19 May 2018 - U13/15 - Norman Park
Round two of the UKYDL was our home fixture at a
beautifully sunny Norman Park and we took full advantage, winning the
fixture and propelling ourselves to the top of the league table. At the end
of round one, the initial result placed BBHAC in third, but after the
results were officially scrutinised by the league, we were elevated to
second. New league rules this season mean that only the top two clubs from
our Southern Premier division will qualify for the National final in Bedford
in September, making every match result crucial. After a relatively slow
start at Norman Park the team soon started massing points on a large scale,
comfortably winning by 30 points but more importantly putting us on top of
the league, after two rounds.
The U13 boys squad of fourteen competed superbly with
most securing new personal bests and the others just a whisker from their
New to the squad and making his BBHAC debut was Dylan
Carroll and what a day he had. Dylan began his day winning the 100m in some
style and a quick time, good enough to place him in the top 30 in the
country. Dylan then used his speed to launch himself a long way into the
sand recording a great 4.54m personal best in the long jump.
Rayhan Mourtada showed great form running two new
personal best times in the 100m and 200m and Ethan Alapafuja also sprinted
to a new best time in the 200m and scissored his way over the high jump bar,
just below his best.
Jamie Sears had his 1st club race of the season and
shows great promise finishing less than a second off his last years best in
a very competitive 800m.
Oles Chaban committed well early on in his 800m race
and held on to a great 3rd place and running a season's best time.
In the very competitive 1500m, in brilliant sunshine,
Oscar Witcombe ran bravely and was rewarded with a massive 6 second personal
best and Arthur Starvis was equally impressive knocking two-seconds off his
Jonny Ellerton continues his improvement shaving more
time off his bests competing over the hurdles and on the flat in the 100m
sprint. Another personal best was achieved over the hurdles in the form of
Star Osahon slicing a further 0.3 sec off his previous best time.
Marley Byfield had a busy day sprinting, long jumping
and running the top bend in the 4 x 100m relay. Another busy athlete was Max
Kennedy putting the shot, throwing the javelin just short of his best and
then admirably filling the high jump vacancy and claiming a new outdoor pb
for his efforts. Finn Kitteridge continues his fine form in the throws,
darting the javelin close to his best and put the 3k shot further than
before for a nice new PB.
Alex Middleton and Harry Burgess both made their
competitive 800m debuts and both performed well giving them a great start to
the difficult two lap discipline.
The final event for the U13 boys was the 4 x100m relay
and the team were led off by Dylan handing to Rayhan on two passing to
Marley on three and finally to Ethan to run the baton home, posting a season
The BBHAC team is made up of U13 and U15 boys and U13
and U15 girls and many fine performances were made by many of the athletes
but the highlight must be from U15 boy Amir Sultan Edwards who ran 35.54 for
the 300m. This not only breaks the very strong club record but also now
ranks Amir at the very top of the National rankings.
Many thanks to the officials and volunteers who help
make these matches run smoothly and special thanks to those helping out on
the BBQ, cake stall and 2nd hand kit sale stall. The money raised will
directly help our young athletes going to Europe this year and also, if
successful, to help fund the weekend trip to Bedford for the National finals
The next fixture for the U13 boys is the Kent League
at Dartford's blue track on Sunday 3rd June 2018.