Kingston Athletics Club and Polytechnic Harriers
BAL Division 2, Match 2, Bedford 4th June Print
Written by Chris Hall   
Monday, 06 June 2016 21:28

British Athletics League Division 2, Match 2

Bedford, June 4th 2016

Match 2 of the British Athletics League season took K&P to Bedford, at the International Stadium familiar to those who have ever competed at BUCS or National Age Group Championships, in a double-match with Division 4.

Exams, injuries and other commitments left Team Manager Chris Hall with just 18 athletes making the trip up to Bedfordshire, and with 34 slots to be filled (42 counting relays) this meant that athletes doing just a single event were in a minority. Despite the small squad, a fantastic fighting performance full of doubling, tripling and even quadrupling up saw the team finish 4th.

 

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Veterans League 2016 match 2 Ewell Court Print
Written by Mike May   
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 12:40

Veterans League 2016 match 2 Ewell Court

 

Women's Report

This 2nd meeting was quite eventful.

Joan Trimble had agreed to throw O60 category in the Discus  Throw. However when she arrived at the track Joan said in jest that she had come to do an 800m. Well, team manager soon had Joan declared and a number pinned onto her vest and Joan made her début in the 800m with a PB to go with it. She is still in shock!

The sky darkened, then it started to rain, heavily. Then the lightning flashed and thunder crashed,  and the men’s  first 3000m race carried on while the men’s second 3000m race waited, huddled together under a tree at the starting line.  After a late start and a promise of a lull in the rain this race finally took place. However the rain got heavier, with more lightning and thunder. Camilla took the decision to cancel the Discus Throw. The women were given the option to run or cancel the 3000m and we voted to run it. We all ran from cold, and we were all shivering on the starting line. We finished wet through but finish we did and felt awesome from doing it.  The 4 x 400m relays were cancelled; well it was getting dark by then and time was ticking on.

 

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Veterans League 9 May Kingsmeadow Print
Written by Mike May   
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 15:03

Veterans League 9 May Kingsmeadow

 

Women's Report

The SCVAL’s first meeting was at home on a rather damp evening , Monday 9th May. Nevertheless the women’s K&P team consisting of: Susanne Dietrich, Caroline Jeffcote, Nicki Murphy, Liz Richardson, Avelline Deighton, Camilla Thrush, Joan Trimble and yours truly were not discouraged.

The team Managed to cover most events except the pole vault, which Avelline was disappointed with, not being able to actually hold the pole due to a broken finger.  Actually most of the team seemed to be carrying some sort of injury such as sore Achilles, swollen knees, pulled and unhappy hamstrings, well I suppose that’s what comes with aging! Liz and yours truly were happy to complete the 1500m race both having completed marathons only a few weeks earlier.

The highlights of the evening were Susanne throwing the javelin and racing in the 400m both scheduled at the same time. Susanne won the javelin and possibly achieved a PB in the 400m! Camilla successfully multi-tasked by organising the cafe, while she popped out to throw the shot and javelin in which she finished first and second respectively.  Hats off to Joan who was side lined, due to injury, she offered to complete a leg in the 100m relay, to fulfil the criteria of competitor being in the O60 years category, so that we could score. Thanks to Joan we were able to score 6 extra points.

In this meeting out of seven teams we finished second to Epsom and Ewell Harriers. Well done team K&P.

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YDL LAG Match 2 Report Print
Written by Gordon Lester   
Sunday, 22 May 2016 20:13

Fantastic YDL win in Guildford

What a difference a day makes – we started the second U13/U15 YDL match uncomfortably close to the relegation zone and finished it having re-gained a chance to even win promotion. In between, our athletes went from strength to strength, smashing PB’s all the way. The day epitomised the K&P recipe for success: superb team spirit among the athletes, strength across all track & field events, wonderful encouragement by the parents, and excellent support by the coaches (many thanks to Tony Cook, Susanne Dietrich, Renzo Di Libero, Richard Holt, Maurice Joyce and Richard Vassall who all came along to help their athletes). Several wins, coverage of nearly all events, and strong performances all over were enough to narrowly overcome hosts Guildford and Dorset to secure our very first match win in division 1!

 

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Lily B Match 1 – Kingsmeadow Print
Written by James Bell   
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 09:46

 

30th April 2016

After a great double win last year (League & Cup), the first match-day this year was always going to be an important one.

The weather was a mixed bag. Warm when the sun was out, cold when it wasn’t with an occasional breeze and some rain at times to add to the mix. This made it difficult for the athletes to compete at their best, however there were still quite a few PBs. These, along with all of our results, added up to another emphatic victory of over 80 points!

 

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