id1525-August 2013 Round-Up

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Crawley's K2 Arena on BH Monday 26th featured four of K&P's more prolific youngsters in terms of competitive outings and level of performance in 2013 - and they did not disappoint.

Sophie Dimbleby extended her own Club U15 javelin record by nearly 2m to 28m90;U15 Rhianna Reynolds added 2cms to her HJ PB clearing 1m57 - and winning(as well as a 28.83 200 and a 4.59 LJ);U17 Phoebe Law improved yet again over 1500 to 4.41.84 putting her within shouting distance of Catherine Berry's classy 4.32 mark of yesteryear;and,not to be outdone by the fairer sex,Harry Reynolds improved his 800 PB with a resounding U15 win in 2.06.62,just an agonising 0.29 short of Phil Bearman's CR.

Three of the 4 at Crawley have broken Club records this summer,and not just once! The exception is Phoebe Law,but the annual review of these historic lists will undoubtedly accept that the Women's Steeplechases in the lower age groups have also now become an integral part of the Sport's competitive events,alongside the Seniors;thus it is planned that Under 17 1500ST and Under 20 2000ST will take their places within our lists at the end of the summer. Current likely inaugural Club Record Holders will be the said Phoebe Law(U17),and Layla Thompson(U20). Rachel Burbridge-Brookes' 7.42.0 at Eton has been on the 'Books' for 7 years as our Open Record.


Our Ultra Multi-Eventer,Bilen Ahmet,duly completed the World Championship Icosathlon(20 events) at Yeovil over the Bank Holiday weekend and acquitted himself as only he knows how amongst K&P members. I write 'only he',but that hides the truth which is that ALL our Senior TMs,and ALL his fellow K&P team members - BAL/SAL/Rosenheim etc - owe him a considerable debt for the energy and commitment which he happily and willingly puts into any and every competition - Achilles and CUAC will also attest to that,I am sure.

The schedule is horrific and heroic - though one guesses all the competitors from around Europe as well as the UK would merely describe is as 'challenging' - with all 17 senior mens match events incorporated plus a 200Hdls,a 3k as well as a 5k AND a 10k. Bilen was,not surprisingly,best of the 20 SMs in the PV(3.80) but,again,not surprisingly,found the 20th event(10th on D2) the 10,000 VERY challenging.

All Bilen's results can be seen on the Yeovil Olympiads website - - or you can go to TPOT for 24th/25th August and click on the Match Title INFO. As this is composed,the full details are not actually on TPOT yet.


3rd - parkruns - Mens CC TM,Matt Hyett warmed up for the forthcoming winter season with a good 7th place(of 153) in the Banstead Woods event(19.19) === at the Bushy event,Vet Phillip Bearman Snr led home Jnr(17th/34th 17.49/18.32),with our very promising Under 13,Sam Shaw,mixing it with the 820-strong field two places behind(36th 18.38) and encouraged by Phil Jnr, and U13 Darcy Bourne(126th 21.19) leading Vet Mum Jo home(221st 22.52).===Lucie Fletcher(U15) was again our first home at the Kingston event,taking 21st(of 96) in 21.39,ahead of Vet Mike Edwards 79th in 27.35.

4th - Horsham Open - A handful travelled to Broadbridge Heath - M35 Andy Gordon 12.0(100);U15 Rhianna Reynolds 100/75H/LJ 13.9/13.3/4.69;U13 Pippa Earley 100/LJ 13.8/4.37;Elle Butcher 200/400/SP 28.0/62.4/7.24;Harry Reynolds 200 27.1 -  Pippa won her LJ on countback and Elle's SP was a season's best.

5th - Mile End - Mary Iheke continues to show good form in her comeback season under Chris Zah and,in another race with the 'boys',she matched her manual 200 pb with 24.82.

7th - Perivale - M50 Mike May ventured to a venue relatively unfamiliar to K&P members,running 14.84/72.39 over 100/400 at a West London Network Open.

