This time in Nivelles :
Luke Sargeant SB 11.04secs with +1.8 wind
Joe Appiah M45 11.75secs into -2.0 headwind
110mH M45 99cm Height (u20 race)
Excellent competition again and good times for both of us.
Budapest Open – Schulek Ágoston Memorial
08 June 2019
Joe Appiah and John Brown competed in this open meeting:
Mens 100 meters
Heat 6 16:00
Place BIB Name YOB Club / Country Lane Result Record
1 540 Szabó Dániel 1997 ARAK UP Akadémia 4 10,48 SB Q
2 116 Browne Jonathan 1983 GBR 7 10,64 Q
3 197 Gönczi Pál 1991 BHSE 3 11,11
4 541 Csornai János 2003 ARAK UP Akadémia 6 11,19 PB
5 128 Johnson Tyler 1991 GBR 2 11,25
6 198 Farkas Ádám 2000 REAC SI SE 8 11,48 SB
7 654 Orosz Zoltán István 1992 BHSE 5 11,49
MEN’S 100 M – FINALS
FINAL “A” 18:07
Place BIB Name YOB Club / Country Lane Result Record
1 107 Ashwell Dominic 1999 GBR 4 10,27
2 194 Máté Tamás 1998 BHSE 6 10,46 PB
3 363 Boros Bence 1996 Szolnoki MÁV-SE 7 10,48 =PB
4 540 Szabó Dániel 1997 ARAK UP Akadémia 5 10,58
5 116 Browne Jonathan 1983 GBR 1 10,62
6 117 Watson-Brown Jordan 1998 GBR 3 10,66
7 108 Davis Eden 1999 GBR 8 10,74
8 122 Baker Nicklas 1994 GBR 2 10,79
MEN’S 110 M HURDLES – TIME TRIAL
Place BIB Name YOB Club / Country Lane Result Record
1 105 Fillery Cameron 1998 GBR 2 13,72 q
2 113 Weaver James 1997 GBR 1 14,02 q
3 155 Eszes Dániel 1999 Dunakeszi VSE 5 14,24 q
4 656 Babic Saša 1997 SRB 4 14,84 q
5 121 Copeland Michael 1989 GBR 8 15,28 q
6 156 Lovistyék Bálint 1999 Dunakeszi VSE 3 15,61 q
7 114 Joe Appiah 1970 GBR 7 15,62 q
8 397 Kemenes Ákos 1996 GEAC 6 16,51 q
MEN’S 110 M HURDLES – FINAL
Place BIB Name YOB Club / Country Lane Result Record
1 105 Fillery Cameron 1998 GBR 6 13,68
2 113 Weaver James 1997 GBR 5 13,80
3 155 Eszes Dániel 1999 Dunakeszi VSE 3 14,16 PB
4 656 Babic Saša 1997 SRB 4 14,91
5 121 Copeland Michael 1989 GBR 7 15,52
6 397 Kemenes Ákos 1996 GEAC 1 15,83 SB
7 114 Joe Appiah 1970 GBR 2 16,03
8 156 Lovistyék Bálint 1999 Dunakeszi VSE 8 16,12
Just a quick note to say our 1st club overseas trip was very successful. Seven athletes took up the offer with contribution from the club to cover transport cost. The event had athletes across the globe with over 100 athletes from UK alone.
The sprinters did not enjoy a good day at the office. Their events were a wash out with heavy rain just before the 100m heats in the morning.
Owen Hind finally broke 14mins for the first time in 5000m race which finished after 2am on Sunday with a time of 13mins 58secs. This achievement means he met the British Championship qualification of 14secs. �G
VIRGIN MONEY LONDON MARATHON, 2019
John Gilbert leads the way as Kent AC runners excel
As well as having another formidable turn out from the club (over 50 runners), the 2019 London Marathon saw some special performances from Kent AC runners.
It was another great day for the club and difficult to know where to start in the telling. Despite a host of great runs, I thought it was fitting to start withJohn Gilbert. Fitting in the sense that unsurprisingly he was first man home for the club but also with John moving north, it was an occasion when the club paid tribute to him post -race. Despite having something of a disrupted season in terms of injuries, John still managed yet another sub 2: 20 marathon – this time 2:19 :03. At half- way John looked as though he might challenge his PB – it wasn’t to be, but still another fine run over such a challenging distance. Whilst it may have been said before, it’s worth re-iterating. John’s been an inspiration. He may be unassuming, but he races with a steely determination. He’ll be much missed. However, post- race it was heartening to learn that he’ll be retaining his membership and making periodic appearances for us.
