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Tenterden 5 Mile Road Race

Posted: 21st Feb 2018 by Lewis Smith

Ashford Athletic Club distance runners continued a successful winter road running season at this years ‘Tenterden 5 Mile’ race. Runners of all age groups, from all over the South East, look forward to the annual race along the quite lanes around the Village of Wittersham.

AAC youngsters were again in fine form with Marshall Smith (17) coming in 3rd overall in a time of 26m47s, claiming the Junior Male Gold medal. Adam Wood (16) was 5th overall with 28m12s, claiming 3rd for the Juniors. Followed by Ben Smith (15) with 31m52s, in an impressive 18th place.

It wasn’t just the young runners impressing, Nick Collins finished 7th overall winning the Veterans 40 title. Andrew Huxley completed the team, coming in the top 50 in 48th with 37m41s. Ashford AC’s small team finished close second, behind Hastings AC.





Level 1 Endurance Course

Posted: 9th Feb 2018 by Lewis Smith

A Level 1 Endurance Officials Course will be held on Sunday, 25th February at Dartford Harriers Club House, from 10am until 2pm.

If you are interested, you should e-mail Ken Burkett immediately to advise (

Message from Ken: "It has taken some time and as yet its not up on the EA website but it looks like we have a date, tutor, time and venue! As yet it is not on the EA website - not sure why but it is on! It has been something of a struggle to get this course put on so i do hope we can get a good turn out from throughout the county if you would like to attend please EMAIL ME ASAP to confirm your attendance. Cost is approximately £20 per person for the fee, tutor, materials and a hot drink on the day. I will confirm this with you."


Course Details:

The course will last one day (half the day), and will allow the candidate to work under the supervision of a qualified endurance official, with a view to becoming a qualified technical official.

Please note: The minimum age for this course is 18yrs.

Following attendance at this course, candidates will have knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • Appropriate attire/equipment;
  • How endurance officials operate at road and cross country events;
  • The requisite skills to be an endurance official;
  • The key officials who operate at an endurance event and their responsibilities;
  • Knowledge and application of rules;
  • Relationship with other officials;
  • Relationship with athletes;
  • The tools to do the job;
  • The endurance officials pathway - 'What is in it for me?';
  • A working knowledge of the start, finish and course of an endurance event.


Following completion of the course, candidates will then be required to operate under the supervision of a qualified technical official, and submit log book records to gain a formal technical officials qualification at the following sub-levels:

  • Level 1 - Officials who have attended the Level 1 Course and have four recognised experiences at an endurance event in their log book, will progress to county official;
  • Level 2 - Officials who have studied two compulsory modules: Sector Marshals and Results/Recording (Laps/Times/Finish). As well as one of the following:- Race Referee/Race Judge; Start/Finish Director (Basic); Race Director (Basic); Clerk of Course/Course Director.
  • And, show a further six successful experiences in their log book, will progress to become a county official.

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