Kent Masters XC Champs - 2 December 2017

DarrellDarrell Smith was the star claiming a silver medal as 16 SAC runners contested the Kent Veterans Cross country Championships at Dartford on 2nd December.

Sevenoaks fielded full teams in the M40, M50, M60 and W45 categories as well as two runners in the M70 event, which did not include a team race. The M50s were first up, running 9k, and after Tonbridge's Ben Reynolds separated early from the field, Darrell moved into second place and gradually consolidated his place until he had a gap of a minute over third place at the end. Darrell was backed up by Keith Dowson in 22nd and Tony Waldron in 49th to place SAC 6th in the team race.

The M60s, M70s and all the women's categories ran together in the second race over 5k. For the first time anyone can remember, Sevenoaks had a team in the W45s and they finished 7th, led by Heather Fitzmaurice in 13th, supported by Pauline Dalton in 19th and Grace Manzotti in 38th. The M60 team did slightly better with 4th place, thanks largely to James Graham finishing 6th, with Duncan Cochrane 24th, Simon Hallpike 32nd and Geoff Kitchener 34th. Both Jim Fitzmaurice and Richard Pitcairn-Knowles placed in the M70 category, with Jim 6th (2nd M75), and Richard 10th (1st M80).

M40 start

The final race of the day was the 9k M40 event, in which Matthew Walker (43rd), Darius Sarshar (49th), Andrew Mead (51st) and Dan Witt (54th) packed impressively for 11th team. The full results are here.

KFL Oxleas Woods - 26th November 2017

Combined team

Sevenoaks AC women repeated their brilliant performance from the first match with second place in the third match of the 2017/18 Kent Fitness League at Oxleas Woods on 26th November. Once again the scorers were Heather Fitzmaurice, Vanessa Gilmartin and Pauline Dalton, with Jacqui O'Reilly back to lead them home in eighth place, despite a hard run in the Kent League the previous day.

The morning started less well for the men as Allan Lee arrived to be given the news that he is now considered an elite athlete and could not score for the team. With top ten finishers from the previous race James Mason and Darrell Smith and fourth scorer John Witton all unavailable on the day, it was fortunate that a big turnout and some excellent packing kept up the men's challenge. Led by a superb run by 54-year-old Keith Dowson, closely followed by Lee Lintern, the men finished fifth on the day so that the combined team was fourth.

The great news is that, after three races, the women, combined and men's teams are all 2nd in the standings. There was no junior race, but fine veteran performances by Heather (2nd W45), Jim Fitzmaurice (2nd M75), James Graham (2nd M60) and Pauline (3rd W50). In all, 29 SAC runners turned out. The full SAC results were:

Ov Pos Lg Pos Runner Age Time Club Rating # Races
36 35 Keith Dowson 54 36:05 Sevenoaks AC 89.51 10
37 36 Lee Lintern 37 36:10 Sevenoaks AC 89.20 28
41 40 Darius Sarshar 48 36:31 Sevenoaks AC 87.96 Debut
46 45 Andrew Mead 49 36:40 Sevenoaks AC 86.42 30
68 66 Daniel Witt 42 37:49 Sevenoaks AC 79.94 42
93 88 Michael McCarthy 52 38:59 Sevenoaks AC 73.15 23
103 8 Jacqui O'Reilly 33 39:24 Sevenoaks AC 94.78 3
109 100 James Graham 64 39:39 Sevenoaks AC 69.44 18
113 104 David Lobley 52 40:05 Sevenoaks AC 68.21 25
120 111 Tony Waldron 50 40:22 Sevenoaks AC 66.05 20
131 11 Heather Fitzmaurice 48 40:56 Sevenoaks AC 92.54 67
137 125 Andy Evans 47 41:16 Sevenoaks AC 61.73 37
182 16 Vanessa Gilmartin 42 42:37 Sevenoaks AC 88.81 3
187 17 Pauline Dalton 53 42:44 Sevenoaks AC 88.06 40
244 211 Robert Evans 43 45:13 Sevenoaks AC 35.19 3
249 214 Duncan Warwick-Champion 53 45:41 Sevenoaks AC 34.26 21
263 226 Simon Hallpike 64 46:15 Sevenoaks AC 30.56 45
277 232 Geoff Kitchener 68 46:42 Sevenoaks AC 28.70 67
280 46 Sarah Shewell 58 46:59 Sevenoaks AC 66.42 98
321 260 Paul Allum 54 49:05 Sevenoaks AC 20.06 2
322 261 Lyndon Collins 67 49:07 Sevenoaks AC 19.75 63
340 66 Becca Crowe 57 49:51 Sevenoaks AC 51.49 11
377 85 Grazia Manzotti 48 52:10 Sevenoaks AC 37.31 4
378 292 Lionel Stielow 68 52:14 Sevenoaks AC 10.19 6
394 298 Maurice Marchant 69 53:26 Sevenoaks AC 8.33 33
410 102 Jenny Austin 40 55:34 Sevenoaks AC 24.63 12
417 309 James Fitzmaurice 75 56:16 Sevenoaks AC 4.94 64
440 123 Sylvia Lewis 65 59:55 Sevenoaks AC 8.96 13

The full results are here.

