id860-February 2009 Round Up

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Congratulations to Dominique Blaize on her selection to be one of the new sporting faces of Nike. The global sports brand have chosen the GB heptathlete & K&P member as part of their TEAM HERE I AM launch designed to embody the spirit of style,ambition and sporting talent. She is one of five home-grown talents whose faces were chosen from hundreds Nike want to use as models and ambassodors for their kit.

The latest edition of Surrey's excellent SCAN Newsletter features a nostalgic 1987 photo of Surrey Womens AAA Presidents including Doris Dean & Stan Belton - have a look at - www.surreyathletics.org.uk

Reports

As the White Stuff envelops The Kraal forever(hurrah!),early results from the Indoor Meets over the weekend confirm an all-tme TJ pb for Humphrey Waddington in the Birmingham Games(5th 14m56). Elsewhere,at Lee Valley(London Games),Justin Green again surpassed his 60m PB with 7.03&7.07,and added a 22.84 win over 200 for good measure. Jason-Louis Bernard ran 7.48/7.45 and then 23.66 at the longer distance,whilst,in the field,Bilen Ahmet(PV) was over 3m50(5th),with a narrow miss at 3m70,and Liz Davidson was 2nd in the LJ at 4m81.

David Cook was selected for his 2nd overseas trip of the winter but he was unable to match his 7m32 Icelandic performance in Vienna(3rd),taking 7th in the Long Jump with 7m15.

At the SCVAC Indoor Champs(8th) at Lee Valley,there were age group golds for Maurice Joyce(M60)in the PV(2m.50),for Pat Logan(M45) in the 60/200(7.50ht/24.44)and for Joan Trimble(W50)also over 60/200(9.15/31.76).Mike May(M45) clocked his 2nd best-ever 60m(8.51) plus 28.26 over 200,and Chuck Isetts(M65) took silver over 60(9.12) and bronze at 200.

William van Klaveren(now just an U15) returned to track with promising sprint performances in the Welsh Indoor Champs(8th) at Cardiff(60/200 8.96/29.74).

Matthew Stevens helped Surrey U13 Boys Sportshall team to victory at Burgess Hill(8th)in the Regional Finals,and they will now contest the National Finals at NEC,Birmngham on March 22nd.Sadly,Matthew Broderick was unable to take part. Nicole Kendall contested the U13 Girls for Surrey at the same venue,but after a very close match,Surrey were shunted into 3rd, Fuller details on the Surrey site - www.surreyathletics.org.uk - Surrey made 3 of the 4 National Finals.

In-form David Cook was a mere 2 centimetres off a bronze in the UK Indoor Champs in Sheffield(14th),with an excellent 2nd round PB at 7m39 - he was in 3rd after 3 rounds but was just pushed down to 5th at the end. Over 800,Jamie McCullagh will have been disappointed not to have been closer to progression to the final,and had to settle for 5th in 1.54.17.

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K&P Club 9 Championships and inter club - Richmond Park 14.02.09

Bob McDonough reports : A fine morning had made the early start flagging a pleasant trot round the course for David and Bob, and the weather stayed benevolent for the start from Sheen Gate cross roads. Some evidence of flooding remained from recent torrential downpours but it was largely easy going underfoot. A turnout of 20 was made up in more or less equal measure between Thames H&H, Milocarians (bolstered by members of Sandhurst Officer Training Corps), and ourselves. Thames’ Andy Weir stayed at the head of the field to finish in 47.02, more than four minutes ahead of second placer Mark Reed, back in the UK for a whistle stop visit to retain the JC Brewer trophy as Club champion. Peter Wilkins took silver in 8th position, Bob bronze in 9th, then David Greenfield 11th and supreme ultra man Geoff Reed, to whom 9 miles is a mere trifle, a little further back.

Match wise with 5 to score it was Thames by a long way, from Milos just pipping our team by two points. Seven to score made it Thames heading Milos by 15 points.

Appreciative thanks as ever to all officials involved, Sue Shilling with David Dyer and Mike May at the start, Brenda Ford, Maurice Joyce and Ant Budarkiewicz out on the course, with David Barrington as sweeper and general factotum.

Full race details via Results on the Main menu

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The day after the Club 9,Bob McDonough was in intrepid action again in the 26.2 Valentines 10k at Chessington! He placed 169th,as 3rd M60, in 45.35 in a field of nearly 600 finishers;Nicky Atkins(M40) was right behind in 188th(46.18).

In Birmingham,Mary Iheke won a splendid silver medal in the EA U20 Indoor Champs,clocking a fine PB of 56.16,after winning her heat in 56.31. Tom Parry found the competition/qualification in the U20 Mens 60H very hot indeed and did not progress from the heats.

Richard Holt took some of his group down to Cardiff for the 3rd of the UWIC GP series(15th),a first time indoors for some! Maddy Hardwick impressed with a 1500/3000 double(5.09.48/10.58.51),slashing her pbs in or out;Craig Price continued his sustained return to former fitness with a 54.45 400 win plus 2.07.04 800 an hour later;Chris Hall 7.39/23.32 & Graham Poskitt 8.10/57.91 both struggled with hamstrings in their races,whilst 'coach' ran 56.65;and,over from Bath Uni.,Anna Schlerf ran 8.72 over 60m.

In the Kent Indoor Champs(14th/15th) at Lee Valley,Bilen Ahmet had a eventful multi-eventing day - he got 3rds at HJ(1m65),60H(10.36) and TJ(10m74) but sadly contrived an NHR at PV and a DQ at 1 Mile Walk!!

A springlike day hid an evil course as Parliament Hill Fields hosted the English National CC Championships(21st) and the K&P flag was again flown with pride by our two Vets - Nicky Atkins was 383rd in a field of 546 finishers in the Senior Woemns race in 44m03,whilst Ant Budarkiewicz placed 573rd from the 1455 who completed the Senior mens event(50m53). A great pity we cannot currently muster teams for these prestigious events.

Mary Iheke won her U20 400 for England in the Celtic Cup Indoor Meet(22nd) in Cardiff in 57.18,but,sadly,David Cook sustained a tweak days before and had to withdraw. He hopes to be fit for the England U23 International in Holland this coming weekend.

At the Masters/Vets extravaganza at Lee Valley(22nd),the VAC Championships section saw Joan Trimble(W50) win both 60/200 in new indoor pbs(8.97/31.07);Chuck Isetts(M60) grabbed silvers with 8.79/30.51 and Mike May(M45) took a bronze and a gold with 8.68/28.44.

At the RAF Indoor Invitational at Sheffield(18th),Dominique Blaize threw 10.83(SP).

At the Varsity FEAR match(mostly indoors)at Lee Valley(28th),Humphrey Waddington(Camb) did 1.80 HJ =pb,13.85 TJ & an outdoors 19.07 HT. Guesting Bilen Ahmet cleared 3m30 in the Vault.

Jamie McCullagh(London South) completed his indoor season with an 8th place in the McCain Inter City Challenge Final in Cardiff in 1.56.77.

In the RBK Mini-Marathon Trials(28th),George Corcoran won the Boys race,with brother Patrick 8th,Sam Vassall 17th,Nikolaj Schubert 20th,Joe Lavender 23rd,Ed Rumbold 28th & Gabriel Finch 34th. In the Girls event,Molly Renfer placed 2nd,with Helen Davies 8th,Laura Cook 10th,Rachel Cook 15th & Dominika Wrobel 17th. Well done to those who qualified to run on London Marathon Day in April(qual.conditions not known).

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