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The Wall – Saturday 16th June 2018

Club captain Scott Lynch completed his 1st ultra-marathon on Saturday running 69 miles through historic Hadrian’s wall country in a time of 17hrs:50m. Lynch was accompanied by seasoned ultra runner and fellow club mate Edward Rodger and ran the course together starting off in Carlisle, making their way east and finishing in Newcastle.

Saxon Shore Half Marathon – Sunday 17th June 2018

Ashford & District were well represented at the inaugural Saxon Shore Half Marathon. The course followed the majority of the coastline from Herne Bay to Whitstable and for the most part was fairly flat.

Paul Moses finished 1st for the club and 8th overall in 1hr:29m:16s with Rob Barton not far behind in a personal best of 1hr:34m:47s. Becky Macey continued to impress finishing as 2nd lady overall with a personal best time of 1hr:38m:31s. Anthony Brown finished in 1hr:43m:15s, Elodie Paviot also set a new personal best finishing in 1hr:44m:45s.


Aaron Homewood was next up in 1hr:52m:25s with Rhian Shrimplin in 1hr:55m:15s, helping to clinch the ladies 1st place team prize in the process. Mark Boorer in 1hr:56m:01s, Mark Cleworth in 1hr:56m:30s and Verity Dunbar setting a personal best of 1hr:56m:49s.

Filiz Salih also set a personal best of 1hr:58m:05s. In his 1st half-marathon, Shaun Snowwolf-Harris finished in 2hrs:10m:56s, Lucy Johnstone set a personal best of 2hrs:14m:02s as did Sarah Homewood in a time of 2hrs:20m:00s.

East Kent Relays Ashford  – Tuesday 12th June 2018

Home advantage paid off for A&D at the 3rd East Kent Relays of the summer at Victoria Park on Tuesday as the senior mens A team sprinted to victory. A&D also made a clean sweep across the veteran categories, winning the Vet 40 mens A&B and Vet 50 mens A&B races.

A&D ladies senior B team cruised to victory as did the ladies Vet 35 A&B teams. The ladies Vet 45 A team were pipped into 2nd place by Folkestone running club, however the B team took victory in the B league race. In total, out of the 15 race categories, A&D produced 9 of the winners on a successful night for the club.

Ashford Parkrun  -Saturday 16th June 2018

It was a humid and overcast parkrun on Saturday as Jonny Wells finished 8th overall and 1st male for A&D in a time of 19m:23s. Paul Moses and Mark Attenborough followed in 21m:42s (21st) and 21m:43s (22nd) respectively. Carl Ireland finished in 22m:04s (27th) with Mark Carlton in 22m:34s (38th) and Aaron Homewood and James Chapman both crossing the line in 22m:40s (41st & 42nd).

Don Dewar, Philip Bridges and Mark Harrison all finished within seconds of each other in 23m:10s (48th), 23m:13s (49th) and 23m:16s (50th) respectively. Rob Carpenter was up next in 23m:44s followed by Will Whittington on his 100th parkrun in 24m:52s.

Mark Boorer recorded a time of 25m:12s, whilst Keith Lynn set a new personal best of 25m:26s. Simon Jackson finished in 26m:53s followed by Lucy Johnstone in 27m:00s, Rachel Jenkins in 30m:24s, Lesley Moody in 31m:39s and Emma Jenkins in 33m:37s.

Meanwhile, around the country, Gill O’Connor ran the Riddlesdown parkrun in 22m:21s (45th), John Fidge completed the Houghton Hall run in 25m:50s (37th) and Andrew Noble finished the Dartford Heath parkrun in 19m:26s (3rd).

By Mark Carlton


Staplehurst 10k – Sunday 10th June 2018

A&D’s Carl Jones was in record-breaking form once again on Sunday. After breaking the club v40 half marathon record in April, Jones can now add the v40 10k title to his name. He crossed the line at the Staplehurst 10k in 34m:51s to take 3rd place overall, finishing a minute behind the winner.

