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
Details: Track and Field Training
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Details: Middle Distance Training
Meet: Millenium Arena, Battersea Park
Details: Sprints Training for 16+
Coach: Bob Bridges
Millenium Stadium, Battersea Park, SW11
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.
Post-Race Smiles and Grimaces from Joseph, Hector, Zayd and Henry (Doing His Tower of Pisa Impersonation and Leaning Dangerously In the Direction of His Injured Calf)
Saturday saw the fourth and final matches of the Surrey League for what has been an enormously encouraging season for our Junior squad. At Wimbledon, despite the typically miserable February weather, we had four of our stalwarts turn out to compete on what was probably the toughest, and muddiest course of the four Boys races. First home was an ever improving Zayd Addicott, 8th U15 in 15 minutes dead.
Zayd, Trying To Hold Off The Chasing Pack
Zayd moves up an age category next season to join Joseph O'Clery, who as ever turned up to represent his Club and declared afterwards that he thoroughly enjoyed the race. I have yet to hear Joseph complain or say that he didn't have fun, regardless of the weather or the conditions. Joseph is exactly the type of athlete who makes our team what it is. As good as he is, Joseph always focuses on the taking part on behalf of his Club as well as the winning. Joseph was one of a cluster of athletes just behind Zayd, 11 seconds back and placing 11th U17.
Hector, Looking Like He Means Business
Next athlete home, and 26th U13 in 17:30, was Hector Sheppard, who ran the last 400 with a look of sheer grit and determination on his face. It was without doubt Hector's best race of the season. And only two places and 16 seconds behind him was Henry Shippey, who competed despite an ongoing calf niggle which had turned into a little bit more than that by the time he had finished. Well done to all of our boys.
Across at Coulsdon at the surely inappropriately named (at least for our Junior Girls) Happy Valley Park, our only representative was Allison Dalgleish in the Girls U15 race, finishing 19th. Allison deserves huge plaudits for turning out. After missing the first match at Nonsuch Park, Allison has been at every cross country race that Belgrave Juniors have been eligible to compete in, including the County and Area championships, and she has always given her all. Again, she is a shining example of the taking part and not just the glory of winning.
Parliament Hill, normally a quagmire for the Southern Counties Cross Country event, was unusually firm, albeit wet and muddy in parts. First away in the bright sunshine were the U15 Boys, with Belgrave represented by Julius Bennet, finishing in 198th in a time of 18.01. With three athletes in the next race, theU13 Girls, the ever solid Isla Walrock was our first finisher, 53rd in 15.06, followed by Juliet Michot 210th in 14.57 and Chaiyla Norvill-Williams, 276th in 17.01
Chaiyla, oblivious to the camera
Juliet, concentrating on the last 400 metres
Isla, nearly home
The U13 Boys race saw Henry Shippey having an excellent run to place 203rd in 13.16, despite his last minute change of plan that day to race rather than to play football for Clapham Rangers. Not far behind was Sam Pound, 259th in 13.56.
Henry, wishing he was playing football
With Allison Dagleish our only representative in the U15 Girls race, she did well to battle on to secure 267th slot in 25.33. The final race of the day as far as our Junior team was concerned was the Junior Mens U17 race. Timin Kamani ran his first race for the squad, placing an excellent 110th in 22.29, with Joseph O'Clery not far behind in 23.31 to finish in 151st place.
Allison, relieved that last stretch was downhill
All in all our Junior's ran well, in particular given that they were competing with athletes across the entire Southern region of England, generally recognised as the toughest of the four regional championships.
Sam, trying to look cheery
Timin, with the smile he promised his Coach
Joseph, looking cool
With the forecast bright sunshine obviously another product of the Met Office's twisted take on humour, and depleted squads at both the Girls races at Lloyd Park and the Boys race at Mitcham Common, those Belgrave Juniors who did manage to turn out in the cold rain acquitted themselves well.
Sam, Henry, Hector, Zayd and Julius, post-race.
