Trail Run, Goathurst Common

Trail runners

Jim chose the hottest day of the year for the 10 mile trail run from the Woodman pub at Goathurst Common. Nevertheless, all participants returned after a hilly 10 miles looking just as fresh as in this "before" pictue. This was mainly thanks to Jim's excellent organisation, allowing participants to run in glorious countryside without fear of dehydration.

Jim has pencilled in Sunday 18th August for the next trail run which will start from Toy's Hill National Trust car park at 9am. "It's slightly shorter (about 9 miles) but with plenty of hills", says Jim.

June 2013 - Other News

European Triathlon Championships

When not running cross country for Sevenoaks AC, Cath and Andrew Linney do triathlons. Andy Evans reports that:

Cath Linney came 3rd in the European Olympic distance (1.5k/40k/10k) triathlon race for the F40-44 age group. They were held in Alanya, Turkey on 14th June. See results here. Husband Andrew came 23rd in the sprint distance AG 45- 49 on the Saturday. See results here.

Cath Linney

Burton Trail race near Lake Tahoe

And Simon Lewis was also on the podium after contesting the Burton Creek 12k trail run in the US. Simon says: "They had lots of age categories so I managed to pick up a third place in 55 to 60 age group. It was hard going dry trail running at 6500 ft above sea level." Results are here.

Simon Lewis on Podium

Hoy Half Marathon

Finally, Simon Hallpike got a mention in the Orcadian newspaper after finishing 2nd M60 in the 27th Isle of Hoy Half Marathon. Results here.

Hoy Half 2013

M50 Win for Chris

Beckenham 10k with Chris Desmond

Chris Desmond led the four SAC runners home who contested the Kent Grand Prix 10k race at Beckenham on 23rd June, winning the prize for first M50 in the process.

Chris Desmond


















Chris is also our highest placed runner in the Kent GP, in tenth place after this sixth race of the series. The men lie eighth and the women, led by Sally Shewell in eleventh, are thirteenth in the GP. The current spreadsheet is here.

The SAC results from the Beckenham 10k were as follows:

Place Time Name Number Club Category
21 0:39:12 Chris Desmond 172 Sevenoaks AC MV50
48 0:42:11 Daniel Witt 192 Sevenoaks AC MS
53 0:42:34 Stuart Thompson 233 Sevenoaks AC MS
164 0:49:58 Rob Johnson 236 Sevenoaks AC MS

Full results are here.

The small turnout at Beckenham was explained by a healthy SAC presence at the North Downs 30k Run on the same morning. Eleven Sevenoaks runners opted for the longer, off-road race, where Jim Fitzmaurice was first M70, as follows:

Pos Gun Name Team / Club Sex Age Chip Chip Pos by
Time Group Num Time Chip Time
34   02:25:32 Gabriel MORRIS SEVENOAKS AC M Senior 461 02:25:24 34
48   02:30:17 Andrew ASHLEE SEVENOAKS AC M v40 375 02:29:56 48
134   02:50:35 Andy RACKHAM SEVENOAKS AC M v40 254 02:50:08 133
138   02:51:40 Erik FOLKESSON SEVENOAKS AC M v50 415 02:51:12 138
209   03:04:21 Manuel FIELD SEVENOAKS AC M Senior 78 03:03:54 208
228   03:08:01 James FITZMAURICE SEVENOAKS AC M v70 472 03:07:54 228
239   03:10:13 Sarah SHEWELL SEVENOAKS AC Fem v45 199 03:10:08 240
380   03:38:22 Ursula FIELD-WERNERS SEVENOAKS AC Fem v45 77 03:37:50 380
408   03:48:52 Olivia POCOCK SEVENOAKS AC Fem Senior 516 03:48:20 408
413   03:53:14 Maria ASHLEIGH SEVENOAKS AC Fem v35 368 03:52:41 412
430   04:00:49 Sylvia LEWIS SEVENOAKS AC Fem v55 27 04:00:17 430

Full results here.

Veteran Athletics 21 June

A Sevenoaks AC team met at Medway Park, Gillingham on the sunny evening of 21 June for the fourth session in the Southern Counties Veterans AC (Kent) league series.  This was a new venue for all, on a track with a 10 lane 100m straight.  In the sprints, we were missing Paul English, but Martin White compensated by taking third place in the 200m M35 sprint, our faster runner, in 27.4 seconds.  Ron Denney valiantly contested the M50 race, albeit an M75; and Geoffrey Kitchener was well clear in the M60 competition, in 29.2 seconds.
The other main track event was for 1500m.  Rob Peers ran with the M35s, breaking off from the high jump competition, and returning to it after his four laps, including a sprint finish.  Despite that interruption, he achieved second place in the high jump, with 1.35m, as was also recorded for Geoffrey Kitchener in the M60s.  Maurice Marchant was our other 1500m competitor, in the absence of Chris Desmond, who had been delayed en route to the stadium, and he picked up a time of 6 minutes 13.7 seconds in the M50 competition.
Maurice also took a fourth place in the M35 shot put, with David Simpson masquerading as an M50 in this event.  David was our best javelin competitor, achieving third M60 place with 22.48 metres, which should be worth a place in the top dozen M70 performers in the UK this year, even though the M60 competition uses a heavier weighted implement than is prescribed for M70s.Martin and Ron added to our points with third and fourth positions in their respective javelin events.
The final event was the 4 x 400m relay, with a team of Martin, Rob, Maurice and Geoffrey.  We managed to hold our own for a couple of laps, but thereafter lost contact and came home in fifth place.  Overall, we came fourth at the meeting and comfortably hold the same position in the series for our division.
The results are here.
The next meeting will be at Ashford on Friday, 5 July.  There will be 400m and 300m races, as well as pole vault, hammer and triple jump.  We are assisting Bromley Vets in running the triple jump event, so anyone (including injured) who is able to help out with this (e.g. wielding the rake or holding the tape measure) will be very welcome.  I shall be glad to hear from anyone who wishes to attend, whether as part of the team or as a helper or guest.  A lift should be available if needed.
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