Dan Green was next up for the club finishing 12th in a time of 37m:27s with Andrew Noble in 38m:58s (19th). Keith Haynes made it into the top 50 with a time of 42m:14s with Adrian Moody just behind in 44m:48s (80th). Claire Green completed the line up with a time of 49m:19s (125th).

Tenterden 10k – Sunday 10th June 2018

Jon Pearce had to settle for 2nd place at the Tenterden 10k on Sunday after being pipped to the post by 3 seconds. Pearce crossed the line in 36m:21s on what was a tough, hilly course.

Mark Boorer was next up in a time of 52m:37s (43rd), Keith Lynn in 55m:48s (66th) and Laura Segust was 1st female home for the club in a time of 55m:38s (68th).

Shaun Snowwolf-Harris finished in 56m:28s (72nd) with Lisa Jones setting a personal best of 58m:39s (93rd). Rachel Kuske and Shelly Blake finished together in 1hr:18m:27s (148th) and 1hr:18m:28s (149th) respectively.

Charing 10k – Friday 8th June 2018

A&D scooped the mens team prize at the Charing 10k on Friday with some strong performances. Paul Moses lead the team home in 41m:44s (8th) followed by Rob Barton 41m:51s (9th) and Jonny Wells 42m:26s (10th).

Lucy Johnstone was the 1st female to cross the line for the club in 59m:34s (83rd) and closely followed by Helen Weeden in 1hr:00m:46s (87th).

Ashford Parkrun  -Saturday 9th June 2018

Mark Attenborough was the star performer on Saturday at the towns parkrun as he set a new personal best of 19m:36s to take 5th spot overall.

Trevor Kay continued his consistently good form with a 2nd place finish in 17m:36s whilst being chased down by Tomasz Latala in 17m:52s (3rd). Julius Samson was next up finishing in 20 minutes flat (8th) with Rob Barton in 20m:57s (15th).

James Chapman and Don Dewar were up next in 23m:07s (47th) and 23m:16s (48th) respectively. Edward Rodger came home in 23m:47s (56th) with Sandi Mortimer finishing as 1st lady for the club in a new personal best of 24m:12s (62nd).

Filiz Salih followed in 24m:18s (66th), Terry Sellen in 24m:20s (67th), Rob Carpenter 24m:25s (68th), and Andrew Noble in 24m:26s (69th).

Other times were – Mark Boorer 24m:56s (76th), Simon Jackson 25m:11s (81st), Will Whittington 25m:31s (86th), Keith Lynn 25m:40s (88th), Jaclyn Kay 26m:00s (96th), Sophie Edmonds 26m:07s (99th), Mark Carlton 26m:11s (101st), Lisa Jones 27m:38s PB (128th), Lucy Johnstone 27m:48s (132nd), Becky Hodgson 31m:52s (189th), Lesley Moody 32m:07s (193rd), Emma Jenkins 33m:55s (225th) and Julie Foster 43m:27s (270th).

Meanwhile around the country – Elodie Paviot completed the Kingston parkrun in 22m:25s (55th), Paul Moses and Becky Macey ran the Whitstable parkrun in 20m:10s (5th) and 21m:02s PB (12th) respectively, Gill O’Connor finished the Riddlesdown parkrun in 22m:13s (39th), Trevor Sparkes ran the Folkestone parkrun in 25m:02s (83rd) and finally Philip Bridges ran Brundall parkrun in 24m:16s (26th).

By Mark Carlton


Folkestone 10k – Sunday 27th  May 2018

Becky Macey walked away with a personal best and with it a 1st prize in the V35 womens category at a scorching Sunday morning in Folkestone. Macey finished in 44m:18s and 61st overall. Other prize winners included Robert Latala for finishing 2nd overall in a time of 34m:24s just 2 seconds behind the eventual winner, Richard Newsome from South Kent Harriers.

Mark Attenborough and Sandi Mortimer both won their respective V50 categories in times of  41m:06s (27th overall) and 51m:35s (180th).

