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A view of the goings-on at fair Kingsmeadow.
Kinnaird & Sward Report April 23rd 2011
Some good honest early season competition,enhanced by a Surrey-supported entourage of Technical Officials,and a rather warm day,produced an essentially two-way contest for both the 102 year old Kinnaird Trophy and the slightly younger Sward. Though Kinnaird holders,Blackheath and Bromley threatened on the track,it was host club,Kingston & Poly,and Windsor,Slough,Eton & Hounslow who generally dominated proceedings. A fair outcome,unless you were partisan enough to wish for a double success for K&P,saw a share of the spoils and,interestingly,a combined score of Track & Field would have given a tie at 414 points each!
K&P prevailed in the Sward,but could not hold the higher BAL-placed WSEH club on the Track and failed in their ambition to regain the Kinnaird,last won twenty years ago.
There was a good turnout from the host club,with a number of U17s/U20s taking the opportunity to mix it early in the summer with their seniors. Sprint times were not great with a capricious wind not favouring either the 100 or 200s. There was a 10.73 from Adam Gemili(B&B),but otherwise no-one broke 11secs. Fastest up for K&P was Chris Hall at 11.36,but there were bevies of our men inside 12 secs though not looking overly-impressive. Under 17 Aidan Fahey(11.88) and U20 William Trimble(11.93) showed up well. It was much the same over 200,where K&P rustiness prevailed with Jordan Smith-Bent best up at 22.61. Tucker Bryant(23.18) and newcomer Radovan Horvath(23.05) into variable breezes against looked best.
Over 400,Chris Hall did go well,breaking 50 for the first time at 49.83,whilst Craig Price(2.00.35) cranked up a tad more at the 2 laps and debutant Jonathan Darby was auspicious with a pb 2.02.57.
Though 1500 runners were conspicuous by their absence,save the said CP,Chris Bannon(8.36.37) and Tom Beedell lorded it over 3000,after the latter had cantered the 2kChase in 6.10.1 – both tackle the BUCS at Bedford this coming weekend. Danny Eckersley ran a fair opening 400 Hurdles,the first of 3 outings over the distance;Matt Field later looked aggressive over the Highs,winning comfortably in 15.12.
In the Relays,we managed to field 3 sprint teams,with the Seniors again rusty-looking in 44.08 in 3rd,though the Under 20 quartet were only just short of the Club Age Group mark and should annihilate that in the NJL matches. The 4 x 400 was a mixed bunch but it was refreshing to see new faces over that distance in our teams,inc TJer Ben White.
As it rolled out ,we just could not close a 20pt gap on WSEH and they took the resplendent Kinnaird with 232 pts to K&P’s 2nd place with 208. B&B were a distant 3rd with 152,with the others not in the race.
The Sward has been a happy hunting ground in recent years,mirroring the success of our field-eventers in the BAL. Even with Felix Hatton,David Cook and Tariq Fadare in absentia,we did keep WSEH at bay here,with the others sadly nowhere as teams. Chris Dack,& Bilen Ahmet,who by tradition kept the scorers busy though with a slight injury acquired in the opening PV comp.,scored well in the HJ,though not at great heights,but in a small PV field,Gordon Lester put some difficult years behind him with an outdoor pb/U20 Club Record at 4.20(he has a similar indoor mark from a while back),and Bilen cleared 3.80. Humphrey Waddington proved his long rehab was on track,getting out over 14m in the Triple,with a longer foul,though he had to give best to Chris Hall(6.74) in the Long. Ben White took the B TJ.
In the throws,it was good – Gareth had 2 throws over 50m(best of 50.38) in the Hammer,Andy Wheble took the Discus with a decent 41m plus hurl,with Nick close behind.The latter took the SP with a modest 13.92,whilst Gareth kept himself oiled completing a treble. Chris Dack was close to 50m in the Javelin,and Asher Nelson completed the party.
The Sward returns to the K&P mantelpiece;and the BAL team looks forward to a foray across the Scottish border five-weeks hence – in good,if expensive,heart,we can now only hope that the promises are kept. It’s exam time sadly and some of our current ‘stars’ will be otherwise engaged but we are quietly confident.
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