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Sevenoaks AC came away with five medals from the Kent AA Veterans Cross Country Championships in bright, still but cold conditions at Sparrows Den, West Wickham on Saturday 6th December. James Graham bagged two of the medals with individual bronze in the M60 event while leading John Denyer and Geoff Kitchener to team silver.
And SAC's sole female competitor at the championships, Sally Shewell, finished with the bronze medal against a strong field in the W55 event.
The first race of the day, over a testing ten kilometre course, was for the M50s - men aged 50 to 59. Chris Desmond, Keith Dowson and John Stevens, last year's bronze medallists, were supported by Ted Scott, Duncan Cochrane and Richard Thomas . Chris and Keith were well to the fore from the off as they worked hard to stay in touch with the leaders in a competitive race, while the other SAC runners scrapped for places further down the field. The winner was Ben Reynolds of Tonbridge AC, as Chris finished eighth, Keith twelfth and John thirty-first, leaving Sevenoaks agonisingly four points short of the bronze medals in fourth place. Ted Scott was forty-fifth, Duncan Cochrane forty-seventh and Richard Thomas sixty-second.
Last year, Sevenoaks' M60 - men aged 60 to 69 - team were only one point off the bronze medals, but with Lyndon Collins and Geoff Vine replaced by James Graham and John Denyer, they made no mistake this year with second place. James led them home in third, followed by John in eleventh and Geoff twenty-fifth over the five kilometre version of the course. Simon Hallpike also ran finishing in thirty-second place as Alan Newman of Paddock Wood AC took gold. That race was run together with all the women's races, including the W55 - women aged 55 to 64 - in which Sally Shewell had an excellent run to take that third place in a race won by Barbara Wenman of Canterbury Harriers.
The final race of the day was for the M40 men, aged 40 to 49. Sevenoaks had just two runners in this event on the day, Andrew Mead and Martin White. Andrew finished thirty-second, with Martin seventy-first, as the race was won by Chris Greenwood of Kent AC.
The Sevenoaks AC results were:
3 269 Sarah Shewell 00:25:09 Female W55 Sevenoaks AC
3 122 James Graham 00:21:06 Male M60 Sevenoaks AC
11 121 John Denyer 00:22:39 Male M65 Sevenoaks AC
25 124 Geoffrey Kitchener 00:24:56 Male M65 Sevenoaks AC
32 123 Simon Hallpike 00:26:09 Male M60 Sevenoaks AC
8 60 Christopher Desmond 00:36:24 Male M50 Sevenoaks AC
12 61 Keith Dowson 00:36:50 Male M50 Sevenoaks AC
31 63 John Stevens 00:40:00 Male M50 Sevenoaks AC
45 62 John Scott 00:42:52 Male M55 Sevenoaks AC
47 59 Duncan Cochrane 00:43:21 Male M55 Sevenoaks AC
62 64 Richard Thomas 00:52:27 Male M55 Sevenoaks AC
32 357 Andrew Mead 00:37:59 Male M45 Sevenoaks AC
71 359 Martin White 00:49:07 Male M45 Sevenoaks AC
The full results are here.
Nineteen SAC runners attended the fourth KFL match near Deal, with Keith Dowson and Pauline Dalton leading the teams home. Sevenoaks' veterans had a good day, in particular Keith first M50, Chris Desmond 2nd M50, Pauline 3rd W45, Glenda Goscomb 2nd W55. James Graham 1st M60 and Geoff Kitchener 2nd M65.
The men's team were 4th on the day, the women 8th and the combined team 4th. After four races, SAC's men, women and combined team are all 4th in the standings. The SAC results were as follows:
|20||20||Keith Dowson||51||32:09||Sevenoaks AC||91.70|
|24||24||Chris Desmond||51||32:43||Sevenoaks AC||89.96|
|34||34||Lee Lintern||34||33:31||Sevenoaks AC||85.59|
|46||45||Daniel Witt||39||34:16||Sevenoaks AC||80.79|
|49||48||Stephen Searby||51||34:20||Sevenoaks AC||79.48|
|58||55||James Graham||61||34:56||Sevenoaks AC||76.42|
|70||66||John O'Callaghan||30||35:31||Sevenoaks AC||71.62|
|105||98||Joe Parsons||24||36:56||Sevenoaks AC||57.64|
|123||113||Ted Scott||55||37:57||Sevenoaks AC||51.09|
|140||15||Pauline Dalton||50||38:44||Sevenoaks AC||87.61|
|168||24||Glenda Goscomb||56||40:16||Sevenoaks AC||79.65|
|196||162||Geoff Kitchener||65||41:47||Sevenoaks AC||29.69|
|203||169||Martin White||47||42:11||Sevenoaks AC||26.64|
|213||177||Duncan Warwick-Champion||50||42:56||Sevenoaks AC||23.14|
|225||40||Sarah Shewell||55||43:18||Sevenoaks AC||65.49|
|251||192||David Truman||54||44:29||Sevenoaks AC||16.59|
|276||73||Debbie Munton||56||45:57||Sevenoaks AC||36.28|
|291||79||Happy Fisher||38||46:54||Sevenoaks AC||30.97|
|303||218||James Fitzmaurice||72||49:34||Sevenoaks AC||5.24|
The full results are here.
