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Breaking News – Luke 3rd in Welsh International Games

The England vest, that every athlete wants was put to good use last night when Luke Angell took on the International scene in Cardiff. After being selected a few weeks ago for the South of England, Luke had been preparing for the big moment and he took it with pride! It came last night at the Welsh International Championships held in Cardiff. In a very busy arena, 8 men took to the Javelin runway. After being introduced to the crowd, business commenced. Up against Lee Doran, the Welsh international and U23 champion Luke produced a superb throw of 59.82 to set yet another new Team Kennet record and a pd, but very importantly a 3rd place overall in a competition full of stars and exciting moments. Congratulations Luke you did a superb job!

Junior Triathlon

Team Kennet Junior Triathlon – Further Success at Eton and Andover

It has been an Action packed two weeks for the Team Kennet Junior Triathletes with races at Eton Dorney and Andover;

Human Race Supertri race at Eton Dorney: This year the event was a sell out with many more junior triathletes present. The race was being used as a key race by many of the UKs regions, and most of the best athletes from Birmingham southwards were present. As we have come to expect, Dorney Lake was bathed in sunshine but thankfully temperatures were cooler than last year. Team Kennet was well represented with Guy Hutchins, Alex McLaughlin and Cameron McCulloch taking part in the 8-10 (TriStart and T1) category; Charlie Hart, Holly Hutchins and Lucy Draper taking part in the T2 category; James McLaughlin and Sammy Hart in the T3 High Performance Drafting Race, and Rory McCulloch in the T3 Fun category; and finally Alex McCulloch in the Youth Fun Category.

Sammy and James were first up in the T3 Draft Legal race, their first experience of full elite level racing, with a really high quality field of 50. Both had reasonable swims and exited the water in middle of the field with Sammy ahead of James, both worked hard on the bikes gaining a few places before hitting the run. Sammy clearly struggling with the effects of a cold managed to hold onto 17th place, James gained another place on the run to come 24th.

In the T1 race, there was a tough battle between Guy Hutchins and Alex McLaughlin, with a great final run Alex came out on top finishing in 7th place with Guy 10th, out of 127 finishers, and outstanding performance from both boys. In the girls race Cameron McCulloch finished in 54th place, improving her position from last year by over 20 places.

The T2 race again saw some more impressive performances with an excellent swim and bike and run from Holly Hutchins to get 8th place and Lucy Draper in her first year in the age-group coming 38th.  Charlie Hart also in his first year in the age-group came 47th in the boy’s race.

Rory McCulloch raced in the T3 fun race came putting in a solid display to come 38th. And in the final race of the day Alex McCulloch came 21st in the girl’s youth Fun race.

Finally it was Andover and he last of this years triathlon series

Andover Triathlon:  This year’s event was the largest it has ever been with large field in most of the age-groups.  The race was the final round in the South Central Series, and the last round of Team Kennet’s race programme.  This year it was fantastic to see the largest number of Team Kennet Triathletes competing at one event with 12 present.  It was really impressive to see the effort they all put in and how much they have all improved.  2 athletes Phoebe Hoaen and Ruth Wyatt were taking part in their first ever triathlon.

In the T1 race, Cameron McCulloch in the girl’s race finished an excellent in 24th place, managing to keep smiling all the way round.  Whilst in the boys Guy Hutchins put in a fantastic swim, which he followed with his usual strong bike to come 6th Boy, Alex McLaughlin despite starting well struggled on the run but kept going, finishing in 28th place.

The T2 Girls race again saw some more impressive performances with excellent swims and bikes and runs from all the girls, Holly Hutchins came 4th, continuing the form she has showed over the last 3 weeks,  Phoebe Hoaen in her first ever tri a superb 5th and Lucy Draper in her first year a very promising 11th.  In the boy’s race Charlie Hart also in his first year in the age-group rounded off his season with 15th place.

Rory McCulloch, Sammy Hart, James McLaughlin and Ruth Wyatt were in the T3 race.  This week Sammy was back to his majestic best, taking the lead on the bike, he disappeared on the run to win by over a minute.  James following used his great bike to work his way up the field, before after a hard battle on the run he had to settle for a fantastic 3rd place. Rory was in the second wave, worked hard across all three disciplines to take 23rd place. Ruth had a fantastic swim and run to come 9th Girl in her first triathlon.

