Hastings Half Marathon 2017

Ashford and District road running club members produced some impressive performances in races across the South East, despite the tough weather conditions. In the 33rd running of the Hastings Half marathon with a large field of over 3000 runners, Julius Sampson continued his strong running in 2017 by finishing in 87th place on the very testing hilly course that produced a tough finish with the strong headwind that the runners had to battle for the final few miles along the seafront to the finish. Julius, using the race as a warm up for the Brighton marathon next month, finished in an excellent time of 1:29:22, just ahead of Scott Lynch who came 92nd in a time of 1:29:47. Keith Haynes finished 263rd in a time of 1:38:16, and Mark Cleworth dipped under the 2 hour mark, finishing in 1:58:15.

Running into a tough headwind at the Canterbury riverside 10k on Sunday, Daniel Green was first home for the club with an excellent 8th place finish in a time of 39:14, with Hazel Turner running a personal best as she came home as the 5th lady and 2nd in her age category in a time of 46:23. Rhian Shrimplin was the 9th lady in 47:55, Jonathan Wiles finished in 49:36, Julie Foster in 1:02:04 and Anne Healy in 1:05:11.

Danyel Carter finished as the 2nd lady at the Draycote 10 miler on Sunday in a time of 1:18:20.

At the latest Ashford parkrun, Paul Moses finished in 2nd place in a time of 19:00, Shane Dragwidge was 10th in 20:21, Trevor Kay was 14th in 20:39, Mark Attenborough 16th in 20:51, Robert Carpenter 19th in 21:27. Stu Nunn ran a personal best with his 21st place in 21:35, with Terry Sellen 25th in 21:49. Rod Kessack was 36th in 22:59, Claire Green was the 1st lady in 24:22, Richard Baker finished in 25:11, Will Whittington in 25:35 and Ann Fidge in 28:47.