Amidst protestations of injuries at Mitcham Common, and despite Sam's Coach (AKA me) briefly losing one of his spikes before a scramble to find it (in my defence, I am old and I get flustered easily), our five Boys shrugged off adversity (but left on copious quantities of clothing) to tackle the muddy and deceptively hilly 4k course. First home, despite a slow start, was Zayd Addicott in 32nd place (13th U15), followed by Julius Bennet in 55th place (28th U15) who ran well, having spent the last four weeks hidden from daylight and human contact prepping for and undertaking exams.
Julius, wishing he was at home revising.
Our next runner home was Sam Pound, who, having ignored a sore achilles before the gun, had his best run to date, coming home in 58th place (15th U13) only 8 seconds behind Julius and a huge 27th places higher than his previous race at Lloyd Park and up from 28th to 14th U13 - his best race to date by some margin. Not far behind Sam was Henry Shippey, another one of our walking wounded, who hobbled off afterwards with a pained expression (no-one can do pained expressions as well as Henry) and a calf strain after closing in to place 80th (25th U13).
Hector, grateful that the end is nigh.
With the ever positive Hector Sheppard rounding off our Boys U13 team placings in 96th place (37th U13), the U13 Boys did well to finish 8th team with only 3 runners. An equally solid team performance came from the U15/17's, who managed an 11th placing with only two runners. Oh the pleasure we will all experience when we finally manage to get full teams out for both age categories, hopefully at the final match on February 11th on Wimbledon Common. There is every chance we could come very close to winning the U13 boys team race and secure a top three slot for the U15 Boys. Which would be a marvellous springboard for next season.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in Surrey, the Junior Girls turned out in rain mixed with the occasional sleet showers falling (who says cross country isn't glamorous?), not to mention the remnants of last week’s snow still on the ground in patches at Lloyd Park, Croydon.
A picture of focussed anticipation from Juliet and Chaiyla.
Whilst Juliet had been at the Middlesex Championships the week before at Hillingdon, for Dauphine, Allison and Chaiyla it was a case of Groundhog Day as all three Belgrave athletes had run the same course that day at the Surrey Championships, so there was no excuse for getting lost and a good chance to improve on last week’s times.
Juliet and Chaiyla - The calm before the storm.
Allison and Dauphine looking unfazed.
There were excellent performances from all four athletes, particularly from Chaiyla working her way through the field. She continues to improve her running in every race she does and her smile at the finish is great to see. For Juliet, it was the chance to demonstrate the good form she has been showing in training.
Allison and Dauphine both improved on last week’s times by over a minute, despite the cold conditions. Results were: U15: Dauphine Rolin: 37 in 19.18, Allison Dalgleish: 42 in 20.57. U13: Juliet Michot: 38 in 13.17, Chaila Norville-Williams: 55 in 14.39
Seven of the Belgrave Harriers Junior team were in action at Lee Valley this weekend, in their 1st indoor event of the year at the South of England AA Under 15 and Under 17 Championships.
Six of the boys ran in the 60 meter event on Saturday
In the heats Kyle Reynolds-Warmington set a new PB of 7:07 to go through to the semi finals
In heat 2 Nicholas Hamilton set a new PB of 7:82
In heat 3 Isimeme (Izzy) Shaw running the 60 metres for the 1st time in a competition in a time of 7:28 to go through to the semi finals
In heat 5 Matthew De Rossi also running the 60 metres for the 1st time in a competition in a time of 7:41 to go through to the semi finals
In heat 6 Kweku Siaw ran a time of 7:68 just outside his PB and Inza Dosso running 60m for the 1st time in competition in a time of 7:73
In the Semi’s Izzy ran 7:33 (ranking him 13th this year) Matthew ran 7:48 (ranking him 26th) with Kyle breaking is PB once again to run a time of 7:04
In the last event of a very long day at 8pm Kyle competed in the final of the 60m with his Belgrave team mates there to support him and guess what – yes once again he broke his PB to finish 2nd in a time of 7:02 ranking him 2nd in the UK so far this year.
