Blackheath & Bromley not only enjoyed the racing at the latest Kent League at Nonnington, they also enjoyed the free barbecue. This could prove to be a popular venue for races.
After the disappointment of not fielding a complete team at the National Cross Country relays the previous weekend, the Club bounced back to win the Senior Womens team race led home by youngster Amber Reed, who achieved her highest ever League position of 5th. Captain Jane Bradshaw finished in 9th and Sara Elmquist secured the team title in 13th. After three races they head the League. Amy Mitchell in 15th and Charlotte Stickings 18th also made the top 20.
The Under 17 women finished in third place with Anna Myers first in 10th place followed by Lucy Sidey in 12th and Bethony Frost 13th. Good packing behind the scoring trio saw Samantha Leighton place 14th, Sonia Woolhouse 16th, Holly Fletcher 17th and Chloe Haffenden 21st. Anna now lies third in the overall League placings and the team is third too.
Will Fuller was first for the men in 11th and with Richard Webb 12th and Will Ruiz 22nd they scored 5th in the team race. Solid back up came from Tom Desborough in 28th and Luke Russell 34th.
Biggest turn out from the Club came in the under 15 girls race with an impressive 12 finishers. Up the front Jessica Keene finished in 2nd place with Niamh Bridson Hubbard 5th and Shannon Riskey 7th. Mary Guy in 9th , Leah Everson 13th, Elizabeth Ibidunni 18th and Joanna Clowes 19th all made the top 20 and with Molly Dent , Jenny Sheasby, Chloe Kibblewhite, Natasha Hainsworth and Millie Haffenden also finishing, the Club is showing an enviable strength in depth which will be most useful when the Championship races take place in the new year. Jessica and Shannon are first and third overall for the season and the team top the table.
The boys also did well finishing in 2nd place with Bailey Stickings in 7th , Josh Davidson 9th and Charlie Davies 10th all in the top 10. Arthur Carey was 24th and Scott Bulmer 31st.
Jake Potter continued his good season with second place in the under 13 boys race. Lewis Stickings in 14th and Harry Keene 28th secured 4th in the team race and they are now 2nd overall for the season.
Naomi Kingston finished in 4th place in the girls race and with Yasmin Austridge in 7th and Georgina Piper 12th they won the team race by the narrowest of margins. They actually scored the same number of points as Dartford but because Georgina finished higher than Dartford’s third scorer, B&B were victors. They are 2nd overall with one race remaining, and Naomi is third individual overall. The Kent League did not have a Senior Mens race at Nonnington so they competed elsewhere or not at all. Andy Rayner represented his second claim Club Kent AC at the Surrey League at Richmond Park and finished in 3rd place in a strong field. Super vet Dave Taylor was 17th for Herne Hill Harriers.
End of year Awards continue to be showered, not just on the Club’s athletes, but on it’s officials as well. Dina Asher Smith and Adam Gemili were named the Kent County Under 20 female and male athletes of the year at the Kent County Awards Evening . To add to the celebrations the tireless Dave Cordell received the Official of the Year award.
Shaun Lightman finished in 19th place at the Enfield 7 Mile race walk in 67.09. David Hoben was 47th in 80.26.
The Club had three winners of Parkruns over the weekend. At the event at Norman Park, Richard Daniel’s winning time was 18.13 with Andy Tucker, Adrian Stocks, Steve Pairman, Clayton Aves and Andy Lawes all making the top 20. Adam Atkinson won the event at Brockwell Park in 16.43 while Peter Tucker completed the hat trick of victories at Danson Park in 16.45.
Catrin Murphy was 22nd at Dulwich and the Club were also represented at Orpington and Whitstable.
As the Club caters for all disciplines, (including cross country, road and track and field), in all age groups, from under 13s upwards to the Masters age groups, it always welcome new members. The Club has a Competition Policy which aims to provide appropriate levels of competition to all athletes of all abilities.
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