Kingston Athletics Club and Polytechnic Harriers
Surrey Ladies League Cross Country – Match 2 Report Print
Written by Liz Richardson   
Monday, 20 November 2017 15:20

In contrast to the first match, our second league match of the season took place on 11th November at Nonsuch Park (Ewell) in wet and chilly conditions. Recent rain had left the course very muddy, making the gently undulating 2-lap 6K senior course more challenging than on previous visits.

With the venue able to support a combined Division 1 and 2 race and a record-breaking attendance of 570 athletes the race start was impressive, particularly when silence fell pre-race to observe remembrance of our war heroes.  The race then began fast and furiously as rain fell and mud ensued…

K&P were delighted to welcome a new member to the team - Daniela Jantschy - who had a fine run, leading the team home in 9th place in Division 2 in a time of 24:11. Continuing her fantastic start to the senior league, Rebecca Keddie showed improved form to finish in 28th place (26:04).  Nina White also had a very good run, finishing not far behind in 26:58 for 41st place.

Nicky Atkins and Nicki Murphy had a close battle, with Nicky A finishing strongly in 85th place (29:11) and Nicki M chasing hard to complete the scoring ‘A’ team in 97th place (29:44).  Liz Richardson continued to improve in her return to fitness in 128th place (31:10) and Caroline Jeffcote, returning to shorter distances after her recent marathon debut, completed the team effort with a strong sprint to finish in 256thth place (39:50).  The team finished in 8th place on the day, a fantastic result in a very strong field of 269 Division 2 athletes, well done to all.

The Surrey County Championships will be held on Sunday 7th January 2018 at Denbies Vineyard (Dorking) and our next league match will be on 13thJanuary at Wimbledon Common. Any athlete interested in joining the team and running at either of these events should please contact Liz Richardson.

Royal Borough Senior Team of the Year Print
Written by PJAW   
Friday, 17 November 2017 10:29



Congratulations are due once again to our Senior Men who competed in the British Athletics League team. Their magnificent achievement in winning the BAL Division 2 Championship and promotion to Division 1 (thus securing a place amongst the top 16 teams in the nation) has now been recognized by the Royal Borough Of Kingston upon Thames.

AAA Standard Badges Print
Written by Julie Reynolds   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 11:42

The Jack Petchey Fund is again providing AAA standard badges for the U13-U17 age groups,  paid up members of K&P who competed during the summer 2017 season are eligible.


This year we are doing things slightly differently to previous years, as badges are expensive and not all athletes want them.  So please can you check this link: Click onto the standards document and if you have achieved the times or distances for your age group and would like a badge and certificate, then please contact me, Julie Reynolds via the Contact tab, with the event(s) and performance and I will buy the badges requested.  Grade 1 badges will be presented at the AGM in February, all other grades can be collected from Kingsmeadow.

Surrey Mens CC League D2 M2 Print
Written by DB   
Monday, 13 November 2017 08:49

Richmond Park November 11th 2017

Our stiff League course from the Isabella Plantation provided the anticipated home advantage,with Matt Hyett’s team responding well to his invites. With 3 from the 13 at the first fixture not available,it was indeed heartening to still field 17 runners. The returns of Neil Wellard and Michael Huntley to our top contenders ensured our overall match points total was 125 better than in M1 and we grabbed 4th place of the 9 clubs,in the process stretching the gaps to the 3 clubs below us. We remain 5th overall at the halfway stage of the season and,though the 2 final matches are in Beckenham(Jan 13) and Croydon(Feb 10),involving tricky journeys,we will be accompanied across to Beckenham Place Park and Lloyd Park by the 3 clubs below us,all from our side of Surrey. No need to emphasise how much we will need our M2 squad in action in full again – and others!.


Surrey Ladies League Cross Country, Match 1 / Surrey Masters Cross Country Champs Reports Print
Written by Liz Richardson   
Thursday, 26 October 2017 12:44

Surrey Ladies League Cross Country, Match 1 / Surrey Masters Cross Country Champs Reports

The ever growing field of athletes competing in the ladies Surrey league has meant some changes for this season, with the smaller venues now hosting separate races for the two senior divisions. The first match of the season, held on 14 th October at a balmy Priory Park in Reigate, saw the first of these events - with our Division 2 team competing in the later race with a start time of 1pm.


Our largely veteran team encountered a dry but tough (we all agreed!) 2-lap course of almost 4 miles. Nina White led the team home in 45 th place in a time of 30 minutes 22. A very welcome debut performance from U20 Rebecca Keddie saw her finish in 55 th place (31:12), our 2 nd team member home. Continuing her good start to the cross country season, Nicky Atkins was next home in 79 th place (32:24) with Nicki Murphy not far behind finishing with a time of 33 minutes 07 for 97 th place.


A little further down the field in a close battle to complete the scoring team, Avelline Deighton (36:08) had a strong finish to come home in 137 th place. Not far behind her was Susanne Dietrich finishing with a time of 36:22 (142 nd place) and closing the team was Liz Richardson, returning to racing after a new addition to her family over the summer, in 157 th place (36:58). In a competitive field of 219 athletes, the scoring ‘A’ team finished in 14 th place out of 24 teams.


Earlier in the day a small but dedicated team of junior girls ran in the joint U15/17 race over 2.5 miles. Alix Baccardax (U15) led our girls home in 20:49 for 67 th  and was quickly followed by Imogen Busa (U17) (21:25/72 nd ) and Esme Cerilli (23:18/78 th ). In the U13 race over 2 miles, Evie Priest was our sole K&P representative and had a great run (14:47/37 th  out of 80) on her Surrey ladies league debut. Well done to all!


Our next league match will be held at Nonsuch Park on 11 th November. New members to the team are always welcome and anyone interested in competing should please contact Liz Richardson for further information.


Surrey Masters Cross Country Championships – 21 st October 2017

The following week our veteran ladies encountered very different conditions at the Surrey Masters Championships – held in Richmond Park, the team battled gale force (almost comical!) winds to combat the two-lap course over a 3.85 mile distance. Nina White was again our first lady home in 49 th place with a time of 28 minutes 35. Debbie Raymond ran well to finish in 29:15 for 62 nd place, with Nicky Atkins chasing hard in 78 th place (30:24). Liz Richardson showed improving fitness to finish in 104 th place (33:00) with Avelline Deighton closing the V45 team scoring in 114 th place in a time of 33 minutes 59 seconds. The ladies race was combined with the mens V60 with an overall field of 132 athletes. Our V45 ladies team (Nina, Nicky & Avelline) finished in a creditable 8 th place.


At the same championships, the mens V40/50 was an exciting race – K&P’s Matt Atkins had a tight battle with Ben Paviour (HHH) but held on to successfully retain his M40 county title. Thanks to our team supporters Caroline Jeffcote and Peter Wilkins and well done to Matt. Congratulations also to Michael Huntley for his first win at the Club 5, which took place on the same day.


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