Sportscity in Manchester was the venue for the opening NAL match where BBHAC went on to win the match with 457 points due to a great combined effort from both the mens and womens teams.

Youngster Jeriel Quainoo tied for 1st place in the 100m with an amazing 10.48 clocking later winning the 200m in 21.37, and there was a great win for Angus Harrington in the 1,500m in 3.57.01 with Harry Cox winning the B string in 3.57.46. Evergreen Scott Overall continued his great form winning the 5,000m in 14.35.44 having two weeks previously recorded the fastest leg in the British Masters road relays. In the field Kelechi Aguocha is coming back to form nicely and he won the mens high hump with 2.14m, and there were B stings wins for Theo Adesina in the long jump and Thomas Sugden in the 3,000m steeplechase. Other notable performances included Barnaby Corry with a 4.30m pole vault for 3rd, a 52.39 over 400m hurdles for Bailey Stickings, 6.67m in the long jump for Ben Sutton and 14.62m in the triple jump for Toby Dronfield.

In the womens part of the match teenager Fleur Todd Warmoth continued her great form winning the 1,500m in 4.28.11, and Morgan Squibb won the 2,000m steeplechase in 7.05.47. There were B string wins for Sophie Ellis in the 400m hurdles and Jade Oni in the triple jump, and Louise Evans is back competing again with a fine 11.99/24.17 in the sprints both for 2nd place. The ladies took third place in both relays.

In the US some of our college athletes were in action this week with Lois Warden clearing 3.50m in the pole vault in Emmitsburg, MD, and Elizabeth Ibidunni clocked 11.96 over 100m for a pb and 24.53 over 200m. In Tokyo Jahisha Thomas is clearly coming back to form and jumped 6.56m in the long jump, and Dan Putnam ran 48.04 over 400m in Cardiff.

In the opening YDL match for the under 13s and under 15s the club took second place with 547 points behind Reading’s 559 points, so all to play for in the remaining matches. There were many fine performances with the pick being an 11.60 win in the under 15s for Reo McCausland, Ryen Rennie won the 300m in 38.54, Charlie Platt win the pole vault with 3.50m and the boys won the sprint relay in 48.30 and the 4 x 300m relay in 2.44.90. In the under 15 girls Alyssa Firla was 2nd over 300m in 42.60 with Megan Barlow winning the B string in 43.19, and also winning the A string 800m in 2.20.38. In the under 13 boys race over 1200m, Harry Collins Smith won with 3.46.42.

It is with much sadness that the club has to report that Rob Brown our long standing Membership Secretary passed away this week following a battle with illness which he fought to the end. A great club man and fiercely competitive and running into his seventies, he will be sorely missed and the club sends their condolences to all of Rob’s family and friends at this time.

Nick Brooks