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