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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🏅www.collinsbespoke.com

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

Drama at South of Thames Cross Country

Probably the toughest race of the season took the A&D team to the muddy and hilly South of Thames Cross Country Championships at Croydon. Team members Adrian Beresford and Keith Haynes had the extra complication of being delayed due to helping out at an accident on the M20 on the way to the race.

There was healthy competition with Jon Wells and Julius Sampson battling with each other through the race.

Scotty Lynch suffered cuts with a fall on the second lap, but dug deep to be the third finisher for the club. Strong cross country runs from veteran Adrian Moody,  along with James Booth and Keith Haynes contributed to a solid club performance. Chris Francis saw his club cross country debut at this uncompromising race. Adrian Beresford put aside the aftermath of the club Christmas party with a determined run.

 

Becks Macey battled through illness to be First Lady finisher. Linda-Jean Delport chose the challenging race to present a determined run and very respectable time. Rhian Shrimplin return was marked with an excellent run on the day. Cooper Massah, Alison Waters and Lucy Ellen Johnson battled through the extreme conditions and completed the superb team performance. Chris Costiff and Gill OConnor ran the Christmas pudding 5 mile race at a rain affected Pet Level. Chris being first in her age group with Gill third.

Sunday saw the first running of the Chairmans Christmas Charity run. A good turnout from the club took runners around the lanes towards Westwell. The event started at the Hare and Hounds on Sandyhurst Lane and the runners appreciated a revitalising breakfast on their return. Heavy rain led to knee deep floods on Kingsland Lane along and deep puddles throughout the route this made for wet socks but did not dampen the spirits of the runners. Unfortunately Phil Bridges suffered a fractured fibula due to a fall, and we all wish him a speedy recovery. The event raised £215 for Pilgrims Hospice.

Race Report – 9th December 2019

A&D’s very own Becks Macey took to the field at Horspath Park Oxford, representing Kent in the South Eastern Athletics Association Inter Counties Senior Cross Country Championships, proudly wearing her blue Invicta vest. A tremendous achievement for Becks in only her second season in cross country. Cross country captain, Adrian Moody commented that: “Her rapid progression into the Kent squad is testament to her tenacity, consistency and the benefits of quality racing in the Kent cross country calendar”.

A strong run by Becks on a muddy 6.4k course, saw her cross the line in 51st place (with a time of 26:26), against the region’s elite runners, helping Kent to an impressive 4th place in the team competition. Hopefully she can maintain her brilliant form and remain in contention for county colours at the national inter-counties championship in March 2020, taking on England’s best.

Andrew Noble started his busy weekend at Horspath Park in the SEAA Masters Cross Country Championships. Nobby completed the course in 37:49 finishing in 34th place and a very impressive 13th in the V55 category. Andrew followed this up with the Reading 10k on Sunday posting a time of 39:31, giving him 34th place and 3rd in the V50 category. Impressive results from a runner consistently competing at the highest level.

Helen Weeden, Steve Hickman and Ed Rodger took a trip out to the Lanzarote Marathon. Ed led the team home with a time of 4;26. Steve with the added challenge of a cold battled through to a time of 4;55. Helen completed her 50th marathon in 4:58 and was 28th in her age category.

The start of the Christmas racing season is marked by the Dutton Turkey run. A&D’s Mark Attenborough took 28th overall with a time of 58:52.

Ashford park run on Saturday saw the return of Janusz Latala posting a time of 18:08 finishing in 4th place. A total of 16 A&D runners took part including Jon Wells, Paul Moses, Scott Lynch, Ian Grundy, Don Dewer, Rod Kessak, John Fidge, Terry Sellen, Sue Reader, Rachel Jenkins, Becky Hodgson, Lesley Moody, Emma Jenkins, Deborah Payne, and Julie Foster.

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A&D Take To The Trails

Off-road challenges were presented to A&D runners this weekend.

Setting the scene was Keith Lynn competing in the Maverick Inov-8 21K race in Blean Wood on Saturday. Keith finished in 173rd place with a time of 2:21:01.

On Sunday Linda-Jean Delport, in her first race in an A&D vest ran a superb race finishing 6th lady and 3rd in her age category at the Bedgebury half marathon completing the course in 1:46:27. Also running in this hilly and muddy half marathon was Ingvild Drake 2:02:10, 29th lady, closely followed by Claire Green 2:02:43, 31st lady home.

Also on Sunday Kings Wood was the venue for the 10th running of the Ashford Triathlon Club 666 race. A challenging race, always popular with club members. The heavy and persistent recent rain contributed to the extremely muddy conditions. Paul Ridley showing his trail running experience was first home for the club in 9th place overall in 51:45. Next home was Paul Moses in 12th with 53:58. Becky Macey in tremendous cross-country form was 2nd lady in 55:49. This gave A&D first place team prize. Mark Attenborough was 18th with a time of 56:10, followed in by Adrian Moody in 19th in 56:59. Adrian Berseford enjoying his first time at the event was 33rd with 1:01:56. Aurelie Morris also taking part for the first time was 15th lady with 1:08:07.

On Saturday Jon Wells and Scotty Lynch both ran under 20 minutes at Ashford Park Run. Carl Ireland and Darren Fagg both ran personal best times with 20:50 and 21:50 respectively. Also running were Terry Sellen, Paul Moses, Don Dewer, Cris Francis, Rachel Jenkins, Helen Marshall, Emma Jenkins and Becky Hodgson.
Park Run could not function without the contribution of the volunteers and club members Julie Forster, John and Ann Fidge and Simon Jackson were on hand to direct and assist.

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.