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.


Ashford Summer Series 5k Friday – 18th August 2017

Ashford Summer Series 5k Friday –  18th August 2017

At the last race in the Ashford Summer Series 5k, Ashford & District runners dominated the event taking 5 of the top 6 places. Dan Green followed up his 1st place finish in last month’s race with another victory completing 5k in 18m:24s closely followed by Robert Barton in a time of 18m:46s. Paul Moses finished 3rd in 19m:01s, just edging out Julius Samson by the tightest of margins in 19m:02s. Mark Attenborough clocked a time of 19m:45s in 6th. Connor Samson crossed the line impressively in 12th place with a time of 20m:29s with Richard Baker in 15th in 20m:36s. Danyel Carter continued her great form this year with a new PB at this distance of 21m:01s in 17th and 2nd Female finisher. Stuart Nunn 20th in 21m:38s and Becky Hodgson 39th in 30m:42s completed a successful night for the club.

Ashford Summer Series 10k Friday –  18th August 2017

In the final Ashford Summer Series 10k on Friday evening, Carl Jones finished 3rd in 39m:17s. Christine Costiff ran an excellent race, finishing as 1st lady and 12th overall in 46m:38s. Ricky Hickman followed in 13th with a time of 47m:25s, Rod Kessack 16th in 49m:26s, Edward Rodger 18th in 50m:32s and Will Whittington 21st in 52m:59. Lucy Johnstone, completing her 1st race for the club finished in 32nd in 58m:52s.

Ashford Parkrun –  Saturday 19th August 2017

Ashford & District runners again featured heavily in the top 10 at Parkrun Ashford. Robert Latala powered home to win emphatically in 16m:35s. Dan Green, fresh from his victory the previous night recovered well and finished 3rd in 18m:49s. Trevor Kay and Robert Barton were not far behind in 5th & 6th, 19m:01s and 19m:05s respectively. Paul Moses finished in 9th in 19m:28s and Scott Lynch completed the top 10 in 19m:30s. Mark Attenborough ran 20m:58s, Mark Carlton with a time of 23m:14s was closely followed by Rod Kessack and Edward Rodger in 23m:22s and 23m:37s. Jaclyn Kay was the 1st lady home for the club in 25m:31s whilst Claire and Chloe Green crossed the line together in 27m:59s. Will Whittington finished in 28m:09s, Lucy Johnstone in 32m:35s, Julie Foster in 36m:00 and Becky Hodgson in 36m:08s

Twilight Chase, Winchelsea and Rye Nature Reserve –  Saturday 19th August 2017

Hazel Turner completed her 1st marathon distance in an impressive time of 4hr:20m at the Twilight Chase in East Sussex. A small field, limited to 80 runners set out to complete as many 4.4 mile laps of the coastal course as they wish in 6 hours. Running late into the evening Hazel finished in 16th place overall

Thames Meander Marathon 12th August 2017

Thames Meander Marathon 12th August 2017

Upon his return from injury, having broken his shoulder just four weeks ago, Rik Holden ran on the scenic riverside trail along the Thames Path. He completed the course in 3hrs: 56m: 02s finishing 6th in his age category and 36th overall.

Ashford & District RRC Parkrun Takeover 12th August 2017

This week Ashford & District RRC hosted a Parkrun takeover, providing marshals, pacers and finish line goodies.
First home for the club was Dean Bracken in 12th place finishing in 19m: 32s. Next was Robert Barton in 21m: 35s, closely followed by Tom Green in 21m: 36s. Terry Sellen completed the course in 21m: 57s, Mark Attenborough 22m: 02s, Stuart Nunn 22m: 56s, Dan Green 23m: 43s and William Whittington 24m: 05s. Claire Green was once again first lady home for the club in 24m: 36s followed by Chloe Green in 27m: 02s. Danyel Carter finished in 27m: 26s, Sue Reader in 29m: 58s, Jeremy Chambers in 33m: 26s and Rod Kessack was tail runner in 48m: 40s.

Elsewhere in the country, Christine Costiff was the 1st lady finisher at the Rutland Water parkrun, breaking the Vet55 course record , finishing in 22m 16s. Jon Wells ran in the Nestell Priory parkrun, coming 8th in a time of 20m: 09s.

