|Suspension of All Kent AC Activities With Immediate Effect|
I’m writing to let you know that we are suspending all Kent AC activities with immediate effect.
Our governing body England Athletics updated their advice at 9am today Tuesday 17 March:
As a result, England Athletics advises that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April.
These are extremely unusual times. Please support each other, we need to look out for everyone’s physical and mental health.
Stay safe and keep in touch. We will send further updates as we have news.
Alan Curtis, President Kent Athletic Club
On behalf of KAC Committee
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News Update: 9th March 2020
While there was a lot of focus from the club’s point of view on the Big Half, a trio of our top runners ran in the Trafford 10k that took place on the same Sunday. The renowned trio, John Gilbert, Chris Greenwood and Russell Bentley ran well in tricky conditions. From what I hear the wind was stronger than it was down south. The organisers of this race always put together a good quality field and fast times are the order of the day. This was reflected by the fact that John ran 31:22 for twentieth place. Chris and Russell weren’t far behind John. Chris ran an excellent 31:37 for 25th place while Russell was only two places behind in 27th. Chris must have been pleased after having his National race ruined by a troublesome stich. His time wasn’t that far off his road PB and put him second in the V45 rankings. His time was a mere two seconds off that of Kojo Kyereme’s leading time – a time recorded in Doha – probably more conducive to fast times than the cold and windy north west. Russell was apparently just a shade slower than he was in the previous year’s race. However, he came home in exactly the same position – so can’t be faulted for consistency.
Last Saturday, March 7th, several of our runners competed for Kent in the Inter Counties Cross – Country championships. We actually had a number of runners selected to run for Kent, but some gave it a miss as they had other priorities. Jim Allchin ran well – not far off the top fifty in this high- quality race. Jim was 57thwhile Niall Stewart was 139th. In addition, a Kent AC member Sam Marshall ran in the colours of Oxfordshire – he was 247th in a field of nearly three hundred. On the women’s side we had Sarah Hanley getting a Kent County vest and running well. Sarah made the top hundred, 93rd out of a field of over two hundred and fifty. She was part of a Kent County team that came seventh while Jim and Niall’s men’s county team were sixth in the team competition.
Another event that took place over the weekend was the British Masters Indoor Championships at Lee Valley. As many will be aware, longstanding Kent AC member Joe Appiah has had considerable success as a masters’ runner. He’s won many medals and is a GB international. He won the V45 60m hurdles and narrowly missed out on the 60m sprint title. Whilst Joe has considerable experience on the boards, another Kent AC member taking part in the championships is something of a novice when it comes to indoor running. The person in question is none other than club secretary, John Barron. Regulars at Ladywell will no doubt have noticed John being put through his paces with the sprint group. It looks as though the gruelling sessions are paying off as John registered an impressive 800m PB on Sunday when he ran 2:31:45. He was seventh in the race but significantly his time would have placed him second in the V65 age group. John turns 65 in May and if his form holds for the outdoor season it looks as though he’s set to be near the top of his new age group rankings.
The Vitality Big Half, Sunday 1st March 2020
Kent AC runners shine on the streets of London – some great runs and a host of PB’s.
There was another magnificent turn out of Kent AC runners in the Big Half on Sunday. Once again, the race featured our own half marathon championships and as in previous years there was a wide cross section of the club taking part. In addition, there was the usual enthusiastic vocal support from spectating friends and family.
Thankfully the rain held off and although the wind was a factor it wasn’t perhaps as bad as anticipated. There was even occasional sunshine.
At the sharp end in both the men’s and women’s race Kent AC were well represented. However, as the full results show, so many of our runners put in performances that they should be proud of. And make no mistake, although not of the order of the training required for a full marathon, for a half you have to put in a fair amount of running to get a decent result.
Owen Hind who has had an enormously encouraging winter was first home of the Kent AC contingent. Owen was 28th in a field that was stacked with high quality runners. Just by a fraction his time of 66:50 was a PB. There was so many vying for the run of the day and Anthony Johnston’s run certainly had to be a candidate. We’ve always known Anthony is good on the roads and this was further proof. Only ten places behind Owen in this high- quality field Anthony recorded 68:04 – a big PB. Then taking the third- place medal in our championships was Joe Hartley (69:56). From what I hear Joe has recently discovered his body had been low in iron, leading to fatigue and negatively impacting on his running. Seems the simple inclusion of iron tablets has had a transforming effect. He was also awarded with a big PB. Another who substantially revised their best time for the half was Ben Cook (71:46). Ben put out an email detailing the good performances of some of his fellow runners but made no mention of his own swift time – perhaps it was modesty.
