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Berkshire XC Championships

Team Kennet hosted the Berkshire Cross Country Championships at St. Andrews School in Pangbourne over the weekend, on a Challenging Course through woodland and up on to pitches the course wasnt suited for the faster runners more for the endurance, as the club were hosting less than normal runners from the club took part, but still some superb perfomances, Kirsten Fraser in the under 13 girls was the clubs best result not far behind the winner came home for a bronze, Eve Brown came home in 12th place and Anna Patterson 16th.

Toby Draper was the clubs next best finisher in the u20 race finishing 6th with Bradley Thomas 7th.

The Senior Womans Race Kirsty Bennet came home in 8th place and Georgina Bradford 12th.

The mens race Bart Kuitjen was 14th and Mitch Poustie 29th

The under 13 boys secured 4th place in the team awards, led home by Toby Clark 13th, Noah Kemp 16th, Oliver Tozer 20th and Isaac Mitcham 25th

Bethan Philp came 11th and Caitlin Nowell 15th in the under 17 womens race, in the younger under 15 girls race Annelise Gale was 18th 

Sportshall U11 Championships

Under 11 Sportshall Championship

The U11 boys just missed out on medals on Sunday at the Sportshall Championship, coming fourth. The team had several top 3 finishes and finished the day with on a high winning their heat in the GrandPrix.

James Fenner continued Team Kennet’s success in the Triple Jump with a jump of 5.77m giving him first place. This was matched by Jack Pyke coming first in the high stepper with 13 seconds. Second place was taken by Ivan Chekmazov and Ethan Kuijten in the Paarlauf with 71.6sec (winning their heat by half a lap!)

The team got several third places between them, James in the 1 lap obstacle, Matthew Howard in the chest push and the team of James, Jack, Ivan and Ethan in the 4×1 sprint relay & overall in the Grand Prix.

The U11 girls came in 9th with an undersized team. That didn’t stop them putting in maximum effort, especially when Charlotte Morgan, Leilah Gaye, Sophie Byway and Georgina Johnston showed off their speed, agility and determination by winning the GrandPrix overall.

Georgina, in her first sportshall competition, took second place in the target throw. The speedbouncers Charlotte and Tillie Bell got 48 and 49 jumps giving them 3rd and 5th place. Sophie also came 4th in the chest push with 5.0m.

Indoor Track and Field

Team Kennet Athletes have taken part in some of the Indoor Track and Field Open meets. On Saturday 1st December at Windsor Anna Montagne in the under 17 age group ran in the 60m Sprint clocking 9.71 on her fastest of two runs.On Sunday 2nd at Lee Valley Caitlin Nowell set two new club under 20 records in the 300m 48.3 and 600m 1.58.39. Aimee Dickson took part as a under 15 in the 300m clocking 47.23 and Oliver Bazin took part in the 60m clocking 8.02 and leaping 5.41 in the long jump as an under 17.

In the Lee Valley Mini Indoor Track and Field Open on 8th December, Zoe Allen broke the clubs 200m record taking it down to 30.47, and earlier ran 9.03 in the 60m sprint. Elsewhere Georgina Bradford clocked 2.45.94 in the 800m at the u23 Middlesex Uni Student Championships on 5th December.

Kirsty Bennet took the club 800m record running 2.35.01 to finish 4th in the Manchester cup on 14th November.

Oxford XC League

Team Kennets Juniors thrived in the mud at Cirencester Park, Kirsten Fraser in the under 13 girls took the clubs best result coming 2nd, with Eve Brown 11th and Maddie Baker 31st the girls just edged 2nd place.

The Under 11s kept up their top placings in the League in the girls race Zoe Allen came 3rd with Clare McGonnell just behind in 4th, Emma Davies came 14th, Imogen Newby 16th, Evie Hallsworth 17th, eilah Gaye 25th, Lilia Gale 31st and Maisy Turner 43rd.

In the Boys race Oliver Tozer came 3rd in a tight finish, Ivan Chekmazov 8th and then good packing by the yellow vests Oliver Lloyd 12th, Elliott Murphy 13th, Ethan Kuijten 14th, Jack Strutt 18th and Oliver Carroll 21st.

The under 9 saw Amber Stiles come home 3rd in the Girls with Louise Colby 6th, Anna Hall 9th and Lola Mitcham 20th while in the Boys Harry Strutt came 9th and Aaron Carter 10th.

The under 13 Boys Toby clark came in 9th with Noah Kemp not far behind in 12th, Thomas Matthews 29th and Isaac Mitcham 41st.

The under 15 girls Rebecca Thomson came 9th with twin sister Georgina 14th and Annelise Gale 17th while in the boys under 15 Luke Wild came 16th

In the Mens Chris Hall led the few that turned up home in 65th, Bradley Thomas 103rd, Mark Little 186th, Sean Bird 219th, Mitch Poustie 232nd, Simon Gale 250th and Colin Price 274th, in the Ladies Sue Francis came 22nd



Sportshall League match 2


Team Kennet took 23 athletes to the second sportshall league match on Sunday. This was the first match for the U11’s.

