Press Releases for
October, November & December 2018
Kent Masters Cross Country and Round Up
The Kent Masters XC Champs at Dartford saw over
20 club athletes competing across the various age group categories picking
up 4 individual medals and a team bronze.
In the mens 40 category Alex Gibbins stormed to
victory with Gareth Evans 10th, Luca Ercolani 16th and Jason Meers 53rd for
4th team place by backed up by Steve Evenden in 56th and Steve Hough in
61st. In the mens V50 category the team finished 6th with Len Crowder 20th,
Nigel Haffenden 25th and Steve Pairman 55th, while in the V60s the club won
a team bronze medal with Con Griffin 5th, Luigi Arcuri 19th, Rob Brown 24th
with Andy Lawes 26th, while Jim Phelan (6th) and John Fenwick (9th) competed
in the V70 event.
In the W35 category Carole Penlington ran well
brilliantly for the bronze medal but unfortunately was our only competitor,
while in the W45 race second claimer Clare Elms won gold with Jennie Butler
2nd, Sally Haffenden 12th and Zoe Kingsmell 36th combining for 4th place
team, and Maz Turner was our only athlete in the W65 race and ran strongly
for third place.
At the annual Oxford versus Cambridge XC race
on Wimbledon Common it was good to see Niamh Bridson Hubbard running again
and taking third for Cambridge, while teenager Rico Cottel clocked 7.21 in
the 60m at an open meeting at Lee Valley, noting Belgrave’s Dwain Chambers
who is now over 40 still running 6.70 over 60m as well.
Good luck to all BBHAC athletes who have all been
selected to represent Kent in next weekends Inter Counties Match in
Oxford. Whether this is their first Kent vest, or one of many, or selected
as reserve, this is still a fantastic achievement in the strong county of
Kent and reward for their hard work through the winter.
Alex Middleton, Arthur Starvis, Jamie Sears, Josh Healy (reserve)
Megan Slattery, Carys Firth, Francesca Middleton, Cara Gould, Gabriella
Tom Brash, Sam Reardon, Matt Smith (reserve)
Hannah Clark, Ellie Dolby, Olivia Berry, Daniella Harper, Amelia Middleton,
Heidi Forsyth (reserve), Ella Deighton (reserve)
Morgan Squibb, Jess Neal, Ellie Osmond, Zoe White, Bethany Panton
Oliver Bright, Peter Guy, Ben Gardiner, Cameron Swatton (reserve)
And last but not least Dina Asher Smith on Monday
night won the BT Sport Action Woman of the Year Award.
Cross Country Round Up
The London Championships took
place at Parliament ill with the club fielding 5 finishers, Alex Gibbins
first home in 33rd followed by Danny Brewer
in 77th, Dan Kennedy 81st, Graham Hollingdale 236th and Steve Hough 261st.
At the same venue the club had many
athletes running for their respective boroughs with the majority of club
athletes representing Bromley but not exclusively. Bromley did win the
overall match across all the age groups from under 13, under 15, under 17.
The under 13 boys helped Bromley
finish third with Jamie Sears 17th, Alex Middleton 19th and Arthur Starvis
20th, while the under 13 girls went one place better with a team silver with
Tallulah Ndakanwu finishing 7th, Gabriella Martin 9th and Francesca
The under 15 boys finished 2nd with
another great run by Tom Brash who to took the individual silver medal with
Pablo Seema Rocca 8th and Sam Reardonn11th, while the under 15 girls led
home by Ellie Dolby in 3rd won the team race for Bromley with Olivia Berry
9th and Daniella 10th. Lara Mannes running for her borough was a magnificent
2nd and Annie Thomas 11th, followed by Heidi Forsyth in 16th and Hannah
Clark in 25th
In the under 17 mens race the BBHAC
runners all represented Bromley and came 2nd in the team race with Peter Guy
6th, Ben Gardiner 15th and Joseph Georgiadis 29th, and Morgan Squibb led the
team to a team victory in the under 17 ladies race when finishing 3rd, with
Jess Neal 5, Zoe White 6th and Ellie Osmond 10th.
The annual Mob Match versus Orion
was held at West Wickham and with a good turnout by both teams Orion won the
match scoring 30 a side 822 to 1010 points. There were 69 finishers with
Peter Tucker 3rd and the winner of the club 7.5-mile club champs Gareth
Evans 4th, Luca Ercolani 6th, Tom Desborough 7th, Joss Barber 9th, Neil
Ayrton 17th, Fintan Parkinson 18th and Chris Tuck 19th. Even getting our
athletes out for training runs is better than fielding no athletes and this
was much appreciated. Our first lady home was Jane Bradshaw who was second
lady finisher and winner of the ladies 7.5-mile club champs.
After three events in the Bennet
handicap Steve Evenden and Tom Desborough are tied on 150 points with
youngster Bailey Marks only just behind on 146 points in third.
At the British and Irish Masters XC
event in Swansea Steve Smythe was 2nd M60 vet in the open race while Clare
Elms was third in the W50 category and 29th overall over the 6km course in
the main race.
Three B&B walkers competed in the
Surrey Walking Club Christmas Cup with Isabelle Bridge (U20) 2nd in the
5km in 29m 0s, Abigail Smith (U15) 5th in the overall race 1st U15 in the
5km. Her first attempt at racing 5km, Katie Brash (U15) 1st in mixed 3km in
17m 08s. This was her first 3km race.
