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Road Relay Dates

Posted: 30th Mar 2019 by Lewis Smith

The road relay dates have been confirmed for this season. This event is a great chance to have fun and compete against other athletic and road running clubs.

All relays are held on a Tuesday evening, and are open for all ages and abilities. Relay legs normally range from 3.5km to 5km. We are looking for new and existing athletes to join in this season, and to get as many athletes out as we can to show the Club's strength over the distance events. Please be aware that there is a very small fee to participate.

If you are interested in running any of the below relays then please speak to Matthew Hogben, Doc (Gerard O'Sullivan) or Stella Bandu.

Tuesday, 21st May 2019 - Folkestone
Tuesday, 28th May 2019 - Minnis Bay
Tuesday, 11th June 2019 - Ashford
Tuesday, 25th June 2019 - Dover
Tuesday, 9th July 2019 - Canterbury

Ashford AC Parkrun Report

Posted: 8th Feb 2019 by Lewis Smith

It’s not Saturday, it’s Parkrun-day! 

Ashford AC’s endurance group has continued to grow from strength to strength, since the beginning of 2018. A large number of athletes of all ages and abilities have joined the endurance group over the past year, who have all performed very well at the local Parkruns. In 2018, Ashford AC saw a total of 32 male runners and 20 female runners participate in the community-led 5km run, held on a weekly basis every Saturday morning at 9:00am.

The Club has seen an impressive five runners break the 17 minute barrier over the past year. Marshall Smith has run the fastest time for the Club, with a Parkrun best set at Ashford in a time of 15m53s, not far off the course record. Oliver Prior and Adam Wood have both ran times of 16m17s, and Louis Small has run a time of 16m38s. Nick Collins has consistently run low 17 minutes, with a best time of 16m55s.

As for the women, Briony Walsh is the fastest over Parkrun, with a time of 19m25s, despite only just breaking 20 minutes a few months beforehand. Gemma Carter Collins ran a time of 19m32s back in October, but with a PB of 19m06s, she will be hoping to break the 19 minute barrier soon. Amberley Odysseas is third fastest with a time of 22m26s, marginally quicker than Rebecca Dyer (22m27s) who has shown great progress following an operation.

Doc’s marathon group has proved to be very popular this year, with a number of new runners joining the club and some as second claim. Recently, they did the ‘Warren Workout’, which is part of their training programme and is a good build-up to their spring marathon races. It might have been an early start, but the runners met up and did a long run, followed by a parkrun at tempo effort. A number of them broke 20 minutes (the ‘time to beat’) including Gerard O’Sullivan and Matthew Flay. Ronan Donohue, who is also targeting a spring marathon, almost broke the 20 minute barrier with a time of 20m09s. The ladies are also running very well with great performances recently from Claire, Heather, Vikki and Jenny, although this list could go on and on! Jenny Wilton has seen great progress, starting off 2018 with a 25m01s parkrun and has since improved this time to 23m23s.

Jaqueline Benson, a race-walker, has been running the parkrun on some weekends and race-walking on other weekends. This is clearly showing great benefits as she continues to improve in all her recent races. Her best time of 24m06s just proves this, which is almost a 6 minute improvement from her first parkrun of 2018. The same goes for Grace Whittingham, another keen race-walker, who has a best time of 24m14s.

Twin brothers, Louis and Jack Small, continue to impress, not only at the cross country races, but also on the road at the Whitstable Seafront Parkrun. They have PBs of 16m38s and 18m02s. Louis, to date, remains unbeaten over the 5km distance, despite only being aged just 14 years old.

Two youngsters, Thomas Green and Liam Woodham, have surprised many. Both are still only in the Under-13 age category and are already on the tiptoes of the top runners (and their Dads) at the local parkrun. They have very respectable PBs of 19m38s and 23m00s. 

We hope to see lots more of our athletes continue to run this popular event. If you are unaware of the Parkrun, details can be found below, and best of all it is free! Just don’t forget your barcode!!

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