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.


West Wight XC -Sunday 13th January 2019

West Wight XC -Sunday 13th January 2019

Steve Hickman completed the 5-mile cross-country race at the Isle of Wight’s Freshwater Bay on Sunday. Hickman finished the course, including a slight diversion, in 48:27.

 

Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 12th January 2019

Twenty-four A&D runners took on the weekly 5K around Victoria Park. Trevor Kay claimed 2nd place with a time of 17:45, followed by Paul Ridley in 9th place with a time of 19:52. Jon Wells (19:54) was 11thoverall, closely followed by Paul Moses in 20:00 and Becks Macey in 20:01 (making her 1st female). Keith Haynes (20:17), Mark Attenborough (20:58), Scotty Lynch (21:23), Richard Baker (22:00), Adrian Beresford (22:33) and Dean Bracken (22:58) were next over the finish line. Shaun Snowwolf-Harris completed the course in 24:21, followed by Sandi Mortimer (24:41), Keith Lynn (25:03) and Mark Cleworth (26:27). Trevor Sparkes finished in 32:10, followed by Emma Jenkins (32:12), Lesley Moody (32:15), Lisa Jones (33:30), Shelly Blake (33:43) and Becky Hodgson (35:16). Heather Tutt was next in 39:15, followed by Julie Foster (44:00) and Rod Kessack (49:07).

Hull Parkrun – Saturday 12th January 2019

Marking his 202nd Parkrun, Terry Sellen completed the 5K course around Hull’s East Park. Sellen’s time of 23:38 placed him 5th in the VM55-59 age category.

 

 

 

Houghton Hall Parkrun – Saturday 12th January 2019

Two club members travelled to Bedfordshire for the Houghton Hall Parkrun on Saturday. John Fidge completed the woodland course 26:14; Ann Fidge was 1st in the VW65 category with a time of 30:34.

 

 

 

 

By Verity Dunbar

Tadworth 10 – Sunday 6th January 2019

Tadworth 10 – Sunday 6th January 2019

Gill O’Connor competed in Tadworth 10-mile race on Sunday, finishing in 1:23:30. A mixture of grass, trail, road and paths, the two-lap course covered areas of the Epsom and Walton Downs.

KCAA XC Championships – Saturday 5th January 2019

The physically and mentally demanding course at Brands Hatch saw a turnout of 14 men and 3 ladies from A&DRRC, competing against elite athletes from the top clubs in Kent.

The first finisher for the club was Trevor Kay with an intelligently paced run to finish 77th overall in 45:42. He was followed home by John Pearce in 80th (46:04) and Dan Green 87th (46:50). Paul Moses was fourth home for the club and fourth in the V55 category, 115th overall (48:34). Scotty Lynch notched up personal bests on the course to finish 117th (48:48), followed by Julius Samson 122nd (49.17). Keith Haynes continues to show good cross country form finishing in 137th (50:34) with club cross country captain Adrian Moody close behind in 140th (51:06), and Paul Ridley 148th (51:46). A good run from Carl Ireland gave him 153rd (52:29), with very pleasing improvements in times being achieved throughout the season. Rob Barton, coming back from injury was next home with a determined run to finish in 163rd (54:11), followed by Mark Harrison 168th (54:11), Adrian Beresford 178th (56:44), and Stu Nunn 191st (62:31).

The combined efforts in the challenging conditions gave A&DRRC 10th place in the 6 to score competition and a very creditable 5th in the 12 to score.

The ladies were led home by Becks Macey with an outstanding run to finish in 21st with a time of 34:23, finishing fourth in the V35 standings. Made even more impressive when considering this is Becks first season. Claire Green snatched 88th place (42:53), with a strong sprint finish. Jaclyn Kay battled through the bitterly cold conditions to finish in 98th (46:13). The ladies team finished in 13th place in the 3 to score competition.

Plymvalley Parkrun – 5th January 2019

Christine Costiff faced the steep inclines of Plymbridge Woods on Saturday. With a time of 22:10, Costiff was 2nd lady home and broke the VW55 record by 30 seconds (previous record 22:40).