Our second male runner home is becoming known as the master at marathons. For Pete Lighting, with his meticulous preparations, really seems to know how to get the best out of himself. At this London, he took a big chunk out of his PB running 2: 24 :32. Just a minute behind Pete was Dave Morgan. It was only really in the closing stages that Pete got away from Dave who again showed what an impressive marathon runner he is. Then getting his pacing just right – only 19 seconds behind Dave was Chris Greenwood. Chris, again featured in the pre- race Athletics Weekly marathon preview, that reported that his desired aim was sub 2:25, but if not, he’d be pleased with sub 2:26 which was what he achieved. Chris’ time 2:25:50 meant he was comfortably the first V45 in the race. And in fact, it turns out that Chris is now fifth on the all- time list for V45’s in the history of the London Marathon. I would hazard a guess that puts him in fairly exalted company. No prizes for guessing who our next V45 was (more of that later). After Chris there was an exceptional run from Rob Laing (2:27:17). It’s a little unusual for someone who’s done a fair few marathons (as Rob has) for them to take over ten minutes off their previous best. But that’s exactly what Rob did – well it was actually 11 minutes better. As many will know, Rob’s in training for the famous Comrades Marathon – an ultra- race that takes place in South Africa in June. It doesn’t work for everyone, but clearly running a lot of miles is certainly proving beneficial in Rob’s case. One more of our male runners was inside 2:30 at that was James Bowler. Just a little down on his PB but still a very good run (2: 29:.21).
We had two runners coming within seconds of each other on 2:35, but I’m sure their emotions can’t have been more contrasting. They were Adam Paterson on 2:35:41 and Russell Bentley eight seconds behind. Adam was another who took a big slice off his PB and must have been delighted with his time. However, Russell, who I guess was wanting to get over what he may have considered a disappointing Brighton Marathon result, really struggled in the closing stages of London. It was a big ask to run London so close to Brighton but Russell was obviously up for the challenge. Unfortunately, this one looked as though it took a toll on Russell and I know we all hope he can recover swiftly. The consistent Sam Evans was our next finisher (2:37:58). He got frustratingly close to his PB. Then after Sam came our other fast V45 – yes, the man himself, Stuart Beaney. Again, someone else who was very close to his PB. However, that was on a faster course and when he was just a little bit younger. His 2:38:48 meant he crept inside the top twenty V45’s in this year’s race. And incidentally, in case there’s still anybody unaware, Stuart’s recent form has earned him an England Vest when he will compete against the other home nations in a race incorporated in the upcoming Birmingham 10K.
Anthony Johnson and Tim Lawrence looked as though they ran a good deal of the race together and it was only towards the end that Anthony got clear. Anthony finished in 2:39:39 with Tim about a minute back at the finish. In between the pair though were former Dulwich man, Tom Marshall 2:40:30, who managed to run exactly equal splits and Barny Day 2:40:24, who ran a very strong second half. Ben Cook and Richard Giles who’d both been in good form in the run up to London came in on 2:42 – in Ben’s case 2:42: 10 and Richard not far adrift on 2:42:52.
I’d imagine Serpentine with their mega membership had more runners under 3 hours, but feel confident there weren’t many other clubs who had as many under three hours (and well under) as Kent AC. After Richard Giles we had eight more runners under the three-hour mark. They were as follows: Tom Thain 2:43:02, Che Compton 2:44:33, Neil Phillips 2:44:46, Calum Fraser 2:50:22, Nial Robinson 2:51:59, Thomas Ballard 2:54:21, Tim Alexander 2:57:57 and Len Reilly 2:59:18. Perhaps a special mention needs to go to Calum who only the previous day had competed in several events for the club at a windswept track in Cambridge. Seems highly likely Calum would have been quicker had it not been for his exertions on the track. And of course, I always have to give a mention to the redoubtable Len Reilly, now heading through the V55 category. While he may not be a member of the intrepid band who have completed all the London Marathons, he has certainly racked up a considerable number. Like others, Len’s build up was far from ideal but his experience meant he was again able to dip under the 3- hour barrier (3:59:18).
In addition to the runners mentioned above, there were a lot of our other male runners who performed well, many achieving personal bests – some getting very close to three hours – others rightly pleased that they had risen to the challenge of the marathon.
Whilst there may have been no Amy Clements this year, there was no shortage of excellent runs from our women. It was especially so when looked at in terms of the performances of our women who are classed as masters/veterans. Actually, our first runner home in 3:11:46 (excluding American guests) was the multi- talented Victoria Buck. I refer to the fact that as well as running a fast marathon Victoria is a more than competent performer when it comes to track and field. As well as being a very good time in its own right, Victoria’s time will undoubtedly be regarded as a very good age graded time. Ali Farrall is another who fits into this category. She has quite a marathon pedigree – she’s run a good number and all in quality times. And this year was no exception. She registered an excellent 3:23:49. Very close behind was someone I believe is a relative newcomer to the club, Alex Swatridge. If this was her marathon debut – it was an impressive one, running 3:24:40. She was just ahead of Susie Fairbrass (3:25:00) who was yet another of our runners to take a large slice of their PB. Susie had a big support crew with her and no doubt Dad, Dennis, (no mean performer over the marathon distance) was delighted with his daughter’s run.