KXCL 2017/18 Match 4 - Danson Park

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Four Sevenoaks AC runners tackled the fourth match of the Kent Cross Country League at Danson Park, Bexleyheath on 25th November. Ollie Brownridge kept up his excellent form in the U13 boys race with 13th place, while Richard Pitcairn-Knowles was 5th in the M70 race - and first M80. Organiser James Graham was in attendance even though there was no senior men's event on the day. Jacqui O'Reilly had another good run in 23rd in the women's race, and was this time supported by Grace Manzotti, competing in the league for the first time, in 110th. The two comprised the largest SAC contingent in the senior women's for many years!

The full results are here.

KFL Swanley - 12 November 2017

Start

Allan Lee won the second match of the Kent Fitness League 2017/18 season on Sunday 12th November at Swanley Park as 37 Sevenoaks AC runners completed the event. Boosted also by James Mason in fifth and Darrell Smith seventh (1st M50), the SAC men were second on the day.

Women's Team

Meanwhile a fantastic turnout by the SAC women's team made up for missing Jacqui O'Reilly with sixth place, thanks especially to scorers Heather Fitzmaurice, Vanessa Gilmartin, Pauline Dalton and Jane Morgan. This meant that the combined team was second for the second match in a row

Combined Team

After two matches, the SAC men's team lies second, the women fourth and the combined team second.

Sevenoaks AC was also well represented in the junior races. Tabitha Elcock-Haskins was 6th, Madeline Fitzmaurice 7th and Sophie Ashlee 10th in the under-11 girls, Tristan Page 3rd and Teddy Fitzmaurice 13th in the under-11 boys, and Harvey Taylor 5th in the under-14 boys.

The SAC senior results were as follows:

Ov Pos Lg Pos Runner Age Time Club Rating # Races
2 1 Allan Lee 44 30:40 Sevenoaks AC 100.00 13
6 5 James Mason 34 31:16 Sevenoaks AC 98.94 8
8 7 Darrell Smith 50 31:29 Sevenoaks AC 98.42 8
19 18 John Witton 39 33:02 Sevenoaks AC 95.51 Debut
39 38 Andy Nicoll 37 34:27 Sevenoaks AC 90.24 10
53 52 Andrew Milne 35 34:54 Sevenoaks AC 86.54 12
62 61 Keith Dowson 54 35:34 Sevenoaks AC 84.17 9
82 79 Lee Lintern 37 36:21 Sevenoaks AC 79.42 27
111 106 Michael McCarthy 52 37:20 Sevenoaks AC 72.30 22
112 107 Daniel Witt 42 37:20 Sevenoaks AC 72.03 41
140 129 David Lobley 52 38:31 Sevenoaks AC 66.23 24
144 133 James Graham 64 38:34 Sevenoaks AC 65.17 17
156 142 Tony Waldron 50 39:02 Sevenoaks AC 62.80 19
180 18 Heather Fitzmaurice 47 39:43 Sevenoaks AC 90.86 66
198 178 Andy Evans 47 40:39 Sevenoaks AC 53.30 36
205 22 Vanessa Gilmartin 42 41:07 Sevenoaks AC 88.71 2
209 24 Pauline Dalton 53 41:11 Sevenoaks AC 87.63 39
260 224 Graham Dwyer 45 42:51 Sevenoaks AC 41.16 2
275 236 Simon Hallpike 64 43:17 Sevenoaks AC 37.99 44
297 250 Duncan Warwick-Champion 53 44:00 Sevenoaks AC 34.30 20
311 260 Geoff Kitchener 67 44:45 Sevenoaks AC 31.66 66
336 279 Rob Peers 52 45:40 Sevenoaks AC 26.65 23
342 60 Jane Morgan 40 45:57 Sevenoaks AC 68.28 5
360 294 Lyndon Collins 67 46:22 Sevenoaks AC 22.69 62
361 66 Sarah Shewell 58 46:29 Sevenoaks AC 65.05 97
391 80 Ella Pyman 51 48:10 Sevenoaks AC 57.53 5
403 87 Becca Crowe 56 48:50 Sevenoaks AC 53.76 10
404 316 Paul Allum 54 48:51 Sevenoaks AC 16.89 Debut
411 90 Grazia Manzotti 48 49:04 Sevenoaks AC 52.15 3
426 98 Happy Fisher 41 49:34 Sevenoaks AC 47.85 46
456 339 James Fitzmaurice 75 51:33 Sevenoaks AC 10.82 63
467 345 Lionel Stielow 68 51:56 Sevenoaks AC 9.23 5
480 351 Maurice Marchant 69 52:54 Sevenoaks AC 7.65 32
486 132 Jenny Austin 40 53:30 Sevenoaks AC 29.57 11
498 140 Maria Ashlee 46 54:32 Sevenoaks AC 25.27 2
533 164 Sylvia Lewis 65 58:46 Sevenoaks AC 12.37 12
559 378 Richard Pitcairn-Knowles 84 1:06:24 Sevenoaks AC 0.53 17

The full results are here.

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