Written by PW
A Doube Retention
ROSENHEIM – Woking, 18th July
Both our Men's and Women's teams retained their Western Divisional Championships on a wet and miserable night in far-flung Woking.
After a slow beginning to the season, conceding a head's start to Walton, the Women steamrollered the opposition over the last three matches. As a result, Walton wilted in the final fixture, falling away to third place with Epsom in second and K&P triumphant in 1st.
Lauren Edwards started the ball rolling with joint 1st in the High Jump, followed by an outright win in the 100m and further useful points in Discus, plus a leg of our victorious 4x200m relay, alongside Nicole Kendall, Laura Cook and Mae Thompson. Nicole also picked up good points in Shot, Mae won the 200m and sister Layla won the 3K. They were not the only K&P sisters in action on the night, with Laura Cook taking maximum points in the 400H and Rachel Cook delivering good scoring performances in the 800m and 1500m. Emily McIlwain also contributed in Long Jump, as did Natalie Sacre in the 400m. Additionally, our Women fielded lots of non-scorers with plenty of vigour and the opposition must have been sick of the sight of them by the end. They won the championship by 33.5 league points, with Walton on 31.5 and Epsom 3rd on 23, making it all look more comfortable than it had felt in some of the underpopulated early matches. The Women can be justly proud of their achievement and it is especially nice to see so many good young athletes driving the team to success alongside our more experienced ladies.
The Men were even more dominant on the night, despite our star heavy thrower - Nick Owen - not making it due to traffic. His place in the Shot was ably filled by Bilen Ahmet, whose usual enthusiasm was somewhat dimmed after a difficult and lengthy journey of his own. Bilen has once again proved to be a team manager's dream this year, with his commitment and multi-eventing abilities. Another strong multis man was Loic Malroux, who won the High Jump and Javelin, before helping the 4x200m team (with Adam Bellis, Aidan Fahey and Chris Hall) to trounce our nearest rivals, Walton, just as Bilen's non-scorers (Bilen, a flying Jason-Louis Bernard, Phil Bearman Snr, & Chris Jennings) did to the Walton non-scoring 4x200m team! Elsewhere, Richard Holt comfortably shook off his recent SAL disappointment with a win in the 400H, Aidan won the 100m and fought a tight 3-way battle for 2nd in the 200m, Phil Bearman Jnr took a good 3rd in the 1500m, Adam Bellis, 2nd in the 400m, Ronnie Taylor also 2nd in the 3K, with Jonathan Darby winning the 800m and Chris Hall the Long Jump. K&P Men also dominated the non-scoring, with U15, Harry Reynolds, doing particularly well, punching above his weight in the 3K.
Walton's Men were also there in numbers on the night, and put in a strong challenge, but couldn't match our quality. We won the Division, posting the maximum 36 league points, 7 league points clear of Walton and a colossal 100 match points ahead of them over the season.
This was a great achievement, but even more extraordinary is our Men's record of going 3 full Rosenheim Western Division seasons undefeated. This run of victories actually started at the end of 2009, where we won the last 2 matches, despite narrowly losing the league title to St Mary's, and we have now been victorious for an amazing 20 consecutive matches! Thanks are due to retiring team manager, Humphrey Waddington (and David Barrington who has kept things going when Humphrey was unable to attend), and also thanks go especially to all the many excellent K&P athletes who have represented the Club so ably throughout this unprecedented run of success.
Results - TPOT and TOPS
Peter Waddington(Stand-In TM)
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