Wheeler finishes a fine third
FOLKESTONE Running Club’s former Ashford AC runner Helen Wheeler is enjoying her return to racing, taking a superb third place in the Kent League meeting at Capstone Park, Chatham. Helen clocked a fine 21:01 over the 5km course and there was also a splendid run by Ashford’s Janine Brown in sixth with 21:34. Honours went to Deidre McDermot from Tonbridge with 19:47 from M&M’s Helcha Penfold with 20:23. Ashford were fifth team with Lesley Hall 26th with 24:16, Briony Walsh 35th with 25: 21 and Christine King clocking 30:36. Folkestone were ninth with Sue Mitchell 29th in 24:26 and Tina Eke 55th with 29:33. Grace Nicholls was denied a fine second place in the U20 women by a marshalling error that sent her off on the wrong path while chasing leader Beth Carter who won convincingly in 14:47. Grace had to settle for third with 15:52 with Isobel Dickinson 22nd in 21:25. Kelsey Howard led the U15 team to third with a splendid seventh place in 14:12 over the 3k course. Amelia Jones was 11th with 14: 40 and Kate Funnell 22nd in 15:56. Best of the U13 girls was Katherine Buckley in 14th with 13: 25 over 2.5km with Katie Lillington 26th in 14:36 and Megan Millington 32nd in 15: 42.
In the men’s race Folkestone RC were a fine fifth team led home by Sam Rigby in 15th over the 10k course with 33:24. With four to score he was supported by David Weekes in 30th with 35:44, Gavin Finch 58th with 38:38 and Louis Fearn 81st in 40:45. Grahame Eke was 120th with 47:12. Ashford AC’s best was Pete Walsh in 73rd with 40:02 and Ian King 78th in 40:22 while Ashford and District RR had three finishers in Wayne Vallas 41:09, Gary Sage 43:06 and Eddie Rodger 46:04. The junior men ran 5k with Rob Dennis an excellent fourth with 19:10 with team-mate Richard Dagger eighth in 19:35. In the U17s Warren Uden was 18th with 20:31 with Andrew Robertson just behind in 20:48 and Jonathan Hobbs, better known as a race walker, clocking 21:12. Max Nicholls was a splendid second in the U13 boys’, clocking 12:50 for 3k, and Patrick Duncan flew the flag for Ashford in the U15s, 24th with a time of 18:07.