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The hottest day of the year so far saw a large contingent of Ashford and District runners head to the seaside for the Saxon Shore Half Marathon. The course was unforgiving, undulating, extremely dry, offered no shade and gave a cruel uphill finish.

Trevor Kay was the first A&D runner home with an remarkable personal best time of 1:21:49 and second place on the day. An amazing run in the conditions.

Paul Ridley continuing with his good form ran an impressive 1:25:17, finishing in 6th place.

Just outside the top 10 in 12th place and 1st V50 was Scott Lynch with strong and consistent running posted a time of 1:27:27. In 16th and 3rd V50 with 1:29:49 was Paul Moses. A solid run, as ever, saw Adrian Moody finish in 1:48:29 placing him in 97th place and 10th V50.

Hugh Scarlin continues to impress, putting a marker down with a time of 1:53:51, finishing in 131st. A reward for the hard work at the Tuesday night training sessions and the solid mileage he has been running. Not far behind Hugh was Matt Hardwick with a time of 1:56:48 and 144th place.

It was Stu Nunn’s 6th consecutive weekend of competition a determined run saw Stu finish in a time of 1:58:05 and 154th place.

Aaron Homewood made a welcome return to club colours topping up his tan with a time of 2:21:42 and 248th place.

The 4th placed lady and 3rd in her age category was distance specialist Linda-Jean Delport with a time of 1:43:28. Another top quality run from Chris Costiff placed her 9th overall and 2nd in her age category in 1:46:09.

Carrying on with her recuperation from injury, Lesley Taylor completed the course in 1:55:24, good for 20th place and impressive 3rd in age category.

Commenting on the challenge the course offered in 22nd place was Emma Hanna with a time of 1:56:54, giving Emma 9th in her age group.

Massa Cooper was running her first event for quite a while. Lack of racing did not stop Massa from finishing in a creditable 74th place with a time of 2:12:13. Lucy Johnstone’s regular trail mileage faired her well for a time of 2:25:32 and 125th place.

In conditions better suited for sitting on the beach eating ice-cream Sarah Homewood stuck to the task in hand and finished in 166th place with a time of 2:31:42. Lesley Moody was not to far behind with a time of 2:38:17 and 193rd place. Sarah Taylor keeps building on the hard work at the club training nights and finished in 231st with a time of 2:46:36.

A straightforward marathon was not enough for Rik Holden. To add to the heat the Punk Run Trail marathon also offered brambles to battle through, crouching under obstacles and low trees. This makes the time of 3:55:38 even more impressive.

Gil O’Connor took part in the Downey Lakes 10K and her time of 50:51 was good for 2nd in her age category.

Becky Hodgson competed in the Runbelievable Gothic Challenge half marathon over a mix of undulating bike paths and trails completing the event in 3:39:39.


Once again A&D RRC have been donning their blues and hitting the roads in a plethora of races in and around Kent.

In the first instance we are jumping into our time machine and revisiting the not so distant past of 23/05/2021.   Not deterred by rain, mud or mountainous undulations, Adrian Beresford, Adrian. Moody and Jill Croftin-Martin took on the trail Tough Runner event at Eridge Park.  Bravely tackling the mud fest half marathon distance, the two Adrian’s gritted down with Moody crossing the line in 1.59.49 and Beresford joining him minutes later in 2.03.24.   Jill Crofton-Martin zoomed round the equally tough 10km distance and impressed with a time of 1.00.27, which also awarded her a first in category finish.

Sticking with the undulatory theme of the day, another determined bunch ran the rollercoaster route that was the Rye 10 miler.  Storming round in an impressive 1.11.08, first home for the club was Keith Haynes.  Next to finish and bringing it home for the ladies and claiming first in age, was Christine Costiff in 1.16.07.  Hugh Scarlin was next in 1.18.02, knocking 6 mins off his previous PB, closely followed by  Linda Delport in 1.18.23.   Sophie Edmonds, who also grabbed a first in age, cruised across the line in 1.23.46.  Keeping the flow of blue shirts coming, there were more strong finishes from Mark Carlton (1.24.42), Stuart Nunn (1.25.34), Simon Jackson (1.29.40), Sarah Homewood (1.42.06), Rachel Jenkins (1.44.15) and Lesley Moody (1.50.27).

