General News

Biggleswade Open

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 U20s Championships

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.

Club Ambassador

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.

Junior British Interegional Triathlon Championships

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.

CAU Inter County

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.

BBO Cross Country

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.

SAL Match 3

Team Kennet secured a convincing win in match 3 of the Southern Athletics League on Saturday at Bracknell in the summer heat. On the Day a large squad recorded 22 wins and 6 Club records were broken.
Team Kennet                                     330.5
Hastings                                               269.5
Bracknell                                              265
Horsham                                              198
Sutton                                                  80
Medway                                              DNA
Callum O’Neil  was one of the best performances of the day as he broke the clubs 11 year old 5000m record to take a brilliant win with a fast 16.23.8 with team mate Tom Munt taking 2nd in the B string. Millie Calkin continued to break club records, Firstly in the 100m securing a tight win with 12.7 then later on making it a double win in the 200m 25.8. Alisha Bradford alsoset a new club record in the Hammer with 21.62 her non favoured event. Josh Willock also made sure he was a club record breaker as he leapt to a great 12.74 in the triple jump for a win and new club record. George Hunter making it a double win in the B string with 11.96. Both were also part of the men’s 4 x 100m relay quartet with Nathan Gillis and Samuel Randall coming home in 2nd place with 45.2 another new club record, being beaten by just 0.1 second.
Many Age Group Club records went on the day – a  total of 16. Rachel Bladon had a superb day setting new w45 records as she won the 1500m Steeplechase in 5.54.3 with Mary Allan winning the B string 7.00.3. Earlier in the Day Bladon won her B string 800m and was 3rd in the A string High jump. Carys Cox tackled the 400m for the first time and she wasn’t disappointed as she blasted from the gun to win with a new club u17 record of 61.6 with team mate Georgina Bradford winning the B string in 64.2. Bradford earlier secured a new best time in the 800m as came second in the A string with 2.22.1
Team Captain Nick Bull teamed up with Samuel Randall in the 400m Hurdles with Randall winning the A string 61.1 and Bull winning the B string 72.5 in a new v45 club record. Nathan Gillis continued his form in the league with a great battle in the 800m to be edged to second place with 1.55.4 a new u20 CR and Alex Hanson made sure he won the B string in 2.01.4. Both teamed up again in the 1500m Gillis matched same placing 2nd with 4.15.1, and Hanson winning the B string 4.31.5.
In the men’s Sprints Willock won the 100m in 11.0 with Matt Hunter 3rd B string 12.1, and in the 200m Willock came 2nd in 22.4 with Randall same position in the B string 22.8. Daniel Collis came 2nd in the A string 2000m Steeplechase with 7.17 with Bull also 2nd place in the B string setting another new Club v45  Record 8.18.5. Both High Jumpers struggled in the men’s high jump with Tom Murphy only clearing 1.65 for 3rd A string with Joe Osler matching the same height but winning the B string. Murphy came 3rd in the long jump later on in the day with 5.39, while in the Pole Vault a good battle could only see Simon Scholes 3.20m good enough for 3rd place.
The men’s throws fared well for a change in the Javelin without the clubs best athlete. Christian Randall stepping upto A string came 2nd with 39.02 and Matt Hunter also 2nd place with 36.19. Both Randall Brothers came 3rd in their strings of the shot, and in the Discus C. Randall 5th A and Stan Chambers 3rd B string.   Finally in the men’s events the 4 x 400m team were involved in a battle to the line with Bracknell to be given joint 1st in 3.36.3
Jordan Donovan picked up B string wins firstly in the Long Jump with 4.64 then later on in the 200m with a great 26.9. Harriet Allan secured good points again for the club in the technical events, firstly in the 400m hurdles finishing 3rd place with team mate Kirsty Bennet 1st B string and then in the sprint hurdles Allan also came 3rd in A string and one place higher in the B string High jump 1.30 30 and Natasha Roue came 4th in 100m B string in 14.2.
In the longer distance 3000m Chloe Scaplehorn came in 3rd place 12.07.2 and Bennet secured another B string win 12.16.1. In the Triple Jump Carys Cox came 3rd in the A string 8.65 with G. Bradford 2nd B string 8.38 and  in the throws new comer Deborah Montgomery marked her Debut with a club v45 record in the Javelin for 3rd A string 23.95 with Alisha Bradford 2nd B string 17.64, Vicky Bradford matched her Daughter in the B string Hammer in 2nd place with 9.67, Both A Bradford and Montgomery were 2nd in their strings of the Discus 28.26 and 18.33 while in the shot both were teamed up again for 3rd A string 8.21 and 2nd B string 6.86.
The Womens 4x400m relay team of G. Bradford, Cox, Allan and Donovan again just missed the clubs record coming home in 2nd place 4.28.8

Oxford League Final Placings

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

SEAA Road Relays

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.

SEAA pentathlon championships

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