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Ashford trio smash club records in their first track race of 2021

Posted: 20th Apr 2021 by Kate Dickinson


On a sunny Saturday in Sutcliffe Park south London Ashford Leisure Trust Talented Athletes Jacqueline Benson and Jonathan Hobbs with UK’s top junior, Millie Morris stepped out of lockdown into a Covid secure Cambridge Harriers series of 3000 metre walks.

With the removal of the race walk from the main Kent Championships in May the trio put their disappointment behind them, and were like greyhounds in the starting gates for their first track race for a year.

In race two ,Geography student , Jacqueline lead nearly all the way to come second, in 15 minutes 41.55 seconds for a new Under 23 women’s AAC record.

In the third race , Mathematician, Jonathan Hobbs also improved his best for a Senior club record of 13 minutes 42.93 seconds, while Millie took a colossal  74 seconds of her time with  15 minutes 19.17 seconds for an Under 20 women’s club record to go with her 10km record set a month ago.

With the Covid restrictions affecting us all, these talented athletes have trained on their own for the majority of the last year, and their dedication is starting to pay off.

Well Done to all involved.


AAC Race Walkers Return in Style

Posted: 5th Nov 2020 by Lewis Smith

Ashford Athletic Club's race walkers recently returned to competition in style - a return that saw a number of records and personal best times beaten. A Covid secure, but hilly road course, at the Gravesend Cycle Park was the venue for England’s first road walking race since March.

Jacqueline Benson tried her luck in the 15km race, coming in as the second lady and clocking an inaugural personal best of 90 minutes 29 seconds. Racing with a junior international walker and two male Olympians, Jacqueline looked on great form but just missed the magic 90 minutes barrier. 

On the same course, Millie Morris meant business in the 10km race and smashed her personal best time. Millie also beat the Club record by nearly 4 minutes with a time of 54 minutes 35 seconds. Not only did Millie win the ladies' race but is now ranked number one in the UK's Under-20 Women's rankings for 2020.

Determined race walker, Rachel Harding, had her first race over the 10km distance; Rachel finished with a fine time of 70 minutes 24 seconds, taking fifth place.

The 5km race saw Grace Whittingham in her first race for over a year, clocking a stylish 31 minutes 6 seconds for fourth place. A little way back came pensioner Chris Hobbs, breaking the Club's Vet-65 Men’s record with 31 minutes 31 seconds. Coach Chris stated that he was delighted with the team’s performance but will be applying for his bus pass very soon.

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