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Tough debut for walker

July 6th, 2012 by News Desk

Ashford AC’s young race walker, Jonathan Hobbs, had a tough international debut on the sun-soaked shores of lake Geneva.
With Britain’s top two race walkers concentrating on qualifying for the Olympics, 19 year old Jonathan was invited to represent England’s senior team last weekend.
Switzerland hosted a six nations race walking match near Geneva and Jonathan, originally selected for the junior 10km team, when asked to step up to the senior 20km race never hesitated.
With shade temperatures of over 29 C and an early afternoon race providing very little shade the hot conditions made it a tough race for the 39 competitors from Switzerland, Holland, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark and England.
“It was probably the toughest conditions I have ever raced in and and I slowed a little at half way but didn’t fade as much as most and was really pleased with my 6th place overall ,” said a tired but happy Jonathan, the youngest in the race. “My coach advised me to keep in the shade as much as possible but there was hardly any in the scenic location by the famous lake but it was a great experience ” he added.

Race walkers step up

February 23rd, 2011 by News Desk

ASHFORD’S young race walkers have shone in the Younger Age Group Walking Grand Prix which is based on the results of the eight key races over the year.
Ashford’s tiny squad came a brilliant fourth out of 24 teams with a hat-trick of third places for Rebecca Roddy in the Under 15s, Kate Funnell in the Under 17s and Jonathan Hobbs in the Under 20s.
Tonbridge, with a very large squad, won from Birchfield Harriers and Nuneaton Harriers.
The gallant contribution of Felicity Endacott in the Inter Area match made the difference to earn promotion from fifth to fourth enabling Ashford to beat big clubs like Leicester Walking Club, Sheffield, Wolverhampton and Bilston, Coventry and local rivals Cambridge Harriers and Medway & Maidstone.
These events are held all over England from Sussex to Sheffield and include the National Track championships, Road championships, Inter Counties and Inter Area matches with individuals scoring in a maximum of their best five of these.

Best spurs Kate to victory

September 27th, 2010 by News Desk

ASHFORD AC’s trio of race walkers featured strongly in the South of England’s win over the Midlands and the North in their match at Dartford.
Kate Funnell carved 27 seconds off her personal best over 5km to win the Under 17s race in 26:32.
Jonathan Hobbs also won the U20 one hour walk recording just over 12km while in the U13/U15s event over 3km Rebecca Roddy secured a fine third place.