There has been a lot of athletic magic going on this week! From celebrating the 70th anniversary of the 4 minute mile to this year’s Essex Track and Field Championships, as well as the Whitstable 10k road race our Beagles have been demonstrating their progress and ability at a whole range of fixtures.  

Bannister Miles

A busy Bank Holiday Monday for some of our athletes who overcame some awful weather to find some great results.

In Oxford, the celebration of the historic Roger Bannister sub 4 minute mile saw several Beagles compete on the famous Iffley Road track. Dean Savery ran a new PB in his race – 4:35.11. Madison Kindler won the U13 girls event by 25 seconds to take her new PB of  5:03.85. Mattie Delea followed up his great PB’s at last week’s EYAL with another one – running in the U15 boys race and going sub 5 with his time of 4:56.74. Olivia Forrest ran in the elite women’s race – 4:54.80.

We would also like to say well done to our training groups 1, 2, 4 and 5, who all completed the World Athletics World Mile Day Challenge at our session on Tuesday – 125 of our athletes giving their best and showing great tenacity over the distance – particularly our youngest athletes! Thanks to Coaches from Group 1, 2 4 & 5 for the photos.

Whistable 10K

Over in Kent, and enjoying the flat seaside Whistable 10K, Stuart Crowther, finished first in his age category (41st overall) with a great run of 40:50. Also enjoying the event was Andy Leonard, 61st overall in 42:30.

TriCounties Walks

Huge congratulations to race walker and coach, Stuart Bennett who competed in the Tri Counties Walks event finishing first for Essex with his time of 17:34.

Ashdon 3k

Also on Bank Holiday Monday, a handful of Beagles took on the Ashdon 3k event – a lovely run through the countryside near the local school that the event raises money for. Lianne Esterhuysen had a brilliant run finishing second girl overall and first in her age group – 11:22. Amalie Twydell ran well to finish 12th – 12:05 and Emily Brewington was 4th in her age group with a time of 13:22 with younger sister Freya Brewington running in the family event and looking strong. Thanks go to Coach Daniel for the photos from the event.

Crown to Crown

A beautiful Wednesday evening saw a handful of Beagles head to Westley Heights for the first in the summer series of the Pitsea Running Club Crown to Crown 5K events.

Congratulations to Preston Taylor who took first place overall – 17:35 (and the prize for first U18 male) and to Olivia Forrest who was second overall (19:18) (first female / prize for first U18 female). Also a huge well done to Ollie Johnson – 3rd overall (19:42) with a massive Crown to Crown PB.

Brilliant running too by Matthew Jones – 14th overall with a 5k PB (21:36) Isabel Forrest – 18th overall (22:04) and Sophie Bickerstaff – 23rd overall (23:41) who all did the club proud with their efforts.

Remember the Crown to Crown event happens monthly until September and is open to those over 12 so do try and get to one – the next event is June 12th.

Essex Track and Field Championships Day One

It was a beautiful but very hot day in Chelmsford for the first day of the Essex County Athletics Association Track and Field Championships. We had 29 Beagles competing who between them earned 21 personal bests, 4 seasons best, two gold medals, two silver medals, two bronze medals and one championship record! Not a bad effort! We’re very impressed with all the brilliant performances!

The day kicked off with some good hurdling from our athletes. Ava O’Neal (U13) over the 70M hurdles ran 14.28 whilst Marlie Leachman gained a PB of 13.87 in the same race. Evie Abbot (U15) hurdled to a new PB of 12.89 over 75m. And Ronnie Marchant (U13) also achieved a new PB over 75m of 15.63.

Amalie Twydell (U13) on her club debut, ran an 800 SB of 2:40.79, with Ava O’Neal running an SB of 3:05.60 in the same race. Madison Kindler took the gold medal in the event – and the championship record – with her time of 2:20.74. In the boys U13 800m – Adam Armour ran a new PB of 2:43.05 and George Middlemiss also PB’d – 3:01.10. And Laura Durn (SW) also ran a new PB in her 800m – 2:35.96.

Ava Carter (U15) stormed through her 100m heat in 13.42 and narrowly missed the final with her semi final run of 13.44. In the same event, Daisy Middlemiss ran a PB of 14.92 whilst Evie Abbott had a good run of 14.57. Honey Peck also qualified in the 100m heats – 13.73, improving in the semi final to run 13.70. Our final U15 100m runner was Katie Lowe whose heat PB of 13.61 saw her through the semi finals where she ran 13.66.

