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Rachel sets new mark

September 21st, 2010 by News Desk

ASHFORD AC’s Rachel Hanagan broke a 23 year old club record in a fine weekend in the U20 heptathlon at Stoke.
Rachel finished a splendid sixth with a personal best points tally of 4,205 after a victory in the 800m in a personal best 2:24.78 and second in the 200m in 26.17. She set another best in the high jump with 1.49m and a season’s best 5.24m in the long jump.
Her points tally broke Karen Hambrook’s club record in the heptathlon set in 1987.
Caroline Hatley also competed well finishing 17th in the U17 heptathlon with season bests in the long jump and high jump.
Ashford multi eventer Chris Blandford was 17th in the U20 men’s decathlon with a personal best javelin of 51.09m and more bests in the 110m hurdles (20.40) and 100m (12.48) with a seaon’s best 400m of 56.10 and high jump of 1.54m.

Depleted squad just edged out

September 6th, 2010 by News Desk

ASHFORD AC’s Senior Ladies travelled to Bromley last Saturday to contest the final match of the Southern Womens Track & Field League Senior only Division 1, reports Derek Laws.
Following promotion in 2009 the target for the season was to consolidate, aiming to finish mid table.
The season had got off to a flying start with the team after the penultimate match laying 4th just five points behind Portsmouth in 3rd. A good result at Bromley could have seen the team climb to take the 3rd spot.
Unfortunately this was not to be. After one of the most exciting tussles of the season between three of the four clubs (Portsmouth being one of them) the team lost out to 3rd on the day just 6 match points separating the three clubs.
This resulted in Ashford dropping to 5th in the League table. However a remarkable achievement, well above mid table, the original pre seasons aim.
Without the team being able to field a single dedicated thrower coupled with a couple of holiday commitments it was always going to be a battle. A full team would have without doubt triumphed.
Distance runners Helen Wheeler and Lesley Hall, who also doubles as the team’s masseur, once again provided excitement in the 3000m both pulling in and overcoming main rivals Portsmouth. Helen was 2nd A string in 11.02.7 with Lesley winning B string.
Amanda Jukes returning after a lay off ran a solid 1500m for 3rd in 5.32.9 with Kate Funnell, also returning after recently being hospitalised for an operation gained 2nd B string.
Earlier she had joined Amelia Jones in the 800m where Amelia clocked 2:33.3 for A string 3rd and Kate with another B string 2nd.
Rachel Hanagan was in winning form once again with three top spots in 400m in 59.8secs, 100m Hurdles B and another impressive Triple Jump win in 11.05m. Her sister Laura had joined her winning B string with an excellent 10.11m.
The sprints were contested by Kim Smith and Caitlin Dock, gaining more valuable points against strong competition. Caitlin had earlier entered her first ever SWL pole vault competition and was rewarded with first placed B string in a personal best performance of 2.40m and looking forward to a bright future in this event.
Emmeline Rendell was 3rd A string with 2.60m before winning the B string 400m Hurdles which she had to break away from the pole vault for. Laura Hanagan gained 2nd in the A string running a very mature race.
The sprint hurdles saw the return of Caroline Hately notching up a fine 2nd A string in 16.3secs. She then claimed a personal best in the javelin B string with 21.10m whilst newcomer Olivia Price showed she has a future in the event throwing the spear out to 28.79m.
Jumpers Deborah Martin and Katie Hamilton teamed up for both the Long and High Jumps. Unfortunately both events took part at the same time so they had to run back and forth between the events. They were handsomely rewarded however both claiming firsts in high jump and a 3rd and 2nd in the long jump.
Deborah has had an excellent first full season and aims to try even more events next year.

Kayleigh shines in championships

August 28th, 2010 by News Desk

ASHFORD Athletic Club’s rising young star Kayleigh Miller-Leslie took an excellent bronze medal in the 75m hurdles in the England AAA’s championships at Bedford with a personal best 11.61 seconds.
She competed well above herself, beating all the girls except those ranked number 1 and 3 in the country.
She qualified in the heat as a fastest loser and went into the final with the fourth fastest time on the day.
After a slower start than in her heat she finished strongly to take third place and she also took fifth in the long jump with 5.07m.
Lauren Bamford and Max Reeves also competed in the hurdles both gaining personal best times with Lauren recording 12.04 and Max 12.32.
In the U17 5000m walk Kate Funnell came third clocking a best ever time of 29:47.88 and in the U15 walk Rebecca Roddy was an a fine second with a huge personal best clocking 17:17.80 over 3000m.
James Phillips just missed qualifying in the U23 800m heats with 1:54.70 and Gareth Morris recorded 55.99 in his 400m hurdles heat while in the U15 javelin Kirsten Hooten threw 28.07m.
Former Ashford star Jack Green claimed the national U20 400m hurdles title with a superb 51.54.