Haynes’ Good Form Continues at The Beckley 10K. 4-Nov-2018

Haynes’ Good Form Continues at The Beckley 10K. 4-Nov-2018

Club stalwart Keith Haynes produced an impressive run at the Beckley 10K on Sunday. Keith finished in 7th place overall, 1st in his age category with a time of 41:16 over the difficult hilly course.






Deal 5 Mile

There was a good representation from the club at the Deal 5 mile race. Jon Pearce was first home in 6th place with a time of 28:37, closely followed by Dan Green in 11th place with 29:13. Rob Barton and Paul Moses battled hard throughout the race and were both rewarded with personal best times of 31:13 for Barton and 31:18 for Moses in 21st and 23rd place respectively. Stu Nunn, returning from injury came in in 97th place with a solid 39:50. Shaun Snowwolf-Harris was 124th with 41:27.
Lucy Johnstone, the sole ladies representative had a pleasing personal best time of 45:57.

Thames Meander Marathon

Rick Holden completed the Thames Meander Marathon in a time of 3:45:15.

Ashford parkrun drew a number of A&D runners along to Victoria Park. Tom Green first home in 19th place in 21:37, with James Chapman running a PB in the same time. Followed by Dan Green 21:38 (21st), Rob Carpenter 22:02 (26th), Fred Sellen 23:04 (43rd), Ian Grundy 23:27 (48th), Shaun Snowwolf-Harris preparing for the Deal 5 mile race with a personal best of 24:04 (53rd), Chloe Green 24:42 (73rd), Claire Green 24:44 (74th), Gill Pragnell 24:48 (77th), Lesley Moody 31:17 (181st), Rachel Jenkins 32:28 (200th), Sarah Taylor 32:47 (203rd), Emma Jenkins 32:52 (204th), Deborah Payne 33:35 (209th), and Becky Hodgson 35:07 (222nd).

By Paul Moses


Ashford & District RRC 5 & 10 Mile Race – Sunday 28th October 2018

Ashford & District RRC 5 & 10 Mile Race – Sunday 28th October 2018

A&D put on a spooky spectacle on Sunday, which saw 374 runners descend upon

Towers School to compete in the club’s 5 & 10-mile race. Runners, marshalls and supporters adopted the event’s Halloween-theme, with many dressed in ghoulish attire. One hundred and eighty-two runners completed the 5-mile race, with Amy Old claiming 1st prize in a time of 35:53. Of the 192 runners that covered the 10-mile course, Angelo Pieris was 1st over the finish line in a time of 1:00:58. Ashford & District RRC’s own Paul Ridley achieved a personal best time of 1:08:06. Canterbury Harriers claimed the Team Prize. To mark the first running of the event, the ladies of Medway Fit Club were awarded a Spot Team Prize for running in striking fancy dress.

Somerhill School, Tonbridge, Cross Country (event 2) – Saturday 27th October 2018

A&D go from strength to strength in the KCAA XC champs

A&D ladies were on impressive form at the hilly Somerhill course. Becky Macey led the ladies home in 23rd place with a time of 20:45, putting her in 9th place in the Senior Women’s Championship. Chris Costiff battled through illness, coming 64th overall in a time of 23:20 and leading the W55 standings. Elodie Paviot continued on strong form, taking 69th place with a time of 23:37. Gill O’Connor finished in 23:59 and is now 3rd in the W55 table. Claire Green (25:16) and Sandi Mortimer (26:27) ensured a strong placing in the ‘6 to score championship’. A cross country debut for Lisa Jones, with a time of 28:41, secured the championship placings. A&D are currently placed 12thoverall in the ‘3 to Score’ league and 8th in the ‘6 to Score’.

Jon Pearce (37:39) led the men’s team home in 45th place overall, followed by Trevor Kay (38:07) in 53rd place. An inspired run by Jon Wells (39:12) followed by Dan Green (39:15) and Tomasz Latala (39:24), in 70th, 71st and 73rdpositions respectively, guaranteed a 6th place on the day and 6th overall in the Men’s Senior table. Scotty Lynch (42:02) showed his Cross Country experience in 117th, which places him within the top 10 in the V50’s table. Rob Barton (42:16), Paul Moses (42:23), Paul Ridley (43:02), Julius Samson (43:34), Richard Baker (44:11) and club cross country captain Adrian Moody (44:53) completed the scoring in the ‘12 to Score’ league. A strong run from Mark Attenborough (45:12) and determined finishing from Carl Ireland (45:30) and Mark Harrison (47:27) give A&D 3rd place in the ‘12 to Score’ championships.

Beachy Head Marathon – Saturday 27th October 2018

Two club members completed the gruelling Beachy Head Marathon through the South Downs National Park. The course included 300 steps, 14 gates and numerous steep inclines; extra safety measures were in place following the appearance of a large cliff-top crack just days before the event. Rik Holden crossed the finish line in 3:20:59; Steve Hickman finished in 5:06:51, marking his 151st marathon to date.

