The BMAF 10k Open Road Champs took place at the Gravesend Cyclopark on Sunday with Richard Pitcairn-Knowles and myself taking part, writes John Denyer. The morning was very warm and the 4 lap cycle track quite hilly but Richard was initially more concerned about finishing inside the cut off time of 75 min which he achieved to finish as 2nd M80 in 70.35.
The overall winner was Sullivan Smith in an impressive 32.24 as an M40. This was my first road race in over a year so I was unsure what to expect but disappointed to run my slowest 10 k and to finish behind M65's that I would normally expect to beat. The message was clear - I need to up the intensity of my training! June Johnson who long term members will remember well before she moved away to Leamington Spa was also competing and finished as 2nd W70 in 56.03.
Also hosting SAC runners on the 9th April was the Brighton Marathon as another three of our intrepid athletes tackled the classic distance in unusually hot conditions. Nick Humphrey-Taylor was first of them home in 3:10:54, followed by Jacqui O'Reilly in 3:41:10 and Anna Humphrey-Taylor in 4:14:06. The full results are here.
James Graham was first M60 as twenty Sevenoaks AC runners completed the Paddock Wood Half on 2nd April. The event was also the Kent County AA Long Course Veterans Championship race, so James is the M60 County Champion. In bright and breezy conditions, Matthew Walker was the first SAC runner home, while Claire Edwards was our first lady. The SAC results were as follows: