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&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

Ashford & District RRC 5 & 10 Mile Marshalls’ Race – Sunday 21stOctober 2018

Ashford & District RRC 5 & 10 Mile Marshalls’ Race – Sunday 21st October 2018

Those marshaling the club’s Halloween 5 & 10 Mile Race had the opportunity to compete on the course themselves on Sunday morning. In the 5-mile race, Rob Barton was first home in 33:40, with Stuart Nunn next in 43:49 and John Fidge close behind in 45:27. Lisa Jones was first lady home in 48:46, closely followed by Sarah Homewood in 49:05. Anne Fidge and Anne Healy both finished in 50:45, with Lesley Moody achieving a personal best time of 52:41. Rachel Jenkins (54:49) and Lucy Johnstone (54:54) finished in quick succession, followed by Julie Foster in 1:16:52.

Paul Moses was the first to complete the 10-mile course in 1:09:56, with Scotty Lynch hot on his heels in 1:10:26. Richard Baker was next in 1:12:40, followed by Carl Ireland in 1:17:00 and Elodie Paviot in a personal best time of 1:17:10. James Phillips finished the course in 1:22:38, followed by Mark Cleworth (1:30:52), Keith Lynn (1:36:10) and Will Whittington (1:37:07).

Great South Run – 21st October 2018

Shaun Snowwolf-Harris completed the Great South Run around the streets and sights of Portsmouth, finishing the 10-mile course in a personal best time of 1:26:13.

Croydon 10K – Sunday 21st October 2018

Gill O’Connor completed the Croydon 10K on Sunday. The race, which snaked around the outskirts of Croydon’s Lloyd Park, saw her come 1st in the V55 category with a time of 47:41.

Thanet Colour Run – Sunday 21st October 2018

Emma Jenkins enjoyed the 5k Colour Run in Thanet on Sunday, finishing in 45:00. The course took runners through clouds of powdered paint.

Parkrun – Saturday 20th October 2018

Cristine Costiff ran the 5K forest trail of Bedgebury Parkrun on Saturday, coming 1st in the VW55-59 category with a time of 23:23.

On the Kent coast, both Will Whittington (24:56) and Trevor Sparkes (26:20) completed the Walmer and Deal Parkrun in personal best times; Emma Jenkins crossed the finish line in 32:47.

Closer to home, Paul Ridley was 7th overall and achieved a personal best time of 19:13 in the Ashford Parkrun; Shaun Snowwolf-Harris completed the course in 27:59.

 

by Verity Dunbar

HICKMAN’S MARATHON MILESTONE

Isle of Wight Marathon – October 14 2018

Sunday saw a significant milestone for club president Steve Hickman. A return to home turf running the Isle of Wight Marathon saw Steve completing his 150th marathon in a time of 4:30:08. Steve was supported by friends from Ashford and District Road Running Club and Isle of Wight Road Runners.

Club members competing alongside Steve were, Aaron Homewood 4:21:11, Ed Rodger 4:41:34, Sarah Homewood 4:48:32, Helen Weeden 4:53:04 and Lucy Johnstone 5:01:27.

 Kent Cross Country League Fixture 1 – October 13 2018

 The start of the Kent County Athletics Association Cross Country League took Ashford and District runners to Beech Grove Academy, Nonnington.

Michael Davies inspired the team with first place in the Masters race with a time of 23:29.

The lady’s team was led home by Becks Macey in 23rd place completing the course in 22:06, followed by Rhian Shrimplin 24:24 , Christine Costiff 25:12, Gill O’Connor 26:10, Claire Green 27:04, Jaclyn Kay 28:12 and Lucy Johnstone 31:53 . In the senior women’s team league, Ashford now stand in 11th place and 8th in the ‘6’ to score league.

The first man home was Jon Pearce in 49th place with a time of 39:58, closely followed home by Trevor Kay, 40:22 in 53rd place and Tomasz Latala, 40:47 celebrating his birthday with a strong run to finish 61st place. Dan Green 41:25, completed the scoring in the senior men’s league placing Ashford and District in a respectable 7th place. Solid runs from Jon Wells, Andrew Noble, Julius Samson, Scott Lynch, Paul Moses, Paul Ridley, Rob Barton and Richard Baker gained points in the ‘12’ to score league giving Ashford and District 3rd place. On a difficult course club members, Adrian Moody, Mark Attenborough, Mark Harrison, Anthony Brown, Carl Ireland, Trevor Sparks and Adrian Beresford ensured the light blues had an impressive team presence and good foundation to build on for the rest of the season.

 In other events…

Ingvild Drake ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon in 1:50:24.

Paul Moses competed in the Chilham Sprint Duathlon in 01:30:56 and finished 6th overall and first in the V55 age category.

By Paul Moses

Ashford & District turn out in force for Givaudan 10K Sunday 7th October 2018:

Ashford AC Givaudan 10K – Sunday 7th October 2018:

Sunday saw 53 club members turn out for the 32nd Givaudan 10K on home turf, with 18 finishing in personal best times. The undulating course covered the town centre and made for an enjoyable race.

