KFL 2021-22 Match 3 - Betteshanger Park

Team at Deal

The 3rd race in the 2021/22 Kent Fitness League series took place in Betteshanger Park, Deal on Sunday December 12th, writes Jim Knight. 364 runners, including 25 who had made the long journey from Sevenoaks raced on the 5-mile course involving two laps of the undulating perimeter of the Country Park. Conditions underfoot were muddy, but on the day, it was mild and breezy making for pleasant running.

The race was won by Jonathon Whittall from Maidstone & Medway AC, with the women’s race won by Nicola Evans of Larkfield AC.

An outstanding performance by Sevenoaks women saw them win the team race for the second competition in a row and they retain a slender lead in the series ahead of Canterbury Harriers. Star performer was Cath Linney who came 2nd out of the 131 women and was the fastest W50. The remaining members of the scoring team were Vanessa Gilmartin (11th), Julia Davis (13th), and Pauline Dalton (14th). Other great performances came from Sally Shewell (2nd W60) and Bridget Weekes (3rd W60).

In the men’s race, the Sevenoaks team was weakened by the absence of Allan Lee (injury) and James Mason (suspected covid) but bolstered by the return of veterans James Graham, Duncan Cochrane and John Denyer. However, good runs by Ed Saunders (11th), Andrew Hutchinson (16th), Michael Lochead (30th), and Richard Alford Smith (36th) brought the team home in 5th position with the combined team 3rd, their best placing so far this season. The other scoring members were Dan Witt (56th), Andrew Mead 39th), Andy Evans (141st) and James Graham (148th). Other notable performances came from 17-year-old Harvey Taylor (60th), and John Denyer (1st M70). The men’s team is now in 5th place in the series, the women in 1st place and the combined team in 5th place.

The SAC results were as follows:

Ov Pos Lg Pos Bib Runner Age Time Club Rating # Races
11 11 688 Edmund Saunders 39 32:22 Sevenoaks AC 95.88 14
16 16 665 Andrew Hutchinson 42 32:47 Sevenoaks AC 93.83 14
30 30 673 Michael Lochead 41 34:08 Sevenoaks AC 88.07 14
36 36 637 Richard Alford-Smith 45 34:32 Sevenoaks AC 85.60 7
40 39 675 Andrew Mead 53 34:44 Sevenoaks AC 84.36 41
57 56 702 Daniel Witt 46 35:24 Sevenoaks AC 77.37 60
61 60 694 Harvey Taylor 17 35:36 Sevenoaks AC 75.72 3
66 65 652 Chris Fenn 30 35:57 Sevenoaks AC 73.66 3
74 73 676 Andrew Milne 39 36:30 Sevenoaks AC 70.37 30
87 2 672 Catherine Linney 52 38:08 Sevenoaks AC 99.17 37
104 99 678 Shaun Mullen 45 38:58 Sevenoaks AC 59.67 5
126 11 657 Vanessa Gilmartin 46 39:49 Sevenoaks AC 91.74 19
134 13 647 Julia Davis 24 40:16 Sevenoaks AC 90.08 3
135 14 645 Pauline Dalton 57 40:20 Sevenoaks AC 89.26 52
165 141 651 Andrew Evans 51 41:48 Sevenoaks AC 42.39 47
174 148 659 James Graham 68 42:19 Sevenoaks AC 39.51 24
188 155 648 John Denyer 73 43:26 Sevenoaks AC 36.63 47
199 38 691 Sarah Shewell 62 44:12 Sevenoaks AC 69.42 115
206 41 699 Bridgit Weekes 63 44:37 Sevenoaks AC 66.94 13
220 172 644 Duncan Cochrane 64 45:34 Sevenoaks AC 29.63 35
263 65 685 Ella Pyman 55 48:18 Sevenoaks AC 47.11 15
321 92 639 Alzbeta Benn 40 53:12 Sevenoaks AC 24.79 6
323 231 667 Jim Knight 70 53:43 Sevenoaks AC 5.35 5
338 106 638 Jenny Austin 44 55:56 Sevenoaks AC 13.22 15
354 115 671 Sylvia Lewis 69 1:02:11 Sevenoaks AC 5.79 21

The full results are here.

Group at Deal

More photos, kindly sent by photographer Tom Hooley, are here.

The next race in the series will be in Minnis Bay, Birchington on Sunday January 2nd, 2022.

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 12 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 4 women (of whom one must be aged 55+ one 45+ and one 35+).

SAC Handicap December 2021

SamSuzySam Znetyniak chalked up her third successive win in the handicap series, taking the final event by nearly two minutes. But with only three scoring runs, Sam made no effect on the series placings.

Suzy Claridge had already won the series, but she finished on a high smashing her nineteen-year-old PB over the seven mile course. Suzy was third on the day, behind Jane Morgan, and second-fastest overall behind Andrew Mead.

Lucy Wilkes' fourth place in the race made sure of third in the series, while Simon Hallpike remained in second.

Now that the 2021 series is completed, the first race of the 2022 series is next up. It starts from the Sevenoaks School track at 08:30 on Sunday 9th January.

The full details are here.

KFL 2021-22 Match 2 - Oxleas Wood

Team

The second race in the Kent Fitness League 2021/22 season took place in Eltham on Sunday Nov 28th, writes Jim Knight. 508 runners from 18 Kent Athletics Clubs tackled the hilly course through Oxleas Woods in bright sunny, but cold conditions.

