Kingston Athletics Club and Polytechnic Harriers
Report – YDL LAG – Match 3 Bournemouth, Saturday 22nd of June Print
Written by Richard White   
Thursday, 27 June 2019 16:45

Meeting Report – Youth Development League

Lower Age Group – Match 3

Bournemouth, Saturday 22nd of June

Saturday the 22nd of June saw the third meeting of this season’s Youth Development League. A small band of travellers met at Kingsmeadow at 7:45 for our second long road trip to the Dorset Coast.

There was relief all round when the coach made it to the summit of some of the hills on the approach to Bournemouth. The track at King’s Park is in a wonderful parkland setting, adjacent to Bournemouth’s pretty and modern premiership football stadium.

With such a small team the stated aim for the day was on the athletes maximising their chances of setting personal bests in the events they train for. As it was the usual Kingston team spirit kicked in and every athlete took on the maximum number of events allowed. 

With everyone bar Frank being new to the stadium we had failed to spot that they had a second hammer and discus cage with its own pristinely manicured throws field. Thankfully one of the locals interrupted our hammer throwers enjoyment of the sunshine by the deserted hammer cage to point them in the right direction in time for their event. 

For those that had made the effort to attend the meeting the rewards were blue skies, a slight (but legal and recorded) tailwind for the sprinters and an organisation that were calling out and publishing results within minutes of events finishing. Quite often the full results were announced over the tannoy before our athletes even made it back from collecting their water bottles or trainers. This was a treat for the Surrey-based Walton and Kingston athletes who were wholly unaccustomed to this level of efficiency.

I am delighted to report that every single athlete set at least one personal best. Additionally Caitlyn Harvey ran a Level 3 U15G 800m in 2:26.3 and Roel Sodusta’s PBs in the 100m and 200m were both Level 4 performances. 

Thanks to Pat Logan, Frank Schubert, Susanne Dietrich and Ulrike Chang for helping the athletes and amassing points as officials. As ever the Field Officials team were supported by parents. 

The Squad

U15 Boys (7) - Albert Rowland, Eternal Nemiala, Finnian Chang, Jack Le Vesconte, Oliver Palmer, Roel Sodusta, Sam Atkins

U15 Girls (3) – Evie Priest, Caitlin Harvey, Nelly Priest

U13 Girls (4) – Bethan Norvill, Caitlyn Pemberton, Calla Lazou, Josephine Perrin

U13 Boys (0)

Personal Bests

Albert Rowland (High Jump – 1.35m, 

Eternal Nemiala (100m – 13.4s, 200m, Javelin)

Finnian Chang (Discus – 11.82m, Hammer)

Jack Le Vesconte (Long Jump – 4.55m, 80m Hurdles – 14.5s, 

Oliver Palmer (800m – 2:21.5, Shot)

Roel Sodusta (100m – 12.2s, 200m – 25.4s, Hammer)

Sam Atkins (800m – 2:23.9, Shot)

Caitlyn Harvey (100m – 13.7s)

Evie Priest (High Jump – 1.35m, Discus 15.10m)

Nelly Priest (100m – 13.7s, Shot 7.15m)

Bethan Norvill (150m – 21.9s, Javelin 10.94m)

Caitlin Pemberton (Javelin)

Calla Lazou (150m - 22.5s, 

Josephine Perrin (75m – 11.8s, 1200 – 4:29.2)

The Outcome

Despite the club kindly part-funding the coaches for both the long road trips we have struggled to get the younger athletes to the YDL meetings. With such a small squad it was of little surprise to find ourselves at the bottom of the table. 

The match position did little to dent the overall sense of satisfaction as the athletes boarded the coach for the pleasantly quick journey home.

On the plus side it looks like Winchester and Chichester will be moving up to our Division next season. This will mean that our furthest possible journeys would be to Aldershot or the Sussex coast. We might even end up with the 2020 meetings at Kingston, Walton, Camberley and Woking ☺

The final meeting will be at Eton’s Thames Valley Stadium on Saturday the 20th of July

Richard White

SOUTHERN ATHLETICS LEAGUE Division 2 West – St Albans Match 3, June 15th Print
Written by Alex and the team managers, Izzy, Nicole and Ho   
Thursday, 20 June 2019 13:59


We came into this match the weakest of all 16 teams within our division. University, exams and travel distances kept many of our athletes from being able to compete, so we struggled. We had a stronger team coming into this match, being able to fill almost all the events. But we were up against some strong opponents; mainly Newbury, currently 2nd in the league. Train delays put a momentary pause on the team momentum, as did Will Stapleton thinking 10am was an acceptable time to wake up. No matter, everyone arrived in due course and ready for the day of competing, or multi-eventing for some. 

