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Last updated 11 January 2019

Kent County AA C-C Championships, Brands Hatch, 5 January 2019

Official Kent County CC results here... 5-01-19

 

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The New Year kicked off with in typical fashion with the Kent XC Championships around the camping site of Brands Hatch, a section of the country that appears to be permanently 5 degrees colder than anywhere else in the surrounding area.

Sticking it out in the hardy conditions were 11 Heathens spearheaded by an in-form Will Ruiz, who overcame a deeper field than usual to place 18th. Rob Donohue backed him up in his first race at the county champs in a strong performance to come 29th. Dartford's favourite Scot Peter Tucker made another flying visit to solidify the team's position with 39th after an early attempt at leading was scaled back. The second half of the 6 to score looked briefly like they would finish consecutively in a glorious charge, but differing levels of fitness proved crucial. Tom Desborough won this particular battle as he patiently worked his way through the field to place 43rd in his best run at the county champs. Dan Kennedy snuck into the top 50 with a late charge amongst a large group, and Danny Brewer completed the sextet with a finish of 61st.

Jon Vintner set down an early marker in his preparation for the London Marathon with a finish of 98th, while Fintan Parkinson, who ran in tandem with Jon for most of the race, was the eighth Heathen in 110th. Paul Sharpe, another serial marathoner, crossed next in 125th, Graham Hollingdale ensured that racing over from potential wedding venues wasn't in vain as he backed up Paul in 135th, and Rich Byford overcame his recent achilles problems to complete the team in 169th.

Sadly, injury denied Steve Hough from what would have been a painful finish and a scoring 12, but the 6 to score matched last year's performance despite the reduced numbers and stronger field to comfortably come 4th overall.

Up the Heath!

Ross, Dan & Chris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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