Another milestone week for our club with two of our athletes out representing England at the schools international in Dublin. A great experience for both Summer and Olivia and we hope their adventures inspire all our athletes to believe where their training can take them! It’s been an action-packed week for lots of our athletes, as well as wrapping up cross country season (bar one final primary schools XC next week), we also said goodbye to indoor track! The focus now is on outdoor season so do talk to your coach about the opportunities available!

England Athletics Middle Distance Open

Wednesday night saw the England Athletics Endurance indoor open take place at Lee Valley Athletics Centre with events over 800m, 1500m and 3000m, many of our Beagles grabbed the opportunity to do last indoor event this season.

800m specialist, Missy Tiller was joined by sprinter Stephanie Smith in a race that saw both of the them pick up PBs. Missy showed good confidence to run from the front and was rewarded with her new best time of 2:19.60. Steph hasn’t run over the distance in some time but showed good form and resilience to finish a minute ahead of her previous best in 2:28.92.

The 1500m boys saw Adam Armour make his debut over the distance and using the pack of boys he was in to achieve a great first PB – 5:26.93. Daniel Smith was in that pack and finished just ahead of Adam pushing himself over the last 100 metres or so for a PB of 5:25.63. Jude Hearn was dominant in the same race, pushing the pace and stretching himself to perform well – 4:30.82. Congratulations too to Orly Morton who was making his debut over the distance and showed real potential with his run – 4:53.09. Louis King also ran another new PB – 4:37.14.

The 1500m girls race saw something special from Madison Kindler who made her debut over the distance and achieved the best time ever run by a U13 girl indoors with her run of 4:43.24. Much sympathy goes to Evie Warn who was running really strongly in the early part of the race but had to pull up. Isabel Forrest ran well in the same race – 5:06.53. And Laura Durn managed a small PB to finish in 5:31.76.

Two 3000m races finished the event and both were dominated by Beagles. The first race saw Ollie Johnson attempt the distance for the first time, demonstrating real commitment and a sensible approach to finish with a PB of 10:55.35. At the front of the race, Max Sanderson and Preston Taylor were helping each other along in the early laps before Max made a break and stormed to the finish in a new PB of 8:53.69. Preston, who is also new to the distance, had a great first run with a time of 9:22.62.

The second race saw Dean Savery ran with commitment throughout and took it on himself to achieve a new best time of 9:28.51. Olivia Forrest also ran well finishing marginally outside her indoor PB in 9:42:53.

Well done to all who ran – onwards now to outdoors and back to the long track!


Saturday saw the cross-country season finished in style for Beagles Summer Smith and Olivia Forrest, who were representing #TeamEngland English Schools AA in Dublin at SIAB.

Summer was up first in the junior girls race which saw the athletes run two long laps of the course for a total race distance of 3km. A sensible start to the race saw Summer stick to the leading group through the first lap, before showing her strength by emerging mid-way through the second lap in third place. A hard-fought battle with an Irish athlete towards the finish line saw Summer just miss out on bronze, to finish a brilliant fourth and second English athlete! The England junior girls team took gold in the team competition!

The intermediate girls race saw the athletes run a small loop followed by two larger loops for a total distance of 4km. Olivia started cautiously before emerging at the front of the large pack at the end of the small lap. The second lap saw a pack of four girls pull away and create a distinct group with Olivia pushing the pace at the front. The final lap saw some drama with a Welsh athlete taking the lead before Olivia surged with a few hundred metres to go to sprint ahead, finish first by four seconds and take the gold medal. It was double gold for Olivia with her English team also taking team gold.

A brilliant and memorable day for both girls! With huge thanks to all the English Schools support team.

Lee Valley Minithon

On Saturday, a small group of our Beagles attended the Lee Valley minithon – a brilliant event for younger athletes designed to give them experience of real athletics events and competition.

Congratulations to the following athletes:

Colm Forrest (Yr4/5 boys) – Bronze medal – 60m: 10.73, 200m: 36.00, 600m 2:13.00

Oliver Kindler (Yr4/5 boys) – Bronze medal – 600m: 2:20.00, Shot put: 5.38m, Turbo javelin: 7.90m

Ben Dolan (Yr4/5 boys) – Bronze medal – 60m: 9.76, 200m: 33.21, 600m: 2:36.00

Christina Lees (Yr4/5 girls) – Bronze medal – 60m: 10.47, 200m: 38.18, Long jump – 2.14m

Madison Kindler (Yr6/7 girls) – Silver medal – Hurdles: 12.89, 600m: 1.44.00, Shot Put – 5.21m

Thank you to our wonderful parents for their photos and athlete support!

