07 March 2023
Kent League 2022/23
11 February 2023 - Kent League - Norman Park
A strong turnout for Blackheath and Bromley was
essential to secure third place overall for the league in the 12 to score
and claim third, over Cambridge, overall for the season in the 4 to score.
Knowing this, we managed to feel 28 senior men and 11
Senior women rounding off an active season for attendance.
The senior women however comfortably winning both the
3 to score and the 6 to score, with Andrea Clement, Chloe Sharp and Morgan
Squib coming 1st, 2nd and 3rd on the day with Jess Keene in 5th, Ashley
Pearson in 9th and Maxine McNulty in 23rd rounding off the 6 to score,
strong performances all round for the women with Sarah Belaon in 30th, Emily
McKane in 42nd and young Kelsi Cornish in 44th. Also in the top 50 with
another great run was Sarah Elmqvist in 50th. U20 Lily Beaton in 61st
proving the strength in depth we now have within Blackheath ladies.
First in was Rob Donoghue in 11th over all closely
followed by Micah Evans and Miles Brown in 13th and 14th. Blair wilson then
came in 22nd to secure the last spot in the team of 4 competition which
proved too strong for Cambridge to secure team 3rd for the season.
Dylan Mitchard, Graeme Lugar and Roger Vilardell, then
coming in one after another in 30th, 31st, and 32nd, followed by the greatly
improved over the season Christian clement in 40th and co Winter manager,
Fintan Parkinson in 43rd. Josh Dowling continuing his strong end to the
season in 50th with new member Richard Webb in 54th impressing on debut.
Blackheath and Bromley stalwarts Darren Corneille and Luca Ercolani then
coming in, in 59th and 60th Darren, just piping n Luca to the final spot in
the 12 to school competition, giving us 3rd team place for the season in
Another welcome return to senior men’s duties for Ted
Marston, coming in 14th for the club and 64th overall followed by super
Roger Beswick in 79th and Paul Sharpe after a strong marathon season in
80th. Ian Scott, a cross country regular, then followed for 18th in the club
and 81st overall.
Steve Evenden, and Jason Meers both regular faces at
these events came next in 117th and 125th followed by marathon man, Francois
Berrier in 138th. Good to see Tobi out before the nationals coming in in
148th position followed by not a new member anymore Chris martin with
another strong performance, just missing out on the top 150. Steve Pairman
came next in 156th, and Luigi Arcuri, getting stronger as the season
progresses in 165th closely followed by Mark Ellison in 171th. Great to see
Andrew Tutt running for the club in 173rd, new member Glenn Dyckhoff
returning from an injury lay off in 185th.
end of season presentation followed seeing Andrea Clement take home an
absolute treasure hoard and Micah Evans picking up the number one spot in
the M40 category. Paul Ross Davies, the same in the M70 category and Roger
Beswick winning his category of course.
Andrea Clement won the senior women’s overall closely
followed by Chloe Sharpe, second with Ashley Pearson winning the W45
category for the season. Hannah Clarke fantastically scoring just seven for
the season winning the under 20s this year. Well done ladies!
Thomas, Sugden and Ted Marston picking up the overall
second and third positions for the season in the under 20s with Harry Fage
also coming third overall in the under 17’s.
A BBHAC Clean sweep in the under 15 boys, Joseph
Scanes, Joseph Hill and Jed Starvis respectively claiming the top spots.
James Shaw and Kane Farrell in the under 13 boys also
topped the charts in first and second position .
Well done everyone a great season and hopefully we can
get together on the 18th for an award night and dinner .
Up the heath
Blair, Micah, Fintan and Simon
Above photos from Blair
26 November 2022- Kent League - Foots Cray Meadows
Foots Cray Meadows was the scene on Saturday for the
penultimate cross country meeting this year and running in pairs seemed to
be the theme. Of which Robert Donoghue and Dominic Smith, a new member, came
in first. Rob in 12th overall with a time of 28,59 and Dominic 15th in 29,10
an absolutely fantastic debut for Blackheath a welcome addition to the
senior men’s team.
Next, came Martin Richardson having now caught the
cross country bug and running 29.35 to come in 22nd place on his Kent league
debut followed by Micah Evans in 23rd with 29,37.
The next pair was Dylan Mitchard and myself, Blair
Wilson, supposed to be in marathon taper, lol, coming in in 36th and 37th
times of 30,43, 30,44 respectively. Another phenomenal debut for the club
Dylan, welcome to the team. A strong finish left me unable to catch you at
Again in Noah’s Ark style, Fintan Parkinson, also in
full taper for Valencia on Sunday and Graeme Lugar came next in 41st and
42nd with times of 30,58 and 31 dead, closely followed by Darren Corneille
and David Adams in 47th and 48th in 31,26, 31,35. Rounding up to 12 to
score, was the next pair of ever present and consistent athletes, masters
manager Steve hough and XC co-manager Simon Harris in 75th and 79th with
33,12 and 33,19.