In a large field of A&D runners other results include Tomasz Latala in 36m:55s (5th), Ryan Edwards 40m:35s (24th), Jonny Wells 42m:06s (35th), Chris Boyce 42m:54s (42nd), Keith Haynes 43m:27s (48th), Robert Barton 44m:13s (59th), Adrian Moody 45m:42s (71st), Elodie Paviot 47m:03s (102nd), Stuart Nunn 48m:16s (122nd), Mark Carlton 48m:30s (128th), Edward Rodger 51m:00s (170th), James Philips 51m:23s (177th), Aaron Homewood 51m:25s (178th), Mark Cleworth 52m:24s (192nd), Mark Boorer 52m:49s (202nd), Filiz Salih 52m:53s (205th),Keith Lynn 56m:15s, Laura Segust 56m:40s (258th), Neil Woodham 56m:58s (263rd), Sue Reader 58m:56s (294th), Sarah Homewood 1hr:01m:27s (335th) and Rachel Jenkins 1hr:05m:08s (396th).

Edinburgh Marathon – Sunday 27th May 2018

Lucy Johnstone travelled to Edinburgh to compete in her 1st marathon. In glorious early summer weather Johnstone completed her debut marathon in 4hrs:44m:23s. Meanwhile, also in Scotland, Verity Dunbar took part in the Mull of Kintyre Half Marathon and achieved a personal best time of 1hr:59m:19s.

East Kent Relays Race 1 Folkestone– Tuesday 22nd May 2018

At the 1st race of the inter club East Kent Relays last Tuesday, A&D provided 54 out of the 252 competitors and 16 teams overall.

There were stand out performances from the Mens A&D senior B team, Vet40 A team, Vet50 A & B teams and the Womens A&D Vet35 B team who all won their respective races.

The Mens Senior A League race was a close affair with South Kent Harriers in 1st position and A&D RRC A team finishing 2nd, pipping Folkestone in 3rd by 9 seconds overall.

Ashford Parkrun  -Saturday 26th May 2018

A&D Mens Captain, Scott Lynch, came home first for the club on Saturday at the towns parkrun in a time of 19m:37s (4th overall), followed by Gill Pragnell in 22m:15s (20th), Elodie Paviot and Robert Barton in 22m:29s (23rd & 24th).

Mark Attenborough was next up for the club in 23m:02s (27th), James Chapman 23m:17s (34th), Claire Green 23m:55s (39th), Edward Rodger 24m:16s (43rd), Terry Sellen 24m:31s (45th), Will Whittington 25m:13s (54th), Chloe Green 25m:46s (68th), Keith Lynn 26m:11s (72nd), John Fidge 26m:16s (74th), Shaun Snowwolf 26m:46s (81st), Shelly Blake 29m:13s (117th), Ann Fidge 30m:02s (137th), Lesley Moody 30m:40s (141st), Rachel Jenkins 31m:45s (159th), Becky Hodgson 35m:21s (194th) and Julie Foster in 42m:44s (225th).

Meanwhile, around the country –

Andrew Noble ran the Kingsbury Water parkrun in 20m:30s (16th), Gill O’Connor and Christine Costiff ran the Riddlesdown parkrun in 22m:47s (30th & 31st) and Trevor Sparkes 24m:38s (36th) ran the Margate parkrun.

Finally Trevor Kay set a new personal best at the Serpentine 5k of 17m:12s.

By Mark Carlton



The Podplus Ashford Summer Series 5 & 10K– Friday 18th May 2018

The Podplus Ashford Summer Series returned to Victoria Park on Friday night for the 1st of 4 events over as many months.

Carl Jones finished 2nd in the 10k event (4 laps of the park) in 35m:16s, just 10 seconds off of the clubs veteran record.

Meanwhile, Dan Green took the honours in the 5k event finishing 1st in 17m:57s. Chris Boyce followed in 18m:41s (4th) with Rob Barton in a personal best of 18m:50s (5th) and Ryan Edwards in 18m:55s (6th).

Paul Moses finished within the top 10 in 19m:13s (8th) with Terry Sellen in 24m:31s (16th) and Shaun Snowwolf-Harris in 25m:23s (19th).

University of Canterbury 10k – Sunday 20th May 2018

Rob Barton completed a busy weekend finishing 11th overall in the University of Canterbury 10k on Sunday in a time of 40m:58s. Adrian Moody finished the course in 44m:44s (24th) and Elodie Paviot recorded a new personal best at this distance finishing in 46m:04s (33rd).

