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.

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.

Tenterden 5 Mile

Two of the club’s runners took on the challenge of  the annual Tenterden 5 mile race on Sunday. Running along a route around the quiet lanes of  the village of Wittersham, near Tenterden, the runners had to contend with a testing hilly course. Gill Pragnell ran an excellent race to finish as the 3rd lady and 26th overall in the race in a time of 35:46, with Mark Cleworth, using the race as a warm up for the tough Hastings Half marathon next month, finishing in 61st place in 39:49.

Jon Wells once again showed his class on the very tough off road courses, as he finished an excellent 4th place overall and 2nd MV40 at Trosley Park 10k on Sunday.  On the trail course around the beautiful setting of Trosley Park near Rochester, Jon came home in a time of 46:35.

At the latest Ashford parkrun, Trevor Kay was the first of the club’s runners home as he finished in 2nd place in a time of 17:54, followed home by Shane Dragwidge, who again impressed with a 4th place finish and a new personal best in 19:06, with Paul Moses close behind in 5th place and 1st MV50 in 19:11. Dean Bracken was 8th in 19:37, Scott Lynch 9th in 19:42, Richard Baker, now in training for the London Marathon in April, was 12th in 20:13, Pat Butler was 14th and 1st MV60 in 20:29, with Mark Attenborough 15th in 20:30 and Terry Sellen 24th in 21:57. Robert Carpenter was 34th in 22:59, Stu Nunn 41st in 23:23, Danyel Carter 6th lady in 24:08, Will Whittington 58th in 24:20 and Julie Foster 35th lady in 30:42.

Worthing Half Marathon

Helen Weeden was first home for the club and broke her personal best in Worthing Half marathon on Sunday. Run on a fast and flat course around the seafront of Worthing, Helen came home in 874th and 37th in her age category in a time of 1:57:18, with Eddie Rodger close behind in 1:58:57, Steve Hickman in 2:01:19 and Sue Reader, now in training for the Brighton marathon in April, finishing in 2:05:37.

With the spring marathon season not far away, two club members, Mark Carlton and Stu Nunn, used the Deal Marathon on Sunday as part of their build up to the Brighton marathon. On the very undulating course around the villages of Betteshanger, Sutton, Ripple, Langdon and Martin Mill, Mark Carlton broke his personal best as he was first home for the club in 106th place in a time of 1:46:53, with Stu Nunn knocking an impressive 7 and a half minutes from his personal best as he came home 114th in 1:48:14, with Rhian Shrimplin finishing 153rd in 1:53:51.

At the latest Ashford parkrun, Paul Moses was first home for the club in 5th(1st MV50) in a time of 19:30, Paul Brasington was 14th in 21:27, Terry Sellen 16th in 21:35, Dean Bracken 19th in 22:24, Richard Baker 20th in 22:35, Mark Attenborough 21st in 22:41, William Whittington 37th in 24:34, Danyel Carter finished 61st in 27:37, Sue Reader 62nd in 27:37 and Julie  Foster finished in 33:18.

Ashford & District 10k 2017

Robert Latala broke the club’s 10k record with his first place finish in the Girlings Solicitors Ashford & District 10k on Sunday. He held off the challenge of Lloyd Worsley of Folkestone running club, and Mike Coleman of South Kent Harriers on the fast course, to finish in a time of 32:37, breaking the previous record also held by him of 32:47. Trevor Kay produced another strong run with his 14th place finish in a time of 37:05, finishing just ahead of Daniel Green who was 15th and 1st MV45 in 37:26, with Cj Lattimer finishing in 24th place in 38:23, and  Kevan James finishing 40th and 2nd MV55 in 41:02. Danyel Carter produced another personal best with her 64th and 8th lady finish in 43:13, Paul Brasington was next in for the club in 73rd place in 43:30, with Glenn Holiday in 82nd place in 44:05, Gill Pragnell 86th in 44:31, Terry Sellen running a personal best in 45:22, Jo Lattimer finished in in 45:47, Gill O’Connor was the 1st WV55 in 46:20 and Ben Black came home in 49:39.

Hadleigh Legacy 10k

Richard Baker, after his 1st place finish at the Ashford parkrun race the previous week, took on the challenge of the Hadleigh Legacy 10k run on Sunday. The race offered the runners the chance to test their stamina and endurance on one of the iconic venues of the London 2012 Olympic mountain bike course in Essex. Richard overcame the exceptionally hilly and muddy off road course around the grounds of Hadleigh castle to record an excellent time of 49:23 and 22nd place in a field of over 330 runners, 2 minutes quicker than the previous year.

At the latest Ashford parkrun, Daniel Green was the first of the club’s runners home with a 2nd place finish(1st MV40) in a time of 18:25, with Dean Bracken 6th in 19:49, Shane Dragwidge was 13th in 20:36, Mark Attenborough 16th in 20:57, Pat Butler 17th (1st MV60) in 21:06, Danyel Carter was the 1st lady with a personal best of 21:32 and Terry Sellen finished 24th in 22:09. Claire Green was the 5th lady in 23:29, Richard Baker 37th in 23:31, William Whittington 50th in 24:47, John Fidge was the 1st MV65 in 25:15, Mark Cleworth ran a personal best in 25:40, Simon Jackson finished in 27:09, Kirsty Farrant in 29:14, Anne Fidge was the 2nd WV60 in 30:02 and Julie Foster finished in 31:36.

