This week saw one of UK running’s biggest weekends of the year with the return of the London marathon. Weeks of training, commitment and self-belief saw great results for the Beagles taking on the full marathon. And on Saturday our club saw not one but two winners of the mini marathon championship races! Once again underlining the strength of our athletes in a prestigious national competition.

London Marathon

If there is one event that inspires runners more than any other it’s the London marathon. This year we were thrilled to see three Beagles taking on the event following the dedicated weeks of training needed for such an endeavour. On the day what matters is finishing and being proud of your achievement and we are certainly very proud of all three of them.

Scott Brooks – A great run, just marginally behind his flat marathon PB – 2:54.23

Andy Leonard – Demonstrating resilience to overcome a race that wasn’t quite working out and still clocking a time to be proud of – 3:12.31

Rebecca Hurrell – Targeting a goal of under 4 hours and smashing it with her run of 3:54.42.

Remember the ballot for next year is now open and the club are always willing to provide personalised plans for anyone looking to run a marathon (or any distance!) just ask your coach!

London Mini Marathon

A brilliant morning in London on Saturday for our athletes taking on the Mini London Marathon Championship Races. Huge congratulations to Summer Smith – winner of the girls U13 race (8:47) and Olivia Forrest – winner of the girls U15 race (8:26). Amazing results!

We were also very impressed with the rest of the Beagles performances – Ollie Johnson finishing 2nd in Havering (45th overall) in the U13 boys race (9:41). Mattie Delea 3rd in Havering (100th overall) in the U15 boys race (8:49). Dean Savery – 1st in Havering (69th overall) (8:10), Preston Taylor – 2nd in Havering (72nd overall) (8:13), Max Sanderson – 4th in Havering (81st overall) and with an undone shoelace (8:19)!

And our girls! Well done Evie Warn – 1st in Havering (54th overall) (9:26), Isabel Forrest – 4th in Havering (71st overall) (9:42) in the U15 race – both helping the Havering team to 1st place in the Borough challenge. And our mini marathon debutants – Aria Sabado – 4th for Havering (120th overall) (11:14) and Robyn Colyer 5th for Havering (122nd overall) (11:19).

Well done too to our Beagles who ran the event as part of their school waves – Madison Kindler, Ollie Kindler, Emily Brewington and Isla Foley.

Medway and Maidstone Open

Sunday saw a number of Beagles travel to the Maidstone and Medway Open which provided a quality athletics competition for both our junior athletes and our more experienced ones.

We were particularly pleased to see so many of our younger athletes taking on the run jump throw competition. We only have the track results (apologies). Congratulations to:

Emily Brewington: 75m – 13.10, 600m – 2:12.14
Lianne Esterhuysen: 75m – 13.11, 600m – 2:00.59 (PB)
Evie Foley: 75m – 13.02, 600m – 2:15.30
Maggie Denham: 75m – 13.90, 600m – 2:40.56
Oliver Kindler: 75m – 14.12, 600m – 2:24.34
Nathaniel Milczarek-Palomares: 75m – 13.05, 600m – 2:31.84,
Mya Ngala: 75m – 13.33
Danel Esterhuysen: 75m – 15:35, 600m – 2:40.98
Elsie Denham: 75m – 15.64, 600m – 3:15.50
Freya Brewington: 75m – 16.83, 600m – 2:43.45

Brilliant performances from all of you!

Having seen the aspiring youngest Beagles compete earlier in the day, midday saw the first of the U13 through to Masters age groups Beagles begin their events.

In an overcast and blustery 1500m Madison Kindler (U13G) used the mixed event to her advantage running a well-judged race to a new PB of 4:42.39. Daniel Smith (U13B) in the second heat went out strongly improving on his time last week finishing with 5:31.19.

In the 300m Charlie Lingley (U15B) improved on his season and personal best with a new PB of 47.50.

With a very slight uplift in the weather the 800m hosted Laura Durn (V45) in the 800m. Running consistent 200m splits for the first 600m, Laura kicked for home strongly improving her outdoor Masters PB by some 8 seconds with 2:39.11.

Finally wrapping up the Beagles afternoon as a few spots of rain presented and a stronger headwind arrived having been around -0.3m/s for the 100m it significantly picked up. Stephanie Smith (U15G) ran 28.01 into a -2.2m/s headwind. Charlie returned to the track as the final Beagle of the day, 200m recording 31.47 into a -2.6m/s headwind.

