A personal message from our new VP, Ann Fidge

Hi Everybody

As your shiny new Vice President, I thought I should introduce myself to those of you who might not have known me too long.

I joined A&D when the club was in its infancy back in October 1988 but have been running regularly since 1985.

I ran my first Marathon (London) in 1988 and have since added 27 others to my tally – which includes Majorca, Benidorm & Beachy Head. Of course, there have been plenty of Halves, Tens and 10kms as well during that time and our Inter Club relays during the summer. I have also dabbled in the odd cross country but never really took to it – I’m a road runner at heart!

More recently I have taken to Parkrun on Saturdays and am usually there at Victoria Park to chat to anyone!

During my years of running I have been largely injury free so must be doing something right.

I am fully committed to the Club and don’t really see a time without it! If I can be of any assistance to fellow members I will be only too happy to advise.

Happy Running

Ann Fidge

Maidstone Harriers Turkey Run – Sunday 10th December 2017

Maidstone Harriers Turkey Run – Sunday 10th December 2017

Adrian Moody and Sue Reader completed the popular 6.5 mile Turkey Run in 50m:12s and 1hr:12m:05s respectively. The course, which is largely ran off-road proved to be a difficult proposition on Sunday morning with the inclement freezing rain, strong winds and muddy conditions.

Ashford Parkrun  –  Saturday 09th  December 2017

Paul Moses finished just inside the top 10 at the towns Parkrun on a cold Saturday morning finishing in 19m:47s. Richard Baker and Carl Ireland crossed the line in 21m:07s (18th) and 21m:22s (19th) respectively to complete the top 20.

Gill Pragnell was the first female to finish overall in a time of 22m:11s (23rd) with Terry Sellen just behind in 22m:14s (24th). Rod Kessack was next to finish in 23m:04s (35th) with William Whittington in 24m:17s (45th).

John Fidge was next home for the club in 27m:29s (75th) with Ann Fidge in 29m:12s (102nd) and Becky Hodgson in 33m:07s (126th).

Meanwhile Jon Wells took on the Maidstone parkrun, finishing 8th overall in 19m:12s whilst Gill O’Connor completed the Riddlesdown, Croydon parkrun in 23m:46s finishing 32nd.

By Mark Carlton

Marriage Congratulations

As many of you will be aware, recently we’ve seen a couple of marriages within the club; Rosie Day to Alan Kirby, and Jo Faux to CJ Lattimer. The club would love to extend its congratulations to both newly wed couples wishing them the best of luck for long and happy futures together!

Awards Night and Club Summer Relays

Reminder that it’s the club annual awards night at the Flying Horse in Boughton Aluph this Friday evening (6th May) from 6:30 pm. There’s still time to get your vote in for CLUB MEMBER OF THE YEAR, just facebook or email Julie Foster. Would be great to see as many club members there as possible, you may even pick up an award…

Also club summer relays start Tuesday 17th May, beginning at Folkestone. Aim to get to the Rotunda at 6:45 for a 7pm start. The next relay dates are 31st May at Minnis Bay, 7th June at Ashford, 21st June at Samphire Hoe and 5th July at Canterbury. From 31st May onwards it’ll be 7pm for a 7:30 start. Again, it would be great to see as many club members there as possible!

Important Information re A&D Marathon/Half

Late last week the club was informed that the race headquarters at Sandyacres would not be available to use for the event.

This has necessitated a change of venue for the race as well as amendments to the course – most notably the location of the race headquarters, the start and the finish. The race will now start and finish at Charing School with car parking, refreshments and registration facilities on site at the school.

The new address for the race HQ and start/finish is:

Charing School, School Road, Charing TN27 0JN

We are very grateful to the Head Teacher and staff of the School for agreeing to accommodate us at such short notice. We are also grateful to Course Measurer Rob Bright who has spent many hours trying to reconfigure the course.

So, both races will now start in School Lane, just outside the School and both will finish in the School grounds. Because of the change of route there is a new section of the course, with a small loop to the north of the village that must be completed one and a half times before joining the existing marathon route and heading towards Westwell. In addition, marathon runners will have to complete a dogleg section on the course to ensure the full 26.2 miles is completed.

This revised route is for this year only and the race will return to its original route – and start, finish and race headquarters in 2017.

