Run­ning by torch­light


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sports -

Sev­eral Ash­ford & District Road Run­ning club mem­bers took part in an event with a dif­fer­ence when they com­peted in the Moon­light Chal­lenge on Satur­day night.

Run around farm tracks on a mix­ture of chal­leng­ing sur­faces in Recul­ver, the run­ners set off at 6pm to com­plete var­i­ous dis­tances from half marathon to ul­tra dis­tances in dark­ness, run­ning with the help of their head torches.

Com­plet­ing the ul­tra dis­tance, An­thony Brown fin­ished se­cond in a time of 5hours 32min­utes and he was fol­lowed, in third, by Dar­ren San­ter (5:42).

He­len Wee­den clocked 7:47, and Ed­die Rodger 7:48, while in the 26.2-mile race, Steve Hick­man, com­plet­ing his 124th marathon, ran 5:31.21. Rhian Shrim­plin com­pleted the half marathon dis­tance in a time of 2:11.

Jon Wells was first home for the club in Sun­day’s Ten­ter­den 5-mile road race.

Wells ran 32.16 to fin­ish 16th, while Chris­tine Cos­tiff con­tin­ued her im­pres­sive form with a time of 35.36 – good enough to make her third lady and lead­ing fe­male vet-50.

Just be­hind her was club­mate Gill Prag­nell whose time of 36.20 made her fifth lady and first fe­male vet-45.

Nigel Cos­tiff fin­ished in 42.18 and Anne Healy ran well in her first race for the club, record­ing a time of 46.34.

The course was run along the quiet lanes of Wit­ter­sham and the field had to con­tend with both hills and wind.

Sun­day saw two of the club’s run­ners com­plete one of the more un­usu­ally named marathons – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly marathon.

Run along the cy­cle path at the Bette­shanger Coun­try Park, the run­ners com­pleted 13 laps in blus­tery con­di­tions with Amanda Bash­ford, in her 46th marathon, run­ning 4:58.54 and Jeremy Cham­bers com­ing home in 5:53.44.

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