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Maidstone Harrier Stephen Wenk breaks the two-hour barrier as 559 runners finish the North Downs 30k

By KentOnline reporter
The action gets under way at this year's North Downs Run Picture: John Westhrop

An impressive field of 559 runners completed the North Downs 30K on Sunday.

Maidstone Harriers’ Stephen Wenk was the only athlete to break the two-hour barrier, coming home in 1hr58min30sec.

Kent AC’s Phil Sanders and Harold Wyber of Woodford Green completed the top three. Local interest came in the shape of Medway & Maidstone’s Tom Collins, who finished ninth (2:12.22), ahead of Dartford Harriers’ Chris Biddle (2:12.45) in 10th and 12th-placed Andrew Green of Dartford Road Runners in 2:15.26.

Host club Istead & Ifield Harriers were represented by Daniel Walsh (19th) in 2:18.59 with Dartford Harriers’ Nick Varley finishing 24th in 2:21.00.

The leading female athletes were Eton Manor’s Alex Gounelas in 2:16.44, Amy Clements of Kent AC in 2:18.34 and Nikki Brockbank of Springfield Striders in 2:21.26.

Serpentine RC were the leading male team ahead of Maidstone Harriers and Dartford Harriers, with Kent AC taking the female honours ahead of Mornington Chasers and Serpentine RC.

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