Race Report – 28th October 2019

A&D Runners take on challenging conditions

A wide variety of challenges were presented to the runners of A&D over the weekend.

Aurelie Morris completed the Dubai half marathon in 2:05:53 in temperatures of 31C and 90% humidity.

In a stark contrast the Beachey Head Marathon presented blinding sunshine, high winds, mud and uncompromising hills. The conditions did not prevent this from being a well liked event. Mark Attenborough was first home for the club in a time of 4:18:27, reaping the benefit of the hard miles  run in preparation for this event. Next home for the club was Ed Roger in 4:55:39. Tracey Calnan finished in 5:42:47, a superb time on such a brutal course. Club president Steve Hickman on his 161st marathon finished in 5:57:04.

Marathon specialist Rik Holden ran the Ghost of Cyclopark marathon in a time of 3:33:01.

Kent Cross Country League fixture 2

Somerhill is always a challenging venue, but always keenly anticipated in the cross country calendar. The weather was an added complication with high winds and frequent showers. Indeed a perfect day, and venue, for cross country.

A total of 26 A&D runners travelled to Tonbridge, a tremendous turnout for the light-blues.

Ashford ladies showed strong performances throughout with some very encouraging debuts to cross-country.

Becky Macey was first home for the club in 24th place and 4th in the league in her category. Next in was Christine Costiff in 58th, maintaining a perfect start to the season with 1st place in the W55 category. Essen Larsen in 11th gave A&D 11th on the day and 9th in the 3 to score league. Jill Crofton-Martin 84th, Claire Green 92nd, Gill O’Connor 97th, Claire Williams 100th, Massah Cooper 104th, Jaclyn Kay 111th, Allis Goddard 112th and Lucy Johnstone 133rd all contributed to an excellent team performance to give 7th place on the day and 8th in the 6 to score league.

Michael Davies dominates the V70 competition winning again despite a persistent calf injury and leading the competition with a 100% record.

The rain and previous races prepared the course when the 15 men took to the field. In his second cross country race Lawrence Teeling started well but pulled out early due to injury. Refreshed from    Holidays Trevor Kay 98th and Dan Green 99th led the men home. Andrew Noble 106th and Scott Lynch 148th gave A&D 15th place on the day and 13th in the 4 to score league. Paul Moses 158th was closely followed in by James Booth 164th and Keith Haynes 167th. Cross country captain Adrain Moody 203rd, led the charge with Mark Harrison 209th, Neil Woodham 221st, Carl Ireland 222nd, Adrian Beresford 224th, Darren Fagg 228th, and RIcky Hickman 259th providing valuable points in the 10 to score competition giving 10th place on the day and 8th overall.