Kingston Athletics Club and Polytechnic Harriers
Surrey and Sussex masters championships 5th June Print
Written by Mike May   
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 09:02

Kingston and Poly members at the Surrey and Sussex masters championships

Steve Simmonds in the field and Matt Atkins on the track got our best results overall. Steve an m45 won the weight, throwing 15.88 kg 10.59 metres and the hammer.

Matt, an m40, won the 5000m outright in 16:31.04.

Not counting sole competitors in their age group, our other Surrey champion was Nick Woodhead m55 who got a PB in the 200m of 28.66 (per Power of 10) chasing the Sussex champion and leaving yours truly in his wake (though I did get a season's best).

Renzo di Libero got 2nd in the m50 Shot and an SB in the Discus, while Rob Lowe multi tasked getting SBs in Discus and Javelin plus doing Shot and Long Jump. Andy Gordon m40 combined 2 silver medals in the 100m and 200m with an SB in the Javelin.

On the ladies side, Liz Richardson and Nicky Atkins both got SBs in the 5000m

Mike May

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.


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!


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.


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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