KFL 2014/15 Match 3 - Oxleas

KFL Oxleas Wood 2014

Despite the terrible weather on Sunday, an intrepid bunch of Sevenoaks AC runners, 23 strong, went to Eltham to run nearly 6 miles in the most awful underfoot conditions, writes Geoff Vine.

The usual 18 teams with 384 runners from across Kent took part, slipping and sliding, sometimes falling into the mud. Streams were rivers and hills were like mountains of ice. Luckily not really cold, but just very wet.

For the Sevenoaks men first to "swim" back  was 51 year old Chris Desmond in 25th place (1st M50) in a time of 35mins 53 secs. A fantastic run.

Andy Nicoll hung onto Chris for 28th place in 36.10. Close behind was Andy Ashlee 40th in 37.05 and Lee Lintern came 45th in 37.43. New member John O’Callaghan was 58th in 38.31. James Wright came 62nd in 38.39 and last scorer for the men was Daniel Witt in 38.57 for 70th place.

One really notable performance came from new recruit James Graham who at 61 years was 106th in 41.02 for 1st M60 and long time club member John Denyer took 1st M65.

Overall the men’s team were 5th in the race and climbed up one place in the season's rankings to 5th. More to come from them yet, to climb even higher.

For the Sevenoaks ladies, injury and commitments impacted performance with only 6 ladies present. They achieved 10th place on the day, but dropped to 3rd in the table for the season.

First home was Katie Wills in 18th place with 43.51. Pauline Dalton (21st) showed she is coming back to form with 3rd W50 in 44.02 and Sally Shewell (2nd W55) was very happy with 47.39 and 43rd place.

Overall the combined team are 5th this year. The full Sevenoaks AC results were:

Ov Pos
Lg Pos
Runner
Age
Time
Club
Rating
25 25 Chris Desmond 51 35:53 Sevenoaks AC 91.01
28 28 Andy Nicoll 34 36:10 Sevenoaks AC 89.89
40 40 Andy Ashlee 45 37:05 Sevenoaks AC 85.39
45 45 Lee Lintern 34 37:43 Sevenoaks AC 83.52
58 58 John O'Callaghan 30 38:31 Sevenoaks AC 78.65
62 62 James Wright 46 38:39 Sevenoaks AC 77.15
70 70 Daniel Witt 39 38:57 Sevenoaks AC 74.16
106 101 James Graham 61 41:02 Sevenoaks AC 62.55
114 108 John Stevens 53 41:16 Sevenoaks AC 59.93
123 115 John Wallace 42 41:37 Sevenoaks AC 57.30
159 142 John Denyer 66 43:34 Sevenoaks AC 47.19
163 18 Katie Wills 26 43:51 Sevenoaks AC 85.22
167 21 Pauline Dalton 50 44:02 Sevenoaks AC 82.61
185 158 Andy Evans 44 44:50 Sevenoaks AC 41.20
187 159 Duncan Cochrane 57 44:55 Sevenoaks AC 40.82
195 165 Andrew Rackham 41 45:33 Sevenoaks AC 38.58
201 170 Sam Bennett 41 45:51 Sevenoaks AC 36.70
220 183 Geoff Vine 67 46:40 Sevenoaks AC 31.84
245 43 Sarah Shewell 55 47:39 Sevenoaks AC 63.48
247 44 Clair Thornton 39 47:42 Sevenoaks AC 62.61
273 52 Happy Fisher 38 49:27 Sevenoaks AC 55.65
289 62 Ella Pyman 48 50:18 Sevenoaks AC 46.96
354 257 James Fitzmaurice 72 56:35 Sevenoaks AC 4.12

The full results are here. The next race is on 30th November at Fowlmead near to Deal.

A20 Path and Downs Half 2014

A20 Path and Downs Marathon

Keith Dowson and myself ran the half marathon on 16 November, writes Dan Witt. Race started and finished from the Mercure hotel near Leeds Castle and went up the north downs in a steep climb between 3 and 5 miles then there was a sharp decent back towards the A20, a few loops through Harrietsham then back to the finish where we started.

The race came up slightly short for me at 12.91 miles but not as short as it was for Keith as he and the first 5 other runners missed a mile loop so I believe they were disqualified! My original finish as per the print out given to me at the finish was 12th in 1:29.12 but this may have been upgraded if indeed the first 6 were DQ’d. The race was a bit of a shambles to be honest, but a good work out and training run all the same.

In the official results, Dan Witt is fifth in 1:29:12, and Keith Dowson unplaced in 1:15:43. Picture is from the Kent Online website.

