Ashford parkrun 20th November
A&D’s men were out in force at Victoria Park, with Jack Hodges and Scott Lynch battling it out, Hodges crossing the line in 18:53 taking 30 seconds off his previous best and taking 5th place overall. Lynch was close behind in 19 minutes exactly. Will Whittington clocked a time of 25:44 despite the slippery ground.
Elsewhere at parkrun…
Christine Costiff travelled to Plymvalley parkrun where she ran an impressive 23:48 on a hilly course to take 1st place for the ladies.
John and Ann Fidge took part in the Houghton Hall parkrun in Dunstable, where they enjoyed the 3 lap woodland course, John finishing in 26:31 and Ann in 29:38, taking 1st in her age category.

666 Trail Race
The ever challenging but popular 666 trail race at Kings Wood made a welcome return to the calendar after last year’s event was cancelled.
Julius Samson set the pace with an impressive 49:44, competing for the first time in this event. Paul Moses took on the hills completing the race in 53:23, with Alex Francis also a first timer at Kings Wood hot on his heels in 54:02. Adrian Beresford was close behind in 55:11, a new personal best for him. Tracey Calnan also impressed, coming home just under the hour mark in 59:54. Next back for A&D was Jill Crofton-Martin, setting a new best of 1:00:36 and she was followed by Aurelie Morris in 1:06:03 and Stuart Nunn in 1:06:23. Keith Lynn was next across the finish line in 1:07:29 and Lucy Johnstone finished in a new best of 1:25:25.
10 in 10
Club marathon specialist Rik Holden started the first of his 10 in 10 marathons at Samphire Hoe on 26th November, completing the SVN Black Knight challenge in a time of 4:10:45. The following day’s Fudgeathon at the same venue saw him cover the same distance in 4:25:00. Marathon number 3 for Rik was Sunday’s Bobble Hobble which he finished in 4:30:00 and his 4th consecutive marathon on 29th November saw an impressive finishing time of 3:35:58.
Rik continues his challenge into the next week, so we will have further updates on his progress in next week’s round up
Lesley Moody and Rachel Tomsett also took part in the Bobble Hobble SVN event, covering the Half Marathon distance. Moody finished the race in 2:44:32 and Tomsett in 2:46:00, on a cold morning.

Serpentine 5k

Elsewhere at the weekend, Trevor Kay travelled to London to compete in the Serpentine Last Friday of the Month 5k. His impressive time of 16:33 not only earned him a new personal best but also secured him 4th place overall at the event.

Matt Hardwick took on Ashford parkrun on a very wet and cold morning, covering the 5k distance in an excellent 24:07 despite the sleet and strong winds.
KCAA Cross Country League
Footscray Meadows, Saturday 28th November
The latest round of the Kent Cross Country races involved the Mens Under 20 and Senior Mens teams.
In the Under 20s, Jack Hodges finished in style taking 9th place in 22:37 over the 5000 metre distance. Jack took 5th place overall in the final standings, with brother Kieran unable to compete at the weekend due to injury finishing in 12th place. An impressive start for both in their first season at cross country.
The senior mens team were out in force once again, and leading the way against some strong competition was Nick Collins who took 22nd place in a time of 30:50. Second home for A&D was Aiden Gorham who finished in 32:19, followed by Trevor Kay in 33:15 and Scott Lynch in 35:08 competing the mens 4 to score team.
Just behind was Julius Samson in 84th in 35:24 and James Booth in 105th place and 36:23. A battle between Paul Crisp and Daniel Head saw Crisp edge home in 108th place and 36:44 with Head in 109th and a time of 36:47. Paul Moses was next home in 37:02 in 115th and Philip Marr just behind in 37:12. Gareth Harper took 122nd in 37:26 and Alex Francis secured 129th in a time of 38:08 after an impressive sprint finish taking the final 12 to score points.
Robin Butler and Cris Francis were not far back in 131st 38:24 and 132nd 38:25 respectively, followed by Keith Haynes in 38:31. Adrian Moody took 137th in 38:42 with Steve Hodges (38:52), Adrian Beresford (38:54) and Mark Harrison (38:57) all close behind.
Darren Fagg was next home in 39:28 followed by Richard Baker (40:48), Neil Woodham (42:23), Mark Attenborough (43:00) and Chris Field (47:10)
On the day A&D finished 6th of 18 teams in the 4 to score event and 5th in the 12 to score, and this weekend’s solid team performance leaves them in 7th place in the 4 to score competition, and 5th overall in the 12 to score event.


