KFL 2018/19 Match 7, Blean Woods

team with medals

The seventh, and final race of the Kent Fitness League 2018/19 Cross Country series took place at a muddy Blean Woods, Rough Common, Canterbury, on Sunday February 3rd, writes Jim Knight.

Once again, Sevenoaks AC were out in force and the team of 30 seniors and 4 juniors came away with 30 trophies.

After 6 races, the senior team was guaranteed 2nd place behind league champions, Petts Wood, but having won the 6th race in Minnis Bay in January, the Sevenoaks runners were keen to finish with another win.

In the junior race, two laps of the playing fields, SAC athletes Ella Baker, William Hurst and Harvey Taylor performed with distinction. Ella had another excellent win to confirm her place as U13 girls champion. William Hurst received his trophy for 3rd U11 boys in the series, and Harvey Taylor 3rd U17 in the series. Led by head coach, Darrell Smith the SAC juniors are now looking forward to an equally successful summer season in the Kent Young Athletes League of track and field competitions.

Darrell and Juniors

In the senior race, 321 runners tackled the slippery footpaths of Blean Woods to complete the challenging 8 km course.

First home was Jay Smith of Dartford Road Runners, in 29.14 to complete his 6th win in the series and claim his prize as 2018/19 champion.

The fastest SAC runner was Darrell Smith in 10th position (2nd M50). However, with 4 M50 wins from earlier in the series, Darrell becomes 2018/19 M50 champion.

A fine run from Andrew Hutchinson brought him home in 20th position, closely followed by Andrew Milne (26th), Daruis Sarchar (29th), Mike Lochead (35th), Jimmy George (41st), and Dan Witt (49th). The team’s other M50 scorer was James Baker in 66th. This gave the men's team a convincing win over Petts Wood AC (2nd) and Dartford Road Runners (3rd).

In the women's race, Renata McDonnell of Deal Tri Club won in a time of 32.57, to record her third win in the series, but finishes the series in 2nd place behind champion Becky Morrish of Petts Wood AC.

The Sevenoaks team was led home by Vanessa Gilmartin (10th) followed by Cath Linney (11th), Heather Fitzmaurice (21st), and Pauline Dalton (22nd). This gave the women's team 2nd place behind Deal Tri Club, but importantly ahead of Petts Wood AC, in 3rd place.

The combined team had a convincing win on the day, to finish on a high; runners-up in the series but with wins in the final two races. The 30 runners who had completed more than 3 races and attended the final race were awarded with runners-up medals.

In addition to Darrell Smith securing 1st M50 in the series, Bridgit Weekes was 2nd W60, Pauline Dalton 3rd W50 and Heather Fitzmaurice 3rd W45.

Team Captain Dan Witt said "We had a great turnout all season with 65 SAC runners taking part this year and a great team spirit. It shows our strength in depth that we had two wins and 3 second places in the 7 races. I should like to thank all the runners who gave up their Sunday mornings to compete for us."

The SAC senior results were as follows:

Ov Pos Lg Pos Runner Age Time Club Rating # Races
10 10 Darrell Smith 51 30:54 Sevenoaks AC 96.09 13
20 20 Andrew Hutchinson 39 31:55 Sevenoaks AC 91.74 8
26 26 Andrew Milne 36 32:34 Sevenoaks AC 89.13 22
29 29 Darius Sarshar 49 32:52 Sevenoaks AC 87.83 7
36 35 Mike Lochead 33 33:13 Sevenoaks AC 85.22 7
42 41 Jimmy George 37 33:36 Sevenoaks AC 82.61 8
51 49 Daniel Witt 44 34:12 Sevenoaks AC 79.13 52
69 66 James Baker 54 35:13 Sevenoaks AC 71.74 22
78 74 Jim Harness 51 35:59 Sevenoaks AC 68.26 10
80 76 Simon Truett 44 36:08 Sevenoaks AC 67.39 4
84 79 Jatinder Soomal 36 36:26 Sevenoaks AC 66.09 7
91 85 James Nash 27 36:46 Sevenoaks AC 63.48 3
102 95 Andy Evans 48 37:14 Sevenoaks AC 59.13 44
106 97 Stuart Thompson 44 37:27 Sevenoaks AC 58.26 8
108 99 Graham Dwyer 46 37:37 Sevenoaks AC 57.39 7
114 10 Vanesa Gilmartin 43 37:52 Sevenoaks AC 92.04 11
117 11 Catherine Linney 49 37:59 Sevenoaks AC 91.15 29
143 21 Heather Fitzmaurice 49 39:24 Sevenoaks AC 82.30 77
144 22 Pauline Dalton 54 39:27 Sevenoaks AC 81.42 45
156 132 Toby Fitzmaurice 18 40:08 Sevenoaks AC 43.04 4
186 150 Hugh Shewell 29 41:34 Sevenoaks AC 35.22 21
188 152 Duncan Cochrane 61 41:38 Sevenoaks AC 34.35 31
195 36 Nicki Thompson 42 41:47 Sevenoaks AC 69.03 23
210 167 Duncan Warwick-Champion 54 42:32 Sevenoaks AC 27.83 23
212 43 Sarah Shewell 59 42:35 Sevenoaks AC 62.83 109
239 51 Rhea Malkin 33 44:29 Sevenoaks AC 55.75 6
246 56 Paula George 54 45:02 Sevenoaks AC 51.33 5
249 58 Ella Pyman 52 45:09 Sevenoaks AC 49.56 11
286 204 Lionel Stielow 70 48:25 Sevenoaks AC 11.74 13
335 226 James Fitzmaurice 76 58:01 Sevenoaks AC 2.17 71

Congratulations to the 30 runners on the day and all the runners over the seven matches. The full results are here.