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SIAB Schools International - New PB for Marshall Smith

Posted: 19th Jul 2016 by Andrea Bennett

Multi-talented athlete Marshall Smith, joined a growing list of Ashford Athletic Club members to represent England Schools in the annual match against Ireland, Scotland and Wales.  Sixteen year old Marshall of Homewood School, competed in the first event of the day at the Julie Rose Stadium in the 3000 metres walk.   Looking a little nervous in his first international, Marshall had home advantage as he lined up for the start of his race and had his family and many club members to cheer him on his way around the sun drenched track.  Always conscious that this was a team match he concentrated on his technique, not risking disqualification from the walking judges around the track.

He finished 4th in a time of  16 minutes and a quarter of a second - his second fastest time ever and helped England win the overall match.  

Great effort Marshall!

National Road Walking Championships

Posted: 24th Apr 2016 by Andrea Bennett

Ashford Athletics Club race walkers had a great start to the season at the National Road Walking Championships at Hillingdon at the weekend.

Top distance walker Jonathan Hobbs lined up for the senior men’s race against his friend British record holder Tom Bosworth of Tonbridge.  Never going to keep up with Tom over 20 kilometres he stuck to his own plan and as others tired he came home in second place.

In the Under 17 age group both Marshal Smith and Jacqueline Benson found themselves in strong fields in the 5 kilometre race but did very well to come 5th and 9th respectively.

Star of the show from Ashford’s squad was 11-year-old Devina Raycova in her first ever race walk event hoping for a top ten place but what a debut.   A very fast start was not the best tactic in the circumstances and she slowed significantly during the middle of her 2 kilometre race.  Somehow she recovered and with a blistering final 50 metres came second overall with the same time of third place girl from Aldershot and just 15 seconds behind the winner from Sheffield.


Ashford AC results


Jonathan Hobbs       Senior      20km             2nd  1hr 46:21


Marshall Smith         U17Boy  5km                5th   28min 18


Jacqueline Benson   U17Girl    5km                9th   34min 40


Devina Raycova         U13Girl   2km                 2nd.   13min 01


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