Race Report – Monday 16th September 2019

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The Rother Valley 10K – Sunday 15th September 2019

Christine Costiff was 3rd Lady and 1st Female V50 over the finish line of the Rother Valley 10K on Sunday. After running five miles to the start line at Northiam Steam Railway Station, Costiff was primed for the race. The hilly course took runners along country lanes, finishing in the picturesque grounds of Bodiam Castle. Despite the heat of the day and numerous inclines, Costiff crossed the finish line in 49min 07sec.
Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 14th September 2019
The weekly 5K around Ashford’s Victoria Park saw several A&D runners representing the club. Dan Green was 5th overall in 18.19, followed by Chris Boyce (21.54), Don Dewar (22.27), Rod Kessack (24.19) and Terry Sellen (24.41). Will Whittington was next home for the club in 24.48, followed by Keith Lynn (25.52), Emma Jenkins (38.11) and Julie Foster (42.29).
Fire Service College Parkrun, Moreton-in-Marsh – Saturday 14th September 2019
Mark Attenborough enjoyed Parkrun tourism in the Cotswolds on Saturday. Moreton-on-Marsh’s Fire Service College Parkrun consisted of three laps, and featured tarmac, grass paths and woodland. Attenborough completed the course in 21.13.

Race Report – Monday 9th September 2019

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A busy week of racing on road and trail saw A&D members claim Age Category, Team and Gender prizes at home and abroad.
Police Sport UK 10 Mile Championships – Wednesday 4th September 2019
 
The string of success kicked off midweek, when Scotty Lynch marked his first national-level V50 win at the Police Sport UK 10 Mile Championships. Windy conditions on the day made the fast course around Lyneham airfield, Wiltshire, a spirited race. Claiming the 1st V50 prize, Lynch finished in 1.06.46.
 
Boucles d’Hardelot 10K – Saturday 7th September 2019
 
Thirty A&D members then took to the continent on Saturday for the club’s annual trip to Neufchâtel Hardelot for the Boucles d’Hardelot 10K. Following an early start in Ashford, a coach load of eager runners headed to the French coast for a late-afternoon race start. With much local support and a fast finish, many achieved PB times. The race culminated with the club winning the Team Prize, as well as International Male and Female prizes.
 

Julius Samson claimed the 1st International Male prize, finishing 32nd overall with a time of 38min 20sec. Paul Ridley was next in 39.42, followed by James Booth in 39.44 and Tom Preece in 41.54. Becks Macey won 1st International Female with a PB time of 42.22.  Elodie Paviot was next home for the club in 43.50, followed by Rob Carpenter in 45.23. Liam Edmonds (45.37), Edward Rodger (45.48), Tracey Calnan (45.57) and Philip Bridges (45.58) crossed the finish line in quick succession, with Bridges marking an impressive PB. Mark Carlton then crossed the finish line in 47.43, followed by Rhian Shrimplin in 47.50, Aurelie Morris in 48.45, Ricky Hickman in 49.47, Massah Cooper in 50.37, Will Whittington in 50.57, Anna-Lisa Stiffell in 51.21 and Nicola Moffat in 51.26. Ailis Goddard (52.11) and Karine Reid (52.15) crossed the finish line in PB times, followed by Sophie Edmonds in 52.17. John Fidge was next home for the club in 52.58, with Helen Weeden (53.32) and Steve Hickman (54.28) finishing shortly after. Verity Dunbar (56.46, PB) and Lucy Johnstone (56.47) crossed the finish line together, followed by Emma Konstantinou (57.14). Ann Fidge achieved a PB of 57.24, whilst Emma Jenkins marked a course PB with a time of 1.07.36

 

Rye Ancient Trails 15k and 30K – Sunday 8th September 2019
 
Four A&D runners took to the woodlands and farmlands of East Sussex for Sunday’s Rye Ancient Trails race. The hilly route for both the 15k and 30k race started and finished in Rye and offered stunning views of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
 
Ingvild Drake finished the 15K race in 1hr 30min 17sec. In the 30K race, Dan Green was 8th overall and second in his age category, with a time of 2.28.56. Mark Attenborough then achieved a PB by six minutes, finishing second in his age category in 2.39.15. Christine Costiff was sixth lady home and claimed the 1st Female V55 Prize, with a time of 2.51.47.
 
