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Ladies First in Windy Walk

Article by: Chris Hobbs

Posted: 11th Mar 2019 by Lewis Smith

On a very windy Cyclopark in Gravesend, five Ashford AC race walkers weathered the conditions to dominate the Gittins Memorial Races. 

First to finish the 5km race for Ashford AC was Grace Whittingham, coming a very respectable second place with 29 minutes 9 seconds, just 5 seconds behind the winner of the Under 20 Women’s race.

In the Senior 10km race was Jacqueline Benson, who broke her own Club Record by a huge three minutes with a finishing time of 60 minutes 7 seconds. Disappointed to miss the magic hour, Jacqueline thoroughly deserved her first ever Senior win. Some way back was Lesley Hall in third place with 68 minutes 24 seconds.

While the girls were the stars of the event, the two Ashford men struggled in the conditions. Coach Chris Hobbs was a bit under par with 5th place in the Men’s 10km Walk, with a time of 66 minutes 19 seconds, and newcomer Don Arthurs came 4th in the 15km Walk in 1 hour 55 minutes and 8 seconds.

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