Written by Lord Kinnaird
Adding to the history of these magnificent trophies
K&P highlights from the 90th Kinnaird & 50th Sward contests included the retention of the latter,the Field Events Trophy;the guesting Dominique Blaize’s fine legal PB at 6.39,giving her a share with Maureen Chitty in the K&P LJ standard;and some good early PBs from William Trimble(JT) and Jonathan Darby (800).
On the track,we covered every string,thanks to some willing hands as ever,but we found Achilles present in numbers and just too good at the final count.
In the Sward,it was the other way round,and our redoubtable squad were again too strong for both the Oxbridge team and fellow BAL rivals,Windsor.
There was a good turnout with some 35 in action in the Blue and Black,with a number of Under 20s amongst them.
Sprint times were not exceptional,probably a reflection of the fact that Kingsmeadow conditions are not often condusive – Jordan Smith-Bent and Tucker Bryant ran 11.55 and 11.46 over 100,and looked sprightlier over 200,with Aidan Fahey the best of our support group. Injuries reduced our frontline squad – hopefully they will be ready for the first BAL fixture at Basingstoke on May 26th. The 400s/800s were predominantly early-season in nature,but Jonathan Darby’s trademark gauntlet is showing signs of real justification as he trimmed his PB down to 1.57.57. The longer distances recognised the proximity of the Varsity match,with Oxford & Cambridge runners in better form and in greater numbers.
Our hurdlers and steeplechasers,missing recent defectors,will need to step up a few notches,but,thankfully,we are not exactly too short of volunteers.
Yet again,we were all aboard,with the exception of our two leading high jumpers and Felix Hatton,and with newcomer and French decathlete,Loic Malroux and the ubiquitous Bilen Ahmet contesting most events,scoring/non-scoring,we stretched away from our rivals.
Team Captains,Humphrey Waddington and Gareth Cook were their usual inimitable selves,motivating themselves and the team,and the likes of Nick Owen,Gordon Lester,Chris Hall,Ben White,Andy Wheble and Chris Dack,along with the aforementioned,barely gave the opposition a glimmer of hope of extracting Iwar Sward’s silverware from K&P clutches. To cap it all,even the absence of young Hatton was upstaged by even younger William Trimble,whose fine 58.11 PB was reward for a rather long period of injury angst.
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