Training with Paula

Team Kennet’s Middle Distance runners had a training session with World Marathon Record Holder Paula Radcliffe on Thursday, she took the group out for a 5km run and a small hill session in the woods out at Cheam School, once back a small presentation was made for the groups Monthly Inspirational athlete of the month which Paula presented to Anna Pettit. After this the group took photos and asked questions, once Paula left the group were buzzing so much they went out for another run.

Winter Awards

Team Kennet held its Winter presentations on the last junior session of the winter months before moving outdoors, 20 athletes u9-u13 were awarded the TK special stars for taking part in all the Oxford Cross Country Matches and the under 13 girls were awarded their Silver league medals and u15/17 Girls their Bronze League medals.

The top award on the night the Champions Champion Cup which Jessica Harrison the clubs two times Olympic athlete donated to the club was won by under 13 Molly Jones, Molly won the under 13 girls club championship as well capping a great night for her.

The Best Sportshall Athlete of the year went to Harry Booker with Aimee Dickson and Oliver Humphries winning the u11s and Booker taking the under 13 section.

The Indoor Track and Field awards went to Anna Pettit on her win in the south of England u15 1500m and Stuart Bladon

Weekend Events

Team Kennet were in action all over the place at the weekend, At the UK Indoor Track and Field Championships at Sheffield under 15 girls Annanna 2a Pettit made the 800m final, she came 7th in a time of 2.26.33, meanwhile in America at the Southland Conference University Championships u23 Alex Hanson came 2nd in his 800m heat in a time of 1.53.44 to make the final, where he came 6th in a time slightly slower 1.53.62, Team Kennet athletes have been represented in these finals now for past two years.

On the country in Multi terrain races Chris Treacher took part in the Terminator 10m at Pewsey coming 140th in 1.56.50, Rose Metalli took part in the New Forest Heart Breaker half marathon finishing with a time of 2.32.50 and Dean Makar took part in the Temple Valley Brutal 10k finishing in under an hour over a very tough and muddy course.

The Goring 10k saw Simon Gale finish 369th in 52.59

At Lee Valley under 13  Kian Hockaday took part in the Mini Quadrathon, clocking 9.75 seconds in the 60m sprint, 3.36 in the long jump, and 31.9 in the 200m

Team Kennet says Thanks

At their end of year presentation evening, hosted by their main sponsor Document House, Team Kennet presented a cheque for £1000 to the 3rd Newbury Scout Group, who have been providing hot drinks and hot snacks at their Triathlon and Duathlon events for many years. They are always there come rain or shine and they are usually the first people to be set up and ready. They always provide service with a smile and they give free drinks and snacks to all our marshals and organisers. The club wanted to recognise their contribution with a donation. The money will go towards their “New Den project”. Thanks to Sonja Whatson-Kabirschke for the photo.

Athletics Report

Team Kennet rounded of to be their best ever Track and Field Season by being presented with the Trophies from the Oxford Junior Track and Field League by Chairperson of the League Annalise on top of this they took the major League Title the Wessex Young Athletes League which has 24 clubs taking part on the way beating big clubs like Southampton and Basingstoke, this is the Second time the Club has won Both Leagues and to do the Double before the Olympic year is a great credit to all the 40 coaching staff at Team Kennet.

The clubs trophy haul this year: Wessex Young Athletes League Champions, Oxfordshire Junior League Champions, and in the age groups under 9 boys and under 9 girls league winners, under 13 boys and under 13 girls League winners, under 15 girls and under 15 boys League winners and overall boys League winners.

The Club have also 8 Individual County Champions this year and some 27 club records were broken throughout the age groups which showed in the UK top 50 Rankings where 17 athletes made it into the top 50 best ever. The Highest placed athletes were Millie Quaintance UK number 2 in the Javelin for u13 girls and Rachel Bladon made it to UK number 1 in both the 1500m and 2000m Steeplechases as a vet 45 and still holds the UK All comers number 1 spot in both Distances.

The Clubs strongest area at the moment is the Throws, this season the club gained 90-95% of points available for this section in all age groups quite a remarkable achievement in depth.

The club has also had other clubs form the South come and visit how they run the age groups, and to take the programmes back to run in their own clubs to help build a stronger and more proactive Athletics session.

Team Kennet is Sponsored by Document House and Restaurant and is looking for another successful year next year as it will be the clubs 5th year with this company , all the sponsorship goes towards redevelopment in the club.

Team Kennet Athletics Section train on Monday and Wednesday Nights if anyone is interested in wanting to join the club from ages 7 -77 plus please use the contact form

Defibrilator for Team Kennet

Team Kennet have been given a lifesaving Defibrillator

This was handed over on a Wednesday junior training night. Neale Marney kindly donated the Defibrillator, Neale, pictured in the middle with both chair of the club Nick Bull and vice chair of the club Averil Hewitt, decided to give the Defibrillator to a good cause, to a local athletics club as there doesn’t seem to be many Athletic clubs  around the UK that have them. Team Kennet who train on Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings have around 350 athletes train up at the Crookhan Common Track each week will benifit from this but hopefully won’t need to use  it.

International Selection

Congratulations goes to George Anstie this week on being selected to be part of the Team CP England Athletics Squad for the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games in August. George who is an U23 Athlete and recently qualified Coaching Assistant at our club was selected on his achievements of last year. George will compete in the Discus under the classification F38, he will join other athletes from around the world who also have Cerebral Palsy at the World Games. George has been at the club for 6yrs and competing for 4 in Shot and Discus, his coach of 2 years is Cheryl Angell who George has been assisting during sessions at the club. George is a very talented young man who likes to learn alongside others and be part of our Club. Well done George on becoming another Team Kennet athlete to join our ranks of the International Athletes.

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.