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Athletics round-up includes news from the University of Kent 10k

Canterbury Harriers raced together for the first time in five months at the University of Kent 10k on Sunday.

Harriers were among almost 150 competitors and were delighted to be back in action after lockdown.

Toby Smith in action for Deal Tri (40921375)
Toby Smith in action for Deal Tri (40921375)

David Dunn, who finished in 50min 58sec, said: “It was great to be back racing and it was lovely seeing so many familiar faces — many we haven’t seen since lockdown started.

“The event was brilliantly organized too!”

Birthday boy Colin Kent, who also competes for Deal Tri, was the leading Harrier 46.08.

Other Harriers times: Paul Reading 46.43 PB, Emma Greatrix 47.01 (2nd vet lady 40), Sian Smith-Keary 47.01, Gemma Jeffrey 47.28, Andy Farrant 51.10 (1st male vet 60), Matthew Northover 51.27, Lidia Modzelewska 52.01, Richard Hudson 54.40, Glenn Wilson 53.36. Sammy-Jo Foster and Paul Thompson volunteered as marshals.

Toby Smith finished third overall for Deal Tri in 34.03, while former member Kirsten Hayes - now running for her university - took the ladies’ title and 11th place in 41.29.

Andrew Farrant (51.10) and Lee Gavin, running for his first-claim club Dover Roadrunners (42.43) were also in action.

First home for Dover in ninth place was Adam Groombridge in a time of 40.37.

Their first lady was Ola Zdzieblowska in 38th place with a time of 46.29.

Dover Roadrunners at the University of Kent 10k (40922175)
Dover Roadrunners at the University of Kent 10k (40922175)

Other runners were Chris Kirby (14th in 42.27), Daniel Baker (25th in 44.52), Natalee Potter (73rd in 52.44) and Nicola Mclaren (116th in 62.40).

Two Deal Tri riders have completed the Everesting Challenge up Castle Hill in Dover.

The concept is to ascend the height of Everest by repeatedly riding up one hill.

Mark Whittaker finished in 12hr 52min, followed by Jill Cliff in 15.15, the pair completing 99 reps of the hill.

They covered 130 miles and climbed 29,623, almost 600ft more than Everest.

Whittaker felt comfortable most of the time while Cliff said the mental side was the hardest, adding: “But everyone kept me going, some friends riding with me for several hours.”

South Kent Harriers were also in action at the University of Kent 10k.

First home was Jon Eaton in 39.15 for sixth place, just 16 seconds off his PB.

Mark Whittaker takes on the Everesting Challenge (40921362)
Mark Whittaker takes on the Everesting Challenge (40921362)

Second back was Lee Sentenacq in 46.43 with Kevin Southen just one second behind, despite a fall along the way.

They were followed by Royd Powell 50.37, Jane Wren 51.08 (1st vet lady 50-59), Lance Boseley 51.37, Alan Randall 54.12 and Mel Satchwell 58.21.

South Kent Harriers said all runners did incredibly well after such a long break in racing, a hilly course and humid conditions.

Harriers are training at Saga (Sandgate) on Tuesdays and Thursdays (6.15). All abilities welcome.

Medway & Maidstone athletes have impressed at south east meets.

At Worthing, last Tuesday, Harry Osborne recorded a big new personal best in the 200m of 22.39sec to rank 21st under-20 in the UK.

The time was a bonus for Osborne, as he has missed much of the past couple of seasons with various injuries and niggles.

Also in action over 200m was Lucy Hope in the under-23 ladies category, setting a season’s best of 26.65.

South Kent Harriers at the University of Kent 10k (40921360)
South Kent Harriers at the University of Kent 10k (40921360)

On Saturday, the action moved to Lee Valley with further PB success.

Dylan Purton set a big personal best in the 200m, his time of 22.66 ranking him 14th in the UK at under-17 level.

Not to be outdone, Charlotte de la Porte Godden, also an under-17, recorded a big PB of 26.99 over 200m.

Meanwhile, Annabel Young set a new 800m PB of 2:28.20.

Torrential rain hit Sunday’s action but Osborne recorded a good time of 22.63 in the 200m and Hope improved her season’s best with figures of 26.51.

In her first outing of the summer, Abi Walters set a PB of 27.01 in the under-20 ladies 200m.

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