National Youth Development League, Division 1B, Croydon 1 July 2018

Match Result


Team Name



Havering AC



Tonbridge AC



Basildon Beagles



Croydon Harriers






 Stevenage & North Herts AC



The Youth Development League Under 17s and Under 20s are in pole position for promotion to the Southern Premier position after a big win at Croydon puts them top of the table with one fixture left.

The Under 17 Men  led the way with ten victories. Tom Milton won the shot in a career best, took the discus honours and was second in the hammer in another best. There were good points from the other throwers as Luke Chester won the B javelin, Peter Brinton-Quinn was A string runner up and also runner up in the B discus, and Aaron Freshwater second in the hammer B. In the jumps Tobi Idowu and Ben Olusesan took full points in the long jump, and there were B string wins for Reece Debenham in the vault (PB), and Kimathi Christie in the high jump, as well as triple jump B runner up. Harry Jones and Louis Berrett won both A & B strings in the 'chase and Harry had earlier been second in the 3000m in his debut at the event and Essex Schools champion Reece Harriott won the 400m, as Somto Okpalauko PB earned second in the B, as Alex Friend was 800m runner up. Kimathi, Alex, Somto and Reece won the 4x400m relay to end the meeting on a high.

The Under 20 Men did well, although lacking specialist throwers with excellent points from the middle distance events. Ben Davis and Elliot Cordery took full points in the 800m, Sam Atkins and Tom Keevil, won A & B chase, and Tom had earlier won the 1500m and Sam was 3000m runner up. James Stewart won the B 300m and Kieran O'Hara's PB took second in the 1500m. National medallist Shandell Taylor won the long jump with another 7m+ leap and was second in the triple jump and high jump. Lewis Debenham joined Ben Davis, Elliot Cordery and Tom Keevil in the winning 4x400m quartet.

The middle distance races also brought good points for the Under 20 Women as Kate O'Neill's PB won the 1500m with Sophie Rand adding full points in the B, and Jessica Mitchell's season's best won the 800m. Katie Dawson was second in the 400m while in the field Mayi Hughes won the long jump in a new PB of 5.62m - the fifth longest ever by a club female, and adding victory in the B shot, as Philippa Gill the A string as well as winning the hammer and placing second in the javelin. Keturah Christie share victory in the high jump, Holly Nash (triple jump) and Izzy Purdie (long jump) added more second places and 1500m runner Sophie Rand typified the strong steam spirit by placing second in the discus. Katie, Jess, Sophie and Kate added victory in the 4x400m relay.

The Under 17 Women  were short-handed and English Schools-bound Alex Adeniji's won the A shot & B discus, as Robyn Moody (discus) and Adelaide Thatcher-Gray (javelin) took throws second places. Amy Kilner won the B 800m, and Molly Sweetman (1500m) and Grace Dukelow (3000m) were both second.

A good result in the final meeting at Ashford at the end of the month will see the squad promoted to the highest Southern Premier Division against some of the strongest teams in the UK.

Club results

League Table - after 3 of 4

Posn Team Name Total M Total L
1 Havering AC 1830.0 17.0
2 Basildon Beagles 1734.5 15.0
3 Tonbridge AC 1525.7 11.0
4 Team ATIP 1289.5 8.0
5 Croydon Harriers 1357.0 6.0
6 Stevenage & North Herts AC 1136.2 6.0