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Updated  09 May 2018

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Ted Pepper Memorial 10k - 7 May, 2018

Full results and more photos

Presentation photos


 

Folkestone 10 Race Report 30 March 2018

The Folkestone 10 took place on Good Friday - 30 March 2018, it was a day with much better conditions for racing than supporting as it was around 7 degrees and raining throughout the race, but there was little wind and some exceptional performances where achieved by the SCVAC runners.

The first thing to say is that I was delighted by the support shown for yesterday’s race, we had 28 finishers yesterday and added to that I had two athletes drop out in the days leading up to the race (1 injury, 1 illness) and 2 no-shows, long may it continue.

So onto the results.

Andy Howey’s 16th place in the open race was the standout performance was he ran 58:43 as a V55 for an age grading of 87:62%. But further down in the results there were some other performances that were almost as good. Tina Oldershaw ran 1:04 as a F50 for an age grading of 87:30% and David Winch ran 1:09:47 as a M70 for an age grading performance of 87:25%.

Overall we had 6 results with age gradings of over 80%, and a further 18 over 70% so a fantastic standard.

Men     Running Race   Age  SCVAC
family_name short_name age group Y / N Position Time Grading Position
Witt Daniel M40 Y 64 01:05:48 70.59% 1
               
Champion Mark M50 Y 33 01:01:09 80.54% 1
Lawless Don M50 Y 59 01:05:20 77.37% 2
Cross Philip M50 Y 82 01:07:32 75.49% 3
Sancto David M50 Y 102 01:09:31 72.72% 4
               
Howey Andy M55 Y 16 0:58:43 87.62% 1
Fursey Bob M55 Y 99 01:09:19 74.22% 2
Suttle Stephen M55 Y 120 01:10:57 75.22% 3
Hawkins Martin M55 Y 146 01:13:05 71.04% 4
               
Tolhurst John M60 Y 140 01:12:35 77.11% 1
Meah Gerald M60 Y 180 01:15:59 70.89% 2
McCarthy Ian M60 Y 257 01:20:49 67.27% 3
               
Bell Barry M65 Y 292 01:23:28 71.02% 1
               
Winch David M70 Y 107 01:09:47 87.25% 1
Edgley Trevor M70 Y 192 01:16:29 77.73% 2
Smith Glyn M70 Y 242 01:19:22 76.71% 3
               
Taylor John M75 Y 481 01:36:06 69.98% 1
               
Saiz Ramon M80 Y 632 01:52:48 65.59% 1
               
Women     Running Race     SCVAC
family_name short_name age group Y / N Position Time   Position
Curtis Caroline W45 Y 148 01:13:16 75.71% 1
               
Oldershaw Tina W50 Y 51 01:04:15 87.30% 1
Baker Rose W50 Y 159 01:14:22 78.28% 2
Howes Kim W50 Y 183 01:15:50 76.77% 3
Watson  Marie W50 Y 253 01:20:34 71:37% 4
               
Talbot-Rosner Victoria W55 Y 169 01:15:10 82.55% 1
Marsh Carol W55 Y 295 01:23:44 74.10% 2
               
Connolly Margaret W60 Y 222 01:18:21 81.34% 1
               
Bell Joyce W65 Y 478 01:36:16 71.02% 1
               
Giles Jeannette W75 Y 659 02:07:33 67.99% 1


Finally a bit of housekeeping.

Race entries
Whenever possible please use the opentrack race entry system, this makes it really easy to track who has entered, and for all competitors to see who is racing, but if you’ve entered by the organisers entry system please let me know prior to the SCVAC close date so I can have a final entry list prior to the race.

Race numbers
If you’re racing for us please come and see me before the start of the race to pick up your age cat number (to wear to wear on the back of your vest), this we way your competitors can tell who they’re racing, it makes it easier for me to know who is actually racing on the day & it also gets SCVAC’s name seen. I’ll be wearing a bright yellow SCVAC polo shirt.

Next races are:
- 10k at Staplehurst - 10 June
- Half Marathon at Redhill Aerodrome – 22 Jul (Joint with BMAF)

Hope to see you there.


Latest Road Running News

SCVAC Road Race Calendar 2018

We’ve finalised the SCVAC Road Race Calendar for 2018

Races are as follows:
30 Mar - Folkestone 10 - 10 mile
10 Jun - Staplehurst 10k - 10k
22 Jul - Caterham Half (joint with BMAF)
7 Oct - Chester Marathon (Joint with BMAF)

I’m pleased to say that we’ll be returning to Caterham this year. We successfully held our Half Marathon Champs there last year. So this year BMAF have included it as their Half Marathon Championship.

We’re also returning to the Chetser Marathon. We’re aware it’s not in the region, but it’s the BMAF Champs & last year we had the biggest SCVAC entry in the Marathon Champs for a number of years, so we’d like to repeat that success this year.

Entry for Folkestone 10, & Staplehurst 10k will be open on BMAF website shortly.

Entries for the Caterham Half are already open on the BMAF website (enter for the BMAF Champs and you will automatically be entered in the SCVAC Champs).

Special Instructions for entry into Chester Marathon can also be found on the BMAF website.

Finally if you’ve already entered either Folkestone or Staplehurst via other entry channels let me know and I’ll make sure your included in the SCVAC Champs.

I look forward to meeting some of you at our races during the year.

Kind regards

Mark Champion
SCVAC Road Running Secretary.
Markchampion2012@googlemail.com


SCVAC 10M Road Championships 4 December 2017, Thanet

On the 4th December the SCVAC 10 Mile Championship was held as part of the Alan Green Memorial 10 mile race in Thanet. It’s a flat, traffic free out and back course meaning that fast times are possible as long as the wind stays away. On the day it was dry and overcast but we did have a reasonable tail wind on the 1st half and headwind on the 2nd half meaning that most runners were a couple of minutes slower in the 2nd half.

16 Athletes took part across 11 age categories.

The most keenly contested were the M65 where Trevor Edgley won comfortably, but Peter Watts took a close silver just 45 seconds ahead of Barry Bell in bronze, and the W55 was even closer with all three medallists finishing within 4 minutes.

Age graded wise the performances were very good with many in the high 70s but the two stand out performances were:

David Winch

M70

71

01:10:49

84.91%

Lisa Compton

W60

62

01:20:15

81.64%

 

OpenTrack Competition File:            
Competition ID: 533            
Name SCVAC 10M Road Championships 2017          
             
             
bmaf id family_name short_name age group age Time Age Grade Medal
13292 Champion Mark M45 49 01:02:50 77.69% Gold
             
20929 Smith Sean M50 50 01:08:06 72.32% Gold
             
13214 Angell Dean M55 55 01:04:23 79.91% Gold
             
13372 Edgley Trevor M65 69 01:14:55 78.53% Gold
13735 Watts Peter M65 66 01:21:28   Silver
20032 Bell Barry M65 69 01:22:15 71.53% Bronze
             
20979 Winch David M70 71 01:10:49 84.91% Gold
13618 Rea Tony M70 74 01:19:47 78.48% Silver
             
13699 Taylor John M75 78 01:36:42 69.54% Gold
             
13771 Champion Lynne W45 48 01:13:23 74.70% Gold
             
Talbot-Rosner Victoria W55 57 01:18:00 78.53% Gold
19318 Connolly Margaret W55 59 01:20:21 78.26% Silver
20390 Marsh Carol W55 57 01:21:41 74.98% Bronze
             
20944 Compton Lisa W60 62 01:20:15 81.64% Gold
             
21091 Bell Joyce W65 65 01:40:58 67.71% Gold
             
Giles Jeanette W75 78 02:00:20 71.79% Gold

 


SCVAC Marathon Championships, Chester, 8 October 2017

The Chester Marathon this year also included the BMAF and Home International Masters Championships, which provided a top-quality masters field, and the largest SCVAC Marathon Championship entry for some years.

The race started in perfect conditions for marathon running: no wind and temperature in the low teens. The first 2 miles was a tour around the narrow twisting streets of old Chester, before going out to the country lanes of England and 9 miles in Wales. The closed roads gave a traffic-free race with good crowd support. In the villages the race passed through it seemed as if the whole village turned out to cheer and give support, and most pubs had a band playing to add to the good feel of the race. When I got to 20 miles, the weather started to change. It got colder and light rain came down - not much of a problem for the runners but uncomfortable for friends and family watching. After a tricky hill between 24 and 25 miles, it was an easy run in to the finish at the race course.

SCVAC runners put in some very good performances with 9 picking up BMAF medals. The stand-out age grades were Dave Winch (M70 on 84.8%), Sarah Gruber (W40 on 79.4%) and Sarah Marizaioli (W65 on 78.7%).

Unfortunately, due to the size of the race, most runners had gone home by the time the BMAF and SCVAC results were available so the medal presentation was poorly supported.

Age Group

Medal

Name

Club

Gun

Chip

Age Graded %

M35

Gold

Michael Mawsby

Canterbury Harriers

2:40:50

2:40:48

77.1

M50

Gold

Andrew Nobel

Folkestone

3:05:54

3:05:29

75.9

M65

Gold

Trevor Edgley

Istead and Ifield Harriers

3:30:38

3:30:04

78.2

 

Silver

Barry Bell

Istead and Ifield Harriers

4:17:13

4:14:46

64.5

M70

Gold

Dave Winch

Thanet Roadrunners

3:18:27

3:18:03

84.8

 

Silver

Stuart Colwill

RoadRunners Club

4:03:51

4:01:59

69.4

W40

Gold

Sarah Gruber

Invicta East Kent

2:59:54

2:59:50

79.4

 

Silver

Clair Seymour

Reading

3:56:36

3:55:06

59.8

W50

Gold

Rose Baker

Cambridge Harriers

3:24:56

3:24:47

78.1

W55

Gold

Vicky Talbot-Rosner

Invicta East Kent

3:42:40

3:42:20

75.9

 

Silver

Margaret Connolly

Invicta East Kent

3:51:26

3:51:16

75.0

W60

Gold

Janice Moorekite

Larkfield AC

4:19:55

4:19:47

67.7

 

Silver

Patricia Keene

Burnham

5:03:34

5:03:27

58.0

W65

Gold

Sarah Marizaioli

Hastings Runners

4:18:55

4:16:34

78.7

 


Ted Pepper Memorial 10k - 1 May, 2017

Full results and more photos

SCVAC Championships: http://www.swifttiming.co.uk/cgi-bin/list_race_result.php?meet_event_id=1510002

SCVAC Off-Road 10k Championships (Ted Pepper 10k)      
01 May 2017      
Organised by Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC      
Individual Results      
Pos Name Age Category TeamName Gun Time Chip Time Age Age Graded %
1 Bob Fursey Men 50-54 Medway & Maidstone AC 00:41:24 00:41:23 53 74.47
2 Alan Newman Men 60-64 Paddock Wood AC 00:42:47 00:42:46 63 78.88
3 David Beattie Men 65-69 Crawley AC 00:44:14 00:44:13 69 80.89
4 Terence Barnes Men 50-54 Crawley AC 00:45:04 00:45:02 53 68.43
5 Trevor Edgley Men 65-69 Istead & Ifield Harriers 00:45:19 00:45:16 69 79.01
6 Ian Mccarthy Men 60-64 Cambridge Harriers 00:46:38 00:46:34 60 70.44
7 John Wilkins Men 65-69 Istead & Ifield Harriers 00:48:34 00:48:26 66 71.68
8 Tony Rea Men 70-74 Dragons Running Club (Leeds) 00:49:16 00:49:13 73 76.33
9 Sue James Women 65-69 Paddock Wood AC 00:50:54 00:50:51 66 83.19
10 Jeremy Carmichael Men 60-64 Crawley AC 00:52:46 00:52:33 63 64.19
11 James Fitzmaurice Men 75-79 Sevenoaks AC 00:56:02 00:55:59 75 69.25

 

Presentation photos

 


Road Running news

1.     At the AGM, we drew names for the SCVAC club entry in the London Marathon 2017: Ann Bath was the lucky winner – congratulations Ann, and good luck with your training.

2.     I omitted Bob Fursey from the results of the Ashford 10k. My apologies to Bob, who was our 5th finisher and 2nd M50. His name is included in my amended report. In total 17 SCVAC runners completed the race, which was a good turnout.

3.     I am handing over road running duties to Mark Champion at the end of this year. Mark, an excellent runner himself, will be helped by Trevor Edgley. I know he will do an excellent job, and will work in the interests of SCVAC athletes. Please give Mark the same support and goodwill that you have given me during the last few years.

4.     At the AGM we agreed that the multi terrain Ted Pepper Memorial 10k will be the responsibility of the Cross Country Secretary from now on, so Jeremy Carmichael will be looking after this event, staged on the early May Bank Holiday in Norman Park.

Season’s Greetings, and good running in 2017!

Dave Beattie

 


SCVAC 10k Championship – Givaudan Ashford 10k, 9 October 2016

 

Race Director Barry Hopkins and his Sporting Events team laid on an immaculately organised race, despite this popular fixture being a sell-out, with no entries possible on the day. Some unexpectedly heavy showers caused a few puddles around the course, but conditions were good for running – cool with a few light showers.

First man home for SCVAC was Dominic O’Mahoney, third in the open race, and only edged out of second place by one second. Dominic, who achieved an 87.88% age graded performance, took home the trophy for 1st M40 in the open race. Other excellent performances were recorded by M45 Mark Champion, M55 Kevin Williams, and M75 Dave Moorekite, who all exceeded 83% age graded.

For the women, Ann Buckett was our first finisher – her husband Dave, who is the Chairman of Crawley A.C., kindly presented our medals at the SCVAC presentations.

Full times and positions for SCVAC finishers are listed below.

Dave Beattie

First name

Surname

posn.

age group

age

Chip time

Medal

Age Graded

Dominic

O'Mahoney

3

M40

42

0:32:49

Gold

87.88

Mark

Champion

15

M45

48

0:35:56

Gold

84.07

Kevin

Williams

59

M55

56

0:38:42

Gold

83.71

Don

Lawless

106

M50

52

0:40:04

Gold

77.87

Bob

Fursey

132

M50

53

0:41:12

Silver

74.71

Neville

Webb

153

M60

61

0:42:10

Gold

79.87

John

Tolhurst

176

M60

62

0:42:47

Silver

79.42

Dave

Beattie

335

M65

69

0:47:22

Gold

76.58

Tony

Rea

334

M70

72

0:47:24

Gold

79.40

Dave

Moorekite

363

M75

76

0:47:54

Gold

83.83

Michael

Jefferies

466

M65

69

0:50:33

Silver

71.76

Ann

Buckett

497

W50

54

0:51:43

Gold

69.89

Janice

Moorekite

502

W55

59

0:51:47

Gold

74.65

Karen

Samuel

658

W55

55

0:55:18

Silver

66.22

John

Taylor

758

M75

77

0:57:20

Silver

71.40

Patrick

Dobbs

829

M75

78

1:00:01

Bronze

69.63

Jeannette

Giles

1062

W75

77

1:14:07

Gold

69.54

 


Ted Pepper Memorial 10k - 2 May, 2016

Full results and more photos

Presentation photos here...

