Press Releases for
July, August & September 2013
Blackheath & Bromley’s under 20 womens team came
within six points of being crowned European Champions when they finished in
third place in the European Champions Club Cup for Juniors A final at Brno
in the Czech Republic.
It was an outstanding effort which saw them break a UK
record; set three meeting records; win seven events; and provide the track
athlete of the match. Some set or equalled personal bests; others came close
to their bests; and all battled hard to get the most points possible for the
team. It was so close that it was the 4x400 at the end of the meeting that
confirmed the final placings.
The UK record came in the 4x100 metres where the
quartet of Vivien Olatunji, Shannon Hylton, Cheriece Hylton and Dina Asher
Smith timed 46.28 to run the fastest ever time by a UK Junior Womens Club
team, breaking the Club’s own record set last year. All four are coached by
Three of these athletes also won individual events. As
European Junior Champion, and already a Senior International, it was no
surprise to see Dina first in the 200 metres. Her time of 23.38 was wind
assisted but her effort was adjudged the best track performance of the day
and was a meeting record.
Like Dina, Shannon has had a long but successful
season which has included competing at the World Youth Championships, yet
she too set a meeting record when she won the 100 metres in 11.71. Cheriece,
another who has had a superb season, had to watch her twin sister’s race
through the call room window before taking to the track to secure victory in
the 400 metres in 55.97. She and Dina then joined Rachel Dickens and Leah
Everson as the Club won the 4x400 in 3.52.97.
Samantha Brown finished her career in the Junior age
group by winning the 400 hurdles in 64.09, a fine effort in the blustery
conditions. Likewise Jahisha Thomas struck gold in the long jump with a leap
of 5.92. She was also second in the 100 metre hurdles in a personal best of
14.14. It was silver too for Kerri Davison in the triple jump with a
distance of 12.04.
The aforementioned Leah Everson won bronze in the 800
metres, just outside her best with 2.15.04; and Amber Reed was also third in
the 3000 metres steeplechase in a personal best of 12.46.41.
Yemisi Sofolarin also performed better than ever
before in the Hammer and she was not far off her best in finishing 5th in
Helena Coleman equalled her best of 3.20 in finishing in 4th place in the
pole vault. Gemma Brown was another to miss out on a medal by a place as she
was 4th in the discus with 38.72 and she was also 7th in the shot.
Charlotte Rhule (1500), Anna Myers (3000), and Alex
Wheelwright (high jump) also scored important points for the team.
Despite all these fine efforts, the Club had to settle
for third place behind winners AK Olympic, Brno and second placed Fenerbache
from Turkey. It was a remarkable achievement, not just for the team, but
also for team manager Tim Soutar and those who helped and supported at the
final, the coaches, and all the families and Club members who have supported
the squad in so many ways throughout the year.
Remarkably only three of the team are to old for this
age group next year, but unfortunately the Club have not qualified to
represent the UK in next years final, bringing to an end a run of eight
consecutive years of representing the nation. They gave a fitting team
performance on which to bow out and they will look to become national
champions next year and return to the competition in 2015.
Back home the SEAA Road Relays were taking place on
Saturday and Sunday at Aldershot. The men qualified comfortably for the
National Relays next month by finishing in 11th place thanks to the efforts
of Colin Norris (19.24), Ben Harding (19.20), Phil Sesemann (19.15), Andy
Rayner (19.59), Sam Barnes (19.09) and Peter Tucker (19.47).
The B team of Danny Brewer, Fintan Parkinson, Sam
Proctor, Georges Vacharapoulos, Dan Kennedy and Steve Cooper finished 46th
of the 80 finishing teams.
The women do not need to qualify for the National
relays which is probably just as well since they did not field a team at
Aldershot. There were also no representation in the Masters relays.
The under 17 men finished in 14th place after Richard
Webb and Will Fuller had both run 12.09 on the opening two stages to lead
the race. These were the 8th equal fastest times of the day. Jamie Gosnell
and Tom Desborough completed the scoring team. The girls team of Niamh
Bridson Hubbard, Jenny Sheasby and Chloe Haffenden placed 33rd.
Highlight of the weekend was the performance of the
under 15 girls who won silver medals. Naomi Kingston brought the team in 7th
on the first stage with 10.52 before Kelsey Fuss swept up to second on leg
two with 10.56. Jessica Keene held this on the anchor leg with 10.54. Just
five seconds separate the trio and their times were the 15th, 16th and 17th
quickest of the day.
A strong B team of Yasmin Austridge, Shannon Riskey
and Amy Leach were 18th while the C team of Claire Springett, Darcy Kirwan
and Natasha Hainsworth closed in 74th.
The boys team finished in a very useful 12th position
courtesy of Alex Wiltshire, Marco Arcuri, Jake Potter and Will Pope while
Scott Bulmer ran a solo leg for the B team.
The under 13 girls team of Alice Prentice, Imogen Duke
and Imogen Meers finished in 36th and Emilie Penlington and Zoe Austridge
ran well in an incomplete B team. Ben Gardiner ran well as the Club’s sole
representative in the boys race.
There was good reason for depleted numbers in the
under 13 teams at Aldershot. The relay date had been brought forward a week
from last year and clashed with the Kent Under 13 track and field
Championships at Erith Stadium.
Some of the Club’s current top athletes, such as Dina
Asher Smith, Shaunagh Brown, Serita Solomon and James Alaka have tasted
their first Championship success at the Kents and judging by the quality of
some of the performances last weekend, the current under 13s have much to
look forward to in the future. Ten gold medals, two Championship best
performances, three Club Records and numerous personal bests made it a
weekend to remember.
Both Championship Best Performances came from Eloise
Locke. She won the shot with a throw of 10.23 and secured the javelin title
with a distance of 33.70. Both were Club Records and she is now ranked 4th
and 3rd respectively in these events in the country this year. To add to the
celebrations she completed a hat trick of victories by winning gold in the
Henry James Cowie also had a memorable weekend and
like Eloise he won a hat trick of gold medals. His best performance was the
high jump which he won with a leap of 1.55, the 6th highest in the country
this year. His throw of 29.38 to win the hammer was a Club Record and he
also won the discus with 26.70. He also gained silver in the shot; bronze in
the 75 Hurdles and was 4th in the 1500. All of his performances were
personal bests, a remarkable achievement from a youngster, who was in
hospital after a serious car accident earlier in the year.
His fourth place in the 1500 was also notable as he
was part of a Club clean sweep of the leading places. Michael Eagling won in
4.50.27 less than half a second clear of Angus Harrington with George Pope
Angus did strike gold on the track, however, in the
800 which he won in 2.30.11, and also in the field where he claimed the
javelin title with a distance of 32.56.
Karina Harris won the long jump with a leap of 4.63
with Tajera Baldie third with 4.31. Karina was also second in the 75 metres
as was Mhairi Brooks in the 150 and Eve Keith in the shot with an impressive
9.63 that moves her to 10th in the country this year.
James Lancaster’s throw of 26.26 for bronze in the
discus was a big personal best and Millie Smith also won a third placed
medal with 4.06.65 in the 1200.
The Kent Masters Championships also took place at the
same venue and, while there was not a large Club contingent, a number won
gold medals. Best performance of the weekend came from Allan Williams who
set a Championship Best Performance of 3 metre 50 centimetres to win the
over 60s pole vault contest. Jackie Montgomery is the womens over 40s
champion as she cleared 2.40 for victory.
On the track Mark Watling did a middle distance double
securing the over 50s 800 and 1500 metre titles. Barbara Terry went one
better in the over 60s as she won the shot, discus and hammer titles and she
was also second in the javelin. Gordon Hickey was second in the over 70s
shot and hammer and third in the javelin.
Still on the track John Turner was in action at the
Self Transcendence 24 Hour track race. He was the first over 60 completing
Back on the roads Michael Skinner finished in second
place in the Richmond Half Marathon in a time of 70.06. Ben Cockburn was 4th
in the Tonbridge Half Marathon in 78.29. Dick Griffin recently won the
Southern Counties Vets AC over 60s Marathon title when he finished 143rd at
the Kent Coastal Marathon in 4.19.17.
At the Jack Fitzgerald 6 mile race walk at Tilgate
Park, Crawley, Shaun Lightman finished in 6th place in 1 hour 3 minutes and
50 seconds. Peter Hannell was 10th in 1.07.13 and David Hoben 12th in
The Bromley Park run incorporated a mini Mob match
with Croydon Striders, and the Club enjoyed victory scoring 1031 to the
visitors 922. This is the third such match and currently B&B lead 2-1. Full
Parkrun results are as follows
Bromley : 16 Andy TUCKER 00:19:26 18 Peter BROOKS
00:19:35 19 Steven PAIRMAN 00:19:39 20 Andrew LAWES 00:19:40 24 Robert PERRY
00:19:52 25 Graham John COATES 00:19:53 29 James PERRY 00:20:00 30 Keir
LUNDY 00:20:03 34 Lewis WARREN 00:20:12 47 Barry WETHERILT 00:20:44 48
Robert P BROWN 00:20:50 50 Iain SWATTON 00:20:54 51 Glen READ 00:20:54 52
Adrian PERRY 00:21:00 54 Sarah BELAON 00:21:04 66 David CARTON 00:21:30 73
Harrison PARKER 00:21:37 74 John FENWICK 00:21:39 78 Ian TAYLOR 00:21:52 80
Richard GRIFFIN 00:21:56 96 Justine EASTBURY 00:22:23 97 Austin ADAMS
00:22:24 98 Tammy FALSHAW 00:22:25 130 John LEESON 00:23:23 135 Issy JACKSON
00:23:27 142 Claire AUSTRIDGE 00:23:33 146 Helen GODSELL 00:23:41 178 Nick
BROOKS 00:24:45 228 Peter LOVELL 00:26:19 234 Ore OKIKIADE 00:26:34 280 Mike
PEEL 00:28:57 293 Ife OKIKIADE 00:29:23 337 Honey OKIKIADE 00:31:42
Eastleigh : 45 Adrian HALEY 00:24:36 60 Carolyna HALEY 00:25:42
Greenwich : 20 Rich GRANT 00:21:56
Lloyd : 3 David BEADLE 00:20:18
Orpington : 11 Ian MONTGOMERY 00:21:19 20 Mick KEENE 00:23:04 21 Harry
William KEENE 00:23:07 104 Karen DESBOROUGH 00:35:09
Four Blackheath & Bromley athletes came away from the
Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games in Sheffield with gold medals. Kerri Davidson
not only set a personal best of 12.32 in the triple jump, her distance was
also the second furthest of all time in the under 17s age group. It was
also, of course a new Club Record for the John Vernon coached athlete. John
also coaches the mens winner Stefan Amokwandoh who took the title with a
leap of 14.37.
