id867-March 2009 Round-Up

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Bob McDonough celebrated his leading his Surrey League team to safety in Div Two on Saturday 28th Feb,by racing again on Sunday 1st,finishing 46th(42nd male) in the Bushy Park 10K(45.42).

There was an average overall turnout at this year's Surrey Indoors Champs at Sutton(28th/1st),with just 7 K&P males in action. Undoubted highlight was Justin Green's 60m win in a clear first-time-under-7secs PB of 6.96,heading the likes of Josh Wood,Matt Thomas and Lawrence Mensah. In the heats,he won in a manually timed 7.0 over Wood,whilst Mike May(8.7m) & Jason-Louis Bernard(7.41) also contested. In the younger age-groups,U17 Tucker Bryant,in his first outing for K&P,ran a useful 7.43 and William van Klaveren(U15) 8.73. Otherwise,it was a 6.53 LJ from James Heptonstall and a 12.38 TJ from U20 Patrick Hillyer,both taking 2nds.

At the Middlesex Champs(1st) at Lee Valley,pride of K&P place went to Claudia Noakes who took the U15G PV in a useful 2m70. Not satisfied with his Surrey result,Jason-Louis Bernard also contrived to enter these champs and ran 7.34/7.36 over 60m.

Over at Eton(1st),Andre Nembhard returned to competition with an excellent win over 60m in 7.12(plus 7.15),whilst Pat Logan clocked 7.46 and U17 Tucker Bryant was again in action with 7.53

George Corcoran again confirmed his good form with 4th in the Richmond Park TT(7th),with a PB of 19.14.

There were strong performances from K&P's 2 reps in the Surrey squads for the National Inter Counties at Nottingham(7th). Maddy Hardwick ran as well as she ever has to place 59th(26.09) in a field of 157,where she was 3rd Surrey scorer. Molly Renfer was 7th county placer in a more than useful Surrey team,finishing 70th(20.45) in a full field of 249.

Gold medals remained elusive for the K&P contingent at the BritishMAF Champs at Lee Valley(7th/8th) but there WERE some of other hues. Joan Trimble(W50) continued to amaze with another 60m pb of 8.91 which got her the silver,and she's right at the top of her age group,too.Of the men,there were silvers for Pat Logan(M45 60 7.40),Maurice Joyce(M60 PV 2.40) & Geoff van Klaveren(M45 JT 35.22)(that WAS outdoors,if you were wondering!),whilst Draco Mkpa(M35) snatched bronze over 200(24.15) and Chuck Isetts(M60) did likewise over 60(8.81).Mike May(M45) ran well to record 8.64/28.21,with Richard Holt(M35) clocking 56.10 over 400 for silver.

Mike Maranzano found a nice flat Half-Marathon - the Leith Hill version! - and took a very pleasing 3rd in 1h.27.34 - but we could not find his name in the results of the accompanying Wife Carrying Race for which the prize was the liquid equivalent of a potent local brew equal to the combined weight of the winning pair.(shame on you,Jess!).


Thames Hare & Hounds inter club 5 mile - 7 March 2009(report by BM)

Final match of the season – four way contest with Thames, Stragglers and the Stock Exchange. We managed to beat the latter but not unfortunately the other two – despite a battling 4th place for Andy Arbour and close support from a (temporarily) one shoed Matt Hyett suffering the perils of this particular squelchy stretch of Wimbledon Common. Bob had to work up a sweat to fight off a persistent Graham Huntley, with Nicky Atkins ploughing through the puddles and introducing fellow teacher Neil Mears to the delights of the course. Geoff Reed and Dave Gibbons made up the eight, and all then adjourned to Thames’s cosy club house for tea and cake.

Jud Hough(ULAC 18.53),Andy Arbour(OUCCC Old Gits 20.21) & Richard Mathie(ImpColl 21.02) were seen on at least one leg each of the traditional Teddy Hall Relays at Oxford(11th).

At the Banstead TT(14th),Debbie Raymond improved her best by 8secs to 22.22(47th),whilst sister Rachel accompanied boyfriend Nathan around further down the field in preparation for the forthcoming BMF 5 where the foursome will participate(inc Mick R.).

There was a K&P Vets threesome in the popular Fleet Half-Marathon(14th) - Rupert Bole(M50) was first home in the 2104-strong finishing field in 1h.41.34,with Nicky Atkins(W40) at 821st(1.47.59) and new member Sue Watson(W55) home at 1040th in 1.53.11.

