Kingston Athletics Club and Polytechnic Harriers
Lily B Match 3 Report: 7th July 2019 Print
Written by Nina and Susy   
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 10:10

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Arriving at the Guildford track in wet conditions was not ideal after the sunshine we have become used to. We had to wait well into the afternoon for the sunshine we had ordered to emerge! It was an uphill struggle for the 3rd Lily B match as we were missing athletes as well as graded officials. Both team managers had to double up as officials for the high jump, as well as trying to manage the team. This meant we had to leave the base for quite a while and hoped everyone knew what they were doing, not really ideal and an issue that needs to be addressed.


We would like to thank all of the parents who stepped in to help as officials – this was a great help and we really hope that some parents will consider going on the officials course. Special thanks to Bryony again for helping with the warm ups. 


Kingston & Poly came 3rd overall in this match, which is a good result, especially considering that we had a lower turnout than usual and weren't able to fill all of the events. However, we were 137 points behind the home team and 46 points behind Croydon AC on the day, so we will need all hands and feet on deck for the Lily B final to be a success at home at Kingsmeadow.

SCVAC Women’s Match Report Print
Written by Nicky Atkins   
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 15:15

Unfortunately our 3rd match, 10th June, at Walton Athletic Hub was cancelled due to very heavy rain.


The ladies 4th and final match was on 8th July at Croydon Sports Arena where a small team of K&P athletes competed to finish 3rd place to Epsom and Ewell Harriers and Wimbledon Hercules.


Every member of the team worked hard to bring in the points competing in several events:


Nicky Atkins: 100m, 2000m walk, 400m, 1 mile, 100m relay

Caroline Jeffcote: 100m, 1 mile

Susanne Dietrich: 100m, 400m, 100m relay, Discus, Triple Jump, Javelin

Liz Richardson: 2000m walk, 400m, 1 mile, 100m relay, High Jump

Nicki Murphy: 100m relay, Discus, Triple jump, Javelin


Sadly Nicki Murphy missed out on running the 400m and jumping in the high jump due to the over running of another field event.


Liz and Nicky walked in the 2000m walk and could have crossed the line hand in hand as we were both awarded the same time!


After the three matches I also believe that we finished 3rd overall but I haven’t received any information confirming this.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the athletes who ran, walked, threw and jumped and to all the officials and volunteers who made the SCVAC possible.










UAG YDL match 3 Kingston 30 June 2019 Print
Written by Beverly, Dorinda & James   
Friday, 19 July 2019 08:08

After coming in last place in our first 2 matches, we were hoping to bring some home advantage with our 3rd match at Kingsmeadow.  This time round we had a much better turnout with 36 K&P athletes.  Still with the larger team we struggled to fill some of the events, notably the longer distance runs and many of the U20M Jumps and throws.  That said we had a much improved day finishing in 3rd place. Notable events of the day were the AAA Grade 1 performance by Lucy Tunnacliffe in the Long Jump (5.63m) and the amazing 4x400m U17m relay team taking 9 seconds off the 30 year old club record with 3:35.1 (2019) – Thomas White, George Rees, Olly Wilson and Jack Dickson (Previous was 3:44.1 in 1989).  There were a few other PBs on the day, please look at the full results on the Power of 10 (link provided below). The final match is at Brighton’s Withdean on 28th July. It’s a great track protected from headwinds and can provide good conditions for PBs!! We want a big push to get another big team out, fill even more events in track and field, and go for a higher finish.  If you are available but need a lift, please let us know and we will sort something out.

Please take a look at the great photos from the day at the end of this report curtesy of Hannah Lester (to follow shortly).



Camberley & District AC + Woking AC



Brighton & Hove AC



Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers



Hillingdon AC



Harrow AC



South Bucks



There were many good performances with AAA graded performances:

Grade 4 for Aaron Marlow (Shot, & Javelin), Freddy Crosby (High Jump & Triple Jump), Luca Di Libero (Discus), Kira Holt (100m), Caitlin Paul (300m) and Madison Hutton (Long Jump & Javelin)

Grade 3 for Jack Dickson (400m), Louisa Stoney (200m), Kira Holt (200m), Lucy Atkins (200m) and Zoe Shepherd (High Jump)

Grade 2 For George Rees (400m), Jack Dickson (800m), Ben Sopta-Sheldrake (Long Jump), Aaron Marlow (Discus) and Kira Holt (80mH)

Grade 1 for Lucy Tunnacliffe (Long Jump)


Full results are on Power of 10 (see link below).



The team was:

U17 women: Madison Hutton, Caitlin Paul, Lucy Atkins, Kira Holt, Lara Quickfall, Emilia Chittenden, Camilla MacFarlane, Zoe Shepherd and Francesca Austin-Endersby. Total=9

U20 women: Rhianna Reynolds, Lucy Tunnacliffe, Hannah Lester, Amelia Bell, Isabella Shepherd-Evans, Louisa Stoney, Imogen Busa and Flora Anghileri-Jarman. Total=8

U17 men: Olly Wilson, Freddy Crosby, Aaron Marlow, Thomas White, Jack Dickson, Marius Ball, Akash Santosh-Kumar, George Rees, Oliver Sossick, Ben Sopta-Sheldrake, Luca Di Libero, Ellis Down and Patrick Gubbay. Total=13

U20 men: Jack Stracey, Eric Williams, Indy Barnes, Will Stapleton, Luke Newall and Humphrey Allen. Total=6


Special thanks go to our team of officials, we had a full set this time which gave us maximum “Officials” points.

Graded officials:

Field official = Frank Schubert

Timekeeper = Stewart Dickson

Track judge = Richard White

Track Ref = Cashel Riordan

Starter = Hugh Choudhury

Last but not least, Meeting Manager = Peter Shilling

and the field team of Mark Reynolds, Mary Dimbleby and John Lester

Results team of Paul Tunnacliffe and Sheila Brackpool

Officials lunches Julie Reynolds


Beverly, Dorinda & James

BAL Division 2, Match 2, Kingston 6th July 2019 Print
Written by Chris Hall   
Saturday, 20 July 2019 08:18

British Athletics League Division 2, Match 2

Kingston, 6thJuly 2019


The second match of Kingston and Poly’s British Athletics League season was a home one, at a sunny and warm Kingsmeadow, which has proven to be a lucky charm in recent years. Following the Chelmsford match in which we were pipped to 3rdat the last by the smallest of margins, the team were looking to come back with a bang, and where better than at the familiar surroundings of the Weir Archer Centre?

It appears to be customary now for the BAL to take place on the sunniest of days, and this was no exception. What is increasingly becoming an unwelcome one, however, is a horrible headwind on the home straight, which is something that our sprinters had to contend with today. Nevertheless, sunglasses, caps and shorts were in abundance on a wonderfully bright day.

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


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