Ashford Parkrun – 5th January 2019

Jon Wells was first to cross the finish line of the first Ashford Parkrun of 2019, with a time of 18:39. Mark Attenborough was 7th overall, with a time of 21.01. Darren Fagg (22:45) was next home for the club, followed by Will Whittington (23:35), Shaun Snowwolf-Harris with a PB of 23:36, Terry Sellen (24:05) and Keith Lynn (25:14). Hugh Scarlin (26:13), Rod Kessack (26:42) and Trevor Sparkes (26:44) then finished the course in quick succession. Sarah Taylor was next in 32:08, followed by Lesley Moody (32:36), Andrew Smith (34:53), Sukai N’Dure with a PB of 35:28 and Debbie Payne (38:46). In her first run of the course, Heather Tutt finished in 41:14, followed by Julie Foster (42:26).

Lamberhurst 10K – 1st January 2019

Two A&D runners took on the Lamberhurst 10K on 1st January. The course took runners through the village of Lamberhurst and the grounds of Scotney Castle. Julius Samson was 14thoverall, with a time of 40:56; Adrian Beresford was 61st, with a time of 47:08.

Hangover 5 – 1st January 2019

New Year saw Paul Ridley travel to West Sussex for the 5-mile race in Worthing. The undulating course featured sections of road and slipper chalk paths. Ridley crossed the finish line in 36:50.

New Year’s Day Marathon SVN – 1st January 2019

Rik Holden started 2019 on fine form, completing the SVN coastal marathon in 3:44:59.

Maidstone Parkrun – 1st January 2019

Several A&D runners took on a double parkrun challenge to welcome in the new year. In Maidstone, Jon Wells was first home for the club in 18:19, followed by Will Whittington in a PB time of 26:10, Keith Lynn (26:39) and Rachel Jenkins (32:09). Lucy Johnstone and Emma Jenkins both completed the course in 35:43.

Sittingbourne Parkrun – 1st January 2019

A mixture of path and trail, Dan Green broke the V45 course record with his time of 18:28 (the previous record time being 18:34); Green was 4th overall. Jon Wells was next home for the club in 19:18, with Will Whittington (25:26), Keith Lynn (26:49), Lucy Johnstone (33:46) and Emma Jenkins (36:08) following.

Great Run Local Ashford – 30th December 2018

Dan Green claimed 1st place in the 5K around Kingsnorth, with a time of 18:50.

Riddlesdown Parkrun – 29th December 2018

Gill O’Connor was 6th lady home in the muddy 5K, with a time of 23:30.

Ashford Parkrun – 29th December 2018

In the interlude between Christmas and New Year, A&D took to Ashford’s Victoria Park for the weekly 5K. Trevor Kay finished in 2nd place overall, with a time of 17:27. Dan Green (18:01) was 4th overall and first vet home. Jon Wells was next home for the club in 18:14, closely followed by Jon Pearce (18:32). Keith Haynes finished in 15th place overall with a personal best time of 19:45. Scotty Lynch (20:19) was next, followed by Mark Attenborough (20:53), Mark Harrison (21:07) and Carl Ireland (22:23). Terry Sellen celebrated his 200th parkrun, crossing the finish line in 23:43. Stu Nunn (24:02), Sandi Mortimer (24:08), Shaun Snowwolf-Harris (24:17), Will Whittington (25:11) and John Fidge (25:41) were next across the finish line. Rod Kessack then completed the course in 27:34, followed by Ann Fidge (28:44), Emma Jenkins (32:10), Becky Hodgson (35:06), Sukai N’Dure (36:23) and Julie Foster (45:13).

Saltwood Boxing Day Run – 26th December 2018

Four A&D runners took on the post-Christmas 3-mile run around Saltwood. Dan Green finished in 11th place, with a time of 18:15. Andrew Noble (19:13) was next home for the club, crossing the finish line in festive attire. Adrian Beresford completed the course in 23:44, followed by Steve Hickman in 31:10.

