Welcome to Ashford & District RRC! Established since 1988 and based at Sandyacres Sports & Social Club in Ashford, we take part in road running, cross country and long-distance walking. Why not join us on a Tuesday or Thursday night from 7pm?

Tuesday night sessions have now reverted to 7pm but please don't arrive before 6:45pm as the gates will not be open. If arriving early please don't block the gate.


Race Report – 19th August 2019

Mount Ephraim 10K – Sunday 18th August 2019

Sunday saw A&D runners take on the notorious hills of the Mount Ephraim 10K, with two club members winning age category prizes. Starting and finishing within the grounds of Mount Ephraim Gardens, near Faversham, the circular course then took runners along surrounding country lanes, with tough inclines and picturesque scenery.

In his debut run for the club, Laurence Teeling was the first of the A&D contingent to cross the finish line in 39min 01sec. Jonny Wells then won the V40 prize with a time of 40.50. Taking two minutes off his previous best time on the course, Keith Haynes finished in 42.25. Winning the V55 prize, Adrian Moody completed the course in 45.27. Carl Ireland finished third in his age category, with a time of 48.00. Philip Bridges (49.51) and Adrian Beresford (49.57) then crossed the finish line in quick succession, followed by Karine Reid in 55.27 and Ailis Goddard in 57.50. Lucy Johnstone was next home for the club in 1.05.05.

 

Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 17th August 2019

This week’s 5K around Victoria Park was momentous for three A&D runners: Keith Haynes (24.04), John Fidge (26.42) and Ann Fidge (29.42) each ran their 100th Parkruns.

Dan Green was third overall with a time of 19.09, followed by Scotty Lynch in 19.54. James Booth finished in 24.36, followed by Sandi Mortimer in 25.02, Will Whittington in 25.39 and Terry Sellen in 25.48. Julie Foster was next home for the club in 43.44. Tail-walker Emma Jenkins then crossed the finish line in 1.07.22.

Great Run Local – Sunday 18th August 2019

Will Whittington (26.02), Emma Jenkins (36.58) and Becky Hodgson took part in the Great Run Local 5K around Kingsnorth on Sunday.

 

Race Report – 12th August 2019

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Distance was the focus for A&D runners this weekend, with races ranging from half marathon, marathon and Ultra distances up to 100km. With severe weather warnings in place, the events were a true test of runners’ mettle.

Stour Valley Path 100 Ultra– Saturday 10th August 2019

A&D duo Jon Pearce and Edward Rodger kicked off the weekend’s races on Saturday, embarking on the Stour Valley Path 100 Ultra. The 100km trail course followed the Stour Valley Path through Suffolk and Essex. After setting off at 7am from Newmarket, Suffolk, the pair negotiated stiles, rail and road crossings throughout the squalls.

Despite the high winds, both showed immense perseverance in running the full course. Pearce was first over the finish line at Manningtree, Essex, with a time of 13h 22min 41sec. Returning to SVP100 to cover the full distance within the strict event cut-off time, Edward Rodger put in a determined effort to finish in 15.05.16.

Twilight Chase – Saturday 10th August 2019

As the pair were nearing the end of their 100km Ultra, closer to home five A&D runners began the Twilight Chase at Rye. Starting late-afternoon, competitors ran 4.4-mile laps through the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, covering a range of distances. The coastal course, coupled with headwinds in excess of 40mph, made the event all the more challenging.

Running half marathon distances, Lucy Johnstone (2.43.50) and Becky Hodgson (2.47.34) crossed the finish line after three laps. Christine Costiff completed four laps, totalling 17.6 miles, with a time of 2.35.44. Steve Hickman covered marathon distance in 5.12.39. Marking her Ultra debut, Sarah Homewood ran a total of 30.8 miles in 6.14.17, placing third overall.