Ashford Parkrun  -Saturday 19th May 2018

Fresh from winning the Stelling Minnis 10k last weekend, Trevor Kay continued his rich vein of form finishing 1st at the towns parkrun on Saturday in a time of 17m:36s and nearly 2 minutes ahead of the field.

Mark Attenborough also recorded a seasons best finishing 6th in 19m:56s. Keith Haynes continued his return to form also crossing the line in 20m:11s (7th) and Julius Samson followed in 20m:16s (8th).

Carl Ireland set a new personal best of 21m:03s (14th). Richard Baker followed in 21m:11s (17th) and Mark Harrison, also achieving a personal best , in a time of 21m:54s (22nd). Stuart Nunn was next up in 22m:28s (28th) with Philip Bridges in 23m:12s (36th) and James Chapman in 23m:22s (39th).

Claire Green was 1st lady home overall in a time of 23m:35s (46th) with Dan Green following in 23m:36s (47th). Terry Sellen crossed the line in 24m:25s (56th), Will Whittington in 24m:38s (60th), John Fidge 25m:42s (77th), Chloe Green set a new personal best of 25m:45s (80th), Jaclyn Kay in 25m:48s (81st) with Keith Lynn also setting a PB in 25m:56s (87th).

Lesley Moody and Becky Hodgson finished in 31m:06s (176th & 177th) with Emma Jenkins in 41m:48s (251st) and Julie Foster in 41m:52s (252nd). Meanwhile, Anthony Brown ran the Folkestone parkrun in 21m:25s (33rd).

By Mark Carlton


The Stelling Minnis 10k – Sunday 13th May 2018
Ashford & District’s Trevor Kay stormed to victory at the Stelling Minnis 10k in a time of 36m:50s finishing 40 seconds ahead of the rest of the field on Sunday. Ryan Edwards dipped under the 40 minute mark in a time of 39m:43s to finish 6th overall whilst Rob Barton crossed the line in 41m:50s in 13th.
Elodie Paviot continued her great run of form with another personal best to add to her collection this year finishing in 46m:56s (43rd). Neil Woodham completed the course in 48m:54s (57th) with Mark Boorer just behind in 50m:48s (74th). Jaclyn Kay was next up in a time of 55m:41s (104th) with Keith Lynn in 56m:05s (107th) and Trevor Sparkes, in his 1st race for the club, finishing in 56m:33s (112th).
Bewl Water Marathon & Half Marathon – Saturday 12th May 2018
Rik Holden took on the undulating Bewl Water Marathon and completed it in a time of 3hrs:53m:40s. Meanwhile Christine Costiff and Gill O’Connor ran the Half Marathon, both finishing in 2hrs:00m:53s.
Alton 10 Miler – Sunday 13th May 2018
Steve Hickman travelled to Hampshire for the Alton 10 mile road race finishing in a time of 1hr:29m:28s.
Ashford Parkrun -Saturday 12th May 2018
It was an A&D 1,2,3 at the towns parkrun on Saturday as Robert Latala won in 17m:23s followed by Tomasz Latala in a personal best of 17m:48s and Dan Green finished 3rd in 18m:53s.
Paul Moses was up next in 20m:06s (7th), Scott Lynch in 20m:12s (8th) and Keith Haynes in 20m:41s (11th). Mark Attenborough crossed the line in 21m:21s (17th), Rob Carpenter in 23m:15s (31st), James Chapman in 24m:03s (49th) and Terry Sellen in 24m:10s (51st).
Claire Green was 1st lady home in 24m:20s (52nd), Filiz Salih followed in 25m:18s (64th), John Fidge in 26m:30s (79th), Keith Lynn 26m:58s (90th), Mark Boorer 26m:59s (91st), Trevor Sparkes 27m:11s (96th), Shelly Blake 31m:58s (165th), Lesley Moody 32m:10s (171st), Becky Hodgson 32m:21s (173rd) and Emma Jenkins in 34m:57s (208th).
Meanwhile, around the country…
Philip Bridges completed the Canterbury parkrun in 26m:19s (41st) and Rachel Jenkins ran the Bedgebury Pinetum parkrun in 59m:08s (159th).
By Mark Carlton

