KFL Match 7 Blean Woods - 4th February 2018

Team at Blean Woods

The final race of the 2017/18 Kent Fitness League took place on Sunday 4th February in cold, wet and muddy conditions with sleet and hail storms. Sevenoaks fielded a team of 18 runners, but crucially, only three of them were women. Heather Fitzmaurice added to a list of injuries already including previous scorers Jacqui O'Reilly, Pauline Dalton and Grace Manzotti and Vanessa Gilmartin was also unavailable. That left Ella Pyman to lead the women's team in 35th place with Sally Shewell and Anna Humphrey-Taylor also running well, but no fourth scorer.

Led by Andrew Milne in 19th, followed closely by Andy Ashlee and Lee Lintern and some excellent packing just behind them, the men's team were an excellent third on the day, so that even with the depleted women's team only 15th, the combined team were fifth. The result meant that SAC slipped one place back in the series with the combined team third, the women fourth and the men second - a brilliant effort in the circumstances.

Andrew Mead adds: "I had a quick look at the results and I think that the fact that we did not have a full women's team probably did not make much difference to the final standing. If the '4th woman' score was say 50 rather than 102, then we would have come fourth not fifth on the day but still not enough to stop Petts Wood taking 2nd overall for the season (they had all four women in the top 10, so their combined score was not beatable unless we could match that in the mens). So not such a disappointment as it seemed on the day and a great team achievement for the cross country season. Also doesn't Mr Simpson deserves a big thank you for his sterling efforts?" Quite right Andrew. On behalf of all the SAC KFL runners, thanks David for handling the admin and supporting the teams in all weathers.

In the individual series positions, Heather was 5th woman and 1st W45, Vanessa 3rd W40 and Sally 3rd W55, while Andrew Milne was our first man in 16th, Andy Ashlee 2nd M45, Keith Dowson 3rd M50, Dan Witt 3rd M40, James Graham 2nd M60 and Jim Fitzmaurice 2nd M70 (1st M75). Heather is confirmed as W45 champion on the list of champions here. The SAC results at Blean Woods were as follows:

Ov Pos Lg Pos Runner Age Time Club Rating # Races
19 19 Andrew Milne 35 32:44 Sevenoaks AC 92.11 15
21 21 Andy Ashlee 48 32:48 Sevenoaks AC 91.23 25
24 24 Lee Lintern 37 33:02 Sevenoaks AC 89.91 29
31 31 Keith Dowson 54 33:26 Sevenoaks AC 86.84 14
33 33 Andrew Mead 49 33:44 Sevenoaks AC 85.96 33
42 41 Darius Sarshar 48 34:28 Sevenoaks AC 82.46 4
47 46 Daniel Witt 43 34:47 Sevenoaks AC 80.26 45
63 61 Nick Humphrey-Taylor 45 35:29 Sevenoaks AC 73.68 4
83 79 James Graham 64 36:18 Sevenoaks AC 65.79 22
88 84 Tom Waldron 22 36:26 Sevenoaks AC 63.60 2
98 91 Tony Waldron 50 37:06 Sevenoaks AC 60.53 24
132 119 John Denyer 69 39:23 Sevenoaks AC 48.25 46
196 35 Ella Pyman 51 43:14 Sevenoaks AC 66.34 7
218 45 Sarah Shewell 58 44:19 Sevenoaks AC 56.44 102
262 66 Anna Humphrey-Taylor 48 48:06 Sevenoaks AC 35.64 4
275 202 Lionel Stielow 69 49:08 Sevenoaks AC 11.84 8
277 203 Paul Allum 55 49:27 Sevenoaks AC 11.40 4
306 216 James Fitzmaurice 75 53:46 Sevenoaks AC 5.70 67

The full results are here.

