National Youth Development League, Division Premier 1, Round 3,

Reading Sunday 23rd June 2019

Match Result

Posn Team Name Points
1 Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC 568.5
2 Havering AC 558.0
3 Reading AC 553.0
4 Tonbridge AC 435.5
5 Croydon Harriers 391.0
6 Herne Hill Harriers 313.0

Havering's young athletes achieved their highest ever placing in the YDL Southern Premier Division with a second place finish in a three-way battle with defending champions Blackheath & Bromley and hosts Reading on Sunday.

The Under 15 boys were in dominant form winning almost half the events!  Matthew Blacklock and Charlie Howell won both strings on the 800m and returned to win both 300m races in new personal bests. Oliver Yexley had a hat-trick of wins in the A javelin, B discus and B hurdles, Patrick McLean-Tattan won the discus and B javelin, Charlie Black won the B hammer and B 200m, both in new PBs, and Jonathan Taiwo won the A hammer and was shot runner up. Jacob Blanc cruised to A hurdles victory, a day after his pentathlon victory, and the final win came in the 4x300m relay thanks to the quartet of Matthew, Shane Hart, Joshua Lee-Prime and Oliver. Pentathlon runner-up Denzel Achi smashed his 200m best in second and was third in the long jump, and Shane Hart & Finley Wolton were both third in the1500m, both in PBs.

Al-Ameen Salaam had an impressive league debut for the Under 13 boys with wins in the 100m, hurdles and high jump, all in outstanding performances in the top five club-all time age group lists. Oliver Taylor-Bush and Nathan Hart both improved their 1500m bests for A string second place and a B string win and Daniel Lammas added a long jump second place to his 800m third. More third places were won by Teddy Matthews (hurdles & javelin - both PBs), Noah Harriott (shot PB) and Robbie Brown (javelin) before James Radden joined Al-Ameen, Teddy and Daniel in the third placed relay squad.

Although missing three regulars in pentathlon action the Under 15 girls still gave a strong showing. Olivia Boachie easily won the 300m with Lucy Nattrass smashing her best for B string runner up. Natalie Sewell's explosive finish brought her 1500m success with Tilly Canty third in the B. Cynthia Asiegbu's PB not only won the high jump but took her within reach of the 15 year old record, as Dara Otitoju improved her best to win the B. Ruby Higgins set new career marks in finishing second in the 800m, and the hurdles pairing of Paris King and Paige Robinson were both second. Freya Long equalled her best for second in the pole vault, with Katie Ennis adding B string third to her second places in the B discus and javelin. Hannah Yexley was third in the discus  and B hammer, as was Amara Nwosu in her club debut in the shot, Faith Reilly in the javelin and Olivia Sorae (B 100m). Rhys Cole joined Paige, Paris and Olivia Sorae for third in the sprint relay and the foursome of Lucy, Dara, Cynthia & Olivia Boachie were 4x300m relay runner up. 

The Under 13 girls had a solid set of results. Zikora Ezeonwuka was the only winner in the shot, with Brianna Ofori third in the B, and there were second places for Hannah Evans (1200m B) and Lucia Ward (B high jump). Ruby Tillson (800m), Charlotte Evans (1200m), Eliza Poulson (high jump A) and Lucia (javelin A) all placed third.

The result confirms another year in the top flight for Havering as Blackheath, who host the final match next month, look to have defended their Southern Premier title, and Croydon need a miracle to avoid joining relegated Herne Hill in the second flight next year.

League after 3 of 4


Team Name




Blackheath & Bromley




Reading AC




Havering AC




Tonbridge AC




Croydon Harriers




Herne Hill Harriers





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