Written by DB
Francesca Currie kicked off the first day of November with a 24.04 clocking for 201st in the Bushy Park TT - in Tiffins colours,Tim Sagar improved his best over the course by 26 secs with a useful 9th in 18.25
Down at Reigate(also 1st),a late flurry of "encouragement" by Mike Maranzano ensured we had a full team for the Mens 6 Stage Priory Relays.We finished 14th of 30 complete teams - the result which follows is notable for an extremely rare appearance from the inimitable Ray Allen! Mike led us in 10th and thereafter we moved around the adjacent positions:
Here is Mike's Report
Reigate Priory Relays Match report by Mike Maranzano
With the men’s cross country team beset with early injuries, colds and work commitments days before this event, it looked doubtful at one point that we would manage to produce a team of six eagle eyed warriors to announce K&P’s return to this winter classic.
However, inspired by an already ready to go ladies team and a late call to arms from the ‘sergeant major’ 6 lads stepped up to the plate for Bob, club and cross country to prove that there’s more fight in this squad than the England rugby league team down under.
Not even the very cold and wet conditions could deter this band of brothers and sisters on the windswept plain of the Priory from stripping down to their shorts and showing the competition what was in the offing.
With Mike Maranzano and Rachel Burbridge leading off the men’s and women’s team respectfully in what can only be described as horizontal rain, the pack was swiftly up the priory and into the woods. Coming back in 10th position, Mike handed onto Matt Hyett, whilst Maddy Hardwick took the baton on from Rachel who came in a highly respectable 5th.
As the rain eased for a short spell, it was no time before Matt came back in 11th position for Michael Huntley to return the men’s team to 10th position overall with two close times. Maddy in turn had only dropped two places to pass on to Nicki Atkins who wrapped up a fine women’s team performance coming 11th overall out of 30 teams.
Craig Price valiantly took up the baton for the men, but alas we began to slip down the table to 13th before Corporal Graham Huntley ran a masterful 5th leg to stop the rot, showing the privates how it’s done.
With the evening gloom beginning to come in with a return to the ever depressing rain, we we’re treated to a very special sight and a very welcome return to the fold to a great rarity otherwise known as the lesser spotted Raymond Allen.
Often recognized by its distinctive gazelle stride pattern, the lesser spotted, now promoted to ‘Sniper’ Allen bounded around the last leg to bring the team in a highly respectable 14th place overall out of 34 teams, as the light fizzled out in a downpour.
A fantastic effort by all, it was great to be able for men’s and women’s team to encourage each other round.
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14 Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers 'A'
105 Mike Maranzano 15:26 15:26 (10)
205 Matt Hyett 16:12 31:38 (11)
305 Michael Huntley 16:07 47:45 (10)
405 Craig Price 17:52 65:37 (13)
505 Graham Huntley 19:50 85:27 (13)
605 Ray Allen 18:57 104:24 (15) 104:24
In the Womens event,Rachel Burbridge ran 16th fastest overall of the 84 runners and we completed the race as 11th of 27 complete teams.
11 Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers 'A'
185 Rachel Burbridge17:50 17:50 (5)
285 Maddy Hardwick 19:08 36:58 (7)
385 Nicky Atkins 20:10 57:08 (11) 57:08
Geoff Reed skived off for the Civil Service CC Champs,outside his abode in Richmond Park and centred on the Bank of England Club(Nov 5th) - he was a very worthy 86th in the Senior Champs(53.12).Sounds like a long 5 Miles,but then a second decent shower and typical BoE repast twice in a month always make such races worthwhile.
Robert Hunter was again our only runner in the TTs(15th) - 62nd in the Bushy Park race in 20.34.
The first of the Brunel Indoor Sprints/Hurdles Meets on 29th saw Chris Hall clock a PB 7.25 over 60m(and 7.26);Jason Bernard ran 7.50,then won in 7.48;and Matt Field also grabbed a 60H PB at 8.44(+8.61).
The following day(30th),it was the jumpers' turns - Humphrey Waddington achieved modest returns of 6.57/13.99(with longer marginal fouls);Patrick Hillyer improved his indoor bests to 5.71/12.43;whilst Chris Hall was again in PB-land with a 6.64 LJ.
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