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.

 

Race Report – 15th April 2019

Sunday marked the start of the start of Marathon season, with A&D runners and supporters travelling to the South Coast, the continent and further afield for their races. Debut and seasoned marathoners alike felt the benefit of months of focused training and the club’s support.

Brighton Marathon – Sunday 14th April 2019

A Brighton-bound coach full of runners and supporters left Ashford in the early hours of Sunday morning. Paul Ridley was first home for the club with a PB of 3:09:49, closely followed by Julius Samson in 3:10:17. Carl Ireland was next over the finish line in 3:38:54, followed by Rob Barton with a PB of 3:47:25. Max Dallison finished in 4:01:23, followed by Ricky Hickman in a PB time of 4:10:43. One of only 102 runners to have competed in every one of the ten Brighton Marathons to date, Steve Hickman finished in 4:11:53; the achievement was marked with a distinctive bib and commemorative medal. Making his marathon debut, Shaun Snowwolf-Harris completed the course in 4:27:55. Mark Cleworth was next home for the club in 4:34:32. Also marking their marathon debuts, Keith Lynn finished in 4:48:40, followed by Hugh Scarlin in 4:57:19. Paul Spencer was next man home for the club in 5:09:35.

In her first marathon Becks Macey ran an superb time of 3:28:57. Gill O’Connor claimed 2nd in her age category with a time of 3:38:32. Christine Costiff crossed the finish line 60 seconds later, placing her 4th in the age category with a time of 3:39:32. Sandi Mortimer broke through the four-hour time barrier, achieving a PB of 3:57:14. Tracey Calnan was next lady home for the club in 4:04:37. Sarah Homewood achieved a PB time of 4:36:03, followed by Ailis Goddard in 4:47:33 and Kim McHenry in 5:31:55.

BM 10k- Sunday 14th April 2019

Lucy Johnstone continued her London Marathon preparation, completing the Brighton Marathon 10k race in 58:30.

Marathon de Paris -Sunday 14th April 2019

Across the Channel, two A&D runners competed in the Marathon de Paris. Marking his 50th marathon to date, and his 5th so far this year, Rik Holden completed the course in 3:32:00. Karine Reid achieved a PB time of 5:18:47.

Jamaica Pond Parkrun, Boston, USA – Saturday 13th April 2019

Across the Atlantic Scotty Lynch (25:06) and Andrew Noble (25:27) completed the 5K around Boston’s Jamaica Pond, ready for the city’s prestigious Marathon on Monday.

Kent Spring Marathon and Half Marathon – Sunday 7th April 2019

A&D runners achieved PB times in the Kent Spring Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday. The course featured sections of the Pilgrims Way and challenging hills. Taking more than 10 minutes off his previous best time over marathon distance, Aaron Homewood achieved a brilliant PB of 4:10:39. In the half marathon, Filiz Salih also achieved a PB of 1:48:36.
 
Paddock Wood Half Marathon – Sunday 7th April 2019
 
Four club members took on the 30th Paddock Wood Half Marathon on Sunday. Marking his third half-marathon PB in the past month, Keith Haynes was first home for the club in 1:33:32. Getting faster with every race, James Phillips also achieved a PB of 1:39:25. Paul Brasington (1:46:01) and Stu Nunn (1:46:03) were next home for the club, crossing the finish line in quick succession.
 
SVN Cookiethon – Sunday 7th April 2019
 
Sunday saw Sue Reader head to the Kent Coast for the cookie-based challenge event. The out-and-back course consisted of 3.75-mile segments. Reader covered 23 miles 4:35:41.
 
Riddlesdown Parkrun – Saturday 6th April 2019
 
Gill O’Connor was 1st in her age category at the Riddlesdown Parkrun on Saturday, with a time of 22:26.
 
Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 6th April 2019
 
A&D ladies were on fine form at the weekly 5K, with Christine Costiff (21:15) and Elodie Paviot (22:26) claiming 1st and 2nd lady home. Ailis Goddard was next over the finish line with a PB of 25:42. Sandi Mortimer completed the course in 25:51, followed by Ann Fidge (29:00), Emma Jenkins (31:32), Sarah Taylor (33:55), Becky Hodgson (33:56) and Debbie Payne (34:44).
 
