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.

A personal message from our new VP, Ann Fidge

Hi Everybody

As your shiny new Vice President, I thought I should introduce myself to those of you who might not have known me too long.

I joined A&D when the club was in its infancy back in October 1988 but have been running regularly since 1985.

I ran my first Marathon (London) in 1988 and have since added 27 others to my tally – which includes Majorca, Benidorm & Beachy Head. Of course, there have been plenty of Halves, Tens and 10kms as well during that time and our Inter Club relays during the summer. I have also dabbled in the odd cross country but never really took to it – I’m a road runner at heart!

More recently I have taken to Parkrun on Saturdays and am usually there at Victoria Park to chat to anyone!

During my years of running I have been largely injury free so must be doing something right.

I am fully committed to the Club and don’t really see a time without it! If I can be of any assistance to fellow members I will be only too happy to advise.

Happy Running

Ann Fidge


Hastings Half-Marathon – Sunday 18th March 2018

Despite the wintry weather forcing organisers to cancel races up and down the country, many in the south-east went ahead as planned, including the Hastings Half-Marathon.

With a sharp, stinging easterly wind , the notorious climbs around the coastal course proved to be more a challenge this year, but Ashford & District RRC performed well with some impressive times with all club members managing to finish in sub 2 hours.

Robert Latala stormed home in 1hr:13m:13s finishing a highly respectable 5th place overall and Scott Lynch battled the cold to finish in 1hr:33m:13s (189th). Christine Costiff was A&D’s 1st lady home and also 1st in category in 1hr:38m:52s (339th), with Hazel Turner, returning from injury, finishing in 1hr:45m:11s (558th).

Aaron Homewood crossed the line just behind in 1hr:46m:57s (624th) with Ingvild Drake and Ricky Hickman hot on his heels in 1hr:47m:11s and 1hr:47m:19s respectively. James Philips was next up in a personal best of 1hr:51m:13s,Rhian Shrimplin finished in 1hr:51m:57s (833rd), Edward Rodger in 1hr:52m:14s (868th), Dave Hunt 1hr:54m:36s (956th) and Mark Cleworth 1hr:55m:47s (1013th)

Canterbury Riverside 10k– Sunday 18th March 2018

Similarly, the easterly wind made the Canterbury Riverside 10k troublesome, running the 1st 5k into the wind. The runners had to contend with snow covered grass, icy patches and large muddy puddles throughout the course which runs alongside the River Stour.

Paul Moses came home 1st for the club and 1st in category in a time of 40m:26s (10th) with Adrian Moody in 43m:32s (28th). Neil Woodham finished in a personal best time of 45m:49s (38th), Mark Carlton in 49m:58s (67th) and Sophie Edmonds in a personal best of 50m:23s (72nd).

Windsor & Eton 20 miler – Saturday 17th March 2018

Gill O’Connor completed the Windsor & Eton 20 mile race which took place at Dorney Lake Rowing Centre at Eton College. The exposed, looped course gave no protection from the relentless wind and snow but O’Connor battled through to finish in 2hrs:42m:15s.

Ashford Park Run – Saturday 17th March 2018

Ashford & District RRC dominated the top of the leader board at the latest parkrun on Saturday. Jon Pearce finished 1st in 17m:33s with Dan Green 2nd  in 18m:57s. Jon Wells finished 5th in 19m:42s with Dean Bracken completing his 100th park run in 20m:19s (6th). Paul Moses crossed the line in 20m:55s (8th) and Chris Boyce in 21m:12s (9th).

Mark Attenborough was next up in 21m:35s (11th), Neil Woodham and Carl Ireland finished in a dead heat in 21m:49s (14th), Stuart Nunn in 23m:43s (27th), James Chapman 23m:50s (29th), Will Whittington 25m:31s (51st), John Fidge 26m:36s (63rd), Simon Jackson 27m:28s (77th), Terry Sellen and Keith Lynn in 27m:43s (78th) and 27m:44s (79th) respectively, Filiz Salih 27m:57s (82nd), Chloe and Claire Green both in 30m:40s (116th), Becky Hodgson 33m:12s (140th), Jeremy Chambers 37m:26s (163rd) and Shelly Blake 38m:42s (166th).

Meanwhile Andrew Noble travelled to the Rosliston parkrun completing the 5k course in 19m:49s and finishing 3rd overall.

