Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC's work with
youngsters has been recognised by the Jack Petchey Foundation who have
added the Club to its Achievement Award Scheme (April 2007). The Club
has been awarded Gold Status, the highest level at which the Scheme
Each month the clubs selects one young person, in
the 11 to 25 age group to receive an Achievement Award. The month's
winner receives a framed certificate and a cheque (payable to the club)
for £250 to be spent on a club project of the recipient's choice. In
addition more Senior Club Members can be recognised through the parallel
Leader Awards Scheme.
This has been a huge boost to the Club who are the
current National Champions in the Junior Age group and who have twice
won and finished second in the Young Athletes in the last three years.
Senior Internationals such as Montell Douglas, Michael Skinner, Dwayne
Grant, Julian Golding and Mark Steinle have all progressed through the
Club's younger age group teams.
Further detail of the Jack Petchey Foundation can
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Isabelle is the club's number 1 walker. She ran in almost every cross
country race for the club this season and last year finished 7th at the
English schools walking championships. She often helps out with coaching
in her group and is always willing to lend a hand.
2016 - Callum Gardiner
Callum joined Blackheath in May 2012. Callum has been MenCap National
Champion for 100m at Under 15 and Under 17. He is a valued member of our
Youth Development League Sprint Squad, having run as the anchor leg in
our opening match at Eton, in the 4x100m. Callum relishes the
opportunity to compete, and supports the club competing in the Sweatshop
Southern League both at Hornchurch and at Bromley. He is supported by
his mum and dad Carey and Jason. We are fortunate as a club this year to
have wide ranging sprint talent, and this makes for good competition,
Callum has not stepped back from training and maintained a great
attitude, even though he is in competition with a number of other
runners. It is great for the team to have Callum in there giving us
strength and depth.
2016 - Morgan Squibb
Morgan's performances improved through the cross-country season and she
made a major breakthrough with an outstanding run at Castle Donington to
finish runner-up in the National Cross Country Championships and lead
the club it to its first ever team victory. This represented an
improvement of over 125 places on her 2015 result. She has backed this
performance up by finishing 4th in the Inter-Counties in Birmingham
leading Kent to the bronze medals, and finishing 17th in the English
Schools Cross-Country in an older age-group (second in her own year).
She ran in every fixture throughout the season.
2016 - Amy Leach
always turns up for the club and seems to be happy to run in whatever
races she is asked to run in. Amy missed the national team medal by 1
place in 2015 but was part of the silver medal winning team at the 2016
national cross country. She persevered all season and was consistently
picked as reserve for the Kent cross country team. Amy was selected for
Kent in the inter county cross country championships 2016.
2016 - James Lancaster
James has had a highly successful season in his second year in the
under-15 age group. He improved his hammer performance by 10m, from 49m
last year to 59m in 2015. In doing so, he won every Kent League and
Youth Development League hammer event for the club, came second in
Surrey, South of England and England Schools Championships and capped it
all by becoming England Athletics Under-15 hammer champion. James also
contributed very useful league points in shot and discus.
2015 – Annie Davies
Annie is just an all-round top girl who has developed into a fine triple
jumper and a very proficient sprint hurdler. She has filled critical
holes in the YDL team all season and no task is ever too much for her.
Finishing 3rd in Istanbul as a U17 was a remarkable achievement.
2015 – Marco Arcuri
Marco has been winter captain for the boys two years in a row. This role
he takes on whole heartedly as he does with all things Blackheath. Marco
trains diligently and is the first to encourage his training partners.
Marco always turns up early to races enabling him to assist team
management in various roles from walking the course with the young
athletes to handing in team declarations. Marco puts loads back into the
sport by regularly helping the coaching team. On trips away Marco is a
great mentor to the younger ones, leading by example, ensuring they get
the most out of the experience whilst still having fun. Marco regularly
helps out at the youth club.
