General News

Sportshall South East Regional Final

Several Team Kennet athletes travelled to Burgess Hill to compete for Berkshire in the Sportshall South East Regional Final.

Some performance highlights from the day, Ella McDonald , (U11G) – 3rd in target throw, Matilda Clare (U11G) – 2nd in Javelin, Malik Gaye (U11B) – 1st in Target throw and Samuel Atkins (U11B) – 4th Balance Test.

Well Done to Everyone who took part. Results below.

Oxford Cross Country Match 4

Oxford League Cross Country Round 4 saw Team Kennet cross country runners tacked a windy course at Cotswold Farm on Sunday 4th Feb.

The results are detailed below

U13 Girls

Emerald Hill Sawyer 8th

U15 Boys

Ethan Kuijten 3rd, moving up the field well

Senior Men

Andy Colling 97th

Mitch Poustie 144th

Phil Baker 146th

Simon Hockaday 213th

Simon Gale 237th

Senior Ladies

Sue Francis 21st and 2nd in her age category

Georgie McCabe 67th

Katie Reynolds 72nd

Anna Riggall 108th

Road Running League 2023

Team Kennet presented the Road Running League Awards at CCAT on a club night that saw over 60 road runners compete for the club in its 5 divisions which covers distances of 5km up to Marathon Distance.

Mens Div 1 Winner Mitch Poustie, Runner up Simon Gale, third place Simon Whatson

Mens Div 2 Winner Casey Warwick  Runner Up Andy Colling, third place Phil Cowhig

Mens Div 3 Winner Nick Burdett Runner Up, Runner Up Phil Murphy   

Ladies Div 1 Winner Cheryl Angell runner up Katie Reynolds, Third place Jennie Drake

Ladies Div 2 Winner Emily Copeman  

Berkshire Schools Cross Country 

Team Kennet saw several athletes represent their schools in the Berkshire Schools Cross Country held at Newbury Showground.

In perfect conditions for the event after the wet then cold spell, it was a lovely day for running, Team Kennets best result came in the under 15 girls race where Charlotte Bailey(Kennet) led till the last 400m to be overtaken and still working hard she kept herself in 2nd place to automatically selected for the Berkshire team at the English Schools.

Oskar Larkin (Park House) ran a superb race to finish 6th in the under 13 boys and Harry Smith (St. Andrews) wasn’t far behind in 9th.

Harriet Saunders (St. Gabriels) also had a fine run in 6th place and Eleanor Wilkinson(St. Gabriels) 41st saw St. Gabriels win the team event in the under 13 Girls.

In the Under 17 Boys Ethan Kuijten (Kennet) came home in 10th place, Max Adams ( 19th and Oliver Carroll (the Downs) 30th

TK saw a large group of boys in the Under 15 races. Arthur Patterson (Trinity) came in 29th, Frank Edwards (Trinity) 31st, Noah Lauder Clarke (Kennet) 56th, Josh Brian (P.House) 61st, Ben Daley (The downs) 75th and Rueben Kuijten (Kennet) 78th, in the Under 15 girls more TK athletes who ran were Emerald Hill Sawyer (john O’Gaunt) 35th , Anna Hall (St. Barts) 44th, Chloe O’Riordan (Kennet) 49th, Ella Cronk (The Downs) 54th and Amelie Tayton (Kennet) 74th.

In the under 17 girls, Clare McGonnell (St. Gabriels) was 21st and Leilah Gaye (Kennet) 24th

Oxford Cross Country Match 3

Oxford Cross Country league Round 3 at Oxford last weekend saw 822 athletes in total competed at a cold and very muddy Horspath course.

