Kent Fitness League, Oxleas Wood Eltham – 19th November 2023

Donnelly leads the way for M&M

The second race of the Kent Fitness League season took place Sunday 19th November at Oxleas Wood, Eltham with Medway and Maidstone AC fielding a much-depleted team due to injuries and other absences.

Building on his strong debut run the previous week, Alex Donnelly led the way for M&M, finishing in 4th place, narrowly missing out on a top three place. He was followed by Justin Lane (7th and 1st M45), Owen Featherstone (8th) and Neill Wright (12th and 3rd M45) all improving on their performances in the first race of the season. Jacques Cunningham-March continued his return to form, finishing 20th on his KFL debut, just ahead of Chris Rampling, who arrived just on time to race to a comfortable 21st place. Adam Featherstone finished 32nd for the second week running, and was 3rd M50, with Stephen Turpie (58th) and Adrian Moody (102nd and 1st M60) completing the men’s scoring team. James Marshall made his cross country debut finishing strongly to take 112th place.

M&M ladies were again well represented with eight athletes completing the hilly course. As was the case in race one, it was Emily Hale (9th) and Chloe Hammond (17th and 2nd F40) as the first two M&M ladies. Vanessa Vander (35th), with her best KFL performance to date, was next to finish, followed by debutant Ciara Harrop (58th). Catherine Rodwell (80th), Sophie Barnes (81st) and Deborah Warren (112th) all improved on their positions in the previous week to finish further up the field, with Hayley Palmer (93rd) returning to cross country action to complete the team.

Another strong showing throughout the men’s team helped them to another victory in the team competition, and despite having a scoring team member missing, the ladies still finished 11th and combined team 3rd overall.

Race three of the season is on Sunday 26th November, 9:00am at Knole Park, Sevenoaks.