Two at Tanners 20

LDWA Tanners 20 – Sunday 19th January 2020

A&D duo Christine Costiff and Gill O’Connor made the most of the crisp winter weather at the 42nd Tanners 20 event, near Leatherhead.  Following frosty start just after 8am, the pair navigated their way between checkpoints in the Surrey countryside, running through mud and up hills, and climbing over styles. A perfect winter trail event, all round.

Parkrun – Saturday 18th January 2020

On the south coast, Andrew Noble (19.30) finished 8th overall at the Littlehampton Prom Parkrun.

A throng of A&D runners represented the club at the weekly 5K around Victoria Park. Trevor Kay, Carl Ireland, Linda-Jean Delport placed 4th, 11th and 14th, respectively. Rob Carpenter was 25th, followed by Don Dewar (23.22), Paul Brasington (23.49) and Stu Nunn (24.48). Will Whittington (25.04) and Rod Kessack (25.08) crossed the finish line in quick succession, with John Fidge (26.25) and Terry Sellen (26.56) close behind. Next home for the club was Trevor Sparkes (28.09), with Mark Harrison (28.35) and Laura Segust (28.50) hot on his heels. Rachel Jenkins (29.49) and Emma Jenkins (33.43) were next, whilst tail walkers Ann Fidge (58.57) and Julie Foster (58.58) completed the course together.


Country to Capital Ultra – Saturday 11th January 2020

Saturday saw Edward Rodger step up to the start line of the first in a series of four Ultras to raise money for Scottish Huntington’s Association. Starting from Wendover (Buckinghamshire), runners made their way across muddy countryside towards London, following the Grand Union Canal tow path to the finish line in Little Venice. Despite feeling utterly drained and frozen at the 26-mile mark, Rodger persevered through the mud, hills and bitterly cold winds to complete the 43-mile course in 9hr 29min 32sec.



SVN Chocathon – Saturday 11th January 2020

Also facing the biting winds, two club runners took on the SVN Chocathon at Betteshanger Country Park on Saturday. Becky Hodgson completed her first half marathon of 2020, finishing in 3.13.44. Less than two weeks in to January, Rik Holden marked his second marathon of 2020 by finishing 2nd overall and 1st in his age group, with a time of 3.39.39.

Parkrun- Saturday 11th January 2020

Will Whittington (28.04) and Emma Jenkins (38.47) donned their trail shoes for some parkrun tourism at Kingdom, Penshurst. The three-lap circuit saw Jenkins achieve a course PB. Gill O’Connor (24.00) was fourth lady and 1st in her age group at Tilgate Parkrun.

In Ashford, Trevor Kay (18.02) was 4th overall in 18.02, followed by Dan (19.48) in 7th and Julius Samson (19.56) in 10th and Paul Ridley (20.00) in 11th. James Booth (20.29) and Paul Moses (20.47) placed 15th and 18th respectively, whilst Christine Costiff was 1st lady home in 22.19. Ian Grundy finished in 22.54, closely followed by Stu Nunn (22.58), Ian Cox (24.14). Rob Carpenter (25.07) and Pat Butler ( 25.08) also crossed the finish line in quick succession, followed by Terry Sellen (26.09), Rod Kessack (26.19), Keith Lynn (26.27) and Rachel Jenkins (28.51). Cris Francis finished in 31.03, with Trevor Sparkes (31.36) next home for the club and volunteer Julie Foster (53.29). Other A&D volunteers included James Booth, John and Ann Fidge and Alison Waters.

A&D Compete at the Kent Cross-Country Championships

  Cross Country Captain and Mentor Adrian Moody stated he was “Humbled and proud watching Ashford and District’s cross country teams take on the might of Kent’s youth at Brands Hatch”. This was validated by the excellent results and indomitable spirit of the 19 athletes taking part.


