The Kent Masters Cross-country Championships held at Dartford on Saturday 2 December had a good contingency of runners from Medway & Maidstone A C.
The most successful age group for the club was in the men’s M40-49 10 Km race, were the club repeated last year’s success by taking the team silver medal. The winning team was Kent AC with Tonbridge A C in 3rd. The race was won by Julian Rendall of Tonbridge AC in a time of 29.33. Medway & Maidstone team places were Richard Tomlinson (12th 31.10), Lee McMeekin (13th 31.13), Neill Wright (18th 32.03) and Justin Lane (23rd 32.52). Good back-up was provided by Adam Featherstone (28th 33.14).
In the M50-59 10 Km race, the club improved considerably from last year, just missing out on a team medal in 4th place. The team race was won by Tonbridge A C who also had the race winner, Ben Reynolds (30.56). Barry Royden, now improving after injuries, led the club home with a 6th place finish (33.32), followed by Alun Rodgers (24th 35.37), Gareth Williams (30th 36.00) and Bob Fursey (37th 37.10).
In the M60-69 5 Km race, the club only had 2 runners, Phil Wallace (26th 21.20) and Ivon Whitmore (37th 22.34). Alan Camp of Blackheath & Bromley A C won the race by some distance (17.26), also leading his club to a team gold.
In the women’s W35-44 5 Km race, the club improved significantly on last year’s entry with a fuller team. They secured 5th team place in a very close result, with just 12 points separating 2nd to 5th. Jenny Fowler was first home for the club in 10th (19.03), followed by Bernadette Harrop (23rd 20.49), Claire Wilkins (26th 21.15) and Alison Williams (40th 23.04). Amy Clements of Kent A C won the race leading her club to team gold.
Mo Fazakerley was the only club competitor in the W45 -54 5 Km race (22nd 21.19). Maria Heslop, who has recently transferred to Tonbridge A C from Paddock Wood A C continued her winning streak in this category and also secured team gold for her new club.