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Cross Country Success Continues for the Small Twins

Posted: 15th Feb 2020 by Lewis Smith

Ashford AC star, Louis Small, won the Under-17’s South East Schools' Inter Counties cross country race in convincing style, at the beginning of February. Louis led from the start, and gradually built up a commanding lead of over twenty seconds from his rivals, who were competing for school county teams from all over the South East.

Louis now joins his twin brother, Jack, in the Under-17's Kent School Team. Jack had already secured his place, following an impressive second place at the Kent Schools’ Cross Country Championships a few weeks ago. The Kent team is now preparing for the English Schools’ National Cross Country Championships, in Liverpool, in March.

Just before the National Championships, the twins will also be representing the Kent County team at the CAU Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships, in Loughborough, in a few weeks’ time.

Jack and Louis will be joined by three other Ashford AC runners in the County team. Selection for the County team clearly shows the wealth of young long distance talent currently at the Club, explains Club coach Stella Bandu. Racing against elite county teams from all over the UK, the team will include Elisha Roger (Under-17), Under-20 runners Oliver Prior and Harrison Tremain, and Jack and Louis.

Good luck to all!

South of England Championships Report

Posted: 15th Feb 2020 by Lewis Smith

Ashford AC athletes, Deborah Martin and Kristian Samwell-Nash, were in the medals at the first major Championships of the season. Deborah Martin won Gold in the Senior Women’s High Jump at the South of England U20 & Senior Indoor Championships two weekends ago. Deborah added this Championship title to her many Kent titles, with a jump of 1.70m.

Kristian Samwell-Nash also performed very well, competing in his first Under-20 Championships. Kristian, who only turned 17 two months ago, now moves up to the very competitive Under-20 age group. Multiple Kent Under-17 Champion at 200m and 400m, Kristian had no expectations for the weekend but won both his heat and semi-final, winning a very unexpected Bronze medal in a close 200m final.

Other Ashford AC athletes that competed at these regional Championships were Yasmin Sadler-Reeves (Under-20's Pole Vault and Triple Jump), and Grace Sullivan (Senior Women’s Triple Jump).

All of these athletes are now looking forward to more glory at the Kent Indoor Championships, held at Lee Valley, in March.

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