7th - Woking Open - V35 Andy Gordon mixed with some youngsters effectively over 100(11.96),whilst,in contrast,U11 Olly Wilson emphasised his promise over 200/1500 by challenging older athletes successfuly with PBs(31.24/5.16.91);Rebecca Keddie clocked a SB over 800(2.47.69),whilst Rhianna Reynolds was a double winner with 4.68(LJ) & 1.50 HJ,the latter earning her an U15 County call at the weekend,alongside brother Harry.

10th - parkruns - At the Richmond event,George King(14) was a handy 33rd from 272 in 20.59===in the Kingston run,Ben Reynolds placed 35th of 105(21.35) and M55 Mike Edwards was 82nd in 27.11===in Bushy,Phil Bearman Snr(23rd 18.27) pulled 12 y.o. new Club U13 800 Record Holder,Sam Shaw(24th 18.28),to a further improvement of 10 secs from the previous week's event,with W45 Jo Bourne home in 210th from 838 in 22.40.

11th - Hendon - Inter Counties U20 and U15 - It was a bit of a mixed bag for K&P selections this year. Alex Meaklim was K&P's leading performer,winning the U15 Boys Triple Jump with 12.59w and Harry Reynolds was a good 4th in the 1500 in that group(4.20.65).In the U15 Girls HJ,Rhianna Reynolds was not too happy,clearing just 1.40 and Mollie O'Sullivan was also below her best 2013 times,finishing 6th in her heat in 2.27.95. In the U20 Women's,Mae Thompson won her 400Hurdles heat in 65.44,but faded to 4th in the Final in 67.31,whilst sister Layla ran in 8th in her 800 Final(2.24.49). In the U20 Mens,Sam Vassall was just outside his PB,finishing 6th in his heat in 2.05.40.

11th - Richmond Park - Capital Runners 10K - Ben Reynolds placed a useful 58th in 46.14 out of several hundred finishers.

12th - Bromey - Mary Iheke was once again the sole rose amongst the thorns,but this time seeing most of them off, finishing in 2nd over 400 in 54.98.

14th - Lee Valley - The wind was helpful but not overly so,and Pippa Earley(U13) was able claim a legal 100/200 double at 13.52(PB)/28.23;Mica Powell(U15) ran 28.07 over 200;Mary Iheke had a + 2.3w aiding her 24.55;and M50 Pat Logan also had a following wind(+2.7)for his 12.52 at 100.

14th - Oxford(H) - OCAC Open - M40 Steve Simmonds' 31.95 Hammer did not quite match his early season marks..

17th - parkrun - The Bearmans were again to the fore,with Junior 14th(17.20) and Senior right behind in 17th(17.30).Richard Gibbins made a welcome reappearance in 603rd(28.01) with Jo Bourne on pacing duty amongst the backmarkers. Molly Renfer was the first woman home in 20th place(17.52),representing Core Active Triathlon Club.890 completed. Downunder,Lana Whatley placed 27th(23.48) from a field of just 87 in Parramatta,which suggests parkrun has still not yet 'taken off' in Oz.

17th/18th - Ashford,Kent - SEAA Champs - Two golds highlighted the days for K&P,with both coming in Under 15 Triple Jumps. On the Saturday,ESAA silver-medalist,Alex Meaklim was a clear winner in 12.53w in gusty conditions,all 5 of his valid trials being ahead of his nearest challenger whilst,on the Sunday,Rhianna Reynolds made up for an unfortunate 75 Hurdles by improving her legal PB and her own Club U15 Record to 10.70. Harry Reynolds made a good fist of his 1500,qualifying on Day 1 easily in 4.34.89,but just being egded out of the medals in 4th in the Final on Day 2 with 4.18.86. Darren Meaklim equalled his known PB at 1.60 in the HJ for 7th,whilst Mica Powell did not quite make the Final of her U15 200(28.23).

21st - Watford - Phoebe Law continued to enthuse,removing over 10 seconds from her 3000 PB,with 10.13.89. Aaron Bruce(4.47.71 over 1500) and Neil Wellard(9.36.24 at 3k) were short of their best,but both have bulit a good platform this summer and,with a good,settled winter,should make marked progress come next season.

