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Race Report – Monday 10th June 2019

In a weekend packed full of races A&D demonstrated outstanding teamwork alongside strong individual performances, with runners winning a range of prizes, achieving remarkable PBs and persevering through difficulties.

Charing 10K – Friday 7th June 2019

Friday evening’s Charing 10K marked the beginning of a busy weekend of races. High winds and a notoriously tough hill before the halfway mark proved no match for A&D.

Jon Wells was first home for the club and 9th overall, with a time of 41:27. Paul Moses won the 1st  Male V55 prize in 42:52. Becks Macey cinched the 1st Lady prize, crossing the finish line in 44:39. Tracey Calnan was third lady home in 48:35.  Aaron Homewood finished in 48:48, closely followed by Stu Nunn (49:41) and Philip Bridges (50:10). Aurelie Morris was second in her age category, with a time of 51:46, followed by Filiz Salih (52:01). Sarah Homewood (56:14) and Hugh Scarlin (57:39) both achieved PB times on the course. Lucy Johnstone crossed the finish line in 1:02:42, followed by Helen Weeden (1:04:25), Sarah Taylor (1:05:25) and Rachel Jenkins (1:10:05).

Tenterden 10K and 5K – Sunday 9th June 2019

A&D’s teamwork came out on top at the Tenterden 10K. Running along the Weald’s country lanes, Elodie Paviot was first home for the club and 20th overall, with a time of 46:37. Seconds later, Max Dallison crossed the finish line in 46:41, making him 21st. James Phillips achieved another spectacular PB, finishing in 48:24 and placing 26th. Together, the trio claimed the 1st Team prize.

The Yew Tree Staplehurst 10k – Sunday 9th June 2019

Elsewhere in the Weald, the club was well represented at the Staplehurst 10K. Andrew Noble won 1st Male V55 and placed sixth overall, with a time of 38:25. Adrian Moody finished in 44:20, making him third in his age category.

Maidstone Riverside 10K and 10 mile – Sunday 9th June 2019

On the River Medway, two club runners put in determined efforts to complete the Maidstone 10-mile race, running through sickness and severe stitches. Ailis Goddard finished in 1:36:16, followed by Emma Konstantinou in 1:39:03.

 

St. Albans Half Marathon – Sunday 9th June 2019

Further afield, Mark Cleworth travelled to Hertfordshire for the St. Alban’s Half Marathon. The hilly route offered picturesque views along country lanes surrounding the city. Cleworth crossed the finish line in 1:58:30.

 

SVN D-Day Challenge – Thursday 6th June 2019

Earlier in the week, Becky Hodgson and Rik Holden took on the SVN D-Day Challenge at Birchington, marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. From Minnis Bay, the looping marathon course took runners along the sea wall and to Reculver Towers. Holden finished with a time of 3:43:00; Hodgson completed the course in 6:30:33.

 

Race Report – 3rd June 2019

East Kent Road Relays, Minnis Bay – Tuesday 28th May 2019

The second inter-club relay race of the summer series took place in Minnis Bay on Tuesday evening, with 44 A&D runners competing. Despite strong competition and a coastal breeze on the night, the teams showed resolve to maintain their place in the standings.

In the A League, Senior Men are now fifth, with a standout performance from Julius Samson. Keith Haynes and Mark Harrison shaved vital seconds from their previous times on the course, whilst James Booth marked his relay debut; together with Rob Butler, the Vet 40 team placed second. The combined efforts of Andrew Noble, Scotty Lynch and Paul Moses brought the V50 Men to sit at the top of their category.

A League Senior Ladies placed fifth, with Elodie Paviot and Tracey Calnan showing great improvement. V35 ladies stand at fifth position in their rankings. V45 Ladies placed fourth, with both Gill O’Connor and Christine Costiff running outstanding legs.

In the B League, Senior Men are now sixth, with Neil Woodham putting in an impressive run. Showing admirable focus and determination, Stu Nunn, Darren Fagg, John Beale and Aaron Homewood brought V40 Men to the top of their category, winning over Thanet by 15 seconds. V50 Men returned to their winning ways, coming first on the night which has now placed them third overall. The V50 C team also put in a noteworthy performance, with course PBs from Will Whittington and Trevor Sparkes.

B League Senior Ladies claimed the top spot in their rankings, with Sarah Homewood beating her previous time by over a minute. Similarly, Emma Jenkins put in a remarkable performance and V35 Ladies are now in second place. V45 Ladies also sit at second place, with marked improvement from Sandi Mortimer and Lesley Moody.

SVN Spring Cakeathon – Monday 27th May 2019

 

In North Kent, two club members completed the SVN Spring Cakeathon on Bank Holiday Monday. Fuelled by cake on each lap, the rolling course was based on trail and cycle paths. Becky Hodgson ran five laps, totalling 16.4 miles in 3:59:56. In her first SVN event, Lisa Jones covered six laps, totalling 19.6 miles in a PB time of 4:24:00.

