Team Kennet sent quite a few athletes to the Basingstoke Open meeting on Saturday 1st April. 5 gold, 5 silvers and 4 bronze medals were won, again it was third time lucky, another gold for Ben East in the under 15 Boys Javelin breaking the club record again throwing 46.83m, in the same age group Harry Booker won the Shot with 10.30 and a Silver from Oliver Gregory 9.44, Gregory made it another Gold in the Hammer with 21.59 and Oliver Ford won the under 13 boys Shot with 8.22, Kian Hockaday struck Silver in the same age group in the Javelin 31.11. with U11 Zoe Allen taking silver in 150m and Bronze in the 75m. More bronzes came from Charlotte Absolom in u13 girls High jump and Kirsten Fraser in the u11 girls Long jump, on the track Anna Pettit took a Gold in the under 15 girls 1500m with a time of 5.03.89 and later went on to claim a silver in the 300m 45.71. In the under 13 girls Annelise Gale took a Silver in the 800m 2.44.1 in the younger u11 boys 600m Oliver Tozer was 3rd in his heat in 2.04.4 and in the older age group of the under 17 men Stuart Bladon clocked 54.72 in the 400m for Bronze.
At the WSEH Open, Zach Montgomery threw 10.91 in the Shot winning the event and ran 12.3 over 100m.
Deborah Montgomery took part in the Lee Valley open on Saturday 8th, in the shot she threw 10.08 to win the event and in the Discus came 3rd with a throw of 24.05
Team Kennet’s Sam Hart made his Debut in an England Vest in the Home Nations International Cross Country held at Margam Park Wales over the weekend. In the under 17 mens race he did not disappoint finishing in an impressive 6th place only 10 seconds off an individual medal, the race winner was Darragh McElhinney from Ireland, Sam’s performance with his England team mates was good enough for a team win to end the cross country season.
Team Kennet athletes struck 5 gold medals in the Field events at the Bracknell Young Athletes Open meeting to kick start the Track and Field season off over the weekend, Ben East was on form as he strengthened his Uk Number 2 spot this season with a new Club Javelin record of 46.53p.b. In the under 15 boys, more golds came from the boys throwers, Harry Booker claiming two of them in the Discus 33.92p.b. taking him to UK number 1 and Shot 10.41, Oliver Gregory throwing 18.22 in the hammer
Stuart Bladon hit Gold by winning the high jump with 1.75m in the under 17 age group, and the other Gold came in the under 13 boys Javelin with Kian Hockaday throwing 31.13p.b. to take him to UK number 3
Elsewhere in the under 17 mens Sprints Daniel Hockaday faired well in the 100m 12.71 and 200m 25.13 and Zach Montgomery 100m 12.72 and Shot 10.75
Under 13 boys Matthew Jones leapt 3.69 in the long jump, in the sprints ran 14.95 in the 100m and 30.91 in the 200m and Kian clocking 16.31 and 31.51 in 100/200m races.
Charlotte Booker threw 22.12 in the hammer and 19.41 in the Discus in the under 17 women’s while in the u13 girls Annelise Gale ran 3.39.03 in the 1000m and Aimee Dickson 2.02 in the 600m and 23.59 in the 150m.
Team Kennet saw several of its throws squad take part in the Barry Strang Throws Competition at Oxford.
Ben East moved up to the under 15 boys age group and set a new club record in the Javelin by throwing 44.62m, last years UK number 1 had to settle for 2nd place first time he has been beaten for several years. elsewhere in the same age group also movin up Harry Booker won both his events Shot 10.70 and Discus 29.53 and Oliver Gregory placed third in the Shot 9.63 and in the Discus reaching 21m
Charlotte Booker threw a new club record in the under 17 Womens Hammer 23.14 and achived 20.55 in the Discus
The under 13 boys age group Kian Hockaday threw 26.32 in the javelin, all athletes on the day threw Personnel Bests
Team Kennet Triathlon and Athletics Club saw nearly 20 of its club runners out at the Reading Half Marathon on Sunday, in very Windy conditions but warm.
First home for the club was Veteran runner Chris Turner in 1hr 23mins 11seconds finishing in 283rd place, next home was the clubs newest runner Ben Schiffer-Harte in 1hr 26mins and 27 seconds finishing in 417th place. Other club runners
Mark Dunstan 1111th 1.36.29
Mark Gallimore 1210th 1.37.44
Helen Preedy 1383rd 1.39.14
Sean Bird 2323rd 1.46.07
Neil Atherton 2349th 1.46.16
Mark Cannons 1.47.05
Roger Davis 2656th 1.48.24
Georgia Marriott 3010th 1.51.14
John Marriott 3009th 1.51.14
Kim D’Arcy-Masters 1.54.03
Tony Duck 3557th 1.55.23
Simon Gale 4643rd 1.59.14
Gerry Isles 6105th 2.08.23
Jenny Drake 6696th 2.12.54
Cheryl Angell 9079th 2.43.11
Team Kennet Athletes were representing their County of Berkshire in the English Schools Cross Country Championships held at Norwich on Saturday, In the Inter Mediate Boys Race Sam Hart challenged the front of the race for the first half over a muddy but flattish course, hanging on towards the end just missing out on a medal by 10 seconds finishing in 6th place, but the reward is the Hart earns himself an England Vest.
