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.

London Marathon Sunday 23rd April 2017

London Marathon Sunday 23rd April 2017

Robert Latala smashed the Ashford & District Running Club’s Senior Male Marathon record on Sunday, with a superb time at the London Marathon. On the world famous London course, Latala finished 88th in 2hrs:32m:12s, in a high class field of over 38,000 runners, to knock over 6 minutes from the record of 2hrs:38m:41 set in 2012 by Carl Jones. Kevan James was next home for the club in an impressive time of 3hrs:09m:44s, followed in by Dan Green in 3hrs:14m:28s, Scott Lynch in a well paced time of 3hrs:16m:48s, Richard Baker was next in for the club in a time of 3hrs:21m:46s, and Neil Cloke close behind finished in 3hrs:22m:43s.

Danyel Carter, after breaking her personal best at the Brighton marathon two weeks ago, this time took over 6 minutes off, to lower it to 3hrs:38m:45s, and following her in was, Paul Brasington coming home in 3hrs:42m:23s, Dave Hunt who finished in 3hrs:49m:35s and Neil Buckley finished his second marathon in as many weeks in a time of 4hrs:19m:33s.

Fox Ultra Saturday 22rd April 2017

Steve Hickman completed the tough Fox ultra marathon race on Saturday. Covering a distance of 60 kilometers on a tough off road course around Guildford. Hickman finished in a time of 8hrs:00m:09s.

Rother Riverside 10k Sunday 23rd April 2017

Johnny Wells finished in 3rd place in the Rother Riverside 10k on Sunday. He completed the off road course in a time of 41m:07s.

Folkestone 10 Mile Race Friday 14th April 2017

Good Friday saw a large turnout of runners from the club at the 34th Folkestone 10 mile race, with Dan Green finishing among  the top 10 finishers in the race.  Run on a fast, flat out and back course from Hythe to Folkestone,  Green finished in 9th place and 3rd MV40 in an excellent time of 1hr:03m:29s, with Paul Moses in 15th place and 2nd MV50 in 1hr:04m:49s.  The fast improving Shane Dragwidge cut 9 minutes off his personal best as he finished in 28th place in 1hr:07m:05s, Scott Lynch was 33rd in 1hr:07m:25s, Jonny Wells 39th in 1hr:08m:15s, Pat Butler finished as the 2nd MV60 in 1hr:09m:41s, Mark Attenborough was 49th in 1hr:10m:16s, Robert Carpenter 52nd in 1hr:10m:24s and Keith Haynes was 69th in 1hr:12m:36s.   Gill O’Connor finished as the 1st WV50 in 1hr:15m:25s, Rhian Shrimplin came home in 1hr:28m:17s, Becky Hodgson in 1hr:48m:05s (pb), and Eddie Rodger in 1hr:51m:11s.

Ashford Parkrun Saturday 15th April 2017

At the latest Ashford parkrun, Robert Latala warmed up for Sunday’s London Marathon with a new personal best, with his 1st place finish in 15m:58s. Jon Pearce finished 4th with a person

al best of 17m:24s, Ryan Edwards was 9th in 18m:50s(pb), Paul Moses 12th in 19m:22s, Richard Baker 23rd in 20m:27s, Stu Nunn ran a new personal best in 21m:29s and Scott Lynch finished in 21m:30s.  Christine Costiff was the 1st WV55 in 22m:05s, Robert Carpenter finished in 22m:29s, Terry Sellen in 22m:47s, Neil Hope in 25m:18s(pb), John Fidge in 25m:43s, Claire Green in 27m:15s and Julie Foster in 31m:10s.



Brighton and Paris Marathons Sunday 9th April 2017

Brighton Marathon  Sunday 9th April 2017 

Ashford & District road running club had a large number of runners taking part in the popular Brighton Marathon on Sunday, with some impressive performances and several making their debuts at the marathon distance.  Starting at Preston park, the fast course took the runners past such Brighton landmarks as the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Dome, the i360 and Brighton pier, with the finish on Maderia Drive.   In very hot conditions, not ideal for fast times, first home for the club was, Julius Samson who came home in a time of 3hrs:23m:07s, followed in by Ian Harrington who ran a new personal best in 3hrs:40m:22s. Danyel Carter ran a sub 4 hour personal best to qualify for a good for age place at the 2018 London marathon with her 3hrs:44m:58s finish, with Paul Brasington coming home in the first of his two marathons in two week’s in a time of 3hrs:54m:14s,  and Glenn Holiday finishing in 3hrs:58m:18s.   

