There has been lots going on since our last update, with the Herne Hill Open Meeting, the County Championships, the Southern Championships, the London Boroughs Schools Championships, the Rosenheim League, the Youth Development League and the Southern League. Few…..
First up on Bank Holiday Monday was the Herne Hill Open Meeting, where we saw Timin Kanani running a strong U20 Men’s 800m in a pb of 2.05 dead (and I gather that’s how he felt as he crossed the line). Arriving a little later to the meeting than the other athletes, Timin found himself in race two and he won it comfortably. Lesson learnt, he’ll be there early for future open meetings. Elsewhere on the day Juliette Michot ran an excellent U15G 1500m and Oliver Cunningham placed well in a large field of athletes typically two years older than him to record a pb of 2.37 in the U13B 800m.
We had athletes at both the Middlesex and Surrey Championships, with Timin again running well at the Middlesex meeting to secure a 2nd place 4.24.09 in the 1500, whilst Isla Walrock ran a 9th place 5.20 in the U15G 1500m and sister Hana won the U13G High Jump with a height of 1.31m (versatility is our watchword here in the Belgrave Juniors Middle Distance squad.) On the south side of the Thames at Kingston at the Surrey’s, Oliver was in action again with a 5.14.88 in the U13B heats.
The London Borough Championships managed to spread themselves out over almost two weeks, with many of the organisers conspiring to keep the results to themselves, hence the sparsity of mentions here, but performances of note were Blaine Robinson at Lambeth, another athlete competing against boys in the year above him, with a 4.42 winning performance in the U13B 1500m and a 2.17 800m (yes, we know, rules say that athletes under 15 can only compete in one track event, but his school Sports department didn’t seem to have received the memo).
Over at Westminster, Maddy Whitman managed to shake loose from the interminable London American Schools League races that her school has her competing in (and winning with monotonous regularity) to win the U15G 1500m in 5.04, a time she then murdered some days later when she went under the feared 5.00 at yet another LASL meeting, running 4.56 (and of course winning her race yet again.) Maddy’s improvement over virtually everything from 1500m to 5,000m this year has been truly outstanding and a shining example of the benefits of sheer hard work, aided of course by more than a little talent. Her efforts resulted in her selection for the London School Athletics Association Championships on June 9th at Battersea Park, where she was joined by Blaine.
The Youth Development League meeting at Dartford on Saturday 19th May had a good turnout from our Middle Distance Squad. Jago and Monty Juxon seemed to be everywhere, with Monty running a 2.23 to win the U13B 800m and Jago running a 5.02 in the U13B 1500m. Monty then gave us a 1.40m high jump to place 2nd A competition, and Jago a 1.25m to win the B competition. The twins then ran across to throw the javelin, Jago winning the A competition with a 27.18m throw and Monty winning the B competition with a 25.15m that would have placed him 2nd behind his brother in the A competition. For good measure they then ran in our 4th placing 4x100m team that was only 2 seconds behind the winning team. I can’t find them in anything else but I suspect that they also slipped away to do the track timings, make the teas, iron their running vests and do the sweeping-up afterwards, before leaving to fix Brexit and launch a crusade for world peace with Bob G and Bono. The athletes from the other clubs must have been sick of the sight of them, thinking that one Juxon is bad enough, but two of them! Louis Bride ran a good B string race in the U13B 800m with a 2.46 pb.
Elsewhere at the same meeting we saw another stellar performance from Blaine with a pb 4.40.4 U13B 1500m. Despite starting off like a pocket rocket he hung in all the way to the finish line to place second. Juliette Michot set a pb of 5.35.4 in the U15G 1500m and Luca Barac also set a pb of 2.18.7 in the U15B 800 to finish second.
Timin Kanani continued his appearances for the senior squad, running a 2.04.6 pb in the Southern League 800m on Sunday 20th. Despite probably needing a break from racing for a few weeks, Timin then stepped up to the plate and capped it off with another 800m at the Rosenheim at Croydon on 23rd, finishing 3rd and passing two other athletes in the last 150m after a relatively slow first lap to secure 2.07.26. He then ran 2:04:89 over 800m in the Southern Counties U20 Championships on Saturday 9th June to finish 5th, and not content with that made the long trip back to Bedford the following day to pick up 11th place and a massive new pb of 4:14.62 in the 1500m, 10 whole seconds ahead of his time only a month earlier. Sub 4 minutes awaits. Timin followed that up with yet another pb in the 800m at Wednesday’s Rosenheim meeting at Wimbledon, with a time of 2.03.7
Maddy Whitman doubled up the same weekend, running 5.03.89 for 1500m in the London Schools Athletics Championships at Battersea, and then 10.54.71 the following day at the Southern Counties U17G 3,000m to finish 3rd overall and first U15G. Time for a rest methinks, and indeed we will now lose Maddy whilst she heads off to Colorado for 2 months. With a bit of altitude training she will be raring to go for the Cross Country season when she returns.
Meanwhile Blaine Robinson ran a 4.36.99 1500m U15B at the London Schools Champs to finish 5th and secure a pb by 6 seconds, competing against athletics a year above him, and then ran 4.37 the following Tuesday at the London Schools Year 7/8 Champs at Mile End to win the 1500m.
Sunday 17th saw five of the Junior Middle Distance group giving up the opportunity to take their Dad’s to lunch on Father’s Day to represent Belgrave at the third YDL meeting at Eltham. Juliette Michot set a great pb of 2.33.15 to place 3rd in the 800m U15G, but even better than the pb, although she might disagree, was the way that she did it. Calmly and tactically, she ran a smart race, never panicking and sitting in with the leaders until she put in a well timed kick with 100m left.
Oliver and new boy Alex Kabysh running his first race in Belgrave colours (albeit in Juliette’s vest!) joined a very large field in the U13B 1500m, picking up times of xx and yy respectively. Henry Shippey, another athlete competing against more senior boys, and minus his customary scowl (I always feel uneasy when Henry doesn’t scowl, it means he’s up to something) gained a time of xxx in the U15B 800m.
And finally we had the Juxon twins, competing yet again in everything other than the U13B plate spinning whilst levitating in mid-air competition, although had there been one they would have insisted on being selected, and would no doubt have won it.