Track & Field : 2015 News & Reports

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Leisha Hunt breaks u13 pentathlon club record, 27th September 2015
Leisha Hunt headed all the way to Exeter this weekend and it was a worthwhile trip as she broke the 26 year old club record.  Leisha has been working hard across the combined events this year and put together the following sequence to move to 21st in the UK for her age group.
  70m hurdles 12.75 secs
  High jump 1.27m
  Long jump 4.54m
  Shot putt 6.99m
  800m 2.46.74
Total points 2146. Congratulation to Leisha - a fantastic achievement. 

Club Championships, 19th September 2015
After what has been an outstanding track and field season, it was great to finish the season off with a fantastic day at the club championships. There were a number of personal bests and a few first time competitors, plus lots of fun. Well done to all. A massive thank you to everyone involved helping out on the day and a special thanks to Vicky Brockbank and Sue Gurteen who organised the event. Results here.

Our Young Athletes at the EAL Final, 13th September 2015
Congratulations to our six teams that made the EAL final at Bury St Edmunds on 13th Sept 2015.
The league format is that out of nineteen teams in East Anglia, the top eight teams make the final and to have six of our teams make that, is our best ever result. The U15 girls had the best result in the final coming in 2nd place followed by the U13 girls who came 3rd, but every team put in a fantastic performance at this high level event. Full results below.
With the leagues over, a quick reminder that anyone who has not competed three times this year can still compete in the cross country winter season to achieve the three races to have their membership renewed next year.
Thanks again to everyone who has performed so well throughout the track and field season and again, well done to our finalists. Results are herePictures are on the Gallery page (and on facebook).

East of England AA Intercounties, Ipswich 5th September 2015
Four under 20 men competed for Essex in this Hibbard, Bemax & Peterhouse Trophy Meeting: Charlie Shingleton, Lewis Thorn, Richard Shingleton and Joe Nourse helped the Essex team to a fantastic first place.  Congratulations to the four who did themselves and the club proud. Picture below.

Three represent BDAC at the U15/U17 England Champs, 30th August 2015
Three headed to Bedford to compete at the highest level possible at these ages. U15’s Daisy Partridge (Javelin) and Courtney Gordon (800m) and Ryan Morgan U17 Triple Jumper all achieved the entry standards and should be proud of making the competition and of their efforts on the day.

South East Intercounties, 23rd August 2015
Congratulations to members Joe Nourse, Daisy Partridge and James Murphy who represented Essex at the highly competitive South East Intercounties championship. Essex U15G Javelin Champion Daisy Partridge made her Essex team debut and came an excellent 7th out of the Region’s best throwers with a throw of 31.59m. U20 James Murphy, probably best known as a long jumper, showed his talent across other disciplines when he threw in the javelin competition throwing well at 37.7m. Joe Nourse followed up his recent mile club record with another record, this time in the 2000m steeplechase at 6:28.43, coming home in third place. It’s a huge honour to represent at country level and we’re very proud of Daisy, James and Joe who helped their age groups to win the overall competition for Essex. Well done guys.

BMC Mile Race Club Record, 19th August 2015
Simon Mennell was lucky enough to go with joe Nourse to watch him in the BMC mile race last night. The race was at 9 o'clock and he was in the A race and wanted to beat the club record of 4.40. Joe ran brilliantly with 800m on 2.17 and ran a brilliant 4.35.13 smashing the club under 20 and senior record. An outstanding even paced performance which I was privileged to see. Well done Joe!

EAL: Tables and Final Qualifiers for 2015
Amazing achievement. 6 out of 7 teams into the final. Well done. Well done everyone! Click here for table.

EYAL Bury St Edmunds, 9th August 2015
Braintree win again with some great performances. We were first or second in most of the
individual age groups and managed to win the competition as a whole team – great work from everyone who turned out!! Results here

EYAL U13, Woodford, 2nd August 2015
Well done to the U13 girls and boys who competed at Woodford. Not a big turn out due to holiday time but some great performances from those that were there.