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KFL Match 6 Nurstead Court - 28 January 2018

Race start

The Sevenoaks AC team of 19 runners ploughed through the mud at Nurstead Court on 28th January to finish sixth combined team, with the men sixth and the women eighth. The women just managed to field the required four runners, as Jacqui O'Reilly, Pauline Dalton and Grace Manzotti were all injured, but Vanessa Gilmartin had a brilliant run in eighth place (3rd W40) to lead the SAC women home. She was backed up by Heather Fitzmaurice, Sally - 100 kflsSally Shewell (3rd W55) and Anna Humphrey-Taylor. The men were similarly depleted, but Andy Ashlee finished strongly for first SAC man in 38th, one place ahead of Keith Dowson, with the rest of the scorers packing closely behind. James Graham was second M60, Jim Fitzmaurice 3rd M70 (1st M75) and John Denyer 3rd M65.

There was a presentation before the race when Sally Shewell was awarded a trophy for completing 100 KFL races - more than 500 miles of mud covered on behalf of Sevenoaks AC!

After six races, the combined team is still hanging on in second place, with the women fourth and the men also second. The SAC results were:

Ov Pos Lg Pos Runner Age Time Club Rating # Races
38 37 Andy Ashlee 48 35:12 Sevenoaks AC 87.00 24
39 38 Keith Dowson 54 35:16 Sevenoaks AC 86.64 13
46 45 Andrew Mead 49 35:38 Sevenoaks AC 84.12 32
66 64 Russell Crane 35 36:41 Sevenoaks AC 77.26 2
75 73 Nick Humphrey-Taylor 45 37:03 Sevenoaks AC 74.01 3
78 76 Chris Desmond 54 37:12 Sevenoaks AC 72.92 79
101 95 James Graham 64 38:28 Sevenoaks AC 66.06 21
104 98 James Wright 49 38:45 Sevenoaks AC 64.98 24
113 8 Vanessa Gilmartin 42 39:08 Sevenoaks AC 94.49 6
117 107 Tony Waldron 50 39:24 Sevenoaks AC 61.73 23
152 18 Heather Fitzmaurice 48 40:57 Sevenoaks AC 86.61 70
171 150 John Denyer 69 41:38 Sevenoaks AC 46.21 45
235 196 Simon Hallpike 64 45:10 Sevenoaks AC 29.60 46
250 45 Sarah Shewell 58 45:50 Sevenoaks AC 65.35 101
327 250 Lionel Stielow 69 51:15 Sevenoaks AC 10.11 7
336 255 James Fitzmaurice 75 52:15 Sevenoaks AC 8.30 66
348 91 Anna Humphrey-Taylor 48 53:21 Sevenoaks AC 29.13 3
361 261 Peter Nuttall 45 55:23 Sevenoaks AC 6.14 22

The full results are here. The final race of the series is on Sunday, 4th February, at Blean Woods, Rough Common, near Canterbury and a big turnout is needed if we are to hold on to second place.

Runners

Canterbury 10 2018

JohnSylviaJamesJohn Witton was 25th overall, Sylvia Lewis 2nd W65 and James Graham 2nd M60 at the first Kent GP race of the year, the Canterbury 10, on 21st January. Seven SAC runners competed in a big field of 1390 finishers, and these were their results:

Place First Name Last Name Team Bib No Chip Time Gun Time Gender Age Group Description Team Name
25 John Witton Sevenoaks AC 563 1:00:20.3 1:00:21.3 M M - Senior Sevenoaks AC
123 James Graham Sevenoaks AC 1044 1:08:22.8 1:08:28.5 M M 60 to 69 Sevenoaks AC
440 Jon Bennell Sevenoaks AC 1399 1:20:12.9 1:21:17.0 M M - Senior Sevenoaks AC
547 Sarah Shewell Sevenoaks AC 1585 1:23:35.3 1:23:48.3 F F 55 to 64 Sevenoaks AC
807 Anna Humphrey-Taylor Sevenoaks AC 1336 1:32:21.9 1:33:21.2 F F 45 to 54 Sevenoaks AC
985 Jenny Austin Sevenoaks AC 1561 1:38:04.4 1:39:04.4 F F 35 to 44 Sevenoaks AC
1184 Sylvia Lewis Sevenoaks AC 814 1:46:20.6 1:47:27.1 F F 65+ Sevenoaks AC

The full results are here.