A look at the results shows that Kent AC had an incredible number of men who ran under 1: 20 – something that surely bodes well for the forthcoming relays. Ben Cook noted the close tussle for bragging rights between the two Tom’s – Marshall and Sloan. They both recorded excellent times in their age group, with Tom Marshall coming out on top with an impressive 72:30. Apparently, he’s another reaping the benefits of upping the mileage.
There were several other runs that stood out for us in the men’s age group results. David Child (1:25:47) was actually the first V60 – a great result for someone who has had more than his fair share of injuries in recent years. Even quicker than David was Roger Beardsworth (1:22:23). He was third in the V55 category. Roger hits 60 later this year and if he stays fit it looks as though he is going to be right at the top of the rankings.
Whilst the men undoubtedly performed well our women were certainly not to be outdone. We had seven women running under 1: 30. In addition there were strong runs from many in their respective age groups – including Kate McCarthy coming third in her age category (W55) with an impressive 1:37:14. Sarah Hanley and Katie Rowland have had close races throughout the winter season. On this occasion it was Sarah (1:21:55) who came out on top – but not by much. In a high -quality field Sarah and Katie (1:22:18) were 42nd and 43rd. Then not too far behind Katie was Georgina Riley – another of our runners registering a PB (1:23:36). Also recording excellent times and both high up in their age group category were Jen Smith and Teresa Murphy. In between Jen and Teresa was Eliza Grant – another with a PB. And as is usually the case, Nicky Hayes was well up in her age category – she just missed out on third spot in her W55 age group.
Overall, it was another hugely successful day for the club – showing the quality and strength in depth we now possess.
Full results are on the Vitality Big Half Website. You can get all the Kent AC runners by putting us in the team box.
Our own championship results are listed below. Should there be any changes or amendments, there would be a follow up post.
|Overall Women 1 Sarah Hanley 2 Katie Rowland 3 Georgina Riley||V35 Women Jennifer Smith Teresa Murphy Kersha Dwyer||V45 Women Andrea Barber Sarah Young Maeve Kelly||V55 Women Kate McCarthy Nicky Hayes Ronnie Haydon|
|Overall Men 1 Owen Hind 2 Anthony Johnson 3 Joe Hartley||V40 Men Tom Marshall Tom Sloane Glyn Parry||V50 Men Roger Beardsworth Dan Hollas Julian Geevers||V60 Men David Child Gary Sullivan|
English Cross Country Champs
at Wollaton Park, Nottingham on Sat 22nd Feb 2020
This unique event of the year – the National CC – lived up to all its promise with a very demanding course that had real swamp like conditions on parts of it and upheld to its tradition of being a true test of stamina and endurance.
Not to be put off by such a demanding test our own John Gilbert pushed on early in the second pack in about 12th place and stuck to his task really well to come home in fine 15th place. He had a great battle with his old training partner Max Nicholls, who runs for us in the Surrey CC League, with Max having his best ever National coming home in 11th place. Another Second Claim athlete for us was Ross Braden who worked through really well to also claim his best ever result of 39th.
Our second scorer was Jim Allchin who despite feeling unwell stuck to his task well as he came home in 93rd position. There is a top 50 placing in his legs provided that he’s in full health. Next man home was the man who had travelled from N Wales -our own Russell Bentley – who set off well in about 60th place and was then brought down – resulting in him dropping out of the first 100 runners. He responded well to a rallying call near the end and got a move on to come inside the first 100 which at least made the traveling worthwhile.
Next up came ‘the best run of the day’ from Cedric Hauben who responded well to the crowded field – something he was not used to as he comes from Belgium – but he is a quick learner and very good runner as he showed with a fine 128th position. An amazing run was produced by Dame Dibaba as he stuck to his task really well to come home in 277thposition – all this despite a long standing injury. Our last scoring runner was Pete Lighting who adopted his usual strategy of working his way through the field and finally coming home in 290th position.
Our total of 902 points put us in 11th position as a club in a race where well over 200 clubs competed.
A recent new recruit George Russell was our next guy home as he ran really well in his debut National and earnt a placing of 304th for his great effort – we expect next year that he will be in the 100’s . Next up was Chris Greenwood who suffered badly from two stitches and then our 9th scorer was Neil Phillips who came home in 329th position to close our 9 to score team and earn us 10th position as a club.
We had 25 runners in total with all of them comfortably in the top half of the field and all of whom, for a variety of reasons, can look forward to Parliament Hill next year.
