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Latest News - 21/12/23 - Update
Due to closures by Places Leisure, we are unable to host Kestrels sessions on the 24th, 26th, 28th or 31st Dec. Also there will be no Epsom Kestrel session on the 27th.
We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a great 2024.
It was another exciting day of competition on Saturday at the Lily B League final where lightning did indeed strike twice as the meet was delayed again by over 40 minutes due to torrential downpours, thunder and lighting!
Luckily this time the meet was not cancelled and events continued, however the delay was difficult for the athletes with the events not going off at their rescheduled times meaning some athletes had no time to warm up before their event while some from other clubs missed their events completely! A big shout out to Alana, Amber, Eliza and Phoebe who went straight into their events (the 1500m, 200m, 800m and 800m respectively) with no warm up due to the reschedule yet still managed to score big points for the team.
The U11 athletes had a very strong day of competition with Sophia winning the LJ with 3.46m and winning her 75m heat in a new PB of 11.4. Darcey was hot on her heels also setting a big PB of 12.0. In the 600m Shiloh led the race off at a fierce pace and finished strongly to come 3rd overall with a new PB of 2.10. Darcey and Louisa also set new PBs of 2.17 and 2.19 – a brilliant result for them all! Then they all came together for their first competitive 4x100m relay where they performed some slick baton changes to come 2nd – a great team effort!
For the older athletes Katie won the U15 100m in 12.8 and set new PBs in the shot and HJ. There were also PBs in the 100m for Polly, Izzy, Bella, Saran and Carmen. Despite slightly tweaking her quad in the 100m, Carmen then went on to win the U17 HJ in 1.55m and U17 LJ, setting a new PB of 4.52m! Nicole won the U13 HJ in a PB equalling 1.45m and was 3rd in the U13 LJ, while Tia was 1st in the U15 LJ. Tia also maintained her unbeaten run in the Lily B 300m, destroying the field with a 4 second gap between her and 2nd place. In the U13 javelin Iris threw over 15m to top the K&P U13 rankings while Alana won the B string with a 13.67m effort! Iris also won the U13 discus. Ella won the U17 800m by 10 seconds while in the U15 800m, Elizabeth was 3rd.
Overall there were lots of strong performances (unfortunately too many to mention here but checkout the full results on the power of 10) and despite a depleted team Kingston came 5th in the Cup Final!
A huge thank you to Parminder and Madeleine who did a fantastic job as team managers and also to all the parents and officials who volunteered to help at the meetings. Overall it was a very successful Lily B season and we can’t wait to see you all competing next year!
The results are in for the Downs League...
Awesome running by Alana (U11) and Nathan (U17) who both finished 3rd in their age groups. There were also some excellent team results with the U11 girls finishing 2nd, the U11 boys 4th and both U13 teams also finishing 4th. Great running by everyone!
U11 girls - 2nd Team
U11 boys - 4th team
U13 girls - 4th team
U13 boys team - 4th team
Well done to all the athletes who competed in the Surrey County Championships on Saturday at Lloyd park in Croydon.
Everyone who raced should be proud of themselves for running on such a tough course in difficult conditions against the best in Surrey!
A special mention to Albert who led home the U13 boys team in 6th place, 9 seconds off a medal, which is a fantastic achievement.
U13 boys - 7th Team
U13 girls - 7th team
There is a new session at Epsom for yr6 and above starting on the 4th at 6.30-7.45pm! Please contact us an email if you would like to get involved :)
The Downs League results have finally been released and we are pleased to report some great results from all the athletes involved.
A big congratulations to the U11 girls team who finished in first place, led home by Rose who came 2nd! Alana and Eliza also did brilliantly to finish in the top 10.
The U11 boys team finished in 3rd with the first three team counters (Roan, Leo and Pascal) packing together well in 8th, 10th and 12th place. The team all finished in the top 30! A special mention also to Tom who competes for Epsom, but also trains with the Kestrels, who came 3rd overall.
The U13 boys team also did really well to finish in 4th place with 4 athletes finishing in the top 20.
U11 girls - 1st team!
U11 boys - 3rd team
U13 girls - 7th team
U13 boys - 4th team
U15 girls - 5th team
U15 boys - 6th team
It was a fantastic effort from everyone and we look forward to seeing you all at the next one!
Well done to all the athletes for some great performances this weekend at the Surrey League XC match 2.
Performance of the day - Albert finishing 2nd in a dead heat with the winner in the U13 Boys race
U13 Girls - Team 6th
Sofia - 28th
Holly - 37th
U13 Boys - Team 8th
Albert - 2nd
Tim - 28th
Andrew - 52nd
Lucas - 56th
We look forward to seeing you at the next race!