Open Night

Ashford & District RRC are holding an open evening on Thursday 17th August and invite anyone considering joining the club to come along to Sandyacres Sports and Social Club, Sandyhurst Lane, Ashford, at 6.45pm to try us out.

BATTLE OF PASSCHENDAELE CENTENARY CHALLENGE MONDAY 31st JULY 2017

BATTLE OF PASSCHENDAELE CENTENARY CHALLENGE MONDAY 31st JULY 2017

In this event to commemorate 100 years since the start of one of the biggest battles of the First World War, three of the clubs members took on the challenge of running as many miles as possible in six hours.

Mark Attenborough showed true determination on his move into ultra running, winning the event, running 35 miles in 5hrs: 51m: 27s. Seasoned marathon runner Helen Weeden completed 26.4 miles in 5hrs: 46m: 36s and Becky Hodgson ran her furthest distance to date completing 22 miles in 5hrs: 20mins: 12s.

A VERY BRITISH CHALLENGE TUESDAY 1ST AUGUST 2017

In a similar challenge also held at the undulating Kings Wood course in Challock, Jon Wells completed his first run at marathon distance or above, running a total of 31.1 miles in 5hrs: 54m: 28s finishing in 6th place overall.

BEDGEBURY PINETUM SUMMER SERIES 5k WEDNESDAY 2ND AUGUST 2017

Following on from Tuesday’s success Jon Wells produced another great performance finishing in 6th place and 1st Vet 40 with a time of 20m: 50s on a tough course.

PERTH HALF MARATHON 6th AUGUST 2017

Whilst on holiday in Australia Scott Lynch completed the Perth Half Marathon as part of his autumn marathon training. Lynch finished the race which is a state championship event in 56th place in a time of 1hr: 29m: 4s.

MOUNT EPHRAIM 10k 6th AUGUST 2017

Jon Wells finished off an impressive week of running on the scenic and hilly course around the lanes surrounding Mount Ephraim gardens, finishing in 11th place in a time of 41m: 21s. Ricky Hickman was next home for the club in 49m: 37s followed by Steve Hickman who finished in 56m: 35s.

ASHFORD PARKRUN 5th AUGUST 2017

There was a large turnout at the Ashford Parkrun this week with Jon Pearce first home for the club finishing in 2nd place and setting a new personal best of 17m: 22s. Daniel Green was next home in a time of 18m: 14s coming second in his age category and running a seasons best. Robert Barton put in a strong performance finishing in 19m: 5s. Mark Attenborough ran 20m: 40s with Robert Carpenter close behind in 20m: 43s. Terry Sellen finished in 22m: 9s, Stuart Nunn in 22m: 34s, Ricky Hickman in 22m: 52s, Rod Kessack in 22m: 54s and Edward Rodger in 23m: 18s. Simon Jackson produced a new personal best of 24m: 5s. Claire Green was the first lady home for the club in 24m: 36s, followed by Jaclyn Kay in 24m: 51s. Jeremy Chambers finished in 37m: 35s, John Fidge in 44m: 21s, Ann Fidge in 44m: 50s and Julie Foster was this weeks tail runner coming home in 49m: 19s.

The club also had some tourists at other Parkruns across the country. Mark Carlton ran in the Lanhydrock Parkrun, he finished in a time of 26m: 14s and came first in his age category. At the Warrington Parkrun Hazel Turner was the 5th lady finisher in a time of 22m: 36s. Jon Wells came in 3rd at the Hoblingwell Parkrun in a time of 20m: 19s. Closer to home, Ryan Edwards completed the Folkestone Parkrun in 19m: 44s.

GREAT RUN LOCAL 6th AUGUST 2017

Junior runners Tom and Chloe Green both put in strong performances at the popular 5k event. Tom achieved a new personal best of 21m: 24s and Chloe was the first female finisher in 27m: 52s.

