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U13 Inter Counties report

Team Kennet had a record number of Athletes picked for the under 13 Inter Counties match representing Berkshire being held at Kingston Athletics Stadium, only 3 athletes were able to go due to holiday commitments that saw the Berkshire Boys team come 3rd and Girls team 2nd.

The Boys Javelin both strings were taken by TK athletes, Will McDonald came out to win the A string with a throw of 35.54, in the B string Harry Fenner had to settle with 2nd place with a personal best of 34.25, both boys are ranked 3rdand 11th in the UK.

In the Girls Zoe Dickson came 8th in the A string Discus 14.83 and also took part in the B string Javelin where she came 4th with a throw of 14.67.

English School Track and Field Championships

Team Kennet had 5 athletes chosen to represent their own counties in the English Schools held at Sport City in Manchester.

James Fenner took part in his first English Schools in the Junior Boys Javelin to throw a new personnel Best of 43.96 to finish an excellent 5th place.

George Down took part in the Long Jump in the Intermediate Boys, jumping just below his best to finish 7th with 6.29.

Zoe Allen took part in the Shot coming 9th place which was her debut at the games with 9.70 throw  in the Junior Girls, and Harry Booker took part in his last School Games in the Senior Boys throwing 36.63 for 15th place in the Discus.

Javelin Carnival

Team Kennets’ very own Javelin Coach & athlete, Luke Angell earned his second international status, after he flew out to the Pihtipudas Javelin Carnival in Finland on Wednesday 30th June along with Ben East, to take part in the world biggest Javelin Carnival in the world.  

Luke went to join other top coaches from GB and other European countries to learn and train with the very best in this event. Ben picked up an injury early on and was unable to partake at the carnival, so it was left to Luke to take part in the competition and fly the flag and the GBR banner. Luke came 8th with 58.58m but more importantly for him, it was about meeting the very best in the sport and learning from others as well as working with athletes he has admired for many years, namely Uwe Hohn (104m), Teema Wirkkala (87m) and Tero Pitkamaki (91m) see photos.

Junior Triathlon success

Elodie Burdett was back in action this weekend representing Team Kennet in her 2nd ever triathlon at the Bristol & District Junior event held at Henbury leisure centre. A very strong swim followed by a super slick T1 saw Elodie in the lead half way through the bike leg. Pushing the pace in tricky wet conditions saw Elodie go over the handlebars on one of the downhills. Coming into T2 in last place, she put the hammer down and ran herself up to 3rd with the fastest run split of the day in her age group and just 7s off 2nd place.

Wessex League Quad Kids Match 3

Team Kennet Quadkids were in action in their third Wessex League match of the season at Oxford on Sunday.

Team Kennet had 9 U11 girls and 8 U11 boys taking part. 

On the day the Quad Kids score with Team Kennet finishing in second:

Oxford 1521

Team Kennet  1455

Waverley  1422

Portsmouth  1361

Southampton 1105

The boys section were 4th Oskar Larkin finishing 5th overall. Larkin lead the squad in the long jump, 600m and the vortex throw to top score for the boys with 209 points. Close behind was Luke Stiles with 193 points scoring personal bests in both the long jump and vortex throw. Malik Gaye and Elliot Bell were TK’s strongest sprinters in the 75m both clocking 12.6s. In the 600m Ronny and Rudy Bowsher were again strong in this event clocking 2:07 and 2:10. Other boys taking part were Henry Bell and Joseph Rayfield. 

The Girls came 2nd overall with Ella Larkin top scorer with 184 points at 3rd overall. Her best event was 600m clocking 2.05 and just behind her was Matilda Clare clocking 2.14 and Quinn Joyce a second behind with 2:15. It was close in the 75m sprint again with Clare 12.4s and just behind her Penelope Lyth 12.6s. Lyth was the clubs best long jumper on the day leaping 3.21m just ahead of Clare 3.19m and Ella McDonald with 3.05m. Other girls taking part were Rose Bell, Amelia Rehill, Harriet Saunders and Elora Murray all putting in fantastic performances and scoring great points for the team to secure the second place. 

Both squads are strong heading into the final Wessex League match of the season. 

Wessex Young Athletes League report

Team Kennet were in action in the 3rd Round of the Wessex Young Athletes League on Sunday held at Oxford.

This was a tough match for the club as they were against two of the top 5 clubs in the league including themselves in fourth place.