Overall we have seen some outstanding performances across the summer, it has been great to have so many children have a go at triathlon either at training or in competition and I hope that many more will be inspired to have a go in the future.

As a final bonus the series results for the south central region were announced with Sammy Hart winning the T3 category for both triathlon and multisport and James McLaughlin coming third again in both triathlon and multisport.

Tri for life Duathlon

Two Team Kennet athletes, Connor and Ollie Ludewig completed there first duathlon. It was held by Tri for life at at Woburn Abbey. Both boys did well for their first go. Ollie has only been riding a bike out of the garden for a few months. Connor came 11th with a time of 17:40 and Ollie came 42nd with a time of 21:55. They’ve now got the bug and want to do more.

The duathlon was part of Connor and Ollie’s fundraising efforts on behalf of G.O.S.H. and they have raised £974.25 over the last 15 months for the hospital. Well done boys.

Oxford League Match 3

Team Kennet ended the Track and Field Season with another League win taking 5 of the 9 age groups on the day in the Oxford League in ideal conditions at Horspath in Oxford.

Team Kennet                     3286
Oxford City                         3182
Banbury                               3158
Bicester                                3146
Radley                                  2972
Witney                                 1967
Abingdon                            746

The Age Group wins came from under 9 girls, u11 boys, u13 girls, u13 boys and u15 boys. The Under 13 girls secured their third successive team win in a row, led by Kira Angell who won the first track event of the day 70m hurdles in 13.1 p.b., later in the day cleared 1.35 in the High jump and then threw a massive 26.54 p.b. in the Javelin for two more wins. Also in the Javelin Millie Quaintance made it a B string win with 22.14 and in the 70m hurdles B string Sophie Stancombe made it another win and Anouk Mauree made it another double in the High jump with 1.30 p.b. Mai Brown joined the wins as she took full control of her 800m to win in 2.30.4 with Phoebe Hoaen 3rd in the B string. Brown surprised herself by winning the Shot with a 6.11 p.b. throw, Anna Pettit made it another win in the longer 1500m with 5.19.22 p.b. and Lucy Wells secured the B string 5.50.63 p.b.

Quaintance was the best of the sprinters finishing 2nd in the A string 100m 15.1. The Relay Quartet of Angell, Mauree, Quaintance and Stancombe just missed out on winning with 61.6 with only 2.5 seconds separating 6 teams.

The under 15 boys remained unbeaten in this league and only lost one match all season. In the High Jump Max Gibbs helped the Yellow Vests to a Double win by clearing 1.65 with Josh Livingstone 1.50 p.b. More doubles came in the Discus with Oliver Hewitt 38.91 p.b. and Tom Hills 24.10 and the 800m where Dominic De Monte stayed unbeaten in his 800m races 2.23.4 with Alex Colston taking the B string. The Shot saw Oliver Hewitt throw 10.63 for 2nd place and Rafael Ribeiro winning the B string 9.45 and later Ribeiro came 3rd in the Javelin 31.10 and James Hills 23.97 for 2nd B string. Max Carnell came 3rd in both his sprint races with Hills taking the B string in the 200m and the Relay quartet of Hills, Carnell, Gibbs and De monte  came home in 1st 52.5.

The under 13 boys saw Staurt Bladon and Ryan Canons secure double wins as they teamed up together in the 800m and High Jump while, in the long jump Bladon came 2nd. In the throws Zachariah Montgomery came 2nd in the shot 8.37 p.b. with a win in the B string by Cameron Smith, Smith became the A string in the Discus for 3rd place  with Montgomery winning the B string and

Jack Cannons made it another win in the Javelin with 25.64 p.b. while in the 1500m Joshua Sells made it a B string win 5.35.9 and Toby Seals 4th in the A string 5.34.9. Elsewhere both Cameron Langley and Tom Hills gained good points for the club.

Only a handful of under 17s turned out. Thomas Murphy equalled his p.b. in the High Jump with 1.80 for a win and double wins came from Matt Hunter 24.40 and Christian Randall 22.75 in the Discus and Randall 42.13 and Hunter 36.60 in the Javelin while Randall came 2nd in the Shot 8.98. George Biggs came home in 2nd place in the 400m 55.39 and the relay quartet of Randall, Hunter, Thomas and Rory McNeil came home in 2nd place.

