And some style it was too! This week saw the busiest Beagles week of the whole summer! From the well attended Southend Open to the brilliance of our own club championships, not to mention open events including Watford Minors – it has been a hectic end to our amazing summer of athletics.

Southend Open

The Southend Open is always a brilliant event for athletes of all ages and that’s why we were so pleased to see so many of our own athletes in attendance on Monday. An amazing 10 gold medals, 8 silver medals and 9 bronze medals were picked up by our athletes overall. A great performance.

Well done to our male athletes:

Mattie Delea (U15) picked up a silver medal in the 1500m – 5:05.22

Dean Savery (U17) collected a silver medal in the 1500m – 4:28.98 and a superb gold in the high jump with a new personal best jump of 1.70m.

Jack Cooper (U20) also earnt himself a silver medal in the 1500m – 5:03.50.

Elliot Worth (VM50) took home a silver medal in his 1500m running well in a mixed age race – 4:55.74

Frankie Edwards (U13) ran strongly in the 800m – 2:34.78.

Daniel Smith (U13) ran a new 800m PB – 2:47.50.

Liam Worth (U9) sprinted strongly in the 60m to finish 4th in his race – 11.53 and ran well over 400m – 1:36.11

Oliver Kindler (U9) raced well over 60m – 11.57 and picked up the bronze medal over 400m – 1:27.84. He also picked up a silver medal over 120m – 22.78.

Jack Collier (U9) had a good sprint over 60m – 11.76

Damon Ford (U11) finished 4th in two of his races – his 75m sprint time was 13.75 and his 600m run was 2:18.71. In the 150m he ran 27.89  All times showing improvement from his performances at the same event last year.

Charlie Lingley (U15) sprinted well in his 100m – 15.18 and in the 200m running to a new PB – 31.70

Harry Collier ran (U9) ran well over the 600m – 1:39.29 and also sprinted strongly over 60m – 12.4.

Finley Lethbridge (U11) had two strong races picking up a gold medal in the 600m and a new PB – 1:57.82 and a silver medal in the 150m – 24.17.

Nathanial Milczarek-Palomares (U9) ran strongly over 120m to finish 4th – 21.44 and went one better over 60m to pick up a bronze medal with his time of 10.6.

Justin Waithe (VM40) sprinted to a bronze medal in the 100m – 13.61.

Congratulations again to everyone who competed – you all did an amazing job.

Matching the amazing efforts and achievements of our male athletes, our female Beagles also had a superb Monday in Southend with great performances across track and field. A huge well done to all who competed.

Katie Hawkins (U15) – great PB’s in her throws events – 6.81 in the shot and 13.68m in the discus.

Eleanor Angeli (U15) – her debut Beagles performance and great throws in the shot 6.63 and in the discus – 10.17m.

Hollie Poyton (U13) won medals in both her events – a bronze in the long jump with her jump of 4.18 and a gold in the 800m for her run of 2:35.50

Erin Delea (U17) picked up a gold medal in discus and a new PB throwing 33.22m.

Honey Peck (U15) sprinted to bronze in the 200m and silver in the 100m.

Olivia Forrest (U15) finished 4th in the high jump with a height on 1.25m, third in her 300m – 45.93 and first in the 800m – 2:15.39

Madison Kindler (U11) had a good long jump event with a best effort of 3.03m. She also came first for a gold medal in the 600m – 1:51.35 and ran well over 150m – 25.38.

Emily Brewington (U11) picked up the bronze medal in her 600m race and was 4th over 150m – 25.69.

Christina Lees (U9) finished 4th in the 120m – 23.25 and in the 60m – 11.1 and ran well in the 400m – 1:30.49.

Evie Foley (U9) picked up three brilliant medals –  a gold for her 120m – 20.87, a gold for her 60m – 10.8 and a bronze for the 400m – 1:26.85

Nicole Hawkins (U15) was another double medal winner – bronze in the 800m – 2:31.0 and silver in the 300m – 45.67.

Sophie Halford (U13) picked up a bronze medal for her 800m run – 2:47.88

Isabel Forrest (U15) collected a silver medal for the 1500m run – 5:11.92

Mya Ngala (U7) also sprinted to gold in her short sprint.

Superb results – well done to all!

Lee Valley Sprint Evening

On Wednesday night two Beagles ventured to Lee Valley for the final 100m Sprint double night series of 2023.