Inter-County Match, 26th July 2015
Nathaniel Downes and Leah Duncan represented the county (and the club) at the inter county match at Kingston upon Thames against 12 other counties. Nathaniel ran 28.09 finishing 8th in the 200m and ran 3rd leg helping the Essex team to finish 2nd in the relay. Leah came 1st in the 100m in 12.75 and 1st in the 200m in 26.49 and also helped the Essex u13 girls team to second place in the relay. Well done to both Narhaniel and Leah for being selected to represent the county at this event.

EAL Home Event, 19th July 2015
We had a superb turnout and performance for our home event. It shows the strength of our club that when we get a good turnout, we are able to beat teams of the calibre we faced on Sunday. Please let's replicate this level of competitors for the rest of the season. It was great to see a number of athletes make their debut for the club. You all did great, well done! Results here.

Records Tumble: 19 Medals at Eastern Championships, Cambridge, 27th June 2015
The club followed up from their most successful ever Essex Championship in May with another hugely successful East of England Championship. The annual championship, which involves seven eastern counties is a highly prestigious and competitive event. In perfect conditions, athletes of the club gained a total of nineteen medals, two Championship best performances and four club records. More details here.

Independent Schools National Championship, Birmingham 22nd June 2015
BDAC club member Leisha Hunt of Gosfield, aged 12 represented The Gosfield School at the ISA National Championships and won gold in the 75m hurdles with a superb time of 12.5 seconds and silver in the Long Jump with a huge leep of 4.14metres. Congratulations to Leisha.

More club records tumble - Leah and Courtney, 14th & 17th June  2015
The girls club records have come under attack this year with three further records falling in the past week. You may have a déjà vu feeling but on Sunday 14th June at Basildon Leah Duncan did it once again, beating both her 100m and 200m records. She raced home in 12.9 in the 100m and then smashed her 200m record to finish in a phenomenal time of 26.4 seconds. Both of these times now feature on the all time UK list.
U15 girl Courtney Gordon headed off to her favourite track at Watford on a warm Wednesday evening, 17th June and broke her own 800m club record by over a second. Two evenly paced laps saw her finish in a time of 2.21.20. Great results from the girls, well done.

Leisha Hunt: 3 Golds at ISA regionals Cambridge, Tuesday 2nd June  2015
Leisha Hunt won gold in hurdles, long jump and relay. This means she will represent East  Anglia/Essex on Monday 15th June at The Alexandra Stadium in Birmingham. Well done Leisha!

20 medals for BDAC at the Essex Champs, Chelmsford 23rd/24th May 2015
Pictures are on the Gallery page (as well as on facebook).
Once again we saw the club members take home a big tally of medals. The full medal roll of honour follows below, but in addition to the medal winners, we saw great performances from the likes of Mia Toms making her debut for the club in the U13 1500m; Sky Fay making 3 finals; Kate Shepherd making another hurdles final; Lewis Thorn a PB and just missing out on a medal by the tiniest of margins; Hannah Smith making the hurdles final; the Barrie brothers both having strong runs and Rachel Carter following up her pentathlon success from last week with another great all round effort. Everyone whether winning a medal or not did the club proud and on top of that, our supporters were without a doubt the Essex Champions for cheering. Well done and thanks to everyone who competed or supported.
The Medals
These are amongst the most hotly contested county level competitions in the country so to medal at this level is an excellent achievement. Well done to all of our medalists who have trained and competed so well to make the podium and help the club achieve this record number of medals.
The 2015 Roll of Honour:
Vet Men:
  Amr Ziko 100m Silver
Senior Men:
  Amr Ziko 200m Bronze
U20 Men:
  Charlie Shingleton 400m Bronze
  Joe Nourse 3000m Bronze
  Richard Shingleton Long Jump Silver
  Charlie Shingleton Long Jump Bronze
  Charlie Shingleton Triple Jump Gold
U17 Men:
  Ryan Morgan Triple Jump Gold
U15 Boys:
  Connor Page 3000m Silver
  Sam Larkins Discus Bonze
Senior Women:
  Chloe Cockell Hammer Gold
U20 Women:
  Megan Larkins Shot Putt Silver
  Megan Larkins Discus Bronze
U15 Girls:
  Courtney Gordon 800m Silver
  Kiera Hornsbty 3000m Silver
  Melissa Gurteen Triple Jump Silver
  Daisy Partridge Javelin Gold
U13 Girls:
  Leah Duncan 100m Gold (Championship and Club Record)
  Leah Duncan 200m Gold (Championship Record)
  Josephine Larkins Hammer Silver