Team Kennet took 13 runners and all performed exceptionally well in very difficult conditions

Results as follows

Ella Parsons 19th in Under 11 girls

Emerald Hill Sawyer 12th in under 13 girls

Harry Smith 23rd in under 13 boys

Ethan Kuijten an excellent 5th in the under 15 boys

Senior Men 

Andy Colling 135th and 1st again in the male V60 competition, well done Andy 

Mitch Poustie 188th

Phil Baker 196th

Tim Smith 264th

Simon Hockaday 286th

Simon Gale 308th

Senior Ladies 

Sue Francis 30th and 3rd overall in her age category, well done Sue 

Katie Reynolds 85th

Anna Riggall 154th

Berkshire Indoor Sports hall Championship 2024

Sunday 14th January Team Kennet Juniors participated in their first Berkshire Indoor Sports hall Championship since pre COVID at the Thames Valley Athletics Centre. SPORTSHALL ATHLETICS is an indoor form of track and field for children between the ages of 4 and 16 and it allows the young athletes to train during the cold and dark winter months.  A superbly organised event with the girl age groups participating in the field events first, and the boys the track, That Saw Team Kennets under 11 Girls Blue Team Crowned Champions of Berkshire.

We had teams representing U11 and U13 age groups and following their huge success in track and field finishing on top of the Wessex and Oxford leagues, the U11 girls were able to provide two teams.

In the U11 boys we had a team of 7 and the team achieved 6th place with 266 points. In the field events Malik Gaye managed 2nd place in the Vertical jump, and the chest push and Samuel Atkins 1st place in the balance test.  On the track Jenson Nichols and Joe Mercer secured a 3rd place in the 1+1 lap event.  Other boys taking part Gethin Thomas, Sebastian Lauder-Clarke and Sebastian Lane. 

For the U13 group the girls had a smaller team of 5 also finishing in 6th place with 226 points.  In the field Ella Cronk secured 2nd place in the standing long jump. Jessie McCurtin 3rd place in the speed bounce. The girls were consistent with their track events finishing 5th in the 4 events. Other girls taking part Anna Hall, Emerald Hill-Sawyer and Harriet Saunders, if they had one more team member they would have been able to finish in the top 3.

In the U13 boys we had a full team of 8 securing a 5th place with 270 points.  Euan Jones and Noah Lauder-Clarke had success in the 3+3 Lap event finishing in 1st place .  In the Paarlauf Lauder-Clarke teamed up with John Brian to finish in 3rd place. Other boys taking part Ben Daley, Harry Smith, Josh Brian, Oscar Larkin, Henry Bell and Elliot Bell. 

With two teams entered it was sure to be a busy day for the U11 girls.  In the red team Sophia Mahoney secured a 4th place in the balance test and on the track in the 1+1 Millie Barlow and Gracie Cooke finished 4th.  Also in the red team Alice and Orlagh Stratford and Ella Parsons.  With 268 points the red team secured 6th place.

For the blue team there were some strong field performances, a 1st place for Matilda Clare in the standing long jump, 3rd place in the vertical jump for Ella McDonald, 2nd for Penelope Lyth in Speed Bounce and 1st and 3rd place for Isla Ladds and Penelope Lyth in the Hi Stepper.  In the field 2nd place for Isla Ladds and Penelope Lyth in the 1+1 race.  Also, success for the team with 3rd places in the 2+2, 3+3, Paarlauf, 4×2 relay and 4th place in the 4×1 relay. Completing the team were Maisie McCurtin, Affra Bailey and Matilda Pedersen.   These performances secured the girls 1st place with 318 points. 

Prior to the Championship there were three trial events and Team Kennet have 9 athletes which have been selected to represent Berkshire at the Intercounty competition in February. These athletes are Emerald Hill-Sawyer, Ella Larkin, Ella McDonald, Isla Ladds, Matilda Clare, Jenson Nichols, Joe Mercer, Malik Gaye and Samuel Atkins.

Team Kennet Santa Mile

Thank you to all the Athletes who took part in the Santa Mile after the last training session of the season on Wednesday 20th December. Special thanks to the Coaches and Helpers who ensured the event ran smoothly.

