Weekend News Report - 29th December 2019

De'Ath Wins Boxing Day Handicap

The Club held the traditional Boxing Day handicap over a three mile course, in wet and muddy conditions. Many of the seventy starters were taking part in the midst of a heavy training spell in the build up to the county championships on 4th January.

The first runner setting off started eight minutes before the last, with each athlete starting at a handicap calculated by event organiser Steve Keywood. Maurice Marchant, who started first, had already completed his first lap of three before the final competitor, Corey De'Ath had set off. However, De'Ath set about his task of gaining ground on everyone else and produced a rare result, where the scratch handicap athlete overtook the whole field to win.

De'Ath ran 15.34 and just caught Stuart Brown (16.19) near the finish), to win by five seconds, with Thomas Lockhart (18.09 actual time) in third. Jamie Bryant (16.12) and Jamie Goodge (16.18) were the second and third fastest actual times overall, whilst Nicole Taylor (17.42), Alice Wood (19.21) and Sarah-Jane Barrable (20.35) the fastest females.

On the roads Ben Cole won the Staplehurst 10 miles race in 51.43, finishing two and a half minutes ahead of the second placed runner. Helen Gaunt was second in the women's race with 65.40.