23 June 2019 -
Match three of this seasonís UKYDL was another tight
fixture, but despite having a relay team disqualified, BBHAC U13 and U15
boys and girls managed the win and this catapulted them to the top of the
Southern Premier league, with one remaining fixture, our home match at
Norman Park. The top two in the league qualify for the UK final in
Manchester on 7th September and this result goes a long way to reaching that
The weather twelve months earlier, at the same fixture
was bitterly cold but this year we had near perfect conditions and the
performances to match.
The U13 boys squad consisted of 13 athletes and all
put in solid performances across all events.
David Dare broke 13 seconds again for 100m and ran a
great new PB of 25.7 in the 200m, ranking him 7th in the country before
bringing the relay team home in a equal seasonís best time.
Zuriel Nwogwugwu, sporting a nice new pair of spikes
ran well in the 100m, jumped well in the long jump and ran leg number 2 down
the back straight in the 4 x 100m relay.
Andrew Nikoro made his UKYDL debut posting three
fantastic new personal bests. First up was the hurdles where he won his
race, shaving off half a second, followed by the 100m, again taking half a
second off and finishing with a 15cm improvement in the high jump.
Marley Byfield continues to be a valuable member of
the team posting a good 100m and leading the relay team off in style.
Rayhan Mourtada goes from strength to strength showing
that training does pay off, firstly hurdling well to a new quick personal
best, follow by another PB in the 200m and running leg tree in the relay.
Jasper Brooks ran well in the 800m just outside his
best and then despite heavy legs jumped to a fine new best in the long jump.
Young Hendri Verster made a fine UKYDL debut running a
mature, controlled 800m finishing well and being rewarded with a personal
Amir Dudhia ran hard in the 800m and was also pleased
to record a new PB.
Continuing the theme, young Jed Starvis ran a sensible
but hard 800m and deserved his new PB.
Alex Middleton in his 1st 1500m race this season
showed class running a sensible and controlled race eventually breaking away
from his opponents in the home straight, slicing an incredible 16 seconds
off his best, clocking an impressive 4:49.4.
Josh Healy ran another solid 1500m pacing well and
finishing a fraction outside his best.
Finn Kitteridge had another busy day amassing loads of
points from his three events starting with a PB in shot put, a PB in the
high jump and then a good series of throws in the javelin.
Max Kennedy had a worrying hand injury before this
meeting but had recovered sufficiently enough to gain great team points in
both throws, just short of his best in both shot and javelin, two events you
don't particular want to do with an injured hand. But credit to Max for
gritting his teeth and getting stuck in.
The last UK YDL fixture is on Saturday 20th July at
Norman Park, Bromley but before that is the next Kent league fixture at
Ashford on Sunday 7th July 2019.
18 May 2019 -
U13/15 - Hornchurch
Round two of the 2019 UKYDL was held at the Havering
AC track in Hornchurch, in ideal conditions, resulting in a fantastic win
for the Blackheath and Bromley lower age group team.
With a second place in the season opener it was vital
to post another great team performance, to keep us in contention for the
Southern title and in a qualifying position for one of the two places
available for the National league final in September.
BBHAC U13 and U15 boys and girls once again showed
great team spirit and were well supported on the day by coaches, parents,
siblings and the new Club President, former Commonwealth 200m champion
Julian Golding, who had made the journey across the Thames to give the team
much appreciated support.
The day overall started well on the track, with all
eight BB hurdlers clocking new personal bests.
The U13 boys had a brilliant day with every athlete
running, jumping or throwing a new personal best.
Marley Byfield started his busy day over the hurdles,
before sprinting the 100m, high jumping and running a great opening leg in
the 4 x 100m.
Rayhan Mourtada showed great determination in knocking
nearly 1.5 seconds off his hurdle best, nearly 0.5sec off his 200m best and
running a quick bend in the relay.
