‘Kingston Spring Open’
Sunday 10th April 2016
The 2016 track & field season got underway at the Costello Stadium on Sunday 10th of April with the staging of Kingston’s annual ‘Spring Open Meeting’. More than 400 athletes gathered at the stadium, with athletics clubs from all three of the Yorkshire Ridings well represented, there was a good turnout from the Lincolnshire clubs, among them our good friends and close rivals from the Lincolnshire banks of the Humber.
The sun came out for the start of proceedings and the crowd enjoyed a very pleasant morning session, basking in shirt sleeves in the warm sunshine. It was too good to last of course, the sun disappeared in the afternoon and a bitter wind blew in, and everyone had to dig out their coats, scarves and gloves.
There was however some fantastic action both on the track and in the field, and excellent performances from the athletes, who ranged from our 9 year old juniors all the way up to veteran athletes. There were no heats or finals, and medals were awarded to the first three finishers in each individual race on the track, and in each of the field events.
Daniel Holiday made his first appearance on the track since July of last year. He ran in the 400 metres race where he put in a strong performance, which saw him win the race in a season’s best time of 53.5s.
The Kingston Open meeting was Gregan Clarkson’s 22nd competitive outing of 2016.The prolific competitor has been running in road and cross country races in all three of the Yorkshire Ridings. He successfully defended his Humberside cross country title in January and put in a good performance at the English National Championships, in Leicestershie this February.
He entered two of the events at the open, the 800 metres and the 3000 metres races. He took 2nd place in the 800 metres and ran a season’s best time of 2:11.9s. In the 3000 metres another season’s best performance of 9:21.3s, gave him his second runner up spot of the day.
Jess Cappleman had her first run out of 2016 in the women’s 800 metres race. She was the race winner in a season’s best time of 2:36.7s. Jess is a good competitor and has been an ever present member of Kingston teams in their league campaigns for the last few seasons.
In the field events pole vaulter Rebekah Arandle was another athlete making her 2016 debut, and she stamped her mark on the competition, winning the event and clearing a new personal best height of 2.91m.
The Hull Hammer Squad turned out in force for the open meeting, the competitor’s in the men’s event included the 2012 Olympic finalist and Commonwealth games silver medallist Alex Smith, along with training partner friend and rival James Bedford, the reigning Northern champion and former England champion, and V45 athlete John Twiddle who is the reigning British Masters shot, hammer and weight throw champion.
Alex and James were involved in a head to head battle for the victory, with both of them putting in season’s best throws. Alex Smith came out on top with a throw of 65.17m, with James Bedford second with 64.33m. John Twiddle took 4th place, and he also threw a season’s best distance of 39.46m.
John Twiddle saw further competition in the discus throw and shot putt events. He won both of the competitions, the discus with a season’s best throw of 34.28m, and the shot with a throw of 12.16m.
The Long Jump saw two more friends, rivals and training partners, James Wardle and Matthew Elvidge locked together in combat. James Wardle came out on top in this contest, where he took 2nd place with a jump of 5.63m, with Matt in 3rd place with 5.58m.
100 metre sprint – under 15 boys
13 year old Sam Croney had his second competitive outing of 2016 at this Open meeting, having run at the Northern Indoor Championship meeting in February, where he won the bronze medal in the 60 metre hurdles final. Sam looked really sharp and was the race winner at Costello, running an excellent new PB of 12.8s. Joe Seed was the silver medallist with another very good effort which saw him set a new PB of 13.5s. Ben Stutely ran a season’s best time of 14.5s, to take 4th place, and Henry Cannell was 5th with a season’s best run of 15.0s. One of the fancied runners pre race was Brody Hinson, who unfortunately fell at the start, but he displayed his guts and fortitude by picking himself up and completing the race, finishing 6th in 15.1s.
200 metre sprint – under 15 boys
Brody Hinson returned to action in the afternoon session, he blasted out of the blocks in the 200 metres and led the race from the gun to the finish line, and recorded a new PB of 25.0s. Tyler Thompson made his club debut in this race, and he also ran a new PB of 27.3s, to take the silver medal, the winner of the bronze was Luke Carr, who also ran a new PB of 28.3s.
300 metre sprint – under 15 boys
Joe Seed was back on the medal trail in the 300 metres, where he ran a season’s best time of 44.3s, to take the gold medal.
800 metres – under 15 boys
A third outing of the day for Joe Seed in the 800 metres, where he took 4th place and ran another season’s best time of 2:31.4s.
