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UK Youth Development League 2016


23 April 2016 - U13/15 - Reading

Full results here...

The Blackheath and Bromley U13 boys squad kicked off their summer track and field season at a cold and windy Palmer Park, Reading in the first round of the UK youth development league (UKYDL).

Ten boys covered all events with four of them making their BBHAC debuts and one his track debut.

The day started well with a victory for Jacob Byfield in the hurdles in a new personal best time of 12.8, knocking over a second of his previous best. Jacob also jumped a big 4.42 to come second in the long jump and was part of the relay team that finished in a great 2nd place.

Barnaby Corry ran his first complete three stride hurdle race and also knocked a second off his old personal best (PB), timing 14.9. Barnaby also equalled his best in the high jump clearing 1.25.

Matthew Smith made a great start to his BBHAC career getting involved on the track and in the field. Matthew began his day winning valuable points in the shot put then the high jump having never competed in either of these events before. Next up was the 1500m and Matthew ran with maturity, pacing himself well and knocking over 15 seconds off his PB. A fantastic debut.

Sam Reardon took it easy, resting up for the next days London mini marathon 3 mile race but was still able to put the shot 6.00m, place 2nd running a quick 28.2 in the 200m and running a great leg down the back straight in the successful 4 x100m relay team. Samís dad John also had a busy day out in the field catching, sorry collecting the javelins, as part of our field officials team.

Another debutant Callum Carlton had a busy day taking on the seemingly bigger sprinters from the five other clubs. Callum ran well in the 200m and the 100m scoring more needed points for the club before leading off the nippy relay team on the first leg.

Good to have Alex Sibley back competing again after an enforced break from running and he did well, running near to his personal best time. Alex also stepped up to the mark when asked to have a go at the javelin despite never having thrown in competition before.

Brandon Back had a strong run in the 800m knocking over 6 seconds off his PB and then made his debut in the javelin throwing nearly 16m.

Ben Campbell made an impact on his club debut running an impressive 2:35.4 in the 800m and running a quick 100m despite running against a huge boy, at least a foot taller, in the adjacent lane. Ben finished his day leading home the relay team to a classy second behind a strong Reading four.

Oliver Robertson, another making his debut, jumped just short of 4m in the long jump and this was good enough for second place. Oliver also ran well and earned himself a new PB in the 800m finishing with great speed.

Eddie Sellar has competed this winter over the country but this was the first time on the track and a well paced race saw him finish just outside 5 minutes, in a tough 1500m race, for a great new PB.

The U13 boys efforts, along with the U13 girls and U15 boys & girls collectively saw us finish in third spot on the day.

With three more fixtures and the return of some athletes (resting for tomorrows mini marathon) we hope to gain momentum to finish in the top two by the end of the season, so securing a spot in the National final.

Our next fixture is the Kent League young athletes match at Norman Park, Bromley on Sunday 8th May when I hope to see all our boys competing both on the track and in the field.

Paul Austridge


The Blackheath and Bromley U15 boys squad kicked off their summer track and field season at a cold and windy Palmer Park, Reading in the first round of the UK youth development league (UKYDL). Iím not saying it was cold, but the tea igloo did a thriving trade in hot drinks! Fourteen boys covered all events producing a number of outstanding performances.

We started with the hammer with both Michael and Cameron throwing well to gain good points. Cameron managed to add 4 metres to his PB so Mickís middle distance training seems to be paying off!

This was followed by outstanding performance in the 80MH by Caelan and Pedro. Both ran personal best times for a double first to build on our great start to the day. This continued as Myles ran a PB to win the 200M strongly supported by team debutant, Ollie who also made an outstanding contribution in the discus, an event he had never done before.

The discus showed the quality of the league with the Southampton athlete throwing well over 40M. Michael, fresh from his hammer throw competed well alongside Ollie to bring in great points.

Back on the track we had a couple of exciting 800M races with Robert coming 4th in a competitive and tactical race supported by Rowan who ran extremely maturely in the B string to lead the race home in first place leading from gun to tape. The non-scoring race was, in some ways even more competitive as Ben ran a 63 second first lap, followed by Keir with both boys finishing the day with person bests in the event.

During the racing there was also a great long jump competition unfolding. Myles appears to have had a taste for first places as he won the long jump with Kyron second in the B string. Kyron unleashed a monster final jump which was just over the board showing just how much more we have to come from him.

The 100M races were extremely exciting with close finishes for both Rico who edged first, dipping under 12 seconds for the first time and Kyron who was judged to be second although recording the same time as the winner. Two great races so well done boys!

Pedro continued his busy day in the javelin renewing his rivalry with the Southampton athletes who just shaded things on the day. Both Pedro and Ethan were having to juggle the pole vault at the same time (at opposite ends of the stadium) which I am sure didnít help them but they both threw and jumped well to continue to earn valuable points.

Next up was the high jump where Rico and Caelan contributed another double first to continue adding to our points total. Heights were a little down on what both athletes are capable of but the artic conditions werenít exactly what is expected.

The 300M was going to be tough with a number of athletes unavailable due to other commitments but Robert and Keir both ran PBs. Robert told me that we was a little unnerved by the ďman mountainĒ beside him who romped home first in an amazing 37.3 seconds!

The match was drawing to a close and an exciting shot putt competition with Michael and Kyron both throwing well against older boys. Neither of them appears to be fazed by the increased size of the shot which bodes well for the remainder of the season.

Joe ran an outstanding 1500 winning ahead of his school mate after unleashing a great last lap, making sure he was well placed to cover any other breaks throughout the whole race, finishing 11 seconds ahead of the third placed athlete. In the B string, fresh from his exploits in the hammer, Cameron ran another personal best for 4th.

With the sprinting talent available this year I was delighted to see the 4 x 100M squad romp home with Myles, Kyron, Caelan and Rico passing the baton safely to finish comfortable ahead of Reading in second place. In the final event of the day a 4 x 300M squad of Caelan, Keir, Pedro and Robert competed extremely well to finish second. Robert ran a great last leg to hold off a fist finishing Tonbridge athlete to dip under 40 seconds for the first time. A great finish to the day.

With three more fixtures and the return of some athletes we hope to build on this result to finish in the top two by the end of the season, so securing a spot in the National final.

What impressed me the most about the athletes was the team spirit and the way they all helped and supported each other throughout the day. This is great to see and makes managing them so easy and rewarding. Thank you boys (and parents!)

Our next fixture is the Kent League young athletes match at Norman Park, Bromley on Sunday 8th May when I hope to see all our boys competing both on the track and in the field. We have two teams with a truncated timetable so this will be a great opportunity for as many athletes as possible to compete. Selection emails will be going out this week.

Nick Swatton


Photos from Jay Galley

Photos from Luigi Arcuri

 

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