David Dare made his club debut and what an impression
he made, winning a very fast 200m, clocking 25.96, a time that now ranks him
5th in the country. David backed this run up with another quick sprint in
the 100m and then bringing the team home in the relay in a fast time.
Zuriel Nwogwugwu, making his YDL debut made a big
impact in the team winning the B string 100m and the long jump and running a
great leg down the back straight in the sprint relay.
Jasper Brooks continued his fine season with new best
in the 800m and in winning the B string long jump.
In the first fixture we were unable to field any 1500m
runners but went one better at this fixture with Josh Healy leading the
Blackheath charge, recording a great new best time just outside 5minutes.
Itís no surprise, with Max Kennedyís great attitude
towards training and competition that he further improved his javelin throw
best, passing the 30m barrier for the first time, recording a fine 32.05m
and getting a full sized Stormtrooper for his efforts! A new shot put
technique also helped Max to consistently put the shot over 7m.
Finn Kitteridge had another busy day in the field with
PBís in the high jump and shot put and another good series of throws in the
javelin, earning loads of points for the team.
In the 800m Jed Starvis produced a solid performance,
knocking a massive 5 seconds off his best and in the process scoring great
Another athlete making his Blackheath Bromley and
debut was Ryan Hang and he should be happy with his 100m sprint performance.
Hendri Verster was due to make his BB debut but
sensibly pulled out, despite making the journey to Hornchurch, after advice
from the on track physio, suffering very tight achilles. Plenty more
opportunities through the long track season ahead.
This fantastic result see BBHAC sitting in second
place but with the same number of points as current leaders Reading AC.
Reading host the next fixture on 23rd June followed by the the final
fixture, hosted by BBHAC at Norman Park on 20th July.
5 May 2019
- U17/20 - Reading
from Rod Harrington
27 April 2019
- U13/15 - Tooting Bec
A good start to the season for BBHAC lower age group
squad last weekend, at Tooting Bec. Unusually the official team results are
yet to be published but we believe we came a good second, not a bad start to
The U13 boys squad was a mix of experience and new,
with five athletes making their BBHAC track debuts.
The squad was slight depleted due to a clash with the London mini marathon
but this only affected the middle distance events where we had no U13 boy
The hurdlers were first up on the track and Rayhan
Mourtada did well running a personal best despite wearing trainers! Rayhan
also ran the 100m, 200m and leg two of the relay, a long busy day.
Marley Byfield started his busy day with his first ever hurdle race and
coped well over the barriers. Marley also ran a quick 100m, just outside his
best, the long jump and ran the lead off leg in the 4 x 100m.
In the field the first event was the shot put and Max
Kennedy put in a good performance before heading off to the javelin where he
threw a new personal best just 2cm shy of 29m.
Finn Kitteridge started his busy day shot putting and
then throwing the javelin before stepping in a short notice to secure
valuable points in the high jump. Unfortunately we didnít have a second high
jumper, so if any of you fancy giving high jump a go please let us know,
itís a great way to get involved in the team and equally important earning
the team much needed points.
Daniel Jenkins not only made his debut for the club
but took on the task of both sprints and the relay and more than held his
own, a great debut.
In the 800m we had three more athletes making their
track debuts with Jasper Brooks clocking a great season opener, Amir Dudhia
running well over the two lap race and Jed Starvis completing the trio
racing well to clock his first 800m time. Later in the day Jasper leaped
over 4m in a great long jump competition, Jasper's first proper long jump
Ruben Stober made a great debut only a few days after
joining the club and sprinted well over 100m in a quick 13.7sec and then ran
the final leg in the relay.
Ryen Rennie was hoping to make his track debut but
unfortunately picked up a knee injury and despite being there made the wise
decision not to race. With the mini marathon claiming three of our distance
boys we unfortunately had no BBHAC U13 boys contesting the 1500m.
Looking forward to the next UKYDL on Saturday 18th May
at Hornchurch where we hope everyone will be fit and available for