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Kent XC Championships

Thanks once again to Tina for compiling this x country report......

Thirteen club members took part in Saturday’s Kent Cross Country Championships at Brands Hatch. On arrival the conditions were somewhat unpromising with a thick blanket of fog over the course with visibility down to a few metres. Fortunately this did not dampen the enthusiasm of our youngest runners who were first to race. Catrina Macarthur and Libby Turbutt ran in the Under 13 girls race covering a distance of 3100 metres and finishing well in 23rd and 32nd place in times of 13:22 and 13:45 respectively. Next to race were Archie Jones and Zac Doust in the Under 13 boys race. As usual the boys had a fiercely competitive race completing the 3400 metres in times of 14:35 and 14:38 respectively and finishing in 61st and 64th place.

Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on your opinion!) by the time the senior races started the fog cleared and had become a steady drizzle. The senior men had the challenge of running the 12,150 metres on the fast but featureless course. The first Folkestone man to finish was Nick Steele in 62nd place in a time of 45:38 followed by Grahame Eke in 205th place in the time of 1:04:29.

The final race of the day was the Senior Ladies event run over 8450 metres. The first Folkestone Lady to finish was Nikki Goodwin in 28th place in a time of 35:33. Nikki was followed by Tracy Wilkinson–Begg in 35th place in a time of 36:43 seconds. Next to finish was Catriona Watts in 76th, 42:04, Gail Turbutt  77th in 42:06, Catherine O'Connor 95th, 44:45, Tina Eke 113th 54:19 and Lisa Smith 115th 54:37.

The ladies did well in the team positions finishing in 10th place out of 18 teams in the 3 to score and in 7th place out of 10 teams in the 6 to score. Well done to all of those that took part.

As you would expect there were also a number of parkrunners at the weekend.  Malcolm and Julie Gibbs ran the Greenpoint event for a second successive week in Cape Town and recorded times of 25.39 and 29.11 respectively.  David Hallett ran 19.51 in Pegwell Bay and Aldous Hosking ran 22.23 in Ashford, whilst Alan Vigrass ran a time of 24.15.  In Folkestone, David Gillett led the way as he got back in a time of 17.49.  He was followed by James Stroud (17.58), Jean Paul Jeffery (19.11), Deborah Jeffery (19.45), Joe Bruce (20.29), Peter Rider (20.33), Anthony Scott (21.57), Karen Puttock (22.16), Luke Fowles (22.20), Ben Jeffery (22.34), Andrew Richardson (22.40), Richard Dyer (24.38), Hazel Green (25.01), Chris Addison (25.14), John O'Hara (25.49), Deirdre Coombs (26.38), Louise Fowler (29.12), Alfie Lancefield (41.42), Lisa Smith (41.43) and Kate Lancefield (41.47).

Tim Warren 2017-01-09 08:52:14

 

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