Marco is also one of the rare breed that both train and compete at the
track and also regularly visit the club house on a Wednesday to compete
and socialise, he's not a bad athlete either!!
2015 – Jess Keene
Jess has been in recent years a key member of the successful girls'
teams over country, on road and on the track. She has also had a deal of
individual success, including, this year, English Schools and Schools
International as well as contributing lots of points in the YDL (often
taking on 3 or 4 events each match) and winning in Istanbul.
2015: Niamh Bridson Hubbard
Niamh has shown great resilience in recovering after a very trying
injury and has built on a fine winter championship season over the
country with some impressive performances on the track this summer.
These Include in the UKWL and YDL, as well as the England Athletics u20
2015: Joe Freeman (Nigel)
Joe joined Nigel's training group in October after racing a few times
for the club last year in the u17 age group. Joe asked to join having
not trained consistently before, but has been ever present this winter
usually training 3 times a week. He has shown dedication to training
with a great attitude and has a willingness to listen and desire to
improve and is an excellent addition to Nigel's small squad. He has a
positive attitude and is always smiling and enjoying the training as
well as the social side of mixing and meeting new friends. He is well
liked by his fellow group members. Joe has also been to training days at
Lee Valley and a training day at Blackheath run by Lorna Booth and he
has received excellent feedback at all events. Joe truly deserves to be
rewarded for the hard work he is putting into his training with personal
bests this summer.
April 2015: Shannon Hylton (Tim and John)
Shannon is the British senior Indoor 200m champion despite only being
U20. She has also smashed her previous pb taking it to 22.94 when
winning the Loughborough International recently. She is currently ranked
3rd in the world!
2015: Magda Cienciala (Karina)
Magda is 6th in the country for both the 100m and long jump. She also
does the high jump and is part of the 4x100m. She is a valuable member
of the u15 girls’ team. Magda is a very supportive, kind girl and is a
great teammate through the good and bad when competing in long jump.
Magda has been selected for English Schools in the 100m.
2015: Victoria Wiltshire
Last summer, in her first year of athletics, Victoria threw the hammer
50m, had a championship record of 1st in Kent, 2nd in South of England
and 3rd in English Schools (plus 4th in UK rankings/3rd in England
rankings). She also had many wins for the club in Young Athlete leagues
making her a valuable member of our team.
2015: Isabella Hilditch
After sustaining a metatarsal break competing in the 300m Hurdles in the
Young Athletes final in September and being unable to train properly
ever since, Isabella has none-the-less demonstrated a fantastic desire
and commitment to do whatever she is able to retain her fitness and
enthusiasm for athletics. She has undertaken whatever training she was
able but importantly she has kept a smile on her face despite knowing
she faces some big challenges ahead when she gets the all-clear to
resume full training. She is a great team player.
The latest three Jack Petchey winners with Asha Philip, below are a
few words about why they have received their award
November 2014: Kelsey Fuss
At the start of May, Kelsey had never run
a steeplechase race and by the end of August she had won the Kent and
South of England 1500m Steeplechase titles and finished runner-up in the
National 1500 metres Steeplechase championship at Bedford. She is ranked
third in the country in this event, additionally she reached the final
of the English Schools 1500m
October 2014: Sophia Harper
Sophia has been a best friend to Nia
Gornell for many years and has supported her through her battles with
injuries and cancer in recent years. You will be aware from your days as
a hare at Crystal Palace what a talented athlete Nia was during her
Primary School years during which time she was a member of the Bees
Academy and B&BHAC. Last weekend Sophia along with her mum took part in
the Shine Night Walk for Cancer Research UK walking 26.3 miles through
London Streets starting at 9.00pm and finishing just before 7.00am and
in the process raising to date nearly £700. In addition to her
participation in the walk Sophia along with her head of year at Hayes
Secondary School have organised a 3k run to raise even more funds for a
children's cancer charity. Her participation in both events have been as
a result of wishing to support her friend and help with the fight
A wonderful achievement for a 13 year old
acknowledged with a Jack Petchey Award and encouraging her peers to
support other people if the need arises.