Final match score was

1             Waverley                            553

2             Oxford City                        445

3             Team Kennet                     375

4             Southampton City            221

5             Portsmouth City               214

6             Isle of Wight                      135

The under 15 Girls kept up there pressure on defending their own age group title having to settle for second place on the day, Clare McGonnell won her Javelin again with a throw of 25.92, her impressive 300m tactics blasting out from the gun paid of to just win with 44.4 and   she had to settle for 2nd place in the Sprint Hurdles clocking a fast 13.3. Mia Wright cleared 1.43 to win the High Jump with Leilah Gaye coming 2nd in the B string. Emelia Lunn stepped up from the Sprints to 800m for the first time to record 2.38.6 for 2nd in the B string, she came 3rd in the A string Long Jump 4.29. Elsewhere Ava Brade clocked 14.6 in a huge head wind in the 100m for 4th place, Suki Humphreys came 2nd in the A string Discus 18.84.

The under 17 women also came 2nd in their match to keep them in the top 8 overall, Best Performances of the day came in the Javelin as Both Alanna Smith 30.89 and Eve Brown 28.86 scored a double win, In The Discus Annabel Maclean 23.77 and Kirsten Fraser 16.50 both came 2nd in their strings, Fraser came 2nd in the Shot 8.80, two 3rd places came in the long jump Maclean 4.07 and Smith 3.53, The 800m Eve Brown came 3rd with 2.32 and Smith taking a B string win in 2.44.5, Finally the 300m Brown clocked 45.6 for 3rd place and Maclean 46.3 for 2nd B string.

The under 17 men also secured another 2nd place, Brandon Carter threw 41.37 to win his Javelin, with Seb Simpson winning the B string 24.56, Simpson in his best Event the Discus went out to a win with 34.41, and another double win came in the Shot Simpson 9.82 and Carter 8.38, Euan Avery won his high Jump 1.60.

George Down kept up his unbeaten run in the Long Jump in the league with a 6.15 jump and Avery coming 2nd B string 5.07, in the 100m two 2nd places came from Down 11.8 and Avery 12.6

The under 15 boys were 3rd in their match best result of their match was the Javelin James Fenner throwing 39.86 for 1st place and William Appleby taking 2nd B string. Jacob Avery came 3rd in his High Jump 1.50, Fenner came 4th in the long jump with 4.30.

Ivan Checkmazov found a much challenging 800m this time out and had to settle for 3rd place with 2.21.8, but made up with one place better in the 300m for 2nd place 42.4 and James Simmons taking 3rd place, in the sprints Avery had the best result of winning the B string 26.9

The under 13 girls were beaten in to 3rd place in a very close match, Eliska Simpson 17.06 and Zoe Dickson 15.28 took a double win in the Discus, Dickson made it another B string win in the Javelin 16.38 and Simpson taking 3rd A string 18.58, and in the Shot both Simpson 7.23 and Dickson 5.55 had to settle for 2nd places.

Amber Stiles maintained her unbeaten run in the High Jump clearing 1.30, and Ella Cronk taking 2nd B string 1.15, Cronk 3.64 and daisy Downer 3.35 both were 3rd in the long jump. In the long distance races the 1200m Stiles came home in 3rd place 4.27 and in the shorter 800m Emerald Hill -Sawyer was 4th A 2.46 and Cronk 2nd B string 2.52, Both Hill-Sawyer and Olivia Rayfeld scored good points in the 100m and 200m races.

The under 13 boys age group came 4th, this was a tough match for them, best result came in the Javelin with a superb double win Harry Fenner first athlete to beat Will McDonald this year, only 1cm separated the boys 31.90 and 31.89. Both teamed up in the Discus for 3rd places each 18.40 and 14.00, and both again teamed up in the Long Jump in a very high competitive competition Fenner taking 3rd place 4.03 and Mcdonald winning the B string 3.94, Frank Edwards 1500m and 200m gained good points for the club , Aiden Fleming went out hard in the 800m only to be taken close to the line for 3rd place in 2.36.6, Flynn Murray and Josh Ladds both helped the team score with their event.

The Club had 4 x 100m relay team out in the u13 girls  they were 5th, u15 girls 4th and u17 women 3rd place while in the boys u13s they also came 5th.

Mad Mile report

The Team Kennet Nite of the Mad Miles took place on a very warm evening at the Crookham Common Athletics Track.