For the under 15 girls a great double win came in the  800m with Susie Drake taking the A string just ahead of Amelia McKay. Kiah-Jay Stevens had a good day winning the Discus 20.60 coming 2nd in the Javelin 19.00. Holly Donohoe came 2nd in the 1500m with 5.27.47, while in the sprints Georgia Featherstone came 2nd in the 200m 28.5 and 3rd in the 100m 13.8 of the A strings.

Good points were also earned form Charlotte Booker in the three throws.

In the younger age groups, the under 9 boys came 2nd on the day and in the league with Kian Hockaday and Harry Davis coming 6th and 8th in the overall quadkids totals. In the individual events the best results were an overall 2nd for Harry in the 600m with 2.10.3 and a 2nd for Kiany in the Vortex throw with 26.04m. The under 9 girls came equal 1st on the day clinching a league win. Aimee Dickson was overall 2nd with India Farrant 8th with Aimee winning the 600m in 2.18.2 and Bronwyn Llewellyn 3rd in the Vortex.

The under 11 boys won on the day to seal the league title with individual 3rd and 4th places going to Harry Booker and Toby Stancombe with Thomas Joyce in 8th. Toby and Harry took 1st and 2nd in the Vortex (41.36 and 39.82) while Thomas was 2nd in the long jump (3.83). The girls finished league runners up after a disappointing 4th place with Francesca Young best individually in 8th. Francesca was 3rd in 75m in 11.77 and 2nd in the long jump (3.62) while Verity Szala was 3rd in 600m in 2.06.2 and Sophie Wheadon 4th in the Vortex with 25.62m.

English Schools Champion

Congratulations to Oliver Hewitt who won the Junior Boys Hammer competition at the English Schools Championships at Birmingham with a throw of 51.14m. He becomes the first male club member and only the second club member to win at the championships with both of these being in the throws events.

SAL Match 4

Team Kennet were fired up for the fourth round of the Southern Athletics League Division 3 match at Aldershot in soaring track temperatures. A great display all round gave the League Leaders as close match as only 12pts separated the top 3 teams.

Plymouth                            300.5

Team Kennet                     290.5

Aldershot                            288

Salisbury                             197

East Grinstead                   174

Poole R                                 12

On the day several age group records from the club were broken. Luke Angell’s Javelin win on the day extending his own club record to 58.89 was the best of the three new club records. Alex Hanson could only get third place in the 3000m but earned himself a club record with 9.14.1 and the Women’s 4 x 400m relay team of Georgina Bradford, Carys Cox, Millie Calkin and Jordan Donovan who are all under 17s broke a long standing club record to come 2nd with 4.19.3.

Elsewhere age group records fell in the summer heat. Carys Cox was in a fast 800m race to break the u17 record coming 3rd with 2.19.6 and in the same race in the B string vet 45 athlete Rachel Bladon broke her own record to take it down to 2.32.4 for 3rd place. Cheryl Angell also took a age group record as she won the B string hammer with 20.94 in the v45 age group.

The first events on the track were the 400m hurdles. The women saw Harriet Allan come in 3rd place with Kirsty Bennet taking 2nd B string and in the Men’s Samuel Randall remains unbeaten winning again in a fast 59.2 while in the B string Nick Bull came 2nd place.

The High Jump was in progress with the men, Thomas Murphy equalled his p.b. of 1.80 for 2nd place with Bull taking 3rd place 1.45 in the B string.

The 100m was next on the track a convincing win from Millie Calkin in 13.0, while Zoe Silverthorne managed 13.9 for 3rd place in the B string. Josh Willock stormed to Victory in the mens 100m in 11.0 with George Hunter taking 3rd in the B string 11.8.  Willock made the double in the 200m winning in 22.5 with Samuel Randall winning B string in 23.4 while Calkin and Jordan Donovan both came 2nd for the women in 26.1 and 27.2. The mens 800m was a close battle with four athletes breaking the 2 minute barrier, luckily it was a double win for the Yellow vests as Nathan Gillis controlled his sprint finish with style for a fast 1.55.9 and Alex Hanson also did the same to clock 1.59.8.

