Creane off to a blis­ter­ing start

Soc­cer Ken­ning­ton seek re­venge Ath­let­ics

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - SPORT -

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.

More ath­let­ics news on Sport page 2.

Ref:pd1201442 Pic­ture: GARY BROWNE

John Creane strides home to take the in­au­gu­ral Con­nells Fri­day 5 race

Ref:pd1201451 Pic­ture: GARY BROWNE Buy this pic­ture from ken­ton­line.co.uk

Grace Ni­cholls pow­ers past the men to win the ladies’ race

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