Veteran Athletics Monday 20 May

For the second meeting in the Southern Counties Veterans AC (Kent) league series, we filled every event spot and were rewarded with a third match place in division 2, one of our more successful outings and one with three club best performances.
Conditions at Canterbury on 20 May were somewhat dull, but without rain, and competition was unaffected.  With the first sequence of events (the 200m sprints) over, we were challenging for the lead position in the division, having taken second place in the M35A race (Paul English, in 25.9 seconds); second place in the M35B race (a debut for Martin White who, despite not running in spikes, recorded 28.2 seconds for an equal 30th place in the M45 national rankings); and first place in the M50s (Geoffrey Kitchener, in 29.7 seconds).
In the M60 1500m race, John Denyer took second place in 5 minutes 23.3 seconds, a club best M65 performance.  Both first and second runners clocked the fastest UK times of the year for M65 athletes over this distance, so John is ranked second in the national rankings.  Maurice Marchant, although an M60, stepped down to join with the M50s, with whom he took fourth position at this distance.  The M35 1500m race was contested by Rob Carr and (although an M60) Geoff Vine. Neither was on best form and Geoff’s lead was whittled away by Rob who moved ahead over the last lap, both however achieving valuable points for the team.
In the field events we were represented in the shot put by Paul English (second in the M35 competition, well exceeding the current club best M40 performance, and placing as 43rd in the national rankings – demonstrating that Paul is not just a sprinter); and by Maurice Marchant and David Simpson.  The javelin was thrown by Rob Carr and David, the latter achieving third place in the M50s with 20.16 metres.  We had two competitors in the high jump also, Martin White securing fourth place in the M35 competition with 1.20m, despite not having jumped before; and Geoffrey Kitchener took second place in the M50 jumps.
With the last event of the evening approaching, we were in overall points virtually neck-and-neck with Bromley Vets.  But fielding a 4 x 100m relay team with three sprinters – Paul, Martin and Geoffrey – and John Denyer (still recovering from his 1500m race), we outpaced Bromley by a tenth of a second to secure second place in the relay and third place in the match (hence fourth in the series).  Our relay time equalled the club best time, from 2009.  So: a successful meeting on a number of counts.
The full results are here. Our next fixture is on Friday 7 June at Norman Park, Bromley, where the events cover 100m, 800m, long jump, discus and 4 x 200m relay.  Please let me know if you are able to take on any of these.
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Handicap 14 May 2013


Andy Ashlee won the May handicap on Tuesday 14th in a fast time, while Debbie Mosely (above) was first woman in second. Full details here.

Larkfield 10k

Larkfield 10k finish

 Chris Desmond led fifteen Sevenoaks runners to some good performances despite strong winds. Chris was thirteenth man and second M50, while Pauline Dalton was fifth woman and third W45. Among the more mature competitors, Geoff Vine was second M60 and Simon Hallpike third. The full SAC results were as follows:


Pos Gun
Name Team / Club Sex Age
Pos by
Chip Time
14   37:52 Chris DESMOND SEVENOAKS AC M v50 168 37:49 14
35   41:07 Joe PARSONS SEVENOAKS AC M Senior 136 41:03 35
39   41:27 James WRIGHT SEVENOAKS AC M v40 86 41:24 39
52   42:31 Daniel WITT SEVENOAKS AC M Senior 80 42:28 52
56   42:51 Pauiline DALTON SEVENOAKS AC Fem v45 90 42:47 57
68   43:56 Geoff VINE SEVENOAKS AC M v60 5 43:53 70
70   43:59 Simon HALLPIKE SEVENOAKS AC M v60 154 43:51 68
80   44:30 Andy EVANS SEVENOAKS AC M v40 3 44:23 80
86   44:43 Duncan WARWICK-CHAMPION SEVENOAKS AC M v40 89 44:34 86
94   45:10 Adam PHILLIPS SEVENOAKS AC M v50 137 45:02 95
162   49:32 Jane MORGAN SEVENOAKS AC Fem v35 352 49:21 162
212   53:49 Tony OSTLERE SEVENOAKS AC M v50 105 53:35 211
226   55:15 Jenny AUSTIN SEVENOAKS AC Fem v35 110 55:03 225
231   55:34 Debbie MOSLEY SEVENOAKS AC Fem v35 112 55:21 232
251   57:50 Maria ASHLEE SEVENOAKS AC Fem v35 47 57:26 250

 Full results here.

Holiday Weekend Racing - May 3-6

Jim at the Ted Pepper

Jim Fitzmaurice was first M70 at the Ted Pepper 10k at Norman Park, Bromley on 6th May, which doubled as the SCVAC championships. Jim was 134th overall in 50:00. Full results here.

On the preceding Saturday, Uschi Field-Werners and Manu Field contested the trail Marathon and Half respectively at Bewl Water. Uschi was 102nd in 4:44 in the longer race, while Manu finished 29th in 1:43 in the 13.1. Full marathon result is here, and Half result here. Both runners times were PBs. "The course was very hard, mainly off road and the parts on the roads were very hilly" reported Dr F-W.

The majority of SAC's weekend racers descended on the Hildenborough 5 and 10 on 6th May, with the following results:

Hildenborough 10:

Position Number Finish Time Cat Surname Christian Name Club
3 436 1:03:44 M40 Brown Keith Sevenoaks AC
11 440 1:13:05 Msen Parsons Joe Sevenoaks AC
12 454 1:13:55 Msen Witt Daniel Sevenoaks AC
21 467 1:21:53 M40 Peers Robert Sevenoaks AC
29 482 1:27:02 F45 Fisher Happy Sevenoaks AC

Hildenborough 5:

Position Number Finish Time Cat Surname Christ Name Club
11 158 0:34:00 M40 Thatcher Mark Sevenoaks AC
21 184 0:36:44 M60 Colins Lyndon Unattached
23 186 0:37:11 M50 Folkesson Erik Unattached
25 182 0:39:16 M60 Marchant Maurice Unattached

Full results for the ten here and the five here.