Overall Races On

Scott Overall showed that his preparations for the Olympic Marathon are going smoothly with a routine victory in the Silverstone Half Marathon. The Blackheath & Bromley athlete won the event around the famous race circuit in a time of 69.46 just over a minute clear of the runner up.

At the Bath Half Marathon, Andy Rayner ran quicker than this to finish 15th. His time was 69.10 while Alex Gibbins was 34th in 72.24.

On the country Elaine Murty had a fine run in the Inter Counties Championships at Birmingham finishing in 31st place in the Senior Womens race. Second claimer Pippa Woolven was 10th in the Under 20 womens race with Clare Parkin 87th and Michelle Fewster 125th. Will Mercer was 152nd in the Junior Mens race.

In the Under 17s Amber Reed was 94th and Bethany Frost 204th while Charlotte Rhule placed 99th in the under 15s race.

Naomi Kingston and Jessica Keene finished 18th and 35th in the under 13s raced to help Kent win bronze medals in the team contest.

Closer to home the Club hosted the annual mob match against South London Harriers and won with 685 points to the visitors 817. First home for the Club was Jamie Darling in second place with Steve Cooper third and Roy Smith 7th. Fran Green finished in 10th place overall and was the first woman.

The race incorporated the latest round of the Bennett Cup, a series of Handicap races that take place over the Winter months. First on this occasion was Ian Taylor with Fran Green second and Roy Smith third.

Just one race remains in the series, the Closing 5 Handicap on the 24th of March. Fintan Parkinson currently leads on 341 points but he is being hotly pursued by Steve Pairman on 335 and Jim Phelan on 329. With another six athletes over 300 points and 60 available in the last race, the contest is still wide open. The English Schools Championships take place this weekend and a number of the Club’s athletes have been selected for their County squads. Amber Reed and Emma Rowland will be in action in the Senior Girls race for Kent while in the boys Will Mercer in Surrey’s 12 strong squad.

Lucy Sidey represents Kent in the Intermediate Girls race with Bethony Frost named as second reserve.

The largest selection of Club athletes in an age group comes in the under 13 girls with Georgina Taylor, Jessica Keene, Niamh Bridson Hubbard and Shannon Riskey all picked for Kent, Charlotte Rhule for Surrey and Mary Guy is in the London squad. Bailey Stickings represents Kent boys.

Blackheath & Bromley caters for all ages, abilities and disciplines. For further information on your particular interest please e-mail enquiries@bandbhac.org.uk Alternatively leave details on the Club answer phone service on 020 8462 3115.

For all the latest Club news visit the website at www.bandbhac.org.uk

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