id128-Club Pentathlons Kingsmeadow September 25th 2004

Written by DB   

The attendance at the end-of-season Pentathlons/Pizza Party/Medal Presentations Day was poorer than is usual with only some 29 members actually competing from a mail-out of over 120 youngsters.. There were nearly as many officials and helpers - and everything did go smoothly,despite inclement weather,which is,one supposes,some compensation.

The social side of the day was much appreciated and our grateful thanks to the unavoidably-absent Gillian Libretto for supervising the food, enthusiastically dealt with on the day by Tracey & Mike Lester,Joan Trimble & Celia Harding;thanks to Doris Dean,only just out of hospital,for running the Raffle for which we also thank Victor Nwagbara for acquiring a fine prize from South-West Trains and,particular thanks to Brenda Ford for organising the Competitions. The change of date was a calculated move but only goes to prove that,on any given day,the counter-attractions of other sports,work,end-of-season exhaustion etc will invariably hold sway. At present,the organisers will have to consider the continuation of the event and it may be that there is really no need for it at all.

The age group competitions were,however,vigorously contested,though there were no contestants at Under 11 or Under 13 Girls and none in the Open Women.Indeed,only 7 turned out on the female side.Jenny Davies won the U17W and there was a very close contest in the U15G event with Harriet Lester winning by a mere 6 points from Roseanne Mackay,with Amy Simmons one point further back.Maddy Hardwick,Rachel Moore & Anna O?Brien followed.

On the male side,the U11 was taken by Tim Atkins from Lukas Vogel & Nicolaj Schubert;the best contested event was the U13 where Ben King won from Jan-Dominik Vogel,Ross Harding,Edmund Croall,Gordon Lester & Martyn Aiessame with Josh Ayres & Aurelien Zonzolo making cameo appearances.;Josh Diffley won the U15 from Tom Stottor,Sam Turner & Aljosa Isakovic with Tom Pavitt also contributing;Dina Kalonji added flavour to the U17 contest but missed the first event;whilst it was left to Surrey U20 Decathlon champion,Humphrey Waddington,to sweep up the Open ,with gallant efforts from Masters,Graham Huntley(M50) and Thomas Vogel & Mike May(M40s).

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