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  • Maryse Ford

Kent XC League – Senior Women

It was just brilliant to see so many senior women start the first match of the season. Thirteen senior women turned out – by far the most we have had at one event for many years. Not only that but we are now consistently fielding women from their early twenties to over sixty and the team spirit is fantastic. We finished a very good 6 out of 19 in the team of three and 5 out of 11 in the team of six.

It was a lovely sunny day and as expected there was a large entry. Caroline Ford and Lucy Marlow quickly established themselves at the front. Sadly Caroline had to drop out and after a visit to the first aid tent ended up spending a delightful few hours in Lewisham A and E. Lucy however had a great second lap overtaking and finished sixth overall. The backbone of the team is usually provided by Chris Bond’s Thursday training group. So it was no surprise that Rose Baker fresh from her victory in the civil service cross country came next. Lisa Atkinson making her first appearance for the club cross country followed. Hot on her heels was Chris who after her umpteenth injury was just fit enough to compete. Donna Martin who is running well at the moment came next. Then came Anna Simmons making a welcome return to the club. Joanne Murphy hadn’t expected to run as she is on stand by for the birth of a grandchild. As she dropped off John for the senior men’s race she got overcome by sight of the masses at the start and decided to run around in her jeans. Susan Edwards and Frances Nestor made it home next. Monica Whitefield would have placed more highly if she hadn’t got sidetracked and had to retrace her steps and so run an extra 400 metres or so. The team was completed by Maria Macdonald and Anna Rowland who had both warmed up at the Bexley parkrun – as you do!


6 Lucy Marlow 20:40 31 Rose Baker 22:38 48 Lisa Atkinson 23:51 55 Chris Bond 24:16 69 Donna Martin 25:02 73 Anna Simmons 25:08 85 Joanne Murphy 26:19 102 Susan Edwards 27:58 106 Frances Nestor 28:26 112 Monica Whitefield 29:35 116 Maria Macdonald 29:47 123 Anna Rowland 30:59


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