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?

Upcoming Hardelot 10k

Just to let everyone know that the club have a coach booked to travel to France for the Hardelot 10k on Saturday 6th September. The coach will be leaving Eureka Park at 09:00 and will likely return sometime around midnight. Currently there are only a handful of places left so please let a committee member know if you’re interested. The cost of the trip is £40 to cover coach hire, drivers and the crossing plus a 10 EUR entry fee. It’d be great if we could fill the coach as it’s a trip that galvanises club spirit and is always enjoyed by everyone!

Results Catch-Up

It’s holiday season so apologies for the lack of results/news! Back in early August, Gary Sage took part in the 100k Dodentocht ‘March of the Dead’ with his Reservists Unit. Starting at 21.00 hrs with 24 hours to complete, either walking or jogging in army boots, uniform and backpack with A&D vest attached, Gary completed the event in a 14:25:00. What made it the more impressive is that torrential rain forced over 4500 participants to pull out (40%) and for Gary to admit that it was one of the toughest events he’s done, surely not one for the faint-hearted!

Find A Voice 5k was run on Sunday 10th August with 3 club members taking part. Dean Bracken was first home in a time of 18:50 followed by Amy Major in 32:57 (her first race) and Marion Oakley in 35:55!

Almost a week later on Friday 15th August, Chris Boyce and Anna Lisa Stiffel ran the Victoria Park Summer Series 5k; Chris finishing 4th male in a PB of 18:30 and Anna Lisa first lady also in a PB of 23:43. Great running!

To round things up, Steve Hickman took on the Isle of Wight half marathon last Sunday, a gruelling hilly course. Steve finished in a creditable time of 1:55:02!

Grim Reaper

Three brave A&D club runners took part in this year’s 40 mile Grim Reaper event at Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire last weekend. Steve Hickman was first home for the club finishing 28th out of 96 in 8:36:02. It was Steve’s 99th marathon and we all wish him well for his 100th in the Isle of Wight marathon on 12th October. Amanda Bashford came 3rd in her category in a time of 9:14:13 followed by Helen Weeden in 10:02:38 (40 minutes faster than last year’s time). For both of these ladies, it was their third ultra marathon in 4 weeks! Plenty of rest required!

Also Chris Boyce finished 7th in the third of the Samphire Hoe 5k series in a time of 18:50 putting him in 3rd place overall for the series so far. The fourth and final event of the series comes at the end of August so good luck Chris!

Race to the Stones 100k

Since the inaugural event in 2013, the Carphone Warehouse Race to the Stones has doubled in size with over 1,600 participants making their way 100km along the Ridgeway to the oldest stone circle in Europe at Avebury. Passing neolithic artefacts and hidden historical gems the route starting in Oxfordshire meanders along the Ridgeway through Berkshire and into Wiltshire. Of the 1,600 runners and walkers taking part, some will cover the full distance in one go, some split it up staying at the 50km basecamp and some just take on a 50km section of the route.

Four brave club members took on this challenge; Neil Buckley finishing 229th in 15:11:16, Amanda Bashford coming 337th in 17:29:02 and Helen Weeden a footstep behind in 17:29:03. Sadly Steve Hickman only managed to complete around 30 miles after suffering from heat exhaustion and illness. All should be commended for their efforts on what is undoubtedly a monster challenge taken on in the height of summer!

Club Race Results from the weekend

A busy weekend for club members attending various races over the weekend.

Daniel Green finished in 8th place overall and 2nd in his category of Male Vet at the Rye Classic Series 10K on Friday 11 July. A time of 37m:06s

Robert Carpenter gained in 2nd place in a time of 18m:48s! and Keith Haynes in 8th place in a time of 21m:03s Park Run Ashford (Victoria Park) Saturday 12 July – well done

On Saturday 12 July the Ranscombe Challenge 30.55 miles trail and woodland race follows trails and footpaths on the Ranscombe Farm Reserve in Cuxton, Rochester. Amanda Bashford and Helen Weeden both finished together in joint 15th position in a time of 6h:57m:14s, they finished well before the 8 hour limit – well done girls!

British 10K London Run Sunday 13 July
This iconic route starts on Piccadilly outside The Guards & Calvary Club,  passing the new WW2 Bomber Command Memorial which was unveiled by HM Queen Elizabeth 11 in June 2012. Runners pass by The Ritz, St. James’s Palace, Trafalgar Square, the magnificent St. Paul’s Cathedral, the unique London Eye, the worlds most famous clock Big Ben, the British Houses of Parliament, the historic Westminster Abbey before finishing on Whitehall  at the junction of Royal Horse Guards and Banqueting House after passing Downing Street  and The Cenotaph, the national memorial to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. This race was completed by Lucy Cresser with a personal best time of 54m:14s.

On Sunday 13 July Phil Basher completed the Herne Bay 10K course in a time of 48m:43s in 65th place

Also on Sunday 13th July, there was the 50 Mile Challenge race which starts at Chislet near Canterbury at 6:00am and actually covers 52.4 miles. This was completed by Gary Sage, who completed the course in difficult underfoot conditions made even worse following three downpours of rain!  Gary finished in 4th position  achieving a personal best time of 9h:01m!

Well done everyone!

East Kent Relay Results – Round 4

Here are the East Kent Relay results after Round 4 at Samphire Hoe, Dover. Another great round of results from all club members! The senior ladies are currently second overall, just a point behind leaders Folkestone, whilst the V40 men are leading their category with a 4-point cushion. All to play for with the last leg to come at Canterbury on the 15th July!

Weekend Results

The weekend just gone proved another busy one for our club runners with a number of them taking part in events across the country! Scott Lynch ran the Brands Hatch 10k on Friday evening finishing 10th in a time of 40:27. On Saturday Eddie Roger took on the Wall Run, 69 miles from Carlisle to Newcastle, and finished in 17:50:00. On a very hot Sunday, Neil Buckley and Steve Hickman completed the gruelling North Downs 30k; Neil beating his previous best by 6 minutes finishing in a time of 2:56:20 and Steve coming home in 3:38:20! We should also mention that the Ashford Park run is going from strength to strength with 6 club members taking part last weekend; Daniel Green was 1st in a time of 17:40, CJ Latimer 3rd in 18:43, Rob Carpenter 4th in 19:03, Helen Weeden 7th in her category in 25:56, Julie Foster 10th in her category in 26:47 and Michael Teale 55th in 26:50!

Staplehurst 10k

We had two club members run Staplehurst 10k last Sunday (15th June). Both ran impressive times; Chris Valdus ran 35:40 to finish 3rd whilst Scott Lynch came 22nd with a season best performance of 38:59. Great running lads!

Medway 10k

Chris Valdus was the lone club representative running in the Medway 10k at Gillingham last Sunday. Not only was the course long and also unforgiving in places but Chris finished 2nd and only 10 seconds behind the winner in a time of 37:56!

We should soon have the results from the latest leg of the East Kent Relays run at Victoria Park, Ashford last Tuesday. Just like to say that the turnout was very good indeed, both runners and marshalls, as were the performances. A big thank you to everyone!

Lastly the Ashford Park run, also at Victoria Park, has proved very popular of late with club members. This is run on Saturday mornings at 9.00am, is free to enter, and open to everyone. Last weekend Rob Carpenter (19:18), Dean Bracken (20:07), Keith Haynes (21:12), Lisa Bracken (25:33) and Julie Foster (27:13) all ran with Dean posting a PB!