This weeks run report was written by Emily, who is a tourist from Brockwell parkrun.
"If parkrun allowed you to select a second home parkrun, Ashford would be mine. Technically I am a parkrun tourist here, but I grew up in Ashford and visit regularly so I definitely still consider it to be home. And as parkrun courses go, it's pretty great! I love the out and backs, where runners can smile/grimace at each other as they pass, 'The Hill' that feels like an Everest summit on the second lap, and turning the final corner for a sprint finish.
Today, event #246, was another warm one. On my way to the start I spotted a few people wearing dresses with their trainers, or ties over their running tshirts. What was going on? All was revealed in the briefing-today is the wedding day of one of Ashford parkrun's main hi-vis heroes, Becca! She and her fiancé (and the entire wedding party) were all taking part ahead of the main event later. Congratulations to you both
After the briefing the 'congregation' set off on a charge down towards the fountain. It was definitely a day to be thankful for the nice shaded areas near the turnaround point! There was lots of support from the marshals dotted around the course, and the love hearts being given out at the finish were an unexpected treat.
I absolutely love the facts and figures that come with parkrun. This week there were -
21 people running their first parkrun (welcome!)
36 new PBs (well done!)
2 runners reaching milestones (congratulations!)
21 anonymous runners - don't forget your barcode! (tip - print off an emergency one and put it under the insole of your trainers).
Lastly, a massive thank you to the friendly and supportive volunteers. There are a core team who turn up week in week out to who make parkrun possible for us (you know who they are), but why not offer to help them out now and again? Lots of the roles (like run report writer..) allow you to run and volunteer on the same day, and if you volunteer 25 times you're eligible for a very fetching purple tshirt. Who doesn't love a free tshirt?
See you soon-happy running!
I would also like to say a great big thank you, who made my wedding day parkrun an absolutely amazing experience. The atmosphere was brilliant and I loved all those who turned up in purple to run with Adrian and myself! A special thank you to those who volunteered to cheer us all on and our photographers on the day who have provided some fantastic shots to remember the day by! #loveparkrun