Brett Owler Summer Marathon – Sunday 11th August 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the high winds subsided, two club runners completed the Brett Owler Summer Marathon on Sunday. The two-lap course started and finished at the Julie Rose Stadium and featured hilly sections in surrounding villages and Wye Nature Reserve.  Marathon man Rik Holden finished in second place overall and first in his age category, with a time of 3.36.05. Cooper Massah then completed the course in 4.45.20.

 

 

 

 

Race Report – 5th August 2019

The EDF Energy Lydd 10K – Sunday 4th August 2019

 

Five A&D runners competed in Sunday’s Lydd 10K, where the fast and flat course held promise of an exciting race. Despite humid conditions on the day threatening to slow the Club’s contingent, each showed strong form. Janusz Latala was first home for the club and 5th overall in 35min 59sec. Chris Boyce then completed the course in 46.53. Winning 3rd Female and finishing 1st in her age category, Essen Larsen was next in 47.40. Philip Bridges crossed the finish line just seconds later in 47.46, followed by Don Dewar in 50.43.

Vanguard Way Marathon – Sunday 4th August 2019

Christine Costiff headed to Croydon for the Vanguard Way Marathon on Sunday. Starting from Croydon’s Lloyd Park, runners navigated their way along a section of the scenic Way. The out-and-back route featured several of the steep inclines and descents characteristic of the North Downs. Despite taking a nasty fall at the 17-mile mark, Costiff finished in a remarkable time of 4hr 34min 20sec, making her 1st Female V55 and 4th lady.

Dunoon 10K – Saturday 3rd August 2019

In Argyll, Verity Dunbar completed the Dunoon 10k in 58min 16sec. The out-and-back route took runners along the banks of the River Clyde.

 

Race Report – 29th July 2019

The 10th Romney Marsh 10K – Sunday 28th July 2019

Running along country lanes surrounding New Romney, A&D were well represented at the 10th Romney Marsh 10K on Sunday. The event saw Mike Davis break the V70 course record by over three minutes.

Jon Pearce was first home for the club, seventh overall and third in his age category, with a time of 35min 30sec. Andrew Noble (38.36) and Mark Attenborough (42.12) both finished second in their respective age categories. Mike Davis won his age category with a record-breaking time of 43.22, followed by Adrian Moody in 43.38. Philip Bridges completed the course in a PB time of 46.33, closely followed by Don Dewar (46.54). Finishing third in her age category, Essen Larsen was first lady home for the club in 47.11. Stu Nunn (47.30), Neil Woodham (48.15) and Darren Fagg (51.34) were next over the finish line. Persevering through injury, Adrian Beresford finished in 53.25. Lisa Jones achieved a PB of 54.44, with Ailis Goddard (54.52) hot on her heels. Karine Reid (55.21) and Trevor Sparkes (56.49) both finished in PB times, followed by Hugh Scarlin (57.57) and Sarah Taylor (1.08.40).

Cornwood 10K Challenge – Saturday 27th July 2019

In South Devon, Christine Costiff took on the Cornwood 10K Challenge. Facing tough Dartmoor hills, Costiff won her age category and was the fourth lady over the finish line with a time of 48min 20sec.

Meet the Wee Minister Trail Marathon – Sunday 28th July 2019

Further north, Lucy Johnstone travelled to the Scottish Highlands for her first trail marathon on Sunday. The route offered runners stunning views of Lochaber and Ben Nevis, as well as an encounter with the race’s namesake statue of a locally esteemed Free Church Minister. Running through bogs, bracken and streams, Johnstone finished in 6h 19min 08sec.

Race Report – 22nd July 2019

Invicta East Kent Athletics Club (IEKAC) Night of 5000m – Thursday 18th July 2019

Thursday evening saw two A&D runners compete in the IEKAC ‘Night of 5000m’ event, held in Canterbury. In the sub-20-minute heat, Andrew Noble finished 10th overall, with a time of 18min 37sec. In a track race debut just weeks after his first trail race, Keith Haynes finished second overall in the sub-25-minute heat, with a PB time of 20.07

Gusborne 5K and 10K – Sunday 21st July 2019

A&D runners were treated to sophisticated refreshments during the Gusborne 5K and 10K races on Sunday. The event offered runners a scenic route around the Gusborne Vineyard estate, with wine-tasting opportunities along the course.

