Rik Holden achieved an impressive marathon double this weekend completing the 26.2 mile distance on Saturday and Sunday. Holden completed The Usual Suspects challenge held at Samphire Hoe, near Dover, finishing the 1st day in 04hrs:01m:12s followed by 04hrs:25m:06s on day 2. Holden will now take on the Dymchurch Marathon next weekend.
Portsmouth Coastal Marathon – Sunday 17th December 2017
Steve Hickman completed his 144th marathon overall at the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon on Sunday. The course, which as the name suggests, takes in the coastal route around Portsmouth and Hayling Island proved to be a difficult task this year with added icy conditions, however Hickman finished in a creditable 04hrs:27m:35s.
Christine Costiff and Gill O’Connor completed The Christmas Pudding Dash, 5 miler on Saturday. The East Sussex cross country course proved to be undulating and muddy with Christine Costiff finishing 46th overall and 1st in age category in 41m:16s and Gill O’Connor just behind in 48th in 41m:19s, 2nd in age category.
Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 16th December 2017
Trevor Kay’s return to form from injury was completed on Saturday as he strode to victory in the town’s latest parkrun. He was chased down by 3 team mates with A&D dominating the top 5 finishing positions.
Kay finished in 18m:27s followed by Jon Wells in 18m:59s and Paul Moses in 19m:26s. Scott Lynch crossed the line in 4th in a time of 19m:31s.
A&D junior Tom Green finished next in an impressive PB time of 21m:31s, 14th overall and Dan Green in 21m:32s in 15th. Richard Baker completed the top 20 in 22m:08s with James Chapman in 22m:43s (25th). Terry Sellen was next to cross the line in 23m:07s (29th) and Rod Kessack in 23m:42s finishing 35th.
Sandi Mortimer came home for the club in 25m:46s (48th) with John and Ann Fidge finishing in 29m:04s (88th) and 30m:01s (93rd) respectively.
Meanwhile Anthony Brown took on the Folkestone parkrun, finishing 21st overall in 22m:27s.
By Mark Carlton