Harriers just pipped at Croydon

Blackheath & Bromley Harriers finished runners up in the second southern athletics league match at Croydon.

None of the Clubs who won the opening matches were victorious in the second round which means that B&B are one of three clubs on 7 points at the top of the 16 team Division One.

They are third because Southampton and Brighton & Hove, who they beat in the opening fixture, have more match points.

Louis Mascarenhas had a most successful afternoon winning three A string Shot, discus and hammer events setting personal bests in each.

Other A string wins came from Toyin Orelaja (triple jump), Rachel Dickens (200), Krystal Galley (400), Shannon Riskey (800), Jessica Keene (3000), Kelsey Fuss (2000 steeplechase), Duayne Bovell (200), Will Fuller (800), Mark Cryer (long jump) and the men's 4x100 metre and women's 4x400 relay teams.

There was also a new Club record as Jackie Montgomery improved the women's over 50s pole vault record by 90 centimetres with a clearance of 2.50.

With a number of athletes setting personal bests, and a pleasing mix of young and older athletes competing with an age range in the squad of nearly 55 years, the Club look forward to the next match at Southampton on June 21. Blackheath & Bromley’s youngsters continued their good progress in the Kent Young Athletes League winning three of the four age groups in the second round match of the season to maintain their overall lead.

Just as pleasing was the number of new athletes making their debuts for the club - and the haul of over 50 new personal bests achieved.

Highlight in the under 15s age group was a personal best a grade one performance of Eloise Locke in the shot with a throw of 11.13.

She also produced a grade one distance in the javelin of 31.95, but in a high standard contest she had to settle for second place.

More throws success came from Carys Marsden who won the discus with a throw of 26.93; and from James Lancaster who launched the hammer out to 40.28.

Magda Cienciala enjoyed a most successful day with wins in the 200 (26.6) and long jump (4.97) and then with Olivia Richer, Nicole Farmer and Mhairi Brooks in the 4x100.

In the under 13s, Keir Lundy moved from third to first on the last bend to win the 800 metres in a personal best of 2.29.7.

The middle distance success continued as Lauren Goddard took the 600 metres in a new best of 1.47.3.

It was a new best also for Caelan Raju as he cleared 1.40 in the high jump.

While Myles Xavier won the long jump with a leap of 4.44. Peter Guy is best known as a middle distance runner but he won the hammer, set a pb in the 200 and was part of the winning 4x100quartet with Billy Keene, Benjamin Gardiner and Leo McCallum. It was an evening of mixed emotions for the Club’s older members at the latest Kent Masters League match at Canterbury.

While the women celebrated victory in both Divisions One and Two, the men again struggled finishing in fifth place and now sit five points behind joints leaders Cambridge Harriers and Dartford.

In the women's division one match, Barbara Terry won the over 60s shot by over a metre with a throw of 7.20.

The over 50s category saw a win for Rosie Ferguson in the 1500 in 5.52.8 and an eclectic mix of over 35s,50s and 60s, middle distance runners, pole vaulters and sprinters resulted in Jennie Butler, Jackie Montgomery, Jenny Neal and Helen Godsell winning the over 35s 4x100.

This capped a memorable evening for Helen as she continues her systematic revision of the Club over 60s records. Her time of 30.8 in finishing second in the over 35s B string 200 metres improved the previous 10 year old record by a sensational 8.7 seconds.

Demonstrating her versatility she also took over half a minute off the 1500 record with 6.50.2 in finishing second in her own age group race.

Adding to the celebrations the B team win won the Division Two match thanks to the efforts of Anne Cilia who did five events in the over 50s, Honey Oyenade, Angela Powell, Tracey Ashenden and Maz Turner.

For the men Mike Van Den Dobbelsteen won the over 35s javelin with a throw of 50.84 and Graham Coates the over 60s 1500 metres in 5.36.3.

This was not enough to avoid fifth place and they are now fourth overall.

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