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Basingstoke Junior Cross Country League Match 2

Team Kennet were in action in the second round of the Destination Basingstoke Junior Cross Country League held at Rushmoor in Aldershot over a muddy course in woodland on a damp winters day but mild for the Athletes.

The under 9 Girls were first off and they produced another winning team performance, not quite like last match but took the first three places, Maisie McCurtin won her first ever cross country by over 11 seconds from the Stratford Twins, Alice coming home in 2nd place and Orlagh taking third place, Matilda Saunders was 5th place making up the A team, The B team were second on the day, Elodie Burdett leading them in with 7th, Evie Kearney 8th, Megan Jones 9th and Sophia Barnett 13th, Jasmine Hemmings also took part coming 17th.

This win for the girls almost secures now a league overall win to retain their own title.

The under 9 boys did well too, they finished 2nd team on the day to keep them in contention of league title, Joshua Kuijten was clubs first runner home in 5th place, followed by Gethin Thomas 10th then Seb Lauder-Clarke 16th and Jacob Williams 23rd. other runners were Max Burt 24th, Alex Cameron 27th.

The under 11 Girls came 3rd team on the day, Quinn Joyce had a battle to get in to the top 3, but had to settle for 4th place by just one second, with Harriet Saunders 6th, Penelope Lyth 9th and Matilda Clare 11th  only 4 points separated top 3 teams. Penelope Gorbold was 30th, Rose Bell 33rd and Ella McDonald 37th other club runners.

The under 11 Boys also had to settle for 3rd place, Harry Smith just got the better of Euan Jones for 10th and 11th places, Luke Stiles was 13th and William Devall 14th for a good packing team, Elliot Bell led the B team home in 15th, Henry Bell 17th, Ben Doherty 28th and Samuel Atkins 38th , the C team was led by Josh Bailey 39th, Lestyn Thomas 45th and Alfie Cronk 50th.

The under 13 Girls managed to claim 2nd place team this match, Amber Stiles was first home for the club in 6th place followed closely by Charlotte Bailey 7th, Emerald Hill-Sawyer was 13th and Chloe O’Reardon 15th, other runners were Iris Bloomfield 16th, Ella Cronk 17th, Lola Mitcham 18th and Mia Kearney 19th for the B team.

The under 13 Boys were placed 4th team led by Aaron Carter 13th, Ben Daley 15th, Noah luader-Clarke 19th and Marlowe Barber 21st, Frank Edward led the B team in 26th, Harry Barnett 29th and Reuben Kuijten 35th.

Alanna Smith came home as 2nd under 17 women and in the under 15 boys Ethan Kuijten was placed 6th.

Oxford Cross Country

Team Kennet had a fairly good turnout at the First Oxford Cross Country League held at Newbury Showground on Sunday.

The Under Mens and Womens race is combined, Isaac Mitcham was 23rd and Olivia Smith 15th in their categories.

The Senior Womens race Sue Francis came 34th and Katie Reynolds 105th

The Senior Mens David Hamill was clubs first runner home in 90th followed by Andy Colling in 120th, next home was Stephen Field 205th then Mitch Poustie 230th, Simon Hockaday 269th and Simon Gale 282nd.

Oxon Cross Country League for 2022/23

Five fixtures as follows, on the first Sunday of every month:-

6/11/22 Newbury Showground

4/12/22 Cirencester Park

8/1/23 Shotover Park, Oxford

5/2/23 Cotswold Farm Park

5/3/22 Henley Showground

We are entering Senior men/ladies, U20 and under 17 runners

The main change this year is the introduction of athlete fees payable by each runner

To keep the league running and to reflect the increasing cost of venues, there is a fee of £20 per athlete for the season, £15 for under 17. Descending by £4 or £3 per match when you register. There will be no car parking fees at the venue

Team Kennet Junior Cross Country

Team Kennet Juniors came out in force in their first Basingstoke Destination League match of the season that saw a record number of 60 Youngsters turn out.

The Round 1 match was held in Basingstoke over an undulated and twisting course with a few inclines thrown in. The conditions were brilliant for the course, the first race the Under 9 Girls saw 10 TK girls line up, and it was a successful race for them, as Team Kennet took the first 7 places and taking the top 3 team places overall.

In the race Orlagh Stratford led from the gun to then be joined by race winner Ella Larkin in the final 200m, Orlagh had to settle for second place, Maisie McCurtin took third place with a strong finish.