80 metre hurdles – under 15 boys
Sam Croney collected a second gold medal in another of his strong events, he ran a new PB of 12.9s, going under the 13 second barrier for the first time in the 80 metre hurdles.
100 metre sprints – under 15 girls
Three Kingston athletes went in race one of the 100 metres, Kate Huntington was the silver medallist and ran a new PB of 13.6s, Alanah Thoresby took the bronze medal and she ran a season’s best time of 14.8s, with Faye Oliver taking 5th place with a season’s best effort of 15.4s.
Race two saw Rose Hewitt make her club debut, she put in a good performance which saw her pick up the bronze medal and set a PB of 14.7s. Jodie Martin ran a season’s best time of 14.9s for 4th place, and Abigail Cohen another athlete on debut took 5th in a PB of 15.0s, with Katie Smith 6th in a season’s best time of 15.2s.
In race three, Olivia Bradshaw made an impressive debut, winning the gold medal and running a PB of 13.7s. Hollie Young took 5th place in a season’s best time of 15.2s, with Gina De Lancey running a season’s best of 15.3s in 7th.
200 metre sprints – under 15 girls
Kate Huntington was back in action in the 200 metres, and she put in a strong performance, taking the gold medal and running a new PB of 28.1s. Katie Smith ran a season’s best time of 31.2s for 6th place.
In the second of the 200 metres Evie Watson was the silver medallist in a new personal best time of 28.9s, with Jodie Martin taking the bronze medal, running a new PB of 29.2s. Rose Hewitt took 5th place with a PB of 30.2s, and Abigail Cohen was 6th in a PB of 30.4s.
300 metres sprint – under 15 girls
Alanah Thoresby got her 2016 campaign up and running at the Open. She made a good start to the year in the 300 metres, running a new PB of 46.5s, to take the silver medal. Evie Watson made her 2016 bow in the race, and she also ran a new PB of 46.8s, to secure the bronze medal. Emily Dye was having her third competitive outing of the year, and she took 4th place with a new PB of 48.0s.This was Abbie Haigh’s season opener, and she took 5th place with a season’s best run of 48.0s.
800 metres race – under 15 girls
This race was Daisy Evans first run out of the year, and she ran a season’s best time of 2:41.0s, to take a 4th place finish. Becky Chivers had kept herself busy throughout the autumn and winter months, out on the cross country courses and indoors on the boards. She took 7th place and ran a time of 2:49.0s. Niamh Derbyshire was back in competition for the first time this year and she took 8th place, with a season’s best run of 2:56.4s.
Long jump – Under 15 boys
Tyler Thompson won his second silver medal of the day, this time in the long jump pit, and he recorded a PB of 4.63m. Henry Cannell took the bronze medal and jumped a new PB of 4.51m, and Ben Stutely took 4th place with a season’s best effort of 4.19m.
Shot Putt – under 15 boys
The Northern indoor champion Shaun Kerry was the gold medallist in the shot competition with a throw of 11.65m, which was much too good for the opposition. Anthony Mould, is one of Sonia Santos’s young athletes, starting to make his mark, took 4th place with a new PB of 6.88.
Discus Throw – under 15 boys
The Northern discus champion and currently ranked No. 2 in the UK, Ben Copley, was the dominant force in this event, taking the gold medal with a throw of 35.22m. Anthony Mould took another 4th place, with another new PB of 14.58m.
Hammer Throw – under 15 boys
Shaun Kerry is the reigning Northern hammer champion, and he too is currently ranked No. 2 UK. He threw a big new PB of 52.31m, to take the gold medal in this event.
Javelin Throw – under 15 boys
The javelin competition brought together two of our outstanding young throwers, both of whom are currently in the top ten rankings in the UK. Ben Copley (ranked 9) and Shaun Kerry (ranked six).
Shaun came out on top in this opening clash of the season, throwing a new PB 43.75m, to take the gold medal, with Ben taking the silver with his throw of 36.57m. Henry Cannell took 4th place with a new PB of 23.53m.
Long Jump – under 15 girls
Emily Dye was the gold medallist in the long jump, where she recorded a new PB 4.34m. Evie Watson took the silver with a jump of 4.20m, a new PB. Jodie Martin also pulled out a new PB of 3.92m, to take 7th place, and a new PB of 3.43m by Abigail Cohen, saw her finish 9th, with Rosie Shepherd in 11th with 2.52m.
