Report on the final Heart of England & KTH Eve Open

Heart Of England League


Kettering hosted the final Heart of England meeting of the season.  Selections for many of the events were, unfortunately, affected by holidays, injuries, or work commitments, however, the athletes who competed put in some good performances on the day.


Sprint Group summary

Lenon Muma, U17, in his 1st season at the club, competed in the A 100m and finished 4th in a time of 12.0 seconds.  William Rawcliffe, also U17, equalled his PB of 11.9 seconds in the B 100m. The winner of his race, Robert Wardlow of Saffron AC, ran a time of 11.8 seconds, with Dinis Meireles of Rugby and Northampton AC, just pipping William on the line to 2nd place, with both athletes being given the same time.  Lenon and Willian both also competed in the 200m, with Lenon running a PB of 24.1 seconds, finishing in 4th place in his race, and William also finishing 4th in his race in 25.2 seconds.


Harriet Cleaver, U20, and Elizabeth Reading, U17, competed in the A and B 100m respectively. Harriet finished in 5th position in a time of 13.5 seconds, with Isabel Mur of Rugby and Northampton winning in 12.8 seconds.  Meanwhile, Elizabeth won her race in 13.3 seconds, ahead of Amelia Turk of Solihull and Small Heath.  She also competed in the A 200m in which she equalled her PB of 26.6 seconds, finishing in 5th place.  U20 athlete, Sonal Rathod ran in the B 200m, finishing 4th in 28.4 seconds after running a fast bend.


Neng Yang was the club’s sole representative in the U15 age group.  Competing in both short sprints, he produced personal bests of 12.7 seconds and 25.6 seconds in both events.  In the same age group, Esther Chapman and Billi Robinson represented the girls in the 100m, with Esther running 15.7 seconds, and Billi running 15.9 seconds.  Esther also competed in the A 200m, while Sophie Panther ran in the B race.  Both athletes ran personal bests of 31.6 seconds and 32.2 seconds respectively.


Aaron Ampofo was the only boy competing in the U13 age group on the day.  Battling growing pains this season, he finished 3rd in his 100m race in 13.5 seconds behind Keane Thomas of Rugby and Northampton, and Charlie Hughes of Solihull and Small Heath.  In the 200m he was beaten into 2nd place by Hughes, who won in a PB of 27.1 seconds, with Aaron running 27.4 seconds.  


Aaron Ampofo - great runs in both races


Darci Cleaver and Olivia Humphrey competed in the U13 girls’ events.  Competing in the A stream 100m, Darci finished 7th in 15.8 seconds, with Olivia running a PB of 14.4 seconds in the B race.  In the 200m, Darci was joined by Matilda Abbott, with both girls finishing 5th in their races in 33.8 seconds and 33.3 seconds respectively.


Sophie Burnes had another successful day in the U11 girls 75m.  Fresh from setting two club records in this event this season, she once again was untroubled to win her race in 11.3 seconds.  The previous club record was held by Erin Healy and had stood since August 2012.  Also competing in this event were Lucy-Rose Buckingham who finished third in the B race in 12.2 seconds, and Macy Warboys who competed in the non-scoring event, finishing 8th in 13.9 seconds.  Patryk Marzec and Jayden Nyamekye Opoku competed in the boy’s event, with both athletes setting new personal bests of 12.2 seconds and 11.9 seconds respectively.


Sophie Burnes - a superb winning streak this season


Due to the lack of athletes available on the day, we were only able to have 3 relay teams competing on the day.  The U17/U20 women’s team ran strong legs to finish second to Rugby and Northampton in their race, finishing in 52.6 seconds, to R&N’s 50.2 seconds.  The U11 mixed relay also finished 2nd to Rugby and Northampton in their race in a time of 66.3 seconds, and the U13 girls’ relay finished 3rd in their age groups’ relay in 61.0 seconds, with Rugby and Northampton’s team finishing 2nd to winners, Solihull and Small Heath.


