Kent XC League at Tonbridge – Senior Men
We had another good turnout for the second Kent League fixture at Somerhill School, Tonbridge. Most I think would agree that this is the toughest and the best of the courses that the League has to offer, although this year it was less tough than usual, the dry summer having accounted for a complete absence of mud, but the hills were still there!
Dean Lacy’s rehabilitation from injury seems to be well on track, an 18th place two weeks ago being followed by a 4th place here in a race in which he was always in contention and finished just half a minute behind the winner, Dartford Harriers’ Jake Wightman. David Reader had one of his highest positions ever in the League, finishing 26th, closely followed by Steve Hodges who had driven to the event straight from Gatwick and rounded off his holiday with a fine 29th. Steve Groom (49th) completed the 4-to-score team which was 5th (again).
There was then a bit of a gap before Graham Maynard lead home the club’s 50-somethings (and the 60-somethings). In the 12-to-score team event we were 7th from 7, but at least we had a team!
RESULTS 4 Dean Lacy 33:33 26 David Reader 37:14 29 Steve Hodges 37:29 49 Steve Groom 38:56 95 Graham Maynard 42:09 118 Jerry Carnell 43:42 120 Mark Cross 43:58 122 Mark Ashby 44:07 140 Clem Dixon 45:15 166 Ian McCarthy 48:42 181 Darren O’Brien 50:49 190 John Murphy 54:02 200 Mark Newell 55:58 201 Pat Austin 55:58 205 Mike Simmons 59:47