Results below;

Team Kennet Santa Mile 2023 Results

1st    Charlotte Bailey           u15  1st female           5.45

2nd      Ella Larkin                            u11     1st u11 girl                5.53

3rd    Harry Smith                u13  1st u13 boy/male        6.00

4th       Nick Burdett                        Snr      1st Senior                  6.05

5th       Penelope Lyth                     u11                                         6.16

6th       Samuel Atkins                     u11     1st u11 boy               6.17

7th       Tilly Clare                             u11                                         6.28

8th       Ben Daley                             u13                                         6.30

9th       Josh Ladds                           u13                                         6.31

10th     Praiya Forman                    u9       1st u9 girl                  6.31

11th     Ella Cronk                             u13     1st u13 girl                6.36

12th     Oliver Jarvis                         u13                                         6.37

13th     Affra Bailey                          u11                                         6.37

14th     Fynn Sanderson                 u11                                         6.38

15th     Chester Bailey                    u9       1st u9 boy                 6.39

16th     Josh Bailey                           u11                                         6.40

17th     Ella McDonald                    u11                                         6.43

18th     Chloe O’Riordan                u15                                         6.48

19th     Tim Smith                            Snr                                          6.49

20th     Malik Gaye                          u11                                         6.51

21st     Orlagh Stratford                 u11                                         6.54

22nd    Gethin Thomas                   u9                                           6.55

23rd     Edward Jarvis                      u9                                         6.56

24th     Alice Stratford                    u11                                         7.00

25th     Isla Ladds                             u11                                         7.04

26th     Elena Wilkinson                 u13                                         7.05

27th     Josh Kuijten                         u11                                         7.15

28th     Elodie Burdett                    u11                                         7.16

29th     Connor O’Riordan             u11                                         7.20

30th     Idris Gaye                             u9                                           7.23

31st     Ella Parsons                         u11                                         7.31

32nd    Ewan Patterson                  u13                                         7.40

33rd     Matthew Rycroft               u9                                           7.47

34th     Gracie Cooke                       u11                                         7.56

35th     Heidi Kenneally                  u11                                         7.58

36th     Isla Parks                              u11                                         8.15

37th     Matilda Pedersen              u11                                         8.23

38th     Millie Barlow                      u11                                         8.57

39th     Lily Parks                              u11                                         9.02

40th     Evelyn Pedersen                 u9                                           9.25

Junior Sports hall trials December 2023

We took 27 athletes to the last sportshall trials of the season to preparation for the County Championships in January. Our athletes were able to showcase their skills resulting in us coming away with a multitude of top 3’s including

First places

·        Samual Atkins U11B Balance Test

·        Jenson Nichols U11B Chest Push

·        Jessie McCurtin u13G Speed Bounce

Second Places

·        Affra Bailey U11G High Stepper

·        Matilda Clare U11G Vertical Jump

·        Noah Lauder Clarke U13B Shot

·        Emerald Hill Sawyer U13G 2 lap 

Third Places

·        Ella Larkin U11G 1 lap

·        Matilda Clare U11G Chest Push

·        Ella McDonald U11G triple Jump

·        Joe Mercer U11B 1 lap

·        Malik Gaye U11B vertical jump

·        Samuel Atkins U11B Javelin

Well Done to everyone who took part.

Oxford Cross Country Match 2

Team Kennet Cross country team made the trip to Cirencester on Sunday for round 2 of the Oxford Cross Country league
After icy conditions in the week leading up to the event, runners were faced with persistent drizzle/rain and lots of mud
Cirencester is a tough course but it was great to see over 700 athletes take part in the days races.
For TK in preliminary results
Ella Parson 23rd in the U11 girls
Emerald Hill-Sawyer 9th in the under 13 girls. Harry Smith 14th in the U13 boys
Great effort by the juniors in some horrible weather.

In the Senior Mens race Andy Colling continued his fine form finishing 92nd and 1st in the Male 60 category
Mitch Poustie was next in 178th, Tim Smith 208th, Simon Hockaday 235th and Simon Gale 245th.

The ladies faced a tricky race as the course was really cut up for their run. Katie Reynolds was first home for TK in 80th and 6th in her age catergory. Georgina McCabe was just behind in 93rd and Anna Riggall next in 129th.

Big thanks to all for making the journey and supporting TK cross country
Big thanks also to Joe Gale for “volunteering” to marshal and standing in the rain for a few hour hours.