Cloke bat­tles to third place in ul­tra race

Ath­let­ics

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Neil Cloke com­pleted an im­pres­sive de­but for Ash­ford Road Run­ners with a third­place fin­ish in the Calderdale 50 mile Ul­tra Marathon in West York­shire on Satur­day. Cloke was the first Male Vet 35 home, fin­ish­ing just 30 sec­onds be­hind the run­ner-up. He cov­ered the hilly course in a time of nine hours, 26 min­utes and 20 sec­onds. Steve Jack­son had a dou­ble rac­ing date in Lon­don, fin­ish­ing the West­min­ster Mile in 6.55 on Sun­day, then join­ing 9,000 other run­ners in the Vi­tal­ity 10k, a string fin­ish see­ing him home in the Mall in 52.23. Mark At­ten­bor­ough was 87th and ninth in his age cat­e­gory in the Sta­ple­hurst 10k, which dou­bled as the Kent Cham­pi­onships. Back run­ning shorter dis­tances af­ter a good show­ing in the Lon­don Marathon, he fin­ished in 41.50. Keith Haynes was 109th and the 24th in his age cat­e­gory (42.50). Chris­tine Cos­tiff (48.04) was fifth in her age cat­e­gory. Rhian Shrim­plin was 11th in her age cat­e­gory in 48.18, and Stu Nunn, re­turn­ing af­ter in­jury, clocked 54.17.

The sev­enth Char­ing 10k takes place to­mor­row (Fri­day). The start (7pm) and fin­ish will be at Char­ing School which re­ceives all prof­its. In ad­di­tion to the main race, there will be also be chil­dren’s races.

Julie Rose Sta­dium hosts the 2016 Kent Schools Track and Field Cham­pi­onships on Satur­day. Events start at 10am, with the last fi­nals due off at 5pm.

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