Huge field lines up for 10k road race

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified - by Brian Cum­ming

ROAD RUN­NERS, young and old, will be out on Ash­ford’s streets on Sun­day for the hugely pop­u­lar Gi­vau­dan Ash­ford 10k road race start­ing and fin­ish­ing at the Julie Rose Sta­dium in Ken­ning­ton.

An­other mon­ster field is ex­pected for this pop­u­lar event on the racing cal­en­dar where fun run­ners and char­ity run­ners line-up along­side some of the best road run­ners in the county and be­yond.

Run­ners from the Con­ti­nent will also be join­ing the medal chase with the top ath­letes chas­ing the £200 win­ner’s bonus and also the hon­our of the Kent County ti­tle.

But this is a race that also at­tracts fun run­ners and char­ity run­ners join­ing in the ex­cite­ment of run­ning on a closed town cen­tre route.

And it is a fam­ily oc­ca­sion as there is also the chance for the youngsters to show their tal­ents at the ju­nior runs staged in and around the ath­let­ics sta­dium, while the adults are out pound­ing the roads.

The main event starts at 10am and takes the run­ners through Ken­ning­ton and into the town cen­tre be­fore go­ing through Willes­bor­ough and back un­der the M20 to track back to the sta­dium.

The ju­nior events, spon­sored by County Square, for the un­der-15s and younger age groups gets un­der way at 11.30am.

Last year there was lo­cal suc­cess with the men’s and women’s win­ners com­ing from Folke­stone in Andy Welch and Rona Loub­ser re­spec­tively and with the Kent Cham­pi­onship and Grand Prix ti­tles adding to the com­pet­i­tive­ness this year the big field is sure to be swollen by a top class hunt for the im­pres­sive tro­phies.

The race has been go­ing since 1989 and this year will be started by Ash­ford AC’s Olympic run­ner Lisa Do­briskey.

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