Kingston Athletics Club and Polytechnic Harriers
Surrey Ladies League Cross Country, Match 4 Report – 10th February 2018 Print
Written by Liz Richardson   
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 12:49

Surrey Ladies League Cross Country, Match 4 Report – 10th February 2018

The final league match of the season, which also incorporated our club championships for 2017/8, took our athletes to a familiar venue at Richmond Park – though a new 5.18 mile course awaited.  Once again separate Division 1 and 2 races were timetabled, with the running order being reversed to give the Division 2 athletes the earlier 11am start.  This was something to be grateful for, as whilst conditions were cold and very breezy, we did avoid the wet weather that was to follow!

Unfortunately the team had a couple of late withdrawals due to injury but was elsewhere bolstered by the return of former squad members, perhaps attracted by the additional chance to challenge for silverware.  So it was pleasing to see a strong and determined team of 8 line up for the final race of the season. 

K&P ladies made a strong start to the race with several blue, black and white vests showing early towards the front of the field. Unfortunately in the fast start Nicki Murphy suffered a fall but she bravely continued with the race. Rachel Brookes and Rebecca Keddie both had a competitive race, with Rachel leading the team home in 53rd place in a time of 39:20 - in doing so also winning the Veterans club championships. Rebecca - despite feeling unwell during the race , which may have caused her to slip a few places - completed an excellent first season as an U20 to finish in 67th place (40:20) which also won her the 2017/8 U20 club championship.

The team scoring continued with veterans Debbie Raymond (41:00) and Nicky Atkins (41:10) having a close battle to the finish for 78th and 83rd places respectively. Chasing hard behind them, Liz Richardson completed the scoring team in 104th place (42:25).

Nicki Murphy, despite her early fall, was next home in 43:28 (121st place), followed by Surrey league senior debutant Harriet Lester who completed the race in 46:50 for 162nd place to win the Senior club championship title. Caroline Jeffcote was pleased to complete the team finish with her best race of the season in 220th place in 56:18. In a Division 2 field of 234 athletes, it was a good performance for the team to finish in 9th place on the day, which confirms a mid-table league finish for K&P.   The team has shown some promising results this season and with a season of consistent and committed cross country racing could challenge for promotion to Division 1 next season!

Congratulations again to our 2017/8 Club Champions:

U20 – Rebecca Keddie

Seniors – Harriet Lester

Veterans – Rachel Brookes


The junior races followed with a small team from K&P competing.  Alix Baccardax (U15) again ran well in the combined U15/17 race to finish with a time of 21:35 for 42nd place overall (28th U15). Whilst in the U13 race, Evie Priest and Milla Maritz raced well to finish in 29th (13:46) and 50th (15:28) places respectively.


New members to the team for this fun and friendly league next season would be very welcome and in particular we would like to see more junior club members competing - anyone interested in competing next season should please contact Liz Richardson for more information.  Additionally if there are any parents/coaches that would be interested in helping out with the junior athletes on race days next season, the club would be pleased to hear from you.

Liz Richardson

Graham Ward 1929-2018 Print
Written by DB   
Monday, 12 February 2018 21:38

Graham Stanley Ward  9.6.1929 – 4.2.2018

The Club has learnt very sadly of the passing of one of our former Polytechnic Harriers, Graham Ward, in Peterborough on February 4th at the age of 88.

Graham was educated at Chiswick County School for Boys, which was adjacent to the Poly Stadium, and he joined the Club in August 1946. He started work in the West End with Pearl Assurance in September 1947, and his workplace was around the corner from 309 Regent Street, which was the HQ of the Harriers in Town. It was from there that many of the distance runners in the Club trained of an evening, using the very handy Outer Circle of Regents Park, then a hotbed and vibrant venue for  many middle distance runners, who worked in Central London from numerous clubs, not only Poly members. At that time, the Poly, as the club was known in athletics circles, were one of the leading clubs in London, and their recruitment activities brought numerous overseas athletes into their ranks, many of  whom were in the Forces in WW2. The standard was very high, including names of the calibre of track greats, McDonald Bailey and Arthur Wint, and Graham soon caught the serious training bug and, though short of full international selection for GB himself, he rubbed shoulders with many and, along with many locals, became a fervent and committed national-standard performer.

Surrey Mens CC League Division 2 Match 4/4 Print
Written by David Barrington   
Monday, 12 February 2018 11:07

February 10th 2018



There was enormous disappointment for Team Manager,Matt Hyett,for team members and for the small clutch of regular supporters on a typically foul and muddy day at Lloyd Park. Faced with an identical situation to last year at the same venue,,the outcome this season was,sadly, pretty joyless and the team must regroup for the 2018/19 season in Division Three.


