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?

Brighton Marathon

Congratulations to all the runners from Ashford & District Road Running Club who travelled to Brighton on Sunday 06 April to take part in the 2014 Brighton Marathon. Over 8500 runners completed the 5th Brighton Marathon.

It was Steve Hickman’s 97th marathon in a time of 3hrs 56m 0s. Steve is planning to complete his 100th marathon at this years Isle of Wight Marathon in October. Personal best times were achieved by Sandy Starling in a time of 4hrs 47m 21s, Helen Weeden 4hrs 45m 51s, Amanda Bashford 4hrs 28m 59s and Katie McCarter breaking her previous best by a massive 31 minutes in a time of 3hrs 46m 52s! Dean Bracken finished in 3 hrs 42m 35s, Anna-Lisa Stiffell running her first race for the club in a time of 4hrs 13m 0s and Jo Faux in a time of 3hrs 50m 46s.

Well done all of you

Paddock Wood Half Marathon

Bit of a late update but a little over a week ago four club members completed the Paddock Wood half marathon. Chris Valdus finished in a cracking time of 1:16:33 (just 3 seconds off his PB) with Kevan James also finishing well in 1:22:18, both testing their pre-London preparation. Next home was Kit Nelson in a personal best of 1:33:45 followed by Essen Larsen in 2:05:33, her first half marathon for the club. Great running!

Hastings Half Marathon

Six club members completed Hastings half marathon last weekend. Rob Butler was first home for the club in a time of 1:27:49 with Scott Lynch not far behind in 1:29:14. Katie McCarter wasn’t far off her PB in a time of 1:47:08 followed by Steve Hickman in 1:50:34. This was Lucy Cresser’s first race finishing in 2:01:39 (PB) with Helen Weeden not far behind in 2:07:38. All arrived back at the finish just in time to avoid the hail shower!

Membership renewal time!

It is coming up to 1st April so we need to ask you to pay to renew your membership for the coming year, or to become a member if you haven’t yet done so but have been meaning to. New members also need to fill in a membership form.

Full membership is £30 Additional Full Member is £16.50 and non Competing Members: £22.50. For further information go to memberships

Lydd Half Marathon

A good turnout for the club saw six members running the Lydd half in surprising warm conditions on the hottest day of the year so far. A headwind on the way back didn’t help but again some great performances with Chris Boyce and Jo Faux both running personal bests! First home for the club was Kevan James in 1:22:30 followed by Chris Boyce in 1:28:43 (PB). Jo Faux was third female senior in a time of 1:42:49 (PB), Steve Hickman finished in 1:49:17 followed by Ed Rodger in 1:58:04 and Julie Foster in 2:13:16.

Reading Half Marathon

Oops! Nearly forgot Sandi Starling’s personal best at the weekend! Sandi ran the Reading half marathon in 2:04:58, almost an 8-minute improvement on her previous PB! Like Sandi, there’s been plenty of great performances over the weekend which bodes well for the Lydd half on Sunday, a flat fast course!

Steyning Stinger Marathon

Four brave fools ran the offroad Steyning Stinger marathon, battling the mud and wind but rewarded with the glorious views from the top of the South Downs. Robin Butler finished in 4:05:14, Katie McCarter came home in 4:40:03, Steve Hickman wasn’t far behind in 4:51:47 and Helen Weeden completed the quartet in a time of 5:59:44. Well done to all!

Silverstone and Tunbridge Wells Half Marathons

Last weekend saw Dean Bracken and James Vincer test their speed around Silverstone in the half marathon. Both ran PBs; Dean finishing in 1:35:08 and James in 1:54:32. Great improvement from both! As part of his marathon training, Scott Lynch ran the hilly Tunbridge Wells half marathon finishing in a time of 1:30:04. Well done Scotty!

Recent Results

Following on from our own 10k it’s been a busy racing period. Katie McCarter ran the Ashford 5k park run for the first time finishing in a PB of 22:25. Three club members ran the Deal half marathon, all of them running personal bests; Dean Bracken leading them home in 1:37:40, Amanda Bashford in 1:58:18 and James Vincer in 2:02:07. Neil Buckley and Steve Hickman ran last weekend’s Moonlight Challenge, a 32.75 mile night run in atrocious conditions. Unfortunately Neil took a tumble and was unable to finish, like many of the other competitors, but Steve completed the event in a creditable time of 6:49:45. Lastly, Dawn Ayres was the only club member to run the Tenterden 5 mile finishing in a time of 44:45.