The other two gold medallists are both coached by John
Blackie and are the Hylton twins. Shannon won the 200 metres in 23.87 while
Cheriece won a close fought 300 metre race by six hundredths of a second in
More National success for Club athletes came at the
British Masters Championships at a windy Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.
Mike Van Den Dobbelsteen won the over 40s javelin with a throw of 53.78;
Allan Williams won the over 60s pole vault with a clearance of 3.40; and
Roger Michell took the over 65s 5000 walk title in 29.27.72.
Roger also won silver in the 3000 walk as did Alex
Gibbins in the over 35s 1500 metres. Alex also won bronze in the 5000m.
In the States Alex Bruce Littlewood won the Justin F.
Cooper memorial Rice invitational 6k cross country race at Rice university,
Houston, Texas on Friday, having finished 2nd and 3rd in 2011 & 2012. After
two of his highest-ever mileage training weeks he had no great expectations
for the race, but after working through to 2nd place at the final turn with
200m to go, he easily sprinted clear and was able to jog the last 50m,
finishing in 16.44.
The good news for the Club is that Alex will be moving
back to the UK at that start of the year with the Kent County Championships
set to be his first race back on home soil.
The Club hosted it’s annual Will Bolton Relays at
Sparrows Den but it was visitors Tonbridge who dominated supplying the first
three teams home. B&B’s mens team of Andy Rayner, Steve Cooper, Ben Harding
and David McKinlay finished in 4th place while the womens dream team of
Carole Pennlington, Fran Green, Jane Bradshaw and Jennie Butler were the
second female team to finish.
The race also incorporated the first Bennett Cup event
of the season, a series of nine handicap races which take place throughout
the Winter months. First in this was Gareth Evans with youngster Will Fuller
second and Carolyna Jones Baldock third.
Prior to the Senior race, a separate relay took place
for the under 15 and under 13 age groups. The B&B girls team of Naomi
Kingston , Kelsey Fuss and Jessica Keene won the under 15s race with the B
team of Shannon Riskey, Georgina Taylor and Yasmin Austridge in second.
The Club also won the under 13 boys race thanks to the
efforts of Angus Harrington, Michael Eagling and George Pope.
A number of these athletes were back in action the
following day at the Kent Relay Championships at Sutcliffe Park. Shannon
Rickey, Georgina Taylor and Jessica Keene won the under 15 girls 3x800
metres in 7.16.5.
There was also victory for Olivia Richer, Nicole
Farmer, Megan Beamon Browne and Magda Cienciala in the 4x100, and the sprint
relay success continued in the under 13s age group with a win in the 4x100
for the girls team of Antonia Alapafujia, Karina Harris, Gabrielle Dalsan
and Mhaira Brooks. Karina picked up another gold as part of the winning
4x300 metres team along with Eloise Locke, Alice Prentice and Laura Goddard.
The boys team of Henry James Cowie, Peter Guy and
Dillon Robertson won the 3x800 and in second was the B team of Michael
Eagling, George Pope and Angus Harrington.
57 runners competed in this year's summer series of
races for the Parris Memorial Shield. Each of the 6 races is approximately
5km on the road on a yacht handicap basis whereby the slowest runner sets
off first and the fastest sets off last with everyone else setting off in
between. In theory, all runners should finish more or less together. Points
are earned by competitors in each race based on their finishing position
with the winner being the person that has accumulated most points over the
course of the six races. The trophy is in honour of Roy Parris, a former
member who died of cancer in 1998.
The final race of the series was won by John Leeson,
outwitting the handicapper by over a minute and a half. Fastest lady on the
night was Sally Haffenden in 21:53 and fastest man was under 15 Marco Arcuri
in 18:15. The contest for the overall Parris Memorial Shield was close
throughout the season and 2 points separated the top six going into the
final race. But in the end the winner was Clem Leon thanks to a substantial
PB in the last race, with Neil Roberts second and Andy Lawes third.
The club and the race organisers are most grateful to
everyone who took part throughout the summer and special mention must go to
the following who competed in all 6 summer races: Scott Bulmer, Nigel
Bulmer, Richard Granieri and Mike Simms.
Next year, the club has a new handicapper with Dick
Griffin taking over the helm.
The Club one hour race saw only one runner, Dave
Beadle take part. He completed 14,480 metres There were, however, three
walkers from the Club competing. First home was Shaun Lightman who covered
9,720m followed by Peter Hannell with 9400m and David Hoben 8495m
Braunstone : 31 Peter HAMILTON 00:20:21
Bromley : 2 Georges VACHAROPOULOS 00:17:43 5 Marco ARCURI 00:18:39 17 Andrew
LAWES 00:19:50 20 Andy TUCKER 00:20:02 26 Lewis WARREN 00:20:59 34 Glen READ
00:21:17 38 Adrian PERRY 00:21:24 103 Imogen DUKE 00:23:31 121 Mike SIMMS
00:24:04 195 Peter LOVELL 00:27:04 232 Mike PEEL 00:28:44
Greenwich : 19 Rich GRANT 00:22:24
Orpington : 6 Joseph GEORGIADIS 00:21:22 10 Harry William KEENE 00:22:26 13
Mick KEENE 00:22:38 17 Andrew CLOWES 00:23:39 72 Karen DESBOROUGH 00:34:59
With thanks to Rob Brown and Stuart Littlewood for
their help with this report
Blackheath & Bromley finished in 5th place in the
first ever Youth Development League, Upper Age Group Final at Birmingham.
There were plenty of good performances on the day and many athletes prepared
to compete in more than their own individual event.
Leading the way was Dina Asher Smith who won the 100
and 200 metres in the Under 20 age group. She picked up her third gold medal
of the afternoon with Natalie Jones, Rachel Dickens and Amara Lalemi Jacobs
in the 4x400 metres and also won a silver in the 4x100.
More sprint success came in the mens 100 where Kertis
Beswick took the honours and he was also second in the 110 hurdles.
As well as winning both short sprints, the Club also
enjoyed wins in both under 20 long jumps. Jahisha Thomas set a new best of
6.03 in winning the womens event while Oliver Newport secured the mens title
with a leap of 7.00. He had earlier set a new best of 1.90 in the high jump
while Jahisha leapt 11.50 for third in the triple jump.
Men’s team captain Craig Morten was also in triple
jump action to score points for the team but his main contribution came on
the track where he was second in the 400 hurdles; won the B string 400 and
110 hurdles races and contributed a leg of the 4x400.
Like Dina in the under 20s, twins Shannon and Cheriece
Hylton came away with a hat trick of gold medals in the under 17s age group.
Shannon won both the 100 and 200 and joined Vivien Olatunji, Maya Bruney and
sister Cheriece in the winning sprint relay in a splendid 46.71 seconds.
Cheriece won the 300 in 38.47 and also anchored the
winning 4x300 squad of herself, Leah Everson, Sonia Woolhouse and Janae
The Club also won both strings of the triple jump in
this age group. In the mens event Stefan Amokwandoh leapt a personal best of
14.62 while Club record holder Kerri Davidson won the womens event with
On the track, Richard Webb enjoyed a comfortable
victory in the 1500 steeplechase, having already raced the 400 hurdles and
800; and the 4x100 team of Jed Botham, Dotun Ayodele, Ife Okokiade and Alex
Skipp won in a useful 44.54.
All of these fine efforts and those of their team
mates were not enough to win a match which went to the Windsor, Slough, Eton
& Hounslow squad. Neither, when the scores were divided in mens and womens
points, was it enough for the women to qualify to represent the UK in next
years European Champions Club Cup for Juniors. That honour again went to the
The Club had been the best womens squad at the
previous National Junior Athletics Final for the last eight seasons and
travel to Brno in the Czech Republic in ten days time to represent the UK in
this years competition.
Barnstaple : 14 Barry WETHERILT 00:21:22
Braunstone : 107 Savannah ECHEL-THOMSON 00:23:58
Bromley : 5 Aleksander WILTSHIRE 00:18:35 11 Kelsey FUSS 00:19:15 17 Joshua
DOWLING 00:19:38 19 Andrew LAWES 00:19:44 21 Mick JONES 00:19:47 28 Andy
TUCKER 00:20:06 34 Keir LUNDY 00:20:26 35 Iain SWATTON 00:20:29 44 Sarah
BELAON 00:21:05 45 Adrian PERRY 00:21:06 52 Lewis WARREN 00:21:21 56 Ian
MONTGOMERY 00:21:31 70 Mike SIMMS 00:22:04 76 Richard GRIFFIN 00:22:10 80
Joanna CLOWES 00:22:21 83 Andrew CLOWES 00:22:29 87 Austin ADAMS 00:22:38 98
Chloe KIBBLEWHITE 00:22:52 100 Alice PRENTICE 00:22:54 116 John FENWICK
00:23:08 123 Imogen DUKE 00:23:21 127 Claire SPRINGETT 00:23:30 230 Peter
LOVELL 00:27:32 237 Ore OKIKIADE 00:27:51 271 Mike PEEL 00:29:00 300 Anthony
PONTIFEX 00:29:55 301 Honey OKIKIADE 00:29:56 322 Leszek MALYNICZ 00:30:35
Crystal Palace : 24 Mary GUY 00:23:01
Eastleigh : 49 Adrian HALEY 00:25:37
Edinburgh : 20 Steven PAIRMAN 00:19:26
Greenwich : 11 Lewis STICKINGS 00:20:43 27 Rich GRANT 00:22:24
Hackney Marshes : 2 Fintan PARKINSON 00:17:18
Mile End : 24 Peter HAMILTON 00:20:30
Orpington : 7 Joshua Henry DAVIDSON 00:20:05 29 Anne CILIA 00:25:34 74 Karen
Shorne Woods : 6 Jessica Zara KEENE 00:20:26 13 Mick KEENE 00:22:34 15 Harry
William KEENE 00:22:44
Adam Gemili and Dina Asher Smith continued their
exciting Summer seasons at the Diamond League meeting at Zurich in
Switzerland. Both Blackheath & Bromley athletes ran in the 100 metre races
and Dina was also in the 4x100 metres.
