In the current lockdown, the England Athletics guidelines do not allow us to exercise in groups outside, other than with those in our household bubble or with one other person. Consequently, the senior Tuesday and Thursday training sessions will remain suspended.
The guidance from England Athletics on the effects on club activity of Covid restrictions from January 5th is here.
Andrew Mead won the final race of the 2020 handicap series to leapfrog Lucy Wilkes and retain his series title.
Andrew was also fastest in the race ahead of Dan Witt's best run for over four years. Dan's second place in the race wasn't quite enough to catch Lucy for second in the series, but he finished up well clear in third.
The 2021 series is now under way, with any run of around five miles counting for the opening event any time in January.
This Competition was the first Junior Relay to be held by the Club and despite the extra precautions needed to ensure safety, the race was a success with many young athletes keen to express their competitiveness, writes head coach Darrell Smith.
Working with Junior Team Managers from Central Park Athletics and Medway and Maidstone AC we put together a local event held in the grounds of Sevenoaks Primary School. A challenging 500m loop the 3 x 1500m Relay incorporated a hill and wood section
U13s Girls Race
Self isolation meant only one of our U13 girls team (Tia Rainey) was able to run so no team. No doubt we would would have given Medway and Maidstone AC a challenge but in the end they were comfortable winners. The fastest leg was by our own Tia Rainey who blasted a 5.44 to bring some cheer to the team.
U13s Boys race
In the U13 Boys race there was more drama. Despite an early lead by Medway and Maidstone AC our first two runners George Bishop and Ryan Alford-Smith kept us within striking distance. And so it was that our 3rd led runner and new member, Jack Duffy, caught and passed the leader and was going away with 500m to run. However, entering the Woods section he fell badly losing a lot of ground. Bravely, and Liddle-esque, he got up and started chasing but just could not catch the fortunate Medway and Maidstone runner. The fastest leg was by Theo Ronchetto of Medway and Maidstone with a time of 5.03. George Bishop of SAC ran the 3rd fastest leg with a 5.18 clocking. Later in the day our U17B all ran well to place 3rd team with Marcus Cook running the 5th fastest leg of the day with a 4.53.