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Berkshire Track & Field Championships Bracknell

Team Kennet claimed 9 new COUNTY CHAMPIONS for this season in Berkshire, they were;

George Down was rewarded in the under 17s mens age group Long Jump with a massive personnel best of 6.48 and to break the club record, Eliska Simpson in the under 13 girls took two county titles, first in her Shot with a 7.32 and then last field event of the championships the Discus title with a throw of 21.43, in the same age group Zoe Dickson  was crowned champion in the Javelin with  a throw of 15.86 a personnel best.

William Mcdonald also threw a new personnel best in the under 13 Boys Javelin taking the title with a throw of 32.97, yet again in the Javelin this time in the under 15 girls Clare McGonnell won with a throw of 28.60. 

Ben East in the under 20 mens age group also took the Javelin title with a huge throw of 62.10 and to cap this the clubs Javelin Coach Luke Angell made sure he kept up with his Javelin throwers by being crowned Senior Mens Champions with a throw of 54.42.

Harry Booker just missed his club record to win the under 20 mens Discus with a throw of 37.80.

There were also a clutch of Silver Medals won, Oliver Ford in the under 20 mens Discus throwing 36.61 just behind his team mate, in the Under 17 mens age group Seb Simpson threw 33.42  for a new personnel best  to claim Silver, Amber Stiles equalled her best in the under 13 girls High Jump with a 1.30 for 2nd place only on count back. Eve Brown took part in the under 17 womens Javelin to earn herself a Silver with 28.80, In the under 15 Boys Javelin James Fenner threw 37.60 for his Silver and yet again in the Javelin in the under 13 boys Noah Lauder-Clark threw 22.39 for 2nd place. Zoe Dickson claimed Silver in her discus 17.33 a new p.b.

The Bronzes went to Josh Ladds again in the under 13 boys Javelin 16.39 to make a 1-2-3 for the 3 lads, Oliver Ford came 3rd in the under 20 mens Shot 11.73 just 6cm short of the clubs record, Seb Simpson u17 came third in the Shot 9.87, Zoe Dickson made it a hattrick of medals in the Shot 5.43.

Harry Booker just missed out on a medal in the under 20 Shot coming 4th place 10.93, Another 4th came from Josh Ladds in the 75m hurdles he also came 7th in the 75m final, Claire McGonnell came 2nd in her u15 300m heat 44.83 for a new p.b. to later coming 4th in the final 45.28, Ella Cronk came 5th in the under 13 girls High Jump with a 1.10, Amber Stiles earned herself a p.b. in the u13 girls 600m 1.56.02for 6th place  and Ella Cronk 7th with 1.59.54 also a p.b.Ella also did the Long Jump coming 6th wit ha leap of 3.32.

George Down came 2nd in his 200m heat in 23.6 to make the final but pulled out. In the under 13 boys 1500m Elliot Murphy came 7th in 5.00.76 just missing that 5min barrier.

Quadkids Oxford League Report

Team Kennet Quadkids got back to winning ways in the first round of the Oxfordshire Young Athletes League held at Horspath on Sunday.

1st           Team Kennet                     1836

2nd          Oxford City                        1602

3rd          Radley                                 1377

4th          Witney                                1346

5th          Bicester                              1283

6th          Abingdon                            1140

7th          White Horse                      838

8th          Banbury                              821

The Under 9 Girls got back to winning ways again Ella Larkin taking overall Individual Spot, she clocked an impressive 600m in 2.13, her Vortex was also good at 19.74m and sprinting the 75m in 13.1, Maisie McCurtin was 3rd girl overall with her best event Long Jump 2.53. Evie Kearney was the clubs third best scorer with her Vortex the best event scoring 15.78 in distance.

Sophie Cox and Megan Jones also took part in the Squad.

The Under 9 Boys came 4th Joshua Kuijten came 6th overall and Edward Shearer 9th

Both the under 11 Girls and Boys came 3rd in their matches Oscar Larkin best placed with 7th overall, his 600m was his best event in 2.03 and also a fast 75m in 12.7 as well as a good Vortex throw of 25.57. Malik Gaye was 11th overall his 75m sprint was his best event clocking 12.4 he also jumped 2.87 in the long jump, Luke Stiles was clubs third scorer his track races saw a 2.11 in the 600m and 13.3 in the 75m and really good long jump 2.95, and the Fourth scorer was Harry Bell his 75m being his best event in 12.5.

