Run report 30/12/2017

After yet another night of heavy rain, I was expecting the course to be waterlogged but luckily the only serious water was by the fountain. Following the inspection of the course, we decided to set off at the winter start on the hill.

We welcomed 19 first time runners at Ashford and 15 runners achieved a PB in less than amazing conditions.

We had 3 tourists, one from South London, another from West London and one from Somerset. We hope you enjoyed your run at Ashford. We had an email from a gentleman who had run at Ashford twice and said how welcoming and friendly we were. I hope you all felt welcomed.

On Christmas Day we had 200 runners so I was surprised that we only had (I say only, 191 is a great figure) 191 runners.

Sadly the number of volunteers was low and I was reduced to walking up to spectators and asking them to marshall. Luckily 2 lovely ladies agreed to don a viz vest whilst they were watching but we were still 2 marshalls short out on the course. We ask every week if people will come forward and marshall – it is for your own safety that we provide marshalls round the course and much as we joke about H&S, it is crucial that there is someone close by should someone fall or have a medical emergency. Moan over but please either put yourself forward to marshall or ask those who may come with you to watch to be at a point to ensure all runners' safety.

Here's to matching the 300 runners again in 2018.

 

Jill

 

Saturday 23rd December – Pre Christmas Run

On a very mild December morning, I arrived at the park just as Edwin was setting up. As he headed out to set up the park was pleasant and peaceful. The first to arrive, were an elf and rudolf, aka Terry and Josh. As more people arrived, more fantastic attire arrived for the Christmas Eve eve parkrun.

With a handful of new runners, Terry the elf gave them the newbie welcome and we were ready for the briefing. Looking around the crowd had certainly grown since 8.50. Today we had a tourist all the way from Australia, let's hope he enjoyed his visit, albeit chilly, to Ashford.

Just a reminder that all lost property will be donated after the end of the month, so if you have left anything, please remember to check the tub.

For anyone who doesn't know, we are having a Christmas Day run, which will start at 9am. Come along and join in knowing you can feel all righteous when eating your Christmas dinner.

Finally, the Ashford parkrun core team would like to wish everyone a fantastic Christmas and thank you all for your amazing support in 2017. Have fun and keep running.

Julie

 

Saturday 9th December 2017

It was a very chilly start this morning at Victoria Park. Edwin & Rachel got up bright and early to set up the course. We had a fairly thick frost but the course seemed to get off lightly and we had no ice patches. There was a tree that had fallen on the course but a couple of parkrunners managed to move that to the side, clearing it for everyone to run.

We had 158 people run, jog or walk this week and that was made possible by 17 volunteers who braved the freezing conditions to ensure everyone could take part this morning.

Thank you so much to everyone who responded to my email appeal, for volunteers over the next few weeks, the roster is looking much healthier. If you want to help over the coming weeks then have a look at the vacant positions at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/ashford/futureroster/ and get in touch! Thank you!

We had a slight scanner issue this week, so if you finished in position 13 and 16, then please contact us and we can sort your results out.

Sadly we had a couple of other parkusers that came up to one of marshals this morning, to complain about some runners that didn't move out of their way. As we say every week please please please be considerate of other park users. We all have equal rights to use the park, but sometimes we just need to be the bigger person, and give them a wide berth. Thank you for everyone's understanding in this matter.

Don't forget we only have 2 more Saturdays until we have an extra parkrun day on Christmas Day! Last year we had 179 parkrunners join us at 9am on Christmas morning, so it would be great to see as many, or more this year!

Becca

Ashford parkrun ED

 

It was a very chilly start this morning at Victoria Park. Edwin & Rachel got up bright and early to set up the course. We had a fairly thick frost but the course seemed to get off lightly and we had no ice patches. There was a tree that had fallen on the course but a couple of parkrunners managed to move that to the side, clearing it for everyone to run.

We had 158 people run, jog or walk this week and that was made possible by 17 volunteers who braved the freezing conditions to ensure everyone could take part this morning.

Thank you so much to everyone who responded to my email appeal, for volunteers over the next few weeks, the roster is looking much healthier. If you want to help over the coming weeks then have a look at the vacant positions at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/ashford/futureroster/ and get in touch! Thank you!

We had a slight scanner issue this week, so if you finished in position 13 and 16, then please contact us and we can sort your results out.

