Kent Fitness League, Swanley Park – Sunday 12th November 2023


Sunday 12th November saw the return of the Kent Fitness League, with the first race held at Swanley Park. Medway and Maidstone AC turned out in force, fielding their record number of athletes (37), for a Kent Fitness League race. This included a record ladies team too, with 9 ladies competing over the 5 mile course.

The race loop was hotly contested, with M&Ms twin brothers, Cameron and Callum Featherstone, working together at the front to seal a one-two finish. Callum finishing 1st in 29:47 and Cameron just 11 seconds behind. Next for M&M was Alex Donnelly (4th) on his KFL debut, with Justin Lane (7th and 1st M45) not far behind. Owen Featherstone (11th) produced another solid run, leading Chris Rampling (15th), Neill Wright (17th and 3rd M45) and another debutant, Nigel Lowther (23rd and 3rd M40). Adam Featherstone (32nd and 2nd M50), Stephen Turpie (57th) and Adrian Moody (126th) rounded off the men’s scoring team. Another notable performance in the men’s team was Glyn Pallister (176th), returning to the KFL after a five season absence.

In the Ladies race, Emily Hale (9th) led the way home for M&M, followed by Chloe Hammond (21st), Antel Muller (37th), Vanessa Vander (53rd) and Catherine Rodwell (89th).  Next for the ladies were three debutants, Debbie Mantle (104th), Sophie Barnes (108th) and Deborah Warren (136th).  Completing the ladies team was Sarah Kenyon (149th).

Outstanding performances throughout both teams meant that in the combined team result, M&M came out on top by a narrow margin of 17 points. There was also another victory in the men’s team competition, extending the men’s unbeaten run, having last been beat on 10th November 2019. The ladies team finished 8th, in what was a tightly contested competition between the 10 clubs.