id1278-NJL M3 Kingston July 10th 2011 Report

Written by DWH   

David Hillyer's summation of R3 of the NJL Brent Division


Although we were the hosts for this match we still struggled with numbers, mainly in the Girls’ events where our presence on the track was minimal. However, although our final position in the match was disappointing, the performances from those who did turn out was exceptional with 26 PBs that included an Overall Club record and an Under 20 record.

The match result and current League standings are as follows:

1 Harrow AC 498

2 Reading 469

3 Bracknell/Camberley (composite) 408

4 Kingston & Polytechnic 328

5 Thames Valley Harriers 232

6 Hillingdon AC 202

7 Vale of Aylesbury AC 133

8 Sutton & District AC 116

League Standings after 3 of 4 rounds:

1 Harrow 24

2 Reading 21

3 Bracknell/C 17

4 K&P 15

5 Hillingdon 11

6 TVH 11

7 VoA 5

8 S&D 4

The team for the day was as follows:

Girls: Alex Bartle, Alice Clemens, Rahannah Gillette-Vernon, Beth Hooke, Nicole Kendall, Jessica Tomlinson and Pippa Wingate.

Boys: Matt Elmore, Patrick Hillyer, Oliver Horrocks, Kyan Koranteng, Gordon Lester, Pouya Mehrabi, Tom Parry, Kiran Richards, Nikolaj Schubert, Tchengiz Siddiqi, William Trimble, Sam Vassall and Alex Williams-Baffoe.

Alice, Beth and Jessica where making their NJAL debuts for the girls, whilst Tchengiz, Pouya, Sam and Alex were in the boy’s team for the first time.

As stated above, we had a very sparse turnout on the track in the girls’ events filling only 3 spaces. However, Nicole Kendall ran well in a fiercely competitive 100 and Jessica and Alice did really well in the 400 & 800 respectively recording very good PBs. As usual the throws were our main supplier of points with Pippa Wingate winning the A Discus with a new U20 record as well as getting 1st place in the A Hammer. She also managed a PB in the Javelin and also did well in the Shot. All this resulted in Pippa being our top scorer for the girls on the day. Rahannah won the A javelin despite feeling below par and Alex backed up Pippa well in the other 3 throws winning the B Hammer and setting PBs in the Discus and Shot. We only had 2 competitors in the jumps with Beth securing 2nd place in the HJ and Nicole firstly equalling her PB in the LJ before smashing her best ever in the TJ to take 2nd place behind the Women’s Athlete of the Match.

For the boys there were promising efforts from Tchengiz and Pouya in the 100, whilst Matt set a PB in the 200. At 400, Kyan ran a good time in a very competitive A 400, whilst Oliver set a PB in the B race. Making his debut, Sam showed a lot of potential when taking over a second off his previous best in the 800. In the 110 hurdles both William and Patrick lowered their lifetime bests with Patrick winning the B string after smashing his 400 hurdles PB earlier in the day. However, the real major story in the 400H was the return of Tom to hurdling after a horrific injury meant he missed the whole of last season. Despite a few nerves, Tom ran really well to win the A string in a good time and we all hope that this signals a return to the high level of competition that Tom is capable of.

Tom was not the only one to make a welcome return to his main event. William has also been victim to a serious injury which meant he could not throw the Javelin with his “proper” arm. This match marked the first occasion where he was able to compete properly for K&P for 2 seasons. He responded with a reasonable start, but I am sure that there is much more to come. In addition to the Javelin, and his PB in the hurdles, William equalled his best ever in the HJ and then ran his first ever Steeplechase to secure some valuable points for the team and make him the top boy’s scorer for the match.

The Jumps provided useful points, with Stefan jumping a PB but having a considerably longer no-jump. Alex had a tentative debut in the TJ, due to a slight injury, but he shows a lot of promise, whilst Gordon set a new PB in the HJ before going on to break the Club record that had stood for 17 years in the PV. His 4.46 easily won the event and Matt did well to win the B string. Gordon’s performance won him K&P’s first ever Man of the Match award in the NJAL.

Our main competitor in the throws was Kiran who did not finish outside the top 3 in any of his events and smashed his Discus PB in the process.

Finally, we managed to put out relay teams in both events, although the results were slightly disappointing, but given the effort that had been put in by the lads earlier in the day this was to be expected.

My thanks go to all the officials and helpers from K&P on the day. They all contributed to a really well organised meeting. Thanks also to the parents and families who gave all the team their support.

The next fixture is on Sunday 24th July at Hemel Hempstead. Please try and come along if you are available so that we can end the season on a positive note.

Full results are available elsewhere on the K&P website.


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