Ashford AC Dominate the Latest Round of the Road Relays
Posted: 19th Jun 2019 by Lewis Smith
With the latest road relay races being a home match, getting out as many Club runners as possible and doing well was a key objective for Ashford AC, with the teams delivering on the night.
The popular Nice Work Summer Road Relays are a series of five races, on Tuesday nights, around Kent. The Senior Men’s teams comprise of four runners, and the Senior Ladies and Vet Men’s teams comprise of three runners. The Club had multiple teams out which were made up of mixed ages. This blend of youth and experience is one of the reasons why these events are so popular.
Last week’s event at Victoria Park was one of the biggest of the series, with Ashford AC entering eight teams for their home event. Each runner completed two laps of Victoria Park (4km) and although mainly flat, the challenge was the many twists and turns around the course.
With four teams coming home in first place in their respective categories, together with a second, fourth, fifth and ninth place, Ashford AC dominated the evening.
All eyes were on the experienced men’s and women’s A-string teams. In the women's race, Briony Walsh gave the team a great start, weaving her way through a crowded start and managing to build up a good lead. Teenager Elisha Roger, making her event debut, consolidated the lead before handing the baton to anchor leg runner, Gemma Carter-Collins, who ran the fastest leg and gradually increased the lead to four minutes over Folkestone Running Club.
In the men's race, Ashford AC’s A-string team were made up of four teenagers, and they certainly excelled. Marshall Smith, 19, drew on his experience to negotiate a busy and congested start to lead the field before passing to Oliver Prior, 18, who retained the lead, despite being under pressure from an Invicta East Kent runner. Next up was fifteen year old, England Schools’ international, Louis Small, who extended the lead, setting things up nicely for final leg runner Adam Wood, 17, who crossed the finish line thirty seconds ahead of second place Invicta East Kent AC.
Men’s A-Team Runners: Marshall Smith, Oliver Prior, Louis Small and Adam Wood (1st Place).
Women’s A-Team Runners: Briony Walsh, Elisha Roger and Gemma Carter-Collins (1st Place).
Other Men’s Team Runners: Nick Collins, Jack Small, James Wilton, Harrison Tremain, Matt Flay Tom Wilton, Liam Woodham, Tom Green, Sahil Sood, Ronan Donohue, Matt Hogben, David Winston and Kristian Samwell-Nash (1st, 2nd and 9th Place).
Other Women’s Team Runners: Anna Hinson, Ciara Mackey, Jenny Wilton, Nikki Buckman, Jess Wilton and Chloe Green (1st and 4th Place).
Veteran-50 Men’s Team: Gerard O'Sullivan, Kevin Tutt and Andrew Huxley (5th Place).
Spring Road Relays
Posted: 12th May 2019 by Lewis Smith
The dark days of winter are over and believe it or not, it is spring, which means road relay time!
The road relays are a series of five 4km (ish) races on Tuesday nights, around the county, where you can run for your club. The races are totally inclusive with the racing snakes competing in the A-team, all the way down to the old timers like me. The Senior Men’s teams comprise of four runners, and the Senior Ladies and Vet Men’s teams comprise of three runners.
The Club pays your entry fee, all you need to do is sign up on the sheet at the signing in desk with your age category (U18, Senior, Vet 35, Vet 40, Vet 45 etc) and your England Athletics number which was sent to you via email in mid-April. Then all you need is your Ashford AC vest, running shoes and a sense of team spirit and adventure. We have some really strong runners so you will need to put up a good fight for the top slots, but I desperately want to see a lot of yellow and black vests at these events, especially the Ashford one (which we need to provide marshals for as well). Athletics is all about inclusivity, so let’s demonstrate our inclusivity by getting lots of people out to these races.
1 - Folkestone - Tuesday 21st May 2019;
2 - Minnis Bay - Tuesday 28th May 2019;
3 - Ashford (Victoria Park) - Tuesday 11th June 2019;
4 - Samphire Hoe - Tuesday 25th June 2019;
5 - Canterbury - Tuesday 9th July 2019 (plus picnic afterwards).
Moving on from the relays there are a few dates for races which I would like to see Ashford AC putting a few runners/teams into, these include:
June 9th - Staplehurst 10K;
June 23rd - Sandwich 10K;
June 30th - Port Lympne 10K;
July 14th - Mid Kent 5 Miler;
August 4th - Lydd 10K;
October 6th - Givaudan 10K.
Some longer races:
September 1st - Kent Half Marathon (Thanet);
September 29th - Folkestone Half Marathon;
October 27th - Ashford & District 10 Miler (sold out last year!),
Plus, we are looking at having a representative outing to Ashford Parkrun in early July. This is where we invite all Ashford runners to attend in their representative kit (so your Ashford, Kent, England or GB kit can get an outing). This will hopefully be the first weekend in July, but we are trying to balance all the leagues, championships and important races, so finding a date is tricky.
If interested in any of these just speak to Gerard (Doc) on any Club night.