Ready Set Go for Track!

There were some brilliant performances, and a great start to the 2022 Track Season for Kettering Town Harriers athletes at the opening track fixture for most as part of the KTH Floodlit open. The unusually warm weather preceding the event was spoilt somewhat by a moderate easterly wind which meant conditions were on the cool side. If this opening event is anything to go by then 2022 is going to be another fantastic year for the region’s premier athletics club.


Middle Distance Squad


With a number of the younger athletes testing their speed in the 100m as a test of their speed the 1st MD event for the squad was the 400m. Lucas Rogers making his debut in the event ran a stunning opening 1 lap race, paced to perfection he recorded a superb 52.76 to put an early marker down with clearly much more to come for the U17. KTH 2nd claimer and regular in the training group Luke Turner also showed he is making great strides in his main event 400MH where he already has ES qualifier, sliceing 2.5 sec from his PB with a brilliant 52.52 over a flat 400m.


Lucas Rogers a fantastic debut in the 400m with 52.76


In the 600m U11 Bella Lamb won comfortable with 2:05.09, just a fraction off her PB, and will look to target a sub 2:00 mins this over the coming weeks. U11 Harris Ellwood and Sophie Burns also both ran good opening times.


The traditional over distance openers, 1000m ‘A’ race, produced some of the best performances on the night, with U17 Alice Bennett leading the way for the girls with a brilliantly paced 8 sec PB, controlled throughout and paced to perfection by squad member Josh Geddes at 70sec/ 2:20 Bennett powered her way to 2:53.61, just behind KTH 2nd claimer U15 Nathan Lamb (2:52.92). U20 Alice Bates broke 3:00 mins with a fine opener of 2:57.07, as did U17 Dylan white (2:58.71) & Tony James back racing after almost 3 months disrupted training due to long covid, powering his way to within a sec of his PB with 2:58.78. Also featuring in the ‘A’ race U15 Maggie Gancheva showed she means business this season with a superb 15 sec PB in 3:04.46, with Elsie Robinson making a good start to her campaign 3:06.83, U13 Jess Lamb had a storming run to record a brilliant time of


Alice Bennett a superb 8 second PB in the 1000m (Photo: John Woods Photography) 


The ‘B’ race saw a terrific win for U13 Harlee Hooker leading from the gun with 3:18.80, Rafferty Davey with a late rally had a fine run in 3:21.60. There were some brilliant performances for the younger girls with U13 Tiggy Guthrie-Brown enjoying a superb run in 3:26.47, U15 Iona Ellwood with a strong run in 3:30.76, with new squad member U13 Viola Mazura showing bags of potential making her race debut with a fine 3:46.07, and U13 Clara Booth breaking 4:00 mins with ease in 3:50.39. The ‘C’ race saw U13 Ollie Smith leading home the Harriers contingent in 3:28.60 with U20 Julia Buzuk already feeling the benefits of training with the squad running a fine race in 4:01.97.


In the 2000m race one of the outstanding performance of the night was U15 Jemima Davey who sliced 17 seconds off her PB to show she means business in her first year in this AG as she mounts a challenge for English schools track. Lucas Rogers fresh from his debut 400m sliced 53 seconds off his PB with a fine run in 6:10.40 just behind Ben Brooker who won the race just shy of his PB in 6:05.69. U17 Joe Pickering making his track debut ran a fine race in 6:30.84 with SW Steph Lawrie is coming into good shape with a fine run in 6:39.48. There were a brace of U15 boys running well with Dylan Ransom (6:48), George Sharp (6:56) & Finley Brooker (6:57) all recording sub 7:00 min times, with U17 Ellis Johnson (7:00) Zachary Scott (7:04) & James Clutton (7:07) running well.


U15 Jemima Davey with a brilliant run to slice 17 seconds off her PB


Also competing early season was SW Erin Healy who after putting in a good block of training over the winter at Birmingham University opened her track season with a fine 26.71 at the Nuneaton open, her fastest opener for 4 years! Hopefully Erin will be able to build on this and will look to get a full seasons racing in year.


Sprint Squad


The season opener for the sprint squad, saw several notable performances.  Conditions were mostly fair with a gentle breeze, although occasional higher gusts created headwinds and cooler conditions as the evening wore on.