Of the nine athletes who lined up in the mens 100,
eight had personal bests of under 10 seconds. The only one who hadn’t was
Adam and his aim was to break the magic barrier and become the first Briton
to run under 10 seconds for the 100 and under 20 for the 200.
That he didn’t achieve this was probably due to his
start, but his time of 10.06 for eighth place was a seasons best and just
one hundredth of a second off his fastest ever time. He should, therefore,
be pleased not only with this, but also with the comments of Usain Bolt who,
in his post race interview, said that Adam had the potential to be great.
Dina was in a similarly loaded 100 metre race and
finished in 7th place in 11.43. She was back in action later in the evening
in the sprint relay along with her fellow team mates who won bronze in the
World Championships in Moscow. They finished in 6th place in a time of
Elsewhere on the Continent, James Alaka set a seasons
best of 20.86 for the 200 metres at Tampere in Finland, while in Amsterdam
Luke Smallwood ran a personal best of 1.54.50 for the 800 metres.
Three of Dina’s training partners under coach John
Blackie enjoyed a very successful weekend at the England Under 17 & Under 15
Championships at Bedford. Shannon Hylton won both the Under 17s 100 and 200
metre titles in times of 11.73 and 23.67.
Her twin sister Cheriece won the 300 metres in a new Championship Best
Performance of 37.91. Vivien Olatunji set a new best of 12.09 in finishing
in 5th place in the 100 metres.
A fourth gold of the weekend came courtesy of Stefan
Amokwandoh in the triple jump with a leap of 14.56.
Elsewhere in the under 17s Leah Everson was 7th in the
300 metre hurdles final and also ran 2.18.30 in the heats of the 800, while
Will Fuller was 10th in the 1500 metres.
In the under 15s Isabella Hilditch was 7th in the
final of the 75 metre hurdles.
There was a nail biting finish to the Southern
Counties Vets AC Final at Ashford where the mens team missed out by one
point on winning the Area title. After nearly eight hours of competition
they scored 244 points to winners Southampton’s 245.
On the track Alex Gibbins enjoyed a double victory in
the middle distance winning the 800 metres in 2.05.72 and the 3000 metres in
9.15.65. The other track winner was Bob Minting who took the honours in the
over 60s 400 metres in 62.80.
In the field Mike Van Den Dobbelsteen set a new
personal best of 54.10 to win the over 35s javelin and Steve Langdon took
the over 50s title with 41.52.
Allan Williams showed he is recovering well from
injury as he won the over 50s pole vault title with a clearance of 3.50.
Clem Leon cleared 1.45 to win the over 50s high jump.
It was all not quite enough and the squad were just
pipped at the end of the meeting by their South Coast rivals, but they will
be looking forward to regaining the Southern crown next year.
The women finished in third place in their Final
thanks to some fine team performances by athletes who ensured all events had
Club members competing.
The only winner on the day was Barbara Terry in the
over 60s discus with a throw of 21.80. Many athletes achieved personal bests
including Jen Neale, Caroline Penlington, Tracey Ashenden, Tina Harradine,
Justine Eastbury, Caroline Morten and team manager Maz Turner, who did so in
The Club has been saddened recently to hear of the
death of Past President Ken Johnson. He had been a member for 72 years
having run cross country in his younger days before becoming the Club‘s
Chief Trail Layer and then officiating in track and field. It was also sorry
to learn of the death of the great rugby player and broadcaster Cliff
Morgan, who was the Guest of Honour at the Club’s Annual Dinner over 20
years ago, speaking most eloquently on the importance of Sport and
Sportmanship in our society.
After the excitement of the exploits of Blackheath &
Bromley’s athletes at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, this week it
was the turn of some of the Club’s other Internationals to take centre
Scott Overall, who represented Great Britain at last
years Olympics, continued his preparations for the Berlin Marathon in six
weeks time with another race in Germany at the small German town of
Schortens. He finished in 4th place in the 10 mile event over a four lap
course in a time of 48.44. This was a little slower than he had hoped for
but it was just preparation for his main target over the Marathon distance.
Like Scott a number of the Club’s athletes who were in
action at the Inter Counties will be looking at gaining selection for next
years Commonwealth Games. Serita Solomon, who was unfortunate to miss out on
a place at the World Championships, won the 100 metre hurdles in 13.17. She
remains third ranked in the country this season.
Also third ranked is Shaunagh Brown in the Hammer and
she claimed victory in her event with a distance of 63.44, over four metres
clear of the runner up.
Montell Douglas’ season has been hampered by injury
problems but the British 100 metre record holder cruised to victory in
11.72, despite running into a -1.4 headwind.
Craig Morten set a new best of 53.96 in the 400
hurdles, while Krystal Galley was 5th in the 400 metres and Tom Parker 9th
in the hammer.
Meanwhile Carolyn Plateau finished in third place in
the 800 metres at Antwerp, Belgium in a time of 2.04.54 and Shaun Lightman
was 12th in the 5km walk at the London Inter Club Challenge at Allianz Park
in a time of 29.53.10.
It has been a sensational few days for Blackheath &
Bromley teenagers Adam Gemili and Dina Asher Smith at the IAAF World
Championships in Moscow. Adam was just four hundredths of a second off a
bronze medal in the 200 metres while Dina did pick up a third place medal in
the womens 4x100 after the disqualification of the French team elevated the
British quartet from fourth place.
Adam missed out on a medal in the mens relay as,
although the British team were third across the line, they were also
disqualified due to an infringement on the second changeover.
Going into these Championships, Adam had run the
fastest 200 metres by a Briton for five years when he timed 20.30 at the
England Under 23 Championships in June. Few could have predicted what was to
Quick out the blocks in his heat, he ran a fine bend
and powered down the home straight to win the race and set a new personal
best of 20.17. It was the fastest time from all of the seven heats. This
broke 1998 Commonwealth Games champion Julian Golding’s Club Record by one
hundredth of a second and moved him up to 5th on the British all time list.
He was back for the semi final that evening, where he
produced an astonishing performance, dipping on the line to win his race in
19.98, not that he even knew he had won. “I was in shock going over the line
to see the time” yet initially he did not know it was his. The scoreboard
soon revealed it was and he could celebrate that he was now the second
fastest Briton of all time.
Only John Regis has run faster and he only ever ran
under 20 seconds twice, once in 1993 before Adam was born and then in 1994
when he was less than a year old. The only other teenager to have broken 20
seconds is Usain Bolt who Adam was now set to meet in the final.
Seven of the eight finalists had personal bests of
under 20 seconds so the field was of the highest quality. He just missed out
on a medal finishing in 5th place in a time of 20.08, yet it was another
outstanding performance and he was only four hundredths of a second off 3rd
“It's an unbelievable experience to be in that final
on the outside of Usain Bolt and just being in the top eight and finishing
fifth. I'm just very proud, very happy and very grateful to be in this
position,” said the 19 year old.
What would have been the icing on the cake would have
been success in the 4x100 metre relay, but this was not to be. Adam was
rested for the heats, but ran a strong first leg in the final. However, an
error at the second changeover saw the team disqualified. Cruelly the
quartet did not find this out until they were on the way to the medal
Back home Clubmate Julian Golding tried to sum up
Adam‘s individual performance “What can you say about that? He was
phenomenal. It is 15 years ago that I set the Club Record at the
Commonwealth Games but it seems like only yesterday. I’m gutted it’s been
broken but the it couldn’t have gone to a nicer lad. Although it’s seven
years since I retired, seeing his performances made me want to run again,
although realistically I haven‘t the time now.”
He continued “It was 2001 when Christian Malcolm ran
20.08 so it is time for event to move on. To run 20.17, 19.98 and 20.08 over
two days is incredible. It shows that he has the ability to win medals in
major Championships over the coming years. It is great for British
sprinting. Obviously having run these times there will now be a higher level
of expectation when he goes to Championships but I am sure he will be able
to handle this. He has a good coach in Mike Afilaka and so long as he stays
fit and healthy his future is bright.”
Prior to Moscow, Julian was the last Club member to
win a medal at a World Championships when he was part of the Great Britain
quartet who won bronze in the 4x100 in 1997. Now the most recent medallist
is 17 year old Dina Asher Smith!
The European Junior 200 metre champion, who was the
youngest member of the British squad in Moscow, had not necessarily been
guaranteed a place in the relay team. However, her and the teams performance
at the Anniversary Games last month, showed that, if called upon she was
And so in the first track event on the last day of the
Championships, the John Blackie coached athlete stood on the start line with
the whole world watching. She did not disappoint. A fine leg and changeover
to Ashleigh Nelson launched a tremendous team performance with Annabelle
Lewis and Hayley Jones bringing the baton home to secure first and a place
in the final with a time of 42.75. However, they were only the sixth fastest
qualifiers from the three heats.
The same team ran in the final and Dina again
delivered a fine opening leg, her reaction time being the second quickest of
the eight first leg runners. A good changeover to Ashley and then to
Annabelle saw Hayley Jones take the baton in second place. Despite her best
efforts she was swallowed up by the field and crossed the line fourth in
Although they thought they had not won medals the
quartet were justifiably proud of their efforts, especially as Britain did
not qualify to compete in this event in the London 2012 Olympics. Then came
the news that the French team who had crossed the line second had been
disqualified. Exceeding all expectations, they were the 2013 World bronze
medallists. “It means so much to us. I’m over the moon. It’s such a shock”
said Dina. When she returns to Newstead Woods school next month there won’t
be many people who will need to ask her if she did anything special over the
Apart from their performances in Moscow, what also
impressed many was how the two teenagers conducted themselves when speaking
with the media. Adam highlighted the fact that while there have been some
high profile drugs problems recently, it remains a great Sport and that
anyone interested in running, jumping and throwing should head down to their
local Athletics track.