NB Bare in mind there was no wind reading taken so please take these results with some discretion. 

Outstanding performances 

The scoring system helps to compare performances between events and highlight some of the outstanding performances of the match. The top 10 performances from the men and women reveal some great individual results. For the men, Gareth Cook’s hammer throw of 52.70m (a season’s best!) took 4th place and a PB run of 15.1s in the 110mH for Alex Parkinson took 8th place. 

The women, however, dominated their competition, taking 6 of the 10 spots. Mae “BUCS 400mH Gold Medallist” Thompson produced a 10th place score with her 400mH win, Louisa Stoney takes 5th and 6th with her 100m and 200m runs, and most remarkably Pippa Wingate takes 3rd and 4th with her shot and discus performances and 1st overall (men and women) with her hammer throw – huge congratulations!

Women’s team 

On both the track and field, there were many winning performances. Louisa Stoney took wins in the 100m and 200m (both PBs), Mae Thompson won the 400mH and 400m, Isabella Shepherd-Evans won her 800m and B string 400m (both PBs), Ellie Arnfield won her B string 200m and 400mH, and fellow SAL manager Jo Richardson won her B string 100mH. In the field, Rhianna Reynolds won in the LJ and TJ and Pippa Wingate in the HJ, Javelin, Shot, Discus and Hammer – all amazing performances! There was also a huge amount of altruism and team-spirit (some may say insanity) in both the women and the men, many people taking on events outside of their usual repertoire. Hannah Lester and Isabella competing across 4 events, Mae, Rhianna and Pippa in 5, and heptathlete-for-a-day Ellie Arnfield ran across 7 events. 

Hopefully this inspires some of you younger athletes to compete and help out these girls for a day in something you don’t usually do to help get the club some points – everyone can vouch how fun it is (Mae Thompson’s new favourite event is 3k!). 

Men’s team 

Results on the men’s side were equally as impressive. Abdou Njie took the 100m and B string 200m wins in a PB of 10.9s and SB of 22.6s, meanwhile Elijah Lyle-Vidal took the B string 100m win in a 11.0s SB and a strong 22.3s 200m run. Alex Parkinson and Chris Hall winning the 110mH and Will Stapleton winning his B string 400mH. Over on the field, U17 Freddy won B string TJ and came a close 2nd in the HJ by 3cm, Chris also winning the LJ, Mark Roberts picked up 1st place in the B string Javelin and PV, succeeding PV A string Bilen Ahmet who jumped equal 1st but placed 2nd on the tie-breaker, also taking the B string HJ and Shot win. Gareth Cook also had some impressive throws, winning the Shot and taking that top performance in the hammer to 3rd place – a tough field, for sure! The formidable trio Jon Darby, Alex Thomas and Eric Williams took on the 800/1500m amongst some fast competition, producing some suitably fast times– Jon produced a SB in both, Alex a SB in the 1500m, and Eric a PB in the 1500m. Special recognition to Will Stapleton who admirably filled many of the gaps in events but also wanted to a “proper” non-scoring 200m race, proceeding then to have the blocks slip out from under him, waiting a moment to contemplate, and then continuing to finish the race. Some honourable mentions to the non-scorers; PBs for both Marius Ball (11.6s) and Eric Hermanson (12.4s) in the 100m, PBs for Marius (23.8s) and Max Dickson (23.8s also) in the 200m, and Eric H PBing in the LJ (4.82m). 

By the end of this exhausting (and hugely successfully) day for Kingston, we arrive at the relays. Considering our dominant performances across the day, we were the favourites (as decreed by myself). However, numbers were dwindling, and energy levels were diminished. 

The women’s team managed to build a 4x100m from the few remaining ladies; Ellie, Mae, Hannah and Jo. They won convincing by 3 seconds to take the full amount of points. The 4x400m was less tempting to many, but Ellie, Mae and Isabella (who had finished the 2k steeple just prior) volunteered to run, but still needed one more. There was only one option left, the manager who was saving herself for a competition the next day – Nicole Kendall. In true team spirit, she donned the blue and black colours of K&P to complete the women’s 4x400m, who all agreed to use this as an opportunity for a victory lap (as if the remaining 3 hadn’t done enough laps of the track already). They jogged round with a smile on their face in well over 5 minutes to trickle over the points score. 

The men’s team were in a similar position; Abdou, Alex P, Marius and Elijah dominated the 4x100m, but few were persuaded by a 4x400m. No matter, Elijah stepped forward (completely against his own will) to join Max, Alex P, and Will to jog a 5:12.0 to collect those final points – yes, we were lapped by the other teams. 

