General News

Wessex League Match 4

Team Kennet climbed back to the top 3 after a convincing win in the Fourth Fixture of the Wessex Junior Track and Field League on Sunday at Andover. With 42 individual wins on the day

Team Kennet 522
Salisbury 381
Woking 353
Slough 342
Andover 314
Poole 121

The under 13 girls carried on from the last match and during the week with another team win. Mai Brown was fired up as she smashed the clubs 800m record with a huge win in 2.26.3 helping the team to runners up in their age group league. Great points came for the field events with a lot of double wins, Kira Angell teamed up with Tabitha Hyslop for a double in the High Jump 1.40 and 1.35. In the Javelin County Champion Millie Quaintance took a another huge throw to win in 26.02 with another huge throw from Kira Angell 25.00 to win the B string. Mia Eldridge won the Discus by over 10m to throw 24.83 with Maddi Barnes winning the B string 14.70 and Eldridge also went on to win the Shot with 9.66 with Barnes taking 2nd B string 6.59. Back on the track Anna Pettit came 2nd in the 1200 in 4.11.1 with Lucy Wells taking the B string in 4.33.7. In the sprint Tabitha Hyslop showed her strength in the latter stages to win the 200m in 28.4 and Eldridge a close 2nd in the B string 29.9 while in the faster sprint the 100m Hyslop had to settle for third in a photo finish 13.9 with Pettit 4th B string 15.1. In the sprint hurdles Sophie Stancombe came 3rd in 14.4 but a great race in the B string saw Lucy West 2nd in 13.7. In the long jump Pettit came 3rd and Angell 2nd in the B string and finally the 4 x 100m relay team were 4th.

The under 15 boys had another win and finished the league in runners up place as well. The best of the points came from the throwers, returning back from English Schools as Champion in the Hammer, Oliver Hewitt tackled the 3 throws as A string, Javelin he threw 37.67 for a win, he matched the placing in the Discus with 35.09 and in the Shot had to settle for 2nd place with 10.61. As he had been all season Rafael Ribiero had been a great support in the B string where he took full control and won all his B string events the Javelin 34.30, Discus 24.68 and Shot 9.67. To show how strong the club are at throws non scorer James Hills threw the Discus 23.43 and the Javelin 30.86. The High Jump is also another strong point in the club and Max Gibbs cleared 1.65 for 2nd place with Josh Livingstone 1st B string 1.45 while in the Long Jump Dylan Suppo came 2nd 5.17 with Ben Armstrong 3rd B String. On the track Sam Hart improved his best time in the 1500m clocking 4.32 for 1st place with Livingstone 3rd B string. In the sprints Suppo came a close 2nd in the 100m 11.9 with Max Carnell winning the B string 12.4 and in the 200m Suppo came 3rd in 24.3 with Carnell 2nd in the B string 25.5. Dominic De Monte found it tough today as he came 2nd in the 800m 2.19.6 and 4th in the 300m A string with Hart 2nd in the B string.

The under 17 Women got back to winning ways again to finish 3rd in the league overall. Millie Calkin again dominating her events as she came clear to win the 300m 41.8, the 200m 26.00 and long jump 5.19. Jordan Donavon took part in the B strings with Calkin, securing more wins in the Long Jump 4.54 and 200m 27.1 and had to settle for 2nd in the 300m 45.2. Harriet Allan won her 80m hurdles then came 2nd in the high jump 1.35 and third in the 100m sprint
The middle distance races saw Georgina Bradford win the 800m in 2.23.7 with Chloe Scaplehorn winning the B string 2.42.3. Scaplehorn was just beaten in the 1500m to 2nd place 5.27.2. In the throws Bradford won her Discus 21.31 and in the Javelin Bradford cane 2nd with Scaplehorn taking the B string and the 4x100m relay team came 1st