By Danyel Carter

ASHFORD PARKRUN SATURDAY 29th JULY 2017

ASHFORD PARKRUN SATURDAY 29th JULY 2017

At the latest Ashford Parkrun Robert Latala finished in first place in an impressive time of 16m:59s. Dan Green was 2nd home for the club and 1st in his age category finishing in 18m:41s. Andrew Taylor was 30th in 21m:20s and Mark Attenborough was close behind finishing in 21m:30s. Terry Sellen came home in 22m:11s, Rod Kessack In 23m:05s and Jeremy Chambers in 37m:44s

By Danyel Carter

Deal Dinosaur 10k Sunday 23rd July 2017

Deal Dinosaur 10k Sunday 23rd July 2017

Daniel Green was first home for the club in the Deal Dinosaur 10k on Sunday, finishing in 9th place and 3rd MV40 in a time of 38m:39s, followed in by Robert Barton in 25th place in  41m:49s, Adrian Moody 49th in 45m:30s and Claire Green in 51m:37s.

Ashford Summer Series 5k Friday 21st July 2017

At the latest Ashford Summer series 5k race, the club took the top 3 places, with Dan Green finishing 1st in a time of 18m:36s, ahead of Robert Barton making his debut for the club in 2nd place in 19m:04s and Ryan Edwards in 3rd place in 19m:10s.  Mark Carlton ran a personal best as he finished in 10th in 22m:13s and Becky Hodgson 23rd in 31m:28s.

Mid Kent 5 Miler  Sunday 23rd July 2017

On a flat fast course around the course in Staplehurst, the club had some excellent performances, with Robin Butler first home for the club in a superb time of 30m:45s, placing him 17th overall and 2nd MV45. Kevan James was 37th overall and 5th MV55 in 33m:45s, Stu Nunn ran a personal best with his 49th place finish in 35m:56s and Ingvild Drake was 84th in 40m:00s.

By Keith Haynes

Cranbrook 10k Sunday 16th July 2017

Chris Valdus produced an excellent performance to win the Cranbrook 10k on Sunday in humid conditions.  Valdus (V40), held off the challenge of Simon Dahdi of Petts Wood runners to finish the challenging off road hilly race in a time of 38m:49s, with Hazel Turner finishing 33rd and 3rd lady in a time of 48m:13s and Becky Hodgson finishing in 1hr:10m:55s.

Harry Hawkes 10  Sunday 16th July 2017

Elodie Paviot took part in the Harry Hawkes 10 mile race on Sunday, a flat fast course around Kingston upon Thames, and the village of Thames Ditton.  Paviot completed the course in a new personal best of 1hr:25m:40s, finishing 307th overall, and 75th lady in a field of 640 finishers.

Ranscombe Ramble Challenge 9th July 2017  

Helen Weeden completed her 40th marathon at the Ranscombe Ramble challenge, completing the hilly course in a time of 6hrs:24m:23s.

East Kent Inter Club Relays 4th July 2017

East Kent Inter Club Relays 4th July 2017

Ashford & District road running club had a very successful set of results  in the 2017 East Kent Inter club relays final league tables, after the final relay at Canterbury last Tuesday.  The Men’s Senior A team had a close battle with Folkestone running club at the final relay to see who would win the league, with Folkestone overtaking Ashford RRC on the last leg to finish 2nd on the night, despite Ashford’s RRC’s Robert Latala running the fastest leg of the evening in a time of 11m:35s over the 2.3 mile course.  This meant that Folkestone won the overall league, with Ashford RRC finishing runner’s up.   In the Senior Women’s A league, the club also finished runner’s up overall in the league behind Folkestone.

Other highlights in the final league standings were, a win for the junior team in their category, the Senior ladies B team winning their league, and the  Men’s Vet40 B team and Vet50 B team winning their respective leagues.

Romney Marsh 10k Sunday 9th July 2017

In very hot conditions at the Romney Marsh 10k on Sunday, Trevor Kay, produced an impressive 4th place finish in 37m:25s, with Kevan James (MV50) next home in 15th place in 41m:51s, Adrian Moody (MV50) was 24th in 44m:19s, Claire Green 70th in 52m:46s and Jaclyn Kay 86th in a time of 55m:39s

Herne Bay 10k Sunday 9th July 2017

Along the coast at the Herne Bay 10k, Stu Nunn also had the hot conditions to contend with as he finished 101st and 39th MV40 out of a field of over 400 runners.

Attached are pictures of the club’s runner’s up and winners of their respective categories.  These are; Junior league winners, Men’s Senior A league runners up, Men’s Vet40 B league winners, Men’s Vet50 B league winners, Women’s Senior A league runners up, and Women’s Senior B league winners.

