Having been at the park on Christmas Day parkrun it seemed odd being back 4 days later! It was a good morning weather wise, not too cold, no frost and not windy.
We were lucky with volunteers this week as several people were doing runs on Sunday. It is good to have all the bases covered. We are looking a bit light in the next few weeks so if you can volunteer, please do so.
After the 250 runners on Christmas Day I didn’t expect so many on Saturday but there 285 runners and walkers who finished the course and at least a couple who did one lap but had to pull out with muscle problems.
This week we had Paul Johnson completing his 100thrun – it was lovely to see the balloons and his family helping him celebrate. Our own Terry “Hugger” Sellen completed his 200th run on Saturday and it was lovely to see him having photos taken with the Parkrun family. Terry epitomises the spirit of Parkrun, overcoming problems and keep coming despite them. He really is a true encouragement to so many people, me included and we love his genuine pleasure in seeing others succeed.
There were visitors from Bath and from Sydney, Australia. I was lucky enough to chat to Murray Herbert and his 2 companions after the race and he told me that he is a RD in Sydney and that they have about 245 runners each week. He was very complimentary about our event and said that he had run in Sydney on Christmas Day! When I said he must be uber jet lagged he said that he had been up since 3 am but was feeling it at the end. Lovely people and look forward to seeing them again.
There were 18 first time runners and some very improved PBs – the men’s record has stood since April 2014 – what odds that Marshall Smith will find the 9 seconds to break this time before the 5th anniversary?
There were lots of people without barcodes this week – it’s a shame because one guy had forgotten his and got a PB so was disappointed. Make sure that bringing your barcode is as automatic as putting your shoes on.
Looking forward to seeing you all in the New Year – which is now only a few days away! Happy New Year guys
There was a plethora of costumes and Christmas attire on show, from Santa hats to Christmas jumpers, someone dressed as a cracker and the lesser spotted yellow tourist cowbob.
It's always great to welcome new people to parkrun, 24 of you running at Ashford for the first time and 5 of whom decided that they would start their parkrun journey on Christmas Day!! We also had tourists join us from Manchester, Leeds, Southampton, Sittingbourne and Folkestone to name just a few.
37 runners claimed a new PB today, well done to all, clearly the indulgences of the season have not got to you yet, for the rest of us, there's always next Saturday, to start burning off those mince pies and turkey.
Well done to Clare HAZARD and James SHAW-COTTERILL for completing their 50th parkrun and to Simon MAYTUM and Julie ABBOTT who completed their 100th parkrun today.
Christmas is a time for family and friends and we can all agree we spent this morning amongst good company today, so let's make it a new tradition. Merry Christmas all.
Well it’s that time of year, when people start thinking of the festive period.
What jumpers / socks to buy, how many people coming to dinner, have I got enough sprouts.!!
Will we eat on time and finish before the Queen and EastEnders?
The Ashford parkrun elves and fairies have been beavering away in the background with discussions with the council, and the chiefs at Ashford Borough Council have said YES.
With this go ahead we will be aiming to put on Ashford parkrun on Christmas Day. This will only go ahead if the parkrun is given some presents of marshals.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.