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.


Two at Tanners 20

LDWA Tanners 20 – Sunday 19th January 2020

A&D duo Christine Costiff and Gill O’Connor made the most of the crisp winter weather at the 42nd Tanners 20 event, near Leatherhead.  Following frosty start just after 8am, the pair navigated their way between checkpoints in the Surrey countryside, running through mud and up hills, and climbing over styles. A perfect winter trail event, all round.

Parkrun – Saturday 18th January 2020

On the south coast, Andrew Noble (19.30) finished 8th overall at the Littlehampton Prom Parkrun.

A throng of A&D runners represented the club at the weekly 5K around Victoria Park. Trevor Kay, Carl Ireland, Linda-Jean Delport placed 4th, 11th and 14th, respectively. Rob Carpenter was 25th, followed by Don Dewar (23.22), Paul Brasington (23.49) and Stu Nunn (24.48). Will Whittington (25.04) and Rod Kessack (25.08) crossed the finish line in quick succession, with John Fidge (26.25) and Terry Sellen (26.56) close behind. Next home for the club was Trevor Sparkes (28.09), with Mark Harrison (28.35) and Laura Segust (28.50) hot on his heels. Rachel Jenkins (29.49) and Emma Jenkins (33.43) were next, whilst tail walkers Ann Fidge (58.57) and Julie Foster (58.58) completed the course together.

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Country to Capital Ultra – Saturday 11th January 2020

Saturday saw Edward Rodger step up to the start line of the first in a series of four Ultras to raise money for Scottish Huntington’s Association. Starting from Wendover (Buckinghamshire), runners made their way across muddy countryside towards London, following the Grand Union Canal tow path to the finish line in Little Venice. Despite feeling utterly drained and frozen at the 26-mile mark, Rodger persevered through the mud, hills and bitterly cold winds to complete the 43-mile course in 9hr 29min 32sec.

 

 

SVN Chocathon – Saturday 11th January 2020

Also facing the biting winds, two club runners took on the SVN Chocathon at Betteshanger Country Park on Saturday. Becky Hodgson completed her first half marathon of 2020, finishing in 3.13.44. Less than two weeks in to January, Rik Holden marked his second marathon of 2020 by finishing 2nd overall and 1st in his age group, with a time of 3.39.39.

Parkrun- Saturday 11th January 2020

Will Whittington (28.04) and Emma Jenkins (38.47) donned their trail shoes for some parkrun tourism at Kingdom, Penshurst. The three-lap circuit saw Jenkins achieve a course PB. Gill O’Connor (24.00) was fourth lady and 1st in her age group at Tilgate Parkrun.

In Ashford, Trevor Kay (18.02) was 4th overall in 18.02, followed by Dan (19.48) in 7th and Julius Samson (19.56) in 10th and Paul Ridley (20.00) in 11th. James Booth (20.29) and Paul Moses (20.47) placed 15th and 18th respectively, whilst Christine Costiff was 1st lady home in 22.19. Ian Grundy finished in 22.54, closely followed by Stu Nunn (22.58), Ian Cox (24.14). Rob Carpenter (25.07) and Pat Butler ( 25.08) also crossed the finish line in quick succession, followed by Terry Sellen (26.09), Rod Kessack (26.19), Keith Lynn (26.27) and Rachel Jenkins (28.51). Cris Francis finished in 31.03, with Trevor Sparkes (31.36) next home for the club and volunteer Julie Foster (53.29). Other A&D volunteers included James Booth, John and Ann Fidge and Alison Waters.

A&D Compete at the Kent Cross-Country Championships

  Cross Country Captain and Mentor Adrian Moody stated he was “Humbled and proud watching Ashford and District’s cross country teams take on the might of Kent’s youth at Brands Hatch”. This was validated by the excellent results and indomitable spirit of the 19 athletes taking part.

 

The ladies team were led home by Becks Macey finishing 30th and 6th in the V35 category. Linda-Jean Delport’s family were able to cheer on as she finished 44th overall and 7th V45, a tremendous result in her first Kent championships. Jill Crofton-Martin with a spirited sprint finished in 75th place completed the trio in the 3 to score competition with A&D being placed 8th. Ladies captain Rhian Shrimplin ran a strong race for 89th place. Ailis Goddard 90th, Alison Waters 91st and Massah Cooper 94th were nip and tuck throughout the race and the battling, determined teamwork gave the A&D ladies 5th place in the 6 to score competition. A tribute to the strength in depth within the ladies team.

