Antony Mould (3)Abbie Haigh & Ellie Townsend Adam Fox  &  Harvey Southcoat  Ben Copley Ben Stutely Brody Hinson Faye Oliver Indigo Atkin Jess Townsend Jodie Martin - Evie Watson - Alanah Thoresby - Emily Dye - Ciara Andrews Joseph Seed Kate Huntington Lauren McClean     Sophie Reed            Amy Huntington Shaun Kerry TylerThompson

UK Youth Development League – Northern Premier 2

Costello Stadium, Hull – Saturday 23rd April 2016

The 2016 National League campaign got underway for our under11 and under13 year old athletes, on Saturday 23rd of April with a home fixture at the Costello Stadium.

Our opposing teams this year are Leeds City AC, West Cheshire AC, Wirral AC, Rotherham AC and Harrogate Harriers. The six teams will clash in four full days of competition over the next three months.

A lot of our juniors have moved up into a new age category for all of the 2016 competitions, and we had fourteen young athletes who were making their league debuts in this opening fixture.

* Accompanies the names of all the Kingston Athletes who were making their league debuts   for the club.

We saw a great and gutsy effort from the Kingston team, who for large periods of the match were up with the leaders. Leeds City and West Cheshire put out very strong teams and they had some outstanding athletes, and Wirral were very good too.

Kingston finished in 5th place on the day and we collected two league points. The young debutants will benefit from their first experience, and they will get stronger as the season progresses. The battle is now on to ensure we retain our place in this division which is the second highest level in Northern England.

TRACK RESULTS

UNDER 13 GIRLS

In the 75 metre sprint race Sophie Reed was the club representative in the ‘A’ race, and she ran a new PB of 11.0s to take 3rd place. Holly Adams finished in 4th place in the ‘B’ race and she also recorded a new PB of 11.6s.

Sophie Reed was back in action in the 150 metre sprint, she ran in the ‘A’ race, where she took 2nd place and posted another new PB of 21.8s. *Amy Huntington made her league debut in the ‘B’ race, running a new PB of 24.3s, for 6th place.

Lauren McClean ran in the 800 metres ‘A’ race, where she took 5th place, running the two lap race in a time of 2:52.1s. Lauren also competed in the 70 metre hurdles race, which is one of her strong events, she finished 2nd in the ‘A’ race and set a new PB of 13.0s. Debutant * Frances Farnill ran in the ‘B’ race of the 70 metre hurdles, where she finished in 6th place and posted a new PB of 15.9s.

 

FIELD RESULTS

UNDER 13 GIRLS

Lauren McClean returned to action, this time on the field in the high jump competition, where a clearance at a height of 1.25m gave her 2nd place.

Sophie Reed also rejoined the fray, in the long jump event where she was the ‘A’ athlete, she took 4th place with a new PB of 3.63m. * Amy Huntington, another of the day’s debutants was in the ‘B’ competition, and she took 3rd place with a new PB of 3.26m.

The shot putt brought the Northern indoor champion Holly Adams into action in the throwing circle. She was the winner of the ‘A’ where she produced a throw of 8.37m. In the ‘B’ event Emilia Russell claimed 2nd place, with a throw of 4.93m.

The two girls were back in tandem in the javelin throw, with Holly Adams 3rd place in the ‘A’ with a new PB of 15.62m, whilst Emilia Russell’s best of 5.74m in the ‘B’ event gave her 6th place.

 

TRACK RESULTS

UNDER 13 BOYS

Fast improving young sprinter and hurdler Junior Agostinho was in excellent form. He was the ‘A’ runner in the 100 metre sprint race, where he ran a new PB of 14.0s, to cross the finish line as the race winner. * Jack Singleton made his league bow at the meeting, and he also ran a new PB 14.9s for 4th place in the ‘B’

The 200 metre race saw * Owen Robinson making his National League bow as the ‘A’ runner. He took 3rd place and posted a new PB of 29.7s. Junior Agostinho took 2nd place in the ‘B’ race, where he too ran a new PB of 29.8s.

The 75 metre hurdles race brought Junior Agostinho and Jack Singleton back together. Junior dominated the ‘A’ race, which he won with a new PB of 14.7s, half a second in front of his nearest challenger. Jack Singleton took 3rd place in the ‘B’ race, crossing the line in a time of 16.3s.

