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THE Ashford Charity Trophy, Saturday section final, to be played at The Homelands tonight, Thursday (7-30pm) will be between Kennington and St Margarets and will be a repeat of last year’s final which St Margarets won 4- 2.
Earlier this week, on Tuesday, St Margarets reached the final by narrowly defeating Saga 2 - 1, after extra time, while Kennigton had a walkover in their semi as Leeds Utd could not field a team following problems experienced within their own competition, the Maidstone & District League.
ASHFORD BOROUGH Under 11 rounded off their championship season with a 4-3 win over Canterbury City Youth.
Adam Cook and Reece Wallbridge both netted two goals each with Wallbridge and Tom Grubb sharing the man of the match award.
In the Valley Express Kent Youth League, Ashford Borough U-13 thrashed Sittingbourne 11-0 to keep their title hopes alive and Borough U16 fought out a creditable 1-1 draw with Ramsgate. THE ASHFORD Tri Club got off to a bright start with their first Connells Friday 5 Series meeting attracting nearly 70 entries.
The event, four evening races over a two-lap course at Ashford’s Victoria Park, was well contested with the men’s race dominated by the Folkestone RC duo of John Creane and Sam Rigby.
They gave the club a great one/ two finish with Creane romping to a great 15:55 inaugural time, throwing down the gauntlet for the rest of the season.
Rigby came through in the second lap to finish in 16:24 pushing promising junior Robert Dennis from Invicta East Kent into third with 16:27.
Ashford and District Roadrunner Danny Green had a fine run in fourth with 17:20 and teammate Rob Carpenter was sixth with 17:30.
The host club’s Tim Sutton got in the top 10 with 18:19.
The women’s race was won by the talented youngster from Ashford Athletic Club Grace Nicholls with the Marsh youngster making the top 15 overall with a fine 18:45 finish.
She finished comfortably clear of Ashford team-mate Candy Hawkins with the veteran clocking 20:08 holding off the challenge of another Ashford AC runner Amanda Jukes who was third with 20:22.
The series continues on Friday, June 1 with the final two on July 6 and August 3.
Each race is an individual event with medals for all finishers and a cash prize for the course records.
Entry forms and race details can be obtained from www.ash fordtriclub.co.uk.
Rob Carpenter followed up his Friday 5 run with a fine 12th overall on Bank holiday Monday in the Whistable 10k in a time of 36.35.
Other times for the Ashford 5k Daniel Green 17.20 4th overall. Alan Peach 25.35 and Alex Davis 29.38.
Also on Monday Lynne Oliver ran a personal best at the Hildenborough 10-mile in a time of 1hr 39mins 6secs.
Ashford AC’s Lynton Lythgoe was a splendid third with the junior clocking 32:43.
Winner was Neil Renault (M&M) in 32:17.
THE pick of the county’s athletes converge on Ashford’s Julie Rose Stadium on Saturday and Sunday for the Kent track and field championships. Full report and pictures next week.
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John Creane strides home to take the inaugural Connells Friday 5 race
Grace Nicholls powers past the men to win the ladies’ race