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Kent Masters/Combined events/U13 championships

The last major fixtures of the Kent Athletic Track and Field season took place at Erith when Bexley Athletics Club hosted the Kent Masters’, the Kent Combined Events and the Kent U13 Championships. This end of season finale is very much the Past, the Present and the Future of Kent Athletics.


In the Masters’ Championships, John Gilbert gained 3 gold medals in the M70 hammer (36.10m and a PB), shot (9.66m) and javelin (26.14m).


In the M40 competition, Martin Kelk picked up gold in the 800m (2:16.81) and David Glendower picked up golds in the shot (7.25m) and hammer (23.96m and a SB).


In the W50, Vicky Talbot-Rosner won gold in the 5000m (22:05.36).


In the Combined Events, Holly Fielder got off her sick bed to compete in the U15 Girls Pentathlon. She ran 13.3secs in the 75mh, jumped 4.15m in the long jump, put 7.02m in the shot (a PB in the Pentathlon for her) and jumped 1.31m in the high jump. Lying 5th after 4 events and going in to the final event, Holly ran the fastest 800m of the day in 2:29.85. Her time managed to overhaul all but one of her closest rivals and she finished in second place, an agonising 5 points off the gold medal. Her final total of 2420 points is a National Grade 3 standard.

In the U13 Champs, the busiest athlete was Emily Higham, who entered five events over the two days. Emily made the finals in all her events finishing 3rd in the shot (7.32m, her 2nd best ever and a National Grade 3), 4th in the javelin (19.51m, her 2nd best ever and a National Grade 3), high jump (1.40m and a National Grade 1) and long jump (4.02m and a National Grade 4) and 5th in the 70mh (13.67s).


Esther Laffey came 7th in the 1200m (4:12.91 and a National Grade 4) and Laura Parrish finished 2nd in her heat in the 800m (2:41.85).


Well done



Article submitted by: Stuart Earl