ENGLISH CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPS RESULTS
Wollaton Park, Nottingham on Sat 22ndFeb 2020
15th John Gilbert 45 26
93rd Jim Allchin 47 41
99th Russell Bentley 47 49
128th Cedric Hauben 48 33
277th Dame Dibaba 51 20
290th Peter Lighting 51 36
304th George Russell 51 51
307th Chris Greenwood 51 59
329th Neil Phillips 52 14
360th Dave Morgan 52 41
403rd Ian Ellwood 53 21
409th Barny Day 53 31
451st Dan Ansell 54 04
475thCameron Forrest 54 21
478thTomas Sloan 54 23
502ndDan Pettitt 54 42
504thCalum Fraser 54 43
512thThomas Thain 54 51
645thJake English 56 58
734thMichael Duncan 58 25
839thArif Merali 59 59
845thRon Taylor 60 05
880thLen Reilly 60 26
914thKhawaja Shahabidden 61 00
937thChris Quaid 61 27
Team: 11th KENT AC 902 pts
Team: (9 to score) 10th Kent AC 1842 pts
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED AS WE REGAIN SURREY LEAGUE TITLE Men’s Surrey League Cross Country, Lloyd Park, Feb 8 Kent AC’s senior men’s team achieved what they set out to do at the beginning of the season; reclaim the Surrey league title. They did so in some style as despite their previous winning streak when the club had won the league six times in a row, in those winning seasons we’d never actually won all four fixtures. We put that right this season – winning the fixtures in a convincing manner. The previous season had been a bit of a wake up call. We’d got very used to winning and then a strong, determined Hercules Wimbledon team gathered momentum and showed us a clean pair of heels. After the defeat we knew we had to regroup and come back stronger which is exactly what we did. By the time of the final fixture we were in a commanding position. However, we wanted to finish on a high note so another very strong team was on the start line, again, like last year held at Lloyd Park. The race was a thoroughly enjoyable one from a Kent AC supporters’ point of view. Although it didn’t quite finish up in the order, it was exciting to see a Kent trio cresting the steep bank on the final lap in 1,2, 3 order. At that stage in was more or less John Gilbert, Owen Hind and Max Nicholls together. Early on in the race, in his inimitable style, John Gilbert was pushing the pace which led to a quite a large group breaking up. In the company of our trio was Clapham’s Johnny Van Deventer who’d come second at the Beckenham fixture. They were closely pursued by a group containing two Hercules runners, Cornish and Milne and South London’s consistent Gary Laybourne. While a little back from them was our own Jim Allchin. After having seen our trio together on the early part of the lap those at the main spectating point were eager to see if there had been any change when the runners appeared again. And there had been a change as Owen Hind had now got a clear lead with Max Nicholls in second. With a little more than half a mile of down- hill running to go, John Gilbert was in third but being hotly pursued. Despite John’s best efforts his pursuers just got the better of him. John finished fifth but had the consolation of being the individual winner of the match series. Owen won the race with a little bit to spare from Max. He described his winning move more as stretching out, rather than putting in a big effort. Max’s was another fine run following his excellent effort at the Southern’s. After John our next in was Jim Allchin who has paid such a prominent part in our success this season. Jim’s eighth place meant he was just behind John in the overall competition for top runner. Just behind Jim was regular second claimer Nick Torry. Pre -race it was anticipated that Joe Vis would be running and as he’d run in three fixtures it was felt he should be given the opportunity to score in the last fixture. Joe didn’t actually run and it proved too late to get Nick down as a second claim scorer. But perhaps we shouldn’t be too greedy as even without the contribution that Nick would have made, we still had a very decent winning margin. I have previously highlighted how consistent Jim Allchin has been, but this season Ben Harding probably comes into the same category. Ben was eleventh with another fine run. Only a couple of seconds behind Ben was Cedric Hauben who’s made such a positive contribution to our cause this season. Just inside twenty and showing his form is steadily improving was Chris Greenwood (19th). Although they came in more or less together our eighth and ninth scorers employ very different styles of racing. Dave Morgan (33rd) just got the better of Dame Dibaba (34th). Closing the ten to score and showing very good form in his first year as a V40 was Neil Phillips. Neil took the V 40 award for best performance in all four fixtures by a V40. As was the case with the previous fixtures, at Lloyd Park our B team ran out very convincing winners. Some of the B team scorers were well known regulars, but there were several performances that I thought worth highlighting. It was tremendously encouraging to see our two under 20’s, Isaac Maxwell (63rd) and Matthew Maginn (67th) doing so well, surrounded as they were, by good calibre club runners. Will Pitt had another solid run. As many of you will have seen, congratulations must go to Will and a number of our other vets who have gained selection to represent England Masters in a forthcoming half marathon. It was good to see Adrian Lowther making the scoring B team. After quite a lengthy period out, Adrian’s on the come- back trail. I’m sure if he can stay injury free, we’ll see him being very competitive again. Fittingly, the last fixture turned out to be a great way for us to regain the league title – claiming it with another clear race victory. Like we had done at the final fixture last year, Hercules Wimbledon runners came over to us to hand over the trophy and offer congratulations. Whilst they were magnanimous, we were left in no doubt they will be up for the challenge next season. So, while we have to enjoy the moment, we’ll clearly have to be ready to put the same effort and commitment in if we want to try and retain the title.
