11 January 2019
Kent County AA C-C Championships,
Brands Hatch, 5 January 2019
Official Kent County CC results
The New Year kicked off with in typical fashion with the
Kent XC Championships around the camping site of Brands Hatch, a section of the
country that appears to be permanently 5 degrees colder than anywhere else in
the surrounding area.
Sticking it out in the hardy conditions were 11 Heathens
spearheaded by an in-form Will Ruiz, who overcame a deeper field than usual to
place 18th. Rob Donohue backed him up in his first race at the county champs in
a strong performance to come 29th. Dartford's favourite Scot Peter Tucker made
another flying visit to solidify the team's position with 39th after an early
attempt at leading was scaled back. The second half of the 6 to score looked
briefly like they would finish consecutively in a glorious charge, but differing
levels of fitness proved crucial. Tom Desborough won this particular battle as
he patiently worked his way through the field to place 43rd in his best run at
the county champs. Dan Kennedy snuck into the top 50 with a late charge amongst
a large group, and Danny Brewer completed the sextet with a finish of 61st.
Jon Vintner set down an early marker in his preparation
for the London Marathon with a finish of 98th, while Fintan Parkinson, who ran
in tandem with Jon for most of the race, was the eighth Heathen in 110th. Paul
Sharpe, another serial marathoner, crossed next in 125th, Graham Hollingdale
ensured that racing over from potential wedding venues wasn't in vain as he
backed up Paul in 135th, and Rich Byford overcame his recent achilles problems
to complete the team in 169th.
Sadly, injury denied Steve Hough from what would have been
a painful finish and a scoring 12, but the 6 to score matched last year's
performance despite the reduced numbers and stronger field to comfortably come
Up the Heath!
Ross, Dan & Chris