Ashford Christmas Day Parkrun – 25th December 2018

Harking back to Christmas Day, many A&D runners took to Victoria Park for the festive parkrun. Dan Green was first over the finish line in 18:06, followed by Jon Wells in second place (18:15). Paul Moses was 11th overall with a time of 19:39, followed by Mark Attenborough (21:06), Christine Costiff (21:45), Julius Samson (23:10), Aaron Homewood (23:34), Eddie Rodger (24:02), Don Dewar (24:57) and Rob Carpenter (24:58). Will Whittington completed the course in 25:00, with Sandi Mortimer (25:34), Keith Lynn (25:55) and John Fidge (26:02) close behind. Hazel Turner was next in 27:33, followed by Sarah Homewood (27:39) and Ann Fidge (28:55). Shaun Snowwolf-Harris finished in 32:05, closely followed by Lucy Johnstone (32:07). Emma Jenkins (32:52), Debbie Payne (35:33) and Sukai N’Dure (35:57) were next home for the club.

–          By Paul Moses and Verity Dunbar

Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon – Sunday 23rd December 2018

Steve Hickman completed the Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon in 4:32:51. The course took runners around Portsmouth’s Langstone Harbour and featured a variety of terrains.

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Pudding Dash – Saturday 22nd December 2018

Dressed in suitably festive attire, two club members enjoyed the 13th Christmas Pudding Dash on Saturday. The muddy five-mile course covered hills around the East Sussex village of Pett. Christine Costiff was 1st in her age category with a time of 40:05; Gill O’Connor was 2nd in the category, with a time of 40:20.

Ashford Parkrun -Saturday 22nd December 2018

Many A&D runners turned out for Saturday’s Parkrun, a particular accomplishment for those who enjoyed the club’s Christmas night out the previous evening. Jon Wells was first home for the club in 18:18, making him 4thoverall. Andrew Noble (19:10) was 5th overall, followed by Paul Moses (20:06), Keith Haynes (20:15) and Mark Attenborough (21:15). Rob Carpenter (23:04) and Darren Fagg (23.05) then crossed the finish line in quick succession. Don Dewar was next in 25:20, followed by Chloe Green (25:48) and Shaun Snowwolf-Harris (27:10). Rod Kessack and Marina Danckwardt both completed the course in 27:23, followed by Lucy Johnstone (30:21), Sarah Taylor (34:10), Becky Hodgson (35:57), Emma Jenkins (38:20) and Sukai N’Dure (38:22).

By Verity Dunbar

Wells Wins Santa Dash 16 December 2018

An excellent run at the Cylcopark Christmas Santa Dash 10K in Gravesend saw Jon Wells win the event in 37:58.

Becky Hodgson took part in the SVN Festive Frolic at Samphire Hoe and completed the hilly half marathon in 3:41:40.

On Saturday the club were well represented at the South of the Thames Cross Country Association championships. The brave 14 took part in the traditional 7 mile cross country over muddy hills and through park land on a truly bleak Saturday afternoon better suited for eating mince pies and drinking mulled wine.

The ladies were led home by Becks Macey with an impressive 16th place. Chris’s Costiff and Gill O’Connor we’re close behind in 62nd and 77th, with Gill Pragnell returning to form in 83rd place.

Lucy Ellen Johnstone and Sue Reader in 107th and 108th completed the 6 scoring places for A&DRRC.

Struggling through stomach problems Andrew Noble led the men home in 104th place followed by Scotty Lynch, 138th, Keith Haynes, 152nd, cross country captain Adrian Moody, 154th, Richard Baker, 174th, and Carl Ireland 184th to give the 6 to score places. Adrian Beresford, 194th, and Shane Harris Snowwolf, 210th, offering vital support for the team.

A&D had 17 runners taking part in Ashford park run. Trevor Kay (17:34) and Dan Green (18:00) finished in 4th and 5th place. Elodie Paviot had a personal best time in 20:47, and Sandi Mortimer broke the 24 minute barrier with a personal best of 23:52.

By Paul Moses

Ashford & District RRC Race Report – 10th December 2018

Maidstone Harriers Turkey Run – Sunday 9th December 2018

Several club members took part in the popular pre-Christmas run in Maidstone. Richard Baker completed the 10K course in 45:14. Mark Attenborough was first in his age category with a time of 45:33.

