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14/08/17

World Gold and Silver Medals for Blackheath athletes

Dina Asher-Smith missed out on the bronze medal in the IAF World Championship womens 200m by 7/100ths of second to an athlete who should have won the 400m (Miller-Uibo), with Dina running 22.22 for 4th place and her third best time ever. Many of us are wondering what might have happened had Dina been injury free all season.

That performance was outstanding whether Dina had been injured or not and will have given her a great sense of achievement and any disappointment was shortlived as Dina ran the third leg of the 4 x 100m relay in both the qualifying rounds and the final where the team recorded fantastic times and more importantly in the final ran the US team close in winning silver medals.

This adds to the bronze that Dina won at the Olympics in Rio in 2016, hopefully with this trend gold is to follow in 2018 !

Adam Gemili had no such disappointment in the individual events because injury arguably robbed him of a place in the 200m because the trials came at a time when he needed rest and recovery. Anyway every cloud has a silver lining, or in this case a gold lining as Adam was selected quite rightly to run the second leg in the 4 x100m relay for the GB team. Qualifying was taken so seriously given the GBs track record in recent years in poor baton exchange that they put the strongest team out in qualifying and the final and like the ladies team ran superbly in both rounds. However, in the final the GB team held on to beat the USA team and win the gold medal in a new UK and European record. Adam ran brilliantly as did the rest of the team to give the GB team its first sprint relay gold at these championships. The club now looks forward to seeing what Adam can do in his individual events for the rest of the season now having recovered from injury, we could always use him in the Southern League or National matches at the weekend !!
 

Nick Brooks

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9/08/17

Blackheath see all age groups on action this week

Young Athletes

The BBHAC under 13s and under 15s were n action this week at the final Kent Young athletes match at Gillingham.

There were many fine performances pn the day but the highlights are understandably the following;

In the Under 13 Girls Emily Kerr won the 75m in 9.7 for a new Kent and Club Record and also won the 70m Hurdles in 11.5 equalling the Kent and Club Record. Amarisa Sibley won the 800m in 2.22.2 for a new Kent Record and Abigial Smith won the 1k walk in 5.03 also for a new Kent and Club Record.

In the Under 15 Girls Eve Ward, Shakanya Osahon, Eva Stephanou and Holly Mpassy won the 4 x 300m relay 2.54.9 in a new Kent record

The club won the Kent League with 31 league points from Meday & Maidstone in 2nd on 27 points, with the under 15 boys, under 13 girls and under 15 girls all winning their age group leagues. In Division 2 the club finished a close second on 83 points to Tonbridge on 84, with the under 15 girls inning their age group in the league.

Masters Athletes

Following her success earlier in the week in the womens age 60 age group, Helen Godsell went on to win the 200m in 29.71 and also participated in both winning relay teams . That is 100m, 200m, 4x100m and 4x400m with the added bonus that the British squad broke the world record in the last of these.

IAAF World Champs London

With Adam Gemili only selected for the sprint relay later in the week, it was left to Dina Asher Smith and Shannon Hylton to fly the club flag in the womens 200m. With tight qualifying conditions Shannon ran solidly, looked great for 150m and just failed to close it out finishing 4th in 23.39 and some way down on her pb. This unluckily was 1/100th short of the time needed to progress to the semi finals but no such problem for Dina who won her heat in 22.73 and a season’s best to progress to the semis as 4th fastest qualifier and every hope of making the final.

Nick Brooks

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1/08/17

Blackheath Round Up across the ages

The UK CAU championships took place at Bedford at the weekend and there were 7 club athletes representing their counties in basically what is the old Inter Counties event.

Jonathan Ilori jumped 15.89m for a great second in the triple jump and also 7.16m for 4th in the long jump, while Scott Huggins leapt 5.05m for 3rd in the pole vault. Zara Asante took 4th in the ladies triple jump with 12.44m, Matthew Blandford 5th in the discus with 53.18m, Dan Putnam 7th in the 200m in 21.73, and Rob Sutherland 14.75m for 7th in the triple jump. Continuing her fine form following European success the previous week, Maya Bruney finished 2nd the ladies 400m in a brand new pb of 53.18 narrowly missing the club under 20 record by 2/100ths.

