It was a beautiful morning when I arrived at 8.00 am, just a fraction cooler than Friday but promising to be hot later.
The usual suspects gradually appeared and at 8.50 we had the new runners briefing and about 12 came forward.
In the welcome to Ashford details we had some congratulations to hand out – Emma Jenkins who was doing her 100th run and to Keith Lynn who did his 50th last week. We also gave our very best wishes to Terry Sellen, Scott Lynch, Dan Green, Gazza and Maz, Filiz, Rob Carpenter, Trevor Kay and Robert Latala who are running the London Marathon tomorrow. Sorry if I missed anyone.
We also spoke about the presence in the park of representatives from ABC who were outlining the proposed plans to develop Victoria Park and who were putting on a presentation and asking for what we, as users of the park, would like to see developed/added. They are applying for a Heritage Lottery Grant and obviously want to spend the money to benefit all users of the park both now and in the future. We were all invited for coffee and doughnuts after the run and the plans were on display.
There were tourist park runners from Southampton, Dublin, Gloucestershire, Surrey and Ramsgate. It is so good to see tourists who chose to come to us. A special thank you to our runners from Dublin who presented us with a brand new sign which they had purchased and couldn't fit in in their hand luggage for the trip home!
Despite the heat which did come on as promised we had 28 runners achieving a new PB today. Well done to you all.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:
Edwin BARTLETT • Rebecca ASHBY • Tamsin RITCHIE • Simon JACKSON • Selcuk ISIK • Terry (Fred) SELLEN • Jill HUMPHREYS • Scott LYNCH • Vicky STEVENSON • James BOOTH • Keara ISTEED • Becky HODGSON • Jason SANDERS • Jo HARVEY • Tom HARVEY • Cris FRANCIS • Abby BLAKE • Sophie TAYLOR • Shaun SNOWWOLF-HARRIS • Max LARSEN • Ethan BLOODWORTH • Elise GARNER
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 4,830 participants have completed 36,800 parkruns covering a total distance of 184,000 km, including 7,404 new Personal Bests.