JUNIORS

JUNIORS ATHLETICS TRAINING

We have groups of youngsters aged 11 upwards enjoying their first steps in athletics with coaches Andrea, Bob, Terry, Chris and Charlie guiding the way. Session times are listed below but please email us for more information or keep an eye out on the Juniors News Page for updates.

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time:
5:30pm
-7:00pm
Details: Track and Field Training
Coach: Andrea
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Details: Middle Distance Training
Coach: Terry O’Neil

Meet: Millenium Arena, Battersea Park

When: Thursdays
Time: 7:00pm
Details: Sprints Training for 16+
Coach: Bob Bridges

Millenium Stadium, Battersea Park, SW11

Contact: juniors@belgraveharriers.co.uk

Coaching of children between the ages of 9 and 11 is also undertaken at Battersea Park by the Wandsworth Junior Athletic Club.  For more details contact Vilma Thompson at the Millennium Arena, Battersea Park, on 020 8871 7537.  Cost is around £2 per session.

Latest News

EA U15/U17 Championships

England Athletics Under 15 and 17 Championships

Bedford, 26/27 August 2017

Report by David Lucas

Two of  Belgrave’s young athletes competed in the English under 15/17 Championships at Bedford on 26/27 August.

Under 17 Harry Grindle followed up his second place in the South of England Championships and made the final of the under 17 400m .  Finishing 7th in 50.30 faster than the previous week.

Richard Klein competed in the under 15 200m.  Although not progressing to the final he did achieve what had been his target all year and ran a sub 24 English Schools standard, with a time of 23.95.


SEAA U15/U17 Championships

SEAA UNDER 15 AND UNDER 17 CHAMPIONSHIPS

Crystal Palace, Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 2017

Report by David Lucas

On Saturday and Sunday 19/20 August a few of Belgrave Harriers young athletes competed with some success at the South of England Athletics under 15 and 17 Championships’ held at Crystal Palace.

Under 15 Richard Kleine competed in the under 15 200m.  Having just returned from holiday Richard finished 3rd in his heat in a time of 24.94. The first two qualified for the final and Richard was just outside being a fastest loser.

Under 17 Nicholas Hamilton competed in the under 17 200m and ran 24.33 in his heat.

Under 17 Harry Grindle took on for the first time in a championship the 400m.  This is with some success as he won the silver medal for second  in a time of 50.46.

Under 17 Zack Darlingto took on three events over the two days. Starting on the Saturday with the long jump with two jumps of 6.20m  he won the bronze medal for third place. This was followed in the afternoon by the high jump.  Equalling his PB of 1.75 he finished 7th. On the Sunday he qualified for the final of the 100m hurdles finishing 7th in 14.93.


Summer Athletics

Belgrave Harriers Summer Athletics Sessions 2017

Venue

Millennium Arena, Battersea Park, Albert Bridge Road, London SW11 4NJ

Coaches

Name Events Qualification
Matt Threadgold Sprints & Hurdles UKA Athletics Coach
Pete Mayfield Throws & Pole Vault Athletics Coach
Martyn Bernard Jumps UKA Qualified Coach (Olympic Finalist & European Medallist)
Josh Swaray Sprints & Jumps UKA Qualified Coach (England International Sprinter)
Craig Cox Sprints & Jumps UKA Assistant Coach
David Lucas All disciplines UKA Level 4 Coach

Sessions (subject to possible change)

Date Time Training Available Coaches
Tuesday 1st August 11:30am – 1:30pm Sprints, Jumps Josh Swaray, Craig Cox
2:30pm – 4:30pm Hurdles, Sprints Matt Threadgold, Josh Swaray & Craig Cox
Wednesday 2nd August 11:30am – 1:30pm Sprints, Jumps Matt Threadgold, Josh Swaray & Craig Cox
2:30pm – 4:30pm Hurdles, Jumps Matt Threadgold, Josh Swaray & Craig Cox
Thursday 3rd August 10:30am – 12:00pm Sprints, Jumps & Pole Vault Matt Threadgold, Josh Swaray & Pete Mayfield
12:00pm – 5:00pm Athletics Fun Competition in partnership with Caius House Matt Threadgold, Josh Swaray & Pete Mayfield
Friday 4th August 11:30am – 1:30pm Hurdles, Pole Vault & High Jump Matt Threadgold, Pete Mayfield & Martyn Bernard
2:30pm  – 4:30pm Throws & Jumps Pete Mayfield, Martyn Bernard
Tuesday 15th August 4:00pm – 6:00pm Sprints & Pole Vault Matt Threadgold, Pete Mayfield
Thursday 17th August 4:00pm – 6:00pm Hurdles & Pole Vault Matt Threadgold, Pete Mayfield
Tuesday 22nd August 4:00pm – 6:00pm Sprints Matt Threadgold
Thursday 24th August 4:00pm – 6:00pm Hurdles Matt Threadgold

Youth Development League, Match Two, Hillingdon - 20th May 2017

Saturday ‘s visit to Hillingdon for the season’s second Youth Development League meeting started off like something from A Sound of Music, with Sister Sian leading her group of seven athletes and two Coaches in tow behind her as we set off from Waterloo Station at 9:30 am, having met under the iconic clock, although not so iconic as to stop half the group from waiting outside the station in blissful ignorance until they received frantic calls from Sian. I did think to myself, ‘How can you miss the clock, even Del Trotter managed to find Rachael there,’ but my inner coward told me to keep my thoughts to myself.