High Jump – under 15 girls
The high jump competition saw Alanah Thoresby take the silver medal with a clearance at a height of 1.40m, a new PB. Ellie Townsend took 6th place with a new PB clearance at 1.35m, and Rosie Shepherd was 8th with a clearance at 1.35m, a new PB.
Shot Putt – under 15 girls
Indigo Atkin took the gold medal in the shot with a new personal best throw of 9.50m, with Ciara Andrews taking the silver with a throw of 7.94m. Becky Chivers was in 4th place with a best effort on the day of 7.05m, and Gina De Lancey finished 5th with a throw of 6.30m.
Discus Throw – under 15 girls
Faye Oliver was the winner of the discus competition, throwing new PB of 23.38m to take the gold medal. Jess Townsend was the silver medallist, and she too threw a new PB of 19.36m.
Hammer Throw – under 15 girls
Indigo Atkin threw a new PB of 19.00m, to take the silver medal in the hammer event.
Javelin Throw – under 15 girls
A third new PB of the day, one of 25.67m by Indigo Atkin, this time in the javelin throw, saw her collect her second gold medal, and her third medal of the competition. Becky Chivers was the silver medallist with a season’s best throw of 25.27m, and Ciara Andrews took 4th place with a new PB of 18.33m.
100 metre sprints – under 17 men
Adam Coles was the bronze medallist in race one of the 100 metres, running a new PB of 12.4s.
Race two saw Brett Dorley run a season’s best time of 12.9s, to take 4th place.
800 metres race – under 17 men
Kyle Foster continued his build up to his 800 metre campaign for the new season, with a new PB of 2:06.8s, to collect the gold medal.
100 metre sprints – under 17 women
Amelia Benson was the winner of race one, where she ran a season’s best time of 13.0s, to take the gold medal. Gabbie Whittle took the bronze medal, and she too ran a season’s best time of 13.7s.
Race two saw Cosima Fawcett run a new PB of 13.6s, for the silver medal, and Jess Fields take the bronze in a season’s best time of 13.6s. Paige Mathers was 5th and she ran a new PB of 14.6s, with Natasha Rawling 6th in a season’s best time of 14.8s.
200 metre sprints – under 17 women
In race one Amelia Benson collected her second gold medal with another victory, running a time of 26.2s. Gabbie Whittle ran a season’s best time of 27.5s, to take her second bronze of the day, and Jess Fields took 4th place with her season’s best time of 27.5s.
Natasha Rawling ran a season’s best of 29.7s in race two, to pick up the bronze medal, with Lucy Savery taking 4th place with a season’s best run of 29.9s.
300 metre sprint – under 17 women
Lucy Savery ran a new PB of 47.7s, to collect the bronze medal in the 300 metres race.
80 metre hurdles – under 17 women
Natalie Varga is a very good pole vaulter, but her other event often gets overlooked, she is also a good hurdler and she showed her prowess in the event, running a new PB of 13.7s, and taking the bronze medal in the 80 metre event.
Long Jump – under 17 men
Adam Coles was the winner of the competition, securing the gold medal with a jump of 5.16m.
High Jump – under 17 men
The gold medal went to Matthew Elliott, who set a new personal best, with a clearance at 1.50m.
Pole Vault – under 17 men
Harry Stutely was the winner of them pole vault competition, securing the gold medal with a clearance at 3.20m.
Discus Throw – under 17 men
Josh Tranmer threw a season’s best distance of 40.72m, to win the competition and take the gold medal.
Hammer Throw – under 17 women
Olivia Stevenson, the former British record holder and UK ranked No. 2, got her season underway with a victory and a season’s best throw of 58.21m, to win the gold medal.
Pole Vault – under 17 women
Natalie Varga was the gold medallist in the pole vault competition, where she cleared a height of 2.40m.
Javelin Throw – under 17 women
Paige Mathers threw a season’s best distance of 26.26m, to take the silver medal, with pentathlete Venus Morgan throwing a new PB of 21.61m, for 5th place.
Discus Throw – under 17 women
Beth Shaw was the bronze medallist with a new personal best throw of 20.87m.
Shot Putt – under 17 women
Venus Morgan won the silver medal, throwing a distance of 9.54m.
400 metres sprint – under 20 men
Jack Michaels ran a season’s best time of 55.5s, to take the silver medal
400 metre hurdles – under 20 men
The one lap hurdles race saw Jack Michaels victorious, running a new PB of 56.0s, to win the gold medal.