Multiple laps of Samphire Hoe provided the challenge for A&D’s masters of distance running Rik Holden and Mark Attenborough. Rik completed the SVN Armistice Day Marathon with a trademark amazing time of 3:39:57. Mark continued on to complete the Armistice day challenge making short work of the 50K event with a time of 5:07:02, a 4:39 personal best for this distance.

On Saturday the Lydd 10k offered an opportunity to chase after fast times. Aidan Gorham continues to impress being placed 4th with a personal best time of 35:00. Michael Davies was not deterred by car trouble on the way to the race, he ran a time of 44:16 and was 1st in his age category and 38th overall. This represented an age graded result in excess of 85%. Andy Dedman came in in 50th place with 46:01. Sarah Gooding was pleased with her time of 1:02:00.

Helen Weeden and Edward Rodger travelled over to Suffolk to take part in the Maverick Aruk Trail run. Edward finishing the 24k of muddy and wet trails in 2:09:52, Helen completing the 10 mile distance in 1:52:52.

The latest instalment of the KCAA Cross Country league saw the U20s men and the Senior Women races take part at Danson Park in Bexleyheath. Conditions were fair with the ground quite dry and firm in parts, but with some very muddy sections into the corners.
In the Under 20s, Jack and Kieran Hodges flew the flag for the club, with Jack bringing it home in 13th position in a time of 19:12 and brother Kieran just behind in 19:36. A tough race with some strong competition from across the district but two strong performances. After 3 races that leaves Kieran in 7th position in the league overall, with Jack in 10th – excellent from both lads.
A 13-strong ladies team took on the 5 mile course, with Rhian Shrimplin first home for the team in an excellent time of 34:19 and 34th place. She was followed by Alison Waters in 34:46, 38th place, and Alice Cook picking up 41st place in 35:10 completing the ladies 3 to score team. Christine Costiff was next for A&D in 51st place in 35:42 with Ailis Goddard hot on her heels in 36:03 in 54th place and Sally Smith in 60th with a time of 36:23 – completing the ladies 6 to score.
Next across the line for A&D was Tracey Calnan in 64th with a time of 36:31 with Sophie Edmonds in close pursuit in 66th, crossing the line in 36:35. Emma Hanna was just behind in 71st place in 37:16, Jill Crofton-Martin in 82nd and 38:13 and Gill O’Connor in 38:26 picking up 85th place. Holly Cook was next in 90th with 39:13 and the team performance was completed with Lucy Johnstone in 46:53 and 126th position.
The ladies 3 to score team are currently in 8th place overall and the ladies 6 to score team are sitting in 4th with everything still to play for.

Not content with a tough Saturday at cross country, Alison Waters ran a 12 minute half marathon personal best and was 2nd placed lady at the Marden half marathon with a time of 1:36:18. Also running at Marden, Cris Francis ran an impressive 1:34:21, with Peter Buckley breaking the 2 hour barrier with a time of 1:59:12.

Trevor Sparkes took off to run the Hayworth Park run in Surrey on Saturday. Closer to home Daniel Head and Dave Chappell targeted the Ashford park run for sub 20 minute times. Both succeeded with Dan finishing in 19:46 and Dave 19:27. Sub 20 minute times were also recorded by James Booth, Paul Moses and Cris Francis. Richard Boakes also running a personal best and Dan Green both returning from injury were just over the 20 minutes marker, as was Chris Boyce showing improvements with every run.


A quieter than usual weekend for Ashford runners but still some really strong performances by those who were competing.

Will Whittington took to Victoria Park on Saturday morning posting a parkrun time of 26:02 finishing in 89th place.

Linda-Jean Delport travelled further afield to take part in Saturn Running’s event on Sunday, completing yet another marathon in an excellent time of 4:07:46.

Elsewhere Christine Costiff took on Nice Work’s Beckley 10k. Undeterred by the hilly course she posted an excellent time of 45:44 to finish 2nd lady and claim a well deserved trophy. Well done!

Trevor Sparkes was closer to home at the Howletts 5k, showing the tigers how it was done by completing the course in a fantastic 26:55, his fastest 5k outside of parkrun.

