Five-star show is best finish
ASHFORD & District Road Runners enjoyed the best weekend in the 21-year history of the club at the Thanet 10-mile race.
They had five runners in the top six and easily took the team prize. Chris Valdus finished second in a time of 58min 47sec and Gayron Heslop third in 59.38, behind winner Robert Jackaman of Canterbury Harriers, who crossed the line in 57.23.
Robert Carpenter was fourth in 1.00.03, Ian Cox fifth in 1.01.07 and Pat Butler sixth in 1.01.36. In addition, Heslop won the Vet-40 category and Pat Butler the Vet50 class.
There were also other good times recorded by Jonathan Reeves, who was 16th in 1.03.46; Robin Butler who was 18th in 1.03.55; and John Peters who finished 21st in 1.06.01.
Other Ashford times were: Mark Attenborough 1.13.09, Mick James 1.21.25, Tim Warren 1.24.35 and Judy Cohen 1.37.29.
Further afield, sisters Nina Davies and Alison Draper took part in the ‘mince pie’ 10-mile multi-terrain race in Peacehaven, Sussex. Nina came home in 1hr 34min and Alison finished a few seconds behind her.
Meanwhile, three Ashford runners came home virtually together in the 4.2-mile Swanley Christmas Caper on Sunday.
Zara Maynard (Ashford & District) was 363rd in 43min 45sec, Lynne Oliver was 364th in 43.46, and Clare Jenkins came home 365th in 43.47. Wayne James, finished 454th in 48.28.
ASHFORD AC had an excellent day at the Sportshall competition held at Astor of Hever School, Maidstone. They were represented by six squads including two from the Julie Rose Academy.
Ashford were outstanding in the under 15 girls’ section, with Lauren Bamford taking top honours and Kayleigh MillerLeslie third overall.
There was a similar performance by the under-15 boys with victory going to Nathan Fatola, while Temi Bawo was third.
In the under 13 boys’ category, Ashford emerged as overall winners.
They dominated the competition, winning seven of the 10 events, including a recordbreaking 7.78m in the standing triple jump by Oliver Williams who took the individual honours with 138 points.
Ashford’s under-13 girls A team were third out of seven teams and competed well to finish with 178 points. A young B squad, who compete in the same age group again next year, gained 158 points to finish fifth.
The Ashford Julie Rose Academy made a clean sweep in the under-11s. The boys dominated the event, winning two events on the track and three in the field, to win the competition with 138 points.
The girls also took top honours in a seven-team field, winning all of the six track events to take maximum points. In the field they won four of the events to finish top with 152 points.
Such strong performances earned the under-11s the overall combined team award.