Enfield 7 Glory
Posted: 12th Nov 2017 by Lewis Smith
Long distance race walker Jonathan Hobbs, of Ashford AC, broke another Club record on Saturday, 11th November. Jonathan currently holds a huge 14 records out of the 17 senior men race walking records.
Having been building on his endurance for several months, Jonathan (24) took time out to test his fitness at the annual 'Enfield 7' miles open race walk. Jonathan started off well taking an early lead, he was overtaken after a mile by the reigning Junior World Champion, Callum Wilkinson of the local Enfield & Harringey Athletic Club, and looked settled for second place.
The course featured many tight bends and an uneven surface, not what you want for race walking! Keeping his pace even, at just under 8 mph, he raced on to a personal best time and AAC Club Record of 55m46s. Once finishing the tough 7 mile course, Jonathan then discovered that the leader and England Commonwealth Games representative had been disqualified for 3 technical infringements. This meant Jonathan was the 90th winner of this historic race that dates back to 1920.
“I was keen to test my fitness and technique after months of hard training. I am very pleased with the result, and to win this prestigious event was a bonus,” said Hobbs later, “I can press on with my target of some fast 50 kilometre races next year.”
A huge congratulations to Jonathan for this achievement!
Footscray Meadows Cross Country
Posted: 12th Nov 2017 by Lewis Smith
Saturday, 11th November and it was AAC's third cross country event of the season. The previous two fixtures were t-shirt weather but Saturday took a dramatic turn into hats, gloves, scarf and definitely multi-layer weather. In other words, real cross country weather with mud, mud, glorious mud.
The event was held in the beautiful parkland of Footscray Meadows in Sidcup. Unfortunately, you couldn’t park on site resulting in being directed to park in the town and walk. We were told it was a mere 600m to walk, but it felt more like a trek of more than a mile laden down with bags, boots, food and hot drinks.
Our last run of 2017 will be held at Danson Park on the 25th November. We look forward to seeing everyone there!
Men's Report - Jane Smith:
After a little wait for the arrival of marshals’ at their designated spots, the U13 girls started their race. Next in line were the U13 boys where Jack Saxby made his debut with a fantastic time of 18m08s, coming in at 77th place. Well done to Jack on his first ever cross country run.
In the U15 boys, we had Ben Smith and Kristian Nash running. Unfortunately for Kristian, a sprinter, he injured himself by twisting his foot and was promptly brought back by Stella. Ben Smith came in at 28th with a fantastic time of 17m14s.
Next in line were the U17 men with our usual team of Oliver Prior, Adam Wood and Daniel Fitch. Unfortunately, Harrison Tremain couldn’t make it due to injury. Oliver came 5th in 14m27s, Adam came 26th in 15m29s, and Daniel came 39th in 16m18s.
Last but not least were Marshall Smith and Philip Heathfield; both competing in the senior men’s race. Marshall came 25th in 35m37s, and Phil came 196th in 46m17s.
Women's Report - Briony Walsh:
In the U13 girls race were Libby Turbutt and Frankie Standard. Libby came 24th and Frankie came 33rd, both a massive improvement from their last cross countries. Very good running from both of them.
In the U13 girls were Elyshia Roger, Anna Hinson, Sarris Teale, and Ella Saxby. Elyshia came 29th, Anna came 44th, sprinters Sarris and Ella came 48th and 49th respectively. A full team and really good results from all of the girls.
In the U17 womens team were Amberley Odysseas, Ciara Mackey, and Gabi Stannard. Amberley came 12th, Ciara came 19th, and Gabi came 31st. Another full team and amazing results from these three.