Last updated 28 June 2005
Press Releases for
April, May & June 2005
A hectic few days of Athletics has seen a British Record,
a League record and more Club Records for Blackheath & Bromley athletes. The
Senior Women moved closer to promotion in the UK Women’s League and the Young
Athletes are almost certain to be defending their National title at Birmingham
in September. The Senior Men need to produce a strong performance in their next
British League match after struggling in their match at Copthall.
In addition to Alex AlAmeen, Ashley Harris has been
selected for the European Youth Olympics in Italy next month and a staggering 40
of the Club’s athletes have been picked for next months English Schools
Championships in Birmingham.
British Athletics League Division Two,
After a couple of mid table positions in the opening
two fixtures of the British Athletics League Division Two, Blackheath &
Bromley’s Senior Men slumped to last place in the third of the four League
matches at Copthall.
The result leaves them 6th in the 8 team division with the
bottom two relegated. They have 10 League points, equal to 5th placed Cardiff,
compared to Harrows 8 with City Of Stoke propping the table on 5 points.
The relegation places will be decided at the last match at
Stoke at the end of July. A result such as Saturdays would send the Club down.
One of which they are capable of would see them survive.
Main reason for this disappointing result was the
unavailability of athletes due to injury, work commitments, a clash with the
British Milers Club races at Solihull, and people resting before this weekends
AAA’s Under 20 and Under 23 championships.
In fact although the team came last on the day it was
actually a fine effort by the athletes who competed as a number achieved
There won’t be many youngsters in this country who will be
able to go into school this week and say that the previous weekend they raced an
Olympic gold medallist. St Olave’s schoolboy Daniel Haque will. The 16 year old
was involved in a blanket finish in the 100 metres, a race won by Sale’s Darren
Campbell in 10.6.
Daniel was just one tenth of a second adrift in 10.7 but
had to settle for 5th place. Hopes were high that he would be even closer to the
Olympian in the 200 metres but disaster struck on the bend with the youngster
pulling up with a hamstring tear.
This was a blow for the Club as despite his tender years
he would have been one the Club’s top points scorers of the day. This was the
preserve of the Club’s more Senior athletes. Vice captain Sam Bobb led by
example with second place in the triple jump to add to the useful points he
scored in the long jump. Andy Hodge has been competing for the British League
team for 20 years and continues to do the Club proud. While the spring may have
sprung from his high jump (his 1.75 on Saturday was someway off his best of
2.10) his natural talent shone through in the third place achieved in the “B”
triple jump; his 4th place in the B javelin and 7th in the A sprint hurdles.
Likewise Spencer Newport has been a stalwart of the League
teams for years and he ran his fastest time for two years in the 5000 metres as
he ran 14.59.5. In the B string newly crowned Kent 10,000 metre champion Peter
Tucker also ran his best for some time as he clocked 15.30.9.
A number made their League debuts. Junior James Poole
showed maturity beyond his years to be competitive in the 800 metres and made a
huge contribution the team by coming in at short notice to race the 400 B string
and running a strong leg in the 4x400. Both Nick Gasson and Jon Thorpe ran
personal bests in the 1500 metres; as did Alex Gibbins in the steeplechase.
In the field Steve Timmins gained valued points in all
four throws as did Alan Fairbairn in the hammer and shot.
Seasons bests came from Ernest Duncan in the 400 Hurdles
(56.6), Chris Hogg 3000 steeplechase (10.37.3) and Dan Ryan 800 (2.01.1)
UK Women’s League, Stoke
The Club’s Women’s team seem set for promotion from
Division Four of the UK Women’s League after another second place in their match
at Stoke. The top two teams are promoted each season and after the second of the
three matches the Club lie in second place three League points clear of third.
Best performer of the day was Sam Singer who ran a seasons
bests of 56.9 to place 2nd in the 400 metres and 25.2 to come 2nd in the 200
Training Partner Bella Clayton also had a good day. She
was taken ill during the last match at Ware but returned to action in some style
in the Midlands running close to her season’s best in the 800 before storming to
victory in the B string 200 metres.
Bella only ran the 200 after Amy Godsell had to pull out
of the event after injuring herself coming a good 3rd in the 100 metres
Christine Lawrence just missed out on first place in the
javelin while Rachel Blackie showed an indication of the improvement she has
made in the Hammer this year in being disappointed to have thrown 48.96.
Personal bests came from Bryony Proctor in the 1500 metres
(4.56.0), and Clare Cooper in the 400 B string (59.1) but just as crucial in the
team result were the performances of individuals who competed in more than their
The Club finished just one point ahead of Thames Valley
Harriers so a crucial two points were scored by Carolyna Jones Baldock who was
7th in the Hammer and former Commonwealth and Olympic Swimming Champion Diana
Mantoura who was also 7th in the Discus, just a metre down on the Club over 50’s
Annie McDonough started in Athletics as a road runner but
she performed admirably on her track debut to place third in the B string 3000
Jo Wood had another good day as she won the 400 hurdles B
race in 70.8; Katy Benneworth impressed with a win in the B string 100 metres;
and Rachel Chadwick (400 hurdles), Ella Fisher (800 and 1500) and Leanne
Critchley (high jump and hurdles) made important contributions to the team.
Icing on the cake was the return to competition of Sandra
Alaneme who scored good points in the long and high jumps and shot before
contributing a leg in the 4x100.
The Olson sisters Hannah and Natalie are still awaiting
clearance to compete in League competition but showed what an asset they will be
to the Club by both clearing 3.50 in the pole vault. This meant they both
equalled Natalie’s Junior Club record of 3.50.
When they are cleared to compete in team competition they
will greatly strengthen the squad and with a further 9 of those who competed at
Stoke still in the Junior age group, the future looks bright.
National Young Athletes League, Havering
A sparkling performance by Blackheath and Bromley’s
under 13 girls 4x100 metre relay team saw them break the British best for the
event at the latest match in the Southern Premier Division of the UKA National
Young Athletes League. The quartet of Jasmyn Raikes, Nenisha Nelson-Roberts,
Sheridan Lewis and Sian Hurlock timed 52.6 to smash the previous best of 53.09
which was set in 1999 by Wigan and is of course a League record and Club record
The performance came at an important stage of an exciting
match in which the Club just maintained their unbeaten record in the Division
with a narrow victory over a strong Harrow team.
Both Clubs went into the match unbeaten and mid way
through the afternoon there was nothing separating the two squads. Blackheath &
Bromley then edged clear and this British best was the first of the Club’s eight
wins in the nine relays.
The result means the Club have now beaten the strongest
teams in the Division from last season and barring a complete disaster will
qualify for the National Final in September to defend the title they won in
2004. In fact since the League became a joint boys and girls scoring last season
the Club have won all nine matches in which it has competed.
The relay was not the only League record. The under 17’s
triple jump has been included in the programme for the first time this year and
Lauren Blackie broke the record with a leap of 11.16, two centimetres further
than training partner Jade Castell Thomas produced to win the B string.
Club members also collected two of the four “Athlete Of
The Match” awards. Danny Doyley took the men’s track title for his 22.0 victory
in the under 17 men’s 200. Jessica Matthews received her award for a clearance
of 1.55 in the under 15 girls high jump, a new personal best.
While there were many outstanding performances, the other
story of the day was how athletes were able to switch events at short notice to
cover for others as local traffic congestion prevented some arriving at the
venue on time. For example, middle distance runner Emma Hook took part in the
shot but she won the B string with a putt of 5.42. Similarly Jessica Saville
came in at short notice to race the under 15 girls 800 after Amy Dematos had to
withdraw through injury and javelin thrower Danny Duffin did so also in the boys
event. Likewise Tom Doig returned from injury to throw the under 17s javelin
over 40 metres but also ran in the 400 hurdles and 3000 metres.
Many of those competing were rewarded for their hard work
during the Winter months with National Grade One performances. Apart from those
mentioned above, Under 17 Serita Solomon achieved three in the 100, 200 and 80
metre hurdles. Others in this age group came from James Alaka (200), Scott
Blackwell (400) Joe Stockton and Richard AlAmeen (both Hammer), Scott Huggins
(pole vault) and Shaunagh Brown (shot and discus).
Additionally Sarah Coombs set personal bests to win both
the 800 and 1500, and Sarah McLellan ran her self to near exhaustion for the
team in the hurdles, and there was a welcome return to racing for Claire
McNamara who won the B string 3000 metres.
In the under 15 age group Jermaine Alexander continued his
outstanding Summer with grade ones of 11.6 and 23.5 in winning the 100 and 200.
For the girls Katrina Cosby timed an excellent 42.3 to win the 300 metres.
For the under 13’s the grade ones came from Matthew
Fletcher in the 200 and Jasmyn Raikes in the 150 metres.
British Milers Club races, Solihull
Three Club members travelled to Solihull for the
latest British Milers Club races and two were rewarded with personal bests.
Michael Skinner broke the 14 minute barrier in the 5000 metres for the first
time as he clocked 13.56.68.
Andrew Rayner moved closer to a sub 3.50 time in the 1500
as he ran a new best of 3.51.00. Russell Bentley remains tantalisingly close to
qualifying time for the World Championship Trials over 800 metres. His target is
1.51.00 which is three hundredths of a second quicker than his best. He is still
searching for the time after running 1.51.91
South East Schools Inter Counties Match,
Many of the Clubs athletes were in action at the South
East Schools Inter Counties match at Sutton Arena as the Schools bodies took a
last look at athletes before making their selections for their teams for the
English Schools Championships in Birmingham next month.
