Cloke battles to third place in ultra race
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.