West Wight XC -Sunday 13th January 2019

West Wight XC -Sunday 13th January 2019

Steve Hickman completed the 5-mile cross-country race at the Isle of Wight’s Freshwater Bay on Sunday. Hickman finished the course, including a slight diversion, in 48:27.


Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 12th January 2019

Twenty-four A&D runners took on the weekly 5K around Victoria Park. Trevor Kay claimed 2nd place with a time of 17:45, followed by Paul Ridley in 9th place with a time of 19:52. Jon Wells (19:54) was 11thoverall, closely followed by Paul Moses in 20:00 and Becks Macey in 20:01 (making her 1st female). Keith Haynes (20:17), Mark Attenborough (20:58), Scotty Lynch (21:23), Richard Baker (22:00), Adrian Beresford (22:33) and Dean Bracken (22:58) were next over the finish line. Shaun Snowwolf-Harris completed the course in 24:21, followed by Sandi Mortimer (24:41), Keith Lynn (25:03) and Mark Cleworth (26:27). Trevor Sparkes finished in 32:10, followed by Emma Jenkins (32:12), Lesley Moody (32:15), Lisa Jones (33:30), Shelly Blake (33:43) and Becky Hodgson (35:16). Heather Tutt was next in 39:15, followed by Julie Foster (44:00) and Rod Kessack (49:07).

Hull Parkrun – Saturday 12th January 2019

Marking his 202nd Parkrun, Terry Sellen completed the 5K course around Hull’s East Park. Sellen’s time of 23:38 placed him 5th in the VM55-59 age category.




Houghton Hall Parkrun – Saturday 12th January 2019

Two club members travelled to Bedfordshire for the Houghton Hall Parkrun on Saturday. John Fidge completed the woodland course 26:14; Ann Fidge was 1st in the VW65 category with a time of 30:34.





By Verity Dunbar

Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon – Sunday 23rd December 2018

Steve Hickman completed the Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon in 4:32:51. The course took runners around Portsmouth’s Langstone Harbour and featured a variety of terrains.






Christmas Pudding Dash – Saturday 22nd December 2018

Dressed in suitably festive attire, two club members enjoyed the 13th Christmas Pudding Dash on Saturday. The muddy five-mile course covered hills around the East Sussex village of Pett. Christine Costiff was 1st in her age category with a time of 40:05; Gill O’Connor was 2nd in the category, with a time of 40:20.

Ashford Parkrun -Saturday 22nd December 2018

Many A&D runners turned out for Saturday’s Parkrun, a particular accomplishment for those who enjoyed the club’s Christmas night out the previous evening. Jon Wells was first home for the club in 18:18, making him 4thoverall. Andrew Noble (19:10) was 5th overall, followed by Paul Moses (20:06), Keith Haynes (20:15) and Mark Attenborough (21:15). Rob Carpenter (23:04) and Darren Fagg (23.05) then crossed the finish line in quick succession. Don Dewar was next in 25:20, followed by Chloe Green (25:48) and Shaun Snowwolf-Harris (27:10). Rod Kessack and Marina Danckwardt both completed the course in 27:23, followed by Lucy Johnstone (30:21), Sarah Taylor (34:10), Becky Hodgson (35:57), Emma Jenkins (38:20) and Sukai N’Dure (38:22).

By Verity Dunbar

A&D excel at cross country 10 Nov. 2018

A tremendous turnout of ten ladies competed in the Kent Counties Athletic Association cross country at Welling on Saturday. Becky Macey, enjoying her first season, finished in 15th place in 18:28. Consistent and impressive running sees Becky 10th in the league. Elodie Paviot was next home in 54th with 20:26. Christine Costiff was 1st in her category on the day (21:25) and is 1st in the W55 table. Rhian Shrimplin had a strong run to finish 79th with 21:47. Gill Pragnell was 85th (22:02). Gill O’Connor came in 2nd place in the W55 category with a time of 22:15. Claire Green 106th (23:03), Sandi Mortimer 123rd (23:55), Lucy Johnstone 139th (25:48), Lisa Jones 152nd (27:20) and Sue Reader 153rd (27:35), all contributed to A&D being placed 10th overall in the 3 to score league and 6th overall in the 6 to score.