In the 5K event, Emma Konstantinou was first home for the club with a time of 31min 50sec. Rachel Jenkins (43.59) and Sarah Taylor in (44.01) then crossed the finish line in quick succession. Debbie Payne was next home for the club in 45.50. In the 10K race, Philip Bridges was first home for the club and fifth in his age category, with a time of 50min 30sec.  Steve Hickman then finished 1hr 00min 50sec, followed by Karine Reid in 1.07.51, Helen Weeden in 1.17.41, Sue Reader in 1.17.44 and Filiz Salih in 1.30.40.

 

 

Phoenix Space Race Gold – Sunday 21st July 2019

In Walton-on-Thames, Becky Hodgson took on the Phoenix Space Race Gold on Sunday. Running on busy tow paths, competitors completed laps of a three-mile, out-and-back loop alongside the River Thames. Hodgson covered 13.1 miles in 2hr 51min 34sec.

 

BBC Women’s Couch to 5K – Sunday 21st July 2019

Ann Fidge travelled to Stratford for the BBC Women’s Couch to 5K race on Sunday, an event to celebrate women’s health and fitness as part of the Muller Anniversary Games.  Starting and finishing in the Olympic Stadium, the course took runners around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Fidge finished third in her age category in a PB time of 28min 03sec.

 

 

 

Race Report – 15th July 2019

East Kent Road Relays, Canterbury – Tuesday 9th July 2019

A&D’s relay teams headed to Canterbury for the finale of the East Kent Road Relays series on Tuesday. With a firm focus on runners’ combined efforts, the races exemplified the club’s solidarity and culminated in A&D taking home eight trophies.

Having faced fierce competition throughout, A League Senior Men ran determined final legs to clinch the 3rd place trophy. Dan Green, Julius Samson, James Booth and Mark Harrison ran the final race for V40 Men, winning 1st place. Having maintained poll position for much of the series, Paul Moses, Scotty Lynch and Andrew Noble retained the 1st V50 Men trophy, whilst V60 Men finished seventh.

A League Senior Ladies finished sixth overall, with Laura Segust, Nicola Moffat and Sarah Taylor running the final race on the evening. A cohesive team throughout the series, Becks Macey, Elodie Paviot and Tracey Calnan climbed from sixth to second place in the standings over the past three races of the series, ultimately claiming the 2nd V35 Ladies trophy. Aurelie Morris, Gill Pragnell and Ann Fidge ran the final leg for V45 Ladies, placing the team fourth overall.

In the B League, Senior Men finished seventh, with Max Dallison showing marked improvement over the entire series.  Assured of victory on the evening, both V40 and V50 Men did not let up against the opposition, securing their respective 1st place trophies.

 

B League Senior Ladies Lucy Johnstone, Emma Konstantinou and Sarah Homewood shared 1st place with Ashford AC. V35 Ladies won their category, with Lisa Jones, Ailis Goddard and Massah Cooper running the final legs on the evening. Although unable to run the final race, V45 Ladies finished second.

 

 

 

Mid Kent 5 Miler – Sunday 14th July 2019

Over twenty A&D runners descended on Staplehurst for Sunday’s Mid Kent 5 Miler, the majority of whom achieved impressive PBs on the course. Paul Moses was first home for the club, 20th overall and 1st Male V55, with a time of 31min 57sec. Mark Attenborough finished 27th overall with a PB time of 33.23. Also finishing in a PB time, Becks Macey (33.58) was 2nd Female home. Carl Ireland was next in 34.26, followed by Rob Carpenter in 34.49. A minute later, Stu Nunn crossed the finish line in 35.49.  Adrian Beresford completed the course in a PB of 36.09, followed by James Phillips in 37.34. Aaron Homewood (37.44), Mark Carlton (39.08), Will Whittington (39.57) and Sophie Edmonds (40.22) all achieved PB times. Ailis Goddard finished in 41.27, closely followed by Lisa Jones with a PB of 41.39. Keith Lynn was next in 42.20, with Sarah Homewood (42.39) hot on his heels with another PB. Emma Konstantinou (43.31) was next across the finish line, followed by Lucy Johnstone (46.33) and Rachel Jenkins (47.06). The course marked a superb PB for Emma Jenkins, who beat her previous time by over 16 minutes, to finish in 52.18.