Trevor Kay was first man home for the club, finishing 8th overall with a PB of 0:35:29. Daniel Green was 19th overall in 0:36:35, followed by Ryan Edwards (36th overall) with a PB time of 0:38:50. Scotty Lynch was next in for the club and 43rd overall with a time of 0:39:27, making him 4th in the V50 category. Paul Ridley achieved a PB of 0:39:31, followed by Paul Moses (0:39:43), Julius Samson (0:39:57), Rob Barton (0:40:28), Keith Haynes (0:40:45), Mark Attenborough (0:42:15) and Carl Ireland with a PB time of 0:43:36. Mark Carlton was next over the line in 0:45:21, followed by Jon Pearce (0:45:30), Ricky Hickman with a PB of 0:45:34, Neil Woodham (0:46:28) and Don Dewar (0:46:33). David Chappell achieved a PB of 0:47:18, with Terry Sellen (0:48:31) and Aaron Homewood (0:48:34) close behind. Mark Cleworth then crossed the line with a PB of 0:52:24, followed by Shaun Snowwolf-Harris in another PB of 0:52:43, Steve Hickman (0:52:52), Keith Lynn with a PB of 0:53:21, John Fidge (0:54:02), Mark Boorer (0:57:38) and Trevor Sparkes (1:04:03).

Becky Macey was the first lady home for the club and 6th lady overall, with a devilish PB time of 0:42:35 in bib no. 666! Elodie Paviot was next with a PB of 0:44:38, followed by Christine Costiff in 0:46:44. Filiz Salih finished the course in another PB time (0:48:34), followed by Aurelie Morris (0:49:08), Tracey Calnan (0:49:20) and Hazel Turner (0:49:22). The club’s ladies continued on strong form as Sandi Mortimer (0:49:39), Sophie Edmonds (0:49:44), Jaclyn Kay (0:52:04), Heather Johnston (0:52:52) and Sarah Homewood (0:56:20) then all crossed the line in PB times. Lucy Johnstone finished in 0:57:27, followed by Ann Fidge (1:00:25), Sarah Taylor (1:03:33), Lesley Moody (1:04:27), Emma Jenkins with a PB of 1:12:11 and Debbie Payne (1:12:52).

Tonbridge Half Marathon and Cardiff Half Marathon- Sunday 7th October 2018

James Phillips achieved a PB time in the 8th Tonbridge Half Marathon on Sunday, crossing the finish line in 1:46:08 and shaving almost 10 minutes off his previous record. Further west, Rachel Jenkins completed the Cardiff Half Marathon in PB time of 2:20:55.

Sittingbourne 10 Mile Road Race- Sunday 7th October 2018

Anthony Brown completed the course in 1:16:56, whilst Rhian Shrimplin achieved a PB time of 1:17:21. The pair finished in 36th and 37th place respectively.

Titsey Trail 10K- Sunday 7th October 2018

Gill O’Connor came 2nd in her age category in the undulating, off-road race in Surrey, with a time of 0:50:40.

Saturday 6th October 2018: Ashford Parkrun

Shaun Snowwolf-Harris completed Saturday’s Parkrun in 0:27:29.

Wednesday 3rd October 2018: SVN Tolkien Challenge

Two club runners covered marathon distance in the SVN Tolkien Run, by the White Cliffs of Dover. Hazel Turner completed the 26.2 miles in 4:09:30, going on to finish during her 7th lap at 4:12:29. Becky Hodgson completed 26.2 miles in 6:24:28.

By Verity Dunbar

 

 

 

 

 

The Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon – Sunday 30th September 2018;

The Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon – Sunday 30th September 2018;
 
Five of the club’s runners took part in this years Folkestone half marathon, the out and back coastal run well known for its steep ascent to the finishing line. Don Dewar was first home for the club in a time of 1:46:52 placing him 6th in the Mens V55 category. Claire Green was first lady back for the club in 1:56:21 and 5th Lady V35 . Keith Lynn completed the course in 2:14:01 with Hugh Scarlin and Sarah Taylor finishing together in 2:23:56.
 
Great Scottish Run – Sunday 30th September 2018;
 
Edward Rodger and Helen Weeden traveled North of the border to take part in the Great Scottish run. Edward Rodger, who last week had to pull out of the Snowdon 100 Ultra due to injury managed to complete the course in 2:04:11 with Helen Weeden finishing shortly after in 2:04:44.
 
Ealing Half Marathon – Sunday 30th September 2018;
 
Andrew Noble set a new Half Marathon PB at the Ealing Half Marathon on Sunday, the veteran runner completed the popular course in a pacy 1:24:14 to finish 5th in the Mens V50 category.
 
Blenheim Half Marathon – Sunday 30th September;
 
Ryan Edwards traveled to Oxford to compete in the Blenheim Half Marathon, continuing his good form with a finish in 1:29:06.
 
Windsor Half Marathon – Sunday 30th September;
 
Ingvild Drake competed in the Windsor Half Marathon, finishing in 1:51:55.
 
By Anthony Brown