Kicking off June with a midweek trail run and bringing with them the promise of better weather, Bedgebury Summer Series 10k saw Christine Costiff once again impressing with a first in age finish in a time of 46.25.  Hugh Scarlin was close behind in 50.48.  Keith Lynn and Sarah Taylor followed in 56.43 and 1.10.01 respectively.  Gill O’Connor sped round the 5k route in 25.01and claimed  2nd lady finisher overall and first in age.

Weekend sunshine on Sunday 6th June bought with it more A&D hot ‘n hilly running action.

First off and completing his 6th marathon since April was our very own marathon running legend, Rik Holden.   Storming round the SVN D Day Marathon route at Betteshanger, Rik finished the 26.2 miles in an impressive 3.47.22 and was the first finisher overall for the distance.

Setting his sights on a challenging trail run, Stephen Hickman ran the hot and hilly High Elms 10k in a fantastic 1.03.32.

Rounding up the scorcher of a weekend, there was a flurry of A&D entrants at the local Tenterden 10k.  The father and 2 son trio were the first 3 members home, with all three claiming a top 10 finish.  Jack Hodges finished 7th in his first ever race in 43.57, with his brother, Kieran Hodges also debuting, close behind in 9th place (45.39).  Steve Hodges came in 10th and first in age, completing the family round up in 46.09.  Next across the line  was A&D men’s captain, Adrian Beresford, who nabbed 11th place in 46.43.  Weekly racing regular, Stu Nunn finished in a determined 50.40, with James Philips (51.04) hot on his heels.  Simon Jackson followed in 53.38 and was swiftly chased down by Sue Reader, who led the ladies home in 56.30.  Peter Buckley (59.32), Lucy Johnstone (1.07.54), Trevor Sparkes (1.13.07) and Emma Jenkins (1.22.08) all finished strong and completed the impressive A&D line up for the day.

All this hot and sweaty running action has definitely produced some amazing results.

Well done to an awesome team!


Following the recent period of unpredictable weather last weekend brought warm and breezy weather to the Kent coast just in time for the 10th anniversary of the Folkestone Coastal 10k. And when the sun shone, so did Ashford & District’s finest! The fast, flat course made for excellent times heading away from Folkestone but upon turning to make their way back runners were met by a challenging zephyr.

Fastest over the distance was club whippet Aiden Gorham in a blistering time of 35:55 who wasn’t to see another member until the marathoner duo of Paul Ridley and James Booth finished only 18 seconds apart in their respective times of 38:40 and 38:58. Paul Moses ran at his usual impressive pace and clocked 40:08 with Daniel Head hot on his trail, fighting through the wind in 41:57. Richard Boakes ran a solid 42:27 and was followed in by Keith Haynes whose 42:40 left him in 93rd place overall. Next home and feeling the heat was men’s captain Adrian Beresford in 45:09. Enjoying the tailwind on his way to the 5k point Adam Clegg finished in 46:44 with Stuart Nunn continuing his journey back to form with 48:33. Competing well despite the summer temperature was Matt Hardwick who ran 48:56, shortly followed over the crowded finish line by Emma Hanna whose time of 50:03 made her first female for the club. A mere 20 seconds later Ailis Goddard crossed the line after 50 minutes and 23 seconds of quality running. Sophie Edmonds produced another consistent performance with her time of 51:36 before Trevor Sparkes annihilated his previous best by 24 seconds to set a new official PB of 56:25. Peter Buckley and Sophie Cooper arrived just ten seconds apart in 57:35 and 57:45 respectively and Lesley Moody clocked 1:00:58 on the out-and-back course. Sandra Gooding completed her 10k in 1:03:55 with Sarah Taylor rounding the club’s entries off with a solid 1:04:38.