Highlights of the day were the new Club Records set by
Rachel Arnheim and Helen Silvester. Rachel added a further 5 centimetres to the
under 17 Women’ pole vault record as she cleared 3.10. Helen improved her under
15’s javelin record from 27.62 to 29.38 and will be looking to break the 30
metre barrier in the near future.
In the Intermediate Boys age group Danny Doyley
comfortably won the 100 metres in 11.0 and there were other wins for Scott
Huggins in the pole vault with 3.90 and for Ashley Harris in the long jump in
For the girls Katie Murray had a good win in the 800 in
2.21.9 as did Llauren Blackie in the triple jump with 11.15.
Marcus Morrison produced a fine leap of 12.68 to win the
Junior Boys triple jump, a performance which is the second best in the country
this year. Quickest in the 100 this year is Jermaine Alexander and he didn’t
disappoint with a routine victory in the short sprint. Andrew Jordon won the
Hammer by over 5 metres with a throw of 43.84 and Sarah McGuire took the girls
shot putt with 9.83.
South Of England Championships, Ashford
Gold, silver and bronze medals and two new Club
Records were the highlights for Blackheath and Bromley at the South Of England
Senior Championships at Ashford.
Due to timetabling pressures the under 17 men’s Hammer
could not be held with the other age group events at the Under 20 Championship
at Portsmouth last month and so it was included in the Senior Schedule at
Ashford. The wait may have helped Richard AlAmeen who has improved steadily in
recent weeks culminating in a new best of 56.83 at Ashford to win the Area
title. Only just 15 he still has another year in this age group as does Joe
Stockton who took bronze with 51.14.
First year Senior Shavaun Henry won silver in the women’s
2000 metre steeplechase and her time of 7.28.56 took over 10 seconds off her own
There was bronze for Natalie Olson in the Senior Women’s
pole vault. Still a junior, her clearance of 3.50 is a new Club under 20 record.
Sister Hannah took 5th place with 3.20. County champion Katy Benneworth finished
6th in the long jump with 5.49.
Highest placed Senior male was Sam Bobb who was 5th in the
triple jump with 14.91 with Ian Allerton 6th in the 400 in 49.97; Andrew Rayner
6th in the 1500 in 3.55.19, and 52 year old Allan Williams 8th in the pole vault
Fabian Collymore timed 10.95 in the heats of the 100 and
Tawanda Chiwira qualified for the 200 final after clocking 22.09 in his semi.
However he withdrew from the Final as a precaution against injury. Likewise Ed
Harrison qualified for the 400 hurdles final timing 54.75 in his heat but did
not start because of a virus. Michael Claff timed 4.09.17 in his heat of the
National Junior Athletics League, Ware
Blackheath & Bromley’s Senior Women maintained their
unbeaten run in the Southern Premier Division of the National Junior Athletic
League with a 47 and a half point victory over Woodford Green With Essex Ladies
at Ware in Hertfordshire.
This was the third time this season that the team have
defeated last years National Champions and ensures that, with one match to go,
the team has qualified for the National Final at Derby in September.
Joining them there will be the men’s team who finished in
second place at the same venue, their best placing this season. The great
significance of this is the League will be a joint scoring competition in 2006
and the combined team could become National Champions. Both will be challenging
for this individually this season.
Highlight of the afternoon was a new Junior and Senior
Club Hammer Record from Rachel Blackie. She threw 51.10 while Victoria Thomas
made it maximum points in the B event with 47.53.
One of the surprises of the day was Katie Murray’s
clearance of 1.63 in the high jump to win an event for which she does not train.
There were new bests also in the long jump as Lauren
Blackie and Hayley Nouch adapted their run ups to take advantage of the
following wind to leap 5.42 and 5.38. Hayley also got a new best of 11.04 in the
triple jump as did Rebecca Haywood with a 2.45 clearance in the pole vault.
Elsewhere in the field events 2nd claim member Jade Dodd
was a class apart in the javelin winning with a throw of 40.47 and Shaunagh
Brown, Flo Clark and Victoria Thomas scored near maximum points in the shot and
It was a similar story on the track where Amy Godsell,
Serita Solomon, Clare Cooper, Rebecca Syrocki and Kara Aretha Graham dropped few
points in the 100,200 and 400.
They with the addition of Leanne Critchley, who had
earlier run a seasons best of 70.2 in the 400 hurdles, Rebecca Taylor and Katie
Murray rounded off the day with wins in both the 4x100 and 4x400.
For the men good wins came from Southern Champions Daniel
Haque in the 200 and Stuart Harvey in the javelin while Scott Huggins won the
There were some new winners for the Club too. Danny Brewer
sprinted to a surprise but deserved victory in the 3000 metres and 2nd claim
members Jeremy Odametey and Dextor Nichols gained maximum points in the long
jump with leaps of 6.89 and 6.83. Jeremy also won the triple jump with a
distance of 14.48.
Danny Doyley just missed out on victory in the B 100 but
returned to win the B string 200 event..
In the throws the Williamson brothers, Amir and Alistair,
picked up second places in the discus with 41.47 and 41.05. Alistair had earlier
finished runner up in the Hammer with Richard AlAmeen winning the B event. A
most unlikely pairing of events was made by Adam Atkinson. He set a best of
36.20 in the B javelin and also helped the team by running the 3000 metres.
Similarly Dale Willis competed in the high jump and steeplechase showing that a
successful a team not only needs talented athletes but also people who will put
themselves out for the squad.
No doubt they were inspired by Club President Anne Cilia
who travelled straight to Ware after completing the 26 mile Moonwalk overnight
The Club held a very successful Club Championships at
Norman Park. The Senior men’s 800 provided one of the most memorable races of
the day as Junior James Poole timed his finish to perfection to beat Kent Senior
Champion Jamie Atkinson and British League regular Martin Airey. He recorded a
best of 1.58.0. Daniel Haque won the 200 with ease and also made a rare
excursion into the triple jump where he leapt 13.17 for victory.
In the Under 20s Paul Rochester continued his recent good
form with a win in the 200 in 23.6 and there was a new personal best for
Victoria Thomas who threw 48.22 in the Hammer. Training partner moved down a
weight to use the 5kg implement in an attempt to achieve the qualifying mark for
the European Youth Olympics. He threw 63.24 but this was still outside the
qualifying standard of 67 metres.
In the under 17s new member Doug Palmer won the 200 and
some brave front running ensured victory for Richard Davies in the 800. Richard
AlAmeen and Joe Stockton were both over 50 metres in the hammer with 54.81 and
Katie Murray enjoyed her evening with a win in the 300
hurdles in 45.9 and a win in the 200 in 27.1. Rebecca Taylor had a good win in
the 800 in 2.15.5.
A large entry in the under 15 girls 200 meant three heats
to decide the finalists with Katrina Cosby winning in 26.4. Amy Dematos
dominated the 800 winning in 2.22.8. For the Boys Jermaine Alexander won the 200
in 23.8 from Aston Stockdale (24.0) and Stephen Cavey ran 2.07.9 to win from
Cameron Ward (2.09.8)
Matthew Fletcher impressed in the under 13s 200 winning in
26.4 and Sian Hurlock took the girls 150 metres in 21.0.
BMC Nike Grand Prix
Mark Steinle, Britain’s 8th fastest marathon runner of
all time, made his return to track racing when he finished 5th in the AAA’s
10,000 metre championships that were incorporated into the BMC Nike Grand Prix
This was his first track race for three years and has
followed 18 months of injury problems so it was no surprise that he did not
challenge his best of 28.04. He actually finished in 29.18.79 which was a
promising performance as he timed over 31 and a half minutes for the same
distance on the road just six weeks ago.
In the 1500 Michael Skinner was just outside his best in
the A race as he closed in 12th in 3.42.86. One who did improve was Andy Rayner
who clocked 3.51.94 to finish 2nd in the E race. Jamie Atkinson ran 3.55.80 in
the D race.
Russell Bentley returned from a recent injury niggle to
run a new best in the 800 of 1.51.03 while Shavaun Henry timed a very useful
11.32.30 in the steeplechase.
Most notable performance at the Bedford Games came from
Natalie Olson. She cleared 3.45 in the pole vault to break the Club Junior
Record by 40 centimetres. She and her sister Hannah have recently joined the
Club from Birchfield Harriers. Both have bests of 3.90 which means that, with
4.16 vaulter Liz Hughes, the Club has three of the top 10 vaulters in the
country from 2004. Unfortunately at Bedford Liz failed to clear a height.
On the track Fabian Collymore timed 10.73 in the 100
metres with a following wind that was just over the legal limit. Under 17 Danny
Doyley clocked 10.92 in his heat.
In the 400 Alloy Wilson was third in the 400 B race in
48.49 but the most pleasing result of the day was a new personal best for Bomene
Barikor who timed 49.31 in the same race. Ed Harrison returned from illness to
run 54.57 in the 400 hurdles.
South Of England Championships, Portsmouth
Full results for the South Of England Under 20 Championships
at Portsmouth a couple of weeks ago have now been produced and these show
Blackheath & Bromley to have been the most successful Club. The South Of England
Area covers 19 Counties so competition is of a high standard. Nevertheless, the
Club’s athletes won 11 gold , Six silver and 5 bronze medals. The next best Club
won 5 golds and 89 Clubs in total won medals.
The golds went to Stuart Harvey (U20 javelin), Christine
Lawrence (U20 javelin), Rebecca Syrocki (U20 400) Daniel Haque (U20 200), Rachel
Blackie (u20 hammer) Danny Doyley (U17100), Scott Blackwell (U17 400),Serita
Solomon (U17 80 hurdles), Flo Clark (U17 Discus), Jermaine Alexander (U15 100)
and Sarah McGuire ( U15 shot).
