Kingston Athletics Club and Polytechnic Harriers
2017 AGM and Awards Dinner Print
Written by David H   
Monday, 27 February 2017 12:15

 

Around a 100 people attended this year's AGM at Kingsmeadow. It was pleasing to see so many people, especially a lot of our younger members. Nearly 40 trophies were presented to the 2016 winners by our President, David Hillyer. In addition AAA Standardbadges and the Young Athletes Championship medals were handed out.

The meeting was led by our Chairman, Les Hatton. As well as the formal topics on the agenda, we were treated to a talk by Toby Gold, our Paralympic T33 Silver medalist from the Rio Games. Toby spoke about his experiences in Brazil as well as his career to date. He then took several questions from those present. Everyone felt that this was a really interesting talk and praised Toby for his contribution.

When the formal Agenda was completed we were able to enjoy a fantastic meal prepared by Camilla Thrush. Given that when she arrived at the venue to find that the cooking facilities were not working, Camilla's efforts (including arranging for a portable cooker at short notice) were amazing.

After the meal there was a raffle with a plethora of prizes. Nearly everyone seemed to win a prize and, at the completion of the evening there seemed to be a general view that it had been a successful event.

Thanks must be given to all those who volunteered to assist with the AGM and the meal and also those who donated prizes. The effort put into the event made it really enjoyable for many people and brought a lot of our members together to enable them to meet others they would not normally come into contact with, which in itself made this a worthwhile evening.

 
Match 3 of the Northern Surrey ‘Downs’ Cross Country League for runners aged 8 to school year 10. Print
Written by Susanne Dietrich   
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 07:52

Match 3 of the Northern Surrey ‘Downs’ Cross Country League for runners aged 8 to school year 10.

Dear athletes, families and friends,
The provisional results of last Sunday’s Downs League match are now available. They need to be double-checked since two discs had not been collected in the U11 race, skewing the results. Moreover, one non-scoring runner each ran in the U13 and U15 races. But what I am reporting is about right.
We are now entering the final phase of the season’s Downs Cross Country League, and as team manager I was very pleased indeed to welcome a number of new runners. This very much reinforced the teams - to great effect in particular for our U15 rankings. It was much needed, too, since we missed some household names due to other sports events, school holidays and illness. I hope that for the last race on 12 March we’ll be able to come out in full force since we can win team and individual medals. Moreover, the race will be our very own K&P club champs, too – make sure your club subs are paid to be eligible.
Our U11s were brought home by a massively improved Oscar Lloyd-Davies who carved 28s off his PB to finish in 11:38 and 11th place. He was followed by Ava John with a new PB of 12:28 (10s off) and 26th place/6th girl, Hannah Choudhury with a new PB of 12:47 (3s off) and 30th place/ 7th girl, and Oscar Nicholas, with a new PB of 13:01 (7s off) and 32nd place. Ella Slone had an excellent debut, finishing in 13:34 and 41st place/15th girl; it was great to have Samuel Hall back, finishing in 13:36 and 42nd place, and then it was Finnian Chang in 52nd place and 14:13 and Brody Skinner with a new PB in 14:17 (9s off) and 54th place. All runners had very strong finishes, often picking up a few runners as they came in. This is excellent news, considering that the shorter summer track races are just around the corner, too. The team was pipped into 5th place by 1 point, but held 4th place overall. In the individual rankings (must run all races), Oscar L.D. is 8th, Oscar N. 16th, Finnian 17th and Brody 19th boy; Ava is 2nd girl and Hannah is 3rd girl, both with an excellent prospect to have a medal round the neck the next time.
Our U13s very much established themselves in the 2nd team position, they came 2nd on the day and are 2nd overall, probably too far to catch the 1st team, HHH, but also quite clear of the 3rd, Holland Sports. Max Dickson was the first to finish, 8th place and 12:05. Michael Webb-Bourne is clearly back from injury, finishing 13th with a new PB of 12:52 (6s off). Next was Dominic Fellows in 15th place and 13:03 and Evie Wilkinson in 16th place/5th girl and13:09, followed by Freya John in 23rd place/ 10th girl and 13:22. Freya wins the “athlete of the match” recognition, for the improving her previous best by a full 43s. We closed with Alix Baccardax in 13th place/ 19th girl and 14:19, Jacob Skinner in 38th place and 14:27 and Esme Cerilli in 45th place/ 26th girl and 16:28. The boys hold 5th (Max), 7th (Michael), 9th (Dom) and 13th (Jacob) place in the overall rankings; the girls are 1st (Evie), 6th (Freya), 7th (Alix) and 10th (Esme); a great result!
And now: drum roll, and let’s open the curtain for our U15s! Jack Dickson, 3rd in 11:20, Jack Stracey 4th in a new PB of 11:33 (5s off), Eric Williams 5th in 11:35, Oliver Haines-Francis 6th in 11:37, new runner William Bourne 15th in 13:20 and Imogen Busa 23rd/ 10th girl in 15:38. This was the 2nd team-win for us and it brought us the overall lead – but only by a skimpy 3 points. I very much hope that you’ll be up for it, and we’ll battle it out with HHH in the last match! Let’s win this! And with Jack D. in overall 3rd and Jack S. in 4th place, there might be more silverware coming our way. Come on, Kingston and Poly!
Many thanks again to all athletes for their great efforts, and all families for their support. Please let me know that you are coming for the last race on Sunday 12th March, same race times as before.
Best regards
Your TM Susanne Dietrich, phone 02083997084, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
Men's Surrey League Match 4 - Lloyd park Print
Written by Matt Hyett   
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 18:39

