Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers have their British Athletics League Division Two destiny in their own hands – but it rests on how they plug the holes in their squad, says veteran thrower Gareth Cook.

Team boss Chris Hall’s men secured a dramatic first Division Two match triumph last month to move third in the table – only a point behind leaders Cardiff and level with second-placed Swansea Harriers.

Should they finish above Swansea in Nottingham tomorrow they will secure promotion to Division One for the first time in the club’s history.

“It’s already been a remarkable season and it’s not underachieving talk to say that our target each season is initially survival,” said field events captain Gareth Cook.

“Results in the first three matches have provided us with a great opportunity to claim promotion to the second tier of British League athletics - the top 16 clubs in the country with some of the best athletes in the country.

“It would be a whole new level for a lot of our athletes and it would help raise the profile of Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers, not just locally but nationally too.

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Throwers Chris Dack and Cook will be among the team’s big hopes for A string event success on the day, but they will be without regular B string points gatherer Andy Wheble – who is getting married.

“We have a couple of guys missing that accrued big points in the last match, but we do have a couple of athletes available that weren’t then, so it’s difficult to judge how we’ll do,” said Cook.

“We’ll never have a full strength team, there’s always someone unavailable for a number of reasons. The athletes that make the trip just have to concentrate on their job and that’s all they can do.

“We’re anticipating other clubs will be affected by similar factors.

“Away travel is always a test of a club’s strength in depth. Nottingham is not an easy trip for any of the southern based clubs, but it’s especially difficult for the two Welsh clubs.”

“They are well placed in first and second in the league, but any weaknesses mean they could be there for the taking.”

The Kingsmeadow club were boosted this week by news it has been awarded a Clubmark accreditation.