Race Report – 15th April 2019

Sunday marked the start of the start of Marathon season, with A&D runners and supporters travelling to the South Coast, the continent and further afield for their races. Debut and seasoned marathoners alike felt the benefit of months of focused training and the club’s support.

Brighton Marathon – Sunday 14th April 2019

A Brighton-bound coach full of runners and supporters left Ashford in the early hours of Sunday morning. Paul Ridley was first home for the club with a PB of 3:09:49, closely followed by Julius Samson in 3:10:17. Carl Ireland was next over the finish line in 3:38:54, followed by Rob Barton with a PB of 3:47:25. Max Dallison finished in 4:01:23, followed by Ricky Hickman in a PB time of 4:10:43. One of only 102 runners to have competed in every one of the ten Brighton Marathons to date, Steve Hickman finished in 4:11:53; the achievement was marked with a distinctive bib and commemorative medal. Making his marathon debut, Shaun Snowwolf-Harris completed the course in 4:27:55. Mark Cleworth was next home for the club in 4:34:32. Also marking their marathon debuts, Keith Lynn finished in 4:48:40, followed by Hugh Scarlin in 4:57:19. Paul Spencer was next man home for the club in 5:09:35.

In her first marathon Becks Macey ran an superb time of 3:28:57. Gill O’Connor claimed 2nd in her age category with a time of 3:38:32. Christine Costiff crossed the finish line 60 seconds later, placing her 4th in the age category with a time of 3:39:32. Sandi Mortimer broke through the four-hour time barrier, achieving a PB of 3:57:14. Tracey Calnan was next lady home for the club in 4:04:37. Sarah Homewood achieved a PB time of 4:36:03, followed by Ailis Goddard in 4:47:33 and Kim McHenry in 5:31:55.

BM 10k- Sunday 14th April 2019

Lucy Johnstone continued her London Marathon preparation, completing the Brighton Marathon 10k race in 58:30.

Marathon de Paris -Sunday 14th April 2019

Across the Channel, two A&D runners competed in the Marathon de Paris. Marking his 50th marathon to date, and his 5th so far this year, Rik Holden completed the course in 3:32:00. Karine Reid achieved a PB time of 5:18:47.

Jamaica Pond Parkrun, Boston, USA – Saturday 13th April 2019

Across the Atlantic Scotty Lynch (25:06) and Andrew Noble (25:27) completed the 5K around Boston’s Jamaica Pond, ready for the city’s prestigious Marathon on Monday.