1st Owen Hind 27 00 2nd Max Nicholls 27 14 5th John Gilbert 27 22 8th Jim Allchin 27 46 9th Nick Torry (n/s) 27 59 12th Ben Harding 28 24 13th Cedric Hauben 28 26 19th Chris Greenwood 28 34 34th Dave Morgan 29 21 35th Dame Dibaba 29 22 39th Neil Phillips 29 29 46th Sean Fitzpatrick 29 47 56th George Russell 30 14 60th Joe Hartley 30 15 63rd Isaac Maxwell 30 33 2nd U20 67th Matthew Maginn 30 45 3rd U20 75th Barny Day 30 57 79th Jonathan Tipper 31 07 83rd Will Pitt 31 18 87th Adrian Lowther 31 25 88th Jake English 31 25 89th Richard Giles 31 43 101st Calum Fraser 32 00 109th Tomas Sloan 32 18 111th Arif Merali 32 23 112th Jordan Weaver 32 24 115th Cameron Forrest 32 29 116th Dan Ansell 32 32 130th Pete Lighting 33 08 150th Mark Crabtree 34 07 163rd Khawaja Shahabuddin 35 02 176th Ed Matthews 36 05 177th Chris McGurk 36 08 190th David Devlin 37 53 203rd Gary Sullivan 40 47 206th John Greene
Teams: 10 to score
1st (162) KENT AC 2nd (270) Hercules Wimbledon 3rd ((387) Thames H & H 4th Herne Hill H 5th South London H 6th Belgrave H 7th Clapham Chasers 8th Guildford & G 9th Dulwich Runners
B Teams: 10 to score
1st (98) KENT AC 2nd (193) Herne Hill H 3rd (347) Hercules Wimbledon 4th South London H 5th Belgrave H 6th Clapham Chasers 7th Dulwich Runners 8th Guildford & G 9th Thames Hare & H
42 17 210 finished
Southern Cross Country Championships Parliament Hill last Saturday (Jan 25) saw our senior men come eighth in the team event while our women’s team came sixteenth. With much of the athletics press and social media being dominated by stories about a well known brand of running shoe, it was good to get back to the sports roots – just over nine miles of unrelenting toil round Hampstead Heath. Here the talk was more about the length of spikes required rather than carbon plates and cushioning. Given that both our men’s and women’s teams were some way off full strength their respective finishing positions had to be viewed in a positive light. Our men were once again led home by Jim Allchin who as previously remarked has been so consistent for us this season. Unlike so many on this course who can’t resist going off fast (and paying for it) Jim started relatively conservatively and moved through the field. He finished strongly in an impressive seventeenth. In the six to score competition our next two scorers were Chris Greenwood (54th) and Neil Phillips (61st). For much of the race the pair were close together but Chris pulled away from Neil in the closing stages. Chris has raced sparingly this season following various injury niggles so to finish just outside fifty did him great credit. It was another good run from Neil following on from strong Surrey league runs and just missing out on the Kent masters title. Fourth scorer was Cedric Hauben (81st) Whilst I’m aware there are challenging cross country courses in Belgium, I’m pretty sure Cedric won’t have encountered anything like Parliament Hill before. The two completing the six to score were Dave Morgan(119th) and George Russell. David’s was a somewhat typical run – a steady start, then moving through the field in the second half. Possibly the run of the day was George Russell (152nd) – just outside the top 150 is good going when you look at the calibre of runner he was keeping company with. A relative newcomer to the club George is steadily improving and is clearly going to be a great asset to our scoring teams. Aside from the scoring six there were a number of other noteworthy runs on the most testing of courses. Whilst there were several notable absentees from the team, we still had 27 runners turn out – all of whom finished the gruelling course. Apart from the likes of Serpentine and Highgate I’m sure there weren’t many clubs who could muster this number. The winner of the race by a very clear margin was Southend’s Adam Hickey. He seems to be rounding into very good form before he attempts to gain an Olympic qualifying time at the forthcoming London marathon. Aldershot won the team title with Tonbridge second and Highgate third. POS NAME BIB CATEGORY GUN TIME CHIP TIME SCORE 17 Jim Allchin 3590 00:49:33 17 54 Chris Greenwood 3607 00:52:11 54 61 Neil Phillips 3623 00:52:32 61 84 Cedric Hauben 3609 00:53:24 84 119 David Morgan 3621 00:54:46 119 152 George Russell 3626 00:55:34 152 178 Dame Dibaba 3600 00:56:17 179 Calum Fraser 3603 00:56:18 185 Ben Cook 3594 00:56:26 251 Peter Lighting 3615 00:58:01 275 Ben McGeown 3619 00:58:38 300 Richard Giles 3604 00:59:11 338 Tom Thain 3631 00:59:54 398 Ian Ellwood 3602 01:01:02 429 Tim Copley 3595 01:01:37 POS NAME BIB CATEGORY GUN TIME CHIP TIME SCORE 447 Jake Herera 3611 01:02:00 489 Daniel Ansell 