In the masters competition Mike Davies continued his impeccable form with another first place with a time of 20:08.

There were a number of events held to commemorate Armistice Day and A&D runners were out in force.

The Poppy Half Marathon was held at Bexhill with Ricky Hickman first club runner home 113th place in a time of 1:45:57, followed by Steve Hickman in 185th with a satisfying 1:55:31. Other runners included; Will Whittington 211th (1:58:05), Keith Lynn 245th (2:01:35), Filliz Salah 365th (2:17:50) and Mark Boorer 366th (2:17:50).

Becky Hodgson ran both the Battle of Britain Challenge and Armistice Challenge Run completing two half marathons in two days over demanding courses in testing conditions.

The Battle of Britain Challenge also saw endurance specialists Mark Attenborough and Rik Holden covering 33 miles in 6 hours and 28 miles in 4 hours 21 minutes respectively on a hilly course based around Samphire Hoe on a wet and windy Saturday.

Ashford Park Run saw the 8th fastest time in country on Saturday club members Trevor Kay 3rd (17:41), Carl Jones 5th, Jon Wells 6th with a personal best time of 18:17, and Dan Green in 7th, gave A&D a strong presence in the top 10.

By Paul Moses


Isle of Wight Marathon – October 14 2018

Sunday saw a significant milestone for club president Steve Hickman. A return to home turf running the Isle of Wight Marathon saw Steve completing his 150th marathon in a time of 4:30:08. Steve was supported by friends from Ashford and District Road Running Club and Isle of Wight Road Runners.

Club members competing alongside Steve were, Aaron Homewood 4:21:11, Ed Rodger 4:41:34, Sarah Homewood 4:48:32, Helen Weeden 4:53:04 and Lucy Johnstone 5:01:27.

 Kent Cross Country League Fixture 1 – October 13 2018

 The start of the Kent County Athletics Association Cross Country League took Ashford and District runners to Beech Grove Academy, Nonnington.

Michael Davies inspired the team with first place in the Masters race with a time of 23:29.

The lady’s team was led home by Becks Macey in 23rd place completing the course in 22:06, followed by Rhian Shrimplin 24:24 , Christine Costiff 25:12, Gill O’Connor 26:10, Claire Green 27:04, Jaclyn Kay 28:12 and Lucy Johnstone 31:53 . In the senior women’s team league, Ashford now stand in 11th place and 8th in the ‘6’ to score league.

The first man home was Jon Pearce in 49th place with a time of 39:58, closely followed home by Trevor Kay, 40:22 in 53rd place and Tomasz Latala, 40:47 celebrating his birthday with a strong run to finish 61st place. Dan Green 41:25, completed the scoring in the senior men’s league placing Ashford and District in a respectable 7th place. Solid runs from Jon Wells, Andrew Noble, Julius Samson, Scott Lynch, Paul Moses, Paul Ridley, Rob Barton and Richard Baker gained points in the ‘12’ to score league giving Ashford and District 3rd place. On a difficult course club members, Adrian Moody, Mark Attenborough, Mark Harrison, Anthony Brown, Carl Ireland, Trevor Sparks and Adrian Beresford ensured the light blues had an impressive team presence and good foundation to build on for the rest of the season.

 In other events…

Ingvild Drake ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon in 1:50:24.

Paul Moses competed in the Chilham Sprint Duathlon in 01:30:56 and finished 6th overall and first in the V55 age category.

By Paul Moses

Ashford & District turn out in force for Givaudan 10K Sunday 7th October 2018:

Ashford AC Givaudan 10K – Sunday 7th October 2018:

Sunday saw 53 club members turn out for the 32nd Givaudan 10K on home turf, with 18 finishing in personal best times. The undulating course covered the town centre and made for an enjoyable race.