By Mark Carlton


THE KAYS PB IN BARCELONA – Sunday 11th March 2018

Barcelona Marathon – Sunday 11th March 2018
Trevor and Jaclyn Kay travelled to Catalonia for the Zurich Barcelona Marathon on Sunday and made sure that the winter training paid off by coming back to the UK with two personal bests.
Trevor finished just under the 3 hour mark in a time of 2hrs:59m:43s whilst Jaclyn crossed the line in 4hrs:23m:16s.
Thames Meander Marathon – Saturday 10th March 2018
The Thames Meander is a flat, scenic riverside trail marathon run along the Thames Path. Rik Holden was A&D’s sole entrant and battled the muddy conditions to finish in 3hrs:40m42s.
Lydd Half Marathon & 20 miler – Sunday 11th March 2018
The Lydd Half Marathon and 20 miler road race, as always, saw a large A&D presence in the build up to the spring marathon season. With an ultra-flat course, Lydd is seen as the perfect barometer as to how well winter training has gone.
Jon Pearce finished 1st for A&D in the half marathon in a time of 1hr:21m:22s, 11th place. Richard Baker followed in 1hr:30m:14s taking 29th position, Julius Samson finished just behind in 1hr:30m:27s, 30th overall and Anthony Brown in 1hr:38m:59s (54th).
Danyel Carter was 1st lady home in her last race for the club in 1hr:40m:12s (61st), Carl Ireland was next up in 1hr:46m:48s (90th), Neil Woodham in 1hr:51:36s (108th), Stuart Nunn 1hr:53m:16s (127th), Mark Boorer in a personal best of 1hr:53m:31s (129th), Will Whittington 1hr:56m:19s (140th) and Terry Sellen, returning from injury in 1hr:58m:00s (154th).
Heather Johnston, in her 1st half marathon finished in 1hr:59m:19s (160th), Keith Lynn PB’d in 2hrs:08m:32s (206th) and Becky Hodgson in 2hrs:23m:55s (272nd).
Meanwhile in the 20 miler, Gill O’Connor finished 1st for the club as well as 1st in category in 2hrs:50m:30s (209th), Elodie Paviot finished just behind in 2hrs:51m:12s (214th), Rhian Shrimplin crossed the line in 2hrs:54m:16s (235th), Dave Hunt in 3hrs:04m:22s (318th), Edward Rodger 3hrs:07m:13s (336th), Aaron Homewood 3hrs:10m:03s (363rd), Lucy Johnstone 3hrs:36m:08s (544th), Sarah Homewood 3hrs:37m:18s (547th) and Steve Hickman in 3hrs:37m:19s (548th).
Ashford Park Run – Saturday 10th March 2018
After an enforced break last week due to the inclement weather, Ashford Parkrun was back with the conditions feeling considerably warmer.
Daniel Green came home 1st for the club in 19m:09s to take 4th place. Mark Attenborough also finished in the top 10, crossing the line in 20m:38s in 9th and Jon Wells finished in 20m:58s in 11th
Becky Macey set a new personal best at this distance whilst taking the 1st female place in 17th with a time of 21m:29s, she was followed by Paul Moses in 21m:30s (18th) and Scott Lynch in 21m:32s (19th) with Mark Harrison next in 22m:08s (24th).
Simon Jackson finished in 28m:18s (106th), Ann Fidge 30m:01s (131st), Becky Hodgson 32m:07s (159th), Emma Jenkins 36m:34s (190th) and Shelly Blake 56m:38s (223rd)
By Mark Carlton

Muddy conditions leave a sting in the tail. Sunday 4th March 2018

Steyning Stinger – Sunday 4th March 2018

Steve Hickman and Dave Hunt travelled to the small town of Steyning in Sussex for the 17th running of the Steyning Stinger.

With the cold conditions easing the big thaw posed a greater problem as the runners  faced the hilly off-road marathon course. Dave Hunt battled through the mud to finish in 4hrs:59m:10s in 104th position whilst Steve Hickman, running the event for the 16th time, finished in 5hrs:24m:44s in 140th.

SVN – Sunday 4th March 2018

Unfortunately the thaw didn’t quite reach Kings Wood in Challock as Anthony Brown and Rhian Shrimplin competed in the Saxon, Vikings and Normans Mega Challenge. Similar to other SVN events, the race takes the form of multiple laps measured to 4.37 miles and competitors complete as many loops as they wish within the 6 hour time limit.

The thick snow coupled with an undulating course made this a tricky event with Anthony Brown completing 17.5 miles in 3hrs:01m:43s and Rhian Shrimplin finishing just behind in 3hrs:07m:19s.

Saucony Cambridge  Half Marathon – Sunday 4th March 2018

A large field of 9000 runners competed in the Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon on Sunday despite the recent bad weather. Ashford & District’s Jon Wells completed the course in a time of 1hr:31m:34s in 549th place.