The SCVAC multi-terrain 10k championship was staged within this race, where athletic club members always outnumber unattached runners – a rare occurrence these days. A new sight was a large group of “Zero to Hero” runners in matching kit, who held their own presentation after the race.

Blackheath and Bromley provided their usual high standard of organisation, with plenty of course markings and marshals at key points. After a good few years of service, Andy Tucker is stepping aside as race director and handing the reins to Dave Beadle for next year. We are confident the race will continue to provide its unique atmosphere and charm.

The course was dry and fast, with a few small puddles to negotiate in the wooded section, but the mix of track, tarmac, grass, dirt track, wood chips and the occasional tree root to negotiate kept the runners focussed, and the kilometre markers appeared with welcome regularity.

Rhys Goddard of Nene Valley Harriers set a cracking pace from the gun. His time of 35:24 was over a minute clear of David Sparshott of Kent AC, with M50 Tony Tuohy of Dulwich a fine third in 37:13.

First SCVAC runner – and also our best age graded performer – was M50 Dean Angell of Horsham Joggers. His time of 38:23 would have been much faster on a flat road course, making his age grade of 82.64% even more impressive. Next home was M50 Mark Pitcairn-Knowles of Tonbridge, and our third finisher was W40 Vikki Clark of Arena 80 AC.

W55 Vicky Talbot-Rosner of Invicta East Kent AC was our second best age graded performer with an excellent 81.86%. Out of a total of 308 finishers, SCVAC provided just 12. The lower numbers were largely due to the London Marathon one week previously, with regulars like Colin Oxlade and Walter Hill recovering from their efforts over 26.2 miles.

In most categories, there were “easy” medals to be won. Only the M65 group saw 3 finishers – so all 12 runners went home with a medal, presented by our chairman Arthur Kimber. Other club members please note for 2017 – we would welcome more competition for medals! Full SCVAC results below.

Pos

Name

Gun

Age

Cat

Chip time

Club

Age Grade

1

Dean Angell

0:38:25

54

M50

0:38:23

Horsham Joggers

82:64

2

Mark Pitcairn-Knowles

0:40:13

50

M50

0:40:11

Tonbridge AC

76.39

3

Vicki Clark

0:41:40

44

W40

0:41:38

Arena 80 AC

77.49

4

David Beattie

0:44:04

68

M65

0:44:02

Crawley AC

81.53

5

Steve Smith

0:44:53

57

M55

0:44:51

Striders Of Croydon

72.53

6

John Tolhurst

0:45:03

62

M60

0:45:00

Paddock Wood AC

75.51

7

Vicky Talbot-Rosner

0:45:24

56

W55

0:45:20

Invicta East Kent AC

81.86

8

Trevor Edgley

0:45:29

68

M65

0:45:27

Istead & Ifield

78.99

9

Peter Godbee

0:50:19

65

M65

0:50:09

Swanley & Dist. AC

69.61

10

James Fitzmaurice

0:56:22

74

M70

0:56:18

Sevenoaks AC

68.89

11

Karen Samuel

0:59:25

55

W55

0:59:17

SCVAC

61.77

12

Graham Williams

1:03:21

76

M75

1:03:15

Ilford AC

63.48

 

The following photos from Dave Beattie

 


 

SCVAC Half Marathon Championship, Sandilands, Croydon Sunday 10 April 2016

Striders of Croydon hosted our 2016 championship, and race organisers Nice Work ensured things ran smoothly. After an overnight frost, the conditions were perfect for running by the start time of 9.15am. The runners were led out of the sports field and down the road to the start, and a blast on the horn sent them on their way.

The early leader, Peter Mills of Croydon Striders, was joined by 3 others, and this group stuck together for the first few miles. The challenging two lap course included some long hills, which were decisive in breaking up the pack. By the halfway point, Michael Eccles of Norfolk Gazelles had the lead, which he held to the finish. His time of 1:14:15 reflected the tough course, and he was over a minute clear of Peter Mills.

First SCVAC runner was M35 Alan Sylvester of Arena 80, 5th in the open race in an excellent 1:20:50. Special mention goes to M60 Neville Webb of Dulwich, who achieved our best age rated performance. With the two main Spring marathons imminent, race numbers were low: only 261 finishers, and there were no SCVAC women. Colin Oxlade used the race as a final long run before London, including a thorough warm up and warm down. He held off Steve Smith to take gold in the M55 age group. Full SCVAC results below.

Pos

Gun

Chip

Name

Club

Cat.

Age

Rated %

5

01:20:50

01:20:50

Alan Silvester

ARENA 80

M35

35

73.81

35

01:33:01

01:32:58

Neville Webb

Dulwich Runners AC

M60

60

78.74

46

01:36:43

01:36:40

Colin Oxlade

Croydon Harriers

M55

57

73.66

58

01:38:39

01:38:36

Steve Smith

Striders of Croydon

M55

57

72.22

63

01:39:58

01:39:46

John Tolhurst

Paddock Wood AC

M60

62

74.76

157

01:59:23

01:59:07

Peter Godbee

Swanley and District

M65

65

64.46

164

02:01:40

02:01:34

James Fitzmaurice

Sevenoaks AC

M70

74

69.90

166

02:01:45

02:01:27

John Taylor

Hailsham Harriers

M75

76

72.30

252

02:47:27

02:47:10

Graham Williams

Ilford AC

M75

76

52.53

Dave Beattie


SCVAC Road Race Championships 2016

I have tried to avoid clashes with BMAF events, and have chosen Spring or Autumn races to avoid the hottest weather. Our championships were well supported by the older age groups in 2015 – let’s encourage more of our younger members to join us in 2016.

Ted Pepper Memorial 10k, Norman Park, Bromley, May 2nd. Start 10am

This multi-terrain race starts and finishes on Norman Park athletics track, attracts good club competition, and has free parking, showers, and refreshments on sale.

Entry via the Blackheath and Bromley website: http://www.bandbhac.org.uk/ted%20pepper.html

To enter pay attached runner fee plus £1 for SCVAC championship.

Streets Ahead Croydon Half Marathon, Sandilands, Croydon, April 10th Start 9.15am

Striders of Croydon host this race, organised this year by Nice Work. Please note parking is very limited, public transport links are excellent, and the race HQ at the Sandilands club house is only 10 minutes’ walk from Sandilands tram stop (2 stops from East Croydon station). Changing, showers, refreshments and bar. An undulating two lap course starting and finishing close to Lloyd Park.

Entry form can be downloaded from Nice Work website: http://www.nice-work.org.uk/events.php?id=206 . Please use the link “An entry form is available to download here”, and ignore all the other online options (e.g. Runners World), which do not include fields for entering the SCVAC Championship.

Kent Coastal Marathon, Thanet, Kent September 4th, Start 9.30am.

We return to this popular event hosted by Thanet Roadrunners. It offers a coastal route and scenic views, with a lively Start / Finish area. Free parking, refreshments, changing, but no showers.

Race HQ: Palm Bay School, Cliftonville, CT9 3PP

Entry to the SCVAC championship will be via BMAF OpenTrack system, details to be published later.

Givaudan Ashford 10k, October 9th Start 10am.

This highly rated race features totally closed roads through the town centre, an interesting undulating course, changing, showers, refreshments, free parking, chip timing, good organisation.

Race HQ: Julie Rose Stadium, TN24 9QX

Entry to the SCVAC championship will be via BMAF OpenTrack system, details to be published later.

Epsom 10, November 20th Start 9.30am.

After two years away, we return to this traditional club runners’ race, which also hosts the Vets AC champs. The route is a single undulating loop on country roads around Epsom and Walton Downs. Changing, showers, free parking, refreshments.

Race HQ: Queen Elizabeth Grandstand, Epsom Downs Racecourse, KT18 5LQ.

Entry to SCVAC championship via Epsom and Ewell website – download entry form and pay attached runner fee plus £2 to enter SCVAC championship.

Good Luck with your training and racing!

Dave Beattie

 


Givaudan Ashford 10k October 11th 2015

Our club 10k championship was held within this race, and some excellent performances were recorded on a fairly challenging, undulating course. Conditions were nearly ideal, apart from a slight cool easterly breeze.

We had a really good turnout of 26 runners, of whom 25 finished. Unfortunately Lynn Champion was forced to retire with an injury. Husband Mark led home the Southern Veterans runners to take M45 gold. In the W45 race, Tina Oldershaw recorded our best age rated performance, and the second and third best age rated runs were achieved by M75 Dave Moorekite and M70 Michael Conway.

After missing the race myself for a couple of years, it was a pleasure to take part again, and I was able to observe several of our members during the race. I cannot report on the efforts of the faster runners, they were “home and hosed” long before I made it back to the Julie Rose stadium!

The event was well organised and well marshalled, and only a slight inaccuracy with the positions of the first 2 kilometre markers detracted from an otherwise faultless race. I propose we return next year for our 2016 championship.

Full SCVAC results are listed below. Well done all who competed.

Dave Beattie

First name

Surname

Cat.

Chip time

Age Rate %

Mark

Champion

M45

37.20

78.60

Dean

Angell

M50

37.59

81.05

Tina

Oldershaw

W45

38.18

87.26

Kevin

Williams

M55

39.05

80.10

Terence

Barnes

M50

41.02

74.41

Kim

Howes

W50

42.54

80.07

Caroline

Curtis

W45

43.12

76.67

Elise

Rendall

W35

43.36

70.44

Lucy

Pitcairn-Knowles

W50

44.06

77.89

David

Beattie

M65

44.13

80.53

Candy

Hawkins

W40

44.41

72.22

John

Tolhurst

M60

44.48

73.82

Victoria

Talbot Rosner

W55

45.16

78.86

Trevor

Edgley

M65

45.23

77.58

Michael

Conway

M70

46.40

82.24

Dave

Moorekite

M75

46.58

82.81

Peter

Watts

M60

47.05

72.39

Jeremy

Carmichael

M60

47.41

69.36

Margaret

Connolly

W55

49.53

73.05

Janice

Moorekite

W55

50.13

78.33

Peter

Godbee

M60

50.16

67.80

John

Taylor

M75

52.15

75.56

Ann

Bath

W65

53.34

76.36

Karen

Samuel

W50

54.35

64.76

Jeannette

Giles

W75

       1.10.38

66.18


Barns Green Half Marathon 27 September 2015

The SCVAC half marathon championship was staged at Barns Green for the first time, and was very successful: a challenging and interesting rural course, superb organisation and a great atmosphere for the medal presentations. Below are the SCVAC results ranked by age graded percentage:

Name

Age Cat

Club

Time

Age Graded

Trevor Edgley

M65

Istead & Ifield Harriers

01:39:15

78.70

Katherine O'Hara

F40

Arena 80 AC

01:29:00

77.37

Judith Carder

F55

Brighton & Hove City AC

01:49:14

75.53

Tony Rea

M70

Dragons

01:48:18

75.29

John Taylor

M75

Hailsham Harriers

01:57:23

74.52

Tara Shanahan

F45

Arena 80 AC

01:25:08

74.18

David Kemp

M55

Arena 80 AC

01:34:52

74.11

Ann Bath

F65

26.2 RRC

02:06:46

73.87

Steve Smith

M55

Striders  of Croydon

01:37:01

72.62

John Tolhurst

M60

Paddock Wood

01:43:46

71.02

Gavin Newton

M40

Crawley AC

01:30:47

70.01

Jack Chivers

M35

Haywards Heath Harriers

01:26:20

69.41

James Fitzmaurice

M70

Sevenoaks AC

02:01:05

68.59

Catherine Roberts

F40

Maidstone Harriers

01:43:07

67.59

Jeremy Carmichael

M60

Crawley AC

01:49:20

67.31

Peter Godbee

M60

Swanley & District AC

01:59:32

63.32

Graham Williams

M75

Ilford AC

02:21:15

60.88

 

Dave Beattie


Marathon Championships 6 September 2015 11-09-14


Catherine Roberts (3rd woman overall and SCVAC gold medallist) around the half marathon point with a fellow Maidstone runner. The lower photo shows her receiving her award for 3rd place.

Nearly 200 runners lined up for the Kent Coastal Marathon this year. They experienced warm and sunny conditions with an early stiff breeze that prevented the erection of the start line gantry. Later, calmer conditions ensured the Finish was erected without problems.

SCVAC entries numbered 7 male and 2 female runners. Carol Emery of Paddock Wood had to retire at the half marathon point with sore feet from relatively new trainers.

First SCVAC man home was Ian Berry of Winchester, 4th overall with a fine clocking below 3 hours. First SCVAC woman Catherine Roberts of Maidstone was 3rd woman overall.

 Full SCVAC results are shown below:

First Name

Surname

Cat

Club

Chip time

Ian

Berry

M40

Winchester&District AC

2:56:50

Andrew

Noble

M50

Folkestone Running Club

3:21:29

Stephen

Suttle

M50

Thanet Road Runners AC

3:33:32

Catherine

Roberts

F35

Maidstone Harriers

3:44:09

Stephen

Bright

M50

Tunbridge Wells Harriers

4:09:41

Karen

Samuel

F45

Kent AC

4:28:50

James

Fitzmaurice

M70

Sevenoaks AC

4:52:05

John

Gaade

M70

SCVAC

4:55:25

Dave Beattie

Road Running Secretary


A personal report from Ian Berry, who was gold medal M40 and 4th in the overall Thanet Marathon.

Photos from JODI HANAGAN PHOTOGRAPHY.

Kent Coastal Marathon – 6th September 2015

The Kent Coastal Marathon was something of a nemesis for me. I ran fairly well in the humid heat here last year and came home in a decent 3:02. At the time I was quite pleased, but since then I have finished thirteen road marathons in under-3 hours and not been over 3 hours since Kent.

I entered this year’s event partly as I had a sub3 score to settle here, but also the attraction of a championship race appealed to me.  Kent locals warned me that 2014 was one of the few years when the wind hadn’t been a major factor and I was to expect a breezy day on the coast!

When I left Hampshire at 5am the weather seemed perfect – cold and not a breath of wind. When I arrived in Margate some 3 hours later I was met by flags held out against the stiff breeze and rising temperatures!  Although a little troubled, I wasn’t altogether surprised as I had been warned.

