Kingston Athletics Club and Polytechnic Harriers
Surrey Ladies League Cross Country, Match 1 / Surrey Masters Cross Country Champs Reports Print
Written by Liz Richardson   
Thursday, 26 October 2017 12:44

Surrey Ladies League Cross Country, Match 1 / Surrey Masters Cross Country Champs Reports

The ever growing field of athletes competing in the ladies Surrey league has meant some changes for this season, with the smaller venues now hosting separate races for the two senior divisions. The first match of the season, held on 14 th October at a balmy Priory Park in Reigate, saw the first of these events - with our Division 2 team competing in the later race with a start time of 1pm.


Our largely veteran team encountered a dry but tough (we all agreed!) 2-lap course of almost 4 miles. Nina White led the team home in 45 th place in a time of 30 minutes 22. A very welcome debut performance from U20 Rebecca Keddie saw her finish in 55 th place (31:12), our 2 nd team member home. Continuing her good start to the cross country season, Nicky Atkins was next home in 79 th place (32:24) with Nicki Murphy not far behind finishing with a time of 33 minutes 07 for 97 th place.


A little further down the field in a close battle to complete the scoring team, Avelline Deighton (36:08) had a strong finish to come home in 137 th place. Not far behind her was Susanne Dietrich finishing with a time of 36:22 (142 nd place) and closing the team was Liz Richardson, returning to racing after a new addition to her family over the summer, in 157 th place (36:58). In a competitive field of 219 athletes, the scoring ‘A’ team finished in 14 th place out of 24 teams.


Earlier in the day a small but dedicated team of junior girls ran in the joint U15/17 race over 2.5 miles. Alix Baccardax (U15) led our girls home in 20:49 for 67 th  and was quickly followed by Imogen Busa (U17) (21:25/72 nd ) and Esme Cerilli (23:18/78 th ). In the U13 race over 2 miles, Evie Priest was our sole K&P representative and had a great run (14:47/37 th  out of 80) on her Surrey ladies league debut. Well done to all!


Our next league match will be held at Nonsuch Park on 11 th November. New members to the team are always welcome and anyone interested in competing should please contact Liz Richardson for further information.


Surrey Masters Cross Country Championships – 21 st October 2017

The following week our veteran ladies encountered very different conditions at the Surrey Masters Championships – held in Richmond Park, the team battled gale force (almost comical!) winds to combat the two-lap course over a 3.85 mile distance. Nina White was again our first lady home in 49 th place with a time of 28 minutes 35. Debbie Raymond ran well to finish in 29:15 for 62 nd place, with Nicky Atkins chasing hard in 78 th place (30:24). Liz Richardson showed improving fitness to finish in 104 th place (33:00) with Avelline Deighton closing the V45 team scoring in 114 th place in a time of 33 minutes 59 seconds. The ladies race was combined with the mens V60 with an overall field of 132 athletes. Our V45 ladies team (Nina, Nicky & Avelline) finished in a creditable 8 th place.


At the same championships, the mens V40/50 was an exciting race – K&P’s Matt Atkins had a tight battle with Ben Paviour (HHH) but held on to successfully retain his M40 county title. Thanks to our team supporters Caroline Jeffcote and Peter Wilkins and well done to Matt. Congratulations also to Michael Huntley for his first win at the Club 5, which took place on the same day.

Surrey Mens CC League M1 October 14th 2017 Print
Written by DB   
Monday, 16 October 2017 16:19

Caesar’s Well,Sunset Road was the evocative setting on Wimbledon Common for the first round of this winter’s Surrey Mens Division Two fixture. The weather held good and the going was firm. Team Manager,Matt Hyett,was rewarded with a reasonable turnout of 13,only 2 or 3 short of our best likely squad.

The host club Wimbledon Windmilers’ course is on the narrow side,particularly in the woodland section and even a different start quickly siphoned the field. Scott Evans and returning member,Matt Taylor,were well in the van,with last year’s Surrey Masters Champion,Matt Atkins,in close rank as the runners passed the finishing funnel early in lap one. The full field of 207 eventual finishers,up on recent contests in the division,spread out very swiftly,and our leading 6 came through into the second and final lap in good order with Alex Thomas,and V35s,Jamie McCullagh and Matt Hyett completing our first half dozen,well into the top half of the field.


Temporary Track Closure Print
Written by Chris Dack   
Friday, 22 September 2017 15:40

Kingsmeadow will be unavailable Monday 25th - Tuesday 26th Sept from 8:00-16:30 due to filming at the centre.

Kingsmeadow Cage Update Print
Written by Kingsmeadow   
Thursday, 28 September 2017 12:03
The cage will be open from today for Discus and Disability throwers ONLY. Cage doors must remain open for this. Anyone trying to throw hammers will be deemed to have broken site rules and will not be allowed to throw at Kingsmeadow again.
New gates are estimated to be installed in 5 weeks time allowing hammer throwing to commence then. A notice will be placed when this is completed.
Noel Noble 1923 -2017 Print
Written by David Barrington   
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:01

Noel Noble 31.12.1923 – 25.6.2017



The Club is very sad to learn of the death of International Opera Singer and longtime Polytechnic Harriers and Veterans AC middle distance competitor, Noel Noble, at the end of June after a fine innings of over 94 years.


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