Just nineteen seconds behind Susie was Nicky Hayes (3:25:19), and whilst there was a lot of competition, this was surely one of the runs of the day. In the marathon classification Nicky is classed as V55, for our club competition purposes she came into the category of V50-59. However, it remains the case that hers was an incredibly good run. It appears she was ranked 13th in her age group in this year’s race. That’s out of a very large number who were listed as running in her age group – so really impressive running. Nemeckova Zuzana, another in the V40 category, ran a very creditable 3:32:41, while this year Sarah Young, who I believe has done several London marathons, came in on 3:45:08
The other women running in our colours did both themselves and the club proud. For the first timers who might say never again – you might be surprised and have another go some time in the future. But if not, running a marathon is a considerable achievement – let no one tell you otherwise.
The results for everybody in the club are quite easy to find on the Virgin London Marathon site.
(Apologies for any errors or significant omissions in the report.)
ERRA National Road Relays, Sutton Park, April 6 2019
Kent AC men’s and women’s teams both performed impressively at the National Road relays. The men achieved a fine sixth position while our women made the top twenty – coming home in eighteenth.
While our men’s team were one place down on last year when we came equal fifth, this year the quality at the sharp end was high. So make no mistake – our sixth position was a strong performance. There were excellent runs throughout the team – but perhaps none more so than that of Alex Yee on leg 7. Yet again Alex ran the fastest long leg of the day. As a club we are very fortunate to have Alex in our ranks. It can’t have escaped many people’s attention that Alex is now starting to enjoy a high- profile career as a top- level triathlete However, whenever possible he still turns out for us and delivers eye catching runs.
We were given a strong start by a man used to the pressures of leg 1, Russell Bentley. No doubt Russell will give a detailed account of his run on his popular blog. As per usual, there were some fast runners on Russell’s leg, but he held his nerve and brought us home in 18th. On the second leg, James Bowler, as he did at the Southern’s , ran our fastest short stage. All our runners deserve credit – both long and short stage. Whilst Alex was the stand out, all our long leg runners showed up well when compared with some of their rivals in the top finishing clubs. In addition to Alex’s very quick lead time, Owen Hind also registered a fast long- leg time with his run on leg 9. Owen’s was the 15th fastest on the day. He brought us up to our highest position in the race (4th). While we were in sixth when Chris Greenwood took over on leg 11, he did make inroads on the lead Tonbridge had over us. Maybe it was due to the battle Tonbridge were having with Highgate, but the Tonbridge runner definitely slipped back. So when our last man, Jordan Weaver took over he had something to chase. While Jordan made an impression in his effort to cut back the deficit, it proved just too much of a gap to close.
In addition to a fine A team performance, our B team again put in a very strong showing. In fact, they managed to come 35th out of 65 completed teams – a considerable achievement. While there were three B teams ahead of ours, they were the formidably strong Bristol and West, Leeds and Highgate. And Highgate B were only a couple of places ahead of us. The actual winners of the race were a very strong Leeds City outfit. The strength of their team clearly indicated by the comfortable winning margin they had at the end. Whilst time wise we were some way behind Leeds, we weren’t so far off the third -place club. So certainly, something to shoot for next year.
1.Leeds City 4:12:21 2. Bristol &W 4:14:33 3. Aldershot 4:14:39 ….6. Kent AC 4:17:58
Russell Bentley (18) 27:06 James Bowler (16) 15:59 Chris Busaileh (15) 27:20 Anthony Johnson (14) 16:17 Dave Morgan (11) 27:11 Niall Stewart (12) 16:31 Alex Yee (9) 25:00 Sean Fitzpatrick (8) 16:13 Owen Hind (4) 26:03 Peter Lighting (6) 16:36 C Greenwood (6) 27:28 Jordan Weaver (6) 16:14
Kent AC’s women achieved their best ever position in this event when they came home eighteenth of the 48 clubs that closed in. So a little bit of history was made.
Just as at the Southern’s, the women have two long legs and four short legs to negotiate. In fine conditions Katie Rowland lined up on the start for our team. It’s a start that can be quite intimidating if you’re not used to it. On a leg that was fiercely contested, Katie did well to bring us home in 21st spot. Although we slipped a few places on the next two short legs, both Victoria Buck and Susie Fairbrass put in strong efforts for the team. Victoria revealed that a birthday is imminent – a birthday that will move her up in the age group categories. Forty- five – surely not I hear you say! It’ll likely mean she is going to be very competitive in the new age group.
