Round 2 of the NAL was held at Kingston for the senior mens and womens teams, and a fine team effort ensured the team finished in a credible third spot despite being unable to field some athletes in several events due to injuries, studies and last minute drop outs.

Blackheath & Bromley recorded 435 points with TVH winning with 665 points and Harrow second on 555 points on the day. This now leaves the club in 4th place in the Premiership out of 16 teams, on 14 league points which is the same as second and third placed Harrow and Windsor respectively, so no reason to believe we can’t finish among the top 4 and make the A final at Bedford in August.

On the track there was a magnificent win in the 400m hurdles by Bailey Stickings clocking 51.24. Bailey went on to run a pb over 200m with 21.83 for 6th place in the 200m, and also ran on the 4 x 400m team where the team only just missed out on a win. In the ladies races Sophie Ellis took 3rd in the A string in 60.60 and Alex Hill won the B string event in 62.92. This was shortly followed by a great win in the 800m by Sam Reardon who controlled the pace well and left enough in the home straight to pull away decisively. Later Sam returned in the 400m where he was narrowly beaten into 2nd place but recorded a fantastic new pb of 46.69, before he too ran a leg in the relay.

Ladies team manager Niamh Bridson Hubbard ran well in the 3,000m narrowly losing out on first place recording 9.44.14 but running in flats. What might have happened if spikes had been worn, we’ll never know but it did help Niamh an hour later to win the 1,500m in 4.33.47 comfortably, before she too ran a leg in the long relay.

Other podium spots came from Barnaby Corry in the pole vault in 2nd with 4.31m, he also took 2nd in the B string long jump while Ben Sutton took 3rd place in the A string with a leap of 6.45m. Zara Obamakinwa finished 3rd in the discus with 47.30m, and teenager Faith Akinbileje ran 11.56 for a great new pb and 4th spot in the 100m. In the mens high hurdles Rico Cottell took 3rd spot with 14.67 and Mallory Cluley was 3rd in 13.68 in the womens 100m hurdles. Dan Putnam had his usually busy afternoon running 21.73 over 200m for 4th in the B string, took 2nd in the 400m B string with 48.55, and he then ran a leg in the relay which helped the team to second with 3.12.61 with the help of new boy Harry North.

It was great to see Cheriece Hylton back in action over 200m and the sprint relay after a long time out of the sport. The ladies team won the sprint relay in 47.55 and took 2nd in the 4 x 400m, and the men did well for third in the sprint relay with 42.16. Toby Dronfield took 3rd in the triple jump with 14.00m and Zakia Mossi ran well to win the B string 400m in 58.75.

At Monteverde in Florida, Adam Gemili had two fine runs over 100m clocking 10.09 and 10.21, but both considered windy as above the legal limit. At the BIGish Jumps event at Bedford, Jahisha Thomas jumped 13.66m (windy) in the triple jump and also recorded 6.20m in the long jump at Sportcity.

Today is the start of the NCAA Finals in Eugene where the club has Katy Ann McDonald in the 800m and Divine Oladipo in the shot and discus.

On Sunday 12th June the club will be participating in the Southern League.

Nick Brooks