id1886-Surrey Relay & Multi Events Champs 2017

Written by Frank Schubert   

Medals and records for the K&P relay teams

Altogether eleven K&P teams across all age groups contested the Surrey track relay championships on 9/10 September in Sutton. First up were the U13 girls ((Jemima Harcourt, Gabriella Ceccherini, Hannah Choudhury, Daniella Townsend), who finished 5th in the 4x100m. The U15 girls with Katie Harrison, Kira Holt, Anna Gawander and Lucy Atkins went one better, coming 4th in a very competitive 4x100m final. Anna and Lucy, now well warmed up, teamed with Emilia Chittenden and Evie Wilkinson to win the first K&P medal of the weekend – bronze in the 4x300m. All other relays were on Sunday. Demonstrating our strength in this age group, we sent two teams into the U15 boys’ 4x100m. Max Dickson, Tom Williams, Kai Mason and Jack Dickson finished in a strong 4th place, but Tarun Ramphul, Liam MacDonald, Thomas White and Patrick Gubbay were even quicker, winning silver with a new club record. The U17 women 4x100m squad (Hannah Lester, Gabrielle-Chiara Icmat, Louise Stoney, Amelia Bell) came close to follow up with another medal, but were beaten by just 8/00 into 4th. Next came the longer relays, where we had high hopes. Our U15 boys’ (Thomas White, Max Dickson, Olly Wilson, Jack Dickson) even exceeded the expectations by not only winning the gold medal and improving the club record in the 4x300m, but setting a new championship best performance – certainly one of the highlights on a very successful weekend for K&P. Fired up by missing out on a medal in the shorter relay, next up were the two U17 women’s teams in their 4x300m relay. The lead was changing all the time between Woking and our A team, but Amelia Bell, Annabel Hobday, Eleanor Bartle and Gabrielle-Chiara Icmat had to settle for silver despite smashing the club record. Meanwhile, Hannah Lester, Imogen Busa, Kathryn Bartle and Eleanor McDonnell came close to bronze, but the finish line just about rescued the Sutton anchor runner. Rebecca Keddie, Eleanor Arnfield, Caitlin Dimbleby and Isabella Busa had easier competition in the U20 women’s 4x400m, but their race was against the clock. Despite the atrocious conditions, they added a new club record to their gold medal. The final K&P team were Will Stapleton, Aaron Bruce, Jack Stracey and Sol Harris-Woodfin, who had to contest the U20 4x200m relay after the organisers had pulled the 4x400m. They had a very good run against U17 and U20 teams and finished with silver in the U20 age group. Six medals and four club records – an excellent result for the K&P juniors.

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Apart from the relay champs, K&P athletes also featured strongly in the multi-events champs. We had five girls (Gabriella Ceccherini, Hannah Choudhury, Ellen-Ada Barlow, Jemima Harcourt, Sophie Doherty) in the U13 girls’s competition, who all had a strong competition. Sophie dominated the event, and was the clear gold medallist. Zoe Shepherd was the only K&P athlete among the U15 girls. She announced her return to multi-eventing with a very good bronze medal. Lucy Tunnacliffe started as the favourite in the U17s heptathlon and duly won gold in dominant fashion. Leila Legris completed the K&P dominance in the female multi-events by winning the U20s heptathlon. On the boys’ side, only U15 K&P athletes competed this year, but our quintet (Jack Dickson, Aaron Marlow, Max Dickson, Olly Wilson, Freddy Crosby) made up nearly half of the field. All our boys competed well, achieving PB’s in at least some events, though they medal ranks this time were out of reach for them. Mike May in the master’s pentathlon completed the K&P contribution to the multi-events champs.

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