Senior Women break club records again, 2nd May & 23rd May 2015
Chloe Cockell competed at the British University Championship in Bedford on 2nd May and threw 42.28m in the Hammer. Leah Duncan took the Essex Championship and club record at Chelmsford on 23rd May running 12.93 to move to number one in the country for 100m as well as 200m. Well done to both of them.

Leah Duncan breaks her own club record AGAIN, 10th May 2015
Leah's incredible start to the season continues after she broke her own U13G 200m club record at the Lee Valley sprints evening. She has just taken the 200m U13 club record down yet again and in doing so, moved to number one in the UK in 2015. Leah powered to an outstanding 26.7 seconds to set her 4th club record of the season during the Eastern Young Athletics League at Braintree. Well done Leah - we’re all so proud of your achievement.

Conor Culham excels in his first 10k, Watford, 4th May 2015
Conor ran an excellent time of 42.34 to come in 29th and was the 4th U18, at 15 years old! Needless to say he is delighted with his performance and so he should be.

Club Record Breakers Recognised
Two of our recent club record breakers received their club trophies at the track on 14th April 2015. Congratulations to Hannah Smith U15G 60m hurdles and Leah Duncan U13G 200m.

Leah and Chloe break club records at Chelmsford, 4th April 2015
Leah Duncan followed up her blistering indoor form by breaking two club records at a chilly Chelmsford open. She broke her own 100m record from last year sprinting to 12.96 seconds and followed that up an hour later with an equally impressive 200m, crossing the line in 27.38 seconds to break the 21 year old club record.
Chloe Cockell threw in the Hammer for the first time as a senior and immediately broke the club record. She went on to throw 41.86m with her final throw and is clearly in great form for the season ahead.
Congratulations to both girls and to the many great results and PBs on the day from BDAC athletes.

Chelmsford Indoor Open meeting, 7th March 2015
Another good turnout from the Braintree team and some fantastic results were achieved including a number of PB’s and a new club record by Melissa Gurteen in the 60m Hurdles, whilst Leah Duncan moved to 4th in all time history for an u13 girl in the 60m and number one in 2015. 
U15 Girls
  Hannah Smith – 60m Hurdles 9.69s, 60m Sprint 8.69s (PB) and LJ - 4.34m
  Melissa Gurteen – 60m Hurdles 9.59s (PB & club record), LJ – 4.39m
U13 Girls
  Leah Duncan – 60m sprint 8.02s (PB), LJ – 3.61m
  Leisha Hunt – 60m sprint 8.49s (PB), Shot Putt 6.68m, LJ - 3.98m
  Sky Fay – 60m Hurdles 10.80s (PB), 60m sprint 8.97s (PB) & HJ – 1.18m
U15 Boys
  Ewan Banner 10.49m (PB)
Well done to all who competed.