Wingham 10K – Sunday 8th September 2019
 
Sunday saw over 350 runners take on the 32nd Wingham 10k. The undulating route wound around country lanes, proving a challenge for those after a PB. Finishing 10th overall and winning his third 1st V50 prize in eight days, Scotty Lynch continued his strong for with a course PB of 40.01. Adrian Moody was next home for the club in 43.55, placing him fourth in his age category. In their second 10K race of the weekend, Becks Macey (44.39) and Elodie Paviot (46.24) placed fourth and sixth lady home, respectively.
 
Great North Run – Sunday 8th September 2019
 
Mike Davis, Keith Lynn and David Chappell travelled to Newcastle-upon-Tyne on Sunday for the Great North Run. The 13.1 mile course took runners through the city centre and across the Tyne Bridge, followed by a stunning sea view at South Shields before the finish line. Mike Davis finished 1st V70 in 1.42.18. Chappell completed the course in 1.59.52, followed by Lynn in 2.06.35.

Race Report – 29th July 2019

The 10th Romney Marsh 10K – Sunday 28th July 2019

Running along country lanes surrounding New Romney, A&D were well represented at the 10th Romney Marsh 10K on Sunday. The event saw Mike Davis break the V70 course record by over three minutes.

Jon Pearce was first home for the club, seventh overall and third in his age category, with a time of 35min 30sec. Andrew Noble (38.36) and Mark Attenborough (42.12) both finished second in their respective age categories. Mike Davis won his age category with a record-breaking time of 43.22, followed by Adrian Moody in 43.38. Philip Bridges completed the course in a PB time of 46.33, closely followed by Don Dewar (46.54). Finishing third in her age category, Essen Larsen was first lady home for the club in 47.11. Stu Nunn (47.30), Neil Woodham (48.15) and Darren Fagg (51.34) were next over the finish line. Persevering through injury, Adrian Beresford finished in 53.25. Lisa Jones achieved a PB of 54.44, with Ailis Goddard (54.52) hot on her heels. Karine Reid (55.21) and Trevor Sparkes (56.49) both finished in PB times, followed by Hugh Scarlin (57.57) and Sarah Taylor (1.08.40).

Cornwood 10K Challenge – Saturday 27th July 2019

In South Devon, Christine Costiff took on the Cornwood 10K Challenge. Facing tough Dartmoor hills, Costiff won her age category and was the fourth lady over the finish line with a time of 48min 20sec.

Meet the Wee Minister Trail Marathon – Sunday 28th July 2019

Further north, Lucy Johnstone travelled to the Scottish Highlands for her first trail marathon on Sunday. The route offered runners stunning views of Lochaber and Ben Nevis, as well as an encounter with the race’s namesake statue of a locally esteemed Free Church Minister. Running through bogs, bracken and streams, Johnstone finished in 6h 19min 08sec.

Race Report – 15th July 2019

East Kent Road Relays, Canterbury – Tuesday 9th July 2019

A&D’s relay teams headed to Canterbury for the finale of the East Kent Road Relays series on Tuesday. With a firm focus on runners’ combined efforts, the races exemplified the club’s solidarity and culminated in A&D taking home eight trophies.

Having faced fierce competition throughout, A League Senior Men ran determined final legs to clinch the 3rd place trophy. Dan Green, Julius Samson, James Booth and Mark Harrison ran the final race for V40 Men, winning 1st place. Having maintained poll position for much of the series, Paul Moses, Scotty Lynch and Andrew Noble retained the 1st V50 Men trophy, whilst V60 Men finished seventh.

A League Senior Ladies finished sixth overall, with Laura Segust, Nicola Moffat and Sarah Taylor running the final race on the evening. A cohesive team throughout the series, Becks Macey, Elodie Paviot and Tracey Calnan climbed from sixth to second place in the standings over the past three races of the series, ultimately claiming the 2nd V35 Ladies trophy. Aurelie Morris, Gill Pragnell and Ann Fidge ran the final leg for V45 Ladies, placing the team fourth overall.

In the B League, Senior Men finished seventh, with Max Dallison showing marked improvement over the entire series.  Assured of victory on the evening, both V40 and V50 Men did not let up against the opposition, securing their respective 1st place trophies.