Some of the under 13 athletes were also competing at Kingsmeadow in their inter counties event where Sophie Kerr ran new pbs in the 100/200 in 13.28 and 27.70, while Rianna Rennie also recorded new pbs of 13.79 and 28.47. Sophie’s twin sister Emily Kerr achieved a new pb in the 70 metre hurdles with 11.86 and also broke the club under 13 long jump record winning easily with 4.97m. With Oliver Robertson winning the 75m hurdles in 12.11 and Amarissa Sibley taking 3rd in the 800m, it was a great day for BBHAC athletes.

The previous week is was also noted that in 22 different 1500m races at the Watford Open Graded meeting there were fine new pbs for under 15 lady Morgan Squibb with 4.34.67 and for Dan Kennedy in a mens race with 4.04.67. Phil Sesemann ran 8.16.14 for 11th in a competitive 3000m but must have been feeling the efforts of his national league double a few days earlier.

At the other end of the age scale our evergreen Helen Godsell became the W60 100m European Champion, after winning on 29 July in Aarhus in a time of 14.37 into a -3.6 wind.

Nick Brooks

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25/07/17

Bruney wins European Under 20 - 200m Title

At the European under 20 championships in Grosetto in Italy, Maya Bruney ran superbly to win the ladies 200m by a clear margin and a great new pb of 23.04. Later Maya ran a leg in the Great Britain relay team which won the bronze medal.

After a disappointing performance in the discus, Divine Oladipo rallied well to take 4th place in the shot with 16.03m , while third team member James Whiteaker failed to make the men’s javelin final but did well to gain selection and will learn from his adventure.

Teenager Holly Mills was selected to carry the England team flag at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas where she went on to win the ladies long jump with a leap of 6.19m.

Last Friday Dina Asher Smith continued to prove the selectors right in selecting her for the 200m at the upcoming world champs in London by taking third place in the Diamond League in Monaco in a season’s best of 22.89 meaning that BBHAC will have two athletes running as Shannon Hylton will also be competing.

Finally at the Allianz Stadium in Barnet the under 17s and under 20s mens and womens teams were in action in the final league match of the YDL season and having already qualified for the final in September they duly won the last match with 791.5 points with SBH second on 737 points and Windsor third on 705.5 points.

In the under 20 mens events there were good A string wins for Camron Lyttle in the 100m in 10.99, Ricky Lutakome in the 800m in 1.53.23, Lewis Mills in the steeplechase in 6.23.14 and Luc Durant a massive new pb in the shot with 15.40m to rank 4th in the UK in the under 20s age group. The team also won the sprint relay and were backed up by B string wins for Matthew Knight in both the 200m and 400m and Charlie Davis in the steeplechase.

On the under 17 mens events there were A string wins for Kyle Reynolds Warmington in the 100m in 22.52, Peter Guy in the 800m with 1.58.90, Michael Eagling the 3000 in 9.16,89, Caelan Raju the 400m hurdles in 62.70, Harrison Thorne 1.90m in the high jump with the team winning the 4x400m relay. Good support came in the B string with wins for Callum Myatt in the 3000m, Prince Reid in the steeplechase, Cameron Swatton the hammer and Charlie Short in the discus.

In the ladies under 20 events there were A string wins for Modupe Shokunbi in the 100m in 12.31, Jess Keene won the 3000m in 10.14.37 with Niamh Bridson Hubbard winning the B string, Isabella Hilditch took the hurdles with Annie Davies winning the B string and also the B string 100m, Jamiyla Robinson Pascal won the long jump and also the B string triple jump, Anika Olalere won the shot and Bekah Walton the javelin. Also plenty of B string wins to report with Parris Johnson winning the 200m, Katy Ann McDonald the 400m, Amy Leach the 1500m and Anna Barnett the discus, while the team won the sprint relay to finish well.

