17 December 2015
Road Running & Road Relays results & Information for 2014
7 December 2014 - Dymchurch
aren't very sharp but here are a few snaps of our small band of (??fool)hardy
Heathens who ran the Dymchurch marathon yesterday in some pretty horrible
weather conditions- a Sunday stroll along the seafront it definitely was
not!! Congrats to Pete B (2nd), Ian M (4th), John F (12th) and Glen R
7 December 2014 - Bedford Half
Peter Tucker won the event in 73:08
Blackheath also won the team prize: Gareth Evans, Peter Tucker and Fintan
2 November 2014 - New York City
One of our new recruits just ran the marathon in New
York......he is probably too modest to send in his time so for the site...so
It's only his second marathon after Dublin last year. As you'll see from our
cross country races he's improving fast. He ran 3.28:04
5 October 2014 - Young Athletes
National Road Relays - Sutton Park
Under 15 Girls team of Naomi, Yasmin & Katey-Ann win
the National Title.
Under 13 Boys team of Peter, Joseph & Keir win bronze
Photos from Nic Corry
Thirty eight Blackheath and Bromley HAC U13, U15 and
U17 young athletes made the long journey to Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham for
this years National Road Relays and finished the day winning gold and bronze
medals and having recorded some magnificent results.
The National young athletes road relays attract over
1000 athletes so standards are always top class and our BBHAC U15 girls were
top of the tree winning a terrific gold.
Naomi Kingston ran a superb first leg finishing 2nd
(running the 4th fastest time of the day), handed over to Yasmin Austridge
who did well to hold on to 4th position letting Katie Ann McDonald power
back to lead the field, (running the 2nd fastest time of the day) and
crossing the line some 12 seconds in front of the second placed team. A
Such is our strength in the U15 girls age group we
were able to field strong B & C Teams. The B team of Jenny Allen, Stephanie
Taylor & Millie Smith were 27th and the C team of Jessica Sellar, Grace
Scopes and Amy Leach were 38th.
The U13 boys also saw Peter Guy come home in second
place on leg one (having run the 4th fastest leg of the day), Joseph
Georgiadis then set about running a superb second leg (11th fastest of the
day ) and opened up a massive lead over the rest of the field crossing the
line in third giving Keir Lundy the difficult task of holding on to bronze
medal position. Keir made this look easy with a fantastic leg bringing the
team home nearly 40 seconds clear of the 4th team. A tremendous team
The B team consisted of Ben Gardiner, Cameron Swatton
& young Barnaby Corry guesting for the team and finished well in 39th.
The U17 team of Shannon Riskey, Kelsey Fuss and Jess
Keene put together a great relay to finish a fine 9th place. Jess recorded
the 5th fastest time of the day and Kelsey the 7th fastest.
The B team of Joanna Clowes, Mary Guy and Jenny
Sheasby finished a fine 38th.
Francesca Pickup ran the first leg of our incomplete C
The boys U15 and U17 teams were made of boys in the
first year of the age group and their finishing positions of 19th and 23rd
respectively were a great achievement especially as all will still be racing
in the same race next year.
Henry Cowie running in normal determined style brought
the team home in 6th (11th fastest time of the day) and then Coleman Corry
and Angus Harrington combined well to give the team a great 19th place. The
U15 B team of Callum Myatt, Lewis Stickings and Harrison Parker crossed the
line in 52nd.
The U17 boys team of Joss Barber, Marco Arcuri & Alex
Wiltshire produced a respectable 23rd place finish. Bertie Harrington
running on his BBHAC debut ran a strong first leg in our incomplete B Team,
good to have Bertie on board.
U13 girls had two complete teams and were tightly
packed in 30th & 32nd place. The A team consisted of Lily Tappenden, Jessica
Neal & Lauren Goddard, whilst the B team had first year in the age group
Morgan Squibb, Zoe Austridge and Gracie Horton.
Blackheath's talent continues to shine on and off the
course and as usual we were the best turned out team in the country with
magnificent support from the President, coaches, parents and the tent and
banners were once again resplendent!
Many thanks to Dave and Hannah Cordell and Norman Park
Track Manager Ken Daniel for making our day comfortable and welcoming.
This year the winter team mangers (girls Andy Frankish
& boys Paul Austridge) have two new initiatives, one being the appointment
of winter team captains the other being team mangers performance of the day,
awarded at each race.
