Welcome to Ashford & District RRC! Established since 1988 and based at Sandyacres Sports & Social Club in Ashford, we take part in road running, cross country and long-distance walking. Why not join us on a Tuesday or Thursday night from 7pm?

Tuesday night sessions have now reverted to 7pm but please don't arrive before 6:45pm as the gates will not be open. If arriving early please don't block the gate.


Ashford and District runners posted a series of excellent times around scenic Bewl Water this weekend.
Never to miss the opportunity to run a marathon, Rik Holden posted a time of 3:41:56. When Rik describes the event as ‘tough’ we knew that this was not an easy day’s work.
Linda Jean Delport’s battle with injury did not prevent a 4:25 run. An impressive run for a trails marathon and a reflection of the hard work Linda has been putting in.
To celebrate her birthday weekend Ingvild Drake ran a personal best of 4:34:14. A tremendous reward for the hours of training from someone who runs in Kings Wood so much must know most of the tree’s personally.
Ricky Yates has showed a massive improvement by running the half marathon in 2:45:17. A great achievement by Ricky who has only recently joined A&D but has been a regular throughout the recent Tuesday and Thursday training sessions.


Thanks to the hard work of race organisers to ensure safe and COVID secure events, A&D RRC members were able to showcase yet another successful weekend of racing.

Keeping it local, Anne Fidge and John Fidge put on a remarkable performance at the Wingham 10k.  This undulating, mixed terrain course, in warm and windy conditions, saw them show determination and endurance as they crossed the line in 1:01:07 and 57:03 respectively.

Flying the A&D flag further afield, Rhian Shrimplin and Anthony Brown took part in the Kew Gardens 10k.  Putting her remarkable training schedule to the test, Shrimplin absolutely blazed round the course in a speedy 42:59, beating her previous PB by over 3 minutes and finishing 24th lady out of a field of 802.  Brown also impressed and crossed the finish line in 48:50.

Meanwhile, James Booth ran the 10km leg of the Channel Triathlon, which helped his team claim 2nd place overall.  Despite the heat and headwind, he completed the hilly 10km course in the 2nd fastest time of the day (38:39).


On Friday 4th September and kicking off the race week was Rik Holden, impressing yet again with another marathon effort at the Cyclopark for the SVN 20 in 20 series. Showing true determination and running form, he stormed round the hilly trail course in an incredible 3:38:53.

Sunday 6th September saw a hardy A&D trio tackling the Chatham Maritime 10k.  First home for the club and claiming a PB over the distance was Adrian Beresford (43:31), he was closely followed by Adrian Moody (44:12) and Simon Jackson (49:28), who also claimed a PB.

Meanwhile down on the coast, dynamic duo Tracey Calnan and Ailis Goddard took on the Folkestone 10k. Sunny skies and and steely determination saw  Calnan finish strong in 47:37, with Goddard crossing the line in a respectable 54:26.

Travelling to Rye, Lesley Taylor (22:01) and Andrew Noble (20:05) both showed speedy form at The Rye Summer Classic 5k by coming first in the ladies and men’s Vet 55 age category respectively.


Despite races being a bit slow to kick off, Thursday 27th August saw marathon regular, Rik Holden complete his second 26.2 miler for the month.  Here as part of the SVN 20 in 20 series at Cyclopark, Rik was the top finisher over the distance on this hilly trail course, finishing in an impressive time of 3.39.06.





“Brave men are all invertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle”.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
On a humid Sunday morning a trio of soft skinned tough guys toed the socially distanced start line in Peasmarsh to take on a challenging undulating course in the Rye 5 and 10 mile races. Following strict hygiene measures and starting their run in waves of twelve athletes at 5-minute intervals, Trevor Sparkes completed five miles in 48:38 for 28th place. Finishing his ten miles at almost the same time of day, Paul Ridley squeezed into the top-20 with his time of 1:08:02. Aidan Gorham ran his second race in as many weeks completing the same distance three (virtual) places ahead of Ridley in 1:06:57.
The previous week two newer club members ran the University of Kent Canterbury 10k. The flattish course yielded some impressive times with Aiden Gorham romping home in 38:32 to steal fifth place overall. Also running a strong race was Ricky Yates who clocked 1:04:22 and 122nd position.


Many Ashford & District RRC members have shown amazing effort and dedication to their running fitness regime over the past few months by taking part in various virtual runs.  This has resulted in an impressive collection of personal achievements and medals.   However, as the road race calendar slowly begins to open up, A&D members are once again able to start showcasing their running talents and put their lockdown training schedules to the test.

