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Lots of BBHAC athletes in action this weekend with many running at the Loughborough International meeting, the senior men and women were in action at Bracknell in the Southern League Divison 1 match, and the under 13 and under 15 boys and girls were in action at Southampton in the Youth Development League Premier South match.

There were some significant performances made by 14 of our senior club athletes at the Loughborough International. Dan Putnam ran a useful 10.58/21.46 100/200m, Shannon Hylton ran an 11.47m 100m pb while twin sister Cheriece Hylton ran a 23.44 200m and backed it up with a 54.31 400m, with Maya Bruney close behind in the 200m in 23.51 for a pb. Caroline Ford ran 800m in 2.09.72 for a pb, Phil Sesemann ran solidly with 3.44.13 in the 1500m and Will Fuller continues to improve his form following injury with an 8.21.70 in the 3000m. Joe Fuggle ran the 400m hurdles on 53.06 just missing his pb.

In the field events Holly Mills leapt 6.01m in the long jump, Chiana Matthews and Zara Asante triple jumped 12.92m and 12.17m respectively, Matthew Blandford threw the discus 51.41m, Rebecca Hawkins jumped 1.68m in the high jump while Scott Huggins vaulted 5.20m in the pole vault and Sophie Dowson 3.65m in the ladies event.

Elsewhere at the Youth Development League the under 13s and 15s boys and girls teams were in action where some outstanding performances enabled the club to finish second to host Southampton with 546 points to their 606 points.

On the day which saw relentless rain and difficult winds the strong BBHAC contingent fought well against a strong home side. With 13 A string winners and 12 B string winners, BBHAC have now made sure that they are in second spot and on track for the national finals. In the under 15 boys Ollie Briars ran strongly to win the A string 300m, with Jacob Byfield winning the long jump and Ethan Kitteridge the pole vault, while there were B string wins for Henry Whichello in both the 100m and 300m, Kyron Morgan in the 200m, Barnaby Corry in the pole vault and Robert Murray in the shot.

In the under 13 boys events Connor Sutton won both the A string 100m and 200m, and Oliver Robertson won the 75m hurdles and the long jump. B string winners included Ben Campbell in the 800m and George Shaw in the 1500m.

For the under 15 girls Holly Mpassy judged the 300m to perfection wining well, also winning the 200m. With conditions far from perfect Morgan Squibb ran from the front to comfortably win the 1500m in a new pb of 4.42.9, with B string winners Ellie Dolby in the 800m, Annie Thomas in the 1500m and Olivia Howlett in the long jump.

In the under 13 girls events there was a great 75m/150m double for Emily Kerr in the A string events backed up with a B string long jump win, a good win in the 4 x 100m relay by the quartet of Sophie Kerr, Rianna Rennie, Georgia Sullivan and Emily Kerr. Sophie Kerr also won the B string 75m hurdles.

The clubs second senior team were in action at the Southern League Division 1 match on a sunny afternoon at Bracknell, rallying well to finish second on 196 points behind the host team Bracknell’s 217 points.

Wins were hard to come by with a slightly depleted team but a great team spirit and some outstanding performances meant we finished well. Matthew Knight won the A string 200m in a new pb of 22.32, with Louis Macrarenhas winning both the A string shot and discus both in new pbs of 14.86m and 51.24m, with Alex Pope continuing his multi event successes winning the B string shot, discus and hammer, with the A strong hammer being won by Kieran Murphy. The sprint relay team also ran brilliantly to win in 41.23.

In the ladies events Magda Cienciala won the B string 100m, Megan Walsh easily won the A string 200m just missing her pb with 25.33, Danielle Critchley won the B string 800m, Annie Davies won both the A string 100m hurdles and triple jump, Tabitha Lisciotto won the B string high jump, Sophia Harper and Anna Barnett won the B strong triple jump and discus respectively, and Victoria Wiltshire and Carys Marsden won both the hammer events, with the 4x100 team rounding of the afternoon nicely with a narrow victory.

The BBHAC Open Meeting on Monday saw around 200 entries competing in the 100m, 400m, 1500m, steeplechase, pole vault, discus and shot where many new personal bests were set. It was great to see so many club athletes on duty many of whom had competed at the weekend.

Next event is a home fixture at Norman Park on Sunday May 28th so come along and support the teams in the Youth Development League for our under 17s and 20s.

Nick Brooks

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New Club Pole Vault Record for Huggins

With over 100 club athletes entered in the Kent Champs at Ashford, there were some outstanding performance across all age groups in both mens and womens events.

