Sil­ver medal­list makes his mark


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Ash­ford Ath­let­ics Club had three mem­bers rep­re­sent­ing Kent at the English Schools Cham­pi­onships in Birm­ing­ham.

Kris­tian SamwellNash, 14, from Head­corn, com­peted in the ju­nior boys’ 300m in his first ma­jor cham­pi­onship.

He ran the quick­est time out of the three heats in a per­sonal best time and un­der-15 club record of 36.16sec.

This was also the fastest time in the UK for 2017 be­fore the fi­nal and the fourth time he has bro­ken the un­der-15 club record this year.

He then went on to win the sil­ver medal in the fi­nal in a time of 36.18.

The time has moved him to se­cond in the UK rank­ings and 14th fastest of all-time.

Grace Sul­li­van com­peted in the se­nior girls’ triple jump.

This is the se­cond time she has com­peted at the English Schools Cham­pi­onships, the largest track and field event in Europe.

She jumped 11.02m and took 14th place.

Oliver Prior also com­peted, hav­ing raced in the English Schools Cross -Coun­try Cham­pi­onships ear­lier this year.

He ran in the in­ter­me­di­ate boys’ 3,000m and took 20th place in 9.05.30, his se­cond quick­est time of the year.

Chris Val­dus pro­duced an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance to win the Cran­brook 10k on Sun­day.

Rac­ing hu­mid con­di­tions, on a chal­leng­ing off-road hilly course, Ash­ford & District RRC V40 man Val­dus held off the chal­lenge of Si­mon Dahdi (Petts Wood Run­ners) to fin­ish in 38.49.

Club­mate Hazel Turner was 33rd and third lady home in a time of 48.13, with Becky Hodg­son fin­ish­ing in 1.10.55.

Elodie Paviot com­pleted a per­sonal best in the Harry Hawkes 10 mile on Sun­day.

Run over a fast, flat and scenic course around Thames Dit­ton and Kingston, Paviot fin­ished 307th out of 640 fin­ish­ers in 1:25.40 – 75th lady.

He­len Wee­den com­pleted her 40th marathon in the Ranscombe Ram­ble Chal­lenge at Cux­ton near Rochester, com­plet­ing the hilly course in 6:24.33. in

Ash­ford & District RRC mem­bers at the Cran­brook 10k on Sun­day. From left, Becky Hodg­son, Hazel Turner and Chris Val­dus

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