Canterbury 10 Mile

With many of the club’s runners well into their Spring marathon training, Sunday saw a chance to test out how their training was progressing with nine of the club’s runners taking part in the Canterbury 10 mile race. In a large field of over 1300 runners on a testing and hilly course in misty and cold conditions, Trevor Kay was first home for the club in 35th place in a time of 1:01:51, with Dan Green close behind in 41st place and 9th MV40 in 1:02:26. Dean Bracken produced a 2 minute personal best with his 77th place finish in 1:04:54, wiith Paul Moses finishing in 102nd place and 10th MV50 in 1:05:57. Julius Sampson finished 105th in 1:06:17, Scott Lynch 116th in 1:06:43, Danyel Carter ran an 18 minute personal best as she finished 276th in 1:13:22, Stu Nunn came home in 1:21:36 and Rhian Shrimplin finished in 1:27:04.

At the latest Ashford parkrun, Richard Baker was first home for the club as he finished 1st in a time of 19:51, with Mark Attenborough next in 7th in 20:47, the ever improving Terry Sellen came home 9th in 21:54, Stu Nunn was 24th in 23:19, Clare Green was the 3rd lady finisher in 23:24, Dan Green 28th in 23:25, and Scott Lynch 29th in 23:26. Mark Cleworth ran a personal best as he finished 54th in 26:17, Sue Reader was 16th lady in 27:12, Paul Bailey came home in 27:47, Julie Foster in 30:42 and Andrew Smith in 31:39.

Country to Capital 2017

Saturday saw three of the club’s runners take on the challenge of the Country to Capital Ultra race. This was the first race on this year’s ultra race calendar and is one of the premier ultra races in the country. The runners have to run a course of 45 miles starting in Wendover and after running through the Buckinghamshire countryside, takes the runners into London along the Grand Union tow path, and a finish in Little Venice. It was run in tough conditions with the recent poor weather making the course exceptionally hard to navigate and with heavy rain and snow showers during the run. First of the runners home was Darren Santer, who ran an excellent time of 7:31:56, followed home by Helen Weeden in 10:35:48, and close behind, Edward Rodger in 10:35:53.

At the latest Ashford parkrun on Saturday, Daniel Green was first home for the club in 2nd place and 1st MV40 in a time of 18:40, followed by Dean Bracken in 6th place in 20:03, Paul Moses 7th in 20:11, Shane Dragwidge 9th in 20:39, Scott Lynch 11th in 20:42, and Mark Attenborough 24th in 21:44. Mark Carlton ran a personal best finishing 39th in 23:19, Danyel Carter was the 3rd lady in 23:41, Dave Hunt finished in 23:49, William Whittington in 25:05, John Fidge was first in his age category in 26:19, Trevor Kay in 26:33, Paul Bailey in 27:21, Steve Hickman in 30:14, Ann Fidge was first in her age category in 30:35 and Julie Foster in 31:55.

Kent Seniors Cross Country Champs

Saturday saw the club field a large number of runners in the annual Kent cross country Championship at Brands Hatch. Run on a tough course of 12km that tested the runners’ stamina throughout, Robert Latala  was first home for the club finishing in an impressive 16th place in a time of 41:13, followed home by Daniel Green (MV40) in 83rd place in 47:24, Trevor Kay 98th in 48:19, Dean Bracken 114th in 49:55, Scott Lynch (MV40) 116th in 50:03, Paul Moses (MV50) 125th in 51:11, Robin Butler (MV40) 135th in 52:27, and Richard Baker (MV40) 142nd in 52:49. Anthony Brown finished 147th in 52:54, Keith Haynes (VM40) 169th in 55:41, Chris Boyce 171st in 56:04, Darren Santer 185th in 58:39 and Stu Nunn (MV40) 191st in 1:00:09. In the Male team event, the club had  success against some much bigger clubs  finishing 6th out of 19 teams with the first 12 runners scoring, and 8th out of 31 teams with the first 6 runners scoring.

In the ladies event over 8k, the club’s two runners both produced very strong performances, with Danyel Carter finishing 63rd out of 188 finishers in a time of 40:04 and Claire Green finishing 88th in 43:30. Meanwhile Shane Dragwidge produced a gutsy performance in the under 20 men’s event (6.5k) against some of the top junior runners in the county, finishing 19th in a time of 27:10.

At the latest parkrun, Robert Carpenter was first of the club’s runners home finishing 6th in a time of 19:58, followed in by Mark Attenborough in 11th place in 21:09, Mark Cleworth in 27:31, Terry Sellen in 28:46, Julie Foster in 29:06 and Steve Hickman in 29:09.

Lamberhurst 10k

In the first race of 2017, five of the club’s runners took part in the Lamberhurst 10k on New Year’s day. On a challenging course which include some tough hill sections, CJ Lattimer was the first home for the club as he finished in 9th place in a time of 38:13, followed in by Dean Bracken in 21st place in 41:38. Danyel Giles finished as the 10th lady in the race in a time of 47:14, with Jo Lattimer the 11th lady finisher in 47:52, and Stu Nunn finished in 86th place in 50:35.

Stu Nunn knocked over 8 minutes from his personal best as he came home in a time of 1:18:49 and 94th place in the Staplehurst 10 mile race last Tuesday.