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.
England Athletics U20’s & U23’S Championships & World trials.
Team Kennet’s Luke Angell took up the challenge at Bedford on Saturday in the English Athletics U20’s & U23’S Championships & World trials. Luke took on a number of top 10 Javelin throwers in the country in the Men’s U 20’s section. Up against the best, Luke came in 4th with a throw of 57.61. With less that 1.5m distance between 2nd & 4th Luke has firmly put Team Kennet out there, and at only 18yrs old Luke is still progressing. Congratulations.
Team Kennet have made Two Time Olympic Athlete Jessica Harrison an Ambassador Of Team Kennet for her performance in international triathlon over 26 years and being involved in the club throughout her career. she is an inspiration to all junior and senior athletes around the globe and will have time now to visit the club as shes now retired from World Triathlon competitions. Jess came and helped out with the Junior Track and Field Championships on Wednesday Night as nearly 200 Youngsters attended, she was presented the framed picture with upto date club wear at the presentations later that evening before handing out medals to the winning athletes.
Last Friday saw James McLaughlin compete in the U15 British Triathlon Interregional Championships at The National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham. James had qualified along with Sammy Hart (another Team Kennet and NDSC teammate who unfortunately was unable to make the event) to represent the South Central region (Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire) against the 11 other English Regions, Wales and Scotland. The event was part of the British U20 Triathlon Festival. James who competes for Team Kennet Athletics and Triathlon Club and Newbury District Swimming Club is the first athlete from either of these clubs to compete at the championships. The event which followed the same rules as the elite triathlon events that the Brownlee brothers race in, started with a 350m swim from a dive start followed by a 5km drafting cycle and finally a 2.5km run. James had a good swim coming in towards the back of the main swim pack. The cycle leg was difficult as it was so short and although he managed to overtake a number of competitors he was unable to get into the main cycle pack. Finishing off with a strong run though he was soon picking up places coming through the field to finish in a fantastic 21st place in the UK, in his first year in the age-group.
Team Kennet had three athletes compete for Berkshire senior team in the UKCAU Inter Counties Match at Bedford over the weekend.
Nathan Gillis competed in the 800m and had to qualify to reach the finals the following day, he did this finishing 2nd in his heat with 1.54.21, the following day he finished 6th in a tactical race with 1.56.39
Luke Angell was just short of his best distance in the Javelin, now getting used to higher level competition came 6th with 58.47 and finally Sam Randall came 5th in his heat of the 400m in 51.34 but not progressing any further.
Team Kennet Athletes faired well on a warm but very damp course in Slough in the annual Berks, Bucks and Oxfordshire Cross Country Champs on Saturday.
Nathan Gillis Struck Gold as he won the Under 20 age group competing in the Senior Mens race finishing 14th overall.
In the lower age groups, the under 17 womens team came 5th with Georgina Bradford 14th with Chloe Scaplehorn 21st and Carys Cox 22nd. The under 13 girls had two teams Mai Brown first home in 27th with Izzy Hole 29th and Lucy Wells 31st bringing the A team home in 9th place, Bethan Philp 62nd, Emily Collins 65th and Phoebe Hoaen 67th made up the B team coming 20th and Olivia Lamb was the other club athlete in 72nd one of the biggest fields ever for the under 13 girls.
Tom Murrell came an excellent 14th place in the under 15 boys with Josh Livingstone 29th while in the under 13 boys Alex Long came 39th and for the under 15 girls Susie Drake was 33rd with Rosa Lawrence 40th.
The Senior Mens was led by Gillis with Dean Makar 57th, Iain Adams 62nd, Justin Wells 72nd, Chris Treacher 73rd, Colin Price 92nd for a good top 10 team finish.
The final placings in the Oxford Track and Field League have now been announced.
Under 9 Girls – First
Under 11 Girls – Second
Under 13 Girls – First
Under 15 Girls – Fourth
Under 17 Girls – Seventh
Overall Girls – Fifth
Under 9 Boys – Second
Under 11 Boys – First
Under 13 Boys – Second
Under 15 Boys – First
Under 17 Boys – Third
Overall Boys – First
Team Kennet sent 11 teams to the South of England Road Relays held at Rushmoor Arena at Aldershot over the weekend.