 

B League Senior Ladies Lucy Johnstone, Emma Konstantinou and Sarah Homewood shared 1st place with Ashford AC. V35 Ladies won their category, with Lisa Jones, Ailis Goddard and Massah Cooper running the final legs on the evening. Although unable to run the final race, V45 Ladies finished second.

 

 

 

Mid Kent 5 Miler – Sunday 14th July 2019

Over twenty A&D runners descended on Staplehurst for Sunday’s Mid Kent 5 Miler, the majority of whom achieved impressive PBs on the course. Paul Moses was first home for the club, 20th overall and 1st Male V55, with a time of 31min 57sec. Mark Attenborough finished 27th overall with a PB time of 33.23. Also finishing in a PB time, Becks Macey (33.58) was 2nd Female home. Carl Ireland was next in 34.26, followed by Rob Carpenter in 34.49. A minute later, Stu Nunn crossed the finish line in 35.49.  Adrian Beresford completed the course in a PB of 36.09, followed by James Phillips in 37.34. Aaron Homewood (37.44), Mark Carlton (39.08), Will Whittington (39.57) and Sophie Edmonds (40.22) all achieved PB times. Ailis Goddard finished in 41.27, closely followed by Lisa Jones with a PB of 41.39. Keith Lynn was next in 42.20, with Sarah Homewood (42.39) hot on his heels with another PB. Emma Konstantinou (43.31) was next across the finish line, followed by Lucy Johnstone (46.33) and Rachel Jenkins (47.06). The course marked a superb PB for Emma Jenkins, who beat her previous time by over 16 minutes, to finish in 52.18.

Sevenoaks 7 -Sunday 14th July 2019

Sunday saw A&D’s Vice Captains heading to west Kent for the Sevenoaks 7. Running on a mixture of tracks and grassy paths, the hilly route took runners through Knole Park. Adrian Moody finished in 52min 10sec, followed by Elodie Paviot in 54.01.

 

Race Report – 8th July 2019

The 20th Anniversary Bewl 15 – Sunday 7th July 2019

On the Kent- Sussex border, several A&D runners competed in Sunday’s Bewl 15. Marking 20 years of the popular event, the 15-mile off-road course took runners around the reservoir, with challenging hills to contend with in the final few miles. Jon Wells was first home for the club in 1hr 58min 19sec. Hot on his heels, Keith Haynes marked his trail race debut with a PB of 1.58.36. Becks Macey finished in 1.58.59 (PB), making her second Female Vet 35. Ailis Goddard (2.39.16) and Sarah Homewood (2.39.21) then crossed the finish line in quick succession. Lucy Johnstone (2.56.18) and Sarah Taylor (3.18.53) were next home for the club, with both achieving PB times.

North Downs Way Marathon – Sunday 7th July 2019

In Surrey, Rik Holden completed the North Downs Way Marathon on Sunday. The course consisted on two very hilly out-and-back sections of the Downs between Reigate and Boxhill. The narrow chalk paths and rain on the day made conditions slippery underfoot. Holden finished in 4hr 44min 12sec.

The Wales Half Marathon – Sunday 7th July 2019

Back on road, Christine Costiff travelled to Pembroke for The Wales Half Marathon on Sunday, later describing the event as one of the toughest now under her belt. With a midday start on the hilly course, runners endured intense heat throughout. Costiff finished first in her age category with a time of 1hr 50min 00sec.

Herne Bay 10K – Sunday 7th July 2019

Closer to home, four club runners headed to the coast for the Herne Bay 10K on Sunday. The seafront route took runners between Herne Bay and Hampton. Mick Claydon was first home for the club in 46min 51sec.  Stu Nunn was next in 47.36, followed by Don Dewar in 48.39 and Emma Claydon in 52.37.

July the Turd Half Marathon – Wednesday 3rd July 2019 & Independence Day Run – Thursday 4th July 2019

Midweek, seasoned distance runner Edward Rodger completed half-marathon and marathon races on consecutive days. The undulating courses both featured a mixture of terrain, taking runners along Shropshire’s Silkin Way and the Valley of Ironbridge. On Wednesday, Rodger finished the July the Turd Half Marathon in 2hr 12min 52sec; Thursday’s Independence Day Run then saw Rodger cover marathon distance with a time of 4.57.59.