The under 13 boys came a close 2nd on the day finishing just outside the top 3. Stuart Bladon was the best of the under 13s as he lowered his 800m club record to 2.18.7 in the 800m for a great win by 75m. He earlier won his High Jump with 1.48. Ryan Cannons came 2nd in his B string High Jump 1.35 but made it one better in the B string 800m with a win right on the line 2.32.5. Good points came from 75m hurdles as Both Daniel Hockaday and Calvin Suppo won their strings, Cameron Langley came 2nd in the B string 200m 30.6 as Hockaday could only manage 4th in 29.0 in the A string, in the 100m Suppo and Tom Hill could only get 5th places. The 1500m Toby Thomas 4th and Joshua Sells 2nd B string. James McLaughlin came 2nd in the Discus 22.31 breaking his own club record from last week with Zachariah Montgomery winning the B string 17.15, a great double came in the shot with Montgomery wining in 7.69 and Connor Sitton winning the B string 7.21 and in the Javelin Jack Cannons came 3rd 24.35 with Sam Davis 3rd 20.85 in the B string.

The under 15 Girls came yet again 2nd place as all season to finish 6th overall in the league. The best result on the track was the 800m where Holly Donohoe smashed her best to win in 2.29.7 with Susie Drake winning the B string 2.37.6. In the sprints Zoe Forte came 3rd in the 100m 13.5 with Georgia Featherstone in a photo finish but had to settle for 2nd 13.4, earlier in the day Featherstone came 2nd in the A string 200m 27.6 with Donohoe 4th B string 28.5. In the High Jump Forte was just beaten to take 2nd place 1.45 with Susie Drake 2nd as well in the B string 1.25, in the throws best came from Discus with Kiah-jay Stevens 2nd 23.81 and Charlotte Booker 1st B string 17.0

Finally the four u17men were against tough opposition and came 4th, New Comer Ben Josie fared well with 4th place in the 100m 11.7 and one place better in the 200m 23.9. George Biggs came 4th in the 100m B string 12.3 and 3rd in the 200m B string 25.2. Joe Osler came 2nd in the long jump 5.42 and winning the B string Shot 8.92 as Christian Randall came 4th in the A string 9.38, Randall’s best event the Javelin secured anther club win with 38.98 and in the Discus had to settle for 2nd place 24.68.

In the Under 11s Quadkids event, the boys won on the day ensuring they kept runners up spot in the league. Individually Ben East was overall winner with Toby Stancombe in 3rd, Harry Booker 5th and Oliver Brashaw 7th and dominating the Vortex Throw taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th places. The girls team could only manage 5th with Sophie Wheadon the highest scorer in 6th place individually but winning the Vortex throw. On combined boys and girls scores, the under 11s finished in 3rd place in the league.

SEAA U15/17 Championships

Four Team Kennet athletes were in action at the Under 15 and Under 17 SEAA Championships.

Oliver Hewitt won Silver in the Hammer with a throw of 50.88 while Rafael Ribeiro came 4th in the Javelin with 42.79m. On the track Millie Calkin came 6th in the 200m with 26.16 after qualifying as a fastest loser in heat 2 with 26.13 and Georgina Bradford came 6th in the 800m in 2.25.11.

SEAA Championships

Team Kennet’s Luke Angell was in action at the South of England Athletic Association Senior and Under 20 Track and Field championships at Crystal Palace at the weekend. His 2nd round throw of 56.32m won him the gold medal by a margin of 32cm over his nearest rival.

Berkshire U13 Championships

Team Kennet under 13s were in Seventh Heaven on Wednesday night at the u13 Berkshire Championships incorporating the longer distances. A total of 6 gold, 8 silver and 5 bronze was the best ever on this night.

Stuart Bladon made sure he won the high jump but also taking the Berkshire Championship record and improving his best jump to 1.54 which now ranks him UK 6th. He also broke his own club record, one of many athletes from the day that did so. In the Girls High Jump Kira Angell broke a long standing club record to earn a bronze with 3rd place, but the best event for the club came in the girls javelin where Team Kennet got a 1-2-3, it was Millie Quaintance that got the Gold with 26.90 with Kira Angell taking Silver 26.03 and Mia Eldridge Bronze 24.20 with all three girls in the top 30 UK rankings. The Throws continued to be the clubs best area on the night, Mia Eldridge throwing a new best and New Club Record in the Shot with 9.72 for a great win and keep her in 3rd in the UK rankings and the Discus was next where she came 2nd with 24.83.

