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Monday, 7 February 2011

Ashford and District 10k now live

The Photo gallery for the Ashford and District 10k is now live and online here for you:

Full event details can be found on the race website here:

Just a cheeky quick last call for entries for the Deal Half Marathon next weekend for all you Kent based runners - ideal base training with friends for london. Previously the Dover Half marathon, but rescheduling, re-routing and relocating means the new name is more accurate !
The Deal Half website is here:

Compared to Bookham yesterday where it was a bit brighter (ISO800, F4, 1/800th), Ashford in Kent was a bit darker (ISO1250, F4, 1/800th) by about 2/3rds of a stop (that's almost half as dark). The light levels were about EV10 if you're wondering - and here's a handy guide. I'm not so sure about the wind - both courses were along hedge cut lanes for large parts of the routes - so probably similar conditions across the south - strong and gusty !

The Ashford and District 10k is organised and administered by Nice Work  who organise race and running tours (i.e. trips to overseas marathons) throughout the year.
Please visit their site and see what other races they are organising, and why not try a few others if you enjoyed it this time !

So with the lack of rain, everyone was sorted out and ready at the start line, for what was a very quick start ! A very high turnout meant that the race was at it's entry limits with 759 finishers on the day.
~759 ready and willing at the start
[Runner] Can we go now ?[Chief Marshal]We're ready [Race Director]are you ready ? [stopwatch]Yep

GO !!! Fast movers off the line over the mats
A Fast moving train developed along the roads early on

Helena Penfold established herself near the front early

Michael Coleman (644) and Phil Anthony(661) toughed it out from the start
Apart from the shady bit under the trees with a little bit of mud remained or had washed onto it the course is fast and undulating along open and hedged country roads.
Michael Coleman eventually won the battle to come in at 31:31
Helena at the end winning in 37:57

Rona Loubser came second in just 12 seconds behind Helena in 38:08

Chris Valdus was the first A&D RRC home in 35:00 and 8th overall

Kevin Williams Mens V50 winner from Ashford AC in 36:48

The size of the kebab lunch Steven was going to have later

It's a universal truth - you can't take a photo of yourself when running, or of your friends over your shoulder

'Phoning for a Taxi before the finish can be considered "bad form"
So here's the race gallery -
Don't forget to check through the "000" race numbers in case we couldn't see them.

See you all at The Deal Half next weekend then ! - the website is here:

Until later in the week, train safe and don't get blown over by this gusty wind if you're going about on your bike..

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