Kent GP 2017 - after 5 races

James Graham at Paddock Wood Half

Please see this Kent GP update, writes Dan Witt. The men's team are currently 4th out of 36!!

This is before the Harvel 5 results are added, but I don't think many teams will have scored well there as it was sold out so early. A great opportunity exists for us to maintain or even improve upon our current position over the next four races, starting with the Bexley 10k on Sunday 23rd July.

Can we please get as many Sevenoaks AC entries as possible? Here is a link to enter via Run Britain, which is the cheapest way to enter with no fees. Event details are here. Hope to see some or even all of you there!

Also of note are the men's individual standings with Andrew Milne and James Graham in 15th and 16th places respectively, Keith Dowson and John Stevens 2nd and 5th M50s, James Graham (pictured above at Paddock Wood) 1st M60 and Sally Shewell 3rd W55; so individually we are also putting in some really strong performances!

Heart of Kent Hospice - London 10k

The message below, referring to the Virgin British 10k from Westminster, was received by this website:

Angela Pooley <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>


I was wondering if you would be able to publicise this opportunity to your running group and members please.

Heart of Kent Hospice have 8 places in this year’s London 10k on Sunday 9th July; A beautiful run through the heart of central London passing many of the capitals truly world class historic landmarks.

It is £15 to register with a minimum sponsorship target of £150 which will go directly to Heart of Kent Hospice. At Heart of Kent Hospice we care for people with a terminal illness in Aylesford, Malling, Maidstone, Tonbridge and surrounding villages. We support them, their families and carers to come to terms with their diagnosis and are privileged to support them to live in comfort, with independence and dignity through their illness and to the end of their lives. We are an independent charity and we depend on the generosity of our local community to raise £4 out of every £5 we spend.

If anyone would like a place please get them to contact us as we would love to hear from them,

With best wishes,


Marathon Training Partner Sought

Richard Harris <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Hi All

I am a Sevenoaks resident running the brighton marathon this year looking to do a sub 4 hrs. My training buddy recently got injured so wanted to find someone to run with for the remaining weeks.

Do you know of anyone taking part who would be interested?

Many thanks

Club Team Grand Prix teams 2017

The draw for the Club Grand Prix teams for 2017 took place at the "Last Tuesday" social at the Sennockian recently. Each team has 3 members drawn from 3 seeded groups based on the best GP score achieved during 2016. The names were drawn out by Duncan WC under the watchful eyes of the assembled group of club members enjoying a drink.

Below are the teams which led to much speculation last night as to the likely favourites with no clear consensus which hopefully suggests it will be a keen contest.

If you want the contact details of your team members to exchange views on strategy then let me know. Past team colleagues of Duncan WC will testify of his relentless urging for improved scores from his team mates!

Enjoy your racing this year and good luck.

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1 Andrew Mead Tex Ryan Jane Morgan
2 Chris Desmond Grazia Manzotti Rob Johnson
3 David Ives Duncan Cochrane Silva Forcat
4 James Graham Annabelle Milne Maria Ashlee
5 John Stevens Simon Bishop Clair Thornton
6 Keith Dowson Lee Lintern Jenny Austin
7 Pauline Dalton Keith Brown Lesley Knight
8 Richard Pitcairn-Knowles Geoffrey Kitchener Happy Fisher
9 Sally Shewell Joe Parsons Rob Carr
10 Ted Scott James Wright Kym Herregods
11 Tony Waldron Ron Denney Tony Ostler
12 Andrew Milne Peter Ash Suzy Claridge
13 Daniel Witt Jim Fitzmaurice Sophie Lamb
14 David Lobley Simon Rowe Stuart Thompson
15 Hugh Brennan Marc Thatcher Erik Folkesson
16 James Beeston John Witton Peter Dillon
17 Lionel Stielow Heather Fitzmaurice Jim Knight
18 Lyndon Collins Andy Nicoll Jon Copping
19 Nick Humphrey-Taylor Anna Humphrey-Taylor Simon Lewis
20 Simon Hallpike Duncan Warick-Champion Kim Pegg
21 Tony Horlock Sylvia Lewis Steve Nicholson
22 Andrew Hutchinson Graham Dwyer Mike Allen


SCVAC Track and Field 2017

Once again, it’s time to think ahead to those bright, warm – well, some of them are – spring and summer evenings out on the athletics tracks of Kent.
For club members aged 35 years and upwards, we have the opportunity again of taking part in six Kent league athletics meetings on various Monday and Friday evenings from April to July.
Please let me know if you might be prepared to form part of this year’s club team 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.
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.  It’s some years since we’ve been in a position to field a women’s team, but the opportunity is there.  If enough women wish to commit for a team (I’d suggest a minimum of four regular attendees), that’s fine and we could probably arrange belatedly for entry for the meeting series.  On the other hand, if any women wish to compete without organizing a team, it’s straightforward – and free – to participate as a guest, at least in the running events.  Just let me know that you want to be on the email circulation list, so that you can be kept in touch for individual meetings and turn up when it suits.
The ability for anyone to compete as a guest is also useful for the men, as it means that you should get an opportunity to do an event even if we’ve filled the team (yes, this has happened on occasion!) or the event doesn’t cover your age level.  This year, however, it looks as though guests are not being accepted in the javelin or hammer throwing events.
I’m attaching a full list of meetings and events – the first is on Friday 28 April at Bromley.  Please put this and Monday 15 May (Ashford), Friday 2 June (Tonbridge), Monday 19 June (Dartford), Friday 7 July (Erith) and Monday 17 July (Gillingham) in your diaries.
Could you please let me know now, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you might be interested and perhaps able to make one or more of the meetings.
Again, I’d be prepared to provide a taster session at the school track, to try out various events in advance, so long as there is interest in this.
Geoffrey Kitchener