By Tim Roff
I ran my first ultra event this last weekend. The Pilgrim Challenge Ultra, 66 miles over 2 days. The route follows the North Downs Way from Farnham to Merstham, 33 undulating miles! You then run back the next day.
We were very lucky with the weather, warm with hardly any rain, and apart from a lot of mud in places, running conditions were good. It was well organised and there was a great sense of camaraderie between all runners.
Five 7oaks tri members made the journey to Rough Common near Canterbury to join 350 runners from the 18 Kent clubs on the muddy 6-mile course through Blean Woods. It was the last round of the series.
James Mason from SAC won the race and it was his 4th win in the 7 race series making him the 2015-16 Kent Fitness League Champion - the first Sevenoaks AC athlete to win the KFL for at least 15 years.
From next Saturday February 13th, there will be a second ride starting from Sevenoaks Post Office at 8:00am which will go at a slower pace than the current "intermediates" ride. The target pace will be somewhere around 21-23 kph (13-14mph) depending on the route. Duration around 2 hours. Anyone planning to join this ride should be confident to ride on the road for that duration at that average speed. That said, no-one will be left behind. Please keep an eye on the club cycling Facebook page for updates if the weather is especially bad or there are other alterations.
We received this request to help with a study into triathletes injury treatment choices - just a questionnaire, so please help if you can.
I am a fifth year student at the London School Of Osteopathy. I am writing to ask for your assistance as part of a research project that I am carrying out as part of a Bachelor’s level dissertation.
If you would like to assist me then please read on.
Swim coach Tom has drawn up the annual plan for 2016 for swimmers with the club. It should outline the aims and goals of the sessions and make us all better swimmers.
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7oaks tri club is now registered to take part in this series!
The series will consist of 5 events from around the South East region, with 3 events needing to be completed to be in the running. The focus for 2016 changes from an individual to that of a club series, so more than ever it is about taking part and representing your local club rather than a few talented individuals dominating events.
Here are some members in action at the KFL Minnis Bay XC Race.
Andy having "fun".
Sally actually having real fun!
The fifth race in the Kent Fitness League Cross Country series took place in Meopham on Sunday December 20th, with a field of over 400 runners.
Sevenoaks AC managed to field a strong team of 36 runners including seven 7oaks tri members to take on the muddy two lap 5.5-mile course cross-country course, which features the famous “water splash” – especially deep this year after the recent rain!
Swimming Dates for Christmas
Last Walthamstow Hall swim Wed 16th Dec. No more swimming at Wally Hall until the 6th Jan 2016.
Last Sevenoaks Leisure Centre swim is Tues 22nd Dec. No swimming at Leisure centre until Tues 5th Jan 2016.
Last Sevenoaks School swim Sunday 20th Dec 5.30-7 pm until January 10th 2016.
If you were holding a kite at the start of Sunday's cross country race, you would have taken the lead very quickly, at least for the first 200m! There were 27 Sevenoaks ac runners, of which there were only four 7oaks tri members. On a 2 lap, 5.5 mile, muddy course, which is reckoned to be the toughest of the seven race series even without the high winds on the day, James Mason of Sevenoaks AC team won the race in a field of over 400 runners from Kent running clubs. Once again, Cath Linney led the Sevenoaks women's team home and is leading the W45 league.
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.
7Oaks Tri Club is pleased to announce that ten charity places are now available for our Triathlon being held on Sunday 17th April 2016. Entries sold out within twenty one hours of opening.
The places have been donated by 7Oaks Tri Club to ellenor (formally known as chYps Children’s Hospice at Home), a charity for families facing terminal illness to receive the best quality personalised care and support.
It was unseasonably mild for the second round of the Kent Fitness League. The three laps of the undulating Swanley park were not too muddy despite the heavy rain the day before. The Sevenoaks ac team was 31 strong in a field of over 500 runners! This included nine 7oaks tri members:
I’ve spent a few years as a club member enviously reading the exploits of so many of you awesome athletes, thinking that I hadn’t really done anything noteworthy to write about. So I had to change all of that. Not just so I had something to write about but it does help!
Knole park presented a particularly picturesque landscape on Sunday 25th October for the opening round of this season's cross country running league. It was warm and the sun was shining on the autumnal colours for the 500 or so runners from all over the county. Despite the rain the previous night, the ground was not too slippery for 40 Sevenoaks athletics club competitors who romped home to victory in the mixed team and male team result beating 17 other athletics clubs. The female team also came 4th, greatly assisted by 7oaks tri members Cath Linney and Sally Mortleman.
This from our friends at GS Avanti -:
"This link is exclusive to 7Oaks. It means your membership can sign up and pay for the event – and you will see that you have two reserved time slots. The link is available until registration goes public on 1 November. Please share with your club members. After 1 November it will be pot luck, not least because the long route typically sells out within 48 hours".