The 800 metres brought league debuts for two of our aspiring young middle distance runners. * Adam Fox has come off the back of a very good cross country season and was looking to transfer that form onto the track. He took 3rd place in the ‘A’ race and also ran a new PB 2:38.2s. * Harvey Southcoat also ran a new PB of 2:48.8s, to take 4th place in the ‘B’

In the 1500 metre race two more of our juniors made their league debuts. * Thomas Smales has also had a good cross country season, putting in a number of impressive performances throughout the autumn and winter months. He ran a new PB 5:25.3s for 6th place in the ‘A’race. This was * Nathan Thompson’s first 1500 metre race and he put in a good effort, setting a new PB of 5:43.6s, for 4th place in the ‘B’ race.

 

FIELD RESULTS

UNDER 13 BOYS

The high jump competition saw * Alex Grant make his debut appearance. He cleared a height of 1.10m for a 6th place finish.

Connor Pickering and Fabian Vidal represented the team in both the long jump and shot competitions.

In the long jump Fabian took 2nd place in the ‘A’ event, where he jumped a distance of 4.21m, whilst Connor was the winner of the ‘B’, jumping the same distance of 4.21m.

In the shot event their roles were reversed, with Connor the ‘A’ thrower and Fabian the ‘B’. Connor took 2nd place and threw a new PB of 8.39m, with Fabian winning the ‘B’ and also recording a new PB of 7.52m.

* Alex Chivers made his league debut in the javelin throw, where he took 3rd place, and threw a new PB of 11.69m.

 

TRACK EVENTS

UNDER 15 GIRLS

Kate Huntington was the ‘A’ runner in the 100 metres race. She put in a gutsy performance and ran a new PB of 13.5s, to take 4th place. The ‘B’ runner was debutant * Rose Hewitt who has only been training since this February. She also ran a new PB of 14.2s for 5th place.

The 200 metres saw Kate Huntington and Evie Watson in action, with Kate taking 3rd place in the ‘A’ race, running a time of 28.3s. Evie’s run of 29.0s saw her take 3rd place in the ‘B’ race.

Evie Watson returned to the track as the ‘A’ runner in the 300 metre race, she took 2nd place in the race and recorded a new PB of 46.7s. Abbie Haigh was our representative in the ‘B’ race, where she took 4th place and ran a time of 49.2s.

The 800 metre race brought Jodie Martin and Daisy Evans into the action. Jodie was the ‘A’ runner, and she took 4th place with a fine run of 2:31.8s, a new PB. Daisy took 5th place in the ‘B’ race, where she ran a time of 2:42.7s.

The 75 metre hurdles saw Emily Dye run a new PB of 13.4s in the ‘A’ race, for a 5th place finish. Abbie Haigh was the ‘B’ runner and she took 4th place with a new PB of 13.9s.

 

FIELD EVENTS

UNDER 15 GIRLS

Alanah Thoresby and Ellie Townsend represented the team in the high jump, with Alanah taking 5th place in the ‘A’ event, with a clearance at 1.30m. Ellie’s clearance at 1.15m in the ‘B’ saw her pick up 6th place.

In the long jump competition Emily Dye jumped a new PB of 4.48m, to take 4th place in the ‘A’ event, with Evie Watson also picking up 4th place in the ‘B’ with a jump of 3.96m.

Indigo Atkin was our ‘A’ thrower in the shot putt, where a best effort of 8.86m, gave her 2nd place. Ciara Andrews took 2nd place in the ‘B’ with a throw of 7.88m.

The discus throw saw Faye Oliver take 2nd place in the ‘A’ event, throwing a distance of 21.54m. Jess Townsend was the winner of the ‘B’ competition with her throw of 16.72m.

In the hammer throw Indigo Atkin took 3rd place in the ‘A’ event with a throw of 22.63m, and Ellie Townsend took 2nd place in the ‘B’, where she threw a distance of 15.46m.

The ‘A’ thrower in the javelin event was Becky Chivers, who launched a big new PB of 30.59m, to win the competition. In the ‘B’ Indigo Atkin’s winning throw of 24.69m saw her make it a double victory for the team.

 

TRACK EVENTS

UNDER 15 BOYS

* Brody Hinson made his bow in the National League in the 100 metre sprint ‘A’ race, where he took 2nd place and ran a new PB of 12.0s. In the ‘B’ Sam Croney also took a 2nd place finish and his run of 12.6s was also a new PB.

The 200 metres saw Brody Hinson back in action as the ‘A’ runner. He fought hard all the way and again took 2nd place, running a new PB of 25.0s. The ‘B’ runner was another debutant * Tyler Thompson, who took 3rd place in the race, and ran a time of 27.7s.

