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South of England Indoor Championships Report

Posted: 13th Jan 2019 by Lewis Smith

Ashford AC athlete, Kristian Samwell-Nash, has started the season in style by winning a silver medal at the first major athletic Championships of 2019.

Kristian, 16, who finished 2018 as UK Number 2 over 300m, was the fastest qualifier over the 400m on Sunday at the South of England Indoor U15/U17 Championships, at Lee Valley Arena, but narrowly missed out on gold in the U17 Final.

Kristian, from Headcorn, who has only been competing for 18 months, has won a number of National medals outdoors, but always enjoys competing indoors. He holds a number of indoor track records at Lee Valley, including fastest times ever over 300m and 400m for a 15-year old.

Ashford AC was also represented by Sarris Teale (U17) in the Long Jump, and Pentathlete Libby Turbutt (U15) who competed in the Long Jump, Shot Put and Triple Jump. 

The next major indoor track and field event for Ashford AC athletes is the very competitive Kent Indoor Championships. Kristian will be defending his 200m & 400m crowns and Sarris her Triple Jump title, to a packed Lee Valley Arena in March.


Ashford AC Race Walkers Dominate 5 Mile Race

Posted: 13th Jan 2019 by Lewis Smith

In the first race of the Enfield Race Walking League, three young athletes set impressive performances in the senior race in North London.

Sixth-former, Jacqueline Benson, smashed her own personal best by nearly six minutes, with 46m45s for third lady overall. Not far behind, in fourth place, was Grace Whittingham in her longest race so far. Grace just missed out on the Under 17 Women's Club Record set ten years ago, with 47m20s. Training partner to them both, Millie Morris, who started steadily, before overtaking both in the last mile finished second place overall with 46m28s.

Determined veteran, Lesley Hall, showed that she is regaining her fitness with 55m20s.

Coach, Chris Hobbs, finished in 47m21s and was very happy with his younger athletes. “The three girls started so fast that I thought of chasing after them to tell them to slow down," he commented. “But to everyone’s astonishment, they just kept going.”

Race organiser, Ron Walkwork, who is a former Commonwealth Champion and World Record holder, was very impressed with the three young stars, and could see a bright future for them.

The Ashford Athletic Club’s race walkers are set for an exciting 2019!

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