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.

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