In the under 17 ladies events wins were harder to come by but even so some solid performances including A string wins for Yasmin Marghini in the 1500 in 4.38.04, and for good measure also won the B string 800m, Eloise O’Shaughnessy in the 3000m, Funminiyi Olajide 5.59m in the long jump, Hannah MacAulay 12.20m in the shot backed up by B string wins for Imogen Sears in the pole vault and Eloise Locke in the shot putt.

Nick Brooks

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18/07/17

Great weekend across the whole club with Ladies avoiding relegation, young athletes winning the YDL match and the men finishing third in BAL.

Men’s Senior Team
Saturday was an all-day affair as the BAL combined all 5 league matches into one day at one location. Despite the early start the BBHAC were on duty with a strong team to finish a credible third place leaving them 5th overall but still in with a chance of promotion as 2 points cover 4 teams.

Phil Sesemann had his first outing for the club this season on the track winning the 3000m in 8.04.25 for a new league record and then winning the 1500m with ease, while Dan Putnam having narrowly come second in the 100m stormed to win the 200m in 21.24 and then spearheaded the team to a clear win in the sprint relay. Scott Huggins continued his winning ways by jumping better than the premier division vaulters to win the pole vault in 5.10m, with Jonathan Ilori winning the A string triple jump in 15.44m and Rob Sutherland winning the B string in 14.66m, while Matthew Blandford won the shot in a new pb of 14.86.

So all to play for at the final match in Manchester on August 20th, a similar set of performances could put BBHAC back into the top flight which is exactly where the women’s team will remain for next season following their Houdini act in Bromley on Sunday.

Ladies Senior Team
The ladies team showed what a difference it can make having a full complement of fit athletes and filling places in every event by finishing a fantastic third place on 176 points behind TVH on 234 and Birchfield 226. This meant that TVH won the league for the second year running but BBHAC did enough to gain 6th place overall on the same number of league points as 5th placed Swansea, but more importantly condemned Shaftesbury Barnet and Woodford Green to relegation down to Division 1, something that was a dream at the start of the day.

Wins were hard to come by as many clubs were able to field their international athletes, but strong performances across the board meant that BBHAC were well placed in most events and fully justified their third place finish. With athletes like Jess Keene, Niamh Bridson Hubbard and Caroline Johnson coming back to compete and Divine Oladipo coming to support the club in several events before going off to represent the GB Juniors, we had far greater cover on the events this time. Katy Ann McDonald continued her return to full fitness in the A string 800m while Caroline Ford took out the B string event strongly and only just got pipped at the end but ran a massive new pb of 2.06.48.

Rebecca Hawkins won the high jump with Deborah Martin 2nd in the B string, good 2nd places for Zara Asante and Chioma Matthews in the triple jump, Viv Olatunji 2nd in the B string 100m in 12.15, and Sam Milner 2nd in the B string discus. Isabella Hilditch having won the England Schools the previous weekend ran well with 14.00 in the 100m hurdles but found the competition far tougher than last week.

So the season has ended and BBHAC finished 6th and retain their league status. If we can do this for all three matches next season there is no reason why we should not be in the top three in 2018. Team Manager Brendan McShane was called “Houdini” by many after Sunday’s exploits, but probably better aimed at the whole ladies team for their fantastic performances.

Young Athletes U13/15
Having being second in the previous three YDL matches to national league champions Southampton, it was great to see the BBHAC youngsters finally turn the tables with a resounding win in the last league match at home in Bromley. A place in the final already assured, some great efforts were seen on Saturday.

In the under 13 girls events Sophie Kerr won the 150m race in a great 19.51 and also won the long jump with sister Sophie winning the 75m and the B string long jump, while Lily Meers won the B string 1200m in a massive new pb only just missing the magic 4 minute mark. The team also combined to win the sprint relay.

In the under 13 boys Connor Sutton won the 100 and 200m both in pbs of 12.88 and 25.82, while new member Tom Afelumo won the B string even quicker in 12.67 for a pb. With Max Gregson and Jake Anthony winning both strings in the 1500m and the team winning the 4x100 relay, this greatly helped the club to overall victory.

