KENT AC NEWS BULLETIN
9 JANUARY 2022
THE RISE AND RISE OF CLUB RUNNING
A lot of this growth is fuelled by the burgeoning junior section, but a substantial number of senior men and women have joined recently.
This is great news, and we can only sustain this popularity with the time and goodwill of our volunteer coaches, marshals, officials and all-meeting, all-greeting, track-pass checkers, standing in the cold at Ladywell Arena every Tuesday and Thursday evening.
From this week, all new members will be politely requested to volunteer in some capacity at least once in their twelve months of membership. If everyone gives a little time, this top-flight athletics club can go from strength to strength.
CROSS COUNTRY: RESULTS AND RACES TO COME
Full results can be perused on the Kent AC website, but highlights include some great junior performances from, among others, Olly Buck (10th in U15 Boys), Mei Eden Green, (29th in U13 girls; the team came 5th overall), George Searle (34th U13 boys and Theo Gaymes (31st U17 boys)
The Senior women were second in the three to score category, with Katie Rowland powering through ankle-deep mud to come in third. Clare Elms (second claim, first claim Dulwich ) came in 13th.
The Senior Men’s Race saw Kent AC come in third in three to score, and also in six to score
Please see the key dates for the diary this year.
Entries for the County Champs and Southern Cross Country have now closed.
Please keep Sarah Hanley and Dan Pettitt 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
Upcoming dates for the diary
Saturday 15 January Surrey Cross Country League 3, Mitcham Common
Saturday 29 January Southern Champs, Beckenham (Entry closed)
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)
ON THE TRACK
Please make sure you buy your new track pass ahead of your chosen sessions here.
Purchasing an annual pass gives you 12 months for the price of 11 months.
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 purchase your January £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
Group spreadsheets to register for sessions (links for payment this month and FAQs also here):
RUN WITH THE VETS
A message from Nicky Hayes, our new Vet Women’s co-ordinator, who takes over this month:
I will be following on from Kate Williams excellent efforts in organising our Club women’s vets activity. If you are aged over 35, you are a Vet, also known as Masters Athlete. You can compete with the Club at specific vets events, chase the medals and be supported by Kent AC to do so. To get us off to a great start in 2022, I would like to find out more about your interests, and what you would like for women’s vets activities and events. Please complete this Survey to share your thoughts and please also feel welcome to contact me directly or at the Track on Tuesday evenings C Group
For both the men and women we have 3 key priority vets races for 2022. Please put these in your diary:
12 March 2022 British Masters XC Champs, Tonbridge
September 2022 SEAA Road Relays, venue TBC
December 2022 Kent County Masters XC, venue TBC
The BMAF XC on 23-March will be a great close to the XC season, and we should be in full preparation for this. The team age groups are V35, V45, V55, V65 (all 3 to score). Both our men and women should medal if we get a full turnout from our excellent squad. The men specifically aim to win the MV35s & MV45s, and medal in the MV55 & MV65. We’ll circulate further information on how to sign up once entries open.
To get an idea of the competition at the BMAF XC, here are the results from 2021:
Thinking further forward, we aim to win the MV40s at the SEAA Relays and Kent County XC, with team medals in all other age categories.
If there is sufficient interest, we can put teams out for other events too.
For mens vets queries, contact Jules Gevers / Stuart Beaney.
This month’s winner of the Club Draw £250 is Ian Mizen, with the bonus ball being 42 on 1 January.
Sophia Tara Sahai