 

 

Race Report – 17th June 2019

Saxon Shore Half Marathon – Sunday 16th June 2019

Sunday saw several club members compete in the Saxon Shore Half Marathon, running between Herne Bay and Whitstable. Harry Fleming was first home for the club 1hr 42min 26sec. John Beale and Adrian Beresford then crossed the finish line in 1.46.29. Sue Reader was next home for the club, followed by Hugh Scarlin in a PB time of 2.17.05. Running through injury, Sarah Taylor finished in 2.33.58.

Clifftop Challenge Marathon – Saturday 15th June 2019

Also on the Kent coast, Tracey Calnan and Aurelie Morris covered marathon distances in Saturday’s Clifftop Challenge. Starting from Lympne Castle, the hilly route took runners along sections of the Saxon Shore Way and North Downs. The pair finished in 5hr 4min 0sec.

East Kent Road Relays, Ashford – Tuesday 11th June 2019

Tuesday saw a record number of A&D runners turn out for the third race of the East Kent Road Relays series in Victoria Park. A total of sixty runners represented the club on home turf, each showing their mettle defending their positions in the standings.

In the A League, Senior Men put in determined efforts to finish third on the night, with Janusz Latala passing the opposing South Kent Harriers runner in the last half mile. The team not only maintained their position at fifth in the rankings but also narrowed the gap between this and third place down to a single point. Also standing their ground, V40 Men remain in second position, with Julius Samson showing marked improvement. Strong performances from Andrew Noble, Scotty Lynch and Paul Moses ensured V50 Men stayed at the top of their category; in a close fought battle Moses beat Folkestone contender by nine seconds. Ian Grundy, Mike Davis and Nigel Costiff formed the club’s first V60 Men’s team of the series, which placed fifth.

A League Senior Ladies remain in fifth place, with Sarah Homewood taking over a minute from her previous time on the course. V35 Ladies Elodie Paviot, Becks Macey and Tracey Calnan won their category on the night, closing the gap on the three leading clubs and climbing to fourth position in the standings. Consistently strong performances from the V45 Ladies kept them securely in fourth place.

In the B League, Senior Men remain in sixth place. Winning their category on the night, V40 Men stand strong at the top of the rankings. V50 also won their category and climbed to first place in the standings, with Carl Ireland running an outstanding leg. Will Whittington put in a brilliant run for the V50 C team, improving his course time by over two minutes.

B League Senior Ladies staunchly defended their position at the top of their category. Lisa Jones showed considerable improvement, with V35 Ladies now securely in first position. V45 Ladies placed fourth.

 

Victoria Park Summer 5K Series – Wednesday 12th June 2019

The first of four 5K races around Victoria park took place on Wednesday evening, with three club runners competing. Chris Boyce marked his return to racing, coming first overall in 20min 41sec. Darren Fagg finished in 22.41, making him fourth. Steve Hickman placed seventh with a time of 26.04.

 

 

 

Race Report – 1st April 2019

Dublin 2 Belfast Ultra – Friday 29th March 2019
 
Two A&D runners faced an ultra like no other this weekend: Dublin to Belfast, a route in excess of 100 miles. The event was made all the more challenging by treacherous road crossings and the absence of expected checkpoints. Helen Weeden covered an astounding 43 miles of the route. Running for Scottish Huntington’s Association and showing phenomenal determination and resilience, teammate Eddie Rodger ran a total of 111 miles in 29:45:05.
 
SVN Funky Pants Challenge – Sunday 31st March 2019
 
Lucy Johnstone and Becky Hodgson donned their brightest running gear for Sunday’s challenge event around Gravesend’s Cyclopark. Changing her vibrant leggings for each of 3 laps, Hodgson covered over 15 miles in 3:55:02. Johnstone ran 21 miles in 4:10:24, preparing her well for the forthcoming London Marathon.
 
Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 30th March 2019
 
Several A&D runners achieved PB times this weekend at the weekly 5k around Victoria Park. Trevor Kay was first home for the club and 5th overall in 18:51, followed by Dan Green (19:22) in 7th. Julius Samson (19:46) and Rob Barton (19:49) finished in 10th and 11th place, respectively, whilst Mark Harrison (20:09) achieved a PB time and claimed 12th place. James Booth crossed the finish line in 20:30, followed by Paul Ridley (20:40), Scotty Lynch (20:50) and Keith Haynes (21:04). With a trio of PBs, John Beale (21:14), Adrian Beresford (22:08) and Nicola Moffat (23:08) were next home for the club. Terry Sellen finished in 23:11, followed by Don Dewar (24:10), Rod Kessack (25:10), Lisa Bracken (26:28), Keith Lynn (26:36), Lisa Jones (27:17) and Trevor Sparkes (28:45). Emma Jenkins (29:53) continued on fine form and achieved a spectacular sub-30-minute PB, paced by Elodie Paviot (30:11). Lesley Moody (31:07) and Becky Hodgson (34:04) were next home for the club.
 
By Verity Dunbar

A&D Runners Out In Numbers Over The Weekend 23-March-2019

Ashford and District Runners were out in force over the weekend doing what they do best, representing the vest with pride in events throughout Kent and beyond.

The 35th Hastings half Marathon saw 16 representatives from the club. With a welcome return to competition by Robert Latala, he finished in 5th place with 1:14:45 in the face of tough competition. Becks Macey was First Lady home in 1:33:37 knocking over 5 minutes off her personal best time for the distance. A dominant performance from Christine Costiff in her age category with a time of 1:35:17 won by over 14 minutes taking the National Masters Award.

Paul Ridley 56th with a personal best of 1:26:36, Scott Lynch 58th with 1:26:58 and Julius Samson 59th in 1:27:02 worked well as a team. With James Booth making his first appearance in A&D colours finishing 96th in 1:29:30, five club runners finished with sub 1:30:00 times.

Keith Haynes continues his recent good form finishing 167th with 1:33:51.

The training is paying off for James Phillips, improving his Hastings time by 9 minutes and a 2 minute half marathon personal best with 1:42:59.

John Beale ran alongside Adrian Beresford to finish 444th and 445th respectively in times of 1:44:36 and 1:44:37.

Doing the long races every weekend, Shane Snowwolf Harris finished 730th in 1:51:49.

Mark Cleworth 962nd (1:56:39), and Keith Lynn, battling with injury, 1250th (2:04:59) were encouraged by their performances on the day.

Lucy Johnstone also running the long races as part of her marathon preparation finished in 844th with a time of 2:22:58. Sarah Taylor completed the course in 890th place with 2:22:23.

At the London Landmarks Half Marathon Filiz Salah ran a personal best time of 1:48:50.

Tomasz Latala travelled the furthest this weekend finishing the Cracow half marathon in 111th in a time of 1:24:43.

The Medway Megalith Marathon was described by seasoned distance runner Mark Attenborough as: “the hardest run I have ever done”. He was joined by long distance specialist Rik Holden, who took first place in his age group.

A team of five runners competed in the Canterbury Riverside 10k. Jon Wells took the M40 prize and finished 6th overall in 38:20. Coming back from injury, Paul Moses finished 10th in 40:06 and won the M50 prize. With Neil Woodham 28th in 44:45, Rhian Shrimplin 6th lady, 46:42 and Anthony Brown 52nd, 47:32, A &D narrowly missed out on the team prize.

At the Smugglers 10k at Minis Bay an in form Adrian Moody took the M50 prize. Simon Jackson was very pleased with his time of 53:07, and Rachel Jenkins also ran well on the day.

Don Dewar took raced the Whitstable 10k finishing with a time of 46:37.

Steve Hickman made an emotional trip to the Isle of White to take part in the Rog Run in memory of a well respected IOWRR team mate.

Emma Jenkins and William Whittington represented the club at the ‘Great Local Run’.

At Saturdays park run John Pearce in 2nd place with 17:57 was first home of the 14 runners from A&D.

By Paul Moses

Tadworth 10 – Sunday 6th January 2019

Tadworth 10 – Sunday 6th January 2019

Gill O’Connor competed in Tadworth 10-mile race on Sunday, finishing in 1:23:30. A mixture of grass, trail, road and paths, the two-lap course covered areas of the Epsom and Walton Downs.

