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Kent County Champs 2013 Julie Rose Stadium Saturday 25th May

Two days of fine athletics for both athletes and supporters…



Kicking off proceedings was Bradley Wake Smith in the first of many events for him, the 400M Hurdles. Bradley set of well but lost his stride pattern around 250m, still managed a 3rd place and 61.24.


Next up William Stockwell a first year U20 800m heat, up against the precocious talent of Sean Malloy William did very well in the heat and qualified for a super final later in the day…I know William is looking to break the sub 2 barrier before the end of the season and on these performances I’m certain he will…2.04 in the heat and again in the final..


In the u15 boys 1500m, George Butcher definitely needs to get more race experience…never the less a creditable 4.48 was achieved despite a sore muscle during the race.


The u17 boys were out in force, Jack Goss leading the way in a very controlled heat…in 4.08.66 he and James Pitcher (who was bemoaning his father for entering him in the 1500m, making the final in what looked like a very comfortable 4.22….Max Shepley chasing hard 4.42 and Ben Hall showing once again true determination in 4.44….Five hours later Jack and James lined up again for the final and what an accomplished piece of front running Jack showed us from the get go he took hold of this race to be challenged very strongly in the last 150m by another runner, but we all know Jack is very strong and he kept his cool, increased his speed and led home in again 4.08

Our first county champion of the day!! James Pitcher also running strongly and definitely NOT at his preferred distance shows his impressive abilities.


In the u20 female 1500m Rebecca Weston demonstrated what we all know she is one quality athlete…having Knocked a staggering 12 seconds of her previous 1500m best on Wednesday at Eltham (4.25.1). She rightly stepped up to the line in absolute confidence and so it was to be leading from start to finish and a good 60m clear of the field at the end her time of 4.30 was not important her first Cup of the weekend now safely won again!!


After the cross country season and the first track meet I said, I thought this would be Emily McKanes’s breakthrough season and I was right!! Emily is one determined young lady, in this race a well deserved silver podium finish proves what we thought that perseverance, tenacity and talent do shine through and in what I’m certain was a new PB of 5.04 must show to all those other athletes if you keep plugging away and have belief you will succeed a very well done to Emily.


In the u15 girls 1500m the strength and depth of our middle distance groups really showed Emily Bond looking a little out of sorts I thought finished in 5.01 very closely followed by the ever improving Ella Fox in 5.02….a little behind a girl Jesse Carley struggling to find any sort of form battled to a 5.21 and Sara Hall.


Like her brother showing real grit and determination in 5.52 notes to Sara and Jesse Look how Emily Mckane is now performing and believe it will get better!!!


You know when it’s the Championships when you see our sprinters turn up in numbers!!


Hot of the blocks in the U20 200m Jaffa Adams and Joe Hawkins both ran good bends and made the finals later in the day. Jaffa in 23.05 (heats) and 23.49(final) and Joe 23.14 and 23.50 respectively also Josh Taylor, running in the able bodied heat ran a very spirited 27.82 another PB for last years male athlete of the year!!


In the 100ms our u17 men were well represented in Elliot Burton winning his heat in 11.34 in some style also Jack Mullins throwing down a marker at 11.95. With his training partner pushing him all the way Sushant Lama 11.96 show Sean Gilberts sprint group going from strength to strength. Our multi event Bradley Wake Smith popping up again in a shade over 12 secs. proving his abilities all round!!


In the U17 men’s 400m Barney Howard seems to have found his distance. Never short of speed this young man showed some real class and future potential at this event in the heat a time of 54.39 was bettered in the final at 52.80. I honestly thought at 250m he was going to win this he was absolutely flying but alas that was not to be he finished just outside the medals but it was surely one of the runs of the day and bodes very well for the rest of the season.


In the senior men’s 400m Adi Magwadi looked on for a 1st place but as 400m runners know the last 100m can be cruel a podium finish and a 50.27 would be Adi’s finishing time not a pb I know but a great performance none the less..


Also from Carlo’s group Annabelle Carter showed true grit in her 400m , I’m not sure how a 64.47 features against her pb but Annabelle sure gives her all over this distance well done!!...


Nice to see our former athlete Emily Hosker Thornhill running into form and championship winning performance of 2.13 maybe one day we will see her back in red.


Senior male 1500m runners lined up in different states of minds but both turned out fine performances, Donald Carter (hot of a 1.53 800m performance at Watford hats off to him for that OUTSTANDING)

Came to the line previously in great form but suffering a cold most of this week …looking though to convert his 800m pace into a championship winning performance Donald was pushed all the way, it was a very exciting race to watch as Donald led it and was challenged so much that his sprinters dip at the line led him to the win on the photo finish equipment. Well done Donald Kent Champion in 3.54.07


Tom Purnell... I think it would be fair to say was anxious in this company…but he needn’t be….Tom is on a mission to improve and is working with a plan in mind to bring down his PB’s….this 4.22. was a full 8 seconds faster than he has previously run this distance this year and at this rate who knows where his time will be at the end of the season…if I were a betting man I’d say south of 4.10 ..Let’s watch this space.


In the u17 girls 1500m a long wait in the day saw Lilliy Coward and Abbie Fox line up…..Lilly is showing some fine form this year and getting back to the sort of running we all know she is capable of, an outstanding race and a time of 4.51 rewarded her for all the hard work I knows she puts in….An obviously out of sorts Abbie really struggled today, didn’t look herself from the off and was way outside her best at 5.23..best put this day behind us and move on ..We all know how capable Abbie is but it was a bad day at the office enough said!!



Corrine Wake Smith was also competing Long Jump and 200m I think its fair to say she must share an office with Abbie.. But girls put it behind you and focus on the next…


Overall a great day for IEK and their very vocal support can’t wait till Sunday’s events …


Ralph Noel