Ni­cholls’ lead Kent charge

KEY ROLES: Ash­ford School sib­lings Grace and Max help county win two cross-coun­try medals Ath­let­ics

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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

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