After the two short legs came the second-long leg which Sarah Hanley ran for us. Sarah’s solid leg meant we clawed back a couple of places. She handed over to Joanne Campbell who deserves special praise for actually agreeing to be on the team and make the journey to Sutton Park. After performing well at Milton Keynes, Joanne had gone down with a bad cold. She was still below par in the run up to the race but agreed to travel as the club needed her. And while she seemed a little disappointed with her time, in the circumstances Joanne did a good job keeping the team within striking distance of the top twenty. And strike we did. Alexa Parker enjoyed picking runners off on the last leg and brought us from 25th up to our final position of 18th. It was quite a run from Alexa.
Leeds City were the winners of an absorbing contest. And with Leeds women victorious, their club pulled off a double as their men triumphed a little later in the afternoon. They were followed by an impressive Herne Hill squad with Birchfield in third.
On the journey back coach Pete Boxshall was giving relative newcomer Joanne the run down on Kent AC women’s recent history. He explained the progress made in a fairly short period of time of our women’s team. And it certainly is quite a story. For when you think it wasn’t that long ago that Kent AC women were a small select group. The early pioneers could have fitted in a London cab. Numbers have grown substantially and we now more than hold our own in big events – just like the national relays. That’s quite some progress – and it looks like there’s a lot more to come.
2:10:40 2. Herne Hill 2:11:31 3 Birchfield 2:12:06 …….18 Kent 2:30:20
Katie Rowland (21) 32:27 Victoria Buck (24) 20:39 Susie Fairbrass (25) 21:32 Sarah Hanley (23) 34:12 Joanne Campbell (25) 22:06 Alexa Parker (18) 19:24
Just a quick report on my performance at WMACi World Masters Athletics championships in Torun, Poland 24th to 30th March.
It started with M45 Long Jump on Sunday. I have been ill a bit for 3 weeks in February so l lost a bit of training and was it expected too much of myself. In a high standard event l managed a jump of 6.26m to get Bronze. The M40 competition was won by ex International Jamaican Athlete James Beckford with 7.17m.
Next came the 60m sprints on monday to weds where l made the final with 7.34secs in semi, my best time since 2017. In a close race for 2nd/3rd l came 5th with 7.38secs. I did quite manage to get my usual quick start and it possibly cost me a medal. The M40 age group final was won by ex International Francis Obikwelu with 6.90secs. He is an Olympic 100m silver medallist and European 100m record joint record holder with 9.86secs.
With such a tough schedule all l hoped is my body to hold up before my 60m hurdles on Friday.
I negotiated my hurdles semi on Friday morning with 8.44secs and executed a perfect race in the evening and win the final with 8.31secs, equalling my own British and European Record.
My week at Torun has been extremely successful with two medals. Body was too tired for the 4x200m on Saturday.
I am so grateful for all the support. Without it l wouldn’t be able to achieve these great performances year and year out.
60mH Champion 2019
Men’s SEAA 12 stage road relay, Milton Keynes
It’s a fine fourth place for Kent AC men with B and C Teams also doing well
Just missing out on medals is always tough. However, we shouldn’t be too downhearted at missing out on the bronze medal at this year’s South of England Relays. There was a great deal to be positive about in our Milton Keynes showing. Each of our runners can be proud of their performance. Without doubt everyone ran well. There were some good performances and some stand out ones as well. And it should also be said that as well as an excellent showing from our A team, both our B and C teams deserve a great deal of credit for what they achieved. The B team were twenty fourth in the race (44 teams Closed). They were actually the second B team not too far behind Highgate B. Then a measure of the club’s strength, the C Team was 34th – ahead of quite a number of first team outfits.
It seems our A team made a little piece of history in that it was the first time four teams had gone under 4 hours at the event when it’s been held at Milton Keynes. The Kent AC final time was 3:59: 39 – just over 30 seconds down on third place Bedford. The race was exciting and competitive this year. There were seven changes to the lead club before Joe Morwood moved Aldershot into a winning lead on the penultimate leg.
From our point of view, we can be particularly pleased with the fact that our two “new boys” Chris Busaileh and Jim Allchin both had strong runs. It was actually Chris who took on the always tricky first leg. He ran an excellently controlled leg, coming home in 12th spot. He ran exactly 24 minutes for his leg as John Gibert was to do later in the race. Chris was followed by James Bowler whose marathon preparations would appear to be going well judging by is swift 15:45. His run took us up to ninth place and it proved to be our fastest short leg of the day – by just a solitary tick. Our next long leg runner, Jim Allchin, managed to gain four places to bring us up to fifth. On leg four Anthony Johnson, who’d run an impressive half marathon the previous week, gained a place, and was just a second over 16 minutes. On leg five Dave Morgan consolidated our team in fourth spot. For a good part of the race Dave was tussling with a Hercules runner. In the end, Dave prevailed by some margin, and handed over to Pete Lighting. Perhaps more renowned for his marathon running exploits, Pete, who’d just come back from one of his trips to Keyna, was not far off 16 minutes for the third of the short legs. On leg seven Owen Hind had an excellent run. Perhaps not surprisingly Owen had been a bit disappointed with his National run. However, he showed here with his swift 23:18 that he is right back on form. On the day, it turned out to be the ninth fastest long leg. As regards times, he wasn’t far behind most of the other guys in the top ten – apart that is from Belgrave’s Nick Goolab. He registered a super quick 22:19 – a time nobody else got near. Our next short leg runner, Jonathan Tipper, is perhaps like Pete Lighting best known for his marathon running. However, he certainly showed he’s no slouch over the shorter distances. Jonathan was a mere one second slower that James Bowler, who as I’d mentioned, was the team’s fastest on the short legs. After Jonathan’s leg we were fleetingly in third spot.