Finally, a huge thank you to the officials who volunteered their day to help (Stewart Dickson, Ed Paxton, Dorinda Lester, Nicole Kendall, Humphrey Waddington, Catherine Arnfield, and the Reynolds entourage!). Myself and the other managers are incredibly proud of the team that led us to victory in this match, not only because of the win, but because it shows what we are capable of. Yes, we were bottom of the leaderboard, but if we are capable of beating the 2nd placed team then we are capable of doing very well in this division. If you want to take anything from this report, or if you didn’t read the whole thing (don’t blame you because blimey is it long – sorry), know that your attendance is the key to success in this division. So, no matter your age or ability, sign yourself up to compete or officiate! 

The next match is HOME, Saturday 13th July. Hope to see you there! 

All the best, 

Alex and the team managers, Izzy, Nicole and Ho 

BAL Division 2, Match 1, Chelmsford, 9th June 2019 Print
Written by Chris Hall   
Tuesday, 18 June 2019 07:43

British Athletics League Division 2, Match 1

Chelmsford, 9thJune 2019


The British Athletics League season finally kicked off for Kingston and Poly’s Senior Men on the weekend normally reserved for Match 2, following the cancelled first match in May. After a season trying out the dizzying heights of Division 1, which turned out to be a fraction too dizzying, in was back to Division 2 for Kingston as they made their way to Essex and the impressive facilities at Chelmsford. The match was to be a double header with Division 2 of the UK Women’s League and with it a different timetable to usual.

The team was relatively small at 18 athletes, with exams as ever causing havoc and preventing many college and university students from competing, but on the whole we were confident of a decent result, even without a recognised B High Jumper or Pole Vaulter.

SAL: Croydon 19th May - Match 2 Report Print
Written by Izzy Hatton   
Tuesday, 18 June 2019 20:01

Sunday 19th April saw the K&P team competing at the Croydon Track, much more local this time compared to Yeovil! It was great to have so many compete for us and produce some great results.

Women’s Team

In the throws, we had Natalie Miller and Pippa Wingate doing a great job getting us some valuable points in the Hammer, Discus, Javelin and Shot. Both came 1st or 2nd in their strings and Natalie got a PB in the hammer, throwing the heavier 4K for the first time - well done Natalie!

Continuing in the field were Hannah Lester, Rhianna Reynolds and Lucy Tunnacliffe. Hannah jumped 9.80m in the triple jump, coming 1st in the B string and came 2nd in the B string Long Jump with 4.44m. Rhianna jumped 10.96m coming 2nd in the A string competition and came close to her PB in the high jump with 1.50m. Lucy won the A string Long Jump with a jump of 5.51m and threw a PB of 9.63m in the shot, winning the B string.

On the track, there were PBs all round. We had Katy Lord grabbing two PBs in the 100m and 200m with 13.07s and 26.12s respectively. Imogen Busa ran a PB of 65.84s in the 400m and Kira Holt took two PBs in the 100m and 200m with 13.08s and 26.21s respectively. Louisa Stoney also got a PB in the 200m with 25.36s and Lucy Atkins with a PB of 13.20s in 100m. In middle distance, Isabella Shepherd-Evans ran a PB of 05:21 in the 1500m. Jo Richardson, Izzy Hatton and Natalie Miller all ran new events to get points for the team. Jo Richardson, who is normally a sprinter, ran in the 800m and 1500m to gain points. Izzy Hatton and Natalie Miller had a giggle going round the steeplechase for the first time and got completely soaked. Finally in the relay: Izzy, Kira, Louisa and Katy smashed it in the 4x100m and came first by quite a long way with a time of 50.79s. Well done, ladies!

Men’s Team

On the men’s team, Gareth Cook came first in the A string for Hammer with 50.83m, and first in the B strings for Shot (11.48m) and Discus (35.47m). Chris Dack was first in the A string discus with 41.45m and Kyle Stevens won the A string Shot (13.73m) and B string Hammer (46.24m). In the Javelin, William Trimble won the A string with 48.93m and Sebastian Chang got a PB with 29.96m.

In the jumps, we had Chris Hall in the Triple Jump with 12.08m and winning the A string Long Jump with 6.33m. We also had Freddy Crosby coming close to his PB with 1.70m in the high jump.

In the sprints, Max Perez-Diaz ran in the 100m and 200m with 11.82s and 23.43s respectively. Chris Hall launched himself over 110m hurdles again and smashed it in first place with 16.62s. Marius Ball went home with 2 PBs in the 100m (11.82s) and 200m (24.12s). Another double PB was achieved by Ellis Down with 12.13s in the 100m and 24.54 in the 200m. Jonathan Darby dominated in the 400m coming first with 53.41s and then still had energy to run the 3000m for us in 09:52. For middle distance we also had Alex Thomas, Michael Webb-Bourne and Humphrey Allen grab us some valuable points. Alex Thomas ran 02:02 for the 800m and in the B string, Michael Webb-Bourne ran 02:17. Then in the 1500m, Humphrey Allen ran 04:33 for the A string and Michael Webb-Bourne running 05:09 for the B string. Finally, we had the 4 x 100m relay with Chris Hall, Ellis Down, Max Perez-Diaz and Marius Ball coming a close 3rd place with 46.50s.

