The 35th Hastings half Marathon saw 16 representatives from the club. With a welcome return to competition by Robert Latala, he finished in 5th place with 1:14:45 in the face of tough competition. Becks Macey was First Lady home in 1:33:37 knocking over 5 minutes off her personal best time for the distance. A dominant performance from Christine Costiff in her age category with a time of 1:35:17 won by over 14 minutes taking the National Masters Award.
Paul Ridley 56th with a personal best of 1:26:36, Scott Lynch 58th with 1:26:58 and Julius Samson 59th in 1:27:02 worked well as a team. With James Booth making his first appearance in A&D colours finishing 96th in 1:29:30, five club runners finished with sub 1:30:00 times.
Keith Haynes continues his recent good form finishing 167th with 1:33:51.
The training is paying off for James Phillips, improving his Hastings time by 9 minutes and a 2 minute half marathon personal best with 1:42:59.
John Beale ran alongside Adrian Beresford to finish 444th and 445th respectively in times of 1:44:36 and 1:44:37.
Doing the long races every weekend, Shane Snowwolf Harris finished 730th in 1:51:49.
Mark Cleworth 962nd (1:56:39), and Keith Lynn, battling with injury, 1250th (2:04:59) were encouraged by their performances on the day.
Lucy Johnstone also running the long races as part of her marathon preparation finished in 844th with a time of 2:22:58. Sarah Taylor completed the course in 890th place with 2:22:23.
At the London Landmarks Half Marathon Filiz Salah ran a personal best time of 1:48:50.
Tomasz Latala travelled the furthest this weekend finishing the Cracow half marathon in 111th in a time of 1:24:43.
The Medway Megalith Marathon was described by seasoned distance runner Mark Attenborough as: “the hardest run I have ever done”. He was joined by long distance specialist Rik Holden, who took first place in his age group.
A team of five runners competed in the Canterbury Riverside 10k. Jon Wells took the M40 prize and finished 6th overall in 38:20. Coming back from injury, Paul Moses finished 10th in 40:06 and won the M50 prize. With Neil Woodham 28th in 44:45, Rhian Shrimplin 6th lady, 46:42 and Anthony Brown 52nd, 47:32, A &D narrowly missed out on the team prize.
Don Dewar took raced the Whitstable 10k finishing with a time of 46:37.
Steve Hickman made an emotional trip to the Isle of White to take part in the Rog Run in memory of a well respected IOWRR team mate.
Emma Jenkins and William Whittington represented the club at the ‘Great Local Run’.
At Saturdays park run John Pearce in 2nd place with 17:57 was first home of the 14 runners from A&D.
By Paul Moses