 

 

 

Near as Dammit 10K – Thursday 30th May 2019

Gill O’Connor travelled to the Farthing Downs midweek for the Near as Dammit 10K, a course featuring tough hills and uneven camber. Racing on a warm summer evening, O’Connor finished in 53:09.

Needles Half Marathon – Sunday 2nd June 2019

On the Isle of Wight, “one of the toughest and most scenic half-marathons in the country” promised a cross-country challenge for Steve Hickman. Negotiating hills, narrow paths and gates whilst taking in the stunning views offered along the course, Hickman crossed the finish line in 2:13:10.

 

Race Report – 27th May 2019

Folkestone Coastal 10K – Sunday 26th May 2019

Ashford & District turned out in force for the Folkestone Coastal 10K on Sunday, with several claiming prizes and PBs. The race ran along the seafront promenade between Folkestone and Hythe, with runners contending with a strong headwind on the course out and beating sun on the return leg.

Julius Samson was first home for the club, and 15th overall, with a time of 39:10. In 22nd place, Jon Wells crossed the finish line in 40:46. James Booth was 5th in his age category in 41:48. John Beale was next over the finish line in a PB time of 44:54. Adrian Beresford (45:51) and Adrian Moody (45:55) then crossed the line in quick succession. Ian Grundy (46:17) claimed the prize for 1st Male V60, followed by Darren Fagg (46:28). James Phillips (46:43) and Philip Bridges (47:50) both achieved PB times, with Stu Nunn (47:55) hot on their heels. Neil Woodham was next home for the club in 48:45, followed by Don Dewar (49:26), Will Whittington (50:26), Mark Cleworth with a PB of 51:08 and Keith Lynn (55:31).

Becks Macey was first lady home for the club, claiming 1st Female V35 and 3rd Lady prizes; Elodie Paviot (45:45) and Tracey Calnan (46:51) were both 2nd in their respective age categories. Together, they were awarded the Ladies Team Prize.  Nicola Moffat completed the course in 48:17. Sandi Mortimer won 1st Female V50 with a time of 49:40, closely followed by Aurelie Morris in 50:30. Ailis Goddard finished in a PB time of 53:12. Lucy Johnstone was next home for the club in 58:49, followed by Rachel Jenkins (1:01:32) and Lesley Moody (1:03:05). Emma Jenkins achieved a PB of 1:05:56.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon – Sunday 26th May 2019

Filiz Salih travelled to Merseyside for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool marathon on Sunday. With live music to motivate runners along the hilly course, the event culminated in a ‘Finish Line Festival’. Salih finished with a PB time of 4:07:44.

The Rye 10 – Sunday 26th May 2019

In the Sussex countryside, Sarah Taylor completed The Rye 10 in 1:51:31. The undulating course took runners along country lanes surrounding Rye.

East Kent Road Relays, Folkestone – Tuesday 21st May 2019

The East Kent Road Relays got underway this week, with 49 A&D runners heading to Folkestone for the first race in the inter-club series. Forming the second largest team competing, the club’s cohesive effort put A&D in a strong position going forward.

In the A League, Senior Men placed 4th, with Scotty Lynch putting in a stand-out performance. V40 Men and V50 Men shone, with Julius Samson, Mark Harrison and Carl Ireland showing improved performances and both teams placing 2nd. Senior Ladies, V35 and V45 Ladies teams were all 4th in their rankings, with improved individual times from Elodie Paviot, Christine Costiff and Gill O’Connor.

In the B League, Senior Men placed 5th, with Neil Woodham putting in an outstanding run for the club. V40 Men placed 2nd, with a remarkable performance from Keith Lynn, whilst V50 Men placed 4th. Senior Ladies Laura Segust, Lisa Jones and Sarah Taylor showed tremendous effort and improvement, placing their team 1st in the rankings. Sue Reader, Lesley Moody and Emma Jenkins ran impressive legs, with V35 and V45 Ladies teams both placing 2nd.

Race Report – 20th May 2019

Race Report – 20th May 2019
 
Bedgebury Forest Canicross Challenge 5K – Sunday 19th May 2019
 

Christine Costiff (and canine companion Rufus) completed the 5K Canicross challenge around Bedgebury Forest. Costiff was 2nd lady and 3rd overall across the finish line, with a time of 21:13.

Red Bull Quicksand – Saturday 18th May 2019
 
Two club members travelled to the Margate for the Red Bull Quicksand event on Saturday. The event challenged runners with two half-mile laps of a “leg-sapping” sandy course featuring giant sandcastles and deep trenches; some obstacles exceeded 28 feet in height.
 
Anthony Brown finished his heat in 11:11 and went on to compete in the Men’s Semi-Finals, finishing with a time of 11:26. Running through injury, Rhian Shrimplin crossed the finish line in 13:32, making her 9th lady out of 37 in her heat; Shrimplin withdrew from her semi-final place due to injury.