Written by DB
SEASONAL SALUTATIONS TO EVERYONE
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Congratulations to Josie Inverdale,who has been selected for the England U16 Hockey team,a year ahead of her own age group.
Congratulations to the several who were honoured by RBK at the annual Borough Sports Awards ceremony at Guildhall on December 11th for selection at County level and above - Dominique Blaize,Sarah Harris,Mary Iheke,Lucy Jones & Gordon Lester(all K&P nominations) plus other current members nominated by their schools in a variety of sports,not necessarily athletics. These included Jenny Davies,Harriet Lester,Roseanne Mackay,Richard Smeaton,Maddie Garner,Molly Renfer,Malory & Taylor Torr,Lucy Clacher,Ralph Street & Kelly and Linda Randall.
There was a select turnout for the Club 7 Miles Champs in the Park(2nd) with our officials - Doris&Alan/Pat/SueS/Mike/Mary&Peter/Brenda/Geoff/DavidD/Bob - offering a one-to-one mentoring service to the competitors. Andy Arbour(38.52) took the David Pool Trophy clearly,reprising his win in 2003/4,ahead of Mike Maranzano(40.22) and Mark Reed(43.03). In the quest for the Pat Wilks Vets Handicap Trophy,Ant Budarkiewicz prevailed/retained(44.30),in advance of David Greenfield(50.32) & Graham Huntley(51.13). Catherine Sweeney-Reed finished determinedly,as always, in 58.25;Cashel Riordan completed his obligatory one circuit;but the performance of the day was that of Matt Hyett who improved by over 6 minutes to record 47.29 (though,disappointingly,he was the only runner not into at least their fourth decade).
1 Andy Arbour 38.52
2 Mike Maranzano 40.22
3 Mark Reed 43.03
4 Ant Budarkiewicz(M45) 44.30
5 Matt Hyett 47.29
6 David Greenfield(M50) 50.32
7 Graham Huntley(M50) 51.13
8 Catherine Sweeney-Reed 58.25
Elsewhere,earlier that morning,Nicky Atkins completed The Grim 8m in 69.14 on army assault course-type terrain inc.a waist-high stream crossing. More of that,say I !!
Three youngsters ran the BPTT(2nd) - James Williams(U15) was 60th(21.01),Alistair Orr(U13) improved over 2 mins(143rd in 24.47) & U15 Katja Schlerf reduced her best by over 3 mins(152nd in 25.11).We hope they will now compete in the next Downs League on Sunday the 10th.
In the first known Indoor outing by a K&P athlete this winter(Eton 3/12),U20 Matthew Field clocked 8.72 & 8.76 over 60 Hurdles.
The Boys Under 15s were the K&P star turns at the first Sportshall of the winter at Guildford Spectrum on the 3rd.The A team were the winners,with the B team not far adrift in 3rd. Individually,William Trimble was top scorer overall in the Group with Richard Smeaton,Jake Budd,Patrick Hillyer and Enes Ongoren in the top ten scorers - formidable!! The U13 Boys were 5th. On the Girls side it was a major disappoitment that only 2 U13s bothered to appear,though the U15s recovered some pride by taking 4th,Molly Renfer being 4th best scorer in the whole Group. Fuller results on the Surrey site - www.surreyathletics.org.uk
On Wimbledon Common(9th),only 4 runners of some 100 plus failed to head one of your Jt.Gen Secs in the Thames H&H Alumni 5m event but,in a concurrent race there,the Hercules Wimbledon 5m,Jamie McCullagh(2nd 29.11),Graham Huntley(26th 36.29),Nicky Atkins(33rd 38.28) & Geoff Reed(39th 41.30) received the odd unexpected holler;scoring 3 K&P were 3rd to VAC & HWAC.
Over at Parliament Hill(9th),Isobel Penney was 46th for Surrey U17s at the South of England Inter County.
Indoors(10th),Mike May(60V/200V 8.9/28.47) & Jason Bernard(200S 25.60) sampled the brand new Lee Valley facility.
With no-one espousing the South of Thames 7M Champs at Brockwell Park,it was left to the BPTTers - James Williams/Frank Schubert/Susanna Dietrich/Alistair Orr/Ruby Woolfe - with the latter 2 improving,Ruby by almost 4 minutes - full details as usual at - www.bptt.net;nice of Paul Sinton-Hewitt,the organiser,to mail the K&P results direct to us.
Graham Huntley(100th 43.26) & John Atkins(245th 59.51) were our sole reps in David Denton's 3rd and final 2006 Surrey Classic at Horton Country Park on 17th.
The Dec 23rd BPTT featured a PB by 21secs by Ed Croall in 83rd place(20.35),ahead of father Simon(110th 21.33) and a very presentable first outing there for Julie Garner,mother of Maddie & Ollie,with 24.17 in 176th.
And at the Xmas Day edition of the BPTT,it was again the Croalls/Cooks and the Garners - Simon C took 30th(21.01),then Ollie Garner with a 50s improvement in 53rd(21.41),heading sister Maddie(87th 23.35);mum Julie took another 10s off her best(24.12 98th) and Susan Cook placed 150th in 31.30.
Final 2006 BPTT(30th) - not dissimilar suspects - Ed Croall 49th-20.59/Simon Croall 52nd 21.09/Julie Garner 112th 24.15 & James Williams 113rd 24.31.
Unless anyone can trump it,the honour of the last K&P performance of 2006 falls to Nicky Atkins,who ran 51.24 for 22nd in the HW/Lauriston 7m on Wimbledon Common,also on the 30th.
Mike May made the long trip to Scotland to sample the famous Professional Handicap Sprints event(formerly known as the Powderhall Sprints),now held at Musselburgh Racecourse,outside Edinburgh. Mike was eliminated on the Friday(29th) in one of the 90m Vets heats but enjoyed the experience,though it was not exactly warm and dry and the going was 'good to soft' in equine terms after some rain. Betting has always been a substantial factor and the bookies might have caught an early cold this year as supervet Tony Bowman,the 71 year old European M70 300 Hurdles Champion & BMAF Vice-Chair for Policy and International Affairs,and an occasional adversary of your scribe,cleaned up - in both the Masters/Vets races and,indeed,the Open over 120 yards. He won all his six races,collecting something in excess of
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