100 metres sprint – under 20 women
Seven Kingston athletes went in the 100 metre race, where Luci Preston was the gold medallist, running a season’s best time of 13.2s. Amy Sampson took the silver in a New PB of 13.2s, with Olivia Young 4th in a new PB of 13.5s, and Chloe Constable 5th in a season’s best 13.9s. Charlotte McIvor was 7th in a season’s best of 14.8s.
200 metres sprint – under 20 women
Amelia Robinson was the race winner, taking the gold medal in a time of 26.3s. Luci Preston won the silver in a season’s best time of 26.9s, and Amy Sampson was the bronze medallist in a new PB of 27.1s.
Hammer Throw – under 20 women
The ‘Hull Hammer Squad’s’ lady members were out in force, with five times Northern champion Maggie Okul leading the way in the under 20’s competition. Maggie was the gold medallist with a season’s best throw of 51.15m. Alice Barnsdale took the silver medal, throwing a new PB of 48.67m, with new recruits Sian Kerry in 5th with a new PB of 20.83m, and Charlotte McIvor 6th with a new PB of 18.90m.
Javelin Throw – under 20 women
Sian Kerry was back in action in the javelin competition, which is her strongest field event. She launched a new PB of 28.89m, to win the competition and collect the gold medal.
Discus Throw – under 20 women
The clubs two leading under 20 discus throwers Sophie O’Hara and Nicole Gray collected the major medals in the event.
Sophie was the winner of the competition with a season’s best throw of 34.58m, and Nicole won the silver medal, throwing a new PB of 28.11m.
Long Jump – under 20 men
Macalley Morgan was the gold medallist in the long jump competition, he secured his victory with a season’s best jump of 5.21m.
80 metre sprints – under 11 boys
Samuel Marsh made his Kingston debut, as a 9 year old in last October’s Northern Counties relay championships in Sheffield. The first event of the day for the now 10 year Sam was in the 80 metre sprint race which he won in fine style, crossing the finish line in a time of 12.7s, which was a new PB.
This open meeting was 10 year old Finlay Southcoat’s debut appearance for the club, although he has been training since last summer. He won his 80 metre race in a time of 13.2s, to set himself a PB. He was joined in the race by 9 year old Will Jolly who was also making his debut, on his first day as a Kingston athlete. He took 3rd place and crossed the line in 13.6s to register a PB.
80 metre sprints – under 13 boys
In race one, Junior Agostinho got his 2016 campaign off to a winning start with an excellent victory, running a new PB of 11.6s. His sprinting has certainly improved under the tutelage of Paul Curtis. Owen Robinson took 3rd place with a season’s best run of 12.0s, with Adam Fox close behind him in 4th in 12.1s.
Race 2 saw James Iversen and Harvey Southcoat battling each other for 2nd and 3rd spots, with James taking the silver with a new PB of 12.8s, and Harvey the bronze medal, also in a new PB of 12.9s.
In race three Jack Singleton took the bronze medal, running a new PB of 12.5s. Matthew Tranmer, in his debut competition took 5th place with a recorded time of 12.8s, and Harry Iversen was 6th in 13.1s, a new PB.
80 metre sprints – under 11 girls
Another new recruit taking part in her first competition was 10 year old Meabh Brannigan, who took 2nd place in her 80 metre race, she ran a good time of 13.6s, setting herself a good benchmark for the season.
Two of our more experienced juniors and another young debutant, were among the contestants in the third of the 80 metre races.
10 year old Tilly Cairns has been making great strides since joining our junior group last summer, and this meeting was her 6th competitive outing. She was the race winner and she recorded a new PB of 13.2s. Second place was taken by 9 year old Freya Vidal who has made good progress in the last few months, she also set a new PB of 13.6s. In 3rd place and making her debut was 9 year old Emma Hoggard, who put in a good run of 13.7s, a promising start to her career.
The winner of race four of the 80 metres was 10 year old Tonisha Pickering, an accomplished young athlete, with the experience of two competitive seasons behind her. She registered a new PB of 13.6s in the race. Accompanying Tonisha was another young lady who was making her competitive debut, 9 year old Bronte Smith who took 4th place and ran a time of 14.4s.
80 metre sprints – under 13 girls
Race one found Sophie Reed in impressive form in her season opener, she took the gold medal and also set a new PB of 12.0s. Lauren McClean had her first outing on the track in 2016, and a season’s best effort of 12.7s gave her the bronze. 10 year old Lydia Tranmer made her debut in this race and she took 7th place and ran a time of 14.1s.
