Latala smashes club record in Lon­don run


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Robert Latala’s third Lon­don Marathon was his best.

The Ash­ford & Dis­trict Run­ning Club mem­ber fin­ished 88th in Sun­day’s race – beat­ing his own per­sonal mark set two years ago – and smash­ing the club record by over six min­utes.

Latala’s time of 2hr 32mins 12sec was over a minute quicker than in 2015 when he fin­ished 129th and well in­side Carl Jones’s club best time which had stood since 2012.

Ke­van James was next home (3:09.44), fol­lowed by Dan Green (3:14.28), Scott Green ( 3: 16,48), Richard Baker (3:21.46), and Neil Cloke (3:22.43).

Danyel Carter fol­lowed up her pb at Brighton a fort­night ear­lier to beat it again by more than six min­utes, com­ing home in 3:38.45 ahead of Paul Bras­ing­ton, an­other who ran in both races, clock­ing 3:42.23.

Dave Hunt fin­ished in 3:49.35, while Neil Buck­ley c o mpleted hi s s e c o nd marathon in as many weeks in 4:19.33.

Else­where. Steve Hick­man com­pleted the tough Fox Ul­tra Marathon, a 60k route around Go­dalm­ing and Guild­ford, fin­ish­ing in 8:00.09.

Jon Wells fin­ished third in the Rother River­side 10k in a time of 41.00.

Seven young­sters com­peted for the first time as a com­bined Ash­ford/ Thanet team pro­duced a fine per­for­mance to fin­ish third in the UK Youth De­vel­op­ment League South Di­vi­sion 1 East meet at Med­way Park, Gilling­ham, on Satur­day.

Un­der-13 trio Evangeline Nor­wood, Harry Har­man and Jack Saxby were joined by un­der-15s Libby Moore, Bron­wyn Ye­an­dle, Kris­tian Samwell-Nash and Con­nor Wil­liams.

They helped make up a squad of 26, man­aged by Tina Tap­pen­den in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion for boys and girls in the two age-groups.

Ash­ford fin­ished on 388.5 points be­hind winners Brighton and Hove (564) and Med­way and Maid­stone (517), an out­come which sur­prised and de­lighted club of­fi­cials.

There were a to­tal of 44 per­sonal bests and sea­son best per­for­mances.

Kieran Day, Kris­tian SamwellNash, As­ton Fred­er­ick, Spike Pur­die, Aeron Lam­bert, Ge­orge Seery, James Cow­ard, Chase Arnold, Ben­jamin Smith, Con­nor Wil­liams.

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