Ashford 5th Birthday Parkrun – Saturday 27th October 2018

On its 5th birthday, Ashford Parkrun saw several A&D runners claim personal best times and awards. Keith Haynes finished in 3rd place overall, in a personal best time of 19:48. Terry Sellen (22:58) collected an award for Ashford’s Inspirational Parkrunner of the Year 2017-18. Shaun Snowwolf-Harris demonstrated impeccable timing whilst pacing runners for a time of 27:00, finishing the course in exactly that time. Emma Jenkins achieved a personal best time of 31:51 and was awarded Improved Parkrunner of the Year 2017-18, marking her return to form after an injury last year.

by Verity Dunbar & Paul Moses

Ashford & District RRC 5 & 10 Mile Marshalls’ Race – Sunday 21stOctober 2018

Ashford & District RRC 5 & 10 Mile Marshalls’ Race – Sunday 21st October 2018

Those marshaling the club’s Halloween 5 & 10 Mile Race had the opportunity to compete on the course themselves on Sunday morning. In the 5-mile race, Rob Barton was first home in 33:40, with Stuart Nunn next in 43:49 and John Fidge close behind in 45:27. Lisa Jones was first lady home in 48:46, closely followed by Sarah Homewood in 49:05. Anne Fidge and Anne Healy both finished in 50:45, with Lesley Moody achieving a personal best time of 52:41. Rachel Jenkins (54:49) and Lucy Johnstone (54:54) finished in quick succession, followed by Julie Foster in 1:16:52.

Paul Moses was the first to complete the 10-mile course in 1:09:56, with Scotty Lynch hot on his heels in 1:10:26. Richard Baker was next in 1:12:40, followed by Carl Ireland in 1:17:00 and Elodie Paviot in a personal best time of 1:17:10. James Phillips finished the course in 1:22:38, followed by Mark Cleworth (1:30:52), Keith Lynn (1:36:10) and Will Whittington (1:37:07).

Great South Run – 21st October 2018

Shaun Snowwolf-Harris completed the Great South Run around the streets and sights of Portsmouth, finishing the 10-mile course in a personal best time of 1:26:13.

Croydon 10K – Sunday 21st October 2018

Gill O’Connor completed the Croydon 10K on Sunday. The race, which snaked around the outskirts of Croydon’s Lloyd Park, saw her come 1st in the V55 category with a time of 47:41.

Thanet Colour Run – Sunday 21st October 2018

Emma Jenkins enjoyed the 5k Colour Run in Thanet on Sunday, finishing in 45:00. The course took runners through clouds of powdered paint.

Parkrun – Saturday 20th October 2018

Cristine Costiff ran the 5K forest trail of Bedgebury Parkrun on Saturday, coming 1st in the VW55-59 category with a time of 23:23.

On the Kent coast, both Will Whittington (24:56) and Trevor Sparkes (26:20) completed the Walmer and Deal Parkrun in personal best times; Emma Jenkins crossed the finish line in 32:47.

Closer to home, Paul Ridley was 7th overall and achieved a personal best time of 19:13 in the Ashford Parkrun; Shaun Snowwolf-Harris completed the course in 27:59.


by Verity Dunbar

A personal message from our new VP, Ann Fidge

Hi Everybody

As your shiny new Vice President, I thought I should introduce myself to those of you who might not have known me too long.

I joined A&D when the club was in its infancy back in October 1988 but have been running regularly since 1985.

I ran my first Marathon (London) in 1988 and have since added 27 others to my tally – which includes Majorca, Benidorm & Beachy Head. Of course, there have been plenty of Halves, Tens and 10kms as well during that time and our Inter Club relays during the summer. I have also dabbled in the odd cross country but never really took to it – I’m a road runner at heart!

More recently I have taken to Parkrun on Saturdays and am usually there at Victoria Park to chat to anyone!

During my years of running I have been largely injury free so must be doing something right.

I am fully committed to the Club and don’t really see a time without it! If I can be of any assistance to fellow members I will be only too happy to advise.

