Attenborough takes up the challenge in winning style
Three Ashford & District Road Running Club members competed in the Battle of Passchendaele Challenge, commemorating the centenary of one of the biggest First World War battles.
Running as many miles as possible in six hours at King’s Wood, near Challock, Mark Attenborough produced a determined effort following his recent move into endurance running. He won the event with 35 miles in 5hr 51min 27sec .
Seasoned marathon runner Helen Weeden completed 26.4 miles in 5:46.36, while Becky Hodgson ran her furthest distance yet, completing 22 miles in 5:20.12.
Scott Lynch’s holiday in Australia included running in the Perth Half Marathon, part of his autumn marathon training programme. He finished the race in 56th place in 1:29.04.
Closer to home, Jon Wells had a busy week.
He completed his first run over at marathon distance or above over the King’s Wood course in the Very British Challenge, running a total of 31.1 miles in 5:54.28.
Wells was in action again in the Bedgebury Pinetum Summer Series 5k last Wednesday, producing another impressive performance over a tough course, finishing sixth and first Vet40 man home in a time of 20.50.
He followed that by running in the Mount Ephraim 10k on Sunday, finishing 11th in 41.21. Ricky Hickman was next home (49.37), followed by Steve Hickman (56.35).
Bolton United Harriers man John Knowles enjoyed his first appearance in the Ashford parkrun winning in 17.10.
He finished ahead of A&DRCC man Jon Pearce, who ran a personal best time of 17.22.
Dan Green was next home (18.14), second in his age category and running a season’s best. Robert Barton (19.05) put in a strong performance.
Other finishers: Mark Attenborough (20.40), Robert Carpenter (20.43), Terry Sellen (22.09), Stuart Nunn (22.34), Ricky Hickman (22.52), Rod Kessack (22,54), Edward Rodger (23.18) and Simon Jackson (24.05 PB).
Claire Green was the first lady home (24.36), followed by Jaclyn Kay (24.51), Jeremy Chambers (37.35), John Fidge (44.21), Ann Fidge (44.50) and Julie Foster (49.19).
Mark Carlton ran in the Lanhydrock parkrun (26.14) and came first in his age category.
Hazel Turner was fifth lady home in the Warrington parkrun (22.36).
Jon Wells was third in the Hoblingwell parkrun (20.19), while Ryan Edwards completed the Folkestone event (19.44).
Juniors Tom and Chloe Green both put in strong performances in the Great Run Local 5k.
Tom achieved a personal best of 21.24, while Chloe (27.52) was the first lady home.
Jon Wells competed in the Very British Challenge