Race Report – 21st October 2019

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England Age Group Masters, York – Sunday 20th October 2019

Having finished within the top five runners in their age category at the Brighton Marathon earlier this year, Christine Costiff and Gill O’Connor were invited to join the prestigious England Age Group Masters team in Sunday’s Yorkshire Marathon.

Despite a long-standing injury and illness threatening to hinder their performance, the pair were determined to compete to the highest standard when representing the England team. This resolve shone through in their times, with Costiff finishing in 3.49.58, followed by O’Connor in 3.59.05.

Great South Run – Sunday 20th October 2019

Helen Weeden headed to Portsmouth for the Great South Run on Sunday, completing the 10-mile course in a PB time of 1.31.30.

Amsterdam Half Marathon – Sunday 20th October 2019
Running through injury, Adrian Moody completed the Amsterdam Half Marathon in 1.39.01.

A&D 5 and 10 Mile Marshals’ Race – Sunday 20th October 2019

Several club runners met on Sunday morning to try out the routes of the club’s upcoming 10 and 5 mile race, taking place on 27th October. Ideal autumnal weather made for an enjoyable run, confirming the challenge and variety of the courses.

Runners trying out the 10 mile route particularly enjoyed tearing along a section of the Pilgrims Way: Scott Lynch (1.16.12), Becks Macey (1.12.28), Darren Fagg (1.19.46), Adrian Beresford (1.20.40) and Sandi Mortimer (1.34.48).  Amongst runners testing the 5 mile route were Claire Williams (43.06), Stu Nunn (43.18), John Fidge (44.57), Ann Fidge (47.28), Rachel Jenkins (50.11), Emma Jenkins (59.29), Lesley Moody (1.02.14) and Julie Foster (1.14.19).

The marshals look forward to spooking and cheering on participants in the event on Sunday 27th October.

A&D RRC Parkrun Takeover, Ashford Parkrun #307 – Saturday 19th October 2019 

Dodging the forecast downpours, Ashford & District RRC’s annual Parkrun Takeover took place this weekend.

Whilst the club’s team of eight pacers helped runners smash their goals, marshals could be heard shouting words of encouragement such as “You look too comfortable- run faster!” and “Catch them, catch everyone in front of you!”. It was fantastic to see the resolve in those determined to keep with pacers, and the enjoyment of others just keeping going towards their own goal.

Well ahead of the 21-min pacer, the first runners finished the 5K in just over 17 minutes. In total, the event saw 269 runners cross the finish line, including 22 first timers, 34 that smashed PBs, three celebrating their 50th Parkrun, Jax Tanner (150th) and A&D’s own Dan Green (200th) marking their own Parkrun milestones.  The return of four fantastic tail walkers then marked the end of the event. Runners were welcomed by a table groaning under the weight of post-run treats- a well-earned reward for all that took part.