We have to increase the number of available runners eligible for the League,a consideration for all concerned not just the TM,not least because we operate under a distinct disadvantage at present to most teams on Surrey – the other 8 teams in D2 can all declare 30 or more runners comfortably,whilst we have a small regular core from a maximum turnout of 21,and few,if any,YA replacements coming through. The ‘vagaries of modern life’ – injuries and other commitments etc – have left us short of a scoring 10 twice. Saturday last was no exception,with only 9,of the required 10,facing the starter. More than half of our 21 are veterans,but that is a trend across this competition,as it is across the whole country,and cannot be considered a handicap. Ask Matt Atkins.


Club 9 Champs- Saturday 3rd February 18 - Results Print
Written by Matthew Hyett   
Monday, 12 February 2018 13:37

Results of the Club 9 Champs

1. Matt Atkins (K&P) - 48.52
2. Tom Greenwood (THH) - 50.07
3. Hamish Waring (Milos) - 50.59
4.Michael Huntley (K&P) - 51.20
5. Matthew Hyett (K&P) - 52.57
6. Will Cockerell (THH) - 53.39
11. Nicky Atkins (K&P) - 69.30
12. Mark Reynolds (K&P) - 71.12
13. David Greenfield (K&P) -72.26
7. Ed Catmur (THH) - 54.03
8. Joe Chang (THH) - 56.46
9. Matt Beaney (THH) - 62.17
10. Nina White (K&P) - 65.52
Surrey Cross Country Champs & Surrey Ladies League Cross Country, Match 3 - Reports Print
Written by Liz Richardson   
Friday, 19 January 2018 09:43

Surrey Cross Country Champs & Surrey Ladies League Cross Country, Match 3 - Reports

Surrey Cross Country Championships – 7th January 2018


The County Champs this year returned to a previous venue at Denbies Vineyard at Dorking. The

the undulating and mixed terrain at Denbies always makes the course a challenge and this year was no

different, with the cold temperature and strong winds making the race a daunting prospect for even

the most experienced athletes. Though the course was a little less muddy than it was two years ago,

giving the team a little something, at least, to smile about!


With our reigning champion, Phoebe Law, busy preparing for international duty and other athletes

being ineligible for the Surrey championship race, a small field of 4 senior athletes braved the 5-mile

course and the elements. Nina White had a strong run to lead the team home in 71 st place with a

time of 39 minutes 40. Nicky Atkins had a pleasing run and, despite an initial anomaly with the

results, was credited with 81 st place (40:46). Liz Richardson was next home in 97th place (44:29), with

Avelline Deighton completing the team in 108th place in a time of 47:51. The field was slighter

smaller than usual with only 114 athletes completing the course, with K&P senior team finishing in

15th place overall.


There were fewer junior athletes competing, with K&P unable to field a complete team for the

combined U17/U20 race. However, it was pleasing to note that Rebecca Keddie and Kathryn Bartle

both ran well to finish in 11th place (27:06) and 30th (27:46) in their respective U20 and U17 fields.


Surrey Ladies League Cross Country, Match 3 – 13th January 2018


Our third match of the season, taking place along narrow tracks at Wimbledon Common, reverted

back to separate Division 1 and 2 races. This meant our senior and veteran ladies had a later 1pm

start in the Division 2 race.


Conditions, though cool and breezy, were less harsh than the previous week and the course was

generally good underfoot – though longer than anticipated, as the actual distance measured almost

5.4 miles! Daniela Jantschy was again on great form, repeating her 9th place finish of the previous

match with a time of 36 and a half minutes. Another strong run from U20 Rebecca Keddie meant she

was also able to repeat her performance from match two - finishing in 27th place in a time of 39:18,

over a distance that she is not accustomed to. Our committed veteran team regulars completed the

scoring team: with Nicky Atkins running well and pleased to finish in 66th place (42:14), Liz

Richardson continuing her return to full fitness with an improved performance in 102nd place (44:16)

and Nicki Murphy chasing hard to finish with a time of 45:10 in 118th place.


Avelline Deighton was next home for K&P in 180th place (49:58) and Caroline Jeffcote again saved a

strong finish to sprint past fellow competitors in the final straight and finish in 238th place (60:28). In

another large field of 248 Division 2 athletes, it was pleasing to see a squad of seven complete the

course and give K&P a 10th place finish (of 24 teams) on the day, this consolidates our mid-table



In the earlier junior races, it was pleasing to see 3 girls run in the joint U15/17 race. Alix Baccardax

(U15) was again first in K&P colours home in a time of 20:34 for 53 rd place. Esme Cerilli, also U15, ran

well to finish in 61 st place (21:31) and she was tracked closely by Imogen Busa (U17)who finished in

21 minutes 44, just one place behind. Evie Priest was again our sole K&P representative in the U13

race and ran strongly to finish in 20th place (11:39).


Our final league match will be held at Richmond Park on 10th February. New members to the team

are always welcome and in particular, we would like to see more junior club members competing in

the league - anyone interested in competing or that would like more information about the league

should please contact Liz Richardson.


***** STOP PRESS *****

Congratulations to Phoebe Law! In her first GB Senior selection at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country

international event on 13th January, she was the second GB athlete home and finished in a very

impressive 6th place overall.

Liz Richardson


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