Mince Pie 10 – Sunday 9th December 2018

Edward Roger travelled to East Sussex for the Mince Pie 10 Mile race on Sunday. The hilly course was a mixture of paths, road and trail; Edward crossed the finish line in 1:25:53.

Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon – Sunday 9th December 2018

Shaun Snowwolf-Harris finished the Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon in a PB time of 1:51:15.

Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 8th December 2018

Saturday saw 17 club members complete the 5K around Victoria Park. Dan Green was 3rd overall and first home for the club, with a time of 18:10. Thomas Green was 8th overall, with a PB time of 20:36. Mark Attenborough (21:31) was next, closely followed by James Chapman (21:37). Darren Fagg finished in 22:33, Will Whittington in 24:08 and Terry Sellen in 24.18. Sandi Mortimer was next in for the club in 24:21, with by Philip Bridges (24:23), Chloe Green (26:29), Shaun Snowwolf-Harris (26:33) and John Fidge (26:38) finishing in quick succession. Shelley Hathaway-Batt completed the course in 28:09, followed by Ann Fidge (28:58) and Emma Jenkins (34:27). In her first time running the course, Sukai N’Dure finished in 41:50, with Rod Kessack crossing the line in 45:52.

Melton Mowbray Parkrun – Saturday 8th December 2018

Christine Costiff was first lady home in the 5k around Melton Country Park, with a time of 22:18. Featuring two laps of trail, tarmac and wooden bridges, the course also included testing hills.

 

By Verity Dunbar

Macey Wins at Kings Wood 19th November 2018

666 Trail Run – Sunday 18th November 2018

Ashford & District runners faced the tough hills and mud of the 9th 666 Trail Run on Sunday. The course covered 6.66 miles around Challock’s Kings Wood and saw A&D take home prizes for being both the First Team Home and the Biggest Team. Having achieved her first sub-20 minutes 5K only the previous day, Becks Macey continued her excellent form by claiming 1st place in the ladies’ race with a time of 53:37. Elodie Paviot was 2nd lady home in 58:17, followed by Tracey Calnan (1:01:41), Claire Green (1:08:51) and Ailis Goddard (1:27:27).

Jon Pearce was 2nd overall and 1st in his age category, with a time of 47:08. Dan Green was next, making him 3rd overall with a PB of 47:51. Paul Ridley followed with a time of 51:04, making him 9th overall. Paul Moses was 1st in his age category and 13th overall with a time of 52:11. Rob Barton was next over the line in 54:42, with Adrian Moody (54:54) close behind.

Marden Half-Marathon – Sunday 18th November 2018

Sophie Edmonds completed the Marden Half Marathon in 2:00:43, taking 11 minutes off her previous best time on the course.

Gosport Half Marathon – Sunday 18th November 2018

On the Hampshire coast, Steve Hickman ran the Gosport Half Marathon on Sunday. Hickman finished the sea-front course in 2:02:04. 

Bedgebury Forest Half Marathon –  Sunday 18th November 2018

Two club members completed the Bedgebury Half Marathon, covering 13.1 miles of undulating forest trail. Hugh Scarlin finished in 2:26:52, followed by Sarah Taylor in 2:28:03.

Bedgebury Autumn 5K & 10K Canicross Challenge – Saturday 17th November 2018

Three club members ran the 5K trail race with their canine counterparts on Saturday. Christine Costiff (with Rufus) was 2nd overall in 26:06. Shaun Snowwolf-Harris (with Loki) was 10th overall in 25:30. Clubmate Shelly Blake (with Teeko) finished in 34:55.

Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 17th November 2018

Several of the club’s runners achieved personal best times on the course around Victoria Park on Saturday. Trevor Kay was 1st over the finish line in 17:40. Becks Macey achieved a stunning PB of 19:55, making her 3rd lady and 8th overall. She was closely followed by Paul Moses (19:56) and Scotty Lynch (20:00) in 9th and 10th place, respectively. Elodie Paviot finished with a PB of 20:55, followed by Mark Attenborough in 21:27 and James Chapman in 22:01. Darren Fagg achieved a PB time of 22:11, followed by Ian Grundy (23:01), Stu Nunn (23:19) and Mark Cleworth (24:45). Another PB was earned by Keith Lynn, with a time of 25:13. John Fidge (25:57), Marina Danckwardt (28:16) and Ann Fidge (29:08) were next over the line. Lesley Moody finished in 30:44, followed by Becky Hodgson in 34:11 and Julie Foster in 42:35.