Scott Huggins won the pole vault in 5.26m and broke the championship best performance and in so doing broke the long standing club record by 1cm, a record which has stood for a long time. Louis Mascarenhas won both the shot in 13.26m and the discus in 50.34m for a new pb.

In the mens under 20 events Camron Lyttle did a 100/200m double as did Joss Barber in the 1500 and 2000m steeplechase, while in the under 17 mens event Matthew Francis won the 1500m, Ben Sutton the long jump, Joshua Gbagbo the triple jump and Pedro Gleadall the javelin. In the under 15 boys events Oliver Briars won the 200m in 36.77 for a new championship best performance, Jacob Byfield won both the long jump and triple jump and was 2nd in the 80m hurdles, Ethan Kitteridge vaulted 2.85m to win the pole vault in a new pb, and Michael Burfoot won the shot.

In the senior ladies events Jackie Montgomery won the pole vault, while in the under 20 events Jamilya Robinson-Pascal won the long jump, Nicole Farmer won the triple jump, Megan Walsh the 400m, Annie Davies the 100m hurdles, Anika Olalere the shot, Carys Marsden the discus and Victoria Wiltshire the hammer. In the under 17 ladies events Jessica Sellar won the 1500m steeplechase, Eloise Locke won the shot and won the javelin in a new championship best performance, Hannah Macaulay won the discus and Isabelle Bridge won the 3000m walk. In the under 15 girls events there was a double for Morgan Squibb in the 800/1500m, while Holly Mpassy had a very busy and successful weekend winning the 100m, 200m and 300m including breaking the championship best in the 300m qualifying rounds.

In the US at the AAC Champs in Houston, Divine Oladipo performed well with a shot putt of 15.82m and a discus throw of 49.15m, both a little down on her recent pbs but very strong performances. Joseph Ellis threw the hammer 70.98m at a college meeting and now ranks 3rd in the UK. Jahisha Thomas leapt 6.32m in the long jump at the same meeting.

In the Leicester & Rutland Champs Dan Putnam ran a new pb of 10.47 in the 100m, and a 21.17 200m which was lightly windy. Phil Sesemann ran 3.44.56 in the BMC 1500m event in Solihull.

On Friday Adam Gemili ran 20.35 in the 200m at the Diamond League event in Beijing, ranking him 2nd in the UK.

Nick Brooks

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Whiteaker breaks 30 years old club javelin record

At the British Athletics League Division 1 match at Basingstoke schoolboy James Whiteaker making his senior debut for BBHAC threw the javelin out to 77.03m adding almost 4 metres to his previous best and breaking Peter Yates 30 year old club record by 19cms. He won the event by a massive margin and just missed out on the league record.

The 18 year old clearly heads the national under 20 rankings by a massive 13.50 metres and is 2nd ranked among the seniors now adding the Commonwealth Games qualifying standard to his already achieved World Junior standard. Truly an international class performance.

Blackheath finished a highly credible 4thin the team event on 283 points behind Cardiff who won on 318 points. Other top performances came from Dan Putnam in the 200m where he finished 2nd in 21.38 having taken third in the 100m, and anchoring the team to victory in the 4x100m relay. Teenager Camron Lyttle won the B string 100m in 10.7 and was a close 2nd in the B string 200m in 21.75. Mark Cryer leapt out to 7.05m for 2nd in the long jump and ran 15.15 in the high hurdles, Scott Huggins won the pole vault and the only athlete to clear 5.00m, with Louis Mascarenhas 2nd in the discus in 47.30m and new boy Luc Durrant 2nd in the shot in 14.42m, and with James Whiteaker massive win there was plenty to cheer about. Next match is in Swansea in June.

The ladies team were not so successful in the UKWAL Premier Division match in Birmingham. With no athletes at all in the 800m, 1500m, 2000m steeplechase, 3000m, pole vault and only one n the 400m hurdles, the depleted team did brilliantly to finish in 7th of the 8 teams on 126.5 points to TVH’s winning score of 234.5 points. Having fought so hard to get back into the top flight its very disappointing for a club of our size to not field any athletes in so many events and unless we change this approach in the remaining matches we will be destined for relegation.

Holly Mills winning the long jump in 6.18m was a shining light and our only winner on the day, however there were good performances from Annie Davies in 3rd and Isabella Hilditch in the 100m hurdles, Anna Short taking 2nd place in the B string triple jump, and Rebecca Hawkins 4th and Deborah Martin 2nd in the high jump strings, both very close to the winning heights.