The last ‘pair’ was M60 legend Roger Beswick in 86th
overall, with 33,42 and Ian Scott in 87th also in 33,42.
More solid performances followed with Steve Evenden
coming in 120th with 35,29 followed by Jason Meers in 144th in 363,5 and Rod
Harrington in 167th in 38,09.
Another strong debut for the club new member, Glenn
Dyckhoff saw him come home in 181st place with 39,19. A very strong M60
season expected from him next year. Just ahead of also new member Harry
Schmidt in 188th in 39,44 and sneaking in the top 200 was Mick Neal in 198th
with a time of 40,40 all very good Ttmes on a very soft course. Luigi Arcuri
then narrowly missing out on another top 200, came back in 41,04 to round up
a very impressive turnout for Blackheath giving us third overall in 4 to
score and 12 to score categories for the day.
This leads us 3rd overall in the 12 to score and 4th
overall after three events with one to go in the 4 to score, only a point
behind Cambridge. Every effort will be made by the team managers to field a
full strength team for Norman Park in February with the goal of getting over
So for the season, in the overall standings, some
Blackheath athletes are doing very well indeed. Of those, having attended
every event Micah Evans is top for the club in 11th overall, Graham Lugar
2nd in 17th and Simon Harris 3rd for the club in 28th. Very strong
performances from some very consistent athletes.
In the M40 category, Micah again lies in 2nd overall
with Simon Harris in 9th and Fintan, 30th.
In the M50 is Jason Meers’s top for the club in 17th
overall followed by Rod Harrington in 57th, and a strong performance
Saturday from new member Glenn Dyckhoff was good enough to give him 3rd
place for the club at 92nd overall in this category.
No surprises for guessing who tops the club and the
overall standings in the M60 category; Roger Beswick with Steve Pairman in
second, and 11th, and good to see Luigi Arcuri in 3rd for the club in 15th
Another strong season from Paul Ross-Davies see’s him
2nd overall in the M70 and of course top position for the club
There is now a long break in Kent League Cross country
until Norman Park on the 12th of February at which we will hope to take the
3rd spot for the season from Cambridge Harriers. Please keep an eye out for
emails for upcoming events. We have a lot in the break to focus on, thank
you everyone for your efforts so far.
We’ve had a really great, strong start to this season
which has seen a lot of new members and some fantastic performances from
those that have joined up along side some seasoned regulars.
There will be a Christmas meal for the Winter senior
men’s team on Tuesday, the 20th of December. Please email if you haven’t
already reserved a spot and we are planning an end of season awards to name
star performers, Clubman, most improved et cetera et cetera - categories to
be announced later on.
Up the Heath
2022 - Kent League - Danson Park, Bexleyheath
29 October 2022 - Kent League - Somerhill School, Tonbridge
15 October 2022 - Kent League - Swanley Park
More photos from Blair
Sunday saw the Kent cross country league get under way
with an impressive turnout form Blackheath, fielding 34 senior runners even
with a few regulars missing as well as strong contingents in all the junior
age groups, dominating in many categories with the first placed runner in
the under 15 boys with Joseph Scanes; under 20 women in Hannah Clark, Andrea
Clement in the M35 women, Micah Evans in the M40 men, Roger Beswick in the
M60 men and Paul Ross-Davies in the M70 men also.
In the team competitions Blackheath Men were equally impressive coming 4th
in the 4 to score with a phenomenal run from Angus Harrington who clearly
had a bit between his teeth from the start, bringing him in before of some
14 minute 5000m runners ahead of Micah Evans then Miles Brown continuing his
strong start to the season amongst the senior men and Blair Wilson with the
next 3 fastest times of the day, narrowly missing out on third by 6 points
with times of 25:19, 26:06, 26:26 and 27:35 respectively.
BBHAC, comfortably in third for the 12 to score category saw strong runs
from David Adams (38th 27:52); Alessio Tutt (44th 28:10) who looked
particularly good on his senior debut -taking some big scalps and
marathoners Fintan Parkinson, Roger Vilardell and Greame Lugar all making
the top 50 overall on the day in a busy race (28:11, 28:23, 28:28). Next and
making up the top 12 was the ever dependable men’s masters skipper Steve
Hough (30:15 77th), co XC manager Simon Harris (30:19 82nd) and the age
defying Roger Beswick coming home in 30:20 and 84th overall.
