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The Beale Beastie Triathlon

Team Kennet Tri athletes were out in force at the Beale Beastie Triathlon on Sunday, dominating the event saw some 10 club athletes finish in the top 50, first home was Cameron Craik in 65.16 followed by Bart Kuijten and 2nd Vet 40 in 67.55, Daniel Wright having a good race saw him finish 14th in 70min, while next home was vet 50 in 21st John Marriott finishing 3rd Vet 50 in 71.57, Mark Dunstan 74.08 was next home in 29th followed in 34th by Phil Cowhig 74.48, just behind was Martin Colston 75.30 then Roger Davis 38th 75.59 and Graham Muse 40th 76.47, Dean Makar settled in 46th place 77.27, Sean Bird 80.08, Mark Gallimore 64th 81.26, Georgia Marriott 80th 83.56 and Ron Stephenson 97th and 1st Vet 60 86.59

National Sportshall Final 2017

Team Kennet athletes were in action over the weekend representing Berkshire in the UK National Sportshall Championships held in Manchester.

On the Saturday Stuart Bladon was competing in the under 15 age group where Berkshire came out runners up just behind winners Donegal. Stuart came 8th in the standing long jump 2.67 and was 10th in the Speed bounce scoring 82 bounces in 30 seconds. Overall in the individual he was 26th out of some 60 boys.

The best came on Sunday where two of the club’s boys were in the under 13 section. This time Berkshire went one better and came out as Champions, with Avon runners up and Tyne & Wear taking third. Harry Booker was made Berkshire Team Captain on the day which he thrived by coming 2nd and winning a silver medal in the Shot with a massive 12.72 throw. He also picked up another Silver in the Obstacle Relay and was 4th in the 6 lap run. Oliver Gregory just missed out on an individual medal in the shot coming 4th place with a throw of 11.53. In all all three boys came back with a haul of medals first time this has been achieved by Team Kennet athletes


Wessex League Match 1

Team Kennet Juniors were in action at Kings Park Bournemouth for their first fixture of the Wessex Young Athletes League, last year’s runners up in the league, saw a much depleted team come second in the match narrowly beaten by City of Salibury.

City of Salisbury      433
Team Kennet            401
Oxford City            382
Aldershot              277
Poole AC               208.5
Bournemouth            207.5

The under 15 boys were second in their age group match but it was Ben East making the highlights yet again as he threw a massive 47.36 to break the club Javelin record and keeping him at UK number 2 and winning on the day.  He joined with team mate Toby Thomas in the shot to come 2nd in their strings and in the long jump Tom Hills jumped 4.64 to come 2nd. On the track Ed Smith secured a B string 100m win and a 2nd in the 200m, and the 4x100m relay team of Hills, East, Thomas and Smith came home in 2nd place.

The under 13 boys a lot stronger in depth in the club than previous years saw another age group second, Gabrielle Warley leapt to 1.44 to win in the high jump and team mate Matthew Jones cleared 1.30 to win the B string both gaining personnel bests. Both boys teamed up in the 100m Jones coming 3rd in the A string 14.7, Warley came through last 30m to storm clear to win the B string 14.6, William Jones fared well in the 1500m finishing in 2nd place 5.24 and Digby Riggall taking 3rd in the B string. 75m hurdles George Mackie and Jones both were 3rd clocking 17.5 and 17.6, the 4x100m relay team went one better coming 2nd making up the team were Jones, Hockaday, Warley and Woodrow. Back in the field on the throws a double win came in the Javelin Kian Hockaday 29.79  and Colin Sinclair 23.36, Discus Thomas Woodrow 3rd and George Mackie 2nd and in the shot both Sinclair and Riggall were second.

The under 17 age group were third, in the sprints Tait Weekes came 2nd in the 100m 11.7 and Zach Montgomery 3rd B 12.4 in the longer 200m Daniel Hockaday 4th A string 25.1 and Montgomery  3rd B 25.8. the long jump saw a double win Weekes 5.52 and Hockaday 4.84, in the shot Montgomery came 3rd 11.03 and James Hills winning the B string 10.62, Hills then came 2nd in the discus 31.27. The relay team of Hills, Hockaday, Weekes, Montgomery came 2nd in a fast 49.0.

The Girls section saw the under 15s best of the age groups finishing 2nd overall, in the throws a double win came in the Javelin with Phoebe Hoaen throwing 33.08 p.b. and Sophie Wheadon 19.62, both girls made it another double in the Discus this time Wheadon 23.81 and Hoaen 22.55 and non Scorer Poppy Bladon throwing 19.40. In the Shot Wheadon had to settle for fourth place 7.55 but a personnel best from Chloe Collins 7.46 secured another B string win. The High jump saw a fantastic competition Anna Pettit clearing 1.40 for only third place and Ellie Armstrong stepping in at last minute cleared 1.30 also for third place. in the long jump Anna Montagne lept 4.78 for 2nd place. On the track good points came in thick and fast, the 300m best of all with Anna Pettit taking a win 45.4 and Georgina Thomson just edging in to second B string, in the 800m Pettit had to settle for second place 2.27.2 and G. Thomson winning the B string 2.38.9, the longer 1500m race both girls came 2nd Molly Jones 5.16.8 and Rebecca Thomson 5.28.