Alex AlAmeen, an under 17, ran in the under 20s 110
hurdles and finished in 5th in a new best of 14.79. What this did was secure him
selection for the England team in the sprint hurdles in the European Youth
Olympics in Lignano, Italy at the start of July.
Allan Williams was in sensational form in the Senior
pole vault competition that was incorporated into the Kent Youth Games at
Ashford. The 52 year old smashed the British over 50’s record with a clearance
of 4 metres 40 centimetres, his best clearance for three years. His clearance
added 15 centimetres to his previous record.
Some of his fellow Masters were in action in the Southern
Championships at Battersea Park. They returned with a hatful of medals. Greatest
achiever for the women was Helen Godsell who won the over 50s 100, 200 and 400.
Her time of 13.24 in the 100 was her fastest in two years.
New member Mel Healy took the over 35’s 100 and 200 titles
while it was silver in the over 60’s 100 for Nanette Cross who added 2nd in the
javelin and third in the hammer.
For the men Colin Brand also achieved a hat trick of gold
medals in the shot, javelin and discus, the latter throw of 38.56 being his best
ever in the 65-69 age category. Jim Day was very close to a hat trick as well
but lost the over 70’s high jump on count back. He did, however, win both the
pole vault and the 80 metre hurdles. Gordon Hickey also picked up gold in the
javelin and shot in this age group.
On the track there was double gold for Peter Hamilton in
the over 55s 800 and 1500 while in the field in this age group Mike Martineau
won the long jump.
With such talent in its ranks it is no wonder that both
the men’s and women’s teams top the Kent Veterans League table albeit by small
margins. The 4th of the six fixtures took place at Norman Park with the men
winning and the women finishing joint first.
Mike Cronin (1500), John Robinson (high jump) and Colin
Brand (javelin) produced a clean sweep of victories in the men’s over 60s age
group but the key to the overall victory was the squads strength in depth across
the age groups.
Likewise with the women where a number competed in three
events, most notably Nanette Cross who picked up a first, and two seconds in the
over 60s age group in the high jump, javelin and 1500.
The winners of the League progress to contest the Southern
Final in September.
Kent Schools Championships, Ashford
Highlights of the Kent Championships at Ashford were
Championship Records for Serita Solomon, Scott Huggins and Rachel Arnheim.
Serita won the Intermdiate Girls title in 11.7 by nearly a second from Clubmate
Scott won the Intermediate Boys pole vault contest by over
a metre with a clearance of 4.05 while Rachel won the corresponding age group
contest with a height of 3.05. Second placer Emily Godley also broke the
previous championship record as she cleared 2.85.
As with the County Championships last month Club members
took the lions share of the medals that were on offer.
The only Senior competition to take place was the 2km walk
and Robert Bain timed an excellent 8.32.5 to win this.
James Alaka was in eye catching form in the Intermediate
Boys 200 timing 22.0 in his heat and following with 22.2 to win the final. Other
wins in the Intermediate age group came from Scott Blackwell (400), Rebecca
Taylor (800), Lauren Blackie (triple jump), Joe Stockton (hammer) and Flo Clark
It was a similar story in the Junior age group with wins
for Sarah Harrison (100), Katrina Cosby (200), Stephen Cavey (800), Amy Dematos
(1500), Julia Stacey (2k walk), Marcus Morrison (triple jump), Banke Jemiyo
(discus) and Helen Silvester (javelin)
Southern Women’s League, Colchester
Blackheath & Bromley finished 3rd in the latest round
of the Southern Women’s League, a result that, at the half way stage of the
season, leaves them in 5th place in the 25 strong division. This was a good
result because of the clash with the UK Women’s League and the National Young
Lauren Blackie returned from two months of injury to set a
new best of 11.53 to win the Senior Women’s triple jump, despite the fact that
she is only a first year under 17. Her leap would have ranked her 4th in the
country in her age group in 2004. She followed with another new best in the long
jump of 5.32 as well as winning the B string pole vault in 2.60.
Winner of the A string in the vault was Rachel Arnheim who
also took the B triple jump. The other notable performance in the field came
from Catherine Thomas who improved her best in the Hammer to 26.20. She also
score important points in the shot and discus.
On the track Southern Under 20 Champion Rebecca Syrocki
was in superlative form in the 400 metres winning by nearly two seconds in 57.8
and she also ran a new best of 12.5 to finish second in the 100 metres.
The Club were also indebted to super veteran Helen
Godsell, who as well as competing in her specialist events, the sprints, also
moved up to race the 800. Similarly Louise Smith made a welcome appearance for
the team in the 1500 and high jump; Reading university student Christina
Mantoura amassed a wealth of points in the hurdles and throws; as did Stephanie
Allerton in both hurdles and the B 400.
Also back in action for the team was Abi Jacobs who ran a
useful 28.1 in the 200 while ever reliable Sam Singer not only made her usual
contribution to the team in the middle distance and relays but also took time to
throw the javelin. Rebecca Haywood timed a useful 13.0 in the 80 hurdles to add
to her 51.4 clocking in the 300 hurdles.
The under 15’s scored maximum points in the 800 and 1500
races with wins for Ruby Samuels, Lucy Price, Rebecca Smith and Laura Kastoryano.
There were wins also for Estelle Patten (75 hurdles and B
discus), Grace Sheppard (A high jump) and Katherine Jones (Discus and B high
The Club won both the men’s and women’s team races at
the Beckenham 10km. Former Great Britain record holder for the Ironman Triathlon
Nick Kinsey was just outsprinted and had to settle for second place in 34.52.
However with Darryl Hilliar in 6th (36.23) and Tony Crowder 10th (37.27) they
took the team prize.
Bridget Davey made a rare race appearance finishing in
42nd place overall in 42.37. Kate Pratten 55th (43.47) and Annie McDonough 56th
(43.50) completed the scoring for the Club.
Andy Rayner finished 2nd in the Brands Hatch 10km in 34.04
and it was runners up spot too for David Warrington in the Serpentine 5km in
15.55. Chris Hogg was 3rd in the Lindfield 10km, a multi terrain race, in 43.00.
British Athletics League, Eton
Blackheath & Bromley’s Senior Men’s team improved a place on the 5th they
achieved in the opening British Athletics League Division Two fixture at Cardiff
when they snatched 4th in the second match at Eton. Half way through the
afternoon they were last of the 8 teams but a flurry of points in the second
half of the match saw them surge four places to score 240 points just seven more
than 7th placed Harrow.
The poor start was due to the absence of some key people
from the early events for legitimate reasons plus the non appearance of athletes
who unacceptably failed to inform management in good time that they would not be
able to take part.
Offsetting these disappointments were the spirited efforts
of Sam Bobb who jumped a near personal best of 6.86 in the long jump; Alex Pope
who did set a best in the Hammer; javelin thrower Stuart Harvey who picked up a
couple of useful points in the long jump; and Alloy Wilson and Michael Champion
who filled in at short notice in the 100 metres.
Alloy also set a seasons best of 48.13 to take the runner
up spot in the 400 and there was a massive breakthrough in the B string for Bath
University student Ian Allerton who smashed the 49 second barrier for the first
time to clock 48.83.
Pleasingly all the first team debutants performed with
distinction. Southern Junior Champion Daniel Haque set a legal best of 21.6 to
take runner up spot in the 200 metres; Dale Willis equalled his best of 1.70 in
the high jump as did Jon Thorpe in the 5000 metres.
Captain Mike Skinner scored good points with 2nd and 3rd
places in the 800 and 1500 while Kent County champions Jamie Atkinson and Andy
Rayner were 4th and 1st in the B strings.
Best results in the field came from Sam Bobb again who won
the triple jump with a leap of 14.83 and Stuart Harvey, who showed how much he
has improved this year, by being disappointed that he “only” threw 61.13 in the
UK Women’s League Ware
The Club’s Senior Women made a notable return to the
UK Women’s League when they finished in second place in the opening Division
Four match at Ware. With the top two promoted the squad could move up to
Division Three at the first attempt.
It was a young team but experienced International Liz
Hughes got the day off to the best possible start by winning the pole vault with
a leap of 3.80.
Inspired by this Rachel Blackie and Victoria Thomas picked
up third and first in the Hammer and Katy Benneworth and Hayley Nouch both leapt
5.19 in the long jump.
This was a new best for Hayley as was her 1.40 leap in the
high jump and her 11.01 in the triple jump. She rounded off with a useful 64.2
split in the 4x400.
The other personal best of the day came from Shavaun Henry
who returned from injury to time 10.23.2 in the 3000 metres.
Amy Godsell impressed in the sprints with 2nd places in
both the 100 and 200 the day after being involved in a car crash. Bella Clayton
scored good points in the 800 and 400 before being taken ill, and Sam Singer was
2nd and 1st in the B string 200 and 400.
Christine Lawrence finished the afternoon off for the Club
with a high as she produced the winning throw in the javelin in the last round
of the competition.
National Young Athletes League, Norman
The Club’s youngsters took a big step towards earning
a place in this years National Final when they won their second match of the
season at Norman Park. Although the Club are current National Champions they
faced strong opposition from Enfield And Haringey whose boys team were the
National Champions two years ago before the League became a mixed boys and girls
points scoring contest.
However at the end of the afternoon not only did
Blackheath & Bromley win by a mighty 105 points but when the points were broken
down to boys and girls scores the B & B boys had been their North London rivals
by 35 points.