 

The men’s team required the full complement of runners to return a result to secure a place in the 12 to score competition. Club coach John Pearce can always be relied upon for an inspiring run and led the team with his 75th place. A strong run by Jon Wells was rewarded with 93rd place closely followed by an in from Julius Samson. Julius finished in 95th place and 6th V50. Scotty Lynch used his strength and experience and finished 111th and 10th V50. Paul Moses fought off challenges over the final lap to finish 124th and 4th V55. James Booth in 135th place gave A&D the 10th place in the 6 to score competition. Carl Ireland, improving with every race was pleased with his 142nd place and looked strong throughout. In 145th Keith Hayes suffering with cramp from lap 2 onwards dug deep to finish to ensure a score in the 12 to score competition. Mark Harrison in 151st, Cris Francis, enjoying his first run at Brands Hatch, in 161st, Adrian Beresford 174th and Stu Nunn 180th gave A&D’s men team 7th place in a competition where other clubs struggled to field the required number of runners.

 

Rik Holden started 2020 with the SVN New Years Day marathon. A good start to the year saw Rik post a time of 3:43:28 finishing 4th overall and 1st in his age category.

 

A number of club runners took to competing in 2 park runs on New Year’s Day including Keith Lynn taking on Canterbury and Whitstable, and Gill O’Connor at Ribblesdown and Squerrys Wedsterham.

Meanwhile Lesley Moody took a chance while back in Scotland to take part in the 2020 Shortbread Challenge.

 

The first park run of the year at Ashford had a good turnout from A&D runners. This included Trevor Kay, Dan Green, Rob Carpenter, Don Dewar, Michael Hill, Keith Lynn, Patrick Butler, John Fidge, Laura Segust, Sue Reader, Terry Sellen, Emma Jenkins, Helen Marshall, Hugh Scarlin and Sarah Taylor.

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Cambridge Harriers Cross Country Championship – Saturday 28th December 2019

There was no lull between Christmas and New Year as a formidable trio of A&D runners headed to Bexley for the Cambridge Harriers Championship on Saturday. The undulating 7.5 mile course saw Becks Macey storm home in 59min 24sec, claiming the prize for 2nd Lady. Cross Country stalwarts Adrian Moody and Adrian Beresford also put in superb performances on the course.

Alison Waters flew the A&D flag at Staplehurst’s End of Year 10 Mile Run. Despite a gruelling hill at the 6 mile mark, Waters completed the course in 1.26.56.

Saltwood Boxing Day Run – Thursday 26th December 2019

A strong club contingent turned out for the 45th Saltwood Boxing Day Run. The 3-mile, off-road route provided a suitable challenge for runners seeking to burn off their Christmas dinners. Julius Samson was first home for the club in 19.26, closely followed by James Booth in 21.54. Steve Hickman finished in 33.27, followed by Simon Jackson in 34.28. Gary Sage was next home for the club in 38.36, with Laura Segust hot on his heels in 38.52.

Chiangmai 10K – 22nd December 2019

In Thailand, Richard Baker completed the Chiangmai 10K in 48.04. Starting at 5am, 2500 international runners competed on the flat, fast course.

Christmas Day Parkrun – 25th December 2019

Christmas Day saw dedicated A&D Parkrunners assemble in Victoria Park for a special Ashford Parkrun.  Paul Moses (20.18) and Julius Samson (20.41) finished in 17th and 18th place, respectively. James Booth (20.49) placed 20th, followed by Ian Grundy (23.06), Aaron Homewood (24.57), Hazel Turner (25.23), Sandi Mortimer (25.26). Alison Waters (26.05), Cris Francis (26.06) and Keith Ly (26.19) crossed the finish line in quick succession, followed by Don Dewar (31.34), Debbie Payne (35.56) and Lucy Johnstone (37.42). Volunteers included Leonora Cinco, Becky Hodgson, Simon Jackson and Rachel Jenkins.

Parkrun – Saturday 28th December 2019

Cris Francis extended Saturday’s Ashford Parkrun in to a Parkrun Marathon in order to kick start his 2020 London Marathon training and fundraise for The Family Holiday Foundation. Francis was joined by teammates for a few of the 8+ laps of the event.

