Cole­man cruises home

Gi­vau­dan Ash­ford 10k road race

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

A RECORD field of nearly 950 run­ners en­joyed per­fect con­di­tions for the 19th an­nual Ash­ford 10k road race, spon­sored by Gi­vau­dan, on Sun­day.

Not that many of them will have seen race win­ner Mike Cole­man at all un­til the pre­sen­ta­tions.

The tal­ented Med­way and Maid­stone run­ner was a class apart tak­ing the ti­tle, and his sec­ond Kent 10k cham­pi­onship gold medal, in com­mand­ing style.

He fin­ished nearly a min­ute­and-a-half clear of his near­est ri­val with a su­perb 30:58 and was un­chal­lenged from the start.

He set a blis­ter­ing pace that sec­ond-placed Black­heath and Brom­ley run­ner Peter Tucker, who fin­ished in 32:24, sim­ply couldn’t match.

Tucker fin­ished com­fort­ably clear of for­mer team-mate Jamie Atkin­son who was third with 33:01.

Last year’s win­ner, Andy Welch of host club Ash­ford AC, was just out­paced by Atkin­son to fin­ish in 33:05.

And there was de­light for Folke­stone Run­ning Club’s men who took Kent cham­pi­onship team gold led home by the ever im­prov­ing Sam Rigby in fifth with a huge per­sonal best 33:35.

He was closely fol­lowed by team-mate and for­mer race win­ner John Cre­ane with 33:43 with tal­ented new­comer Ja­son Brett mak­ing up the winning trio in 18th with 35:51.

Sil­ver team win­ners were Ash­ford and District Road­run­ners led home by fine runs by Rob Car­pen­ter and Ke­van James in 15th and 16th with 35:45 and 35: 47 re­spec­tively.

Mak­ing up an ex­cel­lent trio was Pat But­ler in 21st with 36: 12, which also gave him the vet­eran men’s 50s sil­ver medal as well. James won the bronze in the V40 cat­e­gory.

It was an­other splen­did day for Ash­ford and Ash­ford Ath­let­ics Club, which or­gan­ises the race.

The race, or­gan­ised by Paul Jake­man, has con­sis­tently earned rave re­views from par­tic­i­pants.

The de­ci­sion to re­turn it to Ash­ford town cen­tre has been con­sis­tently jus­ti­fied rais­ing the pro­file of the town by at­tract­ing record en­tries each year.

The race had added sta­tus this year by be­ing the Kent cham­pi­onship and also part of the Grand Prix Se­ries.

Pic­ture: Brian Cum­ming pd1495216

Ladies win­ner Jess Trow­bridge with Tina Older­shaw and He­lena Pen­fold

Pic­ture: Dave Downey pd1495338

Race win­ner Mike Cole­man strides home

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