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  • Mick Bond

Kent Relays, Ashford

The Kent Relay Championships are a great way to start bringing the summer track season to a close. Every race is exciting and the team is a mixture of athletes young and old. Roadworks on the M20 caused problems on the way to Ashford and slowed our return though a ding dong battle with the Bexley AC coach (which we won) helped to pass the time.

Overall we entered 24 teams across the various age groups with 16 of the teams picking up medals which is not bad considering their were 244 teams entered in total. Pride of pride place goes to the U15B who won their 4 x 100m, 4 x 200m and 4 x 300m despite some of the best team members being away at the inter-counties match or injured. The U17W almost managed the same, winning the 4 x 1 and 4 x 3, but just getting pipped and so taking silver in the 4 x 2.

The U17M managed to medal in every event in their age group winning gold in the 4 x 400m and silver in the 3 x 800m, 4 x 1 and 4 x 2. The senior men had a similar haul and it would have been more if not for a contested disqualification in the 4 x1 which meant our winning A-team were disqualified though this did move the B-team up to silver medal position!

The U15G were another team without their best athlete but still picked up well earned bronzes in the 4 x 1, 4 x 2 and 3 x 8.

Southern Inter-Counties (U15 and U17 Age Groups) Horspath, Oxford

Emily Cadman ended her year on yet another high winning both the 100m and 200m and setting a new PB in the 100 of 12.05s, which was not only a Championship Best but also a club record. Emily's was won of four golds won by club members representing Kent.

Michael Bridge was looking to get closer to 16m in the shot after a PB of 15.54m the previous weekend but had to settle for 15.20m but ends the season ranked 3rd in the UK. Hans Nmaju won the 80 hurdles with ease and finishes as UK Number 1, whilst Daniel Obike again equalled the club record in the high jump with a leap of 1.81m but couldn't quite clear 1.84m and ends the season with a best of 1.81m. Josh Wellings and Ollie Cook also picked up Kent vests finishing 5th in the 300m and 6th in the 800m respectively.


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