July Veteran Athletics Update

The fifth meeting in the Southern Counties Veterans AC (Kent) league series was held at Ashford on 5th July - a sunny evening in perfect competing conditions.  Unfortunately, a very depleted Sevenoaks team was further handicapped by the need to provide officials for the triple jump, and so we were only able to compete in five of the 14 events.
However, those five events provided some good performances.  Rob Peers won the M35 pole vault with 2.40m, equalling his height for the 3 May meeting, which was a club M45 record and ranks him as 26th nationally.
The 3000m M60 race, in which we were represented by John Denyer, was possibly the most exciting race for M65 runners in the UK so far this year.  It was dominated by three M65 athletes, exchanging leads and taking a very fast pace.  John was just edged into second place, by less than a second, with a finishing time of 11 minutes 27.1 seconds, which places him fourth in the UK M65 rankings.  Congratulations, John!
The M50 400m competition was won by Geoffrey Kitchener, who overhauled the front runner along the finishing straight for a time of 66.6 seconds, ranking 16th nationally.  The team was completed by David Simpson, with third place in the M50 pole vault (where he currently lies sixth in the national rankings) and fifth place in the M60 hammer.
Triple jump officiating was provided by John Denyer and Geoffrey Kitchener, which gave no opportunities for taking on further competitive events and Sevenoaks AC wound up in fifth place on the night, although still holding onto our fourth place in Division 2.
I attach the results.  The next meeting is on Monday 15 July at Dartford.  This is the final meeting in this season’s series, and it would be good to aim for a sparkling finish!  The events are 100m, 800m, long jump, discus and medley relay.  I shall be glad to hear from anyone who wishes to attend, whether as part of the team or a guest.
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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.