The Club won three of the four “Athlete Of The Match”
awards and finished the day in the best possible manner with the under 17
women’s team of Sarah McLellan, Sarah Coombs, Rebecca Taylor and Katie Murray
breaking the League Record for the 4x400 metres with a time of 4.11.7.
The Athlete of the Match Awards came for Nenisha Nelson
Roberts who won the under 13 girls high jump with a leap of 1.45; for Andrew
Jordon who won the under 15 boys hammer with a throw of 44.20 to add to his win
in the sprint hurdles; and for Serita Solomon who won the under 17 women’s 80
hurdles by a second and the 100 in a sparkling 12.1.
In the under 17s age group Danny Doyley and James Alaka
took maximum points in the sprints with Scott Blackwell setting another best of
49.7 in the 400 and Alex AlAmeen half a second clear in the 100 metre hurdles.
In the field Scott Huggins took the pole vault title with
a clearance of 4 metres.
For the girls there was near maximum points for Katie
Murray, Rebecca Taylor, Sarah Coombs and Debbie Shearing in the middle distance
as it was for Shaunagh Brown, Flo Clark, Frances Athawes and Rosanna Carter in
Jermaine Alexander was again in superlative form in the
under 15 sprints achieving maximum points in the sprints with Stephen Cavey
smashing his personal best to win the 800 metres in 2.02.8. There was a big
breakthrough too for Cameron Ward who set a new best of 4.27.4 to win the 1500.
However perhaps the most impressive aspect in this age
group was the sheer quality of performance from boys and girls. Some guide to
the standard was that Jessica Harding broke the League Record for the Under 15
girls 300 metres but still had to settle for second place.
One of the finds of the season is under 13 sprinter
Matthew Fletcher. He won the 100 metres in 12.7. Philip Sesemann found that even
running a grade one 2.23 for 800 was not enough to win. Sian Hurlock and Jasmyn
Raikes again scored well in the girls sprints but again they key to the overall
win was the depth in quality throughout the squad.
On a weekend when former club member Kieran Richardson
marked his Senior football International debut with two goals for England, many
of Blackheath & Bromley’s current and future Internationals were in action on a
busy weekend’s Athletics.
The Seniors headed for the Inter County Championships at
Bedford while the under 20’s under 17’s and under 15’s travelled to the South Of
England Championships at Portsmouth for a medal bonanza.
At Bedford, Great Britain International Liz Hughes
completed a hat trick of Inter County victories when she cleared 3.90 to win the
pole vault competition by 10 centimetres.
Former European Under 23 champion and World Championship
representative Jonathan Barbour opened his season by running the fastest 100
time by a Club member this year. He clocked 10.62 in his heat of the 100 but was
knocked out in the semi finals.
Alloy Wilson showed that he is rounding into good form as
he timed 48.24 in the semi finals of the 400. Other promising runs came from
Bella Clayton who was 5th in the women’s 800 with 2.11.37; Jamie Atkinson 6th in
the men’s 800; Russell Bentley 5th in the mile and Robert Bain who set a new
best of 13.22.2 to finish 7th in the 3000 walk.
Robert is still a Junior as is Stuart Harvey who took 8th
place in the javelin with 64.26.
Stuart arrived at Bedford having been crowned Southern
Champion at Portsmouth. He threw 62.40 and it was a double celebration for coach
Brian Benn as Christine Lawrence won the women’s event as well.
Highlight in throws came in the under 20’s hammer where
Rachel Blackie broke 50 metres for the first time as she won the competition
with 50.96, an improvement of nearly three metres. This was not only a Club
Junior Record but a Senior one as well. Training partner Alistair Williamson set
a new best of 59.05 in the men’s contest, but had to settle for silver, just 17
centimetres off gold
The other gold in under 20’s age group came from Daniel
Haque. He took the 200 metre title in 21.62 to lead a onslought on the men’s
In the under 17’s Danny Doyley took full advantage of the
following wind to time a sparkling 10.75 to win the 100 metre title with James
Alaka picking up the silver with 10.91. Danny also picked up bronze in the 200.
Not to be outdone Scott Blackwell burst through the 50 second barrier for the
first time to win the 400 metres.
It was gold too for Jermaine Alexander in the under 15’s
100 in 11.06 which he followed with silver in the 200.
Serita Solomon took the under 17 women’s 80 hurdles title
with an excellent 11.40 while Vanessa Nakangu won bronze in the 300 metres.
In the field the two new Club record holders Rachel
Arnheim and Scott Huggins both took silver in the pole vault with clearances of
3 metres and 3.80 respectively, and there was a win for Flo Clark in the discus
despite the fact that she was only runner up in the Kent Championships earlier
in the month and the Southern region covers 19 counties!
It was, therefore, a double surprise to see Sarah McGuire
replicate this achievement in the under 15’s age group. Runner up in the shot at
the Kents, the Herbie Kuenstlinger coached athlete waited until the last round
of the contest to launch the shot out to a new best of 10.45. She also collected
a bronze medal in the discus.
Not all results were available immediately and so some
medal winning performances may have been missed. However what has been so far is
a continued improvement in the Club’s standards at these Championships. In 2003
3 gold medals were won. Last year it was 9 but so far this year 10 wins have
been highlighted. Full B & B results will be available soon on the website.
National Junior League, Ashford
Blackheath and Bromley’s Junior men’s and women’s
teams are on course to reach the Final of the National Junior Athletics League
in September after the second round match of the Southern Premier Division at
Ashford. The women remain unbeaten and could be on the way to becoming National
Champions. The men remain in third place but with the top four going to the
Final they should get there. As they have not fielded their strongest team yet,
they could still produce some surprises.
Three new Club Records were set. Rachel Arnheim’s
clearance of 3.05 in the pole vault was a new women’s Under 17 and Under 20
record. At the start of the season the Junior record was held by current Great
Britain International Liz Hughes but as Rachel is only a first year under 17 she
still has another three and a half years to improve it further.
Not to be outdone Scott Huggins broke the Club Under 17
men’s record as well clearing 4.15. He was very close to clearing 4.25 which
would have been a Scottish outdoor record.
However neither of these performances qualified for the
Athlete Of The Match award. This went to Rachel Blackie, the Club Hammer record
holder, who threw 46.15 to win her specialist event. It was maximum points for
the Club in this event as Catherine Thomas won the B string event to prove a
more than adequate replacement for her sister Victoria who had to miss the
Other wins in the field came from Christine Lawrence who
won the javelin with the first throw of the competition; Rachel Arnheim, again,
who set a new best of 10.12 to win the B triple jump, and from Anna Smith who
cleared 1.55 to take the B high jump.
On the track sprinters Amy Godsell, Clare Cooper, Kara
Aretha Graham and Vicki Cole were in impressive form gaining near maximum
points. Team Captain Cooper also won the B string 400 in her first attempt at
the distance with Rebecca Syrocki winning the A string event. Other wins came
from Katie Murray who front ran the B 800 and Lauren Smith who set a best of
11.54.8 to win the B 3000.
For the men Stuart Harvey continued his winning streak in
the javelin with a throw of 64.40 and enjoyed his excursion into the world of
The other win in the field came from Richard Al Ameen in
the B hammer with Alistair Williamson throwing a 58.50 best for 2nd place in the
Richard’s big brother Alex won the 110 hurdles on his
debut for the junior team in a very useful 15.3. The other track wins came from
Daniel Haque and Danny Doyley who gained maximum points in the 200 metres.
A number of Club members were in action at the
Loughborough International Match. Fabian Collymore represented Wales timing
10.95 in the 100 metres and helping the 4x100 team to 4th place in 41.75.
Liz Hughes guested in the women’s pole vault clearing 3.80
while Michael Skinner timed 14.16.70 in the 5000 metres and Alloy Wilson ran
48.84 in the 400.
Southern Women’s League
Blackheath and Bromley maintained their unbeaten
record in the Southern Women’s League as they won their home match in Division
One at Norman Park by an emphatic scoreline. They finished with 225 points, 48
clear of Enfield and Haringey (177) followed by Bedford (155) Radley (145) and
It was a fine team performance from a squad that ranged in
age from under 13 Nenisha Nelson Roberts to newest Club member Heather Symmons,
an over 50, who scored some useful points in the javelin.
Nenisha’s 1.46 leap to win the under 15’s high jump was a
grade one performance while Serita Solomon produced two. She won the under 17s
80 metre hurdles in 11.6 and was 4th in the Senior Women’s 100 in 12.5. The
other grade ones came from under 17 Rachel Arnheim who equalled her Club Record
with a 3 metre clearance in the pole vault; Shaunagh Brown who was 2nd in the
Senior Discus with 37.54 and from Rachel Blackie whose 48.05 in the Hammer was a
The blustery conditions did not always favour fast times
on the track but this did not prevent a string of victories in the Senior track
events. Under 17 Katie Murray won the 400 by nearly two seconds with Ella Fisher
making it a double first in the B event.
It was maximum points also for Sam Singer and the
evergreen Maureen Miller in the 800 metres while Bella Clayton strode to victory
in the 1500 metres 8 seconds clear of the runner up.
Sam and Bella then linked up with Katy Benneworth who had
earlier won the B200 and super veteran Helen Godsell to win the 4x100 in 49.8.
There was a double victory for Sarah McLellan in the 300
hurdles and the B 80 hurdles.
The under 15’s achieved National graded performances in
nearly every event in which they competed. Sarah McGuire enjoyed the afternoon
with a hat trick of wins in shot, discus and javelin with other A string wins
coming from Katrina Cosby (200) and Amy Dematos (1500). B string wins came from
Banke Jemiyo in the shot and discus, Helen Silvester in the javelin, Estelle
Patten (75 hurdles) and Ruby Samuels (800).