KCAA XC Championships – Saturday 5th January 2019

The physically and mentally demanding course at Brands Hatch saw a turnout of 14 men and 3 ladies from A&DRRC, competing against elite athletes from the top clubs in Kent.

The first finisher for the club was Trevor Kay with an intelligently paced run to finish 77th overall in 45:42. He was followed home by John Pearce in 80th (46:04) and Dan Green 87th (46:50). Paul Moses was fourth home for the club and fourth in the V55 category, 115th overall (48:34). Scotty Lynch notched up personal bests on the course to finish 117th (48:48), followed by Julius Samson 122nd (49.17). Keith Haynes continues to show good cross country form finishing in 137th (50:34) with club cross country captain Adrian Moody close behind in 140th (51:06), and Paul Ridley 148th (51:46). A good run from Carl Ireland gave him 153rd (52:29), with very pleasing improvements in times being achieved throughout the season. Rob Barton, coming back from injury was next home with a determined run to finish in 163rd (54:11), followed by Mark Harrison 168th (54:11), Adrian Beresford 178th (56:44), and Stu Nunn 191st (62:31).

The combined efforts in the challenging conditions gave A&DRRC 10th place in the 6 to score competition and a very creditable 5th in the 12 to score.

The ladies were led home by Becks Macey with an outstanding run to finish in 21st with a time of 34:23, finishing fourth in the V35 standings. Made even more impressive when considering this is Becks first season. Claire Green snatched 88th place (42:53), with a strong sprint finish. Jaclyn Kay battled through the bitterly cold conditions to finish in 98th (46:13). The ladies team finished in 13th place in the 3 to score competition.

Plymvalley Parkrun – 5th January 2019

Christine Costiff faced the steep inclines of Plymbridge Woods on Saturday. With a time of 22:10, Costiff was 2nd lady home and broke the VW55 record by 30 seconds (previous record 22:40).

Ashford Parkrun – 5th January 2019

Jon Wells was first to cross the finish line of the first Ashford Parkrun of 2019, with a time of 18:39. Mark Attenborough was 7th overall, with a time of 21.01. Darren Fagg (22:45) was next home for the club, followed by Will Whittington (23:35), Shaun Snowwolf-Harris with a PB of 23:36, Terry Sellen (24:05) and Keith Lynn (25:14). Hugh Scarlin (26:13), Rod Kessack (26:42) and Trevor Sparkes (26:44) then finished the course in quick succession. Sarah Taylor was next in 32:08, followed by Lesley Moody (32:36), Andrew Smith (34:53), Sukai N’Dure with a PB of 35:28 and Debbie Payne (38:46). In her first run of the course, Heather Tutt finished in 41:14, followed by Julie Foster (42:26).

Lamberhurst 10K – 1st January 2019

Two A&D runners took on the Lamberhurst 10K on 1st January. The course took runners through the village of Lamberhurst and the grounds of Scotney Castle. Julius Samson was 14thoverall, with a time of 40:56; Adrian Beresford was 61st, with a time of 47:08.

Hangover 5 – 1st January 2019

New Year saw Paul Ridley travel to West Sussex for the 5-mile race in Worthing. The undulating course featured sections of road and slipper chalk paths. Ridley crossed the finish line in 36:50.

New Year’s Day Marathon SVN – 1st January 2019

Rik Holden started 2019 on fine form, completing the SVN coastal marathon in 3:44:59.

Maidstone Parkrun – 1st January 2019

Several A&D runners took on a double parkrun challenge to welcome in the new year. In Maidstone, Jon Wells was first home for the club in 18:19, followed by Will Whittington in a PB time of 26:10, Keith Lynn (26:39) and Rachel Jenkins (32:09). Lucy Johnstone and Emma Jenkins both completed the course in 35:43.

Sittingbourne Parkrun – 1st January 2019

A mixture of path and trail, Dan Green broke the V45 course record with his time of 18:28 (the previous record time being 18:34); Green was 4th overall. Jon Wells was next home for the club in 19:18, with Will Whittington (25:26), Keith Lynn (26:49), Lucy Johnstone (33:46) and Emma Jenkins (36:08) following.