Anyway, off we went, arriving at Hillingdon town centre, where Sian had her second cup of coffee of the trip thus far, disappearing with fellow Coach Bob Bridges into the first Costa she saw, leaving yours truly with seven hyper-active Juniors. Three of them spotted a Greggs and they were off, obviously for a salad and some fruit. Two of the remaining four had to be restrained from dashing off to the nearby Game Station. On the return of the Greggs abscondees we then saw five of the Juniors shoot off into Poundland (most asked question at the til “how much is that?” – err, the clue’s above the door) for refuelling on those ever so essential sweets and cheesy biscuits (note to Committee, could we organise an athletes nutrition day please? Or at least convince our Juniors that a handful of salty snacks TWO minutes before a race is probably not the best preparation.)

The group then headed off for the mile walk to the stadium, with Bob going old school and favouring a printed page from his A-Z rather than the infinitely better Google maps route-finder playing through my headphones. Okay, I did try to persuade him to go left instead of right, but we would have found our way back easily enough without going too far the wrong way. Honest.

We arrived at the track just in time for the rain. Medium to light. Interspersed with torrential. Interspersed with hail.

With seven other athletes arriving with their parents, we were probably the smallest team there, but we convinced ourselves that quality would outperform quantity. A bit like the Charge of The Light Brigade. Although we all know how that ended. Anyway, we had a good day out. First timer Jayden James acquitted himself well in the long jump, the 100 metres and the 200 metres, whilst fellow first timer Elijah Booth did well in both the 200m and the long jump.

Richard Klein In Full Flow

Richard Klein ran superbly, muscling his way to 2nd in 11.9s the U15 Boys 100 metres before going one better to win the 200 metres comfortably in 24.1s. And so the day progressed. Jumps were jumped, throws were thrown, and of course races were, err, raced. And then we pulled in our big guns for the middle distance races (although actually, none of them seem to be much more than 5' tall, so maybe we should call them our little guns?).

 

 

Go Henry

First up in the U13 Boys 800 metres was Henry Shippey, who is beginning to put together some serious training sessions. Sitting near the back of the pack for the first lap of his 800 metres, and looking as cool as a cucumber, he moved up over the next 200 and went past two athletes in the next 100, only just failing to pass the winner in the home straight, finishing second in a new PB of 2.30.1. He was justifiably delighted. No pressure Henry, but there's a 2.25 in there trying to make an appearance in your next race.

Next up were Blaine Robinson and Sam Pound for the U13 Boys 1500. Discarding 4 of his 5 tops, including that oh so essential Barbour jacket that no serious athlete can warm up in without, Blaine went straight to the front from the gun (having previously been told not to cover his ears on the starting line to block the sound of the bang – why do England Athletics never teach you this on their coaching courses?) Within a lap he was 100 metres clear. The crowd watched with a collective smirk as they waited for the inevitable collapse, with the chasing pack reeling him in. However, they don’t know Blaine. At the end of lap two he was 150 metres in front. And at the end of lap three he was 200 metres clear. Casting a glance to the opposite corner of the track, Blaine realised that he was a little bit better than clear, and he decided to just hold his lead, finishing with 4.47 dead. He could probably have run 3 or 4 seconds quicker if he hadn’t looked at his watch every 30 metres. Or maybe he was just checking for texts? Blaine then shot off with the fiver his Mum had given him that morning to see if he could buy and subsequently consume his own weight in Chuppa Chupps (which in fairness isn't all that much). Meanwhile, behind him, another Belgrave athlete, Sam Pound, returning from a month away from training with glandular fever and having only trained lightly for a week, had started cautiously but was now picking off the opposition, coming through over the last 60 metres to place a solid third in 5.27.1, pipping the fourth placed runner by 0.5 seconds and winning the B race by 10 seconds. Sam was rightly pleased as punch, as evidenced by his post-race grin.

Blaine clearly thinking 'Right, That's That Out of The Way, Now Where Are My Post-Race Chuppa Chupps?"'

Belgrave’s ever present and ever consistent Juliet Michot represented the Club in the U15 Girls 1500, having only just found herself in that age category a couple of months ago. She raced exactly as instructed, sitting no more than 2 metres off the leading pair for 3 laps, before passing the third athlete with 250 metres to go. We then saw what was probably the most gutsy, and certainly the most entertaining finish of the day, as Juliet clawed her way back towards the leader who had made a significant break at 200 metres. The two of them then raced it out for 70 metres, side by side, with Juliet just missing out by one tenth of a second. That’s one whole blink of an eye. After 1500 metres of pain. Even the winner thought that Juliet had won as the pair embraced on the line. Watching with camera in hand I was so enthralled by her effort that I didn’t manage to snap the finish. That has to be her best race to date, and there is more to come.

