With the Country celebrating the Coronation and the best of British, our Beagles have had lots to celebrate too with another week full of PB’s and success.

Watford Open

Another night of brilliant racing at Watford on Wednesday saw brave and committed running from all our Beagles.

First up, and making his Watford debut, was Louis King who ran a solid 1500m in 5:22.21.

Max Sanderson also ran 1500m with one of his best strategic performances to date and a final lap that saw him extend his lead and move away from the field. Super 24 second PB – 4:19.38

Olivia and Isabel Forrest both competed in the same 3000m race and both came away with great new PBs. Olivia had another brilliant last lap where her sprinting saw her overtake many in the field to finish with a 10:01.77 PB. Isabel ran a very consistent pace through the race to take ten seconds off her previous best and go sub 11 minutes – 10:58.49.


Summer temperatures and sunshine found its way to the Lee Valley BFTTA open meeting Sunday 7 May 2023. Some of the Beagles athletes took full advantage of the warm weather.

During the morning Lianne Esterhuysen (U11) competed in the Long Jump (2.5m) and later in the afternoon ran a tactical and strong 600m in a time of 2:03.65 just shy of her PB.

In the double 100m, where athletes run a heat then are reseeded to run again against similar timed athletes to encourage greater PBs, Mirabelle Richter (U15) ran consistently with 13.91 PB, and 13.99. Jake Mitchell (U15) also showed consistency with a 14.24 PB, and 14.41 for the second round. Mirabelle was back on the track later in the afternoon running another PB in the 200m with 28.91. Jake ran again in the 800m with another PB of 2:32.39.

Mattie Delea
(U15) demonstrated a positive approach and strong finish in the 800m with a resulting PB of 2:16.68.

Making her debut over the infrequently provided 150m Stephanie Smith (U15) performed well with a 20.91 (PB) and was back on the start line less than 40minutes later for the 200m with another PB of 28.37.

To conclude the Beagles afternoon, in addition to Mirabelle and Stephanie, 3 more competed in the 200m. Lead of the Beagle sprint group Ella Gilder-Briggs (U15) pushed a hard bend and kept the rhythm down the home straight bringing in an impressive PB of 27.07, just in front of Ava Carter (U15) 27.56 also a PB, and Honey Peck (U15) 28.10 PB.

A great sharpener and confidence booster for the Essex County Championships 1 week away.

Photo credits: Laura Durn and Daniel Esterhuysen

Parkrun / Junior parkrun round up

Lots of parkrun celebrations happening this weekend for the coronation and at Raphael’s they were also celebrating their eighth birthday! Well done to Emily Brewington (21:44) who enjoyed the festivities.  At Great Dunmow parkrun Elliot Worth took his 100th first place parkrun finish at his 300th parkrun (19:35) – a brilliant achievement. At Harrow Lodge, Dean Savery finished third with a new course PB (18:52) whilst Dylan Hussain had a great run at Chelmsford Central parkrun (23:40). Over at Billericay parkrun Nora Heidemans made her full parkrun debut with a brilliant run (27:33) and at Brentwood Marc Delea was first Delea back (27:22) with Erin Delea not far behind (31:05) and Emma Delea also enjoying her run(34:05).

On Sunday the new(ish) Hutton Rec junior parkrun is still proving popular with our Beagles and this week saw Laura Durn make her run director debut too! Well done Laura for ensuring everything went so smoothly. Run wise – Robert Barke led the runners home and achieved a new PB (8:13), Dylan Hussain did the parkrun double (8:49), Ethan Wilson was just shy of his PB (9:45) and Harriet Ward was first female Beagle (10:07). Also enjoying their Sunday morning run was Jessica Thomson (10:25), Max Wilson (11:22), Joshua Barke (11:26) and Camilla Nash (13:32).

At Lake Meadows junior parkrun Liam Worth reached his 100 junior parkrun milestone (10:13). And at Harrow Lodge junior parkrun, Isabel Forrest finished first with a new PB (7:17), Emily Brewington followed her home and also got a new PB (8:19). Oliver Trevor was first male Beagle (9:22) with Hudson Jeffery matching his PB (10:08), Evie Foley gaining her new PB (11:00), Henley Jeffery also getting a new PB (11:03) with Ezra Gooch just behind(11:04).

A reminder – if you could please add Brentwood Beagles AC to your parkrun club list (go into manage your profile) – it does help us spot you in the results!

Coming Up

Wednesday night offers a choice of competition – the popular Crown to Crown 5k starts it’s summer series and is open to all over 12. Or on track, Thames Valley Harriers have an evening open with several of our Beagles travelling to the Linford Christie Stadium. Next weekend is the Essex track and field championships – we are sure all our athletes will do us proud at the event and we hope to come away with an Essex Champion or two!