Ashford scoop 14 golds
ASHFORD Athletic Club had an excellent weekend at the Kent track and field championships at the Julie Rose Stadium, claiming 14 county titles and 39 medals in total.
Gareth Morris got them off a fine start taking the 400m hurdles crown in 56.16sec and Matt Morsia had a good weekend, winning the senior long jump with a leap of 6.70m and adding the bronze in the triple jump.
James Phillips continued his progress through the ranks securing gold in the men’s 800m in fine style with 1min 59.22sec.
Oliver Williams is a rising star at the club taking the under-15 high jump gold and adding a bronze in the 80m hurdles just behind club-mate Max Reeves.
Callum Shaw added another gold, taking the under-15 triple jump.
The club’s new walkers section also shone, with three golds. Jonathan Hobbs won the under-17 men’s 3k walk, while Kate Funnell emulated the feat with victory in the girls’ event.
Ashford took the top three places in the under-15 girls’ 3,000m walk, led by Rebecca Roddy from club-mates Katherine Buckley and Megan Lillington. Veteran Gary Macdonald won silver in the M50 walk.
There was gold and silver for Ashford in the under-17 women’s high jump won by Deborah Martin with 1.60m from multi-eventer Caroline Hatley, who added a bronze in the 80m hurdles.
Rachel Hanagan was the high flyer in the under-20 women’s triple jump with 11.05 and added bronze in the 400m.
In the under-15 girls’ section, Kayleigh MillerLeslie outpaced the pack to win the 75m hurdles in 12.11, while Sophie Hamlyn held off a big field to win the long jump with a excellent leap of 4.44m.
Isabel Dickinson took gold in the women’s 5,000m and Candy Hawkins won the W35 5,000m in 19.43.09
Kirsten Hooten took a silver in the under-15 javelin and bronze in the shot, while Nathan Fatola was second in the boys’ long jump.
Tom Snare won silver in the under-17 men’s shot and added a silver in the discus behind club-mate Blake Robinson.
THERE was a superb double for Grace Nicholls at the Julie Rose Stadium.
The runner from Romney Marsh claimed both the senior women’s 800m and 1,500m titles with terrific runs in difficult conditions.
On Saturday, the Ashford School athlete outpaced her Tonbridge AC club-mates Lucy Reid and Catherine Symons by 22 seconds to win the 1,500m gold in a time of 4.37.85.
The following day, she took the 800m in a tighter contest, holding off Caroline Ford (Cambridge H) to win in 2:17.23.
MATT BLANDFORD proved himself to be one of the top three UK throwers in his age group by winning three golds and a silver medal.
With throws of 42.52m in the discus ( second best in UK), 13.29m in the shot (third best in UK) and 50.30m in the javelin (third best in UK), the Charing teenager demonstrated his all-round ability.
The 14-year-old, who is already 6ft 4in tall, competes for Tonbridge AC and attends Tonbridge School, where he is captain of his year’s rugby team.
Above: Walker Jonathan Hobbs on his way to gold in the under-17 3,000m walk and right, thrower Matt Blandford with his four medals
Hythe juniors Daniel Knott and Joe Shields