A strong run from Bertie Harrington on senior debut
followed in by Paul Sharpe in 87th and 88th saw competitors pushed down the
order, closely followed by regular cross country runner Ian Scott in 91st
and Joshua Dowling adding cross country to his list of events, narrowly
missing the top 100 in 109th. Steve Evenden in 137th continuing on from a
good Winter last year followed by Matthew Maddocks and Jason Meers battling
till the end for 155th and 156th came in next, followed buy a 3rd place in
the M60 for Steve Pairman in 179th.
The third Harrington over the line was National league
mens manager Rod in 196th enjoying the winter break closely followed by new
member Harry Schmidt, sneaking in the top 200 thus demoting 60 runners from
other clubs, all after park run that morning. Adrian Stocks followed closely
Michael Neal and Mark Ellison rounding up and
impressive turnout for Blackheath came next, still well up the order in
213th and 225th.
Credit to Mick Keene and the Senior women with a
fantastic turnout of 9 runners seeing them take 3rd position in the team of
3 to score over some fierce competition and top place in the 6 to score! In
a field of 114 this was helped by superb runs from Andrea Clement (27:50)
and Chloe Sharp (29:51) in 2nd and 4th, then Amy Leach and Jessica Keene in
14th and 15th (31:43 and 32:10). Great to see these athletes either back
from injury or stepping up into the Seniors. We’ve come to expect a good
performance from Ashley Pearson which is what we got with her coming home in
18th overall In 32:31 and 2nd W45. Making up the top 6 for Blackheath was
Katie Sugden who after a layoff should be very proud of herself to step up
and place so highly picking up valuable points in 32nd (5th W45 in 34:48).
Close behind Sarah Belaon looked strong in 34th
(35:07) as did Sarah Elmqvist in 43rd (35:33). Another great run rounded up
the Blackheath team with Jenny Leng placing 4th in the W55 category in
37:17, cruising through the line just inside the top 60.
A great win for the U13 girls, dominating the top half
of the field with Sophie Tran, Evie De Bruyn, Rowan Pearson, Freya Pearson,
Elizabeth McGillivray, Amelie Ramdeen, Ariana Jenner-Heard, Chloe Morez,
Mariana Caceres and Francesca Newman all running superbly with Aoife
McDonagh, Alba Homans-Yau and Kara Bryan taking the top spots for the club
and the 3 to score.
Following suit, the U13 boys won their match
convincingly with rival Tonbridge only managing to get within 10 points with
Kian Farrel, James Shaw and Daniel Horgan making up the top three to score,
with the team; James Bunn, Finn Gotkine, Benji Evans and Matthew Tootall all
finishing well up the rankings.
4th team place In the U15 girls 3 to score with great
runs from Niamh Stanley, Isabel Pauling and Beth Regan in 10th, 11th and
13th and another top spot for the Boys with Joseph Scanes, Joseph Hill and
Jed Starvis making the top 3 in 1st, 4th and 10th.
The U17 women also won, Cary’s Firth, Megan Slattery
and Liberty Whyte storming home in 2nd, 4th and 8th closely followed by Cara
Gould and Isla Pink in 17th and 18th. String performances from Lola
Bischoff, Molly Shaw and Amie Gould saw the whole team come home in the top
40 and under 25 minutes impressively.
The U17 men were third in the team event, Blackheath’s
fastest on the day were James Barnes in 4th with a time of 17:56, Harry Fage
off a successful track season in 8th only 14 seconds behind and Lewis Brook
in 12th (18:50). 13th was Joshua Healy and 17th was Mark Constable. All well
up the field and continuing to do proud the hard work put in by the clubs
current and former youth set up and coaching staff.
The U20’s women looked formidable as Hannah Clark and
Morgan Squidd topped the table in 19:35 and 19:47 respectively, with Cameron
Kelly-Gordon in 7th winning the team competition convincingly. A great run
from Lily Meers saw all BBHAC athletes finish in the top 12.
Thomas Sugden in the U20’s did extremely well, coming
home in 6th not far in front of Ted Marston in 9th. A good day all round for
800m runners. With so many under 20s men making their senior men’s debut, no
team position in this category for the club.
Some categories have been featured more than others
but I will even it out through the season and sorry if I spelt anyone’s name
wrong but let’s capitalise on this and build throughout the season looking
forward to seeing everyone at Tonbridge next, And hopefully we can get a
good turnout at the club events the next one being the Club 5 mile XC
championship at Sparrows Den this Sunday 23rd October.
Up the Heath!