The women’s sprint hurdles was next Allan could only get 4th place. The women’s 3000m was straight after the hurdles and both TK girls had the pleasure of being runners up to GB athletes Steph Twell and Louise Small, Chloe Scaplehorn clocking 11.57.4 and Kirsty Bennet 12.43.8

In the women’s long jump Donavon came 3rd A string 4.51 and Calkin made it another win in the B string 4.47 while in the men’s Long Jump Willock was beaten by just 2cms into 2nd place with 6.14 with Thomas Murphy taking 4th place 4.93. In the triple jumps Zoe Silverthorne came 3rd with 9.09   and Georgina Bradford 3rd B string 8.10 and the men’s George Hunter was 2nd with 12.53 and Willock beaten again by 1cm into 2nd place with 12.37.

The 400m races bring good points for the club. In the women’s race Carys Cox came 2nd with 62.1 and G. Bradford 3rd in the B string 64.6 while the men’s race saw Samuel Randall take another great win in 50.8 and George Biggs 4th in the B string 57.5.

In the throws Christian Randall came 2nd in the B string Javelin 38.54. Both Anthony Hewitt and Stan Chambers earned good points in the Hammer, and Christian Randall and Chambers also did in the Discus. The Women’s throws fared much better in the points. In the Discus Alisha Bradford was just edged out into 2nd place with a below par 25.52 which Angell matched in the B string 17.13, in the shot Bradford came 3rd in the A string 8.05 with Angell 6.25 for another 2nd place, The Javelin Deborah Montgomery came 3rd with 21.98 with Bradford 2nd in the B string 16.44

Back on the track Georgina Bradford came 2nd in the 1500m with5.16.7 and a great B string win came from Scaplehorn 5.40.6 as the track temperature kept rising zapping energy levels from the athletes. In the men’s 1500m Nathan Gillis could only manage 3rd place with 4.16. Rachel Bladon broke another club age group record in the 2000m Steeplechase with a great 2nd place in 8.06.7 and to take her to UK number 1 in the age group rankings. The Men’s 3000m steeplechase secured two second places from Callum O’Neil and Daniel Collis 11.26/11.33

The men’s relay teams were both in battles the 4x100m team came 4th with Willock, Briggs, Randall and Gillis and the 4x400m team matched this just missing the club record in 3.32.8 (Gillis, Randall, Willock, Hunter)

Wessex League Match 2

Match 2 – Bournemouth 8th June

Team Kennet Juniors came so close to winning match 2 of the Wessex track and field league at Bournemouth on Sunday taking it down to just the relays to sort out the match winners, In the process four club records were taken on the day.

Southampton 542
Team Kennet 528
Poole AC 393
Isle of Wight 308
New Forest Jun. 244
Poole Runners 199

In the club records that went on the day, Darcey Fleming in the under 15 girls 75m hurdles took her time down to 11.5 taking her to UK number 3 in the rankings. In the Under 13 Boys Stuart Bladon smashed his best in the High Jump leaping to 1.52 taking him to UK number 4 and in the under 15 boys Oliver Hewitt broke his own Discus record to take it to 35.73. In the younger age groups the under 11s new comer Harry Booker smashed the League Record in the Vortex as he just missed the 50m mark with a sailing throw of 49.90 as he topped the under 11 boys. All four winning their events on the day.

The Under 17 Women continued to show the strength in the league with a convincing age group win to keep them up the top of their league, Millie Calkin producing one of her best 300m races to win in 41.6 with Jordan Donavon 2nd in the B string 44.7 and both teamed up in the long jump with Donavon getting the better winning outright 4.85 with Calkin taking the B string 4.39. and in the 200m to clock wins in their string Calkin 25.70 and Donavon 26.90. Georgina Bradford continued her form as she led the 800m from the gun to win in a new p.b. of 2.22.3 with Cary Cox just behind taking the B string in 2.23.9, both girls took part in the Discus with Bradford 2nd 22.56 p.b. and Cox 1st B string 17.61
Harriet Allan joined in the wins to take the 80m hurdles in 17.1 and she teamed up with Cox in the High jump with both winning their strings. Natasha Roue clocked 14.3 for 2nd in the 100m with Alexandra McCulloch matching that in the B string 15.0 while the Relay team of Roue, McCulloch, Cox and Calkin secured another win.

