Written by James Bell
After winning the Lily B League at the end of July, it was time to re-group for the final team event of the 2015 Athletics calendar. There was a reasonably good turnout with 32 K&P athletes in the team competing for the Cup. Through the earlier events in the Lily B League, we knew it would be a tough ask to win the Cup as we were competing against Croydon Harriers and Guildford & Godalming AC.
The day started out with baking hot sunshine, but, slowly turned throughout the day culminating in rain during the relays.
As last year the girls arrived full of enthusiasm eagerly awaiting the face (and body!) painting session. Equipped with tribal war paint the girls all encouraged each other enthusiastically.
Knowing that Croydon were the real threat on the track, the day began with the hurdles and then the sprints. The standout individual performance came from Lucy Tunnacliffe registering a new PB in the hurdles. We had yet another strong win from Annabel Hobday showing that she has really worked out her tactics as well as pace in the 800m this year.
Meanwhile in the field, K&P were collecting up lots of points. There were many new PBs in the field which I have listed later in the report. By the time it came to the relays K&P were in the lead, just like last year, but we knew Croydon were strong in the relays, the Kingston girls had to all make sure they completed their relays safely and picked up as many points as possible. Once again I can gladly say that we successful completed all our relays with the baton in hand with a particularly strong run from the U15s. With this the Lily B 2015 cup was won!!
Lily B Cup results 2015
Kingston AC & P 310 pts
Guildford & Goldalming 272 pts
Croydon 249 pts
Sutton & District 145.5 pts
& Priory 136.5 pts
By the end of the day there were still many athletes around showing off their face & body paint. There was a real sense of team spirit and it was befitting that at the end of the season so many athletes turned up and fought for the cup. Whilst the K&P girls all have theirs goals and favourite events, it has been the great team effort that has won them the League and Cup double…twice in a row!!
One area that we really need to improve on is the recruitment of new budding athletes. Sadly we only had two U11 on the day trying out events. We need to encourage the younger girls to come and try some non-scoring events as we will need to find new U13 athletes as the current crop move up to U15.
Winning the Cup was a great way to end the season. As every year some of the U13 girls will be moving up to U15 and some of the U15 girls will be moving up to U17. However, a special thank you to the U17s who competed for the last time in this Lily B format and will be moving on to U20s.
With a low U11 turnout it would appear that the “2012 Legacy” is waning at the K&P Harriers. If you have younger sisters or friends with young sisters then please tell them about the Lily B League & Cup and indeed about K&P.
An especially big thank you goes to Mary and Julie, without whom, this League & Cup double-double may never have happened. Their time and devotion to ensuring that the teams were complete for all age groups and that all events, wherever possible, were filled has been key. They have asked that I say a big thank you from them for the gifts that parents gave at the end of the season.
We must also not to forget Frank and Susanne who, in between officiating events, took time out to provide coaching advice to some of the athletes. A thanks goes out to Maurice Joyce – Timekeeper. Helpers on the day were, Mark Reynolds, John Lester, Susanne Mischke, Hettie Bartle and photographer Jonathon Bartle. Learning the ropes as team managers for next year were Beverly Tunnacliffe, Dorinda Lester and myself. A final thank you to Caitlin Dimbleby, who helped out with the younger athletes trying out new disciplines.
Well done to all and keep up the good training over the winter months as you will have to do it all again next year!
Personal Bests and Seasonal Bests from the Lily B Cup
During the course of this seasons Lily B League & Cup and YDL matches many KACPH athletes made it into the top twenty Surrey rankings, with the following making the top 10;
Zoe Shepherd 70mH (9th)
Pippa Earley LJ (1st), 75mH (1st), 100m (3rd), SP (8th)
Amelia Bell 300m (7th)
Lucy Tunnacliffe SP (7th), 75mH (8th)
Jasmine Woodroffe HJ (8th)
Darcy Bourne LJ (3rd), PV (8th)
Mica Powell 300m (3rd), 400m (3rd)
Mollie O’Sullivan 800m (2nd), 1500m (4th)
Rhianna Reynolds TJ (1st), LJ (2nd), HJ (4th), 80mH (9th)
Jessica Westley HT (5th), PV (9th)
Jody Edwards HT (3rd), SP (5th), DT (7th)
Sophie Dimbleby JT (4th)
Athlete of the Lily B Cup go to Kira Holt (2 PBs), Amy Vallintine (Good all round points for the team) and Sophie Dimbleby (2 PBs)
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