Elsewhere the sprinters were in action at the Newham meeting with Dean Hylton running a windy 10.64 in the 100m. In the ladies events Cheriece Hylton had a very busy afternoon running 11.67 in the 100m with a legal following wind for a new pb, and also 23.63 in the 200m and 38.42 in the 300m. Other strong performances albeit wind assisted came from Montell Douglas in the 100m with 11.39, Maya Bruney 11.64 and then a new pb in the 400m with 53.70, Jazz Crawford 11.92 on the 100m and Viv Olantunji 12.23. The club really could have done with all of these athletes the previous day in the league match if we are to hold onto our position amongst the elite 8 clubs in the UK.

Also in action at Norman Park were the under 13 and under 15 athletes who were performing in large numbers in two different divisions. At the time of writing no results are to hand but of note was an afternoon of outstanding performance by under 15 Ethan Kitteridge who broke his pole vault pb on 6 occasions in 10 minutes moving himself from 2.50m to 2.80m and climbing up the age group rankings. Three metres plus is definitely not going to be beyond him this season.

Nick Brooks

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Busy week for athletes young and old competing far and wide

At Norwich on Saturday the BBHAC under 17 and under 20 mens and womens teams were in action in the YDL, winning the Southern Premier League by a handsome margin with 824 points from Shaftesbury with 725.5.

There were 16 A string wins and 8 B string wins for the mens teams and 10 A string wins and 11 B string wins for the ladies teams. In the under 20 mens sprints there was a double win for Camron Lyttle in the 100/200m with 10.80 and 22.53, while Ricky Lutakome won the 800m in 1.57.27 and James Whiteaker threw a league record in the javelin with a massive 73.40m, while BBHAC won both relays. In the under 17 mens events there were wins for William Adedeye in both the 100m and shot putt, Joshua Watson won the 100m hurdles, Coleman Corry the 400m hurdles, Aaron Enser the 1500m steeplechase while in the field Rico Cottell won the high jump, Joshua Gbagbo the triple jump, James Lancaster a massive 59.96m in the hammer just missing a pb and Angus Harrington won the javelin in 48.55 for a brand new pb.

For the under 20 ladies Modupe Shokunbi won the 100m, Immanuela Aliu won the 200m, Yasmin Marghini the 1500m, Annie Davies the triple jump, Jamilya Robinson-Pascal the high jump and the ladies won both relays. In the under 17 ladies events there were wins for Madalina Samoila in the 800m, Lia Radus in the 1500m, Grace Scopes in the 3000m and Hannah Macaulay in the shot putt.

At the British Universities Champs (BUCS) in Bedford the next age group of athletes were on display, typically those in the under 23 age group. A fantastic win for Maya Bruney in the ladies 200m and a new pb and sub 24 second clocking with 23.95 into a massive headwind, Anna Short finished 5th in both the 100m and long jump, Kate Curran ran new pb in qualifying in the 1500m with 4.33.36 and could not quite repeat it for 10th in the final in a very close fought race. Will Fuller ran very well for 9th in the 5000m in 14.33.29, Robert Sutherland took 5th in the mens triple jump, with Samantha Milner and Ellie Duffy-Penny 6th and 11th respectively in the ladies discus. Matthew Blandford threw 50.74m in the discus for a well earned silver medal.

The club hosted the Ted Pepper Memorial race over 10km on Monday along with many races for the very young athletes just entering the sport, many toddlers running round with their parents. In the main 10km event there were 380 finishers in what turned out to be a great day for BBHAC. Ross Braden won the race in 34.33, one second off the course record, and with Garth Evans 8th, Luca Ercolani 10th and Len Crowder 11th they won the team event too. In the womens race Jess Keene won the race in 39.21 and with Kelsi Cornish and Sara Elmqviist 4th and 6th among the ladies they too won the ladies team race. The club fielded 33 athletes but were outnumbered by several local clubs who fielded greater numbers of athletes.

Elsewhere in the US in Philadelphia, Divine Oladipo continued her fine early form throwing over 50m for the first time to win a discus event with 51.59m, Ishmael Smith-John ran a new pb in the 200m with 22.12 in Florida, and Oliver Newport long jumped a legal 7.60m in Louisville.