The course essentially goes south-east from Margate for 6.5 miles, you turn around and run the same route in a north-west direction to Margate (where the half-marathon finishes) then you run a further 6.5 miles west, turn again and make a final eastbound return to the finish.  The significance of this is that I knew the wind (about 15 mph at the start) would be a significant advantage in the first and fourth quarters, but a real hindrance along the sea wall especially in the third quarter. My target was to use the tailwind in the first quarter to build a two minute cushion ahead of “even-pace”. That plan worked well, with plenty of half-marathoners and marathoners to run amongst and very pleasant encouraging marshals. Despite the undulations the course felt pretty easy with the assistance of the wind behind me! In the second quarter I passed a couple of guys to move into fifth, although I was somewhat disconcerted by a marshal wearing a “Lead Bike” tabard cycling just ahead for a few miles! I’d hung on to my cushion at the halfway point, but now without the company of half-marathoners and 6.5 miles of exposed concrete seawall ahead I knew that buffer would ebb away.

The third quarter passed without drama – I was lucky to have a runner within sight to keep me keen. At the final turn-around I’d caught him and we agreed we’d both be under three hours if we kept things sensible in the final run in.  By this time the wind had definitely receded and the last few miles seemed to have more undulations than I recall!  My new friend and I certainly spurred one another along, trading places a few times as we took turns for one of us to tire and the other to surge ahead.  I knew there were a couple of cheeky short sharp inclines in the last couple of miles so couldn’t really be sure of the sub3 until I could see the finish.  I pretended to sprint for the line, securing fourth place, first MV40 and a finish of 2:56:50.

Many people say to me that running so many sub3s in a year must mean each one is “easy”. Racing a marathon is never easy, and today was one of those days when it took a lot of experience and patience to run a successful strategy. I’m really proud to do the SCVAC Gold justice with a decent performance.

Ian J Berry

 


Ted Pepper Memorial 10k - 4 May, 2015

Full results and more photos

Presentation photos here...

Below are corrected results for the Ted Pepper Memorial 10km, with some incorrect “members” removed, and with age rated percentages taken from the Power of 10 website. The percentages reflect the multi terrain nature of the course. Michael Conway, Vicky Talbot Rosner, and Aaron Hughes achieved the top 3 ratings. Well done to all members who ran. 

Dave Beattie 29-10-15

 

Name

Cat

Club

Chip Time

Age Rated %

Aaron Hughes

M45

Medway & Maidstone AC

00:38:00

77.62

Martin Cunningham

M50

Petts Wood Runners

00:40:24

75.64

Andrew Noble

M50

Folkestone AC

00:41:24

74.12

Terence Barnes

M50

Crawley AC

00:41:39

74.27

Martin Hawkins

M50

Cambridge Harriers

00:42:51

73.32

Steve Smith

M55

Striders of Croydon

00:45:44

69.18

Clem Leon

M55

Blackheath & Bromley Harriers

00:47:57

68.85

Peter Godbee

M60

Swanley & District AC

00:50:15

68.64

Trevor Edgley

M65

Istead & Ifield Harriers

00:51:16

69.21

Michael Conway

M70

Invicta East Kent AC

00:48:46

79.42

James Fitzmaurice

M70

Sevenoaks AC

00:54:31

69.98

John Taylor

M75

Hailsham Harriers

00:54:39

72.10

Graham Williams

M75

Ilford AC

01:09:17

56.87

Caroline Curtis

W45

Folkestone

00:46:50

69.93

Sarah Allen

W50

Herne Hill Harriers

00:52:03

66.75

Vicky Talbot Rosner

W55

Invicta East Kent AC

00:46:20

78.92

Sue Cooper

W55

Invicta East Kent AC

00:53:01

68.92

Jeannette Giles

W75

Istead & Ifield Harriers

01:12:03

68.79

 


Givaudan Ashford 10k October 12 th 2014

Photos from SCVAC 10km Champs – Ashford 12th October 2014


Gavin Kitchingham – M45 Gold                            Paul Gasson – M60 Gold                                    Kim Howes – F50 Gold
 


Dave Beattie – M65 Gold                            Vicky Talbot-Rosner – F50 Silver                         Michael Conway – M70 Gold


Janice Moorekite – F55 Gold

Matt Bristow has kindly sent these photos from our recent club 10km championships. There are more photos on the race gallery – please follow the link. http://www.sportingeventsuk.com/race-results/ashford10kphotos2014/

Our final road championship of 2014 was hosted by Ashford A.C. at the Julie Rose Stadium, and was very successful. We had our highest turnout, with 23 runners providing some decent competition for the medals within several age groups. The conditions were perfect – 12 degrees with a gentle 7mph breeze. After dispensing age group numbers, I lined up for the start between SCVAC members Peter Godbee and Graham Williams.

The start was delayed by 10 minutes due to the high number of entries on the day ( a common feature these days), and after a well-observed minute silence in memory of Derek Seamon, Ashford AC’s club president and former race organiser, around 900 runners left the stadium to join the traffic-free route around Ashford.

There seemed to be more hills than I remembered! I spotted Steve Suttle, Martin Hawkins and Steve Barnfield ahead, but they soon left me behind. The accurate kilometre markers helped check my pace, and my 5k time of 21.37 meant that “43 something” was likely. Crawley clubmate Terry Barnes eased smoothly past me – we are both coming back after injuries – and the remaining kilometres passed swiftly. I saw Kim Howes of Larkfield ahead, but could not close the gap between us. The finish is enjoyable – encouraging shouts in the car park, louder cheering as we enter the track, and the announcer’s voice picking out runners as they make their final effort in the home straight.

SCVAC members placed well in the open race – though it was disappointing there were only awards for Senior, V40, V50, and V60. Gavin Kitchingham (age 47) won the open M40 with our best age rated performance, and several others placed well in the open categories. Michael Conway, aged 73, placed 12th in the M60 category, and was without doubt the fastest M70, if only there had been a trophy for that category.

Full SCVAC results with age rated percentages:

First name

Surname

Club

Age Group

Age

Chip time

Age Rated

Gavin

Kitchingham

Orpington Road Runners

M45

47

35:49

83.69%

Martin

Kelk

Invicta AC

M45

48

38:17

78.91%

Keith

Dowson

Sevenoaks AC

M50

51

38:31

80.35%

Jack

Chivers

Haywards Heath Harriers

M35

35

39:02

70.28%

Mark

Pitcairn-Knowles

Tonbridge AC

M45

49

39:19

77.45%

Andrew

Noble

Folkestone AC

M50

50

39:26

77.84%

Paul

Gasson

Arena 80

M60

61

40:24

83.37%

Mark

Crosby

Southern Counties Vets

M55

56

40:27

79.74%

Martin

Hawkins

Cambridge Harriers

M50

53

41:06

76.53%

Stephen

Suttle

Thanet RR

M55

56

41:36

77.54%

Steve

Barnfield

Tunbridge Wells AC

M60

61

42:01

80.16%

Terence

Barnes

Crawley AC

M50

51

42:53

72.17%

Kim

Howes

Larkfield

F50

50

43:05

80.05%

David

Beattie

Crawley AC

M65

67

43:22

82.01%

Victoria

Talbot-Rosner

Invicta AC

F50

54

44:17

82.42%

Michael

Conway

Invicta AC

M70

73

46:19

82.45%

Candy

Hawkins

Ashford AC

F40

43

47:38

67.47%

Peter

Godbee

Swanley and District AC

M60

64

47:45

72.45%

Janice

Moorekite

Larkfield

F55

57

48:24

78.50%

Michael

Jefferies

Dragons

M65

67

50:30

70.42%

Margaret

Connolly

South Kent Harriers

F55

56

51:06

73.35%

Graham

Williams

Ilford AC

M70

74

59:09

65.57%

Richard

Pitcairn-Knowles

Sevenoaks AC

M80

81

1:02:44

71.51%

 
M60 Paul Gasson of Arena 80 AC receives his SCVAC gold medal from Dave Beattie after the Ashford 10k.