The U 11 boys blue team came 5th on the day and our partial red team came 16th. Our U11 girls team came 13th. Most of these teams were first timers and lower age still learning the events but are showing great potential for the future. Our best results came Max Cassey, James Fenner and Ivan Chekmazov. Max in his first ever match won the triple Jump with 5.78m and also got 3rd in chest push (6.5m).  James took 2nd in High Stepper with 13.5 sec, 3rd in chest push (6.5m) and 4th in vertical jump (41). Ivan got 4th in the 2 lap with 22.4sec. James and Ivan were joined by Joseph Hoaen and Enzo Morrison to come 4th in the 4×1 lap.

The U13 Girls are currently 5th in the league and boys 9th. The best result came from Aimee Dickson coming first in the balance test (60sec ) and 5th in the vertical jump with 45cm. She was closely followed by Lyla Goodwin with 44cm in the vertical jump.

The U15 team of Harry Booker and Oliver Gregory continued their domination of sportshall in Berkshire by achieving top 3 in every event.  Harry won the Chest Push with 7.25m, came 2nd in Standing triple jump with 7.39m and Hi Stepper (11.7s) and finally 3rd in 4 lap, 43.8. Oliver came second in the 4 lap with 43.2s, and third in Standing triple jump (7.31), Hi Stepper (12.5) and Chest Push (6.5m).  A force to reckoned with!

BBO Cross Country

Team Kennet athletes were in action in the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Cross Country Championships on Sunday at Newbury Showground. Under 13 Toby Clark was the club highest placed runner in the under 13 boys race coming 10th with team mate Noah Kemp 14th.

The under 13 girls Kirsten Fraser just missed out on the top 10 coming 11th with Anna Patterson 16th and Eve Brown 24th. The Under 15 girls Rebecca Thomson came in 15th with twin sister Georgina 22nd and Annelise Gale 24th. Bethan Philp was 16th in the under 17 womens race.

The men had a much better turn out with new comer Toby Draper coming 27th, then a cluster of yellow vests Chris Hall 55th, Bradley Thomas 60th, Bart Kuijten 61st, Ben Schiffer-Harte 79th, Dave Smith 83rd, Mitch Poustie 90th and Simon Gale 100th.


Oxford XC League

Team Kennet were in action in the First Round of the Oxford Cross Country League at Newbury Showground at the weekend, in near perfect conditions on a fast flat course the club secured some very good performances throughout the age groups.

The under 13 girls produced the best results of the day, Kirsten Fraser ran a solid race to come home in a well deserved 3rd place, with Anna Patterson next home in 9th place and Alanna Smith making up the scoring team in 16th place, placing the team in third place, Maddi Baker came home in 36th, unfortunately Annabel Todd had to pull out with an injury would of put the girls in first team placing.

Under 9 Girls Amber Stiles came 3rd in her race combined with the boys, Louise Colby came 9th, Isabelle Carroll 20th and Lola Mitcham 22nd, in the u9 boys Harry Strutt came 6th and Barnaby Turner 15th

The under 13 Boys also finished with a third team placing, Toby Clark came home in 6th closely followed by Noah Kemp 7th and Thomas Matthews 27th scoring team, Kian d Arcy -Masters was next home 31st and Isaac Mitcham 41st

Oliver Llyod led the u11 boys home in 5th place with Ivan Chekmazov right behind him in 6th, Ethan Kuijten was 15th followed by a huge pack of yellow vests Henry Waters 19th, Jack Strutt 20th, Elliott Murphy 21st, Jack Pyke 24th, Jacob Avery 25th, Charlie Todd 29th, Oliver Carroll 31st and Bertram Pilkington 48th.

The under 15/17 girls were short in numbers due to D of E for the first time in years, Annelise Gale ran a great race in the u15s coming 12th, Pippa Thomas 23rd and Emily Tucker 24th, in the u17 section Caitlin Nowell was 9th

The under 15 boys Luke Wild came home in 19th

Sue Francis was the clubs only lady runner coming home in 24th, while the men scored two teams, Cameron Craik led the way for TK in 51st with Chris Hall 73rd, Bart Kuijten 80th, Bradley Thomas 111st, Ben Schiffer-Harte 168th, Emiliano Espinar 171st and Dave Smith 173rd placing the A team 4th in Div 2

Chris Treacher led the second team home in 217th, Steve field 231st, Mark Little 232nd, Mitch Poustie 245th, Sean Bird 256th, Simon Gale 305th and Colin Price 324th.

Park Run Challenge

Team Kennet Park run Challenge saw nearly 60 runners turnout in October, 4 weekends of park running saw on average 35 club runners each week try to get their best percentage age time.

