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.
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
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 (P.house) 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
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.
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.
Team Kennet AGM will take place on Monday 22nd January 2024 at 7.30pm at CCAT. All coaches and members are invited to attend. Any committee resignations or proposals need to be sent to Lisa Holmes, club secretary, by January 8th please.
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
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.