The club’s men also turned out in force for the race. Mark Harrison was 5th overall in 19:51, closely followed by Dan Green (19:53) in 6th and Paul Moses (19:58) in 7th. Julius Samson (20:45) and Scotty Lynch (20:45) finished in 11th and 12th places, respectively. John Beale completed the course in a PB time of 21:03, with Carl Ireland (21:04) close behind. Adrian Beresford (22:02) marked his 5th consecutive PB on the course, closely followed by Darren Fagg (22:08) also in PB time. Ian Grundy (22:34), Will Whittington (23:47), Rod Kessack (24:32) and John Fidge (25:57) were next over the finish line. Paul Brasington completed the course in 26:45, followed by Keith Haynes (27:55) and Trevor Sparkes (29:53).
 
By Verity Dunbar

Ashford & District RRC Race Report 18th March 2019

Ricki Savage Thanet 20 Mile Road Race – Sunday 17th March 2019
 
Facing a mixture of Spring sunshine, wind and hail, nine A&D runners took to the Kent coast for the Ricki Savage 20 Mile Road Race on Sunday. The hilly course took runners between Pegwell, Ramsgate and Broadstairs, with three club members achieving PB times.
 
Rob Barton was 24th out of 242 runners and 10th in his age category with a time of 2:38:03. Anthony Brown was second man home for the club in 3:00:41. Shaun Snowwolf-Harris completed the course in a PB time of 3:03:08. Both running PB times, Aaron Homewood (3:05:59) and Sarah Homewood (3:29:04) were next across the finish line. Ailis Goddard finished in 3:33:55, followed by Lucy Johnstone (3:44:24), Sue Reader (3:47:51) and Rhian Shrimplin (3:59:25).
 
Bath Half Marathon – Sunday 17th March 2019
 
Mark Cleworth completed the Bath Half in 1:50:09, marking his fastest time over the distance in over 20 years. The course consisted of two laps, taking runners either side of the River Avon.
 
Eton Dorney 20 – Saturday 16th March 2019
 
Two club members travelled to Windsor on Saturday for the Eton Dorney 20. The eight-lap course took runners around Dorney Lake. Despite high winds, Christine Costiff (2:46:37) and Gill O’Connor (2:46:39) claimed 2nd and 3rd Vet places, respectively.
 
Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 16th March 2019
 
Jon Pearce claimed 1st place with a time of 18:20, followed by Dan Green (18:55) in 5th, Scotty Lynch (19:22) in 6th and James Booth (19:55) in 10th. Paul Moses (20:12) finished in 13th place, followed by Keith Haynes (20:36) and Mark Harrison (20:43). Mark Attenborough (21:34) was next over the finish line, with Adrian Beresford achieving a PB time of 22:17. Dean Bracken (22:41) and Stu Nunn (22:57) crossed the finish line in quick succession, followed by Terry Sellen (24:21), Elodie Paviot (24:35), Rod Kessack (24:59) and Will Whittington (25:05). Keith Lynn was next home for the club in 26:11, followed by Trevor Sparkes (26:38), John Fidge (27:24) and Ann Fidge (30:35). Emma Jenkins achieved her third consecutive PB in recent weeks, with a time of 30:45. Becky Hodgson completed the course in 34:58, Julie Foster in 39:25, Rachel Jenkins in 43:03 and Debbie Payne in 44:48.
 
By Verity Dunba

A&D Runners Race Through Challenging Conditions Mar 11 2019

The extremely high winds did not deter the athletes of Ashford and District Road Running Club from racing a total of over 400 miles this weekend.

Becky Hodgson provided a tremendous start to the weekend running over 50 miles in the Samphire Challenge Endurance Run.

