Sunday 10th September saw the athletics clubs in Kent meet at Norman Park, Bromley for the annual Kent relay championships. Medway and Maidstone AC historically perform very well at this championship and once again, they delivered another great team performance winning 5 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze medals. Medals were won across all age groups. The day started brilliantly with the U13 girls’ team of Sarah Mitchell, Lily Crossley and Abigail Royden taking bronze in the 3x800m in a time of 8.13.5. The B team finishing 6th. The U13 girls’ sprinters just dipping out on medals in the 4x100m and 4x200m. The U15 girls team of Gbemi Kasumu, Aimee Maloney, Olivier Harrison and Katie Donnelly had a storming run to grab bronze in the 4x200m in a time of 2.01.0. Equally impressive were the 4×300 team of Maya Marriner, Katie Rothery, Erin Hughes and Keira Rose not only winning a silver medal in the 4x300m in a time of 2.59.3 but also setting a new club record in the process. There was also success for the U17 women’s teams with the 4x100m team of Mayong Tabe, Elle Wastell, Zara Edeleanu and Eleanor Callaghan-Inge winning gold in a time of 50.9. The 4x300m relay, however proved one of the most exciting finishes of the afternoon after Zara Edeleanu, Eleanor Callaghan-Inge and Lucy Maunders had combined to give the baton to Elle Wastell who duly closed a 20m gap on the final leg to grab gold on the line in a time of 2:57.1. In the U20 women’s races there was a brace of gold medals for the team of Harriet Wilder, Alexandra Ferdinando, Lucy Hope and Darcey Kuypers in the 4x100m and 4x200m relays, recording 52.4 and 1:52.1 respectively.
The under 13 boys’ 3x800m team just missed out on the medals finishing 4th. Two U13 boys’ teams took part in the 4x100m and 4x200m with success in the 4x200m team of Ollie Rodwell, Ben Lineker, William Maloney and Kieran Isaac winning bronze in 1.54.2. There was more success in the under 15 boys 3x800m team of Luke Stringer, George Dadd and Dan McGlynn winning silver and the 4x300m team of Ethan Burling, Evan Tinsley, Luke Nash & Michael Uzozie collected a bronze. The under 17 men won a bronze in the 3x800m relay with a team of Reece Perkins, Ben Hughes & Quinn Austin in a time of 6.30.2. There was gold in the 4x100m for Bradley McIntyre, Nathan Isaac, Conor Murphy & Joshua Oshunrinde in a time of 44.5. However, the stand out performance of the day was gold for the under 17 men’s 4×400 team of Ben Townend, Ben Blake, Reegan Archer & Conor Murphy in a time of 3.25.7. Matching not only a 12-year-old club record but also ranking them 3rd in the country and first club team. There was success for the senior teams too. The men’s 4x100m team of Michael Watson, Dan Gill, George Clements and Alex Marshall set a new club of 42.9 as they finished second while the men’s 4x400m team of Michael Watson, George Clements, Joe Burton and Lewis Heffernan finished first in a time of 3:27.2.
With thanks to all the team managers, coaches and officials for making it a successful day.
Full results here
Some of the medalling teams: