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Kent League 2021/22

 

12 February 2022 - Kent League - Norman Park

27 November 2021 - Kent League - Foots Cray Meadows 29-11-21

13 November 2021 - Kent League - Danson Park, Bexleyheath 14-11-21

23 October 2021 - Kent League - (incls B&B YA C-C Champs) Somerhill Park, Tonbridge 26-10-21

16 October 2021 - Kent League - Swanley Park 17-10-21

 


27 November 2021 - Kent League - Foots Cray Meadows

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Storm warnings and a bitterly cold day didn't put off another hearty contingent of Blackheath athletes as 17 took on the latest challenge of an invigorating winter season.

While Stephen Strange cast a spell over the rest of the field, the Blackheath team showed we meant business with a strict no base layer policy so as to embrace the elements in all their glory. Micah reluctantly embodied this attitude but benefitted greatly with another strong performance to finish 13th in his debut cross country season. Alex Gibbins kept him an honest in 14th and proved he is back to his best. Dan Kennedy and Graeme Lugar ran most of the race in tandem after the former paid for a pacey start, but reeled the latter in practically on the line to illustrate that all's fair in love, war and cross country, leaving them 26th and 27th. This quartet secured another 3rd place in the 4 to score category, keeping the club in 3rd in the overall standings.

The depth of the team shone through thereafter as Luca Ercolani stormed home in 38th place, closely backed up fellow veteran Fintan Parkinson in 48th, while Darren Corneille maintained his form well after a rapid start to attain his best ever Kent League finish of 53rd. The ever dependable Greg Firth continued his solid season in 60th, Simon Harris backed him up in 68th, and Blair Wilson, who so early he didn't know what to do with himself, placed in 70th. The scoring 12 rounded were rounded off by Chris Tuck, who snuck into the top 100 in 98th, and Jason Meers in 103rd; another who recorded his best league finish to date. This put the club in 4th place in the 12 to score category on the day and overall.

Next across the line were three of this season's Kent League ever presents Tim Ayres (something of a surprise) in 113th, Steve Hough in 116th and Richard Byford in 135th as they all recorded their best finishes of the season. In contrast, the final two Heathens to finish were league debutants Rob Whyte in 167th and Michael Neal in 179th, who couldn't have picked a finer day to get the measure of cross country.

Up the Heath!

Dan, Chris and Ross

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13 November 2021 - Kent League - Danson Park, Bexleyheath

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23 October 2021 - Kent League - (incls B&B YA C-C Champs) Somerhill Park, Tonbridge

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Well done to everyone who made the trip down to Tonbridge on Saturday to help put out what was again another strong turnout of Heathens.

The efforts were well rewarded as we managed to finish second in the 4 to score and 3rd in the 12 to score. So improved on the week before.

First home and showing he can do more than just run a marathon was Ross Braden whose 3rd place was a welcome change to the weeks before dominance by Tonbrige AC.

He was backed up strongly by Micah Evans in 21st place who is having a very strong start to his B&B cross country career.

By comparison he was followed home in 26th place by Alex Gibbins who has run more Kent league XC than he will admit.

Not far behind and taking a week off from coaching legs, bums and tums was Tom Desborough was 31st, we hope to see him at a few more races. Tom was chased home by Jon Vintner 33rd, who made the journey up from Winchester to show off his new lean physique.

Fintan Parkinson then showed that a few beers the night before makes little difference with a 42nd placing ahead of Luca Ercolani in 45th and Gregory Firth in 52nd.

Then some good packing as Darren Corneille 85th, Simon Harris another debutant in 86th and Roger Beswick in 90th. Martin Parkinson was then another first time B&B Kent Leaguer in 101st with Paul Sharpe 106th.

Chris Tuck then got home in 121st with Steve Evenden staying on his feet for 128th. Jason Meers then followed on in 138th with Steve Hough in 150th and ever present Steve Pairman in 156th. Richard Byford continued the road back to fitness in 172nd. With Tim Ayres and his bag of excuses and half term cold in 195th.

Andrew Tutt was then not far behind in 206th, Rod Harrington following on in 219th and Luigi Arcuri rounding out a strong performance by all in 226th and now in 3rd place in the M60 category.

Well done to everyone that turned out with a few more people we could even be turning out 2 twelve to score teams. So would be great to see as many as possible at Footscray on the 27th November.

Finally if anyone wants to run the London XC champs at Parliament hill on 20th November then please let us know by 2ND NOVEMBER AT THE LATEST. A great chance to get a early crack at Parliament hill before returning for the national.

See you all on Saturday at the Mob Match in Coulsdon

Up the Heath!

Dan, Chris and Ross

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16 October 2021 - Kent League - Swanley Park

Full results here...

Well done to everyone who competed yesterday in the first full length cross country race of the season in a humid and somewhat sunny Swanley Park. We had a strong contingent of 20 men to tackle a twisting and turning course soft in parts and firm in others.

Dan Kennedy led the charge in 13th place after a patient start as numerous people hared off. Next home, in his cross country debut for Blackheath, was Micah Evans in an impressive 22nd place. Kent League ever present Alex Gibbins put his recent marathon jaunt to good use in 30th place, and Fintan Parkinson stormed home in 35th place for one of his best ever Kent League finishes to complete the 4 to score quartet and secure 4th position out of 20 complete teams.

Luca Ercolani produced another fine run a mere fortnight after his recent marathon PB to reach 41st, Greg Firth followed in and impressive 52nd, Ian Scott, another debutant, was next home in 59th, and Roger Beswick fell just short of winning his age category in 77th.

There was a smattering of Heathens just inside the top 100 with Darren Corneille in 87th, Paul Sharpe in 92nd and Chris Tuck in 96th, as another triumvirate of Tim Ayres (116th), Jason Meers (119th) and Steve Evenden (124th despite a fall and drawing blood in the grittiest run of the day) closed on behind them in short order. Tim's finish also attained 4th place in the 12 to score team category, in sync with the 4 to score measure.

Steve Pairman was grateful to cast aside management duties and focus on the running in 153rd place, Rich Byford continued his path back to full fitness in 171st, and just pipped a returning Steve Hough in 174th. Andrew Tutt battled through to 213th, Luigi Arcuri crossed the line in 225th and Rod Harrington returned from injury to bookend the team in 231st.

This was a great start to the season and will hopefully set the tone for all upcoming races, starting with next Saturday's 2nd Kent League fixture at Somerhill School in Tonbridge. Full details will be sent out later this week.

We hope to see as many of you there as possible.

Up the Heath!

Dan, Chris and Ross

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