Brentwood Half

Sunday saw a number of our Beagles take on the Brentwood half marathon around the very familiar roads and hills of our town. Some brilliant performances to outline below – in particular Stuart Crowther who was second in his age group and Callum Goodey who is actually in the Beagles sprint squad and only decided at short notice to talk part. That’s an incredible time for a first half marathon for someone who wasn’t training for it!

Congratulations to:

Daniel Jaycock – 47th, 1:22.12
Robert Lankester – 80th, 1:27.02
Phil Price – 95th, 1:27.53
Will Gazzard – 97th, 1:27.50
Elliot Worth – 98th and 6th in age group – 1:27.54
Stuart Crowther – 154th and 2nd in his age group! – 1:31.28
Callum Goodey – 198th – 1:33.59
Rebecca Hurrell – 66th female, 1:46.27

And thank you to Andy Leonard who was on pacing duties to perfection with 2:00.01!!!


In Milton Keynes on Sunday, Max Sanderson ran in the SEAA U17 men’s 5k championship race and ran strongly to finish 6th overall in 15:51.

The U15 girls race saw domination for our Beagles with Olivia Forrest taking the win in 16:52, Evie Warn taking the bronze medal in 19:02, Missy Tiller fourth in 19:13 and Isabel
fifth in 19:21. Needless to say they also won team gold!

Schools Biathlon Final

Over the weekend a number of Beagles were competing for their schools in the final of the Schools Biathlon. This event sees athletes compete in a timed run in the morning followed by a timed swim in the afternoon. The times for both events are converted into points and the higher the total the better finishing position!

In the girls competition Aria Sabado took part in year 7 event which saw her complete a 800m run and a 50m swim finishing 12th overall!

The boys event saw Ollie Trevor compete in the year 6 age group also completing a 800m run and a 50m swim to finish 67th overall!

In the year 9 boys competition Orly Morton ran over 1600m and swam 100m to finish 8th. Matthew Jones also took part finishing 31st.

Well done all!

Other Schools News

Congratulations to brothers Max Morris and Luke Morris who enjoyed school’s cross-country success this week. Max finished second in his school event and Luke finished 1st in his!

Parkrun and Junior parkun round up

Our Parkrun round up starts at Raphael this week where we had fine performances from two of our JM15-17 Beagles. Preston Taylor (17:03 PB) finished 1st from a field of 321, almost a minute clear of 2nd place, improving his course best by 24 seconds and picking up his best parkrun time. Taking on the event for the first time and finishing an excellent 4th, was Louis King (18:26), who also clocked his best 5k parkrun. Great running!

At Billericay, Nora Heidemans (29:42) ran her 10th adult parkrun finishing 131st while just behind her was Camilla Nash* (29:43). Meanwhile, at Chelmsford, Adam Armour (20:29) kept up his consistent running, with a 2nd sub-20 being only a matter of time. Also running were Liam Worth & Elliot Worth, both clocking (26:02).

At Brentwood, we had 5 runners. Daniel Smith (22:57) led the group in finishing 6th, closely followed by Lianne Esterhuysen (23:01) in 7th and Laura Durn (23:03) 8th. In 11th was Daniel Esterhuysen (23:42) and Harriet Ward (37:54) coming 90th.

For once it was a dry Sunday morning for our juniors, even if the sun was accompanied by a chilly breeze. We had 9 runners at Hutton Rec., with Cameron Kidd (08:33) running well to finish 1st, followed in 2nd by Ethan Wilson (09:14). In 4th was Nadia Price (09:27), 8th Nora Heidemans (09:56), 9th Max Morris* (10:18 PB), Camilla Nash* (10:30) came 10thMax Wilson (11:13) 15thBailee Abrahams (11:46) 19th and Joshua Barke (14:02) in 30th.

Well done to all our runners this weekend. Note for parents, if your child has an * by their name, please help our editors by adding Brentwood Beagles as their club under their parkrun profile (groups). Feel free to contact us if you need help setting this up.

Coming up

Good luck to all our primary school Beagles who qualified for the County XC final which will be run in Southend this week. The Easter weekend sees some lovely local events taking place – our favourite being the Crown-to-Crown 5k at Westley Heights on Good Friday. So, if you are over 12 and fancy a challenging 5k then do come and join us! Otherwise, we hope you enjoy your bank holidays!