Oxford Mail XC Round 2

Team Kennet Cross Country runners kept up their campaign to win a lot of medals at the end of the season in the second round of the Oxford Cross Country League held at Oxford.

The Ladies Stormed to another team victory in Division 2 to push their lead out further overall, Helen Preedy led the way coming home in 18th, with Sue Francis 21st and Lucy Gettins 47th, with Philomena Mburu 75th and Vicky Adams 94th the other team members.

James McLaughlin made sure the under 13 boys were out in force and keep their chances of winning their age group, with a 3 teams finishing, a good 3rd place on the day from McLaughlin, last match winner Sam Clarke struggled to 9th place this time with Ryan Cannons 10th. The B team of Jack Cannons 17th, Toby Thomas 18th and Cameron Langley 19th was good enough for 4th place with both teams in top 5 overall. Joshua Sells led the C team in 26th and Alexander Long 32nd.

The under 13 girls team came 4th on the day, led by Anna Pettit in 4th place with Izzy Hole 9th, Phoebe Hoaen 21st and Izzy Brown 33rd

Sam Hart made sure he was in the mix finishing in 2nd place in the under 15 boys as the team came 4th overall, Tom Murrell came in 6th with Josh Livingstone 9th.

Georgina Bradford came 4th in the under 17 women’s race with Chloe Scaplehorn 11th combined with the u15 girls the team were 5th, Holly Donohoe just made top 10 with 9th place, Susie Drake 18th and Rosa Lawrence 21st

The Senior men had a big turnout, with 2 teams fielded, the A team coming 3rd on the day, with Alex Hanson 12th place (3rd u20), Callum O’Neill 32nd, Lee Tolhurst 48th, Chris Hall 106th, Daniel Collis 116th, Martin Fray 121st and Iain Adams 137th. The B team were 17th in Division 3 Chris Treacher 148th, Mike Sheridan 153rd, Jonathon Phillips 190th, Dick Kearn 198th, Chris Thomson 217th, Colin Price 223rd.

Lucy Draper was the best of the young ones, she came home in 7th place in the under 11 girls as TK made up a quarter of the field, Georgina Thomson 17th, Rebecca Thomson 18th, Daisy Tolhust 26th, Brooke Asser 27th, Kate Newman 28th, Molly Leach 36th, Annabel Gibson 37th, Pippa Thomas 38th, Emily Tucker 40th, Lily Darcy-Masters 55th. James Wallace led the boys in 9th place, Maxim Brown 11th, James Leach 16th, Charlie Hart 23rd, Cameron Dunbar 24th, Sammy Campbell 29th, Matt Jones 34th, Peter Aird 39th, Milo Brown 45th and Karl Smith 47th.

In the under 9 section new comer Digby Riggall came 7th, with Edward Hall tracking him all the way 8th, Thomas Hall 13th and Sebastian Simpson 23rd and in the girls India Farrant 8th

Inter County U20/15

Three Team Kennet athletes were in the Berkshiore team for the Under 15 and Under 20 SEAA  inter county match at the Barnet Copthall Stadium, Hendon. Luke Angell won the U20 javelin with a new club record throw of 59.86 and Nathan Gillis won the U20 1500m in 3.59.96. For the under 15s, Oliver Hewitt was 6th in the Discus with 34.01m. Well done to all three athletes.

South Yorkshire Indoor Series

Mia Eldridge started her U15 indoor season with a trip to EIS, Sheffield. Whilst her long jump (3.39m) and 60m (9.54s) performances left her towards the lower half of the 66 strong U15 group, her 2nd place in the shot put (9.04m) ensured a strong top 15 finish and 3rd place within the Year 8 competitors (2 pts behind 1st place). Mia’s first attempt at 3kg shot was also a club indoor record for U15 girls.

Woking YA Open Championship

Anna Pettit and Mia Eldridge were the only Team Kennet athletes at the Woking Open Championship but came away with 3 medals, two PBs and one club record.