Both athletes making their debut 2023 100m outings. Stuart Carter (V45) showed great consistency in the two rounds and established the Beagles age group record running 13.79 (PB), followed by a second round of 13.80. Daniel Smith (u13), more commonly seen over the middle distances decided to experiment with the sprints running 16.45 (PB) and a second round 16.77.

Well done to both!

Norfolk Open

In Norwich where winter appeared to have arrived early the Norfolk Open on Wednesday provided a last opportunity for a track mile. Olivia Forrest grasped that and took another second off her best time to run 4:53.02. Isabel Forrest was also running but outside her best – 6:02.35.

Club Championships – Field Events

Our field event programme at the club championships saw four events across the age groups – high jump, long jump, triple jump and the turbo throw. We saw some really great performances and we were very impressed at how confident and composed our athletes were when they were taking their turn. Congratulations to everyone.

Turbo Throw
U7 Girls – Won by Isla Johnson with a throw of 8m
U7 Boys – Won by Taylor Connolly with a throw of 10.88m. Second was Zachary Perceval-Broadfield with his throw of 10.35m and third was Joshua Barke with a throw of 7.01m.
U9 Girls – Our winner was Chayah Falola with her throw of 19.02m and silver medalist was Aaliyah Abidoye with her throw of 16.17m
U9 Boys – A great throw of 21m saw Gabriel Lander take the gold medal with silver going to Oliver Kindler – 16.7m, and bronze to Mason Carroll who threw 12.99m. We also saw superb throws from Rex Sanderson (8.2m), Sammy Slattery (10.48m) and Darren Akhigbe (8.69m).
U11 Girls – Gold went to Madison Kindler with her throw of 19.13m, silver to Emily Brewington – 16.78m and bronze to Grace Lander – 14.86. Also throwing excellently were Betsy Gilder-Briggs (7.98m) and Alice Jones (11.75m)
U11 Boys – Our furthest throw of the whole competition was by gold medallist Jacob Hobden with a huge 29.9m. The silver medal went to Oliver Trevor – 26.2m and bronze to Oliver Jones – 25.8m. Also throwing really well were Daniel Ayandare (22.94m) and Max Massarella (17.8m).

Triple Jump
Our U15 and U17 girls did a great job demonstrating their skills in the triple jump. Congratulations to Mara Thomas who jumped 8.21m to take gold in the U17 event and to Olivia Forrest who took gold in the U15 with her jump of 8.83m. Silver in the U15 competition went to Evie Warn – 7.39m and bronze to Aisling O’Leary – 7.76m.

High Jump
A great competition that saw our best Beagles high jumper – U17 Dean Savery – really invigorate the crowd who powered him to a new personal best of 1.75m. Extra kudos to Dean for embracing the Beagles spirit with his red and blue hair. In the girls competition – Isobel Mclennan jumped to a best height of 1.24m to take U13 gold whilst Mara Thomas jumped 1.33m to take U17 gold. In the U15 girls competition, Honey Peck surprised everyone (but mostly herself) to take gold with a great jump of 1.42m, Olivia Forrest took silver with a new PB of 1.36m and Ella Gilder-Briggs earned the bronze medal with the same height. Also jumping brilliantly were Daisy Willingale (1.24m), Grace Smith (1.27m) and Stephanie Smith (1.27m).

Long Jump
A competition that covered all the age groups and saw some amazing displays of jumping. Well done to everyone who took part. The U7 Girls competition saw joint gold medals awarded to Isla Johnson and Danel Esterhuysen who both jumped 1.78m, Mya Ngala finished third with her jump of 1.67m. Zachary Perceval-Broadfield took gold in the U7 boys event with his jump of 1.6m.

Gold in the U9 Girls competition went to Evie Foley with her jump of 2.9m, Zoe Jones took silver – 2.74m, Isabelle Henry won bronze with her jump of 2.47m. Also demonstrating their great jumping were Christina Lees (2.43m) and Aaliyah Abidoye (2.4m).

The U9 Boys competition was very popular and saw great efforts from all involved. Taking the gold on his final jump of 3.19m was Alex Smith with Ethan Wilson second with 3.09m and Nathaniel Milczarek-Palomares third with a jump of 2.92m. Also jumping strongly were Rex Sanderson (1.86m), Oliver Kindler (2.66m), Gabriel Lander (3.04m), Sheldon Waithe (2.26m), George Ebanks (2.41m), Liam Worth (2.19m) and Harry Collier (1.68m).