Kent League at Danson Park
With almost 50 club athletes in action at round three 3 of the Kent League
held at Danson Park, the different age group teams had different levels of
For the first time in a while we were able to field a
ladies team with Jess Keene finishing 6th, Carole Penlington 10th, Millie
Smith 12th, Jenny Butler 26th and Lorna Clowes 33rd, giving Jess and Millie
1st and 2nd in the under 20 age group race.
The under 17 ladies packed 4 in the top 20 to lead the
league with Ellie Osmond 2nd, Jess Neal 6th, Bethany Panton 8th and Emily
Davis 19th, while the under 15 girls are also first in the league after 3
events fielding 12 athletes of which 5 made the top ten with Hannah Clark
2nd, Ellie Dolby 4th, Olivia Berry 5th, Daniella Harper 6th and Amelia
Middleton 8th. The under 13 girls fielded 6 athletes and hold third place in
the league with Carys Firth 7th, Sofia Plum-Maher 22nd and Olivia
With no senior mens race at the event, the club had
Callum Myatt take 2nd in the under 20 mens race with Theo Wood 9th, while
Joseph Giorgiadis led the under 17 mens team to 3rd overall in the league so
far with Henry Fisher 13th, Cameron Swatton 15th and Justin Strover 22nd,
while the under 15 boys led home by Tom Brash in an excellent 4th place
followed by Matthew Smith in 16th and Will Andrews in 17th to maintain 2nd
place overall. The under 13 boys hold onto 4th place with three boys making
the top 20 on the day with Arthur Starvis 11th, Jamie Sears 15th and Joshua
Elsewhere in Spain at an international event in
Burgos, the Atapuerca event had Will Fuller representing England in the mens
senior race and he ran brilliantly for 33rd place and third Englishman home
in the 9km race across flat but fast fields, against top class world
Southern Cross Country Relays and 5 Mile Club
Another great day for the young athletes of BBHAC with team win for the
under 15 girls and the under 17 ladies teams, and a great bronze for the
under 20 ladies team and the Southern XC relays at Wormwood Scrubs.
The under 15 girls team won in 21.38 after legs by
Naomi Toft (7.09), Anwen Thomas (7.28) and Zakia Mossi (7.01) which was the
fastest leg of the day. Just to underline our strength in depth in this age
group the B team of Kate Price, Imogen Hadley and Olivia Berry were 5th with
the C team 7th, and the D team 21st. The under 17 ladies team finished first
as well with runs by Morgan Squibb (8.09) and third fastest leg of the day,
Sophie Hoare (8.20) and Ava White (8.14) with the B team 6th and the C team
The ladies under 20 team of Iyata Santos (8.11),
Madalina Samoila (9.20) and Millie Smith (8.42) took bronze with a combined
time of 26.13, while the under 13 girls team of India Blakely, Francesca
Middleton and Megan Slattery took 7th place with the B team in 9th.
There were no junior mens or boys teams in action nor
a ladies senior team, but the men did finish 24th with Alex Gibbins, Tom
Desborough, Dan Marks and Tim Ayres.
Elsewhere at the club the annual
5 mile XC Champs were held with wins for
17 year old Callum Myatt in 28.47 in the mens race and Jane Bradshaw winning
the ladies race in 36.50.
The national road relays were
held in Birmingham this weekend and the club had many athletes and teams
performing. Also Budapest marathon and Petts Wood 10km.
In the mens 6 stage road race the
team ran solidly for 24th place with Charlie Davis running 18.19,
Ross Braden 18.38, Will Fuller 17.42, Richard Webb 19.19, Alex Bruce
Littlewood 18.46 and Ben Cockburn 19.36. The senior ladies were unable to
complete a team but when they retired they were in 50th place
thanks to legs by Millie Smith, Jane Bradshaw and Mel Kane.
In the under 17 ladies team race
BBHAC finished a credible 5th place in 43.48 and only 69 seconds
down on the winners with runs by Zoe White, Amy Miller and Morgan Squibb.
The B team pushed them hard early on and finished 17th with Jess
Neal, Emily Davis and Ellie Osmond. The mens under 17s team finished 35th
with Joseph Giorgiades, Cameron Swatton and Henry Fisher, while the under 15
boys finished a very impressive 6th with Sam Reardon, Tom Brash
and Frederick Georgiou all running superbly with the B team in 30th
spot. The under 15 girls with Ellie Dolby, Hannah Clark and Daniella Harper
ran well for 14th with the B team 58th.
Arthur Starvis, Joshua Healy and
Jamie Sears brought the under 13 boys team home in 22nd place
with the under 13 girls of Olivia Magee Brown, Carys Firth and Megan
Slattery finishing 24th.
Elsewhere John Turner continued his
long distance running when he completed the Budapest marathon which is a
relative sprint for him in 4 hours 28 mins. It was hot and on a new route
which John described as more hilly and boring.
There was also a big club turnout in
the Petts Wood 10km event,
Cheltenham Half Marathon and England Masters
With the track season now well over it is the turn of our longer
distance runners to grab the spotlight for at least a few months.
At the Cheltenham half-marathon a team of 4 runners
from the club participated with three of them establishing new pbs. First
home was Ross Braden with his new pb of 72.50, followed by Chris Tuck on
17th place with 76.32. Tom Desborough claimed 37th spot with a pb of 81.45
and Richard Byford also ran a pb with 90.19 for 138th place. The race had
1556 finishers so a great performance by all 4 runners.
At the England Masters Inter Area XC match at Bury St
Edmunds, Clare Elms finished 10th in the ladies race in 22.42 and first lady
in the V50 category and only a little over a minute behind the overall