Trevor Kay was first man home for the club, finishing 8th overall with a PB of 0:35:29. Daniel Green was 19th overall in 0:36:35, followed by Ryan Edwards (36th overall) with a PB time of 0:38:50. Scotty Lynch was next in for the club and 43rd overall with a time of 0:39:27, making him 4th in the V50 category. Paul Ridley achieved a PB of 0:39:31, followed by Paul Moses (0:39:43), Julius Samson (0:39:57), Rob Barton (0:40:28), Keith Haynes (0:40:45), Mark Attenborough (0:42:15) and Carl Ireland with a PB time of 0:43:36. Mark Carlton was next over the line in 0:45:21, followed by Jon Pearce (0:45:30), Ricky Hickman with a PB of 0:45:34, Neil Woodham (0:46:28) and Don Dewar (0:46:33). David Chappell achieved a PB of 0:47:18, with Terry Sellen (0:48:31) and Aaron Homewood (0:48:34) close behind. Mark Cleworth then crossed the line with a PB of 0:52:24, followed by Shaun Snowwolf-Harris in another PB of 0:52:43, Steve Hickman (0:52:52), Keith Lynn with a PB of 0:53:21, John Fidge (0:54:02), Mark Boorer (0:57:38) and Trevor Sparkes (1:04:03).

Becky Macey was the first lady home for the club and 6th lady overall, with a devilish PB time of 0:42:35 in bib no. 666! Elodie Paviot was next with a PB of 0:44:38, followed by Christine Costiff in 0:46:44. Filiz Salih finished the course in another PB time (0:48:34), followed by Aurelie Morris (0:49:08), Tracey Calnan (0:49:20) and Hazel Turner (0:49:22). The club’s ladies continued on strong form as Sandi Mortimer (0:49:39), Sophie Edmonds (0:49:44), Jaclyn Kay (0:52:04), Heather Johnston (0:52:52) and Sarah Homewood (0:56:20) then all crossed the line in PB times. Lucy Johnstone finished in 0:57:27, followed by Ann Fidge (1:00:25), Sarah Taylor (1:03:33), Lesley Moody (1:04:27), Emma Jenkins with a PB of 1:12:11 and Debbie Payne (1:12:52).

Tonbridge Half Marathon and Cardiff Half Marathon- Sunday 7th October 2018

James Phillips achieved a PB time in the 8th Tonbridge Half Marathon on Sunday, crossing the finish line in 1:46:08 and shaving almost 10 minutes off his previous record. Further west, Rachel Jenkins completed the Cardiff Half Marathon in PB time of 2:20:55.

Sittingbourne 10 Mile Road Race- Sunday 7th October 2018

Anthony Brown completed the course in 1:16:56, whilst Rhian Shrimplin achieved a PB time of 1:17:21. The pair finished in 36th and 37th place respectively.

Titsey Trail 10K- Sunday 7th October 2018

Gill O’Connor came 2nd in her age category in the undulating, off-road race in Surrey, with a time of 0:50:40.

Saturday 6th October 2018: Ashford Parkrun

Shaun Snowwolf-Harris completed Saturday’s Parkrun in 0:27:29.

Wednesday 3rd October 2018: SVN Tolkien Challenge

Two club runners covered marathon distance in the SVN Tolkien Run, by the White Cliffs of Dover. Hazel Turner completed the 26.2 miles in 4:09:30, going on to finish during her 7th lap at 4:12:29. Becky Hodgson completed 26.2 miles in 6:24:28.

By Verity Dunbar






The Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon – Sunday 30th September 2018;

The Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon – Sunday 30th September 2018;
Five of the club’s runners took part in this years Folkestone half marathon, the out and back coastal run well known for its steep ascent to the finishing line. Don Dewar was first home for the club in a time of 1:46:52 placing him 6th in the Mens V55 category. Claire Green was first lady back for the club in 1:56:21 and 5th Lady V35 . Keith Lynn completed the course in 2:14:01 with Hugh Scarlin and Sarah Taylor finishing together in 2:23:56.
Great Scottish Run – Sunday 30th September 2018;
Edward Rodger and Helen Weeden traveled North of the border to take part in the Great Scottish run. Edward Rodger, who last week had to pull out of the Snowdon 100 Ultra due to injury managed to complete the course in 2:04:11 with Helen Weeden finishing shortly after in 2:04:44.
Ealing Half Marathon – Sunday 30th September 2018;
Andrew Noble set a new Half Marathon PB at the Ealing Half Marathon on Sunday, the veteran runner completed the popular course in a pacy 1:24:14 to finish 5th in the Mens V50 category.
Blenheim Half Marathon – Sunday 30th September;
Ryan Edwards traveled to Oxford to compete in the Blenheim Half Marathon, continuing his good form with a finish in 1:29:06.
Windsor Half Marathon – Sunday 30th September;
Ingvild Drake competed in the Windsor Half Marathon, finishing in 1:51:55.
By Anthony Brown

Faversham 10k – Sunday 16th September 2018


Jonny Wells lead the A&D team home at the Faversham 10k on Sunday with a 13th place finish in a time of 41m:02s. Keith Haynes followed not far behind in 41m:52s to finish 19th overall.