24th/25th - Bedford - CAU Champs - With the UKA-enforced date change from the May Bank Holiday clearly challenging the support for these Inter County Championships,Pippa Wingate was one of a far-from-full complement of Surrey athletes in action on the Saturday,finishing 8th in the Hammer with 49.40.On Day Two,it was still our Women who represented the County,with Mary Iheke clearly dominant over 400 after Gemma Nicol pulled out after her heat - Mary took her own heat in 55.12 before becoming CAU Champion with 54.33,just 0.01 shy of her PB and K&P record. Mae Thompson was also confirming her rise to this level of competition by running into 7th in the 400 Hurdles in 64.28.

24th - Hendon - LICC Challenge - On a foul day,Under 13 Arun Davis headed the U13 100 entry with 13.56;Jason-Louis Bernard ran 11.88/23.96 over 100/200,and M50 Pat Logan clocked 12.24 over the shorter distance.

24th - parkrun - A much smaller turnout(649) over the Bank Holiday in Bushy conversely saw a larger K&P mob - Phil Bearman Snr leading home(21st 18.31) from Matt Hyett(32nd 19.12),Lucie Fletcher(a nippy 87th 20.52),Liz Richardson(109th 22.54),Jo Bourne(176rh 23.05),ahead of daughter Darcy(185th 23.20),and Richard Gibbins(384th 27.01). Acrosstown,Mike Edwards placed 37th/54 in the Kingston event;Neil Wellard was 3rd from 272 in Nonsuch(17.34) and Downunder,Lana Whatley ran 23.55 for 26th/88 in Parramatta,Sydney.

24th - Tooting - HHH Open - On a soggy day,U15s Rhianna Reynolds and Sophie Dimbleby vied for supremacy,the former winning the 100 battle 14.15 to 14.75,and the latter taking the Javelin 24.94 to 11.89. Over 400,Adam Bellis took the laurels ahead of Jamie McCullagh 51.57 to 52.77,with U15 Harry Reynolds,in a separate race,slashing his 400 PB down to 56.07.

24th/25th - Yeovil - Bilen Ahmet was in his element at the World Double-Decathlon Champs. TBA.

25th - Birmingham - Birchfield Open - Back in his native West Midlands for the Bank Holiday,M35 Andy Gordon equalled his season's best over 100(11.79,+ an 11.81) and,no doubt,will be a force to be reckoned with next summer in Vets' circles, by which time he will be an M40.

25th - Battersea - VAC Champs - Though very short of officials,VAC President Mike May and his team provided some good competition and were rewarded with some decent weather. In the 100s,shorn so sadly by the absence of Charlie Williams,Pat Logan won his M50 race in 12.18,just faster than his previous day's race at a wet Hendon. The competitors showed no deference to the President Mike May(M50) who ran 14.92;Cashel Riordan won his M65 in 15.47 and,returning late in the season to racing as PL after injury,Chuck Isetts(M70) preferred to talk of a good winter's training ahead. Mike ran 30.51 over 200,where Cashel clocked an SB of 31.22 in winning again. Sole K&P lady was Nichola Atkins,with a 6.04.72 over 1500,and a win over 5000 in 22.18.20.

29th - Carmarthen - Open - William Trimble travelled West with John Davies's Swansea javelin throwers,coming 2nd with 51.88.

31st - parkrun - Just 2 K&P in a field of 1041 in Bushy,with Matt Hyett,preparing to lead our Surrey Mens CC League challenge on and off the piste, again this winter,in 42nd(18.38),just ahead of Phil Bearman Junior in 44th(18.43). Vet Mike Edwards flew the flag at the Kingston run,finishing 67th/101 in 26.10. Youngster George King was a handy 69th/302 in 22.45 at the Richmnond event,whilst Lana Whatley was 33rd/93 at the Parramatta run in Australia.


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