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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.

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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 Bromleyís 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 menís 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 menís 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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