Norman Park track was where Dina started her Athletics
career as an under 11 member of the Bees Academy and there are others who
started from here who are now blossoming.
Of course there was also disappointment at these
Championships for Lorraine Ugen who had three no jumps in her qualifying
pool of the long jump. The other disappointment was the non selection of
Serita Solomon in the 100 metre hurdles despite having met the IAAF
Highlighting her, and eight other athletes being
overlooked, Peter Matthews, co-editor of Athletics International wrote in
Athletics Weekly magazine, “Due to the myopia/bureaucracy/stupidity - call
it what you will - of UK Athletics…athletes who could have been added to the
UK team, will not be competing in Moscow at the World Championships.”
Having overcome two serious injuries as she progressed
from under 13 through to Senior level, selection for Serita for the Worlds
would have been a just reward for her dedication and perseverance. Still it
is the Commonwealth Games next year and this quartet and hopefully other
Club members will be challenging for selection for Glasgow.
Some of the Clubs future stars were contesting the
South Of England U15 and U17 Championships at Ashford. The move of the date
from May to the Summer Holiday period appears to have reduced the number of
those competing. Nevertheless the Club did have some success.
In the under 17s age group, Stefan Amokwandoh returned
from holiday to take second place in the triple jump with a leap of 13.46.
Many of the jumps in the competition were wind assisted, and had the contest
only included legal efforts Stefan would have won with 13.42.
Richard Webb continued his best ever Summer season as
he also won silver in the 1500 metres steeplechase in a time of 4.38.42.
Maya Bruney is getting back into form after early
season injury and she won bronze in the girls 100 metres in a time of 12.66.
It was bronze too for Leah Everson in the 800 metres in 2.16.60. The day
before she was fourth in the 300 metre hurdles in 48.56.
Elsewhere Will Fuller was 6th in the 1500 metres and
Alex Skipp, Bailey Sticking and Jessica Keene 7th in the 200 metres, 400
hurdles and 800 respectively.
Isabella Hilditch won the bronze medal in the under
15s long jump with a leap of 5.11. Shannon Riskey missed out on a top three
placing in the 800 by just three tenths of a second in 2.22.25 and it was
4th also in the boys discus for Dele Aladese with 38.86. William Pope was
7th in the 300 metres in 39.54.
Meanwhile Jim Phelan was the first over 65 year old in
the Salford Triathlon over the Olympic distance. He timed 29.44 for the
swim, 1.17.59 for the bike and finished with 56.35 for the run. He was 250th
overall out of 522 finishers.
Further afield David Hoben took part in the 44th
Dodentocht “Death March” 100k endurance event over 24 hours at Antwerp in
Belgium. He timed 17 hours and 54 minutes.
Barnstaple : 15 Barry WETHERILT 00:21:32
Bexley : 20 Christopher PIKE 00:22:03
Bromley : 10 Kelsey FUSS 00:18:46 12 Joshua Henry DAVIDSON 00:19:08 14
Jennie BUTLER 00:19:17 23 Andrew LAWES 00:19:49 28 Nick PERRY 00:19:55 29
Adrian STOCKS 00:19:57 31 Andy TUCKER 00:20:00 42 Robert PERRY 00:20:34 43
Jamie GOSNELL 00:20:34 54 Nigel HAFFENDEN 00:21:02 64 Adrian PERRY 00:21:31
65 Glen READ 00:21:35 78 Justine EASTBURY 00:22:04 84 John FENWICK 00:22:18
89 Nigel BULMER 00:22:24 93 Richard GRIFFIN 00:22:37 103 Mike SIMMS 00:22:58
107 Austin ADAMS 00:23:04 115 Alice PRENTICE 00:23:20 122 Scott BULMER
00:23:31 145 Chloe KIBBLEWHITE 00:24:13 152 Andrew PINO 00:24:31 194 Imogen
DUKE 00:25:50 209 Leszek MALYNICZ 00:26:13 325 Honey OKIKIADE 00:30:30 for
Eastleigh : 83 Carolyna HALEY 00:27:35 88 Adrian HALEY 00:28:45
Finsbury : 2 Glen TURNER 00:16:57
Frimley Lodge : 1 Peter TUCKER 00:16:25
Greenwich : 16 Rich GRANT 00:21:16
Killerton : 28 Bob MINTING 00:20:52
Orpington : 10 Joseph GEORGIADIS 00:21:12 12 Billy KEENE 00:22:11 22 Harry
William KEENE 00:24:12 23 Mick KEENE 00:24:29
There was disappointment for Lorraine Ugen at the IAAF
World Championships in Moscow. The Blackheath & Bromley athlete was unable
to record a valid effort in her qualifying pool of the long jump. Three no
jumps will be a big blow for the US Collegiate champion, who last year
missed out on a place at the London Olympics by a single centimetre, but the
youngster has plenty of time left to progress in her career.
Likewise the Club’s other two athletes at these
Championships. Adam Gemili is in action in the heats of the 200 metres on
Friday morning at 07.35 GMT. Dina Asher Smith is in the squad for the 4x100
metres on Sunday although she is not necessarily in the team.
Dina’s Club U17 200 metre record was equalled at the
Sweatshop Southern Athletics League match at Milton Keynes as Cheriece
Hylton timed 23.49 to win by over two seconds. This is the fastest time in
the country this year and leaves her as a Club Record holder in the 200, 300
and 400 in the under 17s and also in the 400 in the under 20s.
Second ranked in the 200 in the country this year is
now her twin sister Shannon, the previous leader. She won the 100 metres in
11.80 and with Vivien Olatunji taking both 100 and 200 B strings and victory
for the 4x100 team, the women achieved maximum points in the sprints. Duayne
Bovell won the mens 100 metres.
Further track success came with victories for Peter
Tucker (5000), Danielle Critchley (800) and Jahisha Thomas (100 hurdles)
while wins in the field came from Lewis Ely in the high jump and Steve
Timmins in the shot.
Despite these efforts the Club finished in fourth
place on the day, but the hard work had been done prior to the match and
they ended the season in 6th place in the 16 team division.
Zara Asante was not able to be at Milton Keynes as she
was contesting the Scottish Championships at Scotstoun. She was rewarded
with a silver medal in the triple jump with a leap of 12.57.
A number of the Club’s athletes were selected for the
Southern Inter Counties match for under 20s and under 15s at Allianz Park,
In the under 20s Oliver Newport won the mens long jump
with a leap of 7.06 while on the track Samantha Brown took the 400 hurdles
in 63.79. Her sister Gemma was second in the discus with a very useful 41.20
and she was also 6th in the shot. Leah Louise Everson was 3rd in the 800 in
Isabella Hilditch won the under 15s long jump with a
distance of 5.15 and she was also 4th in the 75 metre hurdles in 11.66,
having timed 11.57 in her heat.
Highlights of the most recent Club Open Meeting came
in the under 13s age group. Eloise Locke smashed her own Club record in the
javelin with a throw of 33.36. This is the third furthest in the country
this year. In the triple jump Karine Harris leapt 10.24 which is only 40
centimetres off the under 15s record.
Peter Hannell finished in 11th place in the Veterans
AC 5 Mile walk at Battersea Park. He timed 52.36 with David Hoben 15th in
Club members have been in action around the country in
the latest round of Parkruns.
Results are below
Bexley : 18 Christopher PIKE 00:22:05
Bradford : 14 Nigel HAFFENDEN 00:20:10 151 Chloe HAFFENDEN 00:27:03
Bromley : 15 Andy TUCKER 00:18:42 18 Kelsey FUSS 00:18:59 26 David BEADLE
00:19:28 39 Barry WETHERILT 00:20:20 40 Iain SWATTON 00:20:25 41 Keir LUNDY
00:20:30 42 Mike SIMMS 00:20:30 80 Alice PRENTICE 00:22:15 95 Richard
GRIFFIN 00:22:40 101 Austin ADAMS 00:22:53 119 Helen GODSELL 00:23:29 127
John LEESON 00:23:46 186 Andrew PINO 00:25:53 214 Peter LOVELL 00:26:25 250
Ore OKIKIADE 00:27:53 332 Honey OKIKIADE 00:32:35
Crystal Palace : 34 John FENWICK 00:22:59
Dulwich : 4 Fintan PARKINSON 00:17:33
Eastleigh : 11 Adrian STOCKS 00:20:51 70 Carolyna HALEY 00:28:32
Greenwich : 27 Rich GRANT 00:22:21
Ipswich : 4 Steve COOPER 00:17:32
Little Stoke : 14 Joshua Henry DAVIDSON 00:18:47
Orpington : 13 Billy KEENE 00:24:00
Preston : 1 Glen TURNER 00:17:15
Whitstable : 27 Nigel BULMER 00:22:25 39 Scott BULMER 00:23:33
Last Saturday saw a small piece of Athletics History
as Blackheath & Bromley hosted the first ever UK Womens League match at
Norman Park. It had the right result as well with the hosts avoiding
relegation from the Premier Division.
With the top 8 teams in the country competing, it was
always going to be a tough match but this did not stop Internationals Serita
Solomon and Izzy Jeffs winning the 100 metre hurdles and javelin
competitions with performances of 13.29 and 47.46 respectively. The javelin
provided one of the other dramas of the day as the meeting was held up when
one of the officials was speared in the leg.
Also in the field Shaunagh Brown scored big points in
the throws with runner up spots in both the shot and hammer with distances
of 15.96 and 60.62. She was also 5th in the discus with 47.92.
It was a difficult day for Montell Douglas who was
disqualified for a false start in the 100 metres and then picked up an
injury running the non scoring race. This ended her day.
Although they were some way off winning their events,
both Danielle Critchley and Kate Curran achieved personal bests. Danielle
timed 2.14.59 in the 800 while Kate improved to 4.36.83 in the 1500. In the
field Jackie Montgomery also set a new best in the pole vault, clearing 2.50
to finish second in the B string competition.
Super vet Clare Elms showed again why she has been
such an important higher claim athlete this season as she ran both the 800
and 3000 setting a seasons best of 2.17.81 in the former.