A fine afternoon finished with the 4x100 of Sarah
Harrison, Jessica Harding, Isobel Ivy and Katrina Cosby winning the 4x100 by
over two seconds, a huge margin.
The Club’s older members have also been enjoying team
success. Both the men’s and women’s have won their last two matches in the Kent
Veterans League and both could qualify for the Southern Final in September.
Particularly pleasing was seeing new members taking part
with Chris Mitcheson winning the men’s over 40’s triple jump on his debut for
the Club at Deangate.
Club President Anne Cilia led by example by setting a new
Club record in the over 35s pole vault with a clearance of 1.65. New member
Heather Symmons set an over 50’s Club Record as well and the excellent team
spirit was demonstrated by European Sprints champion Helen Godsell running the
5000 metres to score points for the team.
The Club enjoyed a hugely successful Kent County
Championships in Ashford where its athletes won 49 gold, 31 silver and 17 bronze
to confirm that, while it is one of the top Clubs in the country, it continues
to improve. In 2004 36 gold medals were won and in 2003 this numbered 30.
Winners were spread across the age groups with the oldest
being Allan Williams in the Senior Men's pole vault. At the age of 51 he took
the title with a leap of 4.20 to show he is recovering from a recent back
problem. There was a double celebration as one of the athletes he coaches,
National silver medallist, indoors and outdoors, Liz Hughes, won the Senior
Women's event in 3.85.
Andrew Rayner got the better of Jamie Atkinson to win the
1500 metres on Saturday but Atkinson returned on Sunday to snatch the 800 title
in a grandstand finish.
Bella Clayton was a comfortable winner of both the 800 and
400 for the women and encouragingly first year Senior Ian Allerton took the
men's 400 in a useful 49.7.
Katy Benneworth retained her long jump title with a leap
of 5.56 as did Sam Bobb in the Men's triple jump with a new personal best of
Two Junior athletes both won Senior titles. Stuart Harvey
dominated the javelin both days winning the Senior Men's event with a mighty
throw of 64.54. Rachel Blackie was also a comfortable winner of both the Junior
and Senior Women's Hammer with 47.68.
Daniel Haque was another double winner. The English
Schools International took both the 100 and 200 titles while another
International Ed Harrison took the 400 hurdles. In fact the Club's athletes won
all the sprint titles in this age group as Vicki Cole took the 100 metre title
and Clare Cooper the 200. Jo Wood picked up a well earned gold in the 100 metre
hurdles and another who continues to improve is Rebecca Syrocki who scored a
comprehensive victory in the 400 metres.
Completing the track success Robert Bain won the 3000
metre walk 30 seconds inside the grade one performance for the event . Back in
the field Amir Willaimson and Christine Lawrence were comfortable winners in the
Hammer and Javelin and Hayley Nouch took the triple jump title in her first
The future looks bright at the Junior and Senior level
judging by the success in the younger age groups. First year under 17 Serita
Solomon sped to victory in both the 100 metres and 80 metre hurdles. Like wise
James Alaka took the 200 title with Vanessa Nakanga winning the women's event.
She also won the 300 as well
Scott Blackwell dominated the 400 wining in 50.80 and
Rebecca Taylor won the women's 800 by 6 seconds.
In the field there were fine wins for Scott Huggins in the
pole vault, Shaunagh Brown (discus), Jade Castell Thomas (triple jump), Richard
AlAmeen (Hammer) and Rachel Arnheim who equalled her Club Record in the pole
vault with a clearance of 3 metres.
One who did break a Club Record was Helen Silvester who
threw 27.62 to win the under 15 girls javelin. This broke her sister Clare's
record set four years ago.
The sprints again brought many medals. Jermaine Alexander
took the boys 100 and 200 titles while the girls races were won by Sarah
Harrison and Katrina Cosby respectively. Aston Stockdale took the boys 400 and
there were wins in the 800s from Stephen Cavey (2.07.22) and from Amy Dematos
(2.23.74). Julia Stacey took the gold in the 3000 walk.
In the field there were further wins for Andrew Jordon
(hammer), Leah Forbes- Morris (long jump) Sarah McGuire (discus) and Jessica
Matthews (high jump).
Club members also took gold in some of the other County
Championships. At the Surreys at Kingston Russell Bentley won the Senior Men's
800 by over three seconds in 1.52.71. Danny Doyley took both the 100 and 200
titles in the under 17s age group while Ashley Harris set a new Championship
best of 7.04 to win the long jump. There were also wins for second claim members
Marcus Williams (u20 shot) and Jade Dodd (u17 javelin).
At the Essex champs at Havering Chelsea O Rawe Hobbs timed
an excellent 16.32.4 to win the 3000 walk by a staggering nine minutes. Oxford
University student Eve Bugler won the Senior Women's 800 title at the
Oxfordshire Championships at Abingdon while Jon Thorpe reigned supreme in the
Senior Men's 1500 metres at the Dorset Championships.
National Young Athletes League, Bedford
Blackheath & Bromley youngsters lived up to their
title of National Champions with a comprehensive win in the opening Southern
Premier Division match at Bedford. Pitted against last year's runners up in the
National Final, Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow, the B & B team ran out
winners by 76 points from WSEH with Bedford third and the City Of Norwich 4th.
Highlights of the day were two more new Club records both in the Under 17's age
group. In the women's discus Shaunagh Brown and Flo Clark both smashed through
the 40 metre barrier for the first time. Shaunagh's throw of 42.43 added nearly
two metres to the previous Club Record which has stood for 14 years. Flo added
nearly four metres to her previous best with 40.20 and these two performances
are probably the best in the country so far this year.
In the men's pole vault Scott Huggins broke his Club
Record yet again. The Charles Darwin schoolboy cleared 4.10 to win the
competition by nearly two metres.
With a team brimming with talent it is difficult to do
justice to the efforts of each individual who took part but there were a number
of notable performances.
In the under 17 women's sprints Serita Solomon was in
blistering form as she timed 12.2 for the 100 and 24.8 for the 200 and in
between posted an outstanding 11.5 in the 80 metre hurdles. Sarah McLellan made
a fine return from illness to time 48.5 for the 300 hurdles and 12.8 for the 80
hurdles as well as contributing a leg to the victorious 4x400 team. They were
anchored home by team captain Katie Murray who led by example, bringing the
house down as she clawed back a 35 metre deficit to secure victory.
The Men's sprinters were in devastating form securing near
maximum points in the 100s, 200s, 400s and both relays. On his debut for the
team Danny Doyley timed 10.9 and 22.3 for the 100 and 200 with English Schools
champion James Alaka taking the B string races in 11.0 and 22.9 despite still
recovering from a chest infection. Scott Blackwell won the 400 by over a second
in 51.3 with Alex AlAmeen over three seconds clear in the B race in 52.3.
It was a similar story in the under 15 girl's age group
with Sarah Harrison, Grace Sheppard and Jessica Harding scoring near maximum
points and Isobel Ivy clocking a useful 12.5 in the 75 hurdles.
Jessica also cleared a good 1.46 in the high jump while
there was an excellent throw in the javelin from Helen Silvester of 27.21 just
shy of the Club Record.
Jermaine Alexander took the Boys 100 and 200 races in 11.2
and 23.0 while Aston Stockdale's B200 win of 24.3 and Jide Muji's B100 runner up
spot with11.9 were also grade one performances.
There were more good sprints in the under 13s age group.
For the girls Jasmyn Raikes ran an impressive 20.5 to win the B150 metres with
Sian Hurlock also timing a good 20.8 for the runner up spot in the A race. Both
won their strings of the 75 metres, Sian in 10.4 and Jasmine in 10.5. In the
middle distance Danielle Critchley won the 1200 by eight and a half seconds.
Nenisha Nelson Roberts had another good day. Her leap of
1.40 to win the high jump was a grade one performance and she added to this with
a win in the B string of the 70 metre hurdles.
Kieran Daly made a promising YAL debut winning both the
A200 and B100 boys races.
British Athletics League Division Two,
A depleted Blackheath & Bromley squad produced a
fighting team performance in the opening National League Division Two match at
Cardiff. Their 5th place is a marked improvement on their opening results from
the last two seasons when they have finished 8th in the 8 team division.
With more people available the team could have been
challenging for one of the two promotion places but this was not to be after a
string of late withdrawals.
The strong winds caused problems for everyone not least
the hurdlers. In the 400 hurdlers Ed Harrison picked up 2nd place in the opening
track race in 55.2 and another new member of the team Ernest Duncan took 3rd in
the B race in 60.1.
In fact the Club had a clutch of 2nd places in the A
string events but no wins. On the track Russell Bentley was runner up in both
the 800 and the 1500. Tawanda Chiwira was 2nd in the 400 and he, Lash Lashore,
Michael Champion and Neil Simpson were runners up in the 4x100 to Sale Harriers
who were anchored home by Olympian Darren Campbell.
The meeting attracted a number of top sprinters and Lash
Lashore commented that he felt like he was lining up in a AAA's final as he went
head to head with Cardiff's Christian Malcolm Sale's Allyn Condon and
Sheffield's teenage sensation Gerald Phiri. All three timed 10.3 with Lash in
6th with 10.7.
In the field runner up spots went to first year junior
Stuart Harvey with 62.16 in the javelin with Sam Bobb second in the triple jump
Alex Pope achieved a new best of 37 .81 in the discus and
also scored valuable points in the shot, vault and hurdles. Amir Williamson and
Alistair Tawanaee score the most points in the hammer for the Club for some time
with 5th in the A and 2nd in the B string and Simon Williams grabbed third in
the B javelin after a very late call up to the team.