The Vitality Big Half – Sunday 4th March 2018

The 1st Vitality Big Half, organised by the same team who run the London Marathon, took place on Sunday. The half marathon, which was won by Sir Mo Farah started at Tower Bridge and finished in Greenwich. A&D’s sole representative was Ingvild Drake who completed the course in 1hr:47m:18s.

By Mark Carlton

Latala impresses at National Cross Country Championships Saturday 24th February 2018

Saucony English National Cross Country Championships – Saturday 24th February 2018

The Cross Country season drew to a close on Saturday with the Saucony English National Championships held at Parliament Hill, London.

With over 2300 competitors running the mens race alone, the championship standard was high with teams from all over the country competing.

Robert Latala capped off an impressive cross country season finishing 120th overall completing the 7.2 mile course in 43m:52s. Jon Pearce was next up in 50m:06s (611th) with Julius Samson in 55m:15s (1128th). Paul Moses followed in 57m:47s (1399th) and Jon Wells was not far behind in 57m:59s (1416th). Scott Lynch and Adrian Moody came in under the hour mark in 58m:24s (1442nd) and 59m:02s (1502nd) respectively with Chris Boyce in 1hr:04m:54s (1927th).

The senior mens team prize was won by Tonbridge AC with their top 6 runners all finishing in the top 40. Ashford & District RRC finished 96th overall out of 162 eligible teams.

Mods vs Rockers Marathon – Sunday 25th February 2018

Rik Holden finished the Mods vs Rockers Marathon in 11th place at Betteshanger Country Park in a time of  3hrs:43m:49s.

The Headcorn Half – Sunday 25th February 2018

The bright winter sunshine did little to take the chill off at the Headcorn Half this Sunday with Mark Attenborough finishing 1st for the club in 26th place overall and 3rd in category in 1hr:32m:34s with Neil Woodham following in 1hr:46m:12s (119th). Jaclyn Kay finished just over the 2 hour mark in a PB time of 2hrs:00m:5s in 222nd and Andrew Smith crossed the line in 2hrs:20m25s (322nd).

Ashford Parkrun  –  Saturday 24th February 2018

Neil Woodham came home 1st for the club in a personal best time of 21m:41s finishing 12th overall. Becky Macey finished as 1st female overall in 15th position in a personal best of 21m:59s. Pat Butler followed in 22m:21s (18th) with Hazel Turner in 22m:40s (20th).

James Chapman crossed the line in 23m:34s (27th), Will Whittington finished in 24m:16s (35th) and Mark Boorer in 25m:23s (50th).

Lucy Johnstone finished with a personal best time of 27m:08s (82nd), John Fidge in 27m:28s (88th), Keith Lynn 27m:30s (89th), Shelly Blake 30m:10s (130th), Becky Hodgson 32m:40s (161st), Jeremy Chambers 36m:36s (196th) and Emma Jenkins 43m:51s (212th).

Meanwhile in further 5K news, Jon Wells won the Trosley Park 5k Challenge on Sunday in a time of 21m:39s and finished clear of 2nd place by almost a minute.

By Mark Carlton

Tunbridge Wells & Tenterden Trio’s shine in the Sun.

Tunbridge Wells & Tenterden Trio’s shine in the Sun.

The Hendy Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon – Sunday 18th February 2018

Sunday saw the 35th running of The Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon. Just over 1400 runners completed the course in the warm winter sunshine in almost perfect running conditions.

Jon Wells finished 1st for the club in 1hr:34m:34s, 177th overall, Anthony Brown followed in 1hr:40m:59s (324th) with Rhian Shrimplin in 1hr:46m:55s (496th).

The Tenterden 5 Mile – Sunday 18th February 2018

Christine Costiff completed the Tenterden 5 miler in 36m:04s and in doing so finished 36th overall and 1st in category. Gill Pragnell followed in 36m:51s, 39th place overall and 2nd in category and Gill O’Connor finished just behind in 37m:10s, 43rd overall and also 2nd in category. For their combined efforts, Ashford & District ladies picked up a 2nd place team prize also.

Ashford Parkrun  –  Saturday 17th February 2018

Paul Moses was 1st man home for Ashford & District RRC at the latest parkrun event on Saturday. Moses finished in 7th overall in a time of 19m:05s.

Rob Barton followed in 10th in a time of 20m:11s with Scott Lynch finishing in 20m:30s (14th) and Mark Attenborough hot on his heels in 20m:32s (15th). Carl Ireland was next up in 22m:28s (34th) with Mark Harrison in 23m:43s (50th) and Will Whittington in 24m:04s (51st).