Midnight Marathon Sunday 25th June 2017

Midnight Marathon Sunday 25th June 2017

Daniel Green placed an excellent 17th in the Midnight marathon last Sunday in South Wales.  Green took part in the very difficult off road marathon over the Brecon Beacons with a 4800ft ascent across the course, the runners starting at the unusual start time of 5.30 in the evening,  having to complete the course by midnight, he finished the course in 4hrs:45m:33s.

Bewl 15  Sunday 2nd July 2017

In hot conditions, Johnny Wells was first home for the club at the Bewl 15 race, which is a challenging multi terrain race of 15 miles around the  Bewl water reservoir.  Wells came home in an impressive 79th out of over 800 runners in a time of 1hr:49m:13s, with Robin Butler finishing in 105th place in 1hr:52m:51s, Christine Costfiff 357th in 2hrs:16m:36s, Gill O’Connor 367th in 2hrs:16m:56s, Stephen Hickman 590th in 2hrs:37m:04s and Helen Weeden 698th in 2hrs:49m:24s.

Cliff Woods 5 miler  Sunday 2nd July 2017

Scott Lynch showed once again his strength across all the distances with a 8th place finish in the Cliff Woods 5 miler on Sunday.  Lynch(MV40) completed the course in a excellent time of 31m:37s,with Adrian Moody(MV50) finishing 20th in a time of 35m:12s.

Great Newham 10k Sunday 2nd July 2017

Julie Foster completed the Great Newham 10k in a time of 1hr:12m:53s.

East Kent Inter club relays Dymchurch Tuesday 27th June 2017

At the latest East Kent Inter club relays last Tuesday, the club once again had an large number of teams across the men’s, ladies and junior category’s.  The Senior men’s A team were just beaten to 1st place by only 2 seconds by South Kent Harriers,finishing the 4 legs in a combined time of 48m:49s.  Cj Lattimer ran the 1st leg in 12m:23s, Robert Latala, the quickest leg of the night in 11m:33s, Trevor Kay in 12m:40s and Jon Pearce the last leg in 12m.13s.   There were 1st place finishes for the MaleVet40 A team, Male Vet40 B team, Senior ladies B team, and the junior team in their respective category’s. The Senior ladies team finished 2nd behind Folkestone, meaning they are now level on points in their league going into the final relay at Canterbury.

By Keith Haynes

Photo credit Mark Cleworth

North Downs 30k race Sunday 25th June 2017

North Downs 30k race Sunday 25th June 2017

On a testing and very hilly  multi terrain course around the North Downs way, Anthony Brown and Mark Attenborough had a close run battle to be the first runner home for the club in the North Downs 30k race, with  Anthony Brown just coming out on top by only 46 seconds, in a new personal best time of 2hrs:40m:04s.  Male Vet40 runner, Mark Attenborough came in just behind Brown,  knocking  15 minutes from his personal best, finishing in a time of 2hrs:40m:50s, with Rhian Shrimplin also running a personal best in 3hrs:20m:59s.

Kent 50 mile Challenge  Saturday 24th June 2017

Stephen  Hickman  used all of his mental toughness to complete the Kent 50 mile challenge at Reculver on Saturday.  Run on a off road lapped course of just over 7 miles, Hickman completed the race in an excellent time of 11hrs:02m:16s.

Round Sheffield Run Sunday 25th June 2017

At the Round Sheffield Run on Sunday, Jonny Wells completed the 11 timed sections around the 14.5 mile hilly trail and parks around Sheffield, completing the course in a time of 2hrs:37m:00s.

Sandwich 10k Sunday 25th June 2017

Adrian Moody finished as the 3rd MV50 runner in the Sandwich 10k race on Sunday in a time of 43m:57s.

Eddie Rodger put in a brave and battling effort in his attempt to complete the 95 mile West Highland Way ultra marathon on Saturday.  Starting at 1am in the morning, Rodger took part in the one of the toughest ultra’s in the UK, having not only having to overcome the very testing terrain, but torrential rain and biting overnight wind.  Unfortunately after having 2 nasty falls out on the course, Rodger had to take the difficult decision to withdraw at the 60 mile mark.

By Keith Haynes