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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Givaudan Ashford 10k -

Folke­stone Run­ning Club mem­ber Lloyd Wors­ley con­tin­ued his pur­ple patch on the road by win­ning Sun­day’s Gi­vau­dan Ash­ford 10k in one of the clos­est fin­ishes for many years. The 26-year-old fol­lowed up last month’s one-sec­ond vic­tory in the Folke­stone Half-Marathon by pip­ping Ash­ford AC teenager Oliver Prior to vic­tory in a dra­matic sprint to the line. The two ath­letes had en­tered the Julie Rose Sta­dium with lit­tle be­tween them but Wors­ley’s greater ex­pe­ri­ence told as he surged clear in the fi­nal 150m to win in 33 min­utes 3 sec­onds – just four sec­onds clear of his 16-year-old ri­val who had been 12th 12 months be­fore in 35.35. Race direc­tor Barry Hop­kins, of or­gan­is­ers Sport­ing Events UK, sug­gested it was a fit­ting cli­max to the race which had been run in near per­fect con­di­tions. He said: “Cer­tainly in the time we’ve been in­volved, it’s the clos­est fin­ish be­tween first and sec­ond. Lloyd pretty much led from start to fin­ish al­though Oliver was al­ways quite close and they were only about five me­tres apart com­ing onto the track for the fi­nal 300m. “With about 150m to go, Lloyd moved out about a me­tre and in the fi­nal straight he pro­duced a pretty good sprint which Oliver could not match. “He’s def­i­nitely on a roll at the mo­ment. There was quite a crowd par­tic­u­larly for the last 100m and that helped make it even more ex­cit­ing.” Rhys God­dard, who has re­cently switched from Sit­ting­bourne to Can­ter­bury Har­ri­ers, took the fi­nal place on the podium, clock­ing 33.40. He was com­fort­ably clear of club­mate Si­mon Jones (34.09) in fourth, with Ash­ford AC’s Mar­shall Smith com­plet­ing the top five in 34.29.

‘They were only about five me­tres apart com­ing onto the track’

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