3591 01:02:47 552 James Bowler 3592 01:04:12 564 Iago Martinez 3617 01:04:29 584 Tim Sharp 3629 01:04:48 655 Michael Duncan 3601 01:06:14 711 Christopher Quaid 3625 01:07:24 777 Khawaja Shahabuddin 3628 01:09:12 844 Alan Curtis 3597 01:11:20 977 John Greene 3606 01:16:07 1049 Phil Marsden 3616 01:19:34 1079 Neil Gordon-Orr 3605 01:21:17 Senior Women As with the men, our senior women’s team were missing several that make a big contribution to our scoring. Nevertheless, those that competed really put a shift in on the demanding course. Whilst they didn’t have to take on the daunting length of course the men faced, their five plus miles still amounted to quite a challenge. They had to contend with thick, boggy mud for much of the race. Sarah Hanley’s tremendous season continued with another top- quality run. Sarah was well inside the top fifty in this very competitive field (42nd). Our next runner home would probably agree that cloying mud isn’t her favourite surface. And from my vantage point it maybe looked as though Alexa Parker’s spikes could have been a bit longer. She seemed to be slipping and sliding even more than some of those around her. But she battled on and made it inside the top hundred (96th). Running strongly in her usual determined style our third scorer in the four to score competition was Teresa Murphy (146th). Our fourth scorer, coming inside the top 200, Megan Williams ran a fine, controlled race (192nd) As well as our scorers we had another nine intrepid women undaunted by the tough conditions. They are listed below in our results. The race was won in convincing style by Jess Gibbon of Reading AC. Highgate won the team event with Aldershot second and Tonbridge third. POS NAME BIB CATEGORY GUN TIME CHIP TIME SCORE 42 Sarah Hanley 5122 00:32:32 42 96 Alexa Parker 5128 00:34:20 96 146 Teresa Murphy 5125 00:35:54 146 192 Megan Williams 5132 00:37:25 192 267 Susannah Fairbrass 5119 00:39:31 283 Claire Sutton 5131 00:39:55 292 Zuzana Nemeckova 5126 00:40:05 351 Nicky Hayes 5123 00:41:31 390 Jo Mott 5124 00:42:30 407 Sarah Young 5133 00:42:50 470 Amanda Nio 5127 00:44:56 490 Eleanor Parker 5129 00:45:43 656 Annabelle Hadlow 5121 00:55:20
WE KEEP TITLE HOPES ON TRACK WITH THIRD SURREY LEAGUE WIN Surrey League Division 1, Race 3, Beckenham Place Park, Jan 11 The third fixture of the season saw Kent AC senior men put in another excellent team performance – securing a third consecutive victory. Talk beforehand was of consolidating the advantage we had going into the race and on the day our team certainly did that. On a testing course, mapped out by noted Kent AC runners of yesteryear, a fine race developed at the front of the field. Initially Belgrave’s international Nick Goolab went into an early lead and he had some distance between himself and a chasing pack. However, it wasn’t long before a little group had got back on terms with him. In the group that was to be together for a substantial part of the race was new Kent County champion, Owen Hind and of course multiple Kent County champion, John Gilbert. Also, amongst the group was eventual second placer, Johnny Van Deventer, an American with a very impressive running history. Clapham Chasers have acquired his services and he’s certainly going to strengthen their team. Once John Gilbert had joined the group, he put in some typical John type surges. However, eventually it was John who had to give way leaving Owen in the company of two very fine athletes. Although for quite a while Goolab was seemingly content to bide his time, with a little more than half a mile to go he produced a smooth burst of acceleration that the other two couldn’t stay with. His injection of pace quickly put some distance between him and the two who had made it such an interesting contest for much of the race. Round the turn into the finishing straight Owen and Van Deventer were together but it was the American who was able to prevail in the run to the line. After Owen in third we had John Gilbert (4th) and with his customary high finish Jim Allchin, fifth. Again, Jim had shown his tactical awareness by starting conservatively and moving through. Continuing his good run of form, Ben Harding (8th) had a top ten finish. Not far behind Ben was Ross Braden (13th) – another second claimer who has been making a very valuable contribution to our cause. There was a top twenty finish (15th) for Cedric Hauben. As mentioned in previous posts, Cedric’s from Belgium and over here working for a year. In the short time he’s been with us he’s had a very positive impact. Then we had three scorers in the mid- twenties but with Herne Hill’s Mike Cummings in between. In (24th) was second claimer Joe Vis having a very good run. Close up behind (26th) and (27th) were Chris Greenwood and Niall Stewart. Closing the ten to score was the man who is doing such an admirable job as cross country captain, Dan Pettitt (34th). As with the first two fixtures, the race at Beckenham resulted in another comfortable win for the runners who made up our B team. It was pleasing that two relative newcomers to the club featured amongst our B team scorers – Sam Marshal (62nd) and George Russell (65th). There was a bit of variation in positions from the previous week’s Kent County race amongst the B team scorers – on this occasion Dave Morgan was ahead of Anthony Johnson. Just missing out scoring in the A team, Neil Phillips was first scorer in the B and Sean Fitzpatrick closed the team in, coming (74th). Perhaps not surprising when you look at who made up the team, the B team again ran out very convincing winners of their competition. Also, of note at this fixture was the turn -out of runners we had for the race. Alright it was classed as a home fixture, but even so to have not far off fifty runners on the start line is quite something. At the end of the post there should be a complete list of all the Kent runners who ran in the fixture. As well as our scorers they all deserve praise for their contribution to the team effort. Finally, it was great to see Ron Hale, Kent AC’s longest serving member spectating and seeing his club in such good shape. Somewhat different from when your correspondent joined. If not a taxi, you could have fitted the team in a small mini bus in those long off days. Sprightly Ron, ninety plus years of age, was seen chatting to AW’s reporter. No doubt he was giving him the benefit of many years of running wisdom. The closing fixture will take place at Lloyd Park on February 8th. No doubt the Hockey club bar manager is gleefully anticipating an afternoon of record profits.
42 58 230 finishers
Teams: 10 to score 1st
1stKENT AC 159
2nd Hercules Wimbledon AC 247
3rd Herne Hill H 406
4th Belgrave H 431
5th South London H 474
6th Thames Hare & H 515
7th Clapham Chasers 561
8th Guildford & G 662
9th Dulwich Runners 700
B Team: 1st Kent AC 65
Kent County Cross Country Championships, Brands Hatch, Jan 4 2020 A FINE WIN FOR OWEN HIND WHILE OUR TEAM TAKE HOME SILVER MEDALS Kent AC had a tremendous start to the new year at the Kent Cross Country Championships. Owen Hind added his name to the illustrious list of winners of the championship, while both our men’s and women’s teams claimed silver medals behind winners Tonbridge. Although in the men’s competition we had a strong team, we are not able to put out the top team that competes in the Surrey League. Eligibility rules mean certain runners aren’t able to run so it’s always going to be difficult to match the formidable team that Tonbridge are able to put out. However, we were by some distance second team in both the six and twelve to score. Owen’s form had been good going into the race. In the pre -Christmas South of the Thames he’d come a fine third on a course that didn’t play to his strengths. It was felt that if reasonably dry the Brands Hatch course might suit him a little more. That proved to be the case although he had to beat some very tough opposition – primarily in the shape of Tonbridge runners Corey De’Ath and last year’s winner, Ben Cole. Owen and the two Tonbridge runners forged a gap quite early on in the race. They remained together for a fair part of the race before the relentless pace they were setting saw De’Ath drop back on the final lap leaving Owen to battle it out with the winner from last year Ben Cole. Owen forced a bit of a gap mid- way on the final lap but Cole showed his fighting qualities by clawing some of the margin back to make Kent AC supporters nervous. However, we needn’t have worried as Owen had just that little bit in reserve and was able to push on to close in on a fine victory. It was another top ten finish for the ever so reliable Jim Allchin (9). Since his switch to our colours at the end of last season Jim’s proved a great asset. We then had three more runners in the top twenty Neil Phillips (15), Niall Stewart (16) and Anthony Johnson (18). Neil and Niall were in close contention for much of the race with Neil just winning out. Neil was by some margin the first V40 runner. It was good to see Anthony gain a top twenty place and show what ability he has. Our final scorer in the six to score was Dave Morgan – just outside the top twenty – Dave was 22nd. After our first six home there were some very strong runs to ensure we were comfortably the second team in the twelve