Train­ing pays off with nine PBs

Ash­ford AC

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Girlings Solicitors Ashford & District 10k -

Ash­ford AC ath­letes were out in force for the 10k at the week­end.

The cold and slip­pery con­di­tions were par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing,with the run­ners up against sleet and strong winds.

How­ever, the club have been train­ing hard over the win­ter tar­get­ing this race and their prepa­ra­tion paid off with nine of the 10 ath­letes achiev­ing per­sonal bests.

Of the 567 fin­ish­ers, Ash­ford AC had seven ath­letes in the top 25.

The team were led by Mar­shall Smith (un­der-20) who fin­ished an im­pres­sive Ash­ford AC run­ners at the Ash­ford 10k sixth over­all (33min 34sec) in a strong field made up of all age groups.

Gerard O’Sul­li­van who fin­ished 21st over­all (38.05) was first in the over-50s veter­ans cat­e­gory.

Ash­ford also fielded a five-strong team of un­der 17-year-old ath­letes for the gru­elling race.

6 Mar­shall Smith (U20M) 33.34 (PB), 13 Nick Collins (V40M) 35.46 (PB), 19 Har­ri­son Tre­main (U17M Road) 38.01 (PB), 20 Wil­liam Knight (U17M Road) 38.04 (PB), 21 Gerard O’Sul­li­van (V50M) 38.05, 24 Daniel Fitch (U17M) 38.51 (PB), 25 Ben­jamin Smith (U15M Road) 39.05 (PB), 135 Ciara Mackey (U17W) 47.51 (PB), 200 Jenny Wil­ton (V45W) 50.59 (PB), 323 Gor­don Stead­wood (V50M) 56.16 (PB).

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The start of the Ash­ford 10k run on Sun­day

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Last year’s race win­ner Robert Latala fin­ishes third on Sun­day

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Mar­shall Smith, of Ash­ford AC, crosses the line

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Nick Collins, of Ash­ford AC. Left, Ash­ford & District RRC’s Jon Pearce

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