Kingston Athletics Club and Polytechnic Harriers
Vets League Team Manager (mens) Print
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 20 April 2020 12:20

Unfortunately, Rory MacFarlane is stepping down as Team Manager for the men in the Vets League.

He was going to manage the team for this season and then resign (due to too many work commitments), but with all the matches for this summer having been cancelled now seems like an appropriate time to transition to a new manager.

Rory is very happy to help that new manager(s) transition into the job as smoothly as possible giving his assistance as much as he can in the process.

Please let one of the committee know if you might be able to take this role on.


Living Room Athletics Print
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 07:59

Living Room Athletics

As a bit of a fundraiser, a means of keeping fit and hopefully to offer a little bit of a competitive challenge, may I introduce "Living Room Athletics".

We hope as many of you as possible will have fun doing this. 

Please do let us know how you get on - it would be great to hear your scores, how it went and maybe even see videos of you having a go.

Thanks from Richard and all at K&P.

Coronavirus Shutdown Print
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Monday, 23 March 2020 20:04

Coronavirus and Kingston & Poly

It is with great regret, as many of you will already know, that Kingston & Poly (and in fact the whole UK athletics world) has effectively had to shutdown in a physical sense due to the coronavirus outbreak.

This includes all training at Kingsmeadow, which is also shut, and the suspension of all Kestrel Club and evening group activities there.

Momentum Sports evening group athletes will continue to get training set (under whatever circumstances are available to us) remotely, if athletes should choose to do so.

Other coaches will continue to work with their athletes as much as is humanly possible at this very tricky time.

We can all only hope that everything gets back to normal sooner, rather than later.

Stay healthy and look after yourselves and your loved ones.

See you all as soon as possible.

Coronavirus Update Print
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Monday, 06 April 2020 16:07

Coronavirus Lockdown

We hope that everyone is safe and well in the current shutdown.

Things have clearly been very turbulent for everyone recently and we are trying our best to understand all that is going on with respect to club activities in the coming months.

At the moment there have been lots of event cancellations and every league will be adversely hit in one way or another.

The biggest event to get cancelled to date is the English School Athletics Championships, which will be a massive disappointment to many - as we had our biggest club representation there ever last year.

Most leagues have had their first or first two fixtures cancelled - although some may add an additional fixture to the end of the season.

Rather than list everything here - the most up to date situation, as we know it, is all contained within our fixture list on the site.

You will have hopefully received notice of how we intend freeze your subs in the interim period and how we are dealing with the EA subscription.

Please bear with us - we are working overtime at the moment to try to resume club activities in the best manor possible as soon as we are allowed to and to ensure smooth running of as much as we can control in the meantime.

Thanks for your patience.

19/20 Women's XC Season Print
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Sunday, 01 March 2020 09:48

Surrey Ladies Cross Country League – End of Season Report

This season it was really pleasing to see several younger athletes joining our cross country team and very encouraging to watch their progress over the course of the 4 Surrey League matches. Mae Thompson, Ellie Arnfield and Bella Shepherd Evans (U20) all joined the Senior team for our first match, which saw a promising turnout of 9 athletes and hinted at an enjoyable season ahead.

Mae Thompson led the team home in every match, improving over the season from 13th place in match 1 to finish the season with 2 consecutive 3rd place finishes in the Division 2 races. These performances deservedly earned her the award for Most Improved Female in Cross Country.

The final league match of the season also incorporated our Club Championship races. The titles were closely contested and the 2019/20 Cross Country Club Champions were decided as follows:

U20 – Bella Shepherd Evans
Senior – Mae Thompson
Veterans – Nicky Atkins

The team enjoyed a good turnout at most matches and ran consistently well to ensure 8th place in Division 2 overall for the season – which is a big step forward from recent seasons. In a league ever increasing in size, this finish was a creditable performance for a small team competing against many much larger team squads.

With continued commitment and development next season, I am confident that the team could be in the running to push for promotion to Division 1 (which would be a tremendous achievement! Well done to athletes that competed in the league this season – especially to Mae, Ellie, Nicky Atkins, Liz Richardson and Nicki Murphy who all competed in all 4 matches and also to Caroline Jeffcote who ran in 3 matches and turned out to support the team in the last match despite carrying an injury!

In addition to their success in the Surrey League, the team enjoyed competing in the Surrey Road Relays (where Phoebe Law ran the fastest leg by a female athlete) the Surrey County Championships (with Phoebe finishing 5th overall and the team in 11th place) and the South of England Cross Country Championships (7th place for Phoebe).

I look forward to seeing the team in action again next season!


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