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Kent Road Running for 2023

 

Last amended at 06 October 2023

 

 

For any further details you may require please contact:
Dave Behagg 07966 647726, roadrunning@kcaa.org.uk
43 Raeburn Avenue, Dartford, Kent, DA1 3BQ

 

 

 


Hi everyone

Final standings in the Kent Grand Prix 2023 after the final event at the 'Sittingbourne 10' on 1st October

Hi everyone
Last Sunday saw the 10th and final event in the 2023 KCAA Road Running Kent Grand Prix with 2022 champions Tunbridge Wells Harriers as the men's team winners of the KGP again after leading the way since February. Thanet Road Runners ended a magnificent second after chasing the Harriers all the way to the line, and Maidstone Harriers in 3rd managed to pip Petts Wood and Orpington for that final podium place.

Meanwhile, in the women's competition, the same five teams prevailed but saw a much closer result as Tunbridge Wells Harriers who had led since March come home as winners, yet were almost caught on the line by the 2022 champions Petts Wood who finished just 16 points behind them and with Thanet Road Runners in third followed by Orpington and Maidstone Harriers.

So congratulations to the Harriers for their double win and well done to all the other four clubs who managed to finish quite some way ahead of the other. Word has it that with road running events fully back in the diary after Covid that 2024 will be even more competitive as a number of clubs align their own internal Grand Prix competition with the Kent GP to try and gain some more points to try to catch the serial KGP winners over at T Wells.

Then over in the individual competition, the winners were as follows:-
Overall Kent Grand Prix 2023 Ladies Champion is Petts Wood Runners' Emma Crawford, with Susan Dixon of Cambridge Harriers as runner-up and Caroline Fenwick of Sevenoaks in third. Emma also was first in the FV35 category, with Caroline winning the FV45 and Susan the FV55 - what wonderful veteran runners the Ladies have, and then there are those three FV65 ladies from Orpington who battled out the podium places between them all the way with Nancy Thompson overtaking last year's winner Jan Lenton on the final day to win the award.

Overall Kent Grand Prix 2023 Men's Champion is Dartford Harriers' Barry Stephenson, with the two from Thanet Road Runners Jack Bradley and Andy Stevens in second and third place, and with Barry also first in the MV40, Andy winner of the MV50, Tunbridge Wells' Geoff Turner winner in the MV60 and Steve Clark of Canterbury Harriers winning the MV70.

Congratulations to all the winners and also to those who challenged them but who are too numerous to mention here, and for everyone else who made the trip across Kent over the 10 months to score points and take part in the races hosted by our affiliated clubs.

The first four KGP races for 2024 will be:-
21st January - Canterbury '10' - the KGP 2023 awards will be after this race and a full list of trophy winners will be posted on the KCAA website and the team captains and individuals concerned will be notified in early January.
18th February - Tunbridge Wells Half
3rd March - Paddock Wood Half (and the Kent Long Course Championships)
29th March - Folkestone 10 (the April event)

and a complete list of all ten KGP events between January and October 2024 will be issued in a few weeks time when checks have been completed with race directors for the race dates.

Richard

 

Kent Grand Prix update after Round 9

Current standings Kent Grand Prix 2023

The penultimate round of the 2023 Kent Grand Prix took place at the Larkfield 10k alongside the Kent (short course) Championships last week and for what is a fairly small race featured many of the faster runners in the County chasing GP points for the club and towards their own placings.

In the Men's team competition, T. Wells and Thanet Road Runners continue to slug it out but after a glorious campaign, Thanet looked destined to be runners up to the powerful Harriers

And in the Ladies' competition, T. Wells Harriers again look destined to win, but the runners up spot is keenly contested by Thanet along with Orpington and Petts Wood with only 9 points between the three teams and it will be interesting to see if these three clubs put in a powerful Ladies line up at the final GP event, the Sittingbourne Ten Miler this Sunday.

Regards

Richard

 

Kent Grand Prix update after Round 8 at the Mid Kent 5 miler

Hi everyone

Sunday dawned with ideal conditons for a fast jaunt through quiet mid-Kent country lanes around a lollipop course, and it proved popular with 200 more runners than at the same race in 2022 as GC and Vet contenders joined the scramble for entries which left the organisers 100 short of medals as the GP'ers looked to the last three races to score the necessary points for their teams.

