Kingston Athletics Club and Polytechnic Harriers
Mike (Mick) Potter 16.12.1937 - 28.10.2017 Print
Written by David Barrington & Tony Burgess   
Friday, 24 November 2017 09:37

Mick Potter 16.12.1937 – 28.10.2017


Mick Potter’s sad death on October 28th 2017 at the age of 79 brought back striking historical memories of an earlier Polytechnic Harriers age, and, indeed, of a different social era, as well. Tony Burgess (10.8/21.9*/48.4*) and Mick Potter (9.9y/21.9*/47.8*) were part and parcel of our sport at the higher levels in the 1950s/1960s and, with the kind permission of Tony, who delivered the Eulogy at Mick’s funeral in Brighton on November 14th, we reproduce excerpts here, highlighting the flavour and ethos of Athletics in those past decades. Their best performances can be seen on this site on the Club All-Time Lists via the Main Menu.


Reminiscences of Mick Potter


Surrey Ladies League Cross Country – Match 2 Report Print
Written by Liz Richardson   
Monday, 20 November 2017 15:20

In contrast to the first match, our second league match of the season took place on 11th November at Nonsuch Park (Ewell) in wet and chilly conditions. Recent rain had left the course very muddy, making the gently undulating 2-lap 6K senior course more challenging than on previous visits.

With the venue able to support a combined Division 1 and 2 race and a record-breaking attendance of 570 athletes the race start was impressive, particularly when silence fell pre-race to observe remembrance of our war heroes.  The race then began fast and furiously as rain fell and mud ensued…

K&P were delighted to welcome a new member to the team - Daniela Jantschy - who had a fine run, leading the team home in 9th place in Division 2 in a time of 24:11. Continuing her fantastic start to the senior league, Rebecca Keddie showed improved form to finish in 28th place (26:04).  Nina White also had a very good run, finishing not far behind in 26:58 for 41st place.

Nicky Atkins and Nicki Murphy had a close battle, with Nicky A finishing strongly in 85th place (29:11) and Nicki M chasing hard to complete the scoring ‘A’ team in 97th place (29:44).  Liz Richardson continued to improve in her return to fitness in 128th place (31:10) and Caroline Jeffcote, returning to shorter distances after her recent marathon debut, completed the team effort with a strong sprint to finish in 256thth place (39:50).  The team finished in 8th place on the day, a fantastic result in a very strong field of 269 Division 2 athletes, well done to all.

The Surrey County Championships will be held on Sunday 7th January 2018 at Denbies Vineyard (Dorking) and our next league match will be on 13thJanuary at Wimbledon Common. Any athlete interested in joining the team and running at either of these events should please contact Liz Richardson.

Surrey Mens CC League D2 M2 Print
Written by DB   
Monday, 13 November 2017 08:49

Richmond Park November 11th 2017

Our stiff League course from the Isabella Plantation provided the anticipated home advantage,with Matt Hyett’s team responding well to his invites. With 3 from the 13 at the first fixture not available,it was indeed heartening to still field 17 runners. The returns of Neil Wellard and Michael Huntley to our top contenders ensured our overall match points total was 125 better than in M1 and we grabbed 4th place of the 9 clubs,in the process stretching the gaps to the 3 clubs below us. We remain 5th overall at the halfway stage of the season and,though the 2 final matches are in Beckenham(Jan 13) and Croydon(Feb 10),involving tricky journeys,we will be accompanied across to Beckenham Place Park and Lloyd Park by the 3 clubs below us,all from our side of Surrey. No need to emphasise how much we will need our M2 squad in action in full again – and others!.


Royal Borough Senior Team of the Year Print
Written by PJAW   
Friday, 17 November 2017 10:29



Congratulations are due once again to our Senior Men who competed in the British Athletics League team. Their magnificent achievement in winning the BAL Division 2 Championship and promotion to Division 1 (thus securing a place amongst the top 16 teams in the nation) has now been recognized by the Royal Borough Of Kingston upon Thames.

AAA Standard Badges Print
Written by Julie Reynolds   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 11:42

The Jack Petchey Fund is again providing AAA standard badges for the U13-U17 age groups,  paid up members of K&P who competed during the summer 2017 season are eligible.


This year we are doing things slightly differently to previous years, as badges are expensive and not all athletes want them.  So please can you check this link: Click onto the standards document and if you have achieved the times or distances for your age group and would like a badge and certificate, then please contact me, Julie Reynolds via the Contact tab, with the event(s) and performance and I will buy the badges requested.  Grade 1 badges will be presented at the AGM in February, all other grades can be collected from Kingsmeadow.


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Random Photos!

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  • Nick with a 44m+ not to be outdone