The 300 metres saw Joseph Seed and Luke Carr as the team’s representatives. Joe ran the ‘A’ race where he took 6th place in a time of 44.7s. Luke ran a new PB of 47.5s for 5th place in the ‘B’.

Joseph Seed was back on the track in the 800 metres ‘A’ race, where he ran a season’s best time of 2:26.8s, to take 3rd place.

Sam Croney, the bronze medallist at the 2016 Northern indoor championships, was the winner of the 80 metre hurdles ‘A’ race, and his time of 12.4s, was his second new PB of the day.

 

UNDER 15 BOYS

FIELD EVENTS

The high jump competition saw Tyler Thompson return to the fray, and his clearance at 1.50m, a new PB, gave him 1st place

Tyler saw more field action in the long jump, where a new PB of 4.74m, gave him 5th place in the ‘A’ event. Ben Stutely took 6th place in the ‘B’ with a jump of 2.93m.

Ben Stutely was in further action in his specialist event, the pole vault. He cleared a new PB height of 2.15m, to take 2nd place.

The throwing events are one of the areas of immense strength at the club, where coaches Dave and Diane Smith and Dave Bennett are turning out some exceptional athletes.

The shot putt saw Shaun Kerry, the Northern indoor champion, who is ranked No.5 UK and the Northern outdoor champion Ben Copley in tandem. Shaun was the ‘A’ thrower and he won that competition with a throw of 12.37m. Ben was the winner of the ‘B’ throwing a new PB of 9.90m.

Onto the discus throw where Ben Copley is ranked No. 4 UK, he threw in the ‘A’ event where a new PB of 37.94m saw him win the competition. By contrast * Antony Mould was competing in his first National League competition. He won the ‘B’ event, and he too threw a new PB of 18.34m.

Shaun Kerry is the No. 2 ranked hammer thrower in the UK and he put on great display in the hammer circle, winning the ‘A’ event with ease, launching a big throw of 51.11m.

The javelin competition brought UK No 10 Ben Copley and UK No 11 Shaun Kerry back together again.

Ben threw in the ‘A’ and Shaun in the ‘B’, with both of them winning their events. Ben had the bragging rights this time with a new PB of 45.46m, whilst Shaun also set a new PB of 44.76m.

 

RELAY RESULTS

 Under 13 Girls – 4 x 100 metres

The Kingston team of:-Sophie Reed – Holly Adams – Amy Huntington and Frances Farnill, finished in 6th place and ran a time of 62.7s.

 

Under 13 Boys – 4 x 100 metres

The under 13 boys team were:- Junior Agostinho – Alex Grant – Adam Fox – Jack Singleton they took 2nd place and recorded a time of 59.1s.

 

Under 15 Girls – 4 x 100 metres

The team were :- Kate Huntington – Evie Watson – Rose Hewitt and Alanah Thoresby, who took 3rd place and ran a time of 54.9s.

 

Under 15 Boys – 4 x 100 metres

The under 15 boy’s were:- Brody Hinson – Sam Croney – Tyler Thompson and Ben Stutely, who finished in 3rd place and ran a time of 51.4s.

 

Under 15 Girls – 4 x 300 metres

The girls team of :- Alanah Thoresby – Jodie Martin – Abbie Haigh and Emily Dye, took 2nd place and ran a season’s best time of 3:09.2s.

 

 

   

Kingston Spring Open – Sunday 10th April 2016

Posted April 19, 2016 By David Radford

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‘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.

    SENIORS

 

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.

TRACK EVENTS

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.

 

 

FIELD EVENTS

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.

TRACK EVENTS

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.

 

FIELD EVENTS

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.

 

TRACK EVENTS

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.

 

 FIELD EVENTS

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.

 

Track Events

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.

 

 

   

Ben Copley

Nottingham AC ‘Spring Spruce’ Open Meeting

Saturday 2nd April 2016

13 year old Ben Copley is another of Kingston’s promising young athletes, who is learning his trade in coach Dave Bennett’s specialist throws group. He has been with the club since 2014 and in 2015 he enjoyed his first full track & field season, in the blue and gold vest.

