Saturday saw the Ashford & District Road Runners club’s annual trip to France to take part in the Hardelot 10k. On an undulating course in perfect running conditions, the club saw lots of excellent performances and picked up some trophies as well, which included the largest international running team at the event. First home for the club among a large field of over 700 runners and picking up the trophy for fastest international male, was CJ Lattimer who finished 13th in an impressive time of 36:54. Following him home for the club was Daniel Green who finished 37th in 38:34, Jon Wells, who produced a personal best as he finished 41st in 39:04, Dean Bracken 48th in 39:17, Neil Cloke 61st in 39:51, Robin Butler 73rd in 40:03, Chris Boyce 100th in 41:21. Richard Baker came home in 103rd place in 41:25, Robert Carpenter returning after injury finished 118th in 41:50, and Mark Attenborough 167th in 43:18.
Danyel Giles was the first lady home for the club as she once again smashed her personal best, coming home in 196th place in a time of 44:24, Neil Buckley finished in 48:35, Rhian Shrimplin in 49:13, Stu Nunn dipped under 50 minutes for the first time as he set a personal best of 49:38, John Fidge came home in 49:45, Mark Carlton in 50:23, Jon Wiles in 52:09, Helen Weeden in 54:14, Lucy Cresser in 55:00, Julie Foster finished in 57:59, with Sue Reader finishing in 58:47, Anne Fidge in 59:53 and Anne Healy ran 1:04:41 in her debut 10k race.
At the last Samphire Hoe Summer series 5k race last Wednesday, Chris Boyce came home in 10th place in 20:12 and Rhian Shrimplin finished as the 4th lady in a time of 23:36.
On a very hilly, very muddy and challenging course, Anthony Brown came home in a time of 1:25:55 in the Eridge Park 10, a 10 mile race around Eridge Park near Tunbridge Wells.