KENT AC NEWS BULLETIN
5 DECEMBER 2021
GET ON YOUR DANCING SHOES
Venue: The Sylvan Post, 24-28 Dartmouth Road, Forest Hill, SE23 3XZ.
The £17 whole evening / dinner ticket includes a two-course (vegan and vegetarian included) buffet, music, dancing and general good cheer.
We have now also opened up £5 tickets for members who would like to join after the dinner (from 9pm) for drinks and dancing.
YOU MUST BUY A TICKET BY 9 DECEMBER, SO DON’T MISS OUT!
Thanks to social secretary Katie Rowland, for organising!
Please book your after dinner tickets only here
JOE APPIAH WINS AW AWARD
In the recent Athletics Weekly Reader’s Awards, our very own Joe Appiah came out on top in the British Masters Male category, having had a successful summer smashing records on the track.
This is what AW had to say:
Appiah set an M50 UK record in the 100m hurdles this year and topped the national rankings at long jump and triple jump. He dedicates his award to Jason Carty, a fellow veteran sprinter who died this year, adding: “The reason I have been successful is my incredible support network of family, coaches, physios, therapists and sponsors, plus my amazing training group at Kent AC.”
Read the full list of winners here
The officer reports and minutes will soon be here.
The headlines are that the club is healthy financially, has amended its rules slightly and in a minor reshuffling of the chairs, John Barron is juniors secretary (a new post) , Chris Busaileh new men’s road manager, Dave Morgan the track admin officer (also a new post), Georgina Wiley joins Neil as joint welfare officer and Vic Buck and I were elected job share president. There are still vacancies for women’s vets manger, club championships organiser and vests manager.
We are a club that does a very great deal and entirely through people volunteering their time. We work on the principle that it’s fairest and most effective for lots of people to offer a small amount of time, no matter how little. So think about one of the jobs above, or helping out on the gate on a Tuesday, Thursday or at the weekend; or helping at the south of the Thames XC at Beckenham on 18 Dec.
VETS SHINE ON COUNTY STAGE
Central Park, Dartford, again played host to the Kent Veterans Championship on Saturday. Yet again the club came away with a host of medals in both the men’s and women’s races. There were individual and team medals and importantly this year we had two race winners – Roger Beardswoth in the V60 race and Julian Spencer- Wood, claimed the V70 title.
Our M40 Men retained their title, with team silver in the M50 & M60 categories, whilst the women won team silver across all age categories too!
Pictured below are the M60 team, well done to everyone who raced.
CROSS COUNTRY – DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Cross Country season is in full swing and there are still a few opportunities for you to get involved…
Reminder: All members are encouraged to come along and run.
Please keep Sarah and Dan up to date with your availability if anything changes.
Please also remember unused entries cost the club.
SoT Senior XC
Saturday 18 December South of Thames Senior Championship Race, Beckenham Place Park
Entries have now closed for the race.
If anyone would be available to volunteer we would very much appreciate some extra help on the day. Please let Sarah or Dan know your availability to help out.
Other upcoming dates for the diary
Saturday 8 January Kent County Champs, Brands Hatch
Saturday 15 January Surrey Cross Country League 3, Mitcham Common
Saturday 29 January Southern Champs, location TBC
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)
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.
We will be heading into December this week so please make sure you are purchasing your new track pass ahead of Thursday 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):
The track has also recognised the legacy of Lloyd Cowan with the venue being named in his honour, you can read more about the launch here
SOCIAL MEDIA & CLUB DISCOUNTS
We have started work on improving our social media pages including our Instagram @Kent_athleticsclub.
Please give us a follow for the latest club content and tag us in your running posts and stories.
We also have Twitter and Facebook groups we encourage you to follow too.
If you’ve still got some presents to buy before Christmas don’t forget about our club discounts page.
There are plenty of useful discount codes including 10% off sportshoes.com.
Don’t forget to use easyfundraising when making your purchases!