He made tremendous progress throughout last year, where he was competing in the under 13 age category. On his debut appearance at the County track & field Championships, he was crowned the shot putt champion, and he took the silver medals in both the discus and javelin competitions. He was selected to represent the club in the National Youth Development League fixtures in Northern Premier 2, where he put in a series of impressive performances. Last August he travelled up to the north east of England to make his debut appearance at his first major championship meeting, the Northern Track & field Championships, which were being staged at the new Middlesbrough Sports Village. Two outstanding performances saw him collect two gold medals, and he returned home as the new shot and discus champion of Northern England.

His last appearance of the 2015season was at the Southport Waterloo ‘Open Meeting’ at Litherland, where he won the shot, discus and javelin competitions, setting new PB’s in all three disciplines, which moved him up the UK rankings in all of them, and at the end of his season he sat proudly at No. 2 UK in Javelin, No. 3 UK Discus and No. 8 UK Shot.

The 2016 track & field season brought a move up in age group to the under 15’s, and Ben’s first outing of 2016 came at the Nottingham Athletic Clubs ‘Spring Spruce Open Meeting’ on Saturday the 2nd of April, where he chose to compete in the javelin and the discus throws.

He won both of the competitions. In the discus throw he set a big new PB of 35.91m, which saw him achieve the qualification standard for this coming July’s English Schools Championships at Gateshead. One of his key targets for the new season was achieved in his very first outing, and to put the icing on the cake the throw placed him at No. 1 in the UK rankings. His victory in the javelin throw was sealed with another new PB of 41.64m, which placed him No. 5 in the UK javelin rankings.

   

Kyle Foster

Sale Harrier’s Indoor Open Series

Sunday 20th March 2016

 

15 year old Kyle Foster has been with Kingston for 14 months, making his club debut at the Northern Indoor Championships at Sheffield on the 1st of February 2015, where he ran in the heat’s of the 200 metres. He is a member of the Kingston youth team and represented them in the UK Youth Development League matches during the 2015 track & field season. He also represented the County last season in the regional final of the English Schools Athletics Association cup competition, at the Gateshead International Stadium, where he saw action in the 800 metres race and in the triple jump event. He is a promising young middle distance runner and has been putting in long hours of conditioning and fitness training, in preparation for the start of the new track & field season.

He travelled over the Pennines to the excellent facility that is Sport City in Manchester, the home track of Sale Harrier’s, for the last of their winter series of indoor open meetings. This was Kyle’s third run out of 2016, and he ran in the 600 metres race at the Sport City Stadium, where he took 3rd place in a good competitive race and also posted a new PB of 1:31.44s.

   

Adam Fox

Spenborough AC ‘Winter Warm Up’

Sunday 20th March 2016

 

Two of Kingston’s junior athletes made the journey over to Spenborough Athletic Clubs home track, at the Princess Mary Stadium in Cleckheaton, to compete at the club’s ‘Winter Warm Up’ Open meeting.

Both of the youngsters joined our training group in July of last year, and both are preparing for their first track & field season, which will start for all of the club’s athletes on Sunday April the 10th at Kingston’s annual Spring Open meeting at the Costello Stadium.

Tilly Cairns is 10 years old and she made her debut as a Kingston athlete, on the 3rd of September 2015 at the club’s Young Athletes Open meeting, where she ran in the 75 metre and 150 metre sprint races, and also saw action in the long jump event. Two days later she donned her Kingston vest for the second time , at a Humberside League meeting at Scunthorpe AC’s Quibell Park, where she won the 150 metre sprint and took 3rd place in the long jump.

She had her first outing of 2016 at the Cleckheaton Winter Warm Up, where she in competition in the 75 metre and 150 metre sprints, and also in the long jump.

The 75 metres sprint saw Tilly in fine form, winning the race and posting a new PB of 11.8s, finishing four tenths of a second ahead of her nearest challenger. She repeated the performance in the 150 metres race, which she also won and set another new PB of 23.8s in the process, this time she was six tenths ahead of the 2nd placed finisher. In the long jump a season’s best effort of 2.74m, saw her take 3rd place.

Adam Fox is 12 years of age and he has packed loads of experience into his first 8 months with the club. He is a prolific runner and rarely misses the weekly Saturday Hull park runs. He made his debut as a Kingston athlete on the 4th of July 2015 in the park run, just two days after his first training session. He was a member of the club’s relay team at the Northern Counties cross country relay championship’s in Sheffield. The Cleckheaton meeting was Adam’s 13th competitive outing of 2016, which has seen him finish 4th at the County cross country championships, and 5th at the Barton cross country event, performances which earned him County selection for last month’s British Inter Counties  Championships in Birmingham.