We are happy to announce this years Winter Team
Captains will be Niamh Bridson Hubbard and Marco Arcuri,
both are great athletes and naturally give support to their team mates and
are always willing to help out in any way.
This weekends Team Managers Awards go to ;
Morgan Squibb, in her first year in the U13 age
group for a magnificent run over the 3.8k undulating course in Birmingham
and recording the fastest BBHAC U13 girls time of the day.
Joseph Georgiadis for his outstanding leg in
the Bronze medal winner U13 boys team. Well done to both.
We are considering adding a 'Wally of the Day' award
but with too many candidates this week, none will be awarded!!
The next cross country race is this Saturday 11th
October at Swanley Park we hope to see you all there!
Boys Team Manager
Girls Team Manager
4 October 2014 - National Road
Relays - Sutton Park
Chaps (& chapettes!),
The Nat. 6 stage was a good event, headed up by Alex
B-Littlewood who performed to the strongest of his abilities putting us in
fine form up in 10th place. Alex Gibbins took, albeit the hardest leg, and
held us in there and was a well placed 32nd, I wouldn't have wanted to run
James Poole gracefully held us in there, then Will
Fuller made his debut in fine form gaining 2 places! Will Ruiz recovering
from the inevitable Freshers Flu, made a startling return to form. Danny
Brewer then brought up the rear (this is an inyourendo, I realise as I write
32 Blackheath & Bromley Harriers 1:54:50
1 A Bruce-Littlewood (10) 17:42
2 Alex Gibbins (32) 19:19
3 James Poole (33) 19:13
4 William Fuller (31) 19:18
5 William Ruiz (30) 19:40
6 Danny Brewer (32) 19:38
Well done to all!
Danny, Jon and Andy
20 September 2014 - SEAA Road
Senior / U20 Women
girls put out 8 teams of three, the boys 5 had 5 teams and the men 2 teams
of 6. The senior and U20 women were not so well represented but we finally
got a team out on the day.
We finished in a respectable 46th place out of 59 over
the accurately measured 3851m. Having seriously underestimated the journey
time, team captain Jane's warm up consisted of pinning on her numbers and
visiting the loo. Lactic legs kicked in after an adrenaline filled opening
300m, but the relays are a team event and the course must be run! She handed
over in 43rd place to newcomer Shauna Paice. Now Shauna is just 18 and this
was her first big occasion race for the club. She ran courageously and
handed over to the more experienced Melody Kane in 54th position. With coach
Dave Liston's advice ringing in her ears (not too fast a start, make sure
you can finish!) she brought the team up 5 places, leaving another U20,
Amber Reed, to bring the team home in our final position of 46th. Running
4th leg is a tough ask because you are often out on your own, with no one to
try and keep pace with.
Great support from some of the parents and girls, plus
president Dick and Dave and Hanna who kindly left the tent in place until we
were ready to leave.
The national relays are on 4th October at Sutton Park.
These team events are FUN, they are short and they are not muddy! If you
were entered for the southerns, you have been entered for the national too
so PLEASE turn out for your club.
Under 20s run in the senior category, meaning you have
all of Sunday to do the A level / uni homework!
Look forward to taking as many as possible to
Birmingham next Saturday.
Jane Bradshaw - joint team manager
South England 6 Stage Road Relays- Senior Men:
A solid team performance ensured Blackheath and
Bromley’s Senior Men’s team qualified for the National Road Relay
championships by turning in a 14th place position this weekend.
Our B-team completed a respectable 42nd position out
of a total of 72 finishing clubs.
We were unfortunate to have 3 team members pull out on
the Thursday and Friday, which meant some juggling around in order to finish
2 Men’s teams.
Our A-team got off to a solid start with Danny Brewer
bringing us home in 44th place, but more importantly within touching
distance of the leading clubs on time. We then decided to go with our
Internationals in a one-two punch with Alex Bruce-Littlewood and Scott
Overall taking legs 2 and 3 and moving our team up to 6th place overall. In
the process Scott would end up being the fastest runner of the day with a
scorching time of 17.47, this sets him up nicely for his race next weekend
in the Berlin marathon. I’m sure you will join us in wishing him the best of
luck as he seeks to revise his personal best of 2.10.55! Ben Cockburn was
then next to take the reins, a little apprehensive after seeing the team
move through the field so rapidly, in his words he was ‘s**ting himself’.
He ran solidly to keep us in a qualifying position
before handing over to Peter Tucker who had stepped up to the A-team after
running and winning the Dartford 10 mile road race earlier in the morning.
