Kingston Athletics Club and Polytechnic Harriers
BAL Division 1, Match 4, Liverpool 4th August 2018 Print
Written by Chris Hall   
Monday, 13 August 2018 17:05

British Athletics League, Division 1, Match 4

Liverpool, 4thAugust 2018

 

The final match of the 2018 British Athletics League season saw Kingston & Poly’s Senior Men make the journey to Merseyside for the Liverpool Harriers fixture. A cavalcade of South West Londoners, native and adopted, descended upon (or ascended to?) the North West on Friday evening, staying in a variety of locations in and around the city. Team Manager Chris Hall kept an eagle eye on Facebook Messenger to ensure that the main group travelling together from London Euston made it in time, which fortunately was the case.


The day itself, seemingly a BAL custom now regardless of the actual weather forecast, was warm and mostly sunny – thankfully a bit cooler than Eton and Portsmouth but enough to come away with a beetroot-red tint to the skin. The build-up was by far the easiest for this match, too – all events were filled nice and early, albeit missing a couple of first-teamers who any team would miss. Even so, spirits were high and we went into the match knowing that beating Windsor, Slough Eton & Hounslow (that’s one team for those new to athletics clubs) would guarantee safety in Division 1 – a feat very few would have predicted. Even Sale and Liverpool weren’t safe should we get a particularly good result, so there was all to play for.

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4th place seals survival in YDL division 1 Print
Written by Frank S   
Monday, 06 August 2018 10:36

After weeks of warm, dry weather, the last match of the YDL season instead brought high winds and relentless rain. Due largely to the start of school holidays only a small K&P team travelled to Portsmouth, but it soon became clear that the other teams were also struggling. What we lacked in numbers we had in class and attitude, not least thanks to some of K&P’s top athletes making a very welcome return to the team. Despite the atrocious conditions, our athletes were willing to go out and score points, many in 4 to 5 events. Like in the matches before, our main strength was in the field, which we even won (!) this time. On the track we missed many events, but several top places compensated for the gaps. After narrowly missing out on 4thplace in the first two matches by 2.5 and 3 points, for the second time in a row our team finished ahead of Portsmouth and Guildford. The 4thplace in the last match ensured 4thplace overall in the division, above the relegation zone. We will again compete in division 1 next year – well done everyone who contributed to the K&P YDL team as athlete or official during the 2018 season. The preliminary table:

 

Team

Match 4

Total

Total

 

1

Crawley AC

583.0

24

2531

Promoted

2

Camberley & District AC + Woking AC

552.5

18

2243

 

3

South Bucks

492.5

17

2113.5

 

4

Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers

400.5

11

1814.5

 

5

City of Portsmouth AC

376.0

7

1483.5

Relegated

6

Guildford & Godalming AC

212.5

7

1479.5

Relegated

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BAL Division 1, Match 3, Bedford, 7th July 2018 Print
Written by David Barrington   
Monday, 09 July 2018 08:35

 

British Athletics League National One M3 (of4) Bedford 7.7.2018



Promotion to National One, effectively the equivalent of Professional Football’s Championship, put Chris Hall’s Men’s BAL team into a cauldron of Clubs with extravagant personnel resources, but despite our fielding far from full-strength K&P teams in the first two fixtures, there was more than substantial commitment, enthusiasm, spirit, and not a little talent, amongst those available that we punched above our weight right from the off. This 3rdmatch, with the team gathered by Chris, but father Mark Hall in charge on the day, epitomised that sheer determination to keep fighting despite yet more K&P athletes being unavailable. We clawed our way into 6thplace, and with one match to go in Liverpool on August 4th, we need to target keeping ahead of Herne Hill and Windsor SEH to give us the chance of avoiding “the drop” and remaining in Division One. A 10% hike in athlete turnout and points across the board could well be enough!!

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Ebbisham Final Match – 8th July at Walton Print
Written by Gill B   
Thursday, 12 July 2018 12:38

Extreme weather conditions and heat reigned down on the athletes but with the new stand at the Walton track; gave us all some respite from the glorious sun on what was a glorious day of athletics for our Kingston team.

 

 

Sadly, Rory Stratford and Tom Wilson had to withdraw through injury (but nothing serious).  Hoping they’ll be back to training soon. The U15s however, stepped with some rearranging to cover the sprints. 

 

Club

M3 points

League Championship position

Herne Hill

165

Herne Hill  1st– 18 points

South London

157

Kingston & Poly 2nd – 12 points

Kingston & Poly 

128

South London 3rd – 11 points

Croydon

99

Croydon 4th – 9 points

Holland Sports

82

Holland Sp 5th– 6 points

Sutton & Dist

52

Sutton & Dis 6th – 3 points

 

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Lily B Match day 2 – Croydon 02nd June 2018 Print
Written by James Bell   
Wednesday, 20 June 2018 09:21

I am pleased to report that we followed up the first match 2ndplace with another solid 2ndplace.

 

Once again we had beautiful sunshine beating down on us keeping the spirits high throughout the day.

 

 

 

1

Croydon Harriers

287

2

Kingston AC & Poly Harriers

257

3

Guildford & Godalming

196

4

Walton AC

135

5

Holland Sport

129

6

Dorking & Mole Valley

39


 

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