Sheffield Indoor Open Meeting – Sunday 31st January 2016

Posted February 5, 2016 By David Radford

Adam Coles Amelia Benson (17) Becky Chivers (5) SONY DSC SONY DSC David Morgan-Harrison Hermione Keyworth (2) Hermione Keyworth Jess Fields (9) Joe Cooper (21) Jonny Beharrell Josh Taylor-BrownSouth Yorkshire Indoor SeriesKyle Foster (2)

 

Sheffield Indoor Open Meeting

Sunday 31st January 2016

 

Eighteen of Kingston’s junior and youth team athletes travelled to Sheffield on the last day of January, to compete in the latest of the very popular Sheffield Indoor Open meetings. The ages of our athletes ranged from 9 years up to 19 year olds.

Under 20’s

The 2016 Northern indoor 60 metre champion Joe Cooper was drawn in the first race of the senior men’s competition. He suffered a strained hamstring but still completed the race, where he finished 4th in 7.19s, a very good time for the circumstances. Joe will be out of action for the next few weeks, but I am sure he will be back, fit and eager for the track & field season.

Jonny Beharrell took another step on his road to full fitness with a run out in race 2 of the 800 metres, where he put in a season’s best performance of 1:57.54s to take 2nd place in the race. Like Joe everyone hopes for a big track & field season for Jonny.

Josh Taylor-Brown went in race 2 of the 1500 metres where he claimed a 3rd place finish, with a season’s best run of 4:23.49s. Josh also tweaked his hamstring, but hopefully the damage is not too serious.

The England International, English Schools Champion and double Northern Champion Charlotte Paterson picked up another sprint double, winning both the 60 metres and 200 metres races,

Charlotte was drawn in race 10 of the 60 metres, which she won in a time of 7.65s, and she won race 13 of the 200 metres in a season’s best time of 24.66s.

Fellow training group member Chloe Constable ran in race 20 of the 60 metres, where she finished in 6th place, running a time of 8.73s.

 Under 17’s

2016 is Adam Coles first season in the under 17 age category, he won long jump bronze at the recent Northern Indoor Championship’s. He is a good all round athlete who impresses in the sprints, hurdles and the jumps. At Sheffield he took on the 60 metre and 200 metre sprints and the long jump.

He ran in race 6 of the 60 metres, where he finished 7th, running a time of 8.01s. The 200 metres saw him in race 11, which he won in a new personal best time of 25.34s, taking 2.25 seconds off his old PB. The long jump saw Adam pick up his second victory of the day with a leap of 5.60m.

Kyle Foster had his second outing of the year at Sheffield, in what is his second year with Kingston. He is a promising young 400 and 800 metres runner who is making steady progress with his coach Sonia Santos.

He was the winner of race 4 in the 800 metres, and he covered the two lap race in a time of 2:12.82s.

David Morgan-Harrison is another of the club’s first year under 17’s he is an up and coming young sprinter, who shows lots of potential for the future. He took on both the sprint races at this meeting.

David ran in race 8 of the 60 metres where he picked up a 4th place finish, running a time of 8.18s.  The 200 metres saw him claim 2nd place with a season’s best run of 26.30s.

Amelia Benson has been in a rich vein of form in the first few weeks of 2016, putting in a series of impressive performances and reducing her PB times by the week.

In her 60 metre race at Sheffield she claimed 2nd place and shaved a tenth of a second off her old best, posting a new PB of 8.02s.

The 200 metres saw Amelia win the race, finishing half a second in front of her nearest challenger, posting another new PB of 25.92s, and taking 1.29s off her previous best.

Jess Fields is another good all round athlete, who is adept in all the sprint races, a good hurdler and a more than useful long and triple jumper.

She ran in race 13 of the 60 metres, claiming a 5th place finish and running a time of 8.55s. The 200 metres saw Jess take 3rd place and run a season’s best time of 27.66s.

 Lucy Savery, is another young athlete making the move up into the under 17’s, she had her first outing of 2016 at this meeting.

Lucy was in competition in the 200 metres and the 800 metres races. In race 19 of the 200 metres she finished in 4th place and ran a season’s best time of 30.65s. In the 800 metres another season’s best run of 2:41.72s, brought her 4th place in the race.

Under 15’s

Becky Chivers represented our under 15 athletes at this Sheffield meeting, and her chosen events were the 800 metres and the shot putt. She is a whole hearted athlete who always gives her best whenever she turns out, on track, field or cross country.

Race 8 of the 800 metres saw Becky take 3rd place with a fine run of 2:43.01s, a new PB for her. In the shot event a second new PB of the day, a throw of 7.26m, gave her a 9th place finish.

