Posts Tagged ‘10k’

Ashford AC dominate at the Charing 10k

September 7th, 2013 by Pete

Charing 10k Ashford AC were in excellent form at the Charing 10k. Matt Britton won the race for the 3rd time in a row in an excellent time of 35.30 closely followed by 15 year old Declan Burton in 2nd place in 35.32. Matt Hogben came in 5th place in 37.32 which guaranteed the club the men’s team prize. Janine Brown won the women’s race in 42.51, closely followed by Candy Hawkins as the second women home in 46.22. Newcomer to the longer distances, Peter Le Rossignol made an excellent start to his London Marathon preparations coming home in 47.43.

New memorial to Julie Rose

April 23rd, 2010 by News Desk

Joyce and Don Rose with the Ashford Alligators at the new statue

FRIENDS, family, Ashford Athletic Club members and council and sports officials were on hand to pay tribute to former international athlete Julie Rose at the unveiling of a new statue at the Julie Rose Stadium.

The statute by renowned artist David Parfitt replaces a memorial at the entrance of the stadium that was vandalised. The new statue, featuring a rose held up a hand, now has pride of place overlooking the track created in her memory and also marks 25 years since the untimely death in an air accident in the USA of Julie, who was one of Ashford’s most promising international athletes.

The ethos of the statue is partnership and Mr Parfitt said it symbolised the the close relationship between athlete and coach and remembered also Julie’s inspirational coach Cliff Temple who sadly died suddenly just before he could see his dream of the new stadium come to fruition.

The statue was unveiled by youngsters from the Ashford Alligators athletics club which provides coaching and competition for disabled youngsters and is run by Ashford AC coach Peter Le Rossignol.

It is a particularly poignant time also for Julie’s parents Joyce and Don Rose who still live in Willesborough and who joined the celebration of her remarkable talent at the opening of the statue.

The statue has been created with financial support from Zurich Insurance, Ashford Athletic Club, Kent County Council and Ashford Borough Council.

Kent Sports Leisure and Olympics manager Chris Wetherell welcomed the guests at the unveiling and paid tribute to the Ashford club which recently marked their 45th anniversary and which ‘has gone from strength to strength’.

He said the stadium was considered the premier venue for athletics in the county and provided great facilities for the town helping see the club expand to more than 300 athletes in regular training and the development of a number of athletes to the national squads.

The stadium was opened in 1997 thanks to tremendous fundraising by Ashford AC mainly on the back of the annual 10k road race and with money from Ashford Borough Council and the Lottery Fund.

Out on the track there was a demonstration by the Ashford Alligators but also in action were athletes from the club training as well as youngsters from the Ashford Academy who aim to move on to compete with the main club showing just what a valuable facility the stadium has become to Ashford.

Police award for Janine

December 12th, 2009 by News Desk

Janine-webASHFORD AC’s Janine Brown was honoured recently being chosen as Kent Police’s Sports Personality of the Year.

The talented track and road runner has had another busy year and is looking forward to May 9 when she runs the World Police marathon championships in Prague.

She was delighted to to get the impressive police sports personality trophy and said: ” It was a great honour, I am so appreciative of them giving me sport leave to run races. It’s so hard at the moment with operational demands, being an extremly busy time for us at work.”

Janine has also just returned from New York meeting police contacts and staying with a chief of police friend in the New Jersey Police where she was feted getting the red carpet treatment, riding with a local police patrol car and meeting Richard Branson.

While there she ran the Joe Kleinbien 10km NY Road runners race at weekend in 41 minutes.

Said Janine: ” They had snow out there. It was lovely to walk around but not so nice running in through  Central Park.”