Written by Alex, Izzy, Jo and Nicole
The 4th match of the series was set to be hosted at the home ground of Kingsmeadow, giving a great opportunity for Kingston athletes to get a local race in with a highly supportive environment. Holidays and unavailability somewhat plagued the official and team sheets, but no matter Kingston pulled through with a competitive team and excellent team of officials to help run the match as smoothly as possible. Many thanks to all the officials and volunteers who helped on the day, without your help this match simply would not have run – I won’t name them out of fear of missing someone out but thank you.
Anyway… the results:
We had some excellent performances in the sprints; Lucy Atkins and Katy Lord winning both the 100m and 200m. In the 400m, Imogen Busa and Emilia Chittenden both picked up PBs (62.6 and 66.9 respectively). Emilia also got a PB win in the 800m alongside Isabella Sheperd-Evans, who also picked up a PB. Also, congratulations to team manager Izzy Hatton for a huge PB in the 1500m, knocking 39 seconds off her previous PB – 7:01 from 7:40! An inspiration to us all.
Onto the hurdles, Jo Richardson and Eleanor Bartle battled the 100mH, coming away with A string 2nd and B string 1st place points. 400mH followed the same result, Ellie Arnfield and Hannah Lester bringing home 2nd and 1st. The field events also had some impressive performances. Hannah Lester had a seasons best performance of 10.12m to win the triple jump, only 2cm off her PB. Once again, Pippa Wingate had some excellent throws winning the Shot, Discus and Hammer A string. She also had a well-deserved PB in the Hammer with 63.13m, currently placing her 5th in the country – really well done! B string Hammer competitor Jess Westley followed suit to take B string 1st.
The men also had some great performances. Akash Santosh Kumar placed 1st in the B string 100m with a PB of 11.6, with Alex Parkinson taking 2nd for the A string. Akash PB’d again in the 200m with 24.3 to take 2nd and new Kingston athlete Will Oyowe took to the 200m to win his A string race – a welcome addition to the team. Michael Webb-Bourne raced a PB in the 400m with 56.0 as well as Eric Williams with 2:01.9 in the 800m. Alex Thomas ran alongside Eric right to the finish to take a SB of 2:02.1. Matt Atkins and (injured? Who knows) Jon Darby donated to the points collection by taking A string 2nd and B string 1st, respectively. The high hurdles saw Alex Parkinson take a win for the A string and Will “has inter-counties tomorrow” Stapleton use questionable technique to come 2nd for the B string – points are points, to be fair. Alex Marsch and Mark Roberts placed 2nd in their 400mH races, with a SB for Mark. Eric actually volunteered to do the 3000m S/Chase and brilliantly came away with an easy win.
On the field, empowered with a new-found parental strength, Chris Dack won the Shot in a SB of 14.26m, with Kyle Stevens throwing 12.99m to equal 1st place, but unfortunately had to settle with 2nd on call back. Alongside Gareth Cook, Kyle and Gareth collectively won the Hammer convincingly. Gordon and Mark placed 2nd and 1st for the PV. Mark collected another SB in the Javelin, and Luke Newell won his B string with a performance of 39.93m, only 8cm off a PB. Freddie Crosby jumped a Long Jump PB of 5.52m and Tariq Sheikh with a SB of 5.25m.
Throughout the day, Kingston and South London Harriers were really tight on points, back and forth for 1st and 2nd place. We had to put the best teams we could out for the relays to get as many points as possible. The men’s 4x100m won convincingly, collecting max points for the club. The women’s 4x100m team also ran extremely well, equalling 2nd with South London Harries. This match involved a mixed 4x400m team, which proved to be the most exciting and pivotal moment of the day, demonstrated by Izzy’s absolutely manic cheering; some say it was heard in France. Two races were ran – the A string team went out strong and tried to maintain their fast lead, but only to closely miss out to finish 3rd. The B string team also ran extremely well, and a brilliant anchor leg from Alex Marsch secured the win on the home straight.
The final points tally revealed South London Harriers pipped us at the post, slightly edging us in the track and field events overall. Still, a second-place finish is really something to be proud of, particularly with the lack of athletes across all events. So, thank you to everyone that competed and, again, a really special thank you to all of those who helped with officiating and organising the results.
We hope to see you at the FINAL SAL of the season, Saturday 17th August at Abingdon – details to come two weeks prior!
All the best,
SAL Team Mangers
Alex, Izzy, Jo and Nicole
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