Written by FS
Frank's report from Woodside Stadium,the scene of K&P's last NYAL match of 2011.
Full results on TPOT,TOPS and NYAL sites.
Nail-biting finish in the final UKYAL match
The final match of this year’s UK Young Athletes League took place in the lion’s den, as league leaders Chiltern were hosting Thames Valley Harriers and us. Not surprisingly, Chiltern made full use of their home advantage in their endeavour to gain promotion, leaving it to TVH and us to battle for 2nd place. Our turnout was again very mixed: full U15 girls’ and U17 boys’ groups contrasted with just six U15 boys and 1 (!) U17 girl. Consequently we were trailing well behind in last place for the whole match. However, our athletes made up in quality what we were missing in quantity, and with the last few events turned it around to overtake TVH by just a single point – demonstrating how important every point can be. The (hopefully) final score:
Chiltern Harriers 613
Kingston AC & Polytechnic H 430.5
Thames Valley Harriers 429.5
The ‘Athlete of the Match’ awards this time go to Nadia Allan for a massive PB and AAA grade 3 performance in 800m, and to Harry Reynolds who won the 1500m with a PB and grade 3 performance. Very noteworthy were the contributions of newcomers Adam Henderson, Chyna Fraser, Dylan Morris and Robert Purcell in their first club competition. Theirs were not the only noticeable results: 38 first and second places against the league leaders despite fielding our smallest team this season are an excellent result. PB’s were fewer in number than in the last match, but still more than 40% of the results were personal bests. The top performances came from our most experienced athletes, joined by Oscar Tyrrell (grade 4 in 75H): AAA grade 4 by Nina Gibbins (150m), Caitlin Dimbleby (PV), Lauren Edwards (100m), Nicole Kendall (TJ), Aidan Fahey (200m), Kiran Richards (SP), grade 3 by Jody Edwards (SP), Nina Gibbins (75m), Nadia Allan (800m), Ellé Butcher (800m), Lauren Edwards (HJ), Phillip Bearman (1500m), Kiran Richards (DT), and a grade 2 run by Aidan Fahey (100m). The middle distance races were again spectacular to watch, from Phillip Bearman’s emphatic 1500m win to the hard-fought victories by Ellé Butcher and Harry Reynolds. Aidan Fahey excelled in the sprints, clearly dominating the field in the 200m. In the field, our athletes made the High jump theirs, winning 4 out of the 6 age groups, while our throwers across all age groups assembled a massive point score.
Our team on the day:
U13 Girls: Leila Allan, Luisa Barnes, Holly Beighton, Sophie Dimbleby, Jody Edwards, Nina Gibbins, Rebecca Keddie, Rhianna Reynolds.
U13 Boys: Adam Henderson, Harry Morgan, Harry Reynolds, Oscar Tyrrell, Rory Vassall.
U15 Girls: Nadia Allan, Ellé Butcher, Marlie Carter-Edwards, Laura Cook, Laura Darcey, Caitlin Dimbleby, Lauren Edwards, Chyna Fraser, Prerana Kaneri, Bridget Langford, Vanessa Saunders
U15 Boys: Phillip Bearman, Rhys Clements, William Dawson, Rory McCann, Tuomas Syyrilä, Neil Wellard.
U17 Girls: Nicole Kendall.
U17 Boys: Matthew Broderick, Tom Dawson, Aidan Fahey, Mazigh Hemici, Alex Mackintosh, Dylan Morris, Robert Purcell, Kiran Richards, Nikolaj Schubert, Matthew Stevens, Sam Vassall.
(In bold the team’s hard core of highly committed athletes who have competed in every single match)
Thanks to Mary Dimbleby for her help with the team management, to our officials Fiona Beighton, Gill Broderick, Susanne Dietrich, Richard Gibbins, Maurice Joyce and Candi Purcell who braved rain and wind throughout the day, and particularly to David Barrington and Clare Nelson who drove the minibus and officiated. A big thank you to all athletes, parents and officials who have contributed to our UKYAL campaign during the whole season.
This was the last match in the UK Young Athletes League. After winning the first two matches we had hoped to challenge for a top three position in the division, but after the low turnouts in some age groups for the last two matches we have to settle again for a midfield result. However, our athletes can be proud to have beaten almost all of the other clubs in direct competition. We have a lot to look forward to next year!
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