Mid Kent 5 Miler – Race Report

Good Morning All,
So the normal rule for race reports is the race is on the 16th of the month it is the 16th Harrier. However if there isn’t one or they are unavailable (Jillian is away on holiday now), it goes to the month, so 7th month then 7th Harrier – so that’ll be me then.
The Mid Kent 5 miler lived up to its billing as a fast flat course and there were some outstanding performances! Conditions were good for the 9am start, sunny but not too warm and a nice breeze. The race is pretty much out and back with a loop around some quiet country lanes and only one small hill to speak of. The race was well marshalled with pockets of support on the course and the welcome encouragement from Bob, John, Peter and Alan. And the welcome addition of instant race results which (apart from not showing Liam had finished) worked well.
Both the Mens and Ladies Teams are leading the Kent Grand Prix, however after a low turnout at Sackett both leads have been cut considerable so we needed a good showing here. A very strong contingent of 37 Harriers turned out for this race (more than I can remember for many races) which certainly helped. As did the excellent performances with both the the Men and Ladies winning the team prizes.
In the Men’s race it was a close fought affair with Stephen Strange of Tonbridge AC coming home just a second ahead of Alex Reid who broke our club SM record in the process, lowering the mark set only a week ago but third placed Liam White. The Ladies race was won by Harriette Woolley of Tonbridge AC in 30:28, however Amelie was first SL and Ali first F50.
As well as Alex’s club record, new club records were also set by Ali Farrell F50 and Stella Richardson F65 – congratulations to all three and to everyone else who set personal or age best times.
Overall this we a superb showing for the club and will help both teams considerably in the KGP so congratulations and thanks to all! Onwards to the next event at the Larkfield 10k on 17th September!
Full results and post-race photo below:
AlexReidSM25:0824502nd Place/New Club SM Record
LiamWhiteSM25:47 34503rd Place overall
DavidWestonSM27:54 8450 
WillLevettM4528:06 10450 
AlexHolmesM4530:00 17450 
ChrisStringerSM30:06 19450 
MattNewmanM4032:04 37450Personal Best
AmelieKarlssonSL32:09 394501st F18-34
MikeKingM4032:32 43450Age Group Best
MarkGodsalveM5032:42 46450 
ColinTimminsM5533:22 55450Personal Best
AliFarrallF5033:32 56450New Club F50 Record / 1st F50
SimonHolfordM5033:53 60450 
ElliotChilesSM34:08 62450 
JackSummersSM34:12 64450 
RobinBarwickM5034:18 69450 
JillianHolfordF5034:24 68450Personal Best
HarryDoyleM5035:00 83450 
CliffordGrayM5536:12 102450 
GeorgeHarrisM4537:08 118450 
AndrewDeigtonM5537:46 126450 
JulieMcPhersonF4538:16 138450 
DuncanRalphM5538:13 144450 
RoseSawyerF5038:29 147450Personal Best
NicolaMorrisF5038:39 150450 
MichaelSharpM6538:55 153450 
TerryEverestM4038:51 154450 
AlistairReidM4540:13 173450 
MichaelRussellM5541:10 188450 
GaryO’ReillyM6041:33 196450 
MarkTaylorM7041:44 199450 
JoanWoodwardF4543:34 238450 
Ana-MariaGreenF5544:15 255450 
StellaRichardsonF6545:32 267450New Club F65 Record
JoyCroucherF6047:48 304450 
JanetBirdF6052:18 355450Personal Best
SmarandaDrangaF501:01:18 425450