Ath­letes take third spot and seal top-half fin­ish

Ath­let­ics

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Folke­stone....... 6. 5. 1. 0. 14. 4. 16 Dork­ing.Wdrs... 6. 4. 2. 0. 17. 5. 14 Corinthian.C..... 6. 4. 1. 1. 10. 4. 13 Faver­sham....... 6. 4. 1. 1. 8. 3. 13 Hast­ings.......... 6. 4. 0. 2. 16. 8. 12 Herne.Bay........ 6. 3. 2. 1. 11. 7. 11 Wal­ton.&.H...... 5. 3. 1. 1. 10. 7. 10 Rams­gate........ 6. 3. 1. 2. 8. 8. 10 South.Park....... 4. 3. 0. 1. 6. 3. 9 Mole­sey........... 6. 3. 0. 3. 11. 9. 9 Chatham.......... 6. 3. 0. 3. 10. 8. 9 Wor­thing.......... 6. 3. 0. 3. 8. 7. 9 Sit­ting­bourne... 6. 3. 0. 3. 8. 11. 9 Three.Bridges.. 6. 2. 2. 2. 9. 7. 8 Guernsey......... 5. 2. 1. 2. 7. 7. 7 Peace­haven..... 6. 2. 1. 3. 7. 12. 7 Whyte­leafe...... 4. 2. 0. 2. 5. 5. 6 Toot­ing............ 5. 2. 0. 3. 6. 9. 6 Car­shal­ton....... 5. 2. 0. 3. 6. 10. 6 E.Grin­stead...... 6. 1. 1. 4. 5. 9. 4 Wal­ton.Cas...... 6. 1. 0. 5. 8. 13. 3 Hythe............... 6. 0. 2. 4. 3. 11. 2 Whit­stable....... 6. 0. 1. 5. 4. 13. 1 Chip­stead........ 6. 0. 1. 5. 3. 20. 1

Dork­ing.5.Chip­stead. 0,.Faver­sham.2.Chatham.0,.Folke­stone. 3.Hythe.0,.Mole­sey.0.Corinthian. Ca­su­als.1,.Peace­haven.0.Wor­thing.2,. Rams­gate.1.Sit­ting­bourne.3,.Three. Bridges.1.East.Grin­stead.1,.Wal­ton. Ca­su­als.0.Hast­ings.2,.Whit­stable.2. Herne.Bay.2. Corinthian........ 4. 4. 0. 0. 11. 6. 12 Hol­lands.&.B.... 5. 3. 1. 1. 12. 6. 10 Ash­ford............ 4. 3. 0. 1. 5. 4. 9 Lordswood....... 5. 2. 2. 1. 7. 6. 8 Green­wich....... 3. 2. 1. 0. 12. 6. 7 Sevenoaks....... 5. 2. 1. 2. 7. 9. 7 Erith.Town....... 3. 2. 0. 1. 6. 4. 6 Can­ter­bury....... 4. 2. 0. 2. 5. 5. 6 Erith.&.Bel....... 4. 2. 0. 2. 6. 6. 6 Tun.Wells........ 5. 1. 2. 2. 5. 5. 5 AFC.Croy­don.... 3. 1. 1. 1. 7. 5. 4 Beck­en­ham..... 3. 1. 1. 1. 9. 9. 4 Fisher.............. 4. 1. 1. 2. 4. 10. 4 Deal................. 3. 1. 0. 2. 4. 3. 3 Cray.Val­ley....... 3. 1. 0. 2. 3. 4. 3 Holmes­dale...... 3. 1. 0. 2. 7. 10. 3 Rochester........ 3. 1. 0. 2. 4. 7. 3 Crow­bor­ough... 4. 0. 2. 2. 6. 9. 2 Croy­don........... 4. 0. 0. 4. 3. 9. 0

Hol­lands.&.Blair. Grave­sham...... 7. 5. 2. 0. 31. 5. 17 Lydd................ 5. 5. 0. 0. 13. 6. 15 Bearsted.......... 4. 4. 0. 0. 11. 5. 12 Kent.F.Utd........ 6. 3. 2. 1. 11. 8. 11 Glebe............... 4. 3. 1. 0. 14. 3. 10 Shep­pey.......... 6. 3. 1. 2. 12. 10. 10 Or­p­ing­ton........ 5. 3. 1. 1. 7. 5. 10 APM.Con­trast... 5. 3. 0. 2. 16. 10. 9 Crock­en­hill...... 5. 2. 1. 2. 11. 8. 7 AC.Lon­don....... 4. 2. 0. 2. 7. 4. 6 Seven.Acre...... 4. 2. 0. 2. 8. 7. 6 Sut­ton.Ath....... 3. 2. 0. 1. 3. 2. 6 Merid­ian.......... 5. 1. 2. 2. 5. 7. 5 Bri­don.Ropes... 5. 1. 1. 3. 6. 7. 4 Phoenix.Sp.R... 5. 1. 0. 4. 5. 12. 3 Eltham.Pal....... 5. 1. 0. 4. 3. 27. 3 For­est.Hill........ 5. 0. 1. 4. 6. 11. 1 Rusthall........... 5. 0. 1. 4. 6. 17. 1 FC.Elm­stead.... 4. 0. 1. 3. 6. 14. 1 Lewisham........ 4. 0. 0. 4. 1. 14. 0

