Written by PW
Double success for K&P.
PW's assessment of the final regular season Rosenheim.
Rosenheim League West Kingston, July 21st 2010
Both the K&P Men’s and Women’s teams wrapped up a triumphant season with a double victory on the night, ensuring that the Men remained undefeated and dominated their League, and the Women comfortably held off the challenge of St. Mary’s.
For the Women, Claire McLeish set the tone with a 100m/200m double victory. She was backed up well by further individual wins from Pippa Wingate (U20) in the Shot (8.72m), Gaby Miles (U17) in the 800m (2.25.3), Molly Renfer (U20) in the 1500m (4.48.0), Lana Whatley in the 400m (64.4), and an easy relay victory. Lana also came 2nd in the 400H, with further 2nd places from W45 Nicky Atkins (3K), and Debbie Raymond (LJ). Molly Renfer’s 1500m run was a real highlight on the night, representing a new pb and further indication of her excellent current form.
The Women finished the day with 51 points, with St. Mary’s not too far behind on 46. In the League it was also a little tight, as K&P finished with 26 points to St. Mary’s 24, and Epsom & Ewell on 18. Team Manager, Sash Gordon, needed a big team effort on the night, to stave off the St. Mary’s challenge and she got it.
For the Men, TM Humphrey Waddington opened up with a comfortable win in the High Jump, extending his run-up to a 3-stride shuffle to go over 1.60m with room to spare, whilst also putting the Shot, where he finished 4th. Elsewhere in the Field, the points were closely contested, with Mike Clarke making a welcome return from illness and coming 2nd in the Javelin (42.39m), and Richard Holt (M35) getting narrowly squeezed into 2nd on count-back in the Long Jump. The Track, however, provided the main engine-room for the K&P triumph, where Richard Holt won his specialist 400H (58.5), with further scoring victories for Justin Green (post-honeymoon) over 100m, Jordan Smith-Bent (200m), M40 – Andy Robinson (1500m), Sean Renfer (3K), and Mr. Ron Taylor (800m). Mr. Ron also bravely ran the 400m straight after his 800m, finishing a weary 4th and typifying the kind of team spirit that won the trophy, as did the willingness of Stefan Skwara (M45), who was on standby to run the scoring 800m prior to Ronnie’s arrival and generously sacrificed his place to the younger man. By the time it came to the relays, the other teams had given up and Jason Louis Bernard, Justin Green, Chris Jennings (U20), and Andy Robinson (M40), enjoyed an unopposed run-in for maximum points.
The Men ended the match with 52 points, as nearest rivals St. Mary’s only managed 31. The League victory was even more emphatic as K&P mustered 30 points to St. Mary’s 21.5 and Walton’s 16. All three of us qualify for the final at Tooting on August 11th, where the big guns of Belgrave and Herne Hill Harriers lie in wait. If the K&P team fires on all cylinders it could be another very interesting night!
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