Bomene Barikor picked up good points in the jumps and 200
metres. Emphasising the high standards, the only actual win of the day came from
former Junior International Alloy Wilson who took the B string 400 in 49.92.
Jamie Atkinson picked up good third places in the B 800 and 1500 while Chris
Hogg doubled in the steeplechase and 5000, accompanied in the latter by Mark
Ellison who came in at short notice when Joe Mills was held up because of
trouble on the trains.
1. Sale Harriers Manchester (390) 2. Thames Valley
Harriers (342) 3. Windsor, Slough Eton and Hounslow (276) 4. City Of Sheffield
(267) 5. Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC (259) 6. Harrow (226) 7. City Of Stoke
(222) 8. Cardiff AC (213)
One of the athletes who had to pull out of the fixture at
short notice was high jumper Michael Whitehouse. The Great Britain Junior
International was rushed to hospital last Tuesday with meningitis. He is now
back at home but can expect his recovery to be anything between 4 to 10 weeks.
The Club also fielded two teams in Southern League. The Division One team were
5th and the Division Three team 3rd.
National Young Athletes League, Bedford
The Club's youngsters lived up to their title of
National Champions with a comprehensive win in the opening Southern Premier
Division match at Bedford. Pitted against last year's runners up in the National
Final, Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow, the B & B team ran out winners by 76
points from WSEH with Bedford third and the City Of Norwich 4th.
Highlight of the day came in the Under 17 women's discus
where Shaunagh Brown and Flo Clark both smashed through the 40 metre barrier for
the first time. Shaunagh's throw of 42.43 added nearly two metres to the
previous Club Record which has stood for 14 years. Flo added nearly four metres
to her previous best with 40.20 and these two performances are probably the best
in the country so far this year.
Further details of this match to follow as full results
have yet to be received.
Southern Women's League, Crawley
Blackheath & Bromley's women's team started their
Southern League campaign in good form with a comfortable victory in the Division
One match at Crawley. They finished 21 points clear of the Channel Islands team
and produced a Club Record and a number of personal bests.
The Club Record came in the first event of the day, the
pole vault. At last weeks Junior League match, Rachel Arnheim suffered the
misfortune of no heighting in the difficult blustery conditions. She bounced
back in the best possible way by setting a new best of 3 metres. Not only does
this break her own jointly held Club Under 17 record but it also equals Great
Britain international Liz Hughes' Under 20's Record as well. Emily Godley
equalled her best of 2.90 in the B string to secure maximum points for the Club.
The good start continued with hammer throwers Rachel
Blackie and Victoria Thomas both securing maximum points. Elsewhere in the field
events there were wins for Katy Benneworth in the long jump with a leap of 5.38
and for under 17 Frances Athawes who threw an impressive 34.00 personal best in
the javelin. Such is the Club's depth in the pole vault that young Rebecca
Haywood was not able to compete in her preferred event. Instead she set a new
best of 1.45 for 3rd place in the B high jump and also scored more valuable
points in the long and triple jumps.
On the track Bella Clayton set a new best of 55.5 to win
the 400 and there were B string victories also from Sam Singer in the 200 with
25.4 and from Katie Murray in the 3000 with 11.07.3.
Final win of the day came in the 4x100 with Katy
Benneworth, Bella Clayton, Amy Godsell and Sam Singer timing 49.1.
Best performance in the under 15's competition came from
Sarah McGuire whose 9.89 win in the shot was a new best. She also won the discus
and javelin with Banke Jemiyo picking up maximum points in the B shot and
discus. Isobel Ivy also had a good day winning the B string 75 hurdles in 12.4
and leaping a useful 4.65 in the long jump. Other B string wins came from
Jessica Harding (200), Jessica Findlay (800) and Katrina Cosby (long jump) Match
Result. 1st. Blackheath & Bromley 204, 2nd. Channel Islands 183, 3rd. Exeter
176, 4th. Dacorum & Tring 149, 5th Crawley 138
Ted Pepper 10km, Beckenham
Mark Steinle continued his tentative return to
competition with a comprehensive victory in the Club's Ted Pepper 10km in
Beckenham. Steinle, the fastest British Marathoner who is still competing, took
the lead from the start and was never headed. He finished the twisty course in
31.35 just under a minute outside his own course record.
He was nearly three minutes clear of 2nd placer Peter
Tucker (34.22) with veteran Roy Smith the third Club finisher in 35.02 After
racing the National 12 Stage road relay and Sam Haughian Memorial run last
weekend Steinle now plans to put in a solid block of running before racing again
in three weeks time.
His girlfriend Gemma Viney did not have quite so easy a
win in the women's race finishing 15 seconds clear of 2nd claimer Viv Mitchell
in 42.31. Annie McDonagh was the third Club finisher in 42.59 a performance that
gave her the prize for the first over 45 year old. Jim Tateson was the Club's
other age group victor taking the over 60s title with 49.22.
Kent Young Athletes League, Deangate
The Club's four new Kent Young Athletes team managers
Jonathan Stockdale, Mike Sheppard, Sarah O Connor and Viv Mitchell all started
their terms of office with victories for their teams in their respective boys
and girls under 13's and under 15's matches. This ensured overall victory in
both the boys and girls contests.
Highlight of the day was a new Club Record in the Under 13
girl's high jump where Nenisha Nelson Roberts cleared one metre 50 centimetres
to add a centimetre to the previous record. She also had a good win in the 70
Best performances in the under 15 boys came from Stephen
Cavey in the 800 and Luke Wooldridge in the javelin. Stephen won by over 4
seconds in a new best of 2.09.1 and later ran a 53 second split in the 4x400.
New member Lee opened his account with an excellent 41.02 throw. B string winner
Daniel Duffin's 38.38 would also have won the A string event.
Other A string victories came from Aston Stockdale (100),
Cameron Ward (3000) and the 4x100 team but the narrow 5.5 point team victory
could not have been achieved without strength in depth as shown by B string wins
for Daniel Hammond (100), Robert Shearing (800), Scott Li (pole vault) and
Andrew Jordon (shot).
The girls enjoyed a 45 point victory with Katie Vistuer
(300), Jessica Saville (800), Estelle Patten (75 hurdles), Julie Stacey (2000
walk), Leah Forbes Roberts (long jump), Katherine Jones (shot and discus) and
Helen Silvester (javelin) all achievng A string wins.
Significantly Grace Sheppard in the 100, Lucy Price (2000
walk) and Estelle Patten (discus) all won won B string events with performances
that would have won the A strings.
Many of the under 13's were making their first appearances
for the Club and celebrated with a string of good performances. Harry Isaac
(100), Bob Coles (200 and high jump) Philip Sesemann (1500) Benjamin Hopkins (75
hurdles) and Alan Jolaoso (javelin) all enjoyed A string wins.
For the girls Sheridan Lewis (75 metres and long jump),
Sian Hurlock (150) Danielle Critchley (600), Emma Armstrong (discus) and Amy
Mitchell (javelin) all secured A string wins as did the 4x100 team.
More track and field
Further afield at Stanford, USA, new member Scott
Overall produced an important new personal best over 5,000 metres. His time of
14.03.10 was nearly two seconds inside the Great Britain qualifying time for the
European Under 23 Championships that take place in Erfut, Germany in mid July. A
qualifying mark is not a guarantee of selection but it is certainly a foot in
the door. The trials take place at Bedford at the start of July.
Kent Veterans League
The Club's Masters made a low key start to the season in the Kent League
match at Dartford. The men are the reigning South Of England Champions but had
to settle for joint second place behind the hosts.
Sole winner was Colin Brand who took the over 60's shot
with 9.71. He also made a rare appearance in the 200 metres where he finished
The women finished in 4th place with two individual
winners. Throws specialist Beatrice Simpson won the over 35's javelin with a
throw of 22.23 while Nanette Cross took the over 60's 200 metres in 38.6.
National Road Relays, Sutton Coldfield
A committed team performance gave Blackheath &
Bromley's Senior Men a good 13th place in the National 12 Stage Road Relays at
Top marathoner Mark Steinle made a welcome return to
competition after a long spell out with injury. Although not back in full
training he made a valuable contribution to the team.
Barry Stephenson and Spencer Newport also returned to
racing and will need a few more competitions before they hit their best form.
These three were joined on long legs by Michael Skinner,
Russell Bentley and Andy Rayner, all former pupils of Langley Park School for
Boys. Skinner ran the quickest of B & B's 5.3 mile long legs with 26.27 and the
trio will now be putting the finishing touches to their track preparations.
Best of the 3 mile short stages came from Joe Mills who
stormed round in 14.49. Super vet Bill Foster showed he is still capable of
mixing it with Seniors as he timed 15.55 while Jamie Atkinson, Jon Thorpe, Peter
Tucker and Roy Smith all produced solid legs.
Team Manager Nick Gasson was pleased with the result and
the Winter season as a whole and feels that the great team spirit shown in the
last few months is the springboard to success in the short to medium term.
Certainly with the 12 who ran at Sutton Park plus runners of the calibre of
Scott Overall, Dave Taylor, Tim Dickinson and more the Club has the ability to
challenge for National success in distance racing.
Unfortunately the Club were unable to fill a complete team
in the accompanying women's 6 stage event Kate Pratten, Clare Lodwig and Gemma
Viney all ran inside 21 minutes for the three mile course. It was a shame that
the season ended with a blip as overall this Winter the squad has performed well
and has increased in size and quality. With a thriving training group at Norman
Park and the Clubhouse there is promise of much to come.
