Ironman Weymouth 70.3 – Sunday 17th September 2017

Ironman Weymouth 70.3 – Sunday 17th September 2017

Dean Bracken completed the Weymouth Ironman 70.3 in a time of 5hrs:55m:41s,  the event, commonly known as ‘Half Ironman’, consisted of a gruelling 1.2 mile sea swim, a 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run to complete the course in 679th position overall. Bracken will now be focusing on competing in the full Ironman in Austria next year.

 

 

Oliver Fisher 10k – Sunday 17th September 2017

In preparation for the upcoming cross country season, Jon Wells came home victorious winning the Oliver Fisher 10k in a time of 40m:53s. The challenging 2 lap off road route in and around Capstone Farm Country Park, Gillingham proved to be a difficult test with some steep inclines throughout the course.

 

Richmond RUNFEST 2017 – Saturday & Sunday 16th/17th September 2017

Becky Hodgson completed the flat and fast Kew Gardens 10k as part of the Richmond RUNFEST weekend, finishing in a personal best time of 1hr:01m:45s. The following day, the Richmond Half Marathon saw Anthony Brown and Rhian Shrimplin compete for the club. Rhian Shrimplin finished in a personal best time of 1hr:44m56s, whilst Anthony Brown, returning from injury, finished in 1hr:46m:24s.

Ashford Parkrun & Great Run Ashford – Saturday & Sunday 16/17th September 2017

Ashford & District runners dominated the top ten finishers at this week’s Parkrun with Trevor Kay winning the event in a time of 17m:55s followed by Julius Samson in 18m:58s with Paul Moses in 19m:08s taking third spot. Scott Lynch was hot on his heels in 19m:12s (4th) and Mark Attenborough crossed the line in 20m:12s (9th). Keith Haynes continued his good form finishing in 20m:30s (11th) with Stuart Nunn in 22m:03s (27th) and Terry Sellen in 22m:04s (28th). James Chapman finished in a personal best of 22m:50s (35th) with Will Whittington in 24m:35s (64th) and Jeremy Chambers 33m:08s (168th).

Meanwhile around the country, in a warm up for his Ironman event, Dean Bracken completed the Weymouth Parkrun in 29m:19s whilst Jon Wells narrowly missed out on winning his 2nd event of the weekend, finishing 2nd by 8 seconds in a personal best time of 18m:39s at the Maidstone event. Gary Sage also competed for the club and finished in a time of 23m:04s, 52nd overall.

It was a family affair at the Great Run Ashford on Sunday as Dan Green won the 5k event in a time of 18m:32s whilst son, Tom Green,  won the 2km event in a time of 08m:01s.  Julius Samson also finished 3rd in the 5k event in a time of 22m:30s.

By Mark Carlton

Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 09th September 2017

Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 09th September 2017

Victoria Park held its 200th parkrun event on Saturday with 268 runners and a chicken taking part. Trevor Kay was first home for Ashford & District RRC finishing 5th in a time of 18m:14s followed closely by Dan Green in 7th in 18m:26s and Paul Moses in 12th 19m:26s. In what was another large turnout for the club, Keith Haynes also finished 19th 20m:48s, Mark Attenborough (22nd) 21m:05s, Richard Baker (29th) 21m:40s,  Ricky Hickman in a PB time of 22m:05s (35th), Stuart Nunn (37th) 22m:11s, Mark Carlton (42nd) 22m:38s, Mark Harrison (43rd) 22m:41s PB, Terry Sellen (49th) 22m:58s, Edward Rodger (56th) 23m:20s. Claire Green was 1st lady home for the club (81st) 24m:50s followed by Elodie Paviot (85th) 25m:11s,  John Fidge (148th) 28m:10s and Heather Johnston (177th) 29m:41s. To celebrate the 200th event Scott Lynch dressed as a chicken as a well as being a 30 minute pacer for the run and did exactly that by finishing in 29m:59s (184th) followed by Becky Hodgson (192nd) 30m:35s and Jeremy Chambers (227th) 34m:50s.

Meanwhile around the country, Robert Carpenter finished the Abingdon parkrun in (40th) 21m:27s, Gareth Darch completed the Lee-on-the-Solent event  in (35th) 22m:53s and Julie Foster took on the Weymouth parkrun (262nd) 33m:09s.

Dan Green’s 2nd race of the weekend saw him finish the Great Run Ashford in 3rd place overall in a time of 18m:35s.

New Forest Trail Half Marathon – Sunday 10th  September 2017

Steve Hickman took part in the multi-terrain New Forest Half Marathon finishing in 2hrs:01m:10s.  The course runs through the heart of the New Forest taking in forest enclosures and open roads. Hickman finished in 955th position in a field of close to 2000 runners.

