SAL Match 4

Team Kennet were fired up for the fourth round of the Southern Athletics League Division 3 match at Aldershot in soaring track temperatures. A great display all round gave the League Leaders as close match as only 12pts separated the top 3 teams.

Plymouth                            300.5

Team Kennet                     290.5

Aldershot                            288

Salisbury                             197

East Grinstead                   174

Poole R                                 12

On the day several age group records from the club were broken. Luke Angell’s Javelin win on the day extending his own club record to 58.89 was the best of the three new club records. Alex Hanson could only get third place in the 3000m but earned himself a club record with 9.14.1 and the Women’s 4 x 400m relay team of Georgina Bradford, Carys Cox, Millie Calkin and Jordan Donovan who are all under 17s broke a long standing club record to come 2nd with 4.19.3.

Elsewhere age group records fell in the summer heat. Carys Cox was in a fast 800m race to break the u17 record coming 3rd with 2.19.6 and in the same race in the B string vet 45 athlete Rachel Bladon broke her own record to take it down to 2.32.4 for 3rd place. Cheryl Angell also took a age group record as she won the B string hammer with 20.94 in the v45 age group.

The first events on the track were the 400m hurdles. The women saw Harriet Allan come in 3rd place with Kirsty Bennet taking 2nd B string and in the Men’s Samuel Randall remains unbeaten winning again in a fast 59.2 while in the B string Nick Bull came 2nd place.

The High Jump was in progress with the men, Thomas Murphy equalled his p.b. of 1.80 for 2nd place with Bull taking 3rd place 1.45 in the B string.

The 100m was next on the track a convincing win from Millie Calkin in 13.0, while Zoe Silverthorne managed 13.9 for 3rd place in the B string. Josh Willock stormed to Victory in the mens 100m in 11.0 with George Hunter taking 3rd in the B string 11.8.  Willock made the double in the 200m winning in 22.5 with Samuel Randall winning B string in 23.4 while Calkin and Jordan Donovan both came 2nd for the women in 26.1 and 27.2. The mens 800m was a close battle with four athletes breaking the 2 minute barrier, luckily it was a double win for the Yellow vests as Nathan Gillis controlled his sprint finish with style for a fast 1.55.9 and Alex Hanson also did the same to clock 1.59.8.

The women’s sprint hurdles was next Allan could only get 4th place. The women’s 3000m was straight after the hurdles and both TK girls had the pleasure of being runners up to GB athletes Steph Twell and Louise Small, Chloe Scaplehorn clocking 11.57.4 and Kirsty Bennet 12.43.8

In the women’s long jump Donavon came 3rd A string 4.51 and Calkin made it another win in the B string 4.47 while in the men’s Long Jump Willock was beaten by just 2cms into 2nd place with 6.14 with Thomas Murphy taking 4th place 4.93. In the triple jumps Zoe Silverthorne came 3rd with 9.09   and Georgina Bradford 3rd B string 8.10 and the men’s George Hunter was 2nd with 12.53 and Willock beaten again by 1cm into 2nd place with 12.37.

The 400m races bring good points for the club. In the women’s race Carys Cox came 2nd with 62.1 and G. Bradford 3rd in the B string 64.6 while the men’s race saw Samuel Randall take another great win in 50.8 and George Biggs 4th in the B string 57.5.

In the throws Christian Randall came 2nd in the B string Javelin 38.54. Both Anthony Hewitt and Stan Chambers earned good points in the Hammer, and Christian Randall and Chambers also did in the Discus. The Women’s throws fared much better in the points. In the Discus Alisha Bradford was just edged out into 2nd place with a below par 25.52 which Angell matched in the B string 17.13, in the shot Bradford came 3rd in the A string 8.05 with Angell 6.25 for another 2nd place, The Javelin Deborah Montgomery came 3rd with 21.98 with Bradford 2nd in the B string 16.44

Back on the track Georgina Bradford came 2nd in the 1500m with5.16.7 and a great B string win came from Scaplehorn 5.40.6 as the track temperature kept rising zapping energy levels from the athletes. In the men’s 1500m Nathan Gillis could only manage 3rd place with 4.16. Rachel Bladon broke another club age group record in the 2000m Steeplechase with a great 2nd place in 8.06.7 and to take her to UK number 1 in the age group rankings. The Men’s 3000m steeplechase secured two second places from Callum O’Neil and Daniel Collis 11.26/11.33

The men’s relay teams were both in battles the 4x100m team came 4th with Willock, Briggs, Randall and Gillis and the 4x400m team matched this just missing the club record in 3.32.8 (Gillis, Randall, Willock, Hunter)