Written by FS
Review of Match 1 from an elated TM
K&P take the lead in UKYAL Division 1
Our team pulled off a brilliant start of the Young Athletes League season with a clear victory at Kingsmeadow. Sophie Dimbleby and Rhianna Reynolds sent the signal out in the first event with a double win in the hurdles, and despite a late surge from TVH we never surrendered the lead thereafter. 63 1st and 2nd places showed the quality of the team, but decisive was our athletes’ willingness to fight for every point. The spirit of the day was exemplified by Zain Rawji, who went through the pain of running 100m relay, 1500 steeplechase and 400m relay within less than an hour to secure massive 15 points for the team. Certainly a memorable moment was Phillip Bearman stunning his competitors in the 400m hurdles, where he not only joined the race in the very last moment, but ran in socks (!) to victory. Remarkable was Markus Syyrilä’s 2m PV after just a few training sessions with Maurice.
We are leading Division 1 SWN for now, with two tough fixtures at the Linford Christie Stadium (20 May) and Aldershot Military Stadium (17 June) remaining. The record turnout was the key to our success in the first match, so let’s keep it going.
Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers
St. Mary’s Richmond AC
Thames Valley Harriers
South London Harriers
Aldershot, Farnham & District AC
Our 73 athletes could celebrate a remarkable 94 PBs altogether. Arguably the top quality performances were Ellé Butcher’s AAA grade 2 800m and Anna Harvey’s grade 3 HJ. Amy Richardson excelled in all her events (75m/150m/LJ) with grade 4 results. Further grade 4 performances came from Mollie O’Sullivan, Nadia Allan and Phillip Bearman (800m), Mae Thompson (300H), Rhianna Reynolds, Laura Darcey and Phoebe Callaghan-Mills (HJ), Nicole Kendall (TJ), Ellie Manhire and Maz Hemici (SP), and Joanna Lennon (HT).
Thanks to Mary Dimbleby and Gill Broderick for their help with the team management, Richard Holt for his impromptu relay training session, to our Technical Officials David Dyer,Ant Budarkiewicz,Ian Crouch, Susanne Dietrich, Maurice Joyce, Pat Logan, Hugh McCann, Mark Reynolds, Cashel Riordan, and Humphrey and Peter Waddington,including guest Track Referee & Chief Timekeeper ,both from TVH,Laurie Kelly & Roger Fitzgerald, and not least to our results team (Sheila Brackpool, Doris Dean, Sue Shilling,David Barrington).
U13 Girls: Leila Allan, Eleanor Bartle, Kathryn Bartle, Sophie Dimbleby, Annabel Hobday, Rebecca Keddie, Mollie O’Sullivan, Sasha Reed, Rhianna Reynolds, Amy Richardson.
U13 Boys: Chidubem Anyanwu, George Chaplin, Morrison Cleaver, James Hinton, Blaize Lee-Blackwood, Ben Paton, Sam Shaw, Charlie Townend, Sammy Woolhouse.
U15 Girls: Nadia Allan, Eleanor Arnfield, Ellé Butcher, Laura Darcey, Charlotte Davies, Caitlin Dimbleby, Amber Dummett, Jody Edwards, Nina Gibbins, Anna Harvey, Florence Instone, Ellie Manhire, Ella Norman.
U15 Boys: Souleyman Bah, Peter Betts, Cameron Brown, Will Dugdale, Sam Meredith, Harry Morgan, Nick Osman, Oliver Phelps, Harry Reynolds, Harry Robinson, Markus Syyrilä, Oscar Tyrrell, Neil Wellard.
U17 Women: Alex Bartle, Phoebe Callaghan-Mills, Alice Clemens, Laura Cook, Laura Dunkling, Lauren Edwards, Prerana Kaneri, Nicole Kendall, Bridget Langford, Joanna Lennon, Bryony Ross, Vanessa Saunders, Ella Shaw, Layla Thompson, Mae Thompson.
U17 Men: Phillip Bearman, Matthew Broderick, Ciarán Geraghty, Mazigh Hemici, Oles Makarevich, Joe Mallett, Rory McCann, Adam Rajkowski, Zain Rawji, Tuomas Syyrilä, Matt Stevens, Finn Tyrrell, Sam Vassall.
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