Earlier this year she broke Jennie Butler’s over 35s
1500 Club record and Jennie also exceeded her previous record with 4.52.63.
Seasons bests were also achieved by Savannah Echel Thompson (400), Serita
Solomon (200), Christine Lyston (High jump) and Rachel Arnheim (pole vault).
It was, however, a very close match and as the
afternoon neared its close Shaftesbury Barnet, who at the start of the day
were in a relegation position, led by a small margin. This would have meant
Blackheath & Bromley would have been relegated. Thankfully a shuffling of
the match positions saw Shaftesbury slip from the top and B&B’s 6th place
meant they finished in 5th for the season.
Team manager Brendan McShane was delighted with the
result. This was his last match in charge as he has to step down due to work
There were more celebrations for the senior mens team
who won their British Athletics League Division Two match at Allianz Park (Copthall).
This not only saw them promoted, but promoted as champions.
It was a very tense match with B&B, Gateshead and
Notts AC so close going into the fixture that it was all down to who beat
who on the day.
It started in the best possible way as, on his Senior
Club debut, Oliver Newport won the long jump with a leap of 7.23. Further A
string victories came from Mark Longhurst in the pole vault with a clearance
of 4.40; James Alaka in the 200 (21.61); and the 4x100 metres team of James,
Ed Harrison, Duayne Bovell and Dan Putnam in a time of 42.01.
James and Dan had been racing in Denmark on the
Thursday night so were obviously running tired, but James was also second in
the 100 while Dan was runner up in the 400, won both the B string 100 and
200 races and was also part of the 4x400 quartet who came 4th. For this he
was awarded the Club’s Athlete of the Match.
Athlete of the Season, however, went to Ed Harrison,
one of six ever presents in the team this year, and always ready to help out
in a crisis. On Saturday he ran both long and short hurdles, both relays and
did the triple jump. Off a modicum of training during the Winter, he scored
more points for the team over the season than any other athlete.
Other ever presents were Steve Timmins, Lewis Ely,
Phil Sesemann, Mike van den Dobbelsteen and Mark Booth.
A number of others have also made invaluable
contributions to the team such as B string winners on Saturday, Sam Brown
(pole vault), Alex Pope (shot) and Mark Cryer (110 hurdles), but everyone
has played their part.
With 16 of the 19 events completed just 14 points
separated the three top teams, but after a 4th in the 4x400, a third and
first in the shot and double win in the pole vault gave Blackheath & Bromley
an emphatic 40 point victory.
The Club will now compete in Division One of the
League in 2014 against Saturday’s runners up Gateshead, plus Herne Hill,
Woodford Green with Essex Ladies; Kent AC, Thames Valley, Windsor Slough
Eton & Hounslow, and the City of Glasgow.
Bexley : 22 Christopher PIKE 00:22:22
Bromley : 6 Fintan PARKINSON 00:17:27 9 Rowan FUSS 00:17:55 18 Kelsey FUSS
00:19:30 31 Andrew LAWES 00:20:05 36 Keir LUNDY 00:20:23 40 Iain SWATTON
00:20:35 63 Justine EASTBURY 00:21:46 64 David CARTON 00:21:48 68 Barry
WETHERILT 00:21:55 111 Austin ADAMS 00:23:25 119 Helen GODSELL 00:23:39 144
Alice PRENTICE 00:24:41 148 Claire AUSTRIDGE 00:24:46 164 John LEESON
00:25:28 175 Jennifer SHEASBY 00:26:13
Bryn Bach : 11 Mike SIMMS 00:21:16
Greenwich : 17 Rich GRANT 00:22:19
Killerton : 25 Bob MINTING 00:20:48
Orpington : 46 Karen DESBOROUGH 00:34:53
Riddlesdown : 62 Clive PAINTER 00:26:03
Whitstable : 27 Scott BULMER 00:23:20 29 Nigel BULMER 00:23:29
Wycombe Rye : 1 Glen TURNER 00:17:09
A year on from the London Olympics, the Sainsbury’s
Anniversary Games took place over the weekend at the Olympic Park and
Blackheath & Bromley are very much part of the legacy with four of its
members taking part.
First up on Friday was Adam Gemili in an all domestic
field in the 100 metres B race. The European Under 23 champion did not have
the best of starts but powered through to pip Sutton’s Harry
Aikines-Ayreetey on the line with both timing 10.16. This was a seasons best
for Adam by two hundredths of a second. Harry contests the 100 at the World
Championships in Moscow in two weeks time while Adam goes in the 200 metres.
Joining them in Russia will be Dina Asher Smith, who
at 17 is the youngest member of the Great Britain Senior party. As European
Junior 200 metre champion she will be a great asset to the squad and showed
this as she was part of the GB 4x100 team who ran the fastest time by a
British quartet for 12 years. They won the race in 42.69 and this was
nominated as the British performance of the night.
The 4x100 did not go so well for the men on the
Saturday as they did not get round. The change from Adam on leg two to James
Ellington saw the baton fall to the track and the GB challenge was over.
Meanwhile in the field Lorraine Ugen leapt 6.44 in the
long jump to finish in 3rd place just two centimetres off the winning
distance, but some way further than Olympic Heptathlon champion Jessica
Ennis Hill. At the same time Izzy Jeffs was finishing in 8th place in the
javelin with a throw of 51.65.
Izzy will be in action for the Club this Saturday as
Blackheath & Bromley make a small piece of Athletics History as they host
the first ever UK Womens League match at Norman Park Track. It is not just a
National League match, it is a Premier Division match featuring the top
eight clubs in the country with many Internationals set to compete.
Among those returning to the Norman Park track where
they trained and competed for B&B as youngsters will be Senior
Internationals such as UK record holder for the 100 metres Montell Douglas,
plus Club record holders Shaunagh Brown (Discus and Hammer) and Serita
Solomon (100 hurdles and 4x100).
To add to the celebrations the Club will be providing
a beer tent and BBQ. First field event is at 12 noon with the action
starting on the track at 1pm. Admission is free.
At the same time the men will be competing in the
final British Athletics League Division Two match of the season at Allianz
Park (Copthall). Currently they top the table but only on match points from
Gateshead as both have 20 League points. With third placed Notts on 19.5 any
two of these three will be promoted.
The fact that the Senior Womens team is in the Premier
Division is in no small part to the Club being National champions for eight
years in a row. They will have the chance to make this a ninth occasion
after the combined mens and womens team qualified for the UK Development
League Upper Division National Final which takes place at Birmingham on the
8th of September.
Although a joint scoring event, the best mens and best
womens teams on the day of the Final are regarded as the best in the land
and will represent the UK in the European Champion Clubs Cup for Juniors the
following season. Having won last year the women compete at Brno in the
Czech Republic on the 21st of September to see if they can become champions
The last Southern Premier Division One match at
Allianz Park saw the Club finish in third place on the day and this left
them in second place overall to take one of the two automatic places in the
Shannon Hylton returned from the World Youth
Championships in fine form to win both the 100 and 200 metres in the under
20 age group, despite being an under 17. She was also part of the under 17’s
winning 4x100 metre team along with her sister Cheriece, Maya Bruney and
Cheriece had earlier also stepped up an age group to
win the under 20s 300 metres in 55.63 and she was also part of the winning
under 17s 4x300 team with Leah Everson , Niamh Bridson Hubbard and Janae
It was a busy day for Jahisha Thomas who won both the
under 20s 100 hurdles and long jump competitions with performances of 14.98
and 5.82 and she was also second in the triple jump.
More hurdles success came with Craig Morten winning
the mens one lap event in 55.39 and Samantha Brown the womens in 62.95. The
under 20 men enjoyed victory in the 4x100 metres courtesy of Ishmail Smith
John, Javari Cameron, Alex Skipp and Kertis Beswick.
In the under 17s Vivien Olatunji won both the 100 and
200 metres which, taken with the sprint relay, gave her a hat trick of wins
on the day. Middle distance success came with wins for Will Fuller in the
1500 and from Niamh Bridson Hubbard in the 3000 metres.
Further victories came from Aine Hurlock in the 300
metre hurdles and from Helena Coleman in the pole vault.
Some of the Club’s youngest athletes were selected to
compete at the Under 13s Inter Counties match at Kingston. A number of these
achieved personal bests including Angus Harrington who timed 2.19.93 in the
800 metres and Mhairi Brooks and Antonia Alapafuja who ran 13.81 and 14.11
in the 100 metres. Angus was also 6th in the javelin with 32.50.
Eloise Locke was 2nd in the shot with 9.49 as well as
coming 10th in the discus. Karina Harris was 3rd in the long jump with 4.58
and others in action included Dillon Robertson, Caelan Raju, Oliver Lucas
Head, James Lancaster and Michael Eagling.
The previous weekend Michael was first home in the
Family Anniversary Run over 2.5km at the Olympic Stadium. Not only did he
win but he was greeted by one of Britain’s greatest ever runners Paula
Radcliffe, who congratulated him on his performance.
Peter Tucker has continued his busy recent race
programme with a win in the Club 5000 metre championship at Norman Park. He
timed 15.43.7 with Alex Gibbins second in 15.50.6 and young Richard Webb
third in 16.00.8.
Peter also recently won the Bewl Water 15 in 1.30.16
and with Fintan Parkinson in 15th and Len Crowder 52nd the Club were runners
up in the team race.
Peter Hannell was 8th in the penultimate Vets AC 5
Mile road race at Battersea Park. He timed 52.23 for the distance with David
Hoben 11th in 57.46.
At the London Inter Club Challenge at Allianz Park,
Shaun Lightman was 9th in the 5km in 30.57.
