Race meetings are like buses, nothing for ages then two come along together. Which is what happened on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd April.
Saturday saw the first Youth Development League Meeting of 2018, hosted by Belgrave Harriers at Battersea Park. The Juniors enjoyed glorious sunshine, the officials tried to avoid serious sunburn, the cake stall was up to its usual high standard, managed by the Juniors themselves, and a good time was had by all, even our Junior Team Manager Sian, despite her spending the entire unseasonably hot day in a hut in front of a laptop managing the results and acting as the voice from the speakers. Thank you Sian, for managing the meeting before, during and after the event.
Sian is still awaiting input from some of the other Clubs to find out who their athletes were, so a complete set of results is proving to be something of a challenge, but a few notable Belgrave first places included Hanna Walrock in both the U13 Girls High Jump and Long Jump (B), Freya Nott in the U13 Girls High Jump (B), Jago Juxon in the U13 Boys High Jump, Monty Juxon in the U13 Boys Javelin, Louis Nolan in the U13 Boys Shot (A) and Jem Mavroleon in the U13 Boys Shot (B), Jacob Shkier in the U15 Boys discus, Matthew Kemball in the U13 Boys 200m and Ochola Tegan in the U13 Girls 70m Hurdles (Ochola missed first place in the Long Jump by only 1cm!). Our U13 Girls also won an exciting 4x100m relay, with the first 3 teams only 0.1 second apart.
Our Juniors were 4th overall from 8 teams, giving us 5 points in the League. Not too shabby, given that most of our Junior Middle Distance athletes were missing, competing the following day in the London Mini Marathon.
Speaking of which, Belgrave were well represented in the London Mini Marathon. Stand-out performance of the day was Blaine Robinson, who finished 1st U13 Boy in the London Borough’s Championship, and 7th U13 Boy in the British Athletics Championships, with a time of 16.38 for the 3 mile course, a time many of our Seniors would struggle to hit. We also had the Juxon Boys in the same race, competing for the second time in two days, with Monty finishing 23rd and Jago a solid 60th. It’s a shame there wasn’t a Club team prize, the Belgrave U13 Boys would probably have won it! Timin Kanani finished 22nd in the U17 Boys, with Quinn Whitman and Julius Bennet in the same race deciding to race each other rather than the competition, with Quinn finishing one position and one second ahead of Julius in 100th place.
Full results can be found here:
In the Ladies section we saw another great run from Maddy Whitman in the U15 Girls, finishing 11th in the London Borough’s Championship, coming off the back of a terrific cross country season where she has never missed a race, representing both Belgrave and Middlesex, and with Isla Wallrock in 57th slot our Girls did the Club proud.