Northants T&F County Champs 2024 Report

There were near perfect perfect weather conditions for the KTH athletes competing both at the Northants County Championships held at Corby AC, with warm sunshine and light winds bringing a rush of medals and PB’s.

 

Middle Distance Squad 

 

The KTH Middle distance squad competing at the Northants County Champs, and further afield at the Cambridgeshire & Somerset equivalents, enjoyed a brilliant weekend of racing with no less than 9 new County Champions Crowned including two double County Champions. The medal haul in total was 9 Gold medals, 5 Silver and 6 Bronze bringing the total to 20 medals, a terrific return for the squad.

 

One of the highlights of day 1 was a hotly contested Northants U15G 800m final, featuring four KTH athletes. KTH second claim athlete Peyton Almond, who has settled in well with the Harriers MD training group, won her first County title with a superbly paced race. As widely expected, Northampton AC athlete Imogen Bennetts, took the race out from the start and Almond sensibly sat in behind her in 2nd place waiting for her oppertunity to strike. Taking her chance in the final 100m Almond produced a fine surge of pace to sweep past her competitor to take the Gold in style with a PB of 2:24.07 and win her first County Gold medal. Sabina Lawton had followed the breakaway group consisting of four athletes along with Millie Sharp, and was rewarded with a fine Bronze medal finishing behind Bennetts with an 8 second PB in 2:26.19, with Millie Sharp just out of the medals in 4th place, but with a fine new PB of 2:29.58, while 2nd claim athlete Amelie Heron finished in 5th place in 2:37.50. U17 Maggie Gancheva also won a fine Silver medal in the U17 800m race in 2:25.90 in a race won impressively by Olivia McGhee in 2:11.26.

 

KTH second claim athlete Peyton Almond takes her first Gold in the U15G 800m

 

U17 Jemima Davey, competing in the Somerset County Championships, was right back in form winning a superb double Gold. Davey clocked her fastest ever 800m with an English Schools Qualifer of 2:16.62, winning the combined U17 & U20W race in style from Gemma Tolputt (Wells Harriers) with a strong finish. Later in the Day, Davey competing in the 200m, smashed her PB by 1.3 sec to win the B final in style in 27.07 to round off a superb day for her.

 

Back in great form, Jemima Davey winning two Gold (800m & 200m) and a Silver (1500m)

 

There was also success further afield in the Cambridgeshire U15G 800m with Clara Booth running a superb race and taking her first track County Title while slicing 5 seconds off her PB to take the Gold Medal in 2:25.21, with a 30m winning margin. U13 B Joshua Spavins also won Gold in the  Cambridgeshire U13B race with a superb display of front running, Spavins carved out a significant 60m winning margin to record  a new PB of 2:23.55 and his first County Title, while Raffery Davey also run well to take the Bronze medal in 2:31.76 in the U15B race. New recruit Naisha Herat, another of the growing number of athletes from Kimbolton School, also won a fine Bronze medal in the U13G 800m, her first county championships, with a new PB of 2:51.35.

 

First County Title for Clara Booth in the Cambs U15G 800m

Joshua Spavins (left) fine Gold in the U13B 800m & Rafferty Davey Bronze in the U15B 800m

 

There were rich picking for the Harriers in the 5,000m races with no less than three Gold medals won in the age group championships. Lucas Mansell won the U20M race with a fine PB performance running 16:13.46, with U17 Joseph Pickering also running a fine PB to take the Leicestershire & Rutland U17 title in 16:29.73, while Iona Ellwood, running in her first track 5,000m, also won Gold in the U17W race in 20:26.19.

 

Lucas Mansell Gold in the U20M 5,000m

Joseph Pickering 5,000m Gold for the U17M in the Leicestershire & Rutland Championship.

 

Iona Ellwood winning her first medal of the Championships, Gold in the U17W 5,000m

 

Day 2 of the Championships also saw the Middle Distance squad secure medals in the long Sprints & 1500m races.

 

Peyton Almond fresh from her first County title in the U15G 800m showed just how much she has improved in the past 6 months with a storming victory in the U15G 300m for her second Gold medal.  Almond running in only her 2nd race over the distance blasted out and at the start and leading from gun to tape to slash a full 4 seconds off her PB and record an impressive time of 43.15 which takes her inside the UK top 30 in the rankings over the distance. Amelie Heron also set a PB but finished just out of the medals in 4th place in 47.72, while U17 Maggie Gancheva also won her second medal of the championships in the 300m by winning a Bronze in 44.92 with a fine run.