Under 13’s

Owen Robinson a young sprinter who shows promise, made his debut in the under13 age category at this meeting. His chosen events were the 60 metres and 200 metres sprints and the long jump.

Race 23 of the 60 metres saw Owen take 4th in a season’s best time 9.17s. The 200 metres saw a new PB of 30.67s,which gave him a 2nd place finish. In the long jump competition another season’s best effort 3.71m, brought him 6th place.

Alex Chivers, another new under13 athlete, had his second outing of 2016 which saw him in   action in the long jump and shot competitions.

A season’s best throw of 4.34m, gave Alex a 3rd place finish in the shot, and he picked up a 10th place in the long jump with another season’s best effort of 2.71m.

In comparison Connor Pickering is a relative old stager, though still an under 13 athlete he is embarking on his 5th season with the club. He is a good all round athlete who is equally at home as a sprinter, jumper and thrower.

Connor was in action in the 200 metres and the shot events. In race 26a of the 200 metres, a season’s best performance of 32.35s gave him a 5th place finish. He was the winner of the shot competition, with another season’s best throw of 7.70m.

Hermione Keyworth has been with the club for 10 months now and she  made an impressive start to 2016 , setting new PB’s at 60 and 150 metres at the 2nd of January Sheffield indoor meeting.

At this meeting she was at it again, in race 25 of the 60 metres she took 2nd place and set a new PB of 8.96s. The 200 metres saw her finishing in 3rd place with yet another new PB of 29.62s.

Under 11’s

9 year old Ben Russell who has been training with Kingston for the last 6 months, flew the flag for the clubs under 11 year olds, competing in both the 60 metres and 200 metres sprint races.

The 60 metres saw a 3rd place finish for Ben, who set a new PB of 10.34s, and the 200 metres brought another 3rd place finish and another new PB of 35.19s.

 

 

   

I.S.A. North Cross Country Championships

Posted February 3, 2016 By David Radford

Charlotte Dalton (5)

 I.S.A. North – Cross Country Championships

 

Kingston’s 15 year old middle distance runner and triathlete Charlotte Dalton was in cross country action on Wednesday 27th of January, at the Independent Schools North cross country championships, which were staged at Scarisbrick Hall, Ormskirk. The race took place in heavy rain and strong winds, over a sodden and muddy  course, where in many places the mud was ankle deep.

Charlotte battled her way round the 2.95 kilometre course to win the intermediate girls race, and book her place at the I.S.A. National Finals , which will be held at the Princethorpe College in Rugby on Saturday 27th of February 2016.

 

   

Shaun Smith – Athlete Profile

Posted January 30, 2016 By David Radford

Shaun Smith 8

 

Shaun Smith – Athlete Profile

 

Shaun Smith is a middle distance and distance runner and he competes for Kingston in the under20 age category. His athletics journey began in 2010 with the Barton and District Athletics Club, spending 3 years with them, before moving across the Humber to Kingston for the start of 2013.

He made his debut for the Barton club, as an under13 athlete in May 2010, at the Yorkshire and Humberside County Championship meeting, held at Sheffield’s Don Valley Stadium, where he ran in the heats of the 100 metres and the 800 metres. That first season also saw Shaun running in the Humberside track & field league meetings, and his last outing of that year was in November, at the Scunthorpe Open cross country meeting.

The 2011 campaign brought a move up to the under 15 age category, and his season began in January at his first cross country championship event, the Yorkshire and Humberside meeting which was staged in Doncaster. He finished well down the field but it was a good learning curve for him, and the experience he gained would serve him well in the future. At the Humberside track & field championships he won his first medal, picking up the silver in the 80 metre hurdles event. In the Humberside League matches and at Open meetings Shaun was competing on the track over 800, 1000 and 1500 metres, as well as hurdles, and in the field in long jump and discus throw.

2012 began with the Humberside cross country championships in Scunthorpe, where he finished in the middle positions in a race, which also featured future Kingston team mates Josh Taylor-Brown, Jack Michaels and Jonny Beharrell. A debut appearance at the Northern cross country championships in Pontefract soon followed, yet more experience to add to the store. He took 5th place in the Humberside Schools cross country championships, and also ran in the English Schools cross country event in Birmingham. The track & field season saw him win his second championship medal at the Humberside event, winning bronze in the triple jump. He won county representation at the Northern Inter Counties Championships in Grantham, where he ran in the 800 metres race. At the end of the year it was back to the cross country courses, at the Northern Relay Championships and the Northern Athletics Open meeting.

