Written by PW
Almost a whitewash - full results on TOPS & TPOT.
ROSENHEIM – EWELL, 6th JUNE
Another match, another victory for Kingston & Poly’s Men in the Western Division. The results just get better and better, with K&P only one point from a perfect score, on 71pts, way ahead of Walton on 52. St. Mary's - our nearest challengers over recent years - must have finally become disheartened after so many losses and threw in the towel, with nobody showing up!
We were very lucky with the weather, as torrential rain turned into pleasant evening sunshine, just as the match started. Team Manager, Humphrey Waddington, was further cheered by an embarrassment of riches to select from. In fact, some of the closest contests were between K&P athletes!
Loic Malroux got us off to a perfect start with a win in the 110H, challenged only by our own Bilen Ahmet, demonstrating his multi-eventing enthusiasm and skills once again. Sam Vassall (U17) and Phil Bearmen Snr (V45) built on the good work in the middle distances, with Chris Hall enjoying a sprint double, as he sought to hone his speed for 400m challenges ahead.
Adam Bellis fought hard for his win over 400m and looks to be moving towards form and fitness, as does Ron Taylor (always a welcome sight in K&P colours), who cruised to victory in the 3K. Adam later joined forces with Richard Holt, Chris Hall and Jason-Louis Bernard for another comfortable relay victory. Elsewhere on the track, there were some very tidy performances from a healthy number of K&P non-scorers.
In the field, our athletes were totally dominant. Andy Wheble got proceedings off to a great start with a last gasp effort in a decent Hammer competition. He then went on to show further class in winning the Discus, where Loic was his nearest rival, achieving an excellent pb (38.81m). Loic also went well in the PV, where Gordon Lester continued his consistent good form and Bilen made up an impressive trio of top quality vaulters, whilst simultaneously contesting the Hammer and Triple Jump! The latter event was won by Pat Hillyer, blowing the cobwebs away, post-exams at University.
The Men have now stretched their winning streak to 17 matches, which is a fantastic run. It would be wonderful to keep it going to the end of the season. The next match is at St Mary's (20th June), where we are likely to face a strong challenge from the home team, even if they have been disinclined to travel. Let's keep it going!
Sash Gordon's Women were less fortunate, despite a much improved turnout. Perhaps the highlights were from the U17s, where Laura Cook made a promising debut over the 100H, Alex Bartle got close to her Club record in the Hammer and Lauren Edwards combined 100m with a rather delicate style in the Triple Jump. Elsewhere Nicky Atkins (1500m) and Natalie Sacre (400m) continued their quest for fitness after layoffs and Clare McLeish returned to competition in the 200m. In the 800m, Clare Duszek and Caroline Jeffcote strove to lower their pbs and the ever-reliable Rahanna Gillette-Vernon picked up more points in the Shot.
Sadly however, it wasn't enough to beat a resurgent Walton Women's team, which has now stretched its lead in the League. We'll need a good turnout in the last 3 matches if we are to achieve the 3 victories necessary to retain our Women's trophy.
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