KFL 2014/15 Match 2 - Swanley

SAC team

The second race of this season’s Kent Fitness League cross-country series took place in Swanley Park on Sunday Nov 9th, writes Jim Knight.

At 11.00 a.m. the field of 495 runners from 18 clubs throughout Kent stood in silence to show their respect for those who have died in war. Fittingly seven World War 2 planes flew overhead – hurricanes and spitfires from the Biggin Hill flypast – creating an emotional atmosphere on this very special day of remembrance.

The whistle blew, the sun came out, and the runners set off to tackle three laps of the park, made slow and muddy by the heavy overnight rain.

Sevenoaks AC had a team of 32 runners, but were missing star athletes David & Allan Lee, and Chris Desmond.

Dartford, once again fielded a strong team (28 from Dartford Harriers and a huge contingent of 60 from Dartford Road Runners)

Immediately the Dartford men went into the lead and dominated throughout the race, with Dartford Harriers taking the first 4 places. The winner was Sergiu Gaidvc in a very impressive time of 29.48 for the 5-mile course.

The Sevenoaks men’s team of Andy Nicoll (28th), Keith Dowson (34th), Andy Ashlee (48th), Lee Lintern (57th), James Beeston (58th ), Stephen Searby (64th) and James Wright (67th), finished in sixth position.

However the Sevenoaks ladies ran brilliantly to come 3rd and now lead the series. With Cath Linney in 6th position, Katie Wills in 14th and Heather Fitzmaurice in 20th, the team was only one point behind Paddock Wood (2nd) and two points behind winners Larkfield AC.SAC Women

In the first race of the series (2 weeks ago in Knole Park) the Sevenoaks ladies comfortably beat both of these team and go into the third race with a one point lead over Dartford Harriers.

The combined team lies in 3rd place behind the two Dartford teams.

The SAC runners were:

 

Ov Pos
Lg Pos
Runner
Age
Time
Club
Rating
29 28 Andy Nicoll 34 33:45 Sevenoaks AC 91.79
35 34 Keith Dowson 51 34:07 Sevenoaks AC 89.97
49 48 Andy Ashlee 45 34:52 Sevenoaks AC 85.71
59 57 Lee Lintern 34 35:34 Sevenoaks AC 82.98
60 58 James Beeston 43 35:35 Sevenoaks AC 82.67
67 64 Stephen Searby 51 35:54 Sevenoaks AC 80.85
70 67 James Wright 46 36:08 Sevenoaks AC 79.94
72 69 Daniel Witt 39 36:11 Sevenoaks AC 79.33
86 83 John O'Callaghan 30 36:44 Sevenoaks AC 75.08
116 6 Cath Linney 45 38:02 Sevenoaks AC 96.97
117 110 John Stevens 53 38:08 Sevenoaks AC 66.87
125 118 David Lobley 49 38:36 Sevenoaks AC 64.44
146 134 Ted Scott 55 39:10 Sevenoaks AC 59.57
155 143 John Denyer 66 39:26 Sevenoaks AC 56.84
166 14 Katie Wills 26 39:49 Sevenoaks AC 92.12
187 20 Heather Fitzmaurice 44 40:37 Sevenoaks AC 88.48
188 167 Andrew Rackham 41 40:37 Sevenoaks AC 49.54
193 172 Geoff Vine 67 40:48 Sevenoaks AC 48.02
209 183 Duncan Cochrane 57 41:15 Sevenoaks AC 44.68
219 30 Sally Mortleman 49 41:34 Sevenoaks AC 82.42
225 194 Geoff Kitchener 64 41:52 Sevenoaks AC 41.34
231 33 Glenda Goscomb 56 42:00 Sevenoaks AC 80.61
276 45 Nicki Thompson 38 43:33 Sevenoaks AC 73.33
292 240 Sam Bennett 41 44:06 Sevenoaks AC 27.36
305 252 Duncan Warwick-Champion 50 44:32 Sevenoaks AC 23.71
312 257 Martin White 47 44:47 Sevenoaks AC 22.19
326 62 Sarah Shewell 55 45:23 Sevenoaks AC 63.03
350 276 James Fitzmaurice 72 46:47 Sevenoaks AC 16.41
351 74 Jane Morgan 37 46:48 Sevenoaks AC 55.76
353 75 Clair Thornton 39 46:53 Sevenoaks AC 55.15
359 80 Ella Pyman 47 47:03 Sevenoaks AC 52.12
405 106 Anna Dabrwska 33 49:24 Sevenoaks AC 36.36
466 145 Sylvia Lewis 62 55:21 Sevenoaks AC 12.73

The full results are here. The next race of the series will be in Oxleas Woods, Eltham on November 23rd.