2013 saw Shaun leave the Barton club and move across to ‘Kingston’. His first competition in the blue and gold vest came on the 6th of January, at the Humberside cross country championships at Beverley Westwood, where he won the silver, his first cross country championship medal. In fact four Kingston athletes, Jonny Beharrell, Shaun, Baldvin Magnusson and Jack Brothwell, took the first 4 places in the race.  Another county call up came in March, for the Northern Inter Counties event in Birmingham. During the track & field season he competed in the Humberside league and at Open meetings. In September he was a member of the Kingston team which competed in the Northern Young Athletes road relays in Blackpool, and the following month at the Northern Counties cross country relay championships in Sheffield. To finish off the year he was in action at the Northern Athletics cross country open, where he finished in 3rd place and ran a new PB of 9:30.52s.

At the 2014 Humberside cross country championships, again at Beverley Westwood, Shaun won the gold medal, with his club mate Harry Powell taking silver behind him. He finished in the top third of the field at the Northern Championships at Knowsley, and in the top quarter at the English National championships in Nottingham. He won the Barton cross country open, and finished in the top quarter at the Inter Counties competition in Birmingham. More success followed in the track & field season where he was crowned the 3000 metre champion at the Humberside championships, and took the 3000 metre silver medal at the Humberside Schools event. He won another county vest at the Northern Inter Counties event in Derby, where he ran in the 3000 metres race, and he ran in the 3000 metre final at the Northern track & field Championships at Wigan, finishing in 5th place. To finish off the year he was again a member of the Kingston team at the Northern road relays in Warrington, and finished in the top half of the field at the British Athletics cross challenge in Liverpool.

2015 saw him move up to the under 20 age category, and he got the year off to a great start, with Shaun making a successful defence of his title at the Humberside cross country championships, this time in Grimsby’s Weelsby Woods. He finished in the top quarter at the Northern Championships at Pontefract, and was the silver medallist at the Barton open. He finished in the top half of the field at Birmingham’s inter Counties championships and in the top third of the field at the English Schools championships at Blackburn. The track and field season saw him win the 1500 metres gold medal at the Humberside championships, and at the Northern Championships in Manchester he took 5th place in the 5000 metres final.

Shaun is a valued and popular member of the Kingston Youth Team, and he competed with distinction in the teams UK Youth Development league fixtures, in addition he turned out regularly for the clubs senior team in Northern England division 1. He is a very talented athlete, an excellent middle distance and distance runner over any track or terrain, and is also very much a team player, willing to turn his hand to almost any event to help out his team mates.

 

Shaun’s hopes and ambitions for the 2016 cross country seasons are:-

“ Finish in the top 50 at the Northerns (championships) and the Inter Counties (championships) and the (British Athletics) cross challenge at Liverpool.”

And on the track:-

“To get the qualifying time for English Schools (championships) and get selected to go”

“Get my 3k time down to 8:50s”

“Get close to 4 minutes for the 1500”

 

   

Kate Huntington – South Yorkshire Series

Posted January 30, 2016 By David Radford

Kate Huntington

Kate Huntington

 

14 year old Kingston athlete Kate Huntington was in action in Sheffield on Sunday the 24th of January at the South Yorkshire Indoor Series meeting. She has been with the club since 2014 and she was the winner of the 100 metre silver and 200 metre bronze medals at the 2015 Humberside track and field championships.

Competitors were restricted to three events at the Sheffield meeting, and she opted to take part in the 60 metres and the 200 metres sprint races and the shot putt.

The 60 metre sprint saw Kate run a new personal best time of 8.61s, to give her the 11th fastest time of the day, out of a field of 45 athletes.

In the 200 metres race she set another new PB of 28.59s, to place her 10th out of the 31 competitors in the event.

She entered for her first ever shot competition, and she put in a throw of 6.21m, which placed her 24th out of the 35 girls in the event, and gives her a personal best distance to try to beat during the 2016 track & field season.

   

Hannah Kynman – Athlete Profile

Posted January 28, 2016 By David Radford

Hannah Kynman  Northern Indoor  Gold (2)

 

Hannah Kynman – Athlete Profile

 

Hannah Kynman is the leading under 15 girl sprinter at Kingston upon Hull Athletic Club. The 2015 track and field season was her last competitive year at that age range. She will turn 15 in February 2016, and will compete as a first year under17, in the forthcoming athletics season.

She enjoyed a successful campaign in 2015, winning 200 metre gold and 100 metre silver medals at the Northern indoor championships, and 100 metres silver at the Northern track & field championships. Hannah was also a 100 metre semi-finalist at the English Schools Championships. On the local scene she did the sprint double at all three championship meetings, Humberside County, East Riding Schools and Humberside Schools. She suffered with niggling back and shoulder problems during the season, which at times impaired her performances, and interfered with her training regime. Hannah is a great competitor, one of the very best in Northern England, and we all wish for an injury free 2016, and hopefully, further successes to come.