Becks Macey continued her great 10k form by setting a new personal best of 43m:20s to take 31st position and 3rd lady overall. Adrian Moody followed in 44m:07s (42nd) with Mark Carlton in 45m:57s (54th). Rhian Shrimplin finished in 46m:55s (62nd), Anthony Brown in 48m:21s (78th) and Sophie Edmonds crossed the line in 51m:48s (141st).

Larkfield 10k – Sunday 16th September 2018

Joe Brown completed the Larkfield 10k in a time of 38m:43s to take 45th position overall. Stuart Nunn finished in 48m:11s with Stacey Brown and Lisa Jones both finishing in 59m:00s.

Rother Valley 10k – Sunday 16th September 2018

Keith Lynn was the sole A&D member at the hilly Rother Valley 10k. The course follows the country lanes from Northiam and finishes in the grounds of Bodiam Castle. Lynn finished the race in 57m:39s.

The Maverick Inov-8 Original – Saturday 15th September 2018

Starting within the grounds of Groombridge Place, Ingvild Drake took on the The Maverick Inov-8 Original Kent Trail race on Saturday recording a time on the 21k course of 2hrs:14m:01s.

Ashford Parkrun -Saturday 15th September 2018

Dan Green finished 1st in the latest Ashford parkrun. Green finished in a time of 17m:58s and was followed by Tomasz Latala in 18m:37s (3rd) with Julius Samson in 19m:29s (7th).

Don Dewar was next up in 22m:33s (28th), Rob Carpenter crossed the line in 23m:31s (41st) with Terry Sellen in 24m:48s. Keith Lynn finished in 25m:39s, Shaun Snowwolf in 26m:27s, Anne Healy in 30m:00s, Lesley Moody 32m:51s, Emma Jenkins 33m:16s and Julie Foster 43m:07s.

Meanwhile Gill O’Connor ran the Riddlesdown parkrun in 23m:23s (36th), Mark Cleworth ran Houghton Hall parkrun and finished in 25m:54s and Andrew Noble completed the Walmer and Deal Seafront parkrun in 19m:11s (12th).

By Mark Carlton

The Rye Ancient Trails 15 & 30k – Sunday 9th September 2018

The Rye Ancient Trails 15 & 30k – Sunday 9th September 2018
A&D’s Robin Butler finished 3rd in the brand new, multi-terrain Rye Ancient Trails 15k on Sunday with a time of 1hr:12m:14s, meanwhile in the 30k event Andrew Noble finished 5th in a time of 2hrs:32m:13s followed by Paul Ridley, in his 1st race for the club, in 2hrs:45m:30s (17th) and Mark Attenborough just behind in 2hrs:45m:31s (18th).
Christine Costiff completed the course in 3hrs:20m:49s with Ingvild Drake in 3hrs:25m:56s and Lucy Johnstone in 4hrs:06m:12s.
New Forest Marathon – Sunday 9th September 2018
Steve Hickman completed his 149th marathon on Sunday running the New Forest Marathon in Hampshire. Hickman finished the multi-terrain course in 4hrs:32m:32s.
The Great North Run – Sunday 9th September 2018
Dave Chappell ran his 1st half-marathon and his 1st race for the A&D RRC on Sunday completing The Great North Run in 2hrs:05m:08s.
The 20th Eridge Park 10 Trail Challenge
Adrian Moody and Rhian Shrimplin ran the 20th Eridge Park 10 mile trail challenge near Tunbridge Wells on Sunday. Moody finished in 47th place with a time of 1hr:27m:16s whilst Shrimplin finished in 1hr:44m:03s.
The 13th Rye Summer Classic Series 5k Race 3 – Friday 7th September 2018
It was successful Friday night for husband and wife team, Trevor & Jaclyn Kay, as they set new personal bests at the Rye Summer series. Trevor completed the 5k course in 16m:38s finishing in 6th place whilst Jaclyn crossed the line in 24m:18s. Christine Costiff also ran the course and finished in 21m:39s (36th).
Ashford Parkrun -Saturday 8th September 2018
Dan Green finished 3rd in the latest Ashford parkrun. Green finished in a time of 17m:53s. Keith Haynes went close to a personal best finishing in 19m:51s (10th) with Andrew Noble finishing in 20m:02s (12th). Chris Boyce crossed the line in 20m:19s (16th), Carl Ireland in a personal best of 21m:03s and Mark Carlton in 21m:41s (31st).
Don Dewar completed the course in 22m:31s (44th), Elodie Paviot in 22m:47s (49th) with Mark Attenborough and Rob Carpenter in 22m:59s and 23m:00s respectively. Will Whittington was next up in 24m:59s, Keith Lynn in 25m:36s, Chloe & Claire Green in 25m:59s and 26m:01s respectively, Trevor Sparkes in 27m:47s and Emma Jenkins in 33m:19s.
By Mark Carlton

