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You Win Some, You Lose Some

Posted: 3rd Feb 2020 by Lewis Smith

Two Gold medals, a Bronze and Club Records greeted Ashford Athletic Club’s race walkers on a cold and windy Sunday, in Hillingdon.

On her debut race over the 10km Road Walk, sixteen-year old Millie Morris smashed the Ashford Club Record by over two minutes; finishing in a time of 58m01s. Millie also won the Under-20’s Southern Championships over 5km along the way (28m15s). Keeping pace with her younger training partner, Millie helped Katie Stringer of Medway and Maidstone to the Under-17 Gold medal. A tactically challenging task of competing in two races at once paid off for Millie, although she found the middle section tough going. But as the song goes, “when the going gets tough...”.

It was tough for Jacqueline Benson to lose her Under-20 Club Record, however she found satisfaction in establishing the Under-23 Women’s 10km Walk Club Record with a time of 1hr00m41s; gaining the Bronze medal in the Southern Championships.

All three race walkers have earned selection to represent the South of England in March, for the annual inter-area match in Sheffield. Well done all!


Race Walker Come of Age

Posted: 27th Jan 2020 by Lewis Smith

Race walker, Jacqueline Benson of Ashford Athletic Club, became the youngest winner of the prestigious Enfield Walking League. Just for good measure she lead her club to third team overall. The League involved twelve races throughout 2019, attracting athletes from all over the South of England. In the past twenty years, it has been dominated by the big London clubs. However, Ashford AC has recently been proving otherwise. The race distances were over five or seven miles on the roads, or 5000 metres on the track. With the support of club mates Millie Morris, Grace Whittingham, Jon Hobbs, and veterans Lesley Hall and Chris Hobbs, it was touch and go for the team prize; but nineteen year old Jacqueline dominated the women’s League from the Spring.

Coach Chris Hobbs said “Jacqueline has worked hard all year on her technique and endurance and it’s starting to pay off. She deserves her success and I’m excited as to what she can do this year.”

Jacqueline also became Kent Junior Champion and was third in the British Under-20 10km Road Championships. “In 2020 I will be moving up to Under-23 age group and I’m hoping to build on the successes of 2019.”

Well done all.

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