The infamous Ashford Tri Club 666 trail run in Kingswood took place on 15th November with a sell out capacity. The weather was dry and blowy but the course was wet, slippery, muddy and challenging in all the right places and the runners were treated to hellish hills, evil climbs and beautiful leaf covered mud pits in equal measure.
ATC members delighted in setting up the 6.66(ish) miles course on the Saturday, adding little sadistic twists to paths and trails, all to enhance the runners’ experience of course. On race day itself, numerous ATC members where out on the course to marshal the race, offering encouragement, slightly false information – note: it’s never the last hill! – and first aid for the odd bump and bloody knee. Other members’ ensured registration went smoothly, car-parking organised, chip-timing provided plus the dirty task of removing the chips from mud encased shoes at the end.
First runner back was Lee Mameekin of Medway and Maidstone AC in a fantastic time of 47mins 16 secs – obviously ATC need to make the course harder next year to slow him down a bit. First female runner home was Candy Hawkins in 1hr 45 secs. And the most represented team was Dover Road Runners. All winners received a small trophy.
This popular run will be back next year – be ready to book your place to hell and back!
Some pictures from a very sober night out talking Triathlon and talking about the Brownlee brothers… Only kidding, no one can remember what happened…
10 members of ATC plus Chewie the dog tackled the challenging Beachyhead Marathon on Saturday. The weather was perfect and the course is so scenic it takes away the pain of completing this amazing event. To make it more interesting, it was Sam Maybury, Julie Abbott and Chewie’s 1st ever marathon – what an event to choose ladies!
Times are never fast for this run – the total elevation is higher than Snowdon and mountain goat skills come in useful at times. Even the start is straight up a steep hill with the added challenge of it being the finish too – not easy on the knees.
The course includes the Seven Sister Hills, the ‘Steps’ at Westdean as well as the infamous Beachyhead Clifftop. Throughout the marshalling was great and included many water stations plus a couple offering tea, coffee, cake and sausage rolls – those stops were hard to move on from.
First member home for ATC was Mark Fairbrother in a great time of 4hrs 45 mins. After that two groups formed, each one crossing the line holding hands in 6hrs 20 mins and 7hrs 11mins a piece.
Results for ATC members:
Mark Fairbrother :4hrs 45mins
Karen Allnutt : 6hrs 20 mins
Garry Curley : 6hrs 20 mins
Sam Maybury 6hrs 20 mins
John Kearns 6hrs 20 mins
Nick Brisley 6hrs 20 mins
Martin Abbott : 7hrs 11mins
Robert Swinerd 7hrs 11mins
Mandy Swinerd 7hrs 11mins
Julie Abbott 7hrs 11mins
Members of Ashford Tri Club took part in this year’s Duathlon at Chilham Castle in both the Sprint and Standard Distances. Allan Streatham completed the Sprint Distance Race (5km run/20km Bike Ride/2.5Km run) in 1hr.36mins coming 17th overall. Joey Chasseaud meanwhile won his Age Group Category in the Standard Distance Race (10Km run/40km Bike/5km run) in a fantastic 2hrs.35mins, also coming 17th overall.
With an amazing 27 club members taking part in the Givaudan 10k race from the Julie Rose stadium, the last Ashford Tri Club Championship Race of the 2015 season was hotly contested. Jennifer Kearns won the Female category in 50.45 mins meaning she retained her title from last year, making her the first woman in the club to win the championship race for a 2nd year. Alex Milne also retained the Male title, with a time of 36.29 mins. And with conditions being near perfect, many members recorded a PB, some by as much as 5 minutes.
ATC members are celebrating 10 years of Triathlon and next month members will celebrate with a Hollywood style ball, but won’t have long to nurse the hangovers as the Club’s notorious 666 race will be run on November 15th. Set in Kingswood, this challenging 6.66 mile race is a muddy, tough and seriously good run.
Ashford Tri Club member were out in force to take part in the 2015 Brett Ashford Triathlon on Sunday, and gained some impressive results.
The Aquabike Sprint – Para Triathlete Adrian Heathfield took 2nd place in 52mins:47secs.
The Sprint Triathlon Distance – 5 members took part and came home with very good times each, with Tristam Burgess finishing first for ATC in 1hr23mins.
The Standard Triathlon Distance – 22 members took on this challenge, many for the first time at the longer distances. Scott Wiseman was the first for ATC home and second overall with an amazing time of 2hrs10mins. There were also 5 age group winners for ATC too – Dan Green, Sally Aspital, Paul Barron, Jon Pearce and Julie Abbott.
A chilly start to the end of season Lydd Sprint Tri. Well done to the five ATC club members who braved it (Russell Marsh not in photo).
Some ATC club members at the sunny Folkestone Half Marathon
Well done to Ollie for winning the Ashford 10.5K on sunday
Chris Sardo after completing the Age group event on Friday. Well done Chris, fantastic effort!