Mark Carlton trimmed an impressive 1 hour from his personal best, finishing in 4hrs:16m:54s, Claire Green finished in 4hrs:18m:38s, Frances Hunt finished in 4hrs:25m:40s. Stu Nunn trimmed 32 minutes from his personal best coming home in 4hrs:28m:13s, Terry Sellen finished on debut in 4hrs:31m:44s, Neil Buckley in 4hrs:34m:32s, Steve Hickman in 4hrs:39m:44s, Rod Kessack in 4hrs:57m:08s, Sue Reader in her debut marathon finished in 5hrs:00m:54s, Andrew Smith finished in 5hrs:25m:37s, Steve Wellsted in 5hrs:48m:28s and Paul Bailey in 5hrs:54m:24s.

Paris Marathon Sunday 9th April 2017

Sunday also saw three of the clubs runners travel to France to take part in the Paris marathon, which was, like the Brighton marathon, run in very hot  conditions, making the race a very tough challenge for the runners.   First home for the club was Anthony Brown, who despite running with a thigh injury ran an impressive time of 3hrs:43m:56s, with Rik Holden finishing in 4hrs:17m:13s, and also saw Helen Weeden complete the race in  5hrs:09m:16s.

Titanic 10k Sunday 9th April 2017

Jon Wells took part in the Titanic 10k in Belfast on Sunday.  On a flat fast course and in windy conditions, Wells finished in a time of 39m:59s.  

Ashford Parkrun Saturday 8th April 2017
At the latest Ashford parkrun, Dan Green was first home for the club, with a 3rd place finish in a time of 18m:15s, followed by Mark Attenborough who ran a personal best, coming home in 6th place in 19m:39s, with Ryan Edwards close behind in 7th in 19m:41s,. Robert Carpenter was 10th in 20m:30s, and Paul Moses 8th in 19m:42s Richard Baker 11th in 20m:34s, Pat Butler 12th in 20m:37s, Hazel Turner was 2nd female home in the race with a new personal best in 21m:45s, William Whittington was 47th in 24m:31s, John Fidge was 1st MV65 in 25m:58s and Julie Foster finished in 31m:23s.

Paddock Wood Half Marathon Sunday 2nd April 2017

In the popular Paddock Wood Half Marathon, which is run on a fast flat course around the quiet roads around Paddock Wood, the club had some notable performances.  Kevan James was first home for the club as he prepares to represent the club at the London Marathon in three weeks.  Finishing in 209th place and 29th MV50, in a field of over 2750 runners, James finished in a time of 1hr:27m:54s.  He was followed in by Keith Haynes who ran a new personal best, despite only having run the tough Hastings Half marathon two weeks ago, finishing 417th in a time of 1hr:35m:43s.  Rhian Shrimplin finished 843rd in a time of 1hr:48m:52s, and Will Whittington ran a new personal best, finishing 928th in 1hr:51m:09s.

In other races, at the Hole Park Trail 10k, Gill O’Connor won the tough hilly off road trail race at Hole Park nr Rolvenden in a time of 54m:07s, and In the 5k race, held at the same time as the 10k, Christine Costiff won the race in a time of 25m:40s.

At the latest Ashford Parkrun, Dan Green was first home for the club, finishing 2nd and 1st MV45 in a time of 18.36s, followed in by Ryan Edwards in 3rd place in 18m:41s, Paul Moses 4th and 1st MV50 in 18:45, Trevor Kay 5th also in 18m:45s, Mark Attenborough 10th in 19m:48s, Shane Dragwidge 12th in 20m:07s, Anthony Brown 14th in 20m:16s and Pat Butler was 19th and 1st MV60 in 21m:07s.  Terry Sellen was 27th in 21m:53s, Rod Kessack 37th in 22m:53s, Richard Baker 40th in 23m:04s, Stu Nunn 45th in 23m:19s, Ann Fidge ran a personal best in 28m:17s, Sue Reader finished in 28m:33s, Claire Green in 28m:35s and Becky Hodgson ran a personal best in 29m:54s.