September 2014: Edward Adams
He has done incredibly well this year. He is also a much-needed member
of the team. Also ranked highly in the country in the long jump, discus,
hurdles and is part of the relay team. Only this weekend he fort off
stiff opposition and came 4th in a pentathlon at Lee valley and now
ranked 8th in the country, is off to the National final. He came second
last weekend in the England Athletics Under 15 Boys Octathlon
Championships at Bedford. This was a great effort by him in some very
poor weather conditions. Edwards commit to training and competition this
year has been outstanding and I see him as a very important club member
as he moves up the age groups if he continues to develop at the same
rate in future years.
Official pictures of club members
collecting their Jack Petchey medallions at the ceremony last night (19
A couple of pictures of how I spent my Jack
Petchey money, A meal at Nando's Bromley with David Liston's training
group (19 July 2014)
Charlie Short, June 2014
Charlie quietly has worked away on his throwing,
training diligently away from the spotlight. He is not the biggest
physically, but what he demonstrates is that if you have a desire for
something then through dedicated hard work wonders can be achieved.
Charlie has also embraced one of the harder events
that the team has to compete in in the Kent Young Athletes League - the
Charlie demonstrated leadership and team spirit
that day and the walkers ended up contributing high numbers of points to
the team total, which was completely unexpected and very welcome.
Henry-James Cowie, May 2014
Henry-James is an extremely dedicated sportsman,
who has given his all throughout the track and field season, and also
during the winter at cross-country.
He is talented at a wide range of events, and his
selection for Kent Schools Pentathlon is consequential and well
deserved. Henry-James has made new athletes to the squad welcome in his
own natural way, and his deep interest in rankings, targets and what can
be achieved results in him being a natural motivator for the athletes
He is a good ambassador for the club, and he has
forged friendships and relationships with regular adversaries, which
displays great sportsmanship.
Sonia Woolhouse, April 2014
Sonia Woolhouse sets a great example as a 'team
player': always willing to take on an extra event (or three) for the
benefit of the team and a highly popular member of the team.
Karina Harris (blonde) and Eloise Locke (dark
Eloise was the recipient of the Jack Petchey award
in September 2013 and Karina in November 2013. They both competed
regularly as U13 in the nationals and Kent’s. They both broke club
records last year and won gold medals at the Kent championships and the
Kent relays. Both were ranked top 10 in the country for their events.
See how Yasmin celebrated
Yasmin Austridge, March 2014
Yasmin has been an ever present and consistently
high performer throughout the cross country season, from the first cross
country relay at Sparrows Den in September until the final fixture the
English Schools championships earlier this month, where she finished in
13th place. Having won medals at County, Inter-county and National level
She always has enough energy after races to rush
around the course supporting the other athletes from the under 13s to
the adults. She is always not only a cheerful and enthusiastic member of
the team but a valuable one as well.
Vivian Olatunji, February 2014
As a result of some very good indoor
sprint performances from Vivien, Vivian was selected for the England U20
team competing in Cardiff, and was also called up as part of the GB U20
4x100m relay squad.
Things are going from strength to strength for
Vivien and she is predicted to have a very good outdoor season for 2014.
She is a dedicated and valuable member of the training group and is
really deserving of this award.
Thomas Desborough, January 2014
Tom has, for a long time, trained hard
and put his all into each race. Last week he won his very first Kent
schools vest (something that many take for granted) and he couldn't have
It's a great reward for all his efforts. Tom is a
great example to many others at the track and proves that hard work does
eventually pay off.
