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Ladies First in Windy Walk

Posted: 11th Mar 2019 by Lewis Smith

On a very windy Cyclopark in Gravesend, five Ashford AC race walkers weathered the conditions to dominate the Gittins Memorial Races. 

First to finish the 5km race for Ashford AC was Grace Whittingham, coming a very respectable second place with 29 minutes 9 seconds, just 5 seconds behind the winner of the Under 20 Women’s race.

In the Senior 10km race was Jacqueline Benson, who broke her own Club Record by a huge three minutes with a finishing time of 60 minutes 7 seconds. Disappointed to miss the magic hour, Jacqueline thoroughly deserved her first ever Senior win. Some way back was Lesley Hall in third place with 68 minutes 24 seconds.

While the girls were the stars of the event, the two Ashford men struggled in the conditions. Coach Chris Hobbs was a bit under par with 5th place in the Men’s 10km Walk, with a time of 66 minutes 19 seconds, and newcomer Don Arthurs came 4th in the 15km Walk in 1 hour 55 minutes and 8 seconds.

Race Walking Records Continue to Be Broken

Posted: 20th Feb 2019 by Lewis Smith

In the second race of the Enfield Race Walking League, Jacqueline Benson smashed the ten year old Under-20 Women’s Club Record for the 5 Mile Walk.

Conditions were good on a mild day in North London for the Ashford AC race walking team. Jacqueline improved her personal best by nearly one minute to come second overall, but was delighted to break the record of Kelsey Howard who was a former junior international from Ashford A.C. Her time was 45 minutes 59 seconds. 

New team mate Millie Morris went one better, or 11 seconds to be exact, to edge Jacqueline to win the race overall and get a new Under-17 Women’s Club Record with 45 minutes 48 seconds.

Rapidly ageing coach, veteran Chris Hobbs, was rightly proud of these two rising stars but declared he couldn’t keep up with them in the second half of the race when the pace heated up. Chris recorded a respectable time of 47m35s. Meanwhile ever youthful Lesley Hall, not to be outdone, also managed a new personal best and an age group Club Record of 54 minutes exactly.


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