The Girls packed in well with Alice Stratford 4th, Matilda Saunders 5th, Evie Kearney 6th and Elodie Burdett 7th further down the field Sophie Barnett was 13th, Eveleyn Barker 14th and Jasmine Hemmings 18th.

The under 9 Boys team came 3rd overall with B team 7th, in a big field of over 30.

Gethin Thomas led the way in 6th place with Joshua Kuijten 7th, Seb Lauder-Clarke 17th and making up the A team was Xander Cameron 21st.

The B team was led home by Jacob Williams 22nd, Max Burt 25th

The under 11 Girls finished 3rd and 7th in the team scores, Harriet Saunders led the TK Vests home in 5th place with a strong finish, Ella McDonald was next home in 9th followed by Quinn Joyce 12th and Matilda Clare 14th, the B team was led by Penelope Lyth in 17th, Elora Murray 37th, Penelope Gorbold 39th and Rose Bell 44th in a field of over 50 runners.

The under 11 boys had the biggest field of the day with over 60 runners, Team Kennet A team finished 2nd place behind a strong Aldershot squad, The Yellow vest packed well with Oscar Larkin first home for the club in 6th place, then Ben Doherty 8th, Harry Smith 10th and Euan Jones 11th, the B team came 5th overall with Malik Gaye leading them home in 12th place, Luke Stiles 18th, William Devall 24th and Ronny Bowsher 27th. The C Team came 10th overall Henry Bell 29th, Samuel Atkins 30th, Rudy Bowsher 32nd and Josh Bailey 43rd. it was a great turnout from the club in this age group with Lestyn Thomas 49th and Alfie Cronk 57th making up the rest of the club athletes.

The under 13 Girls also had a strong turnout, a battle close to the front from Amber Stiles 4th and Charlotte Bailey 5th helped the A Team finish 2nd place behind the hosts, Emerald Hill-Sawyer was 13th and Anna Hall 15th.

The B team was led by Chloe O’Reardon 19th Amelie Disley 21st, Lola Mitcham 26th and Ella Cronk 27th, and Mia Kearney 28th. For the B team to finish 6th

The under 13 Boys A team came 3rd, Aaron Carter was clubs first runner home in 10th, Ben Daley  14th, Noah Lauder-Clarke 17th and Frank Edwards 20th making up the team, the B team were 7th led by Harry Barnett 21st, Charlie Adams 22nd, Marlowe Barber 23rd and Reuben Kuijten 29th, other runners were Flynn Murray 30th

The under 15/17 Girls combined race saw Alanna Smith finish 7th overall and Camille Farrington 12th

The under 15/17 boys combined race Ethan Kuijten was 9th and Max Adams 10th

Both teams coming 4th place

New Club Record

New Member Andy Colling has broken two club vet 55 records in Road Running over the past two weeks. Andy recently joined the club and benefited from the Monday night Track Reps. Firstly he broke 10k record at Worthing clocking 40.44 and a week later at Windsor Half Marathon clocked 1.36.54.

Individual Rankings 2022

Team Kennet Athletes secured 14 top 25 Rankings over the Summer of 2022, making it one of the best individual performances ever in the club. Impressively there were some 27 athletes making the top 100 UK Rankings, from all age groups.

Ben East ranked number 1 in the under 20 Javelin 73.49

Ben East ranked number 5 in the Senior Male Age group Javelin 73.49

Will McDonald ranked number 5 in the under 13 Javelin 37.98

Turkay Altuntas ranked 10th in the under 13 Discus 27.31

Eliska Simpson ranked 7th in the under 13 Discus 25.09

George Down ranked 12th in the under 17 Long Jump 6.55

James Fenner ranked 13th in the under 15 Javelin 43.96

Seb Simpson ranked 14th in the under 17 Discus 42.63

Zoe Allen ranked 14th in the under 15 Shot 11.07

Harry Fenner ranked 16th in the under 13 Javelin 34.25

Jon Simpson ranked 18th in the vet 45 Long Jump 5.13

Mitch Poustie ranked 18th in the Vet 40 2000m S/C 9.52.8

Clare McGonnell ranked 21st in the under 15 Javelin 33.47

Luke Angell ranked 24th in the Senior Male Javelin 61.48

Biggleswade open and Winchester open competition September 2022

3 Team Kennet athletes did back-to-back competitions at the end of September which turned into 2 family affairs with the Angell family and the Simpson family competing together on the Saturday and Sunday.  

