After last week’s quiet week – the Beagles were out in force this week with appearances at events from Lee Valley to Valencia. As always, we saw amazing performances from athletes giving their best and doing the Beagles proud. Well done to everyone.

Valencia Marathon

Amazing news from Valencia-Marathon (Maratón Valencia) where Daniel Jaycock and Scott Brooks both finished in 2:53 with Daniel just taking the bragging rights by being 2 seconds quicker.

Amazing runs by both of you. Incredibly proud that all the training has paid off.

Both had very similar goals but very different training plans with one thing in common; a low weekly load to keep them injury free.

And remember – if you have a marathon in mind (or any specific race distance), free personalised training plans, blood lactate testing, nutritional guidance, strength and conditioning and supportive coaching are included in your membership! Our approach may be different to others but it proves to be very, very effective. Just ask for more information.

English Schools Cross Country Cup Final

Saturday was freezing and in Suffolk at Woodbridge School for the English Schools AA final, there was even snow on the ground.

However, big national events make everyone want to give their best and with a number of our Beagles out today performing for their schools we saw some brilliant running.

First out for the day was Sophie Halford in the junior girls race running over 2.3km. A strong, committed performance saw her finish 41st in 10:02.

The intermediate girls race of 3.2km featured a number of Beagles and was won in yet another dominant performance by Olivia Forrest who finished 21 seconds ahead of the field in 11:34. Good performances from Missy Tiller in 40th (13:17), Rosie Quirk in 96th (14:24) and (a somewhat unwell) Isabel Forrest in 110th (14:43) saw their New Hall School school team finish third overall. Well done to Daisy Middlemiss who gained some great cross country experience with her resilient run to finish 140th (15:58).

The intermediate boys race over 4.2km saw a brilliant inspired performance from Jude Hearn who finished 8th (15:14) and helped his school Southend High School For Boys to second place.

In the senior girls race over 3.8km, Jemima Knightbridge showed how her training continues to pay off, with a strong performance to finish 67th (17:07).

And finally in the senior boys race over 5.7km, Dean Savery suffered a spiking close to the start but continued on with his race running strongly in a tough field to finish 75th (21:24).

Well done everyone! A great day of running and brilliant performances in very cold conditions.

Essex Sportshall

The final round of the Essex Sportshall event, Ava O’Neal, Elsie Martin-Boucherb, Katie Lowe, Evie Abbot, Tobi Oluborode Oluseye and Timi Oluborode did a great job representing the club. Fingers crossed now for news on Essex selection but some more brilliant results this weekend.

Ava O’Neal (U13) – Vertical jump – 37m, 3rd, Speed Bounce – 68 2nd, 6 lap race – 1.30.3 1st, 2 lap race – 26.6 4th

Elsie Martin-Bourcherb (U11) – Standing long jump – 1.76m 4th, Standing triple jump – 5.16m 1st, Vertical jump – 35m 2nd, Over under race – 18.9 1st, 2 lap race – 25.3 4th, Obstacle race – 23.3 3rd,

Katie Lowe – Standing long jump – 2.04m 1st, Standing triple jump – 5.98m 1st, 2 lap race – 24.1 1st

Evie Abbot (U13) – Shot – 6.39m 1st, Standing long jump – 2.03m 2nd, Standing triple jump – 5.72m 2nd, Speed Bounce – 70 1st, 2 lap race – 24.4 2nd

Tobi Oluborode Oluseye (U13) – Standing long jump – 2.40m 1st, Standing triple jump – 6.89m 1st, 2 lap race – 22.3 2nd

Timi Oluborode (U13) – Standing long jump – 2.24m 2nd, Standing triple jump – 6.81m 2nd, 2 lap race – 22.7 3rd

Well done all!

Essex Veterans Cross Country

Congratulations to Elliot Worth and Laura Durn who both competed in the Essex County Athletics Association Vets Championships at a very frosty Writtle University on Saturday.

Elliot ran in the 50+ age category race over 7km. Taking a measured approach to lap one, he pushed forwards on lap two to finish 13th in his age category and 23rd overall.

Laura also ran over 7km and showed she had recovered well from ankle problems with a strong 6th place finish in her age category and 18th place overall.

Lee Valley Open

At the Lee Valley Open on Sunday it was the clash of the Carters over 60m with Ava Carter sprinting to a new PB of 8.50 and demonstrating consistency over the two rounds with a second run of 8.51. Dad Stuart also ran a new PB and showed improvement across the two rounds with a first sprint of 8.62 and a second round of 8.48.

Well done too to Eleanor Angeli taking the opportunity to do some indoor shot put with a best throw of 6.7

Pope & Smith

It was lovely to see so many of our younger athletes doing such a great job at the latest round of the Pope & Smith schools cross country which took place midweek at Writtle University. Congratulations to all that ran – great to see everyone making real progress.

Year 4 girls – Nadia Price 1st, Nora Heidemans 3rd, Bailee Abrahams 30th, Camilla Nash 31st.

Year 5 girls – Lianne Esterhuysen 2nd,

Year 6 girls – Madison Kindler 1st, Mille White 2nd, Natanya Itola 5th, Grace Lander 10th

Year 6 boys – Hugo Wilks 2nd, Mitchell Evans 5th, Will Fagan 6th, Robert Pearson 38th

Apologies if we have missed anyone! Do let us know. And well done all.

Other Schools News!

Congratulations to Natanya Itola who finished first in the Campion School cross country.

Amazing running was also seen at the Cut Hedge Cup at Gosfield School. Betsy Gilder-Briggs finished 15th in the year 5 & 6 race with a brilliant sprint finish. Sophie Halford came third in the year 8 event.

Well done to Katie Hawkins matching her PB over 800m in the Lee Valley indoor schools final. And to Stephanie Smith who had another great run over 300m to finish second at the same event in 44.53.

Parkrun and Junior parkun round up

A very cold weekend meant numbers were down but there were a few hardy Beagles out & about. On Saturday at Raphael, Evie Warn (19:33) put in a fine performance to finish 6th, 1st female and take the best overall age grade (80.39%). Also running well was Emily Brewington (23:44), finishing 38th and 4th female. 

At Brentwood, Matthew Delea (22:08) ran well to take 9th while Lorraine Massarella (28:19), Lola Massarella (30:24) and Erin Delea (30:57) also braved the elements. Over at Harrow Lodge James Wilson finished second (18:56) having battled Summer Smith around the course assisting her to a new PB (18:59) and first female finisher.

On Sunday a similarly miserable winters’ morning greeted runners. This didn’t deter Jamie Murphy (08:32) who was uncontested in 1st place at Hutton Rec., followed in 2nd by Nora Heidemans (10:02). Max Morris (10:54) took 3rd and Nadia Price (17:51) finished 17th

Hollie Poyton (08:05) took the honours at Harrow Lodge with a fine 1st place with Aria Lily Sabado (08:37) not far behind in 2nd. Blossom Smith (10:28) and Freya Brewington (11:29)also ran well finishing 13th & 18th respectively. Meanwhile, at Lake Meadows, Madison Kindler (07:48) took 2nd, just ahead of Sophie Bickerstaff (08:11) in 3rd.  

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

A number of our Beagles are off to represent Essex at the intercounties cross country in Oxford. In addition some of our junior Beagles will be at the Lee Valley Minithon for another lively competition and there is a BFTTA Open too.  Good luck to everyone competing!