KFL cross country Meopham results

SAC team

The fifth race in the Kent Fitness League Cross Country series took place in Meopham on Sunday December 20th, with a field of over 400 runners.

Sevenoaks AC managed to field a strong team of 36 runners including seven 7oaks tri members to take on the muddy two lap 5.5-mile course cross-country course, which features the famous “water splash” – especially deep this year after the recent rain!

James Mason skips through the water The club’s top two M50s, Chris Desmond and Steve Searby, lying 3rd and 4th in their category in the series, were both unavailable. However their replacements, James Graham, the leading M60 ran well to come 87th, and John Stevens came a creditable 108th.

Once again Cath Linney led the women’s team home with a storming finish, overtaking two other women in the final stage to finish in 114th place. (another top 10 finish in the women’s category). The club’s other scorers were Annabelle Milne in 169th and Sally Mortleman, who was unable to wear spikes due to a slight niggle and had to contend with very slippery conditions with less than ideal footwear, but ran brilliantly in the circumstances to keep the team's chances alive in the competition.

114 10 Cath Linney 46 37:22 Sevenoaks AC 93.28
140 125 James Baker 51 38:14 Sevenoaks AC 59.61
182 158 Allan McPherson 29 39:40 Sevenoaks AC 48.86
201 171 Alan Lewis 49 40:54 Sevenoaks AC 44.63
203 173 Andy Evans 45 40:56 Sevenoaks AC 43.97
210 180 Duncan Cochrane 58 41:04 Sevenoaks AC 41.69
215 30 Sally Mortleman 50 41:18 Sevenoaks AC 78.36
233 200 Robert Evans 41 42:10 Sevenoaks AC 35.18

Both Dartford Harriers and Dartford Road Runners were out in force, but the strong performances by the Sevenoaks combined team should keep the club in 3rd position in the series.

The Kent Fitness League is a series of cross-country races between the 18 registered Athletics Clubs in Kent. Any number of club members can compete, but 10 are needed to score in the team competition – 7 men (of whom two must be V50 and one V40) and 3 women (of whom one must be V45 and one V35).

The next race will be in Minnis Bay, Birchington on January 10th, starting at 11 am on the beach! I am planning to drive there in the MPV, so have spaces if you would like a lift - let me know :¬) Andy