KFL Deal Cross country results

SAC team at Deal

The temperature was sub-zero as seven 7oaks tri members left Sevenoaks, but it warmed up through the morning and conditions for the race were ideal for running – cold, but clear and sunny.

49 48 Stephen Searby 52 33:55 Sevenoaks AC 83.09
76 73 Alan Macpherson 29 35:17 Sevenoaks AC 74.10
95 90 James Baker 51 36:20 Sevenoaks AC 67.99
96 6 Cath Linney 46 36:22 Sevenoaks AC 95.69
107 99 Alan Lewis 49 36:45 Sevenoaks AC 64.75
149 134 Andy Evans 45 38:34 Sevenoaks AC 52.16
227 192 Duncan Cochrane 58 41:53 Sevenoaks AC 31.29

The race took place on the site that was previously Betteshanger Colliery, Kent's biggest coalfield, which closed in 1989. The site was regenerated in 2000 as Fowlmead Country Park with several miles of mountain-bike and walking trails. In May 2015, Hadlow College acquired the park, renaming it Betteshanger Country Park. It is an ideal place for a cross-country race with excellent trails and great views over the undulating East Kent countryside.

Just under 400 runners from the 18 Kent clubs lined up for the start at 11.00. Cath Linney was the first SAC woman home again and 6th overall. She is leading the F45 category in the league.

With both the men's and women's teams doing so well, the combined team placed 3rd on the day. Deal is normally one of SAC's weakest races in the series as large numbers from Canterbury Harriers and Deal Tri Club attend, in addition to the big teams from Dartford, so 3rd position for the combined men's and women's teams is impressive. The next race in the series will be in Oxleas Woods, Eltham on Sunday Nov 29th.

Full results here: http://kfl.canterburyharriers.org/index.php