For the under 15 girls Holly Mpassy continued her fine form winning both the 200m and 300m and anchoring the victorious 4x300m to a brand new club record of 2.49.13 which is among the fastest ever run by a club side. The girls won the sprint relay as well while Zsiriah Thomas won the B string 100m, Eve Ward the B string 300m, Ellie Dolby the B string 800m, and Naomi Toft shared the lead duties with Ava White before winning with Ava taking the B string in a new pb in the 1500m.

For the under 15 boys Sam Reardon ran strongly to win the 800m, Ryan Mansbridge took the high jump, while Michael Burfoot won both the shot and discus, also a new pb of 40,31m. with Kareem Akarakiri wining the B string. Kyron Morgan won the B string 200m and 300m and Barnaby Corry jumped 2.40 for a new pb in winning the B string pole vault, and the team ran superbly to win the 4 x 300m in a UK leading 2.33.42 without England Schools bronze medallist Ollie Briars who was rested.

If the whole team can perform like this in the final on September 2nd they will be right in the winning mix.

Nick Brooks

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11/07/17

Isabella Hilditch wins England Schools hurdles

Being a great achievement to be picked to represent your county at the England Schools Championships is in itself a major accomplishment as these athletes are the best of the best. When your club has over 40 athletes making the finals in Birmingham and coming away with 3 golds, 5 silvers and 7 bronze medals its not hard to see why we are among the top clubs in the country for young athletes.
A host of pbs showed why these athletes train to peak at the right time and in the table below you will see how they all did as there are far too many to mention but each one has their own unique story. The club is incredibly proud of all of these athletes with pride of place going to Isabella Hilditch for winning the 100m hurdles, Ethan brown the inter boys 400m and higher competition athlete Ricky Lutakome the senior 800m.
Results from other events to follow as information comes to hand, but the club were second on the Southern League match at Crawley and Dina Asher Smith continues her road to recovery cloiking 11.51 in the 100m at the Anniversary Games in London.

Position

Name

Event

Age Group

Performance

 
           

1st

Ethan Brown

400m

Int Boys

48.22

pb

1st

Isabella Hilditch

100m hurdles

Sen Girls

14.09

 

1st

Ricky Lutakome

800m

Sen Boys

1.53.27

 

2nd

Camron Lyttle

100m 

Sen Boys

10.62

 

2nd

Holly Mpassy

200m

Jun girls

25.01

pb

2nd

Bekah Walton

Javelin

Sen Girls

44.62m

 

2nd

William Adedeye

Long Jump

Int Boys

7.13m

pb

2nd

Michael Burfoot

Shot putt

Jun Boys

13.65m

pb

3rd

Immanuela Aliu

100m

Sen Girls

11.94

pb

3rd

Ollie Briars

300m

Jun Boys

36.26

pb

3rd

Zakia Mossi

800m

Jun girls

2.13.97

pb

3rd

Funmi Olajide

Long Jump

Int Girls

5.83m

 

3rd

Luc Durant

Shot putt

Sen Boys

14.50m

 

3rd

Rebecca Hawkins

high jump

Sen Girls

1.69m

 

3rd

Sophie Dowson

pole vault

Sen Girls

3.70m

 

4th

Joe Fuggle

400m hurdles

Sen Boys

53.61

 

4th

Ben Sutton

Long Jump

Int Boys

6.71m

 

4th

Annie Davies

100m hurdles

Sen Girls

14.31

 

4th

Henry James-Cowie

1500m steeplechase

Int Boys

4.28.71

pb

5th

Anika Olalere

Shot putt

Sen Girls

11.16m

pb

5th

Angus Harrington

800m

Int Boys

1.54.95

pb

5th

Naomi Toft

1500m

Jun girls

4.37.24

 

5th

Josh Watson

100m hurdles

Int Boys

13.94

 

5th

Millie Smith

1500m steeplechase

Int Girls

5.15.39

pb

6th

Rico Cottell

100m hurdles

Int Boys

14.16

 