Wingham 10k  – Sunday 10th September 2017

Closer to home, Ann Fidge was the clubs sole representative for the undulating, scenic Wingham 10k finishing in 205th in 1hr:02m:35s.

By Mark Carlton

Hardelot 10k  – Saturday 02nd September 2017

Ashford & District RRC completed a clean sweep of international honours at the Hardelot 10k in Northern France on Saturday afternoon. The picturesque town held host to over 550 runners with Ashford & District fielding a team of 20 members, which saw men’s club captain, Scott Lynch, pick up the team prize.

Trevor Kay was first home in 36m:41s, finishing in 21st place overall and winning the 1st International male prize. Daneyl Carter picked up the 1st International female prize with a personal best of 43m:09s in 130th. Dean Bracken finished in a seasons best of 38m:20s, 35th overall and just ahead of Scott Lynch in 38m:29s (39th). Richard Baker followed with a time of 41m:12s (77th) with Chris Boyce (93rd) and Mark Attenborough (95th) in 41m:51s and 41m:53s respectively. Adrian Moody completed the course in 43m:39s (137th), Hazel Turner 46m:30s (205th), Mark Carlton 47m:33s (241st),Frances Hunt in a personal best of 50m:20s (306th) Brad Bunk crossed the line in exactly the same time in 307th position. Elodie Paviot, on home soil, finished in 51m:55s (335th), Jaclyn Kay recorded a personal best of 52m:00 (336th), Helen Weeden 56m:07s (415th), Simon Jackson 56m:25s (419th), John Fidge 57m:02s (427th) Lucy Johnstone in a personal best of 58m:03s (445th), Ann Fidge 1hr:00m:43s (506th) and Julie Foster 1hr:12m:41s (562nd) completed a successful day for the club.

Man v Mountain – Saturday 02nd September 2017

Jon Wells took on the impressively titled ‘Man V Mountain’ adventure race finishing 98th overall, 25th in category in a time of 4hr:59m:26s. The 22 mile course starts at sea level and weaves its way up to the summit of Snowdon, coming back down the other side into Dinorwic Quarry.

Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 02nd August 2017

Dan Green was first home for Ashford & District RRC finishing 2nd in a time of 18m:35s with fellow club members Paul Brasington in 21m:37s (17th), Edward Rodger 23m:00s (28th), Robert Carpenter 23m:14s (30th), James Chapman 23m:52s (37th), Will Whittington 25m:04s (56th), Claire Green 29m:00s (127th), Heather Johnston in a personal best of 29m:38s (137th),  Becky Hodgson 32m:18s (164th) and Jeremy Chambers in 35m:14s (187th).

Parallel London 10k – Sunday 03rd September 2017

Jon Wiles completed the Parallel London 10k, held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in a time of 48m:34s finishing 44th overall. The event is a fully inclusive fun run which caters for all ages and abilities. Jon was also representing the charity, Christmas for Kids.

Andover Trail Marathon – Sunday 03rd September 2017

Steve Hickman travelled to Hampshire for his 141st marathon. In the 2nd running of the Andover Trail Marathon, Hickman completed the hilly trail run in a time of 5hr:05m:28s, despite taking a detour at 21 miles due to a lack of signage.

Kent Coastal Marathon – Sunday 03rd September 2017

Rik Holden finished the Kent Coastal Marathon in 49th position overall and 13th in the Mens V40 category in a time of 3hr:55m:08s.

By Mark Carlton

The White Cliffs Challenge – Saturday 26th August 2017

Helen Weeden and Edward Rodger both completed The White Cliffs Challenge in a time of 9h:17m:00s. The 32 mile course is entirely self-navigated from St Margaret’s at Cliffe, just outside Dover, following a clifftop route towards Folkestone and back.

 

Canterbury Half Marathon – Monday 28th August 2017

Glorious Bank holiday weather attracted over 400 runners to compete in the challenging Canterbury Half Marathon. The undulating course which takes in the country lanes on the outskirts of the city was baked in sunshine as Paul Moses recorded a time of 1h:35m:46s, finishing 23rd overall and 1st male in the vet50 category. Christine Costiff also finished 1st in the female vet55 category in a time of 1h:50m:24s and 82nd overall. Stuart Nunn continued his Autumn marathon preparation crossing the line in 96th in 1h:52m:14s and Rhian Shrimplin finished in 181st, 2h:02m:53s. Remarkably, Edward Rodger recovered well from the gruelling 32 mile White Cliffs Challenge on Saturday to finish in 2h:10m:35s and Steve Hickman followed closely behind in 2h:13m:58s.

Sevenoaks 7 – Monday 28th August 2017

Jon Wells and Adrian Moody ran the hilly Sevenoaks 7 on Bank Holiday Monday with Wells finishing 18th in 48m:08s and Moody not far behind in 52m:58s.

Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 26th August 2017

A warm, sunny day attracted a large turnout of Ashford & District runners to the towns parkrun on Saturday with Trevor Kay coming home first for the club in 17m:56s and finishing 3rd overall. Also finishing in the top 25, Scott Lynch in a time of 19m:10s (12th), Robert Barton 19m:41s (15th), Paul Moses 19m:59s (19th), Chris Boyce 20m:07s (21st) and Richard Baker closely behind in 20m:09s (22nd).

Other club members that took part in the 198th running of the event included Mark Attenborough in 20m:56s (30th), Rob Carpenter 21m:03s (31st), Stuart Nunn 21m:46s (35th), Mark Harrison in a parkrun PB of 22m:43s (45th), Rod Kessack 22m:46s (46th), Terry Sellen 22m:58s (50th), Mark Carlton 23m:06s (54th), William Whittington 25m:37s (90th) and John Fidge 27m:12s (129th). First lady home for the club was Sarah Homewood in 27m:43s (137th), followed by Ann Fidge 29m:46s (169th), Becky Hodgson 30m:14s, Heather Johnston in a PB time of 30m:44s (185th), Chloe Green 33m:38s (216th), Julie Foster 35m:00s (225th) and Jeremey Chambers finished in 39m:58s (247th).

Jon Wells represented the club at the Folkestone parkrun event finishing 7th in a time of 18m:59s and Andrew Taylor travelled to Chippenham in Wiltshire, completing the 5k course in 21m:58s finishing 25th overall.

By Mark Carlton

Ashford Summer Series 5k Friday – 18th August 2017

Ashford Summer Series 5k Friday –  18th August 2017

At the last race in the Ashford Summer Series 5k, Ashford & District runners dominated the event taking 5 of the top 6 places. Dan Green followed up his 1st place finish in last month’s race with another victory completing 5k in 18m:24s closely followed by Robert Barton in a time of 18m:46s. Paul Moses finished 3rd in 19m:01s, just edging out Julius Samson by the tightest of margins in 19m:02s. Mark Attenborough clocked a time of 19m:45s in 6th. Connor Samson crossed the line impressively in 12th place with a time of 20m:29s with Richard Baker in 15th in 20m:36s. Danyel Carter continued her great form this year with a new PB at this distance of 21m:01s in 17th and 2nd Female finisher. Stuart Nunn 20th in 21m:38s and Becky Hodgson 39th in 30m:42s completed a successful night for the club.

Ashford Summer Series 10k Friday –  18th August 2017

In the final Ashford Summer Series 10k on Friday evening, Carl Jones finished 3rd in 39m:17s. Christine Costiff ran an excellent race, finishing as 1st lady and 12th overall in 46m:38s. Ricky Hickman followed in 13th with a time of 47m:25s, Rod Kessack 16th in 49m:26s, Edward Rodger 18th in 50m:32s and Will Whittington 21st in 52m:59. Lucy Johnstone, completing her 1st race for the club finished in 32nd in 58m:52s.

Ashford Parkrun –  Saturday 19th August 2017

Ashford & District runners again featured heavily in the top 10 at Parkrun Ashford. Robert Latala powered home to win emphatically in 16m:35s. Dan Green, fresh from his victory the previous night recovered well and finished 3rd in 18m:49s. Trevor Kay and Robert Barton were not far behind in 5th & 6th, 19m:01s and 19m:05s respectively. Paul Moses finished in 9th in 19m:28s and Scott Lynch completed the top 10 in 19m:30s. Mark Attenborough ran 20m:58s, Mark Carlton with a time of 23m:14s was closely followed by Rod Kessack and Edward Rodger in 23m:22s and 23m:37s. Jaclyn Kay was the 1st lady home for the club in 25m:31s whilst Claire and Chloe Green crossed the line together in 27m:59s. Will Whittington finished in 28m:09s, Lucy Johnstone in 32m:35s, Julie Foster in 36m:00 and Becky Hodgson in 36m:08s

Twilight Chase, Winchelsea and Rye Nature Reserve –  Saturday 19th August 2017

Hazel Turner completed her 1st marathon distance in an impressive time of 4hr:20m at the Twilight Chase in East Sussex. A small field, limited to 80 runners set out to complete as many 4.4 mile laps of the coastal course as they wish in 6 hours. Running late into the evening Hazel finished in 16th place overall

Thames Meander Marathon 12th August 2017

Thames Meander Marathon 12th August 2017

Upon his return from injury, having broken his shoulder just four weeks ago, Rik Holden ran on the scenic riverside trail along the Thames Path. He completed the course in 3hrs: 56m: 02s finishing 6th in his age category and 36th overall.

