Latala breaks course record


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Ash­ford-based Robert Latala, of SKF6X, took over two min­utes off the ex­ist­ing course record to win the Head­corn Half Marathon on Sun­day. He was one of a trio who set the pace, locked to­gether for 10 miles, be­fore he and run­ner-up Sam Humphrey (Vic­to­ria Park Har­ri­ers) broke away. Latala then upped the pace, surg­ing away to win in one hour 12 min­utes 05 sec­onds, fin­ish­ing more than 30 sec­onds ahead of Humphrey (1:12.44), with An­thony Bradley third, 13 sec­onds be­hind. Robin But­ler was first Ash­ford & District Road Run­ning Club mem­ber home. He fin­ished 35th in a field of more than 420 run­ners, on a morn­ing of ex­cel­lent per­for­mances for the club which helped Ash­ford & District win third place in the team prizes. But­ler was back to his best, cross­ing the line in one hour, 27 min­utes 59 sec­onds and sev­enth in his age cat­e­gory Mark At­ten­bor­ough, run­ning in prepa­ra­tion for the Lon­don race in April, showed the hard train­ing miles are pay­ing off – 47th in 1:30.52 (10th in age cat­e­gory). Richard Holden was 54th, 12th in age cat­e­gory as he came home in 1hr 32min 10sec, three places ahead of Jonny Wells (1:32.47). Keith Haynes, also train­ing for his first marathon, and com­pet­ing for the first time in three months af­ter in­jury, was 98th (1:39.05). Stu Nunn dipped un­der the twohour bar­rier for the first time over the dis­tance, fin­ish­ing 246th set­ting a per­sonal best time 1:55.48. An­drew Smith (2:22.11) and Kirsty Far­rant a se­cond be­hind, were two other fin­ish­ers. Deb­bie Martin cel­e­brated her Eng­land se­nior in­ter­na­tional de­but with se­cond place at the Hustopecske Skakani in­door high jump meet­ing in the Czech Re­pub­lic.

The Ash­ford AC mem­ber jumped 1.70m.

Coach John Ban­croft was the team’s lead of­fi­cial for the trip, with a 17-strong squad com­pet­ing in the event.

Martin has had a suc­cess­ful sea­son, win­ning the Se­nior Lon­don In­door Games ti­tle and fin­ish­ing se­cond in the SEAA Se­nior Cham­pi­onship.

She next com­petes in the UK Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Sh­effield on Fe­bru­ary 27-28.

Deb­bie Martin in ac­tion

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