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Grace Walker

Posted: 8th Aug 2019 by Lewis Smith

Young Ashford Athletic Club race walker steps up to another challenge.

Fifteen year old, Grace Whittingham, earned a late call to represent England Under-18s Athletics Team in the Nations Cup in Dublin on August 3rd. Grace, the youngest of the England team, did not disappoint. Showing good technique and tactics under some strict local judges, Grace smashed her own personal best time for the 2000m Walk by over a minute with 10m48.73s for third place overall.

“I was very nervous but positive, and really pleased with my performance and enjoyed being part of the England Team” said Grace soon after her performance.

Grace became the second Ashford race walker to represent England this Summer. Training partner Millie Morris, 16, represented English Schools' in the annual athletics home nations match. This time England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales met in Swansea and Millie competed in the 3000m Walk.  She, too, smashed her personal best time with 16m03.35s for 4th place.

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Millie's Magnificent Medal

Posted: 2nd May 2019 by Lewis Smith

Ashford AC’s latest race walking star, Millie Morris, won a well-deserved Silver medal in the British Road Walking Championships on Sunday. Competing in the Under-17 Girls 5km, on the roads of Warwick University, Millie raced to her first national medal in 29 minutes 33 seconds.

Teammate Jacqueline Benson for once did not break any records, but won Bronze in the Under-20 Women’s 10km. Her time of 62 minutes 16 seconds was outside her best set a few weeks ago, but still over a minute faster than her Bronze medal time of last year.

Not to be outdone, training partner Katie Stringer won Silver in the Under 15 girls 3km event.

Ashford walkers are looking to dominate the walking events in the Kent County Athletics Championships on their home track in May, and add to their growing medal collection.


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