Hannah joined Kingston’s junior training group, as a 9 year old in the 2010 season, and she made her club debut in September of that year, at the Grimsby Open Meeting, where she ran in the 80 metres and 150 metres sprint races.

2011 was the first full competitive season for the now 10 year old Hannah. At May’s track & field County Championships, she gave everyone a glimpse of the talent she possessed, winning her first medals in her club vest. She did the sprint double, picking up gold medals in both the 80 metres and 150 metres races. Hannah also ran in the 600 metres final where she was the bronze medallist. She was also kept busy in the 2011 season, representing the club in the Humberside League fixtures, as well as competing in the York Summer League series.

2012 turned out to be a most frustrating year for Hannah, as she was beset by a persistent knee problem, which refused to clear up. She missed the entire indoor season, and her first outing of 2012 was at ‘Kingston’s Spring Open’ in April, at the beginning of the track & field season. She was unable to defend her Humberside sprint titles and missed out on all that season’s championship events. Hannah competed for the club in two Young Athletes League matches, one in May and the second in June which, proved to be her last competitive outing of the year.

 

2013 saw Hannah back in harness and she completed a full season of competition, with the highlights being another sprint double at the County track & field Championships, taking the gold medals in the 100 and 200 metres races, she was also a competitor in the long jump final, where she took 5th place. Hannah represented the club in all of the National Youth Development League fixtures, and was kept busy through the spring and summer in the Humberside league and the York summer league meetings. She won her first County vest at the Inter County Championships at Derby, where she represented the team in the 100 and 200 metres races, winning bronze in both, and took 4th place in the shot competition.

More success was to follow in 2014. Her competitive year began with her debut at the Northern Indoor Championships, at the E.I.S. Stadium in Sheffield, where she ran in the semi finals of both the 60 metres and the 200 metres. At the County track & field Championships in May she won the 200 metres silver medal and the 100 metres bronze. The Humberside Schools Championships in June saw her win 200 metres gold and 100 metres silver. The month of July saw Hannah make her debut at the biggest competition in the country, at the English Schools Championships at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium, where she represented her county in the heats of the 200 metres. August took her to Wigan and the Northern track & field championships, where she brought home the 200 metres bronze medal. In the same month she represented her county again, at the Inter County Championships, which were held in Derby, and she won bronze in both the 100 and the 200 metres. On the last day of August Hannah won 100 metre and 200 metre gold medals at the Hull International Athletics Festival Meeting, staged on her home track at the Costello Stadium.

 

Hannah’s hopes for the 2016 season are:-

“I would love to earn ‘English Schools’ selection and get to the semi finals again”

“I want to win a medal at the Northern’s”

“Try to win the county title again, as well as the Humberside and the East Riding Schools”

“It’s my first year at under17 and I want to compete in the league matches”

 

Hannah Kynman (3)

 

 

   

Amy Sampson Callum Giles SONY DSC SONY DSC Clare Blunt David Morgan-Harrison Eliot Gay (6) SONY DSC Harry Stutely (6) J T-B (5) Jack Perry & Adam Coles Jess Fields (8) Joe Cooper & Andy Morgan-Harrison (2) Joh n Twiddle Jonny Beharrell Libby Wheeler (3) Luke Giblin Matt Elvidge SONY DSC Natalie Varga (2) Venus Morgan (2)

 

2016 Northern Athletics Indoor Championships

Seniors – Under 20’s & under 17’s

E.I.S. Stadium, Sheffield – Saturday 16th/Sunday 17th January

 

Six of Kingston’s senior athletes and nineteen youth team athletes were in competition at the English Institute of Sports Stadium in Sheffield, at the annual Northern Athletics Indoor Championship meeting. There was a big turnout from all parts of Northern England, and as usual the competition was intense, with all the best athletes in the north striving to win a championship medal, at the first big event of 2016.

The team returned home with 2 gold medals, 4 silver ones, and 4 bronze medals, and Kingston athletes competed in 20 event finals over the weekend.

Luke Giblin was in action on both days, on Saturdays first day of competition he was in action in the 60 metre sprint event. He was drawn in heat 3, where his run of 7.06s saw him safely through to the semi finals. In his semi he ran a time of 7.09s, which unfortunately was not sufficient to get him into the final.

Day two of the championships saw Luke commence his 200 metre campaign. His day began with a winning start, in the first heat of the day, where his run of 22.82s put him two tenths of a second ahead of his nearest challenger, and took him into the semi final.

He was drawn in semi final 3, where an excellent run of 22.23s, gave him another victory, and a place in the final.

His training partner and great rival, Callum Giles, was another 200 metre competitor, and his run of 22.71s got him off to a winning start in heat 5, and booked his berth in the semi finals, where he was drawn in the competitions second semi.