Eventual winners Aldershot started charging on the next leg and credit must go to Chris Greenwood for not being fazed by Aldershot’s Johnny Hay’s early pace. Hay overtook Chris quite early on in the leg but Chris held on superbly. Chris recorded 24: 12 – good going in its own right, but surely quicker than any V40 managed on the day. He handed over to Sean Fitzpatrick with our team now in fourth spot. Again, perhaps better noted for his longer distance efforts, Sean was another of our short leg runners who nipped under 16 minutes. He wasn’t that much slower than Aldershot’s tenth runner. However, Hay had previously given them a decent lead over our team and this had slightly grown. On the eleventh leg, despite John Gilbert’s best efforts, it became clear that the third place was likely to elude us. Aldershot’s Joe Morwood was to run one of the fastest long legs which saw him overhaul both Highgate and Bedford. John, typically put it all out there, and came away with a very decent 24-minute time – our joint second fastest long leg. However, with Aldershot’s charge it meant we were chasing Highgate and Bedford on the last leg. The gap was just too big, although it will be noted that Jordan Weaver ran considerably quicker than Bedford’s last man. Jordan was under 16 minutes by a second.
So much to take heart from. An impressive run from our A team along with tremendously encouraging runs from our B and C teams. Let’s hope most of those competing here can make it to Sutton Park and give us the opportunity of making an impact at the National Relays.
1 Aldershot F&D 3:57:06; 2 Highgate H 3:58:19; 3 Beford 3:59:06; 4 Kent 3:59:39; 5 Belgrave H 4:01:48; 6 Tonbridge 4:02:37; 7 Hercules W 4:03:17; 8 Newham & Essex 4:07:05; 9 Cambridge and Coleridge 4:07:49; 10 Blackheath 4:09:11. (53 teams started, 44 finished).
Fastest long: N Goolab (Belgrave H) 22:19; M Bergin (Bedford) 22:48; K Clements (SBH) 22:50. Kent AC fastest Owen Hind 23: 18
Fastest short: R Harvie (AFD) 15:07; J Roberts (Southampton) 15:18; P Chambers (Highgate) 15:20. Kent AC fastest James Bowler 15:45 ������������������������������
Women’s SEAA 6-stage road relay, Milton Keynes, March 24 20019
The make -up of Kent AC women’s team that competed at Milton Keynes might not have been the one people would have anticipated. However, as is sometimes the case, unavailability for whatever reason means the team that turns out may not be the one that in an ideal world would have been on the start line. But while this might have applied on Sunday, the six women who actually ran acquitted themselves extremely well.
The team that ran four short legs and two long was not far off a top 10 finish – they were 13th out of 27 finishers. It was a result they deserve great credit for.
First up, running a short leg was Alexa Parker. I’m aware she’d run really well back in October at the first Surrey League, but I don’t think she’s been competing much since then. Anyway, she appeared to be pretty fit as she ran a very strong opening leg, steering us home in 12th place. Alexa handed over to Katie Rowland who’s had such a tremendous cross- country season. She faced tough opposition on this leg but kept our team in 12th position. She maintained the position overtaking one herself, but in turn being overtaken by one. However, there was no shame in being overtaken by the runner in question – it was marathon international, Tracy Barlow. Katie was right in her assessment that Barlow was running quickly as it turned out she recorded the fastest long leg of the day. Our next short leg runner was Joanne Campbell. I may be wrong, but I don’t think Joanne has run a relay race for us. You have to say this was not the easiest to start your career. It’s a big event and for many it can be quite daunting. However, she held her nerve well and got round the undulating course in a good time – just one passed her. She handed over to Eliza Grant, another who’s had a very good cross- country season. Eliza ran strongly on the long leg – just dipping under 32 minutes. She handed over to Susie Fairbrass who’s one of a number of Kent AC women who are doing the London Marathon next month. She had a steady run at a time in the race when large gaps had developed between teams. It meant for runners like Susie your bound to be running quite a lot on your own and not sure who you’re chasing. The final leg at this event was another short one for the women. Making a welcome return to the team was Lydia Blackmore. Although I haven’t noticed Lydia racing much in the winter, like Alexa who ran the first leg, she seems to be pretty fit. She wasn’t too far away from 20 minutes for her leg. Unfortunately, I wasn’t at the track so I missed what I’m sure will have been one of Lydia’s trademark finishes.
