Written by FS
The squad push for promotion with just one match to go - only 3 regular season matches this year because of them thar Olympics. Full results - TOPS or TPOT.
K&P on course to win the YAL division
The second match in this year’s Young Athletes League proved to be a real thriller, pitching us as division leaders against 2nd placed Thames Valley Harriers on their home ground. Exams, DoE expeditions and injuries had taken their toll, reducing our team by more than a 1/3. Yet, quality and the willingness to fill in for the missing athletes made up for the shortages. Certainly a highlight were the terrific wins by Mollie O’Sullivan, Ellé Butcher, Neil Wellard and Phoebe Law in the middle distance races. Surprisingly we were even ahead for the first half of the match, before a TVH surge got them into the lead. Still, 56 1st and 2nd places, nearly the same number as in our home match, kept us in contention right to the end of the match which culminated in the exhilarating relays. Pippa Earley embodied our spirit when she, despite a heavy fall in an earlier race, ran a fantastic 2nd leg to set up an unexpected win for our U13 girls. This was followed by further top spots for our U15 boys 4x100m and U17 boys 4x400 teams, but in the end TVH just held on.
This result has set up a real finale between TVH and us for the last match on 17 June in Aldershot – whoever wins it will also win the Southern 1 SWN division. With a repeat of the 70+ turnout of the home match we have every chance to top the league.
Thames Valley Harriers
Aldershot, Farnham & District AC
Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers
South London Harriers
St. Mary’s Richmond AC
48 athletes altogether made their way past the Chelsea FC parade to the Wormwood Scrubs track. They could celebrate not only a great team result, but also 56 PBs and again a number of AAA graded performances: Grade 4 result from Laura Darcey (75H), Neil Wellard (800m), Amy Richardson (75m, LJ), Pippa Earley (75m), Nadia Allan (1500m), Harry Reynolds (1500m), Phil Bearman (1500SC), Alex Parkinson (HJ), Saskia Fitzpatrick (LJ), Phoebe Callaghan-Mills (HJ), and Maz Hemici (SP) demonstrate the quality of our squad, with grade 3 runs by Mollie O’Sullivan (800m), Ellé Butcher (800m), and Amy Richardson (150m) as the cream topping.
Thanks to assistant team manager Mary Dimbleby, Phil Bearman for his help organising the relays, our driver and time keeper Maurice Joyce, track judge David Barrington and our field official team of Helen Cook, Susanne Dietrich, Pat Logan, Hugh McCann, Sean Paton, Mark Reynolds, and Ali Richardson.
U13 Girls: Sophie Dimbleby, Pippa Earley, Annabel Hobday, Rebecca Keddie, Mollie O’Sullivan, Rhianna Reynolds, Amy Richardson.
U13 Boys: Michael Brazil, Morrison Cleaver, Gregor Hooke, Ben Paton, Charlie Townend.
U15 Girls: Nadia Allan, Eleanor Arnfield, Holly Beighton, Ellé Butcher, Laura Darcey, Charlotte Davies, Nina Gibbins, Anna Harvey, Ella Norman.
U15 Boys: Peter Betts, Joshua Hall, Harry Morgan, Nick Osman, Alex Parkinson, Oliver Phelps, Harry Reynolds, Markus Syyrilä, Oscar Tyrrell, Neil Wellard.
U17 Women: Lana-Faye Anderson, Phoebe Callaghan-Mills, Laura Cook, Lauren Edwards, Saskia Fitzpatrick, Prerana Kaneri, Nicole Kendall, Phoebe Law.
U17 Men: Phillip Bearman, Josh Bolt, Mazigh Hemici, Matthew Lester, Rory McCann, Zain Rawji, Tuomas Syyrilä, Finn Tyrrell, Sam Vassall.
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