Anna won her 800m time trial in 2m 38.43s to come 2nd overall and then ran a PB in 200m heats (30.91s) but did not qualify for the final.

Mia had a long day with a early discus competition at 10am (25.04m, 3rd overall) and a 15.00s in the 100m heats at 10.50am followed by a 5 hour wait for the shot put. The wait proved worth it as Mia won the shot and produced her best set of throws in 2014 (9.39, 9.42, 10.07, 9.56, 10.18 and 9.65) to break her PB and club record (9.72m) not once but twice as well as break the 10m mark. She also moved back into the top 5 in the UK rankings.

Oxford Mail Round 1

Team Kennet started the Cross Country Season off in style at the weekend in the Oxford Mail Cross Country League held at Ascot-under-Wychwood in windy and wet conditions. Some 60 plus club athletes braved the trip, with the best result of the day coming from Sam Clarke in the under 13 boys winning his first ever race in a sprint finish to the line. He was backed up by Ryan Cannons in 8th place 35 seconds behind and a group of TK runners battling it out for that third team place going to younger brother Jack in 16th to help the team to 2nd place. The B team led by Cameron Langley 17th, Toby Thomas 18th and Joshua Sells 33rd were placed 7th and Alexander Long was 36th in a big field of 49 runners.

Mai Brown secured runners up spot in the under 13 girls race with Anna Pettit 9th and Lucy Wells 26th securing a 5th place team, Pheobe Hoaen came 39th with Amy Treacher 57th for a 20th place B team.

Sam Hart made it another runners up spot for the club in the u15 boys race combined with the u17s, with Josh Livingstone 11th


In the under 15 girls Holly Donohoe came in 9th place, Susie Drake 18th, Rosa Lawrence 23rd while in the under 17 women’s race Georgina Bradford came an excellent 6th place with Chloe Scaplehorn 14th and Carys Cox 15th and Kirsty Bennet 24th brought both teams home in the top 12

The senior women’s race saw TK 2nd placed in Division 2 of the League, Helen Preedy led the vests home in 16th place with Sue Francis 20th, Lucy Gettins 54th and Philomena Mburu 95th.

The Men’s team started Division 2 with a 7th place after last year’s promotion but with a full strength team out should be able to push for title contenders. It was the clubs u20s that led the way Nathan Gillis coming home in 10th place and 2nd under 20 athlete on the day. Callum O’Neill came 23rd (5th u20) with Veteran Deam Makar 112th, Martin Fray 130th, Daniel Collis 138th, Mike Sheridan 161st, Chris Treacher 200th for the A team, other members Jonathan Phillips 203rd, Chris Thomson 236th, Colin Price 256th.

Despite being Half Term the club got a lot of the u11and u9s out. For the u11 girls Lucy Draper came home in 7th, Verity Szala 8th, Rebecca Thomson 14th, Georgina Thomson 16th, Brooke Asser 36th, Pippa Thomas 40th, Molly Leach 47th, Emily Tucker 54th. In the boys race James Wallace led the way in 13th, Maxim Brown 17th, James Leach 22nd, Max Curtis 24th, Harry Davis 25th, Charlie Hart 26th, Finlay Davis 27th, Peter Aird 34th, Matthew Jones 40th, Rocco Power 42nd, Karl Smith 51st.
The under 9 combined race saw George Claxton in 10th, Aimee Dickson 16th, India Farrant 21st, Henry Morgan 42nd, Sebastian Simpson 50th