The U11 girls had a very competitive event ultimately won by Madison Kindler who jumped 3.32m. The silver medal was won by Emily Brewington – 3.30m and bronze was won by Lianne Esterhuysen – 2.92m. Also taking part and jumping well were Grace Lander (2.73m), Alice Jones (1.95m), Isla Foley (2.68m), Madeline Carroll (2.11m), Emily Johnson (2.62m) and Iola Thomas (2.39m).

Another great competition was had by the U11 boys with the gold going to Temi Awoyomi who jumped 3.66m. Joey Marchant was second with his jump of 3.35m and George Smith took bronze with a jump of 3.21m. Also demonstrating their jumping talents were Oliver Trevor (3.08m), Louie Jenkins (2.98m), Sonny Hughes (3.05m) and Robert Barke (2.78m).

Eliza Hobden took gold in the U13 girls event – 4.26m, silver was won by Robyn Colyer – 3.79m and bronze by Evie Abbott – 3.66m. Also competing and jumping well were Esme Thomas (2.44m), Catie Arrowsmith (3.51m) and Libbie Gordon (3.24m). Our U13 boys event was won by Ollie Johnson with a best jump of 4.03m and the silver medal went to Michael Smith for his jump of 2.33m.

The U15 girls event was won by Daisy Willingale with her jump of 4.35, silver was won by Nesochi Onyechere – 3.63m and bronze by Isabel Forrest – 2.43m. Charlie Lingley took gold in the boys event with his jump of 3.1m.

The final competition saw the U17 men compete energetically with Dean Savery taking gold (and the bragging rights) with his jump of 5.08m. Silver was won by Louis Geater – 4.34m and bronze by Louis King – 3.85m. Well done too to Max Sanderson for his best jump of 3.6m.

… and so to our collection of podium pictures… remember as always, contact us directly for access to the hi-res versions for you to download.

Ealing Mile

It was a slightly damp Friday for the Ealing mile race but good running none the less. Well done to Olivia Forrest who finished as first female just outside her best rounded to 5 minutes. Isabel Forrest was second female in 6:03.

The Big Half

A huge well done to Daniel Jaycock who finished the Big Half – half marathon, in 1:21:22 – 32nd out of 1152 in his age group. A brilliant result.

Club Championships – Track

Great performances from our athletes on track at the Club Championships on Saturday. Well done to all who competed and extra congratulations to those who did so for the first time or who got a new best time! Information on the first half of our track races:

The day started strongly with the 800m – in the female race Nicole Hawkins finished first taking U15 gold with a time of 2:35.8, silver in that age category was Isabel Forrest (2:40.5) and third Aisling O’Leary (2:44.8). Also running well in that age group was Daisy Middlemiss (2:47.1). In the U17 age group Mara Thomas took gold with her run of 2:49.7 and in the senior race Laura Durn won her gold with a time of 2:49.0. Finally in the U13 girls category – Robyn Colyer won gold with a time of 2:52.0 and Isobel McLennan won silver – 3:01.1.

In the male race, Max Sanderson lived up to expectations finishing first taking the U17 title with his run of 2:05.4. Giving him a good run for his money was Louis Geater who pushed him hard and took a great silver – 2:13.1. Gold in the U15 boy’s category went to Jude Hearn – 2::20.9 and in the senior age group to Elliot Worth – 2:25.0. Finally, our U13 boys had a good race which saw Ollie Johnson come out on top with a win of 2:48.8, Frankie Edwards take silver 2:48.8 and Daniel Smith bronze – 2:57.0.

Our sprint races started with our youngest athletes – the under 7’s running 50m. In the girls race Mya Ngala took gold – 8.8, Isla Johnson silver – 10.8 and Danel Esterhuysen bronze – 10.9. The boys race saw Charlie Marchant take the win – 10.2 and Taylor Connolly take silver – 10.5.