Sam Barnes then completed our A-team line up by moving us up one position to
It was fantastic to have a B-team out running in the
relays and is something we would like to regularly do. Due to the very late
withdrawals, Danny Brewer stepped up to run his second leg of the day in
order to complete the team, comprised of Steve Cooper, Dan Kennedy, Jamie
Darling making a welcome return to club action, Fintan Parkinson, and Andy
We now look forward to the National Road relays in 2
weeks’ time on October 4th, where we have a very strong line up to compete
with the best clubs in the Country.
Results: Leg time/Team position/Leg position
14 Blackheath & Bromley Harriers - A Team 1:56:19
Daniel Brewer 20:05 44 42
Alex Bruce-Littlewood 18:25 20 3
Scott Overall 17:47 6 1
Ben Cockburn 20:17 15 33
Peter Tucker 20:09 15 20
Sam Barnes 19:36 14 11
42 Blackheath & Bromley Harriers - B Team 2:06:32
Steve Cooper 21:51 72 64
Dan Kennedy 20:44 65 50
Jamie Darling 20:50 56 47
Fintan Parkinson 20:49 50 39
Andy Rayner 20:16 45 22
Richard Webb 22:02 43 51
Danny, Jon and Andy
BBHAC had 38 young athletes competing in the South of
England road relays in Aldershot on Saturday, a terrific number especially
as this clashed with the Kent track relays in Canterbury.
The U17's girls had three team competing and the A
team came a fantastic 5th, Jess Keene, (3rd fastest individual), Leah
Everson and Kelsey Fuss (11th fastest individual). The B team of Shannon
Riskey, Mary Guy and Joanna Clowes were 29th and the trio of Molly Dent,
Natasha Hainsworth and Jenny Sheasby were 40th.
The U15 girls also had three teams running and the A
team were a strong 6th, made up of Naomi Kingston (11th fastest individual),
Kelsi Cornish and Yasmin Austridge. The B team of Amy Leach, Millie Smith
and Stephanie Taylor were 25th and the C team were 56th led out by Grace
Scopes, Darcey Kirwan and Carlotta Weitzel.
The U13 girls had two full teams and a part team and
the A team finished just outside the top ten in 11th were made up of Emilie
Penlington, Lily Tappenden and Imogen Meers. The B team of Jessica Neal,
Hanna O'Flynne and Morgan Sqiubb were 27th while Gracie Horton and Zoe
Austridge ran good individual legs but didn't have a third runner to
complete their team.
The U13 boys, with four to a team, placed highest for
the boys with a strong 14th position. This is a massive improvement on last
year where we had no teams competing. Robert Suckling, despite not feeling
100% led the team off with a strong leg, Joseph Georgiadis followed with a
powerful leg, handing over to Cameron Swatton having a great run , letting
Peter Guy bring the team home in 14th having run the 8th fastest individual
leg of the day.
The U15 boys team of George Pope, Callum Myatt, Angus
Harrington and Michael Eagling combined well to finish inside the top
twenty, placing 19th.
The U17 boys team finished just outside the top twenty
crossing the line in 22nd but a great effort was put together by the quartet
of Niyi Akin Agunbiade, Marco Arcuri, Charlie Davis and Alex Leggatt.
BBHAC were once again well supported on the day with
the President in attendance along with Hanna and Dave Cordell complete with
the immaculately laid out team tent.
THe large numbers and complete teams we have competing
looks good for the next event, the National road relays in Sutton Park,
Birmingham on Sunday 5th October.
Photos from Rod Harrington
7 September 2014 - Wolverhampton Marathon
Carole Penlington 21st o/a, 1st Female 3:15:12
August 2014 - Virgin London
Marathon Endurance Camp
Three BBHAC girls were lucky enough to spend the week
training at the renowned St Mary's University, under some of the country's
leading coaches and along side several GB senior athletes.
Jess Keene, Naomi Kingston and Yasmin Austridge put
their experience in their own words.
After being selected to go to the London
Marathon Athletes Camp through the Westminster mile I couldn't wait to
experience the fun and education filled camp. The variety of activities
meant that every aspect of running was covered in a way that we could apply
to our lives. As well as the various workshops, the inspiring talks from
current world ranked athletes puts everything into perspective. By seeing
and talking to fellow competitors in a more relaxed atmosphere meant that it
was easy to make friends and have a fun time. The circuits, nutrition talk,
selection policies and all the other informative workshops were amazing and
something that I can't wait to apply to my running regime.
