After deciding to participate more in road races this year, Medway & Maidstone AC had a great start to the season at the Canterbury 10, the first big Kent road race of the year. This popular race, with almost 1400 finishers was part of the Kent Grand Prix Series and the club gained excellent points in the series in addition to some excellent individual results.
The race was won by Invicta East Kent and Eritrean international, Able Tsegay with a PB of 51.13. Second place was taken by Tewelde Menges of Medway & Maidstone in 53.16, knocking nearly 2 minutes of his PB. Peter Hogben of Canterbury was third (54.11), closely followed by Tom Collins of M & M (54.18). Lee McMeekin in 13th overall (1st M40-49) had his fastest 10 miler in 7 years (57.59) and in addition to being a new club record, it is also puts him top of the UK rankings (M45 age group). Justin Lane was another club athlete with a PB in 27th (5th M40 -49) in a time of 60.44. Alun Rogers had another great run in 86th (66.30), he was followed by Bob Fursey (120th 68.17) with a new club M55 record. Glyn Pallister was in 594th in 1.24.47. The club took team silver after a close result, Tonbridge AC taking gold.
There were also some great results from the club’s women. First home was Maxine Mclnulty in 69.52 (18th lady overall and 7th in the W35-44 age group. Taryne McPherson was in 35th place overall (14th W35-44 in 74.16), followed by Claire Wilkins in 76.28 (52nd and 19th W35-44), Mo Fazakerly with a PB of 79.28 and Kat Ford in 1.36.19.