At Victoria Park, the youngest members of the club continued to impress with their results. Kieran Hodges ran the 5 km parkrun in 19:02, coming 7th overall and 1st in his age category. His brother Jack Hodges was hot on his heels, finishing with a time of 19:09 and 9th overall, placing 2nd in his age category.
The Maverick Adidas Terrex Original Kent
The Maverick Adidas Terrex Original Kent was set in and around Cobham woods and challenged runners to tackle the sweeping hills of the Luddesdown vineyard with over 1,600 feet of elevation. There were three course options – ‘short’ 6 km, ‘middle’ 11km and ‘long’ 23 km. The challenge was accepted by three intrepid A&D runners last Saturday. On the ‘middle’ route over 11 km, Jill Crofton-Martin came in 4th woman and 2nd vet40 with a time of 58:12. Also over 11 km Helen Weeden, returning after an absence from the racing scene, showed she is building herself back in style by scoring a time of 1:15:03. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Paul Crisp tackled the brutal 23 km route and came home 4th overall with an impressive time of 1:52:57.
A&D runners were toeing the start lines at Brighton on Sunday, where the smells of Deep Heat and adrenaline mingled with a brisk sea breeze. At the Brighton 10k Sandi Mortimer achieved a time of 50:46, a personal best for that course. At the Brighton Marathon the unseasonably warm conditions witnessed some great A&D performances. Alison Waters continued her fantastic run of results with a personal best performance of 3:37:09. Also enjoying great support from the A&D crew were Mark Harrison who achieved a time of 3:40:08, with Keith Haynes following in 3:40:24. Stephen Hickman crossed the finish line in 4:42:13, marking his 12th time racing at the event in its 12th year of running. There were also PBs for Chris Field (4:50:22) and men’s captain Adrian Beresford who exorcised the spectre of his last outing in Brighton by storming home in 3:44:19. Another spectacular run was delivered by Aiden Gorman, who despite a faulty timing chip ran his first full distance marathon in a hugely impressive 2:56:58.
Kent Spring Marathon & Half Marathon
Closer to home, any runner knows that a course described as ‘undulating’ will include a few speed bumps, and the local Kent Spring Marathon & Half Marathon on Sunday was no exception. Great support was given to all the A&D runners, especially as the race organisers recruited ladies captain Ailis Goddard to help steward the race. Over the half marathon distance, Sarah Taylor achieved a time of 2:29:21, accompanied by Hugh Scarlin (2:29:20) who was tapering for the Southampton Marathon. Peter Buckley continued to demonstrate his dedication to training, finishing with a time of 2:04:12. Allen Edwards achieved an impressive PB of 1:50:13. Over the marathon distance, Linda Delport flew the flag for A&D by placing first lady with a personal best time of 3:29:46. Rik Holden came home in 3:18:35, and Steve Hodges showed true grit and determination to finish in 4:38:00.