This SAL match was a mixed 4x400m (which is always good fun!) so our team included Jonathan Darby kicking us off, Katy Lord and Louisa Stoney covering middle ground and Max Perez-Diaz running 4th and pushing us into second place with 03:52.

Overall, it was a great match and we were up against some tough competition from Milton Keynes and Croydon. We came 4th in the match with 174 points which was brilliant considering we were missing athletes in quite a few events. A huge thank you to everyone who came and supported and also a special mention to all our officials: Peter Shilling, Maurice Joyce, Dorinda Lester and Matt Atkins. They earned us 15 officials points for the club and did a fantastic job!

Brilliant Work Team K&P, see you at the next one!


Lily B Match 2 Report: 1st June 2019 Print
Written by Nina and Susy   
Monday, 17 June 2019 12:06

The 2nd Lily B match of the season was at Walton sports Hub and a very successful day it was too, with another amazing win for the girls at Kingston & Poly. The sunshine, that the team managers ordered, was once again in abundance!


1. Kingston & Poly


2. Croydon Harriers


3. Herne Hill Harriers


4. Holland Sports


5. Sutton & District


6. Dorking & Mole Valley



We knew this match was going to be tough against some mighty opposition. It really did come down to the wire. As we left the ground, we were still none the wiser as to whether the team had enough points to win. We were thin on the ground with regards to the under 17 team and lost valuable points there.  A special thank you to those that stepped in to cover some events as without this we certainly would not have clinched the win.


It is certainly difficult when the match runs so far behind schedule as some people couldn’t stay to cover their event, so we lost quite a few points. We also lost 2 B relay teams and almost two A relay teams at one point, which could easily have cost us the match, so we really appreciate everyone that stayed until the end of the day.


Special thanks once again to all the parents who helped with the javelin which was our designated event for the day. Bryony met some of the younger girls and helped them with their warm-ups which was much appreciated, so many thanks to her, and thanks also to Pat who came along to support. Also, a big thank you to our level 2 field judge, David Hillyer, who did a grand job and to our timekeeper, Maurice Joyce.


Once again there were some amazing performances and many PBs. Under 15’s had 9 athletes, Under 13’s had 8 athletes, under 17’s had 7 athletes, and under 11’s had 6 girls this time.


All the U11’s got at least one PB, well done to you all! Welcome to Lucy Rutt who has just joined the team. Special mention to Amelia Rowbotham who ran a great 600m in a time of 2.01.5.


Most U13’s got at least one PB. Ava John ran a fantastic 200m race in a time of 27 .0 seconds which was a PB and won her the race. Serenna Kochhar & Caitlin Pemberton both had PB’s in the 800m in 2nd place (A & B string). Eva Cerelli produced a great discus throw to win the A string with a PB of 13.67m. Thanks to Calla Lazou who volunteered to swap events to the high jump, got three PBs and scored a massive 20 points for the team


For the U15’s, Ellen-Ada Barlow had a good day with two PBs - first in the hurdles with 14 seconds and also in the discus throwing 14.42m. Hannah Choudhury showed another pleasing improvement to her shot putt with a PB of 6.78m. Jemima Harcourt surprised herself with 2 sprint PBs for 100m 12.9 seconds and took 1 second off her 200m PB 27.5 seconds. Jemyra Keeya is showing real promise in all her throwing events with PBs in javelin, shot putt and hammer. Sophie Doherty won the long jump in a PB of 4.89m. Tejal Ramphul scored valuable points and came 2nd in the 300m as she took on this event for the first time.


Moving onto U17’s … Emilia Chittenden had a great day with 3 PBs in total, Lucy Atkins won both her 100 and 200m races with PBs 12.7 & 26.3 seconds. Caitlin Paul switched to cover discus and won her event with 16.2m. Maddison Hutton came 2nd in 100m B string with a PB of 12.8 seconds & an amazing 1st place throw of 11.49m in the shot. Well done to Natalie Miller for scoring a full 21 points for the team!


It was a great team spirit once again and everyone had a fantastic day. As team managers, we are eagerly looking forward to the next Lily B match on Sun 7th July in Guildford, where we hope all our athletes will join us to continue this winning streak. Bring it on!


Lily B Team Managers


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