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Ashford & District RRC Race Report – 18th February 2019

Headcorn Half Marathon – Sunday 17th February 2019

Sunday saw 16 A&D runners take on the 3rd Headcorn Half Marathon. Andrew Noble was 13th overall and 2nd in his age category, with a time of 1:24:24. Scotty Lynch (1:27:33) was 5th in his age category, with team mate Paul Ridley (1:27:52) close behind; the pair finished in 18th and 19th place, respectively. Rob Barton (1:31:59) finished in a PB time, followed by Chris Boyce (1:33:45), Robin Butler (1:36:32) and Adrian Beresford (1:40:55). John Beale (1:43:13), Neil Woodham (1:45:00), James Phillips (1:45:01), Sandi Mortimer (1:48:02) and Filiz Salih (1:49:31) all achieved PB times.  Aaron Homewood was next home for the club in 1:51:21, followed by Keith Lynn (2:02:32), Ailis Goddard (2:06:30) and Sue Reader (2:16:34).

Victoria Park 10 Mile – Sunday 17th February 2019

Four A&D runners travelled to East London for the Victoria Park 10 Mile race on Sunday. Trevor Kay was 5th overall in 59:09. Anthony Brown crossed the finish line in 1:17:53, followed by Jaclyn Kay (1:28:14) and Rhian Shrimplin (1:41:20).

Dymchurch 10K – Sunday 17th February 2019

A&D claimed the Team Award at Sunday’s Dymchurch 10K. Shaun Snowwolf-Harris and Laura Segust were first home for the club in 51:14, a PB time for Segust. Lisa Jones also achieved a PB of 55:22, followed by Lucy Johnstone in 58:42.

Tenterden 5 Mile – Sunday 17th February 2019

Christine Costiff completed the course in 35:52, making her 1st in her age category and 5th lady home. The undulating course took runners along the Weald’s country lanes.

Jersey Parkrun- Saturday 16th February 2019

Carl Ireland started the weekend with a new PB of 21:05, making him 1st in his VM55 age category and 23rd overall. The course consisted of two laps of tarmac path, followed by an out-and-back section of gravelly trail featuring a hairpin turn.

Lullingstone Parkrun- Saturday 16th February 2019

Three A&D runners took on the notoriously tough 5K around Lullingstone Country Park on Saturday. Will Whittington completed the course in 29:03, followed by Trevor Sparkes (29:58) and Emma Jenkins (41:34).

Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 16th February 2019

Club members took to Ashford’s Victoria Park on Saturday morning for the weekly 5K. Chris Boyce was 5th overall with a time of 19:07. Scotty Lynch (22:20) was next home for the club, followed by Ian Grundy (23:08), Terry Sellen (23:10), Don Dewar (24:17) and Shaun Snowwolf-Harris (24:50). Lisa Jones achieved a PB time of 25:06, followed by Shelley Hathaway-Batt (28:23), Rachel Jenkins (31:00), Becky Hodgson (34:22), Julie Foster (40:20) and Rod Kessack (55:37).

SVN Martello Marathon – Friday 15th February 2019

Two A&D members completed the coastal marathon between Folkestone and Hythe on Saturday. Rik Holden finished in 3:38:40, whilst Steve Hickman crossed the finish line in 4:24:35.