The BUCS Champs(14th/15th) in Sheffield was the culmination of our Uni athletes indoor season for the most part.David Cook(Exeter) was our best member,though he would likely be not too satisfied with his Silver medal(7.20),given his advance this last winter.Mitigating his performance,though,would be his recovery from a recent hamstring injury.Probably the most satisfying personal effort came from Matt Field(Brunel) in the 60m Hurdles where,as a late replacement,he squeezed into the Final(8.54) and then proceeded to blow his pb away with an excellent 8.35 for 6th. Chris Hall(Royal Holloway) would also have been reasonably happy,as far as recent injury was concerned,to qualify for the 200SF(22.95) and followed that with a 22.86(4SF). Isabelle Hatton(Birmingham) would have been pleased to get a race over the 60H and brother Felix(Sheffield) also had a canter over 60m(without a javelin).

Down at Bath University(15th),Molly Renfer was 4th in the British Schools Year 11 Biathlon Championships,leading Tiffins Girls to the Silver team medals.

Of the 936 finishers at the Wimbledon Audi 10k(22nd),Bob McDonough(M60) was a fine 94th(43.32) on his own doorstep;and there was a significantly-improved performance again from Johanna Gibbons whose 257th(48.19) must be one of her best ever and a serious confidence-builder for the Reading Half-Marathon next weekend.

Well done to TM Gillian Libretto for leading the Surrey Sportshall U15 Boys to the National tile at the NIA in Birmingham(22nd). The U15 Girls were 3rd and the U13 Boys 9th,with K&P's Matthew Stevens contributing to the latter.

In deepest Surrey(22nd),Ron Taylor placed a handy 9th in the Charterhouse Club 10k Trail Run(33.31).

First reports from Ancona,ITA indicate yet another medal for the everlasting Charlie Williams in the European Masters M75 60m;despite having to give away the best part of 4 years to the winner,78 y.o Charlie took the silver in 8.83,after qualifying with a sedate 9.56. In the M65 short sprint,Chuck Isetts just missed the Final,clocking 8.92 as 10th fastest. In the M45 event,Mike May was also just short of progressing,running 8.65 in his heat.

Well,you just CANNOT keep a good man down - having toyed with the opposition in qualifying(27th) in the M75 200 heats(1st 32.00),the omnipotent Charlie Williams does it again(28th).In what turned out to be an eyeball race with compatriot,Alan Mellett,Charlie nodded the Gold by 5/100ths in a right nippy 29.94 - and he's 78 & a half years young! Meanwhile,having made the SFs in the M65 200(29.58 season's best),Chuck Isetts bowed out with a slightly slower 29.84. Mike May(M45) also posted an SB of 28.07 in his race but it was not quite enough to qualify further. Chuck made the GB team for the M65 4 x 100 and,along with 60/200 gold medalist Terry Bissett(E&E), grabbed a silver medal.

U15 Minty Allen ventured out for her first TT run on Wimbledon Common(28th) and finished well up in 75th(24.10),with over 140 completing.

Activity on the country and road,with one ot two of our London Marathon aspirants honing and tapering for the Big Day - on 28th,Nicky Atkins(W45) ran into 22nd(44.18) in the VAC 5.8m race on Wimbledon Common.She was 7th woman in a field of 34.

At the British Military Fitness 5k(28th),an occasionally smelly multi-terrain Forces bash,there was a "Burbridge Family" outing - Rachel was 2nd(1st lady) in 28.40,Debbie was immediately behind in 30.29,Nathan 25th in 40.55 and Mick closed with 48.14. 75 ladies completed and 49 men.

There was a somewhat larger field in the Reading Half Marathon(29th) - 11867 finishers to be precise. David Greenfield(M55) was first K&P home in 2453rd(1h.43.16),then came Johanna Gibbons in 4114th in a substantial 5 minute improvement in her best with 1.49.35; then followed W35 Lois Kerrison(4729th) in 1.52.15. The Greenfield family then further contributed with James 7116th in 2.07.52 and Claire 10767th in 2.22.40.

Over at Cranleigh(alos 29th),Mike Maranzano tackled the '21'(that's miles) and finished a highly creditable 13th in 2h.14.05.

Outdoor on the track,there were a host of Open Meetings,but the only K&P result to hand so far is a nippy 37.2 flat 300m from Tom Parry at Crawley(29th).


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