Written by Frank Schubert
Medal haul for K&P athletes at the Surrey champs
The Surrey championships for multi events, relays and steeplechase are always a late highlight of the season, and 2016 was no exception. K&P athletes brought home 4x bronze, 4x silver and six gold medals and plenty of PB’s from a highly successful weekend.
Quite a number of K&P athletes contested the multi events champs. Starting off on Saturday were the U13 and U15 boys with their pentathlon. Sebastian Chang and Max Dickson represented K&P in the U13s competition, both in their first pentathlon. Sebastian could celebrate new PB’s in the long jump, 75m hurdles and shot, and came 5th with 802 points. Max did even better, with new PB’s in 75m hurdles, shot and high jump, and winning the 800m to secure a well-deserved silver medal. With five athletes, K&P was very well represented in the U15 boys’ competition. With PB’s in every discipline including his specialist event, high jump, Freddy Crosby scored 1247 points in 17th place. Training partner Aaron Marlow achieved new PB’s in shot putt and 800m, and finished 15th with a massive new best point score of 1508. Ché Dyson-Holland, with new official PB’s in nearly all events, scored 1544 points in 13th place. Jack Dickson likewise achieved PB’s in a number of events and with an excellent 800m time finished 11th with 1782 points. PB’s in every of the five events got Luke Newell top place of the K&P athletes and 9th overall with 1812 points. In the Masters’ pentathlon, Mike May’s dominance on the track secured him the gold medal with 1238 points.
The girls’ competition followed on Sunday, with one K&P athlete in each of the competitions. U13 Jemima Harcourt started very well with PB’s in long jump, 70m hurdles and shot putt, but unfortunately had to pull out before the 800m. Lucy Tunnacliffe, in preparation for English Schools’ combined events, dominated the U15 competition. Strong performances throughout including a new shot putt PB resulted in the gold medal with 2831 points.
Three K&P athletes went through the gruelling full 2-day programme. Leila Legris in the U17 heptathlon had a very strong first day and was in 2nd place for most of the competition, but in the end narrowly lost out of a medal, finishing 4th with 1725 points. In the U17 men’s octathlon, Beckett Whiting led after the first day, but despite PB’s in a number of events narrowly missed out on the first place, winning silver with 3594 points. Will Gwynne went through the full ten events in the U20 men’s decathlon. Winning every event except the 1500m with PB’s in eight events, Will won the gold by a huge margin with 4491 points.
K&P provided most competitors in the senior women’s 3000m steeplechase, with Liz Richardson and Nicky Atkins taking gold and silver.
Nine K&P teams competed in the relay champs, which for the first time included longer (300/400m) relays. Our teams were highly successful, with seven of the teams finishing in the medals and four teams breaking the club records. First up were our U15 girls, where Hannah Lester, Jasmine Woodroffe, Jessica Lillywhite and Anna Gawander in the most competitive event of the weekend did well to qualify for the 4x100m final where they finished 8th. The U13 girls competed in both relays. First up were Lucy Atkins, Emilia Chittenden, Jemima Harcourt and Kira Holt in the 4x100m, who held off Waverley to win bronze and the first K&P relay medal of the weekend. The 4x200m team of Lucy Atkins, Sophie Doherty, Evie Wilkinson and Kira Holt did even better, winning the gold medal and smashing the old club record by more than 7 seconds. Sunday’s relays started with the U15 boys’ 4x100m where Ché Dyson-Holland bravely ran despite an injury picked up in the pentathlon. Together with Luke Newell, Jack Dickson and Tom Williams they were only overtaken by Herne Hill in the last few metres and finished in very good 4th place. The U13 boys went one better in the 4x200m, Liam McDonald, Dominic Fellows, Michael Webb-Bourne and Max Dickson winning bronze with a new club record. This evidently spurred on Jack Dickson, Oliver Wilson, Jack Stracey and Matthew Hall, who likewise won bronze with a new club record in the U15 4x300m race. We had two teams in the women’s 4x300m race. The U17 team of Annabel Hobday, Isabella Busa, Eleanor Bartle and Kathryn Bartle set a new club record to win bronze. For the U20 race Leila Legris joined Caitlin Dimbleby, Eleanor McDonnell and Eleanor Church straight after her heptathlon 800m as last minute substitute, and the team were rewarded with the silver medal. The quickest run of the day came from our U20 men’s 4x100m team. Alex Parkinson, Alex Meaklim, Darren Meaklim and U17 Will Stapleton went under the current U20 club record to win the gold medal.
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