Sunday 1st December was the first running of the Ashford half marathon. Scotty Lynch fnished in 1:36:48 and Amanda Bashford completed her debut club run in 2:17:10. Last Sunday Scotty also ran the 10k Ditton Turkey run finishing in 46:55 with Essen Larsen following not far behind in 55:08. Steve Hickman ran a shorter race than usual completing the Peacehaven 10 Mile Mince Pie run in 1:26:49.
Just to let you know that the Club will close on the 19th December and returns for the New Year on the 2nd January 2014 !!! Have a brilliant Christmas and we’re looking forward to another successful year of Club running!!
For those of you who aren’t aware, we’ve booked a club dinner at the Wheel in Westwell at 7:30pm on Friday 29th November. The meal is free for club members but friends/family will be charged £10. Drinks will be at your own cost. If interested in attending please email Clare on email@example.com to book your place. A varied menu is available; details can be obtained from Clare and are also displayed on the Club noticeboard. Looking forward to seeing as many Club members attend as possible!
Seven club members took part in last Sunday’s Ashford Tri 666 event in Challock. Dean Bracken finished neck-and-neck with Allan Kirby; Dean in 1:04:11 and Allan in 1:04:12. The rest followed close behind; Ashley Close in 1:05:09, Rosemary Day in 1:06:45, Jo Faux in 1:07:12, Ingvild Firth in 1:08:42 and Dawn Ayres in 1:23:00. Well done to all!
Ideal conditions for yesterday’s A20 Path n Downs Half Marathon and Marathon in which half a dozen eager club members took part. Katie McCarter and Helen Weeden ran the half marathon after cheering on the men who departed an hour earlier. Both ran PB’s; Katie in 1:45:10 and Helen in 2:00:38. Sometime later the men returned; Rob Butler finished in 3:20:18, Neil Buckley in 3:38:18 (PB), Chris Boyce in 3:44:32 (PB and his first marathon) and Steve Hickman (marathon no. 92) in 4:02:36! Some great times by everyone and some good laughs had by all!
If you’re not aware, Ashford is now home to its very own park run. It’s a 5k timed run at 9:00 every Saturday morning starting at Victoria Park. It’s free to enter although you have to register at the Ashford Parkrun website first. Several of the club members are already registered so why not combine an early weekend run with a catch-up!
Last weekend several mad Club members tackled Beachy Head marathon. Described as one of the most scenic marathons, it was also one of the toughest. Hill after hill with blistering wind and occasional sunshine. First home was Neil Buckley in an impressive 4:19:58, Rob Butler followed closely behind in 4:25:19, Katie McCarter was first club lady home in 4:46:07, Steve Hickman finished in 5:02:17, Helen Weeden in 5:42:22, Amanda Bashford in 5:51:59, Marion Oakley in 8:24:18 and Jan Hickman just a minute later in 8:25:56. Well done everyone, to finish was a credit! Incidentally, Steve was crazy enough to do the Dymchurch 5K Poppy Run the next day which he completed in 22:56.
Three club members took part in last weekend’s Chilham 10K, more of a cross country challenge by all accounts! Scott Lynch (running for Kent Police) came 4th in a time of 48:50 (1st MV40), Helen Weeden was 4th FV40 in 1:07:48 and Marion Oakley was 1st FV60 in 1:41:48. Alan Kirby also did the Chilham Sprint Duathlon which he completed in 1:40:38.
We had 11 club members finish Sunday’s Givaudan Ashford 10K despite atrocious weather conditions. The continuous rain didn’t relent all morning making it a 10K suitable for flippers and armbands but everyone finished safe and well albeit wet through! Kevan James led the pack home in 37:32 (1st V50) followed by Rob Butler in 38:03 (2nd V40), Carl Jones in 38:41 (3rd V40), Chris Boyce in 43:31, Allan Kirby in 45:38, Paul O’Brien in 47:03 (PB), Christopher Took in 47:13, Dean Bracken in 52:44, Raymond Morley in 58:19, Tyree Spicer in 59:40 and Sandi Starling in 1:14:46. Great turnout by the club!
Some marathon results from last weekend. Steve Hickman ran the Isle Of Wight marathon (his 89th) finishing in a time of 4:18:51 whilst Scott Lynch ran the Chester marathon and despite suffering on a hot day, managed to drag himself past the line in a time of 4:53:17! Hats off to both fellers in tough conditions!