The club were well represented at the Big Half in London. First finisher for the club was Tracey Calnan with a personal best of 1:41:20, followed by Don Dewar with a time of 1:49:05, Ingvild Drake finished in 1:51:12, Shane Snowwolf Harris ran a time of 1:52:29, Aurelie Claudel Morris only 3 months after surgery ran an impressive 2:00:32, Shelly Gwilt Blake completed the course in 2:44:30.

The Lydd 20 mile and half marathon races felt the full force of the high winds on Sunday morning. Conditions were extremely difficult with fallen trees an added challenge. Andrew Noble led the runners home finishing 34th in 2:19:47, Paul Ridley 46th (2:22:12) and Scott Lynch 49th (2:22:49), all reaping the benefit from an intense marathon training programme. Rob Barton, getting stronger with every run, finished in 2:35:53. Carl Ireland continues his recent good form with 2:39:46.

Chris Costiff took first place in the ladies V55 category with a time of 2:38:31. Filiz Salah Running alongside Sophie Edmonds ran 3:26:43 and 3:26:45 respectively. Sarah Taylor completed the course in 3:50:27.

First finisher for the club in the half marathon was Jon Wells in 1:30:00. Keith Hayes, despite the dreadful conditions achieved a personal best time of 1:34:48, 28th overall and 7th in the V40 competition. Laura Segust also ran a strong race to finish with a time of 1:58:21.

Mike Davis ran the Liverpool half marathon finishing in second place in his age category with a time of 1:45:08. Further strengthening an already impressive run Britain ranking.

The club were well represented at Ashford Park Run on Saturday morning. Jon Pearce, Dan Green and Tomasz Latala all finished in the top ten. Mark Attenborough, Mark Harrison, Ian Grundy and Carl Ireland, warming up for the Lydd race, also took part. Nicola Moffat made her park run debut with a time of 23:47 and was 4th lady finisher. Other club runners included William Whittington, Terry Sellen, Rod Kessack, Lisa Jones Keith Lynn, Elodie Paviot, Lucy Johnstone, Rachel Jenkins, Verity Dunbar, also making her park run debut with 30:51, Emma Jenkins with a personal best time of 31:18, Sarah Taylor, Lesley Moody, Deborah Payne, and Julie Foster showing continued improvement.

By Paul Moses

 

Ashford & District RRC Race Report 4th March 2019

Undeterred by high winds and pelting rain, Sunday saw club members take on challenging off-road races in Kent and West Sussex.

Bedgebury Forest 5 and 10 Mile – Sunday 3rd March 2019

On Sunday, three club members competed on the undulating course of forest paths and trail. Christine Costiff finished the 10-mile race in 1:16:13, making her 1st Vet and 3rd lady homeIngvild Drake completed the course in 1:28:07. In the 5-mile race, Paul Ridley was 3rd male and 4th overall, with a time of 33:48.

Steyning Stinger Marathon – Sunday 3rd March 2019

Two A&D runners completed the Steyning Stinger marathon on Sunday. The muddy course took runners across the South Downs and featured several steep inclines. Eddie Rodger finished in 5:01:21, followed by Steve Hickman in 5:13:43.

Cambridge Half Marathon – Sunday 3rd March 2019

Back on road, Shaun Snowwolf-Harris completed the Cambridge half marathon in 1:59:03.

Riddlesdown Parkrun – Saturday 2nd March 2019

Christine Costiff was 14th overall and 1st lady across the finish line of the Riddlesdown Parkrun on Saturday, with a time of 22:20.

Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 2nd March 2019

Saturday saw 20 A&D runners descend on Victoria Park for the weekly 5K. Trevor Kay was 4th overall in 18:20, followed by Dan Green (19:16) in 9th place, Keith Haynes (20:47) in 15th and Richard Baker (21:03) in 19th. Scotty Lynch was next home for the club in 21:53, with Carl Ireland (22:50), Filiz Salih (23:15), Stu Nunn (23:23) and Don Dewar (23:24) soon after. Sandi Mortimer achieved a PB time of 23:35, crossing the finish line alongside Terry Sellen (23:35). Rod Kessack completed the course in 25:11, followed by Keith Lynn (25:44), John Fidge (26:46) and Ann Fidge (30:15). Emma Jenkins crossed the finish line in a PB time of 31:20, followed by Susan Sutton (35:04), Becky Hodgson (36:33), Julie Foster (38:02) and Sukai N’Dure (38:41).

