We have had quite the week… an epic week! With events across the country, for all ages and across different disciplines it’s been all go and lovely to see so many Beagles in action doing what they love. Please do take some time to read all about everyone’s efforts!

Watford Open

It was a welcome return to Watford Wednesday’s for our Beagles with 13 making the trip and being richly rewarded for the effort!

Whilst Watford is best known for its middle distance events, tonight also saw a high jump competition taking place giving Dean Savery a brilliant opportunity to kick off his season and jump to match his PB at 1.70m.

On the track the evening started with the 1500m. First up, and making her debut over the distance was Aria Sabado who ran with good consistency for her time of 5:28.93. Isabel Forrest battled well in her event for a time of 5:11.08. Missy Tiller ran strongly taking a chunk off her PB for a new best of 4:45.65. And Madison Kindler continued to show her confidence over the distance with another impressive run of 4:44.86.

A good Beagles battle saw both Jude Hearn and Louis King pick up new PB’s – 4:29.75 and 4:31.06 respectively. Preston Taylor marked his debut 1500 with a strong run and a good result – 4:21.79. And Max Sanderson wrapped up the 1500s with a good run of 4:02.10.

The night ended with some strong 3000m performances. Summer Smith made her debut over the distance running 9:47.35 – the 12th fastest U15 time ever! Ollie Johnson continued to show potential over the distance with a good run of 11:00.09. Dean Savery doubled up on good performances for the night with a significant new PB of 9:20.04. And Olivia Forrest also ran to a new PB of 9:27.92 giving her a top 20 all time U17 time.

Brilliant running from everyone for what was in most cases a first outdoor run of the season. With these early signs we are definitely in for an exciting summer!

Orion Pentathlon

It was lovely to see some of our junior Beagles take the opportunity to participate in the quadkids competition run by Orion Harriers. With every competitor running 60m, performing a standing long jump, a vortex throw and a 400m or 600m (depending on age) – it really was a great opportunity to put training into practice! Unfortunately the results are still yet to be released so we will be updating this news item again! But we would like to say well done to Evie Foley, Nathaniel Milczarek-Palomares and Elise Gosling on their age group trophies. And congratulations to Lianne Esterhuysen, Adam Armour, Daniel Ayandare, Michelle Ayandare and Liam Worth on their brilliant performances too.

Thank you Daniel Esterhuysen for the photos

English Road Running 5K U15/17 Championships

A very windy Sutton Park was the destination on Saturday for the English National U15 and U17 road championships. With a hilly course to contend with as well we still saw some brilliant running from our Beagles.

In the U17 men’s 5k, Preston Taylor produced a brilliant run to pick up a new 5k PB and a fifth place finish – 16:28. Dean Savery was close behind in 8th – 17:15.

In the U15 girls race, Olivia Forrest once again stormed to victory with a run almost a minute ahead of her nearest rival – 17:45. Evie Warn showed resilience and battled to 7th place – 20:16 whilst Isabel Forrest finished 9th in 20:46. The girls finished second team overall too!

Well done all – great running today!

Lee Valley Open

This weekend saw a number of Beagles kick off their track season at two different open events. These tend to be run in mixed age groups and it’s all about running your best time rather than positions!

Saturday was the Lee Valley Open and a number of our sprinters and 800m runners took to the track.

First up was the 800m – U15 Missy Tiller ran 2:27.43 and U13 Aria Sabado ran a new PB of 2:45.42.

Tackling the 75m hurdles for the first time at a U15 height, Evie Abbott had a great run of 13.45.

Sprinting over 100m, U17 Wayne Imbuwa ran a new PB of 12.87. U15 Adam Staunton also picked up a PB of 13.79. U15 Honey Peck sprinted to 14.00 with fellow U15 Evie Abbot running 14.91. U17 Neosochi Onyechere achieved a new PB of 14.38.

Also sprinting over 200m, U17 Wayne Imbuwa picked up a second PB of the day – 25.68 as did fellow U17 Neosochi Onyechere whose time was 29.05.

National Sportshall Final

On Sunday, Nicole Hawkins travelled to Stoke on Trent to represent Essex in the National Sportshall final.

Participating as part of the under 15 girls team, Nicole came 2nd in her 8 lap paarluf event, 5th in the 4 lap run, 15th for standing long jump, and gained a new PB in  speed bounce of 81 jumps. Overall the Essex girls finished in a brilliant second place just missing out on the gold medal.

Huge congratulations Nicole and all of Team Essex! And thank you Angela for the photos.

Essex Road Relays

Thank you to all the Beagles who made the trip to Colchester on Sunday for the Essex Championship road relays. It was brilliant to see Beagles representation in almost all the junior age categories and even better to pick up three Essex Championship team medals!

