Masters Update - 3rd December 2016
Kent Vets XC Championships Report
Very satisfactory improvement on the results from last year.
There was plenty of success in the first race M50, as Ben Reynolds and Graeme Saker steadily pulled clear of the opposition, before Ben (31.11) put in an impressive burst of pace as he set out on the final lap of the 4. Graeme (31.59) was secure in 2nd place as he finished a minute ahead of 3rd. With 1st and 2nd already in the bag Phil Coleman (36.06) came home in 16th as the team took first by 21 points from the ever consistent Dulwich team.
Andy Wood 47th in 39.16 found it was “not his day”, Cain Bradley 58th 40.45, had a big surge on the 3rd lap as he moved through the field and then held it to the end and Mark De’ath ran in his first County Champs for 37 years finishing strongly in 63rd 41.51. Frank Czarnowski 82nd, 47.57, commented afterwards that he didn’t think that his efforts to get ahead of other runners really contributed to the team score!
The Ladies race was up next and at the front end there was a thrilling finale as Maria Heslop (2nd Claim TAC, training in Pete’s group) , Clare Elms and Hazel Behagg set off on the final lap together. It was Maria who proved the strongest as she turned the screw and her recent speed work at TAC helped to ease her away and she never looked like weakening in the final stages.
Sasha Houghton 9th, 19.09, set off with great purpose and although Antonia Skerritt 11th in 19.23 looked to be closing, Sasha had a strong finish on the final 400m into the wind. Nina Ridge and Rachael Fagg both had good races to be 23rd 20.43 and 24th 20.47 , this complete team effort resulted in a fantastic Bronze medal for the W35 team.
Unfortunately injury had forced Lucy PK to be unable to race, leaving Cathy Hughes and Tracey Horne as an incomplete W45 team. However, this was Tracey’s 2nd XC race and first county champs, she was an impressive 10th in 20.00. This was a landmark race for Cathy as this was her last race in 2015 before illness and subsequent treatment, so it was great to see her out there and finishing strongly. The start of many more. Looking at results if Lucy had run I think the team would have been 4th.
One of the best tussles of the day was between Anne Brenchley W70 and Richard PK M80 who swapped positions endlessly throughout the race, but neither gave in and it was Anne who eventually held on by 1 second from the fast finishing RPK. To her pleasant surprise in the process she won Silver medal in the W65 (out of 4)
The M40 race was the last of the day and again saw a great race up front with Chris Greenwood shadowed by Alex Gibbons for 8.9kms before the latter launched his sprint for victory. Andrew Mercer 4th 31.12 (TAC) was involved in the leading 5 for much of the race before settling into 4th, although he was unable to completely shake off the attentions of former multiple Kent League senior men’s champion Barry Royden until the final few hundred meters. Adam Styles showed a return to form in 14th 32.47 . Tony Bennett 28th 34.44 roared on by his sister Rachael in the absence of his Dad Alan, positioned himself well for the final sprint in which his position could have swung by 5 places either way, a potential 10 point swing, he sprinted away although this was the only part of the race when he was not smiling. Dan Crush was 4th scorer 41st 35.39 and clearly all out over the final few hundred meters as he hung on to his breakfast. Despite his brother Antony being side lined by a potential fracture to his fibula still announced “Wow won a medal before Ant, nice one” such is family rivalry. James Winnifrith 45th 36.13 and Tobin Bird 48th 36.30 were both just outside the scoring team, with James suffering from a mid race nose bleed and Tobin regretting bacon and eggs! Richard Bamford 63rd and 39.20 looked strong at the finish and gained valuable race experience amongst some high quality age group athletes.
Having finished 4th team in 2014 and 2015 by narrow margins it was very pleasing to see the team win bronze medal by a comfortable margin, although beaten by very strong teams from Kent AC and Medway and Maidstone. However with Julian Rendall moving up to the age group and if Simon Fraser can be available (he was enjoying Judd success in the schools cup) we could challenge these teams next year.
Videos are on the TAC Distance Runners Site
I have all the medals that were not collected on the day.
30th Crowborough 10k
Alan Buckle showed good form last week at the Crowborough 10k as he represented his 2nd claim club Wadhurst runners as part of their attempt to win the Sussex GP series. He ran 40.47 to finish 36th overall and first M55 (2nd M50). In the same race Julian Rendall was 2nd in 34.24, and Maria Heslop 1st lady in 38.46.
South of England Vets XC champs Saturday 10th Dec
At this stage it looks like we will have a M50 team (Phil Coleman, Alan Buckle, Andy Wood and Mark PK) However Mark PK did have to pull out of the Kent Champs with a calf strain, so will not be reliable. 3 to score.