Elsewhere in the 100m races – club debutant Grace Higgins (U13) ran a PB of 14.50 as did fellow U13 newbie Marlie Leachman – 14.41. Neosochi Onychere (U17) ran a PB of 13.84, Ronnie Marchant (U13) sprinted to a 15.63 PB and Kairhys Hoyte (U13) also managed a PB of 14.10. Justin Waithe (VM) sprinted to a seasons best 13.29 whilst James Gillingham (SM) picked up the bronze medal for his run of 11.44.

Congratulations to our field competitors – Adam Armour (U13) achieved a PB in long jump – 4.09m. Charlie Lingley (U15) also jumped well with a best jump today of 3.03m. Eleanor Angeli (U15) threw the shot 6.22m, and the discus 10.47m. Isobel McLennan (U13) jumped to a new high jump PB of 1.20m. Katie Hawkins (U15) threw two new PBs – in discus (16.13m) and shot (6.92m).

The U15 girls 300m saw one of the most exciting contests of the day with Stephanie Smith and Nicole Hawkins both qualifying well in their heats – Steph with a PB of 43.23 and Nicole a PB of 42.99. In the final the girls ran shoulder to shoulder with Steph just pipping Nicole to the line again both gaining PBs (42.26 and 42.34 respectively) but also championship medals! Steph the silver and Nicole the bronze!

Also running 300m –Charlie Lingley (U15) ran a new PB of 46.32. Whilst over 400m, Callum Goodey (U20) sprinted well to a new PB of 55.40.

The 1500m events also saw strong Beagles performances with Jude Hearn (U15) running a new PB of 4:27.02 and taking championship silver whilst Matthew Jones also picked up a new PB of 5:29.38 in the same race. Isabel Forrest (U15) ran a seasons best of 5:10.29. And Olivia Forrest (U17) took the gold medal in the race with a time of 4:30.81.

Essex Track and Field Championships Day Two

Day two of the Essex County Athletics Association T&F Champs saw another day of beautiful weather and beautiful performances. Beating yesterday’s tally, today saw 25 athletes achieve 14 PBs, 2 SBs, 3 gold medals, 2 silver medals, 4 bronze medals and 2 championship best performances! Wow!

First races of the day were the 800m events. Missy Tiller (U15) ran in the first of the time trials with a good performance of 2:25.91. Frankie Edwards (U15) achieved a new PB over the same distance with a strong run of 2:30.42.

The 200m rounds saw a plethora of new PBs for our sprinters. Ava O’Neal (U13) picked up a great new PB in her race – 32.23. As did Ronnie Marchant (U13) who sprinted to 32.26 and Megan Morgan (U15) who ran well to her new PB of 30.85. Ava Carter (U15) qualified easily for the final from her heat with a run of 26.89. A time she bettered in the final to earn a new PB of 26.74. Stephanie Smith (U15) also picked up a PB in the heats – 27.13 – just missing out on the age group final. And Katie Lowe (U15) was another sprinter running a 200m PB – 27.36. We saw two great runs from Kairhys Hoyte (U13) who earned himself a PB in the heats – 28.46 – which saw him through to the final where he achieved Essex bronze with a sprint of 28.63. Finally, Ella Gilder Briggs (U17) ran two PB’s in her two races. In the heats she qualified strongly with a run of 26.15, bettering this to earn Essex bronze in the final with a time of 25.97.

Our athletes were also performing well in the field today. Erin Delea (U20) threw the discus 31.49m to earn Essex bronze. Adam Armour (U13) took part in three throws events and took PB’s in them all – shot 6.31m, discus – 15.49m and javelin 24.90m. Ronnie Marchant (U13) also threw shot with a best throw of 4.73m. Finally Eleanor Angeli (U15) was also showing progress in her javelin throws with her best throw of 9.66m.

The U15/17 girls 3000m race saw a brilliant display from the Beagles. Olivia Forrest took U17 gold and the championship record with her run of 9:34.52. Summer Smith took U15 gold with her strong run of 10.06.20 whilst Heidi Woodley (U15) ran a great new PB to collect Essex bronze – 10:12.45. And Isabel Forrest (U15) also looked strong with her run of 11:16.72. In the U17 men’s 3000m Max Sanderson ran well to take Essex silver with a time of 8:51.70 with Preston Taylor also doing well in the same event with his run of 9:22.04. Finally Mattie Delea (U15) ran a SB of 10:18.49 in his 3000m final.

