SAC Handicap 17 December 2017

NeilAndrewNeil Haggertay won his third handicap in a row in the final race of the Sevenoaks AC 2017 handicap series, while Andrew Hutchinson clinched the series trophy with fourth place on the day.

Minor series placings went to Chris Desmond, second, and Simon Hallpike, third.

The new 2018 series starts with a five-miler on New Year's Eve.

All the details are here.

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


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.