The team’s performance at Milton Keynes was extremely encouraging – especially when you consider who wasn’t there. In a few weeks’ time it’s the National Relays at Sutton Park. Let’s hope that as well as those who competed here, we can use the resources the club undoubtedly has, and get two teams on the start line.
Teams; 1. HHH 2:06;37, 2. C & C 2:09;04, 3. TVH 2:10;40,
Kent AC .13
1 A83 Alexa Parker 18:54 12 0:18:54 2 B83 Katie Rowland 28:45 12 0:47:39 3 C83 Joanne Campbell 21:28 13 1:09:07 4 D83 Eliza Grant 31:59 16 1:41:06 5 G83 Susie Fairbrass 21:51 18 2:02:57 6 H83 Lydia Blackmore 20:16 13 2:23:13
The Vitality Big Half (Including Kent AC Half Marathon Championships)
LOTS OF PB’s AT THE BIG HALF
An impressive number of Kent AC runners competed in the second Vitality Big half last Sunday. The race that was first put on last year follows a good part of the London Marathon route. However, for the half marathon the race starts at Tower Bridge and finishes at Greenwich alongside the Cutty Sark. There can’t have been many clubs who had as many runners taking part in the event. For us it was a great cross section of the club. There were men and women well represented from the club’s different training groups, and those, shall we say, at different ends of the age spectrum.
The race saw some tremendous results for our runners. This was despite them having to contend with tough conditions; rain to start and then it was extremely blustery throughout the race. Although I’m going to concentrate on the club championships, it should be said that there were a whole host of other good runs.
In the men’s race, we had two runners break seventy minutes – Dave Morgan (69:05) and just nipping inside seventy, Pete Lighting (69:54). Our third placer in the men’s race was Gareth Anderson. Now working in the States but making a welcome (vacation break) return. His PB (71:30) clearly indicates he’s been putting in the miles while he’s been away. There followed a steady stream of Kent AC men who broke 75 minutes, one of them being the first V40 and that was Tom Marshall. He ran an excellent 73:17. Tom has recently joined us from Dulwich and looks like being a real asset to our men’s team.
You know he means business when a pair of lairy shorts are donned. Yes, Stuart Beaney had the bright orange shorts on and he was the second V40 (74:36). And of course, Stuart likes to let people know he’s actually 45. It was another V45, Will Pitt (76:42) who claimed third place honours. In the V50 stakes with 2nd claimers eligible, Jonathan Ratcliffe, long -time friend of the club, and regular for us in the Assembly League was first in this category. It was by some margin – not surprising as his time meant he was actually the third V50 in the whole race (77:00). Second V50 was Mick Barlow undoubtedly the person in the race who has been a member for longest – in the region of thirty- five years. After long serving Mick, the third V50 was Mark Anderson.
Maybe because he hasn’t got so many miles on the clock, John Barron goes on improving. His admirable (93:10) was a PB and saw him finish a fine third in his age category in the race. Running a very good age graded time was another new recruit from Dulwich, Gary Sullivan. He ran (97.37) for a strong second place in the V60’s. In third spot for the V 60’s was Eric Glover.
Our women had a set of excellent results. And while we had two men breaking seventy minutes, my call for the run of the day would probably be between two of our women – Jen Smith and Nicky Hayes. They both ran superbly and it’s a difficult one to say which would be rated the highest. The fact that Nicky’s run meant she was actually first in her age group in the whole race might just swing it. Moreover, my on-course reporter told me Nicky was knocked to the ground at mile 11, so her impressive time of 96: 36 might have even been a bit quicker. Following the rules we have applied, Jen actually figures twice in the medal allocation. She was the second Kent woman home, but also first in the W35 category.
Our first Kent AC finisher was Sarah Hanley with an excellent time 84:31. Jen Smith 84:33 was a very close up second and like Sarah recorded a PB. Our third place overall went to Georgina Wiley, like so many in the race also recording a PB (87:52). Fractionally, it could have been a bit quicker. She momentarily stopped when feeling a bit queasy a mile from the end. Coincidentally your correspondent was just peeping back from behind a tree at Deptford High Street when she stopped. I enquired about her health but then she was on her way!
In accordance with rules we have applied in our championships, Jen Smith was the second overall, but also first in the W35 category. The way the rules are interpreted means although Jen was the winner in the age group section, her high quality run that saw her finish ahead of all but one other Kent runner means she qualifies for the senior or as we are calling it, an overall medal. That meant Eliza Grant who had a strong run, and like so many others, a PB, misses out on a medal. Second place in the W35 was Victoria Buck. Her impressive time 88:45 meant she was ninth in her age group in the race. Securing third place in this section was Sharon Stanley. Just in case people were wondering if they have looked on the Vitality site results and seen that the likes of Victoria are listed as F40-44, for our championship purposes, she comes under the category of W35. Moving on to the W45, we again had some first -class performances. They were headed by Kate Williams (98:55). Running under an alias some will have noted. Is there a reason for this (we should be told!). Anyway, just two minutes down on Kate was Andrea Barbour. Yet another PB. And the third medalist here was Claire Martin.