Tom Desborough receiving his Jack Petchey
award, March 2014
Jonothan Pettet wins the Jack Petchey Achievement
Award for September 2010. Jon is a
consistently successful athlete, which he has become through dedication
and hard work on the training field. He has made huge improvements in
his personal bests for all four sprints this season and still has much
more to talent to show. He also captained the team to victory at this
year’s McCain NYAL Auxiliary Final and has begun to pass on his
knowledge and experience, coaching as part of the Bees Academy for
school years 4 to 7.
Shannon Riskey is awarded the Jack Petchey Award for
August 2010 for her outstanding achievement
this season. She has made great improvement to her time in the 600m,
becoming the Bromley Primary Schools Champion as a result. Shannon also
finished 5th in the 800m at the Kent Championships. She is an
enthusiastic and vital team member, always willing to help out by
filling in on any events and gaining essential points.
Charlotte Colegate receives the Jack Petchey Award
for July 2010 for her volunteer work as a
coach. She is putting her experience in athletics to good use, by
helping to coach some of the Club’s up and coming stars. Charlotte is
also an important member of the Club Record holding U17 Women 4x100m
Wheelwright was the Jack Petchey Achievement Award Winner for the month
of February 2010. Alex received her award
for her performances at the Kent Indoor Championships and the National
performance at the Sportshall National Athletics Final at the LG Arena
in Birmingham saw her become National Sporthall High Jump Champion. She
cleared 1.45 to win on countback.
Rachel Dickens is the latest recipient of a Jack
Petchey Foundation Achievement Award. She receives the award for
January 2010 for her gold, silver and
bronze medals in the South Of England Indoor Championships. She is
ranked third in the 200 and 5th in the 300 in the under 17 age group
this Winter, a great achievement as she is only in the first year of
this age group.
Katrina Cosby is the Jack Petchey Foundation
Achievement Award Winner for November 2009.
Like many of the winners Katrina is not only a talented athlete she is
also another who is putting her experience in Athletics to good use by
helping coach some of the Club’s up and coming stars.
Jessica Matthews is the winner of the Jack Petchey
Achievement Award for October 2009. Jessica
is the current South of England Indoor Champion in the under 20’s high
jump and has been an important member of the Club’s various age group
teams for a number of years. Unfortunately she has had more than her
fair share of injuries but nevertheless she has continued with her Sport
and is already putting her something back in by helping with coaching
some of the Club’s youngest members.
Latest receipient of a Jack Petchey
Foundation Achievement Award (September 2009)
is one of the Club’s youngest members Ellie Lawrence. Ellie broke the
Club under 13 record for the shot putt this Summer with a distance of
9.78 beating the previous best of International Shaunagh Brown by over
20 centimetres. Ellie is a regular member of the Club’s young athletes
8 July 2009 - Not all of those in the
picture are from B&B. Our athletes are:
Bottom row (2nd In) Amber Read, former British Heavyweight champion
boxer Julius Francis, Dina Asher-Smith & Katherine Jones.
Top row from left to right (2nd in) Sam Jackson, Jennifer Hamer, Reon
Gowan-Wade, Andrew Jordan, Dan Putnam.
Mark Longhurst is the Jack Petchey Achievement Award
winner for June 2009. Mark broke the Club
Record for the pole vault with a clearance of 4.31, adding a centimetre
to Scott Huggins previous mark. He is a talented all rounder and has
scored many valuable points to the Club’s Young Athletes and Junior
Ben Parkin is the Jack Petchey Achievement Award
winner for May 2009. Ben has been one of
the unsung heroes of the Young Athletes team in the past always
available for matches and keen to do a variety of events. This year he
has blossomed further running one of the quickest times in the country
over the 400 hurdles. He is also becoming an important part of the Under
Daniel Haque has received the Jack Petchey Foundation
Achievement Award for April 2009. Daniel
has started the season in good form in the sprints but his efforts for
the Club don’t end there. He is also coaching in the Clubs Bees Academy
for school years 4 to 7 supporting the next generation of the Clubs
Holly Fletcher is the Jack Petchey Achievement Award
winner for March 2009. Holly has been a
regular for the Club over the Winter months at cross country but has
also enjoyed great success in the National Sportshall Athletics final
where she won the 6 lap race.