Montpellier Marathon

Neil Cloke produced an impressive performance at the Montpellier Marathon in Southern France last Sunday. Neil, who will take part in the London marathon next month, finished the course in 59th place, in a time of 3:21:12.

At the latest Ashford parkrun, Trevor Kay was first of the club’s runners home in 3rd place in 18:23, just holding off Daniel Green in 4th place in 18:24, with Mark Attenborough next in for the club in 9th place in 19:48, followed by Shane Dragwidge in 15th in 20:27. Richard Baker finished 18th in 20:45, Stu Nunn 23rd in 22:02, Rod Kessack was 29th in 23:11, Claire Green was 3rd lady in 24:01, Andrew Smith finished in 28:49, Ann Fidge 2nd VW60 in 28:58 and Julie Foster came home in 30:49.

Two of the club’s members took part in the Whitstable parkrun on Saturday. In windy conditions, Dean Bracken finished in 6th place in a time of 19:12, followed home by Paul Moses, who came in a time of 19:36, for 7th place and 1st MV50.

Hastings Half Marathon 2017

Ashford and District road running club members produced some impressive performances in races across the South East, despite the tough weather conditions. In the 33rd running of the Hastings Half marathon with a large field of over 3000 runners, Julius Sampson continued his strong running in 2017 by finishing in 87th place on the very testing hilly course that produced a tough finish with the strong headwind that the runners had to battle for the final few miles along the seafront to the finish. Julius, using the race as a warm up for the Brighton marathon next month, finished in an excellent time of 1:29:22, just ahead of Scott Lynch who came 92nd in a time of 1:29:47. Keith Haynes finished 263rd in a time of 1:38:16, and Mark Cleworth dipped under the 2 hour mark, finishing in 1:58:15.

Running into a tough headwind at the Canterbury riverside 10k on Sunday, Daniel Green was first home for the club with an excellent 8th place finish in a time of 39:14, with Hazel Turner running a personal best as she came home as the 5th lady and 2nd in her age category in a time of 46:23. Rhian Shrimplin was the 9th lady in 47:55, Jonathan Wiles finished in 49:36, Julie Foster in 1:02:04 and Anne Healy in 1:05:11.

Danyel Carter finished as the 2nd lady at the Draycote 10 miler on Sunday in a time of 1:18:20.

At the latest Ashford parkrun, Paul Moses finished in 2nd place in a time of 19:00, Shane Dragwidge was 10th in 20:21, Trevor Kay was 14th in 20:39, Mark Attenborough 16th in 20:51, Robert Carpenter 19th in 21:27. Stu Nunn ran a personal best with his 21st place in 21:35, with Terry Sellen 25th in 21:49. Rod Kessack was 36th in 22:59, Claire Green was the 1st lady in 24:22, Richard Baker finished in 25:11, Will Whittington in 25:35 and Ann Fidge in 28:47.

Lydd 2017

Ashford & District running club members had some impressive performances in the two races held on the fast and flat courses at Lydd on Sunday. In the Brett Lydd half marathon, Robin Butler was first home for the club with an excellent 17th place finish and the VM45 age category winner in a time of 1:24:56, followed home by Paul Moses in 21st place in a new personal best of 1:26:40. Also running personal bests were Jonny Wells, who finished 23rd in 1:27:04 and Mark Attenborough who placed 34th in 1:29:27, with Kevan James winning the MV55 age category with his 36th place finish in 1:30:12. Paul Brasington finished 63rd in 1:41:26, Gill O’Connor won the FV55 category in 1:42:18, Hazel Turner finished 69th with a new personal best of 1:41:38 and Mark Carlton also ran a personal best, finishing 87th in 1:45:03.

Held at the same time as the half marathon, the Lydd 20 mile race is used as a warm up for the forthcoming spring marathons next month. Richard Baker was the first of the club’s runners home, as he finished 116th in 2:38:09, with Danyel Carter 177th in 2:45:36 (PB), Rod Kessack in his first race for the club coming home in a personal best time of 3:11:15, Edward Rodger finishing in 3:17:19, Helen Weeden in 3:26:00,Sue Reader in 3:27:43, Paul Bailey in 3:31:05 and Andrew Smith in 3:48:36.

