Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 23rd December 2017 & Monday 25th December 2017

Ashford & District RRC were out in force at the town’s parkrun over the past weekend and Christmas period. Saturdays event saw Robert Latala come home in 1st place in 16m:21s, followed in 6th by Trevor Kay in 17m:51s with Keith Haynes, 15th in 20m:50s.

Mark Attenborough finished in 20th in 21m:46s, Scott Lynch 22nd in 22m:01s and Ricky Hickman 27th in 22m:41s. James Chapman was next to cross the line in 23m:02 (33rd), Mark Boorer 23m:41s (41st), Rod Kessack 23m:44s (42nd) and Terry Sellen 23m:48s (43rd).

Elodie Paviot, 1st lady home for the club, finished in 24m:24s in 50th position, William Whittington was next in 25m:34s (60th), Andrew Smith 29m:18s (107th), Lucy Johnstone 44m:13s (158th) and Becky Hodgson in 56m:31s (172nd).

Meanwhile, around the country, Gill O’Connor finished the Riddlesdown parkrun in 25m:29s (57th), Jon Wells completed the Hillsborough parkrun, Sheffield in 19m:16s (9th) and CJ Lattimer came 5th overall at the Rutland Water parkrun in 18m:12s.

200 runners completed the annual Ashford Christmas day parkrun with Robert Latala completing the double by once again finishing 1st in 16m:53s with Carl Jones crossing the line in 18m:33s in 5th position. Jon Wells came home in 12th in 19m:23s. Julian Samson & Paul Moses finished in 20m:12s (17th) and 20m:14s (18th) respectively.

James Chapman in 22m:54s (37th), Aaron Homewood in a PB time of 23m:00s (40th), William Whittington 24m:47s (52nd), Sandi Mortimer 26m:09s (72nd), Steve Hickman 27m:21s (86th) Helen Weeden 27m:27s (88th), Mark Boorer 28m:20s (102nd), Kevan James 29m:17s (116th) and Becky Hodgson 48m:04s (200th).

The Saltwood Boxing Day Run – Tuesday 26th December 2017

The ever popular Saltwood Boxing Day run saw 4 A&D runners compete with Julius Samson finishing 1st for the club in 15th position in 19m:39s followed by Jon Wells in 20m:07s (21st), A&D junior Connor Samson crossed the line in 22m:24s (68th) and Steve Hickman in 31m:01s (334th).

Interclub Christmas Eve Run

Over 40 members of Ashford & District RRC, Ashford Tri Club, Ashford AC and Folkestone Running Club took part in the annual Christmas Eve run from Hythe to Port Lympne Zoo and back. The recent wet weather made parts of the hilly, off-road course particularly challenging for all involved. With no prize or bragging rights at stake this enjoyable run is now a firm fixture in the calendar.

By Mark Carlton​​

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