The first Julie Rose 10K Memorial Road Race took place in 1986 when Steve Cram started the race. It attracted more than 2,000 entries and has taken place annually ever since. The 30th annual Givaudan Ashford 10K was held on Sunday (9 October) with Abel Tsegay (Invicta East Kent, 31:10) finishing well clear of 1,100 runners on the track in the magnificent Julie Rose Stadium.
This year’s Givaudan Ashford 10K helped host club Ashford AC to celebrate their 50th anniversary and the race incorporated the annual Kent Championships and Grand Prix Final.
Abel Tsegay was a comfortable winner from local favourite Robert Latala (Ashford and District, 32:49 PB) and M40 Dominic O’Mahoney (Invicta, 32:50 PB), who brought the crowd to their feet with an exciting sprint finish.
The women’s race was closer, with Canterbury Harriers’ Jennifer Benson (W35, 39:26) prevailing from W40 Renata McDonnell (Deal Tri, 40:15 PB) and Becky Morrish (Paddock Wood, 40:36 PB).
An impressive 100 men broke 40 minutes, with Robert Winter (Tunbridge Wells Harriers) hitting that benchmark precisely. The predominantly flat course also produced strong times from the women, with 60th-placed Nina Gibson, representing headline sponsors Givaudan, stopping the watch at 50 minutes exactly. The ever present W65 Gaynor Shelvey (Thanet Roadrunners) finished alongside Lorna Munday (Alfie’s Striders) inside 92 minutes, concluding the timekeepers’ duties for the day.
The day also featured Sports Hall type athletics and a Children’s Fun Run to keep the youngsters active during and after the main event.
Full details available at the Givaudan Ashford 10K website.