On Friday our older age groups of athletes were in action at the Kent Masters League at Norman Park. A big thanks to the few who competed. The ladies were 2nd in their 1st division match just 4 points below Dartford and 2 points above Tonbridge. There were 4 events on the night covered by a team of 8 with Louisa Vallins 2nd Sara Elmqvist 3rd in the 400m strings, and for the W50 Jackie Montgomery 1st and in the W60 Helen Godsell 1st. In the 3000m A Sara Elmqvist was 3rd, Sarah Belaon won the B 3000m with W50 Maz Turner(65) 6th in the W50 while in the field in the Triple Jump W35 Louisa Vallins was 3rd, W50 Jackie Montgomery 1st, W60 Helen Godsell 2nd. In the hammer V 35 Jen Neal 6th, W50 Anne Cilia 5th, W60 Maz Turner 3rd.

The men came 1st in their 2nd division match 11 points clear of Ashford who came 2nd despite not having anyone to pole vault because of injury and work commitments. The other 4 events were covered by a team of 9; in the 400m A Luca Ercolani 3rd, 400m B Stephen James 2nd, 400m M50 Paul Stack 2nd, 400m M60 Clem Leon 1st. 3000m A Alex Gibbins 1st, 3000m B Gareth Evans 1st, 3000m M50 Tim Nash 1st. TJ M35 Stephen James 2nd, TJ M50 Rob Brown(65) 4th, TJ M60 Clem Leon 1st. HT M35 Steve Timmins 1st, HT M50 Richard Coe(65) 2nd.

This weekend sees the senior mens team compete in Basingstoke in the National League Division 1 and the ladies team compete in Birmingham in the UK Womens League Premier Division. On Sunday at Norman Park there is the Kent Young Athletes league.

Nick Brooks

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Young Athletes League and London Marathon are the major headlines this weekend.

The club managed to achieve 21 finishers in the London Marathon with Scott Overall finishing 19th in 2.16.41 which put him among the leading UK runners but not quite good enough for World Champs team selection. Three other athletes also ran well enough to break the 3 hour barrier, Luca Ercolani 2.54.04, Paul Sharpe 2.545.43 and Tony Crowder 2.58.04. Our three ladies who finished were Carole Penlington with a new pb in 3.05.04, Jenny Neal with 3.19.43 pb and Karen Perry 4.44.06.

Past President Dick Griffin just missed out on a sub 4 hour clocking with 4.03.42, and John Turner continued his almost weekly long distance events with a 3.52.16 effort. Regular park runners and mob match runners Steve Pairman and Clayton Aves broke the 3.30 barrier with 3.24.51 and 3.29.23 respectively.

At the YDL match for under 13s and under 15s the club had many athletes on display at Bracknell, where wins were hard to come by on a good afternoon for athletics. Eventually BBHAC finished second on 481.5 points behind national champions Southampton on 541 points but still to all to play for and a place in the national final is our aim.

The under 13 girls team won the 4 x 100m relay, while Sophie Kerr won the B string 150m race in 20.63 and the B string long jump in 4.09m. In the under 15 girls events Holly Mpassy looked majestic in winning the 200m A string in 25.57 in a massive new pb and could have won the 300m but narrowly failed to win in a new pb of 41.40, with Eve Ward winning the B string 200m in 26.65 also in a new pb, and Ellie Dolby ran from the front to win the 800m B string in 2.22.01.

In the under 13 boys events there was a double for Oliver Robertson in winning the A string high jump in 1.43m and the 75m hurdles in 13.11, Connor Sutton won both the 100m and 200m in 13.52 and 27.42, Jamie Sears front ran to victory in the B string 800m in 2.36.20 and the 4 x100m team won in 55.15. In the under 15 boys event Ethan Kitteridge was 2nd in the pole vault in 2.40m but the same height as the winner while Barnaby Corry jumped a new pb of 2.20m to win the B string also in a new pb. Ollie Briars ran strongly to win the A string 300m in 37.87 and the B string 200m in 24.26 (new pb) with Afolabi Eniola winning the B string 300m in 39.90.

Elsewhere in the US at college meetings Divine Oladipo threw two new personal best of 49.53 in the discus and 16.64m in the shot at Princeton in New Jersey. This puts her on top of the UK under 20 rankings for both events and 4th in both events among the seniors, so more international honours beckon.

In Iowa City Jahisha Thomas jumped 12.86m in the triple jump and ran the 100m hurdles in 13.83.

Nick Brooks

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Emphatic team win in Southern League and a round up from the US.

An emphatic win for Blackheath in their return to the Sweatshop Southern League Division 1 following promotion from last season.

