Saturday 21st April 2018

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.


Saturday 24th March 2018

I love Ashford parkrun and the whole parkrun experience and I would like to be involved for a very long time.

I look forward to coming along to Victoria park on a Saturday morning to be with so many likeminded people.

What I like most of all is the diversity of the runners and who we get to run with, as we would not necessarily get to meet them in our everyday lives.

We hug, chat and laugh a lot on a Saturday morning, well at least I do.

I have now been at Ashford parkrun for over four years and I have made some very good friends and have seen Ashford parkrun grow and grow.

It's a great success as far as I'm concerned and I'm sure lots of you think the same too. Something for Ashford to be proud of, something to shout about.

Where else do you get as many people together on any given day to run 5k and to get fit or fitter.

Notice I'm using the word people, yes we are runners, but we are people who love the park and love to meet up and use the park just like anyone else on a Saturday morning who uses the park.

As we grow in numbers please be aware when you arrive at the park to be considerate with your parking, please don't block drives and other cars in so residents can't get their cars out. Also in the carpark remember not to use the disabled parking spaces unless you have a blue badge.

As I said on Saturday morning if you are a fast runner please be careful as you run past other park users, give them a wide birth and don't give the cause to complain.

When the weather get warmer we will do the welcome speeches and running brief on the grass, as I have learnt that people walking through the park find it difficult to get passed the mass of runners on the path. Until the grass has dried out a bit please can we leave a gap for other park users to pass through without difficulty. We will have a barrier in place to help with this.

For those who know me well I'm not great at words or spelling so I hope what I have said makes sense as we want everyone to enjoy the parkrun experience even if you are not doing it.

Volunteers, please come forward and give something back to your parkrun. Without volunteers we can't go ahead as another Kent parkrun found out on Saturday.

We have some great Duke of Edinburgh volunteers but being under 18 they have to stay in sight of the finish. So if you haven't had a go at volunteering with us please give it a go.

Saturdays run went really well apart from a shortage of volunteers. Conditions were brilliant and a bit warmer that last Saturday even if it was good fun to run in the snow.

We had 211 runners and walkers line up for the 5k distance. I guessed 210 in our guess how many runners but I forgot about the tail walker lol at least that what I'm saying now lol.

A BIG THANK YOU to Julie for giving out the equipment on Saturday and Simon for jumping in a doing the new runners briefing.

You may of noticed Cris on the finish funnel this week. He is one of our new Run Directors who is learning the ropes and will be in charge in a few weeks.

I hopefully will be doing an a question answer article for our FB page on all the RD's soon, so you can get to know us a bit better.

The start went perfectly and the faster runners were out of site by the time the walkers near the back had crossed the start line.

Marshall Smith was the first round the two laps just as he did two weeks before, when he achieved a PB, he was a few seconds off this week, so I'm sure he will break the 16 minutes barrier soon.

Elodie Paviot was the first female round with a new PB to mark the occasion so well done to her. It's good to see the improvement in Elodie, keep up the good work.

I think you all deserve a well done as you all race against yourselves each week and with many inner battles are going on to get your fitness up and make yourselves feel good.

Whether you run or walk parkrun please enjoy it and thank all the volunteers as you go around Victoria park and say hello to the people you pass and thank them if they had moved for you to come pass.

It does not matter if you get round in 17 minutes or 60 we will be there to support you until the end.

Remember to volunteer over the coming weeks and don't forget your barcode.

Your Run Director for this week Terry.


Ashford Park Run Report – Saturday 17 March 2018

It was a bitterly cold day thanks to the “mini beast from the East” but as I left for Victoria Park, at least no snow.   Our dedicated volunteers for this week began arriving, mostly well wrapped up against the cold but at 8.45 am there were few runners in evidence. Amazingly a few brave souls decided this was the week to join parkrun so time for new runners briefing.   More runners started arriving so on quickly to the run directors speech so that we could swiftly run through the few rules that parkrun has, all designed to keep you all safe and to respect the other users of the park, and get everyone running to warm up. Congratulations to John Finch who was undertaking his 50th parkrun (as well as being a regular volunteer and a warm welcome to several visitor,including Bishnu Singh, who joined us from Folkestone continuing his challenge to run 207 parkruns and 5 marathons (each on different continents) over the next 5 years, running each event with a Doko (a large woven bamboo basket) weighing in at 22kg. As a veteran Gurkha soldier, Bishnu is raising funds for the Gurkha Welfare Trust to help those that have fought in all wars as well as the families who have suffered as a result. If you would like to sponsor Bishnu he has a justgiving page or look out for him over the next few months

Over to the start, timers ready, a countdown and then they were off.   The volunteer team estimated the number of runners with suggestions from 120 to 179, the later from Cris who had recently agreed to join our run director team and was shadowing me to see what being the Run Director means in practice. All was going well as the initial runners completed the first lap, but then the snow came, light at first and then heavier.   In true parkrun spirit everyone carried on although some of our volunteers wished they had added another layer of clothing as the cold was really starting to bite.

When the results were in, 29 of you had achieved a new PB despite the weather, including our Event Director Becca. It must be beginners luck because we had 179 runners so Cris was right on target with his estimate at the start! We hope that all of you who joined us for the first time enjoyed your run with us and will be back to see us again when hopefully it will be warmer.

See you all next Saturday

Robert Young (Run Director 17 March)


Saturday 10th March 2018

A busy day today with 223 runners, 14 of which were first timers! We also had a number of park run tourists from Canterbury, Maidstone, Burnham on Crouch and also sunny Glasgow.

After the safety briefing we headed off to the starting point and you were ready to impress the 20 volunteers on the course, with a good number of these volunteers completing the DofE award.

Today saw 27 new PB's (just over 10% of our runners). A special well done to Marshall Smith who took 15 seconds of his personal best, and will no doubt be breaking the course record of 15:45 in a couple of weeks time.

Every week after the runners set off the Run Director, and finishing team have a quick guess of how many runners are taking part. Today Jill was the closest with a guess of 225, and Terry the furthest away with a guess of 260. This little competition doesn't win any prizes but is open to all volunteers and a little bit of fun in the morning.

Now for the slightly less fun stuff, and more general reminders.

If you are running with a dog, please ensure it is kept on a short lead at all times.

No Barcode, No Time, No exception!

These are not our rules, they are parkrun HQ rules.

If everyone who ran today volunteered once every 10 weeks we would never be short of volunteers, we don't bite, and it can be quite enjoyable speaking to new people and seeing park run from a different aspect.

That's all until next week.

Mandy Cooper & Simon Howard-Smith


Saturday 24th February 2018

Well done to the 219 people who completed the course today. A special thank you to all the 25 volunteers who braved the cold to ensure the event went ahead. It was a little icy in places but we had enough volunteers to have 'ice marshals' who make sure everyone was safe. Thank you also to Terry, who stepped in last minute to do the welcome speech for me!

We are looking a little short on volunteers for the next fews weeks, so a plea has already gone out via email. If you have not opted in to receive emails from us, then please do so by logging into your profile :)

Just a little request from one of our parkrunners; If you are a faster runner and you are walking down the path to get back to the main road afterwards, please can you just be mindful that there are still runners/walkers on the course behind you so can you keep to one side if possible please and give them space to get through. Thank you :)

If anyone wants to have a go, writing a more interesting run report than me, one week then please do get in touch! ;)

See you next Saturday and don't forget your barcode!

Ashford parkrun


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