Penshurst 5 Report


If anyone has not done this race before, I strongly suggest you get it into your calendar for 2020. As many of you know I can’t run up hills and only make guest appearances at cross country events. However for some reason this is one of my favourite events; low key, very scenic and cake at the finish (close second to Eridge on the cakes front).

Luckily I was on babysitting duty at the XC on Saturday, this meant that I had a significant advantage over other Harriers and was relatively fresh, I wouldn’t normally be first Harrier in an XC!

The course has a short section on the road before taking in several footpaths, fields and an evil hill through a wood. You then have a very steep downhill with a Harriers dodgy photo competition half way down; winner and showing his support of Januhairy (yes this is a thing) goes to Mick Barstow (photos on the website). The course then takes in a lap around Penshurst place before a quick downhill sprint to the finish.

A total of 30 Harriers finished (results below) well done to all! Cathy and I both narrowly missed out on a podium and occupied the 4th place. It looks like Andy, Steve and Stella all won their age groups so congratulations there. I’m not sure how Bob scores cross country PBs, but i’m sure there were many course bests out there.

Special congratulations to all those who did the XC the day before, I certainly would not be capable of running quickly if I had!

Mike King


221 finishers

4th445Mike KingM4thSEN2nd00:30:19
5th435Andrew HoweyM5thV501st00:30:22
11th411Kieran FitzpatrickM11thSEN6th00:31:34
13th506James SarreM13thV402nd00:32:33
15th403Andy EamesM14thSEN8th00:32:40
22nd337ADAM DennisM20thSEN12th00:34:02
23rd656Robert WinterM21stV405th00:34:08
26th6430Matt ClarkM24thV407th00:34:23
28th434Simon HowdenM26thV409th00:34:32
30th195Mick BarstowM27thV503rd00:34:40
39th421Cathy GillF4thSEN4th00:35:44
41st192Tev AustinM37thV601st00:35:47
48th495Richard QuartermaineM43rdV4012th00:36:21
64th515Hugh StephensonM57thSEN26th00:37:47
72nd336Andrew DeightonM63rdV5012th00:38:35
74th516Gem StilliardF10thV402nd00:38:40
88th404Luke Edwardes-evansM75thV5014th00:40:15
98th490Nick PierceM83rdV602nd00:40:47
111st402Paul EamesM92ndV604th00:41:55
122nd186Clare AndrewF21stV405th00:42:43
126th497Stella RichardsonF23rdV601st00:43:03
127th496Peter RichardsonM104thV605th00:43:04
152nd531Carol TsangF35thV4010th00:45:04
159th481Gary OreillyM120thV5024th00:45:16
160th459Philip LongM121stV607th00:45:24
163rd638Jonathan RickardsM123rdV609th00:45:53
170th329Mark CrowhurstM126thV5025th00:46:42
171st457Susan Liu JonesF45thV4015th00:46:58
173rd502Jane RoomeF47thV4016th00:47:08
177th442Lucille JoannesF50thV602nd00:47:40