ADRRC’s Successful End to Cross Country Season 11-Feb-2019

The Kent County Athletics Association Cross Country season came to a conclusion on Saturday. It has proved to be a successful campaign with cross country captain Adrian Moody managing strong turnouts at all events giving solid direction and coaching in the clubs second year back competing in this prestigious league.
At Norman Park, Bromley, the ladies were led home by Becks Macey in 7th place (23:32) with a 7th overall in the league and 4th in the woman’s masters, a very impressive first season in cross country.
Chris Costiff was 32nd on the day (26;24) with sister Gill O’Connor 44th (27:23). The result ensured the light blue of ADRRC was the dominant colour on the podium with Chris and Gill 1st and 3rd in the woman’s masters 55 league for the season.
A strong team performance on the day with contributions from Sandi Mortimer 60th (28:52), Jaclyn Kay 75th (30:50), and Lucy Johnstone 82nd (33:28) gave the club 5th in the 3 to score completion and 4th in the 6 to score.
This placed the ADRRC ladies team in 7th place in the 3 to score league and 4th in the 6 to score.
The men’s team were very well represented with 17 runners competing on the day. A well timed return to the team saw Robert Latala finish 18th (35:52). Jon Pearce with a trademark determined run delivered 40th place (38:38). Dan Green was close behind in 49th (39:47). Trevor Kay finished in 62nd place (40:37) and Jonny Wells, fighting back from sickness 65th (41:00), gave Trevor and Jonny 8th and 9th places in the league. Andrew Noble continues his excellent form in 68th (41:12), snapping at his heels was club captain Scotty Lynch in 70th (41:23). Adrian Moody, getting quicker with every race, finished 88th (42:28). Consistent running from Scotty and Adrian was rewarded with 8th and 9th places respectively in the Masters 50 league.
Paul Ridley 98th (43:19), Mark Attenborough 102nd (43:47), Keith Haynes 104th (44:08), and Mark Harrison 102nd (43:47) gave ADRRC 4th place on the day in the 12 to score competition.
Club runners Richard Baker 124th (45:50), Carl Ireland 126th (45:57), Robin Butler 130th (47:02) after a nasty fall during the race, Neil Woodham 134th (48:03) in his first race and Adrian Beresford 135th (48:18), gave strength in depth all contributing to the result on the day and protected the league position.
In the clubs second season back in the league ADRRC finished 4th in the 4 to score competition and 3rd in the 12 to score.
On Sunday at the ADRRC 10K Robert Barton finished in 20th with a time of 40:58, Terry Sellen was 128th in 49:57 and Shaun Snowwolf-Harris 163rd with 52:31.
By Paul Moses

Ashford and District Road Running Club’s big weekend. 28-Jan-2019

A&D runners took to capital over the weekend.
Trevor Kay kicked off the weekend at the Hyde Park 5k on Friday night was rewarded with a personal best of 16:59 and a 14th place finish.
The South East Counties Athletics Association cross country championships were held at the iconic Parliament Hill Fields course in the capital on Saturday and A&D were represented by a team of seven runners. The A&D runners battled though the challenging conditions against the top teams in the south of England to finish a very creditable 66th place overall. Jon Pearce in 443rd with a time of 58:59 over the 15k course was the first club runner home. He’s was followed by Andrew Noble (640th) 1:02:22, Paul Moses (678th) 1:03:09, club cross country captain Adrian Moody with a strong run finished 687th in 1:03:16, Scott Lynch (754th) 1:04:29, Paul Ridley (790th) 1:05:09, and Adrian Beresford (1056th) 1:13:45.
The ever popular Canterbury 10 mile race saw the club out in force. Dan Green leading the A&D runners home to finish in 38th place with a time of 1:04:13 followed by Jon Wells showing superb form finishing in 46th place with 1:05:11. Scott Lynch followed up his cross country run on Saturday with a splendidly paced 1:08:47 to finish in 101st place and top 10 in his age category. Keith Haynes continuing his spell of strong running finished 108th with a time of 1:09:11. Another fine run from Becks Macey gave her a second place in her category with a personal best of over 4 minutes with 1:09:35. Paul Ridley also following on from the cross country championships finished in 126th place with 1:10:06. Mark Attenborough was close behind in 144th and a time of 1:11:08. Chris Costiff dominated her category with a very strong first place and time of 1:14:40. Adrian Beresford continues his recovery from injury and doubled up the cross country championship race with 283rd place and 1:17:28. Aaron Homewood finished in 491st place with 1:24:09. A solid run from Shaun Snowwolf Harris placed him 510th in 1:24:27. Stu Nunn was 588th running a time of 1:28:38, followed by Keith Lynn in 691st place with a very pleasing personal best time of 1:30:45. Alison Water (867th) ran a 1:35:49, Filiz Sarah (994th) 1:40:45, Sue Reader (1022nd) 1:41:45, Tyree Spicer (1043rd) 1:42:44, Lucy Johnstone (1132nd) 1:46:20, and Sarah Taylor (1157th) 1:47:27 all ran excellent races and ensured a great representation of A&D.
Rob Barton and Richard Baker traveled to the 2012 Olympic mountain bike course to take part in the Hadleigh Legacy 2012 10k. On a tough course Barton finished in 29th with 48:47 and Baker 72nd with 52:54.
Becky Hodgson continues her road or in this case off-road to recovery by competing in the Phoenix Running pick ‘n’ mix movie run half marathon.
By Paul Moses

Winter Tanners 20 – Sunday 20th January 2019

A&D runners were undeterred by biting cold this week, with club members competing in events across the county and beyond.

Winter Tanners 20 – Sunday 20th January 2019

On Sunday Christine Costiff faced 20 miles of hills and mud in the 41st Winter Tanner in Surrey. The off-road course was self-guided, with runners following directions between two checkpoints. Costiff crossed the finish line in 4:00:05.

Stowe Winter Trail #1 – Sunday 20th January 2019

Shaun Snowwolf-Harris travelled to Buckingham for the 12K race within the picturesque Stowe Gardens. Snowwolf-Harris completed the course in 1:08:12.

SVN Ranscombe Winter Challenge – Saturday 19th January 2019

Two club members took part in the SVN challenge event around Ranscombe Farm Nature Reserve (near Rochester) on Saturday. The hilly course was made all the more challenging by bitterly cold conditions on the day. Helen Weeden completed 13.1 miles, whilst Eddie Rodger (5:05:04) covered 26.2 miles.

Riddlesdown Parkrun – Saturday 19th January 2019

Gill O’Connor (23:30) and Christine Costiff (23:31) were 5th and 6th ladies across the finish line of the Riddlesdown Parkrun on Saturday. The pair claimed 31st and 32nd place, respectively.

Margate Parkrun- Saturday 19th January 2019

Will Whittington (24:17), Trevor Sparkes (26:38) and Emma Jenkins (35:09) faced icy winds on the Kent coast on Saturday for Margate’s Parkrun.

Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 19th January 2019

Twenty-four A&D members turned out for Ashford’s Parkrun on Saturday. Dan Green was 2nd overall and 1st Vet, with a time of 18:17. Jon Wells was 6th overall in 18:46, closely followed by Tomasz Latala (19:05) in 8th place. Paul Moses (20:30) and Keith Haynes (20:32) finished in 13th and 14th place, respectively. Mark Attenborough (21:08) and Darren Fagg (22:22) were next home for the club, followed by Ricky Hickman (22:54), Dean Bracken (23:10), Stu Nunn (23:47), Sandi Mortimer (23:53) and Terry Sellen (24:42). Keith Lynn (25:15), Mark Cleworth (25:17), Rod Kessack (25:41), John Fidge (25:45) all crossed the finish line in quick succession, followed by Ann Fidge (29:23), Lucy Johnstone (29:37) and Rachel Jenkins (30:48). Lesley Moody completed the course in 32:31, Susan Sutton in 33:20, Becky Hodgson in 34:46 and Debbie Payne in 38:46.

By Verity Dunbar


West Wight XC -Sunday 13th January 2019

West Wight XC -Sunday 13th January 2019

Steve Hickman completed the 5-mile cross-country race at the Isle of Wight’s Freshwater Bay on Sunday. Hickman finished the course, including a slight diversion, in 48:27.


Ashford Parkrun – Saturday 12th January 2019

Twenty-four A&D runners took on the weekly 5K around Victoria Park. Trevor Kay claimed 2nd place with a time of 17:45, followed by Paul Ridley in 9th place with a time of 19:52. Jon Wells (19:54) was 11thoverall, closely followed by Paul Moses in 20:00 and Becks Macey in 20:01 (making her 1st female). Keith Haynes (20:17), Mark Attenborough (20:58), Scotty Lynch (21:23), Richard Baker (22:00), Adrian Beresford (22:33) and Dean Bracken (22:58) were next over the finish line. Shaun Snowwolf-Harris completed the course in 24:21, followed by Sandi Mortimer (24:41), Keith Lynn (25:03) and Mark Cleworth (26:27). Trevor Sparkes finished in 32:10, followed by Emma Jenkins (32:12), Lesley Moody (32:15), Lisa Jones (33:30), Shelly Blake (33:43) and Becky Hodgson (35:16). Heather Tutt was next in 39:15, followed by Julie Foster (44:00) and Rod Kessack (49:07).

Hull Parkrun – Saturday 12th January 2019

Marking his 202nd Parkrun, Terry Sellen completed the 5K course around Hull’s East Park. Sellen’s time of 23:38 placed him 5th in the VM55-59 age category.




Houghton Hall Parkrun – Saturday 12th January 2019

Two club members travelled to Bedfordshire for the Houghton Hall Parkrun on Saturday. John Fidge completed the woodland course 26:14; Ann Fidge was 1st in the VW65 category with a time of 30:34.





By Verity Dunbar

Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon – Sunday 23rd December 2018

Steve Hickman completed the Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon in 4:32:51. The course took runners around Portsmouth’s Langstone Harbour and featured a variety of terrains.






Christmas Pudding Dash – Saturday 22nd December 2018

Dressed in suitably festive attire, two club members enjoyed the 13th Christmas Pudding Dash on Saturday. The muddy five-mile course covered hills around the East Sussex village of Pett. Christine Costiff was 1st in her age category with a time of 40:05; Gill O’Connor was 2nd in the category, with a time of 40:20.