First up, and running his 2nd marathon in as many weeks, is the tenacious Rik Holden.   For this literal marathon effort he travelled to Betteshanger Park in Deal to take part in the SVN Dragon Run.  Here he took on this gruelling, off road, undulating trail route in the unforgiving summer heat to finish in an enviable 3.49.41.


Meanwhile down in Minnis Bay, Daniel Head took on the Smugglers 10k.   Not to be defeated by the heat or coastal headwinds, he raced round the course in an impressive 48.34, grabbing himself a PB over the distance.

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.





Latest Club News…

This week’s club news focuses on the fast growing world of Ultra Running. An ultra-distance event is any race which exceeds the standard marathon of 26.2 miles and they often take participants to remote places and through difficult weather conditions. Distances can range from the most common 50k right up to 1000 miles. Their popularity with runners looking for the next challenge now means hundreds of thousands of people run them every year.
Six A&D runners were interviewed on their ultra running experiences in a rare insight into the inner workings of endurance running.


In a week that rocked the running community with race cancellations across the board, A&D RRC members showed grit and determination with a weekend of awe inspiring racing.

Kicking it all off with an amazing show of stamina and endurance, was Mark Harrison with the Fortitude 10 hour challenge. This event saw him battling weather, terrain and mileage as he completed 6 x 4 mile laps, followed by 3 x 3 mile laps before knocking out a final 4 mile lap to finish. This ultra superhuman effort saw him complete a staggering 37 miles in total.

Taking on this years Thanet 20 (Ricki Savage) a hardy crew braved the wind and hills with an exciting selection of results. First home, and despite having raced 20miles the week before, Adrian Beresford ran an impressive 2.46.33.   Not only was this a PB for him over this distance, but he finished 29th overall and 3rd in his age category.   Massah Cooper (3.19.33) was the club’s first lady to cross the line, swiftly followed by Claire Williams (3.21.10) who completed her furthest running distance to date, and Ailis Goddard (3.21.10) who knocked an impressive 23mins off her previous PB. This trio of ladies also managed to take the ladies 3rd team prize. Next to finish was Hugh Scarlin (3.31.47) in his first official 20mile race, closely followed by Helen Weeden (3.35.15), Sarah Taylor (3.57.34) and Lucy Johnstone (4.03.28).

Anthony Brown and Rhian Shrimplin travelled to Bath to take on this years Half Marathon. Shrimplin showed excellent pace by completing the 13.1 miles in an incredible 1.47.22. Brown, making a comeback from injury, ran an equally impressive 1.56.01.

Dartford Half marathon saw Andrew Noble (1.26.38) and Lesley Taylor (1.39.58) take on yet another 13.1 mile race this month. Both showed excellent form, with Noble finishing 22nd overall and Taylor claiming the 1st in age V55 trophy.

Despite wet conditions, Ashford Parkrun saw a flurry of A&D members tackle the course this week. First home and 7th overall was Paul Moses in an impressive 19.37, he was followed closely by Scotty Lynch (19.39) in 8th position.   Despite having just completed a 20mile training run, the next 3 athletes home, Paul Ridley (20.37), James Booth (20.43), and Julius Samson (20.47) took the 9th, 10th and 11th slots respectively. Gary Sage (21.23) was not far behind in 15th position, and coming in first for the ladies and 19th overall was Linda-Jean Delport (21.37). Not to be out done, Stuart Nunn impressed with his fastest Parkrun in over 3 years, by finishing with a time of 22.05. Next up was William Whittington (25.02), Rod Kessack (25.09), Lesley Moody (33.16), Sarah Taylor (34.55), Hugh Scarlin (34.55) and Emma Jenkins (58.07) who showed great determination in making her first appearance since injury.

A&D also represented well with Parkrun Volunteers with Terry Sellen being this weeks RD, also volunteering were James Booth, Alice Cook, Becky Hodgson, Helen Marshall, Simon Jackson and Keith Lynn.

Taking part in some Parkrun Tourism was Christine Costiff who ran Bedgebury trail Parkrun and finished 16th overall in a time of in 21.46.   Salisbury Parkrun benefited with a visit from Rhian Shrimplin and Anthony Brown who completed the multi-terrain course in 27.55 and 27.56 respectively. Travelling to Cambridge Parkrun, Lesley Taylor and Andrew Noble both ran the course in a time of 23.48