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Flemming Park Junior Triathlon

Sammy Hart takes second place and leads the South Central T3 rankings

Last Sunday, 1 June, was the first round of the South Central Triathlon Series with a visit to Eastleigh for the Fleming Park Junior Triathlon. This time we had 5 Junior Triathletes were competing.  Alex McLaughlin (T1) went first with a much improved swim but struggled on the bike and had to drop out on the run having not got over an illness.  Lucy Draper(T2), fresh from her first triathlon (the Oldbury White Horse Children’s Tri where she had come 3rd) raced hard coming in 4th in her wave and 7th overall in the T2 girls, missing 6th by  second.  Charlie Hart (T2) had a great swim bike and run to finish in 11th place, again just missing a top 10 result by a second.   Sammy Hart and James McLaughlin were in the T3 boys.  Sammy was in the first wave and had an excellent swim coming out in the top 2 into transition, from there he quickly pulled away on the bike and by the time he was on the run he had completed two complete laps before the next competitor started, finishing well clear of the rest of the field, he then had to wait for the second wave.  James was in the second wave which turned out had the stronger triathletes, leaving the water in third place he struggled on the bike with shortness of breath and sensibly stepped of the course during the run.  Sammy’s wait unfortunately ended when the winner of the second wave just beat his time pushing him into second place, however as the other boy was from outside the region he continues to lead the South Central region standings.

The next round is the Portsmouth Triathlon on Sunday 29th June.

SAL Match 5

Winchester                 350pts
Eastbourne                 336pts
Team Kennet               216pts
Holland Sports             152pts
Medway pk Phoenix     0 pts

In Horrendous weather conditions and a small TK contingent, the team did well to earn 3rd place in the competition. In the men’s section, On the field  Luke Angell and Matthew Hunter took 1st place in both strings in the javelin with 56.80 & 38.19 respectfully. The team of Stan Chambers and Anthony Hewitt earned valuable points in Shot & Discus and in the Long jump a double 1st came from Josh Willock & George Hunter jumping 6.98 & 5.35 and again teaming up for the Triple jump claiming 1st for both athletes with Hunter 12.49 & Willock 12.27. The high jump saw Thomas Murphy win A string with 1.70 and Joe Osler the B string with 1.60. On the track with limited number saw Mike Sheriden take on the 1500m and 5000m earning a pb of 19.02. With Willock 2nd & Biggs 3rd in the 100m and Willock & Joe McCarthy 3rd in the 200. In the relays saw the mens team come in 3rd 4×100 & 4th 4x 400m.

The ladies section performed well with the Duo of Alisha Bradford and Cheryl Angell winning both strings in the Hammer with 28.70 pb & 18.86 respectfully. Again the girls teamed up for Discus, both taking 2nd place. The shot saw Bradford and Deborah Montgomery taking 2nd place each and then Montgomery 3rd in the A string and Angell taking 2nd in the B string Javelin. In the Long Jump Millie Calkin took 1st with 4.82 and Georgina Bradford 3rd.  Rachel Bladon took points on the High Jump and then on the track a 3rd in the 100m. The combination of Calkin & G Bradford took 1st’s in the 400m strings. With G Bradford and Bladon in the 800m both took 1st with 2.23 & 2.32. finally in the 4×100 relay saw TK ladies come in 3rd place.

Wellington Triathlon

Team Kennet Success at Wellington Triathlon

Sam Hart represented Team Kennet at the Wellington Triathlon on Sunday 3rd August. After a successful season in Junior Triathlon winning the South Central Series, this was Sam’s first entry in a Senior Triathlon event. With 177 other competitors Sam took on the Super Sprint Distance (200m swim / 16km Bike / 5km Run). Sam gave a fantastic performance finishing in 56:07, a time good enough to put him in 4th position overall and 3rd in the under 40 age group category. A great result for Sam and Team Kennet.

Sam’s dad, Simon,  also took part in the triathlon in the sprint distance and finished in a very reasonable 26th place overall – 5th in his category 50-59

Junior Triathlons

Portsmouth and Bowood Triathlons Race Reports

Last weekend saw a number of our young triathletes taking part In triathlons;

First up on Saturday 28th June was Lucy Draper who was taking part in the Bowood Triathlon, set in the picturesque ground of Bowood house Calne; taking part in the non drafting wave, she initially struggled with the open water swim, finding her wetsuit difficult to swim in, however once on dry land she found her speed and across the cycle and run sections came through the field to take 4th place.

Sunday 29th June was Portsmouth Triathlon:  Before the kids would compete it was the dads turn to show the kids how it should be done, with Gavin McLaughlin and Sam Hart taking part in the first (over 40) wave.  The swim was a real struggle with a really strong current for the return leg of the swim (so much that a fair few competitors had to rescued before they were swept under the pier), however both dads emerged in competitive positions with Gavin out in 4th and Sam out in 7th.  Once out of the water they entered the pancake flat multi lap cycle route which, on closed roads, was a dream to ride and had both men speeding along with the encouragement of the kids (on the last lap) before setting fourth on the run.  A swift-ish 5km later they had crossed the line with Gavin getting 3rd in the 45-49 age-group and Sam winning the 50-55 age-group.  The winner of our race was world age-group champion in 2012.

