At­ten­bor­ough takes up the chal­lenge in win­ning style


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

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

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