Barking : 34 Glen TURNER 00:25:00
Bromley : 10 Andy TUCKER 00:18:31 14 Steven PAIRMAN 00:18:52 23 Nick PERRY
00:19:34 26 Rowan FUSS 00:19:46 27 Joshua DOWLING 00:19:51 32 James PERRY
00:20:02 38 Andrew LAWES 00:20:20 42 Adrian STOCKS 00:20:33 51 Mike SIMMS
00:20:57 71 Jon PAIRMAN 00:21:45 76 David CARTON 00:21:53 117 Richard
GRIFFIN 00:23:29 127 Imogen DUKE 00:23:52 145 Cameron SWATTON 00:24:38 151
Robert PERRY 00:24:45 175 Stephen HOLLINGDALE 00:25:40 190 Claire AUSTRIDGE
00:26:07 195 Ore OKIKIADE 00:26:31 197 Peter LOVELL 00:26:34 309 Honey
Dulwich : 6 Fintan PARKINSON 00:17:52
Finsbury : 69 Austin ADAMS 00:24:32
Greenwich : 15 Rich GRANT 00:21:35
Orpington : 1 Peter TUCKER 00:16:32 14 Robert P BROWN 00:21:35
Poole : 63 Ian YOUNG 00:20:48
Riddlesdown : 25 Steve HALEY 00:23:13
Dina Asher Smith enjoyed an outstanding European
Athletics Junior Championships at Rieti in Italy. Not only did the
Blackheath & Bromley athlete win the 200 title, but, she was also part of
the Great Britain quartet who won gold in 4x100 metres, breaking the British
record in the semi final and then again in the final.
The Newstead Woods schoolgirl showed her intent by
winning her heat of the 200 in a time of 23.14. This equalled her best for
the event despite being into a -0.5 metre per second headwind.
The breeze was even stronger for the final as it hit
-2.2 m/s but this did not stop Dina timing 23.29 to secure victory with
fellow GB athlete Desiree Henry finishing second.
It was a proud moment for the 17 year old and also for
her mum Julie and coach John Blackie who were there to watch. “As a young
athlete you always watch these people who come here and win gold and just
think, I want to be like that. To be one of them is just out of this world
and I’m so happy.”
She did not have much time to relax, however, as she
was back at the track the next morning for the heats of the 4x100 relay. To
the astonishment of many, Dina and her team mates Steffi Wilson, Yasmin
Miller and Desiree Henry won their race in a new National record of 43.89.
Though delighted with this performance, the quartet
needed to keep their feet on the ground and concentrate on the final. This
they did with Dina picking up her second gold of the Championships as they
again broke the National record lowering the mark to 43.81.
It was a remarkable few days for Dina and her wonder
season will continue with a place in the GB Senior squad for the World
Championships which take place in Moscow in three weeks time.
Dina’s introduction to Athletics at the Club came
through the Bees Academy and another product of this scheme, and a training
partner of Dina‘s, Cheriece Hylton, was also on winning International duty.
She was first in the 300 metres at the SIAB Home Countries Schools
International in Dublin by over half a second in a time of 38.10, her third
quickest ever time.
She was also part of the 4x300 metre team who won in a
new meeting record of 2.37.66 over two seconds quicker than the previous
best set in 1997.
It was gold as well for Stefan Amokwandoh. He went to
the meeting intent on achieving a personal best and succeeded in his quest.
It is always a great feat to improve one’s best when wearing an
International vest and he leapt 14.44 in the triple jump to win the
competition by an impressive 80 centimetres.
Kerri Davidson was so close to making it a hat trick
of victories for Club members. She had to settle for second place in the
womens triple jump with a leap of 11.44 into a minus headwind. This left her
just 4 centimetres shy of the winning distance by Ireland’s Maria Carey.
More success came at Hendon where the South Of England
multi events championships took place along with the Area 3000 metres
championships for under 15s and under 17s.
In his first year in the age group, Mark Cryer won
bronze in the Senior Mens Decathlon with a points score of 5994. Jessica
Keene was 2nd in the under 15 girls 3000 metres in 10.19.66 while Naomi
Kingston was 4th in 10.55.28.
Many more of the Clubs under 15s and under 13s were in
action in the final Kent Young Athletes League match of the season at
Ashford. It proved another successful occasion with the under 13 boys and
girls, and the under 15 girls winning and the under 15 boys coming second.
In the under 15s Megan Beaman-Browne won the 75 metres
hurdles in a grade one time of 12.06 and she was also part of the winning
4x100 team. Also in the team were Toyin Orelaja who had earlier won the high
jump and Magda Cienciala who ran a grade one of 26.18 to finish second in
the 200 metres. Olivia Richer completed the victorious quartet.
In the field Anna Barnett set a personal best of 28.64
to win the discus as did Korede Osibini in the boys javelin with a throw of
The throws success continued in the under 13s age
group as Eve Keith won both the girls shot and discus events, and Daisy
Dowling the javelin. James Lancaster was first in the boys discus and hammer
while Henry James Cowie won the shot. Also in the field Tajera Baldie took
the honours in the girls long jump.
Mhairi Brookes may have come second in the 150 metres
but her time of 20.62 was a grade one. She was also in the winning 4x100
metres team along with Antonia Alapafuja, Karina Harris and Gabrielle Dalson
. They won by almost three seconds in 56.27.
These strong performances meant that the combined
girls under 13 and under 15 squad were League winners for the season while
the boys finished in second.
It has been a busy few days for the walkers. The
National 10km Championship took place at Hillingdon on the 20th with Peter
Hannell finishing in 22nd in 1 hour six minutes and 17 seconds. Shaun
Lightman was next in 23rd. He started cautiously because of an injury and
moved through the field strongly.
He may also have been saving himself for the Masters
Inter Area Challenge Match at Solihull the next day. Here he won the over
60s 2000 metre track walk in a time of 11.47.70.
The previous week Peter Hannell was 6th in the British
Milers Club 1km at Sutcliffe Park in a time of 5.48.33.
The weekends Parkrun results are listed below and show
a remarkable set of results from the Stickings family with sons Bailey and
Lewis first and second at Shorne Woods and dad Nigel in third. Ninth overall
and first woman was mum Charlotte.
Bexley : 30 Christopher PIKE 00:23:23
Bromley : 6 Aleksander WILTSHIRE 00:18:18 10 Alex LEGGATT 00:18:57 29 Sarah
BELAON 00:20:30 34 Nick PERRY 00:20:49 38 Scott BULMER 00:20:52 39 Iain
SWATTON 00:20:53 48 Glen READ 00:21:06 50 Mike SIMMS 00:21:09 65 Nigel
BULMER 00:21:41 74 John FENWICK 00:21:50 140 Austin ADAMS 00:23:59 147
Jennifer SHEASBY 00:24:10 152 Richard GRIFFIN 00:24:26 200 Nigel HAFFENDEN
00:26:34 204 Chloe HAFFENDEN 00:26:40 207 Peter LOVELL 00:26:43 283 Steven
PAIRMAN 00:29:07 309 Leszek MALYNICZ 00:31:32 333 Honey OKIKIADE 00:35:46
Greenwich : 23 Rich GRANT 00:22:55
Ipswich : 12 Angus HARRINGTON 00:20:17
Killerton : 18 Bob MINTING 00:20:59
Kingston : 1 Glen TURNER 00:17:00
Lloyd : 50 Clive PAINTER 00:26:38
Orpington : 2 Joshua Henry DAVIDSON 00:18:58 5 Joseph GEORGIADIS 00:19:13 21
Billy KEENE 00:22:32 30 Mick KEENE 00:23:32 79 Karen DESBOROUGH 00:34:18 87
Martin LUNDIE 00:38:24
Riddles down : 65 Helen GODSELL 00:25:48
Shorne Woods : 1 Bailey STICKINGS 00:19:27 2 Lewis STICKINGS 00:20:59 3
Nigel STICKINGS 00:21:01 9 Charlotte STICKINGS 00:22:20
Three members of Blackheath & Bromley have been
selected to represent Great Britain at the IAAF World Athletics
Championships in Moscow from the 10th to the 18th of August.
Adam Gemili, the world junior 2012 100 metre champion,
has been chosen for the 200 metres and the 4x100 metres. The Michael Afilaka
coached athlete earlier this season ran 20.30 for the 200, the fastest by a
Briton for five years. He is also selected for the 4x100 metre relay.
Lorraine Ugen missed out on a place in the long jump
at last years London Olympic Games by just one centimetre. Having leapt
inside the qualifying mark for Moscow with a 6.77 distance in the United
States last month, the Frank Attoh coached athlete will look forward to her
first full Senior GB vest.
Dina Asher Smith is, at 17, the youngest member of the
Great Britain squad. Coached by John Blackie, she is the National Under 20
100 and 200 metre champion and the English Schools 200 title holder. She has
been selected as part of the 4x100 squad. The Newstead Woods schoolgirl is
currently in Italy where she is representing Britain at the European Under
Adam Gemili came away from the European Under 23
Championships at Tampere in Finland with two gold medals, and a European
First up was the 100 metres where he cruised through
his heat in 10.42. In the semi final he set a seasons best of 10.18 to make
him favourite for the final. He did not disappoint winning in 10.20, nine
hundredths of a second clear of fellow Briton Deji Tobais.
The 19 year old was obviously delighted with his
performance “This is the main championships of the year for me so to come
here and win gold is a brilliant feeling”.
Prior to the 100 final he had also won his heat of the
200 in a time of 20.46. Doubling up in a Championship such as this is a tall
order and, in his fifth race in three days, he finished in 4th place in the
final in 20.51.
Recognising his fatigue, the British management rested
him for the heats of the 4x100 metres, in which the GB quartet qualified
with ease. Adam was back for the final though and he anchored the team home
for victory. The icing on the cake was a new European Under 23 record of
The Club were proud to have three members selected for
these Championships but, unfortunately , things did not go quite so well for
its two other representatives. Having qualified for the final of the long
jump with the fourth furthest leap of the qualifiers (6.32), Lorraine Ugen
withdrew as a precaution.
Izzy Jeffs just missed out on a place in the javelin
final. Her distance of 51.88 in the qualifiers was the 13th best overall
which meant she missed the final by one place, the top 12 going through.
Meanwhile in Donetsk in the Ukraine, Shannon Hylton
was representing Great Britain at the World Youth Championships. The John
Blackie coached athlete started with a win in her heat and was just outside
her best with a time of 23.58.
Onto the semi final where she qualified for the final
by finishing in second place in 23.94. She finished in 6th place in the
Final in a time of 23.64, the race being won in a Championship record of
22.92 by Sweden’s Irene Ekelund.
