SAC Handicap 31 December 2017

Lyndon

Lyndon Collins was first and Darius Sarchar second and fastest in the "January" handicap on 31 December. Sophie Lamb was first woman with Jacqui O'Reilly fastest. The next race is on Sunday 11th February. The details are here.

Reigate Priory Holly Runs 2017

FitzmauricesJim, Heather, Maddy and Teddy Fitzmaurice all ran in the Reigate Priory Holly Cross Country runs on 17 December, with Jim and Heather taking age-group golds in the Southern Counties Vets championships incorporated in the senior races.

Maddy competed in the U11 girls race over approximately one mile finishing in 9:48, followed by Teddy finishing in 8:48 in the U11 boys race over the same course.

Heather was sixth overall in the women's race over four miles, winning the SCVAC W45 title, while Jim had to battle in the six mile men's race for his SCVAC M75 win. The results are here.

SAC Handicap 17 December 2017

NeilAndrewNeil Haggertay won his third handicap in a row in the final race of the Sevenoaks AC 2017 handicap series, while Andrew Hutchinson clinched the series trophy with fourth place on the day.

Minor series placings went to Chris Desmond, second, and Simon Hallpike, third.

The new 2018 series starts with a five-miler on New Year's Eve.

All the details are here.

Kent Masters XC Champs - 2 December 2017

DarrellDarrell Smith was the star claiming a silver medal as 16 SAC runners contested the Kent Veterans Cross country Championships at Dartford on 2nd December.

Sevenoaks fielded full teams in the M40, M50, M60 and W45 categories as well as two runners in the M70 event, which did not include a team race. The M50s were first up, running 9k, and after Tonbridge's Ben Reynolds separated early from the field, Darrell moved into second place and gradually consolidated his place until he had a gap of a minute over third place at the end. Darrell was backed up by Keith Dowson in 22nd and Tony Waldron in 49th to place SAC 6th in the team race.

The M60s, M70s and all the women's categories ran together in the second race over 5k. For the first time anyone can remember, Sevenoaks had a team in the W45s and they finished 7th, led by Heather Fitzmaurice in 13th, supported by Pauline Dalton in 19th and Grace Manzotti in 38th. The M60 team did slightly better with 4th place, thanks largely to James Graham finishing 6th, with Duncan Cochrane 24th, Simon Hallpike 32nd and Geoff Kitchener 34th. Both Jim Fitzmaurice and Richard Pitcairn-Knowles placed in the M70 category, with Jim 6th (2nd M75), and Richard 10th (1st M80).

M40 start

The final race of the day was the 9k M40 event, in which Matthew Walker (43rd), Darius Sarshar (49th), Andrew Mead (51st) and Dan Witt (54th) packed impressively for 11th team. The full results are here.