A flat course and a race filled with sunshine and fresh air was how Holly Forrest and Sandra Gooding described the Deal Castle 5 mile. Sandra crossed the finish line in a tremendous 50:14 and Holly was also under the hour mark in 58:57.
Well done to everyone who took part in events this weekend.



Somerhill School in Tonbridge provided the perfect backdrop to the second race of the Kent County Athletics Association cross country season, with 33 A&D members taking on the 2 lap notoriously hilly course.

In the men’s Under 20 5k race and in a very competitive field, Kieran Hodges put in an excellent performance to finish 6th overall in a time of 20 minutes exactly, just 11 seconds ahead of brother Jack in 9th.

The senior ladies team, racing over a distance of 5 miles this season, put in another strong team performance, with Alison Waters coming home first for the club in 41st place overall in a time of 37:41.  Hot on her heels was Alice Cook taking 47th place in 38:08.  Tracy Calnan was next to cross the line in 39:19 and 54th place with Holly Cook right behind in 55th place and posting 39:35.  Ailis Goddard finished strongly holding off the competition with a 39:42 and 57th place, and Sally Smith also grabbed a sub 40 minute finish with 39:59 and 61st place to complete the ladies 6 to score result.  Emma Hanna, suffering from illness, was 71st in a respectable 40:49 and Jaclyn Kay completed the A&D field in 51:44 and 110th place.

At the half way point in the 3 to score competition, the ladies are sitting in 9th place out of 18 teams and in the ladies 6 to score league table, they are holding on to 3rd place.  An excellent start to the league season.

The A&D men were out in force, also racing over a distance of 5 miles this season.  Another stunning performance from Nick Collins saw him first home for the A&D men and in 24th place overall, with an excellent time of 28:41.  Aidan Gorham stormed round the course and finished 47th in 30:26 ahead of Trevor Kay in 71st place with a time of 31:45.  James Booth in 115th place completed the men’s 4 to score in 34 minutes exactly.

The ever reliable Scott Lynch was 120th and just 9 seconds behind Booth in 34:09, with Cris Francis in 130th position with another very strong outing in 34:39.  Also enjoying the hills was Paul Moses just behind in 132nd and 34:44, just ahead of Paul Crisp in 133rd with a time of 34:46. Philip Marr was next to cross the line for A&D in 140th place in 35:14 just in front of Daniel Head who tore up the final hill to overtake some of the competition and finish in 35:43 and 154th place.  Robin Butler took 157th place just in front of Dave Chappell in 160th, completing the men’s 12 to score team, with times of 36:03 and 36:10 respectively.

Adrian Moody took 170th place in 36:21, just ahead of Chris Boyce who crossed the line 36:49 and Mark Harrison just 2 seconds behind in 36:51 in 175th and 176th place.  Darren Fagg in 183rd finished the tough course in 37:24, followed by Keith Haynes, 190th, 38:09 and Steve Hodges, 191st and 38:10.  The sea of blue vests continued across the line with Michael Stanley in 193rd and 38:27, Richard Baker, 214th place and a time of 40:05 and Neil Woodham, 225th with 41:01.  Stuart Nunn took 234th place with a finish time of 41:56 and Chris Field completed the team effort in 43:07 and 241st place.

In the men’s 4 to score table the A&D team are currently sitting in 7th place overall out of 22 teams, with a 12 to score league position of 6th place.


If the hills were tough at the cross country meet, then the last minute change to the Beachy Head marathon, providing participants the opportunity to run across the Seven Sisters not once but twice, was a huge challenge.

Undeterred by the route change Ingvlid Drake posted a superb time of 4:18:38.  Christine Costiff was not far behind, storming to a 4:37:15 finish.  Alex Francis, completing only his second marathon, took on the hills and recorded an excellent 4:42:50.


Fresh from London just 3 weeks before, Simon Jackson also took on the Eastbourne coastline finishing the course in 5:01:38.  Gill O’Connor was next to finish the 2 lap course in 5:18:32.  Lucy Johnstone finished in 5:57:00 which was a personal best for her for a trail marathon by 13 minutes.

SVN 500

Back in Kent marathon man Rik Holden completed his latest 26.2 mile distance at the SVN event in a fabulous 3:35:01 and Becky Hodgson also ran at the same event, completing 14.1 miles on the trails and bike paths at Betteshanger country park in 3:50:50.


