id1655-YDL Upper age group Match 3

Written by Frank   

Second Place Again for K&P in Upper Age Group YDL

K&P’s U17/U20 team hung on to come second again in the Youth Development League Southern Division North League 2 on Sunday June 29th at Kingsmeadow. K&P came in 5 points clear of Thames Valley Harriers in third place, showing once again that the willingness of our athletes to compete in unfamiliar events and stay for the relays is one of our greatest strengths.

We were able to field a solid team, filling most of the events, although the women’s team was short of some of its strongest athletes due to clashing events. However, the athletes available really pulled their weight and performed very well in what were rather blustery, difficult conditions.

The match result is shown in the table.



League Points

1 South Bucks



2 K&P



3 Thames Valley Harriers



4 Guildford & Godalming



5 St Albans



6 Sutton & District/Walton



7 Vale of Aylesbury



8 Team Hounslow & St. Mary’s



After 3 matches, South Bucks are clearly in pool position. However, K&P are leading the chasing pack and we are 3 points clear of our nearest challengers. However with the final match at Guildford on July 27th, it will be really important to get as many athletes out as possible for that to cement our second place. The league standings are shown below:


Total League Points after 3 matches

1 South Bucks


2 K&P


3 Guildford & Godalming


4 Thames Valley Harriers


5 St Albans


6 Sutton & District/Walton


7 Vale of Aylesbury


8 Team Hounslow & St. Mary’s


On a day when points were vital, the following athletes won their events: Alex Mackintosh (U20M HJ); Chris Cecil (U17M 800M), pipping Neil Wellard (who also got maximum points as the top B string runner) on the line with a new PB of 2.09.05; Alex Parkinson (U17M 100M hurdles) with a grade 4 PB of 14.6s; Alex Meaklim (U17M triple jump) with a grade 3 jump of 12.67m; Nicole Kendall (U20W 400m) with a  brilliant grade 2 57.8s new PB; Holly Beighton (U20W triple jump) with a grade 4 (U17) PB jump of 9.52m; Aidan Fahey (U20M pole vault) and Caitlin Dimbleby (U20W pole vault).

Darren Meaklim (U17M 100mH), Ellie Arnfield (U20W 100mH), Sam Vassall (U20M hammer) and Ella Norman (U20W hammer and U20W shot) also got maximum points by winning B string events. Other AAA graded performances came from Alex Meaklim (U17M long jump 5.81m, grade 4) and Jody Edwards in hammer (U17W 33.72m, grade 3) and shot (U17W 8.82m, grade 3).

At the end of the meeting, the relays proved vital to our efforts to maintain our second place. Pride of place goes to the U17M  4 x 100m team (Alex Parkinson, Alex Meaklim, Nick Osman and Darren Meaklim) which set a new club record of 45.9s. However, just as important to our score was fielding teams in 7 out of the 8 relay events with several athletes running in both relays and some coming back to the track to make up the four. Many thanks to all of those - your efforts really paid off.

In all, our athletes posted 17 personal best performances in the match, showing the effort and achievement of everyone who came to compete. Everyone will be needed for the final YDL match of the season at Guildford on July 27th, so hope to see you there.

The team was:

U17 Women: Ellie Arnfield, Holly Beighton, Caitlin Dimbleby, Jody Edwards, Lucie Fletcher, Nina Gibbins, Ella Norman, Fehinti Ogungbesan, Amelia Steans, Tilly Toseland

U20 Women: Alex Bartle, Nicole Kendall, Bryony Ross, Vanessa Saunders

U17 Men:  Chris Cecil, Max Chan, Joshua Hall, Alex Meaklim, Darren Meaklim, Leon Newell, Nick Osman, Alex Parkinson, Harry Reynolds, Oscar Tyrell, Neil Wellard.

U20 Men:  Aidan Fahey, Alex Mackintosh, Max Perez-Diaz, Nikolaj Schubert, Samuel Vassall, Alex Williams-Baffoe.

Many thanks also to timekeeper Maurice Joyce, rookie track judge Peter Meaklim, and our field team with Susanne Dietrich, Mark Reynolds, Gill Broderick, Ben Osman, Jane Newell, Ros Parkinson, and Stephen Holt who ensured that we got full officials points. Thanks also to the K&P team around meeting manager Clare Nelson who worked hard to get the match going after the stadium had forgotten the booking.

Team managers: Frank Schubert & Cathy Arnfield


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