Other boys were Ethan Jones, Elliot Bell and Noah Horton.

The girls Section Isla Ladds led the way in 13thher 75m was best of her events in 13 seconds, Jessie McCurtin was next best scorer with her 75m being her best event in 13.3, Then Quinn Joyce with her 600m in a time of 2.14 her best event and making up the team was Harriet Saunders she clocked a 2.19 in the 600m and 13.9 in the 75m.

Other girls Elora Murray Vortex 19.83, Ella McDonald long jump 2.73, Amelia Rehill,  Rosie Bell and Edith Evans also took part

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Wessex League Match 1 Report

Team Kennet were in action in their first Wessex League match of the Season at Swindon, in a thrilling match that saw a much depleted squad due to Easter Break come fourth place with adjusted Officials score moving them up to third place

The Match score on the day was

Swindon                              479

Waverley                            413.5

Slough                                 359.5

Team Kennet                     320

Portsmouth                        277

Dorchester                         76

The under 15 girls defending their own age group title from last year started of this season wit ha good 2nd place, Claire McGonnell and Bethany Maclean teamed up in the Javelin for a Double victory McGonnell throwing a UK Grade 1 throw of 26.53. Zoe Allen added another win in the Shot with a 9.92m throw with Suki Humphreys taking 3rd B 6.18, and in the Discus Two 2nd places came from Humphreys 20.37 and Maclean 15m. The High Jump saw another Double win from Neve Wright and Mia Wright both clearing 1.40m in the Long Jump Neve Wright came 3rd A with 4.28 and Emelia Lunn taking 2nd B 4.26

On the Track Allen came 3rd in the 75 m hurdles 14.1, the 800m Maclean was 3rd A with 2.42 and Leilah Gaye came in 2nd in the B string 2.55. the 300m Allen had to settle for 4th A 46.6 and a great run by McGonnell in the B string saw her come home wit ha win in 46.9, the shorter sprints in the 200m Lunn came 4th A 29.9 and McGonnell 2nd B 28.55 and the 100m both Lunn 14.9 and Gaye 15.7 came 4th places, the 4 x 100m relay team came home in 2nd place 56.0 which were Lunn, Allen, Maclean and McGonnell.

The Under 17 men also came 2nd on the day most of the points were picked up in the Field events, George Down lept his way to 6.35cm in the long jump for a good win. Brandon Carter won his Javelin with a throw of 43.15, Seb Simpson won the Discus with a throw of 30.93, he came 2nd in the A string Shot 10.34 by just a few centimeters and Carter winning the B string 8.27. Simpson came 2nd B string in the Javelin, while in the High Jump another win came from Euan Avery with 1.63.

The 100m saw another Double win from George Down clocking 11.6 and Euan Avery 12.2 

The 4 x100m quartet of Down, Simpson, Avery and Carter came home in 2nd place 51.4.

Elsewhere in the other age groups the under 13 boys took 3rd place Harry Fenner taking a win in the Discus 17m with Ben Daley 2nd B string, a superb Double win came in the Javelin Will McDonald 31.42 and Fenner 28.27, Fenner also 3rd in the Long Jump 4.23 and Aiden Fleming winning the B string in 4.12.

On the track in the longer distance races 800m Fleming came 3rd in 2.55.4 and Mcdonald came 4th in B string 2.58.9, in the 1500m Noah Lauder-Clarke 4th 5.31 and Frank Edwards 5.59 was also 4th in his string. In the sprints again 4thplaces came in the 100m Fleming and Lauder-Clarke, the 200m Joshua Ladds came 5th A and Lauder-Clarke 4th b.

The Relay Quartet Fleming, Fenner, McDonald and Ladds took 3rd place in 60.8

The under 15 Boys were 5th overall James Fenner winning the Javelin 39.49, William Appleby taking 3rd in the Discus 17.16, on the track Fenner was best placed with 13.9 in the 100m B string taking 2nd place, James Simmons also took place in the 100m and 200m clocking 13.7 and 29.1

The under 17 women came 5th place Eve Brown just being pipped on the line in the 800m for 2nd2.30.7 and Alanna Smith taking the B 800m in 2.55.4, both teamed up in the 300m Brown in 4th47.3 and Smith 3rd B 51.7 and again they teamed up in the Javelin Both coming 2nd places Brown 29.79 and Smith 25.99. Kirsten Fraser threw the shot to gain 4th place.