Again, the TW Harriers showed their credentials as the Man City of the Kent endurance running world and blasted away the opposition. To their credit though, the other four teams vying for the podium did score well in the mens' competition and were joined by Medway & Maidstone to that effect, while in the Ladies', the podium chasers apart from the Orpies did well along with Dartford Road Runners and Medway & Maidstone again, although ORR did send along their super seniors who seem to be able to sweep the board at will.

While writing, is there anyone who might like to set up and moderate a social media page solely to discuss the KGP and generate a higher profile for the competition? Maybe Facebook might be appropriate as a medium (or am I still stuck in the noughties and its long moved on since then?)

Finally, you have a month off now for August with no KGP event, so go away and enjoy the summer and we'll be back in September for the Larkfield 10k which is also the short course Kent Championships and I'll leave it to my KCAA Road Running colleague Dave Behagg to sort that competition out.

Best wishes

Richard

 

Hot on the heels of the Tenterden 10k earlier this month came the following Sunday's KGP June #2 race at the Sackett 10k in East Kent.

With Petts Wood taking a furlough and to a lesser extent Tunbridge Wells doing the same, it was left to local team Thanet to fill their boots with Maidstone along for the ride, and Orpington not adverse to a seaside trip from the other side of the county to the scenic backdrop of Sandwich Bay.

Suddenly, the podium places looks a little different with the gap between T. Wells at the top and the chasing pack narrowed by a few notches, showing that it's far from over.

July's event is the Mid Kent 5 miler which is around some fairly quiet countryside roads surrounding Staplehurst and further information can be found at https://midkent5.co.uk/ 

See you there.

Richard

 

Kent Grand Prix 2023 results update after Round 6 at the Tenterden 10k

Two races in June just a week apart so here's the first update reflecting the first of these at the lovely setting on the village green at Tenterden in a remote part of Kent for their hilly 10k on a very warm morning a fortnight ago.

This year's competition is boiling down now to the same four teams in both the mens and the ladies tables with Tunbridge Wells firmly in the lead in both and with Petts Wood, Orpington and Thanet Road Runners fighting each other for the minor podium postions.

There remains a long way to go with last Sunday's Sackett 10k results yet to be assigned to the Grand Prix tables and with the Mid Kent 5 miler in July, the Larkfield 10k in September and the finale at the Sittingbourne 10 miler in October still to come (August is a resting month with no KGP event), positions can yet change. But can any team knock the mighty Harriers of Tunbridge Wells from the top?

Richard

 


Here is the proposed list of 2023 races in the Kent Grand Prix.

We have exact dates for the first six races from January to June, and the remaining four are currently indicative from knowledge of previous years' dates and will be confirmed when known (or changed to a different race if it does not proceed when expected or if there is a date clash.) 

We shall also have two races in June in order to leave August free when there are fewer races to choose from and some runners are taking a break anyway. 

The 2022 Kent GP awards will be presented at the Canterbury 10 on 22nd January and award winners will be contacted separately.

Jan 22nd - Canterbury 10 miles

Feb 19th - Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon

Mar 26th - Bromley Veterans 5 miles - https://www.bromleyvetsac.org.uk/Event/OpenRace

Apr 7th (Good Friday) - Folkestone 10 miles - https://www.folkestone10mile.co.uk/

May 21st - Chislehurst Half Marathon - https://chislehursthalf.com/

June 11th - Tenterden 10k - https://www.sportingeventsuk.com/enter-an-event/tenterden-5k-10k

June 18th - Sackett 10k (East Kent) - https://thanetroadrunnersac.com/events/june-2023/sackett-10k-race-2/

July 16th - Mid Kent 5 miles - http://midkent5.co.uk/

Aug - no race

Sep 17th - Larkfield 10k (Kent Champs) - https://www.larkfieldac.co.uk/larkfield-10k

Oct 1st - Sittingbourne 10 miles - https://sittingbournestriders.co.uk/10-mile-road-race-results/

The best six races from the 10 events are to count for individuals and 8 from 10 in the case of the teams.

Richard Dunstan
roadrunning@kcaa.org.uk

 


Hi everyone 21-10-22

The last of the 8 races in the 2022 Kent Road Running Grand Prix took place on 9th October at the Petts Wood 10k with the final outcome here.

The team winners for this year are Tunbridge Wells Harriers in the Mens team competition and Petts Wood Runners in the Ladies competition.