Well done to all the brave athletes that faced the weather this morning to race in the Downs League. There were some fantastic results and everyone should be so proud for turning up and racing hard despite the horrible conditions. For many it was their first taste of XC racing - we hope everyone will be back for more!
There were some excellent team and individual results.
Alana won the U11 girls race with Eliza coming in 6th place, helping their team to a 3rd place finish!!
U11 Girls - 3rd Team
U11 Boys - 6th team
U13 boys - 5th team
U13 girls - 4th team
U15 boys - 4th team
U15 girls - 4th team
Great racing and hope to see you all at the next fixture on the 27th November
Well done to all the High Flyers who took part in the Halloween Session last night! There was some strong running by Tim, Basit, Lukas and Daniel who all survived the night without being caught by a Zombie!!!
Well done to the athletes who competed at the most recent Surrey XC League - quite a few of them have only recently graduated into our evening groups from Kestrels.
The U13 Girls Saya, Elizabeth and Iris all performed very well to come 6th overall and 12th, 13th and 27th individually.
U15 Luke crossed the line in 19th and U17 Timmy finished 34th
Hopefully we will see some more of our kestrels down at the next cross-country on the 12th November.
Everyone at the Kestrel Club wants to give a huge congratulations to all our athletes who represented Kingston Athletics Club and Polytechnic Harriers in the LAG Youth Development League this year.
Here is a quick overview of Kingston's position in each match:
Match 1 (Winchester) - 4th
Match 2 (Kings Park) - 5th
Match 3 (Kingston) - 3rd
Match 4 (Crawley) - 1st!!!
A quick shout-out and thank you to Joe J, Leonardo F, Adham KM, Phoebe S, Connie K, Daniel C, Andrew R, Lucas G, Euan R, Kiara D, Helena S, Elizabeth H, Freya M, Yaseen S, Ruhiel H, Albert K, Scarlett B, Grace W, Ethan R, Benjamin W, Catherine H, Carissa A, Tim P, Daniel B, Lukas P, Elliot TC, Eilidh L, Iris O, Georgina S, Sofia HM, Saya M, Avery B, Arabella E and Nicole D.
Notably, Daniel C attended every single YDL match - Well done Daniel!!
Each year England Athletics celebrates athletes who have performed over a certain standard in their events. There are 4 levels of AAA awards, 1 being the highest. Many of the kestrels that competed did so well that they achieved these difficult standards.
Level 4 awards:
Elizabeth Holyday - 1200m - 4:26.1
Joe Jemmett - HJ - 1.56
Daniel Claudet - 75m - 10.8
Albert Kadar - 150m - 21.1
Albert Kadar - 800m - 2:32.7
Tim Possadski - 75m - 10.8
Tim Possadski - LJ - 4.22
Saya Murase - 1200m - 4:12.5
Arabella Ezekwugo - 75m - 11.06
Freya Moran - HJ - 1.25
Level 3 awards:
Albert Kadar - 75m - 10.37
Albert Kadar - 150m - 20.26
Nicole Deaconescu - HJ - 1.33
Level 2 awards:
Albert Kadar - 800m - 2:25.38
We are looking forward to next year to see even more Kestrels representing Kingston and performing well :)
Come and join in with athletics at Kingston or Epsom!!
There's been some fantastic athletics on the TV over the last few weeks. We hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have with Team GB uncovering lots of new superstars.
Now it's you turn - come and join in and learn to train to be a future champion.
There was a huge win for the K&P Lower Age Group YDL team recently. The team is made up almost exclusively of current and former members of Kestrel Club (with those who are former members now training with our more senior evening groups).
Big congratulations to everyone involved.
It is HOT out there. Really hot.
Make sure when you are training you use suntan lotion, have plenty of water and keep the the shade where you can. A bottle of ice water to keep you cool is really useful.
We'll be letting you know if we need to make any changes to the schedule for Kestrels in the coming days because of the heat. Keep an eye on your / your parents emails.
Beaming smiles from our fantastic Kestrel Club team who won SILVER at the Surrey Quad Kids championship competition last night!
The team was made up of 12 athletes from yr5 and yr6 who each had to compete in the 75m sprint, 600m run, vortex javelin throw, standing long jump and 50m shuttle relay to earn points for the team. There was stiff competition but our athletes gave it everything and produced some very impressive performances to take 2nd place!
A huge congratulations to the team for all their effort!
Unfortunately, the session at Epsom on the 15th has had to be cancelled, due to a meeting taking place on the track that day. We are told it is the only time this year that this will happen with one of our Epsom sessions.
On a more positive note, lots of past and present Kestrels have competed in the last week or so - with a huge number of great performances.
Well done everyone and good luck to all those competing in the coming weeks.
Wow - it's been a while since we've written an update!
That's because so much as been going on.
