Difficult weather conditions had little effect on the Blackheath and Bromley young athletes as they ran, jumped and threw their way to a strong 2nd position in the UK Youth Development League, just behind the equally strong home club Southampton AC. 

This great result leaves us in 2nd place in the league and with the next fixture being at our home venue of Norman Park, we hope to build on this, to hopefully finish in the top two at the end of the season, thereby qualifying for the National final in September.

The U13 boys had a very successful day with eleven boys braving the elements and all producing some outstanding performances.

First to compete was Robert Murray, making his UKYDL debut and he started his day putting the shot a massive 9.43 to win the competition by nearly 3m. Robert then powered his way to a new personal best in 200m (27.9) despite there being a strong head wind in the home straight. Robert had to settle for 2nd in the 100m but more than made for any disappointment by bringing the relay team home to a brilliant but soggy victory. Revenge is best serve wet.

Multi eventing Sam Reardon started his day coming 3rd in the shot put and then showed he has speed and strength as he eased past his rivals in the last 50m of the 200m, finishing a pleasing 2nd. Sam’s real strength showed as he dominated the 1500m leading from the front and controlling the race, crossing the line just outside his best. An impressive performance considering the wind and rain. Then, with little time to recover, Sam sped down the back straight as part of the winning relay team.  

Jacob Byfield started his day in victorious form, comfortably winning the hurdles, in unfavourable conditions, not far outside his best. This bodes well for Jacob and the rest of the season. Jacob’s versatility helped at his next event, the high jump. With the high jump landing mat now soaking wet the athletes doing the Fosbury flop landed in puddles fully on their backs, very uncomfortable. Being wise to this Jacob opted for the scissor style jump, landing upright on his feet! Remarkably Jacob was able to add 10cm to his best and stay relatively dry!

This prepared Jacob well as he soared to a big new personal best and a win in the long jump before teaming up with the relay boys to post another victory.

Barnaby Corry had another great day of athletics coming 2nd in the 75m hurdles showing great technique against the wind. Bob (as many call him), then equalled his best in the damp high jump, Fosbury style, placing second again and then tasted winning ways in setting the relay team off to a great start.

Alex Sibley wiped a big chunk off his best in the 800m running 4 seconds quicker then ever before, in not the best conditions, winning valuable points for the team. Alex also did some speed work in his first club 100m race.

Brandon Back knocked nearly 2 seconds off his best in the 800m as he took two scalps up the home straight to finish an impressive 2nd and again more valuable points towards the overall team score.

Matthew Smith looked dominate in his first 800m for the club and was pleased with his 2:38.6 time. It was then a quick turn around and change of number, with hardly enough time for a packet of crisps, before sprinting against the wind and the rain in the 100m.

Josh Buddle Smith also ran his first 800m for the club and recorded a new best of 2:48.2 and this was a great warm up for his javelin competition where he threw just a few cms  short of his best but finished in a strong second place.

Nick Paddington added over two meters to his javelin personal best getting closer to the elusive 20m mark collecting more important points for the BB team. 

Oliver Robertson had a difficult journey to Southampton getting caught up in huge tail back on the motorway but unlike the weather this didn’t dampen his spirits as he ran a quick 100m as a warm up for the long jump, where he leaped to a fantastic new best, over 4m for the first time and in doing so securing all important team points.

It was also great to have Thomas Penlington back in the team for his first competitive race of the summer season and he did well in a tough 1500m running close to his best PB with a time of 5:11.8.

Some great actions photos from the day can be seen at http://www.bandbhac.org.uk/ukydl2016.html#21/05

Our next UKYDL match is our home fixture on Father’s Day 21st June where we hope to have a BBQ and beer tent, (not just for the dads) but before that is our next KYAL fixture at Dartford’s blue track on 5th June. More details to follow.


U13 Boys Team Manager