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KENT AC NEWS BULLETIN
19 DECEMBER 2021
RACING ON HOME TURF
The South of Thames Senior Race returned to Beckenham Place Park, but conditions yesterday were much kinder than those that greeted runners back in 2018. Nonetheless, it was a strong showing from all involved, and special thank you to all those who volunteered their time to pull the event off.
Over the constantly undulating 7.5 mile course, we had two runners feature in the top 10 overall as men and women raced together with Chris Busaileh in 6th and Sean Fitzpatrick coming home 10th, whilst Calum Fraser closed out the scoring six in a total score of 105 for the men. In the 12-to-score competition, the men packed tightly to close out in 45 places with Richard Giles, which should secure the 12-team trophy alongside the massive 6-team shield, however we are still waiting on final results.
For the women we had excitement at the front with Amelia Pettitt nabbing a late win however, running as a 2nd claimer, she unfortunately wasn’t legible to count. Nonetheless, the depth on the women’s team was enough for 2nd team overall, with Katie Rowland also having a great run to take home a bronze individual medal. So plenty to celebrate!
JUNIORS @ HILLY FIELDS
We had a great Kent AC turnout this morning. Despite foggy and chilly conditions there were many impressive results. A new parkrun PB for Olly Buck who ran a confident race in 06:47 coming home first. New member Jasper Jones came 2nd with his first parkrun at Hilly Fields in 07.41 and in 3rd was George Searle with a new PB of 07:58.
Abigail Wrake showing her determination was first female home in 08:19 followed by Mei Eden Green achieving 10th overall and 3rd female in 08:55. Tullah Jones was 3rd Kent AC female home running her first Hilly Fields parkrun in 09:03.
Impressive age grades were achieved by Zac Cunningham, Alice Hales, Lucas Stickland and Tess Hepple. Full results can be found here
Special thanks to Monika and Rosie, two of our junior athletes who turned out to volunteer as well!
Our thanks to Coach Sarah Young who is stepping down. A regular juniors coach for many years and a great role model for athletics. We appreciate your commitment to our past and present athletes and we look forward to seeing you at the track, Hilly Fields Parkrun and at races. Our best wishes.
CLUB OFFICERS UPDATE
Womens Vets Manager: Nicky Hayes
Kit Officer (vests—Seniors): Sofia Contino
Kit Officer (vests—Juniors): John Barron
Many thanks to Nicky, Sofia and John for volunteering to take on these roles for the coming year.
We are a wholly volunteer-run club, every contribution is vital. If you are interested in getting involved more, let us know! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GET YOUR CROSS COUNTRY FIX
Entry deadlines are coming thick and fast… the next one being the Southern Cross Country Championships taking place in Beckenham Place Park on 29th January – closing date for entries 29th December.
Please keep Sarah and Dan up to date with your availability if anything changes.
Please also remember unused entries cost the club.
Female runners please fill in your availabilities using this link
Male runners here
Other upcoming dates for the diary
Saturday 8 January Kent County Champs, Brands Hatch (Entry closed)
Saturday 15 January Surrey Cross Country League 3, Mitcham Common
Saturday 29 January Southern Champs,Beckenham
Saturday 19 February Surrey Cross Country League 4, Effingham Common
Saturday 26 February The National Championships, Parliament Hill
Saturday 12 March British Masters Championships, Tonbridge (contact Len Reilly to get involved)
It will then be reopening on Tuesday 4th December.
The usual track times are:
Tuesday 17:15 – 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.
Please make sure you purchasee your new track pass ahead of your chosen sessions here
Please purchase your December £5 junior monthly track pass in advance here. When purchasing the track pass can parents/guardians please enter the athlete’s 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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