Another week of great events and racing, in particular our own Beagles Open race night. A big thank you to all who came along and supported especially those who acted as officials. We hope to do more of this next summer following the success of our first events.

Lee Valley Sprints Evening

On Wednesday night the bi weekly sprints event took place. Congratulations to Stephanie Smith who raced to a new PB of 14.08 in the 100m – finishing second in her race.

BMC Regional Races / Cambridge Harriers Open

Also on Wednesday night, at the British Milers Club regional event in conjunction with the Cambridge Harriers Open in Eltham, Isabel Forrest ran over 1500m with a time consistent with her weekend performance (5:12.42). Olivia Forrest also ran strongly in her BMC race to finish third (4:31.62). Well done both.

Beagles Night of the Races

Friday night saw our very own Beagles Open event with some brilliant racing from our Beagles and a number of great PB’s.

Our junior mile race saw PB’s from all – Daniel Smith (6:06.30), Hugo Wilks (6:10.30), Cameron Young (6:23.90), Emily Brewington (6:24.90) and Isobel Larner (6:37.90).

The boys 75m was won by Finley Lethbridge (12.2) with Joey Marchant third (13.0). The first heat of the girls 75m was won by Natanya Itiola (11.6) with Honey Walmsley second (12.1). In the second heat, Lianne Esterhuysen was second (12.9) with Alice Jones third (13.0) and Isla Foley fourth (13.1).

The men’s 100m saw Sean Prelli sprint to victory (13.3) followed by Justin Waithe (13.5), Jeremy Li (14.4), Charlie Lingley (15.3) and Ronnie Marchant (16.2). In the women’s 100m Megan Morgan was 2nd in her heat (16.0) with Izzy Young 3rd (16.1 PB).

Our 800m race saw Jude Hearn 3rd (2:20.9), Louis Geater showing good form on his return to the track, 5th (2:24.7) followed by Frankie Edwards with a PB (2:31.2), Ollie Johnson (2:35.3 PB) and Ava O’Neal (3:02.2).

The second mile of the day saw some fast running from our Beagles who all ran PBs – Max Sanderson 1st (4:36.7), Dean Savery 2nd (4:44.5), Olivia Forrest 3rd – with the fastest U15 female time of the year (4:54.2), Reggie Edwards 4th (5:08.1) and Alfie Carter 5th (5:21.7).

The 600m saw a dominant run by Madison Kindler (1:52.6). Finley Lethbridge was 2nd (2:03.1), Lianne Esterhuysen 3rd (2:04.1) and Natanya Itiola 6th (2:13.7).

Our 1500m race saw a great new PB by Louis King who finished 2nd (4:55.2), Elliot Worth making his 1500m track debut was 3rd (4:58.4), Isabel Forrest 5th (5:13.1) and Laura Durn with a PB in 7th (5:56.9).

In the final races of the night – the men’s 200m was won by Jeremy Li (31.3) with Charlie Lingley 2nd (32.8 ) and Ronnie Marchant 3rd (33.20). In the female races Megan Morgan was 2nd in her heat (34.2) followed by Ava O’Neal (35.2) and Izzy Young (35.3). In the second heat Honey Peck won with a time of 28.0.


Sunday saw the final BFTTA Lee Valley open meeting of summer 2023. A huge thank you to Mark Smith for the write up, photos and athlete support for this and all of the BFTTA meetings this season!

Stephanie Smith (U15) & James Gillingham (Snr) both opened & concluded the Beagles showing with their events of 100m in the morning & 200m late afternoon.

In the 100m Stephanie had to contend with 3 seasons of weather in the final 15 minutes before her race, summer quickly moved to autumn with overcast clouds, a light sprinkling of rain and a cold chill wind, resolving just before the race back to a spring like day but still a cold wind. Running a new PB of 13.86, it concluded her summer 100m events. In the afternoon Stephanie rounded her outing with the 200m recording 28.09.

James opened his 100m double with 11.17 frustrated with a technical aspect of his race, he came back out for the second round stronger but more relaxed bringing home a PB equalling 11:07 though wind added with 4.0m/s. His afternoon 200m 23.06 potentially concluded his summer sprint outings, wrapping up a successful season that has seen his return to form from his peak 10 years ago.

Finley Lethbridge
(u11) had a close packed afternoon with only 18mins between his 150m and 600m, turning out respectfully 23.89 and 2:04.70.

In the 800m Frankie Edwards and Ollie Johnson, both u13, raced in heat 1, Frankie hit the front early and maintaining a great pace, in the final straight he held off a strong challenge finishing with a new PB of 2:31.09, Ollie finished strongly with 2:36.09 running a good tactical race and only 3/10’s outside his PB.

Max Sanderson (u17) and Mattie Delea (u15) contended heat 2. Max set about running a lone race opening a defining gap by the end of the first 150m that would see him unopposed and running his own time trial commanding a significant lead and finishing in 2:02.65. Mattie, a sole u15 held his own well, finishing in 2:20.98.

Parkrun / Junior parkrun round up

The Beagles were out and running well on Saturday morning at Parkrun. At Valentines parkrun Ollie Johnson continued his great run of course PBs to finish 5th (19:50) with Paul Johnson in seventh also gaining a course PB (19:56). Mattie Delea enjoyed his holiday run at Seaford Beach (20:48) with Erin Delea picking up a new course PB (26:40). At Brentwood, Elliot Worth finished 6th (20:25) with Stuart Crowther in 13th (22:46) and a new course PB for Daniel Smith (23:25) and Laura Durn (23:54). At Colney Lane parkrun Oliver Weston-Stokes made his course debut with a good run (22:52). At Raphaels we saw good consistent running from Benjamin Corcoran (21:07) and Emily Brewington (23:03). Whilst at Harrow Lodge, Olivia Forrest was first finisher with a new age graded course record (17:53), Rob Trevor was fourth (18:32), Isabel Forrest got a new course PB (22:12) and Daisy Middlemiss also ran a new PB (26:33). Great running from everyone!

On Sunday morning our junior Beagles were out in force. At Harrow Lodge, Emily Brewington finished 6th (8:27), Jack Collier ran a new PB (9:50), and Harry Collier was also running well (11:01). Over at Lake Meadows we had the first male finisher – Zac Thomas (7:03) and the first female finisher – Isobel Larner (8:48). Congratulations as well to Danel Esterhuysen who reached her half marathon milestone (12:11). Finally at Hutton Rec juniors it was another Beagle in first place – well done to Ethan Wilson (9:19), with Nora Heidemans fifth (9:58) and Max Wilson running well in 16th (11:29).

A reminder – if you could please add Brentwood Beagles AC to your parkrun club list (go into manage your profile) – it does help us spot you in the results!

Coming Up

The peak of the track season for four of our Beagles who will be off to Birmingham this weekend for the age group national finals. Wishing Max Sanderson (U17M 1500m), Missy Tiller (U15G 800m), Ella Gilder-Briggs (U15G 200m) and Olivia Forrest (U15G 3000m) the very best of luck. You can cheer them along from home here – or follow the results on Roster. Elsewhere there are opens at Blackheath and Bromley and Watford with a number of Beagles down to attend. Good luck to them too.