Ashford Athlete Jonathan Hobbs becomes National 50K Race Walking Champion
Following success in the Northern 35km Race Walking Championships in June and the Guernsey 19.4 mile Race Jonathan Hobbs entered the National Race Walking 50km Championships determined to do well. Five miles further than a marathon and 50 laps of a Cycle Park in Hillingdon was a daunting prospect for this 21 year old Ashford AC athlete as he lined up on a sunny Sunday morning.
The plan was to take it steady, pace it well and get to the finish. “ Coming up to 20km, I was still fairly comfortable but in 50km racing it's common to go through occasional bad patches where the finish seems an impossibly distant concept; the first of these patches came just after 20km but, compared to successive struggles at 30km, 40km and 45km, it was really not so bad. It was a grind to the end, but I got there nonetheless, in 5:12:24, winning my race by 48 minutes”, an exhausted but pleased athlete said.
Jonathan also became the youngest ever winner of an 84 year old title whose previous holders have included six Olympic medallists, including local legend Mighty Mouse, Don Thompson.
Once recovered, Jonathan is confident that he can make considerable improvements in his time, in what is the longest athletics event in major games.
Jonathan Hobbs Wins Northern 35 Kilometre Race Walk
Ashford AC’s top Race walker continues his march to the top of the long distance rankings. Jonathan Hobbs ventured 300 miles from Kent to Yorkshire on the same weekend as the Tour de France Grand Depart and wearing the Yellow vest of Ashford Athletics Club won the Northern 35 kilometre Race Walking Championship. It was the longest race this 21 year old had entered and he started steadily but was soon joint leader with the National 50 km Champion. By halfway on the sunny and scenic rolling Yorkshire course he had a ten minute lead and had the confidence to increase the pace eventually winning by a staggering 25 minutes.
Still very young for a long distance athlete Jon’s next target is the National 50 kilometre Race Walking Championship at the end of the Summer in London.