Holden Marathons in Mordor
Rik Holden competed in the Tolkien trail marathon completing the wet and muddy course around Ashenbank Wood with an impressive time of 3:40:41.
Sarah Taylor took part in the Bedgebury Summer Series 10k and finished in a time of 1:10:39.
Tough weather conditions with torrential rain and strong a head wind presented a challenge to runners at the Twilight Chase with a 6 hour out and back circuit along a very windy Rye Harbour. Aaron Homewood covered 30.8 miles in the 6 hours. Sarah Homewood certainly tested her injured calf with a half marathon distance covered in 2:29:40. Lucy Johnstone was second lady covering 22 miles in 4:23:32. Steve Hickman encouraging Lucy over the distance covered 22.65 miles.
The Mount Ephraim 10k offered a testing run for the A&D runners on Sunday. Scotty Lynch ran a personal best on the course in 40:00 with 5th place. Made even more impressive as this followed a 19:07 park run on Saturday. Next home for the club in 8th place overall with a time of 41:26 was Paul Moses. The trio of veterans was completed by Adrian Moody in 22nd place with a time of 47:01.


It proved to be a good day for A&D runners at the East Peckham 10k. Club new boy Richard Boa kes broke the 40 minute barrier with 39:39 being good for 17th place. Reward for the intense racing schedule and training put in by Richard.
Michael Davies ran an impressive time of 42:49 finishing 34th overall, and 1st in his age category on the Southern Counties VAC championships.
The Vanguard Way Trail Marathon is a tough and hilly course running in the North Downs between Croydon and Westerham. This was a challenge taken on by Chris Costiff and Gill O’Connor finishing 1st and 2nd in their age categories with time of just over 5 hours.
Rather than the usual ice and cold winds for the Canterbury 10 mile, hot and humid conditions were the order of the day. A good turnout from Ashford and District saw Trevor Kay first home in 10th place overall with a personal best for the course in a time of 1:01:40. Next over the line was Scotty Lynch with his fastest time for 5 years, 27th overall and 2nd in his age category with a time of1:05:32. A strong run by Linda Jean Delport was rewarded with a time of 1:13:21 and 2nd in her category in a very strong field.
Hugh Scarlin continuing his great run of form finished in 86th place with a time of 1:17:25, closely followed by Adrian Moody, 97th in 1:18:29 and Dave Chappell 104th with a time of 1:19:07. Sophie Edmonds put in another impressive race finishing in 4th place in her category with a time of 1:22:25.
Stu Nunn continues to improve and put in a determined run to post a time of 1:24:48. Sarah Taylor ran well to beat the 2 hour mark with a time of 1:56:02.
The club was well represented at the London Landmarks Half Marathon. Adam Clegg broke his personal best for the distance by over 4 minutes with a time of 1:44:42. Next home was Claire Williams in 2:14, followed by Will Whittington in 2:21:03, Peter Buckley in 2:23:57 and Emma Jenkins in 3:14:21.
Steve Hickman travelled to the Summer Running Festival in Dorset. Steve was 2nd in his age category on a hilly 10 mile trail course with a time of 2:06:56. Following this up with a fancy dress 8 mile race in 1:47:43.


The hottest day of the year so far saw a large contingent of Ashford and District runners head to the seaside for the Saxon Shore Half Marathon. The course was unforgiving, undulating, extremely dry, offered no shade and gave a cruel uphill finish.

Trevor Kay was the first A&D runner home with an remarkable personal best time of 1:21:49 and second place on the day. An amazing run in the conditions.

Paul Ridley continuing with his good form ran an impressive 1:25:17, finishing in 6th place.

Just outside the top 10 in 12th place and 1st V50 was Scott Lynch with strong and consistent running posted a time of 1:27:27. In 16th and 3rd V50 with 1:29:49 was Paul Moses. A solid run, as ever, saw Adrian Moody finish in 1:48:29 placing him in 97th place and 10th V50.

Hugh Scarlin continues to impress, putting a marker down with a time of 1:53:51, finishing in 131st. A reward for the hard work at the Tuesday night training sessions and the solid mileage he has been running. Not far behind Hugh was Matt Hardwick with a time of 1:56:48 and 144th place.

It was Stu Nunn’s 6th consecutive weekend of competition a determined run saw Stu finish in a time of 1:58:05 and 154th place.

Aaron Homewood made a welcome return to club colours topping up his tan with a time of 2:21:42 and 248th place.

The 4th placed lady and 3rd in her age category was distance specialist Linda-Jean Delport with a time of 1:43:28. Another top quality run from Chris Costiff placed her 9th overall and 2nd in her age category in 1:46:09.

