The fourth Kent XC League race of the season took place at Footscray Meadows, Sidcup yesterday on another unseasonably mild and dry Saturday afternoon. This was the final race of the League for our Super Vets.
After the recent heavy rain, the ground has finally started to soften up and the mud is making a return. The courses involved two medium laps for the Super Vets and three large laps for the senior men, both featuring a gratuitous climb up onto a platform path only to drop straight back down again.
After the previous race at Danson Park, Stella Richardson was leading the W65 women by just over 30 seconds. It was touch and go whether she would make it yesterday due to a recurring injury but after some last minute treatment and a large amount of K-tape, she lined up at the start along with Margaret Deighton and Peter Richardson, who was running in the M70 race.
Congratulations to Stella Richardson who won both the W65 race at Footscray and the Kent XC League overall.
Margaret Deighton also finished a very respectable 4th out of 7 overall in the League on her debut XC season for the club. In the M70 League, Peter Richardson was 7th and Paul Eames 18th out of 19 participants.
Despite the absence of quite a few regulars we managed to field a team of 25 Harriers for the Senior Men’s race as well as deploying the new club gazebo [proof of gazebo’s existence below Mr Timmins ;-)]
We were pleased to welcome Robin Barwick on his debut XC race for the club and Stuart Corke and Terry Everest who were making their first appearances this season.
Ed Steele led the Harrier contingent strongly from the start and was first home for the men. Andy Eames, Dave Hadaway and Richard Carter followed to make up the 4-to-score.
Mike King, Mike Staddon, Ken MacSporran, Robin Barwick, Stuart Corke, Saul Harris, Richard Quartermaine and Kannan Mahalinham made up the 12-to-score.
A special mention to Mike Staddon and Jason Gough who, due to traffic congestion, started late and then put in a great effort to make up for lost time.
Many thanks to Louisa Everest (Terry got married recently in case you haven’t caught up with the club gossip yet), Gemma Sumner, and James & William Carter who, although too young to run with us, were wearing their shorts in solidarity. Thanks also to those who made cake 🙂
Please find attached a summary of the Harrier results. Full results (inc. League rankings) are available here: http://www.kcaa.org.uk/
TWH Men’s XC Captain
p.s. Jillian will be sending out a report for the South of the Thames XC Race at Lloyd Park as soon as they send us the results.