The match held at Bromley’s Norman Park saw ideal conditions although sometimes a little blustery, with 30 personal bests being set, the men winning 9 A string events and 12 B string events, while the ladies won 16 A strings and 12 B string events.

Dan Putnam won both 100m and 200m sprints A strings in 10.67 and 21.82 with Matthew Knight winning both B strings, with Immanuela Aliu winning both sprints and a new 200m pb of 24.39 with Megan Walsh wining the B string 200m in a pb of 25.24. Maya Bruney ran a superb new pb in the 400m to win the A string in 54.74, while Danielle Critchley won the 800m, Yasmin Austridge the 1500m and Kate Curran won the 3000m by almost 45 seconds. With their performances both Dan and Maya won the man and woman of the match awards.

Over the barriers Annie Davies and Mark Cryer both won the sprint hurdles, while Joss Barber and Millie Smith won the men’s and ladies 2000m steeplechase events by big margins, while the ladies team won both relays.

In the field events Lewis Ely won the high jump by 30cm with 1.90cm, George Pope won the pole vault and Ellie Barrett and Jackie Montgomery won both legs in the ladies event, Mark Cryer and Anna short won both the men’s and ladies long jump events, and Annie Davies won the ladies triple jump.

In the throwing event events Louis Mascarenhas made a welcome return to the sport winning both the shot and discus, with a new pb in the discus of 48.35m. Shaunagh Brown won the A string events in the shot, discus and hammer and took the B string javelin, while Eloise Locke threw a new pb of 37.14 in the A strong javelin for 2nd place.

One match down and 4 to go with the final match at Bromley also, BBHAC now sits top of the league after beating some good teams in Colchester, Belgrave and Thames Valley.

Elsewhere Adam Gemili opened his outdoor account over 100m at the weekend with 10.08 win at a meeting in Azusa in California. This puts him on top of the UK rankings.

Elsewhere in the US at the Penn/Cornell versus Oxford and Cambridge event Niamh Bridson Hubbard clocked 4.34.96 in the 1500m for a seasons best in Philadelphia, while Divine Oladipo won a shot and discus double with 15.92m and 48.26m in the UConn Northeast Challenge in Stores Connecticut.

At the Mt Sac relays in Torrance, California, Jahisha Thomas jumped 6.15m in the long jump, and Oliver Newport jumped 7.77m in the long jump albeit wind assisted in Louisville keeping him the UK top 10, and Joseph Ellis threw the hammer to 68.00m in Austin, Texas, which ranks him 6th among UK athletes.


Nick Brooks

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Marathon, road and track for club athletes this week

The British Masters open 10km event took place at Gravesend but at the time of writing no team results are to hand. Peter Tucker ran superbly for third overall in 34.19, with Tim Nash 34th in 41.23, Peter Hamilton 61st in 45.12, Rob Brown 70th in 46.33 and Paul Ross Davies 73rd in 46.51.

At the Brighton marathon on Sunday the club fielded 6 athletes with Paul Kerekgyarto first home in 3.37.18, followed by Marc Knowles 3.38.10, Ian Montgomery 3.51.35, Iain Swatton 3.57.16, Mark Ellison 4.00.35 and Glen Read 4.04.31.

At Lee Valley the club had many athletes either opening their outdoor track and field accounts or continuing to build on previous efforts at an open event. Among the highlights were Camron Lyttle running 10.76 in the 100m and 21.95 for the 200m and a new pb, while Pedro Gleadall ran 12.08 for the 100m and also vaulted 3.82m both new personal bests, and also threw a massive 58.66m in the under 17 mens javelin also for a new pb.

Angus Harrington ran 53.31 for 400m and an impressive 1.57.71 for 800m, both for new pbs, followed up with a 46.73m javelin in the under 17 event. In the under 13 boys 75m hurdles Oliver Robertson ran 13.42 for a new pb, in the under 17 mens 100m hurdles William Adedeye ran 13.93 while Josh Watson ran 13.92 for a new pb, and Joe Fuggle ran 54.03 for 400m hurdles a great season opener.In the field Lewis Ely high jumped 1.90m with Pedro Gleadall clearing 1.75m, while in the pole vault Eliie Barrett vaulted 2.72m, Elise Swatton 2.42 and a new pb, and Zoe Austridge 2.42m. In the ladies long jump Zoe Martial leapt 4.81m and in the under 13 boys javelin Matthew Smith threw 20.27m for another pb.

Nick Brooks

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