Ashford Parkrun -Saturday 22nd December 2018

Many A&D runners turned out for Saturday’s Parkrun, a particular accomplishment for those who enjoyed the club’s Christmas night out the previous evening. Jon Wells was first home for the club in 18:18, making him 4thoverall. Andrew Noble (19:10) was 5th overall, followed by Paul Moses (20:06), Keith Haynes (20:15) and Mark Attenborough (21:15). Rob Carpenter (23:04) and Darren Fagg (23.05) then crossed the finish line in quick succession. Don Dewar was next in 25:20, followed by Chloe Green (25:48) and Shaun Snowwolf-Harris (27:10). Rod Kessack and Marina Danckwardt both completed the course in 27:23, followed by Lucy Johnstone (30:21), Sarah Taylor (34:10), Becky Hodgson (35:57), Emma Jenkins (38:20) and Sukai N’Dure (38:22).

By Verity Dunbar

A&D excel at cross country 10 Nov. 2018

A tremendous turnout of ten ladies competed in the Kent Counties Athletic Association cross country at Welling on Saturday. Becky Macey, enjoying her first season, finished in 15th place in 18:28. Consistent and impressive running sees Becky 10th in the league. Elodie Paviot was next home in 54th with 20:26. Christine Costiff was 1st in her category on the day (21:25) and is 1st in the W55 table. Rhian Shrimplin had a strong run to finish 79th with 21:47. Gill Pragnell was 85th (22:02). Gill O’Connor came in 2nd place in the W55 category with a time of 22:15. Claire Green 106th (23:03), Sandi Mortimer 123rd (23:55), Lucy Johnstone 139th (25:48), Lisa Jones 152nd (27:20) and Sue Reader 153rd (27:35), all contributed to A&D being placed 10th overall in the 3 to score league and 6th overall in the 6 to score.

In the masters competition Mike Davies continued his impeccable form with another first place with a time of 20:08.

There were a number of events held to commemorate Armistice Day and A&D runners were out in force.

The Poppy Half Marathon was held at Bexhill with Ricky Hickman first club runner home 113th place in a time of 1:45:57, followed by Steve Hickman in 185th with a satisfying 1:55:31. Other runners included; Will Whittington 211th (1:58:05), Keith Lynn 245th (2:01:35), Filliz Salah 365th (2:17:50) and Mark Boorer 366th (2:17:50).

Becky Hodgson ran both the Battle of Britain Challenge and Armistice Challenge Run completing two half marathons in two days over demanding courses in testing conditions.

The Battle of Britain Challenge also saw endurance specialists Mark Attenborough and Rik Holden covering 33 miles in 6 hours and 28 miles in 4 hours 21 minutes respectively on a hilly course based around Samphire Hoe on a wet and windy Saturday.

Ashford Park Run saw the 8th fastest time in country on Saturday club members Trevor Kay 3rd (17:41), Carl Jones 5th, Jon Wells 6th with a personal best time of 18:17, and Dan Green in 7th, gave A&D a strong presence in the top 10.

By Paul Moses


Isle of Wight Marathon – October 14 2018

Sunday saw a significant milestone for club president Steve Hickman. A return to home turf running the Isle of Wight Marathon saw Steve completing his 150th marathon in a time of 4:30:08. Steve was supported by friends from Ashford and District Road Running Club and Isle of Wight Road Runners.

Club members competing alongside Steve were, Aaron Homewood 4:21:11, Ed Rodger 4:41:34, Sarah Homewood 4:48:32, Helen Weeden 4:53:04 and Lucy Johnstone 5:01:27.

 Kent Cross Country League Fixture 1 – October 13 2018

 The start of the Kent County Athletics Association Cross Country League took Ashford and District runners to Beech Grove Academy, Nonnington.

Michael Davies inspired the team with first place in the Masters race with a time of 23:29.

The lady’s team was led home by Becks Macey in 23rd place completing the course in 22:06, followed by Rhian Shrimplin 24:24 , Christine Costiff 25:12, Gill O’Connor 26:10, Claire Green 27:04, Jaclyn Kay 28:12 and Lucy Johnstone 31:53 . In the senior women’s team league, Ashford now stand in 11th place and 8th in the ‘6’ to score league.

