Sevenoaks AC had representatives in three of the male categories at the Kent County Athletics Vets Championships at Central Park, Dartford on 30 November. In the second event, over 5.4k, the over-60 and over-70+ categories were contested along with all the female categories. James Graham was 19th in the M60 race and 3rd M65 in 23:52, while Geoffrey Kitchener was 6th M70 in 26:48.
Also competing in the M70s, Richard Pitcairn-Knowles was 23rd but first M80/M85 in 40:51.
Earlier, in the first race, over 9.3k, Darius Sarshar was 23rd M50 in 34:01.
David Ives won the Bedgebury 10k, "a soggy and hilly slog", on Sunday 17th November as Sevenoaks AC runners took part in five races on the day.
Busiest was the Lullingstone 10k where six SAC members were competing, with Chris Desmond 7th in 47:59, James Baker 15th in 50:11, Bridgit Weekes 53rd and 1st W60 in 57:40, Maria Ashlee 130th in 75:50, Martin Dixon 131st in 76:19, and Sylvia Lewis 162nd in 84:29.
In the Bedgebury Half, Michael Allen was 82nd in 1:54:15, while in the Marden Half, Lionel Stielow was 154th (3rd M70) in 2:04:34. Finally, in the Marden 10k, Graham Dwyer was 13th in 41:42 and Sarah Fisher 77th (17th W) in 51:41.
Sevenoaks AC fielded a team of 38 runners for the second match of the 2019/20 Kent Fitness League at New Barn Park, Swanley on 10th November. They put in a fine performance coming home third in the combined positions with the women third and men fourth on the day. After two matches the combined team lie second on countback by just 13 places with the excellent SAC women's team still leading their section.
Once again Mary Bridges, Cath Linney, Vanessa Gilmartin and Suzy Claridge were the Sevenoaks women's scorers although the whole team contributed to increasing the scores of rival teams. James Mason once again led the men's team, this time in sixth place, and was supported by fellow scorers John Witton, Guillaume Ninevan, Ben Bridges, Andrew Milne, Andrew Mead, Andy Nicoll and Zachary Ramsden.
Sevenoaks AC's combined team won the first match of the Kent Fitness League cross country over a tough course in Knole Park. The event was superbly organised by Richard Thomas and his team from the club, and was blessed with fine conditions.
Despite having to field many more helpers and marshals for the Knole-Estates-mandated new course, SAC fielded a team of 43 runners on the day. The women's team did particularly well with Cath Linney, Vanessa Gilmartin, Mary Bridges and Suzy Claridge scoring in a clear victory ahead of Istead & Isfield and Paddock Wood.
The men's team were a solid fourth, led by James Mason in fifth place overall. James was backed up by fellow scorers Guillaume Nineven, Ben Bridges, Lee Lintern, Mike Lochead, Darius Sarshar, Andrew Milne and Andrew Mead. Dartford Harriers and Medway & Maidstone were a long way clear in the men's team race, with Paddock Wood just ahead of Sevenoaks. But the brilliant performance of Sevenoaks AC's women tipped the balance in SAC's favour in the combined category.