We have had record numbers of athletes attending Kestrel Club and you've all been doing great. Well done everyone. Lots and lots of PBs in Kestrel Challenges and many of you have been competing for K&P as well.
There have been two YDL matches, and Ebbisham League and, this last weekend, a Lily B match as well.
If you don't know about these and would like more information, please just ask one of your coaches.
Again, a huge thumbs up to everyone on how you've been performing. Keep up the good work.
We're very excited to be putting on a little practice competition for Kestrels and other K&P athletes on the 27th March.
You should have received an email about this - but if you haven't, please just let us know and we'll send all the information.
It will be from 9.00 - 12.30 on Sunday morning, with athletes able to do as many or few events as they like - the whole plan being to have a bit of practice for competitions coming up later in the summer, both at club level and at school.
It is open to all ages from Yr2 up to Yr13, with the events being with your own age group (the youngest athletes (Yr2 and 3 will be just at their normal time of 9.30 - 10.45)).
We look forward to everyone having a great morning.
We are afraid that we have to cancel the session at Epsom on the 9th March. The people who run the track have told us at very short notice that it will not be available tomorrow because they are re-painting the lines.
It should be fine to re-commence again the week after.
We apologies, but this is completely out of our control. It is particularly inconvenient as last week was our first week back and we loved seeing all the new athletes.
We're back at Epsom!!
Starting from the 2nd March, we are very excited to be able to start our sessions for Kestrel Club at Epsom's track again.
The sessions will be every Wednesday from 5.00 - 6.15pm.
The price of the sessions will be the same as for the sessions we run at Kingsmeadow in Kingston.
If you'd like to join in, please just get in touch.
Congratulations to all those who ran in the Surrey Cross Country Championships at the weekend.
There were lots of great runs from both current and past Kestrel Club athletes.
All the results are on the Surrey Athletics website
A great start to the 2022 competitive season.
HAPPY NEW YEAR.
2022 is now with us and it's looking like it is going to be a very exciting year.
Hopefully covid will allow us to have a big season with no interruptions, and we can get lots of training and competitions done and most of all - lots of fun for all the athletes.
Your whole team of coaches are looking forward to giving you the best time possible at the track.
Christmas opening times.
First of all - Happy Christmas!!
We remain open as much as possible over the festive period, but the track itself is shut for some of the time, so there will be not training for Kestrels on the
26th, 28th or 30th December.
All other sessions over the holiday period will go ahead as normal.
See you there!
This is just a reminder that the next Downs League Cross country race is on Sunday 5th December.
The Downs league is for U11, U13, U15 and U17 athletes. The races are held near the Epsom Downs’ Tea Hut and there is plenty of free parking and a tea shop.
The race times and distances are roughly:
U11 – 10.45 athletes aged Age 8 to school year 6 (2.2km)
U13 – 11.05 school years 7 & 8 (3.2km)
U15/U17 – 11.30 school years 9 & 10 (U15) and school years 11 & 12 (U17 ) (3.2km)
If you are interested in competing please email us at the email@example.com and we will put you in contact with the team manager Nicola Perrin.
Remember, to compete you need to be a member of K&P athletics club.
There was a huge turnout of Kestrels and other Kingston and Poly athletes at the Downs League at the weekend. We are still waiting on the final results, but this was almost certainly the strongest performance by the team for many years. Congratulations to everyone who took part.
It's also been great to see so many of you at our sessions during the weeks. The enthausiasm and dedication of you all is fantastic to see and we hope you continue to enjoy your training right the way through the winter.
The last couple of months have gone really well. Lots of Kestrels have been attending sessions and some have been competing too in various leagues (YDL, Lily B and Ebbisham) which has been fantastic to see.
The cross-country season will be starting soon - so if you have any queries about that please just ask at one of the sessions (particularly Phoebe, as she is a senior British international over cross-country and a fountain of knowledge on the subject).
It's hot outside - just like some of the performances by Kestrels on the track.
Lots of Kestrels have taken part in the Youth Development League, the Ebbisham League (boys), Lily B League (girls) and even the Southern Athletics League (seniors!).
Well done to everyone.
Training has been great fun, with the good weather, lots of athletes, badges being earnt in Challenge week and it's all been a welcome relief after all the lockdown issues.
For those who don't already know - Kestrels continue right through the summer holidays - so we'll see you there.
Competitions are back!!!!!
The first YDL took place on the 5th June and so many of you Kestrels did fantastically. There were PBs all around and K&P as a team managed 2nd place in the match.
Well done to everyone who took part.
With more YDL, Lily B and Ebbisham league matches coming up soon - there is so much to be looking forward to.
We are really pleased to say that from the 7th June we are going to be able to return to our pre-covid timetable of training sessions. An email has gone out to everyone and all the details are on Times and Prices for you to see.
We still have a few covid issues around spectating and use of indoor spaces etc, but it is so great to be able to be moving in the right direction again.