Sadly we had a couple of other parkusers that came up to one of marshals this morning, to complain about some runners that didn't move out of their way. As we say every week please please please be considerate of other park users. We all have equal rights to use the park, but sometimes we just need to be the bigger person, and give them a wide berth. Thank you for everyone's understanding in this matter.

Don't forget we only have 2 more Saturdays until we have an extra parkrun day on Christmas Day! Last year we had 179 parkrunners join us at 9am on Christmas morning, so it would be great to see as many, or more this year!

Becca

Ashford parkrun ED

Ashford parkrun
Event number 213
9th December 2017

This week 158 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 7 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Edwin BARTLETT • Jim HAWKINS • Rebecca ASHBY • Adrian HURLEY • Julie FOSTER • Selcuk ISIK • Conrad STEVENS • Terry (Fred) SELLEN • Amanda BASHFORD • Shamim CARPENTER • Jonathan CLARK • Jill HUMPHREYS • Andrew SMITH • Rachel JENKINS • James BOOTH • Karen PATON • Linda BARKER

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ashford parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Maximilian NICHOLLS who recorded a time of 15:45 on 12th April 2014 (event number 25).
The female record is held by Lisa DOBRISKEY who recorded a time of 18:07 on 12th August 2017 (event number 196).
The Age Grade course record is held by William THOMPSON who recorded 88.14% (21:13) on 24th May 2014 (event number 31).

Ashford parkrun started on 26th October 2013. Since then 4,420 participants have completed 32,630 parkruns covering a total distance of 163,150 km, including 6,819 new Personal Bests.

 

 

 

 

25th November 2017

The cold is starting to bite us a little, a chilly 3 degrees greeted us for another Saturday morning run around the park. By 8.50 I was beginning to worry that the volunteers outweighed the runners, but you must have all braved leaving your cars and the pre run briefing saw a great crowd gather.

An array of tourists joined us this week. Bexley, Norwich, Orpington, Brighton, Reading, Hastings and a lady joined us from Lanzarote (its a shame she didn't bring the warmer weather!) let's hope they enjoyed their jaunt around the park. With all the notices and reminders given out it was time to head to the start.

A little known fact that you may not know, us volunteers play a little game while you're all out pounding the path. We watch you all head off to the fountain and take a guess on the final number of runners across the line! Some are more optimistic than others and some weeks we surprisingly get it right, it's just our little bit of friendly competition to bring a bit of fun to an even more enjoyable role. There's always opportunity each week to come along and volunteer, it's a great way to see how things work from the other side. Come and put your name down, you won't regret it.

A massive well done goes to 9 year old Oliver Scott this week who broke the JM10 record, crossing the line in an amazing 19:48.......wow!

Well done to all 184 runners this week, 40of which got pb's and 16 were first timers. As the weather gets colder, remember to layer up and take care. Always listen to the briefing to ensure you are aware of any hazards on the course which may not have been there before. Enjoy your week, keep running and see you all next week

Julie

Ashford parkrun
Event number 211
25th November 2017

This week 184 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Edwin BARTLETT • Rob MACDONALD • Rebecca ASHBY • Julie FOSTER • Susan SHARP • Terry (Fred) SELLEN • Amanda COOPER • Jill HUMPHREYS • James BOOTH • Deborah WARREN • Keith LYNN • Peter ROWLEY • Jason SANDERS • Hazel TURNER • Filiz SALIH • Heather JOHNSTON • Rita COOKE • Simon HOWARD-SMITH

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ashford parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Maximilian NICHOLLS who recorded a time of 15:45 on 12th April 2014 (event number 25).
The female record is held by Lisa DOBRISKEY who recorded a time of 18:07 on 12th August 2017 (event number 196).
The Age Grade course record is held by William THOMPSON who recorded 88.14% (21:13) on 24th May 2014 (event number 31).

Ashford parkrun started on 26th October 2013. Since then 4,403 participants have completed 32,329 parkruns covering a total distance of 161,645 km, including 6,773 new Personal Bests.

 

Christmas and New Year

We are planning to hold a Christmas Day parkrun this year! To do this we need enough volunteers to ensure the event runs safely and smoothly. Please contact us if you can help Christmas Day morning. Thank you

 

We will NOT be holding an event on New Years Day but have a look at our local parkruns as several are going ahead. Remember New Years Day is the only day a year that you can do two parkruns and they both count.

All Saturday events will go ahead as usual.

 

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