Shannon would have liked to have set a new best but
thoroughly enjoyed representing her country in a Championship event.
Second claim member Robyn Pettit cleared 1.74 for 8th
place in the qualifying pool of the high jump.
Shaunagh Brown is the British Hammer champion. She won
her title at the World Championship Trials, which were incorporated in the
Sainsburys British Championships at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium, with a
distance of 62.71. Not only this, she also picked up silver in the shot with
a distance of 15.76.
In the 100 hurdles Serita Solomon donned her lucky
socks and broke her own Club Senior record yet again in winning her heat in
13.09. This is inside the B standard for the World Championships. In the
final she won silver in 13.18.
It was silver too for Chioma Matthews in the triple
jump with a leap of 13.38 while there were bronze medals for Scott Overall
in the 10,000 after a frantic last 400 metre burn up; and for Samantha
Milner in the discus with a throw of 47.38.
Montell Douglas was 4th in the womens 100; James Alaka
6th in the 200; Zara Asante 7th in the triple jump; and Oliver Newport 10th
in the long jump.
Although they did not qualify for the finals Jahisha
Thomas in the 100 hurdles and Grace Sheppard in the 100 metres set personal
bests of 14.24 and 11.99 respectively.
After their exertions in Birmingham on Friday and
Saturday, Grace and Zara were back in action again on the Sunday as the Club
finished in second place in the 4th round of the Southern Athletics League
at Harrow. With one match to go there is now no danger of them being one of
the four teams relegated from the 16 strong division. In fact after a poor
first match they are now 4th in the table.
Grace won the A string 100 while Zara won the triple
jump by over two metres with a leap of 12.66. Further wins came from Krystal
Galley (400), Anna Myers (3000), Leah Everson (400 hurdles) and the 4x400
quartet of Krystal, Leah, Charlotte Colegate and Natalie Jones.
Luke Smallwood’s work commitments mean he is limited
in his appearances for the Club but he more than made up for this in the
sweltering conditions. He not only won the A string 400 hurdles, but also
scored important points in the 110 hurdles, 3000 steeplechase, 200, high
jump, long jump, hammer and both relays!
Mark Cryer was another busy athlete. He won the A
string 110 hurdles as well as competing in the 100, 400 hurdles, high jump,
long jump and shot.
Steve Timmins enjoyed wins in the shot and discus
while Georges Vacharapoulos won the 800.
While this is a senior league a number of under 17s
competed for the Club performing well in the difficult conditions.
One of the most pleasing aspects of watching the World
Trials and hearing the subsequent selections was to see so many of the Clubs
former young athletes blossoming into Seniors. It was not so long ago that
the likes of Shaunagh Brown, James Alaka, Serita Solomon and more recently
Dina Asher Smith proudly held Kent County Under 13 winners trophies.
The Clubs future Seniors were in action at the final
UK Youth Development League Lower Age Group Premier Division One match at
Eton. In the blistering heat they finished in third, their highest placing
of the season, and, although this will not be enough to gain them a place in
the National Final, there were plenty of promising performances.
Amongst these was a win for Magda Cienciala with a
Grade 1 25.9 in the under 15 girls 200 metres and she was also part of the
victorious 4x100 team along with Olivia Richer, Nicole Farmer and Megan
Beamon- Browne who clocked 50.8. Further A string wins came from Jessica
Keene in the 1500 and Toyin Orelaja in the high jump.
Megan Beaman-Browne may not have won the 75 metre
hurdles but her time of 11.9 was a National Grade One performance.
Star athlete of the day, however, was Eloise Locke in the under 13 girls age
group. Not only did she win the javelin and shot with Grade One
performances, her distances of 28.40 and 9.90 were new Club Records. She is
now ranked 4th in the country this year for the shot. Karina Harris added to
the celebrations with victory in the long jump with a leap of 4.54.
Henry James Cowie had a remarkable afternoon as in
only his second appearance for the Club he won three events while competing
in them all at the same time.
He started the high jump at 1.15pm then the shot put
at 1.45pm, sprinting the length of the in field to get both a throw and a
jump in. His throw of 9.61 was a Grade One. Then at 2.15pm he ran and won
the B string 800m in an impressive 2.24.4 before jogging back to the high
jump to win the B string in 1.40.
A string winner of the high jump was Oliver Lucas Head
whose clearance of 1.45 was a grade one and he also won the A long jump with
More field success came courtesy of Angus Harrington
who set a best of 33.65 to win the javelin and then ran a pb of 4.50.6 in
the 1500. His javelin throw was a grade one and his 1500 was just one tenth
off the same standard, great versatility.
Michael Eagling was involved in one of the most
exciting finishes of the day, setting a new grade one best of 4.46.9, the
same time as the winner. Dillon Robertson also ran a grade one of 2.21.8 in
coming second in the 800.
Under 13s team manager Paul Austridge was also hugely
appreciative of the efforts of James McGruer, Myles Xavier, Dominic Mulhall
and Lewis Stickings plus George Pope and Caelan Raju who with Oliver and
James gained third in the 4x100 despite dropping the baton.
If these youngsters were wondering where they should
go after tasting senior success they need look no further than the Masters
age groups where the Club is celebrating both its men and womens teams
qualifying for the Southern Area Final on the 1st of September.
They did this at the final Kent Masters League match
of the season at Dartford led in the mens match by former stalwarts of the
Clubs Young Athletes and Junior teams Michael Champion and Steve Timmins who
won the 100 metres and the discus respectively.
Further victories came from Mark Watling and Graham
Coates who won the over 50s and over 60s 800 metre races. This helped the
team to second place on the night which was enough to ensure they won the
League title by 2.5 points from Cambridge Harriers.
Going into the womens match, it was a battle between
B&B and Cambridge as to who would join leaders Dartford in the final. It was
a tense affair but ultimately Blackheath & Bromley came second on the night
pipping their rivals by four points.
They were helped in no small part by Helen Godsell and
Maureen Miller who won the over 50s 100 and 800 metres races but also by
others such as Jackie Montgomery who competed in the 100, discus and 4x100
and Maz Turner who as team manager led by example scoring points in the 800
and long jump in the over 60s.
On the roads Peter Tucker continued his prolific race
schedule with victory in the Dartford Half Marathon. Defying the sweltering
conditions, he crossed the line in 75.09.
At the Bill Collins 3km walk at Tonbridge School,
Peter Hannell finished the twisting course in 4th place in 18.38 with David
Hoben 6th in 21.05.
Bromley : 5 Andy TUCKER 00:18:33 11 Steven PAIRMAN 00:18:59 18 James
PERRY 00:19:41 24 Nick PERRY 00:19:55 29 Nigel HAFFENDEN 00:20:11 30 Alex
LEGGATT 00:20:14 33 Robert P BROWN 00:20:22 40 Keir LUNDY 00:20:35 44 Iain
SWATTON 00:20:42 50 Sarah BELAON 00:21:00 58 Harrison PARKER 00:21:21 86
Nigel BULMER 00:22:22 148 Austin ADAMS 00:24:23 152 Scott BULMER 00:24:28
170 John LEESON 00:24:54 179 James TUCKER 00:25:05 183 Adrian PERRY 00:25:11
231 Peter LOVELL 00:26:51 265 Ife OKIKIADE 00:28:20 266 Ore OKIKIADE
00:28:22 364 Honey OKIKIADE 00:36:57
Chelmsford Central : 11 Adrian STOCKS 00:19:51
Dulwich : 16 Peter HAMILTON 00:19:42
Eastleigh : 73 Carolyna HALEY 00:28:38
Greenwich : 17 Christopher PIKE 00:22:07 40 Rich GRANT 00:25:01
Huntingdon : 1 Glen TURNER 00:17:37
Lloyd Park : 53 Clive PAINTER 00:27:33
Orpington : 13 Mick KEENE 00:22:22 18 Harry William KEENE 00:23:09 22 Dave
Woodlands : 4 Bob MINTING 00:22:25
Blackheath & Bromley’s senior womens team finished in
5th place in the second of the three UK Womens League matches of the season
at Manchester. This leaves them in 6th place in the eight team division with
just one fixture remaining.
With the match featuring the top eight clubs in the
country, Serita Solomon was the only A string winner. She took the 100
hurdles in 13.39 just days after breaking the Club record at the Cork City
Sports meeting with a time of 13.21. Runner up places went to Montell
Douglas in the 100; Shaunagh Brown (shot), Lauren Blackie (triple jump), and
the 4x100 quartet of Serita, Montell, Lauren Stevens and Grace Sheppard.
Shaunagh was also third in the hammer, as was Abigail
Kingston in the 2000 metres steeplechase.
Clare Elms tripled up in the middle distance and in
the process broke both the womens over 35 Club 1500 and 3000 metre records
with times of 4.49.63 and 10.04.92.
As with the first match, the squad was stretched and a
number of athletes did more than their fair share of events. So the crowd
was treated to the sight of Montell Douglas competing in the shot and
producing a useful 8.57; and Rachel Arnheim throwing the javelin for a new
best. Athlete of the Match award went to another athlete who put herself out
for the team. Young Jess Jones ran both the 800 and 1500 metres and
contributed a leg in the 4x400 when no one else was available to compete.
The final fixture, on the 3rd of August makes a small
piece of Club History as it will be the first ever UK Womens League match to
take place at the Club’s home base at Norman Park.
The men finished second in their British Athletics
League Division Two match at Eton and now head the table but by a very small
margin. They have 20 points, the same as second placed Gateshead and only
lead on match points. Notts AC are third on 19.5 and with only the top two
promoted it promises to be a tense last match at Allianz Park (Copthall) on
the 3rd of August.
Individual A string wins came from James Alaka in the
200; Scott Overall (5000) Mark Longhurst (pole vault) and the 4x100 quartet
of James, Femi Owolade, Duayne Bovell and Toby Olubi.
Femi was also second in the 100 metres as was Steve
Timmins in the shot with a seasons best of 13.95. Third placings came
courtesy of Phil Sesemann in the 800, Ed Harrison (110 hurdles), Mike Van
Den Dobbelsteen (javelin) and the 4x400 quartet of Femi, Ed, Richard Davies
and Craig Morten, who had an exhausting day racing the 400 hurdles and 400.