 

2nd Gold for Peyton Almond with a stunning win in the U15G 300m

 

The U15 age groups saw a total of 4 medals won in the 1500m, with Sabina Lawton going 1 better than her 800m race the previous day to win a superb Silver medal. Lawton ran a fine race just sitting off the pace at the start and looking strong on the final lap, she slashed an amazing 22 seconds off her PB to post her first sub 5:00 min clocking with 4:58.37. Millie Sharp who agonisingly missed out in the medals in the 800m, was rewarded with a fine Bronze medal with a strong run to virtually equal her PB in 5:03.46.

 

U15G 1500m Silver medal for Sabina Lawton (left) & Bronze for Millie Sharp

 

In the U15 B race the boys equalled the medal return with Harlee Hooker winning a terrific Silver medal with a strong run and new PB of 4:43.74, rich reward after finishing in 4th in the 800m the day earlier. Oliver Smith who was in  6th place at the Bell, produced his trademark finish with a terrific closing lap to take the Bronze medal on the line with a new PB of 4:44.48.

 

U15B 1500m with a Silver for Harlee Hooker (left) and Bronze for Oliver Smith

 

There was a third Medal of the championships for Jemima Davey who followed up her double Gold the previous day with a fine Silver medal in the U17W 1500m with a SB time of 5:01.04 in a highly tactical race. Also winning a Silver was Rio Carr in the U20M 1500m running a SB of 4:20.49, Carr was  not able to respond to the pick in pace on the final lap from the winner Arthur Tilt. U17 Iona Ellwood won her second medal of the championships with a Bronze medal in the 1500m, Ellwood no doubt feeling the effects of the Gold medal winning performance in the 5,000m from the previous day.

 

Sprint Squad

 

There were some great performances from the sprint squad athletes over the County weekend, with all athletes representing the club extremely well.



Under 11 boy, Jayden Opoku, made his debut in the 150m event on Saturday.  Run as a time trial, he just missed out on a medal, finishing 5th overall in his heat.  He returned the next day to run a PB in the 75m and secure a bronze medal.



In the U13 age group, Sophie Burnes ran a strong race to finish 2nd in her heat of the 200m, in a time of 28.44 seconds.  She then ran another PB of 28.15 in the final, to secure the silver medal.  In the 100m, which was a straight final, she once again won silver in a wind assisted time of 13.77 seconds.  Also competing in that age group was Darci Cleaver, who set a PB of 31.06 in the 200m to finish 5th in her heat, and finishing 7th in the final.  She closed off her weekend by finishing 5th in the 100m, running a wind assisted time of 15.03 seconds.

 

Sophie Burnes - double medallist



U13 boys, Yannick Chassaigne and Oscar Morden, both also ran well in their 200m races.  Yannick ran a PB of 29.07 in his heat, and lowered his time to 28.95 in the final to win the silver medal, after running a very strong bend.  Oscar was making his debut in the event and finished 3rd in his heat in 29.33 seconds, picking up the bronze medal in the final in a time of 29.47 seconds.  He also competed in the 100m the next day, and just missed out on a medal, finishing in 4th place with a PB of 14.51 seconds.



Harrier’s featured in both heats of the U15 girls 200m, with Robyn Evans,  Emily Kraftl, and Matilda Abbott finishing 4th, 6th, and 7th in the 1st heat with their times just over the legal 2.0 limit.  Heat 2 saw Mara Cotnareanu, Laura Goldberg, and Olivia Humphrey all running personal bests to finish 3rd, 5th, and 6th respectively.  Mara and Laura both progressed through to the final, in which they finished 3rd and 5th respectively, with Mara winning the bronze medal for her run in 27.79 seconds. 



Mara, Laura, and Emily all competed in heat 1 of the 100m the next day, with all of the girls setting new personal bests in which they finished 4th, 6th, and 8th.  Mara ran a PB of 13.61 seconds to qualify for the final, while Laura ran 14.06, and Emily ran 14.26 seconds.  Heat 2 featured Olivia Humphrey, Matilda Abbott, and Robyn Evans.  Olivia set a new PB of 13.83, finishing 3rd to qualify for the final,  while Matilda and Robyn finished 4th and 5th respectively, with Matilda just missing out on setting a new PB, and Robyn setting a new time of 14.33 seconds.  In the final, Mara was just edged out of the medals, finishing 4th in a PB of 14.06, while Olivia finished 8th in 14.00 seconds.