Great Run Local Ashford – 30th December 2018

Dan Green claimed 1st place in the 5K around Kingsnorth, with a time of 18:50.

Riddlesdown Parkrun – 29th December 2018

Gill O’Connor was 6th lady home in the muddy 5K, with a time of 23:30.

Ashford Parkrun – 29th December 2018

In the interlude between Christmas and New Year, A&D took to Ashford’s Victoria Park for the weekly 5K. Trevor Kay finished in 2nd place overall, with a time of 17:27. Dan Green (18:01) was 4th overall and first vet home. Jon Wells was next home for the club in 18:14, closely followed by Jon Pearce (18:32). Keith Haynes finished in 15th place overall with a personal best time of 19:45. Scotty Lynch (20:19) was next, followed by Mark Attenborough (20:53), Mark Harrison (21:07) and Carl Ireland (22:23). Terry Sellen celebrated his 200th parkrun, crossing the finish line in 23:43. Stu Nunn (24:02), Sandi Mortimer (24:08), Shaun Snowwolf-Harris (24:17), Will Whittington (25:11) and John Fidge (25:41) were next across the finish line. Rod Kessack then completed the course in 27:34, followed by Ann Fidge (28:44), Emma Jenkins (32:10), Becky Hodgson (35:06), Sukai N’Dure (36:23) and Julie Foster (45:13).

Saltwood Boxing Day Run – 26th December 2018

Four A&D runners took on the post-Christmas 3-mile run around Saltwood. Dan Green finished in 11th place, with a time of 18:15. Andrew Noble (19:13) was next home for the club, crossing the finish line in festive attire. Adrian Beresford completed the course in 23:44, followed by Steve Hickman in 31:10.

Ashford Christmas Day Parkrun – 25th December 2018

Harking back to Christmas Day, many A&D runners took to Victoria Park for the festive parkrun. Dan Green was first over the finish line in 18:06, followed by Jon Wells in second place (18:15). Paul Moses was 11th overall with a time of 19:39, followed by Mark Attenborough (21:06), Christine Costiff (21:45), Julius Samson (23:10), Aaron Homewood (23:34), Eddie Rodger (24:02), Don Dewar (24:57) and Rob Carpenter (24:58). Will Whittington completed the course in 25:00, with Sandi Mortimer (25:34), Keith Lynn (25:55) and John Fidge (26:02) close behind. Hazel Turner was next in 27:33, followed by Sarah Homewood (27:39) and Ann Fidge (28:55). Shaun Snowwolf-Harris finished in 32:05, closely followed by Lucy Johnstone (32:07). Emma Jenkins (32:52), Debbie Payne (35:33) and Sukai N’Dure (35:57) were next home for the club.

–          By Paul Moses and Verity Dunbar

Wells Wins Santa Dash 16 December 2018

An excellent run at the Cylcopark Christmas Santa Dash 10K in Gravesend saw Jon Wells win the event in 37:58.

Becky Hodgson took part in the SVN Festive Frolic at Samphire Hoe and completed the hilly half marathon in 3:41:40.

On Saturday the club were well represented at the South of the Thames Cross Country Association championships. The brave 14 took part in the traditional 7 mile cross country over muddy hills and through park land on a truly bleak Saturday afternoon better suited for eating mince pies and drinking mulled wine.

The ladies were led home by Becks Macey with an impressive 16th place. Chris’s Costiff and Gill O’Connor we’re close behind in 62nd and 77th, with Gill Pragnell returning to form in 83rd place.

Lucy Ellen Johnstone and Sue Reader in 107th and 108th completed the 6 scoring places for A&DRRC.

Struggling through stomach problems Andrew Noble led the men home in 104th place followed by Scotty Lynch, 138th, Keith Haynes, 152nd, cross country captain Adrian Moody, 154th, Richard Baker, 174th, and Carl Ireland 184th to give the 6 to score places. Adrian Beresford, 194th, and Shane Harris Snowwolf, 210th, offering vital support for the team.

A&D had 17 runners taking part in Ashford park run. Trevor Kay (17:34) and Dan Green (18:00) finished in 4th and 5th place. Elodie Paviot had a personal best time in 20:47, and Sandi Mortimer broke the 24 minute barrier with a personal best of 23:52.

By Paul Moses