Adam was in action in both the sprint races at Spenborough. He won the 80 metres in a new personal best time of 11.7s, and followed this up with victory in the 150 metres, setting another new PB of 21.4s. He then took on the 1200 metres race, which saw him finish in 3rd place and post his 3rd new PB of the day, running a time of 4:19.4s.

   

Harry Powell Inter Counties Cofton Park 2016 Jack Brothwell Josh Taylor-Brown

2016 British Athletics Inter Counties Cross Country Championships

Cofton Park, Birmingham – Saturday 12th March

 

The 2016 British Athletics Inter Counties Cross Country Championships were held at Cofton Park in Birmingham. The event also constituted the final leg of the British Cross Challenge, a series of races staged over the 2015/16 cross country season.

Eight Kingston athletes were in competition at the championship meeting, and their ages ranged from 12 year old juniors up to a 20 year old who ran in the senior men’s race.

20 year old Oliver Newton is a student at Loughborough University, and he has had a busy autumn and winter out on the cross country circuits. He is a well respected athlete and he has been a key member of Kingston’s youth and senior teams for several years.

He ran the 12 kilometre senior men’s race at Cofton Park, where he completed the course in a time of 43:12s, and finished in the top half of a field of 261 athletes in the race.

The under 20 men’s 8 kilometre race saw two members of our distance training groups Josh Taylor-Brown and Harry Powell line up in a field of 164 runners.

Harry Powell has had a fabulous cross country season. At Liverpool last November he had a great run in the British cross challenge race, he won the County title at January’s championship meeting. He was selected for England North at the Antrim International, where he finished 5th in a race which constituted another leg of the British cross challenge and followed this with a huge performance at Blackburn’s Northern championships.

Harry pulled out another mighty performance at these championships, which saw him cover the Cofton Park course in a time of 27:50s, and take 9th place in the race which was the final leg of the 2015/16 British Cross Challenge, where his overall position at the end of the series was 8th.

18 year old Josh Taylor-Brown came to the club at the age of 13 year he is an accomplished middle distance and distance runner and a steeplechaser. He is a real ‘team player’, who gives excellent service to the clubs youth and senior teams. On the track he is the reigning County 800 metre champion, and is also the holder of the Humberside Schools 800 metre title. He was a 4th place finisher at this year’s County cross country championships.

A huge effort from Josh over the Birmingham course saw him register a good time of 29:20s, and cross the finish line in 32nd place, a terrific result.

 

Two more of our distance runners Baldvin Magnusson and Jack Brothwell went in the under 17 men’s 6 kilometre race which fielded a total 250 contestants.

Baldvin Magnusson has been in very good form over the cross country season and has had some notable results. A top notch run over at Liverpool in November was backed up with another at January’s Northern Championships, and outstanding efforts at both the English National and the English Schools Championships.

He finished well inside the top third of the field at Birmingham, where he completed the course in a time of 20:34s.

Jack Brothwell has kept himself busy throughout the autumn and winter months, he has run strongly and shown some decent form. He won the County cross country title at January’s Championship meeting, and made another strong showing at Blackburn’s Northern Championships, as well as finishing in the top half of the field at the English National Championships.

Jack gave his all at Birmingham, as he always does, he completed the course in a time of 22:29s, and finished in the lower half of the field.

Adam Fox and Thomas Smales, two of our 12 year olds, joined in the action in the under 13 boys 3 kilometre race. Both of them have been with Kingston since July of last year and they show promise for the future. Adam is a prolific competitor and is out racing at every opportunity. Thomas too has got the running bug and the two of them are often together at competitions. Adam took 4th place at January’s County Championships and Thomas came home in 6th.

Birmingham was a real eye opener for them. Their first national competition, running against the best young athletes in the UK, and most of them were at least a year older than the boy’s, and they were also stronger and more experienced.

They both finished in the lower half of the race, with Adam covering the course in 13:39s, and Thomas crossing the finishing line in 14:15s.

The under 13 girl’s race brought Jodie Martin to the start line, where she was one of the 304 runners over the 3 kilometre course. 2016 is Jodie’s third year with Kingston and she is at home either on the track, the boards, or cross country. She has competed regularly throughout the autumn and winter at indoor meetings and out on the cross country course. She was the silver medallist at the recent County cross country championships.

Jodie finished inside the top 40% of the runners and she covered the course in a time of 13:59s.