Loraine Ugen is the Club’s Jack Petchey Foundation
Achievement Award winner for February 2009.
The 17 year old has enjoyed a very successful indoor season which has
been recognised with selection for England in the Celtic Cup and for
Great Britain in a jumps International in the Netherlands. Loraine has
improved her best in the long jump to 5.91 the second furthest in the
country this year and was an important member of the Club’s Junior team
who became National Junior League Champions last Summer.
Ben Hopkins is the Jack Petchey Foundation
Achievement Award winner for January 2009.
Ben won the Under 17 mens’ 60 metre hurdles at the South Of England
Indoor Championships. He has been an important part of the Club’s young
athletes squad in recent years scoring numerous points for the team in
the hurdles and sprints.
Jen Hamer is the Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement
Award Winner for the month of December 2008.
Jen has enjoyed a fine start to her Athletics career and was recently
crowned the Kent Cross Country League Under 17 Champion for 2008. She
also won the Holly Run in Reigate by a huge margin last month. She has
been a virtual ever present for the Club in 2008 over track, cross
country and road.
Amber Reed is the winner of the Jack Petchey
Foundation Achievement for November 2008.
Amber has been making great improvements as a middle distance runner on
track, road and cross country and recently became the under 15s champion
in the Kent League for 2008. She also won a schools Inter Counties match
in Birmingham recently.
Winner of the Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Award
for October 2008 is Andrew Jordon. Andrew had an outstanding season in the Under 17s
age group and was the number one Hammer thrower in the country in his age group.
He won the National, Area and County titles as well as the English Schools and
Schools Games. He has been an invaluable member of the Club’s Under 17 and Under
Katherine Jones has been nominated as the Jack Petchey
Foundation Award winner for September 2008. Katherine, who was the Young Athletes girls captain this
year, has been one of the Club’s biggest points scorers in the League in recent
years and won all three of her events in the National Final. Her win in the
discus was a new personal best and the following week in the National Junior
League Final, against athletes up to three years older she won the B string
discus, again with a personal best performance. The only athlete who threw
further in the A string was team mate Shaunagh Brown who she trains with under
coach John Hillier.
Reon Gowan Wade, an under 13,was the
August 2008 winner of the Jack Petchey award.
Montell Douglas is the Jack Petchey Foundation Award
winner for July 2008. Montell broke the
British Womens 100 metre record with a time of 11.05, five hundredths of
a second quicker than the previous record of Kathy Cook which had stood
since 1981. As a result of her performance Montell was selected to
represent Great Britain at the Beijing Olympics where she competes in
the 100 and 4x100.
Jack Petchey Foundation Award winner for
June 2008 is Dina Asher Smith. Dina has
been in outstanding form all Summer and broke both the Club 75 metres
and 150 metres on the same day at the Kent Young Athletes League match
at Canterbury. She is currently ranked third and fifth in the country in
these events with bests of 9.9 and 19.6 seconds. Dina has developed her
talent in the Bees Academy, a Blackheath & Bromley coaching scheme
designed specifically for children in school years 4, 5, 6 and 7, to
encourage their participation in sport and to develop their athletic
potential to the best of their ability.
Jack Petchey Foundation Award winner for
May 2008 is Dan Putnam. Dan had an exciting
month winning three gold medals at Kent County Championships in the
Under 17s 100,200 and 400 metres. He also won silver and bronze medals
in the 100 and 200 metres at the South Of England Championships. Dan is
the Young Athletes team captain and has led the squad to three
consecutive wins in the Southern Premier Division this year.
The Jack Petchey Foundation award for
April 2008 has gone to Scott Overall.
