Big field set to start road race

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Another big field is set to line-up in this year’s Ash­ford and Dis­trict 10k road race on Sun­day.

More than 600 had signed up by yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day) for the 25th run­ning of the event, now re­garded as one of the most pop­u­lar on the South East rac­ing cal­en­dar.

En­tries are also be­ing taken on the day, likely to push the to­tal be­yond 700 with a limit of 1,000. Last year’s win­ner Ash­ford AC’s Robert Latala seems un­likely to be back to de­fend his ti­tle but club-mate Matt Brit­ton, third 12 months ago, will be run­ning.

Also tak­ing part will be Ash­ford AC’s De­clan Bur­ton, whose eighth-place fin­ish in the un­der-17 race at the Kent Cross-Coun­try Cham­pi­onships at Brock­hill Park, Hythe, on Jan­uary 4, earned him a county call-up for the Na­tional In­terCoun­ties Cham­pi­onships in March. The club’s road run­ning team man­ager Matt Hog­ben will also be among the starters.

Liz Weeks of Sit­ting­bourne Strid­ers won the ladies’ race last year, ahead of Rona Loub­ser (Folke­stone).

Sandy­acres Sports Club will again be the race head­quar­ters, with the course tak­ing the run­ners in a loop to West­well and back. The race starts at 11am.

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