KFL 2018/19 Match 5, Nurstead Court

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The fifth race in the Kent Fitness League Cross Country series took place in Meopham on Sunday January 6th, on a tough 5-mile course around the paddocks and woodlands of Nurstead Court, including several obstacles, writes Jim Knight.

Running conditions were good, except for the notorious water-splash, a 10-metre long pond that competitors had to negotiate twice on the two-lap course.

With some of our fastest runners busy elsewhere, Sevenoaks AC fielded a slightly weakened team of 33 athletes, but with a strong women's team.
 
In the women's race, Cath Linney was the fastest Sevenoaks runner in 11th position, closely followed by Vanessa Gilmartin (16th), Heather Fitzmaurice (17th) and Marion Van Lille (22nd). Notable in the age categories were Bridgit Weekes (2nd W60 on the day and in the series) and Pauline Dalton (3rd W50 on the day and 2nd in the series).

The Sevenoaks women were 2nd on the day and this brought the women's team up to 3rd in the series. Petts Wood Runners had a very strong women's team and retained the top position in the series.

The SAC men's team lacked our top M50s but Guillaume Nineven led the team home in a very impressive 10th position, followed by Andrew Milne (23rd), Andrew Hutchinson (26th), Russell Crane (30th) and Ed Saunders (33rd). Dan Witt was our first M40 in 45th, and the team's M50 scorers were Jim Harness (82nd), and James Wright (85th).

The men’s team were 3rd on the day and move up to second in the series.

The combined team, lying in 2nd position after 4 races were again second on the day and retained their second place in the series. The club hopes to raise a strong team for the next race – the popular Minnis Bay race which takes place in Birchington next weekend (Sunday Jan 13th).

THe SAC results were:

Ov Pos Lg Pos Runner Age Time Club Rating # Races
10 10 Guillaume Nineven 33 31:26 Sevenoaks AC 96.88 3
23 23 Andrew Milne 36 32:46 Sevenoaks AC 92.36 20
26 26 Andrew Hutchinson 39 32:59 Sevenoaks AC 91.32 6
30 30 Russell Crane 36 33:08 Sevenoaks AC 89.93 4
33 33 Edmund Saunders 36 33:16 Sevenoaks AC 88.89 9
37 37 Mike Lochead 33 33:38 Sevenoaks AC 87.50 5
46 45 Daniel Witt 43 34:11 Sevenoaks AC 84.72 50
73 69 Jimmy George 37 35:32 Sevenoaks AC 76.39 6
80 76 Nick Humphrey-Taylor 46 35:53 Sevenoaks AC 73.96 5
87 82 Jim Harness 51 36:16 Sevenoaks AC 71.88 8
90 85 James Wright 50 36:22 Sevenoaks AC 70.83 28
100 93 James Baker 54 36:45 Sevenoaks AC 68.06 21
111 101 Jatinder Soomal 36 37:12 Sevenoaks AC 65.28 5
113 11 Cath Linney 49 37:15 Sevenoaks AC 92.91 27
123 112 Nick Holmes 43 37:47 Sevenoaks AC 61.46 4
125 114 Andy Evans 48 37:54 Sevenoaks AC 60.76 42
134 16 Vanessa Gilmartin 43 38:12 Sevenoaks AC 89.36 9
141 17 Heather Fitzmaurice 49 38:33 Sevenoaks AC 88.65 75
157 137 Hugh Shewell 29 39:14 Sevenoaks AC 52.78 19
167 22 Marion Van Lille 33 39:45 Sevenoaks AC 85.11 5
173 23 Pauline Dalton 54 39:54 Sevenoaks AC 84.40 44
178 155 James Nash 27 40:05 Sevenoaks AC 46.53 Debut
182 158 Toby Fitzmaurice 18 40:19 Sevenoaks AC 45.49 3
188 162 Graham Dwyer 46 40:26 Sevenoaks AC 44.10 5
201 31 Diana Bryant 44 40:52 Sevenoaks AC 78.72 5
204 173 Andy Manning 50 41:01 Sevenoaks AC 40.28 5
224 185 Duncan Cochrane 61 42:00 Sevenoaks AC 36.11 29
240 46 Sarah Shewell 59 42:56 Sevenoaks AC 68.09 107
245 48 Bridgit Weekes 60 43:22 Sevenoaks AC 66.67 5
295 66 Rhea Malkin 33 46:02 Sevenoaks AC 53.90 4
310 71 Paula George 54 46:52 Sevenoaks AC 50.35 3
349 256 Lionel Stielow 70 49:31 Sevenoaks AC 11.46 12
404 276 Peter Nuttall 46 54:15 Sevenoaks AC 4.51 23

The full results are here.

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).

Kent County XC Champs 2019

AllanAllan Lee was our only senior representative at the Kent XC Champs on Saturday 5th January at Brands Hatch, but he did have a great run finishing first M45 (2nd M40) and 22nd overall in 40:46 for the 12k course.

