Five-star show is best fin­ish


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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.

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