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Young Distance Stars Build On Winter Success

Posted: 28th Feb 2019 by Lewis Smith

Ashford Athletic Club’s distance group has gone from strength to strength over the winter months, with two notable performances on the weekend more than justifying this. 

Youngster, Louis Small, competed in the Saucony English National Cross Country Championships, in Leeds, on Saturday. Louis is a newcomer to the sport, having only started competing in long-distance running last year. Despite this, Louis has had his fair share of successes over the winter. He has won all four of the Kent Cross Country League under-15 races, the South of England Inter Counties Championships, and the South of England AA Championships. Louis’ most recent success was at the English National Cross Country Championships. In a field of 346 runners, Louis ran a fantastic race from start to finish to win the Silver medal, only 7 seconds behind the winner. Louis’ twin brother, Jack, also ran a fantastic race, finishing a very respectable 21st. 

The second highlight of the weekend was for Marshall Smith, who has also had an impressive cross country season over the winter months. Marshall, 18, received an elite entry for the Brighton Half Marathon on Sunday. Marshall finished 12th out of a field of 7530 runners. He was the first junior home, beating the second placed junior by a huge 13 minutes. Marshall’s time of 70m12s was a new Ashford AC Club Record and ranked him number 1 in the UK for under-20 year old’s. This impressive ranking has added to his number 1 ranking over the 10 mile distance last year. Marshall has since received an elite entry for the Brighton Marathon 10K Race in April, a fantastic opportunity in which he hopes to run in the 31m30s region.

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