Following the death of former Masterchef contestant, Matt Campbell, who tragically collapsed at the 22.5 mile point at the London marathon last weekend and later died in hospital, the running community up and down the country vowed to complete Matt’s marathon in his memory.

The ‘finish for Matt’ campaign has continued to grow this week raising over £300,000 for the charity Matt was running for, the Brathay Trust. Ashford & District club member Filiz Salih, who also ran the London marathon last weekend, organised an event on Saturday morning with nearly 100 runners taking part, completing 3.7 miles around Victoria Park.

Ashford Park Run – Saturday 28th April 2018

It was another busy morning for A&D at parkrun Ashford with near perfect conditions to run in.

Jon Pearce finished 1st in 18m:39s followed by a trio of club mates with Jon Wells, Paul Moses and Richard Baker crossing the line in 19m:38s (4th), 20m:20s (5th) and 20m:28s (6th) respectively.

Chris Boyce was up next in 20m:45s (8th), Rob Barton in 21m:06s (12th) and Mark Attenborough, in his 125th parkrun, finished in 21m:07s (13th).

Rob Carpenter, fresh from his marathon efforts last week in London, finished in 21m:38s (22nd), Carl Ireland was next up in 21m:59s (23rd), James Chapman in 22m:51s (34th), Mark Carlton 22m:55s (36th), Philip Bridges 22m:58s (40th), Stuart Nunn 24m:17s (55th) and Aaron Homewood in 24m:24s (58th).

After a tough London marathon last week, Scott Lynch returned to the shorter distance finishing in 24m:42s (64th), Mark Cleworth followed in 26m:02s (86th), Mark Boorer in 26m:31s (92nd), Chloe Green set a new personal best in 26m:39s (95th), Shaun Snowwolf 26m:44s (98th), John Fidge 27m:00s (104th) and Terry Sellen returned to the shorter stuff in 27m:20s (110th).

Simon Jackson was next up in 27m:44s (121st), Shelly Blake 28m:35s (145th), Ann Fidge 28m:38s (146th), Sue Reader 31m:49s (189th), Rachel Jenkins 34m:21s (213th), Julie Foster 44m:03s (250th) and Emma Jenkins 44m:46s (251st)

Meanwhile around the country, Gill O’Connor completed the Riddlesdown parkrun in 23m:48s (34th), Christine and Nigel Costiff ran the Melton Mowbray parkrun in 22m:47s (19th) and 31m:48s (98th) respectively and Andrew Noble ran the Long Eaton parkrun in 18m:43s (8th).

Christine Costiff also picked up 1st prize for her efforts at the Hastings Half Marathon last month winning the masters national category.

By Mark Carlton