Team Kennet Report – Wessex Quadkids

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

A young team turned out for this match with most of the athletes from the club in school year 4, they produced some great results and set up a good two years in front of them in the same age group.

On the day the main match score was

Swindon                             1621

Portsmouth                        1420

Team Kennet                    1243

Slough                                 1199

Waverley                            1087

Havant/SETAFA                 883

Dorchester                         773

On the day the boys section were 3rd, with Malik Gaye finishing 10th overall with 203pts, Maliks best event was the 600m clocking 2.02.7, also clocking 12.0 for his 75m, and a 3.08 for his long jump. Euan Jones scored 177 pts with his best event being 600m in 2.08.7 and throwing the Vortex 23.79m the best throw from a TK athlete on the day.

Harry Smith 2.10 and Luke Stiles 2.12 both ran well in the 600m, Stiles clocking a fast 12.4 in the 75m. Noah Horton also took part gaining good experience.

The Girls came 4th overall with newcomer Quinn Joyce top TK scorer with 141pts, her best event was 600m clocking 2.22.6 and just ahead was Penelope Lyth clocking 2.22.1 in her 600m.  Both girls were very close in the 75m sprint Lyth edging it again 12.6 and Joyce 12.7, Joyce was the clubs best long jumper on the day leaping 2.78 just ahead of Isla Ladds 2.77, all the girls scoring good points till the vortex which needs some work on to score higher points.

Other girls taking part were Ella McDonald, Edith Evans and Grace Cooke all putting in fantastic performances.

U11G
U11B

Reading Green Park Challenge

Team Kennet had a few enter the Green Park Challenge part of the Reading Half Marathon programme.

Ben Doherty came in 26th place in 12.05, Henry Bell was next in 31st with a time of 12.11 and his twin brother Elliot was 41st in 12.16 out of well over 400 runners.

Cross Country Report 21/22

Team Kennet held its Cross Country Presentations last night after training, top 3 in most of the younger age groups and seniors got their awards, highlight was the under 9 girls that won the team prize in the new Destination XC League, 10 under 9 girls ran 2 or more of the four league matches in what was an incredible season for them. Nearly 70 Athletes turned out for the season which was a great effort after two years out due to covid.

U9G

  1. Ella Larkin
  2. Isla Ladds
  3. Maisie McCurtin

U9B

  1. Malik Gaye
  2. Joshua Kuijten
  3. Alfie Cronk

U11G

  1. Ella Cronk
  2. Anna Hall
  3. Harriet Saunders

U11B

  1. Noah Lauder-Clarke
  2. Ben Daley
  3. Oskar Larkin

U13G

  1. Amber Stiles
  2. Leilah Gaye
  3. Lola Mitcham

U13B

  1. Ethan Kuijten
  2. Elliot Murphy
  3. Aaron Carter

U15G

  1. Emma Davies

U15B

  1. Isaac Mitcham

Senior Women

  1. Sue Francis
  2. Charlotte Aitken

Senior Men

  1. Mitch Poustie
  2. Paul Kemp
  3. Simon Gale

Most Improved Athlete – Amelia Rehill

Champion’s Champion – Ethan Kuijten

TK stars

Ella         Larkin

Isla         Ladds

Joshua   Kuijten

Alfie       Cronk

Ella         Cronk

Harriet  Saunders

Amelia   Rehill

Ben        Daley

Frank     Edwards

Luke       Stiles

Reuben Kuijten

U9G team

Ella         Larkin

Isla         Ladds

Maisie   McCurtin

Elora      Murray

Evie        Kearney

Penelope Lyth

Ella         McDonald

Milly      Davies

Gracie   Cooke

Rose      Bell

Portsmouth Goodwood Spring Duathlon

Team Kennets Emma Davies took part in the Portsmouth Goodwood Spring Duathlon on Sunday at Goodwood Race Circuit in the Tristar 3 age group for ages 13 and 14 year olds, Emma had a great Competition finishing in 2nd place to kick Start her duathlon/triathlon season off.

Bracknell Open Meeting

Team Kennet had several athletes compete in the Bracknell open Meeting, the first of the outdoor season.

Seb Simpson in the under 17 mens age group took Gold in the Hammer with 36.32, he finished 2nd in the Discus with 32.53 and also threw the Shot 9m for 4th place.