Jodie Martin Oliver NewtonThomas Smales & Adam Fox

 

 

 

 

   

2016 ‘Tom Pinks’ Relays and Field Events Challenge

Posted March 17, 2016 By David Radford

Tom Pinks 2016  Relay TeamEmily Dye & Ciara Andrews

‘Tom Pinks’ Relays and Field Events Challenge

EIS Stadium, Sheffield

Saturday 12th March 2016

 

A team consisting of twelve of Kingston’s under 13 year’s girl athletes, travelled over to Sheffield, under the supervision of coach Jo Townsend, to compete at the annual ‘Tom Pinks’ relays and field events challenge, which was held as usual at the English Institute of Sports indoor stadium, and the excellent facilities which it offers.

Most of the girls had been to this competition previously and some of them on more than one occasion. It is an extremely popular event and venue.

In the track events the Kingston ‘A’ team were in competition in the ‘Chasing Kelly’ relay, with each of the clubs fielding a team of five runners. Thirteen teams took part in the races which were split into three heats, with the six fastest teams progressing to the final.

The girl’s team went in the second of the three heats, and the athletes in action were Lauren McClean, Evie Watson, Ellie Townsend, Rosie Shepherd and Lucy Whittaker. The girls put on a great display, taking 2nd place in their heat and posting a time of 3:50.7s, which qualified them for the final.

Unfortunately Ellie Townsend picked up an injury in the heat and was unable to run in the final and she was replaced by Alanah Thoresby.

The five girls performed magnificently in the final, where they stormed to victory, winning the gold medals and finishing in a time of 3:47.6s, more than 4 seconds ahead of the 2nd placed team from Amber Valley & Erewash AC.

In the field events Ciara Andrews, back to fitness after a spell on the sidelines with injury, won the silver medal in the shot event, with a throw of 8.57m, and Alanah Thoresby took 8th place with a throw of 5.85m.

The standing long jump event saw three of the girls in action. Evie Watson took 4th place with a jump of 2.06m, with Rosie Shepherd in 7th with 2.00m, and Emily Dye 9th with 1.96m.

Sophie Reed took 6th place in the highland steps competition, registering a total of 65, and Lauren McClean was 7th with 52.

In the weight for distance event Katie Smith finished in 6th place with an effort of 11.75m, and Faye Oliver was placed 9th with 10.25m.

In the weight for height event Lucy Whittaker took 7th place with 4 metres with a 4kg weight, with Amy Huntington in 13th and Alanah Thoresby 14th both with 4 metres with 2kg.

The standing triple jump saw Niamh Derbyshire take 9th place with a jump of 5.32m. Ellie Townsend was 12th with 5.10m, and twin sister Jess Townsend was 13th with 4.98m.

 

Tom Pinks 2016  Team Photo

   

Athlete Profile – Olivia Stevenson

Posted March 17, 2016 By David Radford

Olivia Stevenson (2)

Olivia Stevenson

Athlete Profile

Olivia Stevenson is sixteen years of age and she has been an athlete with Kingston upon Hull Athletic Club since 2011.

Since that time she has progressed from the clubs junior training group, where like all of our youngsters she was schooled in all of the athletic disciplines, the jumps, runs and throws, and has reached a point today where she is one of the outstanding young athletes in Great Britain. She is a superb hammer thrower, an England International, and former British record holder. She competes in the under17 age category, where she is currently ranked the number 3 hammer thrower in the UK.

 

Her debut appearance in the blue and gold vest of Kingston came at the club’s annual Costello Open meeting in April of 2011, where she ran in the 70 metres hurdles race. A month later she made her league debut for the club at a Young Athletes League meeting in Sheffield, where she competed in the shot event. A week after that she made her debut appearance at the County Championships, which found her running in the 800 metres and competing in the long jump. Her most significant appearance however was to come in her last meeting of the season, a Humber League match at Costello where she she threw in her first hammer competition.

The 2012 track & field season saw her make steady progress in all the throwing events, but especially in the hammer and discus disciplines. At May’s County Championships she was the gold medallist in the shot putt. She won two County vest’s, the first was in the regional final of the English Schools track & field cup she won the discus competition, and the second came at the Inter Counties meeting in Grantham, where she was in action in the shot event. She made her debut in the National Championships at Bedford, where she competed in the hammer final.