In the shorter sprints Anna Montagne had to settle for two second places in the 100m 13.3 and 200m 27.7, in the B strings 100m Anais Tank 4th 14.4 and Collins 29.5 for also 4th place. The Relay team of Pettit, Collins, Montagne and Tank came 4th 56.5

The under 17 women were fourth on the day but the three girls worked hard, in the 1500m Izzy Hole came 2nd 5.21 and a new best for Rosa Lawrence 5.24.9 for a B win, both Girls teamed up in the Shot for good points then tackled the 300m both coming third in their strings, Kira Angell dipped under the 14 seconds barrier in the 80m hurdles clocking 13.9 for third place, then clearing a seasons best in the High Jump 1.50, then having to run to the Javelin to come 3rd with 26.26m.

The under 13 girls also secured a fourth place with some good performances as the team were made up of the younger u13s, Emily tucker came home for second in the 800m 2.53.5, Beth King taking 3rd in the B string 1200m , in the 70m hurdles Lottie Absolom came 3rd A string and Annabel Gibson taking a B string win. in the field Absolom came 2nd in the High Jump 1.35, The shot saw Tucker coming third A string with Georgina Passmore taking a B string win, and tucker came 3rd in her Javelin while back on the track the 4x100m relay team of King, Absolom, Gibson, Dickson came 4th.

Training with Paula

Team Kennet’s Middle Distance runners had a training session with World Marathon Record Holder Paula Radcliffe on Thursday, she took the group out for a 5km run and a small hill session in the woods out at Cheam School, once back a small presentation was made for the groups Monthly Inspirational athlete of the month which Paula presented to Anna Pettit. After this the group took photos and asked questions, once Paula left the group were buzzing so much they went out for another run.

SAL Match 1

Team Kennet had to travel to Exeter for their first Southern Athletics League match of the season in Division 3 South West. Not best of weekends to choose  but a lighter team than expected recorded some good early season results

Newquay & Par                215
Exeter City Harriers         176
Winchester  City              162
Team Kennet                   140

Day started well with Joe Osler coming 2nd in the High Jump 1.80 and first time as a senior Stuart Bladon taking a B string win with 1.70, the 400m hurdles started of the Track events a 4th place by Rhea Walter in the A string but Susie Drake came through to win the B string, in the womens Field the hammer Charlotte Booker threw a best of 23.84 for 2nd place and  Cheryl Angell recorded her first win in the B string 18.31, Deborah Montgomery came 2nd in the Discus 23.18 and also taking same spot in the B Javelin 23.60 and it was youngster Kira Angell taking 3rd spot in the A string 26.31, elsewhere K. Angell came 3rd in a high class high jump 1.45 with Drake taking 2nd B string. But best points came from the Womens 2k Steeplechase where Drake came 2nd and Rhea Walter taking a win in the B string. Drake made it another 2nd in the B string 3000m, Rosa Lawrence coming 4th A but later made up in the 1500m B string coming 2nf with Izzy Hole taking 4th A, Rachel Bladon came 2nd in the B string 400m 71.03 and u17 Holly Donohoe had to settle for 4th in the A string and still ran 67.0.

The Mens throws the best result came in the B string Shot as Simon Hockaday took 2nd B, the Jumps Joe Osler was up against very high standard as he came 4th in the long jump 5.62 and3rd in the Triple jump 12.51.

The Mens Steeplechase Bradley Thomas had to settle for 3rd place and Nick Bull taking 2nd B string. The younger club athletes tackled the 400m both coming 3rd Stuart Bladon 55.7 and Daniel Hockaday 58.5, while in the sprints Zach Montgomery came 4th 12.2 and Tait Weekes 2nd B string 12.4, the 200m Zach montgomery 24.9 4th Daniel Hockaday 25.5 3rd b.

Oxford League Match 1

Team Kennet Juniors started their track and field season of in the first round of the Oxford Athletics League held at Horspath in Oxford, in baking sunshine the club secured second place in the eight club match behind hosts Oxford City but in front of Banbury, Radley, Bicester, Abingdon, Witney & White Horse Harriers.

Match Score
OXFORD               2403
TEAM KENNET      2037
BICESTER             1809
RADLEY               1702
ABINGDON            1588
WITNEY               1508
BANBURY              1354
WHITE HORSE      727

The Boys section looks strong this year as both the under 15 and under 17 boys won their age groups. The under 17 men saw a joint win in the High Jump coming from Stuart Bladon1.80 and Josh Livingstone 1.70. Bladon fast becoming a decathlete then went on to win the Shot 9.41 and just missed out on a triple coming close 2nd in the 400m 54.3 with Livingstone also 2nd in the other string 60.1. Ryan Cannons had a good day winning the 800m with 2.24.4, coming second in the Long Jump 5.09 with team mate Daniel Hockaday winning the second string 4.75, the sprints saw some good all round competition in the 100m Hockaday ran 12.4 for 4th place while Tait Weekes ran slightly faster 12.2 for 2nd B string, the longer 200m Hockaday had to settle for 4th again 25.5 and Weekes 25.7 again second place, but the relay quartet of Hockaday, Weekes, Bladon and Cannons took a great win in 51.6