Happy Running

Ann Fidge

THE KAYS PB IN BARCELONA – Sunday 11th March 2018

Barcelona Marathon – Sunday 11th March 2018
Trevor and Jaclyn Kay travelled to Catalonia for the Zurich Barcelona Marathon on Sunday and made sure that the winter training paid off by coming back to the UK with two personal bests.
Trevor finished just under the 3 hour mark in a time of 2hrs:59m:43s whilst Jaclyn crossed the line in 4hrs:23m:16s.
Thames Meander Marathon – Saturday 10th March 2018
The Thames Meander is a flat, scenic riverside trail marathon run along the Thames Path. Rik Holden was A&D’s sole entrant and battled the muddy conditions to finish in 3hrs:40m42s.
Lydd Half Marathon & 20 miler – Sunday 11th March 2018
The Lydd Half Marathon and 20 miler road race, as always, saw a large A&D presence in the build up to the spring marathon season. With an ultra-flat course, Lydd is seen as the perfect barometer as to how well winter training has gone.
Jon Pearce finished 1st for A&D in the half marathon in a time of 1hr:21m:22s, 11th place. Richard Baker followed in 1hr:30m:14s taking 29th position, Julius Samson finished just behind in 1hr:30m:27s, 30th overall and Anthony Brown in 1hr:38m:59s (54th).
Danyel Carter was 1st lady home in her last race for the club in 1hr:40m:12s (61st), Carl Ireland was next up in 1hr:46m:48s (90th), Neil Woodham in 1hr:51:36s (108th), Stuart Nunn 1hr:53m:16s (127th), Mark Boorer in a personal best of 1hr:53m:31s (129th), Will Whittington 1hr:56m:19s (140th) and Terry Sellen, returning from injury in 1hr:58m:00s (154th).
Heather Johnston, in her 1st half marathon finished in 1hr:59m:19s (160th), Keith Lynn PB’d in 2hrs:08m:32s (206th) and Becky Hodgson in 2hrs:23m:55s (272nd).
Meanwhile in the 20 miler, Gill O’Connor finished 1st for the club as well as 1st in category in 2hrs:50m:30s (209th), Elodie Paviot finished just behind in 2hrs:51m:12s (214th), Rhian Shrimplin crossed the line in 2hrs:54m:16s (235th), Dave Hunt in 3hrs:04m:22s (318th), Edward Rodger 3hrs:07m:13s (336th), Aaron Homewood 3hrs:10m:03s (363rd), Lucy Johnstone 3hrs:36m:08s (544th), Sarah Homewood 3hrs:37m:18s (547th) and Steve Hickman in 3hrs:37m:19s (548th).
Ashford Park Run – Saturday 10th March 2018
After an enforced break last week due to the inclement weather, Ashford Parkrun was back with the conditions feeling considerably warmer.
Daniel Green came home 1st for the club in 19m:09s to take 4th place. Mark Attenborough also finished in the top 10, crossing the line in 20m:38s in 9th and Jon Wells finished in 20m:58s in 11th
Becky Macey set a new personal best at this distance whilst taking the 1st female place in 17th with a time of 21m:29s, she was followed by Paul Moses in 21m:30s (18th) and Scott Lynch in 21m:32s (19th) with Mark Harrison next in 22m:08s (24th).
Simon Jackson finished in 28m:18s (106th), Ann Fidge 30m:01s (131st), Becky Hodgson 32m:07s (159th), Emma Jenkins 36m:34s (190th) and Shelly Blake 56m:38s (223rd)
By Mark Carlton

Latala impresses at National Cross Country Championships Saturday 24th February 2018

Saucony English National Cross Country Championships – Saturday 24th February 2018

The Cross Country season drew to a close on Saturday with the Saucony English National Championships held at Parliament Hill, London.

With over 2300 competitors running the mens race alone, the championship standard was high with teams from all over the country competing.

Robert Latala capped off an impressive cross country season finishing 120th overall completing the 7.2 mile course in 43m:52s. Jon Pearce was next up in 50m:06s (611th) with Julius Samson in 55m:15s (1128th). Paul Moses followed in 57m:47s (1399th) and Jon Wells was not far behind in 57m:59s (1416th). Scott Lynch and Adrian Moody came in under the hour mark in 58m:24s (1442nd) and 59m:02s (1502nd) respectively with Chris Boyce in 1hr:04m:54s (1927th).

The senior mens team prize was won by Tonbridge AC with their top 6 runners all finishing in the top 40. Ashford & District RRC finished 96th overall out of 162 eligible teams.

Mods vs Rockers Marathon – Sunday 25th February 2018

Rik Holden finished the Mods vs Rockers Marathon in 11th place at Betteshanger Country Park in a time of  3hrs:43m:49s.

The Headcorn Half – Sunday 25th February 2018

The bright winter sunshine did little to take the chill off at the Headcorn Half this Sunday with Mark Attenborough finishing 1st for the club in 26th place overall and 3rd in category in 1hr:32m:34s with Neil Woodham following in 1hr:46m:12s (119th). Jaclyn Kay finished just over the 2 hour mark in a PB time of 2hrs:00m:5s in 222nd and Andrew Smith crossed the line in 2hrs:20m25s (322nd).

Ashford Parkrun  –  Saturday 24th February 2018

Neil Woodham came home 1st for the club in a personal best time of 21m:41s finishing 12th overall. Becky Macey finished as 1st female overall in 15th position in a personal best of 21m:59s. Pat Butler followed in 22m:21s (18th) with Hazel Turner in 22m:40s (20th).

James Chapman crossed the line in 23m:34s (27th), Will Whittington finished in 24m:16s (35th) and Mark Boorer in 25m:23s (50th).

Lucy Johnstone finished with a personal best time of 27m:08s (82nd), John Fidge in 27m:28s (88th), Keith Lynn 27m:30s (89th), Shelly Blake 30m:10s (130th), Becky Hodgson 32m:40s (161st), Jeremy Chambers 36m:36s (196th) and Emma Jenkins 43m:51s (212th).

Meanwhile in further 5K news, Jon Wells won the Trosley Park 5k Challenge on Sunday in a time of 21m:39s and finished clear of 2nd place by almost a minute.

By Mark Carlton