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Cross Country Returns, A Royal Half and some Run Bike Run

Saturday saw the first of the Kent league cross country where clubs across Kent compete to be the best in the county over 4 dates throughout the winter. Cross country as it suggests usually consists of uneven
terrain winding and meandering through steady climbs with little or no respite on the fast, down stretches and the Beech Grove Academy in Nonnington did not fail to tick these boxes. It was made even harder with unusually warm conditions as the athletes tackled the hot and sticky conditions. None the less all were eager to get the first match under their belts with the women running 5k on the challenging course and the men doubling the distance with 10k.

First home for the ladies was Nikki Goodwin finishing in an incredible 21st position in a time of 21.51. Emily Chambers was next who at 17 years of age decided to run with the senior women just to make
things even more demanding. Chambers ran a time of 23.12 in 38 th position. Caroline Curtis was next in 56 th and 24.25. Kirsty Wilson 74 th , 25.39. Catherine O’Connor 79 th , 26.05. Gail Turbutt 99 th , 27.38.
Catriona Watts 102 nd , 27.46. Jenny Quinn 103 rd , 27.49. Julie Gibbs 120 th 31.34. Tina Eke 122 nd , 31.44 The ladies in the senior’s team of 3 lie in 8 th place and in the team of 6 lie in 6 th position.

The men ran after the women tackling the tough course really showing strength and tenacity as some of the men had not been well but managed to field a team of 12 meaning all men scored for the club.

Nick Steele ran a huge 41.33 on the 10k course in 73 rd position. Next Tom Leaver 86 th in 42.46. Tristan Bruce 93 rd in 43.30. Darren Crew 107 th in 44.17. Dave Smyth 154 th in 47.56. Dominic Woolford 156
in 48.15. Chris Woolgar 164 th in 48.52. Paul Bartlett 167 th in 49.16. Tony Scott 202 nd in 55.45. Andrew Smith 213rd in 1.00.45. Grahame Eke 214 th in 102.25. Malcolm Gibbs 215th in 102.25
The senior men lie in 14 th in the 4 to score and 7 th in 12 to score.

The children also dominate the Cross country and earlier in the day Joe Bruce in the under 13’s ran an impressive 12 minute 14 second 3000m race, triumphing in 17 th place. Olivia Young also ran a superb
race for the under 15 girl’s 4000m in a time of 20.51 in 53 rd position.

Saturday morning would not be the same without parkrun and at Folkestone Dan Voller was first finisher in a staggering time of 17.38. James Whitham was next in 19.50. Deborah Jeffery first lady in 20.53.
David Rodacam, 22.49. Stuart Erskine 23.10. Clive Allon 23.24. Chris Woolgar also 23.24. Andy Richardson 24.44. Tony Scott 24.53. Carolyn Lewis 25.33. Richard Dyer 26.07. Phil Maull 26.42.
Angela Warren 27.36. Kirsty Gardiner 27.36. Jenny Whitehead 29.20. Lewis Preston 32.27. Andrew Fletcher 32.32. Kayleigh Cumber 33.51. Liam Cumber 33.52. Nicola James 38.22. Kate Lancefield 40.22
Allon challenged Whitehead in the club parkrun challenge stealing the win with Voller setting the pace for his opponent in the future.

At Ashford Parkrun Alan Randall ran 25.04. Whilst on the trail Colney lane Parkrun Torben Jenson ran 20.02. New member Emma Creasey ran 19.09 in Warsaw, Poland. Steve King 24.27 and Gary Brazier
26.12 at the Walmer and Deal.

Sunday 14 th October saw Ian McGilloway whose running has gone from strength to strength as training sessions pay off. Ian secured another PB this time at the Royal Parks half marathon. Ian was 35 th Overall
in 1.19.34. Vicky Scott also at the same event ran 1.52.28 with new member Catherine -Anne Curtis running her fastest half marathon this year in 2.39.08.

Richard Fowles was next on the agenda competing at the Chilham castle duathlon. The 10k loops around the grounds on an undulating scenic 10k trail route, 20k on the road bike finishing with a loop again on
the trail with a 5k run. Fowles took a huge 4 minutes of his previous time last year with an official time of 02.46.43

 

Royal Parks Half Marathon

Nick Steele 2018-10-17 19:49:03

 

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