Two Team Kennet athletes attended the U15 London Indoor Games. Darcey Fleming was trying to improve her hurdles technique before the England Age Group Indoor Championships next month but had to settle for 3rd place in both runs of the 60m hurdles with similar times of 9.39 and 9.40s – marginally down on her PB of 9.35s at the SEAA Championships. Mia Eldridge was trying to qualify for the England Age Group Indoor Championships and came 4th for the shot with a new PB (and club record) of 9.55m, which was just above the qualifying distance, before a quick dash across London for the Berkshire Sportshall match.
Team Kennet had eight athletes competing at the South of England Cross Country Championships on Saturday down on the Coast in Brighton. Lucy Wells gained a lot of experience in her under 13 girls race coming 118th out of some 250 plus runners. James McLaughlin came a creditable 57th out of 220 runners in the under 13 boys race. Holly Donohoe was 96th out of 235 with Rosa Lawrence 218th in the under 15 girls race while the club’s best performance came from Sammy Hart who finished 17th out of 233 in the under 15 boys where Tom Murrell also came 121st. Callum O’Neill in the under 20s race finished with a superb 53rd place. Senior athlete Dean Makar came 526th in the Men’s Race.
Five Team Kennet athletes were selected for the Berkshire team in the regional Sportshall Fun in Athletics competition at Burgess Hill on 11th January. The Boys team finished in 2nd place only 3 points behind the winners Kent and the girls finished 3rd.
Individually, Ben East and Harry Booker were in the 4 by 1 Lap relay team which finished 4th and Harry was in the Over and Relay relay where Berkshire came 8th.
In the field events, Ben was 3rd in the Chest Push and 10th in the speed bounce, Oliver Gregory was 5th in the Javelin and 13th in the balance test while Harry was 7th in the long jump and part of the 3rd placed high stepper team.
For the girls, Verity Szala was 5th in the balance test and 9th in the target throw while Clara Jones was 11th in the Vertical jump and in the 4th placed Hi-stepper team. On the track, Clara was in the 2nd placed Grand Prix relay team.
Susie Drake claimed her first title in her athletics career by winning the under 17 women’s 1500m as a bottom end athlete. Meanwhile in the same race the under 15 girls battled it out and Holly Donohoe secured her first ever medal in a major event by coming second both girls smashing their personnel best times: Susie with 5.18.40 and Holly with 5.09.73.
In the under 17 Women’s 800m Carys Cox progressed through to the final coming 3rd in the fastest of the 3 heats in a club record time of 2.23.69. Some 90 minutes later she had to run again where she stuck to her ground to be just edged into 4th place.
Darcey Fleming came within a whisker of collecting a medal in the under 15 girls 60m hurdles, after winning both round 1 and the Semi final in similar times of 9.50/9.52 she came 4th in the final with 9.35 a new club record in the process.
Joe Osler was the clubs only male athlete to take part this weekend, after clearing 1.65m in the high jump for 9th place in the u17 mens age group he came 4th in his heat of the 200m in 26.3
Mia Eldridge competed in the under 15 girls. In her favoured event, the shot, she threw 9.07 for 7th place and in her heat of the 200m came 4th in 31.04
Team Kennet turned up to a Foggy and raw cold winters day at the third fixture of the Oxford Mail Cross Country League on Sunday at Culham Park, after the days results the club have kept up its campaign for a lot of individual and team medals.
The Senior Ladies continued to lead Division 2 with Sue Francis coming home in 22nd and Helen Preedy not far behind in 30th with good backing from Lucy Gettins in 52nd
In the under 13 girls Anna Pettit was involved in a sprint finish to be edged into 4th place which she holds overall, she helped the team come 2nd on the day placing them 3rd overall, Izzy Hole continued to improve with a great 5th place and Lucy Wells 11th, Phoebe Hoaen 18th and Emily Collings 36th.
In the under 13 boys James McLaughlin came home in 4th place (3rd overall) with Ryan Cannons 8th and Jack Cannons 13th bringing the team home in 2nd place (2nd overall) Cameron Langley 14th and Joshua Sells 30th
Sam Hart kept up his campaign for individual medals coming home in 2nd place in the under 15 boys (2nd Overall) with Tom Murrell 5th and Josh Livingstone 12th bringing the team home in 3rd place.
