Apart from during the pandemic we have held a club 1 Mile Track Race every summer since 1999, writes John Denyer, and in ideal conditions on a still August evening we saw some very good performances this year with 6 members producing performances good enough to get into the Club Best performances list.
In the first race, which included most of our faster runners, Jamie Philip and Paul Freeman-Jones soon moved away from the pack and on the final lap Jamie moved clear of Paul to record a time of 4.53.2 which puts him second M40 in the Club Bests. Paul finished 4 sec later to move into 2nd place in the Club Best Seniors list.
Behind them Rebecca Pickard moved to 1st in the F45 Club Bests with a time of 5.57.2 and Suzy Claridge to 3rd F45 in 6.16.6.
In the second race Laura Bestow moved clear of the field to record a time of 5.51.9 which places her as 3rd F35 in the Club Bests and further back Bridget Weekes ran 6.59.9 and achieve 1st F60 in the Club Bests and the highest WMA score of the evening – 86.6.
The full results are here.
There was a strong turnout for Jim and Lesley's trail run on Sunday 21st September from Kemsing. Conditions were sunny but not too hot and Jim and Lesley provided some fine scenery, as well as a water stop en route. 9.7 miles of great running - with 400 metres of tough climbing.
David Ives, Jon Copping and William Palmer formed the winning team.
David Ives ran the fastest lap, and Bridg Weekes was the most consistent over all three laps.
Thanks to John Denyer for organising and to Jim and Lesley Knight for their help with recording and timekeeping.
John's full results are here.
Some pictures from the 2022 club AGM where Suzy Claridge collected the most trophies as top female cross-country performer, club handicap winner and club grand prix team runner-up, as well as collecting the athletic achievement trophy on behalf of neighbour Bridgit Weekes.
Jamie Philip took the individual grand prix trophy and Andrew Hutchinson the men's cross-country cup, while the award for services to the club went to Darrell Smith for his outstanding work with the junior athletes.
All was presided over by Chair Dan Witt and Secretary Erik Folkesson. Photos by Jim Knight and Duncan Warwick-Champion.