13th December, 2020

Spenser Lane: Young Athletes' Manager:

Earlier this week Spenser informed the committee that he was stepping down as Young Athletes Manager and resigning his KAC membership with immediate effect. He has also informed his athletes.

Spenser has been a club member and coach for more than 10 years and has been tremendously committed to his athletes. Beyond running training sessions, he has always turned out to support them in competition and is a stalwart officiating at events & club champs for the benefit of all.

Thank you, Spenser, on behalf of the committee, members, and your athletes.

Going forward KAC and Spenser want the young athlete’s group to know that they are free to decide their future coaching preference. He will continue coaching but in an independent capacity and is investigating training venues. We fully understand and appreciate that athletes are loyal to their coaches and therefore will now be considering their options.

Members of the young athlete’s group can continue to be Kent AC members and compete for the club if they wish (even if they continue to be independently coached). Kent AC will continue to provide track-based training for the group and there will be a choice of KAC coaches available.

In conclusion, Spenser’s resignation leaves us with a big gap, but as a club we have shown this year how we can adapt to change. This was clearly a personal and painful decision for him, and it was not taken in haste or lightly. Please respect his decision and wish him well for the future.
If any Young Athletes, parents or members have any questions please reach out to me.

Alan Curtis, President KAC

Fundraise for the club with your Christmas shopping:
Since the AGM, your fundraising through easyfundraising has made a big difference, so please continue to utilise it. By making a purchase at one of the major retailers after going through the club's easyfundraising page, they will make donation to the club. Learn more here.
Top tip: you can install the easyfundraising browser extension to never miss a donation!

Track night volunteers:
If you have been to a track night recently you will know that as a club we now have volunteers on the gate – this ensures we meet our Covid requirements, and without volunteers we wouldn't be on the track!

We are really pleased with how this is working. Thank you to the volunteers in December:
John Barron, Will Fricker, Katie Lang, Jo Mott, Joe Daniels, Alex Robbins, Simon Allen, Elenor Parker, Heather Castle, Suze Spalding.

Contact Simon Allen (07929 032111) or Heather Castle (07771 865433) if you want to be added to the rota for 2021.

Track Passes:
Track passes for 2021 are now available to cover Ladywell Arena track fees for attending Tuesday and Thursday Kent AC group training sessions.  The yearly pass is the best value for money and saves you over £20 compared to buying individual monthly passes, which have replaced all pay as you go options at the track due to the change in track operator from Fusion to GLL.

If you are stuck on what to ask friends and loved ones for Christmas... then a contribution to this track pass would make an excellent gift! 🎅

Buy your track pass online here: and check out our FAQs here:

Training this week:
Training sessions will take place again this Tuesday and Thursday, timings dependent on coaches/group leads.

Before attending a training session you must sign up on the appropriate group spreadsheet below, read the COVID self-declaration form and purchase a track pass (ensuring that your membership is valid). 

Group spreadsheets to register for sessions (links for payment this month and FAQs within):

Men's A group 

Men’s B Group

Women’s Group (PB/EB)

C Group

Juno Group


Wimbledon Relays:
Ben Noad is organising another 5k team race in Wimbledon after the success of the event a couple of months back, with the relay on Sunday 20th December - 9:45am start, so please support this event!
If interested please enter your name ASAP here.


Secret Cross Country - Beckenham:

Thanks to Jonathan Tipper and Pete Lighting for organising another cross country at Beckenham yesterday, and a great write up too:

This week’s races saw a stellar field take to the slopes of Beckenham Place Park, including some notable and welcome returns.

For Amelia, whose last cross country race was the Nationals in February, it had been so long that she had forgotten how to put on a pair of spikes. After 18 minutes of all out effort... Amelia was ready to start.

Before the race, accusations of ‘sandbagging’ were abound. Pete Lighting sought to dispel such allegations by opening up a 100 metre lead in the first 200 metres and continued to pull away for victory in 16:50. Simon Allen kept a cool head to finish second in 17:45 hunted down by Amelia Pettitt who had worked her way through the field strongly but ran out of time to close down Simon finishing in 18:05.

Another welcome return was Victoria Buck, whose last race was also the National XC in February. Vic ran strongly finishing in 18:40, looking closely matched to Amelia until she pulled away in the latter stages.
John Barron by his own account had a tough day in the mud, but for the first time he successfully navigated the course without error finishing in 19:51. It remains to be seen whether John will run in the notoriously disorientating Oxleas Wood next week.

Race 2 saw what on paper seemed a closely matched group.
Kieran Fitzpatrick was the first man home in an impressive 17:22 with Billy Palmer in between Kieran and James Booth in 3rd place in 18:22. He was closely followed by Paul McCrone who finished in an excellent 18:24 reaping the benefits of his consistent attendance at this event. Alan Curtis would have done well to pay more attention to Amelia’s intensive shoe preparation as he was made to pay with a mid race shoe lace tie, finishing in 18:48.

The final race of the day saw a classic boxing style heavyweight bout; the imperious undefeated champion Dan Pettitt against the rogue outsider, Rowan Crichton, a dangerous ‘nothing to lose’ opponent. After an early exchange of blows (and conversation) Dan’s class showed through as he picked gaps in Rowan’s defence to come home in 14:49. Rowan was 2nd home in 15:10.
The battle behind saw an intensely paced first kilometre with Calum Fraser and Jonathan Tipper running in genuine fear of losing to a 12 year old. However, in a cruel twist of fate Ollie Buck’s shoe was pulled from his foot at the notorious river crossing saving Jonathan and Calum from this ignominious fate. After some to and fro between the two, Jonathan pulled away and got within touching distance of the legendary Rowan Chrichton but it was not to be as he finished in 15:19. Calum ran strongly to finish in 15:33 for a PB on the course, on his birthday no less.

Next week the racing takes to the trails of Oxleas wood for its inaugural event in the penultimate clash of 2020. 

Fast 5km - Ardingly:
Chris McGurk - 15:28
Jonathan Beatty - 16:05
Ben McGeown - 17:14

RunThrough Olympic Park - 12th December:
Adam Paterson - 33:46
Jake Simmonds - 34:38
Stuart Beaney - 35:08
Andrea Barber - 44:15
Shinya Hirotoh - 49:06
Kerry Gibson - 49:19
Michael Stankard - 27:39

RunThrough Chase The Moon Olympic Park - 9th December:
Heather Castle - 49:14
Katie Lang - 49:27
Eleanor Parker - 49:32
Clare Elms - 17:57
Adrian Dracup - 18:32
Paul Crompton - 19:10
John Slade - 19:15
Gary Schroeder - 19:19

No podcast this week, however you can catch our latest podcast with Zuzana Nemeckova talking nutrition
on Spotify here.


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