Southern Athletics League

Team Kennet were again involved in a 3 way battle at the fourth Southern Athletics League Division 3 SW match at Salisbury on Saturday.

After an amazing start taking 90% of the points in the first hour eventually TK had to settle for third place in what was to be a close match

North Devon                    271

Salisbury                           263

Team Kennet                   255

Lewes/Hayward            106

Poole Runners                  61

On the day a couple of club records were broken and 22 wins were achieved.

Susie Drake got the track events under way with another superb victory in the 400m hurdles73.8. In the men’s  a double win came from Samuel Randall 59.3 and Evan Hartley 64.6, While this was happening both Alisha Bradford and Cheryl Angell secured another double win in the hammer 26.36/19.94. In the women’s long jump Millie Calkin and Georgia Featherstone both secured 2nd places and in the men’s high jump a 2nd place from Max Gibbs and 3rd from Nick Bull in the B.

Next on the track was the 100m races, Millie Calkin came 2nd again 12.6 equalling her own club record and B string Featherstone stormed out of her blocks for a great win 13.5

Matthew Hunter came 5th in the men’s 100m race with Christian Randall taking 2nd place in the B string. Good points came from the men’s shot for once with Hunter taking 3rd and Samuel Randall 2nd place in the B.

The 800m races picked up a lot of points as it has done all year. Another double win from Georgina Bradford 2.24.3 and Rachel Bladon 2.31.2 and in the men’s Alex Hanson led from the gun to win in 1.59.0 with Justin Wells taking 2nd in the B string 2.14.4 at this point the yellow vests were some 10 points clear but a stronger 2nd half from the other clubs pushed back the lead.

In the men’s long jump only third places for Gibbs 5.26 and Hartley 4.59, the women’s shot Bradford secured a 2nd place 7.70 and Deborah Montgomery took a B string win with 7.11. The discus brought another double win Bradford throwing 27.85 and Angell 17.90

Back on the track it was the 400m, one of the best club races of the day saw Carys Cox dip under the 60 second barrier to win in 59.6 breaking her own club record and it was to be a double as Calkin took the B string 62.6. For the men S. Randall could only get 4th 56.6 and Hartley 3rd 59.5. Next on the track was the first time to run a women’s 5000m both TK girls ran well for 3rd places in their strings Kirsty Bennet 22.20 and Mary Allan 24.48.5. The men’s 3000m as all season secured another double win, Alex Hanson 9.22.9 and Callum O Neill 9.25.7. The club had no pole voulters or sprint hurdlers at this match and this made the difference as they went from first to third place. The men’s javelin was next Luke Angell remaining unbeaten won again with 54.36 and C. Randall taking the B string 35.97. The women’s javelin saw Montgomery secure another win 23.20 with Angell taking 3rd place in the B. The 200m races Calkin stormed to Victory in 26.1 while Featherstone had to settle for 2nd place in the B string 28.4, Both men were 3rd in their strings S. Randall/M. Hunter.

The next event was the 3km steeplechase; Alex Hanson broke the club’s record taking 2nd place with 10.23.7, another B win came from Daniel Collis 11.33.1.

The 1500m races G. Bradford and Bennet both came home in 3rd places while in the men’s Callum O’Neill came 3rd and Wells 4th in their strings. Much better points came from the women’s 1500m steeplechase both Susie Drake 5.43.9 and Rachel Bladon 5.51.0 came 2nd place, Bladon setting a new club V45 record and UK Number 1 for her age and UK All Time 3rd place.

The women’s high jump Cox cleared 1.45 for 2nd place while Drake secured another club B string win with 1.30. In the men’s discus C. Randall came 3rd with Graham Chambers 2nd B string and the men’s hammer Hunter was 3rd with Chambers taking anther 2nd place in the B.

Both the triple jumps saw massive jumps, Joe Osler leapt 12.05 coming 3rd with 2nd place for Gibbs in the B string with 10.48. In the women’s triple jump both Cox and Bradford were placed 3rd.

In the women’s relay races the 4x400m quartet of Bradford/Calkin/Drake and Cox broke the club record finishing in 2nd place 4.17.2. The sprint relay could only manage 3rd place. The men’s team went one better Osler/Gibbs/Randall and Hanson came 2nd in 47.6 and in the 4x400m Hanson/O’Neill/Randall/Hartley were 3rd 3.47.5