The under 15 boys age group throwers were on form Oliver Hewitt and Rafael Ribeiro secured a great double win in the Javelin with Hewitt 40.07 p.b. and Ribeiro 39.83. Hewitt made it anther win in the Discus 35.73 as Ribeiro had to settle for 2nd in the B string 25.09 and the boys made it anther double in the shot as Hewitt threw 10.64 and Ribeiro 8.53. Dylan Suppo leapt to 5.52 in the long jump for a A string win with Max Carnell 2nd in the B string 4.52. On the Track Tom Murrell won his first 1500m race in a new best time of 4.56 with Josh Livingstone 5.18.9 for 3rd B string. In the sprints Suppo was involved in a battle in the 100m to be edged into 2nd place 12.1 as Carnell took 3rd in the B string. Suppo had to settle for 3rd in the 200m 25.1 with Max Gibbs matching the placing in the B string and in the 300m Gibbs was 3rd again 43.1 but a great dip on the line saw Sam Hart win the B string 45.9, Both Hart and Rory McCulloch came 4th in their strings of the 800m races. The under 15 boys came 2nd overall

The under 17 men came second as well in their own league Max Hunter coming 4th in the 100m 12.2. Good points came in the jumps as Thomas Murphy and Joe Osler secured a Double win with 1.80 for Murphy p.b. and 1.55 for Osler, he made it another B win in the Long jump with Murphy 3rd A string 5.42. In the throws Christian Randall and Matt Hunter secured anther double win with a great p.b. for Randall 40.45 and Hunter 34.65, both teamed up in the Discus for 2nd places 26.22 and 24.09 and the relay team came home in 3rd place

The under 13 girls came within a whisker of winning their age group, Mai Brown taking the lead and winning with ease in the 1200m 4.04.5 with Lucy Wells taking 2nd B string 4.30.3 in the slightly shorter distance the 800m Anna Pettit made it another win 2.40.2 with Izzy Hole fading to take 3rd B string. Anna Pettit made it a B string win in the 200m 31.4, while Sophie Stancombe secured the other B string win in the 70m hurdles 13.8. Pettit improved her long jump best to 3.91 for 2nd A string.
Both Brown and Kira Angell came 2nd in the high jump both clearing 1.25. The throws again brought good points as Kira Angell threw a huge 25.75 p.b. to win the Javelin with Mia Eldridge taking the B string 20.49. In the Shot another Double came from Eldridge in the A string 8.85 and Maddi Barnes 6.75 in the B string and in the discus Eldridge came 2nd 24.66 and Barnes 14.33 as a non scorer would have won the B string

The under 13 boys came 3rd in very tight age group, best points on the track came from the middle distance, Stuart Bladon and Ryan Cannons both 2nd in their strings of the 800m 2.29.7/2.43.3. The high Jump secured a great double with Bladon winning in 1.52 and Ryan Cannons 1.35 both p.b.s while in the Shot Zachariah Montgomery came 2nd 7.70 p.b. and Sam Davis 2nd B string 6.10, In the Discus Davis got the better this time over Montgomery, Davis coming 3rd A with 18.44 and 17.02 for 2nd B string Montgomery while in the Javelin Davis came 3rd with 20.54

The under 15 girls came 2nd on the day Darcey Fleming having her best day ever on the track with her hurdles of 11.5, she went on to win the 200m in 27.1 with Callie Leighton 2nd in the B string 28.3. In the 800m race Holly Donohoe led from the gun to be outsprinted in the final 50m for 2nd A string 2.30.2 p.b. with Amelia McKay winning the B string in 2.33.6 p.b. In the longer 1500m distance Susie Drake secured a 2nd place 5.22.9. Fleming made it another win in the Long Jump 4.48 with Leighton 2nd in the B string and in the Discus Kiah-Jay Stevens made it another win 23.92 with Drake taking 3rd B string 14.23, Stevens threw 6.78 for 2nd in the shot.