Over the past week I have been at St Mary's University on a running
camp. Not only did we do lots of training (usually twice a day!) we also had
workshops and talks including anti-doping, nutrition, physiology and
selection policies. My favourite training sessions were the steeplechase
introduction (where afterwards around 25 of us squeezed into the water jump,
and did some swimming!) and the early morning track session. I also enjoyed
doing a session in Bushey Park with Jenny Meadows and meeting Andy Vernon,
Mo Farah, Charlie Grice, Emily Gorecka and Matthew Centrowitz! Everyone got
on really well throughout the week and I made loads of friends. The only
downside was we weren't allowed chocolate or cake until the last day! But
overall the week was informative, great fun and a really good experience.
The camp was a great experience where I trained and made friends with my
top rivals from all over England. I saw and spoke to many elite athletes
including Mo Farah, Andy Vernon, Jenny Meadows and Matthew Centrowitz(USA).
I learnt a lot of things based on nutrition, anti doping, selection policies
and many more from the workshops at the camp. It was a tiring week but I
hope I am selected next year.
25 May 2014 -
Bupa London 10k road race incorporating the UK team championships
On Sunday 25th May was the Bupa London 10k road race
incorporating the UK team championships.
The team excelled with a provisional team result of
2nd in the 3 to score event.
Scott Overall is showing that he has shaken off his
London Marathon performance by finishing in the medals in 3rd position in
another sub 30 minute performance. He was not far behind recently crowned UK
10,000m Champion Andy Vernon and Olympian Chris Thompson who made up the
A welcome but unexpected appearance from Alex Bruce-Littlewood
was our second team member to score and he had a fantastic break through
performance in coming 5th overall in such company and run a personal best
time over the distance. He has carried on his impressive form from the
indoor season and over the Country and continues to establish himself as one
of the leading runners in the UK at present.
Sam Barnes showed a good return to form in being our
3rd team scorer and also running a personal best time on what is not
considered a particularly fast course.
New member Ritchie Leccia proved a great addition to
the squad as he finished in a new personal best having broken his best time
through the half way point at 5km. There is plenty of scope for improvement
having not much experience in these type of competitions.
Former Olympian Mark Steinle made up the Blackheath
squad and it is great to see him out competing for the club as frequently as
he has over the last few Months and running a seasons best over the
3rd Scott Overall 29.55
5th Alex Bruce-Littlewood 30.13
60th Sam Barnes 32.44
89th Andy Rayner 33.30
107th Ritchie Leccia 33.53
113th Mark Steinle 34.12
13 April 2014
- London Mini-Marathon
Tom Desborough has run in all the London mini marathons since
2008 with his last one in April 2014 and his steady progression has been
recognised by the organisers.
The Virgin London Mini Marathon team are delighted
to announce that Tom has been the most improved runner in the event's
history from 22:13 in 2008 to 16:52 in 2014, over the 3 mile course.
In light of this they are awarding Tom £250 as a
prize for his achievements.
A great reward for all the hard work Tom puts into
Well done Tom.
Photos from Rod Harrington
Photos from Tom Desborough
5 April 2014
- National 6/12 Stage Relays, Sutton Park
The winter season drew to a close with the National 12
stage Road Relays on Saturday in Birmingham. In what turned out to be quite
a fortuitous turn of events, all the legs were shortened due to health and
safety so the times are not quite as impressive as they would otherwise
appear. We took a solid team but it was one missing a number of our top
athletes who were unfortunately unavailable mainly because of injury, work
commitments & London Marathon tapers. We would like to thank all of those
who stepped up, some of whom did so at short notice.