On the Saturday they went to Biggleswade in Bedfordshire, where Javelin Coach Luke Angell came away with a win in the men’s senior javelin with 57.91m. He also took part in the discus, earlier in the day with a season’s best of 28.61m to take 2nd place.  

Jon Simpson (v45) also came 3rd in the Javelin with 27.84m, 4th in the Discus with 25.67, a 200m in 26.2s and finished off with a 100m sprint clocking 13.00s. Seb Simpson (u17) did Javelin, 24.25m, Discus, 39.62 and completed his day with a Hammer throw of 39.46m. 

Throws Coach, Cheryl Angell (v55) completed her day with a Shot putt of 6.55m, a hammer throw of 17.98m and a Discus throw of 14.34.  

Next day they ventured out to Winchester with a few more additions to the TK team of throwers.  

Luke Angell came away with a win of 59.55m on his last throw of the season in the senior men’s competition. Oliver Ford’s (u20) win in the javelin hit 38.16m and Brandon Carter’s (u17) win hit a massive 43.44m. Eliska Simpson (u13) threw 19.14 in the javelin to take 1st place.  

Oliver Gregory (u20) ventured out to join the team for the shot putt and came 2nd with a season’s best of 11.20m just behind Oliver Ford (u20) who took 1st place with a new PB of 11.73m. Seb Simpson threw 11.99m for 1st place in his age group. Eliska Simpson threw 7.35m in shot for her 4th place. 

Cheryl Angell took on Hammer with a 1st place of 17.11m in the V55 section along with Seb Simpson throwing 40.97 in the u17 section to take 1st place.  

Discus saw most TK throwers take part with Cheryl Angell, who equalled her seasons best and her own club record for the second time this year with a throw of 15.41m, Seb Simpson threw 40.19m to take 1st. Harry Booker took 2nd place with 35.22, and 1st place went to Oliver Ford with 36.83m. Eliska Simpson had the best day with a massive throw of 25.09 taking 1st place in the discus and a new PB! 

The only track runner of the day was Emerald Hill-sawyer (u13) who took the win and a PB in the 100m with 14.32s and later competing in the 800m with a time of 2.37.29 to take 3rd place.    

Radley AC Open Competition, 17th September 2022

Three throwers from Team Kennet took part in this open competition. Coach Luke Angell took on the Senior Men’s Javelin competition and won with 57.91m. Brandon Carter also took on the Javelin in the U17’s and took the win with a throw of 40.45m. Cheryl Angell competed in the Hammer and threw a season’s best with 18.62m to take 2nd place in the group and 1st in the V55 section.

Wessex League Quad Kids

Team Kennet Quad kids were back in action for the final round of the League held in Abingdon on Sunday.  They ended the season with a squad of 19 and finishing 2nd overall on the day behind Bournemouth. In the final standings Team Kennet Quadkids were 7th overall out of 26 teams. 

Match results

1 Bournemouth 1725

 2 Team Kennet 1449

3 Slough Juniors 1442

4 Aldershot 1417

5 Waverley Harriers 1278

6 Havant / SETAFA 1135

7 Poole Runners 775

Under 11 boys had a strong squad of 10 finishing 3rd overall with Oscar Larkin scoring 205 points and leaping the furthest for TK with a jump of 3.22m.  Elliot Bell was also strong in the long jump with 3.08m.  Malik Gaye and Euan Jones were fastest in the 75m sprint both clocking 12.03s. 

The under 11 boys had 3 newcomers for the final match, Joshua Bailey, Leslyn Thomas and Samuel Atkins all scoring good points for the team.  Thomas threw furthest for TK in the vortex with 27.39m. 

Ronny Bowsher was quickest for Team Kennet in the 600m clocking 02:03:05 with Larkin behind with 2:04:9 and Euan Jones 02:07:2. 

Other boys taking part were Henry Bell and Rudy Bowsher.

Under 11 girls also had a strong squad with 9 girls finishing 4th overall.  Ella Larkin was top scorer for TK with 177 points and threw furthest for TK in the vortex with 19.50m. Isla Ladd’s wasn’t far behind with a throw of 18.78m.

Close behind Larkin, Penelope Lyth scored 172 points leading TK in the 75m sprint clocking 12.46s and leaping the furthest with 3.19m.  Harriet Saunders, Ella McDonald and Orlagh Stratford all leaped over 3m. Quinn Joyce had an outstanding 600m to win her race with 2:06:7. Also scoring well in the 600m Larkin was close behind Joyce with 2:08:7.  Other girls taking part were Edith Evans and Alice Stratford.