The ladies team were led home by Becks Macey finishing 30th and 6th in the V35 category. Linda-Jean Delport’s family were able to cheer on as she finished 44th overall and 7th V45, a tremendous result in her first Kent championships. Jill Crofton-Martin with a spirited sprint finished in 75th place completed the trio in the 3 to score competition with A&D being placed 8th. Ladies captain Rhian Shrimplin ran a strong race for 89th place. Ailis Goddard 90th, Alison Waters 91st and Massah Cooper 94th were nip and tuck throughout the race and the battling, determined teamwork gave the A&D ladies 5th place in the 6 to score competition. A tribute to the strength in depth within the ladies team.


The men’s team required the full complement of runners to return a result to secure a place in the 12 to score competition. Club coach John Pearce can always be relied upon for an inspiring run and led the team with his 75th place. A strong run by Jon Wells was rewarded with 93rd place closely followed by an in from Julius Samson. Julius finished in 95th place and 6th V50. Scotty Lynch used his strength and experience and finished 111th and 10th V50. Paul Moses fought off challenges over the final lap to finish 124th and 4th V55. James Booth in 135th place gave A&D the 10th place in the 6 to score competition. Carl Ireland, improving with every race was pleased with his 142nd place and looked strong throughout. In 145th Keith Hayes suffering with cramp from lap 2 onwards dug deep to finish to ensure a score in the 12 to score competition. Mark Harrison in 151st, Cris Francis, enjoying his first run at Brands Hatch, in 161st, Adrian Beresford 174th and Stu Nunn 180th gave A&D’s men team 7th place in a competition where other clubs struggled to field the required number of runners.


Rik Holden started 2020 with the SVN New Years Day marathon. A good start to the year saw Rik post a time of 3:43:28 finishing 4th overall and 1st in his age category.


A number of club runners took to competing in 2 park runs on New Year’s Day including Keith Lynn taking on Canterbury and Whitstable, and Gill O’Connor at Ribblesdown and Squerrys Wedsterham.

Meanwhile Lesley Moody took a chance while back in Scotland to take part in the 2020 Shortbread Challenge.


The first park run of the year at Ashford had a good turnout from A&D runners. This included Trevor Kay, Dan Green, Rob Carpenter, Don Dewar, Michael Hill, Keith Lynn, Patrick Butler, John Fidge, Laura Segust, Sue Reader, Terry Sellen, Emma Jenkins, Helen Marshall, Hugh Scarlin and Sarah Taylor.

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Cambridge Harriers Cross Country Championship – Saturday 28th December 2019

There was no lull between Christmas and New Year as a formidable trio of A&D runners headed to Bexley for the Cambridge Harriers Championship on Saturday. The undulating 7.5 mile course saw Becks Macey storm home in 59min 24sec, claiming the prize for 2nd Lady. Cross Country stalwarts Adrian Moody and Adrian Beresford also put in superb performances on the course.

Alison Waters flew the A&D flag at Staplehurst’s End of Year 10 Mile Run. Despite a gruelling hill at the 6 mile mark, Waters completed the course in 1.26.56.

Saltwood Boxing Day Run – Thursday 26th December 2019

A strong club contingent turned out for the 45th Saltwood Boxing Day Run. The 3-mile, off-road route provided a suitable challenge for runners seeking to burn off their Christmas dinners. Julius Samson was first home for the club in 19.26, closely followed by James Booth in 21.54. Steve Hickman finished in 33.27, followed by Simon Jackson in 34.28. Gary Sage was next home for the club in 38.36, with Laura Segust hot on his heels in 38.52.

Chiangmai 10K – 22nd December 2019

In Thailand, Richard Baker completed the Chiangmai 10K in 48.04. Starting at 5am, 2500 international runners competed on the flat, fast course.

Christmas Day Parkrun – 25th December 2019

Christmas Day saw dedicated A&D Parkrunners assemble in Victoria Park for a special Ashford Parkrun.  Paul Moses (20.18) and Julius Samson (20.41) finished in 17th and 18th place, respectively. James Booth (20.49) placed 20th, followed by Ian Grundy (23.06), Aaron Homewood (24.57), Hazel Turner (25.23), Sandi Mortimer (25.26). Alison Waters (26.05), Cris Francis (26.06) and Keith Ly (26.19) crossed the finish line in quick succession, followed by Don Dewar (31.34), Debbie Payne (35.56) and Lucy Johnstone (37.42). Volunteers included Leonora Cinco, Becky Hodgson, Simon Jackson and Rachel Jenkins.