6th

Morgan Squibb

1500m

Jun girls

4.38.13

pb

6th

Hannah MacAulay

Discus

Int Girls

38.97m

 

6th

Eloise Locke

Javelin

Int Girls

41.54m

 

6th

Joss Barber

2000m steeplechase

Sen Boys

6.04.77

pb

7th

Stephanie Fisher

400m hurdles

Sen Girls

63.22

 

7th

Modupe Shokunbi

100m

Sen Girls

12.31

 

7th

Ava White

1500m

Jun girls

4.39.32

 

7th

Mary Adeniji

Triple jump

Sen Girls

11.37m

pb

7th

Matthew Francis

1500m steeplechase

Int Boys

4.32.24

 

8th

Jamiyla Robinson-Pascal

Long Jump

Sen Girls

5.47m

 

8th

Dele Aladese

Discus

Sen Boys

42.02m

 

9th

Kyle Reynolds-Warmington

100m

Int Boys

11.09

 

10th

Victoria Wiltshire

Hammer

Sen Girls

45.20m

 

12th

Karina Harris

Triple jump

Int Girls

10.81m

 

12th

Daisy Dowling

Javelin

Int Girls

38.90m

pb

13th

Yasmin Marghini

3000m

Int Girls

10.07.70

 

16th

Yasmin Austridge

1500m steeplechase

Sen Girls

5.22.31

 

 

Nick Brooks

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4/07/17

Shannon Hylton wins UK 200m Champs and selection for World Champs

A great win by Shannon Hylton in the British Champs in Birmingham equalling her pb of 22.94 gained her automatic selection for next months world championships in London. A clear winner against fancied runners, 20 year old Shannon hit top form at exactly the right time of the season and we wish her well next month.

Twin sister Cheriece Hylton also ran superbly in the 400m and after running a new pb in the heats had to settle for 4th in the final in a near best time of 52.98 which could earn relay selection next month. Second claimer Holly Mills jumped 6.31 for new pb in the long jump winning a bronze medal, and Jahisha Thomas leapt 13.25m for a new pb and a bronze medal in the triple jump, with Zara Asante 9th.

Elsewhere Jonathan Ilori took 5th in the mens triple jump with 15.74m, Scott Huggins vaulted 5.15m for 6th in the pole vault while Dina Asher Smith ran for the first time this season and did well for 6th in the 100m final having clocked 11.41 in qualifying and must have a good chance of making the team for the word champs now. Adam Gemili faded badly and appeared injured in earning 6th in the 200m but way off the pace by his own high standards, Joe Elis took 5th in the hammer, Tom French 8th in the long jump, Matt Blandford 7th in the discus and Sophie Dowson 12th in the ladies pole vault.

Notable qualifying performances from Dan Putnam with 10.54 and 21.33 in the 100/200m, Phil Sesemann 3.46.59 in the 1500m and a new pb of 14.74 for Reece Young in the 110m high hurdles.

The young athletes were in action at Ashford on Sunday in the Kent League for under 13/15s, winning the match and maintaining a healthy lead at the top of the league table.

In the under 13 boys match the team finished second on the day with Oliver Robertson winning the 75m hurdles in a magnificent new club record of 12.0 and the high jump with 1.43m, the team won the 4x100m relay, while in the under 15 boys they won the match with Ryan Mansbridge jumping 1.73m to win the high jump, Matthew Burfoot winning both the shot and discus, and the team winning the 4x300m relay. The under 13 girls finished second on the day with Emily Kerr breaking 10 seconds with 9.9 for the 75m hurdles, Amarissa Sibley won the 1200m in a shade over 4 minutes, Sophie Kerr won the long jump and the girls won the 4x100m relay. The under 15 girls also finished second team on the day winning both relays. All 4 teams were ably backed up by a total of 12 B string winners to secure a handsome margin of victory.

Next weekend is the England Schools Champs in Birmingham with over 25 club athletes competing for the various counties, and the Southern league for men and women at Crawley where the team currently sit second of the 16 teams.

Nick Brooks

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