SAL Match 1

Team Kennet Seniors were in action in the first Southern Athletics League match of the season at Twickenham in Division 3SW. In a very close match with the places constantly changing the final result was

Kingston 258
St. Marys Richmond 253
Team Kennet 228
Sutton & District 114
Chichester 112

The day began well for the yellow vests as on the track in the women’s 400m hurdles Susie Drake came home 2nd place 74.2 with Harriet Allan Winning the B string while in the men’s event Samuel Randall 61.7 matched the same placing with Nick Bull coming 4th in the B string.

On the Field the High Jump both Bull and Alex Hanson gained a few points, while in the Hammer Matthew Hunter was the clubs only athlete coming 5th. S. Randall and his brother Christian tackled the Shot both taking 4th place, While in the Women’s Discus Alisha Bradford teamed up with Cheryl Angell both taking 3rd places.

Back on the track next was the 100m Millie Calkin 12.6 led from the gun to take a great win, with Drake stepping in for some extra points coming 2nd. The men’s race saw Matt Hunter 4th and S. Randall 3rd. The 800m races picked up good points for the club, Georgina Bradford led most of the race to finish 2nd place with Rhea Walter matching the same position in the B string but in the Men’s race great team tactics saw both Nathan Gillis 2.00.3 and Alex Hanson 2.02.2 win their strings coming home 1 and 2 overall. The 400m lived up to expectations in the Women’s as Carys Cox smashed the clubs 400m record to win on the line in a strong finish clocking 60.0 seconds, with Team mate G. Bradford 2nd place in the B string. The mens 400m saw S. Randall come 4th with brother Christian 3rd.

The Long Jump for the Women bagged another win with Calkin leaping to 9.53 and Rhea Walter taking 2nd place in the B string. Calkin made it another win in the Triple Jump with Walter winning the B string for another club Double. Best event of the day was the men’s Javelin where Luke Angell extended his own club record and took a great win with 60.55m, and Christian Randall taking B string win with a throw of 37.36. The Women’s Hammer saw both A. Bradford and C. Angell take good points with both athletes coming 2nd in their strings 27.42 and 20.36 respectively.

The women’s 3000m G. Bradford had to settle for 2nd place in the A string but a great B string win came from Mary Allan while in the men’s longer distance of 5k, Callum O’Neill was in a battle for most the way round with 4 athletes looking at getting under 16mins, O’Neill had to settle for 3rd in the A string in the end with 16.11 and Justin Wells coming 2nd as well in the B string. Good points normally come from the Steeplechase for the club. Both men and women tackled the 2k steeplechase. In the Mens, Callum O’Neill and Justin Wells teamed up again both having to settle for 2nd place, but an accident after the first water jump meant that jump was out for the remainder on the race after lap 1, the Women’s race saw a big field, Susie Drake pushed the pace early on but tired over last 2 laps and had to take 2nd place 8.18 and Rhea Walter had to also settle for 2nd place in the B string.

In the 200m races Millie Calkin was yet again involved to the line but this time she had to settle for 2nd place with Forte also 2nd place in the B string, S. Randall and Bull both picked up points coming 5th in their strings. The Women’s Javelin Deborah Montgomery made the cut but had to settle for 3rd place in the A string with C. Angell 2nd B string, and in the Shot A. Bradford came in the A string and D. Montgomery in the B string.

The 1500m races saw the club only drop 1 pt out of 24, Carys Cox was involved in a very tactical race where she came 2nd and anther great win came from M. Allan in the B string. Both Gillis and Hanson teamed up again, they played a sit and wait game yet again for both to take wins in their strings, at this point TK went first overall with only 5 points separating the first 3 teams. The sprint hurdles in the women, Zoe Forte came 3rd with Harriet Allan 2nd, the men’s Triple Jump saw both S. Randall and Hanson gain a few points, with no pole voulters TK dropped to 3rd place. Then it was down to the relays and the women’s High jump. The 4 x 100m the women came 2nd (G.Bradford, Calkin, Cox, Allan) and the Men’s team came 2nd after two teams were DQ, while in the High Jump both Forte 1.45 and H. Allan 1.35 both came 2nd. The 4 x 400m for the Women saw a great victory in 4.24.1 (Bradford, Calkin, Forte, Cox) but the Men could only get 4th place (Randall, Randall, Gillis, Hanson). Despite missing several athletes this sets the club for a good season ahead and promotion contenders.