Despite the terrible weather on Sunday, an intrepid bunch of Sevenoaks AC runners, 23 strong, went to Eltham to run nearly 6 miles in the most awful underfoot conditions, writes Geoff Vine.
The usual 18 teams with 384 runners from across Kent took part, slipping and sliding, sometimes falling into the mud. Streams were rivers and hills were like mountains of ice. Luckily not really cold, but just very wet.
For the Sevenoaks men first to "swim" back was 51 year old Chris Desmond in 25th place (1st M50) in a time of 35mins 53 secs. A fantastic run.
Andy Nicoll hung onto Chris for 28th place in 36.10. Close behind was Andy Ashlee 40th in 37.05 and Lee Lintern came 45th in 37.43. New member John O’Callaghan was 58th in 38.31. James Wright came 62nd in 38.39 and last scorer for the men was Daniel Witt in 38.57 for 70th place.
One really notable performance came from new recruit James Graham who at 61 years was 106th in 41.02 for 1st M60 and long time club member John Denyer took 1st M65.
Overall the men’s team were 5th in the race and climbed up one place in the season's rankings to 5th. More to come from them yet, to climb even higher.
For the Sevenoaks ladies, injury and commitments impacted performance with only 6 ladies present. They achieved 10th place on the day, but dropped to 3rd in the table for the season.
First home was Katie Wills in 18th place with 43.51. Pauline Dalton (21st) showed she is coming back to form with 3rd W50 in 44.02 and Sally Shewell (2nd W55) was very happy with 47.39 and 43rd place.
Overall the combined team are 5th this year. The full Sevenoaks AC results were:
|25||25||Chris Desmond||51||35:53||Sevenoaks AC||91.01|
|28||28||Andy Nicoll||34||36:10||Sevenoaks AC||89.89|
|40||40||Andy Ashlee||45||37:05||Sevenoaks AC||85.39|
|45||45||Lee Lintern||34||37:43||Sevenoaks AC||83.52|
|58||58||John O'Callaghan||30||38:31||Sevenoaks AC||78.65|
|62||62||James Wright||46||38:39||Sevenoaks AC||77.15|
|70||70||Daniel Witt||39||38:57||Sevenoaks AC||74.16|
|106||101||James Graham||61||41:02||Sevenoaks AC||62.55|
|114||108||John Stevens||53||41:16||Sevenoaks AC||59.93|
|123||115||John Wallace||42||41:37||Sevenoaks AC||57.30|
|159||142||John Denyer||66||43:34||Sevenoaks AC||47.19|
|163||18||Katie Wills||26||43:51||Sevenoaks AC||85.22|
|167||21||Pauline Dalton||50||44:02||Sevenoaks AC||82.61|
|185||158||Andy Evans||44||44:50||Sevenoaks AC||41.20|
|187||159||Duncan Cochrane||57||44:55||Sevenoaks AC||40.82|
|195||165||Andrew Rackham||41||45:33||Sevenoaks AC||38.58|
|201||170||Sam Bennett||41||45:51||Sevenoaks AC||36.70|
|220||183||Geoff Vine||67||46:40||Sevenoaks AC||31.84|
|245||43||Sarah Shewell||55||47:39||Sevenoaks AC||63.48|
|247||44||Clair Thornton||39||47:42||Sevenoaks AC||62.61|
|273||52||Happy Fisher||38||49:27||Sevenoaks AC||55.65|
|289||62||Ella Pyman||48||50:18||Sevenoaks AC||46.96|
|354||257||James Fitzmaurice||72||56:35||Sevenoaks AC||4.12|
The full results are here. The next race is on 30th November at Fowlmead near to Deal.