Janusz Latala covered the 5K course in 18.09, making him 4th overall. Scotty Lynch (20.04) finished in 18th place, followed by Stu Nunn (23.26), Terry Sellen (23.57), Rod Kessack (25.00), Will Whittington (25.25), James Booth (27.40), Alison Waters (29.31), Cris Francis (29.39), Don Dewar (31.08), Emma Jenkins (34.07), Becky Hodgson (37.13) and Debbie Payne (37.19). As ever, the event was made possible by volunteers, amongst whom this week were A&D’s Dan Green, Simon Jackson and Alison Waters. In Dumbartonshire, Lesley Moody ran the Levengrove Parkun in 33.31, whilst John Fidge (27.02) and Ann Fidge (volunteer) took part in Dunstable’s Houghton Hall Parkrun.

Drama at South of Thames Cross Country

Probably the toughest race of the season took the A&D team to the muddy and hilly South of Thames Cross Country Championships at Croydon. Team members Adrian Beresford and Keith Haynes had the extra complication of being delayed due to helping out at an accident on the M20 on the way to the race.

There was healthy competition with Jon Wells and Julius Sampson battling with each other through the race.

Scotty Lynch suffered cuts with a fall on the second lap, but dug deep to be the third finisher for the club. Strong cross country runs from veteran Adrian Moody,  along with James Booth and Keith Haynes contributed to a solid club performance. Chris Francis saw his club cross country debut at this uncompromising race. Adrian Beresford put aside the aftermath of the club Christmas party with a determined run.

 

Becks Macey battled through illness to be First Lady finisher. Linda-Jean Delport chose the challenging race to present a determined run and very respectable time. Rhian Shrimplin return was marked with an excellent run on the day. Cooper Massah, Alison Waters and Lucy Ellen Johnson battled through the extreme conditions and completed the superb team performance. Chris Costiff and Gill OConnor ran the Christmas pudding 5 mile race at a rain affected Pet Level. Chris being first in her age group with Gill third.

Sunday saw the first running of the Chairmans Christmas Charity run. A good turnout from the club took runners around the lanes towards Westwell. The event started at the Hare and Hounds on Sandyhurst Lane and the runners appreciated a revitalising breakfast on their return. Heavy rain led to knee deep floods on Kingsland Lane along and deep puddles throughout the route this made for wet socks but did not dampen the spirits of the runners. Unfortunately Phil Bridges suffered a fractured fibula due to a fall, and we all wish him a speedy recovery. The event raised £215 for Pilgrims Hospice.

Race Report – 16th December 2019

Attenborough smashes his 50k PB

Mark Attenborough took the SVN Usuals Suspects challenge in his stride on Saturday and finished the 2019 season with a 62 minute personal best over 50km with a time of 5:11:39 and first place. Just reward for the dedication and hard work throughout the year. Rick Holden chalked up yet another marathon in the shadow of the white cliffs of Samphire Hoe with a time of 3:58:15.

Becky Hodgson received recognition from the event organisers with her 12th SVN half marathon in 12 months. It was Becky’s 15th half in total over the last 12 months. Lucy Ellen Johnstone also competed and completed the windy, undulating course in 2:55:54.

Verity on Sunday took part in the SVN Festive Frolic. It was Verity’s first run back since summer of 2018 due to a foot injury and was very pleased to complete 9.84 miles in 1:50:02.

The 3rd round of the Kent cross country league took the senior men’s team over to the sticky parkland of Foots Cray Meadows. Julius Samson, in tremendous form, led the team home in his first league event finishing in 80th place. Cross country stalwarts Andrew Noble 87th, and Scotty Lynch 101st gave A&D 9th place in the 3 to score league. With one event to go this puts Andrew and Scotty in 7th and 9th respectively in the V50 competition. Next home was Paul Ridley in 117th, and Jon Pearce 120th. Paul Moses 126th, Adrian Moody 132nd, Keith Haynes 135th, James Booth 148th, Carl Ireland 150th, Mark Harrison 159th, Adrian Beresford 174th, and Neil Woodham 178th provided the essential team support to give 6th place in the 12 to score league. Consistent running has placed Moses and Moody in 16th and 20th in the V50 league. The V40 table sees James Booth in 23rd and Keith Haynes 24th. A great team spirit, as ever at cross country, with all runners applauded and cheered over the line by the A&D squad.