Dave Beattie


Marathon Championships 7 September 2014

Kent Coastal Marathon, Thanet Sept 7th 2014- Photos by Jodi Hanagan of some SCVAC medallists
Go to Jodi's gallery/page: http://www.jodihanaganphotography.com/f501147864


Barbara Ralph – F60 Gold          Keith Dowson – M50 Gold and 3rd Finisher           Walter Hill – M60 Gold 


Andrew Noble – M50 Silver                    Ann Bath – F65 Gold              
 Steve Suttle M55 Gold

BMAF and SCVAC Marathon Championships, Thanet, September 7th 2014

Thanet Roadrunners organisation of this event was excellent – at the Race HQ, runners were efficiently processed through a taped off route of tables issuing race numbers, timing chips, age group numbers etc. Marshalls and feed stations were plentiful, and the enthusiastic announcer kept spectators entertained throughout the event.

The marathon runners started with those running half the distance, and the winning half marathon time of 1:19 illustrates the hilly nature of the first half of our championship course. There is also a testing hill two miles from the finish, climbing from Margate seafront up onto the clifftop path. Most finish times were 8 or 9 minutes slower than the runner’s London Marathon result.

BMAF runners dominated the open race: M40 Peter Dimbleby of Birchfield was 1st, and M50 Keith Dowson of Sevenoaks was 3rd. Walter Hill won the open prize for M60, and Barbara Ralph of Chiltern Harriers won F60, narrowly shading Keith and Walter for the best age graded performance by a Southern Counties Veterans AC member. The best BMAF age graded score was 82.94%, by Ann Doherty of Forres Harriers, aged 69 who ran 4:19:39.

SCVAC results in full: our members accounted for 50% of the BMAF finishers, and recorded some good performances in quite humid conditions for marathon running. Well done to you all – I enjoyed handing you your hard-won BMAF and SCVAC medals!

First name

Surname

Age

Club Name

Pos.

Chip time

Age Grade

Keith

Dowson

51

Sevenoaks AC

3

02:59:13

78.52%

Walter

Hill

61

Crawley AC

15

03:22:30

76.39%

Andrew

Noble

50

Folkstone Running Club

20

03:25:11

67.97%

Jack

Chivers

35

Haywards Heath Harriers

22

03:27:52

60.09%

Stephen

Suttle

56

Thanet Road Runners AC

30

03:36:57

67.93%

Barbara

Ralph

60

Chiltern Harriers AC

60

03:52:18

79.02%

Ann

Bath

66

26.2 Scottish Veterans

122

04:31:59

74.63%

Peter

Godbee

63

Swanley and District AC

133

04:42:21

55.90%

Karen

Samuel

53

Kent AC

168

05:01:51

55.10%

John

Gaade

70

SCVAC

183

05:22:09

52.73%

Dave Beattie


SCVAC Half Marathon Champs 2014 – Burnham Beeches, 17 August 2014

 

SCVAC Half Marathon Champs 2014 – Burnham Beeches

Burnham Joggers kindly hosted our half marathon championship this year, and as always, provided a well organised event featuring a challenging but pleasant traffic-free course, and good changing and shower facilities. In contrast to recent years, the runners enjoyed cool conditions on August 17th, and most finished before a sharp downpour sent spectators diving for cover.

Entries in the open race were down on previous years – a shame, because the race needs to attract 800 or so to be economically viable. At the sharp end, Simon Newton of Barnsley took the honours in 1 hour 16 minutes, with M40 Eddie O’Gorman finishing a minute adrift. The ladies were led home by Sophie Carter in 1:20:31, 4 minutes ahead of F40 Liz Hartney. M60 Dave Cox of Woodford Green and Veterans AC ran an outstanding time of 1:21:05.

SCVAC entries were also down, with injuries accounting for several absentees among our “regulars”. Eight members finished, their performances helped by the weather. Sadly, competition was lacking for the SCVAC medals – only one runner took home a silver medal, the rest won gold! I hope we see a better turnout for our remaining 2014 Road Championships: the Thanet Marathon on Sept 7th and the Givaudan Ashford 10k on October 12th.

First SCVAC man home was M45 Mark Champion of Istead and Ifield in 1:24:08 – I clocked Mark at the halfway point, and he ran a swifter second half by a couple of minutes. F40 Heather Fitzmaurice was next across the line – her time of 1:33:45 won third prize in her age group in the open race: well run Heather.

It was great to see Tony Brackstone, who has battled knee problems, return to take the M70 honours in the open race, in a new course record of 1:36:40. Tony achieved our best age rated performance of 84.46%.

Many Thanks to Alan Watson and his enthusiastic band of helpers, who staged a great event – I particularly enjoyed watching a red kite circle above the school playing field while the runners below launched their final sprint for the finish!

The full SCVAC results are set out below, with age rated percentages. 

Pos

Name

Club

Category

Age

Finish Time

Age Rated %

24

Mark Champion

Istead & Ifield Harriers

M45

46

01:24:08

76.96%

85

Heather Fitzmaurice

Sevenoaks AC

F40

44

01:33:42

76.06%

107

Tony Brackstone

Southern Counties Veterans AC

M70

71

01:36:40

84.46%

148

Alan Roberts

Vale Of Aylesbury AC

M50

50

01:41:08

66.21%

287

Peter Godbee

Swanley & District AC

M60

63

01:53:16

66.49%

366

Patrick Dobbs

Thurrock Harriers

M75

76

02:01:55

72.02%

402

James Fitzmaurice

Sevenoaks AC

M70

72

02:06:48

65.17%

462

Karen Samuel

Bromley Veterans AC

F50

53

02:15:29

58.82%

 Dave Beattie


Ted Pepper 10k – SCVAC multi-terrain Championship Monday 5 May 2014

 

Full results here... http://www.swifttiming.co.uk/cgi-bin/list_race_result.php?meet_event_id=310002

 

Ted Pepper Memorial 10k May 4th, 2014

Blackheath and Bromley again hosted our multi terrain 10k Championship, on a beautiful Spring morning – bright sunshine with just a hint of a cooling breeze. With the British Masters 10k at Kings Lynn clashing with this fixture, SCVAC numbers were down on last year, but 12 members finished the race.

The course is interesting and enjoyable, but not noted for fast times due to the grass and dirt sections. It starts and finishes on Norman Park Athletics Track, which is great for family and friends to spectate.

 

Pos

Name

Cat

Age

Club

Gun Time

Chip Time

Age Grade

1

Trevor Edgley

M65

66

Istead and Ifield Harriers

00:42:51

00:42:48

82.33%

2

Walter Hill

M60

60

Crawley AC

00:43:24

00:43:22

81.25%

3

Clem Leon

M55

58

Blackheath & Bromley

00:46:19

00:46:11

71.04%

4

Terry Barnes

M50

50

Crawley AC

00:46:23

00:46:15

66.37%

5

Peter Watts

M60

63

Swanley & District AC

00:46:58

00:46:50

73.20%

6

Jeremy Carmichael

M60

60

Crawley AC

00:47:14

00:47:06

70.88%

7

Peter Godbee

M60

63

Swanley & District AC

00:50:20

00:50:12

68.29%

8

James Fitzmaurice

M70

72

Sevenoaks AC

00:53:52

00:53:46

70.00%

9

Patrick Dobbs

M75

75

Thurrock Harriers

00:55:00

00:54:50

71.93%

10

Graham Williams

M70

74

Ilford AC

00:56:37

00:56:34

64.85%

11

Karen Samuel

W50

53

Kent AC

01:01:19

01:01:04

58.99%

12

Robert Carter

M75

76

Swanley & District AC

01:08:41

01:08:30

58.62%

 

Fastest SCVAC runner, and recording our best age graded performance, was M65 Trevor Edgley, who managed to beat his Vets AC rival Mike Mann in his overall race age category. Walter Hill was not far behind Trevor, despite racing at Kings Lynn the previous day – a fine effort. The M60 category saw the best competition, with Peter Watts prevailing over Jeremy Carmichael for the silver medal.

