Jones leads the field home

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Si­mon Jones and Kelly O’Leary were the men’s and ladies’ win­ners in the Ham­street 10k on Sun­day.

Can­ter­bury Harrier Jones was first home in 37mins 49secs, ahead of run­ner-up Krzysztof Klimek from the 4Run Team (39.16) and Keir Wil­liams (Ash­ford Tri, 40.13) in third.

An­other Harrier, Ja­cob Hussey was fourth (41.37), with Ham­street res­i­dent Ben Af­forselles rep­re­sent­ing The Strag­glers AC fifth.

Vet 35 en­try O’Leary fin­ished 26th over­all in 51.32, ahead of Folke­stone Run­ning Club’s Caro­line Cur­tis (30th, 51.58), with Amanda Bussey from Wad­hurst Run­ners third (34th, 52.39).

Can­ter­bury Har­ri­ers won the men’s team prize.

Other lo­cal fin­ish­ers were Folke­stone Run­ning Club pair An­drew No­ble (35th, 53.09) and David Wal­brook (36th, 53.21), Alex Keenan (Ash­ford Tri) (52nd, 1.00.07), Ruth God­dard (Ash­ford Run Eng­land) (53rd, 1.00.50), San­dra Star­ling (Ash­ford & Dis­trict) (63rd, 1.04.53).

Race or­gan­iser Martin Burke said: “The heat on the day made con­di­tions tough but the race still boasted some im­pres­sive times.

“On be­half of Ham­street School, I want to thank ev­ery­body in­volved for sup­port­ing this year’s race.”

Candy Hawkins over­came a ham­string prob­lem to win gold in the 10,000m in the Kent Cham­pi­onships Vet-40 Cham­pi­onships at Cen­tral Park, Dart­ford.

She said: “De­spite a ter­ri­ble run, be­cause of the nig­gle I still man­aged a time of 44.58.9. I plan to run the dis­tance at the Euro­pean Deaf Cross­Coun­try Cham­pi­onships in Poland, in April next year.”

Pic­tures: Paul Amos FM2670902, FM2670918 and FM2670910 Buy th­ese pic­tures from ken­ton­

TOP RUN: From left, Ben Af­forselles, of Ham­street, Keir Wil­liams from Ash­ford Tri and sec­ond lady home Caro­line Cur­tis from Folke­stone in the Ham­street 10k

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM2670916 (left), FM2670906 (above)

WIN­NERS: Si­mon Jones, left, of Can­ter­bury Har­ri­ers led the men home and, above, lead­ing lady Kelly O’Leary from Ware­horne

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