A&D Runners Out In Numbers Over The Weekend 23-March-2019

Ashford and District Runners were out in force over the weekend doing what they do best, representing the vest with pride in events throughout Kent and beyond.

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.

At the Smugglers 10k at Minis Bay an in form Adrian Moody took the M50 prize. Simon Jackson was very pleased with his time of 53:07, and Rachel Jenkins also ran well on the day.

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