On the same day the Fidges competed in the Isle Of Wight Running Festival Duver Dash, finishing the fun run-style undulating 5k route in their incredibly exact times of 29:00 for John and 31:00 for Ann. Earlier in the week Cris Francis and Alison Waters tackled Race 2 of the floodlit 5k series at Gravesend with Alison finishing in 22:17 and Cris snapping at her heels in a crisp 22:27.




Another week brought with it another A&D racing line up, this time at the Betteshanger 5 and 10miler, a new race to this year’s racing calendar.
The 10miler saw the hardy trio of Trevor Kay, Keith Haynes and Stu Nunn take on the 5 lap course. Despite the measured distance coming up over, the team still posted some fantastic times. Trevor finished 6th overall and 3rd in age as he practically flew round the course in 1.00.21. Keith was next and impressed with a time of 1.10.53 and finished 21st overall and 4th in age. Stuart completed the strong line up by sprinting across the line in 1.19.08 and finished 41st overall and 6th in age.
Ladies Club Captain, Rhian Shrimplin and Club Chairman, Anthony Brown tackled the 5miler route. Here Rhian zoomed round in a PB time of 33.32 and finished 3rd lady and 2nd in age. Anthony followed shortly after in a speedy 36.34 and finished 26th overall.
Well done to all, what a fantastic race day out.



Record Breaking Debut For Nick Collins
In his first marathon in Ashford and District colours Nick Collins ran a 2:36:38 at the Cheshire Elite Marathon. This incredibly fast time took the club record for the male veterans and was only just short of the seniors record. To offer some context to the pace at which Nick ran the marathon this is equivalent to running over 8 consecutive 19 minute park runs. A great time and reward for the hard work and dedicated preparation over many months for this event.
Marathon man Rik Holden ran 2 marathons in 3 days. He completed the St George’s Day marathon in 3:37:29 on Friday, and not knowing the meaning of, having a rest day, took on another marathon with over 1000 metres in elevation in a time of 4:13:28.
Daniel Head put in a shift at the Maverick Adidas Terex 23k. A tough hilly course compounded with Daniel coming back from injury to run a very respectable 2:21:31.
Becky Hodgson continued here love affair with the SVN events, and completed the half marathon in 3:11:25. A great return to racing in the company of friends and familiar faces from the SVN community.
Proving that runners can also ride bikes, Ashford and District ladies were well represented in the Kent Duathlon at Hole Park. Alison Waters led the A&D ladies home with 3rd place overall and winning her age category. A great result with Alison on who is on top form at the moment. Not far behind Alison was Aurelie Morris in 6th place and 4th in her age category. Training partner Tracey Calnan was 11th lady and 5th in her age category. When you see the mileage these athletes put in their training runs and bike rides it is easy to see how their hard work has reaped just rewards.


A full on weekend of racing saw the A&D members proudly sporting their club colours and taking part in some local races.

Rik Holden and Linda-Jean Delport kicked the weekend off at the Kent Spring Marathon.  Holden set the bar as he blazed around the 26.2 mile undulating, mixed terrain, two lap course in an amazing 3.27.07.  This placed him 15th overall and 2nd in age category.  A fantastic result.  Delport followed  and crossed the line in a respectable 3.46.11.

Completing the Kent Spring Half Marathon distance and first home for the club was Keith Haynes who posted a speedy 1.36.46 in his first race back in 14months.  Not far behind, and running a PB was Hugh Scarlin (1.45.54).  Alison Waters led it home for the ladies in a PB time of 1.48.07 and Emma Hanna showcased an amazing time of 1.50.14 in her first ever half marathon.   Keeping up the PB trend over the gruelling 13.1 miles, Ailis Goddard (1.55.24) and Sarah Taylor (2.21.23) were next to cross the line.  Rachel Jenkins (2.23.27) followed with Lesley Moody close behind in a PB time of 2.23.34.  An absolutely impressive A&D representation with amazing performances all round.

Down in Headcorn, Keith Lynn bravely tackled the half marathon, and stormed across the finish line with a PB time of 2.00.17.

And so concludes another successful weekend of racing with loads of team spirit and excitement to be had.

Happy running everyone.