 

Chairman Arthur Kimber presented the medals, and all medal winners stayed to attend after a well organised and thoroughly enjoyable event. With useful “goodies” like running socks and a reasonable entry fee, this value for money race was full before race day. Enter early next year to avoid disappointment!

 

Younger Age Groups and Women please note that medals are there to be won – only one lady, Karen Samuels (a loyal supporter of all SCVAC events) and no men under the age of 50, entered this great race. Thanks again to race director Andy Tucker and his hard working team – we’ll be back next year!

 

The yellow SCVAC polo shirt is available to club members for £15, and is great for advertising the club and encouraging new members to join. Please contact our Chairman if you would like to buy one.

 

Dave Beattie

 

 

 

 

 

More photos here http://www.bandbhac.org.uk/

 

Dave Beattie, Road Running Secretary


SCVAC 10 Mile Road Championship – Canterbury, January 26th 2014

A nasty throat infection prevented me from attending the race, and I am grateful to Walter Hill for taking my place and presenting the medals. All who completed the race in tough cold and rainy conditions are to be applauded. In particular, Arena 80 A.C. sent 3 runners on a 200 mile round trip to compete – very successfully – in our championship. They thoroughly deserved their pub lunch at the hostelry they had spotted during the race! Walter Hill’s report is below. Thanks again Walter – I know that it took 10 minutes in your car with the heater and blower on full blast, to thaw out enough to present the medals, and you stayed longer than anyone to fulfil your role at the presentation.

Dave Beattie

Congratulations to all SCVAC finishers at the Canterbury 10 mile SCVAC Championships.

Yes it was windy,wet and cold and your times reflect determination and tenacity on what is regarded as a challenging course in the best of weather.

1st man home from the club was Mark Champion M 45 in a very respectable 1:00:15.Mark was placed 8th overall in a field of 598 finishers.

1st women home was Caroline Wood F 50 1:08:08 in another very solid SCVAC championship performance. Caroline was also first F 50 in the open race.

One of the highlights of the day were the M 70’s who had 3 finishers and led to a close examination of the results before the medals were presented.

On a personal note it was a delight to witness the outstanding Patrick Dobbs finishing on such a tough day.
Walter Hill


SCVAC medal winners, Canterbury 10 Miles 2014
Standing: Peter Watts, Pat Dobbs, Mark Stephenson, Caroline Wood,Bob Page, Walter Hill
Kneeling: Peter Godbee, Graham Williams, James Fitzmaurice

 

First name

Surname

Club

Gender

Age Group

Time

Medal

Mark

Champion

Istead and Ifield

M

45

01:00:15

Gold

Colin

Whiteley

Istead and Ifield

M

45

01:04:34

Silver

Caroline

Wood

Arena 80

F

50

01:08:08

Gold

Walter

Hill

Crawley AC

M

60

01:08:16

Gold

Bob

Page

Arena 80

M

55

01:08:18

Gold

Trevor

Edgley

Istead and Ifield

M

65

01:11:09

Gold

Mark

Stephenson

Arena 80

M

50

01:14:06

Gold

Peter

Watts

Swanley AC

M

60

01:17:17

Silver

Victoria

Talbot-Rosner

Invicta AC

F

50

01:17:47

Silver

Michael

Conway

Canterbury AC

M

70

01:18:12

Gold

James

Fitzmaurice

Paddock Wood

M

70

01:21:57

Silver

Patrick

Dobbs

Thurrock AC

M

75

01:28:59

Gold

Peter

Godbee

Swanley AC

M

60

01:31:44

Bronze

Graham

Williams

Ilford AC

M

70

01:33:17

Bronze

 


Good morning All,
The e-mail below is self explanatory.
What I need to do is to ensure that members are aware of its cancellation. Personably I would have booked a flight to ensure the best price now.Others members may be thinking of doing the same.

Chris would you be so kind to post the cancellation of the Moray Marathon on the BMAF web site as soon as possible.
Can I also ask for the the cancellation to be posted on as many affiliated club websites as possible.Priorities web sites due to location are SCVAC, VETS AC, SWVAC, EVAC, MMAC and Welsh Masters .If we are quick I am confident we will avoid embarrassment.
Fortunately I was cautions enough to allocate provisional against the fixture on the website so I hope none of our members have purchased flight tickets yet.
I aim to find a replacement Marathon for 2014 as soon as possible.
Thank you in advance for your help.
Walter Hill.
BMAF Road Race Sec.

Dear Walter

Unfortunately, following a meeting on Wednesday 29th January 2014, it was agreed to dissolve the Moray Marathon committee and therefore last year’s event was the final Moray Marathon.

I sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you and your colleagues. We were really hoping the event would continue with some new members, but disappointingly this was not the case.

Kind regards

Nicky

Nicky Nash

Sport & Leisure Supervisor


Epsom 10 – SCVAC Championship November 17th 2013

This was the 50th anniversary of the Epsom 10, and our thanks to Epsom and Ewell, and race director Dave Clarke, who hosted our 10 mile championship. Southern Veterans A.C. had an improved attendance compared to recent years.

The runners praised the event afterwards, particularly the many helpful and encouraging marshalls: this is not a PB course, but provides great racing in great surroundings. Race HQ is within the Queen Elizabeth Grandstand, and the runners enjoy the use of the jockeys’ changing rooms and showers. SCVAC member Steve Winder, a local resident, managed to finish 1st overall, and was the only runner to dip inside one hour for the challenging course. His age graded performance of 81.26% represented a new best mark for him.

Three other SCVAC competitors performed well despite having raced the British Masters marathon at Newcastle only three weeks before: Dave Worcester repeated his gold medal performance in the M60 contest, with Walter Hill improving from BMAF bronze to SCVAC silver at Epsom. Trevor Edgley added an M65 gold medal to his BMAF marathon gold. The top SCVAC age graded percentage score was recorded by Geoff Newton with 83.99%.

Overall there was a decent Southern Counties Veterans turnout, but disappointingly few in the younger age ranks, and only two female members – though Ann Bath is to be commended for she had competed in the Home International cross country at Cardiff on the previous day.

Dave Beattie, Road Running Secretary.

Pos

Time

Name

Cat

Club

Age Grade

1

58.08

Steve Winder

M40

Epsom & Ewell

81.26

25

65.35

Paul McKay

M40

SCVAC

71.47

31

66.27

David Worcester

M60

Chichester

82.77

43

68.57

Walter Hill

M60

Crawley

79.76

46

69.32

Diana Norman

F35

Epsom & Ewell

73.41

47

69.54

Trevor Edgley

M65

Istead & Ifield

82.45

48

69.58

Paul Barton

M45

Paddock Wood

69.71

50

70.13

Mickael Hegesippe

M40

Fleet & Crookham

66.75

52

70.39

Geoff Newton

M65

Tadworth

83.99

57

72.36

Dave Beattie

M65

Crawley

80.14

74

75.58

Alan Dolton

M55

Striders of Croydon

69.85

82

76.00

Jeremy Carmichael

M60

Crawley

72.37

78

76.26

Gavin Newton

M40

Crawley

62.30

94

77.59

Michael Conway

M70

Invicta East Kent

79.56

120

82.44

Norman Hemming

M60

Croydon

66.48

124

83.03

James Fitzmaurice

M70

Sevenoaks

73.76

139

85.39

Patrick Dobbs

M75

Thurrock

75.76

169

93.19

Ann Bath

F65

26.2

74.02

 


10k Road Championships – Ashford, October 13th 2013

Driving conditions were pretty nasty getting to Ashford, and the rain became heavier as race start time approached. Runners huddled under cover until the last few minutes, and many opted for a shortened warm-up, i.e. one lap of the track!

