Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

He­len Wee­don es­tab­lished a record for the long­est dis­tance com­pleted by an Ash­ford & District Road Run­ning Club fe­male ath­lete on Satur­day.

She made the long trip north to com­pete in the Wall Ul­tra a re­ward­ing one, cov­er­ing the 69-mile multi-ter­rain Hadrian’s Wall route in 19 hours, 19 min­utes, 11 sec­onds.

A to­tal of 800 starters set out from Carlisle early on Satur­day morn­ing, with Wee­don fin­ish­ing 412th out of 529 fin­ish­ers, 60th woman home, and 21st in the vet 40 cat­e­gory.

An­other Road Run­ning Club mem­ber, Ed­die Rodger, took 82 min­utes off his pre­vi­ous best time for the event to fin­ish in 16:28.46, 247th over­all, 212th male, and 23rd in the vet 50 cat­e­gory.

Jon Pearce won the Pod­plus Ash­ford 10k at Vic­to­ria Park on Fri­day.

The Ash­ford Tri Club run­ner came home in 36 min­utes 13 sec­onds, just ahead of run­nerup Lee Rogers (In­victa East East) with Chung Yam Hung third (37.22).

Ash­ford & District Road Run­ning Club’s Dan Green was fourth and first vet 40 male home (37.34) with Tri Club pair Trevor Kay (38.33) and Mark Pea­cock (38.58) com­plet­ing the top six.

RRC’s Gill Prag­nell was 10th, sec­ond woman and first vet-45 fe­male (44.24), with Vic­to­ria Prag­nell fourth in 47.23.

RRC en­joyed a suc­cess­ful night in the 5k event, with Robert Car­pen­ter fin­ish­ing run­ner-up and first vet 40 male (19.38), be­hind race win­ner Gavin Mackay (17.49), with Con­nor Sam­son (Ham­street Run­ners) third and first ju­nior (19.57).

Paul Moses was fourth and first vet-50 male fin­isher in 20.12, 40 sec­onds ahead of Ben­jamin Smith (Ash­ford AC) with an­other Ham­street run­ner Paul Noakes (21.02) sixth.

Ash­ford & District RRC’s Gill O’Con­nor was eighth, first lady and first vet-45 in a time of 21.32, with Stephen Tick­ner (Ham­street) com­plet­ing the top 10 in 22.18.

Other club highlights saw Danyel Giles run an­other per­sonal best to fin­ish -– sec­ond lady home in 22.33, with Chris­tine Cos­tiff close be­hind in third place (23.10).

Stu Nunn also recorded a PB, fin­ish­ing 15th in 23.46, while An­drew Smith was 21st (26.05) and Jule Fos­ter 27th (27.55).

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