Notices

Kent GP Short Course Champs 2018

The Larkfield 10k on 16th September will be the Kent Shortcourse Champs. KCAA are concerned that clubs get their entries in quickly for the event which you can do now here.

The full list of remaining fixtures for 2018 is:

Sun 10th June – Orpington High Elms 10k (distance approx. – multi-terrain)

Sun 24th June – North Downs Run (30k approx. – multi-terrain)

Sun 22nd July – Deal Dinosaur 10k

Sun 2nd Sep – Kent Coastal Marathon (Kent Marathon Champs – Veterans & Teams)

Sun 16th Sep – Larkfield 10k (Kent Short Course Champs)

Sun 7th Oct – Tonbridge Half

SCVAC track & field league – Kent Divisions – 2018

Now we have diaries to fill in, could we think ahead to spring and summer athletics meetings, asks Geoffrey Kitchener. This is a request to women as well as men. Although we haven’t fielded a women's team in the Kent SCVAC league for a few years, there seems a good prospect that we shall be able to do so this time. And then we’ll wonder why we haven’t done so before – it's fun, and you don’t have to be a fast runner to join in.
 
For those who are curious as to what a league athletics meeting looks like, here is a link to a video provided by Mark Pitcairn-Knowles of a 2016 meeting, when his club, Tonbridge AC, were putting a women’s team into Division 2. Some of the athletes are good, but equally some are trying out the event, just seeking a point or two – and enjoying themselves! Look for the back markers – they are congratulated just as much as the winners, and deserve it.
 
Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you might be prepared to form part of this year's club teams for any one or more of the meetings, in any of the age groups, 35+, 50+ or 60+ years old. No need to commit definitely at this stage – just let me know if you'd like to be kept in touch, so you can choose to take up any events nearer the time. Women may wish to liaise with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.i or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as well.
 
There is bound to be an event or events which will suit – we do distances from 100m to 3000m. There is the opportunity to try out jumps and throws, there's always some first-timers for these, so don’t worry if you’re not sure you even did them in schooldays. We’ve found that, as a team, we succeed best when we fill as many events as we can, and that often involves someone trying out something new. The standard of performance is not demanding in Division 2, where we are; it counts as a success just being able to something, because this will earn at least one point for the team!
 
The league has men’s and women’s competitions at the same meetings. I’m attaching a full list of meetings and events – the first is on Monday 30 April at Sutcliffe Park. Please put this and Monday 14 May (Ashford), Friday 25 May (Tonbridge), Friday 15 June (Bromley), Monday 2 July (Dartford) and Monday 16 July (Gillingham) in your diaries.
 
Could you please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. now if you might be interested and perhaps able to make one or more of the meetings. This is not a binding commitment (!) but will ensure that you are kept in the loop, especially as we get nearer to the season.
 
Again, I’d be prepared to provide a taster session at the school track in spring, to try out various events in advance, so long as there is interest in this.

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Running Safely

RunTogether has put together some useful tips to help you run safely and ensure you get the maximum enjoyment out of your runs. See the advice here.

There are also tips on dealing with negative behaviour here.

Kent XC: Vets and Main Champs 2017/18

The Vets Cross Country Championships will again be at Dartford on Saturday 2nd December and the Main Cross Country Championships at Brands Hatch on Saturday 6th January. Anybody who is interested in taking part can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

James will send out more information when it is available.

Club Xmas Dinner 2017

The menu for the Club Christmas Dinner, on Saturday 9 December at St Julians, is here. Please complete the form for your preferences and return to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fancy dress optional. The theme this year is film and television. Everyone welcome.