Ashford AC takes hold of the reins again in 2018...
The Julie Rose Memorial Fund was created following the death of Julie Rose - Ashford's 21 year old International Athlete, who accepted a scholarship to Iowa State University in America because of a lack of training facilities available in Kent. The Julie Rose Memorial Fund was created with the object of building the first All Weather running track in Central and East Kent.
The Fund was launched on 18th Feb 1986, with widespread support.
On Sunday 12th October 1986, the very first Julie Rose 10k Road Race Fun Run took place, starting and finishing at the Stour Centre. In addition to providing a memorable race, it was hoped to raise the initial funds for the first "All Weather Track" and eventual Stadium, serving Ashford and indeed the whole Kent area.
Steve Cram - international runner - started the race, which attracted well over 2000 runners. Fundraising continued for many years, both with the Annual Ashford 10k Race and the support of numerous sponsors and sports funding.
The Foundation Stone was laid on 10th May 1996, and the track was officially opened on 18th May 1997 by Tanni Grey - international athlete - although the first meeting was held on 19th April 1997.
There have been many changes to the organisation of the 10k race over the years. It now starts and finishes at the Julie Rose Stadium, hosted by Ashford Athletic Club and kindly sponsored by Givaudan. Ashford Athletic Club is totally run by volunteers and for the last 4 years we have co hosted the race with other race organisers, as many at the Club have time constraints due to work and family commitments.
This year is the 32nd Year of the Ashford 10k Race & Ashford Athletic Club once again is taking full hold of the reins.
Funds raised by the race go to support all of our athletes at the club, allowing them to fulfil their dreams of climbing the ladder to international success. We also help to train many of our athletes to become young officials or send them on their way to coach the next generation. We compete in 4 leagues throughout the season, providing free bus travel to those matches, which helps to embrace a real team spirit.
The Givaudan-Ashford 10k is our main fundraiser for the club, and as such we are always looking for volunteers. To run the race, we are always in need of approximately 80-100 marshals. If you feel that you, or a group of friends, could give up 2-3 hours on the morning of Sunday, October 7th 2018, please do contact Ashford AC.
Help us keep our youngsters Active and Responsible.!!
The Race follows a town centre route along closed roads, with a start and finish in the magnificent Julie Rose Athletics Stadium in Ashford. The course, although slightly undulating, is considered fast. So if you are looking to run your first 10k race, looking for a good 10k time, or simply want to enjoy the experience and camaraderie, then why not give it a go?
There are prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female, 1st male and female VET40, 50 and 60 and a team prize (three to score).
Please see our Race Licence Here.
There is fun for the kids too!!!!
There will be Sports Hall type athletics between the start and finish of the main race. This has always been popular!!
We will also have a Children's Fun Run. More information to follow --- Look out for the flyer!!