SVN Marathon Day Marathon – Tuesday 26th February 2019

Marking 26.2 of the calendar year, Tuesday saw Mark Attenborough complete the 6th SVN Marathon Day event between Deal and Kingsdown. Attenborough finished the 5-lap course in 3:29:26.

By Verity Dunbar

Noble at National Championships – Saturday 23rd February 2019

Saucony National Cross Country Championships –

Andrew Noble represented A&D at the National Cross Country Championships at Harewood House, Yorkshire. A fitting finale to the club’s XC season, Noble finished the 12K course in 50:07, placing him 1055th out of 2006 runners.

Lenham Winter Cross Marathon – Sunday 24th February 2019

The sun shone on A&D runners facing the unrelenting hills and steps of the Lenham Winter Cross Marathon on Sunday. Rik Holden completed the course in in 4:55:13; Steve Hickman finished in 6:46:47.

Brighton Half Marathon – Sunday 24th February 2019

Gill O’Connor endured Sunday’s unseasonably warm weather on the East Sussex Coast, finishing the Brighton half marathon in 1:43:17.

Great Run Local: Kingsnorth, Ashford – Sunday 24th February 2019

Will Whittington (24:57) and Emma Jenkins (32:15) completed the 5K around Kingsnorth on Sunday.

SVN Moonlight Challenge – Saturday 23rd February 2019

Two A&D runners took on the SVN challenge around Reculver on Saturday. A mixture of trail, grass, concrete and tarmac, the event started in late-afternoon sunshine and finished in misty darkness. Helen Weeden marked her 48th marathon to date, covering an ultra distance of 31.25 miles in 7:05:12. Eddie Rodger covered 26.2 miles in 4:40:19.

Hastings Parkrun – Saturday 23rd February 2019

Christine Costiff faced windy conditions during the 5K along Hastings seafront on Saturday, finishing in 21:24.

Birkenhead Parkrun- Saturday 23rd February 2019

Further north, two club members completed Birkenhead Parkrun. John Fidge finished in 27:18, followed by Ann Fidge in 30:44.

Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 23rd February 2019

Chris Boyce was 2nd overall with a time of 19:18. Scotty Lynch was 13th overall in 21:04, followed by Mark Harrison (21:13) in 16th place and John Beale in 18th with a PB time of 21:35. Ian Grundy (23:00) was next home for the club, closely followed by Don Dewar (23:18), Terry Sellen (23:33), Will Whittington (23:51) and Stu Nunn (23:56). Rod Kessack crossed the finish line in 25:12, with Keith Lynn (25:28) close behind. Lisa Bracken was next in 27:31, followed by Shaun Snowwolf-Harris (27:42), Lucy Johnstone (28:52), Emma Jenkins (32:10), Lesley Moody (33:56), Susan Sutton (34:23), Becky Hodgson (34:59) and Julie Foster (39:56).

By Verity Dunbar

Ashford & District RRC Race Report – 18th February 2019

Headcorn Half Marathon – Sunday 17th February 2019

Sunday saw 16 A&D runners take on the 3rd Headcorn Half Marathon. Andrew Noble was 13th overall and 2nd in his age category, with a time of 1:24:24. Scotty Lynch (1:27:33) was 5th in his age category, with team mate Paul Ridley (1:27:52) close behind; the pair finished in 18th and 19th place, respectively. Rob Barton (1:31:59) finished in a PB time, followed by Chris Boyce (1:33:45), Robin Butler (1:36:32) and Adrian Beresford (1:40:55). John Beale (1:43:13), Neil Woodham (1:45:00), James Phillips (1:45:01), Sandi Mortimer (1:48:02) and Filiz Salih (1:49:31) all achieved PB times.  Aaron Homewood was next home for the club in 1:51:21, followed by Keith Lynn (2:02:32), Ailis Goddard (2:06:30) and Sue Reader (2:16:34).