Ashford & District RRC’s annual awards night 11 May 2018

Ashford & District RRC’s annual awards evening took place on Friday night, looking back at and celebrating another successful year for the club.
Awards were handed out for the quickest times achieved across 4 distances, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10 Miles and 10K, as well as across the various age categories.
Robert Latala and Danyel Carter walked away with the quickest senior marathon prize for posting 2hr:32m:12s and 3hrs:38m:45s respectively at the London Marathon in 2017. Dan Green and Frances Hunt picked up the V40 & V35 category for their 3hrs:14m:28s in London and 4hrs:15m:55s in Dublin. Kevan James (3hrs:09m:44s – London) and Helen Weeden (4hrs:26m:49s – Edinburgh) were awarded the Super vets prize.
Jon Pearce (1hr:21m:22s – Lydd Half Marathon) and Rhian Shrimplin (1hr:46m:55 – Tunbridge Wells) took the senior half marathon prize with the V40 & V35 award going to Jon Wells (1hr:23m:48s – Tissington) and Hazel Turner (1hr:45m:15s – Folkestone) and the Super Vets prize went to Mark Attenborough (1hr:32m:34s – Headcorn) and Christine Costiff (1hr:38m:52s – Hastings).
Trevor Kay (1hr:02m:53s) and Elodie Paviot (1hr:20m:15s) were awarded the senior 10 mile prize for their efforts at the Canterbury 10 miler. As were Julius Samson (1hr:04m:13s) and
Jaclyn Kay (1hr:28m:57s) in the V40/V35 category. Paul Moses (1hr:06m:14s – Canterbury) and
Gill O’Connor (1hr:15m:25s – Folkestone) picked up the Super Vets award.
Finally, Dean Bracken (38m:20s Hardelot, France) and Anna-Lisa Stiffell (46m:19s – Ashford Givaudan) picked up the 10k senior award. Carl Jones (36m:14s – A&D 10k) and Sue Reader (57m:25s – Folkestone) were awarded the V40/V35 prize and Adrian Moody (42m:35s – Ashford Givaudan) and Gill Pragnell (48m:35s – Brett Ashford 10k) scooped the Super Vets prize.
Other prizes awarded on the night included the following –
Most improved Marathon – Stuart Nunn
Most improved Male & Female Runner – Jon Wells & Sue Reader
Club Member of the Year – Chris Boyce
Cross Country Leading Male & Female – Jon Pearce & Lucy Johnstone
Club Championships 1st Male & Female – Paul Moses & Christine Costiff
2nd Male & Female – Dan Green & Danyel Carter
3rd Male & Female – Julius Samson & Rhian Shrimplin.
By Mark Carlton


Milton Keynes Half Marathon – Monday 7th May 2018
Christine Costiff and Gill O’Conner travelled to sunny Milton Keynes to complete the MK Half Marathon.
Starting and finishing at the home of MK Dons Football Club, Stadium MK, Christine Costiff came home in 1hr:53m:33s finishing 1st in age category with Gill O’Connor following in 2hrs:00m:29s.
Hildenborough 10 – Monday 7th May 2018
Becky Macey ran the Hildenborough 10 miler on Bank Holiday Monday. Opposed to many other races, the Hildenborough 10 took place in the afternoon so competitors had to battle through the highest temperatures of the day which made conditions difficult, but Macey finished in 1hr:20m:26s finishing 16th overall.
The Island Run & Whitstable 10k – Sunday 6th May 2018 & Monday 7th May 2018
5 A&D runners attended the Island Run 10k in Sheppey. Chris Boyce finished 28th in 41m:44s. Frances Hunt crossed the line in 51m:36s (120th) with Sue Reader next up in 56m:12s (159th), Lisa Jones in 57m:07s (170th) and Rachel Kuske 1hr:15m:43s (276th).
Meanwhile, Stuart Nunn finished the Whitstable 10k in 47m:28s (108th) and Kirsty Farrant in 1hr:06m:06s (538th).
Ashford Park Run – Saturday 5th May 2018
Over 300 runners took part in the towns parkrun on Saturday with A&D providing 36 competitors. In a close race, Robert Latala was pipped to the post by Ashford AC’s Marshall Smith with Latala finishing in 16m:39s (2nd), just 8 seconds behind the winner.
Jon Pearce, Carl Jones and Trevor Kay followed in 17m:01s (3rd and a personal best), 17m:36s (4th and also a personal best) and 17m:49s (5th) respectively.
Personal bests seemed to be the order of the day as Tomasz Latala also achieved his fastest time in 18m:21s (7th) with Dan Green completing his 150th parkrun in 18m:27s (8th). Pauls Moses just finished outside the top ten in 19m:27s (11th), Jon Wells followed in 19m:33s (13th) and Scott Lynch in 19m:38s (16th).
Rob Barton was next up finishing in 20m:14s (20th), Richard Baker in 20m:23s (23rd), Robert Carpenter 20m:37s (26th), Keith Haynes 20m:57s (29th), Dean Bracken 21m:15s (34th) and Becky Macey with a personal best of 21m:16s (35th)
Mark Carlton finished in 22m:36s (48th), Hazel Turner 23m:05s (56th), Stuart Nunn on his 50th parkrun 23m:44s (71st), James Chapman 23m:46s (72nd) and Thomas Head 23m:55s (76th).
Sandi Mortimer also achieved a personal best of 24m:20s (87th), Terry Sellen completed his 175th parkrun in 24m:27s (88th), Mark Cleworth finished in a PB of 24m:29s (89th), Will Whittington 24m:36s (92nd), Trevor Sparkes 24m:57s PB (96th), Mark Boorer 26m:05s (116th), Jaclyn Kay 26m:19s (121st) and Chloe Green in a PB of 26m:35s (130th).
Keith Lynn finished in 26m:49s (139th), Simon Jackson 26m:56s (143rd), Lisa Jones 28m:19s PB (165th), Shaun Snowwolf 29m:59s (190th), Becky Hodgson 32m:21s (218th), Lesley Moody 32m:42s (219th) and Rachel Jenkins in 46m:21s (299th).
Meanwhile around the country – Christine and Nigel Costiff completed the Roundshaw Downs parkrun in 23m:42s (33rd) and 35m:20s (122nd) respectively. Gill O’Connor ran the Riddlesdown parkrun in 23m:23s (35th). Anthony Brown ran the Nobles parkrun on the Isle of Man in 22m:49s (7th), John Fidge took part in the Houghton Hall parkrun and finished in 26m:49s (61st) and finally Andrew Noble came 6th at the Folkestone parkrun in a time of 18m:49s.
By Mark Carlton


Following the death of former Masterchef contestant, Matt Campbell, who tragically collapsed at the 22.5 mile point at the London marathon last weekend and later died in hospital, the running community up and down the country vowed to complete Matt’s marathon in his memory.

The ‘finish for Matt’ campaign has continued to grow this week raising over £300,000 for the charity Matt was running for, the Brathay Trust. Ashford & District club member Filiz Salih, who also ran the London marathon last weekend, organised an event on Saturday morning with nearly 100 runners taking part, completing 3.7 miles around Victoria Park.

Ashford Park Run – Saturday 28th April 2018

It was another busy morning for A&D at parkrun Ashford with near perfect conditions to run in.

Jon Pearce finished 1st in 18m:39s followed by a trio of club mates with Jon Wells, Paul Moses and Richard Baker crossing the line in 19m:38s (4th), 20m:20s (5th) and 20m:28s (6th) respectively.

Chris Boyce was up next in 20m:45s (8th), Rob Barton in 21m:06s (12th) and Mark Attenborough, in his 125th parkrun, finished in 21m:07s (13th).

Rob Carpenter, fresh from his marathon efforts last week in London, finished in 21m:38s (22nd), Carl Ireland was next up in 21m:59s (23rd), James Chapman in 22m:51s (34th), Mark Carlton 22m:55s (36th), Philip Bridges 22m:58s (40th), Stuart Nunn 24m:17s (55th) and Aaron Homewood in 24m:24s (58th).