Some competitive running over 60m for our U9’s with the gold medal in the girls race going to Evie Foley – 10.6, silver to Ivy Hallam – 11.1 and bronze to Zoe Jones – 11.3. We also saw great running from Aaliyah Abidoye (11.4), Chayah Falola (11.8), Christina Lees (11.5) and Isabelle Henry (12.0). The boys race was very well contested with gold going to Alex Smith – 10.0, silver to Gabriel Lander – 10.6 and Ethan Wilson taking bronze – 10.8. Further great performances from Sheldon Waithe (11.8), Darren Akhigbe (11.1), Mason Carroll (11.5), Nathaniel Milczarek-Palomares (10.8).

Our U11’s sprinted a little further showing great potential over 75m. Gold in the girls race went to Isla Foley – 12.4, silver to Betsy Gilder-Briggs – 12.8 and bronze to Emily Johnson – 13.0. Further great sprinting from Madeleine Carroll (13.5), Alice Jones (13.1), Lianne Esterhuysen (13.3) and Iola Thomas (14.5). Victory in the boy’s race went to Max Massarella – 11.8, silver to Daniel Ayandare – 11.9 and bronze to George Smith – 12.2. Also in competition and doing a great job were Temi Awoyomi (12.4), Joey Marchant (12.5), Sonny Hughes (13.0), Oliver Jones (12.5), Jacob Hobden (12.7), Robert Barke (12.6) and Louie Jenkins (13.6).

Finally our competitive age group athletes sprinted strongly over 100m. Evie Abbott took gold in the U13 girls race – 14.2, Katie Lowe took silver – 14.4, Libbie Gordon bronze – 15.7 and Catie Arrowsmith was fourth in 15.8. In the boys U13 race Tobi Oloyede won in 12.1 with Tobi Oluborode Oluseye taking silver in 12.7 and Timi Oluborode Oluseye taking bronze in the same time. Other U13 boys sprinting strongly were Ronnie Marchant (16.0), Ollie Johnson (15.3) and Daniel Smith (16.7). The u15 girls race was won by Honey Peck – 13.6 with Daisy Willingale taking silver – 14.3 and Nesochi Onyechere taking bronze – 14.5. For the boys Lee Boka took gold – 12.4, Wayne Imbuwa silver – 13.0, Sean Prelli the bronze – 13.6 and Charlie Lingley was fourth – 15.6. In the senior mens race Justin Waithe took gold of 13.6 amidst a battle with Stuart Carter who took silver in 14.1.

The 600m U11 girls race saw Madison Kindler storm to victory with her run of 1:52.2. The silver medal went to Lianne Esterhuysen – 2:06.7 and bronze to Emily Brewington – 2:07.3. Also showing their abilities over the middle distance were Grace Lander (2:22.8, Betsy Gilder-Briggs (2:16.6), Madeline Carroll (2:35.4), Emily Johnson (2:31.9) and Iola Thomas (2:35.2).

The boys event for the same age group was won by George Smith in 2:04.8 with Robert Barke narrowly behind – 2:05.6 and Sonny Hughes close by in third (2:06.5). Also running brilliantly were Oliver Trevor (2:15.3), Temi Awoyomi (2:26.9), Max Massarella (2:06.7) and Jacob Hobden (2:21.8)

Our U15 girls sprinted strongly over 300m with Ella Gilder Briggs crossing the line first in 42.8, Stephanie Smith was second in 45.0 and Nicole Hawkins took bronze in 45.2. Also turning out great performances were Grace Smith (45.6) and Aisling O’Leary (48.8)

The sprint 400m race by our U17 age group plus athletes was one of the races of the day with an incredible performance by Louis Geater who pushed hard to stretch Max Sanderson who ultimately finished first with a time of 55.9 with Louis just behind in 56.3. Justin Waithe worked hard over the lap to finish in 62.3 to take senior gold and Laura Durn tried the distance for the first time taking gold too – 75.1.

Our U9’s use 400m as their distance event and they did a brilliant job covering the lap. In the girls race Evie Foley came first – 1:24.3 with Chayah Falola second in 1:29.4 and Zoe Jones third in 1:32.6. Also doing a great job over the distance were Ivy Hallam (1:36.3), Aaliyah Abidoye (1:39.0), Christina Lees (1:39.6) and Isabelle Henry (1:35.2).

In the boys race Oliver Kindler was victorious – 1:24.3, with Alex Smith second – 1:27.3 and Ethan Wilson just beaten on the line for third – 1:27.4. Also running brilliantly were Sheldon Waithe (1:40.6), Rex Sanderson (1:47.2), Mason Carroll (1:31.2), George Ebanks (1:32.6), Liam Worth (1:33.8), Sammy Slattery (1:50.8), Harry Collier (1:38.3) and Joshua Barke (1:45.9).