An excellent run of 22.26s gave Callum 2nd place in the race and progression through to the final.

The 200 metre final saw Luke Giblin win the silver medal, running a season’s best time of 22.10s, and missing out on the gold by just one tenth of a second. Callum Giles took the bronze behind Luke, and he also put in a season’s best performance of 22.25s.

Multi eventer Clare Blunt was in action in the pole vault competition at Sheffield, where her clearance at 3.60m, earned her the silver medal. This was Clare’s 9th championship medal since her pole vault career really took off in 2012.

The club’s number one senior women’s sprinter Megan Hoult joined the action in the 60 metre sprint competition.

Megan was drawn in heat 3, where she finished in 2nd place and ran a new PB of 7.68s, to take her into the semi finals. She ran in the first semi final, where a 3rd place finish in a time of 7.73s, took her into the final.

In the 60 metre final Megan Hoult took a 6th place finish, and ran a time of 7.81s.

Veteran athlete, prolific competitor, and all round nice guy John Twiddle was in competition in the shot putt final, where a season’s best throw of 12.36m, earned John a 5th place finish.

First season decathlete Matthew Elvidge took on three events over the weekend.

In the 60 metre sprints he ran in heat 2, taking 6th place and running a time of 7.75m.

The 200 metres saw him in action in the second heat, where he ran a season’s best time of 24.41s, for 4th place.

In the long jump final Matt finished in 9th place with 2.93m.

 

The club is blessed with 5 outstanding under 20 men sprinters, and three of them were in action at Sheffield.

Joe Cooper has worked tremendously hard during the autumn and winter of 2015/16, he spends countless hours on weekday evenings, after a full day at work, and on Sunday mornings, working on his fitness, strength, and speed. He is dedicated to his sport and strives to achieve his full potential.

Joe competed in the 60 metres race at the championships, where the heats, semi finals and final, took place on the Saturday.

He was drawn in heat 5, along with his team mate Andy Morgan-Harrison, the two of them dominated the heat, and they finished 1st and 2nd with the same time of 7.19s, a new PB for both of them. Andy was awarded 1st place with Joe 2nd, with both progressing to the semi finals.

Joe was drawn in the first semi final, where he stormed to victory in a time of 7.10s, breaking his PB once again.

Andy was drawn in the third semi final, and he too powered to victory, setting his second new PB of the day with a time of 7.17s. Two Kingston sprinters were into the final.

Eliot Gay was the third of the clubs sprint trio, he too is an outstanding athlete. He is a great sprinter, and a very good long and triple jumper, who had awful problems with injuries during 2015. He too has been working hard throughout the autumn and winter, and he has looked quick and strong in training.

He was drawn in heat 4 of the 60 metres, and ran a time of 7.26s for 3rd place, which saw him progress to the semi final. Eliot was drawn in the second semi final, where a new PB of 7.16s, took him into the final. Kingston had three sprinters in the 60 metre final.

On the Saturday evening the three of them lined up for Northern 60 metre final. Joe Cooper broke his PB for the third time in one day, running a superb 7.02s, to take the gold medal and become the new champion of Northern England.

Andy Morgan-Harrison broke his PB for the third time in a day, taking the bronze medal, with an outstanding run of 7.11s.

Eliot Gay took 5th place in the final, running an excellent time of 7.20s.

There was more to come from Andy and Eliot in Sunday’s 200 metre competition.

Andy Morgan-Harrison is a tall powerful and long legged runner, who seems to ooze power as he eats up the metres on the track. Like Eliot, Andy also suffered injury problems during the 2015 campaign, but both of them have looked very good in training and hopefully they will enjoy plenty of success in 2016.

They both made easy progress into the semi finals, with Eliot Gay winning heat 3 and running a time of 22.95s, and Andy Morgan-Harrison running 23.23s, for 2nd place in heat 4.

They were drawn together in semi final 2, which saw Andy win the race with a time 22.68s, and Eliot take 2nd place in 22.74s.

The 200 metre final saw Andy Morgan-Harrison crowned the new Northern Champion, taking the gold medal with a new PB of 22.16s. Eliot Gay took 4th place, running a time of 22.82s.

 

Two of the clubs under 20 middle distance runners Jonny Beharrell and Josh Taylor-Brown were in action in the 800 metres competition.

Josh was drawn in heat 2, where he took 4th place in the race, and ran a time of 2:05.27s, unfortunately not enough to get him through to the final. Jonny’s draw saw him running in heat 3, which he won in a time of 2:01.16s, to take him through to the final.

In the 800 metre final Jonny Beharrell ran a time of 2:00.01s, for a 5th place finish. He is still not fully fit and he competed at these championships with an injury. In fact he spent the best part of 15 months out of action with injuries, from the summer of 2014 to late autumn in 2015.