Parkrun – Saturday 28th December 2019

Cris Francis extended Saturday’s Ashford Parkrun in to a Parkrun Marathon in order to kick start his 2020 London Marathon training and fundraise for The Family Holiday Foundation. Francis was joined by teammates for a few of the 8+ laps of the event.

Janusz Latala covered the 5K course in 18.09, making him 4th overall. Scotty Lynch (20.04) finished in 18th place, followed by Stu Nunn (23.26), Terry Sellen (23.57), Rod Kessack (25.00), Will Whittington (25.25), James Booth (27.40), Alison Waters (29.31), Cris Francis (29.39), Don Dewar (31.08), Emma Jenkins (34.07), Becky Hodgson (37.13) and Debbie Payne (37.19). As ever, the event was made possible by volunteers, amongst whom this week were A&D’s Dan Green, Simon Jackson and Alison Waters. In Dumbartonshire, Lesley Moody ran the Levengrove Parkun in 33.31, whilst John Fidge (27.02) and Ann Fidge (volunteer) took part in Dunstable’s Houghton Hall Parkrun.

Race Report – 16th December 2019

Attenborough smashes his 50k PB

Mark Attenborough took the SVN Usuals Suspects challenge in his stride on Saturday and finished the 2019 season with a 62 minute personal best over 50km with a time of 5:11:39 and first place. Just reward for the dedication and hard work throughout the year. Rick Holden chalked up yet another marathon in the shadow of the white cliffs of Samphire Hoe with a time of 3:58:15.

Becky Hodgson received recognition from the event organisers with her 12th SVN half marathon in 12 months. It was Becky’s 15th half in total over the last 12 months. Lucy Ellen Johnstone also competed and completed the windy, undulating course in 2:55:54.

Verity on Sunday took part in the SVN Festive Frolic. It was Verity’s first run back since summer of 2018 due to a foot injury and was very pleased to complete 9.84 miles in 1:50:02.

The 3rd round of the Kent cross country league took the senior men’s team over to the sticky parkland of Foots Cray Meadows. Julius Samson, in tremendous form, led the team home in his first league event finishing in 80th place. Cross country stalwarts Andrew Noble 87th, and Scotty Lynch 101st gave A&D 9th place in the 3 to score league. With one event to go this puts Andrew and Scotty in 7th and 9th respectively in the V50 competition. Next home was Paul Ridley in 117th, and Jon Pearce 120th. Paul Moses 126th, Adrian Moody 132nd, Keith Haynes 135th, James Booth 148th, Carl Ireland 150th, Mark Harrison 159th, Adrian Beresford 174th, and Neil Woodham 178th provided the essential team support to give 6th place in the 12 to score league. Consistent running has placed Moses and Moody in 16th and 20th in the V50 league. The V40 table sees James Booth in 23rd and Keith Haynes 24th. A great team spirit, as ever at cross country, with all runners applauded and cheered over the line by the A&D squad.

Moses swapped his cross country spikes for a Santa outfit on Sunday morning. The club were represented by Jon Wells, Paul Moses and Dan Green at the Gravesend Cyclopark Santa Dash 5k and 10k. Jon Wells finished in 2nd place with a time of 39:48. Moses, finished 3rd in 41:45. Dan Green competed in the 5k taking on pacing duties for the day, ensuring his daughter Chloe had a good race.

