With a quieter week last week we took a week off the news but all those results feature in this week’s update which also has details of the latest BFTTA and Watford Opens.

Lee Valley Sprints Evening

Congratulations to Michael Olubodun-Niyi who travelled to Lee Valley for their dedicated sprints event. Michael achieved a new PB over 100m with his run of 11.54 seconds and finished first in his 200m heat with a seasons best run of 24.02.

Parkrun / Junior parkrun round up (22/23 July)

Some great Saturday parkrunning as usual from our Beagles – at Raphaels parkrun Benjamin Corcoran was showing good form (20:15), with Emily Brewington running well too (22:57) and Oliver Corcoran picking up a new PB (24:31). At Wickford memorial parkrun, Elliot Worth finished 3rd (19:27). At Brentwood, Dylan Hussain ran a new PB (23:58) and Harriet Ward was also doing well (35.36). Over at Billericay, Olivia Forrest finished second with a new female course record (17:53) whilst Isabel Forrest got a course PB (21:06).

At the junior Sunday events Ollie Johnson travelled to Barking juniors finishing third (7:20). At Hutton Rec, Frankie Edwards finished first (7:56), Honey Walmsley made her parkrun debut (9:21) and Daniel Smith was also running well (9:24). Liam Worth showed his usual consistency (10:20), Camilla Nash managed a new PB (11:38), and Athena Jennison reached her half marathon milestone (15:37). At Lake Meadows, Lianne Esterhuysen finished 7th (8:36), with Dylan Hussain 10th (8:46). Sage Kernohan was also running well (12:24). At Harrow Lodge, Olivia Forrest was first (6:41) and Isabel Forrest second (7:49). Jack Collier managed a new PB (9:52), as did Evie Foley (9:55).

Watford Open

Wednesday evening saw extremely wet weather at the Watford Open, however our Beagles are used to tricky race conditions and used them to their advantage.

In the 1500m, Isabel Forrest ran her best time since May with a 5:13.98. Mattie Delea had a brilliant run throughout this race finishing first in his age group with a new PB of 4:35.34.

In the 3000m, Dean Savery led throughout his race, spending most of the race well ahead of the pack to finish with a great new PB of 9:37.08. In her race, Olivia Forrest had another good run over the distance with a time of 9:48.40.


A number of Beagles attended the Bftta open meeting on Saturday and saw some variable conditions with +4.5m/s tail winds and a matter of minutes later dropping to only a 0.1m/s following wind for the sprinters. The distance runners needed to contend with a hard headwind on the back straight.

First event of the day, Long Jump, saw Lianne Esterhuysen (u11) jumping 2.64m and Ollie Johnson (u13) 3.90m.

Lianne continued her morning with the u11 75m establishing a new PB with 12.89sec, rounding off her day in the afternoon with a 600m in 2min 07.88sec. Emily Brewington joined Lianne in the u11 600m, with a time of 2min 12.48. George Smith u11 also ran the 600m with 2min 04.16 PB, having only just competed in his 150m in 23.35sec PB.

Ollie Johnson followed up his long jump with the 800m, running a new PB of 2min 35.98. Mattie Delea (u15) also turned out in the 800m, and only just having established a new 1500m PB at Watford Wednesday night, set a new 800m PB of 2min 15.89.

The 100m saw senior man James Gillingham run close to his PB with 11.11sec and then opting to focus on the late afternoon 200m, rather than running a second round 100m. This was a sound decision as James powered through the line to a new lifetime best of 22.31  with a legal wind of +1.3m/s, his former time of 22.35 having been set back in 2013.

Mirabelle Richter (u15) showed great consistency in the 100m with 13.71 and 13.87 across the two rounds, only just outside of her PB. Later she was back on the track for the 200m concluding her day with a 28.98.

Honey Peck (u15) determined to break her 28.00sec PB, that has seen her consistently get close with 3 times within 1/10 of a second this season, ran a strong bend and did not look back in the home straight, running through the line in 27.53sec. Stephanie Smith (u15) also competed over the 200m with 27.77.

Special thanks to Daniel Esterhuysen and Mark Smith for the pictures.

Parkrun / Junior parkrun round up (29/30 Jul)

Well done to all of the Beagles who managed a parkrun this weekend – some brilliant results as always! At Billericay parkrun to celebrate their 250th event, Nora Heidemans ran with dad Yvo Heidemans (25:28/25:29). At Brentwood parkrun, Stuart Crowther continues to enjoy the summer course with his fourth place finish (21:28). At Wickford memorial parkrun, it was a Beagles one, two with Elliot Worth (18:40) beating Scott Brooks to the line (18:48). Most well travelled Beagle of the week goes to Madison Kindler who was at the Dreiländergarten parkun and finished third (22:44). Finally at Raphael parkrun, Olivia Forrest was also third with a time that put her as 7th fastest female anywhere in the UK on Saturday (17:25). Benjamin Corcoran finished 11th (19:28), with Isabel Forrest matching her parkrun PB (20:12). Olivier Corcoran also celebrated a new parkrun PB (22:10) and Emily Brewington was also running really well at the course (22:19).

Our juniors were also running well on Sunday. At Harrow Lodge, Ollie Johnson achieved another new PB to finish second (7:35) with Hollie Poyton finishing as first female with her PB (7:54) and Emily Brewington was 5th (7:54). At Lake Meadows Isobel Larner was the first female finisher with a new PB too (8:22). Sage Kernohan also managed a great new PB (12:02). Finally at Hutton Rec – Frankie Edwards finished first (7:51) with Robert Barke 3rd (8:15), and Nora Heidemans second female (9:52). Joshua Barke was also running well (10:37).

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!

More Biathle Action!

So, whilst a squad of our awesome athletes headed off to Lee Valley for the BFTTA, Olivia and Isabel Forrest headed up to Salford to compete in the British Championships of the Biathle (Modern Pentathlon). This is a key event that is used to select athletes for the World Championships in Bali in November, later this year. Conditions were very cold and at times very wet and windy. Isabel was required to run 800m, then swim 100m in Salford Quay and then run another 800m. Isabel met the qualification standard and time for the World Championships but narrowly missed out on automatic selection. Olivia was required to run 1200m, swim 200m in the Quay and then run a further 1200m. Olivia narrowly missed out on Gold by 4 seconds but finished around 50 seconds in front of the Bronze medalist! We’re pleased to confirm that Olivia has qualified for the World Championships and will represent Team GB once again for her third International Vest this year!


We are pleased to announce that the club now have a mobile spikes sale room at the track every Tuesday (after training) and Thursday (before and after).

If you need new metal spikes for your shoes then please go and see Mark Smith our sprint coach rather than hunting down your own.

He has every size of spike available (including Christmas tree spikes and pyramid ones) as well as associated accessories – petroleum jelly and brushes. Each packet of 14 spikes is £2.50 and all profits go back to the club.

Coming Up

This week sees our final EYAL of this season (this Sunday) – Brentwood Beagles are hosting this at the Basildon track and we really hope to see as many of you as possible come out and represent the club. Remember every effort counts – it’s team work not individual success that matters! Please do remember to enter our night of the races event on 18th August – open to all U11 upwards. We would love to see everyone.