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Report by Ed Heardman
2012-01-10 10:06:05

Minnis Bay Cross Country

 

Sunday 8th January saw the latest leg of the 2011-12 Kent Fitness League being held over what can only be described as a testing but real cross country course at Minnis Bay. Unlike the other races in the series this was not run around local parks but over local by-ways and footpaths alongside open fields. The course also saw runners having to negotiate a number of dykes during the 6 mile route. The field saw 328 finishers which despite being a record number of finishers for the Minis Bay Course the field was still around 100 runners less than other venues this season.

The course was very firm under foot with some slippery sections in the first 2 miles where water had settled just below the promenade where the horses had churned the ground up. The day was dry but there was an icy cold wind which made the day very cold. The first male and female were both from Deal Tri which was a great effort considering both of them cycled over to Minnis Bay before running and then cycled home again afterwards. Thanet Roadrunners had 15 runners on the day the first home being Noel Sutton in 3rd place. There were 15 Thanet Roadrunner finishers due to Debbie Hatt having to pull out early on due to her sustaining an ankle injury. On the day the Thanet Roadrunners AC finished 11th in the combined league and the ladies' league with the men’s team finishing 12th on the day. In the overall league positions after 5 events Thanet Roadrunners are placed remain in 17th place in the combined league, with the ladies team moving up to 15th place and the men’s team moving up to 16th place. 

Big thanks to those who set up the course and who marshalled on the day. The next race is Sunday 15th January at Nursted Court Meopham, where it is hoped that Thanet Roadrunners will be able to field a full team. Please let Steve Clarke or Sarah Harmes know if you can make the trip.

The full Thanet results from Sunday are below

3rd       Noel Sutton 35:27

52nd    Steve King 41:12

58th     Ciaran Doyle 41:35

117th   Adrian Waters 44:38

157th   Stephen Forshaw 46:50

159th   Adrian Speller 46:59

170th   Steve Clarke 47:21

185th   John Cooper48:18

194th   Steve Jones 48:48

210th   Sarah Harmes 49:44

255th   Barbara Gambrill 53:42

263rd   Pam Philpott 54:29

321st   Jerry Kelk 1:04:43

328th   Jackie Lee 1:15:37 (Back Marker)

There was also a junior race on the day that saw a total of 48 juniors taking part. Full details of the junior race to follow once published.

Many thanks to John Cooper for this write up, to Grant Burton for sending me some photos of the action (These are on the site already), and Mike Sharpe has also sent some photos which I’ll add in due course, but in the meantime, here's a link to Mike's photos, which you can view for the next week and download at your leisure!

 

 

Related event: Kent Fitness League 2011-12 - Minnis Bay

 

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