Flemming Park Junior Triathlon

Sammy Hart takes second place and leads the South Central T3 rankings

Last Sunday, 1 June, was the first round of the South Central Triathlon Series with a visit to Eastleigh for the Fleming Park Junior Triathlon. This time we had 5 Junior Triathletes were competing.  Alex McLaughlin (T1) went first with a much improved swim but struggled on the bike and had to drop out on the run having not got over an illness.  Lucy Draper(T2), fresh from her first triathlon (the Oldbury White Horse Children’s Tri where she had come 3rd) raced hard coming in 4th in her wave and 7th overall in the T2 girls, missing 6th by  second.  Charlie Hart (T2) had a great swim bike and run to finish in 11th place, again just missing a top 10 result by a second.   Sammy Hart and James McLaughlin were in the T3 boys.  Sammy was in the first wave and had an excellent swim coming out in the top 2 into transition, from there he quickly pulled away on the bike and by the time he was on the run he had completed two complete laps before the next competitor started, finishing well clear of the rest of the field, he then had to wait for the second wave.  James was in the second wave which turned out had the stronger triathletes, leaving the water in third place he struggled on the bike with shortness of breath and sensibly stepped of the course during the run.  Sammy’s wait unfortunately ended when the winner of the second wave just beat his time pushing him into second place, however as the other boy was from outside the region he continues to lead the South Central region standings.

The next round is the Portsmouth Triathlon on Sunday 29th June.

SAL Match 5

Winchester                 350pts
Eastbourne                 336pts
Team Kennet               216pts
Holland Sports             152pts
Medway pk Phoenix     0 pts

In Horrendous weather conditions and a small TK contingent, the team did well to earn 3rd place in the competition. In the men’s section, On the field  Luke Angell and Matthew Hunter took 1st place in both strings in the javelin with 56.80 & 38.19 respectfully. The team of Stan Chambers and Anthony Hewitt earned valuable points in Shot & Discus and in the Long jump a double 1st came from Josh Willock & George Hunter jumping 6.98 & 5.35 and again teaming up for the Triple jump claiming 1st for both athletes with Hunter 12.49 & Willock 12.27. The high jump saw Thomas Murphy win A string with 1.70 and Joe Osler the B string with 1.60. On the track with limited number saw Mike Sheriden take on the 1500m and 5000m earning a pb of 19.02. With Willock 2nd & Biggs 3rd in the 100m and Willock & Joe McCarthy 3rd in the 200. In the relays saw the mens team come in 3rd 4×100 & 4th 4x 400m.

The ladies section performed well with the Duo of Alisha Bradford and Cheryl Angell winning both strings in the Hammer with 28.70 pb & 18.86 respectfully. Again the girls teamed up for Discus, both taking 2nd place. The shot saw Bradford and Deborah Montgomery taking 2nd place each and then Montgomery 3rd in the A string and Angell taking 2nd in the B string Javelin. In the Long Jump Millie Calkin took 1st with 4.82 and Georgina Bradford 3rd.  Rachel Bladon took points on the High Jump and then on the track a 3rd in the 100m. The combination of Calkin & G Bradford took 1st’s in the 400m strings. With G Bradford and Bladon in the 800m both took 1st with 2.23 & 2.32. finally in the 4×100 relay saw TK ladies come in 3rd place.

Wellington Triathlon

Team Kennet Success at Wellington Triathlon

Sam Hart represented Team Kennet at the Wellington Triathlon on Sunday 3rd August. After a successful season in Junior Triathlon winning the South Central Series, this was Sam’s first entry in a Senior Triathlon event. With 177 other competitors Sam took on the Super Sprint Distance (200m swim / 16km Bike / 5km Run). Sam gave a fantastic performance finishing in 56:07, a time good enough to put him in 4th position overall and 3rd in the under 40 age group category. A great result for Sam and Team Kennet.

Sam’s dad, Simon,  also took part in the triathlon in the sprint distance and finished in a very reasonable 26th place overall – 5th in his category 50-59

Junior Triathlons

Portsmouth and Bowood Triathlons Race Reports

Last weekend saw a number of our young triathletes taking part In triathlons;

First up on Saturday 28th June was Lucy Draper who was taking part in the Bowood Triathlon, set in the picturesque ground of Bowood house Calne; taking part in the non drafting wave, she initially struggled with the open water swim, finding her wetsuit difficult to swim in, however once on dry land she found her speed and across the cycle and run sections came through the field to take 4th place.