 

In the under 17 men’s age category, two 14 year olds who have just made the move up from the under 15’s went head to head in the long jump final.

Jack Perry, the 2015 English Schools, East Riding Schools, and Humberside Schools, long jump champion, and Adam Coles the County and Humberside Schools hurdles champion did battle in the long jump pit.

Jack put in a season’s best effort of 5.93m, to take the Northern silver medal.

Adam Coles claimed the bronze medal, jumping a new PB of 5.70m, an increase of 20cm, after having already added 20cm at the Leeds Open on the previous weekend. This was Adam’s second Northern Championship medal, to go with the silver he won in the 80 metre hurdles at the outdoor championships in Middlesbrough in 2015.

Adam also saw action in the 60 metre hurdles final, where he ran a new PB of 9.17s, to take a 5th place finish.

Jack Perry also ran in heat 2 of the 60 metres, where he took 3rd place and ran a season’s best time of 7.65s.

14 year old David Morgan-Harrison, saw championship action in heat 4 of the 60 metres, taking 5th place and running a time of 8.40s.

Another 14 year old, middle distance runner Kyle Foster, ran in heat 1 of the under 17’s 800 metres, taking 5th place and setting a new PB of 2:10.05s.

15 year old pole vaulter Harry Stutely had an excellent day. After early jitters and take off problems in warm-up, he cleared 3.00m and 3.20m at first attempts, and a second time clearance at a personal best height of 3.40m, brought him a bronze medal, his first at a Northern indoor competition. He previously won pole vault bronze at the 2014 Northern track & field Championships in Wigan.

 

Six of the clubs youth team women sprinters competed at the championship meeting.

16 year old Emily Lyons has just begun her first year in the under 20 age category. She was the 100 and 200 metre gold medallist at the 2015 Humberside Schools, East Riding Schools and Humberside County Championship’s. She was also a semi finalist at the English Schools Championships. Emily entered the 60 metre and 200 metre events at Sheffield, the heats, semi’s and final of the 60’s, were held on the Saturday, and the 200’s on the Sunday.

She was drawn in heat 2 of the 60 metres, where she took 2nd place, running a time of 8.16s, to secure her place in the semi final.

Emily was in action in the second semi final, where a 3rd place finish, and a time of 8.17s gave her a final spot.

She ran a new PB of 8.10s in the final, where she took 5th place.

 

On the Sunday Emily was back in action, this time in the 200 metres. She was drawn in heat 2, where she took 4th place, running a time of 26.85s, and qualified for the semi final.

She ran in the second semi final, finishing in 6th place and recording a time of 27.27s, which couldn’t get her in to the final.

17 year old Amy Sampson was drawn in heat 4 of the 60 metres, where she took 5th place and ran a new PB of 8.56s, which qualified her for the semi final.

In the semi final Amy produced another new PB of 8.52s, giving her a 7th place finish, but it wasn’t quite enough to get her into the final.

This was Amy’s first competition for 9 months, and she did really well to reach a Northern semi final.

2015 was the first full competitive season for 16 year old Chloe Constable, one in which she became a regular member of the Kingston Youth Team. She put in some very good performances, and fully played her part in the team’s promotion campaign.

Chloe ran in heat 1 of the 60 metres where she recorded a time of 8.79s, which wasn’t enough to secure a semi final berth.

16 year old Charlotte McIvor was also in action in the 60 metres, running in heat three and crossing the finish line in a time of 9.17s.Which unfortunately was not enough to get her into the semi final.

This was only Charlotte’s fifth competitive outing, and she gained valuable championship experience.

17 year old high jumper Hollie Smith, collected a silver medal in the high jump final, improving on the bronze that she took home from the 2015 Northern Indoor Championships.

 

In the under 17 age category Amelia Benson was in competition in both the 60 metre and 200 metre sprint events.

In Saturdays 60 metres event she was drawn to run in heat 4, where a good run of 8.05s gave her 2nd place, and progression to the semi final.

She ran in the second of the semi finals, and another fine run, in the same time as her heat, gave her another 2nd place finish, and a place in the final.

Amelia put in another quality performance, running the race in 8.06s, to finish in 6th place in the 60 metre final.

On to Sunday and Amelia got her 200 metre campaign up and running in heat 6, where she stormed into the semi final, with a victory, recording a time of 26.42s.

She ran in the second semi final, where she finished 3rd, in a time of 26.35s. Unfortunately she missed out on the cut for the final.

15 year old Jessica Fields was also in action in Saturday’s 60 metre event, where she was drawn in heat 1. Jess ran a new PB of 8.52s, for a 6th place finish.