Maidstone Parkrun – Saturday 17th November 2018

William Whittington completed the 5K course along the River Medway in 26.18; Emma Jenkins finished in 33.45. 

by Verity Dunbar

 

A&D excel at cross country 10 Nov. 2018

A tremendous turnout of ten ladies competed in the Kent Counties Athletic Association cross country at Welling on Saturday. Becky Macey, enjoying her first season, finished in 15th place in 18:28. Consistent and impressive running sees Becky 10th in the league. Elodie Paviot was next home in 54th with 20:26. Christine Costiff was 1st in her category on the day (21:25) and is 1st in the W55 table. Rhian Shrimplin had a strong run to finish 79th with 21:47. Gill Pragnell was 85th (22:02). Gill O’Connor came in 2nd place in the W55 category with a time of 22:15. Claire Green 106th (23:03), Sandi Mortimer 123rd (23:55), Lucy Johnstone 139th (25:48), Lisa Jones 152nd (27:20) and Sue Reader 153rd (27:35), all contributed to A&D being placed 10th overall in the 3 to score league and 6th overall in the 6 to score.

In the masters competition Mike Davies continued his impeccable form with another first place with a time of 20:08.

There were a number of events held to commemorate Armistice Day and A&D runners were out in force.

The Poppy Half Marathon was held at Bexhill with Ricky Hickman first club runner home 113th place in a time of 1:45:57, followed by Steve Hickman in 185th with a satisfying 1:55:31. Other runners included; Will Whittington 211th (1:58:05), Keith Lynn 245th (2:01:35), Filliz Salah 365th (2:17:50) and Mark Boorer 366th (2:17:50).

Becky Hodgson ran both the Battle of Britain Challenge and Armistice Challenge Run completing two half marathons in two days over demanding courses in testing conditions.

The Battle of Britain Challenge also saw endurance specialists Mark Attenborough and Rik Holden covering 33 miles in 6 hours and 28 miles in 4 hours 21 minutes respectively on a hilly course based around Samphire Hoe on a wet and windy Saturday.

Ashford Park Run saw the 8th fastest time in country on Saturday club members Trevor Kay 3rd (17:41), Carl Jones 5th, Jon Wells 6th with a personal best time of 18:17, and Dan Green in 7th, gave A&D a strong presence in the top 10.

By Paul Moses

Haynes’ Good Form Continues at The Beckley 10K. 4-Nov-2018

Haynes’ Good Form Continues at The Beckley 10K. 4-Nov-2018

Club stalwart Keith Haynes produced an impressive run at the Beckley 10K on Sunday. Keith finished in 7th place overall, 1st in his age category with a time of 41:16 over the difficult hilly course.

 

 

 

 

 

Deal 5 Mile

There was a good representation from the club at the Deal 5 mile race. Jon Pearce was first home in 6th place with a time of 28:37, closely followed by Dan Green in 11th place with 29:13. Rob Barton and Paul Moses battled hard throughout the race and were both rewarded with personal best times of 31:13 for Barton and 31:18 for Moses in 21st and 23rd place respectively. Stu Nunn, returning from injury came in in 97th place with a solid 39:50. Shaun Snowwolf-Harris was 124th with 41:27.
Lucy Johnstone, the sole ladies representative had a pleasing personal best time of 45:57.

Thames Meander Marathon

Rick Holden completed the Thames Meander Marathon in a time of 3:45:15.

Ashford parkrun drew a number of A&D runners along to Victoria Park. Tom Green first home in 19th place in 21:37, with James Chapman running a PB in the same time. Followed by Dan Green 21:38 (21st), Rob Carpenter 22:02 (26th), Fred Sellen 23:04 (43rd), Ian Grundy 23:27 (48th), Shaun Snowwolf-Harris preparing for the Deal 5 mile race with a personal best of 24:04 (53rd), Chloe Green 24:42 (73rd), Claire Green 24:44 (74th), Gill Pragnell 24:48 (77th), Lesley Moody 31:17 (181st), Rachel Jenkins 32:28 (200th), Sarah Taylor 32:47 (203rd), Emma Jenkins 32:52 (204th), Deborah Payne 33:35 (209th), and Becky Hodgson 35:07 (222nd).