Example set, it was the turn of the kids.  The first race was T3 age-group with James McLaughlin and Sammy Hart competing, a great swim saw them emerging from the water in 5th and 3rd respectively, before a superb T1 from James meant he was first out onto the cycle, closely followed by Sammy.  Unfortunately after the duo had built a good lead on the field a marshal sent them the wrong way, which meant all their good work was undone, they refused to give up and chased back through the cycle pack entering T2 in 2nd and 3rd place.  James bad luck hadn’t finished though, as getting off his bike he found he had cut his foot open during T1, refusing to give up he battled round the run to finish in 5th.  Sammy had set off with his usual fluid running style and by half way had chased down the lead runner, passing him he quickly built a commanding lead taking the win with style (and matching his Dad).

Next to enter the water was Charlie Hart and Holly Hutchins in the T2 race.  It was Holly’s first open water swim but she put in an excellent swim coming out in 4th place, with Charlie slightly further back in 11th.  Out onto the bike Charlie started to improve his position, while Holly found it a bit harder and dropped back couple of places.  Coming into T2 both were going well and after some great runs Charlie had made it up to 8th place, while Holly had managed to fight back to 4th.

The final race for the Team Kennet athletes was for the T1s, Alex McLaughlin and Guy Hutchins were competing, buy now both were well used to the water having been in and out of the sea for the previous hour.  Guy had a good first open water swim getting out of the water in 8th place, Alex with his best swim of the year just in front in 6th place.  After the usual struggle to remove the wetsuits, they were off onto the cycle seemingly locking into their own private battle for the who would get back to T2 first, the competition certainly helped and by T2 they had closed on the others in front.  Exiting T2 together,  Alex pushed on and worked his way up in the run to finish in joint 4th place, Guy ran well to hold onto 7th place.

Guy and Holly are be doing the Portsmouth, Eaton Dorney and the Andover triathlon as a triple triathlon challenge to raising funds for Cancer Research in memory of Guy’s godmother.  If you want to support them their website is https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/louisehutchins1

UK U15/17 Championships

Team Kennet saw 3 of its athletes compete in the UK u15/17 Championships at Bedford over the weekend. Oliver Hewitt in the under 15 boys age group became UK Champion in the Hammer  keeping  his cool, going in as English Schools Champion, he threw a massive throw in the Third Round of 53.39, which put him in the lead, no one managed to beat this in the latter stages. He is the Second athlete in the club to become a UK Champion.

In the same age group Rafael Ribeiro made it into the top 8 in the Javelin, he threw 42.24 in the third round to gain extra throws but stayed in 8th place with no improvement but gained a lot of experience.

In the under 17s Women’s Millie Calkin tackled her favourite event the 200m. She qualified as fastest loser in the heats clocking 25.85, she was slightly slower in the Semi Finals clocking 25.95 to finish 6th.

Sportshall Match 1

45 Athletes took part at the 1st Sportshall event at TVAC on Sunday.  Oliver Hewitt won the Shot with a pb of 10.14, he was our only boy in the u15’s. Daniel Hockaday our only boy in the U13’s, both had outstanding performances.  Other performances of the day were our u13 girls, Darcey Flemming wining both the triple jump with 6.60m and the Chest Push with 7.00m with Kira Angell taking 2nd place overall in the stepper with a time of 13.6s. Kiah-jay Stevens also coming 3rd in the shot with 7.17 and 2nd in the speed bounce with 72. The girls also took 2nd in both relays. U15 girls worked hard with only 3 in their team but Suzie Drake came 2nd in the Chest Push (5.00m) and Chloe Spencer-Ades came 3rd in standing long jump with 2.10 and 3rd in shot with 7.71. We had 3, U11 boys teams the best result were from Ben East winning the Speed Bouce with 48 and was also the outright winner of the triple jump with a spectacular jump of 5.66. Cameron Langley  won the 2 lap time trial and came 2nd in the speed bounce. In the U11 Girls we took 4 teams, some great results, Millie Quaintence 2nd in target throw with a total of 14, Elise Szala 3rd with 11 and Sophie 4th with 10. Maddy Barnes took 1st place in the standing triple jump with 5.58. In Speed bounce Francesca Young was 2nd  with 49 and Elise taking 3rd place with 48. In the soft Javelin, Phoebe Hoaen won outright with a throw of 14 and Verity Szala 3rd with 12.50. In the Stepper TK girls took a 1st, 2nd, 3rd place with Millie 14.7s, Cameron McCullough 15.1 and Hannah Gibbon with 15.2 respectively..

The full results are U11 girls 1st, 5th, 7th, 11th. U11 boys 2nd, 7th, 11th. U13 girls 2nd and 11th, u13 boys 8th, U15 girls 4th, U15 boys 3rd. Also a big thankyou to Team Manager Cheryl Angell, captains, Nakita Angell (girls) and Jennie East (Boys),  a huge thank you to our TK Officials, Anthony Hewitt, Simon Hockaday, Chris Szala, we can’t function without them!

Athlete of the Month

Kirsten Fraser is the Athlete of the month. Kirsten has increased her training and showing great potential now in both Tri and Track & Field, she smashed her best time in the 600m at the wessex league recently.