The under 11s on the day won the Quadkids with Southampton 2nd, Harry Booker was convincing on the day with Ben East supporting him all the way as they finished 1 and 2, Thomas Joyce and new comer Barney Fox were 7th and 8th out of 55 boys securing 992 pts a massive score to win their team. In the girls new comer Louise Kane was placed 5th with Lucy Draper and Isabel Stevens coming equal 8th as the girls came 3rd overall, but combined won the age group outright to put them top of the under 11 league.

Oxford Mail XC Round 2

Team Kennet Cross Country runners kept up their campaign to win a lot of medals at the end of the season in the second round of the Oxford Cross Country League held at Oxford.

The Ladies Stormed to another team victory in Division 2 to push their lead out further overall, Helen Preedy led the way coming home in 18th, with Sue Francis 21st and Lucy Gettins 47th, with Philomena Mburu 75th and Vicky Adams 94th the other team members.

James McLaughlin made sure the under 13 boys were out in force and keep their chances of winning their age group, with a 3 teams finishing, a good 3rd place on the day from McLaughlin, last match winner Sam Clarke struggled to 9th place this time with Ryan Cannons 10th. The B team of Jack Cannons 17th, Toby Thomas 18th and Cameron Langley 19th was good enough for 4th place with both teams in top 5 overall. Joshua Sells led the C team in 26th and Alexander Long 32nd.

The under 13 girls team came 4th on the day, led by Anna Pettit in 4th place with Izzy Hole 9th, Phoebe Hoaen 21st and Izzy Brown 33rd

Sam Hart made sure he was in the mix finishing in 2nd place in the under 15 boys as the team came 4th overall, Tom Murrell came in 6th with Josh Livingstone 9th.

Georgina Bradford came 4th in the under 17 women’s race with Chloe Scaplehorn 11th combined with the u15 girls the team were 5th, Holly Donohoe just made top 10 with 9th place, Susie Drake 18th and Rosa Lawrence 21st

The Senior men had a big turnout, with 2 teams fielded, the A team coming 3rd on the day, with Alex Hanson 12th place (3rd u20), Callum O’Neill 32nd, Lee Tolhurst 48th, Chris Hall 106th, Daniel Collis 116th, Martin Fray 121st and Iain Adams 137th. The B team were 17th in Division 3 Chris Treacher 148th, Mike Sheridan 153rd, Jonathon Phillips 190th, Dick Kearn 198th, Chris Thomson 217th, Colin Price 223rd.

Lucy Draper was the best of the young ones, she came home in 7th place in the under 11 girls as TK made up a quarter of the field, Georgina Thomson 17th, Rebecca Thomson 18th, Daisy Tolhust 26th, Brooke Asser 27th, Kate Newman 28th, Molly Leach 36th, Annabel Gibson 37th, Pippa Thomas 38th, Emily Tucker 40th, Lily Darcy-Masters 55th. James Wallace led the boys in 9th place, Maxim Brown 11th, James Leach 16th, Charlie Hart 23rd, Cameron Dunbar 24th, Sammy Campbell 29th, Matt Jones 34th, Peter Aird 39th, Milo Brown 45th and Karl Smith 47th.

In the under 9 section new comer Digby Riggall came 7th, with Edward Hall tracking him all the way 8th, Thomas Hall 13th and Sebastian Simpson 23rd and in the girls India Farrant 8th

Inter County U20/15

Three Team Kennet athletes were in the Berkshiore team for the Under 15 and Under 20 SEAA  inter county match at the Barnet Copthall Stadium, Hendon. Luke Angell won the U20 javelin with a new club record throw of 59.86 and Nathan Gillis won the U20 1500m in 3.59.96. For the under 15s, Oliver Hewitt was 6th in the Discus with 34.01m. Well done to all three athletes.

South Yorkshire Indoor Series

Mia Eldridge started her U15 indoor season with a trip to EIS, Sheffield. Whilst her long jump (3.39m) and 60m (9.54s) performances left her towards the lower half of the 66 strong U15 group, her 2nd place in the shot put (9.04m) ensured a strong top 15 finish and 3rd place within the Year 8 competitors (2 pts behind 1st place). Mia’s first attempt at 3kg shot was also a club indoor record for U15 girls.