to score. Just outside the top thirty and having a very good run was Barny Day (31). Then after slipping and sliding his way round the Lloyd Park course, it seemed Rowan Crichton found Brands Hatch a bit more to his liking (34). Our ninth scorer was Calum Fraser (37) who was closely followed by Pete Lighting probably missing Rob Laing who he’s made a habit of storming past at the finish of races. As mentioned in the last post it seems Phil Sanders is coming back to form after a period out. Well inside top fifty, (44) and second V45 was another strong run. It was good to see, Arif Merali (60), a regular performer for the club for some years, come in as our final scorer in the twelve. He was in Stuart Beaney’ sights for most of the race but the man formerly known as Party Boy just couldn’t get on terms. Apparently, he was carrying a bit of excess baggage due to Christmas indulgence. Those outside the 12 also ran well including Len Reilly who’s clocked up a good number of appearances in this race. No doubt Len will be able to tell you precisely how many. All in all, an enormously pleasing day. Great success for Owen winning the championship and a resounding second place in both the six and 12 to score. A post on the success of our women’s team will follow shortly. Full results are on the County site. KENT COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPS at Brands Hatch, Kent on Sat 4th January 2020 Senior Men 1st Owen Hind 40 15 9th Jim Allchin 41 22 15th Neil Phillips 42 44 Teams: 6 to score 16th Niall Stewart 42 48 1st Tonbridge 34 18th Anthony Johnson 43 05 2nd KENT AC 81 22nd Dave Morgan 43 35 3rd Medway & M 152 31st Barny Day 44 26 34th Rowan Crichton 44 44 37th Calum Fraser 45 05 Teams : 12 to score 38th Peter Lighting 45 12 1st Tonbridge 186 44th Phil Sanders 45 52 2nd KENT AC 325 60th Arif Merali 47 19 3rd Medway & M 619 61st Stuart Beaney 47 28 76th Joe Hartley 49 43 87th Len Reilly 50 25 98th Adrian Dracup 51 11 117th Michael Duncan 53 08 162nd John Greene 58 19
Kent Cross Country Championships – Women’s Race Like their male counterparts Kent AC women achieved a fine second place in the team stakes – both in the three and six to score. Again, the winners of the team competition were the always strong Tonbridge team. The winner of the actual race, Emily Hosker-Thornhill, GB international and Aldershot runner, proved a class apart. She even put some distance between herself and the two talented Tonbridge runners who were second and third. Our second place was extremely pleasing as it was achieved without some who are often key to our success in races. However, someone who has been crucial to our success in recent seasons, Katie Rowland, had an excellent run. For virtually the duration of the race Katie was in a contest with Clare Elms, long term friend of the club and of course multiple masters record holder. Running together proved helpful in some respects as it enabled them reel in runners ahead of them. Towards the end of the last lap Katie did force a small gap, but Clare closed up again before finally having to give way. Both Katie and Clare achieved a better result than last year – Katie was sixth and Clare seventh. In fact, it was a best ever finish for a number of Kent runners in this year’s championships. One of those was Sarah Hanley who finished a fine ninth in the race. Then in the three to score, having a very impressive run – coming (20th) was Eliza Grant. The three that completed the six to score were Ali Farrall (26th), Jen Berg (28th), and debutant Danielle Spencer. Ali is always very consistent and her fine run meant she was second in her age category – where the standard is always high. Just behind her Jen’s run was all the more laudable given the fact that she hadn’t been feeling too well at the start. And Danielle’s first outing for the club was enormously encouraging. She was just ahead of Cath Stibbs who it was great to see competing for us again. Cath was of course one of the early pioneers who helped put Kent AC women on the map. Also putting in strong performances for the team were Zuzana Nemeckova, Nicky Hayes, Claire Sutton, Johanna Mott and Eleanor Parker. So, a very satisfying afternoon for the team – collecting silver medals and having some very encouraging debuts for the club with several of the newcomers enjoying the delights of cross- country racing for the first time! Senior Women 3 to Score 1 Tonbridge 17 :2. Kent AC 35: 3. Medway& M 51 Senior Women 6 to Score 1 Tonbridge 59: 2 Kent AC 120: 3 Medway &M 213 This Saturday (Jan 11th) our women are back in action in the Surrey League. The fixture is on Wimbledon Common, 11 am start.
