KENT AC NEWS BULLETIN
03 October 2021
THE MAGIC OF THE LONDON MARATHON
We’ve waited 891 days for this, and today the Virgin Money London Marathon did not disappoint. As many a Kent AC athlete kicks back in either The Chandos public house or, more sensibly, a nice Epsom salts bath, we’d like to congratulate every one of our runners today. Whether you went through the pain for a charity close to your heart, a PB, that Good For Age ticket to run next year, or the glory of your beloved club: you did us proud.
Special congratulations are in order for Kent AC women Nicky Hayes, whose 3:32.40 must surely put her in the top 5 for a VW60, and to Georgina Wiley, who ran an elegant and excellent 2:57.23,
There were many stand-out runs among the men, but Joe Hartley’s 2:28.06 represents a 13 minute improvement on his last outing, and Peter Lighting made it look easy in 2:33.
As for the juniors in the Mini Marathon…let’s hear it for the extraordinary Elena Oliphant, who was second in her age group (under 13 girls) with a time of 09:13. Thank you to Phil for a wonderful WhatsApp commentary, photos and quickfire results stream, which are recorded below. This being news from WhatsApp, there are some unknown surnames. Apologies to those runners we missed:
Georgina Wiley: 2:57.23
Victoria Buck: 3:06
Eliza Grant: 3:08
Lara Bromilow: 3:08.35
Nicky Hayes: 3:32.40
Sarah Young 3:52
Anna Delis: 4:03.02
Zuzana Nemekova 4:08
Jo Wint: 4:15.44
Joe Hartley: 2:28.06
Chris Greenwood: 2:28.14
Peter Lighting: 2:33
Phil Sanders: 2:35
Dzve Mohring: 2:39
Neil Philips: 2:41
Richard Giles: 2:43
Tim Copley 2:43
Stuart Beaney: 2:44
Barny Day: 2:48
Rob Laing: 2:51
Tommy Thain: 2:51
Laurence Oliver: 2:58.52
Roger Beardsworth: 3:08
Adrian Young: 4:03
Lee Buchanan: 5:21 (after running 25 miles in 3:23). We wish you well, Lee, and hope that whatever took you off the pace has been, or can be, remedied.
ARE YOU OUR NEXT CLUB PRESIDENT?
Presidential Election coming up
Last week we published a fond farewell from our current president, who is now living in the Lake District, a bit of a commute from Ladywell track. He’ll be stepping down at the November AGM.
Are you up to the job?
We’d love to hear from you if you fancy taking the helm.
THE BEST WINTER TRAINING
A reminder that the first Surrey League Cross Country race will take place on Saturday 16th October at Richmond Park for both men and women. The Surrey League is always a fantastic event, welcoming all club runners.
All first claim members will be automatically entered into the league.
Second claim members who wish to run for Kent in the league, must let the cross country captains know ahead of the first fixture.
John Gilbert – Men’s XC captain
Sarah Hanley – Women’s XC captain
Upcoming fixtures for the diary:
Saturday 9th October National 6 Stage Road Relays Sutton Coldfield
Saturday 16th October Surrey Cross Country League 1 Richmond Park
Saturday 13th November Surrey Cross Country League 2 Wimbledon Common
Sunday 21st November South of Thames Team Race Morden Park
Saturday 18th December South of Thames Championship Race Beckenham Place Park
Saturday 15th January Surrey Cross Country League 3 Mitcham Common
Saturday 19th February Surrey Cross Country League 4 Effingham Common
For more information on the upcoming winter fixture season or click here
BEANEY NEEDS YOU
A polite reminder to our members that with our new track operating model we require two volunteers on Tuesday and Thursday evenings to check track passes. Volunteers have predominantly been from C group, therefore please could we ask for volunteers from other groups.
Please contact Simon Allen and Jacqueline Armit to volunteer.
Thank you to all members who have volunteered already.
OCTOBER TRACK PASS
Tuesday 17:45 – 20:45
Thursday 18:30 – 20:30
Sunday 09:00 – 11:30
Please note that individuals are permitted to do their own sessions during club opening times, but coached group sessions continue to take priority.
The track pass system remains in place, so please purchase your October track pass here
Safety in numbers
Now it’s getting dark in the evenings, please look out for other members who may be running/travelling to and from the track alone. We encourage all members to try and run with others where possible. If you run alone to and from the track and would like someone to run with, contact us and we will try and find someone who runs your way!
To make life easier for parents/guardians we have a 2021 track pass option. One single payment for the remainder of the year is now available.
Please purchase your Ladywell 2021 or October £5 junior monthly track pass in advance here. When purchasing the track pass can parents/guardians please enter the athletes name when completing the transaction.
Registering for a session
Group spreadsheets to register for sessions (links for payment this month and FAQs also here):
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