Victoria Park 10 Mile – Sunday 17th February 2019

Four A&D runners travelled to East London for the Victoria Park 10 Mile race on Sunday. Trevor Kay was 5th overall in 59:09. Anthony Brown crossed the finish line in 1:17:53, followed by Jaclyn Kay (1:28:14) and Rhian Shrimplin (1:41:20).

Dymchurch 10K – Sunday 17th February 2019

A&D claimed the Team Award at Sunday’s Dymchurch 10K. Shaun Snowwolf-Harris and Laura Segust were first home for the club in 51:14, a PB time for Segust. Lisa Jones also achieved a PB of 55:22, followed by Lucy Johnstone in 58:42.

Tenterden 5 Mile – Sunday 17th February 2019

Christine Costiff completed the course in 35:52, making her 1st in her age category and 5th lady home. The undulating course took runners along the Weald’s country lanes.

Jersey Parkrun- Saturday 16th February 2019

Carl Ireland started the weekend with a new PB of 21:05, making him 1st in his VM55 age category and 23rd overall. The course consisted of two laps of tarmac path, followed by an out-and-back section of gravelly trail featuring a hairpin turn.

Lullingstone Parkrun- Saturday 16th February 2019

Three A&D runners took on the notoriously tough 5K around Lullingstone Country Park on Saturday. Will Whittington completed the course in 29:03, followed by Trevor Sparkes (29:58) and Emma Jenkins (41:34).

Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 16th February 2019

Club members took to Ashford’s Victoria Park on Saturday morning for the weekly 5K. Chris Boyce was 5th overall with a time of 19:07. Scotty Lynch (22:20) was next home for the club, followed by Ian Grundy (23:08), Terry Sellen (23:10), Don Dewar (24:17) and Shaun Snowwolf-Harris (24:50). Lisa Jones achieved a PB time of 25:06, followed by Shelley Hathaway-Batt (28:23), Rachel Jenkins (31:00), Becky Hodgson (34:22), Julie Foster (40:20) and Rod Kessack (55:37).

SVN Martello Marathon – Friday 15th February 2019

Two A&D members completed the coastal marathon between Folkestone and Hythe on Saturday. Rik Holden finished in 3:38:40, whilst Steve Hickman crossed the finish line in 4:24:35.

ADRRC’s Successful End to Cross Country Season 11-Feb-2019

The Kent County Athletics Association Cross Country season came to a conclusion on Saturday. It has proved to be a successful campaign with cross country captain Adrian Moody managing strong turnouts at all events giving solid direction and coaching in the clubs second year back competing in this prestigious league.
 
At Norman Park, Bromley, the ladies were led home by Becks Macey in 7th place (23:32) with a 7th overall in the league and 4th in the woman’s masters, a very impressive first season in cross country.
Chris Costiff was 32nd on the day (26;24) with sister Gill O’Connor 44th (27:23). The result ensured the light blue of ADRRC was the dominant colour on the podium with Chris and Gill 1st and 3rd in the woman’s masters 55 league for the season.
A strong team performance on the day with contributions from Sandi Mortimer 60th (28:52), Jaclyn Kay 75th (30:50), and Lucy Johnstone 82nd (33:28) gave the club 5th in the 3 to score completion and 4th in the 6 to score.
This placed the ADRRC ladies team in 7th place in the 3 to score league and 4th in the 6 to score.
 
