Ashford & District RRC club members, Frances Hunt, Brad Bunk and Sue Reader travelled to the emerald isle on Sunday to run with 20,000 participants in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon.
The course, which starts and finishes close to the city centre saw Frances Hunt finish 1st for the club in a personal best of 04hrs:15m:55s, followed by Brad Bunk in 04hrs:36m:14s, and Sue Reader, whose training for the event was badly hampered by injuries, finished with an impressive personal best of 04hrs:56m:06s .
Beachy Head Marathon – Saturday 28th October 2017
Closer to home Julius Samson completed the challenging but scenic Eastbourne Beachy Head Marathon in 04hrs:31m:16s. Dave Hunt crossed the line is 05hrs:11m:51s and Steve Hickman, taking part in this event for the 16th time, finished in 05hrs:19m:44s.
Kent Cross Country League – Saturday 28th October 2017
The second round of cross country fixtures took place at the challenging Somerhill School in Tonbridge on Saturday.
The undulating course saw Jon Pearce finish 1st for the club in 39m:39s and 58th position overall. Rob Barton followed in 42m:09s in 96th with Jon Wells just behind in 42m:12s and 98thposition. Daniel Green was close behind finishing in 42m:50s, 111th with Scott Lynch crossing the line in 43m:29s, 124th.
Paul Moses was next up for the club in 43m:40s finishing in 131st, Richard Baker 45m:17s (170th), Robin Butler 45m:24s (171st), Mark Attenborough 46m:25s (185th), Kevan James 47m:09s (195th), Adrian Moody 48m:59s (210th), Chris Boyce 51m:31s (226th) and Mark Harrison 52m:08s (231st).
In the women’s 5k event, Christine Costiff finished 1st for the club in 24m:13s to finish 78th overall, Gill O’Connor finished just over a minute later in 25m:22s (101st) and Rhian Shrimplin just behind in 25m:57s (107th) with Lucy Johnstone completing the course in 30m:20s (154th).
Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 28th October 2017
At the latest parkrun event, Keith Haynes was 1st home for the club in 8th place in a time of 20m:25s followed by James Chapman in 21m:59s finishing 21st and Terry Sellen crossed the line in 22m:26s (29th).
Filiz Salih was 1st lady home for the club in 22m:33s (33rd), Rod Kessack in 22m:54s (46th), Mark Attenborough 26m:15s (105th), Jon Wells 26m:52s (116th) and Jeremy Chambers 31m:53s (208th).
Meanwhile Mark Carlton completed the Folkestone parkrun in 22m:20s, finishing 22nd overall with fellow club member Kate Williams taking part in the Whistable event finishing in 23m:48s and 44th position.
Great Run Local – Ashford – Sunday 29th October 2017
Rob Barton finished 1st for the club and 2nd overall in the latest Great Run Local event in Kingsnorth in a time of 19m:53s.
By Mark Carlton