Sevenoaks 7 -Sunday 14th July 2019

Sunday saw A&D’s Vice Captains heading to west Kent for the Sevenoaks 7. Running on a mixture of tracks and grassy paths, the hilly route took runners through Knole Park. Adrian Moody finished in 52min 10sec, followed by Elodie Paviot in 54.01.

 

Race Report – 8th July 2019

The 20th Anniversary Bewl 15 – Sunday 7th July 2019

On the Kent- Sussex border, several A&D runners competed in Sunday’s Bewl 15. Marking 20 years of the popular event, the 15-mile off-road course took runners around the reservoir, with challenging hills to contend with in the final few miles. Jon Wells was first home for the club in 1hr 58min 19sec. Hot on his heels, Keith Haynes marked his trail race debut with a PB of 1.58.36. Becks Macey finished in 1.58.59 (PB), making her second Female Vet 35. Ailis Goddard (2.39.16) and Sarah Homewood (2.39.21) then crossed the finish line in quick succession. Lucy Johnstone (2.56.18) and Sarah Taylor (3.18.53) were next home for the club, with both achieving PB times.

North Downs Way Marathon – Sunday 7th July 2019

In Surrey, Rik Holden completed the North Downs Way Marathon on Sunday. The course consisted on two very hilly out-and-back sections of the Downs between Reigate and Boxhill. The narrow chalk paths and rain on the day made conditions slippery underfoot. Holden finished in 4hr 44min 12sec.

The Wales Half Marathon – Sunday 7th July 2019

Back on road, Christine Costiff travelled to Pembroke for The Wales Half Marathon on Sunday, later describing the event as one of the toughest now under her belt. With a midday start on the hilly course, runners endured intense heat throughout. Costiff finished first in her age category with a time of 1hr 50min 00sec.

Herne Bay 10K – Sunday 7th July 2019

Closer to home, four club runners headed to the coast for the Herne Bay 10K on Sunday. The seafront route took runners between Herne Bay and Hampton. Mick Claydon was first home for the club in 46min 51sec.  Stu Nunn was next in 47.36, followed by Don Dewar in 48.39 and Emma Claydon in 52.37.

July the Turd Half Marathon – Wednesday 3rd July 2019 & Independence Day Run – Thursday 4th July 2019

Midweek, seasoned distance runner Edward Rodger completed half-marathon and marathon races on consecutive days. The undulating courses both featured a mixture of terrain, taking runners along Shropshire’s Silkin Way and the Valley of Ironbridge. On Wednesday, Rodger finished the July the Turd Half Marathon in 2hr 12min 52sec; Thursday’s Independence Day Run then saw Rodger cover marathon distance with a time of 4.57.59.

 

 

Race Report -1st July 2019

North Downs Run – Sunday 30th June 2019

Sunday’s North Downs Run promised “the finest scenery in Southern England”. The race represented a distance debut for some in the A&D contingent; for others, a case of unfinished business or simply a return to a much-loved course. Regardless of their motivation, the scorching conditions and unyielding hills were a test of resolve.

Andrew Noble was first home for the club in 2hr 20min 57sec, winning Silver at the British Masters Athletics Federation (BMAF) 30K Trail Running Championships. Jon Pearce finished in 2.23.36, followed by Mark Attenborough in 2.51.04. Aurelie Morris and Tracey Calnan crossed the finish line together in 3.21.21. Paul Brasington (3.27.35) was next home for the club, followed by Steve Hickman (3.42.47). Lucy Johnstone achieved an impressive PB of 3.58.30. Hugh Scarlin then completed the course in 4.31.48, followed by Sarah Taylor in 4.34.43.