A small Presentation was held on the Monday after the last run weekend, with one of the Newbury Park Run Directors Dave Smith presenting the awards to the top 3 in each category.

Noah Kemp 74.64
Toby Clark 73.96
Jacob Woods 73.38
Harry Strutt 73.24
Jacob Avery 72.29
Chris Treacher 71.17
Emiliano Espinar 70.02
Oliver Lloyd 69.94
Ethan Kuijten 69.34
Gareth Williams 69.12
Nick Bull 68.45
Luke Wild 68.03
Dave Smith 67.46
Noah Lauder-Clarke 66.50
Simon Hockaday 66.46
Charlie Todd 65.63
Kim D Arcy Masters 65.32
Mark Little 65.07
Ben Schiffer-Harte 64.84
Daniel Wright 64.16
Kian D Arcy Masters 63.97
Jack Strutt 63.84
Matthew Howard 63.21
Tom Hall 62.03
Mitchell Poustie 60.14
Paul Kemp 60.06
Lucas Hart 59.85
Ed Hall 59.55
Thomas Matthews 59.23
Roger Davis 58.65
Bart Kuijten 58.43
Rueben Kuijten 57.16
Chris Hall 56.38
Henry Morgan 54.45
William Vrolijk 53.87
Alastair Tucker 52.86
Daniel Smyth 50.48
Leo Bull 50.17
Simon Gale 47.16
Glen Davis 45.90

Kirsten Fraser 81.20
Alanna Smith 75.84
Annabel Todd 74.75
Anna Hall 74.13
Rose Metalli 72.33
Kirsty Bennet 70.64
Helen Preedy 70.08
Emily Tucker 68.74
Eve Brown 66.22
Caitlin Nowell 64.83
Maddi Baker 59.37
Lelia Gale 57.01
Beth Clark 55.74
Cheryl Angell 53.43
Vicki Bradford 53.15
Imogen Cowell 50.75
Florence Waite 49.02

Sportshall League

Team Kennet had their first Sportshall League Match of the season on Sunday at Eton. We took 17 U13 and U15 athletes. Most teams were short on numbers but had excellent results beating other teams of the same size.

The U15 boys came 4th, with Harry Booker and Oliver Gregory battling each other for position, coming first and second in both the 4 lap and shot. Harry won out with 44.6 seconds in the run, beating Oliver by just 0.2 seconds with 44.8sec. In the shot it was Harry again with 12.66m to Oliver’s 12.19m. Annabel Gibson represented the U15 girls by herself coming 8th overall. Her best result coming in the standing triple jump where 6.09m put her in third place.

The two U13 boys, Ben Fisher and Edward Cain came eighth overall, even beating another team of 3 athletes. The U13 girls were the best represented on the day, with the full blue team coming fifth and the partial red team coming eleventh. The best individual results came from Aimee Dickson winning the speed bounce with 78 and 4th in the shot with 6.66m. Alanna Smith, in her first sportshall competition, sped home in the 6 lap to take 5th with 83.2 sec and Lyla Goodwin jumped to 6th in the standing Long jump with 2.02m.

Top 50 UK Rankings

Team Kennet UK Top 50 Rankings 2018
Under 13 Girls      
Lottie Absolom High Jump 1.47 16th
Aimee Dickson 600m 1.50.16 39th
Annabel Todd 600m 1.45.9 12th
800m 2.24.45 17th
Under 15 Girls      
Sophie Wheadon Discus 31.40 10th
Under 15 Boys      
Harry Booker Discus 45.26 2nd
Shot 13.15 13th
Pentathlon 2462 31st
Ben East Javelin 70.66 1st
Oliver Gregory Discus 36.63 24th
Shot 13.12 15th
Under 17 Women      
Pheobe Hoaen Javelin 40.57 17th
Anna Montagne Heptathlon 4029pts 29th
Bethan Philp 2000m S/C 8.16.8 18th
Under 17 Men      
Stuart Bladon High Jump 1.90 22nd
Shot 11.50 33rd
60m Hurdles 8.59 16th
100m hurdles 13.8 17th
Pole Vault 3.46 36th
Octathlon 4886pts 5th
Heptathlon 4488pts 4th
Under 20 Men      
Joe Osler Long Jump 6.57 45th
Senior Men      
Luke Angell Javelin 56.93 41st
Veteran Categories      
Vet women 50      
Cheryl Angell Hammer 21.10 26th
Discus 15.33 43rd
Deborah Montgomery Javelin 27.50 2nd
Shot 10.31 2nd
Hammer 36.14 4th
Discus 23.06 7th
Vet men 35      
Mitchell Poustie 2000m S/C 10.14.6 33rd
Vet men 45      
Nick Bull 2000m S/C 9.03.97 24th
400m Hurdles 83.6 35th
3000m S/C 15.28.2 43rd
Steve MaClean Discus 28.76 30th
Shot 8.66 48th