The standout performance of the evening came from U20 athlete, Ryan Amesimeku, who finished 2nd to Coventry’s U23 athlete, Jonathan Knox.  His time of 11.29 was his fastest season opener.  He followed this up by winning his 200m in a time of 23.05 seconds, which was yet another fastest season opener.  In 2nd place in the 200m was U20 Luke Riches, in a time of 23.81 seconds.  Luke, who is entering his 2nd season in the squad, had earlier ran 11.81 seconds in the 100m.


Ryan Amesimeku with his fastest season opener in both the 100m & 200m


U17 boy, William Rawcliffe, ran personal bests in both of his races.  He won his 100m race in a time of 12.30 seconds into a 1.3 headwind, and followed this up with 4th place, in a time of 24.81 seconds, in his 200m.  Ahead of him in the 200m, was U20 athlete, Joshua Wenje, who finished 3rd and also ran a PB of 24.46 seconds.  In the same 200m race, Senior athlete, Emmanuel Mbu, showed a return to form to finish 2nd in a time of 23.88 seconds.  Earlier in the evening, he won his 100m race in a time of 11.45 seconds.  Meanwhile, U20 athlete, Max Mowforth, opened up his season with a run of 11.87 seconds in the 100m, his preferred event, to finish 7th.


William Rawcliffe in fine form with two PBs’ in his season opener


Zane Cooper, U15 boy, ran well in his 100m race to finish 3rd in a time of 13.30 seconds, with 1st and 2nd positions going to U17 age group athletes.  New squad member, Adam Bolsom, did the double in his races, winning his 100m race in 14.03 seconds, and his 200m race in 29.77 seconds.  Also doing a double, and new to the squad, was U17 boy, Pasidu Warnakulasuriya, who ran times of 12.75 seconds in the 100m, and 25.25 seconds in the 200m. 

U17 girls, Sonal Rathod and Culley Cleaver both finished 3rd in their 100m races in times of 13.82 seconds and 14.40 seconds respectively.  Meanwhile, U20 athlete, Holly Abbott equalled her PB in the 100m in a time of 14.26 seconds to finish 5th.  Ellie Warboys, U17 girl, ran well in her 200m to finish 2nd in her race in a PB of 29.23 seconds.


Sonal Rathod third place in the 100m


The athletes entering their first seasons in the U13 age group all competed well in their 100m races.  In heat 1, Aidan Hooks just held off Sabina Lawton to finish in 2nd place in a time of 14.92 seconds, to Sabina’s time of 15.10 seconds in 3rd place.  While in heat 2, Aaron Ampofo finished 2nd in his race in a time of 14.69 seconds.

In the 75m, athletes in the U11  age group, who train in the 6 pm sessions, put in some notable runs.  Leading the way was Sophie Burnes who ran a time of 11.53 seconds to win her race. Henry Perrin also won his race in a time of 12.77 seconds, with Darci Cleaver finishing in 2nd place behind Henry in a time of 12.80 seconds.  Rosa Currie and Keaton Spruce battled it out in their races, with Rosa just pipping Keaton to finish in 3rd place in 12.81 seconds, and Keaton finishing in 4th in 12.85 seconds. 


Darci Cleaver second place in her first race of the season


In the long jump, former Harrier, Kaiden Ramsay, won with a jump of 6.30 metres, just outside his PB of 6.38m that has him currently ranked 8th in the UK in the U17 age group.  Finishing in 2nd place was Theo Crick with a jump of 4.74m, while his sister, Josie finished in 4th with a personal best jump of 4.36m.  In the high jump, U17 boy, Reinis Batna, jumped 1.60m to open his season in 2nd place.  Ellie Warboys also opened her season well with a jump of 1.35m.  Sisters, Toni and Billi Robinson both produced PBs’ to finish in 6th and 7th respectively with jumps of 1.30m and 1.25m.  Also producing a PB was U13 athlete, Sophie Panther, with a jump of 1.10m.  In the javelin, U20 athlete, Alfie Cope, on a break from university, threw 40.68m to finish 2nd.


For many the Heart of England match will be their next test, with some running under or over distance, before the mad month of May where an abundance of races ramp up.  


Well done to everyone who ran