Har­ri­ers pro­duce show of strength in Gi­vau­dan 10k

Athletics

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Sport Starts Here -

Can­ter­bury Har­ri­ers won both the men’s and women’s team prizes in the Gi­vau­dan Ash­ford 10k road race on Sun­day.

Har­ri­ers used the event as their 10k club cham­pi­onships and saw a record turnout of 58 mem­bers in­clud­ing seven debu­tants.

Lead­ing the way for the men was re­cent re­cruit from Sit­ting­bourne, Rhys God­dard, who came home in third, clock­ing 33min­utes 40sec­onds.

Club­mate Si­mon Jones (34.09) was fourth and first male vet-40 – se­cur­ing the county ti­tle in that age group – with the win­ning three-man team com­pleted by Rob­bie Hig­gins, who was sev­enth in 35.31.

Paul Knight was 12th in 36.17 and Yian­nis Christodoulou 22nd in 37.35 while Wim Van Vu­uren (60th in 39.47) dipped un­der the 40-minute mark for the first time – one of 18 per­sonal best reg­is­tered by Har­ri­ers. Jenny Ben­son was de­fend­ing cham­pion in the women’s race and pro­duced an­other fine time of 39.28, to fin­ish third be­hind Dart­ford’s Hazel Be­hagg (38.03) and Deal Tri’s Re­nata Mcdon­nell who ran a new per­sonal best of 39.25.

The tri­umphant Har­ri­ers women’s line-up was com­pleted by Jo Nor­ring­ton, who was sev­enth fe­male in 41.14 and Claire Pluck­rose, two places fur­ther back in 41.44. Fiona Tester was 12th woman in 42.59.

The race, which had 985 fin­ish­ers, was won by Folke­stone Run­ning Club mem­ber Lloyd Wors­ley who pipped 16-year-old Ash­ford AC run­ner Oliver Prior by four sec­onds after cross­ing the line in 33.03.

At the Ch­ester Marathon, Mike Mawby ran a per­sonal best time of 2:40:50 to fin­ish 25th.

Pic­tures: Gary Browne FM4951559

Can­ter­bury Har­ri­ers had a bumper turnout for Sun­day’s Gi­vau­dan Ash­ford 10k road race which in­cor­po­rated their own club cham­pi­onships

Pic­ture: Andy Jones FM4729085

In­victa’s Sarah Gru­ber won two gold medals run­ning at Ch­ester

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