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Keith Dowson and myself ran the half marathon on 16 November, writes Dan Witt. Race started and finished from the Mercure hotel near Leeds Castle and went up the north downs in a steep climb between 3 and 5 miles then there was a sharp decent back towards the A20, a few loops through Harrietsham then back to the finish where we started.
The race came up slightly short for me at 12.91 miles but not as short as it was for Keith as he and the first 5 other runners missed a mile loop so I believe they were disqualified! My original finish as per the print out given to me at the finish was 12th in 1:29.12 but this may have been upgraded if indeed the first 6 were DQ’d. The race was a bit of a shambles to be honest, but a good work out and training run all the same.
In the official results, Dan Witt is fifth in 1:29:12, and Keith Dowson unplaced in 1:15:43. Picture is from the Kent Online website.
The second race of this season’s Kent Fitness League cross-country series took place in Swanley Park on Sunday Nov 9th, writes Jim Knight.
At 11.00 a.m. the field of 495 runners from 18 clubs throughout Kent stood in silence to show their respect for those who have died in war. Fittingly seven World War 2 planes flew overhead – hurricanes and spitfires from the Biggin Hill flypast – creating an emotional atmosphere on this very special day of remembrance.
The whistle blew, the sun came out, and the runners set off to tackle three laps of the park, made slow and muddy by the heavy overnight rain.
Sevenoaks AC had a team of 32 runners, but were missing star athletes David & Allan Lee, and Chris Desmond.
Dartford, once again fielded a strong team (28 from Dartford Harriers and a huge contingent of 60 from Dartford Road Runners)
Immediately the Dartford men went into the lead and dominated throughout the race, with Dartford Harriers taking the first 4 places. The winner was Sergiu Gaidvc in a very impressive time of 29.48 for the 5-mile course.
The Sevenoaks men’s team of Andy Nicoll (28th), Keith Dowson (34th), Andy Ashlee (48th), Lee Lintern (57th), James Beeston (58th ), Stephen Searby (64th) and James Wright (67th), finished in sixth position.
However the Sevenoaks ladies ran brilliantly to come 3rd and now lead the series. With Cath Linney in 6th position, Katie Wills in 14th and Heather Fitzmaurice in 20th, the team was only one point behind Paddock Wood (2nd) and two points behind winners Larkfield AC.
In the first race of the series (2 weeks ago in Knole Park) the Sevenoaks ladies comfortably beat both of these team and go into the third race with a one point lead over Dartford Harriers.
The combined team lies in 3rd place behind the two Dartford teams.
The SAC runners were:
|29||28||Andy Nicoll||34||33:45||Sevenoaks AC||91.79|
|35||34||Keith Dowson||51||34:07||Sevenoaks AC||89.97|
|49||48||Andy Ashlee||45||34:52||Sevenoaks AC||85.71|
|59||57||Lee Lintern||34||35:34||Sevenoaks AC||82.98|
|60||58||James Beeston||43||35:35||Sevenoaks AC||82.67|
|67||64||Stephen Searby||51||35:54||Sevenoaks AC||80.85|
|70||67||James Wright||46||36:08||Sevenoaks AC||79.94|
|72||69||Daniel Witt||39||36:11||Sevenoaks AC||79.33|
|86||83||John O'Callaghan||30||36:44||Sevenoaks AC||75.08|
|116||6||Cath Linney||45||38:02||Sevenoaks AC||96.97|
|117||110||John Stevens||53||38:08||Sevenoaks AC||66.87|
|125||118||David Lobley||49||38:36||Sevenoaks AC||64.44|
|146||134||Ted Scott||55||39:10||Sevenoaks AC||59.57|
|155||143||John Denyer||66||39:26||Sevenoaks AC||56.84|
|166||14||Katie Wills||26||39:49||Sevenoaks AC||92.12|
|187||20||Heather Fitzmaurice||44||40:37||Sevenoaks AC||88.48|
|188||167||Andrew Rackham||41||40:37||Sevenoaks AC||49.54|
|193||172||Geoff Vine||67||40:48||Sevenoaks AC||48.02|
|209||183||Duncan Cochrane||57||41:15||Sevenoaks AC||44.68|
|219||30||Sally Mortleman||49||41:34||Sevenoaks AC||82.42|
|225||194||Geoff Kitchener||64||41:52||Sevenoaks AC||41.34|
|231||33||Glenda Goscomb||56||42:00||Sevenoaks AC||80.61|
|276||45||Nicki Thompson||38||43:33||Sevenoaks AC||73.33|
|292||240||Sam Bennett||41||44:06||Sevenoaks AC||27.36|
|305||252||Duncan Warwick-Champion||50||44:32||Sevenoaks AC||23.71|
|312||257||Martin White||47||44:47||Sevenoaks AC||22.19|
|326||62||Sarah Shewell||55||45:23||Sevenoaks AC||63.03|
|350||276||James Fitzmaurice||72||46:47||Sevenoaks AC||16.41|
|351||74||Jane Morgan||37||46:48||Sevenoaks AC||55.76|
|353||75||Clair Thornton||39||46:53||Sevenoaks AC||55.15|
|359||80||Ella Pyman||47||47:03||Sevenoaks AC||52.12|
|405||106||Anna Dabrwska||33||49:24||Sevenoaks AC||36.36|
|466||145||Sylvia Lewis||62||55:21||Sevenoaks AC||12.73|
The full results are here. The next race of the series will be in Oxleas Woods, Eltham on November 23rd.