 

Port Lympne 5K Challenge– Sunday 30th June 2019

Also racing under the weekend’s fierce sun, Filiz Salih took on the Port Lympne 5K Challenge on Sunday. Finishing with a time of 29min 15sec, Salih won the First Lady prize.

Humber Bridge Half Marathon – Sunday 30th June 2019

Two club runners travelled to Yorkshire for the 20th Humber Bridge Half Marathon on Sunday. The course takes runners over the famous suspension bridge and features a section affectionately known as “Cardiac Hill”, a mile-long steep incline in the second half of the course. Eddie Rodger finished in 1hr 48min 45sec, followed by Helen Weeden in 2.27.38

East Kent Road Relays, Samphire Hoe – Tuesday 25th June 2019

The penultimate race of East Kent Road Relay series took place at Samphire Hoe on Tuesday evening. With the end in their sights, A&D faced increasingly strong competition from astute contending clubs.

In the A League, inspired runs from Senior Men brought them to finish third on the night, well ahead of opposing South Kent Harriers; as a result, the team are now joint third in the standings. Despite fierce competition from Thanet, V40 Men won their category and maintained their position at second overall.  V50 Men staunchly defended their position at the top of the rankings.

A League Senior Ladies remain in fifth place, with Emma Jenkins running an exceptional leg. Elodie Paviot and Becks Macey also showed marked improvement on the course, with V35 Ladies winning their category on the night, remaining securely in fourth position overall and a mere two points away from Dover RR, in second place.  V45 Ladies put in impressive runs, with Christine Costiff significantly improving her course time; the team are now joint third in their category.

In the B League, Senior Men remain firmly in sixth place overall, with noteworthy run from Neil Woodham on the night. Stellar performances from V40 and V50 Men saw both win on the night; both sit securely at the top of their categories, five points clear of contending teams.

Also in poll position, B League Senior and V35 Ladies both remain at the top of their categories, with a remarkable run from Sue Reader. V45 Ladies are now second.

Bexhill 5K – Wednesday 26th June 2019

Steve Hickman competed in Bexhill’s Seafront 5K on Wednesday evening, finishing the three-lap course in 26min 23sec.

Race Report – 24th June 2019

A&D made the most of the extra daylight hours leading up to the Summer Solstice this week, competing in evening races in Kent, East Sussex and Iceland.

Robertsbridge Midsummer 10K – Friday 21st June 2019

In East Sussex, Christine Costiff came out on top in the Robertsbridge Midsummer 10K, claiming the First Lady prize with a time of 46min 36sec. The hilly route featured both on- and off-road sections, with muddy conditions underfoot on the evening.

Midnight Sun Run Half Marathon – Thursday 20th June 2019

A few degrees south of the Arctic Circle, three club members travelled to Reykjavik for the Midnight Sun Run. Setting off at nine o’clock in the evening, the trio ran 13.1 miles under the region’s famous ‘Midnight Sun’. The demanding course marked Jones’ and Kuske’s first half-marathon. Segust was first home in 2hr 2min 35sec, followed by Jones in 2.06.43 and Kuske 2.51.33.

Kent Golden Mile & 5K – Wednesday 19th June 2019

A&D gave their all at the Kent Golden Mile on Wednesday evening, despite a headwind and the warmth of the evening. Dan Green finished in 5min 25sec, making him first in his age category and eighth overall. Stu Nunn was next home for the club and second in his age category, with a PB time of 6.14. Neil Woodham finished in 6.20, followed by Aaron Homewood in a PB time of 6.43. Claiming her first PB of the evening, Sarah Homewood (7.42) was second in her age category, followed by Lesley Moody (9.05) and Becky Hodgson (9.56).

