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Ashford Athletic Club’s Gerard O’Sullivan wins the men's seven mile challenge in the Ashford & District Road Running Club's countywide Lockdown League while Christine Costiff finishes as top woman

There were some new names at the top of the men’s leaderboard in the latest A&D RRC Lockdown League.

Runners took on a seven mile challenge last week and Ashford AC’s Gerard O’Sullivan led the way to claim maximum points for the first time in the countywide competition. He sits 10th in the overall standings.

Gerard O'Sullivan was the leading men's runner in the seven mile challenge Picture: Andy Jones
Gerard O'Sullivan was the leading men's runner in the seven mile challenge Picture: Andy Jones

O’Sullivan’s adjusted time of 36:14 was enough to pip the winner of last year's Folkestone Coastal 10k, Tom Millard of the South Kent Harriers, who claimed his first overall points of the competition.

Men’s leader Richard Tomlinson (Medway & Maidstone AC) had to settle for third, ahead of Folkestone RC’s David Tyler.

Medway & Maidstone took the men’s team honour, with Justin Lane and Alun Rodgers finishing fifth and sixth. The M&M team are now just two points behind Folkestone RC in the overall standings.

Ashford & District RRC’s Christine Costiff reclaimed her position as leading lady.

Tom Millard, of South Kent Harriers, took second
Tom Millard, of South Kent Harriers, took second

Costiff - having to settle for second in the two mile run - came back strong in the longer distance with a time of 40 mins to see off the woman who took top spot last time out, Margaret Connolly (41:54 on adjusted time).

A&D's Gill O’Connor ran well again, coming in third (43:17), ahead of South Kent Harriers’ Marie Watson (44:48).

Other running clubs were represented in the leading places, with Liz Weeks (Ashford Legends & Rejects) taking fifth, ahead of Medway & Maidstone’s Taryne McPherson and Dover Road Runners’ Jo Daniels.

A&D RRC are the leading women’s team after seven weeks.

Gill O'Connor of Ashford and District Road Running Club
Gill O'Connor of Ashford and District Road Running Club

Age grade results saw Rhian Shrimplin (A&D) claim a first place in the ladies under-35s with an actual time of 51:00, ahead of Bianca Schobel (Equipe BAP) and Naomi Attenborough (55:09).

Weeks has been the leading 35-44 woman for the past six weeks and is just two points behind McPherson.

Linda-Jean Delport leads the way in the ladies 45-54 table and won again, claiming six out of seven victories so far.

The over-55s were dominated by the leading ladies Costiff, O’Connor, Connolly and Karen Seymour (Sittingbourne Striders).

Linda-Jean Delport leads the way in the ladies 45-54
Linda-Jean Delport leads the way in the ladies 45-54

Tyler extended his lead at the top of the men’s under-40 table which saw Millard enter the fray with a win. Laurence Teeling (A&D) continued his run of impressive results, taking third over seven miles.

Lane claimed a second successive win for the men’s 40-49 ahead of leader Derek Matcham (Folkestone RC) and Adam Groombridge (Dover Road Runners).

Overall winner O’Sullivan was racing in the 50-59 age category, finishing ahead of Tomlinson and A&D’s Julius Samson. South Kent Harriers’ Ray Pearce took the over-60s weekly title.

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