Middle Distance


There were some fine performances from the athletes who were able to compete, with a sparkling performance from Lara Turner who won the U20W ‘A’ 800m in 2:23.9 10m ahead of R&N Sophie Hancock to take revenge on the defeat she suffered at the hand of Handcock at the County Schools race earlier in the year. U15 Jemima Davey also won the ‘A’ 800m race with a well-timed finish to hold off Warwicks Ellie Baker.  


For the boys Rafferty Davey won the ‘B’ U13B 800m with ease in 2:34.4, while in the ‘A’ race Oliver Smith finished in 2nd place in 2:32.4.


In the 1500m there was a PB ran by Evan Willis to finish in third place in 4:31.4 in the U20m ‘A’ race & Zachary Scott finished in 2nd place in the U15B ‘A’ race in 4:53.5, with Harlee Hooker also finishing in 2nd place in ‘B’ race.



Kettering Evening Open


The final Kettering evening open of the season saw an abundance of good performances from the all of the KTH squads.


Some of the performances of the evening came from a loaded 400m race with U23 Cole Sinnott competing in his final 400m race of the season, running an outstanding race to lower the club record he had set at the England U23 Championships in June.  Leading the race from the start, he set a new personal best and club record of 49.20 seconds, to cap off an exceptional season over that distance. Also competing in the race was U20 Ben Brooker who is flourishing in the late season with a fine new 0.7 sec PB of 51:16, and U20 Josh Geddes also setting a new PB with 52.61


Cole Sinnott - signed off his 400m campaign with a PB, lowering his club record


Another athlete having an outstanding season was U11 girl, Sophie Burnes, who has remained unbeaten all season in her 75m and 150m races.  Untroubled in both races, she once again won her races in 11.29 seconds, into a minus 1.9 headwind, and 22.31 seconds into  another headwind of minus 0.7 metres per second.


In the 800m 9 year old Callum Johnson sliced almost 10 seconds off his PB to continue to impress in his first full season with the Harriers with a fine 2:42.28 to win the first heat, while U11 Atticus Guthrie-Brown who is training with the MD squad and making his debut at the distance ran an impressive 2:48.73.


The 1500m saw a great race in which 4 of the Harriers set new PB’s with U17 Evan Willis slicing 8 seconds from his previous best with 4:23.69, with U17 Dylan Ransom slicing 4 seconds of his best with a fine run in 4:26.66, with U20 George Separovic with a 9 second PB in 4:29.86 and finally U20 Ellis Johnson with a 5 second improvement in 4:38.59.


Evan Willis with a huge PB in the 1500m 



U17 William Rawcliffe has had a challenging season due to injuries, but has managed claw his way back to fitness in spite of this.  Competing in the 200m, he won his race in a personal best of 23.69 seconds.  Also winning their races, were Lulu Mowforth, U17, and U13 boys, Aaron Ampofo and Yannick Chassaigne.  Lulu, who has been having her best season, so far, ran a PB of 14.72 into a minus 1.7 headwind.  Both boys also had to run into headwinds in their races, with Aaron running a time of 13.40 seconds in the 100m, and Yannick finishing in 29.97 seconds in the 200m.  Aaron was unlucky to just miss out on setting a new PB in his 200m race, finishing 2nd in 27.01 seconds, to veteran athlete Waising Yip of Coventry Athletic Club who won in 26.59 seconds.


U17 athlete, Elizabeth Reading, was chasing a qualifying time for the England U17 Championships in her 200m race.  Finishing in 3rd place into a headwind of 0.3 metres per second, she missed out on achieving the time, finishing in 26.81 seconds.  In her 100m race, she finished 4th in 13.42 seconds into an even stronger minus 2.7 headwind.  Her next races will be the Midland U17 Championships in Nuneaton.


Elizabeth Reading - challenging races ahead of Midland U17 Championships