Ann Fidge crossed the line in 30m:14s (150th), Jeremy Chambers in 38m:07s (223rd), Emma Jenkins 44m:52s (235th) and Rod Kessack 46m:29s (237th).

In further 5k news, Trevor Kay completed the Harbour Club Serpentine 5k in London on Friday in a personal best of 17m:28s, finishing 26th overall competing in a very strong field.

By Mark Carlton

Kent League Cross Country – Saturday 10th February 2018

Kent League Cross Country – Saturday 10th February 2018
Ashford & District RRC travelled to Sparrows Den, Bromley for the final fixture of the Kent League season.
First up were the A&D ladies with Christine Costiff finishing 1st of the club in 24m:15s (48th), Gill O’ Connor was next up in 26m:38s (71st) and Lucy Johnstone finished the course in 28m:43s (85th). Overall, A&D ladies finished 14th out of 21 eligible teams in the 3 to score league with Dartford Harriers taking the title.
Meanwhile, in the men’s race, Robert Latala finished the 10k course in 8th position in a time of 35m:59s. Jon Pearce finished 2nd for the club in 39th position in a time of 39m:33s followed by Julius Samson in 42m:24s (67th), Dean Bracken in 44m:15s (91st), Paul Moses in 44m:59s (99th) just pipping Rob Barton to the line in 45m:02s (100th)
Next up was Richard Baker in 46m:54s (121st) with Ryan Edwards not far behind in 47m:46s (127th) and Scott Lynch chasing him down in 47m:53s (129th). Stuart Nunn crossed the line in 51m:25s (153rd), Mark Harrison in 52m:58s (158th) and Will Whittington in 1hr:01:38s (174th).
Overall, the A&D men’s team completed the season in 8th place in the 24 team 4 to score league which was eventually won by Medway & Maidstone AC and 6th in the 12 team 12 to score league with Tonbridge AC taking title.
Deal Half Marathon – Sunday 11th February 2018
An all-female team represented Ashford & District RRC at the undulating Deal Half Marathon on Sunday. Christine Costiff made it a weekend double by finishing 1st again for the club, 1st in category and 3rd female overall in 1hr:39m:36s. Lucy Johnstone finished next for the club in 2hrs:16m:46s (294th) followed by Becky Hodgson who took over 10 minutes off her previous best at this distance crossing the line in 2hrs:25m:50s (327th).
Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 10th February 2018
Despite a cold and icy morning 257 runners took part in the latest parkrun event.
Carl Ireland finished 1st for the club in a time of 21m:16s (22nd) followed by Mark Carlton in 21m:56s (28th) and Paul Brasington in 22m:01s (31st).
Gill Pragnell was 1st female home in a time of 22m:33s (38th) with Pat Butler following in 22m:34s (39th). James Chapman was next up in 23m:13s (47th), Sophie Edmonds followed with a personal best of 24m:51s (67th), Will Whittington in 26m:08s (88th), Mark Cleworth 26m:37s (101st), Andrew Smith 27m:30s (116th), Rod Kessack 30m:29s (168th), Becky Hodgson 32m:24s (187th) and Julie Foster in 40m:34s (233rd).
By Mark Carlton

Girlings Solicitors Ashford & District 10k – Sunday 04th February 2018

Girlings Solicitors Ashford & District 10k – Sunday 04th February 2018

The 30th running of the Ashford & District 10k will remain a memorable event, not only because of the changeable weather the runners had to contend with on the day but also a close finish with the top 7 finishers all within 30 seconds of each other.

The weather was interchangeable. Sun, rain, sleet, snow and wind made for difficult conditions with Ben Hughes of Medway & Maidstone AC winning the race in 33m:07s with last year’s winner Robert Latala of Ashford & District RRC finishing 3rd in 33m:13s.

Jon Pearce finished 11th for the club in 35m:10s with Carl Jones and CJ Lattimer close behind in 36m:13s (14th) and 36m:15s (15th) respectively. Trevor Kay crossed the line next for the club in 37m:59s (19th).

Christine Costiff was 1st lady home for A&D in 44m:39s (80th) with Anna-Lisa Stiffell just behind in a personal best time of 44m:52s (85th), Michael Hall in 45m:28s (92nd) and Gill Pragnell in 45m:38s (94th).

Mark Boorer finished in 47m:38s (132nd), Will Whittington in 48m:09s (137th), James Phillips in 50m:36s (189th) and Keith Lynn in 58m:20s (362nd). 567 runners completed the course in this is ever-popular race.

