Kingston Athletics Club and Polytechnic Harriers
URGENT NEED FOR HELPERS Surrey Ladies XC League Print
Written by Gen Sec   
Monday, 14 January 2019 21:41

URGENT NEED FOR HELPERS Surrey Ladies XC League,
Richmond Park - 9th February. 
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Surrey Mens CC League, Division 3, Match 3, January 12th2019, Oxshott Woods Print
Written by Matt Hyett   
Monday, 14 January 2019 15:43

13 runners from K&P decided to take on the challenge of the winding, narrow and undulating Oxshott Woods course this past Saturday. A warm up jog before the race forewarned us of a number of obstacles we were set to face, from pot holes to tree roots- we were even treated to random concrete posts a few hundred meters in! But this is what true cross country is all about, it’s not meant to be easy and Oxshott certainly wasn’t!

As we jostled to get a good starting position for the 2.30 start we were warned of “Heartbreak ridge”, the hill we would face about a mile or so in. And then face twice more, in the 3 lap course. As I’m sure all runners can attest the ridge lived up to its name, and I had deliberately positioned Tukki at the top to cheer us up it. 

Once again this season Matt Atkins was our first man home in 4th(throughout this report I’ll refer to our 3rddivision only placings), only very narrowly missing a sub 30 minute finish. He was followed by our other lead scorer Michael Huntley, in 9th. Pleasingly, after 3 matches Matt and Michael are the overall Div 3 3rdand 4thplace individual runners, and Matt A is 1stplace M40- congrats on this. 

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Jeff Terrey 1944 -2018 Print
Written by K&P   
Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:56

The Club is very sad to have to report the death of long-time supporter Jeff Terrey (in September).

Jeff(b 25.9.1944) and his Family joined the Royal Borough of Kingston Athletics Club in May 1985, just a few months before the merger with Polytechnic Harriers. Living just across the main A2043 road in Douglas Road, he could barely have been closer so the track, which was shortly to be relaid with an all-weather surface, was extremely handy and encouraging for his 2 sons, Sean and Darren, though throws tended to be their preference.

Whilst his sons remained involved for a number of years, it was Jeff, in particular, who took to membership as a true parent-helper and it was not long before he was becoming involved in coaching and administration, and as a regular attendee at Committee. The Club’s youngsters competed in the then-McDonalds YA National League in the South and, when a Team Manager stood down, Jeff had willingly volunteered to take over responsibilities, his first venture into team management. He soon found his feet and he was in charge for some seven years, solely and later jointly, from the late 1980s through to the early 1990s.

Jeff was elected a Vice-President of the Club in 1991, in honour of his services over a range of activities.

He remained involved for several years more, and thereafter he continued to cross the A2043, from time to time, well into the first 2 decades of this century, latterly out of curiosity, and for a chat, when he heard familiar voices on the Kingsmeadow PA System!

Pre-deceased by his wife, Maureen, he is survived by Sean and Darren and their families, to whom we offer our most sincere condolences and kindest regards at this saddest of times.

 
Downs League Meeting 2 Report Print
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 07 December 2018 18:58
A small but select group of runners took to Epsom Downs to compete in the second meeting.
Ground was softer underfoot this time round, but all of the runners ( with two new faces) did well in either beating their previous position or were within 2 places of their last run.
Meeting number 3 is on Sunday February 17th.

Results (click for PDF):
 
Surrey Ladies League Cross Country, Match 2 Report – 10th November 2018 Print
Written by Liz Richardson   
Sunday, 18 November 2018 18:26

The second league match took place at Nonsuch Park, Ewell on 10th November 2018.  After a wet start to the day which muddied the course, bright sunny conditions emerged and our ladies enjoyed the earlier start for Division 2  race. The course, though a bit soggy and measuring a little longer than last season at 3.95 miles, remained mostly flat and fast.

Once again only a small team made it to the start line, meaning that it was vital for all 5 team members to finish the race and score as few points as possible in another record field for the league. Our veteran team members gave solid performances, with Liz Richardson leading the team home in 77th place in a time of 30:05.  Nicky Atkins, slightly under the weather with a cold, battled well to 105th place (31:19), with Nicki Murphy chasing hard with a time of 32 minutes 11 for 129th place.  Jo Murphy, continued her comeback, finishing in 34:33 (176th place) and Caroline Jeffcote, in her first race of the winter season, completed the team score in 270th place (41:31). 

Though the team lacks an individual scorer making an impact at the head of the field, the finish positions are representative of a very high quality and strong Division 2 field, that is now larger than the previously combined field for both divisions of the league. The second match of the season attracted a record 543 senior athletes, with 298 competing in the Division 2 race. As one of the smallest teams in the league, Kingston and Poly ladies did well to finish in 20th place out of 24 teams.


 
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