14 year old heptathlete Venus Morgan, who has recently moved up to the under 17 age category, was in action over the weekend in the 60 metre hurdles competition and in the long jump event.

She ran in heat 1 of the 60 metre hurdles, where she posted a new PB of 9.28s, to take 3rd place and secure her spot in the final.

The final saw her run the same time of 9.28s again, and finish in 5th place. She finished just in front of Amy Carter of New Marske AC, who pipped Venus to last year’s outdoor 75 hurdles title by 0.01 of a second.

In the high jump final Venus cleared a season’s best height of 1.55m, to take 6th place.

Another 14 year old who has just moved up to the under 17’s, is the 2015 English Schools long jump finalist Libby Wheeler. At these championships Libby was competing in both the long jump and triple jump events.

She won her first Northern medal, taking silver in the triple jump final, where her winning jump, a new PB of 10.95m, was 90 centimetres further than her old PB.

In the long jump competition she was drawn in qualifying pool A, where she posted a season’s best effort of 5.23m to book her place in the final.

The final saw her finish in 6th place, with her best jump was one of 5.12m.

 

15 year old Natalie Varga specialises in that most demanding of events, the pole vault. She was unfortunate enough to be one of the victims of a field judging error. Having cleared 2.30m, 2.40m, and what was thought to be 2.50m, at the first attempts, she was informed that the lead judge had failed to instruct that the bar be raised from 2.40m. This oversighthad a psychological effect on those vaulters affected by the error, some subsequently failing to clear the real 2.50m.

Natalie cleared the height at the 2nd attempt, but the mishap had clearly had an effect on her and she was ‘timed out’ twice at 2.60m, and then failed her final attempt, finishing 6th out of the 13 vaulters.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Harry Powell – Antrim International Cross Country Meeting

Posted January 23, 2016 By David Radford

Harry Powell (34)   with England North team mates

 

Antrim International Cross Country Meeting

Saturday 16th January 2016

 

Kingston’s 19 year old middle distance and distance runner Harry Powell received his first representative call up for the International cross country meeting, which was held in Antrim, Northern Ireland, on Saturday 16th of January 2016.

Harry was chosen to represent Northern England in the under 20 men’s 5.5 kilometre race, which was staged over a golf course. Snow had fallen on the course but it did not remain on the ground for too long, but it was a chilly day. It was an undulating course, with one short burst hill and it was very wet and muddy.

Harry put in a tremendous performance, against some of the best cross country runners in the UK. He covered the course in a time of 17:51s, to finish the race in a magnificent 5th place.

Harry thoroughly deserved his International vest it couldn’t have gone to a better athlete or a better person. Kingston upon Hull Athletic Club is very proud of Harry Powell and we hope this is the first of many honours that will come his way.

   

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Coles Alex Grant Emily Dye  &    Gina De Lancey Katie SmithHolly Adams 

Leeds City AC Indoor Open Meeting

John Charles Centre for Sport

 

The Leeds City indoor Open Meetings are a popular destination for Kingston’s youth and junior athletes, and seven of them made the journey over to the West Riding to compete at the 10th of January event.

14 year old Adam Coles is a talented sprinter, hurdler and long jumper, and the 2015 track and field season saw him crowned the 80 metre hurdles champion, at Mays Humberside Championships, and he was also the silver medallist at the 2015 Northern Championships. The coming track & field season will bring a move up in age group to the under 17’s.

Adam competed in three events at Leeds, the under 20 men’s 60 metres race, where he took 2nd place and ran a new PB of 7.6s. In the under 20 men’s long jump, another new PB of 5.50m, gave him 3rd place, and he was the winner of the under 17 men’s 60 metre hurdles race, setting his 3rd new PB of the day, with a run of 9.2s.

14 year old Libby Wheeler is an excellent long jumper and a more than useful sprinter. The 2015 track & field season saw her crowned both the East Riding Schools and Humberside Schools long jump champion, and she was a long jump finalist at the English Schools Championships. 2016 sees Libby move up to the under 17 age category.

She competed in the under 20’s 60 metre sprint and the long jump at the Leeds meeting. In the 60 metres she ran a new PB of 8.3s, for 4th place, and in the long jump competition she took 5th place with a season’s best effort of 5.06m.

The next competition on the agenda for both Adam and Libby is the forthcoming Northern Championships, which will be held at the English Institute of Sports Stadium in Sheffield.

Alex Grant is a member of our junior training group and he has just made the move up to the under 13’s age category. He is another talented young sprinter and long jumper, who was the 80 metre silver medallist and 150 metre bronze medallist at the 2015 Humberside Championships.

Alex also took on three events, the 60 metres race where he took 2nd place and recorded a new PB of 9.5s, the high jump, where another new PB of 1.15m gave him 5th place, and the long jump, where a season’s best effort of 3.55m saw him collect a 9th place finish.