With the competition season just round the corner - if anyone would like to run for our parent club (Kingston and Poly), please just talk to any of your coaches and they'll be able to help.
We've loved the last couple of months of getting Kestrel Club back to full swing. Long may it continue.
All the athletes have been doing great and to see everyone enjoying it and trying their best has been the perfect antidote to the gloom of lockdown in the winter.
We are still able to take on any new starters who wish to join and we are also now just around the corner from the first K&P club competitions. Kestrels can join in with lots of these - if they are in at least Yr4 at school. For this age and upwards there is the Lily B for girls and Ebbisham League for boys.
Once athletes reach Yr6, they can also do the Youth Development League.
Even more competitions are available as you get older - with several more leagues for our older athletes in Yr10 and above.
Each of these leagues has between 3 and 6 matches a year - there is no requirement to do all of them - just come and have fun when you can.
If you need any more information about this, please just ask any of the coaches or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be more than happy to help.
Unless there is a last minute change of heart from the government, we are back at the track on Tuesday next week (30th). All plans are in place and current athletes should have received an email offering them a spot to book at a session or two next week.
If you have not received this, or you are new and would like to join, please contact email@example.com and we'll be more than happy to help you.
Our coaching team is SO EXCITED to be starting back up - we hope you are too...
Summer fun is nearly with us....
We have today had confirmation about the re-opening of the track (provided the government's current plans come to fruition) and are very happy that we have a date this month for starting again.
Our first session back will be on the 30th March and we'll be taking bookings for this from the latter part of next week.
It's going to be fantastic to welcome everyone back to Kestrels and with the vaccines in place we very much hope there won't be any further periods of lockdown.
Now would be a great time to really work on a few of those things you can do to be ready for the summer season ahead. Practice your sprints in the park. Try some standing long jump. See how far you can throw a ball etc etc.
Doing a bit now will mean you are fully ready for when we return.
We're afraid the track is now shut again. We are looking at ways in which we can help athletes over the coming weeks. Please get in touch if you'd like some assistance or have ideas on what would help.
We are currently working on a range of things you can do to keep active, fit and enjoying your athletics at this difficult time. More in a few days - but for now, why not check out the videos section here on this website to get started.
As a team we are heartbroken by this - but if we all pull together we'll get through it and it will be a bit warmer for training when we return!
We are very hopeful that with the vaccine things will seem a lot more normal in the not too distant future.
From all your Kestrel coaches.
Here is a short video about how we have been keeping young athletes safe during our time back after the first lockdown and will do so again once the track is open after the second one
Our sessions are now at the times below, which are a little different to how they were in the past. Unfortunately, the Epsom track isn't yet available to us for Wednesday sessions yet.
Everything else, however, is pretty much as it was, with slight variations in times.
The times are
Tues 4.40 - 6.00 (Yr 4 - 13 including High Flyers)
Tues 6.10 - 7.30 (High Flyers only)
Thurs 4.40 - 6.00 (Yr 4 - 13 including High Flyers)
Thurs 6.10 - 7.30 (High Flyers only)
Sun 9.00 - 10.20 (Yr2 - 7)
Sun 10.40 - 12.00 (Yr 6 - 13 including HIgh Flyers)
You do need to book sessions in advance now, as covid rules state we need to know how many athletes are attending sessions - and we have a maximum limit too, although we can generally cater for all the numbers we had previously in these age groups).
These are likely to change in the coming weeks, although we'll make sure we post any changes here, so you are fully aware of them.
Please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) for all the latest information or to book onto a session.
We are following all the covid-19 measures recommended by England Athletics and under government rules to ensure we are as safe as possible. One way systems to the toilets, hand sanitiser, appropriate groups sizes, zoning of the track and cleaning of equipment are all very important to us - to keep everyone as safe as is humanly possible at this time, whilst still enjoying the sport we all love.
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All the athletics Kestrels need to keep them improving over the whole summer holidays. It's a bargain!
Just use the following link to get the whole course for £27.99
We also have a brand new course we've created for young athletes to be able to do athletics at home, in your garden or in a park.
You can register through this link.
To get a brief idea of what is on offer, just watch this short video.
Again, any queries, please just ask.
We are really missing everyone, with it being about 10 weeks since we last saw you. We hope that the above can help. In addition, we have our challenges for you to try as well.
There's no excuse not to be keeping active!
Our daily ones are on this fun playlist on our Momentum Sports YouTube Channel.
We also have the Kestrel Kinetics 400 Challenge. We are still very keen for people to have a go at this (in fact, to have a 2nd, 3rd or 4th go - as it is a great, fun way to keep fit).
We offered a prize to the best video of an athlete doing this by the end of April. The winner is Grace and you can see her video on our Facebook page. Well done to her.