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Kent Championships Report

Posted: 26th May 2018 by Lewis Smith

At the Kent County Athletics Championships, Ashford Athletic Club amassed an amazing haul of medals and records.

This year’s Championships, one of the biggest to be held, attracts Kent’s top athletes of all ages including National and International competitors. The annual two-day event at The Julie Rose Stadium Ashford includes both track and field events.

Ashford AC always do well at their home track, and this year was no exception. The Club’s athletes collected 13 Gold Medals, 16 Silver Medals and 5 Bronze Medals. 4 Club Records were also broken and an amazing 28 Personal Best’s were achieved.

One of Ashford’s first Gold medals was won by veteran Peter Davey in the Senior Men’s 110m Hurdles. Other successes over the hurdles included Oliver Gregory (U15M) who, with a PB, won Silver in the 80m Hurdles. All-rounder, Faith Cox (U20W), also won Bronze in the 400m Hurdles. Faith went on to compete in 5 separate events over the weekend. In the very competitive 75m Hurdles, Kaliyah Lacey (U15W) won an impressive Silver with a PB (11.67s)

Over the larger hurdles, Nikoleta Ivaylova (U20W) won gold in the Senior Women 1500m Steeplechase, with veteran runner, Rebecca Dyer, claiming the Silver (6m51.26s).

Ashford AC athletes made it to most of the sprint finals. Kent Indoor Champion, Kristian Samwell-Nash, was involved in one of the most anticipated and fastest races of the weekend (U17M 400m). The race included this year’s Kent Indoor Champion, last year’s Kent Outdoor Champion and two of England’s fastest runners this year. Kristian achieved a PB (50.39s), and even though unable to replicate his success from indoors, he managed to win a Bronze medal. He was also involved in one of the closest races of the Championships, with 4 runners on the line in the U17M 200m and again won another hard fought Bronze (22.71s). Briony Walsh (SenW) won a very popular Gold Medal, with a PB in the 400m (60.16s) in a race that included an Olympic guest athlete. Briony added to that with a Silver Medal in the 800m final.

In the very strong 1500m field, Adam Wood (U17M) missed out on a podium place but broke a 16-year old Club Record by over 4 seconds (4m04.25s). 

A 34-year old Club Record was broken by distance runner, Marshall Smith (U20M), in the gruelling 5000m. Marshall won Gold with a PB (15m28.29s) in the Senior Men's race.

Ashford AC has a rich history of producing successful race walkers, and so it proved again with 4 medals in the combined 3000m Walk. Jacqueline Benson (U20W) won Gold in 17m57.14s breaking the Club Record. Veteran, Lesley Hall, also won Gold in the Senior Woman’s category (19m23.11s). Jonathan Hobbs (SenM) won Silver (13m54.29s), as did youngster, Grace Whittingham, (U15W) (17m45.45s). 

In the field events, Deborah Martin (SenW), won Gold in the High Jump (1.70m). This was an unprecedented eighth consecutive year that she has won a Kent title in this event. Ashford dominated the event with Katie Hamilton winning Silver (1.45m). In the men’s events, Matthew Smiley (SenM) won Gold (1.80m), followed by multi-eventer Tyler Adams who won Silver jumping the same height (1.80m).

Ashford AC have a very talented group of pole vaulters, with Laura-Ann Henderson (SenW) winning Gold (3.20m) and Alfie Gilby (U17M) (3.85m). Nathaniel Hughes (U15M) (2.50m) and Lydia Owen (U15W) clearing a PB (2.10m) both winning Silver medals.

More medals were won in the Javelin with George Pegram (U15M) wining Gold (38.70m), Tyler Adams (SenM) adding Silver (46.30m) to his High Jump Silver Medal, and Emilie Knights-Toomer (U20W) winning Bronze (34.57m). In the Hammer Throw, Hannah Owen (SenW) won Gold (41.55m), with Kian Crawford throwing a PB (30.63m) to win Bronze. Hannah also won a Silver and threw a personal best (9.83m) in the Shot Put.

More medals were won in the Long Jump and Triple Jump. Ashley Buckman (SenM) won Gold in the Long Jump (6.28m) and went on to win Silver (13.37m) in the Triple Jump. Kent Indoor Champion, Sarris Teale (U15W), also won Silver (10.31m) in the Triple Jump.

A number of Ashford AC Athletes will be back to the Julie Rose Stadium, on the 9th June, for the Kent Schools Championships. Success at this event could result in selection to represent Kent Schools, at the England Championships in Birmingham, in July.

Steeplechase Training

Posted: 1st May 2018 by Lewis Smith

Please find attached information regarding steeplechase training sessions, run by Stella Bandu.


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