In the boys throws, Triathlete James McLaughlin won Gold in the Shot with 7.61 and Sam Davis taking the Bronze 6.42, Mclaughlin then threw the Discus 21.96 for a new club record with 21.96. Millie Quaintance earlier in the day secured a Silver medal in the Long Jump 3.96. On the track Mai Brown took full control of the 1000m for a superb win and new club record clocking a very fast 3.08.9 to put her UK number 1, in the same race Lucy Wells came 8th in 3.33.4. In the shorter distance 600m Anna Pettit just missed out on medals as she came 4th in 1.50.5 p.b. James McLaughlin added a county Silver medal on the track in the 600m with another Club Record 1.45.1. Daniel Hockaday added medals to the clubs tally firstly in the Sprint Hurdles securing a Silver 15.1, then after coming 2nd in 22.1 in the 150m heat sprinted to a Bronze in the Final 21.9 The Relay teams both earned medals, the boys finishing 2nd and the Girls 3rd

In the longer distances a great 1-2 in the u20s 2000m Steeplechase saw another club record with Callum O Neill taking the Gold in 7.14.7 and Daniel Collis taking Silver 7.20.4
Georgina Bradford just missed out in the 3000m and just missed her best time of 11.23.8 for 4th place

UKA Scholarship

Luke Angell achieves UKA Scholarship Award.

Congratulation to Luke Angell on passing his NVQ 3 in Understanding Sports Performance and Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance at Loughborough University.

Luke was awarded a UKA Scholarship in December 2012 after his power 10 status showed him at the top of his event. Luke was selected with approximately 80 other athletes in the UK to start the AASE programme. The programme itself covers elements of Lifestyle, Dope testing, Sponsorship as well as having access to  Nutritionist, Physiotherapist and a psychologist. Starting in April 2013 Luke continued to study the AASE programme and 12 months after starting the course, which Luke did along side his Sparsholt college course, he completed and achieved something that few people are offered from the UKA.

Good luck to anyone who gets the chance to do this, someone is always watching you!

Berkshire Sportshall Championships

At the Berkshire Sportshall U11 Championships, the Under 11 girls blue team came 2nd and the red team 10th with the boys coming 5th.

The girls won the Grand Prix and came 2nd in the 2 by 3 lap and 4 by 1 lap events while Clara Jones won the Hi-stepper and was 2nd in the triple jump and Verical jump while Sophie Weadon was 2nd in the soft javelin and target throw and Isabel Stevens was 3rd in the long jump.

For the boys, Ben East won the Speed bounce and Chest Push and was 2nd in the triple jump while Harry Booker won the Soft Javelin and Vertical Jump and was 3rd in long jump and Oliver Gregory was 3rd in the soft javelin and the boys came 3rd in the 2 by 2 lap race.

At the separate Berkshire Sportshall U13/15 Championships, the Under 15 girls finished in 2nd place with Zoe Forte taking the individual all-rounder silver medal. The under 13 girls finished 4th but Mia Eldridge won the individual event. The under 13 boys, with an incomplete team came 7th with Stuart Bladon best individually in 4th place while out only under 15 boys, James Hills was part of the 2nd placed composite team.

In the separate events, Mia won both Shot and Speed Bounce and was 3rd in the 2 Lap race while Freya Owen was 2nd in the vertical jump and Caoihme Ruddock was 4th in the 4 Lap race. Zoe won the 2 Lap and was 2nd in the 4 lap and Shot while Danielle Newton won the speed bounce and the 2 teamed up to win the 8 Lap parlauf. Stuart won the triple jump and was 3rd in the speed bounce and James was 3rd in the speed bounce.

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.