However, the club also had some runners in the junior races, with Marcus Cook 55th in 18:07 in the under-15 men's race over 4400 metres and, in the under-13 men's race over 3050 metres, Reuben Holmes 47th in 13:20, Indigo Morris 48th in 13:24, and Frederick Naughton 56th in 14:04.

The full results are here.

SAC Handicap 23 December 2018

Darius

Darius Sarshar was first and fastest at the final handicap race of 2018 on 23 December. None of the day's results affected the series trophy or minor places, so Andrew Mead is series runner-up and Graham Dwyer is confirmed in third. The next race, the first of the 2019 series, is over five miles on 20 January. The details are here.

KFL 2018/19 Match 4, Fowlmead

Team

The fourth race in the Kent Fitness League 2018/19 Cross Country series took place near Deal on Sunday December 9th, writes Jim Knight. Twenty-seven Sevenoaks AC members made the long trip to join 339 runners on the start line of the wet and slippery 5-mile course which comprised two laps of the Betteshanger Country Park.

It was a record turnout for the club at this fixture (two years ago the club could only field a team of 4) and paid handsome dividends, with the team recording one of its best performances of the season.

The race winner was Jay Smith of Dartford Road Runners in 29 minutes 18 – a very fast time in the conditions.

Once again Darrell Smith led the Sevenoaks team home in 5th position (1st M50) in 31.34 and now leads the M50 class in the series. The other SAC men in the scoring team packed closely between 33 and 35 minutes, with Andrew Milne in 21st place, Jimmy George 29th, Mike Lochead 31st, Andy Ashlee 33rd, Jim Harness 39th, Ed Saunders 41st, and Dan Witt 51st.

The men's team were a close 2nd, behind Petts Wood Runners, and well ahead of 3rd placed Paddock Wood AC.

In the women's category, Becky Morrish of Paddock Wood AC had another fine run to win in 33.41, ahead of Renata McDowell of Deal Tri Club.
The Sevenoaks AC team was led by Marion van Lille in 16th place, followed by Heather Fitzmaurice 17th, Pauline Dalton 20th (2nd W50) and Amy Edwards 24th. Once again Bridgit Weekes ran well to come 2nd W60.

Although the Sevenoaks women's team came 5th, the strong performance by the men brought the combined team home in 2nd position on the day, and the club is in 2nd place in the series (ie. after four races, the women stand fourth, the men third and the combined team second).

The SAC results were:

Ov Pos Lg Pos Runner Age Time Club Rating # Races
5 5 Darrell Smith 51 31:34 Sevenoaks AC 98.20 11
22 21 Andrew Milne 36 33:42 Sevenoaks AC 90.99 19
31 29 Jimmy George 37 34:40 Sevenoaks AC 87.39 5
33 31 Mike Lochead 33 34:49 Sevenoaks AC 86.49 4
35 33 Andy Ashlee 49 34:56 Sevenoaks AC 85.59 26
41 39 Jim Harness 51 35:13 Sevenoaks AC 82.88 7
43 41 Edmund Saunders 36 35:17 Sevenoaks AC 81.98 8
54 51 Daniel Witt 43 35:52 Sevenoaks AC 77.48 49
73 68 James Wright 50 36:34 Sevenoaks AC 69.82 27
76 71 John Stevens 57 36:43 Sevenoaks AC 68.47 20
89 82 James Baker 54 37:25 Sevenoaks AC 63.51 20
94 85 Jatinder Soomal 36 37:51 Sevenoaks AC 62.16 4
121 16 Marion Van Lille 33 39:32 Sevenoaks AC 87.18 4
124 17 Heather Fitzmaurice 49 39:39 Sevenoaks AC 86.32 74
132 20 Pauline Dalton 54 39:55 Sevenoaks AC 83.76 43
144 24 Amy Edwards 39 41:10 Sevenoaks AC 80.34 2
145 25 Diana Bryant 44 41:14 Sevenoaks AC 79.49 4
167 136 Andy Manning 50 42:16 Sevenoaks AC 39.19 4
171 140 Duncan Cochrane 61 42:24 Sevenoaks AC 37.39 28
186 152 Hugh Shewell 29 43:05 Sevenoaks AC 31.98 18
195 38 Nicki Thompson 42 43:36 Sevenoaks AC 68.38 21
200 41 Bridgit Weekes 60 43:54 Sevenoaks AC 65.81 4
205 43 Sarah Shewell 59 44:15 Sevenoaks AC 64.10 106
233 56 Paula George 54 45:55 Sevenoaks AC 52.99 2
242 60 Rhea Malkin 33 46:39 Sevenoaks AC 49.57 3
246 183 Duncan Warwick-Champion 54 46:59 Sevenoaks AC 18.02 22
331 218 James Fitzmaurice 76 56:32 Sevenoaks AC 2.25 69

The full results are here. The next race is on 6th January at Nurstead Court, Meopham.