11 November 2018
Kent League 2019
2019 - Kent League - TBA - Norman Park?
24 November 2018 - Kent League - Foots Cray Meadows
10 November 2018 - Kent League - Danson Park, Welling
27 October 2018 - Kent League - (incls B&B YA C-C Champs) Somerhill Park, Tonbridge 28-10-18
13 October 2018 - Kent League - Beech Grove Academy Nonington
10 November 2018 - Kent League - Danson Park, Welling
27 October 2018 - Kent League - (incls B&B YA C-C Champs) Somerhill Park, Tonbridge
A cold winters day greeted those that travelled for
the second beacon race down at Tonbridge. Whilst we didn't quite get the
numbers to achieve our lofty ambitions of beating Tonbridge, those that
attended all put in strong performances.
Leading the team home in 6th place was Ross Braden,
who was looking good for 3rd position with a mile to go before fading
towards the end. Next home, in 13th was Jon Vintner doing his best Will Ruiz
impression. A very strong run considering *not* Will Ruiz had been out
injured since July and only been back training in the last 4 weeks. Ever
consistent Alex Gibbins achieved another top 20 finish (20th) to put himself
in the #1 spot in the V40 Kent League standings this year. The scoring 4 was
completed by Chris Tuck, who despite struggling with fitness and a few
niggles put in a strong performance to place 44th. This put us in 3rd place
on the day in 4 to score.
There was some good packing following on from Chris,
Tom Desborough continued to show his form by improving by 16 places from the
first Kent League, he was joined by Luca Ercolani, and after a battle
throughout the race Desborough managed to outsprint Luca. They finished 46th
and 47th respectively. Only a few positions behind was Gareth Evans, who
finds himself in 6th position in the V40 league standings after two races
with a finish of 50th (9th V40).
Next in was Paul Sharpe on his return to form putting
in a stellar effort to get 86th place. Graham Hollingdale snuck in the top
100 (99) as our next runner in and was closely followed by Heath Anthony 4
places back, going from strength to strength in his debut Winter season. The
scoring 12 was made up by good runs by Steven Hough in 112th and Jason Meers
The final runner in was Dan Marks, doing his best Tim
Ayres impression. To make things worse injury struck a lap in causing him to
pull out and being wrongly informed that he was our 12th man, the Tim Ayres
impersonator carried on valiantly to finish in 226th.
A big thank you to everyone that turned up for the
team and the supporters on the day.
Ross, Dan & Chris
13 October 2018 - Kent
League - Beech Grove Academy Nonington
The Kent league cross country season kicked off this
weekend in lovely sunshine in the Kent countryside. The Bruderhof community
were our hosts, as they opened up their grounds near Canterbury for us to
run, over what was a fairly flat but challenging course, with a long uphill
drag mid lap.
Blackheath and Bromley vest were out in large numbers
as over 70 of our young athletes turned up for the first of the four Kent
The U13ís 3k races were first on the timetable and the 16 girls on the start
line combined well bringing the team home in second place. India Blakey, on
her debut ran with great confidence placing 5th, Megan Slattery went off
hard and was rewarded with a fine 8th and Tallulah Ndikanwuís hard work paid
off as she finished 10th. The girls team were 2nd.
The U13 boys had 9 warming up but were struck hard as
three were unable to finish. Jamie Sears ran hard finishing a solid 10th
with Arthur Starvis not far behind in 16th. Josh Healy had a great debut run
placing 28th followed by two more making their debuts, Harry Fage in 35th
and Nathaniel Brunner in 38th. Jasper Brooks on his first race for the club
completed the squad in 54th. Archie Whitehead warmed up and was keen to go
but an existing calf problem flared up and so he rightly didn't run. Oscar
Witcombe was going well until a knee injury, picked up during the week,
flared up making it impossible to continue Oles Chaban in his first winter
outing also suffered with an existing injury and did well to pull out before
doing more damaged. The boys were 5th team
The U15 age group provided our largest numbers with 11
boys and 18 girls making for an impressive line of black vests at the
start.The U15 boys teams produced some great results and finished 2nd team
overall. Tom Brash, coming back to great form crossed the line in 5th with
Sam Reardon 7th, Freddy Georgiou 13th and George Shaw 21st. Matt Smith had a
great run placing 24th, Will Andrews was 27th and Thomas Sugden, making his
club debut finished with a flourish in a creditable 31st. Good to have Jake
Anthony back running for the team and finishing 39th and Ted Marston brought
the team home in 45th.
