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A full on weekend of racing saw the A&D members proudly sporting their club colours and taking part in some local races.

Rik Holden and Linda-Jean Delport kicked the weekend off at the Kent Spring Marathon.  Holden set the bar as he blazed around the 26.2 mile undulating, mixed terrain, two lap course in an amazing 3.27.07.  This placed him 15th overall and 2nd in age category.  A fantastic result.  Delport followed  and crossed the line in a respectable 3.46.11.

Completing the Kent Spring Half Marathon distance and first home for the club was Keith Haynes who posted a speedy 1.36.46 in his first race back in 14months.  Not far behind, and running a PB was Hugh Scarlin (1.45.54).  Alison Waters led it home for the ladies in a PB time of 1.48.07 and Emma Hanna showcased an amazing time of 1.50.14 in her first ever half marathon.   Keeping up the PB trend over the gruelling 13.1 miles, Ailis Goddard (1.55.24) and Sarah Taylor (2.21.23) were next to cross the line.  Rachel Jenkins (2.23.27) followed with Lesley Moody close behind in a PB time of 2.23.34.  An absolutely impressive A&D representation with amazing performances all round.

Down in Headcorn, Keith Lynn bravely tackled the half marathon, and stormed across the finish line with a PB time of 2.00.17.

And so concludes another successful weekend of racing with loads of team spirit and excitement to be had.

Happy running everyone.

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As racing slowly begins to emerge like a daffodil at the first hint of spring, so did 4 of A&D’s hardy runners emerge from their training cocoons.

Kicking off the task at the Dorney Lakes Marathon, and following months of hard work and a rigorous training schedule, were the marathon training twosome of Paul Ridley and James Booth.  Not deterred by this looping course which was rather exposed to the wind, they showed amazing determination and both posted sub 3 hour PB times over the 26.2 mile distance.    Ridley crossed the finish line in an amazing 2.53.51 with fellow teammate James Booth not far behind in an equally impressive 2.59.35.

Down on the coast and showing how it is done over the 10k distance,  Tracey Calnan and Simon Jackson both laced up their running shoes and battled the winds at the Smugglers 10k in Minnis Bay.  Calnan sailed across the line in a 48.24, with Jackson (50.51) storming close behind.

It was a truly impressive start to this years racing calendar with a special thanks going to the hard work of the race organisers who have been going above and beyond to put on these COVID friendly running events.

Happy running all.

 

Lockdown League 3 – Results

Massive well done to everyone who took part in our latest Lockdown League series over 8 races, you dug deep at a time when motivation was difficult to find and helped keep us all going.
Most importantly, together we’ve raised over £1500 for the Pilgrims Hospice. When Ricky started LL, he couldn’t have imagined so many runners from such a range of clubs would compete, let alone donate so generously- thank you!
Special shout out to Collins Bespoke for providing lovely medals for all runners who completed 8/8 races this series🏅www.collinsbespoke.com

 

 

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On a day when racing came closer to home, the club’s athletes turned out plenty of impressive results for observers to admire. Twelve runners tackled the exposed Romney Marsh 10K route, producing a good turnout for the club in Covid times. The race started dry but conditions soon turned wet and windy for the later starters.

Dan Green, who has clearly lost none of his pace, brought things home first for the club and won the V50 category in a scorching time of 38:35. Paul Moses finished his outing just under a minute later in 39:32 for the club’s second sub-40 finisher of the day. Next home was the duo of Adrian Beresford and the recently injury-free John Beale crossing the line together in 42:57. First finisher for the women was Rhian Shrimplin with a tremendous PB of 42.17. Linda Delport’s Wave 1 start also helped her to make the best of the early weather and finish after 43:12. Alison Waters produced a PB performance, finishing in 45:11 and slashing over a minute off her best time set in Canterbury two months prior. Next to finish were Jayne Fryer and Tracy Calnan taking just 46:22 and 47:14 respectively. Hugh Scarlin continued his excellent regular race entry habit by running 48:44. Stu Nunn, completing the distance despite not feeling well, tail-gunned his way under the 50-minute barrier in 49:26 to round out the club’s entrants.

In the world of marathoning, Rik Holden fired out yet another edition of the full distance, this time at Betteshanger in 3 hours 40 minutes on the nose. He has one more to go to make it…well…a load of marathons this year.

 

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Taking advantage of some opportunely scheduled races, a group of hardy A&D members took part in the first round of the Gravesend Cyclopark Floodlit series. Storming round and completing the windy 10km distance, Paul Moses posted an impressive 41.04 with Adrian Beresford not far behind in 45.09. The 5km loop saw Rhian Shrimplin speed round in 20.35, claiming 4th lady finisher over and a PB. Cris Francis followed closely in 21.05 with Alison Waters also posting a PB and crossing the line in 22.04.

Showing true grit and determination and taking on the windy, muddy and undulating Maverick Adidas Terrex Original Kent 2020, Edward Roger completed the half marathon distance in a steadfast 2.04.21. Keith Lynn (2.28.17) and Helen Weeden (2.40.20) also impressed and completed the tough course in true A&D style. Tackling the 10k distance, Jonny Wells swooped in and scooped 2nd place, crossing the line in a speedy 43.21.

Further afield, Ashford & District RRC runners Lesley Clancy and Andrew Noble recently competed in the European Masters Athletics Championships in Madeira. Lesley collected a full set of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the 2 events she competed in. On Friday 30th October she made up the 2nd leg of of the 2k x 3 women’s XC relay for GB, helping to win a silver medal for the V35 team.