A beautiful autumnal Sunday morning provided perfect race conditions for the team at the Woodchurch 5 and 10 miler.

Taking on the 5 mile distance Stuart Nunn impressed, finishing in a time of 38:18 despite racing cross country less than 24 hours previously and swallowing a fly!  A&D stalwarts Ann and John Fidge ran the course together, both crossing the line in 47:47.  Emma Jenkins finished in 1:03:50 and Julie Foster, back in racing action, completed the undulating route in 1:14:11.

The 2-lap 10 mile option provided plenty of personal best times for a competitive A&D team.  Daniel Head, also running the day after cross country exploits, nailed a new PB in a fantastic time of 1:11:03.  He was swiftly followed by team mate Richard Boakes less than a minute behind in 1:11:59.  Not far away was Mark Attenborough, with a super 1:13:17 and he was followed by Linda-Jean Delport, who was 1st placed lady in 1:13:44.  Sophie Edmonds also impressed for the ladies, showing how much she has improved – with a personal best of 1:17:38 and a 3rd placed lady trophy as a reward for her hard work.  James Phillips, having already run over 5 miles to warm up before the start of the race, crossed the finish line in 1:25:06.  Peter Buckley was next to finish, another club member setting a new personal best time, in 1:28:23.

Club chairman Sue Reader also set a new personal best over the distance, finishing strongly in 1:30:49 just behind Keith Lynn, fresh from Paris marathon last weekend, who brushed off any post-marathon fatigue to cross the line in 1:30:11.  Trevor Sparkes battled through a stiff leg to post a time of 1:45:13 with Lesley Moody bringing it home for A&D in 1:48:30 – another excellent PB.





Doing the double with an SVN weekend at Ranscombe Farm, Rik Holden once again impressed with back to back marathons.  Cruising round the 7 lap trail course and tackling the 3400ft elevation each day, he ran the Ranscombe Challenge on the Saturday in 4.21.34, and then followed it up on the Sunday for the Teddy Bears Picnic challenge, on the same undulating route, and finished in 4.33.08.   Fellow team mate, Linda-Jean Delport, joined him on day 2 and ran the marathon distance in 4.28.31.

Keeping to the trail and hilly off road theme, a group of stalwart A&D members descended on the North Downs 30k.  First home for the club, in an awe inspiring  2.24.17, was Andrew Noble.  Paul Ridley followed close behind in a remarkable 2.25.52.  Mark Attenborough swooped in next with a  2.44.11 finish and was closely followed by training buddy, Richard Baker,  in 2.45.31. Hugh Scarlin had an amazing run and knocked 1.45.00 off his previous time and finished in 2.46.55.  Tracey Calnan showed a strong performance and came home first for the A&D ladies in 3.02.43. Paul Brasington dashed across the line next in 3.05.44,  with Alice Cook following a minute later in a fabulous 3.06.46 .  Lucy Johnstone (3.50.47) and Sarah Taylor (3.59.40) both claimed PB’s and were next in completing an impressive line up of performances.

The East Sussex village of Robertsbridge saw racing duo Gill O’Connor and Christine Costiff storm round the hilly and muddy course.  O’Connor flew round the 5k loop in 25.31, finishing first in age.  Costiff who completed the 10k route in a fantastic 48.02, also claimed a first in age finish.

The Sandwich 10k saw a strong line up of A&D blues race round the historic town. Claiming a top 10 finish and racing across the line in 36.59 was Trevor Kay.  Close behind and only seconds off a PB, Scott Lynch ran 37.46 and scooped a first in age finish.   Next across the line, and proving that the best things come in threes, Paul Moses ran an impressive 39.10.  Men’s captain, Adrian Beresford, showed an amazing comeback from his recent injury and flew round in 43.59, and was followed by strong performances from Simon Jackson (51.36) and John Fidge (53,47).  First home for the ladies, Ann Fidge ran a spectacular 57.41, which also earned her 2nd in age.  Sandra Gooding showed excellent form and finished in 1.03.13, with Emma Jenkins completing the line up in 1.16.19.

Another amazing week of formidable running over a full range distances showed some awe inspiring running.  Well done to an amazing team!