By Paul Moses

 

Ashford & District RRC 5 & 10 Mile Race – Sunday 28th October 2018

Ashford & District RRC 5 & 10 Mile Race – Sunday 28th October 2018

A&D put on a spooky spectacle on Sunday, which saw 374 runners descend upon

Towers School to compete in the club’s 5 & 10-mile race. Runners, marshalls and supporters adopted the event’s Halloween-theme, with many dressed in ghoulish attire. One hundred and eighty-two runners completed the 5-mile race, with Amy Old claiming 1st prize in a time of 35:53. Of the 192 runners that covered the 10-mile course, Angelo Pieris was 1st over the finish line in a time of 1:00:58. Ashford & District RRC’s own Paul Ridley achieved a personal best time of 1:08:06. Canterbury Harriers claimed the Team Prize. To mark the first running of the event, the ladies of Medway Fit Club were awarded a Spot Team Prize for running in striking fancy dress.

Somerhill School, Tonbridge, Cross Country (event 2) – Saturday 27th October 2018

A&D go from strength to strength in the KCAA XC champs

A&D ladies were on impressive form at the hilly Somerhill course. Becky Macey led the ladies home in 23rd place with a time of 20:45, putting her in 9th place in the Senior Women’s Championship. Chris Costiff battled through illness, coming 64th overall in a time of 23:20 and leading the W55 standings. Elodie Paviot continued on strong form, taking 69th place with a time of 23:37. Gill O’Connor finished in 23:59 and is now 3rd in the W55 table. Claire Green (25:16) and Sandi Mortimer (26:27) ensured a strong placing in the ‘6 to score championship’. A cross country debut for Lisa Jones, with a time of 28:41, secured the championship placings. A&D are currently placed 12thoverall in the ‘3 to Score’ league and 8th in the ‘6 to Score’.

Jon Pearce (37:39) led the men’s team home in 45th place overall, followed by Trevor Kay (38:07) in 53rd place. An inspired run by Jon Wells (39:12) followed by Dan Green (39:15) and Tomasz Latala (39:24), in 70th, 71st and 73rdpositions respectively, guaranteed a 6th place on the day and 6th overall in the Men’s Senior table. Scotty Lynch (42:02) showed his Cross Country experience in 117th, which places him within the top 10 in the V50’s table. Rob Barton (42:16), Paul Moses (42:23), Paul Ridley (43:02), Julius Samson (43:34), Richard Baker (44:11) and club cross country captain Adrian Moody (44:53) completed the scoring in the ‘12 to Score’ league. A strong run from Mark Attenborough (45:12) and determined finishing from Carl Ireland (45:30) and Mark Harrison (47:27) give A&D 3rd place in the ‘12 to Score’ championships.

Beachy Head Marathon – Saturday 27th October 2018

Two club members completed the gruelling Beachy Head Marathon through the South Downs National Park. The course included 300 steps, 14 gates and numerous steep inclines; extra safety measures were in place following the appearance of a large cliff-top crack just days before the event. Rik Holden crossed the finish line in 3:20:59; Steve Hickman finished in 5:06:51, marking his 151st marathon to date.

Ashford 5th Birthday Parkrun – Saturday 27th October 2018

On its 5th birthday, Ashford Parkrun saw several A&D runners claim personal best times and awards. Keith Haynes finished in 3rd place overall, in a personal best time of 19:48. Terry Sellen (22:58) collected an award for Ashford’s Inspirational Parkrunner of the Year 2017-18. Shaun Snowwolf-Harris demonstrated impeccable timing whilst pacing runners for a time of 27:00, finishing the course in exactly that time. Emma Jenkins achieved a personal best time of 31:51 and was awarded Improved Parkrunner of the Year 2017-18, marking her return to form after an injury last year.

by Verity Dunbar & Paul Moses