Kent XC League 2019/20 Matches 3 & 4

The final two matches of the series were at Danson Park on 9th November and Footscray Meadows on 14th December and SAC's under-13 boys fielded full teams in both matches to finish the series in 6th place out of 13 teams. At Danson Park, the team was 10th on the day, while they improved to 7th at Footscray. Ryan Alford-Smith led the team home in 28th place at Danson, followed by James Beecroft 39th, Indigo Morris 40th, Andrew Simmons 44th, Harry Mitchell 49th and Toby Vagg 53rd. At Footscray, Milo Sistilha was 29th, with Ryan Alford-Smith 34th, Harry Mitchell 36th and Toby Vagg 47th.

The under-13 girls had been a runner down at Danson Park, although Ella Baker in 15th and Lucy Edwards in 39th ran well, but they fielded a full team at Footscray where they finished 7th. Alexia Scotiniadis was 20th, Ella Baker 22nd and Lucy Edwards 48th. Despite the no-score in the third match they still finished 9th in the series.

Sevenoaks AC's only other junior at Footscray was Thomas Mitchell who was 28th in the under-15 boys race, one place better than his 29th at Danson Park where Alex Holden also ran in the u15b race for 56th place.

This completed the club's best performance in the Kent League juniors for many years, thanks to the runners and their head coach Darrell Smith. All this season's Kent League results are here.

Kent XC League 2019/20 Matches 1 & 2

Sevenoaks AC was represented in four of the junior races at the first Match of the Kent Cross Country League at Swanley Park on 12th October, including full teams in both the U13 boys and girls events. The U13 boys team of Ryan Alford-Smith (34th in 11:27), Andrew Simmons (38th in 11:34), James Beecroft (41st in 11:39), Frederick Naughton (49th in 12:13), William Hurst (56th in 13:19) and Harry Mitchell (57th in 13:20) finished 8th team, while the girls team of Alexia Scotiniadis (43rd in 12:52), Lucy Edwards (46th in 13:00) and Heidi Wilding (61st in 15:20) were 9th. And in the U15 girls race, Rhianna Munn was 42nd in 18:22 and Tamzin Moore 48th in 18:42, with Thomas Mitchell 45th in 16:09 and Alex Holden 66th in 19:33 in the boys race.

And at the second match at Somerhill on 26th October, SAC once again had full teams in both the under-13 boys and girls, with the boys 10th on the day and 7th in the standings and the girls 8th on the day and 8th in the standings. The individuals running in those races for Sevenoaks AC were Frederick Naughton 45th in 13:19, Edward Geeson 50th in 14:01, and William Hurst 57th in 15:40; Ella Baker 23rd in 12:43, Alexia Scotiniadis 37th in 13:31, and Lucy Edwards 47th in 14:18. One other junior athlete also competed, with Tom Gill 37th in the men's under-17 race in 25:18.

The full results are here.

The next (third) match is at Danson Park on 9th November. SAC juniors can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to run in these races.

Kent U13 T&F Championships 2019

Some great performances this weekend at the Kent U13 Champs at Erith (Sept 14th-15th), writes Darrell Smith.

The weekend started well with a 6th place by Emily Holden in the Girls Shot Putt in a fine 7.14m, just outside her pb.

Alex Evans Wilson had a great Championships. In the space of an hour he placed 5th in the Long Jump with a pb of 4.09 and 8th in the Discus with a throw of 16.09m, also a pb.

Also in the Long Jump Kristian Elphick-Mutru placed 8th with a pb of 3.80 as well running 100m 14.87 in his 100m Heat. In the Boys 100m James Beecroft ran a pb in his heat running 12.9 later placing 5th in the 100m Final.

On the Sunday Maisy Aherne progressed to the Semi Final of the 75m running 11.04 in her heat and placing 8th in the Semi Final. In the High Jump Hannah Galligan jumped 1.30cm to place 5th in the Final.

These results are the best by the Club and mark the end of a great season.

Relay Bronze in High-Class Meet

Relay Award

On Friday 30th August, our U15 Girls 4 x 100m team were the lone representatives of the Club in the highest class track meet to occur in Kent in many years, writes coach Darrell Smith.
Our girls ran close to their Club record in 56.02 and placed 3rd against strong Tonbridge opposition. They were rewarded with medals given to them by Lizzy Yarnold.

A video of the race is here.

KYAL Gillingham 4th August


Going into the last KYAL Meeting of the season in 2nd place all the team had to do was finish 5th team or better to stay in the top 2 teams to gain promotion to Division 1 next Summer, writes head coach Darrell Smith.

In the end we achieved it comfortably with a 4th place finish despite a very much depleted team due to holidays.

The top performers for the Club were Hannah Galligan U13 who equalled the Club record for High Jump with a leap of 1.35m, Jess Lewis ran a 45.7 300m and Poppy Buckle jumped 1.35m in the High Jump to break club records and Erin Vallance lowered her own 100m club record to 13.4. There were wins for Jess Lewis in the U15 Long Jump with a leap of 4.29m and Emily Holden with a throw of 18.03m in the Shot.

The Meeting finished with Relays and one final club record in the U15 4 x 100m (team pictured above).