Hardelot 10k  – Saturday 01st September 2018

Hardelot 10k  – Saturday 01st September 2018

33 Ashford & District RRC members travelled to Hardelot in Northern France on Saturday afternoon to compete in the annual 10k set in the picturesque coastal town.

Robert Latala finished within the top 10 and took the 1st international male title with a time of 35m:39s (10th). Trevor Kay finished just behind Latala in a personal best time of 35m:54s with Tom Latala next up in 37m:55s (25th).

Men’s club captain Scott Lynch crossed the line in 39m:25s (47th), whilst Rob Barton set a new personal best of 39m:38s. Julius Samson was next up in 39m:52s, Jon Wells followed in 41m:11s, Richard Baker in 42m:05s, Chris Boyce in 42m:36s, whilst Becky Macey claimed the 1st international female prize with a personal best time of 43m:59s.

Mark Carlton set a new personal best of 44m:49s, Stu Nunn followed in 46m:10s with Carl Ireland in 46m:48s. Dean Bracken and Aaron Homewood finished in 49m:19s and 49m:21s respectively whilst Sandi Mortimer set a new personal best of 49m:59s. Steve Hickman completed the course in 50m:39s, Mark Cleworth finished in 51m:09s, Jaclyn Kay in 52m:22s, John Fidge and Sophie Edmonds in 53m:54s and 53m:55s respectively.

Laura Segust finished in 55m:30s, Keith Lynn in 55m:34s, Lisa Jones 55m:41s, Lucy Johnstone with a PB of 56m:36s, Helen Weeden 56m:40s, Sarah Homewood 58m:13s, Will Whittington 58m:48s, Anne Healy 1hr:04m:31s, Shelley Blake 1hr:06m:45s, Ann Fidge 1hr:06m:56s, Debbie Payne 1hr:11m:41s and Emma Jenkins in 1hr:17m:50s.

Kent Coastal Half Marathon – Sunday 2nd September 2018

Christine Costiff ran the Kent Coastal Half Marathon on Sunday finishing in a time of 1hr:48m:50s to take 1st in category on an undulating course. Meanwhile Becky Hodgson ran the Saxons, Vikings and Normans Black Hugin Challenge held at Pegwell Bay. Hodgson ran 16.4 miles in a time of 3hrs:49m:32.

Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 01st September 2018

Paul Moses came 12th at the towns parkrun on Saturday. Moses completed the course in 19m:58s followed by Keith Haynes in 20m:18s (14th) and Mark Harrison in a new personal best of 20m:36s (16th).

Mark Attenborough finished in 20m:58s (19th), Adrian Beresford in a personal best of 22m:45s (34th),  Elodie Paviot and Don Dewar finished in 23m:44s (47th & 48th), Mark Boorer in 26m:49s,  Sarah Taylor 33m:07s, Lesley Moody 33m:36s and Rod Kessack in 42m:29s.

Meanwhile, Dan Green finished 2nd place at the Samphire Hoe 5k summer series in a time of 18m:13s.

By Mark Carlton