Relay medals

September 17th, 2011 by News Desk

THIS year’s competition took place at the new track and field facility at Sutton Valence School. This event always generates excitement and eager anticipation as it is very much a team effort that involves everyone – athletes, team managers and parents.
For a number of reasons, there were fewer teams from Ashford but as always, Ashford AC came away with medals, 2 silvers, 3 bronze and many fine performances. The important outcome was that all the teams from Ashford got the batons round safely, the key requirement for success.
There were no club records achieved this year but neither were there any poor performances and athletes would have gained experience that will be of use for next year’s relays in the league competitions.
The senior women’s team, consisting of athletes from the under 20 and under 17 age group, took bronze in the 4 x 100m in a time of 52.1 s. and silver in the 4 x 400m in a creditable time of 4min 05.8s. The teams were Laura Hanagan (u20), Caroline Hatley (u20), Samantha Becket (u20) and Amelia Jones (u17) in the 4 x 400m and Laura Hanagan, Caroline Hatley, Samantha Beckett and Lucy Holmes (u20) in the 4 x 100m.
The Under 17 women’s team also gained success with silver in the 4 x 100m and bronze in the 4 x 200m. Sophie Hamlyn, Abbie Purkiss, Lauren Bamford and Kayleigh Miller-Leslie combined well to take the silver medal in the 4 x 100m final in a respectable time of 52.9s. Abbie, Lauren and Kayleigh were joined by Hester Hill for the 4 x 200m final to take the bronze medal in 1m 53.4s. Two medals for fine team work.
Temi Banwo, Ben Cox, Oliver Price and Tom Williams just missed out on a medal when they took fourth place in the Under 17 men’s 4 x 100m final in 46.7s. Their team mates in this age group, Aaron Kellow, Callum Burgess, Neil Daughters and Declan O’Driscoll fared less well in the 4 x 400m final, finishing in fifth place, getting the baton round in 4m 8.3s.
Fourth place in the Under 13 boy’s 4 x 100m final, was the result for the fine effort of the Ashford quartet of Jake Timmins, Kian Crawford, Joe Whitby and Elliott Rudd. Their time of 57.9s being not far behind the bronze medal place.
The Ashford under 13 girls group managed to have 2 teams in the 4 x 100m final. The Team1 of Hannah Owen, Ruby Cox, Chloe Ford and Emily Knight took another fourth place in 56.7s. Whilst their colleagues in the Team 2, Jess Carly, Jess Box, Eve Graham and Jamie-Ann Hayes came seventh in 62.6s. An excellent result to get both teams in the final.
The under 15 girl’s squad of Charlotte Tappenden, Emem Umoh, Ellie Gooding, Emily Hamlyn and Bethany Kimber, covered the 4 x 100m and 4 x 200m between them. The girl’s efforts gaining an excellent bronze medal in the longer race in 1m 54.7s., and 6th. in the 4 x 100m final in 54.0s.

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