Latala impresses at National Cross Country Championships Saturday 24th February 2018

Saucony English National Cross Country Championships – Saturday 24th February 2018

The Cross Country season drew to a close on Saturday with the Saucony English National Championships held at Parliament Hill, London.

With over 2300 competitors running the mens race alone, the championship standard was high with teams from all over the country competing.

Robert Latala capped off an impressive cross country season finishing 120th overall completing the 7.2 mile course in 43m:52s. Jon Pearce was next up in 50m:06s (611th) with Julius Samson in 55m:15s (1128th). Paul Moses followed in 57m:47s (1399th) and Jon Wells was not far behind in 57m:59s (1416th). Scott Lynch and Adrian Moody came in under the hour mark in 58m:24s (1442nd) and 59m:02s (1502nd) respectively with Chris Boyce in 1hr:04m:54s (1927th).

The senior mens team prize was won by Tonbridge AC with their top 6 runners all finishing in the top 40. Ashford & District RRC finished 96th overall out of 162 eligible teams.

Mods vs Rockers Marathon – Sunday 25th February 2018

Rik Holden finished the Mods vs Rockers Marathon in 11th place at Betteshanger Country Park in a time of  3hrs:43m:49s.

The Headcorn Half – Sunday 25th February 2018

The bright winter sunshine did little to take the chill off at the Headcorn Half this Sunday with Mark Attenborough finishing 1st for the club in 26th place overall and 3rd in category in 1hr:32m:34s with Neil Woodham following in 1hr:46m:12s (119th). Jaclyn Kay finished just over the 2 hour mark in a PB time of 2hrs:00m:5s in 222nd and Andrew Smith crossed the line in 2hrs:20m25s (322nd).

Ashford Parkrun  –  Saturday 24th February 2018

Neil Woodham came home 1st for the club in a personal best time of 21m:41s finishing 12th overall. Becky Macey finished as 1st female overall in 15th position in a personal best of 21m:59s. Pat Butler followed in 22m:21s (18th) with Hazel Turner in 22m:40s (20th).

James Chapman crossed the line in 23m:34s (27th), Will Whittington finished in 24m:16s (35th) and Mark Boorer in 25m:23s (50th).

Lucy Johnstone finished with a personal best time of 27m:08s (82nd), John Fidge in 27m:28s (88th), Keith Lynn 27m:30s (89th), Shelly Blake 30m:10s (130th), Becky Hodgson 32m:40s (161st), Jeremy Chambers 36m:36s (196th) and Emma Jenkins 43m:51s (212th).

Meanwhile in further 5K news, Jon Wells won the Trosley Park 5k Challenge on Sunday in a time of 21m:39s and finished clear of 2nd place by almost a minute.

By Mark Carlton

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