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UK Youth Development League 2018 - U13/U15

21 July 2018 - U13/15 - Hornchurch

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UKYDL Final fixture, 2018 summer season, Hornchurch

After a hot, sticky day at the intimate Havering track it seemed as though BBHAC had won their final UKYDL fixture only to hear hours later that we had finished 2nd to Reading by the smallest of margins, half a point!

1st Reading 542.5 points
2nd BBHAC 542 points
3rd Havering 524 points
4th Tonbridge 480.5 points
5th Southampton 453.5 points
6th Bracknell 410.5 points

This disappointment soon passed on the realisation that Blackheath and Bromley were Southern Champions and so now go into the September National final, where we have a great chance of competing for the honour of becoming National champions.

The U13 boys once again played their part in the U13 and U15 contest but this time the squad were bolstered by three boys making their club league debuts.

First of the debutants was Mike Sudolski and he showed his speed clocking a fast 100m PB and ran a great bend in the relay. Next “newbie” was Draven Paulsen who also showed great pace in the 100m and our third athlete making his debut was also a sprinter in the form of Timon Thomas and all three are a great addition to the U13 squad.

Oscar Witcombe’s great training ethic is paying off as he sliced over 6 seconds off his 1500m best, but more impressively smashed the 5 minute barrier clocking a fast 4:56.4. In the same race Arthur Starvis showed his maturity as he ran a well paced race and was rewarded with yet another personal best, great running.

Jamie Sears ran in his normal determined style and should be well pleased with his great new personal best time of 2:28.7. Also good to have Archie Whitehead back in the team, having missed some of the season through injury, running a solid 800m.

Ethan Alapafuja had a busy day, running a quick 200m, jumping over 4m in the long jump and running leg 4 in the relay in what turned out to be a season's best time.

Noah Cooper was equally busy, sprinting hard to win the B string 200m, put the shot the furthest he ever has and contributing to the season's quickest clocking by the relay team.

Rayhan Mourtada, still on a high following Frances World cup victory ran a PB over the 75m hurdles, ran the tough 800m and led the 4 x100m relay team off.

Star Osahon also ran over the hurdles, clocking his 2nd fastest time ever and he also ran the 800m having a private battle with Rayhan, finishing just a second behind.

Max Kennedy had a double personal best day staring with a new best in the shot going over 6m for the first time, followed by a near 2m improvement in the javelin. Max’s third event of the day was scoring more points in the high jump.

Finn Kitteridge scored a 100% PB effort over his two events, first in the high jump clearing 1.25m followed by another 2m improvement throwing the javelin 27.48.

Youngest in the squad, Marley Byfield celebrated his birthday having a great day sprinting well in the 100m and jumping well in the long jump, just short of his best.

We go into September’s final as Southern Champions and with our full squad fit, healthy and competing we must surely be in with a great chance of success.

Paul Austridge


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