The men’s team were very well represented with 17 runners competing on the day. A well timed return to the team saw Robert Latala finish 18th (35:52). Jon Pearce with a trademark determined run delivered 40th place (38:38). Dan Green was close behind in 49th (39:47). Trevor Kay finished in 62nd place (40:37) and Jonny Wells, fighting back from sickness 65th (41:00), gave Trevor and Jonny 8th and 9th places in the league. Andrew Noble continues his excellent form in 68th (41:12), snapping at his heels was club captain Scotty Lynch in 70th (41:23). Adrian Moody, getting quicker with every race, finished 88th (42:28). Consistent running from Scotty and Adrian was rewarded with 8th and 9th places respectively in the Masters 50 league.
Paul Ridley 98th (43:19), Mark Attenborough 102nd (43:47), Keith Haynes 104th (44:08), and Mark Harrison 102nd (43:47) gave ADRRC 4th place on the day in the 12 to score competition.
Club runners Richard Baker 124th (45:50), Carl Ireland 126th (45:57), Robin Butler 130th (47:02) after a nasty fall during the race, Neil Woodham 134th (48:03) in his first race and Adrian Beresford 135th (48:18), gave strength in depth all contributing to the result on the day and protected the league position.
In the clubs second season back in the league ADRRC finished 4th in the 4 to score competition and 3rd in the 12 to score.
 
On Sunday at the ADRRC 10K Robert Barton finished in 20th with a time of 40:58, Terry Sellen was 128th in 49:57 and Shaun Snowwolf-Harris 163rd with 52:31.
 
By Paul Moses

Ashford and District Road Running Club’s big weekend. 28-Jan-2019

A&D runners took to capital over the weekend.
 
Trevor Kay kicked off the weekend at the Hyde Park 5k on Friday night was rewarded with a personal best of 16:59 and a 14th place finish.
 
The South East Counties Athletics Association cross country championships were held at the iconic Parliament Hill Fields course in the capital on Saturday and A&D were represented by a team of seven runners. The A&D runners battled though the challenging conditions against the top teams in the south of England to finish a very creditable 66th place overall. Jon Pearce in 443rd with a time of 58:59 over the 15k course was the first club runner home. He’s was followed by Andrew Noble (640th) 1:02:22, Paul Moses (678th) 1:03:09, club cross country captain Adrian Moody with a strong run finished 687th in 1:03:16, Scott Lynch (754th) 1:04:29, Paul Ridley (790th) 1:05:09, and Adrian Beresford (1056th) 1:13:45.
 
The ever popular Canterbury 10 mile race saw the club out in force. Dan Green leading the A&D runners home to finish in 38th place with a time of 1:04:13 followed by Jon Wells showing superb form finishing in 46th place with 1:05:11. Scott Lynch followed up his cross country run on Saturday with a splendidly paced 1:08:47 to finish in 101st place and top 10 in his age category. Keith Haynes continuing his spell of strong running finished 108th with a time of 1:09:11. Another fine run from Becks Macey gave her a second place in her category with a personal best of over 4 minutes with 1:09:35. Paul Ridley also following on from the cross country championships finished in 126th place with 1:10:06. Mark Attenborough was close behind in 144th and a time of 1:11:08. Chris Costiff dominated her category with a very strong first place and time of 1:14:40. Adrian Beresford continues his recovery from injury and doubled up the cross country championship race with 283rd place and 1:17:28. Aaron Homewood finished in 491st place with 1:24:09. A solid run from Shaun Snowwolf Harris placed him 510th in 1:24:27. Stu Nunn was 588th running a time of 1:28:38, followed by Keith Lynn in 691st place with a very pleasing personal best time of 1:30:45. Alison Water (867th) ran a 1:35:49, Filiz Sarah (994th) 1:40:45, Sue Reader (1022nd) 1:41:45, Tyree Spicer (1043rd) 1:42:44, Lucy Johnstone (1132nd) 1:46:20, and Sarah Taylor (1157th) 1:47:27 all ran excellent races and ensured a great representation of A&D.
 
Rob Barton and Richard Baker traveled to the 2012 Olympic mountain bike course to take part in the Hadleigh Legacy 2012 10k. On a tough course Barton finished in 29th with 48:47 and Baker 72nd with 52:54.
 
Becky Hodgson continues her road or in this case off-road to recovery by competing in the Phoenix Running pick ‘n’ mix movie run half marathon.
 
By Paul Moses