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Brett Owler Winter Marathon, Half and 10K- Sunday 24th November 2019

A&D were well represented across the three distances at Sunday’s Owler Winter Marathon, Half and 10K. With long, muddy off-road sections sections, conditions underfoot were tough conditions. However, the club’s runners more than met the demands of each course.
Fresh from his team success at last weekend’s 666 trail run, the 10K race saw Paul Ridley (41.23)  finish 4th overall and 1st in his age category. Similarly, Gill O’Connor was 1st in her age group and 4th lady, with a time of 52.04.
Despite a gruelling final mile, the Half Marathon course brought out the best in the A&D contingent. Marking a return to distance running, Scotty Lynch placed 5th overall and 1st V50 in 1.35.18. A&D’s ladies shone through over the half-marathon distance, with Linda-Jean Delport (1.42.43) and Essen Larsen (1.49.03)  finishing 1st and 3rd Lady, respectively. Placing 3rd in her age group, Aurelie Morris was next home for the club in 2.00.24. Keith Lynn was next in 2.09.25, followed by Sarah Taylor in 2.55.16.
Two laps of mud and two grueling battles with ‘Heartbreak Hill’ were no match for Rik Holden and Massah Cooper. Marathon man Holden placed 6th overall and 1st in his age category with a time of 3.40.03; Cooper finished 2nd in her age category and 4th lady,  with a time of 4.50.17.

Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 23rd November 2019

The weekly 5K around Ashford’s Victoria Park was teeming with A&D runners. Paul Ridley was 14th overall in 19.47, closely followed by Paul Moses in 20.01. Carl Ireland marked a Parkrun PB of 20.48, followed by Mark Attenborough n 21.03 and Elodie Paviot. Terry Sellen was next home for the club in 23.07, with Stuart Nunn (23.14) hot on his heels and John Fidge (26.20) finishing shortly after. Rachel Jenkins (28.20) finished 1st in her age category, followed by Ann Fidge (29.00). Susan Sutton achieved a PB by over 30s, with a time of 32.01. Lesley Moody (32.03) and Emma Jenkins (32.14) then crossed the finish line in quick succession. Becky Hodgson was next home for the club in 35.31, followed by Julie Foster in 41.42.

Race Report-11th November 2019

Kent Cross Country League, Fixture 3 – Saturday 9th November 2019
On Saturday 9 November, the ladies turned up to battle at Danson Park on a cold and grey day. The Women’s 3 to score team came 9th, which keeps them 9th in the overall table. In the 6 to score the team came 7th, which keeps them 7th in the overall table.
Mike Davies came 1st in the mens vet 70 by over 3 minutes which keeps him flying high in pole position in the overall Vet 70 table.
For the Women’s teams, the top 3 consisted of; Becks Macey, 21st in a time of 20:32. Essen Larsen 57th in 22:54 and Christine Costiff 63rd in 23:05. Finishing off the 6 to score came; Jill Crofton-Martin 85th in 24:02. Rhian Shrimplin 91st in 24:13 and Gill O’Connor 93rd place 24:15.
Following strongly were Claire Williams 101st in 24:34. Massah Cooper 102nd in 24:37. Ailis Goddard 113th in 25:17. Jaclyn Kay came 121st in 25:51. Sandi Mortimer came 123rd in 26:01 and Lucy Johnston 154th in 29:57.
Some stand out performers for the season so far along with Mike Davies in 1st are; Becks Macey who is 6th in the Masters league table and chasing a county vest.
Christine Costiff is 1st overall in the Masters 55 category, with Gill O’Connor now in 3rd after her performance at the weekend.
Once again a great turn out for our ladies team, well done all!
Remembrance Day Marathon – Sunday 10th November 2019
Steve Hickman completed the Remembrance Day Marathon in Walton-on-Thames on Sunday, marking his 162nd marathon to date. Running along the banks of the River Thames with muddy conditions underfoot, Hickman finished in 4.31.05.
Beyond New Forest Trail Half Marathon – Sunday 10th November 2019
In Hampshire, Adrian Beresford and John Beale ran the New Forest Trail Half Marathon. With plentiful mud and tough hills, the course provided a challenging first trail half marathon for Beresford, whilst Beale likely placed within the top 10 (official results pending).