2013 brought a move up to the under15 age group, at her first championship meeting of the year, the Humberside Schools event she won gold medals in the hammer and discus and took the silver medal in the shot. In July two more County vests followed, firstly with a debut appearance in this country’s biggest junior and youth competition, the English Schools Championships, held at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, where she competed in the discus final. The Northern Inter Counties Championships, held that year at the Costello Stadium brought her the second vest, and victory in the hammer. August took her to the Wavertree Stadium in Liverpool for the Northern Championships, where she won her first major Championship medal, taking the gold in the hammer final.

On the last day of August came a trek down south to Bedford for the England Championships, where she threw a new PB of 47.22m in the hammer final to take a 4th place finish. Throughout the season Ollie was in regular league competition for the club in the National Youth Development League and Humber League fixtures.

She finished the 2013 track & field season ranked UK number 4 under 15 hammer.

 

With the opening of the 2014 season Ollie was looking to push on and consolidate on the excellent progress she had made in the previous year. There was a long pre season which saw her warming up for the battles to come at a number of open meetings, at Cleckheaton, Wakefield, and of course the Kingston Open, plus a trip over the Pennines to the always popular Liverpool throws and jumps festival, where she picked up the hammer and discus gold medals. The serious competitions then began, with May’s County Championships first on the agenda, where the hammer and discus gold medals were added to her collection. June saw her back on duty for the County up at the Gateshead International Stadium for the regional final of the English Schools track & field cup, where she won the discus throw competition. Two Days later she was back on home soil at Costello for the Humberside Schools Championships, where she successfully defended her hammer and discus titles. July saw another County call up and she was on the team bus down to Birmingham for the young athletes Holy Grail, the English Schools Championships. The hammer final was a magnificent spectacle, with all of England’s elite young throwers in competition. Going into the 6th and final round Ollie led the competition with her lifetime best effort of 54.01m, but was beaten to the gold by her huge rival Katie Head, who also had to produce a lifetime best performance. A silver medal at English Schools, the stuff of dreams. The month of August and it was off to Wigan for the Northern Championships, where the hammer and the discus gold medals were secured. On the last weekend in August she was in Bedford for the England Championships, where another top class performance earned her the silver medal. She also competed in the discus final at the National’s, taking a 6th place finish. Throughout the year she was one of the key members of the Kingston Junior team, in their campaign in the National Youth Development League.

She finished the 2014 track & field season ranked UK number 2 under 15 hammer.

 

2015 saw her move up to the under 17 age group, where in addition to her duties in the Youth Development League, she was also called into the senior team for two of their league matches in North Division one. Her championship season began on the 13th of May at the East Riding Schools Championships, where she won the hammer and discus gold medals, and took the bronze in the javelin. Ten days later she made a successful defence of her County hammer title. She defended another of her hammer titles at Junes Humberside Schools Championships, and this will always be remembered as the day that a UK record was broken at the event, with her enormous throw of 60.23m. July took her up to Gateshead for the English Schools Championships which produced another outstanding and hard fought final, with her once again winning the silver medal, and coming so close to the gold.

The following week she made her International Debut, representing England in the Schools Home Countries International meeting in Grangemouth, Scotland, where she won the silver medal in the hammer competition.

Business as usual in August, up to Middlesbrough for the Northern Championships, where she took her third consecutive Northern hammer title, and added a bronze medal in the discus event as well.

September took her to the Sport City Stadium in Manchester for her debut appearance at the UK School Games, where she represented North East England at this annual competition for athletes in the under 17age category. She won the bronze medal in the hammer competition and enjoyed a fantastic experience.

She has undergone an intense autumn and winter of fitness, strength and conditioning and is in great physical shape, and is eagerly awaiting the commencement of the 2016 campaign.

 

Her ambitions and hopes for the new track & field season are:-

“To qualify for European Youths, I’ve got to get 62 metres” (European Youth Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia 14 – 17.07.2016)

“Win gold at English Schools”

“Defend my Northern title and the other ones as well”

Olivia Stevenson

   

John TwiddleDarren Gibson  &  John TwiddleDarren Gibson

 

British Masters Indoor Athletics Championships

Lee Valley Stadium, London

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th March 2016

 

The BMAF Indoor and Winter Throws Championships is the culmination of the domestic indoor season for many athletes over the age of 35. This year 582 competitors made their way to Lee Valley for the championships, among them Kingston’s Darren Gibson and John Twiddle.  In previous years the March weather has made things difficult for the competitors who have had to deal with cold weather and even snow showers, however the weekend was blessed with warm spring sunshine.

