Brighton Marathon ā€“ Sunday 15th April 2018

Almost 20,000 competitors lined up to take part in the 2018 Brighton Marathon with Ashford & District RRC providing a large contingent of runners. Some participants were completing their 1st marathon, such as Jon Pearce, who came home 1st for the club in 3hrs:14m:07s.

Richard Baker was next up on his return to Brighton in a time of 3hrs:32m:33s. Rik Holden completed his 2nd marathon in a week finishing in 3hrs:37m:12s followed by Keith Haynes in his return to competitive running in 3hrs:38m:12s.

Anna-Lisa Stiffell was A&Dā€™s 1st women home in 3hrs:58m:45s followed by Sandi Mortimer, who had battled injury during her training to finish in 4hrs:00m:43s. Hazel Turner completed a trio of female finishers on her debut at this distance, crossing the line shortly after in 4hrs:01m:33s.

Rob Barton, also competing in his 1st marathon, finished in 4hrs:01m:58s with Ricky Hickman next up in a personal best of 4hrs:13m:01s. Claire Green returned to Brighton this year and finished in 4hrs:24m:03s. Robin Butler suffered a nasty knee injury at the 17 mile mark but managed to jog to the finish and collect his medal in 4hrs:27m:53s.

Aaron Homewood set a personal best time of 4hrs:30m:02s despite struggling in the latter stages. Gill Pragnell, also struggled with knee problems but managed to finish in 4hrs:34m:08s. Sarah Homewood, on her debut at this distance and Steve Hickman, competing in his 147th marathon, made sure that all A&D runners were under the 5 hour mark finishing together in 4hrs:50m.

Invicta East Kent Open Meeting – Thursday 12th April 2018

Chris Boyce and Ryan Edwards took part in the Invicta East Kent Open Meeting running in the 5000m. Boyce finished 6th overall in 19m:25s and Edwards finished in 9th in 19m:37s.Ashford Park Run ā€“ Saturday 14th April 2018

Trevor Kay took the honours at this weeks parkrun finishing in 17m:50s with club mate Dan Green close behind in 18m:25s finishing 3rd. Jon Wells was next up in 18m:51s (5th) with Paul Moses in 19m:21s (7th).

Chris Boyce just finished out of the top ten in 20m:28s (11th) with Scott Lynch in 20m:36s (12th) and Mark Attenborough in 20m:58s (16th). Becky Macey was 1st women home for the club in a new personal best of 21m:23s (18th) with Elodie Paviot, fresh from a great performance at the Paris marathon finishing in 22m:39s (32nd).

James Chapman was next up in 22m:58s (35th), Mark Carlton in 23m:20s (41st), Will Whittington 25m:25s (65th) and Mark Harrison 25m:27s (66th).

Keith Lynn finished in a personal best of 26m:12s (78th) in his 50th parkrun, Mark Boorer in 26m:13s (79th), Jaclyn Kay 27m:16s (103rd), Chloe Green 27m:55s (118th), Sue Reader 28m:46s (138th), Ann & John Fidge 28m:58s (141st) and 28m:59s (142nd), Becky Hodgson 30n:41s (161st) and Emma Jenkins 36m:42s (235th).

Elsewhere around the country, Andrew Noble ran the Dulwich parkrun in 18m:20s (23rd), Terry Sellen completed the Tilgate parkrun before he embarks on the London marathon next week in 25m:09s (126th) and Anthony Brown finished the Folkestone parkrun in 21m:55s (32nd).

By Mark Carlton