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.

Kent League Cross Country – Saturday 10th February 2018

Kent League Cross Country – Saturday 10th February 2018
Ashford & District RRC travelled to Sparrows Den, Bromley for the final fixture of the Kent League season.
First up were the A&D ladies with Christine Costiff finishing 1st of the club in 24m:15s (48th), Gill O’ Connor was next up in 26m:38s (71st) and Lucy Johnstone finished the course in 28m:43s (85th). Overall, A&D ladies finished 14th out of 21 eligible teams in the 3 to score league with Dartford Harriers taking the title.
Meanwhile, in the men’s race, Robert Latala finished the 10k course in 8th position in a time of 35m:59s. Jon Pearce finished 2nd for the club in 39th position in a time of 39m:33s followed by Julius Samson in 42m:24s (67th), Dean Bracken in 44m:15s (91st), Paul Moses in 44m:59s (99th) just pipping Rob Barton to the line in 45m:02s (100th)
Next up was Richard Baker in 46m:54s (121st) with Ryan Edwards not far behind in 47m:46s (127th) and Scott Lynch chasing him down in 47m:53s (129th). Stuart Nunn crossed the line in 51m:25s (153rd), Mark Harrison in 52m:58s (158th) and Will Whittington in 1hr:01:38s (174th).
Overall, the A&D men’s team completed the season in 8th place in the 24 team 4 to score league which was eventually won by Medway & Maidstone AC and 6th in the 12 team 12 to score league with Tonbridge AC taking title.
Deal Half Marathon – Sunday 11th February 2018
An all-female team represented Ashford & District RRC at the undulating Deal Half Marathon on Sunday. Christine Costiff made it a weekend double by finishing 1st again for the club, 1st in category and 3rd female overall in 1hr:39m:36s. Lucy Johnstone finished next for the club in 2hrs:16m:46s (294th) followed by Becky Hodgson who took over 10 minutes off her previous best at this distance crossing the line in 2hrs:25m:50s (327th).
Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 10th February 2018
Despite a cold and icy morning 257 runners took part in the latest parkrun event.
Carl Ireland finished 1st for the club in a time of 21m:16s (22nd) followed by Mark Carlton in 21m:56s (28th) and Paul Brasington in 22m:01s (31st).
Gill Pragnell was 1st female home in a time of 22m:33s (38th) with Pat Butler following in 22m:34s (39th). James Chapman was next up in 23m:13s (47th), Sophie Edmonds followed with a personal best of 24m:51s (67th), Will Whittington in 26m:08s (88th), Mark Cleworth 26m:37s (101st), Andrew Smith 27m:30s (116th), Rod Kessack 30m:29s (168th), Becky Hodgson 32m:24s (187th) and Julie Foster in 40m:34s (233rd).
By Mark Carlton

Girlings Solicitors Ashford & District 10k – Sunday 04th February 2018

Girlings Solicitors Ashford & District 10k – Sunday 04th February 2018

The 30th running of the Ashford & District 10k will remain a memorable event, not only because of the changeable weather the runners had to contend with on the day but also a close finish with the top 7 finishers all within 30 seconds of each other.

The weather was interchangeable. Sun, rain, sleet, snow and wind made for difficult conditions with Ben Hughes of Medway & Maidstone AC winning the race in 33m:07s with last year’s winner Robert Latala of Ashford & District RRC finishing 3rd in 33m:13s.

Jon Pearce finished 11th for the club in 35m:10s with Carl Jones and CJ Lattimer close behind in 36m:13s (14th) and 36m:15s (15th) respectively. Trevor Kay crossed the line next for the club in 37m:59s (19th).

Christine Costiff was 1st lady home for A&D in 44m:39s (80th) with Anna-Lisa Stiffell just behind in a personal best time of 44m:52s (85th), Michael Hall in 45m:28s (92nd) and Gill Pragnell in 45m:38s (94th).

Mark Boorer finished in 47m:38s (132nd), Will Whittington in 48m:09s (137th), James Phillips in 50m:36s (189th) and Keith Lynn in 58m:20s (362nd). 567 runners completed the course in this is ever-popular race.

Thames Trot – Saturday 3rd February 2018

Edward Rodger completed the 50 mile Thames Trot on Sunday. The course which runs alongside the Thames, utilising the towpaths and bridleways from Oxford to Henley, proved to be one of the hardest races the experienced Ultra runner has faced, finishing in 10hrs:59m:50s, just before the 11 hour cut-off time.

Ryde 10 –Sunday 04th February 2018

Steve Hickman took on the hill Ryde 10 miler on Sunday completing the race in 1hr:32m:41s.

Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 03rd February 2018

The latest parkrun finished with 3 Ashford & District RRC runners in the top 10 with Julius Samson taking top honours by finishing 3rd in a personal best time of 18m:47s. Jon Wells followed in 6th with a time of 19m:12s and Paul Moses just behind in 19m:37s (7th).

Dan Green crossed the line in 20m:23s (11th) and Carl Ireland just shy of his personal best at this distance in 21m:12s (17th). Dean Bracken finished in 21m:26s (22nd), Ricky Hickman in 21m:34s (23rd) and Elodie Paviot finished as 1st lady and in a personal best of 22m:13s in 29th.

Danyel Carter was next up in 22m:24s (32nd), James Chapman in 22m:32s (35th) and Aaron Homewood in a personal best of 22m:34s (36th). Scott Lynch followed in 22m:41s (39th), Rod Kessack in 23m:34s (46th), Mark Boorer 23m:35s (47th), Pat Butler 23m:57s (52nd), Sarah Homewood 28m:05s (115th) and Julie Foster in 39m:55s (216th).

Meanwhile Anthony Brown completed the Folkestone parkrun in 21m:29s finishing 18th.

By Mark Carlton

South of England Athletics Association Cross Country Championships – Saturday 27th January 2018

South of England Athletics Association Cross Country Championships  –  Saturday 27th January 2018

Ashford & District RRC travelled to Stanmer Park in Brighton to compete in this year’s SEAA Cross Country Championships. The competition invites clubs to compete from anywhere in the south of England, from Cornwall to Norfolk. The competition was tough and so were the conditions as driving rain descended upon the runners and churned up the hilly course.

First up were the A&D ladies with Danyel Carter finishing in the top 200 in a time of 40m:48s with Christine Costiff just behind in 40m:59s (205th). Gill O’ Connor was next up in 43m:29s (247th) and Lucy Johnstone finished the 8km course in 48m:49s (310th). Overall, A&D ladies finished 36th out of 40 eligible teams.

Meanwhile, in the men’s 15km race, Robert Latala continued to impress with a great performance in difficult conditions finishing in 53rd place overall out of a field of 740 runners. Latala crossed the line in 55m:47s.

Next up was Jon Pearce in 1hr:02m:18s in 222nd followed by Jon Wells in 1hr:10m exactly (437th). Dean Bracken’s return to form continued, finishing in 1hr:12m:51s (510th) with Robin Butler and Adrian Moody not far behind in 1hr:13m:40s (533rd) and 1hr:13m:47s (535th) respectively.

Rob Barton finished in 1hr:15m:08s (557th).Paul Moses, who succumbed to injury finished in 1hr:19m:33s (642nd) and Richard Baker in 1hr:23m:20s (678th). Overall, the A&D men’s team finished 40th out of 75 eligible teams.

Ashford Parkrun  –  Saturday 27th January 2018

A cold and frosty morning greeted nearly 300 runners at Victoria Park on Saturday in the latest parkrun event.

Running in A&D colours, Ben Smith came home 1st for the club. The A&D junior also set a new personal best of 18m:34s finishing 6th overall. Mark Attenborough was next, crossing the line in 21m:05s (17th) with Ryan Edwards just behind. Mark Carlton finished next in 21m:43s (27th) and Ricky Hickman in 21m:50s (28th)

Gill Pragnell was 1st lady home for the club in 22m:08s (34th) with James Chapman in 22m:51s (44th). Rod Kessack crossed the line in 23m:14s (52nd) with Elodie Paviot and Mark Boorer not far behind in 23m:17s (55th) and 23m:18s (56th) respectively.

Will Whittington was up next in 24m:31s (68th), Claire and Dan Green finished in 25m:43s (87th) and 25m:44s (88th) respectively. John Fidge in 27m:44s (131st), Shelly Blake, completing her 51st parkrun in 28m:36s (143rd), Andrew Smith 29m:36s (157th), Ann Fidge 29m:53s (165th), Becky Hodgson 32m:57s (199th) and Julie Foster in 46m:46s (269th).

By Mark Carlton

A&D Out In Force for Canterbury 10

Ssangyong Canterbury 10  –  Sunday 21st January 2018

Ashford & District RRC were out in force for this year’s Ssangyong Canterbury 10 mile road race. The event, which saw nearly 1400 participants enter, was won by Invicta East Kent’s Abel Tsegay in 51m:12s.

First home for A&D was Jon Pearce in an impressive time of 59m:30s in 21st place. Trevor Kay was next up finishing in 1hr:02m:53s followed by Julius Samson in a personal best of 1hr:04m:13s in 54th. Jon Wells finished in a PB of 1hr:05:58s in 78th with Paul Moses in 1hr:06m:14s in 80th.

