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  • Writer's pictureClem Dixon

Kent XC League - Norman Park

Updated: Feb 15, 2022

Megan on her way to a well deserved victory

The Senior Women bring home trophies...

Megan Marchant not only won the last Kent league race of the season but she also won the league as well. Not to be out done Julie Backley came 9th, won the V45 category over the season and was the Masters League champion. Chris Bond won the V55 category.

Julie Backley

Megan gave us a bit of a surprise when she went straight to the front of the race not least because she had just been advised that this was unnecessary. She said that she felt great and so just went for it - her warm weather training clearly worked. She thoroughly deserved that win and the title. So did Julie in her first XC season for decades. As for Christine, she is not a fan of the new 8k distance but still pulled it out of the bag.

Katie Sanders

We were a bit down on numbers on Saturday and the fact that the race was held over the first weekend of half term really didn’t help as this meant a number of the ladies were unavailable. We had just eight runners and although we had hopes of also winning the team of three overall title we knew that we would be up against it. Katie Sanders came in 13th place to complete the team of three. In the end we were equal on points with Tonbridge but they scored 4 fewer than us and so were awarded the title. Nevertheless the silver medal was a great achievement. The three other runners to complete scoring in the team of six were Lucy Marlow who has showed reliable consistency in 15th, Hayley Newman (31st) and last but by no means least Christine (57th). So we also won silver overall in the team of six. Marian Hine was 67th and Monica Whitefield was 86th.

Lucy Marlow

Christine Bond

Its been a really good league season for the ladies. The younger team members have been doing remarkably well and as ever our masters ladies have been a great strength. We also have a record number entered for the Nationals so who knows...

Senior men - 4th again