And the individual winners are:-

Overall gents winner - Justin Lane of Medway & Maidstone
Senior Men - David Weston of Tunbridge Wells Harriers
MV40 - Justin Lane of Medway & Maidstone
MV50 - Kev Howarth of Petts Wood Runners
MV60 - Gregory Norman of Canterbury Harriers
MV70 - Lionel Stielow of Sevenoaks AC

Overall ladies winner - Hannah Roberts of Dartford Harriers
Senior Ladies - Daniella Furneau of Petts Wood Runners
VF35 - Hannah Roberts of Dartford Harriers
FV45 - Kerstin Sung of Maidstone Harriers
FV55 - Anita Dubery of Orpington Road Runners
FV65 - Janet Lenton of Orpington Road Runners

Congratulations too all the winners and the worthy runners-up and thanks to everyone who participated this year which saw numbers participating in many races well down on the pre-Covid era.

Trophies will be awarded following the first race in the 2023 Kent Grand Prix which will be the Canterbury 10 on 22nd January and a list of the remaining 2023 GP races in next year's 10 race series between January and October will be issued over the coming weeks.

Richard


 

Rules
 

KENT CHAMPS INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES Updated 21.03.16

  • Open to all Kent qualified runners. See Rule 9 (qualification) on this link: http://www.kcaa.org.uk/ExtractfromRulesforCompetition.pdf

  • Awards to first 3 in the following categories: M, M40, M50, M60, M(under)23, F, F(under)23, F35, F45, F55 , Male Team (3 to score), Female Team (3 to score). 

  • Enter in Advance (if available) by entering the race and selecting the option to enter the County Champs, provided by the race organiser,

  • NEW for 2015 - Enter on the Day at the Kent Champs desk.

  • Identifier must be worn on back of vest during race.

  • Age qualification is age on day of race.

  • Veterans also take part in the Senior / Open Age competition and as such may win two awards, there are no pass downs.

  • Minimum age for Senior competitions is 17.

  • Any runner found not to have entered as a member of their first claim club or found not to have correctly worn the vest of their first claim club will be disqualified.

  • Senior Category scoring marathons must be run between 1st January and the first Sunday of November inclusive, and times notified to roadrunning@kcaa.org.uk  by the second Sunday of November - Whilst the organisers will seek out results where we can in popular marathons, notification of senior category marathon times is the sole responsibility of the competitor.

KENT CHAMPS TEAM COMPETITION Updated 20.12.14

  • Awards to first 3 Male and Female Teams 3 to score in each.

  • Teams must be KCAA affiliated clubs.

  • All runners entering the race as a member of a KCAA affiliated club are automatically entered into the Kent Champs team competition and there is no requirement to wear an identifier to score in the team competition.

  • The positional count is based on all runners of the relevant gender in the race, regardless of affiliation.

  • Any runner found not to have entered  as a member of their first claim club or found not to have correctly worn the vest of their first claim club will be disqualified.

KENT GRAND PRIX Updated 20.12.14

  • Clubs affiliated to KCAA will be entered into the Grand Prix team competitions automatically, as will the runners from these clubs in the individual competitions. Unaffiliated individual competitors need to contact dave.behagg@gll.org  to enter, and must be Kent Qualified (see link above, Rule 9)

  • Individual competitions, best 6 scores from 10 races. Team competitions, best 8 scores from 10 races

  • Mens team competition, top 6 from each club score down to 100th place; Womens team competition, top 4 from each club score down to 50th place

  • Individual Competition: Sen Men score down to 100th place; Sen Women to 50th; M40 to 20th; M50 to 10th; M60 to 10th; F35 to 10th; F45 to 10th; F55 to 5th.

  • Runners who are not in the competition do not count in the places

  • Age qualification for Kent Grand Prix categories is as follows: Individuals crossing an age threshold during the year will automatically enter the veteran competition for their age on the date of the first race they run. (or in the case of people becoming a M40 or F35, the first race they run as a veteran). Any competitor becoming M50, M60, F45 or F55 during the year and after the first race, who would rather enter the competition for their new category must inform the competition organiser at dave.behagg@gll.org  or 01322 410120 before their first scoring race after their birthday, and may only count this race and those afterwards. All competitors may compete in the senior category and only one vets category during the year

  • Minimum age for senior competition is 17


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