The under 15 boys age group took full control in the Throws as Double wins came in the Shot with Harry Booker 10.85 and Oliver Gregory 9.81, both teaming up in the discus as Booker threw a massive 31.15 and Gregory 22.86. Booker came 3rd in the long jump 4.88 and Jack Cannons made it another B string win with 4.66, on the track Oliver Bazin recorded two good second places in the 300m 45.0 and 800m 2.31. in the faster events the 100m Jack Cannons came 4th in 13.2 and 200m 3rd 27.0 and another win in the B string from Gregory 27.3. Gregory, Cannons, Bazin and Booker teamed up in the 4x100m relay to come 2nd in 54.3 same time as the winners.

The under 13 boys found it a bit tough as most have just moved up or are new ones in the club. The older u13s Gabrielle Warley and Matthew Jones rose to the occasion to double win in the High Jump with 1.40 and 1.25 with two very good second places in their strings from Euan Every 11.59 and Oliver Humphrey 10.89 in the discus. Better points came in the Javelin with Kian Hockaday coming second 29.25 and a B win from Colin Sinclair 20.59.
The long jump saw tough opposition both TK athletes George Mackie 3.73 and Euan Every 3.67 had to settle for 6th places each, on the track best result came from Jago Prest finishing 2nd in 2.33, in the longer 1500m William Jones came 5th 5.46.1. the longer sprints 200m both Warley and M. Jones came third in their strings with same times of 31.3, M. jones taking 6th in the 100m while in the B string Oliver Humphrey came 2nd in 14.9.
the under 13 boys came 3rd in their age group, but with two older boys wins Team Kennet won the Boys match overall.

The girls section came third overall, it was the under 15 girls that came close to winning their age group, Anna Pettit was on form as she cruised to wins in the 300m 45.9 and the 800m 2.27.3. In the sprints Anna Montagne showed her strength to win the 200m in 28.0 while Chloe Collins took 2nd place in the B string 30.3, in the 100m Montagne came 2nd 13.9 and Anias Tank also 2nd 14.4, the 1500m was a close affair as TK had several non scorers also battling it out to beat the scorers, Georgina Thomson came home in 2nd place 5.26.1 just behind was Molly Jones 5.26.3 who won the B string but it was non scorer Rebecca Thomson who took the win in 5.25.6. The Relay team came 2nd in 56.4 which included Montagne, Tank, Amy Russell and Collins, again it was the throws that scored highly, double wins coming in the Javelin Phoebe Hoaen 32.75 and Sophie Wheadon 18.82, in the Discus Wheadon 22.89 and Hoaen 20.59, Wheadon had to settlefor 3rd in the Shot 7.68 but a good win in the B from Chloe Collins 7.27.

There were no wins in the u13 age group, but several good runs in the middle distance as Annelise Gale came home 2nd in the 800m 2.48. In the longer 1500m Beth King came 2nd 6.03.9, in the sprints Annabel Gibson came 6th in both 100/200, Charlie Pennicot came 6th in the 100m B string while in the 200m B Beth King was 5th. Both the Girls came 4th in their strings of the 70m hurdles Gibson 13.7 and Tucker 15.1 and the relay team of King, Pennicott, Gibson and Tucker came 5th.

The under 17 women fared better, Kira Angell coming 2nd in the sprint hurdles 14.2, matching the same position in the high jump 1.45, then taking a good win in the Javelin 28.93. Charlotte Booker also having a good day came 2nd in the B string Javelin 15.66, going on to win the Discus 23.18 and 5th place in the Shot 7.22 with Rosa Lawrence taking 2nd B string 5.65, back on the track Izzy Hole came 5th in the 1500m 5.41.2 and Rosa Lawrence taking a B win with 5.41.5.

There were some good non scorers for the club u13 boys Euan Every clocking 32.5 in the 200m and George Mackie clearing 1.20 in u13 boys high jump best of the pick.

Winter Awards

Team Kennet held its Winter presentations on the last junior session of the winter months before moving outdoors, 20 athletes u9-u13 were awarded the TK special stars for taking part in all the Oxford Cross Country Matches and the under 13 girls were awarded their Silver league medals and u15/17 Girls their Bronze League medals.

The top award on the night the Champions Champion Cup which Jessica Harrison the clubs two times Olympic athlete donated to the club was won by under 13 Molly Jones, Molly won the under 13 girls club championship as well capping a great night for her.

The Best Sportshall Athlete of the year went to Harry Booker with Aimee Dickson and Oliver Humphries winning the u11s and Booker taking the under 13 section.

The Indoor Track and Field awards went to Anna Pettit on her win in the south of England u15 1500m and Stuart Bladon

Basingstoke Open

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

International Cross Country

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.



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Bracknell Open

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.