross Country Relay Championships at Mansfield to look forward to where we hope to be amongst the action in all age groups.

Paul

Photos from Jay Galley

 

Photos from Rod Harrington

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15/10/16 - Kent League - Stanhill Farm

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A record number of runners started this winter’s Kent League cross country season at the pleasant surroundings of Stanhill Farm, Dartford. With the weather more suited to the track season Blackheath and Bromley HAC young athletes were out in force with many making the BBHAC debuts and some making their winter debuts.

The course was fairly flat, firm under foot and great for spectators and we had great interest in every race as 75 of our young athletes competed throughout the day.

The U13 age group gave us our biggest turn out and our debutants made a big impact helping the girls to win the team race and the boys to place second in their team race.

The U13 girls are so strong in depth that we had eight BB in the top 14 with new girls Naomi Toft and Annie Thomas finishing a great 1st and 2nd with Ellie Dolby just behind in a solid 4th. Consistent Daniella Harper a great 8th, Amarisa Sibley in her debut league cross country race 9th, Lily Meers also on her debut in 10th, Olivia Berry 12th and Amelia Middleton also on her first club winter race 14th all well inside the top 20. Ella Smith had a great run in 21st and the ever improving Kelsey Pullin was 27th. Heidi Forsyth was 31st, Hanna Clark 38th and Amelie Willars making her BB debut was 62nd completing a very strong squad.

The U13 boys produced the biggest squad of the day with 16 athletes toeing the line to start the 3.3k two lap course. With Tonbridge AC flooding the front end it was great to see Tom Brash hold his own and split them up crossing the line in 3rd backed up by a fast finishing debutant Luca Thurlow, finishing 8th just two seconds ahead of Ben Campbell in a great 9th. With three to score in the team event these results ensured a fine second behind a strong Tonbridge team. BB U13 squad is strong and large and so the black and magenta vests kept crossing the line with a good 11th for Eddie Sellar and 12th for Max Gregson followed by 14th for Thomas Penlington. Matt Smith finished well in 19th with Oliver Robertson a solid 24th. Callum Carlton ran well finishing 31st as did Will Andrews on his debut finishing high up the field in 32nd. Alex Sibley was 36th and Jake Anthony making his debut league appearance was 40th with Adam Parkinson just behind in 42nd. Year 6 Oles Chaban had an impressive debut run in 46th and Nick Paddington 52nd and Josh Buddle Smith 53rd completed our strong squads efforts in a field of over 80 club runners.

The U15 girls did the clean sweep placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd with Yasmin Marghini winning well on her first winter outing followed by Morgan Squibb running in her normal determined fashion holding on for 2nd and third place was filled by another new girl making her club debut Tola Pearse. Zoe White placed a great 13th, Lily Tappenden 15th, Rosie Allan 18th. Emily Davis was 23rd just in front of Niamh Milmo in 24th. Abigail Leeves was 26th and Isabelle Bridge completed the strong squad in 29th.

The U15 boys had the second largest team out with 15 black vests on the start line. Great to see Peter Guy back running over the country, having missed a year through injury and being involved in a very high standard age group. Peter did well finishing 9th backed up well by Rowan Fuss, also niggled recently with injuries, in 13th and Joe Georgiadis in 14th placing 4th in the team race just one point behind third Ben Gardiner ran well in 20th and Oscar Heaney Brufal on his winter BB debut looked strong in 22nd. Keir Lundy was a solid 27th, Cameron Swatton had a good run in 29th as did Justin Strover in 37th. Jake Leng crossed the line in 49th and Matthew Pond, using a park run for a warm up was 52nd and Luke Simpson on his full BBHAC debut was 55th. Leo Braden was 62nd, Seb Large 64th, Ethan Kitteridge 72nd and Charles Winton in 77th made up the BB U15 contingent.

The U17 girls squad of eight packed their number together tightly all finishing inside the top 20 and comfortably winning the team race. Madalina Samoila ran well placing a great 5th followed by Millie Smith who continues her great winter with another strong run in 6th. Grace Scopes finished well in 8th as did Amy Leach in 9th. Good to see Genny Allan back racing, finished 14th with Jess Sellar just behind in 15th. Stephanie Taylor completed the strong squad finishing 20th.

It is encouraging to have seven U17 boys racing and this is the largest number of U17’s we have had for many years and this resulted in a great 2nd place finish behind an as ever strong Tonbridge team. Triathlete Michael Eagling made his winter opening run a solid one pacing 8th with Lewis Mills a strong 13th. Oscar Hussey continues to impress finished 16th with Callum Myatt a good 19th. Charlie Andrews was 31st, Lewis Warren 38th and Chris Swinfen on his BB winter debut was 51st. U20 Charlie Davis started well but had to unfortunately withdraw with a tight chest.

Young athletes girls team captain Jess Keene had the choice to run 3.6K with the U17’s or 5.3k with the seniors and chose the latter, an inspired decision as she ran a great race finishing 4th. Kelsey Fuss getting back to her old form looked solid finishing an impressive 8th.

The U20 men had the same dilemma of running 5.3k with the U17’s or 9.8k with the seniors and all chose to run the longer senior event. Boy’s team captain, Marco Arcuri, inspired by his young athletes performances earlier in the day ran superbly placing 28th in a field of 225. Tom Desborough took a day off his university weekend exploits to run for the club and placed 41st, James Crawley finished well in 56th and good to see Scott Bulmer running and finishing 209th.

The next race, 29th October, is the second fixture of the Kent league series, in the lovely grounds of the Somerhill schools Tonbridge where the challenging course will as always be beautifully prepared. The following Saturday 5th November is the National cross country relays where we will be selecting three teams of three athletes for the annual event held in Mansfield.

As ever our parents, grandparents, family and friends were a great support to the club as is our long distance Welsh fan Bryn, supporting from a far!

 

Photos from Luigi Arcuri

 

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