Canterbury Half Marathon – Monday 26th August 2019
Bank holiday Monday saw 450 runners assemble at the start line of the Canterbury Half Marathon, with four formidable A&D runners amongst them. The hilly route took runners along country lanes surrounding the city, with challenging inclines in the final miles. Despite fierce heat on the day almost reaching 30’C, A&D’s runners met the demands of the course, with two finishing within the first 40 runners and Christine Costiff winning her age category.
Keith Haynes was first home for the club in 1hr 44min 10sec, placing 34th overall and 12th Male V40. Suffering under the intense sun at the 12-mile mark, Laurence Teeling got back up on his feet to finish in 1.45.34, 35th overall. Christine Costiff was 1st Female V55 with a time of 1.57.22. Helen Weeden was next home for the club in 2.30.04.
Midweek, two club runners took part in the SVN Cyclopark Challenge in Gravesend. Part of a 10-day Challenge Series, the event saw competitors run three-mile loops of undulating trails and tracks around the Cyclopark. Becky Hodgson covered half-marathon distance in 3.17.47. Lucy Johnstone achieved a PB time over Ultra distance (29.5 miles), finishing 7th overall and 3rd Lady in 6.44.34. Hodgson returned for the 10th event in the series on Bank Holiday Monday, completing her second half marathon in 3.32.00.
Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 25th August 2019
Marking the start of a hot bank holiday weekend of running, A&D was well-represented at the weekly 5K around Victoria Park. James Booth was first home for the club and 14th overall in 21.09. Crossing the finish line just seconds later, Dan Green (21.12) and Mark Attenborough (21.15) placed 16th and 17th overall. Darren Fagg (22.48) and Stu Nunn (22.57) also completed the course in quick succession, followed by Paul Moses in 24.01, Don Dewar in 24.08, Rob Carpenter in 24.11 and Rod Kessack in 24.27. John Fidge crossed the finish line in 26.54, with Trevor Kay (27.53) and Ann Fidge (29.33) next home for the club. Hugh Scarlin and Sarah Taylor both finished in 33.30, followed by Lucy Johnstone (39.15) and Becky Hodgson (39.56).