Four races were held over the evening, First race was the under 9 and under 11 girls which actually saw the biggest field of 22 finishers, Quinn Joyce Led from the start with Ella Larkin u9 in hot pursuit all the way, these two opened up a gap to Maisie McCurtin also under 9 with rest of the athletes battling it out for minor places, Larkin tried in vain to get on to Joyce’s toes but in the end being under 11 Joyce came home as the winner with a time of 6.31 putting her 5th fastest all time on the Mad Mile Leader board, Larkin came in as runner up with 6.36 putting her 8th on the leaderboard but fastest time by any under 9 in the 18 year history of the event. McCurtin made it in third place with 6.49 who ran second fastest time as under 9, Harriet Saunders just missed out u11 in 4th place with 6.51.

Race 2 saw 13 athletes line up in the u9/11 boys race, it was a 5 way battle till last 200m in a very tactical race that lead runner Oscar Larkin led from the gun, he clocked 6.05 putting him in 4th place in the overall all time leader board, second place went to Harry Smith u11 in 6.09 putting him in 6th on the leaderboard, then in was Malik Gaye 6.12, 4th place went to Elliot Bell 6.14 and Luke Stiles 6.16 who won the Most improved Miler award by running 1.14 mins faster than last year.

Race 3 incorporated under 13/15 race with the under 17 and above age groups, Eve Brown u17 led from the start to have to take a sprint finish to win the race in 5.43 which put her 3rd in the all time leader board, her rival came from Gemma Jones senior lady with 5.44 going 4th in the All Board, Alanna Smith did well to hang on to these two to take 3rd spot in 5.55, Amber Stiles u13  took the younger age group win in a time of 6.07, with Anna Hall u13 runners up spot 6.13 and Emerald Hill-Sawyer taking the 3rd place spot 6.13 same time as Hall.

Race 4  saw huge entry of u13/15 and under 17 and above of 26 entries, but only 16 turned up on the night, Ethan Kuijten u15 led the way in a fast 5.34 to win the younger age group, Aiden Fleming u13 taking runners up 6.00 and Aaron Carter u13  3rd place 6.06, The under 17 upwards was won by Jonjo Stiles v40 in 5.40 with Andy Collins v50 in a fast 5.48 and third place going to  Mitch Poustie 6.21.

Wessex League QUADKIDS

Team Kennet Quadkids were in action in their second Wessex League match of the season at Andover on Sunday.

Team Kennet had 7 U11 girls and 7 U11 boys taking part. 

On the day the Quad Kids score

Wimborne  1477

Southampton  1352

Andover 1319

Team Kennet 1312

Camberley 1118

Dorchester 807

The boys section were 3rd, with Malik Gaye finishing 5th overall. Maliks best event was the 600m clocking 2.02.6. Elliot Bell scored 177 pts with his best event being the Vortex throwing 23.30m. 

Newcomers Ronny and Rudy Bowsher both scored well with their best event the 600m clocking 2.04.5 and 2.11.6. 

The Girls came 4th overall with newcomer Matilda Clare top TK scorer with 156 at 11th overall. Her best event was 600m clocking 2.11.12 and just ahead was Quinn Joyce clocking 2.09.9 in her 600m.  It was close in the 75m sprint, Clare with 12.1s and just behind her Penelope Lyth with 12.4s. Isla Ladds was the clubs best long jumper on the day leaping 2.78 just ahead of Lyth 2.68. 

Other girls taking part were Ella McDonald, Harriet Saunders and Elora Murray all putting in fantastic performances.

Wessex YA League report

Team Kennet got back to winning ways in the second round of the Wessex Young Athletes League held at Andover on Sunday that saw some outstanding track and field performances from the clubs athletes.

The final match score was

1             Team Kennet                     440

2             Wimborne                          414

3             Southampton City            246

4             Andover/Overton             217

5             Camberley                          195

6             Dorchester                         96

The most outstanding performance of the day was from under 13 boy William McDonald who threw a massive 37.98 in to win the Javelin and go straight in at UK Number 1.

The under 15 Girls  got back to their age winning ways again as they won their age group on target to retaining their own age group title, Claire McGonnell 12.9 and Zoe Allen 13.5 got the girls underway with a superb Double win in the 75m hurdles, and at same time another Double win came in the High Jump from Twin Sisters Neve Wright 1.40 and Mia Wright 1.35, Allen later went on to win her Shot 10.18 and M. Wright taking 3rd B String, McGonnell made it another win in the Javelin with a 31.71m throw. The long Jump N. Wright came 3rd A string 4.13 and Octavia Thomas winning the B string. Leilah Gaye came 4th in the 800m 2.53.