Thanks to Mark Smith and Daniel Esterhuysen for the photos and report.

Watford Open

Wednesday night saw another trip to Watford – this time for the 800m and 3000m. With the weather throwing some curveballs during the evening – our Beagles did themselves proud with some great running.

First up in the 800m, Madison Kindler picked up some valuable experience of getting stuck in the pack, with a good run of 2:22.91. Missy Tiller had a similar experience with her run of 2:19.36, underlining the calibre of the Watford races – surrounding athletes with strong competition. Louis Geater showed a good return to racing during the worst conditions of the night finishing in 2:14.11.

The 3000s saw Louis King run confidently to outclass the others in his race and pick up a new PB of 9:50.96. Mattie Delea continues to show a return to consistency with his run of 10:17.66. Ollie Johnson picked up a new PB too with a great run of 10:53.02. Dean Savery was just behind his PB with a good performance of 9:24.50. Finally Max Sanderson picked up a brilliant new PB of 8:39.52 placing him second fastest U17 in the country so far this year!

Parkrun and Junior parkrun round up

A cold & windy weekend again but plenty of Beagles were out enjoying their 5k & 2k runs. On Saturday at Billericay, Sophie Bickerstaff (22:00) ran well to finish 21st and 2nd female while Danel Esterhuysen (30:51) completed her first effort at the distance with Daniel Esterhuysen (30:52) in close attendance. At Raphael, Simon Knightbridge* (18:50) finished 3rd overall while Matthew Jones (20:24 PB) secured his 4th new course best of 2024 by 24 seconds, great progression. Meanwhile not far behind, Keith Thornton* (20:47) took 16th. At Great Notley parkrun Heidi Woodley picked up her second PB in two weeks with an 88.50% age grading and a third place finish (18:24).

Just the one runner at Chelmsford as Adam Armour (20:19) put in another solid performance to finish 37th overall while at Brentwood we had several runners taking on the spring bluebell route. Daniel Jaycock (20:54) finished 3rd while Max Massarella (23:50) did well to finish 13th, followed by Lorraine Massarella (24:51) in 21st, just 18 seconds outside her PB. Dylan Hussain (27:08) finished 29th from a field of over 100. Finally, at Wickford, just the 2 runners with Elliot Worth (19:51) finishing 8th and Scott Brooks (24:56) warming up for the London Marathon in 50th.

On Sunday at a breezy Hutton Rec., Missy Tiller (07:06 PB) set out at a fierce pace to set a new course best by 48 seconds and claimed 1st place overall. Running with renewed confidence, Liam Worth (09:21) impressed again and held 2nd place from start to finish with Jessica Thomson* (09:45) the next Beagle in placing 4thBailee Abrahams* (10:01 PB) ran well to secure her best time at the event, a 33 second improvement from her PB run of last week! Joshua Barke (10:28) finished 9th with Chloe Thomson* (10:36) not far behind finishing 10th , Joshua Thomson* (11:25) took 18th while Nadia Price (22:17) was on tail-walking duties.

At Harrow Lodge, we had another Beagle taking 1st spot as Aria Lily Sabado (08:04 PB) continued her progression to claim a course best, with Blossom Smith (08:25) running well into 2nd, just 2 seconds outside her best time. Meanwhile Ezra-Zion Gooch (09:08 PB) picked up another course PB, his 2nd in 3 runs, to finish 3rd with Willow Smith (10:12) running well to take 8th.

Two representatives of the club were at Lake Meadows as Sophie Bickerstaff (08:14) ran well to take 6th with Ivy Kernohan (10:30 PB) also impressing to improve on her course best by 4 seconds.

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.

Triathlon News

Congratulations to Olivia Forrest who took part in the Triathlon Super Series performance assessment weekend. A kick-off event to the elite triathlon events in the UK, it sees a Saturday swim followed up with a bike run event on the Sunday at Prestwold Hall. Olivia really took a lot from the valuable experience and is looking forward to the first proper super series event.

Coming up

A quieter week of events on offer. The Lee Valley sprint evenings start this Wednesday offering quality competition for those interested in picking up some good sprint events. Sunday sees the debut of a number of our athletes in a Steeplechase competition – we can’t wait to see how they get on!