The team of 12 that ran performed well & finished in a
respectable 39th position – individual & team results are below:
39 Blackheath And Bromley Harriers AC 4:21:29
Fintan Parkinson (57) 28:36
James Poole (46) 13:20
Ross Braden (48) 28:47
Ben Cockburn (47) 14:23
Mark Steinle (46) 27:57
Alex Gibbins (38) 13:52
Danny Brewer (37) 28:18
William Ruiz (37) 14:56
G Vacharopoulos (39) 29:04
Steve Cooper (37) 15:13
Daniel Kennedy (42) 31:28
David McKinlay (39) 15:35
29 Blackheath And Bromley Harriers AC 1:45:21
Jennie Butler (44) 17:06
Carole Penlingto (39) 17:30
Melody Kane (35) 17:03
Sarah Belaon (33) 18:01
Jenny Neal (32) 17:33
Catherine Messen (29) 18:08
Full Women's results
Photos from Alan Fountain
30 March 2014 - Rotary Debrecen marathon, Hungary
Maz and John Turner were flying club colours in
Hungary today in. Half and full Marathon respectively:
John came first over 60 in the Rotary Debrecen marathon with a time of
And Maz was second over 60 in the Half Marathon with 2:13:55
30 March 2014
- Paddock Wood 1/2 marathon
Photos from John Oliver
Photos from Paul Austridge
16 March 2014
- SEAA 12 Stage Relays, Milton Keynes
The SEAA 12
Stage Relays were held on Sunday in Milton Keynes in glorious sunny
conditions which were a stark contrast to last year when the event was
cancelled because of snow, Ice and sub-zero conditions. We took a solid team
with the aim of securing qualification for the National Road Relays in
April, which required a top 25 finish.
The team were
led out by Alex Gibbins who after running 22.5 miles the day before could
have been forgiven for being battle-weary, but in true Gibbo style, stormed
the first leg despite very strong opposition. James Poole who is showing
very promising form then moved speedily through the field to lift the team
up to 15th position in an impressive time of 15:45 which ended up being the
14th quickest short leg of the day!
was on 3rd leg and tore through the field to move the team up to 4th
position, Scott’s time of 23:20 was joint 5th fastest long leg of the day
and this was achieved whilst in heavy training for the London Marathon!
over and had an excellent run to move the team up to 3rd position – his time
of 16:19 was some 45 seconds quicker than his previous best and was one of
his best performances in a B&B vest– well done Georges! Both Andy Rayner and
Sam Barnes posted solid times for their long legs despite calf problems
hampering their recent training and flaring up during the race.
Cooper had the unenviable task of taking over in 5th with rivals bearing
down on him, but gave his all to keep us within touching distance. Alex had
been trying to prize the great Mark Steinle back into a B&B vest for the
past 3 seasons and his persistence was finally rewarded as the recently
crowned Sidcup 10 champion returned to the fold with a solid performance.
Both Rich Hall
and Jon Vintner agreed to pull out of previously arranged marathon
preparation races to don the vest and help the club. Despite their
marathon-weary legs, they performed admirably at the shorter distance. Dan
Kennedy also agreed to fill in at the last minute despite having been out
for months with injury.
Thank you all
for your tremendous efforts and for putting your bodies on the line despite
injury, prior commitments and lack of form. Your commitment earnt the club
Blackheath & Bromley Harriers 4:21:12
Gibbins 26:01 (24)
2. James Poole
Overall 23:20 (4)
Vacharopoulos 16:19 (3)
Rayner 26:29 (5)
Cooper 18:03 (8)
Steinle 26:43 (10)
8. Rich Hall
9. Sam Barnes
Kennedy 18:17 (12)
McKinlay 27:11 (12)
Vintner 18:09 (13)
are available at:
As we have
qualified for the National Road Relays (which are taking place on 5th April
at Sutton Park, Birmingham), we will be trying to get the best possible team
out. Many of those that ran indicated that they would be willing to run the
national – many thanks for that. As always, injuries can strike people down
at inopportune times and it would be really helpful if anyone who would be
interested in running and is available could let us know by responding to
this email. As the event is in a couple of weeks and we need to enter up to
24 possible names, we would be grateful if you could let us know asap.
This is the
last event of the ‘winter’ season and will also be the last event that we
will be managing before handing the baton over to Jon and Danny. We would
really like to put in a stellar performance to end the season on a high.
Dave, Alex and
2 March 2014 - Reading Half Marathon
Midget photos from Paul Austridge
Scott Overall 1st
Mike Skinner 21st
Dave McKinlay 138th
Claire Austridge 7059th
26 January 2014 - Dungarvan 10 in Cork, Ireland
You may be interested to know that Alex had to contend with similar
conditions (SEAA XC) on the road
yesterday in his 10-mile debut. He finished 6th in 50.39 in the Dungarvan 10
in Cork, Ireland, where he's living at the moment.
field was kept waiting on the start line in a hailstorm for 15 minutes until
a funeral procession had cleared the course, and the hail and wind battered
them throughout the race, so it wasn't a bad result in the circumstances.
photo [and results] on the Running in Cork
web-site showing Alex in
2nd place turning his face away from the elements.