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: