Weekly update 17/02/19

There was a bit of diversity today in our race choices. First off there was the Tunbridge Wells Half where you were out gaining vital points for this years Grand Prix. Secondly there were a contingent of DRR participating in the Tough Love Vigo 10M, a challenging cross-country event and one to take on at some point.

Message from Stuart Wood

Kent Fitness League:

Usually our most popular cross-country series and this year was no different, with an increased turnout by in six out of the seven races. We finished in third place as a combined team with the chaps finishing higher and the ladies a bit lower than last year. The highlight seeing Jay Smith crowned as overall male winner after coming in first in six out of seven races, this is really a great achievement for the club and a testament to how much can be achieved with a lot of hard work and dedication, also a mention for Andy Green who was first in the men’s over 45 category. Our leading lady was Sarah Cronin in sixth place overall, and again big strides (sorry) have been made by her after a year of real dedication.

However, the KFL is not just about the front runners, it is about all those taking part, and I would ask all those who have not yet tried the cross country races to give it a go next season, you may surprise yourselves and really enjoy them.

Lastly, a big pat on the back to those among you who have got out and ran in all weathers and completed all seven KFL races, please take a bow: Mike Richardson, Gary Hadfield, Tracy Daniels, Steve Jarvis, Caroline Judge, Jay Smith, Paul Lewis and Tony Pipe

Kent League/Kent Champs/Kent Vets: The usual core of runners in these races and although we did not trouble the leading clubs there were some good individual runs. I am keen to increase our involvement in these races next season, and we shall have Steve Jarvis and Charlotte Wood as Club Captains, coordinating entries and generally promoting involvement from across the club.

There have been a few who requested entries but have not run at any races, or let me know that they were unable to attend. As entries cost £6 per runner, now might be a good time to reimburse the club……

Training

Tuesday – Leave the club at 18:50 for a run over to the Jct of Heath Lane and Highfield Road for the Heath Lane relay session, or meet there at 19:00

Wednesday – Terry’s track session a 7pm start the session lasts for about an hour and looks at technique and form. The coaching is free, however there is a track hire charge of £4.50 per runner.

Thursday – Winter Hills of Dartford, leave the club at 18:50 and meet at the Jct of Church Hill and Hawley road for 19:00.

Sunday Social/Marathon Training

Up to 18M from the club, details to follow. Volunteer to lead welcome.

Gary Bignell