Scott Lynch was next to cross the line in 1hr:07:51s (112th) with Adrian Moody finishing in 1hr:11m:58s (186th) and Rob Barton, in his 1st race back from injury, finished in 1hr:13m:01s (217th).

Christine Costiff was 1st lady home for the club and 1st in category with a time of 1hr:14m:54s (264th), Danyel Carter was not far behind in 1hr:15m:45s (291st). Stuart Nunn finished in a PB time of 1hr:17m:48s (368th), Gill O’Connor in 1hr:18m:19s (385th), Elodie Paviot PB’d in 1hr:20m:16s (443rd), Rhian Shrimplin was just behind in 1hr:20m:23s (449th) and Brad Bunk in 1hr:21m:24s (483rd).

Mark Boorer, completing his 1st race for the club, finished in a PB time of 1hr:26m:48s (656th), Steve Hickman in 1hr:28m:08s (693rd), Heather Johnston continued her impressive form and PB’d in 1hr:28:20s (701st), Jaclyn Kay in a PB of 1hr:28m:57s.Keith Lynn, also making his debut for the club finished in 1hr:36m:27s (945th), Lucy Johnstone in a PB of 1hr:38m:40s (994th), Sue Reader finished in 1hr:39m:50s (1037th) and Sarah Homewood in 1hr:41m:09s (1071st).

Ashford Parkrun  –  Saturday 20th January 2018

Dean Bracken finished 6th in the latest Ashford Parkrun event in a time of 20m:40s followed by Carl Ireland in 21m:52s (13th), James Chapman in 22m:39s (21st) and Mark Carlton in 22m:40s (22nd).

Scott Lynch crossed the line in 23m:25s (31st), Rod Kessack in 23m:29s (34th), followed by a trio of A&D runners in quick succession, Paul Moses 23m:55s (43rd), Danyel Carter 24m:15s (44th) and Will Whittington 24m:18s (45th).

Sandi Mortimer achieved a personal best of 24m:57s (51st) followed by Mark Attenborough in 24m:59s (53rd) Claire Green finished in 26m:22s (65th), John Fidge in 27m:21s (85th), Ann Fidge 30m:33s (122nd), Becky Hodgson 33m:38s (142nd) and Julie Foster in 47m:24s (185th).

Meanwhile, Terry Sellen travelled to Humberside to take part in the Hull parkrun finishing in 24m:52s (128th).

By Mark Carlton

A&D Trio Excel in Ultra​​ Saturday 13th January 2018

Country to Capital Ultra  –  Saturday 13th January 2018

Ashford & District RRC had 3 participants in the Country to Capital 45 mile Ultra at the weekend. The race begun in the market town of Wendover, Buckinghamshire, taking in the surrounding countryside well into the M25 then picking up the Grand Union Canal tow path into London finishing at Little Venice.

Mark Attenborough finished 1st for the club in 7hrs:47m. Edward Rodger completed the 45 miles in 9hrs:16m and Helen Weeden completed the trios’ impressive feat in 10hrs:11m.

SVN Cakeathon – Saturday 13th January 2018

Becky Hodgson took on the wonderfully titled Winter Cakeathon, completing 5 laps of Betteshangar Nature Reserve course, 16.4 miles in total in 3hrs:33m:40s.

Ashford Parkrun  –  Saturday 13th January 2018

Trevor Kay returned to winning ways finishing 1st at the towns parkrun in 18m:54s. Meanwhile Paul Moses completed his 150th parkrun in 3rd in a time of 19m:37s. Scott Lynch was next for the club finishing 6th in 20m:21s and Richard Baker crossed the line in 7th in 20m:35s.

Carl Ireland completed the course in 21m:40s (14th), Chris Boyce followed in 21m:44s (15th) with Rob Barton in 21m:54s (18th). James Chapman finished in 22m:47s (29th) and Gill Pragnell was 1st lady home for the club in 22m:53s (35th).

Terry Sellen crossed the line next in 23m:13s (38th), Rod Kessack 23m:31s (45th), Will Whittington 24m:21s (50th), Jaclyn Kay 25m:33s (64th), Aaron Homewood 26m:12s (78th), Elodie Paviot 27m:10s (102nd), John Fidge 27m:11s (103rd), Sue Reader 27m:13s (104th), Lucy Johnstone 27m:35s (111th), Sandi Mortimer 27m:53s (122nd), Andrew Smith 28m:34s (136th) Ann Fidge 30m:30s (169th) and Julie Foster, completing her 125th parkrun in 43m:06s (247th).

