Nicholls leads the way
ASHFORD AC enjoyed a good start to the 2010 East Kent Road Relays at Folkestone.
The ladies’ team of Grace Nicholls, Christine King and Kate Austen finished an excellent second behind winners Folkestone. Nicholls was the fastest women over the 4.4km course in a time of 14min 13sec.
The men’s A team of Piers Stockwell, Warren Uden, Kevin Williams and Matt Hogben finished fourth, while the ladies’ vets 35 team of Candy Hawkins, Yuko O’Donoghue and Lesley Hall were second.
The men’s B squad of Phillip Heathfield, Matt Iles, Ian King and Andy Robertson and the C team of John Norman, Stephen Ross, Polo Ross and Paul Wheeler were both second.
Any athletes interested in competing for Ashford AC’s road running team should contact team manager Matt Hogben on matthew firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashford AC’s male veterans team got off to a great start in their first match following their promotion to Division 1 of SCVAC last year.
Pete Davey won the M35 200m in 24sec with Steve Arnold third in the B string. Iain Presnell ran well for second place with 27.6 in the M50.
Davey won the high jump with 1.60m and Mick Goodall took the M50 event with 1.40. Goodall threw a M60 club record in the shot with 7.62m, while Presnell 8.01m and Paul Wheeler 8.05m also scored well.
Presnell and Wheeler added valuable points in the javelin and Guy Van Damme and Ian King also contributed to the tally in the 1,500m. Kevin Williams was a decisive winner of the M50 1,500m in 4.49.6. The quartet of Davey, Arnold, Presnell and Steve Langford won the 4x100m relay to finish in style to secure second place. the season in terrific form with three personal bests in two competitions.
In the Middlesex Parallel Success Championship at Perivale she improved in all her throwing events opening up with 6.20m in the shot improving her best by six centimetres and then increased her previous best in the discus with with 18.05.
In the javelin she followed up her pb from the previous week of 20.10m at the National Dwarf championships at Birmingham with a throw of 17.98m.
At Birmingham she not only improved her best for the javelin to take gold, throwing over 20m for the first time, but added the gold in the discus and a silver in the shot, with all three distances believed to be British under-20 records for the DA Association.
The Folkestone athlete will travel to Manchester on Tuesday, when she will be representing GB at the BT Paralympic World Team Cup.
This season she is hoping to achieve distances in both the shot and discus to enable her to be selected for the Great Britain team to travel to New Zealand in January 2011 for the Disability World Championships.
Former Ashford field events ace Hannah Hogben set a championship best in the Oxfordshire county championships with 42.97m to lift the gold in the hammer event.
Folkestone RC’s Sam Rigby and Helen Wheeler took the first place honours with fine performances at the Stelling Minnis 10k.
Rigby won the race in 33.56, beating second-placed John Creane of South Kent Harriers by more than two minutes. Wheeler won the ladies’ race in 40.07. Folkestone runner Derek Matcham took third place overall in a time of 36.37.
Folkestone RC member Kylie Hassall produced a pb in the Larkfield 10k, finishing fourth in the ladies’ race in 40:12.