Cold, ice, mud, tram problems and just general Croydon grimness itself, failed to deter 11 of us from attending and doing battle at yesterday's Surrey League closing match at Lloyd Park. Cheered on by a handful of loyal supporters we all knew that this race was going to be critical if we wanted to stay in the highly competitive Division 2. Placed as we were in 7th out of 9 teams, with the bottom two going down to Div 3/4 at season's end, things were tense as we stood at the start contemplating the course ahead.

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Upcoming Officials and Coaching Courses Print
Written by Gordon Lester   
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 18:01

As ever, the club is in need of volunteers. The link below has the latest officials and coaching courses available. The club subsidises most courses, any questions please get in touch!

http://www.englandathletics.org/courses-and-bookings/education-programme-newsletter/south

 
2017 AGM and Awards Dinner Print
Written by Chris Dack   
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 22:23

February 17th - Doors open 18:30

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Club will take place on Friday 17th February 2017 at 7pm doors open at 6.30pm, at Kingsmeadow Function Rooms, Jack Goodchild Way, Kingston upon Thames KT1 3PB. Any proposals for the amendments to the Club Rules or additional items for inclusion on the Agenda should be sent to the General Secretary: at least 14 days before the meeting. (The General Secretary has the discretion to vary this rule.)

AGM Dinner 8.30pm 17th February 2017

Following on from the success of last year’s AGM Dinner we will again be offering all Club members and supporters the chance to join together for a meal and get together following the AGM. Tickets are £5 per person, winners of Club Awards for 2016 are offered one free ticket to the event. In order to ensure we cater for everyone please can you book your place by 10th February 2017 via this link.

Agenda

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of the 2016 meeting
  3. Matters arising
  4. Presentation of the Annual Awards
  5. Presentation of the Jack Petchey Awards
  6. Honorary Secretary’s Report
  7. Honorary Treasurers and Auditor’s Report
  8. Coaching Report
  9. New Developments
  10. Election of Officers 2017
  11. Any other business (at discretion of the Chair)

Club Kit and Raffle

Club kit will be available to purchase at the AGM. There will also be a raffle at theAGM please bring your money along and support the club.
 
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