National Junior League
The Club's women's team were in formidable form at the
opening match of the Southern Premier Division of the National Junior Athletic
League at Havering.
They produced four new Club Records, won the match and in
doing so defeated last years National Champions and runners up Woodford and
Havering. On this showing they not only look a good bet to make the National
Final but they could win it.
Christine Lawrence smashed both her Junior and Senior
javelin club records when she launched the spear out to 44.19 to win the
competition by over 10 metres. Second claim member Jade Dodd made it maximum
points in the B string event with 35.21, a performance which, but for
Christine's effort would have won the A string event.
The other two Club records came in the relays. In the
4x100 Kara Graham, Serita Solomon, Amy Godsell and Montell Douglas sliced over
half a second off the previous record by timing 48.40. Thy won the race by over
two and a half seconds.
A Club Record in the 4x400 of 4.12.2 was only good enough
for third however, and shows the high standard of competition in this League.
The time was over 4 seconds off the previous best. Kara Graham, Vanessa Nakangu,
Ella Fisher and Katie Murray were the quartet here.
Amongst many highlights International sprinter Montell
Douglas moved up in distance to win the 400 metres with some ease in 57.15 with
Katie Murray taking the B event. In the sprints themselves Amy Godsell, Serita
Solomon and Kara Graham scored near maximum points and posted good times
considering the blustery conditions. In the field Shaunagh Brown, who is only a
first year under 17 won the discus competition with a throw of 39.03, a new
personal best. She also set a best of 11.28 in the shot in second place with
Victoria Thomas winning the B event with a new best of 10.21.
Victoria also won the B Hammer (44.85) with Rachel Blackie
third in the A string event with 45.51.
Most pleasing performance in the jumps was that of new
girl Hayley Nouch. She leapt 10.78 for 4th place in the triple jump in her first
The Club were so close to claiming a double victory as the
men's team finished in 3rd place just 6 points behind winners Enfield And
Haringey. This is good news as the League is set to switch to joint scoring
men's and women's competitions in 2006.
Again the Club were prominent in the javelin with Stuart
Harvey receiving the Athlete Of The Match award for his 63.35 winning throw in
the javelin. However judging by some of the other performances some of his team
mates could be picking up the award in future competitions. Daniel Haque beat
many of the country's top sprinters when he won the 200 metres in 21.85, a time
that would have been much quicker had it not been into a -1.9 metre per second
headwind. He was also third in the A string 100. Danny Doyley got first and
second in the B string sprints.
English Schools champion Ed Harrison opened the season
with a 53.93 win in the 400 hurdles, again the blustery conditions preventing a
fast time. Amir Williamson was aiming to break 60 metres in the Hammer and did
not disappoint. His throw of 60.08 beat the runner up, Windsor's Micki Finn, by
nearly 10 metres and B string winner Alistair Tawanaee's throw of 52.88 would
also have won the A string event.
Scottish Indoor record holder Scott Huggins took the pole
vault with a clearance of 3.80.
It was pleasing to see these established names being
joined by new members such as Mandeep Stoker, Alex Babb, Alex Littlewood, Shavar
Stevens, Sam Simpson and Marcus Williams and on the basis of this performance
team manager Brendan McShane will feel the squad has a good chance of making the
National Final in September.
Ted Pepper 10km
The Club will be hosting it's annual Ted Pepper 10km
road race this Bank Holiday Monday. The race takes place at Langley Park School
for Boys and entries are accepted on the day. The race starts at 11am.
Dave Taylor finished an excellent 22nd in the Flora
London Marathon out of over 36,000 starters. The Blackheath & Bromley athlete
was the first over 40 runner to finish and his time of 2.18.47 was the equal
12th fastest on the British all time list. At the age of 41 he was the 7th
Briton to finish the race, yet even on the day he was not sure he was actually
going to start.
A niggling calf injury had been troubling him for the
previous three weeks. "I went to the race prepared to get back on the train and
go home if I felt anything wrong in my warm up, but decided to go ahead. My main
worry was pulling up in the first mile and having to go into work on Monday
telling everyone I dropped out after one mile!"
So after the pre race reservations things went well. "I
was happy with my run. I felt good for the first half but kept it quite steady,
then had to work a bit along the Embankment at the end, but I got lots of
support from the many Blackheath & Bromley people around the course, which
really helped". Another veteran, Nick Kinsey was the second Club member to
finish in 232nd in 2.41.42 with Rob Hall third in 2.44.39.
Also dipping under three hours were Alex Gibbins
(2.47.57), Darryl Hilliar (2.48.01), Andrew Tuckey (2.51.36) and John McConville
(2.57.09) First woman to finish was Annie McDonough in 3.30.21 with Nicole
Sullivan second in 3.42.24 and Sally Herd third in 4.14.14.
Mike Peel and Pete Shepheard continued their remarkable
record of having run in every London Marathon.
Many of the Club's youngsters were in action in the Mini
Marathon event which takes place over the last two and a half miles of the
Marathon course. Highest placed Club member was Danielle Critchley. She was
second in the 11-12 year olds race in 16.30 with Rebecca Smith 11th. For the
Boys, Philip Sesemann was third with Robert Yates 16th and William Andrew 27th.
In the 13-14 year olds races the Club's athletes just
missed out on medals in both the boys and girls races. Alex Littlewood was 4th
in the boys race and Amy DeMatos and Amy Smith were 4th and 5th in the girls
race. There were also good runs from Michael Thorpe (18th) and Cameron Ward
(26th) for the boys and Hannah Garcia 15th for the girls.
Katie Murray led the Club's runners home in the 15-17 year
olds competition with a fine 4th place. Bryony Proctor continued her recent run
of good form by placing 8th with Rebecca Taylor 13th and Sarah Coombs 21st.
Jonathan Vintner was first home for the boys in 28th place.
The Club's top marathon runner Mark Steinle decided
against competing in the London. He has been recovering from various injuries
but has now started to put together a reasonable block of training with the aim
of doing a marathon later in the year. His best of 2.09.17 is quicker than the
best set by Jon Brown in Sundays race and also faster than the bests of previous
London winners Hugh Jones, Mike Gratton and Eamonn Martin. His first race in
some while should be the Nike National 12 stage road relay at Sutton Park this
Last years President, Margaret Baldwin, chose the Evalina
Children's Heart Organisation (ECHO) as the Club's charity for support by our
members running in the London Marathon. ECHO is a charity raising funds for the
treatment of children suffering with congenital heart conditions treated at
Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospital. The reason for choosing ECHO was that the
teenage grand daughter Mollie of club member Gordon Hickey, had received
treatment from birth and in early 2004 underwent successful final surgery. Mum,
Ingrid and Aunt, Lene, both non-athletes, decided to take part in the event by
walking the course, and we are pleased to report that they finished together in
high spirits. It may be a different story the following morning, but they will
now be looking forward to finding out the final total raised.
Track and Field
Daniel Haque continued his good start to the track
season with wins in both the 100 and 200 metres at the Sward And Kinnaird Trophy
Meeting at Kingston. The first year under 20 athlete was competing against
Seniors but won comfortably in times of 10.9 and 21.8. He also anchored the
4x100 team of himself, Danny Doyley, Michael Champion and Neil Simpson to
victory in a useful time of 51.7.
Doyley an under 17 who joined the Club from Croydon
Harriers had earlier timed 11.5 and 22.9 in finishing 3rd and 2nd in the 100 and
200 metres while Champion had won the non scoring 200 in 23.0.
Simpson ran a useful 50.2 to finish runner up in the 400
metres. Third placed in the B string was Russell Bentley who had earlier won the
800 metres in 1.54.9 so winning the CT Leslie Trophy awarded for the fastest 800
time of the day.
First year under 17 James Alaka opened his season running
above his usual distance in the 400. The English Schools Junior Boys 100 metre
champion looked impressive before tying up in the last 50 metres. He still won
comfortably in 51.7 and admitted afterwards that he had started to fast.
Hopefully his father did not make the same mistake when running the London
Marathon the next day.
Out in the field Sam Bobb picked up second in the triple
jump off a short run up with a leap of 14.11. Steve Timmins and Alan Fairbairn
were the Club's pairing in the throws. Their bests of 41.87 and 30.17 in the
Hammer when combined were just further than the British 2005 best set by Andy
Frost of St Mary's College in winning the A string event. However, as Steve has
been struggling the last three months with injury and Alan's aim was to break 30
metres it wasn't a bad start to the season. Alan also threw 35.46 in the discus
with Steve putting 11.81 in the shot and throwing 41.39 in the javelin.
Meanwhile one of the Club's newest members Scott Overall
was in action at the meeting at Walnut, California. He set a new best of
14.14.89 in the 5000 despite being in a ridiculously large field. Around 70
athletes toed the line and he spent most of the first half of the race just
trying to keep his feet. He finished feeling as if he had never really started
racing. As a warm down he ran 3.48 for 1500!.
Yet another Club Official has had his contribution to
the Club and Athletics recognised. At the Invicta FM Kent Awards, Dave Liston
was presented with the award for Outstanding Contribution to Sport.
Dave cares for his wife, who has ME, but is still one of
the driving forces behind the success of the Club which "is now the best
athletics club in the UK". The biggest reward for him is "when he sees the
delight and achievement in the kids' faces and the huge boost in their
confidence". Further details and pictures can be found on the links below.
The Club welcomes new members of all ages and ability
and has a Competition Policy to help ensure that all athletes are able to
participate at a level appropriate to their development. With the track and
field season getting underway it is particularly keen to recruit people who may
take part in other Sports over the Winter months. There are many rugby, football
and hockey players who would be able to maintain and enhance their fitness over
the Summer by taking part in Athletics.