The first man home was Jon Pearce in 49th place with a time of 39:58, closely followed home by Trevor Kay, 40:22 in 53rd place and Tomasz Latala, 40:47 celebrating his birthday with a strong run to finish 61st place. Dan Green 41:25, completed the scoring in the senior men’s league placing Ashford and District in a respectable 7th place. Solid runs from Jon Wells, Andrew Noble, Julius Samson, Scott Lynch, Paul Moses, Paul Ridley, Rob Barton and Richard Baker gained points in the ‘12’ to score league giving Ashford and District 3rd place. On a difficult course club members, Adrian Moody, Mark Attenborough, Mark Harrison, Anthony Brown, Carl Ireland, Trevor Sparks and Adrian Beresford ensured the light blues had an impressive team presence and good foundation to build on for the rest of the season.

 In other events…

Ingvild Drake ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon in 1:50:24.

Paul Moses competed in the Chilham Sprint Duathlon in 01:30:56 and finished 6th overall and first in the V55 age category.

By Paul Moses

Ashford & District turn out in force for Givaudan 10K Sunday 7th October 2018:

Ashford AC Givaudan 10K – Sunday 7th October 2018:

Sunday saw 53 club members turn out for the 32nd Givaudan 10K on home turf, with 18 finishing in personal best times. The undulating course covered the town centre and made for an enjoyable race.

Trevor Kay was first man home for the club, finishing 8th overall with a PB of 0:35:29. Daniel Green was 19th overall in 0:36:35, followed by Ryan Edwards (36th overall) with a PB time of 0:38:50. Scotty Lynch was next in for the club and 43rd overall with a time of 0:39:27, making him 4th in the V50 category. Paul Ridley achieved a PB of 0:39:31, followed by Paul Moses (0:39:43), Julius Samson (0:39:57), Rob Barton (0:40:28), Keith Haynes (0:40:45), Mark Attenborough (0:42:15) and Carl Ireland with a PB time of 0:43:36. Mark Carlton was next over the line in 0:45:21, followed by Jon Pearce (0:45:30), Ricky Hickman with a PB of 0:45:34, Neil Woodham (0:46:28) and Don Dewar (0:46:33). David Chappell achieved a PB of 0:47:18, with Terry Sellen (0:48:31) and Aaron Homewood (0:48:34) close behind. Mark Cleworth then crossed the line with a PB of 0:52:24, followed by Shaun Snowwolf-Harris in another PB of 0:52:43, Steve Hickman (0:52:52), Keith Lynn with a PB of 0:53:21, John Fidge (0:54:02), Mark Boorer (0:57:38) and Trevor Sparkes (1:04:03).

Becky Macey was the first lady home for the club and 6th lady overall, with a devilish PB time of 0:42:35 in bib no. 666! Elodie Paviot was next with a PB of 0:44:38, followed by Christine Costiff in 0:46:44. Filiz Salih finished the course in another PB time (0:48:34), followed by Aurelie Morris (0:49:08), Tracey Calnan (0:49:20) and Hazel Turner (0:49:22). The club’s ladies continued on strong form as Sandi Mortimer (0:49:39), Sophie Edmonds (0:49:44), Jaclyn Kay (0:52:04), Heather Johnston (0:52:52) and Sarah Homewood (0:56:20) then all crossed the line in PB times. Lucy Johnstone finished in 0:57:27, followed by Ann Fidge (1:00:25), Sarah Taylor (1:03:33), Lesley Moody (1:04:27), Emma Jenkins with a PB of 1:12:11 and Debbie Payne (1:12:52).

Tonbridge Half Marathon and Cardiff Half Marathon- Sunday 7th October 2018

James Phillips achieved a PB time in the 8th Tonbridge Half Marathon on Sunday, crossing the finish line in 1:46:08 and shaving almost 10 minutes off his previous record. Further west, Rachel Jenkins completed the Cardiff Half Marathon in PB time of 2:20:55.

Sittingbourne 10 Mile Road Race- Sunday 7th October 2018

Anthony Brown completed the course in 1:16:56, whilst Rhian Shrimplin achieved a PB time of 1:17:21. The pair finished in 36th and 37th place respectively.

Titsey Trail 10K- Sunday 7th October 2018

Gill O’Connor came 2nd in her age category in the undulating, off-road race in Surrey, with a time of 0:50:40.

Saturday 6th October 2018: Ashford Parkrun

Shaun Snowwolf-Harris completed Saturday’s Parkrun in 0:27:29.

Wednesday 3rd October 2018: SVN Tolkien Challenge

Two club runners covered marathon distance in the SVN Tolkien Run, by the White Cliffs of Dover. Hazel Turner completed the 26.2 miles in 4:09:30, going on to finish during her 7th lap at 4:12:29. Becky Hodgson completed 26.2 miles in 6:24:28.

By Verity Dunbar