Medway & Maidstone Vets lead the way
Medway and Maidstone AC returned to action in the Kent Fitness League this Sunday, 672 days since the last fixture in the league. With injuries and other races this weekend affecting the team, M&M had 24 athletes representing them for the race at Swanley Park. The team was represented throughout most of the age categories, with the youngest athlete being Sean Barwick (18) and the eldest John Rains (80).
First home for M&M was Daniel St-Martin, finishing in 10th place, closely followed by Neill Wright (12th & 2nd M45) and Jonathan Whittall (13th). First lady for M&M was Taryne McPherson, finishing 9th lady and 2nd F45. Alun Rodgers continued his rich run of form, finishing in his highest ever KFL position to date (20th) and 2nd M50.
Perhaps the most notable performances came from M&M’s most senior athletes. Paul McAuliffe, new signing this season, finished as 2nd M60. Phil Wallace, running in the league for the first time since 2015, who led the way in the over 70 male category. Finally John Rains, similarly competing for the first time since 2015 finished 1st in the over 80 male category.
These performances saw M&M finish 4th in the Combined Team, 1st in the Male Team and 15th in the Female Team standings, which they will be looking to build on when at the next race at Oxleas Woods in two weeks.
Report by Sean Rodwell