After coming 2nd in the first race in Swanley on Nov 12th, Sevenoaks ladies ran even better in Eltham to win the race and now lead the series.

Star runner Andrea Berquez was 4th in Swanley but missed the second  race. However, Suzy Claridge (7th), Cath Linney ( 8th), Rebecca Pickard (9th) and Pauline Dalton (31st) all ran superbly in Eltham to clinch the team win from Petts Wood Runners.

In the men’s race, Allan Lee was 2nd in Swanley but missed Eltham through injury. However, James Mason led the team home in Eltham with an impressive 3rd place, followed by Andrew Hutchinson (23rd), Ed Saunders (28th), Michael Lockhead (44th), and Richard Alford Smith (48th). The other scoring members of the team were Andrew Mead, Jim Harness and Simon Hallpike.

17 year old Harvey Taylor put in another great performance to come 54th.

The men’s team placed 5th in Eltham and are 5th in the series, with the combined team also 5th in the series.

The SAC results were:

Ov Pos Lg Pos Bib Runner Age Time Club Rating # Races
3 3 674 James Mason 38 35:44 Sevenoaks AC 99.37 14
23 23 665 Andrew Hutchinson 42 38:28 Sevenoaks AC 93.06 13
26 26 688 Edmund Saunders 39 38:32 Sevenoaks AC 92.11 13
44 44 673 Michael Lochead 40 39:37 Sevenoaks AC 86.44 13
49 48 637 Richard Alford-Smith 45 40:06 Sevenoaks AC 85.17 6
56 54 694 Harvey Taylor 17 40:38 Sevenoaks AC 83.28 2
60 58 702 Daniel Witt 46 40:53 Sevenoaks AC 82.02 59
66 64 675 Andrew Mead 53 41:22 Sevenoaks AC 80.13 40
77 73 652 Chris Fenn 30 42:10 Sevenoaks AC 77.29 2
101 94 661 Jim Harness 54 43:55 Sevenoaks AC 70.66 15
102 95 676 Andrew Milne 39 44:00 Sevenoaks AC 70.35 29
105 9 642 Suzy Claridge 49 44:11 Sevenoaks AC 95.90 7
106 10 672 Catherine Linney 52 44:19 Sevenoaks AC 95.38 36
107 11 915 Rebecca Pickard 45 44:25 Sevenoaks AC 94.87 2
111 13 916 Hannah Sangan 27 44:46 Sevenoaks AC 93.85 Debut
130 112 679 James Nash 30 45:41 Sevenoaks AC 64.98 7
139 21 657 Vanessa Gilmartin 46 46:08 Sevenoaks AC 89.74 18
149 24 647 Julia Davis 24 46:36 Sevenoaks AC 88.21 2
164 137 650 Graham Dwyer 49 46:52 Sevenoaks AC 57.10 13
184 33 645 Pauline Dalton 57 47:26 Sevenoaks AC 83.59 51
217 177 664 Nick Humphrey-Taylor 49 49:17 Sevenoaks AC 44.48 7
226 185 651 Andrew Evans 51 49:45 Sevenoaks AC 41.96 46
228 187 680 Sebastian Naughton 47 49:48 Sevenoaks AC 41.32 2
236 46 699 Bridgit Weekes 63 50:00 Sevenoaks AC 76.92 12
281 218 686 Andrew Rackham 48 52:09 Sevenoaks AC 31.55 17
294 69 691 Sarah Shewell 62 52:41 Sevenoaks AC 65.13 114
332 246 660 Simon Hallpike 68 54:36 Sevenoaks AC 22.71 55
356 99 685 Ella Pyman 55 55:44 Sevenoaks AC 49.74 14
361 102 704 Samantha Znetyniak 46 56:05 Sevenoaks AC 48.21 5
446 157 917 Clair Thornton 46 1:03:01 Sevenoaks AC 20.00 15
459 295 693 Lionel Stielow 72 1:04:32 Sevenoaks AC 7.26 19
485 178 639 Alzbeta Benn 40 1:08:30 Sevenoaks AC 9.23 5
498 186 671 Sylvia Lewis 69 1:12:40 Sevenoaks AC 5.13 20

 The full results are here.

The next race in the series will take place in Betteshanger Park, Deal on Dec 12th.

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 12 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 4 women (of whom one must be aged 55+,one 45+ and one 35+).

BMAF 10k Championships 2021

Jamie at BMAF 2021

There were three SAC runners at yesterday's 10k race at the Cyclopark in Gravesend, writes Dan Witt. Conditions were chilly, overcast and slightly blustery, but both Jamie Philip and Andrew Hutchinson put the conditions aside and registered great PBs.  

Jamie with medalJamie was also awarded a third place medal for his efforts in the M40 category. It's not often that these races take place so locally and as a result there were many strong efforts from the local clubs.

My result was slightly slower than expected as I thought that my first sub 40 minute 10k since 2017 may have been possible but in the end I was relatively happy with my time.

It's not a flat course as it's either up or down for the majority of the tarmac circuit, of which there were 4 laps required for the 10k distance.

The Sevenoaks AC results were as follows:

 The full results are here. Team and category results are here.