Success at Ashford for County Championships

For many, the annual Kent County Track and Field Championships present an excellent opportunity for athletes to compete against athletes of all clubs in the county.

Being relatively early in the season, it is fair to say conditions were variable… ranging from heavy downpours to sunshine. There were also a few issues with starting equipment resulting in slight delays, nevertheless, our athletes persevered well through a total of 83 performances.

In total Dartford Harriers amassed a total of 30 medals, consisting of 8 Bronze, 6 Silver and 16 Gold. In addition to the medals, Eloise Harvey (U20W) and Emily Newnham (U17W) set new Championship Best Performances in the Triple Jump and 300mH respectively.

Eloise Harvey, who saved the best of her jumps until the last two rounds, broke the previous record which had been standing since 1998 by 22cm. Emily Newnham managed to improve the CBP time that was set in 2003 by a huge 0.69s.

Gold Medalists

A summary of all medal winners is available below:

AthleteAge GroupEventPerformance
Bonnie MaugeySenior WomenLong Jump4.26
Chanelle ColeU20 Women200m25.62
Claire CaponSenior WomenHammer38.31
Eloise HarveyU20 WomenTriple Jump12.48
Emily NewnhamU17 Women300m39.54
Emily NewnhamU17 Women300mH43.91
Gracie ThomasSenior WomenPole Vault2.80
Kaliyah YoungU17 Women200m23.93
Kaliyah YoungU17 Women100m12.04
Kat SuttonSenior Women800m2:13.53
Lily SmithU17 WomenPole Vault2.30
Lucas Taylor-CostinSenior Men1500m4:04.12
Lucas Taylor-CostinSenior Men800m1:56.90
Maisy RoseU17 Women1500m s/c5:12.61
Alex RingshallU17 MenHammer 51.37

Silver Medalists

AthleteAge GroupEventPerformance
Eloise HarveyU20 WomenLong Jump5.59
Eloise HarveyU20 Women100m12.52
Erin ThomasU20 WomenPole Vault3.40
Jack FoxSenior MenTriple Jump12.93
Kai BarhamU15 BoyHammer37.71
Maisy RoseU17 Women800m2:18.46

Bronze Medalists

AthleteAge GroupEventPerformance
Chanelle ColeU20 Women400m58.60
Isabel LloydU20 Women1500m s/c6:18.30
Jack FoxSenior MenLong Jump5.77
Joshua CockermanU17 MenHigh Jump1.70
Morgan LucasU17 MenLong Jump5.50
Samuel FerreyraU15 BoyPole Vault1.85
Sileena FarrellU17 Women100m12.46
Stephen Tablot (M50)Senior MenHammer29.39

In addition to the above performances, it is important to recognise individual achievements. It’s particularly impressive to see just how many athletes managed to secure Personal Bests (check out the Power of 10 results for more information), which bodes well for the rest of the season.

Competing at the County Championships can often sound like a daunting experience, particularly if you are new to the sport or have had limited competition experience. U15 athlete, James Baker, who travelled to Ashford for his first taste of the event has kindly shared his experience:

When I entered the Kent championships I felt very nervous, the thought of running against people that could be some of the fastest in Kent scared me. But then as soon as my races started I was excited and also afterwards I had a sense of achievement that I hadn’t had before. I was extremely happy that I achieved pbs in all my events. It was an all round great experience and I am very happy I took part in it.

James Baker

As always, there were a number of our members who volunteered their time to support the running of the event. It’s definitely great to see so many familiar faces. If volunteering is of interest, there are plenty of opportunities available, to find out more see the information of the volunteering page.

Overall, it was a positive weekend for the club and hopefully provides a good benchmark for excellent performances throughout the track and field season.

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