Oops! Nearly forgot Sandi Starling’s personal best at the weekend! Sandi ran the Reading half marathon in 2:04:58, almost an 8-minute improvement on her previous PB! Like Sandi, there’s been plenty of great performances over the weekend which bodes well for the Lydd half on Sunday, a flat fast course!
Four brave fools ran the offroad Steyning Stinger marathon, battling the mud and wind but rewarded with the glorious views from the top of the South Downs. Robin Butler finished in 4:05:14, Katie McCarter came home in 4:40:03, Steve Hickman wasn’t far behind in 4:51:47 and Helen Weeden completed the quartet in a time of 5:59:44. Well done to all!
Last weekend saw Dean Bracken and James Vincer test their speed around Silverstone in the half marathon. Both ran PBs; Dean finishing in 1:35:08 and James in 1:54:32. Great improvement from both! As part of his marathon training, Scott Lynch ran the hilly Tunbridge Wells half marathon finishing in a time of 1:30:04. Well done Scotty!
Following on from our own 10k it’s been a busy racing period. Katie McCarter ran the Ashford 5k park run for the first time finishing in a PB of 22:25. Three club members ran the Deal half marathon, all of them running personal bests; Dean Bracken leading them home in 1:37:40, Amanda Bashford in 1:58:18 and James Vincer in 2:02:07. Neil Buckley and Steve Hickman ran last weekend’s Moonlight Challenge, a 32.75 mile night run in atrocious conditions. Unfortunately Neil took a tumble and was unable to finish, like many of the other competitors, but Steve completed the event in a creditable time of 6:49:45. Lastly, Dawn Ayres was the only club member to run the Tenterden 5 mile finishing in a time of 44:45.
Congratulations to all those who took part in our 25th 10K run. Despite the wet weather and floods, word is that it was one of our best. Thankfully the rain stayed away and everyone managed to stay dry and enjoyed the day.
A big well done to Chris Valdus who finished in 34:57, Chris Boyce in 38:11, Rob Butler in 38:19 and Lynne Oliver in 1:02:17. Confirmed results will be available soon.
The marshall’s race was run the day before; Dean Bracken (PB) and Rob Butler both finished in 41:34, Helen Weeden in 57:41, Steve Hickman in 58:50 and Lucy Cresser (PB) an hour dead.
Owing to waterlogged conditions at Sandyacres, the car parking for Sunday’s Ashford & District 10k will once again be off-site. Free parking is provided about 10 to 15 minutes walk away at Brakes, Enterprise House, Nicholas Rd, Eureka Business Park, TN25 4AG. Parking will NOT be allowed on the fields at Sandyacres Sports & Social Club. Please ensure you arrive in good time as the start is also a 10 to 15 minute walk from the race headquarters! Lastly we hope you enjoy the race!
Just a solitary club member ran Sunday’s Canterbury 10 Mile in the wind and rain. Rob Butler finished 23rd in 1:03:31.
Last weekend Steve Hickman and Neil Buckley did fantastically well to complete the Country to Capital ultra, a 45 mile endurance race comprising of hills, mud and towpath from Wendover to Little Venice, London. Both ran PBs, Neil in 7:42:00 and Steve in 8:33:32. A big well done, an inspiration to everyone! Other recent results include a 4:21:47 in the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon for Steve, his 93rd marathon. Five members ran the Boxing Day Saltwood dash; Dean was first home for the club in 23:53 followed by Gary Sage in 24:06, Steve Hickman in 29:32, Lucy Cresser in 32:58 and Ingvild Firth in 37:45! Lastly Steve and Jan Hickman ran the New Years Day Deal 5K Bra run, Steve finishing in 24:58 and Jan in 44:57. Happy running for the year ahead!!
Happy New Year to all members, club is open from tonight – Thursday 2nd January 2014
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.