Lockdown League 3 – Results

Massive well done to everyone who took part in our latest Lockdown League series over 8 races, you dug deep at a time when motivation was difficult to find and helped keep us all going.
Most importantly, together we’ve raised over £1500 for the Pilgrims Hospice. When Ricky started LL, he couldn’t have imagined so many runners from such a range of clubs would compete, let alone donate so generously- thank you!
Special shout out to Collins Bespoke for providing lovely medals for all runners who completed 8/8 races this series🏅




Taking advantage of some opportunely scheduled races, a group of hardy A&D members took part in the first round of the Gravesend Cyclopark Floodlit series. Storming round and completing the windy 10km distance, Paul Moses posted an impressive 41.04 with Adrian Beresford not far behind in 45.09. The 5km loop saw Rhian Shrimplin speed round in 20.35, claiming 4th lady finisher over and a PB. Cris Francis followed closely in 21.05 with Alison Waters also posting a PB and crossing the line in 22.04.

Showing true grit and determination and taking on the windy, muddy and undulating Maverick Adidas Terrex Original Kent 2020, Edward Roger completed the half marathon distance in a steadfast 2.04.21. Keith Lynn (2.28.17) and Helen Weeden (2.40.20) also impressed and completed the tough course in true A&D style. Tackling the 10k distance, Jonny Wells swooped in and scooped 2nd place, crossing the line in a speedy 43.21.

Further afield, Ashford & District RRC runners Lesley Clancy and Andrew Noble recently competed in the European Masters Athletics Championships in Madeira. Lesley collected a full set of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the 2 events she competed in. On Friday 30th October she made up the 2nd leg of of the 2k x 3 women’s XC relay for GB, helping to win a silver medal for the V35 team.




Saturday 31/10 at 4pm saw the mercury hit 31° as the Half Marathon set off. Lesley finished in 19th place in time 1.47.04 securing herself a Bronze medal and the V50 team a well earned Gold Medal. Andrew finished 50th in the Half marathon in a time of 1.37.07.

A&D Sisters lead the way in The Lockdown League

The final week of our Lockdown League saw A&D sisters Christine Costiff and Gill O’Connor take top spots, whilst runners from Medway & Maidstone claimed the men’s titles.

See the full report here

Well done to all who took part! The League has saved us from a black hole of motivation during lockdown. We can’t wait to run against you all at an event soon!

Lockdown League

A&D RRC are excited to be entering the 7th week of their Lockdown League challenge.  The Lockdown League is a friendly, virtual running competition which is open to members and non members alike. We’ve had results submitted from local runners in Ashford Athletic Club, Ashford Striders and Beginners2Runners, as well as strong representation from further afield in South Kent Harriers, Sittingbourne Striders, Dover Road Runners AC, Medway and Maidstone AC, Maidstone Harriers, Folkestone Running Club, Deal Tri Club and Isle of Wight Road Runners, not to mention lots of unaffiliated runners.

Each week a running distance is posted by A&D member and Lockdown League creator, Ricky Hickman.  Entrants then have from 00:01 Monday to 18:00 Sunday to submit a time for their run over the specified distance for that week.  Runs can be any route but must start and finish in roughly the same place.  At the end of each week, Ricky then produces detailed results from all the submissions received.  These results are age graded and broken down into gender, age, and team categories to show the current week’s points, as well as a total overview of the competition standings as a whole.

The Lockdown League has proved extremely popular since it started, and has attracted runners from 26 different clubs as well as some unattached individuals.   On average there havebeen 196 competitors taking part each week, including an entrant from Torbay and regular submissions from the Isle of Wight.  Collectively over 3500 miles have been logged by those taking part.

The order of distances covered so far are:  5 miles, 3 miles, 6 miles and 4 miles.  This week there is a bit of a shake up with competitors being asked to see how far they can run in 1 hour.

At a time when social distancing has become a necessity, this virtual, interactive event has proved extremely popular.  It provides friendly competitiveness between the participants and gives a much needed focus and motivation to exercise routines.   Running regulars are keen to post new PB’s and those new to running are able to show impressive progress in their running regimes.  Runs can be saved to Strava and results are posted on the Facebook Lockdown League page.   Both platforms allow interaction between the individuals with many comments of motivation and support being posted.  In addition, floods of gratitude come in each week for Ricky, who set up this Lockdown Challenge and spends valuable time each week to produce the eagerly anticipated weeklyresults.

Full details of the Lockdown League are available on Facebook along with the comprehensive list of current results.  Remember, it is never too late to get involved and become part of this ever growing running community.