On Sunday Matthew De Rossi and Teddy Skinner competed in the 400m. Teddy finishing in 61:72 and Matthew in 52:80 making it through to the final where he finished 4th in a time of 51:43 actually outside his PB but still ranking him 4th.
With the Club's Junior middle distance athletes split fairly well down the middle in terms of residence on either side of the river, our attendance at the corresponding county cross country championships was equally split between Surrey and Middlesex. In previous years our collective attendance at both could be counted on one hand but this year we were fortunate in having teams at both events. At Hillingdon, hosting the Middlesex Championships on what the athletes believed was a flat course (okay, I lied to them, no point in upsetting them by telling them about the hill that was out of view from the start line), both Henry and Hector ran well in the Boys U13, with Henry coming home in 30th place, followed by Hector in 46th.
Henry, looking seriously unimpressed following the discovery of hills on the course
Henry's glower afterwards displayed his displeasure at the hidden hill but I'm sure he enjoyed every minute of it. And his seriously cool shoes may have done just enough to inspire his brother to take up the sport.
Isla having a terrific run, again
In the Girls U13, Isla had an excellent run to finish in 6th position, having run barely a step since the Surrey League match in early December and having spent the previous week ill. Together with Lara in 16th and Juliet in 38th the Bels placed 5th team. Outstanding, given that the previous year, and I suspect for all preceding years, Belgrave didn't have a single age category team finishing.
Isla, Hector & Henry
Andie, at a canter, looking chilled & rehearsing for the Rio Olympics
And in the U11 Girls Andie finished in a solid 25th, with her by now trademark grin, even slowing down on the run-in to pose. She won't be able to do that in future years when she's challenging for first place!
[NEWS FLASH: It would appear that Andie lost a shoe halfway around the course - which is why her left foot is white and her right foot is orange. Like the trouper that she is, she kept going. Maybe she would have won if she'd had two shoes. They don't teach you this on the coaching courses]
Warren, Sam & Blaine
Elsewhere at Lloyd Park, our South Thames contingent were also in fine form for the Surrey Cross Country Championships, run with light fog covering much of the course, and conditions a little slippery in places. Nine athletes competed for Belgrave Harriers with some excellent times recorded for the first race following the Christmas break. Blaine Robinson continued to impress, appearing out of the fog like Banquo's ghost in 16th place in theU13 boys race in the respectable time of 10.24, less than a minute behind the winner. Chaila Norville-Williams also had an excellent race in the Girls U13, finishing 71st but continuing her excellent results. Zayd Addicott, in his first Surrey race following a period of injury, hopped off his bike and finished 25th in the U15 boys race in 14.51. Another who is continuing to improve in cross country this year was Joseph O’Clery in the U17 men who finished 30th in 22.06, with Samson only 13 places behind in 43rd.
Dauphine, working hard, as ever
In the Girls U15, Dauphine worked hard as always, coming home in 53rd with Allison just behind her in 58th.
Full results were:
U13 boys: 16, Blaine Robinson: 10.24, 58, Sam Pound: 11.23
U13 girls: 71, Chaila Norville-Williams: 71, 14.11
U15 boys: 25, Zayd Addicott: 14.51, Jakub Karas: DNF
U15 girls: 53, Dauphine Rolin: 20.22, 58, Allison Dalgleish: 21.59
U17 boys: 30, Joseph O’Clery: 22.08, 43, Samson Benjamin: 28.07
Well done to all of our squad, heavily depleted because of injury, illness, entrance exams, GCSE mocks and the collection of a new puppy (now that has got to be the best absence excuse of the season. They decided to call it Brexit, but no mention of whether it's hard or soft), plus the additional handicap of being one of the very few Clubs having to split its team between two Championships, thanks to the arcane rules only the individuals running the County Athletics Associations seem to understand and be happy with.