Kent Fitness League, Minnis Bay – Sunday 8th January 2023

KFL – Minnis Bay

Following the Christmas break, Medway and Maidstone AC returned to Kent Fitness League action at Minnis Bay, Birchington, for race four of the season. Persistent rain in the run up to the race meant that the famous dykes on the course were deeper than usual, but this didn’t slow down Jordan Howes, who took his second race victory of the season, finishing 14 seconds clear of his nearest rival. The Featherstones continued to perform well, with Owen Featherstone 9th, Cameron Featherstone 11th and Adam Featherstone 22nd and 1st M50. Sean Barwick, making his first KFL appearance of the season came through in 17th and shortly after Tristan Hodges finished in 31st place, his highest KFL finish to date. Rounding off the men’s scoring team were Richard Kerswill (54th), Paul McAuliffe (82nd and 1stM65) and Adrian Moody (87th and 2nd M60) counting as a scoring runner for the first time since 2016/17. This led to the M&M men’s team finishing 1st by a narrow margin of 18 points, continuing their run of team victories.

Emily Hale, racing for the second time this weekend led the way for much of the race, but a fall just before the home straight meant she was narrowly beaten into second place. The next finisher for the ladies team was Vanessa Vander (44thlady), followed by Catherine Rodwell (80th lady), then Hayley Palmer (88th lady) giving the ladies team a 15th place finish.

The combined team finished 5th, leaving M&M 4thin the league table with 3 races remaining.

(Reported by Sean Rodwell)