Tenterden 5 Mile Road Race
Posted: 21st Feb 2018 by Lewis Smith
Ashford Athletic Club distance runners continued a successful winter road running season at this years ‘Tenterden 5 Mile’ race. Runners of all age groups, from all over the South East, look forward to the annual race along the quite lanes around the Village of Wittersham.
AAC youngsters were again in fine form with Marshall Smith (17) coming in 3rd overall in a time of 26m47s, claiming the Junior Male Gold medal. Adam Wood (16) was 5th overall with 28m12s, claiming 3rd for the Juniors. Followed by Ben Smith (15) with 31m52s, in an impressive 18th place.
It wasn’t just the young runners impressing, Nick Collins finished 7th overall winning the Veterans 40 title. Andrew Huxley completed the team, coming in the top 50 in 48th with 37m41s. Ashford AC’s small team finished close second, behind Hastings AC.
Ashford & District 10K
Posted: 5th Feb 2018 by Lewis Smith
Ashford AC athletes were out in force, for the Ashford & District 10K road race, at the weekend. The conditions were particularly challenging, in very cold and slippery conditions, as well as sleet and strong winds. However, Ashford Athletic Club distance runners have been training hard over the winter, targeting this race to give a good team performance.
They certainly did, with nine of the ten athletes getting personal bests, and of the five-hundred-and-sixty-seven finishers, Ashford AC had seven athletes in the top twenty-five first home. The team were led by Marshall Smith (U20) who finished an impressive sixth place overall (33m34s), in a very strong field made up of all age groups. Gerard O’Sullivan who finished twenty-first overall (38m05s) was first in the veteran-50 category. Ashford AC also fielded a very strong team of five under 17-year-old athletes for this gruelling race, so the future for distance running in Ashford is looking very good!
Full AAC results are as follows:
Marshall Smith (U20M) – 33:34 (PB) - 6th
Nick Collins (V40M) – 35:46 (PB) - 13th
Harrison Tremain (U17M Road) – 38:01 (PB) - 19th
William Knight (U17M Road) – 38:04 (PB) - 20th
Gerard O’Sullivan (V50M) – 38:05 - 21st
Daniel Fitch (U17M) – 38:51 (PB) - 24th
Benjamin Smith (U15M Road) – 39:05 (PB) - 25th
Ciara Mackey (U17W) – 47:51 (PB) - 135th
Jenny Wilton (V45W) – 50:59 (PB) - 200th
Gordon Steadwood (V50M) – 56:16 (PB) - 323rd