Meanwhile Christine and Nigel Costiff completed the Plymvalley parkrun in 24m:06s (25th – 1st lady) and 37m:46s (224th) respectively. Gill O’Connor finished the Riddlesdown parkrun in 25m:45s (50th).

By Mark Carlton

Kent County Cross Country Championships – Saturday 06th January 2018

Kent County Cross Country Championships – Saturday 06th January 2018
Held on the grounds of the iconic Brands Hatch racing circuit, the Kent County Cross Country Championships took place this weekend in bitterly cold conditions.
Robert Latala finished the 7.4 mile course in an impressive 10th place overall, considering the strength of the field, in a time of 40m:47s. Jon Pearce followed in 67th place in 45m:53s with Julius Samson next in 100th place in 48m:50s. Jon Wells wasn’t far behind in 49m:14s (106th) followed by Daniel Green in 49m:34s (109th) and Paul Moses in 50m:04s (115th). Trevor Kay was next in 50m:20s (120th) being chased down by Scott Lynch in 50m:29s (124th). Adrian Moody finished in 52m:17s (145th) with Chris Boyce in 54m:27s (166th), Stuart Nunn in 1hr:00m:58s (198th) and William Whittington in 1hr:05m:05s (212th).
Overall in the team events A&D Men finished 5th overall (out of 6 teams eligible) in the 12 members to score event. In the Team 6 to score, A&D Men finished 8th out of 16.
In the 5.2 mile Womens event Danyel Carter was 1st home for the club in 40m:35s (68th) with Rhian Shrimplin not far behind in 42m:43s (89th). Helen Weeden followed in 48m:17s (113th) with Lucy Johnstone in 48m:50s (115th), Sue Reader in 50m:47s (118th) and Becky Hodgson in 55m:48s (127th).
With a strong field, the A&D Womens team finished 8th (out of 8 teams eligible) in the team 6 to score event and 18th (out of 18) in the team 3 to score event.
Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 06th January 2018
Richard Baker came home 1st for the club in the 1st parkrun of the new year in a time of 20m:45s (12th overall), Mark Attenborough followed in 22m:26s (34th) and Rob Barton, returning from injury, finishing in 22m:40s (37th) with James Chapman close behind in 22m:41s (38th) as well as Carl Ireland in 22m:43s (39th).
Rod Kessack finished in 23m:04s (44th) and Elodie Paviot was 1st lady home for the club in 23m:37s (47th). Mark Boorer crossed the line next in 24m:01s (48th), Jaclyn Kay in 25m:26s (65th), John Fidge in 28m:30s (126th) and Julie Foster in 48m:13s (236th).
Meanwhile, Gill O’Connor completed the Riddlesdown parkrun in 26m:11s finishing 35th overall.
By Mark Carlton

Plain Crazy – Wednesday 27th December 2017

Plain Crazy –  Wednesday 27th December 2017

Rhian Shrimplin blew away the Christmas cobwebs with a cross country run across the Salisbury plains in Wiltshire. The 12.5 mile course has been described as ‘hilly, cold, scenic, desolate and windy’ but Rhian completed the snowy course in 1hr:55m:59s and finished 8th female overall.

The Abominable Snowman 10 miler – Saturday 30th December 2017

Steve Hickman completed the extreme cross country Abominable Snowman 10 miler on the Isle of Wight in 2hrs:17m:24s finishing 111th overall despite a rather nasty fall early on in proceedings. Hickman had to contend with some wet conditions as well as some rather impressive undulating hills.

Fowlmead Challenge and New Years Day Marathon – Sunday 31st December 2017 & Monday 1st January 2018

Jon Wells ran the Fowlmead Challenge on New Years Eve. The event, which is held at Betteshanger Country Park, consists of 4.5 mile loops of the off-road course and the aim is to complete as many laps within the 6 hour time limit. Wells completed the marathon distance in challenging conditions in 4hrs:21m:43s.

The following day, Rik Holden completed the New Years Day Marathon at the same venue, however this time on tarmac in 3hrs:55m:57s finishing 10th overall.

Lamberhurst New Years Day Run – Monday 1st January 2018

Adrian Moody completed the annual New Years Day race in Lamberhurst finishing the 10k in 44m:25s, 29th position overall.

Ashford Parkrun  –  Saturday 30th December 2017

The last parkrun of the year saw Ashford & District runners feature heavily on the leaderboard with Jon Pearce finishing 2nd overall for the club in 18m:00s.

Julius Samson was just over a minute behind Pearce finishing 6th overall in 19m:05s with Dan Green hot on his heels in 7th in a time of 19m:07s. Jon Wells then crossed the line in 19m:20s (9th), Paul Moses in 19m:33s (12th) and Scott Lynch in 19m:46s (13th).

