Eight SAC runners took on the Bewl 15 on Sunday 2nd July. Jacqui O'Reilly led them home and was 1st senior woman. Grace Manzotti takes up the story....
I was not planning to run this race as I wanted to have a break from racing, but Anna and Nick persuaded me to run it the day before my birthday. I was not that keen to race a 15 mile trail race as I am not very good at trail running, but I thought I can just enjoy it without worrying about my time, which I normally find impossible to do. I must say I am glad I have been persuaded to run it, this was an amazing and very well organised race. The weather was gorgeous this morning and the views stunning. It was hot but they had lots of water and lucozade (I slightly overdosed on lucozade and felt rather hyper). Anna and myself ran the whole race together chatting all the way and we both really enjoyed it. 15 miles went so fast and we felt good. I would definitely recommend this race, stunning view, really good organisation, Kelly Holmes started and ran the race. At the end you get a medal, a technical t-shirt (mind you how many technical t-shirts can one collect?), home made lovely cakes, lucozade, free beer and can sit basking in the sun.
Jim and Heather Fitzmaurice both became British Masters 30k champions at the North Downs Run on 25 June, with Jim taking M75 gold and Heather W45 gold. They were among ten Sevenoaks AC runners who contested the hilly off-road event of whom Dan Witt was first SAC runner home with Keith Brown close behind.
A couple of photos from Staplehurst 10, writes Grace Manzotti. I was trying to catch all of the team in a photo but there are some people missing.
So Allan Lee was second overall, Jacqui 3rd lady, Sally was 2nd W55 and Lionel 3rd M60. And I got a big PB of well over 1 minute 15. After trying in 2 previous races to go under 50. I did manage this time in 49.08.
I think it is a really well organised race, really pretty in the country lanes and nice start and finish in the village common. I think it is also a PB race
I enjoyed it much more than Larkfield. It was quite hot but there was a bit of a breeze and the sun came out in the second half.
There was a Fitzmaurice double at the 2017 Medway 10k, as Jim was first M75 and Heather first W45. Nick Humphrey-Taylor (2nd M40) was first Sevenoaks AC runner to finish, leading home SAC runners as follows: