Kent Fitness League, Allhallows – Sunday 12th February 2023

Howes records perfect season and more success for M&M athletes

The final race of the KFL season saw Medway and Maidstone AC athletes travel to Haven, Allhallows for a new race in the KFL calendar. The challenging course featured a combination of farmers fields, muddy riverside trails and leg sapping stretches of sand and shingle beach. Despite the conditions, Jordan Howes added to his previous four race wins in the league, finishing first again, to not only take the league title but also recording a perfect season score of 100 points. Jordan, in his first season running cross country becomes the first M&M men’s KFL league winner since Clayton Barrett in 2011/12.

Following Jordan’s victory, the medals kept coming for M&M athletes. Emily Hale finished as 3rd lady on the day to confirm her position as 3rd place lady in the overall standings. Daniel St Martin, following a great run on the road in Chichester the previous week showed his consistent form finishing in 4th place which also gave him 3rd in the overall standings and first placed M35.

In the age category standings, Neill Wright (19th) finished well ahead of his competitors taking the overall M45 title. Adam Featherstone (28th), with a remarkable return from injury this season finished as 3rd place M50. In other achievements, ever present KFL athlete for M&M, Nigel Read, completed his 50th KFL race for the club.

Other highlights from Allhallows were Cameron Featherstone (23rd) finishing with a overall 9th place finish in his first season, with his brothers Owen Featherstone (18th and 11th overall) and Callum Featherstone (first season, 11th and 12th overall) not far behind. Jacques Smit (18th) and Abigail Royden (4th lady) made their KFL debuts. Kiril Miryanov (34th), Gareth Williams (60th) and Adrian Moody (82nd) completed the men’s scoring team, which again won the team competition for the day, completing the clean sweep for the season and retaining the title this season.

The ladies turned out in force for the last race of the season with Vanessa Vander (60th lady), Hayley Palmer (80thlady), Catherine Rodwell (95th lady) and Sarah Kenyon (134th) giving the team a 13th place finish. This gave the overall combined team a respectable 3rd place, finishing 5th in the overall league standings.