Rod Kessack was next to cross the line in 22m:49s (35th) followed by Terry Sellen in 23m:05s (38th), Stuart Nunn 24m:17s (52nd), Mark Harrison 24m:41s (56th) and Mark Boorer 24m:45s (58th).

Jaclyn Kay was 1st female home for the club in 25m:21s (61st), William Whittington in 25m:40s (65th), Heather Johnston in a PB time of 26m:12s (71st), Sandi Mortimer 26m:13s (73rd), John Fidge 27m:23s (84th), Lucy Johnstone 28m:49s (107th), Sarah Homewood 28m:52s (108th), Ann Fidge 30m:48s (136th), Chloe and Claire Green 33m:08s (156th) and 33m:10s (157th) and Raymond Morley 50m:40s (190th).

Meanwhile around the country, Robert Latala won the Folkestone parkrun in 17m:20s, Gill O’ Connor ran the Riddlesdown parkrun in 26m:37s (39th) and Christine Costiff completed the Melton Mowbray parkrun in 22m:45s (14th) In addition Costiff also completed the Rutland Water parkrun on New Years Day in 22m:24s.

Several events held an additional New Years Day parkrun and due to the staggered start times some of our members were able to take in 2 events, completing a parkrun double –

Daniel Green completed Maidstone parkrun in 22m:26s (62nd) and Shorne Woods parkrun in 19m:53s (12th). Tom Green in 22m:24s (61st) and 25m:29s (101st), Terry Sellen 23m:41s (86th) and 25m:30s (102nd), Claire Green 27m:51s (183rd) and 32m:47s (300th)  and Chloe Green 31m:31s (267th) and 33m:52s (325th).

By Mark Carlton

Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 23rd December 2017 & Monday 25th December 2017

Ashford & District RRC were out in force at the town’s parkrun over the past weekend and Christmas period. Saturdays event saw Robert Latala come home in 1st place in 16m:21s, followed in 6th by Trevor Kay in 17m:51s with Keith Haynes, 15th in 20m:50s.

Mark Attenborough finished in 20th in 21m:46s, Scott Lynch 22nd in 22m:01s and Ricky Hickman 27th in 22m:41s. James Chapman was next to cross the line in 23m:02 (33rd), Mark Boorer 23m:41s (41st), Rod Kessack 23m:44s (42nd) and Terry Sellen 23m:48s (43rd).

Elodie Paviot, 1st lady home for the club, finished in 24m:24s in 50th position, William Whittington was next in 25m:34s (60th), Andrew Smith 29m:18s (107th), Lucy Johnstone 44m:13s (158th) and Becky Hodgson in 56m:31s (172nd).

Meanwhile, around the country, Gill O’Connor finished the Riddlesdown parkrun in 25m:29s (57th), Jon Wells completed the Hillsborough parkrun, Sheffield in 19m:16s (9th) and CJ Lattimer came 5th overall at the Rutland Water parkrun in 18m:12s.

200 runners completed the annual Ashford Christmas day parkrun with Robert Latala completing the double by once again finishing 1st in 16m:53s with Carl Jones crossing the line in 18m:33s in 5th position. Jon Wells came home in 12th in 19m:23s. Julian Samson & Paul Moses finished in 20m:12s (17th) and 20m:14s (18th) respectively.

James Chapman in 22m:54s (37th), Aaron Homewood in a PB time of 23m:00s (40th), William Whittington 24m:47s (52nd), Sandi Mortimer 26m:09s (72nd), Steve Hickman 27m:21s (86th) Helen Weeden 27m:27s (88th), Mark Boorer 28m:20s (102nd), Kevan James 29m:17s (116th) and Becky Hodgson 48m:04s (200th).

The Saltwood Boxing Day Run – Tuesday 26th December 2017

The ever popular Saltwood Boxing Day run saw 4 A&D runners compete with Julius Samson finishing 1st for the club in 15th position in 19m:39s followed by Jon Wells in 20m:07s (21st), A&D junior Connor Samson crossed the line in 22m:24s (68th) and Steve Hickman in 31m:01s (334th).

Interclub Christmas Eve Run

Over 40 members of Ashford & District RRC, Ashford Tri Club, Ashford AC and Folkestone Running Club took part in the annual Christmas Eve run from Hythe to Port Lympne Zoo and back. The recent wet weather made parts of the hilly, off-road course particularly challenging for all involved. With no prize or bragging rights at stake this enjoyable run is now a firm fixture in the calendar.

By Mark Carlton​​