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Benson At Her Best in Enfield

Posted: 9th Feb 2018 by Lewis Smith

The Southern Race Walking Championships were held in bitterly cold conditions, at Enfield Park, on Sunday, 4th February.

The first race saw Grace Whittingham come a fine fourth in the 3km walk, in a time of 18m14s, despite serious traffic delays on the way which curtailed any chance of a good warm-up.

In the women's 5km walk, Jacqueline Benson proceduced her second personal best of the year, with a time of 31m29s, which allowed her to take the Silver medal in the under-20 age category. This time was over a minute quicker than her previous personal best.

Lesley Hall bravely battled the bitter cold to finish 8th in the Senior Women's 5km walk, with a time of 33m04s.

In the Senior Men's 10km walk, Jonathan Hobbs showed that he had recovered from his 4th place in the Portugese 50km Championships, held in January, with a Silver medal in a time of 49m54s.

Ashford Athletic Club finished a close 4th for the overall team scores on the day.

Enfield 7 Glory

Posted: 12th Nov 2017 by Lewis Smith

Long distance race walker Jonathan Hobbs, of Ashford AC, broke another Club record on Saturday, 11th November. Jonathan currently holds a huge 14 records out of the 17 senior men race walking records.

Having been building on his endurance for several months, Jonathan (24) took time out to test his fitness at the annual 'Enfield 7' miles open race walk.  Jonathan started off well taking an early lead, he was overtaken after a mile by the reigning Junior World Champion, Callum Wilkinson of the local Enfield & Harringey Athletic Club, and looked settled for second place.

The course featured many tight bends and an uneven surface, not what you want for race walking! Keeping his pace even, at just under 8 mph, he raced on to a personal best time and AAC Club Record of 55m46s. Once finishing the tough 7 mile course, Jonathan then discovered that the leader and England Commonwealth Games representative had been disqualified for 3 technical infringements. This meant Jonathan was the 90th winner of this historic race that dates back to 1920.

“I was keen to test my fitness and technique after months of hard training. I am very pleased with the result, and to win this prestigious event was a bonus,” said Hobbs later, “I can press on with my target of some fast 50 kilometre races next year.”

A huge congratulations to Jonathan for this achievement!


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