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Team at Deal

The 5th race in the 2023/24 Kent Fitness League series took place in Betteshanger Park, Deal on Sunday January 14th, writes Jim Knight. 449 runners, including 28 who had made the long journey from Sevenoaks raced on the 5-mile course involving two laps of the perimeter of the Country Park.

The course is flat and flat, favouring road and track runners. The race was won by Alexander Donnelly from Maidstone & Medway AC, with the women’s race won by Charlotte Johnson on Maidstone Harriers.

Another great performance by Sevenoaks women saw them placed 3rd in the team race and they remain in 2nd place in the series just behind Canterbury Harriers. Star performers were Andrea Berquez (6th), Joanna Rodda (11th & 2nd W45) and Nicola Glover (12th). The remaining members of the scoring team were Catherine Linney (17th & 4th W50) and Pauline Dalton (62nd). There was another great performance by Bridget Weekes who was 2nd W65.

In the men’s race, the Sevenoaks team was weakened by the absence of some key runners but still secured 5th place. The team was led home by Guillaume Nineven (19th) closely followed by Ed Saunders (28th ) and Andrew Hutchinson (34th). There were great runs by Darius Sarshar (50th) and 19 year-old Harvey Taylor (73rd) . The other scoring members were Seb Naughton (85th), James Baker (94th) and Jonathan Marsh (133rd).

The full SAC results were:

Ov Pos Lg Pos Bib Runner Age Time Club Score Rtg #
18 18 879 Guillaume Nineven 38 31:47 Sevenoaks AC M1 94.10 15
28 28 887 Edmund Saunders 41 32:23 Sevenoaks AC V40:1 90.62 26
34 34 858 Andrew Hutchinson 44 32:52 Sevenoaks AC V40:2 88.54 23
50 50 886 Darius Sarshar 54 34:01 Sevenoaks AC V50:1 82.99 15
67 6 836 Andrea Berquez 38 35:12 Sevenoaks AC V35 96.89 10
81 73 893 Harvey Taylor 19 35:51 Sevenoaks AC M2 75.00 13
85 11 1022 Joanne Rodda 47 36:05 Sevenoaks AC V45 93.79 4
88 12 854 Nicola Glover 36 36:17 Sevenoaks AC F1 93.17 13
98 85 878 Sebastian Naughton 49 36:50 Sevenoaks AC M3 70.83 15
109 94 834 James Baker 59 37:38 Sevenoaks AC V50:2 67.71 29
123 17 865 Catherine Linney 54 38:17 Sevenoaks AC F2 90.06 47
130 110 874 Andrew Monk 47 38:46 Sevenoaks AC NSBLS 62.15 9
133 113 871 Michael McCarthy 58 38:49 Sevenoaks AC NSBLS 61.11 28
139 116 832 Andrew Ashlee 54 39:06 Sevenoaks AC NSBLS 60.07 32
147 123 831 Brian Allen 52 39:37 Sevenoaks AC NSBLS 57.64 5
158 133 868 Jonathan Marsh 64 39:58 Sevenoaks AC V60 54.17 9
159 134 900 Daniel Witt 48 39:58 Sevenoaks AC NS 53.82 70
160 135 859 David Killpack 38 40:00 Sevenoaks AC NS 53.47 8
166 138 849 Graham Dwyer 51 40:15 Sevenoaks AC NS 52.43 24
174 142 835 Adam Bates 40 40:41 Sevenoaks AC NS 51.04 5
184 151 862 Leonard Lai King 44 41:12 Sevenoaks AC NS 47.92 15
192 157 850 Andrew Evans 53 41:36 Sevenoaks AC NS 45.83 57
253 58 883 Sarah Philpott 45 43:58 Sevenoaks AC NSBLS 64.60 5
264 62 844 Pauline Dalton 59 44:35 Sevenoaks AC V55 62.11 63
294 73 898 Bridgit Weekes 65 46:01 Sevenoaks AC NS 55.28 24
298 223 867 Simon Mann 43 46:12 Sevenoaks AC NS 22.92 3
346 102 843 Becca Crowe 63 49:35 Sevenoaks AC NS 37.27 15
431 147 1076 Maria Ashlee 52 1:01:36 Sevenoaks AC NS 9.32 5

The men’s team is now in 4th place in the series, the women in 2nd place and the combined team in 3rd place. The runners now have a 3 week rest before the 6th race in the series in AllHallows near Rochester on February 4th. The full results are here.

The Kent Fitness League is a series of cross-country races between the 18 registered Athletics Clubs in Kent. Any number of club members can compete, but 13 are needed to score in the team competition – 8 men (of whom one must be aged 60+, two must be 50+ and two 40+) and 5 women (of whom one must be aged 55+ one 45+ and one 35+).

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