Race Report 30.8.2022
By Paul Ridley
As we all endure a period of inflation causing misery, Ashford & District’s finest set about achieving quite the opposite in terms of driving down their finish times at various half marathons this past weekend.
At the George Michael Virtual SVN Half Marathon, Holly Forrest ran her seventh half marathon this year as part of an ongoing series of twelve. Consisting of laps around a 2.5km route near Headcorn, Holly ran 2 hours and 51 minutes exactly. Keep up the good work, Holly!
At another SVN race, this time entitled the World Series of Running, Mandy Mabb completed an Indian flag-themed half marathon in 2:02:05 around the undulating cyclo park in Gravesend.
The hilly Canterbury Half Marathon course, with 290m of ascent, is known as a tough one but our blue and black warriors charged on regardless with many setting personal and season bests as a testament to their excellent summer training.
With a collective of consistently-improving athletes, the ladies were the stars of the day as they took home the team prize.
Quickest home and obviously well recovered from her recent Ironman heroics was Alison Thomas whose finish time of 1:41:11 placed her in the top 10 female finishers and 2nd in the VW45-49 category.
Achieving a similarly successful run was ladies captain Ailis Goddard who ran a personal best exceeding eight minutes of 1:46:10 in the warm weather.
Next to score for the ladies’ team with her time of 1:47:39 was Alice Cook to complete the team, with Tracy Calnan close behind in 1:51:44. Battling home over the hills in 2:22:34 was Lucy Johnstone to round out our ladies’ performances.
In the Men’s race, several battles were resolved late on. Having been chased most of the way by Paul Crisp, Aiden Gorham romped home in 1:22:39, trailed only marginally by Crisp who recorded a new PB of 1:23:00. Strong running, Paul!
Not far up the road was Paul Moses whose time of 1:26:51 placed him 19th overall. Moses’ long-time friendly rival Julius Samson wasn’t far behind with his time of 1:27:16 and just over four minutes ahead of the ever-improving Richard Boakes and his new personal best of 1:31:46.
In further PB success, David Tomlinson was thrilled to lop five minutes off his previous mark to finish in 1:35:58.
In his first half marathon for A&D, Club Member of the Year Steve Hodges ran 1:40:50 over a course he was overheard labelling “Horrible!”. Clocking 1:41:57, Martin Moxham braved the rolling hills while men’s captain Adrian Beresford took care of business after 1:42:33 of strong running.