Kent Vets XC Champs – Report

Dear Harriers

Yesterday saw 15 Harriers compete in the Kent Vets Cross Country Championships at Central Park in Dartford. After a promising entry list it was disappointing that attendance on the day was down which meant that we were only able to field a team in two of the age categories. However, theweather turned out to be quite pleasant following a bit of a chilly start and the ground was fairly firm. A number of steep but short ascents and descents of a grassy bank added interest to what would have otherwise been a fairly flat course around the park.

There were 3 races starting with the M50s running over approx 10km, followed by a combined race consisting off all the women’s classes plus the M60s and M70s over approx 5km. Finally, the M40s raced over the same course as the earlier M50 race. Competition was tough across the board but it is the County Champs so I suppose this is to be expected.

In the M50 category Andy Howey finished in 4th place in 33:06. He was followed by Colin Timmins (42nd) in 37:29, Geoff Turner (47th) in 38:19 and Mike Russell (60th) in 39:46. The 3 to score team finished 9th out of 18 teams.

In the M60 race Mark Taylor was 18th in 20:30, followed by Nick Pierce (31st) in 21:54, Peter Richardson (35th) in 22:12 and Jonathan Rickards (45th) in 23:23. The team finished 8th out of 9 teams. Bryon ‘Spud’ Taylor came 11th out of 12 in the Over 70 Mens race in 38:54. Sonja King was 30th W35 in a time of 21:33, Jillian Holford was 8th W45 in 19:49. Stella Richardson was 4th W55 in 22:58 and Lucille Joannes was 13th in 26:09. Sadly there were not enough runners to form a team in any of the women’s age categories.

There were only two Harriers in the M40 category. Chris Walmsley finished 66th in 37:48 and Simon Holford 78th in 39:39. Simon Holford and Mike Russell also battled it out in their own virtual race with Simon beating Mike by 7 seconds when comparing times across their respective races!

Full results at

Those who attended were rewarded with cakes which were once again of a high standard. Colin’s chocolate brownies laced with whisky deserve special mention!

Thanks to Ed for taking the photos (click here), which captured some great race faces and Stella’s ponytail in full flight!

Thanks to all who took part and here’s looking forward to the main County
Champs (open to all age categories) in January.

Jillian Holford