16 July 2016 - U13/15 -
Congratulations! They won so go to the final on 3rd
September at Bedford
Summer finally arrived just in time for the final
fixture of the 2016 UK youth development league, held at the beautiful
athletics track in Eton.
With a place in the National finals at stake,
competition was fierce and BBHACís U13 boys excelled once again, recording
over a dozen personal bests, numerous individual wins and a stunning relay
victory to end the day on a high note.
Jacob Byfield's season continues in winning ways as he
equalled his hurdles best as he comfortably won the 75m hurdles. Jacob then
won the B string high jump before smashing the elusive five meter mark in
winning the long jump in a new best distance. Jacobís day was rounded off
superbly as part of the impressive 4 x 100m relay team.
Barnaby Corry had a bumper PB day starting in the
hurdles shaving another 0.2secs off his best. This obviously inspired
Barnaby as he soared over a new best height in the high jump placing a great
2nd in the A string. Bob, as heís known to his Dad then braved an 800m and
was rewarded with yet anther PB knocking a massive 14 secs off his previous
best. Barnaby then had to dash to London for his evening performance at the
Royal Albert Hall. (Presumably he had time to change outfits?)
Robert Murray had another solid days athletics,
winning all four of his events, starting in the shot put circle. Here he
launched the 3.25kg put to a massive 11.16, leap - frogging him up to 3rd in
the country. Next up the 200m victory in a new PB and a little while later
winning the 100m, just shy of his best. There was no holding Robert back as
he powered down the home straight well clear of all the opposition in the
victorious relay race.
Connor Sutton ran a superb 100m race, running a new PB
time and placing a great second. Connor was also the lead off leg in the
relay and his great start made the task of winning a lot easier for the
other three boys.
Charlie Adams seems to improve every time he competes
and this week was no different with a great new best in the javelin followed
by a good put in the shot earning more valuable points towards the team
Sam Reardon again showed his versatility running a new
best in the 200m, ran a masterful 1500m dominating and dictating his way to
a comfortable victory before showing he has nerves of steel in the javelin
after a rare double no throw in his first two throws. With only one throw
left to record a mark Sam let loose and safely made a mark not too far off
his best and good enough to win the B string. If Sam was feeling nervous he
didnít show it, unlike his mum! With little time to recover Sam helped the
relay boys to victory.
Alex Sibley had a fantastic day picking up two new
personal bests. Firstly he ran hard in the 800m getting a PB and essential
team points then launched himself over the 4m mark for the first time in the
long jump again winning valuable points for the team.
First year in the U13 age group Max Gregson seems to
improve every time he steps on the track and today was no exception as he
ran a gutsy 800m placing a great second and was delighted to have run
another new personal best time.
Eddie Sellar ran another mature 1500m race in the
blistering summer sun (lovely for spectators, not so kind for the athletes
and placed well up the field recording a fantastic second in the B string.
All these brilliant results along with a host of other
great times, height and distances recorded by the U13 girls and U15 boys and
girls left BBHAC firmly on top of the leader board and were well worthy of
the dayís victory. Add this to our home victory, 2nd place at Southampton
and 3rd at the opening fixture in Reading has us in second place, just
behind Southampton but with the same number of league points. Southamptonís
first ever league victory and our solid second are good enough to secure
automatic qualification to the Bedford September final where we will take on
the best teams from the Midlands, North and Scotland.
Thanks to our great supporters as always (including
our president Bill Foster) and all our officials that earn us valuable
Photos from Jay Galley