Marathons bring out the best

Ath­let­ics

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Ash­ford & District Road Run­ning Club were rep­re­sented in both the Brighton and Paris Marathons at the week­end.

At Brighton there were some im­pres­sive per­for­mances and two debu­tants at the dis­tance, in a race staged in hot con­di­tions, not ideal for fast times.

Julius Sam­son was first back for the club in 3hr 23min 07sec, fol­lowed home by Ian Har­ring­ton, in a per­sonal best 3:40.22.

Danyel Carter trimmed four min­utes off her own pb (3:44.58) to qual­ify for a good-for-age place in the 2018 Lon­don race.

Paul Bras­ing­ton, run­ning the first of two marathons in as many weeks, fin­ished in 3:54.14, with Glen Hol­i­day cross­ing the line in 3:58.18.

Mark Carl­ton came home in 4:16.54 – one hour quicker than his pre­vi­ous best, while Claire Green fin­ished in 4:18.38.

Frances Hunt fin­ished in 4:25.40, while Stu Nunn (4:28.13) took 32 min­utes off his pb.

First timer Terry Sellen clocked 4:31.44, Neil Buck­ley 4:34.32, Steve Hick­man 4:39.44, Rod Kes­sack 4:57.08, Sue Reader, an­other debu­tant, 5:00.54, Andrew Smith 5:25.37, Steve Well­sted 5:48.28 and Paul Bai­ley 5:54.24.

Three other club mem­bers trav­elled to Paris, with the con­di­tions in the French cap­i­tal the same as on the south coast.

An­thony Brown was first home, shrug­ging off a thigh in­jury to fin­ish in 3:43.56. Rik Holden clocked 4:17.13 and Helen Wee­den came home in 5:09.16.

Jon Wells raced in the Ti­tanic 10k in Belfast on Sun­day, cov­er­ing the flat fast course in windy con­di­tions in 39.59.

Ash­ford AC ju­nior Adam Heath marked his de­but in the town’s lat­est parkrun on Satur­day, with vic­tory in 17.59.

Dan Green was first A&DRRC man home, fin­ish­ing third in 18.15. Mark At­ten­bor­ough ran a per­sonal best, com­ing home sixth in 19.39, one place ahead of Ryan Ed­wards (19.41).

Paul Moses was eighth in 19.42, Robert Car­pen­ter was 10th in 20.30, Richard Baker 11th (20.34) and Pat But­ler 12th (20.37).

Hazel Turner was sec­ond lady home in a PB of 21.45, Wil­liam Whit­ting­ton was 47th (24.31).

John Fidge was first MV65 (25.58) and Julie Fos­ter ran 31.23.

The North School Lions squad who are through to the semi-fi­nals of the Na­tional Schools un­der-19 com­pe­ti­tion

Rik Holden and Helen Wee­den ran the Paris Marathon at the week­end

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