Carrying on with her recuperation from injury, Lesley Taylor completed the course in 1:55:24, good for 20th place and impressive 3rd in age category.

Commenting on the challenge the course offered in 22nd place was Emma Hanna with a time of 1:56:54, giving Emma 9th in her age group.

Massa Cooper was running her first event for quite a while. Lack of racing did not stop Massa from finishing in a creditable 74th place with a time of 2:12:13. Lucy Johnstone’s regular trail mileage faired her well for a time of 2:25:32 and 125th place.

In conditions better suited for sitting on the beach eating ice-cream Sarah Homewood stuck to the task in hand and finished in 166th place with a time of 2:31:42. Lesley Moody was not to far behind with a time of 2:38:17 and 193rd place. Sarah Taylor keeps building on the hard work at the club training nights and finished in 231st with a time of 2:46:36.

A straightforward marathon was not enough for Rik Holden. To add to the heat the Punk Run Trail marathon also offered brambles to battle through, crouching under obstacles and low trees. This makes the time of 3:55:38 even more impressive.

Gil O’Connor took part in the Downey Lakes 10K and her time of 50:51 was good for 2nd in her age category.

Becky Hodgson competed in the Runbelievable Gothic Challenge half marathon over a mix of undulating bike paths and trails completing the event in 3:39:39.


Once again A&D RRC have been donning their blues and hitting the roads in a plethora of races in and around Kent.

In the first instance we are jumping into our time machine and revisiting the not so distant past of 23/05/2021.   Not deterred by rain, mud or mountainous undulations, Adrian Beresford, Adrian. Moody and Jill Croftin-Martin took on the trail Tough Runner event at Eridge Park.  Bravely tackling the mud fest half marathon distance, the two Adrian’s gritted down with Moody crossing the line in 1.59.49 and Beresford joining him minutes later in 2.03.24.   Jill Crofton-Martin zoomed round the equally tough 10km distance and impressed with a time of 1.00.27, which also awarded her a first in category finish.

Sticking with the undulatory theme of the day, another determined bunch ran the rollercoaster route that was the Rye 10 miler.  Storming round in an impressive 1.11.08, first home for the club was Keith Haynes.  Next to finish and bringing it home for the ladies and claiming first in age, was Christine Costiff in 1.16.07.  Hugh Scarlin was next in 1.18.02, knocking 6 mins off his previous PB, closely followed by  Linda Delport in 1.18.23.   Sophie Edmonds, who also grabbed a first in age, cruised across the line in 1.23.46.  Keeping the flow of blue shirts coming, there were more strong finishes from Mark Carlton (1.24.42), Stuart Nunn (1.25.34), Simon Jackson (1.29.40), Sarah Homewood (1.42.06), Rachel Jenkins (1.44.15) and Lesley Moody (1.50.27).

Kicking off June with a midweek trail run and bringing with them the promise of better weather, Bedgebury Summer Series 10k saw Christine Costiff once again impressing with a first in age finish in a time of 46.25.  Hugh Scarlin was close behind in 50.48.  Keith Lynn and Sarah Taylor followed in 56.43 and 1.10.01 respectively.  Gill O’Connor sped round the 5k route in 25.01and claimed  2nd lady finisher overall and first in age.

Weekend sunshine on Sunday 6th June bought with it more A&D hot ‘n hilly running action.

First off and completing his 6th marathon since April was our very own marathon running legend, Rik Holden.   Storming round the SVN D Day Marathon route at Betteshanger, Rik finished the 26.2 miles in an impressive 3.47.22 and was the first finisher overall for the distance.

Setting his sights on a challenging trail run, Stephen Hickman ran the hot and hilly High Elms 10k in a fantastic 1.03.32.

Rounding up the scorcher of a weekend, there was a flurry of A&D entrants at the local Tenterden 10k.  The father and 2 son trio were the first 3 members home, with all three claiming a top 10 finish.  Jack Hodges finished 7th in his first ever race in 43.57, with his brother, Kieran Hodges also debuting, close behind in 9th place (45.39).  Steve Hodges came in 10th and first in age, completing the family round up in 46.09.  Next across the line  was A&D men’s captain, Adrian Beresford, who nabbed 11th place in 46.43.  Weekly racing regular, Stu Nunn finished in a determined 50.40, with James Philips (51.04) hot on his heels.  Simon Jackson followed in 53.38 and was swiftly chased down by Sue Reader, who led the ladies home in 56.30.  Peter Buckley (59.32), Lucy Johnstone (1.07.54), Trevor Sparkes (1.13.07) and Emma Jenkins (1.22.08) all finished strong and completed the impressive A&D line up for the day.