The girls teams were up first with each runner taking on a short loop and a long loop for a total distance of 2.6k and all the age groups running at the same time. Evie Warn for the U15 girls team led the whole race for the majority of the of the first leg (9:21) passing over to Isabel Forrest who continued the team U15 dominance (9:43), with Olivia Forrest running the final leg (8:20) and ensuring the team won not only their age group but the whole race becoming Essex champions. Our U13 girls also produced an inspired performance with a strong first leg from Esme Thomas (10:14), a good solid performance from Aria Sabado (10:37) and a brilliant final leg from Summer Smith (8:41) to finish on the heels of second place – picking up the bronze medal for their age group!

The boys race followed the same approach and same distance. Our U17’s were led out by Dean Savery who kept the front runners in sight (8:17), a strong second leg from Louis King ensured the team remained in contention (8:37) and Preston Taylor continued the push (8:15) to ensure the team picked up silver Essex medals!  Our U15 boys were led off by Mattie Delea who had a brilliant sprint finish to his leg (9:02) before handing over to Matthew Jones who continues to show improved race confidence (10:16) with Jude Hearn bringing the team home (9:00) in fourth place for Essex! Another brilliant result. Finally our U13 boys building their competition experience also showed great promise, with Adam Armour running first leg (10:17), Dylan Kenly proved resilient on the second leg (11:58) and Ollie Johnson pushed for home on the final leg (9:44). The team finished in 7th – a great effort.

Well done to everyone who ran! The relays always prove to be a fun and exciting competition and you all did us proud today!

Havering Open

Sunday saw the Havering Open with a handful of Beagles taking to the track. U15 Charlie Lingley competed in both the 200m and 300m. Picking up a new PB in the 200 of 30.26 and a new PB in the 300 of 48.22.

U13 Madison Kindler produced another strong 1500m run of 4:45.94. U15 Adam Staunton sprinted to 13.92 over 100m. And U15 Daisy Middlemiss ran a great new 800m PB of 2:45.04.

Well done to everyone who ran particularly given the windy conditions!

Parkrun and Junior parkun round up

Warmer weather greeted our 5k & 2k runners this weekend though a blustery wind kept things challenging. Despite this, Scott Brooks (18:00) breezed through his effort at Raphael finishing 1st on his debut at the event. Also taking part was Keith Thornton (20:53) and Matthew Jones (23:05) who both finished comfortably in the top 50 from a field on nearly 400.

At Billericay we had 5 runners attempting the 5-lap course. Finishing 2nd was Simon Knightbridge* (18:56), 4th was Elliot Worth (19:26), with Ollie Johnson (19:44 PB) running strongly throughout to finish just 2 places behind in 6th and picking up his best time. Jack Cooper* is running well again and great to see a new PB (21:01). Paul Johnson (22:02) also ran well, finishing 17th. Just three runners at Brentwood as Francesca Gordon* finished 13th (25:02), Erin Delea (30:31) finished 36th and Bailee Abrahams* (33:20) 53rd. Great Notley parkrun saw a brilliant run by Heidi Woodley* to pick up a new PB and a first place finish (19:19).   

At Colney Lane in Norwich, Oliver Weston-Stokes (22:13 PB) completed his 18th parkrun and also picked up a course best, beating his previous time last summer by nearly 40 seconds! Over 10,000 miles away at Hamilton Island in Queensland, Australia Rob Trevor (20:29) 2ndOliver Trevor (31:14) 15th and tail-walking Vicky Trevor (51:39) all took part in some extreme Parkrun tourism, similarly, over on the Australian west coast at Dawesville were Jessica Thomson* (29:13), Chloe Thomson* (30:49) and Joshua Thomson* (31:31). Finally, also touring, albeit closer to home in Teignmouth, Devon, were Emily Brewington (23:39) and Freya Brewington (30:34).

A blustery Sunday morning didn’t deter a strong turnout of Beagles at Hutton Rec., with all 6 of our runners finishing in the top 9. Leading from the front was Colm Forrest (08:28), while finishing 2nd and picking up his best time at the event was Ethan Wilson (08:59 PB). Max Morris (09:56 PB) 4th and Nora Heidemans (10:02) 5th tussled the whole way round, while closing in fast at the end to come 6th was Liam Worth (10:04). 

At Colchester juniors Blossom Smith finished 3rd (8:31) and Willow Smith was 10th (9:58).  Finally, at Lake Meadows, Lianne Esterhuysen (08:10) was just 5 seconds outside her best time, finishing 2nd overall, with Danel Esterhuysen (11:22) 22nd and Liza Esterhuysen (13:05 PB) 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

This Sunday sees the first of our Eastern Young Athletics League fixtures for our U13/U15/U17 athletes at Thurrock. We are very much looking forward to the early season performances and seeing how our team perform against other local clubs. Good luck too to any Beagles taking on the Basildon Aquathlon and European Biathle qualifier in Blackpool!