Ni­cholls leads the way

Ath­let­ics

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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 hog­ben@ya­hoo.co.uk

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.

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