On the plus side, the new route does offer better transport options, with Charing Station just a few minutes walk away and plentiful on-site car parking.

Due to these late changes, we could not post out race packs last week and so numbers and timing chips will now be waiting for you to collect on the morning of the race, with the race headquarters open from 7.00 am.

Race instructions for the event will be sent by email. We hope these late changes won’t affect your enjoyment of the race – and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

For friends, family and colleagues, there will be entries available for both races on the day.

For full details please visit the Nice Work website: http://www.nice-work.org.uk/events.php?id=196

Club AGM 2016

Please note that the club AGM is to be held at Sandyacres on Thursday 14th April 2016 at 8:30pm. Any agenda items or nominations for new committee members need to be either given or returned to Julie Foster by Thursday 31st March.


The 4th instalment of the relays is this coming Tuesday (7th July) at Samphire Hoe, Dover around 7pm! Please let CJ know if you can attend as he’ll be picking teams. This assumes that no Operation Stack is in place!

Also we have the annual Lenham run in less than 2 weeks now (Thurs 16th July) so put it in your diary! Cars will be leaving from Sandyacres 7pm at the latest so please try and arrive promptly. A barbecue will follow with burgers, hot dogs and anything else we can rustle up including cake! There’s no charge for this but we’ll be accepting donations for MND. Please feel free to come along even if you’re not running! Someone will be there from half 7 onwards, as soon as we’ve dropped runners at Lenham.

Also the 16th July is the deadline for letting the club know if you’d like to come to Hardelot, France on the first Saturday in September. A great club event growing year by year we now have a 29-seater coach booked. A fast 10k event where a PB is definitely possible followed by food, beer and banter. What more could you want? After the 16th July if we still have any places on the coach left, they’ll be offered out to other clubs but we’d like to keep this a closed club event if possible!

Upcoming Hardelot 10k

Just to let everyone know that the club have a coach booked to travel to France for the Hardelot 10k on Saturday 6th September. The coach will be leaving Eureka Park at 09:00 and will likely return sometime around midnight. Currently there are only a handful of places left so please let a committee member know if you’re interested. The cost of the trip is £40 to cover coach hire, drivers and the crossing plus a 10 EUR entry fee. It’d be great if we could fill the coach as it’s a trip that galvanises club spirit and is always enjoyed by everyone!

Club Race Results from the weekend

A busy weekend for club members attending various races over the weekend.

Daniel Green finished in 8th place overall and 2nd in his category of Male Vet at the Rye Classic Series 10K on Friday 11 July. A time of 37m:06s

Robert Carpenter gained in 2nd place in a time of 18m:48s! and Keith Haynes in 8th place in a time of 21m:03s Park Run Ashford (Victoria Park) Saturday 12 July – well done

On Saturday 12 July the Ranscombe Challenge 30.55 miles trail and woodland race follows trails and footpaths on the Ranscombe Farm Reserve in Cuxton, Rochester. Amanda Bashford and Helen Weeden both finished together in joint 15th position in a time of 6h:57m:14s, they finished well before the 8 hour limit – well done girls!

British 10K London Run Sunday 13 July
This iconic route starts on Piccadilly outside The Guards & Calvary Club,  passing the new WW2 Bomber Command Memorial which was unveiled by HM Queen Elizabeth 11 in June 2012. Runners pass by The Ritz, St. James’s Palace, Trafalgar Square, the magnificent St. Paul’s Cathedral, the unique London Eye, the worlds most famous clock Big Ben, the British Houses of Parliament, the historic Westminster Abbey before finishing on Whitehall  at the junction of Royal Horse Guards and Banqueting House after passing Downing Street  and The Cenotaph, the national memorial to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. This race was completed by Lucy Cresser with a personal best time of 54m:14s.

On Sunday 13 July Phil Basher completed the Herne Bay 10K course in a time of 48m:43s in 65th place

Also on Sunday 13th July, there was the 50 Mile Challenge race which starts at Chislet near Canterbury at 6:00am and actually covers 52.4 miles. This was completed by Gary Sage, who completed the course in difficult underfoot conditions made even worse following three downpours of rain!  Gary finished in 4th position  achieving a personal best time of 9h:01m!

Well done everyone!