Moses swapped his cross country spikes for a Santa outfit on Sunday morning. The club were represented by Jon Wells, Paul Moses and Dan Green at the Gravesend Cyclopark Santa Dash 5k and 10k. Jon Wells finished in 2nd place with a time of 39:48. Moses, finished 3rd in 41:45. Dan Green competed in the 5k taking on pacing duties for the day, ensuring his daughter Chloe had a good race.

Race Report – 9th December 2019

A&D’s very own Becks Macey took to the field at Horspath Park Oxford, representing Kent in the South Eastern Athletics Association Inter Counties Senior Cross Country Championships, proudly wearing her blue Invicta vest. A tremendous achievement for Becks in only her second season in cross country. Cross country captain, Adrian Moody commented that: “Her rapid progression into the Kent squad is testament to her tenacity, consistency and the benefits of quality racing in the Kent cross country calendar”.

A strong run by Becks on a muddy 6.4k course, saw her cross the line in 51st place (with a time of 26:26), against the region’s elite runners, helping Kent to an impressive 4th place in the team competition. Hopefully she can maintain her brilliant form and remain in contention for county colours at the national inter-counties championship in March 2020, taking on England’s best.

Andrew Noble started his busy weekend at Horspath Park in the SEAA Masters Cross Country Championships. Nobby completed the course in 37:49 finishing in 34th place and a very impressive 13th in the V55 category. Andrew followed this up with the Reading 10k on Sunday posting a time of 39:31, giving him 34th place and 3rd in the V50 category. Impressive results from a runner consistently competing at the highest level.

Helen Weeden, Steve Hickman and Ed Rodger took a trip out to the Lanzarote Marathon. Ed led the team home with a time of 4;26. Steve with the added challenge of a cold battled through to a time of 4;55. Helen completed her 50th marathon in 4:58 and was 28th in her age category.

The start of the Christmas racing season is marked by the Dutton Turkey run. A&D’s Mark Attenborough took 28th overall with a time of 58:52.

Ashford park run on Saturday saw the return of Janusz Latala posting a time of 18:08 finishing in 4th place. A total of 16 A&D runners took part including Jon Wells, Paul Moses, Scott Lynch, Ian Grundy, Don Dewer, Rod Kessak, John Fidge, Terry Sellen, Sue Reader, Rachel Jenkins, Becky Hodgson, Lesley Moody, Emma Jenkins, Deborah Payne, and Julie Foster.

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Brett Owler Winter Marathon, Half and 10K- Sunday 24th November 2019


A&D were well represented across the three distances at Sunday’s Owler Winter Marathon, Half and 10K. With long, muddy off-road sections sections, conditions underfoot were tough conditions. However, the club’s runners more than met the demands of each course.
Fresh from his team success at last weekend’s 666 trail run, the 10K race saw Paul Ridley (41.23)  finish 4th overall and 1st in his age category. Similarly, Gill O’Connor was 1st in her age group and 4th lady, with a time of 52.04.
Despite a gruelling final mile, the Half Marathon course brought out the best in the A&D contingent. Marking a return to distance running, Scotty Lynch placed 5th overall and 1st V50 in 1.35.18. A&D’s ladies shone through over the half-marathon distance, with Linda-Jean Delport (1.42.43) and Essen Larsen (1.49.03)  finishing 1st and 3rd Lady, respectively. Placing 3rd in her age group, Aurelie Morris was next home for the club in 2.00.24. Keith Lynn was next in 2.09.25, followed by Sarah Taylor in 2.55.16.
Two laps of mud and two grueling battles with ‘Heartbreak Hill’ were no match for Rik Holden and Massah Cooper. Marathon man Holden placed 6th overall and 1st in his age category with a time of 3.40.03; Cooper finished 2nd in her age category and 4th lady,  with a time of 4.50.17.

Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 23rd November 2019


The weekly 5K around Ashford’s Victoria Park was teeming with A&D runners. Paul Ridley was 14th overall in 19.47, closely followed by Paul Moses in 20.01. Carl Ireland marked a Parkrun PB of 20.48, followed by Mark Attenborough n 21.03 and Elodie Paviot. Terry Sellen was next home for the club in 23.07, with Stuart Nunn (23.14) hot on his heels and John Fidge (26.20) finishing shortly after. Rachel Jenkins (28.20) finished 1st in her age category, followed by Ann Fidge (29.00). Susan Sutton achieved a PB by over 30s, with a time of 32.01. Lesley Moody (32.03) and Emma Jenkins (32.14) then crossed the finish line in quick succession. Becky Hodgson was next home for the club in 35.31, followed by Julie Foster in 41.42.

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A&D Take To The Trails

Off-road challenges were presented to A&D runners this weekend.

Setting the scene was Keith Lynn competing in the Maverick Inov-8 21K race in Blean Wood on Saturday. Keith finished in 173rd place with a time of 2:21:01.

On Sunday Linda-Jean Delport, in her first race in an A&D vest ran a superb race finishing 6th lady and 3rd in her age category at the Bedgebury half marathon completing the course in 1:46:27. Also running in this hilly and muddy half marathon was Ingvild Drake 2:02:10, 29th lady, closely followed by Claire Green 2:02:43, 31st lady home.

Also on Sunday Kings Wood was the venue for the 10th running of the Ashford Triathlon Club 666 race. A challenging race, always popular with club members. The heavy and persistent recent rain contributed to the extremely muddy conditions. Paul Ridley showing his trail running experience was first home for the club in 9th place overall in 51:45. Next home was Paul Moses in 12th with 53:58. Becky Macey in tremendous cross-country form was 2nd lady in 55:49. This gave A&D first place team prize. Mark Attenborough was 18th with a time of 56:10, followed in by Adrian Moody in 19th in 56:59. Adrian Berseford enjoying his first time at the event was 33rd with 1:01:56. Aurelie Morris also taking part for the first time was 15th lady with 1:08:07.

On Saturday Jon Wells and Scotty Lynch both ran under 20 minutes at Ashford Park Run. Carl Ireland and Darren Fagg both ran personal best times with 20:50 and 21:50 respectively. Also running were Terry Sellen, Paul Moses, Don Dewer, Cris Francis, Rachel Jenkins, Helen Marshall, Emma Jenkins and Becky Hodgson.
Park Run could not function without the contribution of the volunteers and club members Julie Forster, John and Ann Fidge and Simon Jackson were on hand to direct and assist.

Race Report-11th November 2019

Kent Cross Country League, Fixture 3 – Saturday 9th November 2019
On Saturday 9 November, the ladies turned up to battle at Danson Park on a cold and grey day. The Women’s 3 to score team came 9th, which keeps them 9th in the overall table. In the 6 to score the team came 7th, which keeps them 7th in the overall table.
Mike Davies came 1st in the mens vet 70 by over 3 minutes which keeps him flying high in pole position in the overall Vet 70 table.
For the Women’s teams, the top 3 consisted of; Becks Macey, 21st in a time of 20:32. Essen Larsen 57th in 22:54 and Christine Costiff 63rd in 23:05. Finishing off the 6 to score came; Jill Crofton-Martin 85th in 24:02. Rhian Shrimplin 91st in 24:13 and Gill O’Connor 93rd place 24:15.
Following strongly were Claire Williams 101st in 24:34. Massah Cooper 102nd in 24:37. Ailis Goddard 113th in 25:17. Jaclyn Kay came 121st in 25:51. Sandi Mortimer came 123rd in 26:01 and Lucy Johnston 154th in 29:57.
Some stand out performers for the season so far along with Mike Davies in 1st are; Becks Macey who is 6th in the Masters league table and chasing a county vest.
Christine Costiff is 1st overall in the Masters 55 category, with Gill O’Connor now in 3rd after her performance at the weekend.
Once again a great turn out for our ladies team, well done all!
 
Remembrance Day Marathon – Sunday 10th November 2019
Steve Hickman completed the Remembrance Day Marathon in Walton-on-Thames on Sunday, marking his 162nd marathon to date. Running along the banks of the River Thames with muddy conditions underfoot, Hickman finished in 4.31.05.
 
Beyond New Forest Trail Half Marathon – Sunday 10th November 2019
In Hampshire, Adrian Beresford and John Beale ran the New Forest Trail Half Marathon. With plentiful mud and tough hills, the course provided a challenging first trail half marathon for Beresford, whilst Beale likely placed within the top 10 (official results pending).