Triumphant return for ex-Ashford AC athlete
FORMER Ashford AC member Jess Trowbridge returned in triumph to claim the women’s trophy at the Julie Rose Stadium on Sunday.
Jess, now attached to Gateshead, had a splendid run making the top 30 overall to win in 36:56.
But the Kent championship title went to the ever consistent Tina Oldershaw from Medway and Maidstone’s Helena Penfold.
Paddock Wood’s Oldershaw has been in terrific form and recorded 37:00 from Penfold’s 37:37.
The county bronze then went to the resurgent Helen Wheeler of Folkestone Running Club with 39:00. Helen had been fifth overall with Yvette Grice of Bodyworks Xtc Tri coming in fourth with a fine run of 37:55.
In the shake up for the veterans’ medals Oldershaw led the way in the V35 women from Wheeler with Deal Tri’s Jill Cliff third with 39:13.
The V45 section honours went to Vicky Talbot Rosner of Invicta Eask Kent with 41:48 from Maidstone Harrier Julie Stoppani with 44:06. Third was Ashford AC’s Lesley Hall with 44:15.
Jane Bright took gold in the V55 category for Larkfield AC with 52: 45 from Annie Ross of Invicta EK with 53:37 and Miriam Dorrity of Paddock Wood with 54:28.
As well as the serious club runners this event attracts a large number of charity runners including this year a team from the Ashford fire service carrying a wooden replica fire truck to help raise money for charity.
Another key feature of the Ashford race is the children’s fun runs making this a real family day out where all the family can end up with a medal.
A huge entry this year meant the under-10s event had to be split up into two races, for boys and girls, to ensure the safety of the runners around the Julie Rose Stadium track.
Race organiser Paul Jakeman has extra reason to feel proud as his daughter Laura shone in winning the U10 girls event from Catherine Elmslie and Annabel Knight from Whitstable.
The U10 boys went to Isaac Harding of Hurst Green from James Roddy from Dover who is a Ashford AC runner, and Ben Pope from Smarden
In the U15 section, which was a bit longer, Ashford AC’s Amelia Jones was the girls winner from Rebecca Brenton from Maidstone and Rebecca Roddy from Dover.
Boys winner was Declan O’Driscoll of Ashford AC from Toby Knight (Whitstable) and George Huxley from Tenterden.
Kent championship winning team from Folkestone; from left, Jason Brett, Sam Rigby, John Creane