Written By: Eddie Rodger
Canterbury 10 mile
A large contingent of Ashford & District Road Runners were out in force at the Canterbury 10 mile hilly and challenging road race, on a chilly Sunday morning.
There were a number of stand-out performances from both the men and ladies teams.
Aiden Gorham - 9th Place - 00:56:27
Aiden Gorham was first to finish for A&D in 9th place overall in a very competitive field, storming home in 56 minutes and 27 seconds. He was followed by Kieran Hodges in just a shade over the hour mark in 1:00:35. Hot on his heels was Luke Roberts in 1:01:15, both first timers running at this distance.
They were closely followed by Jack Hodges in 1:02:06 and the ever improving Paul Crisp who finished in 1:02:13. Reaching a new age category was no deterrent for Paul Moses who took the 1st place V60 in a splendid 1:04; Alex Francis, still getting stronger after prolonged injury improved on his previous best finishing in 1:06; Just behind were Martin Moxham (1:07:09), Dave Tomlinson (1:08:46), a new PB for the distance for him, and Steve Hodges who despite battling injury claimed an excellent time of 1:09:42, quicker than last year.
Brad Bunk - 01:12:40
Darren Fagg crossed the line in 1:11:39 ahead of Brad Bunk 1:12:40. Lauren Aldred set a new PB for the distance and was 1st A&D lady, finishing in 1:15:34 alongside Adrian Beresford 1:15:36. Alison Waters was next home in 1:17:10 with Tracey Calnan just behind in 1:17:56. Michala Bridgland bagged herself an excellent result of 1:23:34 with Allen Edwards a minute behind in 1:24:40. Kelli Sullivan was next in 1:28:02, taking 3 minutes off her previous time, then Peter Buckley 1:32:54 and Trevor Sparkes bringing it home for A&D in 1:37:47.
Official Canterbury 10 Mile Results HERE
SVN Viking Challenge
In cold, icy conditions, Rik Holden took on the SVN Viking Challenge marathon – a mix of hills, tarmac and trails. He completed the course in a fantastic 3:23:43; Becky Hodgson completed the Half Marathon distance at the same event in 3:37:50.