In the 5K race, Dan Green was fifth overall and first Male V45, with a time of 18.53. Stu Nunn was second in his age category, in 22.31. Darren Fagg (22.42) was next home for the club, followed by Neil Woodham (23.16) and Aaron Homewood (23.43). Steve Hickman crossed the finish line in 25.33, whilst Sarah Homewood (26.16) achieved another PB and was first Female V40. Lucy Johnstone (28.42) was second Female V35.  Becky Hodgson finished in 33.55.

Sandwich 10K – Sunday 23rd June 2019

Over the weekend, A&D took on a variety of 10K races in the South East. A number headed to Sandwich for the 10K race around the town and surrounding villages. Adrian Moody was first home for the club in 45min 58sec, followed by Philip Bridges in 49.24. Claire Green finished in 52.00, with Ailis Goddard crossing the line shortly after in 55.41.

Weybridge 10K – Sunday 23rd June 2019

Becks Macey was on fine form for the Weybridge 10K on Sunday, finishing in a season’s best time of 43min 25sec. The undulating course featured a section along the River Thames, with hot and humid conditions on the day.

Race Report – 17th June 2019

Saxon Shore Half Marathon – Sunday 16th June 2019

Sunday saw several club members compete in the Saxon Shore Half Marathon, running between Herne Bay and Whitstable. Harry Fleming was first home for the club 1hr 42min 26sec. John Beale and Adrian Beresford then crossed the finish line in 1.46.29. Sue Reader was next home for the club, followed by Hugh Scarlin in a PB time of 2.17.05. Running through injury, Sarah Taylor finished in 2.33.58.

Clifftop Challenge Marathon – Saturday 15th June 2019

Also on the Kent coast, Tracey Calnan and Aurelie Morris covered marathon distances in Saturday’s Clifftop Challenge. Starting from Lympne Castle, the hilly route took runners along sections of the Saxon Shore Way and North Downs. The pair finished in 5hr 4min 0sec.

East Kent Road Relays, Ashford – Tuesday 11th June 2019

Tuesday saw a record number of A&D runners turn out for the third race of the East Kent Road Relays series in Victoria Park. A total of sixty runners represented the club on home turf, each showing their mettle defending their positions in the standings.

In the A League, Senior Men put in determined efforts to finish third on the night, with Janusz Latala passing the opposing South Kent Harriers runner in the last half mile. The team not only maintained their position at fifth in the rankings but also narrowed the gap between this and third place down to a single point. Also standing their ground, V40 Men remain in second position, with Julius Samson showing marked improvement. Strong performances from Andrew Noble, Scotty Lynch and Paul Moses ensured V50 Men stayed at the top of their category; in a close fought battle Moses beat Folkestone contender by nine seconds. Ian Grundy, Mike Davis and Nigel Costiff formed the club’s first V60 Men’s team of the series, which placed fifth.

A League Senior Ladies remain in fifth place, with Sarah Homewood taking over a minute from her previous time on the course. V35 Ladies Elodie Paviot, Becks Macey and Tracey Calnan won their category on the night, closing the gap on the three leading clubs and climbing to fourth position in the standings. Consistently strong performances from the V45 Ladies kept them securely in fourth place.

In the B League, Senior Men remain in sixth place. Winning their category on the night, V40 Men stand strong at the top of the rankings. V50 also won their category and climbed to first place in the standings, with Carl Ireland running an outstanding leg. Will Whittington put in a brilliant run for the V50 C team, improving his course time by over two minutes.

B League Senior Ladies staunchly defended their position at the top of their category. Lisa Jones showed considerable improvement, with V35 Ladies now securely in first position. V45 Ladies placed fourth.

 

Victoria Park Summer 5K Series – Wednesday 12th June 2019

The first of four 5K races around Victoria park took place on Wednesday evening, with three club runners competing. Chris Boyce marked his return to racing, coming first overall in 20min 41sec. Darren Fagg finished in 22.41, making him fourth. Steve Hickman placed seventh with a time of 26.04.