Kettering Floodlit Open

Middle Distance


The latest Kettering Floodlit open meeting saw some brilliant performances in the glorious conditions for Middle Distance Running


One of the standout performances was an 8 second PB for Iona Ellwood running a fine race in the 1500m to record a new lifetime best of 5:06.91 closing in on the magical 5:00 barrier. Also running the 1500m was Tiggy Guthrie-Brown making her debut at the distance & running a fine race to record 5:24.89 in an understandable cautious race, Guthrie-Brown will be confident in reducing this time as she gets to grips with the distance. U13 Harry Ambery also ran a good PB in 5:24.95 in a close race with Guthrie -Brown.


U15 Iona Ellwood a fine new 8 sec PB in the 1500m


Also slicing a huge chunk from their PB was Alice Bates running a rare 800m she ran an English schools qualifying time of 2:15.18 a 10 second PB preparing for her favoured 1500m event with some speed training, essential for thios event. Bates ran a controlled race and declared she enjoyed running the shorter distance and will look to compete over the distance later in the season.

U20 Alice Bates rare outing in the 800m & a 10 second PB 


There were also good PB's for U15 Dylan Ransom (2:16.92) & U17 Joseph Pickering (2:12.93), and a ten year Best from Steph Lawrie who is rolling back the years with a fine run of 2:20.82 just half a second from her 2012 PB. U17 Abigail Thayanithy also ran a fine race to set a new PB of 2:27.35 front running much of the race, and U20 Julia Buzuk improving from her specialist MD training ran a fine 800m debut of 2:52.78.


Jacob Asher-Relf won the 'A' race with a seasons opener of 2:05.50 just ahead of much improved Dylan White in 2:07.04, while Keris Hooker ran a new PB in the shorter 300m sprint with 53.69 along with U15's Jacob Smith (42.64) & Evan Willis (44.57)


Well done to everyone who ran.




Headwinds played a part in all of the sprint events on the night, but the athletes were still able to put in some outstanding performances. 

The meeting opened with the U11 athletes competing in the 75m.  Heat 1 was won by Darci Cleaver in 12.26 seconds, with Harris Elwood finishing in 2nd place in 12.35 seconds.  The headwind in this race was the strongest of the night at -2.4 which bodes well for both athletes when they aren’t inhibited by the wind.  Zachary Chapman & Jackson Ahmadu both ran PBs’ in heat 3, finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively in 11.41 seconds and 11.62 seconds. 

The standout performance in the 100m from the squad, came from Ryan Amesimeku in heat 8, in which he finished 2nd to Birchfield’s Oshay Williams in a season’s best time of 11.18 seconds, to Williams’ 11.04 seconds. Heat 3 was won by Gracie Stevens,  who set  a PB of 13.98 seconds, while in heat 4, Caleb Corstin ran a season’s best of 13.14 to win his race.  Meanwhile, Luke Riches finished 3rd in heat 7 in 11.48 seconds, just outside his PB of 11.42 seconds.

Ryan Amesimeku with a fine SB in the 100m with 11.18


In the 200m, Gracie Stevens and Caleb Corstin both once again won their races.  Gracie’s time of 30.37 seconds was yet another PB, with training partners, Toni Robinson, Serena Warnakulasuriya, and Sabina Lawton all also setting PBs’ in that race.  Caleb’s time of 26.96 seconds was a season’s best.  William Rawcliffe produced yet another PB in his race, recording a time of 24.02 seconds to finish 2nd.  Cole Sinnott, in his delayed season opener, competed in the 300m, and in an untroubled race, was rewarded with a superb PB of 36.77 seconds.


Cole Sinnott with a season Opener of 36.77 in the 300m



A total of 4 athletes produced PBs’ in the long jump, with Keaton Spruce and Darci Cleaver winning in the U11 age group with jumps of 3.05 metres, and 3 metres respectively.  In the U13 age group, Lucie Cleaver just pipped Matilda Abbott to 2nd place with a jump of 3.45 metres, to Matilda’s 3.41 metres.

Well done to everyone who participated in the event.