Thanet Roadrunners athletes take trophies at Kent County Athletics Association Championships

Thanet Roadrunners

By Jon Holl

Forty-three running clubs, including several from London boroughs and some with more than 1,000 active members, compete each year in the Kent County Athletics Association Championships.

Of the ten chosen races, eight are counted for the team event and six for the individual. There are also individual scores for the age categories.

Thanet Roadrunners athletes took Senior Champion for both men and women.

This was a fantastic achievement for Jack Bradley, aged 35, and Brittany Crombie, aged 25,  who only moved to Thanet two years ago and is also the youngest vice captain in the club’s 40 year history.

Brittany (pictured above) said: “Winning the Senior Women’s prize for the Kent Grand Prix 2023 came as a huge surprise. Whilst I do a lot of running, I’m certainly not the fastest and was therefore shocked to hear that I’d come first in a highly competitive age category.

“The Grand Prix works to a league system with every runner accumulating points for each of the races they participate in. As such, I feel I won due to simply turning up and running consistently.

“ I don’t often win prizes – my preference for and focus on long-distance running means I lack speed on shorter distances. So, to be handed the trophy at the prize-giving after the Canterbury 10 felt like a huge -albeit unlikely – achievement.”

Jack (pictured above) said: “I just love seeing everyone come together as a team.  Running is largely a solo pursuit, but having such a great team around you and to train with really gives you an edge when pushing yourself to the limit. I love the way Thanet Roadrunners celebrates the success of runners at all levels.”

Of 10 awards in total Thanet Roadrunners scooped five of them.

Thanet Roadrunners also had both men’s and ladies teams in the top three at the same time.

Jo Kemp

After the Canterbury 10 mile race, there was a presentation of KCAA 2023 season trophies, with the Thanet Roadrunners five picking up their awards:

Jack Bradley –  Senior Champion

Andy Stevens – V50 Champion

James Figgins – V40 Champion

Brittany Crombie – Senior Champion

Jo Kemp – V35 Champion

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