Thames Trot – Saturday 3rd February 2018

Edward Rodger completed the 50 mile Thames Trot on Sunday. The course which runs alongside the Thames, utilising the towpaths and bridleways from Oxford to Henley, proved to be one of the hardest races the experienced Ultra runner has faced, finishing in 10hrs:59m:50s, just before the 11 hour cut-off time.

Ryde 10 –Sunday 04th February 2018

Steve Hickman took on the hill Ryde 10 miler on Sunday completing the race in 1hr:32m:41s.

Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 03rd February 2018

The latest parkrun finished with 3 Ashford & District RRC runners in the top 10 with Julius Samson taking top honours by finishing 3rd in a personal best time of 18m:47s. Jon Wells followed in 6th with a time of 19m:12s and Paul Moses just behind in 19m:37s (7th).

Dan Green crossed the line in 20m:23s (11th) and Carl Ireland just shy of his personal best at this distance in 21m:12s (17th). Dean Bracken finished in 21m:26s (22nd), Ricky Hickman in 21m:34s (23rd) and Elodie Paviot finished as 1st lady and in a personal best of 22m:13s in 29th.

Danyel Carter was next up in 22m:24s (32nd), James Chapman in 22m:32s (35th) and Aaron Homewood in a personal best of 22m:34s (36th). Scott Lynch followed in 22m:41s (39th), Rod Kessack in 23m:34s (46th), Mark Boorer 23m:35s (47th), Pat Butler 23m:57s (52nd), Sarah Homewood 28m:05s (115th) and Julie Foster in 39m:55s (216th).

Meanwhile Anthony Brown completed the Folkestone parkrun in 21m:29s finishing 18th.

By Mark Carlton

South of England Athletics Association Cross Country Championships – Saturday 27th January 2018

South of England Athletics Association Cross Country Championships  –  Saturday 27th January 2018

Ashford & District RRC travelled to Stanmer Park in Brighton to compete in this year’s SEAA Cross Country Championships. The competition invites clubs to compete from anywhere in the south of England, from Cornwall to Norfolk. The competition was tough and so were the conditions as driving rain descended upon the runners and churned up the hilly course.

First up were the A&D ladies with Danyel Carter finishing in the top 200 in a time of 40m:48s with Christine Costiff just behind in 40m:59s (205th). Gill O’ Connor was next up in 43m:29s (247th) and Lucy Johnstone finished the 8km course in 48m:49s (310th). Overall, A&D ladies finished 36th out of 40 eligible teams.

Meanwhile, in the men’s 15km race, Robert Latala continued to impress with a great performance in difficult conditions finishing in 53rd place overall out of a field of 740 runners. Latala crossed the line in 55m:47s.

Next up was Jon Pearce in 1hr:02m:18s in 222nd followed by Jon Wells in 1hr:10m exactly (437th). Dean Bracken’s return to form continued, finishing in 1hr:12m:51s (510th) with Robin Butler and Adrian Moody not far behind in 1hr:13m:40s (533rd) and 1hr:13m:47s (535th) respectively.

Rob Barton finished in 1hr:15m:08s (557th).Paul Moses, who succumbed to injury finished in 1hr:19m:33s (642nd) and Richard Baker in 1hr:23m:20s (678th). Overall, the A&D men’s team finished 40th out of 75 eligible teams.

Ashford Parkrun  –  Saturday 27th January 2018

A cold and frosty morning greeted nearly 300 runners at Victoria Park on Saturday in the latest parkrun event.

Running in A&D colours, Ben Smith came home 1st for the club. The A&D junior also set a new personal best of 18m:34s finishing 6th overall. Mark Attenborough was next, crossing the line in 21m:05s (17th) with Ryan Edwards just behind. Mark Carlton finished next in 21m:43s (27th) and Ricky Hickman in 21m:50s (28th)

Gill Pragnell was 1st lady home for the club in 22m:08s (34th) with James Chapman in 22m:51s (44th). Rod Kessack crossed the line in 23m:14s (52nd) with Elodie Paviot and Mark Boorer not far behind in 23m:17s (55th) and 23m:18s (56th) respectively.

Will Whittington was up next in 24m:31s (68th), Claire and Dan Green finished in 25m:43s (87th) and 25m:44s (88th) respectively. John Fidge in 27m:44s (131st), Shelly Blake, completing her 51st parkrun in 28m:36s (143rd), Andrew Smith 29m:36s (157th), Ann Fidge 29m:53s (165th), Becky Hodgson 32m:57s (199th) and Julie Foster in 46m:46s (269th).

By Mark Carlton