Sunday 29th June was Portsmouth Triathlon:  Before the kids would compete it was the dads turn to show the kids how it should be done, with Gavin McLaughlin and Sam Hart taking part in the first (over 40) wave.  The swim was a real struggle with a really strong current for the return leg of the swim (so much that a fair few competitors had to rescued before they were swept under the pier), however both dads emerged in competitive positions with Gavin out in 4th and Sam out in 7th.  Once out of the water they entered the pancake flat multi lap cycle route which, on closed roads, was a dream to ride and had both men speeding along with the encouragement of the kids (on the last lap) before setting fourth on the run.  A swift-ish 5km later they had crossed the line with Gavin getting 3rd in the 45-49 age-group and Sam winning the 50-55 age-group.  The winner of our race was world age-group champion in 2012.

Example set, it was the turn of the kids.  The first race was T3 age-group with James McLaughlin and Sammy Hart competing, a great swim saw them emerging from the water in 5th and 3rd respectively, before a superb T1 from James meant he was first out onto the cycle, closely followed by Sammy.  Unfortunately after the duo had built a good lead on the field a marshal sent them the wrong way, which meant all their good work was undone, they refused to give up and chased back through the cycle pack entering T2 in 2nd and 3rd place.  James bad luck hadn’t finished though, as getting off his bike he found he had cut his foot open during T1, refusing to give up he battled round the run to finish in 5th.  Sammy had set off with his usual fluid running style and by half way had chased down the lead runner, passing him he quickly built a commanding lead taking the win with style (and matching his Dad).

Next to enter the water was Charlie Hart and Holly Hutchins in the T2 race.  It was Holly’s first open water swim but she put in an excellent swim coming out in 4th place, with Charlie slightly further back in 11th.  Out onto the bike Charlie started to improve his position, while Holly found it a bit harder Viagra dla kobiet – innowacja na rynku and dropped back couple of places.  Coming into T2 both were going well and after some great runs Charlie had made it up to 8th place, while Holly had managed to fight back to 4th.

The final race for the Team Kennet athletes was for the T1s, Alex McLaughlin and Guy Hutchins were competing, buy now both were well used to the water having been in and out of the sea for the previous hour.  Guy had a good first open water swim getting out of the water in 8th place, Alex with his best swim of the year just in front in 6th place.  After the usual struggle to remove the wetsuits, they were off onto the cycle seemingly locking into their own private battle for the who would get back to T2 first, the competition certainly helped and by T2 they had closed on the others in front.  Exiting T2 together,  Alex pushed on and worked his way up in the run to finish in joint 4th place, Guy ran well to hold onto 7th place.

Guy and Holly are be doing the Portsmouth, Eaton Dorney and the Andover triathlon as a triple triathlon challenge to raising funds for Cancer Research in memory of Guy’s godmother.  If you want to support them their website is https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/louisehutchins1

UK U15/17 Championships

Team Kennet saw 3 of its athletes compete in the UK u15/17 Championships at Bedford over the weekend. Oliver Hewitt in the under 15 boys age group became UK Champion in the Hammer  keeping  his cool, going in as English Schools Champion, he threw a massive throw in the Third Round of 53.39, which put him in the lead, no one managed to beat this in the latter stages. He is the Second athlete in the club to become a UK Champion.

In the same age group Rafael Ribeiro made it into the top 8 in the Javelin, he threw 42.24 in the third round to gain extra throws but stayed in 8th place with no improvement but gained a lot of experience.

In the under 17s Women’s Millie Calkin tackled her favourite event the 200m. She qualified as fastest loser in the heats clocking 25.85, she was slightly slower in the Semi Finals clocking 25.95 to finish 6th.