Saturday saw the club field a large number of runners in the annual Kent cross country Championship at Brands Hatch. Run on a tough course of 12km that tested the runners’ stamina throughout, Robert Latala was first home for the club finishing in an impressive 16th place in a time of 41:13, followed home by Daniel Green (MV40) in 83rd place in 47:24, Trevor Kay 98th in 48:19, Dean Bracken 114th in 49:55, Scott Lynch (MV40) 116th in 50:03, Paul Moses (MV50) 125th in 51:11, Robin Butler (MV40) 135th in 52:27, and Richard Baker (MV40) 142nd in 52:49. Anthony Brown finished 147th in 52:54, Keith Haynes (VM40) 169th in 55:41, Chris Boyce 171st in 56:04, Darren Santer 185th in 58:39 and Stu Nunn (MV40) 191st in 1:00:09. In the Male team event, the club had success against some much bigger clubs finishing 6th out of 19 teams with the first 12 runners scoring, and 8th out of 31 teams with the first 6 runners scoring.
In the ladies event over 8k, the club’s two runners both produced very strong performances, with Danyel Carter finishing 63rd out of 188 finishers in a time of 40:04 and Claire Green finishing 88th in 43:30. Meanwhile Shane Dragwidge produced a gutsy performance in the under 20 men’s event (6.5k) against some of the top junior runners in the county, finishing 19th in a time of 27:10.
At the latest parkrun, Robert Carpenter was first of the club’s runners home finishing 6th in a time of 19:58, followed in by Mark Attenborough in 11th place in 21:09, Mark Cleworth in 27:31, Terry Sellen in 28:46, Julie Foster in 29:06 and Steve Hickman in 29:09.