Race organiser Martin Burke warned us of a flood across the road in the first kilometre, and with soaking shoes and socks we squelched up the first climb. The course was superbly marshalled by brave souls in sodden hi-viz jackets who yelled encouragement as we splashed by. The closure of the roads to traffic meant that we could take the best line to avoid the worst of kerbside puddles.

Accurate distance markers ticked by, and the constant slight undulations made the race interesting. Michael Coleman was leading the field home, while we lesser mortals were striving against the elements. SCVAC runners (18 in all, from an entry of 21) recorded some good performances. M45 David Weekes ran 35:57, with M60 Des Michael and F50 Caroline Wood the best male and female age graded SCVAC runners. M80 Roy Webb bravely finished despite pulling a calf muscle, well done Roy. Commiserations to Fiona Jamie – as the 4th F50 finisher in our strongest category, she was our only member not to win a medal.

Arena 80 AC, travelling up from Brighton, provided 6 of our 18 finishers – a great club turnout, which I hope other clubs will copy at the Epsom 10 on November 17th to make it a great SCVAC championship. (Caroline Wood is running for England in the International cross country that weekend, so our F50 title is up for grabs!)

Dave Beattie

Name

AGE

CLUB

Cat.

Time

Age Grade

SCVAC

David Weekes

48

Folkestone RC

M45

35:57

84.03%

Gold

Tony Hyde

48

Ilford AC

M45

38:09

79.19%

Silver

Des Michael

63

Barnet and District

M60

39:22

87.08%

Gold

Caroline Wood

50

Arena 80 AC

F50

40:12

86.27%

Gold

Martin Hawkins

52

Cambridge Harriers

M50

40:16

77.48%

Gold

Colin Hannant

57

Arena 80 AC

M55

40:57

79.44%

Gold

Sharon Hawkins

49

Maidstone Harriers

F45

41:09

83.24%

Gold

Paul Barton

46

Paddock Wood A.C

M45

41:11

72.22%

Silver

David Beattie

66

Crawley AC

M65

42:16

83.37%

Gold

Mark Stephenson

53

Arena 80 AC

M50

43:09

72.90%

Silver

Chris Reed

62

Pitsea RC

M60

44:13

76.85%

Silver

Candy  Hawkins

42

Ashford AC

F40

44:21

71.88%

Gold

Robert Page

55

Arena 80 AC

M55

44:35

71.74%

Silver

Brian Davis

62

Folkestone RC

M60

45:11

75.20%

Bronze

Jenny Hughes

53

Arena 80 AC

F50

45:20

79.47%

Silver

Vicky Talbot Rosner

53

Invicta East Kent

F50

46:20

77.75%

Bronze

Fiona Jamie

54

Arena 80 AC

F50

49:07

74.31%

-

Roy Webb

80

Tone Zone Runners

M80

58:53

74.29%

Gold


Dave Beattie enjoying a relatively dry section of road during the Ashford 10k 2013


Kent Coastal Marathon and SCVAC Championships - 1 September 2013

Thanet Road Runners AC kindly hosted our 2013 marathon championship. Due to the number of entrants collecting numbers on the day, the half and full marathon commenced a few minutes later than the scheduled time of 9.30am, and attracted a total of 700 entries.

Debbie Hatt, the new race director, and her team of helpers and numerous marshalls, staged a very enjoyable but challenging event. The race started in ideal conditions, but the wind steadily strengthened and undoubtedly slowed the marathon runners.

There were 220 finishers in the marathon, with the overall male and female winners both 10 minutes clear of their pursuers. Daniel Watt of Tunbridge Wells Harriers finished in 2.45.47, with just two other runners dipping under 3 hours. There would have been a few more, but a missing marshall unfortunately caused four of the leading runners to run an extra distance. Heather Fisher, from Sheffield, claimed the women’s prize in 3.22.12.

In our own SCVAC championship, first home was evergreen M65 Trevor Edgley, who is in great form at the moment. (Trevor also won the over 60 Kent Championship, and clinched his position at the top of the Kent Grand Prix). Chatting to Trevor after the finish, I remarked on the strong headwind facing the runners for a large section of the race. Trevor commented, “I decided to back off and not fight the wind, and I overtook lots of runners after we turned and had the wind helping us”. His chip time of 3.18.42 would be worth sub 3:15 on an easier course, and bodes well for Trevor’s attempt at the BMAF Champs in Newcastle at the end of October.

The SCVAC results are below – we only had 6 finishers, five won gold in their age category. So please take note: if you want to win an SCVAC marathon medal in 2014, you have a high chance of success!

Pos

Gun

Name

Club

Cat

Age

Chip

Age Grade %

14

03:18:51

Trevor Edgley

Istead & Ifield Harriers

M65

65

03:18:42

81.02

49

03:35:33

Steve Suttle

Thanet Road Runners

M55

55

03:35:31

67.73

143

04:19:17

Richard Griffin

Blackheath and Bromley

M60

62

04:18:22

60.26

175

04:42:13

James Fitzmaurice

Sevenoaks A.C.

M70

71

04:41:58

60.87

199

05:07:28

Karen Samuel

Kent Athletic Club

F50

52

05:06:56

53.70

215

05:38:49

John Gaade

SCVAC

M65

69

05:37:59

49.59

Early warning: next year the Thanet Marathon date clashes with the BMAF Marathon, which will be in Scotland. I welcome members’ views on whether we stay with Thanet, or use another venue for 2014 which avoids the date clash. Or if you fancy a change of venue for any other reason, email me your thoughts – Thanks.

Dave Beattie


The Ted Memorial Pepper 10k Race - Monday May 6th

This traditional club race hosts Southern Counties Veterans Multi-terrain 10k Championship, and the race starts at Norman Park, Bromley, at 10am. The course features a tartan track start and finish, and is pancake flat, with sections of tarmac paths, farm tracks and field paths ensuring an interesting race. Parking, changing, showers, refreshments and a children’s fun race all offer a good outing for runners, friends and family. Medal presentations are held at Norman Park track after the race.

Full results and lots of photos here...

Age graded performances below. 3-11-13

Time Name Age Category Club Age Graded
41.00 Caroline Wood 50 F50 Arena 80 84.58
42.10 Trevor Edgley 65 M65 Istead and Ifield Harriers 82.79
42.52 Julian Spencer-Wood 62 M60 Kent AC 79.27
41.12 Steve Smythe 55 M55 Unattached 77.63
43.15 Walter Hill 59 M55 Crawley AC 76.52
47.27 Jenny Hughes 52 F50 Arena 80 74.95
50.00 James Fitzmaurice 71 M70 Sevenoaks AC 74.27
44.08 Jane Bradshaw 41 F40 Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC 71.69
44.46 Mark Stephenson 53 M50 Arena 80 70.26
48.30 Chris Reed 62 M60 Pitsea RC 70.06
54.47 Graham Williams 73 M70 Ilford AC 69.71
48.46 Jeremy Carmichael