 

John Twiddle’s first event was the M45 discus on day one of the competition. Having had a disappointing but safe throw in the first round, John closed in on the leader Darran Askew of Doncaster with a 33m throw in round two. Darran widened the gap again in the 3rd round with a 35m effort, then in the fourth and final round John closed slightly with his best throw of 33.32m but had to settle for the silver medal.

 

Early morning mists on day, two cleared for the hammer throwers. John’s event was first in the circle at 10am and again he took a silver medal throwing the 16lb hammer out to 39.32m a little way behind Mark Wiseman’s 43m effort.

 

Darren Gibson took to the circle around noon in the M55 6kg event as part of a competitive field of 8 athletes. Darrens first round throw sailed out over 40m to put the pressure on the rest of the field. In later rounds Bob Broadbridge (Newbury) and Chris Privett (Belgrave) managed throws of 44 and 43m respectively but Darren held on to the bronze medal with his best throw of 41.00m.

 

At the same time in the indoor throwing area, John took part in the shot put, managing a very consistent series with 5 attempts of 11.85m or better. The best of these came in the 5th round with a 12.12m effort. However, this was only good enough for the bronze medal behind last year’s World Masters Championships silver medallist Mark Wiseman (13.55m) and Gintas Degutis (Lithuania) who threw an impressive championship record of 15.43m.

 

The final event of the day for John was the 35lb weight throw, where his 10.44m throw was enough to take gold in a small field.

 

The athletics season will now move outdoors with the next event for the pair being Kingston’s open meeting on the 10th of April.

 

 

   

Jack Brothwell Baldvin Magnusson Jonny BeharrellCharlotte DaltonAmy GreenacreJodie Martin

 

English Schools Cross Country Championships

Woolaton Park, Nottingham – Saturday 5th March 2016

 

Six of Kingston’s youth and junior middle distance and distance runners were selected to represent the County team at the English Schools cross country championships, which were held at Woolaton Park in Nottingham on Saturday the 5th of March.

Under 20 Men

A total of 310 runners took to the field in the under 20 men’s 7 kilometres race, where the Kingston representatives were Baldvin Magnusson, Jack Brothwell and Jonny Beharrell.

Baldvin Magnusson has had an outstanding 2015/16 cross country season, putting in a top class performance at last November’s British Cross Challenge, and following that with more of the same at January’s Northern Championships and followed it up again with a tremendous run at the English National Championships in Leicestershire in February. He was at it once more in Nottingham’s Woolaton Park, where he covered the seven kilometres course in a time 22:19s, to take an excellent 37th place out of the 310 runners.

Jack Brothwell has put in some mighty efforts during the current cross country season. He too was at Liverpool for November’s British Cross Challenge, where he did well, putting in his usual 100% effort. January was an excellent month for him, with a top third finish at the Northern Championships, and winning gold at the County Championships. Jack finished in the middle positions at Nottingham, where he covered the course in a time of 24:04s.

Injuries put Jonny Beharrell out of action for a of total fifteen months, missing the whole of the 2014/15 cross country and indoor season, and the entire 2015 track & field season. He made his competitive comeback last November at one of the weekly Hull park runs and then steadily built up at indoor meetings during December of last year, and through this January and February. This Championship meeting took him back out on to the cross country circuit where he finished in the middle third positions, and he ran the course in a time of 24:21s.

 

Under 17 Women

Kingston’s Charlotte Dalton and Amy Greenacre were in competition in a field of 343 runners, in the under 17 women’s 3.9 kilometres race.

Charlotte Dalton is a tri-athlete as well as a middle distance and cross country runner, and she has been with the club since 2014. She was the 1500 metres silver medallist at the 2015 County Championships, and represents the club in the Youth Development League Fixtures.

The English Schools cross country meeting was her first representative outing of 2016, and she finished inside the top third of the field, running the course in a time of 14:39s.

This competition was Amy Greenacre’s first outing since last October’s Northern Counties Relay Championships at Sheffield. She is a middle distance and cross country runner who has been with Kingston since 2012. She completed the Nottingham course in a recorded time of 16:38s, finishing in the bottom half of the field.

 

Under 15 Girls

Jodie Martin has been with Kingston since 2014, she is both a middle distance and cross country runner, a good long jumper too, and a good sprinter as her 100 metres bronze at last year’s County track & field Championships would attest. Her first outing of 2016 brought her the silver medal at January’s County cross country Championships. This was her 3rd competitive outing of the year and Jodie was one of 339 runners in the under 15 girls 3.5 kilometres race. She completed the course in a time of 14:35s, and finished in the middle positions.