The U15 girls totally dominated their race taking 9 of the top 11 spots,
easily winning the team race. English schools 800m champion Zakia Mossi
powered around the 4k course winning in style with Naomi Toft and Anwen
Thomas and Hanna Clark looking equally impressive in 2nd and 4th and 5th
The U17 girls also dominated their age group
comfortably winning the team race over the 5k course. Ava White ran well
placing 2nd, Sophie Hoare was a strong 3rd, Lucrezia Polloni a solid 4th and
Jess Neal ran a gutsy race placing a great 5th.
The boys U17 team had six toe the line for their 5k effort. A great run from
Cameron Swatton in 14th followed by Jake Leng in 26th, Alex Davis in 29th,
Justin Strover in 33rd. Ever present Bailey Marks ran well finishing 35th
and Harvey Blanden completed the squad in 41st.The team placed 5th.
BBHAC had four U20ís racing, two male and two female.
Lewis Mills won the U20 contest and Theo Wood was 11th but with only two
running, no team placing was achieved. Like wise in the girls race no team
score was recorded but this didnít stop great runs from Iyata Santos, in her
first cross country, winning the U20 contest, racing with the seniors. Mille
Smith was an impressive 3rd.
Our hosts produced an interesting well marked out
course and provided a BBQ and hot and cold drinks on tap, free of charge all
Without a girls team manger we were very fortunate to
have many parents happy to help, handing out race numbers and walking the
course with the athletes to help prepare them for their races. Many thanks
also go to our President Paul Byfield (normally only seen in the summer!)
and past president Ken Daniel for their help in setting up and taking down
the club tent that was well used throughout the blustery day.
A slightly depleted but always competitive team
arrived in the secluded Beech Grove Academy in Nonington for the 1st Kent
League fixture of the season on the Saturday just gone. The flat and firm
cabbage patch farm was replaced with an equally firm but thankfully
undulating course on an unseasonably warm October day.
First across the line was Rob Donohue on his first
occasion leading the Blackheath charge home in 17th. He was made to work for
it, though, as Alex Gibbins was the point of the Blackheath knife for most
of the race, and it was only a late charge by Rob that relegated Alex to
second and 18th place, albeit at the expense of two South Kent Harriers.
Gareth Evans made his usual strong start to the cross country season by
following them in 35th, and Tom Desborough continued his recent rich vein of
form by finishing in 61st to complete the scoring quartet.
Paul Sharpe followed closely behind Tom in 67th as
part of his preparation to tackle another marathon. Club stalwart Dan Marks
was next in 111th, soon joined by Steve Hough in his first Kent League race
in 13 years in 122nd. Tim Ayres, waving to supporters like a royal, and Rich
Byford completed the Blackheath team after running in tandem for the entire
race to in 162nd and 163rd. It was a commendable effort from both after the
former's parkrun that morning and the latter's impending run at the Royal
Parks Half-Marathon the following day.
The scoring four came 5th out of the 19 complete
teams, but the lack of numbers prevented the 12 to score category being
completed. The only way is up, however, and that is exactly what will happen
at the next Kent League fixture: Saturday 27th October in Tonbridge. Are
athletes are coming far and wide to compete, so make sure your there for the
2nd Beacon race of the season and the chance to beat Tonbridge in their own
Up the Heath!
Ross, Dan & Chris