 

 

 

Saturday 31/10 at 4pm saw the mercury hit 31° as the Half Marathon set off. Lesley finished in 19th place in time 1.47.04 securing herself a Bronze medal and the V50 team a well earned Gold Medal. Andrew finished 50th in the Half marathon in a time of 1.37.07.

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On what was a relatively quiet weekend for races there were still the usual gritty performances from a few of the club’s members who were willing to travel.

At the Canterbury Riverside 10k Cris Francis broke his way into the top 10 overall with 10th place and a speedy time of 44:14. Alison Waters wasn’t far behind as she battled the muddy, waterlogged course and finished with a time of 46:18.

Becky Hodgson, well known for her love of endurance events, ran the difficult challenge of the virtual Phoenix P12. Taking place over 12 hours, Becky ran a 1.1 mile loop on the hour, every hour, covering 13.5 miles in a total time of 2:49:58.

Slightly further afield in Gravesend Rik Holden completed a double marathon weekend by running the Whingeathon Marathon in 3:46:15 on Saturday followed by the Orc Rampage Marathon in a time of 3:55:05 on no doubt slightly tired legs on Sunday. Over 52 miles and 7.5+ hours of running in a single weekend made for a very impressive achievement indeed.

Those who chose to make the longest trip west to Eastbourne for the Beachy Head Marathon were met with overcast skies and strong, blustery winds for the 26.2 mile trail route awaiting them. First home for the club there was Gary Sage who enjoyed his 4:02:39. A short while later, after running the route together, the pair of Paul Ridley and James Booth finished their marathon in 4:24:11 and 4:25:11 respectively. Not far behind was Mark Attenborough who thoroughly enjoyed his race and finished in four hours, forty six minutes and thirty one seconds. Steve Hickman continues to impose the marathon treatment on his body and ran his race in 5:39:11 and just managed to beat Massah Cooper over her favourite distance whose time was 5:41:37. Lucy Johnstone worked hard for her medal and brought things home for the club after 6 hrs, 43 mins and 16 secs.

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Keeping the A&D racing flame alight this week, was Paul Moses.  Down, along the sea front, racing from Herne Bay to Whitstable, Paul battled the wind in the undulating Saxon Shore Half Marathon and crossed the line in an impressive 1:28:17.   Not only did he finish 13th overall but was also first in age category.  A true A&D Superstar.

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As Storm Alex lashed parts of England over the weekend plenty of hardy club members braved the elements and strode forth to race success.

The delayed Kent Spring Marathon offered full and half distances over a tough undulating course, beginning in Charing and taking in an off-road section of the Pilgrims Way before looping back through Westwell to complete its 13-mile loop. The course included slippery mud, plenty of climbs and a mojo sapping dogleg where a strange man in a black BMW lurked while snapping photos of people in lycra (thanks for the support, Scotty). Leading the A&D charge was Robert Latala who skipped around the challenging 26.2-mile course in a fantastic time of 2:50:30 to finish second place overall and steak an early claim for a repeat of his Club Mens Marathon Champion title for 2020 . After running the first 22 miles together, second finisher for the club and ninth on the day was Paul Ridley who clocked 3:14:19 closely followed home by the eleventh place overall James Booth registering 3:18:48 and thereby obliterating his PB with a massive 14 minute improvement. Andrew ‘Headband’ Noble finished in 3:30:27 in his first marathon since Berlin 2019. Next home was Mr. Consistent himself Rick Holden running a solid time of 3:34:07 with his young padawan Linda Delport registering a strong run of 3:39:19 and bringing things home first out of the A&D women. Next finisher was Mark Attenborough beginning a long period of racing by running a time of 3:53:19. Lesley Clancy, in her first ever attempt at the marathon distance, completed the race in a respectable 3:57:15 and achieved the notable milestone of a sub-4 time. Cris Francis was our next athlete home after running 4:07:34 before Tracey Calnan conquered the course in 4:13:13 and Jayne Fryer a mere six seconds behind with a time of 4:13:19. Helped along by her famous marathon-length training runs Massah Cooper managed 4:24:47 to round off the full marathoner results.

In the half marathon distance at the same event Alison Waters showed her class in blustery conditions to run 1:52:28, with Keith Lynn hot on her heels to finish in 2:02:55. Next A&D finisher was Ricky Yates running 2:16:13 with Lucy Johnstone not far behind with her time of 2:25:32.

Running laps of a lake was the order of the day for Alice Cook who spent exactly three hours and forty seven minutes admiring the scenery of Dorney Lake in her marathon. At the same time Steve Hickman ran only his 165th marathon in an excellent and palindromic time of 4:34:33 at the equally wet, windy and hilly Isle of Wight Marathon.

There was also a 10k race along the Hastings seafront which Aaron and Sarah Homewood enjoyed. The lovestruck couple finished in 48:37 and 58:47 respectively.

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A weekend of frantic winds and pouring rain saw a handful of hardy A&D members braving the elements to take part in some tough half marathon challenges.

First up and closest to home was the Folkestone Half Marathon.  Here, despite coastal headwinds, Hugh Scarlin crossed the line in an impressive PB time of 1.54.49.  Next home were Sarah Taylor (2.30.37) and Lesley Moody (2.30.42), who both showed strong determination and finished with seconds between them, with Moody also posting a PB over the distance.

 

Still coast bound but this time in Deal, the 4 Castles Challenge saw Paul Brasington take on this hilly, wet and windy race, and finish strongly in a remarkable 1.50.51.  Next home for the club and not to be deterred by the climbing trails and winds, was was Sue Reader (2.27.00), followed closely by Trevor Sparkes with a PB of 2.31.57, Rachel Jenkins (2.32.02) and Lucy Johnstone (2.32.03).

 

Such amazing performances all round, where not even the weather could dampen enthusiasm and determination.