After a tough London marathon last week, Scott Lynch returned to the shorter distance finishing in 24m:42s (64th), Mark Cleworth followed in 26m:02s (86th), Mark Boorer in 26m:31s (92nd), Chloe Green set a new personal best in 26m:39s (95th), Shaun Snowwolf 26m:44s (98th), John Fidge 27m:00s (104th) and Terry Sellen returned to the shorter stuff in 27m:20s (110th).

Simon Jackson was next up in 27m:44s (121st), Shelly Blake 28m:35s (145th), Ann Fidge 28m:38s (146th), Sue Reader 31m:49s (189th), Rachel Jenkins 34m:21s (213th), Julie Foster 44m:03s (250th) and Emma Jenkins 44m:46s (251st)

Meanwhile around the country, Gill O’Connor completed the Riddlesdown parkrun in 23m:48s (34th), Christine and Nigel Costiff ran the Melton Mowbray parkrun in 22m:47s (19th) and 31m:48s (98th) respectively and Andrew Noble ran the Long Eaton parkrun in 18m:43s (8th).

Christine Costiff also picked up 1st prize for her efforts at the Hastings Half Marathon last month winning the masters national category.

By Mark Carlton


Virgin Money London Marathon – Sunday 22nd April 2018
40,000 runners lined up at Greenwich Park for the hottest London Marathon on record. Temperatures soared to 23c and as expected, took its toll on many competitors.
As at Brighton the week previously, Ashford & District were well represented with Robert Latala 1st home for the club in an impressive 2hrs:35m:52s. Andrew Noble was next up in a great time of 3hrs:08m:43s. Trevor Kay completed his 2nd marathon in the past two months finishing in 3hrs:15m:08s and Scott Lynch crossed the line in 3hrs:32m:50s. Daniel Green followed in 3hrs:35m:44s with Christine Costiff and Gill O’Connor, who ran with a broken collarbone, finished in 4hrs:05m:07s and 4hrs:12m:11s respectively.
Robert Carpenter fought the heat to finish in 4hrs:41m:24s, Filiz Salih and Ingvild Drake, competing in their 1st marathons, finished in 4hrs:48m:57s and 4hrs:50m:49s respectively. Rhian Shrimplin bravely battled her way to the finish line despite picking up an injury early on in proceedings to finish in 5hrs:21m:07s with Terry Sellen just behind in 5hrs:21m:49s.
Those not so lucky to get a place in the London Marathon were not short of race options on Sunday as Rik Holden completed the aptly titled Rejects Marathon. Holden finished the hilly, off-road marathon at Samphire Hoe near Dover in 3hrs:54m:17s.
ABP Southampton Half Marathon – Sunday 22nd April 2018
Elodie Paviot travelled to the south-coast for the ABP Southampton Half Marathon and came home with a new personal best for the distance of 1hr:45m:12s.
Bridge 5k – Sunday 22nd April 2018
Rob Barton came home 1st for the club in the Bridge 5k. Barton completed the multi-terrain course near Canterbury in 21m:59s (14th). Stuart Nunn followed in 24m:05s (29th) with Aaron Homewood just over a minute behind in 25m:06s (46th). Helen Weeden finished in 29m:32s (88th), Sarah Homewood in 31m:14s (112th) and Lesley Moody in 33m:45s (146th).
Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 21st April 2018
On a warm Saturday morning at Victoria Park, Paul Moses lead A&D home finishing 9th overall in 19m:30s with Chris Boyce following in 20m:06s (13th) and Richard Baker 20m:15s (14th). Mark Attenborough was next in 20m:46s (17th) and Becky Macey in 21m:36s (24th) with Stuart Nunn and Carl Ireland in 22m:40s (32nd) and 22m:43s (33rd) respectively.
James Chapman and Philip Bridges were next up in 23m:18s (38th) and 23m:21s (39th) respectively, Mark Carlton in 23m:41s (44th), Mark Boorer 25m:34s (72nd), John Fidge 26m:23s (86th), Keith Lynn 26m:56s (95th), Chloe Green 27m:52s (114th), Claire Green 27m:57s (116th), Lisa Jones in a PB of 28m:43s (135th), Ann Fidge 29m:26s (146th), Shelly Blake 35m:42s (231st), Emma Jenkins on 100th parkrun, 36m:49s (243rd), Julie Foster on her return from injury, 44m:12s (265th) and Becky Hodgson in 47m:58s (273rd).
Meanwhile Jon Pearce came 2nd in the Folkestone Parkrun in 17m:59s.
By Mark Carlton


Brighton Marathon – Sunday 15th April 2018

Almost 20,000 competitors lined up to take part in the 2018 Brighton Marathon with Ashford & District RRC providing a large contingent of runners. Some participants were completing their 1st marathon, such as Jon Pearce, who came home 1st for the club in 3hrs:14m:07s.

Richard Baker was next up on his return to Brighton in a time of 3hrs:32m:33s. Rik Holden completed his 2nd marathon in a week finishing in 3hrs:37m:12s followed by Keith Haynes in his return to competitive running in 3hrs:38m:12s.

Anna-Lisa Stiffell was A&D’s 1st women home in 3hrs:58m:45s followed by Sandi Mortimer, who had battled injury during her training to finish in 4hrs:00m:43s. Hazel Turner completed a trio of female finishers on her debut at this distance, crossing the line shortly after in 4hrs:01m:33s.

Rob Barton, also competing in his 1st marathon, finished in 4hrs:01m:58s with Ricky Hickman next up in a personal best of 4hrs:13m:01s. Claire Green returned to Brighton this year and finished in 4hrs:24m:03s. Robin Butler suffered a nasty knee injury at the 17 mile mark but managed to jog to the finish and collect his medal in 4hrs:27m:53s.

Aaron Homewood set a personal best time of 4hrs:30m:02s despite struggling in the latter stages. Gill Pragnell, also struggled with knee problems but managed to finish in 4hrs:34m:08s. Sarah Homewood, on her debut at this distance and Steve Hickman, competing in his 147th marathon, made sure that all A&D runners were under the 5 hour mark finishing together in 4hrs:50m.

Invicta East Kent Open Meeting – Thursday 12th April 2018

Chris Boyce and Ryan Edwards took part in the Invicta East Kent Open Meeting running in the 5000m. Boyce finished 6th overall in 19m:25s and Edwards finished in 9th in 19m:37s.Ashford Park Run – Saturday 14th April 2018

Trevor Kay took the honours at this weeks parkrun finishing in 17m:50s with club mate Dan Green close behind in 18m:25s finishing 3rd. Jon Wells was next up in 18m:51s (5th) with Paul Moses in 19m:21s (7th).

Chris Boyce just finished out of the top ten in 20m:28s (11th) with Scott Lynch in 20m:36s (12th) and Mark Attenborough in 20m:58s (16th). Becky Macey was 1st women home for the club in a new personal best of 21m:23s (18th) with Elodie Paviot, fresh from a great performance at the Paris marathon finishing in 22m:39s (32nd).

James Chapman was next up in 22m:58s (35th), Mark Carlton in 23m:20s (41st), Will Whittington 25m:25s (65th) and Mark Harrison 25m:27s (66th).

Keith Lynn finished in a personal best of 26m:12s (78th) in his 50th parkrun, Mark Boorer in 26m:13s (79th), Jaclyn Kay 27m:16s (103rd), Chloe Green 27m:55s (118th), Sue Reader 28m:46s (138th), Ann & John Fidge 28m:58s (141st) and 28m:59s (142nd), Becky Hodgson 30n:41s (161st) and Emma Jenkins 36m:42s (235th).

Elsewhere around the country, Andrew Noble ran the Dulwich parkrun in 18m:20s (23rd), Terry Sellen completed the Tilgate parkrun before he embarks on the London marathon next week in 25m:09s (126th) and Anthony Brown finished the Folkestone parkrun in 21m:55s (32nd).

By Mark Carlton