Lucy Wells coming back from 3 weeks out in the Junior Girls race with only a weeks light training ran brilliantly to finish 78th and help the Berkshire Girls to 6th place in the team event but in the 8 to finish they won this and lifted the title.
In the Senior girls race Emily Faulkner continuing to improve each month finished 174th.
Team Kennet had several athletes competing over the weekend, in the CAU inter counties at Loughborough Callum O Neill ran a superb race in his first year as a senior man coming home in 119th place out of 283 finishers to help the Berkshire team in 17th. In the under 17 mens race Bradley Thomas came 250th in his race gaining a lot of experience.
It was also the National Prep Schools Cross Country Championships held at The Malverns, in the under 13 girls race Molly Jones came 4th just missing out on a medal, and Nancy Eadie coming close behind in 7th both girls representing Cheam school and run with the club
Team Kennet had three athletes representing Berkshire in the South East regional sportshall final on Saturday 4th March. Oliver Gregory and Harry Booker took part in the under 13 team with Stuart Bladon in the under 15 team. The competition was intense, hard fought and exciting throughout the afternoon with both teams eventually emerging victorious.
Individual highlights were a gold medal for Harry in the shot with a throw of 12.79m; a bronze for Oliver in the shot and a bronze for Stuart in the standing long jump.
All three now go forward as the largest every Team Kennet contingent to represent Berkshire at the national finals which will take place in Manchester on 22nd and 23rd April.
Earlier in February, Aimee Dickson was in the Berkshire team for the Under 11s regional final where the girls finished in 2nd place.
Team Kennet athletes were in action on Sunday in the last of the Oxford Cross Country League matches of the year. In the under 13 girls age group Molly Jones secured a Bronze medal coming third on the day, Nancy Eadie was next home in 5th place which was her overall finishing placing and Georgina Thomson was the last of the A team home in 15th place securing a Team Silver Medal. The B team was Annelise Gale 18th, Pippa Thomas 25th and Lily D Arcy Masters 29th and Emily Tucker 33rd.
The under 15/17 Girls team came 3rd overall in the league, on the day in the under 17 age group Emily Faulkner came home in 3rd place just missing out on top three awards, Rosa Lawrence was 7th. In the under 15 girls injury/illness kept most away. Lucy Wells did enough to secure a Silver individual medal, Pheobe Hoaen came 16th on the day in the under 15s.
The under 15/17 boys Bradley Thomas came 7th and in the under 15 boys Cameron Langley 8th and Toby Thomas 15th. The under 13 boys new comer William Jones came 22nd
In the Senior ladies Helen Preedy led the way home in 18th with Sue francis 24th. While in the men’s Chris Hall came 55th, Dean Maker 122nd were the best of the seniors.
For the younger age groups, in the under 9s, Zoe Allen came 2nd in the girls and Emma Davies 9th, Maisie Hamilton-Unwin 15th, Caitlin Davies 17th and in the Boys Oliver Tozer 7th, Lucas Mercer 13th, Joseph Jones 15th, Jack Pike 17th. The under 11 girls Kirsten Fraser was the first one home for the club in 7th, Lottie Absolom 14th, Eve Brown 19th, Madeline Baker 28th, Aimee Dickson 31st, Ava Elverson 32nd , Tegan Kell 35th, Imogen Jones 37th and in the under 11 boys Toby Clark 16th, Jacob Woods 17th, Joshua Goatley 31st, Kian D Arcy-Masters 38th and Thomas Sportan 44th
Team Kennet were in action all over the place at the weekend, At the UK Indoor Track and Field Championships at Sheffield under 15 girls Anna Pettit made the 800m final, she came 7th in a time of 2.26.33, meanwhile in America at the Southland Conference University Championships u23 Alex Hanson came 2nd in his 800m heat in a time of 1.53.44 to make the final, where he came 6th in a time slightly slower 1.53.62, Team Kennet athletes have been represented in these finals now for past two years.
On the country in Multi terrain races Chris Treacher took part in the Terminator 10m at Pewsey coming 140th in 1.56.50, Rose Metalli took part in the New Forest Heart Breaker half marathon finishing with a time of 2.32.50 and Dean Makar took part in the Temple Valley Brutal 10k finishing in under an hour over a very tough and muddy course.
The Goring 10k saw Simon Gale finish 369th in 52.59
At Lee Valley under 13 Kian Hockaday took part in the Mini Quadrathon, clocking 9.75 seconds in the 60m sprint, 3.36 in the long jump, and 31.9 in the 200m