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SEAA Championships (Sen + U20)   -  Sat/Sun 18/19 June  (Ashford)

        ... Kieran storms to his first Regional gold

        ... Emily and Chris 4th and 5th in Finals

        ... Sam Hudson's heat includes UK's best

Four IEK athletes had to cope with changeable weather at Ashford - swirling wind and careless umbrella owners hampered the action - the u20 Women's 1500m final was wrecked when 3 competitors in contention for bronze (including our own Emily Hosker Thornhill) all lost ground off the last bend when they had to hurdle a spectators' stray umbrella....

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KIeran Reilly undisputed Southern 1500m Champion

Kieran Reilly has come a long way since joining the club as a keen 12 yr-old - he discovered his racing instincts as an u17 two seasons ago at Tonbridge when, after a stopwatch-controlled 1500m in a moderate time of 4:23.15, Kieran was encouraged to enter an open 600metres just for the fun of it.Track2011-SEAAChampsAshford1500u20MenKieranReiily17.jpg

Free of spectators fretting about lap times, Kieran raced the field surging positively in the last 300m and celebrated his first track win, arms aloft, in a race that included notable Tonbridge athletes.

Two years down the line, Kieran's 1500m race in his first u-20 Regional Final was a carbon-copy of his Tonbridge 600m, including the jubilant raised arms when crossing the line first in 4:04.6 by a clear margin after the field had played it cagey for the first half, leaving Kieran to make a champion's decisive move at the bell. 

Chris Chancellor comfortably won Heat 3 of the 400m in blustery conditions on the Saturday, then clocked 50.21 for 5th in the Sunday Final

Chris's own assessment is he went a little too fast in the opening 200 and will keep that in mind when taking the stage at the English Schools Championships in Gateshead next month


In the 800m Sam Hudson was 8th in Heat 1, drawn against Kent's best 1500m Robbie Farnham Rose of Tonbridge and also UK no.3 1500m runner Charlie Grice (Phoenix AC) who went on to win the Final in 1:52.2

 

 

 

 

 

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Fresh from her first ever Kent track title (3,000m) at Dartford 3 days earlier, Emily Hosker Thorhnill finished 4th in her first ever Regional Final

Wisely, Emily tried to speed up the opening phase of u-20 1500m where the slow pace favoured 800m specialists - she and two rivals were gathering for an assault in the final straight when their chances were scuppered by the flying umbrella