Runners rise to challenge
STEVE Hickman travelled to the Isle of Wight for the annual South East Fell Running Championship over a period of two days. On the first day Steve was joined by Ashford and District Roadrunner clubmates Alison Draper and Nina Davies in the first event, a run up the steep Bonniface Down from Ventnor and return covering a distance of three miles. Steve recorded a time of 26 minutes, Alison and Nina 27:58. On the second day Steve ran the extremely tough half marathon, which included steep up and down hills, clocking a superb 1:59:23, the first time he has been under two hours for the event after seven years of trying. On the Sunday four members ran the 15-mile Quicksand event in Thanet. Jason Windle finished in a time of 2hrs 8mins 56secs. Other times were Edward Rodger 2:28: 31, Clare Jenkins 2:33:03 and Lynn Beaumont 2: 39:59.
ASHFORD working mother Jo-Ann Perry has achieved an amazing success by completing the gruelling UK Ironman triathlon at Sherbourne in Dorset. It was not only her first Ironman but her first triathlon event. The race consists of an open water lake swim of 2.4 miles, hilly cycle ride of 112 miles and finally a hilly marathon run of 26.2 miles. Her training with the Ashford Tri Club proved essential in preparing for this demanding trial. She completed the course in a terrific 15 hours and 48 minutes.
Steve Hickman of A&D with Alison Draper, left, and Nina Davies