As mentioned earlier, possibly the run of the day came from Nicky Hayes in the W55 section. It will be noted she was quicker than the women in the younger age group, but here the way the rules apply she just has the one medal- with the added gloss of being achieved with such an excellent time. In second spot was Jaqueline Francis. And although listed as in the 65 category, relative newcomer to the club, Miki Jablkowska takes third in the W55 standings.
In addition to some of the outstanding runs in our own championship, there were a lot of other Kent AC runners who excelled. Aside from those in the championships who registered a PB, a look at the Vitality site will show the other club members who recorded a PB. If you go to the results on the site you can just put in Kent AC and see the other impressive runs.
Congratulations go to our medalist, but also to all the other Kent AC runners who put it some praiseworthy performances.
At the time of writing, I should emphasize that the results of our championships are provisional. If any changes come to light or are required there will be a further post.
Snr/Overall1.Dave Morgan: 2. Pete Lighting: 3. Gareth Anderson
V40 1. Tom Marshall: 2. Stuart Beaney : 3. Will Pitt
V50 1. Jonathan Ratcliffe (2nd Claim): 2. Mick Barlow: 3. Mark Anderson
V60 1. John Barron: 2. Gary Sullivan: 3. Eric Glover
1.Sarah Hanley: 2 Jen Smith: 3. Georgina Wiley
W35 1. Jen Smith: 2. Victoria Buck: 3. Sharon Stanley
W45 1. Kate Williams :2. Andrea Barbour: 3. Claire Martin
W55 1. Nick Hayes: 2. Jaqueline Francis: 3. Miki Jablokowska
Full Results appear on both the Vitality site and Power of 10 ���
Our first Kent AC finisher was Sarah Hanley with an excellent time 84:31.
It was a somewhat strange feeling to be on the start line of a Surrey League match after the annual National XC Champs (this fixture was the rescheduled January match) but for those who had run the previous Saturday in Leeds, minds were still firmly locked in “XC mode”. With many of the usual scorers unable to make the race for a host of reasons and with only 11 Kent AC runners on the start line, we had to work hard to prevent our 9th place position being put in jeopardy. But with 3 of the 11 runners in contention for the 18/19 Women’s XC handicap title, ‘eyes were on the prize’ for some…
The weather was favourable, the conditions good (was actually rather nice to skip across the muddy sections after the unseasonably dry conditions at Leeds) and the team individually worked hard on the undulating course to retain their 9th position. Scorers (in order): Katie Rowland, Sarah Hanley, Victoria Buck, Susie Fairbrass & Vicky Boyle. Thereafter, we saw Joanne Campbell, Kate Williams, Sarah Young, Tina Baklanov, Zoe Gaffen and Annabelle Hadlow come through the finish funnel. Shout out to Katie Rowland who finished the league in 4th place in the overall individual scorer list.
To finish 9th in the Div 1 2018/19 Surrey League season was a considerable achievement given a number of our regular faster runners were either out of action or out of the country for extended periods of the season. However, the outlook for 2019/20 looks promising; the depth of the ladies’ section continues to increase as a consequence of new members to the club or existing members making season-upon-season improvements to their running form and times.
So as we pack away our spikes for the final time this season, here’s to the next XC season and the promise it brings. And as always, a huge thank you to Pete Boxshall for his omnipresence at each fixture and continued coaching/support to all in the ladies section & Ellie Brown for handling all the administration that allowed us all to race on the day.
Match result: 11th placeFinal standings after 4 fixtures (based on provisional results):
1 THH 2952 HHH 3153 H/W 5944 C/C 6515 FUL 6656 RAN 6767 BEL 7138 SLH 7699 KEN 94710 E&E 1110
ECCA Men’s and Women’s National Cross-Country Championships 2019, Harewood House, Leeds
Although not the wish list team, we still manage a strong showing in this year’s race
On this year’s National trip several in the party had clocked up well over twenty National excursions. Their view was that this year’s destination, the grounds of Harewood House just outside Leeds, was one of the best ever courses. The rolling hills and panoramic views made it a scenic delight. As well as a spectacular course, the event was also blessed with unseasonably mild weather and extremely dry underfoot conditions.
And what of the race. Well, as is often the case in the run-up to the event, the possible team looked as though it had potential to be right up at the sharp end of proceedings. Unfortunately, as is sometimes the way with the nature of running, on paper teams don’t necessarily end up being the team that is actually on the start line. However, although we were certainly missing several who would likely have made a considerable difference to us in the team standings, this shouldn’t detract from the fact that those running for the club ensured we finished in a more than respectable position – both in the six and nine to score. We were 12th in the nine to score and one place higher, 13th in the six to score. All in all, a very decent showing.
