Beachy Head Marathon 2019

Seven SAC members tackled this year's Beachy Head Marathon on 26th October, writes Jim Knight.

Whilst the rest of the country had pouring rain, it was mild and windy on Saturday morning on the Downs around Beachy Head, with heavy rain forecast for the afternoon. The course was diverted in two places as a result of flooding, leading to big queues on the section into Alfriston and it was here that I met Rob Carr and Simon Lewis enjoying their annual outing to Beachy Head – Rob’s 10th.Simon, Caitlin & Rob

As usual, the race was well marshalled with lots of food stations including the famous (and very welcome) giant sausage rolls at 16.8 miles.

I ran with Bet Benn on the section over the Seven Sisters to Birling Gap – 7 steep climbs followed by 7 equally steep descents made more difficult by the winds gusting up to 40+mph.

It wasn’t a day for fast times, with the winning time more than 15 minutes slower than last year. Fortunately, the wind was behind us on the final section and I managed to stagger into the finish just before the heavy rain started. It wasn’t as fast as I had hoped, but I’m pleased to have finished, and hope to be able to walk again by next weekend.

Heather fell at 5 miles and hurt her ankle. After treatment at 12 miles, she carried on to finish in just under 5 hours. Sylvia walked round with her son and "had a fantastic day and great fun". Simon, Rob & PaulAlthough I didn’t see him on the day, it was good to see Paul Tabor in the results, finishing in an impressive 7.47.

Julie & RobCaitlin had a good run for her first ever trail marathon coming in sub 5 hours, adds Rob Carr. Julie did the 10k and her time was 1:19. Unfortunately it wasn’t a great day for me. I struggled with lower back pain and lack of mobility from about 16 miles. I’d have quite happily pulled out at the aid station before Birling Gap, but was determined to finish what was my 200th marathon. I’m glad I picked Beachy Head as my 200th and it it was  great to see so many SAC runners and to have my family there.

SAC Results were.

Heather Fitzmaurice  4.57, Caitlin Carr 4.59, Jim Knight 6.37, Rob Carr 6.39, Bet Benn 6.40, Paul Tabor 7.47, Sylvia Lewis 8.16. Links to the full results are here.

SAC Handicap 27 October 2019

DavidDavid Lobley followed up his win in the September Handicap with a more emphatic one in October.

James Baker and Suzy Claridge were the fastest on the day.

Andrew Mead continues to lead the series with Sylvia Lewis in second, but David now has two wins with two races to go.

The next race is on Sunday 24th November. Details are here.

Tonbridge 10k 2019

SAC team with trophies

A small but high quality team of four Sevenoaks AC athletes contested the Tonbridge 10k near Hildenborough on 20th October and all came away with category trophies.

Nick Humphrey-Taylor was first SAC finisher in sixth place taking the M40 trophy in a fast 38:21. Chris Desmond was fourteenth overall and first M50 in 41:52, Lionel Stielow 80th and first M70 in 54:21, and Sylvia Lewis 146th and first W65 in 64:15.

The full results are here.

John & Sally Win Categories At Maidstone Half 2019

JohnSallyJohn Witton was third overall and first M40 while Sally Shewell won the W55 category at the Maidstone Half on 13 October.

The tough race was also the final Kent Grand Prix race of the 2019 series, so it was handy that Sevenoaks AC had four finishers in the first 17 with John third in 1:25:01, Andrew Milne eleventh in 1:29:36, Mike Lochead thirteenth in 1:30:47 and Russell Crane seventeenth in 1:33:12.

Sally, the only Sevenoaks runner to run both at Maidstone and the previous Sunday's Half at Tonbridge, was 127th (19th woman) in 1:56:49. The SAC contingent of just six runners was completed by Hugh Shewell, 188th in 2:06:54.

The full results are here.