In Race two, Holly Adams, the Northern Indoor Shot Champion, showed that she is still a very useful sprinter, taking the silver medal and running a new PB of 12.3s, whilst Amy Huntington put in a season’s best performance of 13.5s, to take 6th place.
150 metre sprints – under 11 boys
Race one brought Finlay Southcoat back on to the track, and he put in another good run to take 2nd place and record a new PB of 23.5s.
In race two, 10 year old Samuel Marsh had his first outing of 2016, and he got his season off to the best possible start, winning the race and setting a new PB of 23.3s. Another new starter Will Jolly also went in the race and he took 5th place with a run of 25.4s.
150 metre sprints – under 13 boys
Race one was Adam Fox’s fifteenth competitive outing of 2016 and he took the gold medal in a recorded time of 21.8s. Matthew Tranmer ran in the second event of his debut competition, and he took 5th place in a time of 23.7s. In 6th place was Harry Iversen who ran a new PB of 23.9s, next to cross the line in 7th place was James Iversen who also ran a new PB of 24.0s.
Race 2 brought Junior Agostinho back to the track for his second run of the day, where a new PB of 22.1s, gave him a bronze medal. Fabian Vidal entered the fray, another young sprinter under Paul Curtis’s guidance, took 4th place and set a new PB of 22.7s. Tom Iversen took 5th place and ran a new PB of 23.3s.
Race 3 saw Owen Robinson take the gold medal, and also set a new PB of 21.4s. The bronze medal went to Ankit Chawla who set a new PB of 23.0s. Harvey Southcoat ran a new PB of 23.6s, to claim 5th place.
150 metre sprints – under 11 girls
Freya Vidal returned to the fray in race one, where she picked up the bronze medal, to go with her silver in the 80 metres. She also posted her second new PB of the day with a run of 24.9s.
Emma Hoggard was the winner of race two, where she recorded a time of 24.5s. This was an outstanding start to her athletics career, picking up a gold medal to go with the silver she won earlier in the day in the 80 metres.
Race four brought Tilly Cairns, Tonisha Pickering and Meabh Brannigan back in to action.
Tilly Cairns collected her second gold medal of the day, running a time of 24.0s, to claim another victory. Meabh Brannigan took the bronze in a time of 24.9s, to pick up her second medal of the day, with Tonisha Pickering taking 4th place and running a new PB of 25.1s.
150 metre sprints – under 13 girls
Race one saw Sophie Reed pick up her second medal of the day, this time a silver one and she also posted a new PB of 22.0s. Lydia Tranmer finished in 7th place and posted a time of 25.8s.
In race 2 Amy Huntington ran a new PB of 24.4s, to take a 4th place finish.
70 metre hurdles – under 13 girls
Lauren McClean returned to the action and she picked up the bronze medal over the hurdles, and she set a new PB of 13.7s
600 metres race – under 11 boys
Samuel Marsh had his third run out of the day, and also collected his third medal, this time a bronze to add to his two gold’s in the sprints. Sam also set a new PB 2:01.7s. In 10th place and making his competitive debut was 9 year old Freddie Broadbent who ran the race in a time of 2:14.6s. 8 year old Nathan Hope was also making his club debut and he finished in 12th, and ran a time of 2:17.5s.
600 metres race – under 11 girls
Meabh Brannigan and Emma Hoggard contested their third event of the competition, with both girls doing very well. Meabh finished 5th in 2:09.1s, and Emma 8th in 2:17.1s.
800 metres race – under 13 boys
Adam Fox returned to the track for his strongest event, he led the race from the starting gun to the finish, and crossed the line in a new PB of 2:41.1s, to take the gold medal. Harvey Southcoat took 3rd place and collected his second bronze medal of the day, with a new PB of 2:51.6s, and Alex Chivers also set a new PB in 7th place, running a time of 3:11.6s.
1500 metres race – under 13 boys
Tom Iversen was the gold medallist with a strong and composed effort, which saw him set a new PB of 5:18.8s. Thomas Smales took the bronze medal, running a new PB of 5:34.7s.
75 metres hurdles – under 13 boys
Junior Agostinho picked up his second gold medal of the day with good performance over the hurdles, where he equalled his personal best time of 15.3s. Jack Singleton took the bronze, running a time of 17.0s, and Alex Grant was 4th and ran a new PB of 17.2s.