In the sprints Thomas came 3rd in the 100m A string 14.0, while in the B string Ava Brade was 2nd 13.9, Thomas came 4th A in the 200m 29.1 and Sophie Moores took a B string win 28.7, the longer sprint 300m Allen came home in 2nd place and Debutee Isla Carpenter came in 1st B string.

The Relay Team of Moore, Brade, Allen and Thomas were 3rd 56.4

The under 17 men won their age group as well, A double win came in the Shot Seb Simpson 11.21 and Brandon Carter 8.02, Simpson won his Discus 35.95, in the Javelin Carter had to settle for 2nd place A string 41.57 and Simpson won his B string. Euan Avery won his High Jump with 1.65, Isaac Mitcham was rewarded with a good personnel best in his 1500m 4.44.7 and had to settle for 2nd A string by just point one of  second, Mitcham went one better to win his 400m in 62.0, the 100m Avery came 2nd with 12.0.

The under 13 boys were 2nd in their match, Aiden Fleming won his 800m in a very tactical race, with Reuben Kuijten taking 2nd B string. The Longer 1500m Noah Lauder-Clarke was 4thA string and Frank Edwards taking 2nd B string. Earlier in the day both Ben Daley and Josh Ladds came 2nd in their strings of the 75m hurdles. Daley and Kuijten both came 2nd in the Shot, The Discus Daley came 3rd A string and Will Mcdonald 2nd B string. Lauder-Clarke won his B string Javelin 25.56

The under 13 girls also were 2nd in their match, Emerald Hill-Sawyer had a superb day, she won her 100m in 15.0 and had to settle for 2nd place in 200m 30.6, which she matched in the 800m 2.46, on the field it was the throws that got 100% of the points, Eliska Simpson winning her Shot and Discus 21.23, Zoe Dickson won her B string Shot and discus 18.17 and in the Javelin Anna Hall threw 19.21 for a good win and Dickson making it a hattrick of B wins 16.96. Ella Cronk came 2nd in her High Jump wit ha new p.b. of 1.20 and in the long jump strings both Cronk 3.64 and Hall were 3rd places. Back on the track Anna Hall had her 2nd win of the day in a well timed 1200m race clocking 4.31.2 and Lola Mitcham taking 2nd place in the B string, Cronk came 2nd in her 800m B string 2.54.08 another p.b. and Olivia Rayfield came 5th B and 3rd B in her 100 and 200m races.

The under 17 women came 2nd in their age group a great double win came in the Javelin Alanna Smith 33.09 and Eve Brown 25.94, Charlotte Absolom won her Discus 22.38 and also winning the Shot 9.42 and Carly Chisholm coming 2nd in the long jump. The 800m Brown came home in 3rd place 2.33.9 and Smith winning the B string 2.43.7. the 100m Chisholm came 4th A string 14.1 and Absolom 2nd in the B string 14.1 as well, the longer 300m event Brown came 4th A and Smith 3rd B string and two teamed up with Chisolm and Absolom to come 2nd in the 4x100m relay.

The under 15 Boys were 3rd on the day In their age group Ivan Checkmozov took full control in his 800m race to come home as winner in 2.17.3, in the longer 1500m event Elliot Murphy was 3rd A string 4.55.2 and Ethan Kuijten 1st B string 4.58 both boys getting best times.

James Simmons was 2nd A string in his Long Jump 4.21, Another win came in the High Jump from Jacob Avery 1.55. The Throws brought in good points Joseph Hoaen and Kuijten both 2ndin their string s in the Shot, Hoaen was 3rd in his Discus and taking 2nd in his Javelin. The Sprints Avery came 4th A 13.0 and James Simmons 3rdB 13.6, Both Simmons 28.2 and Murphy 30.9 came 3rd in their strings of the 200m.

Harry Brooker took part as a u20 he broke the clubs Discus record throwing 39.26m also as a u20 Arthur Lane clocked 57.2  in his first 400m race, an hour earlier clocking 2.13 in the 800m

On all it was a fantastic day for the club with so many personnel best performances and back to winning ways again.