Ashford & District RRC Parkrun Takeover 12th August 2017

This week Ashford & District RRC hosted a Parkrun takeover, providing marshals, pacers and finish line goodies.
First home for the club was Dean Bracken in 12th place finishing in 19m: 32s. Next was Robert Barton in 21m: 35s, closely followed by Tom Green in 21m: 36s. Terry Sellen completed the course in 21m: 57s, Mark Attenborough 22m: 02s, Stuart Nunn 22m: 56s, Dan Green 23m: 43s and William Whittington 24m: 05s. Claire Green was once again first lady home for the club in 24m: 36s followed by Chloe Green in 27m: 02s. Danyel Carter finished in 27m: 26s, Sue Reader in 29m: 58s, Jeremy Chambers in 33m: 26s and Rod Kessack was tail runner in 48m: 40s.

Elsewhere in the country, Christine Costiff was the 1st lady finisher at the Rutland Water parkrun, breaking the Vet55 course record , finishing in 22m 16s. Jon Wells ran in the Nestell Priory parkrun, coming 8th in a time of 20m: 09s.

Open Night

Ashford & District RRC are holding an open evening on Thursday 17th August and invite anyone considering joining the club to come along to Sandyacres Sports and Social Club, Sandyhurst Lane, Ashford, at 6.45pm to try us out.

BATTLE OF PASSCHENDAELE CENTENARY CHALLENGE MONDAY 31st JULY 2017

BATTLE OF PASSCHENDAELE CENTENARY CHALLENGE MONDAY 31st JULY 2017

In this event to commemorate 100 years since the start of one of the biggest battles of the First World War, three of the clubs members took on the challenge of running as many miles as possible in six hours.

Mark Attenborough showed true determination on his move into ultra running, winning the event, running 35 miles in 5hrs: 51m: 27s. Seasoned marathon runner Helen Weeden completed 26.4 miles in 5hrs: 46m: 36s and Becky Hodgson ran her furthest distance to date completing 22 miles in 5hrs: 20mins: 12s.

A VERY BRITISH CHALLENGE TUESDAY 1ST AUGUST 2017

In a similar challenge also held at the undulating Kings Wood course in Challock, Jon Wells completed his first run at marathon distance or above, running a total of 31.1 miles in 5hrs: 54m: 28s finishing in 6th place overall.

BEDGEBURY PINETUM SUMMER SERIES 5k WEDNESDAY 2ND AUGUST 2017

Following on from Tuesday’s success Jon Wells produced another great performance finishing in 6th place and 1st Vet 40 with a time of 20m: 50s on a tough course.

PERTH HALF MARATHON 6th AUGUST 2017

Whilst on holiday in Australia Scott Lynch completed the Perth Half Marathon as part of his autumn marathon training. Lynch finished the race which is a state championship event in 56th place in a time of 1hr: 29m: 4s.

MOUNT EPHRAIM 10k 6th AUGUST 2017

Jon Wells finished off an impressive week of running on the scenic and hilly course around the lanes surrounding Mount Ephraim gardens, finishing in 11th place in a time of 41m: 21s. Ricky Hickman was next home for the club in 49m: 37s followed by Steve Hickman who finished in 56m: 35s.

ASHFORD PARKRUN 5th AUGUST 2017

There was a large turnout at the Ashford Parkrun this week with Jon Pearce first home for the club finishing in 2nd place and setting a new personal best of 17m: 22s. Daniel Green was next home in a time of 18m: 14s coming second in his age category and running a seasons best. Robert Barton put in a strong performance finishing in 19m: 5s. Mark Attenborough ran 20m: 40s with Robert Carpenter close behind in 20m: 43s. Terry Sellen finished in 22m: 9s, Stuart Nunn in 22m: 34s, Ricky Hickman in 22m: 52s, Rod Kessack in 22m: 54s and Edward Rodger in 23m: 18s. Simon Jackson produced a new personal best of 24m: 5s. Claire Green was the first lady home for the club in 24m: 36s, followed by Jaclyn Kay in 24m: 51s. Jeremy Chambers finished in 37m: 35s, John Fidge in 44m: 21s, Ann Fidge in 44m: 50s and Julie Foster was this weeks tail runner coming home in 49m: 19s.

The club also had some tourists at other Parkruns across the country. Mark Carlton ran in the Lanhydrock Parkrun, he finished in a time of 26m: 14s and came first in his age category. At the Warrington Parkrun Hazel Turner was the 5th lady finisher in a time of 22m: 36s. Jon Wells came in 3rd at the Hoblingwell Parkrun in a time of 20m: 19s. Closer to home, Ryan Edwards completed the Folkestone Parkrun in 19m: 44s.

GREAT RUN LOCAL 6th AUGUST 2017

Junior runners Tom and Chloe Green both put in strong performances at the popular 5k event. Tom achieved a new personal best of 21m: 24s and Chloe was the first female finisher in 27m: 52s.

By Danyel Carter