Six of Our Athletes at the England Championships 28th Feb and 1st March 2015
We have six athletes, our best ever attendance, at the the English Indoor Championships in Sheffield this coming weekend.  This is the highest level of competition possible for athletes of this age and they have all done amazingly to reach the qualifying standards needed to take part and so regardless of results, should be very proud to be there representing BDAC.
The schedule of events for our athletes is shown below:
  Leah Duncan – U15G 60m Sprints Heats – 10.15am Saturday
  Tom Ramsay -  U17M 60m sprints Heats – 11.31am Saturday
  Richard Shingleton - U20 60m sprint heats - 12.19pm Saturday, long jump 13.45 Sunday
  Lewis Thorn - U20 60m sprints heats - 12.19pm Satuday
  Courtney Gordon – U15G 800m Heats – 5.20pm Saturday
  Melissa Gurteen – U15G 60m Hurdles Heats 2.40pm – Sunday
Good luck to everyone taking part.  Enjoy the experience

Eastern and Essex Indoor Championships, Lee Valley, 8th February 2015
What a superb weekend for the club's outstanding athletes. The biggest turn out from BDAC athletes, maybe ever, at this high level competition.  Highlights include:
An amazing 16 medalists and as most won East of England and Essex medals, that made over 30 medals.
A 1-2 in the u13 girls 200m, the championship records being broken by Leah Duncan in both the 60m and 200m.
Medals across all disciplines of throws, sprints, middle distance and jumps and a finalist in the hurdles.
A hat-trick of medals by the Larkins family
The Shingleton twins both medalling
England championship standards being achieved. Too many PBs to mention.  Simply stunning results with more or less everyone achieving new best performances.
Superb support from family and athletes across the club to each other.
A massive well done to every single athlete who competed and the parents who made the effort to be there.  The weekend showed the best of our club in participation, support amongst club members and achievement.  Full results can be found here.
This weekend showed, the future is bright.  The future is RED and YELLOW!

London City Games Lee Valley, 24/25th January 2015
We were again represented well at the weekend and the athletes taking part produced some excellent performances.
U13 Girls
: Leah Duncan competed in the 60m, 200m and LJ gaining a PB in all 3 events. She jumped 3.76m in the LJ and went on to win both sprint events. Her 60m time of 8.20s and 200m time of 27.81s sees her number one in UK rankings for both distances.
U15 Girls: Hannah Smith again produced solid performances in the 60m Hurdles, LJ and 60m. Her 60m hurdles time was 10.11s: in the LJ she produced a leap of 4.16m and she was just outside her PB in the 60m with a time of 9.02s. Melissa Gurteen tested her early season throwing and jumping form in the shot put and long jump, producing a throw of 6.23m just shy of her PB, and jumped 3.98m in the Long jump.
U17 Boys: Sam Newman made his debut competing for Braintree in the 60m and he started this seasons campaign with a very impressive 7.86s, his first time over this distance. He managed to produce this time in both of his 60m runs which is a good marker for him now to aim for. 
Tejan Barrie was also representing the club in the 60m and produced an excellent time of 7.50s in round 1 going on to achieve an even better time in round 2 of 7.38s, two excellent runs! Jumper Ryan Morgan followed up his SEAA medal from last week with a 5.31m long jump and then a pb in Triple Jump with an excellent 12.51m.
Well done to everyone who competed.

SEAA u20 championships, Lee Valley, 17th January 2015
Congratulations to Richard Shingleton who claimed the U20 silver medal in this prestigious event. Richard leapt to 6.01m with his final jump to take silver for the second consecutive year. Charlie Shingleton, Amr Ziko, Lewis Thorn, Ben Slayman and Mahmoud Barrie also represented the club in fine style over the weekend. Well done lads!
 
Southern U15/U17 Indoor Champs, Lee Valley, 10/11th January 2015
With a good turnout, first year U17m Ryan Morgan will be delighted with his triple jump bronze; a great achievement at this level. Courtney Gordon made the U15G final in the 800m and Amber Chudleigh, Sophie Conway, Melissa Gurteen and Hannah Smith all stepped up to test themselves at this very high level. Very well done everyone. Results here.

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