Mark Cryer was the Club’s athlete of the match
competing in five events and scoring 42 points for the team. This included a
personal best to win the B string 110 hurdles, an equal best in the high
jump and a runner up spot in the B string vault.
The Club’s Senior athletes of the future enjoyed a
very successful couple of days at the English Schools Championships in
Birmingham. They won four individual gold medals, three silver and three
bronze and three athletes gained International vests on the back of their
Dina Asher Smith won the Senior Girls 200 by over a
second in 23.63 and Oliver Newport produced a seasons best of 7.44 to win
the long jump.
Stefan Amokwandoh took the Intermediate Boys triple
jump title with a leap of 14.33 and his reward for this is an England vest
in the forthcoming Home Countries International. Joining him there will be
Cheriece Hylton who won the Intermediate Girls 300 metres in 37.93 and Kerri
Davidson who was second in the IG triple jump with new personal best of
Other silvers came from Kertis Beswick in the Senior
Boys 110 hurdles with a pb of 14.22 and from Gemma Brown in the Senior Girls
discus with a throw of 41.21.
Elsewhere in the Senior age groups Jahisha Thomes won
bronze in the long jump with a leap of 5.95, yet another personal best .
Just outside the medals was Tom Parker who was 4th in the Hammer with 60.57
while Rhiannon Jones was 5th in the 100 hurdles and Rachel Dickens 8th in
the 400. Max Mondelli timed 11.09 in the heats of the 100.
Richard Webb won a well deserved bronze in the
Intermediate Boys 1500 steeplechase timing 4.23.05, a new best. Vivien
Olatunji in the 100 and Yemisi Sofolarin in the discus both finished in 4th
place. Will Fuller was 5th in the 1500; Bailey Stickings 8th in the 400
hurdles and Helena Coleman 9th in the pole vault.
Alex Skipp made the semi finals of the 200 after
running a best of 22.68 in the heats.
More medals came in the Junior age group as Isabella
Hilditch struck bronze in the long jump with a leap of 5.27. Dele Aladese
was 4th in the boys discus while Anna Barnett was 11th in the girls. On the
track Jessica Keene was 12th in the 1500 while Shannon Riskey ran 2.21.99 in
the heats of the 800.
While the youngsters were celebrating in Birmingham,
there were similar shows of jubilation at the Kent Masters League at Ashford
where the men consolidated their position at the top of the table and the
women leap frogged into second place, a position, which if they stay there,
will take them to the Southern Final.
Although the men were second on the night, the result
leaves them on 26 points, 3.5 clear of second placed Cambridge with Dartford
third on 21. They only need to come 5th in the last match at Dartford next
Monday but will want to finish the League season with something special
before they travel to the Southern Final in September.
At Ashford fast improving Gareth Evans warmed up for
the following days British League by winning the 3000 metres in the over 35s
age group. Likewise, Steve Timmins who won the Hammer by over 11 metres.
In the over 50s Clem Leon was victorious in the 400
metres while in the over 60s Peter Hamilton won the 3000 metres by half a
Meanwhile in the womens match the B&B team were having
a great evening eventually running out winners by three and a half points.
Jennie Butler and Andrea Pickup snapped up maximum points in the over 35s
3000 metres while Jackie Montgomery soared over 2.30 in the pole vault for
victory (the first of four consecutive days of competition).
In the over 50s Helen Godsell dominated the 400
winning by nearly five seconds, and Anne Cilia was similarly superior in the
2000 walk as she came home over half a minute clear of the field.
With one match to go the Club go head to head with
Cambridge to determine who will secure the second place in the Area Final,
Dartford having already secured the Kent title.
Off the track Ben Cockburn led home a field of 111
runners in the Highway 10km. His winning time was 36.44 while Tom Desborough
was 14th in 43.14.
Bromley: 6 Marco ARCURI 00:17:52 7 Aleksander WILTSHIRE 00:17:55 18
Robert PERRY 00:19:03 23 Niamh BRIDSON HUBBARD 00:19:23 28 Keir LUNDY
00:19:39 31 Jamie GOSNELL 00:19:57 36 Barry WETHERILT 00:20:14 42 Adrian
PERRY 00:20:32 43 Mike SIMMS 00:20:37 44 Iain SWATTON 00:20:39 46 Sarah
BELAON 00:20:41 59 David CARTON 00:21:11 60 Glen READ 00:21:12 63 Nigel
BULMER 00:21:15 66 John FENWICK 00:21:22 78 Nigel HAFFENDEN 00:21:48 79 Ian
MONTGOMERY 00:21:49 211 Jackie MONTGOMERY 00:25:47 227 Peter LOVELL 00:26:09
342 Ore OKIKIADE 00:32:58 371 Honey OKIKIADE 00:44:20
Greenwich : 1 Fintan PARKINSON 00:17:50
Richmond Park : 2 Glen TURNER 00:17:00
Woodlands : 4 Bob MINTING 00:22:36
Adam Gemili continued his build up for the European
Under 23 Championships in Finland in two weeks time with his fastest legal
100 metres of the year. Competing in the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting in the
Czech Republic, the Blackheath & Bromley athlete timed 10.19 into a -0.5
metre per second headwind to finish 4th in his race.
However, this was only half the story as he had raced
the 100 metres just 10 minutes previously! The athletes did not hear the
recall gun and both Adam and Jamaica’s Asafa Powell ran the whole distance
only to find there had been a false start. Others in the race did not do the
full distance before pulling up. His 10.19 could, therefore, have been
quicker but for this.
More good news came from Germany as Dina Asher Smith
set a new personal best for the 100 metres at the Mannheim International.
Her time of 11.38 into a mild headwind moves her to top of the UK Under 20
rankings and is a new Club Junior record.
In France, at Castres, James Alaka ran a seasons best
of 20.95 for the 200 metres and also ran 10.34 for the 100. Chioma Matthews
set a new best of 13.50 in the triple jump and is now just 14 centimetres
shy of the Club Record.
The Club’s Under 20s and Under 17s took a step closer
to securing a place in the National Final of the UK Development League when
they finished in third place in the Premier Division One match at Reading.
After three matches they are second in the table with the same number of
League points as leaders Shaftesbury Barnet. Crucially they have a three
point cushion over third placed Windsor.
Shannon Hylton celebrated her selection for the World
Youth Championships by winning both the under 20s 100 and 200 metres in
times of 11.81 and 23.67, a notable achievement considering she is still an
under 17. Had she not run the 200 the Club’s fortunes would have been in
safe hands as her twin sister Cheriece’s time of 24.09 in the B string would
also have won the A string. Both sisters were also members of the winning
under 17s 4x100 quartet along with Vivien Olatunji and Aine Hurlock, and
their time of 48.28 would have won the under 20s race. Vivien had earlier
won the under 17 100 and 200 metre races.
The Hylton sisters were not the only siblings to enjoy
victories as while on the track Samantha Brown won the under 20s 400 hurdles
in 62.63, her younger sister Gemma enjoyed victory in the discus with a
throw of 40.17.
More hurdles success came in the under 17 age group
with Bailey Stickings winning the 400 hurdles in 59.15 and Leah Everson the
300 hurdles in 47.84. Leah also joined Sonia Woolhouse, newly crowned Kent
3000 metre champion Niamh Bridson Hubbard and Janae Galley for victory in
the 4x300 metres in 2.53.34.
Still on the track Will Fuller took the honours in the
800 metres in 1.59.97 as in the field Yemisi Sofolarin won the discus and
Kerri Davidson the triple jump.
Barring a disaster in the last match at Allianz Park
(formerly known as Copthall) on the 28th of July, the squad should qualify
for the National Final but nothing is guaranteed so another strong
performance is required.
Niamh’s winning time in the Kent under 17
championships at Dartford was a new personal best of 10.42.4 and there was
gold too for Amber Reed in the under 20s race.
Also on the winning trail this week was Peter Tucker
in the Orpington 10km, a multi terrain race around the High Elms area. His
winning time over an undulating course was 36.16.
Shaun Lightman finished in 8th place in the Enfield
League race at Allianz Park. He timed 30.00.19 for the 5km walk.
Andover. 11 Peter HAMILTON 00:20:11
Bexley : 24 Christopher PIKE 00:22:16
Bromley : 7 Fintan PARKINSON 00:18:03 13 Andy TUCKER 00:19:07 15 Steven
PAIRMAN 00:19:20 19 Nigel HAFFENDEN 00:19:38 20 Andrew LAWES 00:19:44 25
Keir LUNDY 00:19:57 26 Adrian STOCKS 00:20:11 27 Graham John COATES 00:20:12
33 Barry WETHERILT 00:20:40 39 Iain SWATTON 00:21:03 42 Glen READ 00:21:07
48 John FENWICK 00:21:14 62 Scott BULMER 00:21:55 65 Nigel BULMER 00:21:58
73 Ian MONTGOMERY 00:22:18 74 Harrison PARKER 00:22:19 141 Mike SIMMS
00:24:13 145 Richard GRIFFIN 00:24:18 163 Jackie MONTGOMERY 00:24:55 169
John LEESON 00:25:03 171 Austin ADAMS 00:25:05 177 Adrian PERRY 00:25:25 227
Peter LOVELL 00:27:38 324 Leszek MALYNICZ 00:34:30
Gladstone : 2 Glen TURNER 00:17:07
Greenwich : 9 Lewis STICKINGS 00:20:19 19 Charlotte STICKINGS 00:21:59
Lloyd Park : 7 Georgina TAYLOR 00:20:12 23 Ian TAYLOR 00:22:35
Maidstone : 10 Jessica Zara KEENE 00:20:07 24 Mick KEENE 00:22:12 27 Harry
William KEENE 00:22:25
Orpington 1 Peter TUCKER 00:18:05 16 Robert P BROWN 00:21:15 22 Joseph
GEORGIADIS 00:22:12 92 Karen DESBOROUGH 00:35:51
Whitstable : 4 Neil AYRTON 00:19:36 6 Mark ELLISON 00:20:23 8 Paul
Woodlands : 3 Bob MINTING 00:22:25