All this hot and sweaty running action has definitely produced some amazing results.

Well done to an awesome team!


Following the recent period of unpredictable weather last weekend brought warm and breezy weather to the Kent coast just in time for the 10th anniversary of the Folkestone Coastal 10k. And when the sun shone, so did Ashford & District’s finest! The fast, flat course made for excellent times heading away from Folkestone but upon turning to make their way back runners were met by a challenging zephyr.

Fastest over the distance was club whippet Aiden Gorham in a blistering time of 35:55 who wasn’t to see another member until the marathoner duo of Paul Ridley and James Booth finished only 18 seconds apart in their respective times of 38:40 and 38:58. Paul Moses ran at his usual impressive pace and clocked 40:08 with Daniel Head hot on his trail, fighting through the wind in 41:57. Richard Boakes ran a solid 42:27 and was followed in by Keith Haynes whose 42:40 left him in 93rd place overall. Next home and feeling the heat was men’s captain Adrian Beresford in 45:09. Enjoying the tailwind on his way to the 5k point Adam Clegg finished in 46:44 with Stuart Nunn continuing his journey back to form with 48:33. Competing well despite the summer temperature was Matt Hardwick who ran 48:56, shortly followed over the crowded finish line by Emma Hanna whose time of 50:03 made her first female for the club. A mere 20 seconds later Ailis Goddard crossed the line after 50 minutes and 23 seconds of quality running. Sophie Edmonds produced another consistent performance with her time of 51:36 before Trevor Sparkes annihilated his previous best by 24 seconds to set a new official PB of 56:25. Peter Buckley and Sophie Cooper arrived just ten seconds apart in 57:35 and 57:45 respectively and Lesley Moody clocked 1:00:58 on the out-and-back course. Sandra Gooding completed her 10k in 1:03:55 with Sarah Taylor rounding the club’s entries off with a solid 1:04:38.

On the same day the Fidges competed in the Isle Of Wight Running Festival Duver Dash, finishing the fun run-style undulating 5k route in their incredibly exact times of 29:00 for John and 31:00 for Ann. Earlier in the week Cris Francis and Alison Waters tackled Race 2 of the floodlit 5k series at Gravesend with Alison finishing in 22:17 and Cris snapping at her heels in a crisp 22:27.




Another week brought with it another A&D racing line up, this time at the Betteshanger 5 and 10miler, a new race to this year’s racing calendar.
The 10miler saw the hardy trio of Trevor Kay, Keith Haynes and Stu Nunn take on the 5 lap course. Despite the measured distance coming up over, the team still posted some fantastic times. Trevor finished 6th overall and 3rd in age as he practically flew round the course in 1.00.21. Keith was next and impressed with a time of 1.10.53 and finished 21st overall and 4th in age. Stuart completed the strong line up by sprinting across the line in 1.19.08 and finished 41st overall and 6th in age.
Ladies Club Captain, Rhian Shrimplin and Club Chairman, Anthony Brown tackled the 5miler route. Here Rhian zoomed round in a PB time of 33.32 and finished 3rd lady and 2nd in age. Anthony followed shortly after in a speedy 36.34 and finished 26th overall.
Well done to all, what a fantastic race day out.



Record Breaking Debut For Nick Collins
In his first marathon in Ashford and District colours Nick Collins ran a 2:36:38 at the Cheshire Elite Marathon. This incredibly fast time took the club record for the male veterans and was only just short of the seniors record. To offer some context to the pace at which Nick ran the marathon this is equivalent to running over 8 consecutive 19 minute park runs. A great time and reward for the hard work and dedicated preparation over many months for this event.
Marathon man Rik Holden ran 2 marathons in 3 days. He completed the St George’s Day marathon in 3:37:29 on Friday, and not knowing the meaning of, having a rest day, took on another marathon with over 1000 metres in elevation in a time of 4:13:28.
Daniel Head put in a shift at the Maverick Adidas Terex 23k. A tough hilly course compounded with Daniel coming back from injury to run a very respectable 2:21:31.
Becky Hodgson continued here love affair with the SVN events, and completed the half marathon in 3:11:25. A great return to racing in the company of friends and familiar faces from the SVN community.
Proving that runners can also ride bikes, Ashford and District ladies were well represented in the Kent Duathlon at Hole Park. Alison Waters led the A&D ladies home with 3rd place overall and winning her age category. A great result with Alison on who is on top form at the moment. Not far behind Alison was Aurelie Morris in 6th place and 4th in her age category. Training partner Tracey Calnan was 11th lady and 5th in her age category. When you see the mileage these athletes put in their training runs and bike rides it is easy to see how their hard work has reaped just rewards.


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.


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.