APM.Con­trast.2. Bearsted.3,.Bri­don.Ropes.1.Crock­en­hill. 1,.Grave­sham.Bor­ough.1.For­est.Hill.0,. Lewisham.Bor­ough.0.Merid­ian.1,.Lydd. 3.Phoenix.Sports.Res.0,.Or­p­ing­ton.0.AC. Lon­don.3,.Rusthall.1.Kent.Football.Utd. 1,.Shep­pey.5.FC.Elm­stead.1,.Sut­ton.Ath. Ash­ford AC wrapped up their South­ern League sea­son with third place in the fi­nal match, at Lee Val­ley Ath­let­ics Cen­tre in north Lon­don.

The women’s team were weak­ened by the match co­in­cid­ing with the South­ern area un­der-15 and un­der-17 cham­pi­onships, leav­ing stand-in team man­ager Becky Dyer with only six fe­male ath­letes to cover a full pro­gramme of events.

With gen­tle per­sua­sion and jug­gling, how­ever, most of the women’s events were con­tested and there was the fre­quent sight of Ash­ford ath­letes run­ning from one event to another.

Hap­pily, the men’s team were far bet­ter rep­re­sented.

Ash­ford were in last place for much of the match but even­tu­ally took third place and were not far off sec­ond.

They fin­ish the sea­son in the top half of the di­vi­sion and team man­age­ment have made it clear that they ex­pect more mem­bers to turn out to meet­ings next term.

Prior com­mit­ments meant team man­ager Pete le Ros­sig­nol was un­able to travel with the team but he was able to see the team off and name the club’s ath­letes of the sea­son.

These were Natalie Whiskin in the women’s team and Matt Harris in the men’s. Ten of the club’s ath­letes com­peted in the Ash­ford 5k parkrun on Satur­day, Au­gust 22.

First back out of the 154 run­ners was Matt Hog­ben in 18.25 and not far be­hind was Mar­shall Smith in 18.44.

The first lady back for Ash­ford AC was Ni­amh Dono­hue (u-15), clock­ing 29.37 in only her third parkrun.

There was a good con­test for fifth place, with Andy Robert­son (19.09) beat­ing Ger­ard O’Sul­li­van in a sprint fin­ish by a sec­ond.

A spe­cial well done to O’Sul­li­van for achiev­ing the high­est age grade out of all the Ash­ford AC run­ners (75.13%) and get­ting a fastest time on this course with a time of 19.10, not far be­hind his over­all 5k PB.

Le Ros­sig­nol com­pleted his 14th parkrun, com­ing 35th, while not far be­hind was An­drew Hux­ley in 25.07.

Chris Hobbs race walked the 5k, achiev­ing an im­pres­sive 26.20 and com­ing 55th.

Sam Pear­son was the next back, clock­ing 27.51 and Ro­nan Dono­hue ran as well, not long af­ter his 100-mile race.

Five mem­bers of Ash­ford & Dis­trict Road Run­ning Club com­peted in the Can­ter­bury Half Marathon on Mon­day.

Rik Holden, run­ning his first race for the club and us­ing the race as prepa­ra­tion for the Ber­lin Marathon later this month, was first home for the Road Run­ners in 38th place in a time of 1hr 37min 18sec.

Keith Haynes fin­ished in 46th place in 1:38.22.

The other fin­ish­ers were Dex­ter Hog­ben (1:41.12), Steve Hick­man (1:57.22) and Rhian Shrim­plin, who was the 15th lady home in 1:58.01.

Jon Wells took part in the Sevenoaks seven-miler around Knole Park on Mon­day. He fin­ished 45th in 48.09.

Paul Moses fin­ished sec­ond in the Ash­ford parkrun on Satur­day in 19.03. Mark At­ten­bor­ough smashed his per­sonal best time as he came home sixth in 20.01.

Robert Car­pen­ter fin­ished eighth in 20.16, while Paul Brass­ing­ton ran 21:17 as he fin­ished 11th.

Scott Lynch came home in 22.45, Jon Fidge fin­ished in 24.34 and Stu Nunn ran a PB as he came home in 24.49.

Pic­tures: Barry Good­win

Ash­ford celebrate tak­ing the lead through Shaun Welford

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