Dinosaur 10k 2014

Dinosaur 10k start

Keith Dowson was third M50 at the (Kent GP and Championship) Dinosaur 10k at Deal on Sunday 27th July.

Keith led home the Sevenoaks AC contingent of six finishers from which Geoff Vine had to pull out with calf trouble while leading the M60s.

Times were impressive over quite a hilly course in very hot and humid conditions.

Full result is here. The SAC results were as follows:

Pos Finish time Chip time First name Last name Sex Club/Company Age category Bibno.
20 00:38:15 00:38:14 Keith Dowson M Sevenoaks AC Super Vet Male 46
46 00:40:37 00:40:36 Chris Desmond M Sevenoaks AC Super Vet Male 133
83 00:43:53 00:43:51 Stuart Thompson M Sevenoaks AC Senior Male 58
197 00:51:02 00:50:45 Nicola Thompson F Sevenoaks AC Vet Female 269
247 00:54:11 00:53:47 Jonathan Copping M Sevenoaks AC Super Vet Male 126
352 01:02:24 01:02:04 Hugh Shewell M Sevenoaks AC Senior Male 263

Sevenoaks 7: Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

SAC plus Kelly

Sevenoaks Athletics Club and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust have agreed that the Sevenoaks 7 race, to be held on August 31st will raise money for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.

The Trust’s mission is to get lives on track by using world-class athletes to engage, enable and empower disadvantaged young people, and in the past 12 months has helped over 50,000 youngsters throughout the UK.

Their flagship national programme "Get on Track" is a personal development and training programme for young people aged 16-25 who are not in employment, education or training. The young people are mentored through a 5-stage programme for a minimum of 14 months by a team of world Class athletes.

The trust has delivered 3 programmes in Kent and has achieved impressive results - afterwards 84% were participating regularly in sport, 70% were in education, employment or training, 46% were regularly volunteering.

Alexandra Lines from the Dame Kelly Holmes trust said, "At a time where there are more than one million 16-25-year-olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) in the UK, our work is now more important than ever. We are delighted to be working with Sevenoaks Athletics Club to help more youngsters in Kent".

This year's race - to be held on Sunday August 31st at 10.30 am. – will raise money to support the "Get on Track" Programme in Kent. The race is being sponsored by Up & Running, and entry forms can be obtained from their store at 150 High St Sevenoaks. Alternatively forms and online entry are available here. Anyone who would like to raise extra funds for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust can register with the Trust to become a "Dame Kelly Fundraiser". To do this, simply contact Alex Lines by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see the Trust's website here.

Race Director Duncan Warwick Champion said, "Here is a great opportunity to test your speed and strength on Knole Park's hills whilst raising money for a very good local cause. Afterwards, why not enjoy a picnic in the park, visit the historic Knole House, the largest house in England, with its 365 rooms and 52 staircases, (owned by the National Trust) or simply relax in one of Sevenoaks many pubs and restaurants".

SCVAC Over-35 T&F 18 July - final

The final 2014 series meeting of the veteran’s athletics league (SCVAC) took place on Friday 18 July at Dartford.  Duncan Cochrane kindly undertook the team management role in the absence of Geoffrey Kitchener (many thanks, Duncan).This presented some challenges in that we started short of two team members, although this was partly remedied by the arrival of Keith Dowson part way through the evening after surmounting travel difficulties.The team reshuffled their roles and managed to fill all events bar the M35 B string 800m slot.
 
The fastest division 2 scoring runner on the night was Martin White, who took first place in the M35 100m race with a scintillating 13.5 seconds. Other supporting sprinters were Richard Pitcairn-Knowles (competing against the ‘youngsters’ of the M35 B stream event) and Duncan.
 
The first track events were over the 800m distance, with Maurice Marchant filling in the M35 slot at the last moment, and with Duncan securing fourth place in the M50s, just edged out of third, in 2 minutes 46.7 seconds.Duncan finished just in time so as to be able to take a couple of jumps in the long jump competition (M50s) for fourth place, the same position as Martin in the M35 competition.Also in the 800m, Geoff Vine came fourth in 2 minutes 58.5 seconds, worth 24th place in the current UK M65 rankings.Another high-ranking performance was that by Richard in the M60s long jump, where his 2.10 metres is currently the top UK 2014 performance in the M80 age category (it is no detraction from the quality of this performance that it is the only one in this category during the current season; it is also a club best performance).
 
A further club best performance (M50) was set by Keith in the discus, where he threw out to 18.72 metres for fourth place.
 
Cloud had been gathering throughout the evening, with spectacular lightning.The rain held off until the final event, the medley relay, for which we had to reshuffle the original intended team.Keith started with the 800m leg, Martin and Richard undertook the 200m legs, and Duncan brought us home with 400m in the rain in fifth place.
 
Fifth place was also our position in the meeting overall and, having ceded fourth position to Swanley at this competition, the consequence was that these were the positions in the 2014 series overall.Given the complications in putting together the team on the night this was perhaps unsurprising; but there were nonetheless some excellent performances.
 
I attach the Dartford results.The result in Chris Desmond’s name does not reflect that this was actually Maurice Marchant’s performance, and the registration of a change in the team declaration on the night does not seem to have taken effect.
 
Over the 2014 series we have enjoyed contributions from a number of club members.Those competing in the series were: Duncan Cochrane, Ron Denney, John Denyer, Chris Desmond, Keith Dowson, Paul English, Geoffrey Kitchener, Maurice Marchant, Richard Pitcairn-Knowles, David Simpson, Geoff Vine, and Martin White.  Well done, everyone!
 
Geoffrey
 

SCVAC Over-35 T&F 7 July

At the meeting on Monday 7 July, at Ashford, we came fourth with 47 points. Overall in the series we have now pulled up to fourth equal with Swanley. I attach the results.
 
Our achievement at Ashford was the greater for having also to cope with officiating in the triple jump (with scant assistance from Bromley, who were supposed to be sharing the task). So, many thanks to John Denyer for acting as principal official and to Duncan Cochrane and Richard Pitcairn-Knowles for helping.
 
Our star competitor was Keith Dowson who, tracking a Division 1 runner, came first in the Division 2 3000m race (M50s) in 10 minutes 26.6 seconds, outpacing his competition by 25 seconds.  This looks as though it will be worth a top 40 place in the current UK rankings.  Immediately after finishing he ran to the triple jump pit to take a fourth place in that event. Keith also took a second place in M50 hammer throw with 14.91m, a club best M50 performance to add to (indeed, exceed) his record for the M45 category.
 
Other 3000m competitors were Duncan Cochrane and Geoffrey Kitchener (both running as M35s); and Maurice Marchant, who came second in the M60 race, in 13 minutes 43.3 seconds. Maurice also ran the 400m, disguised as an M35 competitor, as also did Richard, who is currently ranked third nationally at this distance, in the M80 category; and Geoffrey competed as our M50 400m runner with a season’s best of 67.8 seconds.
 
Finally, the hammer throw competition saw another club best performance: David Simpson’s fourth place in the M60 competition was achieved with 10.19 metres, a club best for the M75 category.
 
This was a meeting in which our outright victories were thin on the ground, but our overall performance was enhanced by having a go at everything which we could, hence outpacing those clubs who did not.

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