Time To Move Through, Juliet

We managed to pull together a relay teams for the 4 x 100 U15 Boys, finishing an excellent third in 52.2 seconds, before our U13 Girls, not to be outdone, matched them with a third place in 60.6 seconds, with batons intact and in hand at the finish. And that was after practising pre-race with water bottles. Maybe our Olympic Coaches should take note?

With rain threatening, again, we picked up our baggage and headed home, sans Google maps but avec Sian’s underground route finder (please note the nod to our French contingent with my cod French).

A big thank you to all of our athletes and the Mums and Dads who brought them. And to Carl Lawton, one of our long standing Club and Belgrave Committee members  and race walkers, who turned out for the day for no reason other than to support our Juniors because he cares. Nice one Carl

The next YDL meeting is a home fixture at Battersea Park again on Sunday 18th June, when we will hopefully have more athletes out to show the competition how well we can score when we combine our quality with our quantity.

 

 

RESULTS:

100m U15 Boys A

2nd       Richard Klein                                11.9s

100m U15 Boys B

4th      Elijah Booth                                      13.8s

100m U15 Boys NS

1st      Jayden James                                 13.7s

200m U15 Boys A

1st      Richard Klein                                     24.1s

200m U15 Boys B

3rd      Jayden James                                  28.5s

200m U15 Boys B

3rd      Elijah Booth                                      28.5s

Long Jump U15 Boys A

4th        Jayden James                                 4.54m

Long Jump U15 Boys B

4th      Elijah Booth                                      3.37m

100m U15 Girls A

5th        Osayi Egharevba                             14.0s

100m U15 Girls B

5th        Ramzil Kamara                                16.8s

200m U15 Girls A

6th      Osayi Egharevba                               29.5s

1500m U15 Girls A

2nd     Juliet Michot                                      5.42.6s

Long Jump U15 Girls A

6th        Osayi Egharevba                             3.48m

800m U13 Boys A

2nd     Henry Shippey                                  2:30.1s

1500m U13 Boys A

1st      Blaine Robinson                             4.47.0s

1500m U13 Boys B

1st      Sam Pound                                      5.27.1s

75m U13 Girls A

3rd      Esme O’Brien Thomas                  10.8s

75m U13 Girls B

3rd      Tegan Ochola                                  11.5s

75m U13 Girls NS

4th        Keren Manzangala                          12.3s

150m U13 Girls A

3rd      Esme O’Brien Thomas                  21.7s

150m U13 Girls B

4th      Rebecca Manzangala                     23.8s

Long Jump U13 Girls A

2nd     Tegan Ochola                                  3.91m

Long Jump U13 Girls B

3rd      Rebecca Manzangala                     3.22m

4 x 100 U15 Boys

3rd

Osamuyi Egharevba

Elijah Booth

Jayden JAMES

Richard Klein                                               52.2s

4 x 100 U13 Girls

3rd

Keren Manzangala

Tegan Ochola

Rebecca Manzangala

Esme O'Brien-Thomas                             60.6s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Junior Round-Up

With the Cross Country season finishing for our Juniors in mid-February, and the track season not due to start until April 9th in the shape of the Young Athletes meet promoted by Hercules Wimbledon at the David Weir Leisure Centre, our athletes have been out and about at the London mini-marathon trials and the ParkRuns.

Dauphine, about to consume the world's largest Smarties cake for her 15th Birthday. But saving none for her Coach

Isla Wallrock ran well in the Hammersmith and Fulham London Mini Marathon trials to secure qualification in the Girls U15 category for the London Mini Marathon on 23rd April. At the Southwark Mini Marathon trials, Belgrave was represented by Baine Robinson who ran an outstanding race in the Boys U13 category to finish 3rd over 2.7 miles in a time of 15.51, only 12  seconds behind the winner and qualifying for the Mini Marathon. Dauphine Rolin was extremely pleased with her run in Girls U15 race, finishing 14th in 21 minutes dead. Elsewhere in Wandsworth on 5th February, Zayd Addicott qualified in the Boys U15 trials, with Sam Pound running a strong race in the Boys U13 category. Unfortunately Wandsworth/Enable, not the quickest out of the blocks, have yet to publish a full list of results.

Blaine Robinson, and running kit, taking the gold

Blaine continued his superlative improvement in the Park Runs, running a pb of 18:55 at Southwark on 25th February and following it up two weeks later with another barnstormer of 18:20 at Brockwell Park. In between he managed to place first in the U12 Boys category (second overall) in the Anglesey 1 mile junior race on 5th March. He's a veritable running machine. Although I  think he could take at least 20 seconds off that if he left off some of that running kit - it must weigh more than him! Just because you've got it Blaine, doesn't mean that you've got to wear it all at once  😀

Well done Blaine. And to think I was pacing him in the Park Runs only a year ago. Wonder if he'd be kind enough to reciprocate? As long as it's a nice gentle trot.

Meanwhile, Henry Shippey was showing his schoolmates a thing or two, placing second in the prep schools U13 Boys Cross Country Championships, only just pipped at the post. Unfortunately I wasn't there to capture that enigmatic post-race scowl, but I'll bet it was in evidence nevertheless.