The final races of the day were the 1500m – congratulations to Amalie Twydell (U13) who  ran a new PB of 5:34.55. The U13 girls race also saw another championship best performance for Madison Kindler who took Essex gold with her time of 4:43.67. Also taking  medal in the 1500m, and a PB, was Laura Durn (VW) who collected Essex silver with her run of 5:23.16. A good run too from Louis King (U20) whose 1500m time was 4:38.40. And a seasons best run for Elliot Worth (VM) ended the day – 5:13.84.

Well done to all our athletes this weekend! Not only did we have our biggest number of competitors at the Essex championships to date, we also had the biggest team of officials and helpers. Thank you so much to everyone who gave up their time to support and help – it really is appreciated and noted by the wider Essex athletics community. Overall results here.

Schools News

Congratulations to all our athletes who took part in the Brentwood trials for a place in the Essex school’s championships in June. Great performances from Max Sanderson (1500m), Mattie Delea (800m), Ella Gilder Briggs (200m), Evie Abbot (hurdles), Stephanie Smith (300m), Ava Carter (100m), Katie Lowe (100m), Poppy Horton (100m) and Daisy Willingale (100m).

Parkrun and Junior parkun round up

In the Forest of Marston Vale, Ollie Johnson (19:15) ran superbly, just pipped to the line, finishing 2nd at Millenium Country parkrun. Isla Johnson (27:58) was supported by Paul Johnson (27:59) as the pair finished just outside the top 100 from a field of 230 runners. Also touring over at Alice Holt was Stuart Crowther (20:36 PB) who finished 12th from a field of over 350 runners and collected a course best by 24 seconds.

Closer to home at Brentwood, Daniel Jaycock (21:10) finished 5th, while Matthew Delea (25:02) was next Beagle in 34th. In 71st was Phil Price (29:42) and just 3 places further back Erin Delea (30:01). At Billericay, Nora Heidemans (24:22 PB) finished 56th with Yvo Heidemans* 57th, same time. At Raphael, Simon Knightbridge* (18:29) was 3rd and Stuart Bennett (33:31) 262nd.  Over at Great Dunmow, Keith Thornton* (21:58) finished 5th while at Valentines, Elliot Worth (19:08) finished 3rd from a field of 385.

On Sunday, plenty of our junior beagles were out enjoying the warm sunshine. A strong turnout at Hutton Rec with lots of PB’s as Dylan Hussain (08:48) came 3rd, closely followed by Rafe Matthews (08:55 PB). In 6th was Max Morris (09:06 PB) and 7th Willow Smith (09:28 PB). Liam Worth (09:40) was 9th, just ahead of Jude Matthews (09:50 PB). Chloe Thomson* (10:26) was 13th, Joshua Barke (10:45) 19th and Joshua Thomson* (11:18 PB) 24th.

At Lake Meadows, Lianne Esterhuysen (07:46 PB) ran well to finish 3rd and 1st female in a new course best time by 19 seconds, breaking the 8-minute mark by a considerable distance. Liza Esterhuysen (13:38) ran well too, finishing 69th.

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). And if you ran, and aren’t featured at all, then please add the club to your profile so we can find you!!! Feel free to contact us if you need help setting this up.

Triathlon News

ISA Schools Triathlon

Wednesday saw several of our Beagles travel to Ipswich to compete at the ISA Schools triathlon. Congratulation to Jamie Murphy who had to battle with fixing his bike chain mid race, but still finished 17th overall in the Tristar 2 category. In the Tristar 3 event, Heidi Woodley took the gold medal with a dominant performance, whilst Isabel Forrest performed well to finish second and Sophie Halford took 6th place. In the Youth category Olivia Forrest was happy to pick up the silver medal after a competitive race.

Waldon Duathlon

The Waldon Duathlon on Saturday saw participants take on a run / bike event. Oliver Kindler was racing strongly with the leaders in Tristar 1 until an unfortunate bike crash put him out of the race. In the Tristar 2 competition, Sophie Bickerstaff had a great event finishing 4th female. Whilst, the Tristar 3 event saw Heidi Woodley take the gold medal with another strong performance.

Crystal Palace Triathlon

Sunday saw one of the biggest triathlon’s on the calendar – the Crystal Palace Triathlon. Once again, it was great to see Sophie Bickerstaff put in a strong performance to finish 4th – just 19 seconds behind third place. Well done Sophie!

Coming up This week we have lots of our athletes competing in the various schools competitions including the ESAA track and field cup first round – good luck to you all! It’s Watford Wednesday featuring 800’s and 3000’s. And on Saturday some of our athletes will be travelling to Parliament Hill to run some special 800m races during the prestigious Night of the 10000 PBs event. Enjoy the opportunity!