The distance race for the U7’s is 150m and the girls race was won by Mya Ngala who ran 30.0. Danel Esterhuysen was second with her run of 32.5. In the boys event, Charlie Marchant took gold 32.0, Taylor Connolly silver – 34.0 and Zachary Perceval-Broadfield bronze – 36.9.

The final distance races of the day were over 1500m. In the girls event Olivia Forrest took gold in 4:46.5, Evie Warn was second in 5:00.0 and Missy Tiller third in 5:06.1. In the U13 girls race Eliza Hobden sprinted to the line narrowly beating Esme Thomas (5:56.5 and 5:57.1). In the U15 boys race Mattie Delea won gold in 4:46.0 and Matthew Jones silver in 5:42.2. In the U17 race Dean Savery took gold in 4:36.0 with Louis King taking silver in 4:51.6. Finally our seniors race was won by Elliot Worth in 4:59.6 with Stuart Crowther second in 5:24.9.

The final event of the day was the 200m races. The U13 girls sprinted first with Katie Lowe taking gold in 31.1, Robyn Colyer taking silver in 32.0 and Eliza Hobden bronze in 32.4. Also sprinting were Catie Arrowsmith (32.5) and Libbie Gordon (36.4). In the boys event Tobi Oloyede took gold in 28.9, Timi Oluborode Oluseye won silver in 29.4 and Tobi Oluborode Oluseye bronze in 30.0. Ronnie Marchant was 4th (33.0) and Michael Smith 5th (36.1).

The U15 girls 200m was a close race with Ella Gilder-Briggs taking the gold in 27.0, Honey Peck taking silver in 27.8 and Nicole Hawkins bronze in 28.7. Nesochi Onyechere finished fourth in 30.5. The U15 boys event was won by Wayne Imbuwa in 26.3 with Sean Prelli second in 27.0 and Charlie Lingley third in 31.2.

A big well done again to all who attended at the weekend. We are already looking forward to next year’s event!

Taking the Tape Podcast

Olivia Forrest was the subject of this week’s “Taking the Tape” podcast. A podcast run by two local runners who interview young athletes with the aim of inspiring others to get involved. Olivia speaks of her amazing recent track season, last season’s cross country and her future plans so do take a listen.

Watford Minors

On Sunday a number of our Beagles headed to Watford their minors meeting. Congratulations to all for some brilliant performances and thank you to the parents for the photos.

Emily Brewington – 1st in 60m hurdles – 13.4,   3rd in the 600m – 2:09.7 and 1st in the long jump – 2.97m

Evie Foley – 2nd in the 75m – 12.8, 2nd in the 400m – 1:25.3, 4th in long jump – 2.56m

Christina Lees – 3rd in the 75m – 13.1, 400m – 1:41.2, long jump – 2.01m

Oliver Kindler – 4th in 75m – 13.8, 400m – 1:28.7, 2nd in long jump – 2.79m

Madison Kindler – 1st in 600m – 1:48.5 PB

Parkrun and Junior parkun round up

A quieter weekend of parkrun due to the clash with our club championships! At Eastbourne parkrun Mattie Delea ran a new course PB (20:16) – well done! At Billericay Isobel Larner ran incredibly well finishing close to her best (24:01). Finally at Wickford Memorial run Kurt Brooks was making his course debut (24:04).

On Sunday at the junior events – Lake Meadows saw Daniel Smith finish second (8:28) with Hugo Wilks just behind (8:35).  Lianne Esterhuysen finished as first female (8:41) and Liam Worth showed his usual consistency (10:33).  At Harrow Lodge, Ollie Johnson finished fourth (7:40), Aria Lily Sabado was 7th (8:39) and Jack Collier was just outside his best but running well (10:00). Harry Collier earned himself a new PB (10:15) whilst it was lovely to see Ezra Gooch back from South Africa and running well (10:30). Remember to contact us if you need help setting up your parkrun profile to represent the club.

Coming up

The final Watford Open Wednesday night event and evening crown to crown take place this week – good luck to those Beagles attending. At the weekend the Olivia Forrest and Erin Delea are representing Essex at the intercounties event in Oxford. Good luck to both!