Race Report – 4th November 2019

Deal Castle 5 Mile – Sunday 3rd November 2019

Sunday saw fifteen A&D runners head to the coast for the Deal Castle 5 Mile. The flat, sea front course promised a fast race; the club’s first four finishers all achieved PBs, with another four from the squad’s subsequent finishers.



Trevor Kay was 6th overall and 2nd in his age category, crossing the finish line in 28min 41sec (PB). Jon Wells (30.28, PB) and Julius Samson (30.32, PB) then finished 14th and 15th, respectively; Samson was 3rd Male V50 over the finish line. Paul Ridley was next home for the club 24th overall in 31.55 (PB), followed by Aaron Homewood (37.57) and Stu Nunn (39.06). Jaclyn Kay was on strong form in 41.20, followed by Hugh Scarlin in 42.39. Completing the course in PB times, Verity Dunbar (44.00) and Rachel Jenkins (46.53) were next. Lesley Moody (52.04), Sarah Taylor (52.18) and Susan Sutton (52.40, PB) then crossed the finish line in quick succession. Next home for the club, Emma Jenkins finished in 54.22 and Debbie Payne in 56.32 (PB).

Beckley 10k – Sunday 3rd November 2019

In East Sussex, A&D duo Keith Haynes and Christine Costiff took on the hilly Beckley 10K. Both ran the challenging course with aplomb: Haynes (41.11) finished 10th overall and 2nd  V40; Costiff (47.06), fresh from representing England at the Age Group Masters, finished 3rd Lady and 1st V55.

SVN Halloween Challenge – Thursday 31st October 2019

Becky Hodgson covered a total of 16.4 miles in 4.15.28 during Thursday’s SVN Halloween Challenge at Samphire Hoe.

Parkrun- Satruday 2nd November 2019

A wet, windy Saturday morning saw John Fidge (26.08) and Ann Fidge (28.01) run the Birkenhead Parkrun in Merseyside, whilst Gill O’Connor (25.05) and Christine Costiff (25.06) had mud to contend with at the Riddlesdown Parkrun, Croydon.

In Ashford’s Parkrun, Dan Green was 2nd overall in 18.27. Cris Francis was next in 22.41, placing 1st in his age group. Terry Sellen finished in 24.00, whilst Claire Williams (24.01) smashed her PB by over a minute. Rod Kessack was next in 24.53, followed by Sandi Mortimer in 25.13, Hugh Scarlin in 26.14, Rachel Jenkins in 29.04 and Sarah Taylor in 34.00. Julie Foster and Becky Hodgson completed the course together in 45.17.

Race Report – 28th October 2019

A&D Runners take on challenging conditions

A wide variety of challenges were presented to the runners of A&D over the weekend.

Aurelie Morris completed the Dubai half marathon in 2:05:53 in temperatures of 31C and 90% humidity.

In a stark contrast the Beachey Head Marathon presented blinding sunshine, high winds, mud and uncompromising hills. The conditions did not prevent this from being a well liked event. Mark Attenborough was first home for the club in a time of 4:18:27, reaping the benefit of the hard miles  run in preparation for this event. Next home for the club was Ed Roger in 4:55:39. Tracey Calnan finished in 5:42:47, a superb time on such a brutal course. Club president Steve Hickman on his 161st marathon finished in 5:57:04.

Marathon specialist Rik Holden ran the Ghost of Cyclopark marathon in a time of 3:33:01.

Kent Cross Country League fixture 2

Somerhill is always a challenging venue, but always keenly anticipated in the cross country calendar. The weather was an added complication with high winds and frequent showers. Indeed a perfect day, and venue, for cross country.

A total of 26 A&D runners travelled to Tonbridge, a tremendous turnout for the light-blues.

Ashford ladies showed strong performances throughout with some very encouraging debuts to cross-country.