As racing slowly begins to emerge like a daffodil at the first hint of spring, so did 4 of A&D’s hardy runners emerge from their training cocoons.

Kicking off the task at the Dorney Lakes Marathon, and following months of hard work and a rigorous training schedule, were the marathon training twosome of Paul Ridley and James Booth.  Not deterred by this looping course which was rather exposed to the wind, they showed amazing determination and both posted sub 3 hour PB times over the 26.2 mile distance.    Ridley crossed the finish line in an amazing 2.53.51 with fellow teammate James Booth not far behind in an equally impressive 2.59.35.

Down on the coast and showing how it is done over the 10k distance,  Tracey Calnan and Simon Jackson both laced up their running shoes and battled the winds at the Smugglers 10k in Minnis Bay.  Calnan sailed across the line in a 48.24, with Jackson (50.51) storming close behind.

It was a truly impressive start to this years racing calendar with a special thanks going to the hard work of the race organisers who have been going above and beyond to put on these COVID friendly running events.

Happy running all.



On a day when racing came closer to home, the club’s athletes turned out plenty of impressive results for observers to admire. Twelve runners tackled the exposed Romney Marsh 10K route, producing a good turnout for the club in Covid times. The race started dry but conditions soon turned wet and windy for the later starters.

Dan Green, who has clearly lost none of his pace, brought things home first for the club and won the V50 category in a scorching time of 38:35. Paul Moses finished his outing just under a minute later in 39:32 for the club’s second sub-40 finisher of the day. Next home was the duo of Adrian Beresford and the recently injury-free John Beale crossing the line together in 42:57. First finisher for the women was Rhian Shrimplin with a tremendous PB of 42.17. Linda Delport’s Wave 1 start also helped her to make the best of the early weather and finish after 43:12. Alison Waters produced a PB performance, finishing in 45:11 and slashing over a minute off her best time set in Canterbury two months prior. Next to finish were Jayne Fryer and Tracy Calnan taking just 46:22 and 47:14 respectively. Hugh Scarlin continued his excellent regular race entry habit by running 48:44. Stu Nunn, completing the distance despite not feeling well, tail-gunned his way under the 50-minute barrier in 49:26 to round out the club’s entrants.

In the world of marathoning, Rik Holden fired out yet another edition of the full distance, this time at Betteshanger in 3 hours 40 minutes on the nose. He has one more to go to make it…well…a load of marathons this year.



On what was a relatively quiet weekend for races there were still the usual gritty performances from a few of the club’s members who were willing to travel.

At the Canterbury Riverside 10k Cris Francis broke his way into the top 10 overall with 10th place and a speedy time of 44:14. Alison Waters wasn’t far behind as she battled the muddy, waterlogged course and finished with a time of 46:18.

Becky Hodgson, well known for her love of endurance events, ran the difficult challenge of the virtual Phoenix P12. Taking place over 12 hours, Becky ran a 1.1 mile loop on the hour, every hour, covering 13.5 miles in a total time of 2:49:58.

Slightly further afield in Gravesend Rik Holden completed a double marathon weekend by running the Whingeathon Marathon in 3:46:15 on Saturday followed by the Orc Rampage Marathon in a time of 3:55:05 on no doubt slightly tired legs on Sunday. Over 52 miles and 7.5+ hours of running in a single weekend made for a very impressive achievement indeed.

Those who chose to make the longest trip west to Eastbourne for the Beachy Head Marathon were met with overcast skies and strong, blustery winds for the 26.2 mile trail route awaiting them. First home for the club there was Gary Sage who enjoyed his 4:02:39. A short while later, after running the route together, the pair of Paul Ridley and James Booth finished their marathon in 4:24:11 and 4:25:11 respectively. Not far behind was Mark Attenborough who thoroughly enjoyed his race and finished in four hours, forty six minutes and thirty one seconds. Steve Hickman continues to impose the marathon treatment on his body and ran his race in 5:39:11 and just managed to beat Massah Cooper over her favourite distance whose time was 5:41:37. Lucy Johnstone worked hard for her medal and brought things home for the club after 6 hrs, 43 mins and 16 secs.