Nicholls’ lead Kent charge
KEY ROLES: Ashford School siblings Grace and Max help county win two cross-country medals Athletics
TWO Ashford School siblings helped Kent win two team medals in the English Schools Cross Country Championships at Loughborough on Saturday.
Grace Nicholls, a first year senior, completed the steep hills of the 4.5km route in 18mins 13secs to finish in 12th place. Along with the five other members of the team, she helped Kent to win the girls’ senior team gold medal ahead of the 34 other competing counties.
Grace’s brother, Max Nicholls, was one of the youngest runners in the junior boys’ 4.1km race. He came home in 26th place in 15.49 and helped the Kent team finish second from 43 counties.
Overall, Kent enjoyed their most successful English Schools Cross Country championship for decades, with their junior girls’ team finishing second, the intermediate girls’ 13th, the intermediate boys third and the senior boys a superb first in their category.
THREE Ashford & District Road Running Club members took part in the first A20 Pathway Run over the unusual distance of 17.3 miles.
Jonathon Reeves finished 14th overall in a field of 334 in 2hrs 02mins 36sec. Wayne Vallas was 15th in 2.02.53 and Steve Hickman 137th in 2.27.07.
NEW Romney long jumper Dwyte Smith is among 20 top level Kent athletes to be awarded £1,000 funding from Kent County Council to support them in their quest for Olympic and Paralympic success.
Smith is the UK No 1 under-17 long jump champion and won gold at the 2008 English Schools Championships.
A 5K run along the seafront from Sandgate towards Hythe and back again could be the perfect way to build up your fitness for more taxing distances.
The 1890 Leas Lift Carriage Restoration Appeal 5k Run, which is open to anyone over 13, takes place this Sunday, , starting at 10am.
The race could provide exactly the sort of work-out needed if you have entered the London Marathon or Folkestone 10k.
Entry forms can be obtained from www.paddockwoodac.co.uk/road or by writing to John Creame, 23 Phillip Road, Cheriton, Folkestone, CT19 5PY. Entries will be accepted up until 9.20am on the morning. The fee for the race is £5.
There will be prizes (male and female) for first seniors, first masters, first under-20s, first under-16s and first team (first three to score).
If you require more information on the race, contact Barry Watson on 01302 239179. For more information on the Leas Lift Carriage Restoration Appeal, visit www.leaslift.org.uk