The U15 boys were fortunate enough to only have to run straight finals in both of their races.  In the 200m, Aaron Ampofo finished just outside of the medals in 4th place in a wind assisted time of 25.65 seconds, with Jeremy Huswu finishing in 5th position in 27.01w, and Kessley Williams finishing 8th in 27.44w.  The 100m the next day was a controversial race.  All 3 boys set PB’s, with Aaron originally being advised that he had finished 4th in 12.76 seconds, only to be awarded the bronze medal after an appeal was lodged, with the photo finish showing that he had in fact finished 3rd.  Jeremy finished 6th in 13.22 seconds, and Kessley finished in 7th in 13.66 seconds.



The U17 girls also only had to run straight finals, with Abina Funy Soares da Gama winning the bronze medals in the 100m and 200m.  Her time of 27.24 was a PB in the 200m, while in the 100m she ran a season’s best of 13.27 seconds.  Abigail Akinyemi-West made her debut in the 100m, running 13.55 seconds, while Lulu Mowforth ran yet another set of PB’s in both of her races in times of 14.39 in the 100m, and 29.56 in the 200m.  Elijah Lawson showed a glimpse of his future potential, winning the silver medal in both of his U17 races in times of 11.55 in the 100m, and 23.36 seconds in the 200m.  Tanaka Maposa , also running his first races in Harrier colours, finished 7th in the 100m in 12.74 seconds, and 5th in the 200m in 26.45 seconds.



Elizabeth Reading had a successful weekend in her 1st season as an U20 athlete.  On the Saturday she finished 3rd in the 200m in a wind assisted time of 25.65 seconds.  Controversy followed her run in the 100m in which she ran a personal best time of 12.64 seconds and was initially awarded the bronze medal, only for this to be reviewed, with her being promoted to 2nd place and the silver medal.  Culley Cleaver ran a strong race to finish 5th in the 200m race in 28.39w, while her sister, Harriet, just missed out on a medal in the 100m, running a season’s best of 13.04 seconds.  Culley set a new PB of 13.60 in the 100m, finishing 5th.

 

From left to right, Elizabeth Reading, Holly Abbott, and Wilika Carr


 

Senior woman, Holly Abbott, won both of her races in a wind assisted 13.80 in the 100m, and ran a season’s best in the 200m in a time of 28.92 seconds.  The Senior men’s races saw Lewis-Morgan Barton run a superb bend to set a new PB of 22.07 to win the 200m, with Austin Ideh finishing 3rd in a PB of 23.30 seconds, and Caleb Corstin running a season’s best of 26.46 seconds to finish 5th.  The 100m was a close run affair following Lewis-Morgan’s exertions in the 400m prior to the race, which he won in a PB of 53.12 seconds.  He crossed the line with training partner, Austin, and Corby’s Jordan Spence.  Spence was given the nod for 1st place, with Lewis-Morgan given the same time in 2nd place, and Austin given the bronze in 11.37 seconds.  Caleb Corstin finished 5th in a season’s best of 13.14 seconds.  Lewis-Morgan also competed in the high jump, triple jump, and long jump over the weekend, setting a PB in the triple jump with a jump of 12.34 metres, and another PB in the high jump in which he finished 2nd with 1.75m.  He also won gold in the long jump with a jump of 6.24 metres.

 

Lewis-Morgan Barton and Austin Ideh, gold and bronze respectively in the 200m


 

Veteran athletes, Wilika Carr and Peter Kraftl both did well in their respective races over the weekend.  Wilika won gold in both of her races, running a wind assisted 14.11 seconds in the 100m, and a season’s best of 29.93 seconds in the 200m.  Meanwhile, Peter won bronze in the 100m in a PB of 12.72 seconds, and just missed out on a medal in the 200m with a 4th place run in 25.99 seconds.
 

Multi eventer’s, Matilda Abbott and Lucie Cleaver both competed in the U15 girls triple jump.  It was their 1st experience of competing in the event, with Lucie winning gold with a leap of 8.14m, and Matilda winning bronze with 7.88m.  Lucie also competed in the long jump, in which she just missed out on winning a medal, finishing 4th with a jump of 3.72 metres, a season’s best.  Kessley Williams, U15 boy, also competed in the high jump on the Sunday, winning bronze with a personal best jump of 1.35m.

 

Matilda Abbott (left) and Lucie Cleaver - good opening performances in the triple jump

 

There were many other fine performances from the squads athletes over the weekend showing that they are all coming into good shape as the T&F season gathers momentum over the next 2 months, well done to everyone who ran.