A brilliant performance by Sevenoaks lifts the team to 2nd in the series, writes Jim Knight.
It was an emotional start to the race. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, 530 runners stood in complete silence, contemplating the horrors of war, the relief at this time 100 years ago when hostilities ceased, and anticipating running in the picturesque Swanley Park on a beautiful autumn day.
At 11.02, the whistle blew, and we were off. Three laps of the park – undulating, grassy, muddy in places, but overall a fast 5.5-mile course. A brief shower cooled us down on the first lap, but from then it was glorious sunshine to the finish.
30 minutes and 36 seconds later, Jay Smith from Dartford Road runners crossed the line to win by 46 seconds from Chris Fullerton of Medway & Maidstone AC.
The Sevenoaks team of 35 runners was led home by Guillaune Nineven in 10th place followed by 51-year-old Darrell Smith in 12th (2nd M50). The other scorers in the men’s team were Andrew Milne (38th), Mike Lochead (48th), Keith Dowson (52nd, 2nd M55), Jimmy George (57th), and Keith Brown (61st) and Simon Truett (78th).
In the women’s race, Cas Wright of Dartford Harriers was the winner in 34.16, followed by Becky Morrish of Petts Wood. For Sevenoaks, Vanessa Gilmartin was our fastest woman in 13th place supported by Heather Fitzmaurice (17th), Marion Van Lille (26th) and Bridget Weekes (38th & 2nd W60).
Both the SAC men’s and women’s teams came 5th, but the combined team placed 2nd - a tribute to the strength in depth of Sevenoaks team. Other teams have strong men’s teams or women’s teams, but very few have both.
This performance has lifted Sevenoaks to 2nd in the series, behind Petts Wood Runners, after 2 races. A very encouraging start to the season.
The Sevenoaks AC results were:
|Ov Pos||Lg Pos||Runner||Age||Time||Club||Rating||# Races|
|10||10||Guillaume Nineven||33||32:58||Sevenoaks AC||97.44||2|
|12||12||Darrell Smith||51||33:04||Sevenoaks AC||96.87||9|
|36||35||Andrew Milne||36||35:12||Sevenoaks AC||90.31||17|
|48||47||Mike Lochead||32||35:40||Sevenoaks AC||86.89||2|
|52||50||Keith Dowson||55||35:47||Sevenoaks AC||86.04||16|
|57||55||Jimmy George||37||35:58||Sevenoaks AC||84.62||3|
|61||59||Keith Brown||47||36:04||Sevenoaks AC||83.48||13|
|78||76||Simon Truett||44||36:44||Sevenoaks AC||78.63||3|
|91||89||Jim Harness||51||37:06||Sevenoaks AC||74.93||5|
|112||106||Tom Waldron||19||37:50||Sevenoaks AC||70.09||3|
|116||109||James Baker||53||37:56||Sevenoaks AC||69.23||19|
|117||110||Daniel Witt||43||37:57||Sevenoaks AC||68.95||47|
|120||113||Graham Dwyer||46||38:04||Sevenoaks AC||68.09||4|
|148||139||Jatinder Soomal||36||39:24||Sevenoaks AC||60.68||2|
|153||143||Andy Evans||48||39:29||Sevenoaks AC||59.54||40|
|162||13||Vanesa Gilmartin||43||39:52||Sevenoaks AC||93.37||7|
|182||17||Heather Fitzmaurice||48||40:38||Sevenoaks AC||91.16||72|
|201||178||Tony Waldron||51||41:18||Sevenoaks AC||49.57||25|
|223||26||Marion Van Lille||33||41:56||Sevenoaks AC||86.19||3|
|244||210||Toby Fitzmaurice||18||42:46||Sevenoaks AC||40.46||2|
|254||219||Andy Manning||50||43:03||Sevenoaks AC||37.89||2|
|266||228||Duncan Cochrane||61||43:34||Sevenoaks AC||35.33||26|
|275||38||Bridgit Weekes||60||43:55||Sevenoaks AC||79.56||2|
|284||41||Diana Bryant||43||44:23||Sevenoaks AC||77.90||2|
|289||44||Nicki Thompson||42||44:33||Sevenoaks AC||76.24||20|
|292||47||Sally Mortleman||53||44:34||Sevenoaks AC||74.59||12|
|296||248||Hugh Shewell||29||44:40||Sevenoaks AC||29.63||16|
|312||259||Simon Hallpike||65||45:14||Sevenoaks AC||26.50||48|
|322||54||Sarah Shewell||59||45:40||Sevenoaks AC||70.72||104|
|336||58||Ella Pyman||51||46:20||Sevenoaks AC||68.51||9|
|369||77||Rhea Malkin||33||47:58||Sevenoaks AC||58.01||2|
|418||310||Lionel Stielow||69||50:45||Sevenoaks AC||11.97||10|
|438||318||Jim Knight||67||51:56||Sevenoaks AC||9.69||3|
|499||340||James Fitzmaurice||76||58:15||Sevenoaks AC||3.42||68|
|505||163||Sylvia Lewis||66||59:32||Sevenoaks AC||10.50||14|
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). The full results of the Swanley race are here.
The next race is on Sunday Nov 25th in Oxleas Woods, Eltham.