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Race Walking Success Continues

Posted: 12th Dec 2018 by Lewis Smith

Ashford A.C. walkers shine on a cold December day with impressive times.

Jacqueline Benson ended 2018 as she started the year, with another Under 20 Women’s Club Record. This time competing in the Christmas Race-Walking Track Race over 5000m distance in Horsham. Jacqueline demolished her personal best time with 28m56s.  No less remarkable was Grace Whittingham, two years younger, who was only 9 seconds behind Jacqueline on her first ever race over the 5000m distance. It was a very close race with the top four girls together for most of the 12 ½ laps, until Jacqueline put in a powerful last 200 metres. Not to be outdone, relative novice Eve Cooper competed in the 2000 metre race walk, finishing in a time of 16m31s for 5th place in the Under 13’s race.

Meanwhile, over in Dublin with wind and rain, UK National 50km Champion, Jonathan Hobbs, competed in the Irish 20km Championships. Generously supported by Robowatch and competing as a guest alongside the current Olympic Silver Medallist from Guatamala, and others from Japan, Mauritius, Spain and Croatia, Jonathan finished 6th  in a new Senior Club record of 1hr43m37s.

South of England Inter-Counties Cross Country

Posted: 12th Dec 2018 by Lewis Smith

Race Report 8/12/2018: Horspath, Oxford. SEAA Inter-Counties Cross Country.

Under 15 Men's Race: 

Louis Small ran a fantastic race, going on to win the U15 Men Cross Country title, with a time of 13m27s. This was a fabulous run by Louis, after winning all four Kent League Cross Country races for Ashford AC. His brother, Jack Small, also produced a fantastic run placing 19th, with a time of 14m15s. Well done to both. The Kent U15 team also won the cross country.


Under 15 Women's Race: 

Elisha Rogers performed fantastically for her first time in a Kent vest, placing 64th out of 111 athletes. Elisha finished in a time of 16m59s. Congratulations Elisha! Amazing performance.


Senior Women's Race: 

Briony Walsh came 70th over the 6km race for the senior women's race, a very strong run for Briony.

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