Junior taster day – a great success!
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KENT AC NEWS BULLETIN
23 May 2021
JUNIOR TASTER DAY – THANK YOU TO ALL WHO MADE IT SUCH A BIG SUCCESS!
We have already received positive feedback on Twitter:
Thanks to all the @KentAthClub
volunteers for making today’s junior taster session such fun! I have one tired but happy 11yo
Had a great afternoon @KentAthClub
taster session. A massive thank you to the volunteers for providing such a fun and well-organised event for young people in South London. Definitely seen some future stars on show! #Catford #Athletics #starsofthefuture
Kew Gardens 10k (16th May)
Last week we missed Ben Armson’s result of 36:58. Apologies and well done on a great run!
Vets 5k – (Battersea Park, 18th May)
Top of the podium for Kent AC in both the male and female rankings, with Jim Allchin taking the win in 15:11 and Victoria Buck first female finisher in 19:31. Well done!
Jim Allchin in 15:11 (1st Male)
Vic Buck – 19:31 (1st Female)
Paul McCrone – 18:54 (18th overall)
John Barron – 20:34
Julian Spencer-Wood – 21:52
Herne Hill open meeting (Battersea Park, 22 May)
Noah Armitage-Hookes ran an impressive PB of 14:53.4 for 5000m, his first time under 15 minutes.
London hurdles and middle distance open (Norman Park, 22 May)
Alexa Parker and Olly Buck ran the 800m at Bromley, running 2:16.11 and 2:17.47 respectively.
Dorney Lake Half Marathon (22 May)
Matthew Harper – 80.22
Arif Merali – 80:27
Kieran Page – 80:57
David Venn – 81:46
RunThrough Brixton (Brockwell Park) 5k & 10k (23 May)
Congratulations to Vicky Boyle for running 21:22 in the 5k, finishing 1st female!
Please let us know if you have an upcoming race so we can include your results, or if we have missed your results.
Kent AC Summer Racing Calendar
Another reminder to plan your summer of racing here! Everyone in the club can add races they come across to the list and we encourage you to do so.
You can find the doc here
THE SOUTH ATHLETICS LEAGUE (SAL) IS BACK!
For those of you not familiar with the SAL, this is a track and field league which ordinarily runs on 6 weekends throughout the spring/summer. There was no 2020 season due to Covid-19. This year they are holding four fixtures, subject to government guidelines on training and competition remaining unchanged.
For 2021 it has changed it to a local league, which has the upside of limited travelling. There will be no promotion or demotion in 2021. The other clubs in our league are:
The SAL fixtures are open to all first claim members for Kent AC aged over 15 on 31 Aug 2020. Second claimers can also compete as long as their first club isn’t in the same league. Only athletes affiliated to England Athletics (or other home countries) will be able to compete. There is no minimum standard and everyone is welcome. If you are one of our two quickest entrants at the event you will be scoring for the club, otherwise you will run/throw/jump as a non-scorer.
The dates and locations of the 2021 fixtures are as follows. All fixtures take place from late morning through to late afternoon:
Putting on these events requires several volunteers from each participating club. If anyone is interesting in helping out please let Ian Ellwood know, it would be great to see some new faces this year. No experience is necessary, there will be experienced officials there to show you what to do, but qualified officials are particularly welcome as it helps with point scoring!
LAST CHANCE TO PUT YOUR NAME IN FOR THE LONDON MARATHON GOLDEN TICKET
We will be drawing places from the ballot for this year’s Virgin London Marathon on Tuesday 25 May. We have decided to remove the need to have volunteered for the club beforehand. Please express your interest for a place in the link below
Fill out form
The deadline is midnight Monday 24th May for the ballot
We do still encourage you to put your name down for any future club volunteering opportunities
REMINDER – TRACK ETIQUETTE
Groups A, B & C
1. Athletes must go to their designated starting areas with their bags and bicycles.
2. Coaches should nominate their captains beforehand together with those running in their group.
3. Groups no greater than 12.
4. All to leave track straight onto the infield (not outer lanes) after each rep.
5. All groups to walk/jog on the infield – on the grass. Must not use the outer lanes.
6. Groups to stay apart.
7. Captains make sure their athletes regroup before the next rep and set off together.
8. Once overtaken, athletes to move into lane 1 immediately. Single file.
9. Athletes must leave the arena immediately after the session and cool down outside.
10. Note, lanes 1 – 3 available.
1. As above except use lanes 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
2. Lane 6 & 7 on the back straight for equipment, hurdles, etc, if needed.
SUNDAY SPRINT SESSIONS
Sprints coach Juno Field has hired Ladywell track on Sundays at 9.30 – 11.00 for sprint specific sessions. He is opening up the opportunity for any members of the club who would like to join. For more details, including what the sessions will entail and costs please contact Juno directly.
Please note: This is currently not part of the club track pass, although this may change in the future.
Thank you to all who have volunteered so far.
Please contact Heather if you are yet to volunteer with a date that would suit you.
Talking of passes, they’re available for purchase here. You will need to pay for your pass prior to attending Tuesday’s session.
Get into the track pass habit
No training unless you’ve signed up to the track pass. You can pay for a month or a year. Here’s how:
2) Purchase your monthly track pass in advance of the session here
3) Sign up to the appropriate group and session using the links below, for more information about training groups see here
4) Upon arrival before your session, please show your Kent AC membership app, or a print out, at the gate
Group spreadsheets to register for sessions (links for payment this month and FAQs also here):
While Amelia and Dan enjoy a well deserved holiday this week catch up on sprint supremo Juno Field telling us about his career competing and coaching in athletics, and about growing our youth offering here at Kent AC. Listen in here!
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