As anticipated, Owen Hind was our first man home. He’ll no doubt be a bit frustrated that his run didn’t reflect the form he’s been in. To begin with it looked as though it was going well as in the early stages Owen was well up in the race – just off the leading group. Unfortunately, though, not far into the race I believe Owen started feeling a bit below par and drifted back in the field. Going past supporters toward the end of the first lap he certainly didn’t look as though he was enjoying it. However, he rallied and came home 80th – a position he might have been disappointed by, but then one he should maybe reflect was positive in the way he hung in and rallied. Next in was Chris Greenwood just outside the top hundred (108th). Perhaps understandably Chris was a bit miffed not to be inside the hundred, but make no mistake his was a good run. As per usual, Dave Morgan had a strong second half and ended up a very creditable (137th). It meant on this occasion he got the better of Dame Dibaba (159th). Nevertheless, as predicted, Dame did actually make it to the front of the entire field at the top of the hill at the start of the race – a feat that was probably more difficult than usual due to the tricky pen position our team were allotted. From then on it was a really typical Dame race although this time Dave got the better of him. Kent AC’s fifth scorer on the day was Ben Harding (184th). He hadn’t been at his best at the last Surrey League and this run was much more encouraging. As he perhaps continues to get some consistency back in his training, Jordan is moving in the right direction again. Jordan Weaver was our sixth scorer at (218th). Next up our New York marathon pair, again not far apart, Pete Lighting coming home (276th) with Sean Fitzpatrick close up in (282). In the nine to score, Niall Stewart making his National debut for us was our ninth scorer, ensuring all our scorers were inside three hundred. Nial was (292). The full results are available now so a click on the team results will show all the other solid, admirable runs we had from our men on the day. In total I believe we actually had 26 runners compete in this year’s event.
A strong Leeds City AC got the better of Tonbridge in the team competition. It was a team that contained occasional Kent AC second claimer, Phil Sesemann. A very close tussle in the closing stages resulted in Mahamed Mahamed of Southampton just getting the better of Emile Cairess of Leeds to claim the title.
As is customary at National, there was of course an evening out to be enjoyed. Your correspondent probably comes into Mike Ashley’s lightweight category so bowed out early. My fellow scribe Georgina made it to the night club so may have a bit more to enlighten you about. However, my sources tell me the roof top bar was a great success. Although it seems we didn’t have anyone to match Herne Hill stalwart, Waldy Pauzers, on the dance floor. Reports suggested that if he made it on to Strictly, he’d be scoring straight 10’s. Mind you, although not top in the dancing stakes, in the beer consumption category we probably have a world lead. Mick Barlow’s capacity has always been legendary and shows no sign of diminishing with age. I was enjoying my early Spoons breakfast when joined by Mick having his third pint on an early morning Sunday stroll that was to take him to all four of the Leeds, Wetherspoons. So a four pint stroll after the night out that didn’t end until the early hours – that’s quite some going. Maybe even some of the noted beer guzzlers from northern powerhouse teams would find it hard to keep pace!
On a more serious note, I’m sure I speak for everyone in giving a note of thanks to Dave Morgan for the effort he put into organizing the trip. He really did a superb job.
As we were some way from having our strongest team out, this National can still definitely be seen in a very positive light for the club. However, it is to be hoped that in the upcoming relays we can field a team that truly reflects the strength and ability the club undoubtedly has.
Team Result (6 to score)
1 Leeds 110; 2 Tonbridge 191; 3 Bristol & West 313 .…13 Kent AC 886 ?
In the female race we were dealt a hot time slot and a rush to the start line after a delayed train. Despite a bit of pre-race stress the team put on a strong performance to finish in 18th place overall in a field of 114. The course was while absolutely stunning a really tough one with many hills and a downhill stretch that included a ridiculous amount of potholes! Our amazing Club President Ellie Brown unfortunately fell and fractured her ankle. We all are wishing you a speedy recovery Ellie and look forward to seeing you back running later in the year.
Our first runner home was Katie Rowland in an impressive 86th position against a slew of the strongest runners in the country. Next was Sarah Hanley in 120th position showing us all what a strong cross country runner she is. Third scorer was also very strong cross country runner Eliza Grant in 215th and rounding out the scoring team was Georgina Wiley in 234th. Well over 1000 women took to the course. Our other runners were Victoria Buck, Kate Williams, Ellie Brown, Susie Fairbrass, Abby Clynes, Alexa Parker and Sarah Dowling. Sarah has been struggling with achilles issues over the last few weeks and put on a good performance to finish the race.
The women now have the last Surrey League this coming weekend as the final meet of the XC season.