UK National Indoor Championships

Only two of four Team Kennet Athletes braved the visit to Sheffield for the UK National Indoor Track and Field Championships over the weekend. Nathan Gillis competed in the under Men’s 800m and although setting a new club record for indoors of 1.58.07 his third place wasn’t quick enough to progress to the final. Mia Eldridge competed in the Shot in the under 15 girls coming a creditable 14th place with a best throw of 9.08

London Indoor Games

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.

SEAA Senior Championships

Team Kennet carried on from last weeks younger South of England Indoor Track and Field Championships with the Under 20 and Senior events this weekend. Georgina Bradford moving up to the under 20s secured her first medals in this age group with a superb Bronze in the 800m clocking 2.22.77 in the final, just two hours later she tackled the final of the 1500m coming a creditable 5th place in 5.18.57, both setting new club records.
The day before in the 400m of the under 20s Millie Calkin came 2nd in her heat clocking 60.23 for a new club record before going out in the Semi Finals coming 5th with 60.91, Carys Cox stepped up an age group and fared well as she set a new Club record for under 17s coming 4th in her heat with 61.26

SEAA Indoor Championships

Six Team Kennet athletes were in action of the SEAA indoor track and field championships at Lee Valley.

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