Junior Xmas Night/Santa Run

Team Kennets build up to Christmas started with its Free Santa run on Saturday at Snelsmore Common, finding the mud and Cold frosty morning nearly 30 runners braved the 7.8km run over Snelsmore and surrounding villages, The Todd Family won best Dressed Santas as a family.

The Junior had a much larger turnout of nearly 80, games and challenges throughout the evening made sure that everyone went home with a bag of chocs.  There were 10 lucky other winners.

Santa Number game winning a Santa reindeer were won by Joe Plumpton, Harry Fenner, Ben Fisher and Georgie Ryan.

Best turned out Girl Tillie Hills with Zoe Dickson runner up and Caitlin Davies taking Third for the girls while the boys saw Jacob Wood winning and James Fenner runner up and Isaac Mitcham third.

More photos have been posted on the Team Kennet Facebook group.

Medal Presentation

Team Kennet ended the Track and Field Season when they were given their league medals from both the leagues for their success this season.

Team Kennet were crowned overall Oxfordshire Young Athletes League Champions and Wessex Young Athletes League Runners Up, to crown an amazing season for the West Berkshire Club. The youngsters have now gone on to win four leagues and notched up over 50 junior league match wins in only 17 years. This year saw Sam Hart u17 gain a Great Britain vest in elite Junior triathlon and both Ben East and Harry Booker finishing high in the UK Rankings both top of their first year in the age group of under 15s.

Team Kennet are sponsored by Donnington Grove Vets and Briars Dental Centre.

 

New Sponsor

Team Kennet made a warm welcome during their club night to welcome new joint sponsors Briars Dental Practice to watch there juniors in training during Wednesday evening which saw nearly 200 club juniors turn up.

All youngsters were presented a sports water bottle and those who compete for the club were given latest training T-Shirt with the new sponsors name on.

Sponsorship funds will go towards club equipment and helping gain new officials and coaches.

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