The best result of the day came from the under 13 boys who where in a shout for a medal most the way round, finishing in 6th place overall which is the clubs highest position in this event and will get automatic invitation to the UK Championships.
Stuart Bladon went first over the 2.8km course clocking 10.49 the 20th fastest of the day coming in 11th, James McLaughlin ran a superb leg in 11.00 to put them yellow vests in 3rd, just a whisker away from the front, Ryan Cannons took the third leg slipping back to 6th place with 11.47 and another fast leg from Sam Clarke 11.15 secured the 6th place finish. The boys had a B team which came 41st, Daniel Hockaday 13.21, Toby Thomas 12.46, Joshua Sells 12.21 and Jack Cannons 12.47
The under 13 girls gave it a good go, the A team saw Mai Brown lead off over their 2.2km course coming home in 8th place in 8.49, she handed over to Anna Pettit who clocked a fast 9.00 in 11th place and Izzy Hole brought the team home in 16th place clocking 9.26. The B team and C team battled together, Lucy Wells lead the B team in 47th with 9.36 while Lucy Draper clocking 9.44 for the C team came home in 58th, Phoebe Hoaen was next in the B team 10.38 slipping to 64th, while the C team overtook the B with Izzy Brown 10.25 for 62nd place. Finally Kira Angell made up the difference of 5 seconds to bring the B team home in 56th with 10.05 and Megan Myhill the C team 11.02
In the under 17 women relay, Carys Cox led the A team in 35th with 12.03, with Kirsty Bennet 46th leading the B team 13.04. Georgina Bradford took the 2nd leg for the A team moving up to 28th with 12.27 and Harriet Allan also moved the B team up to 43rd place with 13.49 which they stayed overall, Chloe Scaplehorn ran slightly faster than the second leg clocking 12.21 to keep the same placing of 28th place.
The under 15 boys race was close affair over the first two legs. Sam Hart gave the team a good start coming home in 15th with 10.06 and another good run from Tom Murrell with 10.32 moved the team to 14th place. Next was Dominic Demonte who clocked 11.40 to hand over in 22nd to Jamie Maughan clocking 11.17 to finish 22nd place.
The under 15 girls came a creditable 69th place in the biggest field of the day, Susie Drake took the first leg coming home in 53rd 12.23 with Amelia Mckay moving up a few places to 49th with 12.26 and last minute stand in Kiah-Jay stevens 16.33 for 69th.
The following day saw the men’s races. The vet 50 team came 16th place overall, with John Marriott clocking 24.33 and Mike Sheridan (v60) 24.04 the fastest two, Colin Price and Ron Stephenson (v60) were the other two athletes. The vet 40 team came 29th. Justin Wells led the way with a 24.16 over the 7.6km course and Chris Hall 23.28 kept the team in the top 20. Next was Simon Hockaday with Paul Quaintance bringing the team home.
Team Kennet had 3 athletes take part in the South of England Combined Penthalon Championships over the weekend, which saw Zoe Forte secure the clubs first ever medal in these events. Zoe moved up into the under 17 age group competing at the bottom age, she was just shy of the 3000pts to earn her a Bronze. her best events were the 60m hurdles coming 3rd out of the 27 athletes 9.81 which she matched the same position in the Shot 8.60, her high jump was 1.50m with a long jump of 4.53 and 800m of 2.43.29
Stuart Bladon took part in the under 15 boys were he came 6th, struggled at the 60m hurdles in 12.2 and the shot 6.50 but picked up well in the long jump 4.36, his favoured event high jump 1.48 and 800m 2.31.02
Kira Angell took part in the u15 girls, coming 27th in a big field one of the best for years, her High Jump 1.40 best of her events, with a long jump 3.68, Shot 5.70, 60m hurdles 12.34 and 800m 2.54.37