Becky Macey was first home for the club in 24th place and 4th in the league in her category. Next in was Christine Costiff in 58th, maintaining a perfect start to the season with 1st place in the W55 category. Essen Larsen in 11th gave A&D 11th on the day and 9th in the 3 to score league. Jill Crofton-Martin 84th, Claire Green 92nd, Gill O’Connor 97th, Claire Williams 100th, Massah Cooper 104th, Jaclyn Kay 111th, Allis Goddard 112th and Lucy Johnstone 133rd all contributed to an excellent team performance to give 7th place on the day and 8th in the 6 to score league.

Michael Davies dominates the V70 competition winning again despite a persistent calf injury and leading the competition with a 100% record.

The rain and previous races prepared the course when the 15 men took to the field. In his second cross country race Lawrence Teeling started well but pulled out early due to injury. Refreshed from    Holidays Trevor Kay 98th and Dan Green 99th led the men home. Andrew Noble 106th and Scott Lynch 148th gave A&D 15th place on the day and 13th in the 4 to score league. Paul Moses 158th was closely followed in by James Booth 164th and Keith Haynes 167th. Cross country captain Adrain Moody 203rd, led the charge with Mark Harrison 209th, Neil Woodham 221st, Carl Ireland 222nd, Adrian Beresford 224th, Darren Fagg 228th, and RIcky Hickman 259th providing valuable points in the 10 to score competition giving 10th place on the day and 8th overall.

Race Report – 21st October 2019


England Age Group Masters, York – Sunday 20th October 2019

Having finished within the top five runners in their age category at the Brighton Marathon earlier this year, Christine Costiff and Gill O’Connor were invited to join the prestigious England Age Group Masters team in Sunday’s Yorkshire Marathon.

Despite a long-standing injury and illness threatening to hinder their performance, the pair were determined to compete to the highest standard when representing the England team. This resolve shone through in their times, with Costiff finishing in 3.49.58, followed by O’Connor in 3.59.05.

Great South Run – Sunday 20th October 2019

Helen Weeden headed to Portsmouth for the Great South Run on Sunday, completing the 10-mile course in a PB time of 1.31.30.

Amsterdam Half Marathon – Sunday 20th October 2019
Running through injury, Adrian Moody completed the Amsterdam Half Marathon in 1.39.01.

A&D 5 and 10 Mile Marshals’ Race – Sunday 20th October 2019

Several club runners met on Sunday morning to try out the routes of the club’s upcoming 10 and 5 mile race, taking place on 27th October. Ideal autumnal weather made for an enjoyable run, confirming the challenge and variety of the courses.

Runners trying out the 10 mile route particularly enjoyed tearing along a section of the Pilgrims Way: Scott Lynch (1.16.12), Becks Macey (1.12.28), Darren Fagg (1.19.46), Adrian Beresford (1.20.40) and Sandi Mortimer (1.34.48).  Amongst runners testing the 5 mile route were Claire Williams (43.06), Stu Nunn (43.18), John Fidge (44.57), Ann Fidge (47.28), Rachel Jenkins (50.11), Emma Jenkins (59.29), Lesley Moody (1.02.14) and Julie Foster (1.14.19).

The marshals look forward to spooking and cheering on participants in the event on Sunday 27th October.

A&D RRC Parkrun Takeover, Ashford Parkrun #307 – Saturday 19th October 2019 

Dodging the forecast downpours, Ashford & District RRC’s annual Parkrun Takeover took place this weekend.

Whilst the club’s team of eight pacers helped runners smash their goals, marshals could be heard shouting words of encouragement such as “You look too comfortable- run faster!” and “Catch them, catch everyone in front of you!”. It was fantastic to see the resolve in those determined to keep with pacers, and the enjoyment of others just keeping going towards their own goal.

Well ahead of the 21-min pacer, the first runners finished the 5K in just over 17 minutes. In total, the event saw 269 runners cross the finish line, including 22 first timers, 34 that smashed PBs, three celebrating their 50th Parkrun, Jax Tanner (150th) and A&D’s own Dan Green (200th) marking their own Parkrun milestones.  The return of four fantastic tail walkers then marked the end of the event. Runners were welcomed by a table groaning under the weight of post-run treats- a well-earned reward for all that took part.