South of the Thames 7.5-mile Championships, Lloyd Park Croydon, Dec 21,2019 Plenty of pre-Christmas cheer for Kent AC at Lloyd Park After a resounding victory at Morden when our men claimed the South of the Thames 5-mile team event, we managed to do the double and secured the team title in the longer event held at Lloyd Park, Croydon. As is the case in the shorter event, men and women run together in the same race. Kent AC women also put in an impressive team performance – especially when you consider how many were missing due to the nasty virus currently doing the rounds. In addition to our tremendous team success, Owen Hind secured a well-deserved third place medal. The tough, muddy Lloyd Park course is not exactly Owen’s natural habitat. I think it fair to say he was much more at home on the grassland courses he encountered during his time in the States. However, on the rain drenched course he ran a very controlled race that saw him lay off the initial fast pace and then really come through in the second half. Although Owen was closing slightly on the Tonbridge’s Corey De’Ath who was to finish second, at the finish he was some way off the race winner, Aldershot’s Joe Morwood. Like our team Morwood did the double having won the five-mile race back in November. He appears to be in really good form and you expect him to do well in the big cross -country races in the new year. Our second scorer, Jim Allchin (5 th ), is having a fine season. He’s been consistently at the sharp end of races and here again it was another top ten finish. Next in, showing he’s well and truly recovered from the malaise that had laid him low at the last Surrey League, was Chris Busaileh (15 th ). Not too far behind Chris, and someone else who is having a very good season, Niall Stewart was 18th. Dame Dibaba had his usual flourish at the start of the race when he briefly headed affairs. Whilst he may have slipped back (23 rd ) in this strong field it was another good run from Dame. His run as fifth scorer was important to us as was that of Sean Fitzpatrick (34 th ). It helped us just get the better of Brighton in the sixth to score. Unlike the shorter race at Morden where other teams weren’t very strong, here the opposition was of a much higher calibre. Having said that, although the six to score was tight, in the 12 to score we were emphatic victors. As a club we were out in such force that in the six to score we had a ‘B’ team coming seventh, a ‘C’ team coming 11 th and a ‘D’ team 19th out of the 29 that closed in. Again, such was our strength in depth the Kent AC ‘B’ team were fourth club in the 12 to score competition. The medallists in the 12 to score after the first six who have been mentioned were as follows: Dan Pettitt (37), Pete Lighting (41), Rob Laing (42), George Russell (43) Ben Cook (48) and Calum Fraser (53) And as the full results reveal, there were lots of good runs from those who made up the Kent ‘B’ 12, as well as many of our other runners who ensured that the club was so well represented in the race. As mentioned earlier, Kent AC women were hard hit by illness having several late withdrawals from the anticipated team. Nevertheless, the representatives who took on the demanding course performed admirably. The team ended up fifth in the six to score – not that far off third place which, given the missing personnel, had to be considered a good result. Sarah Hanley led the team home. She was a fine 9 th in the women’s race. Our next two scorers were separated by just a few seconds. Georgina Wiley came in (19 th ) while Teresa Murphy was (21 st ) and third in the W40 category. Next home, having a very strong run, was Susie Fairbrass (39 th ) Our fifth scorer was Kate Williams (60 th ) but also third in her age category. Then completing the six was Amanda Nio (63 rd ). In addition to our scorers, also running well in the arduous conditions were Sarah Young (72 th ), Sheryl Clark (77 th ) and of course, Annabelle Hadlow (106 th ). Special mention should also go to Amelia Pettitt who was an excellent third in the women’s race. Amelia won the first Surrey League in our colours as she was able to run for us in that race second claim. Here, though, she wasn’t able to run second claim and had to run as a guest. Her run again highlighted what a talented runner she is and one we look forward to representing us in future races.
Men’s Team (6 to score)
1.Kent AC 98 2. Brighton & Hove 103 3. Herne Hill 144…
Coleman Cup (12 to score)
1.Kent AC :362 2. Herne Hill:741 3. Guildford & G: 1134 …. Women’s Teams (6 to score)
1.Tonbridge:42 2. Brighton & Hove :100 3. Thames H& H: 195…. 5. Kent AC:211
European Cross Country Championships, Lisbon, December 8 Alex Yee second GB athlete in Under 23 race As previously reported, a strong performance in the trials saw Alex Yee picked for the GB under 23 team that contested the European Cross Country Championships last Sunday. Alex came a fine twelfth place in a field of over 80 athletes. He was just a few seconds behind Mahamad Mahamad, GB’s first scorer. The early leaders set a blistering pace on a tough, undulating course. Alex started steadily and had a very strong second half. Although there were medals for the majority of the British teams, unfortunately Alex’s Under 23’s just missed out finishing fourth in the team stakes. In this week’s Athletics Weekly, there is a feature on Alex in which he talks about his plans to compete in the Highgate Night of 10,000 PB’s again.