Carpenter chips in with fourth
ASHFORD & DISTRICT Road Runners’ Robert Carpenter enjoyed a fine run at the Staines 10k, finishing fourth in 36min38sec.
Meanwhile, six of the club’s members took part in the Stelling Minnis 10k with individual and team successes.
Ian Cox replicated Carpenter’s run at Staines to finish fourth in 37.17 and first in the veterans’ 40 category.
Pat Butler was close behind in fifth with 37.25, a time also good enough to give him the win in the vets’ 50 category, while Carl Jones (ninth, 38.29) and Rob Butler (10th, 39.27) made the top 10. John Peters (19th, 42.18) and Mark Attenborough (32nd, 44.49) were also in action as the squad took the team prize.
Jones led the Ashford & District charge with 17th place in the Canterbury Half-Marathon on Sunday.
Jones hit the tape in 1:27.05, three minutes clear of Butler (1:30.28) who was the next man home in 32nd. Will Whittington’s 2:14.17 was good enough for 617th place.
Ashford AC’s Janine Brown battled a calf injury, as well as the field, to help the UK Police squad to fourth place in the team standings at the fifth USPE Marathon Championships in the Czech Republic.
As expected, the Russian and Ukraine women dominated with the Ukraine taking gold.
The bronze medal went to Germany but the UK could move up the standings after an appeal against the Germans who were seen getting support from spectators.
Brown struggled as the fourth UK runner home in 3:44.55 but was determined not to let her teammates down.
Brown said: “It wasn’t the greatest moment in my running career. I was gutted that my calf was tight from 2km onwards but I just didn’t want to let the team down.
“I went through so many emotions and it certainly was the hardest mental battle I have ever had just to finish the race.”
Two club records fell as Ashford AC cemented their place at the top of the Southern Counties Veterans League, Kent Division, at Erith with second place.
Kevin Williams smashed the M50 800m club record by 13 seconds clocking 2:21.05, while Dave Fox broke Ted Hawkins’ 17-year-old club record with a win in the M60 discus after a superb 30.68m.
Pete Davey won the 100m A string with 11.9 and also secured victory in the A long jump with 5.48.
There were seconds for Steve Langford in the B 100m in 13.2 and Iain Presnell (13.1) in the M50 100m. Mick Goodall was fifth with 15.3 in the M60 sprint.
There were three fourth places in the 800m events with Guy van Damme clocking 2.17.7 in the A race, Ian King 2.31.1 in the B and Williams recording a club record in the M50 race.
Davey, Langford, Steve Arnold and Charles Whitmore joined forces to win the 4x200m relay in 1.45.9. Arnold and Whitmore both ran 13.6 as non-scoring athletes in the 100m.
Langford won the M50 long jump with 4.78 while in the discus, King took fifth in the A with 19.59. Presnell was fourth in the M50 contest with 24.02 and Fox added to the victory tally in the M60 event.
Blackheath won the event with 58 points, two ahead of Ashford, with Cambridge third on 52.
Janine Brown was the fourth UK runner home at the USPE Marathon Championships