Scott's just falls within the Jack Petchey radar and he receives his
award in recognition of his performance in the 5000 metres when he broke
the Senior Mens Club Record with a time 13.28.33 just outside the Great
Britain B standard qualifying time for the Beijing Olympics. Although he
is based in the United States Scott is a keen follower of Club affairs
and is looking forward to representing the Club in matches when he
returns in July.
Sam Jackson was the Jack Petchey Foundation
Achievement Award Winner for March 2008.
Sam was a near ever present for the Club's teams over the Winter months
and one of the most improved athletes. He is now looking to put his good
endurance base to good use and revise his personal best on the track.
Sam Jackson used his Jack Petchey money to take his
training group out to Nandos in Bromley - June 2008
Anike Shand Whittingham was the Club's Jack Petchey
Foundation Achievement Award Winner for January
and February 2008. Anike set a new Championship Best Performance
at South Of England Indoor Championships winning the 60 metres. She then
won the 60 metres at the England Athletics Indoor Championships.
Rebecca Smith receives the Jack Petchey Foundation
Award for December 2007. Rebecca has been
an ever present for the club in cross country events and mostly been the
only Under 17 competing. She finished 4th overall in the Kent League for
Lauren Blackie received the Jack Petchey Foundation
Award for November 2007. As well as being a
talented, Nationally ranked athlete, Lauren also puts her time back into
the Sport as one of the regular coaches with the Bees Academy, the
Club's coaching scheme for school years 4 to 7.
Latest winner of an Award, for October
2007, is Alex Bruce Littlewood. Despite only being a first year junior he has made a big
contribution to the Club’s Senior teams, running in both the Area and National
Road Relay teams.
Jack Petchey Foundation medallion was presented to Aston
Stockdale for September 2007.
Aston was the Young Athletes captain in 2007 and has also
been a great supporter of the Junior team. He produced a motivational
video prior to the National Young Athletes Final and has produced a motivational
DVD for distribution to local schools.
The Jack Petchey Foundation Award for
August 2007 went to Tom Bensted.
Tom Bensted is the latest athlete to receive a Jack Petchey
Foundation Achievement Award for the month of August. Each month the club
selects one young person, in the 11 to 25 age group to receive an Achievement
Award. The month's winner receives a framed certificate and a cheque (payable to
the club) for £200 to be spent on a club project of the recipient's choice.
Tom has had an outstanding Summer, under his coach John
Powell, winning both the English Schools and the English Athletics 400 metre
titles. He has been an invaluable addition to the Club's Under 15 boys team
competing with distinction as well over the 100 and 200 metres.
The Jack Petchey Foundation Award for
July 2007 has gone to Sarah McLellen for her
contributions to the Club's teams and for also for organising a fund raising
ticket disco with the proceeds going to help with the European Champion Clubs
Cup match in Brno, in the Czech Republic.
Huggins is the latest athlete to receive a Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement
Award for the month of June 2007. Each month the club selects one young person, in
the 11 to 25 age group to receive an Achievement Award. The month's winner
receives a framed certificate and a cheque (payable to the club) for £200 to be
spent on a club project of the recipient's choice.
Scott has not only broken the Scottish Junior pole vault
record four times this year but also helps the Club by coaching in the Bees
Academy. A virtual ever present in the Club’s teams he is also happy to help in
other events when the team is short and competed in the shot and javelin in the
first British League match of the season.
Brown is the Club's first recipient of a Jack Petchey Foundation
Achievement Award for the month of May 2007.
The award will not necessarily go to outstanding athletes, it could
equally go to members who are making a valued contribution to Club Life.
Shaungh's award is, therefore, made, not just for her breaking the Club
Junior and Senior discus records; achieving a European Junior Qualifying
distance; and gaining her first Great Britain Junior International vest;
but also for the consistent support which she gives the Club's teams.
Her award was presented by her coach John Hilliar
in front of her training group at Sutcliffe Park track. Visit
www.myspace.com/discuschampbrown for more on Shaunagh.