 

 

Another of Kingston’s promising junior athletes is Holly Adams, who also competes in the under 13 category, and is starting to make a name for herself in the shot putt circle, with some first class performances. In addition to being an excellent thrower, she is also a good sprinter. The Leeds meeting saw Holly compete in the 60 metre sprints as well as the shot competition.

She was the race winner in the 60 metres, where she ran a new PB of 9.2s. She claimed her second victory of the day in the shot event, where she threw a distance of 8.18m.

2015 was the debut season for 13 year old Katie Smith, who is a fine sprinter and hurdler. She was a silver medallist at the Humberside Championships, in both the 70 metre hurdles and the 100 metres races. She also made her county debut at the Northern Inter County Championships.

The 60 metre hurdles and the 60 metre sprints were her chosen events at this meeting. Katie was the winner of the 60 metre hurdles, where she ran a season’s best time of 10.5s. In the 60 metre sprint she took 3rd place, running another season’s best time of 9.0s.

13 year old Emily Dye is a sprinter, hurdler and long jumper, and is no stranger to the high jump and shot events. She has been with Kingston for 3 years now and represents the club in the National Youth Development League fixtures.

Emily was in action at Leeds in the 60 metre sprints and the long jump competition. She ran a new PB of 9.0s, to take 2nd place in the 60 metres, and she jumped a season’s best of 4.29m, for 4th place in the long jump.

13 year old Gina De Lancey is equally at home, both on the track and in the field, she is a good runner, jumper and thrower. She has been with the club for 3 years, and was the Humberside hurdles champion in 2013, and the bronze medallist in the event in 2014. The 2015 season saw her win a Quadrathlon event at the Humberside League meeting at the Costello Stadium.

Gina was in action in the 60 metre sprint and the shot event at this meeting. She took 3rd place in the 60 metres, where she ran a new PB of 9.0s. The shot saw her take a 7th place finish, throwing a new PB of 6.39m.

Libby Wheeler

   

BMC Open Meting – Sheffield – Sunday 10th January 2016

Posted January 17, 2016 By David Radford

Jonny Beharrell

2015 was a year to forget for Kingston’s 17 year old sprinter and middle distance runner Jonathon Beharrell. He was beset by injury problems which put him out of the 2014/15 indoor and cross country seasons and the entirety of the 2015 track and field season.

He had looked so impressive on the track in 2014, where he was the Humberside Schools 800 metre champion, and the 400 metre bronze medallist at the Northern Championships in Wigan. He was also a county representative, both on the track, and cross country.

In November of 2015 he made his competitive return in one of the regular Hull park runs, and in December made a return to the track at the Northern Athletics indoor open meeting in Sheffield, where he ran in a 600 metres race, and posted a new PB of 1:25.74s, for a 6th place finish.

January 2016 saw him indoors again at the BMC Sheffield open meeting. This time he ran in the 800 metres race, which he won and produced a season’s best time of 1:58.59s.

It is good to see Jonny out on the track with his training group, getting stronger by the week, can’t wait to see him back in the youth team and at the major championships.

   

Matthew Elvidge  (4)Matt Elvidge  31

 

 

England Indoor Combined Events Championships

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th January 2016

E.I.S. Stadium, Sheffield

 

Kingston’s Matthew Elvidge took part in his first combined events competition, at the National Indoor Championships, staged at the English Institute of Sports stadium in Sheffield.

20 year old Matt has always been a good sprinter and long jumper, and has regularly represented the club in the throwing events and hurdles races, in league competitions. 2016 will be his second competitive season as a senior athlete, and his first as a decathlete. His first outing as a combined eventer saw him taking on a Heptathlon competition at the England indoor Championships.

 

On Saturday’s first day his events were the 60 metre sprint, 60 metre hurdles, long jump and shot putt.

One of his best events, the 60 metre sprint, saw him take 3rd place in the race, where he ran a new PB of 7.72s.

In the 60 metre hurdles race, he claimed a 6th place finish and ran another new PB of 11.99s.

The high jump is not Matt’s strongest event, but he produced a season’s best performance, with a clearance at a height of 1.60m.

The long jump is another of his strong events, and a season’s best effort of 6.34m, gave him 1st place.

The shot putt saw him pull out another personal best performance, registering a throw of 6.68m.

 

The final two events that awaited him on Sundays second day of competition, were the 1000 metres race and the pole vault.

The 1000 metres saw him take 8th place in the race and record another new PB of 3:24.64s.

In the pole vault competition he unfortunately failed to make a clearance and subsequently did not collect any event points.

Matt amassed a total of 2728 points, which gave him a new PB, and put him in 27th place in the competition.