The combined under 15/17 Womens race saw Georgina Bradford 8th with Chloe Scaplehorn 12th in the older age group with Susie Drake 14th and Effie Dollar 18th in the younger age group
The Senior men kept up their average of 12 runners per match, Alex Hanson was first home in 18th place and 3rd in the u20 age group (3rd overall) with Callum O Neill 20th, then a big gap to Dean Makar 116th, Martin Fray 131st, Gavin McLaughlin 157th, Justin Wells 162nd, Danny Collis 171st, Jon Phillips 172nd, Chris Treacher 178th, Mike Sheridan 180th, Chris Thomson 206th, Colin Price 226th.
In the younger age groups Digby Riggall came home in an excellent 3rd place in the u9 boys, with Edward Hall 5th, Thomas Hall 10th, James Newman 18th, Harry Morgan 19th and Sebastian Simpson 21st in the Girls age group Aimee Dickson came home in 4th place
The under 11 age group saw Lucy Draper run her best race so far in 4th place, a battle of the twins saw Rebecca Thomson 8th and Sister Georgina 9th, Annalise Gale was next home in 21st, Brooke Asser 32nd, Daisy Tolhurst 36th, Pippa Thomas 37th, Emily Tucker 38th, Kate Newman 43rd, Molly Leach 52nd and Lily D-Arcey-Measures 54th.
The Boys Maxim Brown came home in the yellow vest in 13th place with Oliver Brashaw 19th, Cameron Dunbar 20th, James Wallace 24th, Sammy Campbell 29th, James Leach 33rd, Harry Davis 34th, Peter Aird 39th, Charlie Hart 42nd, Finlay Davis 43rd, Matthew Jones 44th, Oliver Minns 48th and Karl Smith 49th.
It was Silver haven for Team Kennet at the Berkshire Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Hungerford Common, best results of the day came from the under 20 mens race as the team of four came away just 1 point from taking the team prize to settle for the Silver, Nathan Gillis secured runners up spot with team mate Alex Hanson securing Bronze with Callum O Neill 5th place and Daniel Collis 9th all four looking like being picked for the County team.
The under 13 girls packed in well, although still missing a few key athletes Anna Pettit found herself in a battle for the Bronze medal but had to settle for an excellent 6th place with Izzy Hole just behind in 8th, Lucy Wells produced one of her best runs over the season for 13th place with Lucy Draper having a brilliant race to finish 15th as the team secured Silver team medals. Pheobe Hoaen came in 25th and Izzy Brown 33rd
Silver Team Medals came from the Veteran mens team with Deam Makar 28th first home overall, with Gavin McLaughlin 32nd, Justin Wells 36th, Mike Sheridan 37th and Colin Price 43rd.
James McLaughlin just missed out on medals coming in 4th place in the under 13 boys and Stuart Bladon 19th
Sam Hart came home 6th in the under 15 boys race with Tom Murrell 15th
In the under 17 womens race Georgina Bradford 11th and Carys Cox 16th and the club just missed out in a team in the under 15 girls with Holly Donohoe 16th, Susie Drake 21st and Rosa Lawrence 24th
Helen Preedy was the clubs only women in the ladies race where she came 13th and just missed out on Bronze in the vets age group.
Elsewhere in the Hampshire Cross Country Championships Lee Tolhurst came 46th in the mens race out of nearly 150 finishers and in the u11 minor race Daisy Tolhurst came 37th
Team Kennet had 6 athletes representing Berkshire u13 team at Kingston on Sunday in the Inter Counties match.
Stuart Bladon came close to winning in the Boys as he leapt to 1.50 in the high jump only to be beaten into 2nd place on count back. For the girls Kira Angell won the B string of the Javelin in a new p.b. of 26.21 to help the girls come 3rd overall in the match while the Javelin A string was club athlete Millie Quaintance where she threw 24.96 to come 6th.
Mai Brown took full control of the B string 1500m as she earned herself a new best time and winning the race in 5.07 while Mia Eldridge had a busy day doing two events. She was the A string in the Shot, her favoured event, coming 3rd with 9.11 and B string in the Discus where she threw 21.78 for 4th place. Zachariah Montgomery earned himself a massive best throw of 8.22 for 7th place in the B string of the shot.
Well done to all the Team Kennet athletes who took part.
Team Kennet’s U20’s Javelin Thrower Luke Angell rounded off his high flying season with a win at the Biggleswade open competition on Saturday. Lying 2nd after 3 throws, Luke pulled out a big 4th round throw to take the win with 58.67. Luke has represented Berkshire u20’s and seniors at Inter-counties level and is currently the South of England U20’s Champion after winning at Crystal Palace in June but the highlight of his year is representing England at the Welsh International Championships in July coming a worthy 3rd place. Luke will now go into winter training and coaching to get prepared for his last year as an U20 next year.