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Skinner is the class act
Michael Skinner was a runaway winner of the final Kent Cross Country League race of the Winter at Swanley. The Blackheath & Bromley athlete finished nearly a minute clear of the field in a time of 30.21, despite feeling that he could not get into a rhythm on the twisty course. With Alex Gibbins in 10th, Jon Vintner 37th and Fintan Parkinson 41st the Club were third in the team contest. Ross Braden, running for the University of Kent finished in 34th.
Fran Green celebrated her birthday 24 hours early by finishing in third place in the womens race and leading the team to victory with Amber Reed in 10th and team manager Jane Bradshaw 12th. Charlotte Stickings was 21st, Sarah Belaon 23rd and Katrina Cosby 47th, in a rare excursion on the mud, and this ensured that the Club was third in the 6 to score.
As this was the last race of the season, the overall placings were also decided at this fixture and it was welcome news for the Women who won the 3 to score team competition. They were also 2nd in the 6 to score.
The men were third in the 6 to score and second in the 12 to score contests.
More success came in the individual awards with Alex Gibbins and Amber Reed both finishing in third place overall. Charlotte Stickings was 5th and also 3rd veteran. Meanwhile Andy Rayner finished in 6th place in the Surrey Cross Country League race at Coulsdon. In doing so he helped his second claim club Kent AC to victory in the team competition for the season.
Peter Tucker had an easy run at the Kent League, coming home in 44th place. This was because he was saving himself for the following days Wokingham Half Marathon. He finished in 11th place in 69.57.
Also on the roads, Peter Hannell finished in 18th place in the London 10km Road Race Championships at Victoria Park, Hackney. In cold weather, and on a flat but somewhat uneven course, his time was 1 hour, 6 minutes and 16 seconds, a little down on his best as he is just returning from injury. David Hoben was 22nd in 1.15.07.
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