KFL – Minnis Bay, Birchington – Report – 8th January 2017

After its mid-season break the Kent Fitness League resumed with race 4 taking place at Minnis Bay Birchington last Sunday. The 2 race’s, juniors and seniors took place in some of the best conditions seen at Minnis Bay for a number of years.

6 (1 young lady and 5 young men) club members ran in the junior race.  One race, all age groups together over a distance of just under 2miles. In the U/11 girls race Molly Brown can home with a storming run to finish in a very creditable 6th place. Our 5 young men all lined up in the U/11boys race with Liam O’Neil leading the way home with a strong run to finish in 3rd place.  Liam was followed by John Janse 7th, Michael Janse 14th, Oliver Markham 15th and Dylan Holmes who sprinted to the line in 20th place.

18 senior club members made the long journey to the Isle of Thanet and lined up for the race run over a single lap course with 5 ditches to cross but very little water, just mud.

Colin Tricker (36:49) continued the fine form he showed in 2016 and finished in a fantastic 4th place.  James Ridger (37:29)  improving every time he turns out finished in 6th place and was followed home by Martin Taylor (39:07 ) 26th,Gareth Robb (41:09) 39th ,David Sampson (42:05) with no sign of his fine form abating finished in an excellent 54th place. Pete Buckingham 59th (42:30) Jonathon Reynolds 80th (43:54) meant that the clubs first 7 men home all finished well within the races top 100. Sam Parrett 102nd (45:19) Nick Brown 115th (46:10) Paul Mace 125th (46:43) Simon Poole (the clubs 2nd scoring V50) 161st (49:54) and Paul Graves 187th (52:17) made up the rest of clubs male runners.

Emma Hollands was 5th lady home and first lady home for the club in an excellent 79th place overall (43:33). She was followed home by Fiona Buckingham 30th lady (50:40) Shirley Exall 44th lady (53:07) Vanessa Markham 52nd lady (54:59) Melissa Ferns 80th lady (59:22) and Annie Ross 85th lady (60:11) completed the rest of clubs female runners. 368 runners took part in the race 250 men and 118 ladies.

I’m happy to say there were no injuries to any of the PWAC athletes who ran, even though I forgot to remind them all to make sure there laces were done up tight. There was some very muddy running kit and there would have been some washing machines doing overtime Sunday evening.  A big thank you must also go to those that came ran or simply just supported.

PWAC’s combined team finished in a very creditable 5th and consolidates the club’s 6th place overall in the combined team event. The clubs ladies finished 6th team on the day in the ladies team event, and this move’s them into 6th place in the ladies team event.

The clubs results can be seen on the our website or to see the full race results please log onto the KFL website at www.kfl.canterburyharriers.org  

The next KFL race is in 3 weeks’ time at the fairly local Nurstead Court Meopham (29th January), there will be NO junior race’s.  

Team Managers

Richard & Jeanette Elliott

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