Cloke com­pletes tough­est chal­lenge


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Neil Cloke over­came the chal­lenge of one of Europe’s tough­est races in Europe – the Lavaredo Ul­tra.

The Ash­ford Road Run­ning Club mem­ber was 218th out of 972 fin­ish­ers in a time of 20 hours, two min­utes 13 sec­onds.

Six­teen-hun­dred starters set out on the 74-mile course from Cortina d‘Am­pez­zao in the South­ern Dolomites, fea­tur­ing five climbs and a to­tal climb of more than 19,000 feet.

Closer to home, Dean Bracken was 40th in a field of 500 starters at the Leeds Cas­tle Triathlon Sprint on Satur­day.

He cov­ered the 750m swim, 26k bike ride and 5k off-road run in a time of 1:35.35.

Jon Wiles bat­tled through the pain bar­rier to com­plete the tough Race to the King Ul­tra marathon.

He com­pleted the 53.5mile multi-ter­rain race from Arun­del through the South Downs Na­tional Park to the fin­ish at Winch­ester Cathe­dral in 20 hours, 11 min­utes.

Five club mem­bers com­peted in the North Downs Run, a 30k race in­clud­ing some tough climbs.

Wet con­di­tions made it dif­fi­cult, with An­thony Brown first home, 87th over­all in 2:41.25, fol­lowed home by Richard Baker, 100th in 2:44.27.

Mark At­ten­bor­ough was 153rd in 2:54.44, with Ingvild Firth (3:09.25) and Rhian Shrim­plin (3:15.47).

Ash­ford AC’s Matthew Hog­ben won the PodPlus MNDA Three Lakes 5k in Ash­ford on Sun­day.

Hog­ben fin­ished in 17.42, more than a minute ahead of run­nerup Mark Pea­cock (18.47).

RRC’s Stu Nunn was 20th (23.59), fol­lowed home by Steve Hick­man, 32nd (27.58).

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Ash­ford golfer Ja­son Barnes tees off at the Fi­nal Open qual­i­fy­ing at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club. Be­low, Chart Hills’ Mark Collins who fin­ished tied 11th

Ash­ford Road Run­ning Club at the North­down 30k

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