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Medway & Maidstone AC runner Jonny Whittall claims victory during a close finish to the Kent Fitness League meeting at Betteshanger Park

The closing stages of the latest Kent Fitness League meeting produced a thrilling finish - and a winning place for a Medway & Maidstone AC runner.

Betteshanger Park in Deal played host to match three of the league and it was won by Jonny Whittall, beating club-mate Neill Wright, who had been leading with 400m to go.

Jonny Whittall claimed victory from his club-mate at Betteshanger Park
Jonny Whittall claimed victory from his club-mate at Betteshanger Park

Whittall finished in 30min51sec to claim his maiden victory in the league while Wright had to settle for third in 31.01 with NEJ Running Club’s Martyn Millard (30.54) taking second.

Two further Medway & Maidstone athletes made the top 10, with Chris Rampling (7th, 31.44) and Daniel St Martin (9th, 31.54). Those results, along with the strong performances from the M&M men throughout the age categories saw the men’s team finish first in the team standings for the third time this season.

Taryne McPherson, racing for the second time over the weekend, continued her consistent run of form, finishing as fourth lady (38.33) to maintain her challenge at the top of the ladies standings.

Along with Vanessa Vander, Hayley Palmer and Catherine Rodwell, the ladies team finished ninth.

The combined team result again saw Medway & Maidstone finish in second place, moving up one place to second in the overall standings.

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