William McDonald won his Javelin to earn a Gold medal with a throw of 28.14 for a new personal best in the u13 boys, in the under 13 girls Amber Stiles also struck gold in the high Jump clearing 1.25m.

In the under 15 girls Claire McGonnell took a bronze in the Javelin 29.61 clocking 2.42 in the 800m and 29.8 in the 200m.

Elsewhere Suki Humphreys took part in the Shot throwing 6.72, Joshua Ladds throwing u13 javelin 15.54, his sister Isla took part in the 75m 13.3 and 150m 26.7

West Berkshire and North Hampshire Primary schools Cross Country 2022

The West Berkshire  & North Hampshire Primary Schools Cross Country got back in to action again at Newbury Showground after a 2 year gap due to Covid on Tuesday, Organized by Team Kennet Athletics over a New Course with all four races on the same route over 1.28miles.

The Event now in its 24th year saw 44 schools compete with 1211 finishers really amazing numbers after what has happened in past two years.

The first Race year 3 / 4 Girls saw 261 finishers, two runners battled it out till the last 200m where Ella Larkin finally broke her rival to take the win representing Falkland, Quinn Joyce (Fir Tree) came in just a few seconds behind for second and Maisie McCurtin from Falkland took third place, for the Team awards, Falkland took the team victory over Thorngrove and St. Nicolas in third.

Race 2 the year 3 / 4 Boys again saw another two way battle till last 300m, Alexander Crosse came out the strongest to win from Falkland, Ronny Bowsher from Thatcham Park took second and Malik Gaye from Spurcroft taking third place, the Teams it was Falkland again taking the win, with St. Nicolas second place and Springfield third team, 304 finishers in this race

Race 3 the Year  5 / 6 Girls saw 314 finishers, yet again another two way battle up front down to the last 100m that saw Erin-Rose Dunk  from Pangbourne just edging in front for the win, over Anna Hall from Falklnad and Sefahian Siabulu from Long Lane taking third place, The Team victory went to St. Gabriels, with Streatley taking second place and Thorngrove third.

Race 4 the Year 5 / 6 Boys saw the biggest field of 332 finishers, Aiden Fleming from Bucklebury started off with a lead that he never gave up to win by 100m, Beau Williams from St Nicolas taking second place and Jacob Nowak from Speenhamland third place, The Teams first place went to John Rankin School, with Falkland taking 2nd place and St. Nicolas third place.

The overall winning school went to St. Nicolas by a single point while retaining champions Falkland took runners up and Thorngrove taking third place and the first Hampshire Schools Trophy, fourth place went to John Rankin  and making up top 5 teams Francis Baily.

The small Schools Trophy went to Streatley and the Overall B team (second teams) went to Thorngrove.

There is now a League System set up of 3 Divisions, In Division 1 St. Nicolas School were crowned Champions with Falkland runners up and John Rankin Third, In League Division 2 Thorngrove won with St. Gabriels taking Second and Pangbourne third place will all get promoted to top Division. League Division 3 saw Long Lane take the win, The Winchcombe taking runners up and Hampstead Norreys third place all being promoted to Division 2

Newbury Town Civic Awards

The 25th Annual Newbury Town Civic Awards presentation took place at Newbury Town Hall on Wednesday 16th March 2022. The awards presented included the Newbury Town Civic Award, the Newbury Town Young Person’s Civic Award, the Newbury Town Business Civic Award and the Newbury Town Environmental Contribution Award. The awards recognise the town’s unsung heroes who go above and beyond to help make an exceptional contribution to the Newbury community on a voluntary basis. 

The Mayor of Newbury, Cllr Billy Drummond, said “We received so many fantastic nominations for this year’s awards. All nominees showed dedication and commitment to their voluntary causes, and the variety of nominations show what a wonderful town we live in where people are willing to give their time and energy helping the community” 

For this years awards Team Kennet and Nick Bull each received a nomination. Team Kennet in the Business Civic Award category for providing children and adults access to exercise, promoting a safe and welcoming environment, following Covid restrictions. Nick Bull in the Newbury Town Civic Award category for Organising the yearly Primary School Cross Country competition for the past 20 years. 

Unfortunately TK and Nick didn’t win on this occasion however this is a fantastic achievement for both the club and Nick to be recognised. 

For more information on the awards please visit https://newbury.gov.uk/news/newbury-town-civic-award-2022-winners-announced/