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Great South Run Report

Posted: 23rd Oct 2018 by Lewis Smith

Smith’s running success continues. 

The Great South Run took place on Sunday, 21st October 2018 in Portsmouth for the twenty-ninth year. The 10-mile race, broadcasted on live television, is renowned as one of the best 10-mile races in the world, with over 20,000 runners taking part.

Youngster, Marshall Smith (18), from Ashford Athletic Club, took on the annual race with high hopes. This is the second year Marshall has competed in the Great South Run, having ran well last year. Marshall has had an impressive recent three weeks of competition, having won both the Ashford Givaudan 10km Run and the Folkestone Half Marathon in the previous weekends.

The Great South Run started and finished along the coastline of Portsmouth. The run featured landmarks including HMS Warrior, HMS Victory and the Emirates Spinnaker Tower. The city was packed with cheering supporters, who were enjoying the warm weather conditions just as much as the runners were. 

Marshall ran a strong race to finish the 10-miles in a time of 53m17s, coming 26th out of over 20,000 runners, which included the elite men and women. Marshall was the first junior home for the second year in a row, with his time ranking him number one in the UK this year for under 20-year olds, by a huge 41 seconds. Marshall’s performance also beat the long-standing 23-year-old Ashford AC Club Record by 38 seconds.

Ashford AC also had four other athletes at the Great South Run. Harry Miles and Liam Woodham competed in the Junior Run, finishing an excellent 2nd and 29th in very respectable times of 7m41s and 9m29s. Nicola and Daniel Hughes competed in the 10-mile race, finishing 12,217th and 12,221st respectively, in times of 1hr54m41s and 1hr54m42s.

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Kent Cross Country League Race 1 Report

Posted: 15th Oct 2018 by Lewis Smith

The first cross country race of the winter season commenced on Saturday 13th October in Beech Grove, Nonnington. Typical cross-country weather was not to be seen, with warmer weather than the athletes are usually used to – it was 22 degrees with sun and wind! The turnout of athletes from Ashford AC was brilliant, with 23 athletes competing. The Club had one win, and two full teams in the senior races for the first time in a long time.

 

Under 13 Girls and Under 13 Boys 3km Races: 

Nadia Sadler-Reeves was the Club’s only female U13 athlete on the day, and unfortunately, Nadia hurt herself whilst running the first part of the race, as the terrain was hard and bumpy. We wish her a speedy recovery! 

Liam Woodham was the Club’s only male U13 athlete on the day and ran brilliantly for his first ever club cross country, finishing 70th with a time of 14m27s.

 

Under 15 Girls and Under 15 Boys 4km Races: 

Grace Whittingham, Elisha Roger and Frankie Stannard made a brilliant team in the U15 girls’ race. Elisha finished in 12th - her highest placing since she started cross country - in a time of 17m12s. Grace finished in 51st with a time of 20m32s and Frankie finished 60th in a time of 22m40s.

The boy’s team were brothers Louis and Jack Small, and what a double they were! Louis won the U15 race in a time of 13m25s, finishing 2 seconds in front of second place from Tonbridge AC. His brother, Jack, finished in a brilliant 10th with a time of 14m41s. Both of these boys are new to the Club and have debuted in the best and most positive way.

 

Under 17 Girls and Under 17 Boys 5km Races: 

Ciara Mackey was the Club’s only U17 female athlete. Ciara is a very consistent cross-country runner, and she finished 31st in a time of 27m21s.

Ashford AC had a strong U17 boys’ team out with Adam Wood, Charlie Ward, Louis Stival and Daniel Fitch - two of them being brand new to the Club and cross country. Adam finished a brilliant 6th with a time of 17m44s, Daniel finished 36th with a time of 21m22s, Charlie finished 43rd with a time of 24m10s and Louis finished 45th with a time of 25m14s.

 

Under 20 Women and Under 20 Men 5km Races: 

Gabi Stannard was the Club’s only U20 woman, with this race combined with the Senior Women's race. Gabi came 9th for U20’s with a time of 26m44s.

The men’s U20 athletes were Harrison Tremain and Will Knight. Harrison finished 5th with a time of 18m42s, and Will, in his debut performance in cross country, finished 10th with a time of 19m13s.

 

Senior Men 10km and Women 5km: 

Cross Country Team Manager, Briony Walsh, was delighted to have two full teams out for the senior races. Gemma Carter Collins was the first lady home for Ashford AC, finishing in 16th place with a time of 21m40s. Team Manager, Briony, finished in a time of 22m31s coming 28th. Finally, Nikki Buckman debuted for the Club, coming 128th in a time of 35m36s. 

The Senior Men’s team consisted of Marshall Smith (Under 20), who competed in the senior race instead of the U20’s, finishing 9th in a time of 35m36s. Nick Collins ran his first cross country race, finishing in 41st place with a time of 39m16s. Sahil Sood also debuted, completing the race in a time of 45m47s and coming 126th. Also running his first cross country race, Andrew Huxley came 180th with a time of 50m44s. Gordon Steadwood was 216th with a time of 1hr03m24s. Brilliant performances by all.

 

Thanks to all that competed and roll on the next race on 27th October!

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