Green rises to the mid­night chal­lenge

Ath­let­ics

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Ash­ford & District Road Run­ning Club mem­bers seem to rel­ish a chal­lenge.

Fol­low­ing on from Ed­die Rodger’s brave but vain bid to com­plete the West High­land Way ul­tra marathon last week, Daniel Green fin­ished an ex­cel­lent 17th in the Mid­night Moun­tain Marathon in South Wales.

He cov­ered the dif­fi­cult off-road course, in­clud­ing a 4,800 feet as­cent across the Bre­con Bea­cons, in 4hr 45min 33sec.

Jon Wells was first home in the Bewl 15 near Tun­bridge Wells on Sun­day.

He fin­ished 79th from a field of more than 800 run­ners, cov­er­ing the 15mile chal­leng­ing multi-ter­rain course around the reser­voir in a time of 1:49.13.

Robin But­ler was 105th (1:52.51), Chris­tine Cos­tiff 357th (2:16.36), Gill O’Con­nor 367th (2:16.56), Stephen Hick­man 590th (2:37.04), and He­len Wee­den 698th (2:49.24).

Scott Lynch was eighth in the Cliffe Woods Five Miler on Sun­day.

Male vet-40 run­ner Lynch fin­ished in 31.37, with Adrian Moody (MV50) 20th (35.12).

Julie Foster com­pleted the Sim­ply­health Great Ne­wham Lon­don 10k in 1:12.53. The race was held in and around the Olympic Sta­dium, which hosts the Lon­don An­niver­sary Games on Sun­day.

The club’s se­nior men and women both fin­ished se­cond in the lat­est East Kent in­ter-club re­lays over 2.3 miles at Dym­church last week.

The men were pipped to top-spot, fin­ish­ing only two sec­onds be­hind South Kent Har­ri­ers, com­plet­ing the four-legs in a com­bined time of 48.49. CJ La­timer ran the open­ing leg in 12.23, with Robert Latala, quick­est of the night (11.33), Trevor Kay ran 12.40, while Jon Pearce fin­ished the fi­nal leg in 12.13.

The ladies fin­ished be­hind Folke­stone, leav­ing them level on points, go­ing to the fi­nal leg at Can­ter­bury.

Male vet-40 A and B teams, se­nior ladies’ B and ju­niors won their re­spec­tive cat­e­gories.

Ash­ford Ath­letic Club’s Tyler Adams, 18, came se­cond in the se­nior boys’ de­cathlon at the English Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (ESAA) Com­bined Events Re­gional fi­nals in Kingston upon Thames.

As an in­di­vid­ual, Tyler – a pupil at Dover Gram­mar School for Boys – achieved eight per­sonal bests over the two days and in­creased his over­all de­cathlon PB by over a 1,000 points.

As a team, the Kent de­cath­letes came first with an im­pres­sive lead of more than 2,500 points

W-ith these re­sults, Tyler, as an in­di­vid­ual, and Kent as a team, qual­ify for the ESAA Com­bined Events na­tional fi­nals in Septem­ber at Steve­nage.

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