KFL Match 5 Minnis Bay - 14 January 2018

Team at Minnis Bay

The fifth race in the Kent Fitness League 2017/18 Cross Country series took place at Minnis Bay, Birchington, on Sunday January 14th, writes Jim Knight. Sometimes in this fixture the runners are faced with horizontal sleet, but this year it was a perfect day for running – cool and sunny, with no wind - just spectacular views along the coast to Reculver Towers. Even the dykes, which can be waist deep in freezing water were only knee deep this year. Nineteen runners from Sevenoaks AC joined the field of 350 from the 18 Kent clubs on the tough 6-mile course.

The first Sevenoaks AC athlete home was 39-year old John Witton in 14th place, followed by Andrew Milne in 23rd. Keith Dowson was the club’s fastest M50 in 35th position, and Darius Sarchar the club’s fastest M40 in 42nd. The other scorers were Andy Ashlee (45th), Dan Witt (57th), James Graham (1st M60 and our 2nd M50, in 65th) and Nick Humphrey-Taylor in 72nd.

There was a great performance by 18-year old Tom Waldron to come 102nd in his first ever cross-country race – wearing football boots. (It’s time for Dad to buy him some trail shoes!)

The SAC women ran strongly too, with Heather Fitzmaurice finishing in 108th place overall (7th woman and 2nd W45), closely followed by Vanessa Gilmartin in 8th. The other women scorers were Sally Shewell (2nd W55) and Anna Humphrey-Taylor.

Going into this race, the Sevenoaks women's team was leading the series, with the SAC combined team lying second to Dartford Harriers. A fantastic result for the club after 4 races. The combined team was 4th at Minnis Bay with the men also 4th as the men's race was dominated by runners from Dartford Harriers who maintained their leading position in the series. The SAC women's team were sixth on the day. Despite strong challenges from Petts Wood Runners and Paddock Wood, the SAC combined team did enough to maintain second place in the series, with the women third and the men second after five races.

The Sevenoaks AC results were as follows:

Ov Pos Lg Pos Runner Age Time Club Rating # Races
14 14 John Witton 39 37:43 Sevenoaks AC 95.04 2
23 23 Andrew Milne 35 39:27 Sevenoaks AC 91.60 14
35 34 Keith Dowson 54 40:25 Sevenoaks AC 87.40 12
42 41 Darius Sarshar 48 40:54 Sevenoaks AC 84.73 3
45 44 Andy Ashlee 48 41:15 Sevenoaks AC 83.59 23
57 55 Daniel Witt 42 42:10 Sevenoaks AC 79.39 44
65 63 James Graham 64 42:29 Sevenoaks AC 76.34 20
72 68 Nick Humphrey-Taylor 45 42:50 Sevenoaks AC 74.43 2
89 83 James Baker 53 43:39 Sevenoaks AC 68.70 17
95 89 Tony Waldron 50 43:54 Sevenoaks AC 66.41 22
103 97 Tom Waldron 22 44:30 Sevenoaks AC 63.36 Debut
108 7 Heather Fitzmaurice 48 44:42 Sevenoaks AC 94.96 69
121 8 Vanessa Gilmartin 42 45:14 Sevenoaks AC 94.12 5
135 126 Andy Evans 47 46:26 Sevenoaks AC 52.29 38
180 158 Alan Lewis 51 49:04 Sevenoaks AC 40.08 5
242 38 Sarah Shewell 58 53:08 Sevenoaks AC 68.91 100
296 59 Anna Humphrey-Taylor 48 58:12 Sevenoaks AC 51.26 2
297 60 Ella Pyman 51 58:14 Sevenoaks AC 50.42 6
317 243 James Fitzmaurice 75 59:52 Sevenoaks AC 7.63 65

The full results are here. The next race will be on Sunday January 28th in Nurstead Court, Meopham.

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 two must be V50 and one V40) and 4 women (of whom one must be V45 and one V35).