Alpha Beta Meeting, Haringey
Blackheath & Bromley made a promising start to the
season by winning the Alpha Beta Meeting at Haringey defeating a number of other
National League Clubs. Individually it was a successful day with some impressive
early season performances.
This trophy meeting sees the top 8 Clubs compete for the
Alpha trophy and the next 8 for the Beta Cup. Each year the bottom two from the
Alpha Meeting are relegated to the Beta competition for the following season. It
was only two years ago that the Club were promoted from the Beta match so a win
in the Alpha represents significant progress.
The Senior age group was a mixture of talent from the
under 17, juniors, Seniors and veterans age group and the best two performances
came from the two youngest under 17's. Serita Solomon ran an eye catching 12.2
to dominate the B string 100 metres, while in the field Shaunagh Brown recovered
from opening with two no throws to eventually launch the discus out to 37.05,
like Serita's effort a National Grade One performance.
Best event for the Club was the long jump where Katy
Benneworth and Jade Castell Thomas secured maximum points with leaps of 5.40 and
5.07. In fact Katy's was the only A string win of the day but Sam Singer (400)
Maureen Miller (800) and Bella Clayton (1500) all picked up useful second places
on an extremely blustery afternoon. Bryony Proctor's reward for some brave front
running in the 1500 was a win in the B string in a new personal best of 5.03.66.
Flo Clark was the other B string winner taking the discus
with a throw of 34.58.
Despite these efforts the Seniors finished 3rd in their
match but when this was combined with a comprehensive victory from the under
15's the Club won the overall match by a healthy margin.
No one athlete stood out in the younger age group such was
the all round high standard of their performances.
On the track Sarah Harrison, Rebecca Cook Katrina Cosby
and Isobel Ivy chalked up near maximum points in the sprints and hurdles
culminating in an impressive 4x100 relay performance that saw them win by half
the length of the straight in a time of 52.73.
Catherine Chambers, Lucy Price, Danielle Barley and
Georgina Chew demonstrated there is more success to come for the Club in the
middle distance events posting some useful times in the 800 and 1500.
In the field Jessica Matthews, Nenisha Nelson Roberts and
Leah Forbes Morris scored maximum points in the high and long jumps. Jessica and
Leah's leaps of 4.71 and 4.61 in the long jump were both personal bests.
Banke Jemiyo, Sarah McGuire and Helen Silvester kept the
points coming in the throws.
are available on the Club website.
Other track and field Meetings
A small group of athletes from the Club were in action
at the Havering Open Meeting with some significant results. First year Junior
Daniel Haque set a new best of 21.6 to win the 200 metres and after his recent
UK best of 16.2 for the 150 metres it promises to be an exciting Summer for the
St Olaves Schoolboy.
Rachel Blackie made a welcome return from injury to win
the Under 20's Hammer with 45.44. Rachel Arnheim again equalled her Club Record
in the Under 17 women's pole vault with a clearance of 2.90 to win the
competition. Rebecca Haywood took the runners up spot with 2.30.
Andrew Jordon continues to impress with personal bests in
the 100 and 80 hurdles of 12.7 and 13.0.
There was a big turn out from the Club at the Hercules
Wimbledon Open Meeting at Crystal Palace. In the Under 17's age group Scott
Blackwell won his heat of the 100 metres in 11.7 and Danny Brewer was third in
the 1500 in 4.24.9.
Daniel Hammond had a useful afternoon in the under 15
sprints with times of 12.5 and 25.8 in the 100 and 200. Number one under 13 in
the country last year Stephen Cavey opened with a good 2.13.1 in the 800, while
Michael Thorpe and Cameron Ward took 2nd and 3rd places in the 1500.
There was plenty of Club interest in the girl's sprints
and Grace Shepherd and Daniella Annon both opened their seasons with 13.6
clockings in the 100 metres. Grace also ran 28.8 for the 200 with Rebecca Cook
timing 29.0 There was a one-two-three in the shot from Katherine Jones, Sarah
McGuire and Banke Jemiyo.
Perhaps the best results of the day came in the under 13s
age group where Philip Sesemann posted an excellent 4.53.1 for the boys 1500;
Sian Hurlock sped to 28.7 for the 200 metres; and Danielle Critchley timed
2.33.5 for the 800. In the field Emma Armstrong won the shot by nearly a metre
with a putt of 6.97.
As ever, the new season brings new faces and it was
particularly pleasing to welcome a number of youngsters to their first track
meet. In the girls sprints Jasmyn Raikes caught the eye by running 13.9 in the
100 metres, the same time as the aforementioned Sian. Sareena Stratford, Emma
Parrett, Alex Portious and Samantha Harris all posted useful season openers.
For the boys Kieran Daley, Anton Daley and Kyle Trotman
all showed good early season sprint form and Robbie Fraser gained valuable
experience in the 1500.
This weekend sees the 25th running of the London
Marathon and for two Club members it will be a special day. Both Mike Peel and
Peter Shepheard have run in all 24 Londons so far and hope to make it a silver
jubilee of finishes. Peter's best in the event is 2.28.16 but he has gone round
as slowly as 5.25.12. Mike boasts a best of 2.40.30 and last year went round in
Many of the Club's youngsters will be in action in the
accompanying mini marathon representing the London Borough Of Bromley.
There was another landmark performance in the Marathon
this weekend as John Turner completed his 100th race over the distance. He timed
3.23.36 in the Paris Marathon to join an elite group of Club members who gone
over a century.
The Club welcomes new members of all ages and ability
and has a Competition Policy to help ensure that all athletes are able to
participate at a level appropriate to their development. With the track and
field season getting underway it is particularly keen to recruit people who may
take part in other Sports over the Winter months. There are many rugby, football
and hockey players who would be able to maintain and enhance their fitness over
the Summer by taking part in Athletics.
National Young Athletes Road Relays,
Blackheath & Bromley's Under 13 girls team are
National champions as they pulled off a surprise win at the AAA Nike Young
Athletes Relays at Sutton Coldfield.
The girls finished 7th in the National Cross Country
Championships in February but at Sutton Park they beat all the teams that
defeated them on the mud, finishing 26 seconds clear of runners up Stockport
Nearly ninety teams from around the country started the 3
x 3.8km race and the Club were in contention for medals from the beginning. Amy
Dematos brought the team home in 2nd place in 14.40, a time which proved to be
the third equal fastest of the day.
Rebecca Smith ran a fine second leg to hold the silver
position with a 15.23 before Danielle Critchley swept into the lead on the final
stage recording 14.59, the 10th equal fastest time of the day.
Next best team performance came from the under 17 girls as
the team of Bryony Proctor (15.40) Sarah Coombs (15.31) and Katie Murray (14.28)
finished in 17th position.
The boys did not fare quite so well with James Poole
(13.28), Richard Daniel (13.44) and Jonathan Vintner (13.25) closing in 38th.
In the under 15's age group the girls team of Hannah
Garcia (16.33), Laura Kastoryano (17.12) and Rebecca Taylor (14.57) were 30th
with Rebecca moving up 23 places on the last leg. The boys team of Alex
Littlewood (13.27) Cameron Ward (14.01) and Edward Martin (15.03) closed in
The under 13 boys team again showed great promise closing
in 17th. Robert Yates (14.39), George Gregory (15.09) and Philip Sesemann
(14.19) were the successful trio.
Nike MK Relays incorporating the South of
The Club's Senior Men comfortably qualified for the
National 12 Stage Road Relays by finishing 9th in the Southern event at Milton
Best moments for the team came on the early stages. Andy
Rayner ran a good opening long leg to close in 6th place in 24.36. He was
followed by another former pupil of Langley Park, Russell Bentley. Russell has
been concentrating on 800 metre indoor racing during the Winter and has improved
his best to 1.51. He showed he is also pretty good outdoors as he moved the team
up to second place. His short leg time was 16.52 which proved to be the 9th
fastest time of the day.
Joe Mills (17.06) and Jamie Atkinson (17.15) also ran good
short legs while it was good to see Spencer Newport clocking a very useful 25.20
on a long stage.
The team finished way off the medals but there is no doubt
the Club has the athletes to challenge for a top three placing if it were to
field a full strength team.
The Senior Women finished in 18th position in the 6 stage
event. Highest they reached on the day was 11th place which was where Jennie
Butler closed on the opening stage as she timed 20.11. Other good legs came from
Miranda Porritt (22.50) and Bella Clayton (22.24) while it was good to see Gemma
Viney return to racing.
Throws Meeting, Sutton
Stuart Harvey made a sensational start to the track
and field season by breaking the Club Under 20 record for the javelin at the
throws meeting at Sutton. This was his first competition in the Junior age group
and his throw of 65.21 broke the record of Steve Harrison which has stood since
1991. The distance is less than three metres short of the qualifying distance
for this Summers European Junior Championships.
There was more good news for the Club's athletes as a
number achieved English Schools qualifying performances. One of these was Sarah
McGuire who won the discus with a throw of 28.29 to add to her 9.60 putt in the
shot. Runner up was Banke Jemiyo who threw 27.29 and also 8.21 in the shot.
Katherine Jones threw 23.52 and 8.70 while Emma Brown continued her return to
competition with a throw of 7.91 in the shot and 16.98 with the discus. Amir
Williamson threw the Junior Hammer 58.23 and will soon be over 60 metres while
his brother Alistair Tawanaee was just shy of 50 metres with 49.84. Richard
AlAmeen secured an English Schools qualifying distance in the under 17's event
with a throw of 49.89. Victoria Thomas threw 37.54.