In other events Trevor Kay produced an excellent performance overseas at the Barcelona marathon on Sunday, finishing in a time of 3:03:09.

Dave Hunt and Stu Nunn ran on the iconic Silverstone Race track in the Silverstone Half marathon on Sunday, as they  prepared for their marathons next month at London and Brighton respectively. Dave Hunt ran a  personal best with his 1:41:26 and Stu Nunn came home in 1:47:20.

Rhian Shrimplin ran a new personal best at the Bath Half marathon as she finished in 1:45:21, with Anthony Brown finishing in 1:35:04.

Orla Quearney completed the North London marathon in a time of 1:57:04.

Steve Hickman completed another tough off road marathon at the Larmer Tree marathon, finishing in a time of 5:42:20.

A big well done to all our club runners with great prospects ahead for the forthcoming spring marathons!

Thanet 20 Mile

With the Spring marathon season fast approaching, Sunday saw two of the club’s runners take part in the Thanet 20, which is used as a warm up race for the Brighton and London marathons. In conditions that included driving rain and very strong winds on the 2 lap course around Cliffsend, Ramsgate and Broadstairs, Robert Carpenter battled the elements to record an excellent time of 2:34:12, which placed him in 33rd place and 13th MV40. Stu Nunn dipped under 3 hours to record a personal best of 2:55:44 and 101st place.

Jon Wells recorded an impressive time of 1:27:47 in the Cambridge Half Marathon. This was good enough to place him 329th out of over 9000 finishers in the race.

Mark Cleworth (pictured left) ran a strong race in the Eastbourne Half marathon on Sunday. In testing weather conditions, Mark came home in a time of 2:00:13.

Steve Hickman ran the  testing off road Steyning Stinger marathon. He completed his 133rd marathon in a time of 5:33:36.

Rik Holden completed the tough off road Heartbreaker marathon in the New Forest in a time of 4:21:00.

At the latest Ashford Parkrun, Trevor Kay was first home for the club with a 3rd place finish in 17:58, with Dan Green 6th in 18:50, Paul Moses 7th and 1st MV50 in 19:27, Shane Dragwidge finished 11th in 19:58, Scott Lynch was 15th in 20:20, Pat Butler was 18th and 1st MV60 in 20:29 and Keith Haynes was 20th in 20:32. Mark Attenborough came home in 24th place in 20:46, Terry Sellen was 36th in 22:07, Rod Kessack 42nd in 22:48, Claire Green was 7th lady in 24:15, Will Whittington 74th in 24:35, John Fidge was 1st MV65 in 25:37, Jon Wells finished in 28:20, Ann Fidge in 29:22 and Julie Foster in 30:47.

Headcorn Half Marathon 2017

The club had a successful time at the Headcorn Half marathon on Sunday, with several runners producing personal bests, and the club winning the team prize with the lowest combined finish times of four runners. First home for the club on the fast Headcorn half marathon course was Jon Pearce, who finished in 5th place in an excellent time of 1:22:37, followed in by Richard Baker(13th MV40) who ran a personal best of 1:29:37 in 37th place, with Dean Bracken in 59th place in 1:34:02 and Paul Brasington also running a personal best in 80th place with his 1:37:16. Danyel Carter continued her rapid improvement as she knocked an impressive 13 minutes from her personal best with her time of 1:37:42, giving her 9th placed lady in the race, and Stu Nunn (40th MV40), after his personal best at the Deal Half marathon, knocked another 3 minutes off with his 1:44:44 finish.

At the latest Ashford parkrun, Paul Moses was first home for the club as he finished in 6th place and 1st MV50 in a time of 19:15, with Dan Green close behind in 7th in 19:27 and Shane Dragwidge in 8th in 19:32. Mark Attenborough ran a personal best with his 10th place finish in 19:44, Keith Haynes finished 18th in 20:53, Pat Butler was 20th and 1st MV60 in 21:24, Terry Sellen 25th in 22:02, Stu Nunn 27th and a personal best in 22:24 and Rod Kessack 33rd in 23:01. Rhian Shrimplin was the 4th lady home in 23:16, Neil Hope came home in 26:16, Steve Wellsted in 27:39, Simon Jackson in 29:05, Julie Foster in 30:53 and Claire Green in 32:37.