Ashford parkrun is cancelled on 4 July 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Ashford parkrun #328 07/03/2020 International Women’s Day

After the horrendous weather the previous week, it was a fresh sunny morning at Victoria Park. We supported female participation in parkrun and celebrated International Women's Day. It was great to see so many people wearing purple to help us celebrate.

The selfie frame emblazoned with This Girl Can, provided many proud snaps as 45 people celebrated new PBs!





All the photos from the day can be found here

This week 317 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers.


Ashford parkrun #327 29/02/2020

Rather than the usual report of how many runners, pbs, first timers etc today’s report is dedicated to the team of volunteers who stood up to yet another storm this morning.

As late as Friday night the volunteer rota was looking a bit thin but by the time I arrived at 8.00 on Saturday morning we had managed to fill all the gaps. Several people arrived and said they did not want to run but wanted to volunteer. The weather was atrocious, heavy haily rain and very gusty strong wind. It was very difficult to mark people as present because the rain was destroying the list, every time we tried to take a viz vest out we had to hang on to them for dear life.

I struggled to read the opening welcome talk and must admit I got through it quickly. The main piece of news was the course was very wet with lots of puddles but was generally ok.

We mentioned several runners with milestone runs but sadly most of them were not there. However Terry Sellen with 250 runs was doing his normal role of helping out and was holding his umbrella over me. We nearly took off at one time and I was nearly blown off the bench!

The rain played havoc with the phones of the timers and scanners but despite all this the team pulled together and we managed to get 176 runners through the funnel. It was an amazing spirit even when we mislaid the tokens and were trying to get round it!

Almost like war time spirit!

I wanted to say a special thank you to all the volunteers this morning who were out in the rain for the best part of 2 hours and were soaked to the skin but we did it!

Here’s to next week and some sunshine please!


Ashford Striders parkrun Takeover

Well done to the 298 people who participated this morning in Ashford’s 325th parkrun. Clearly the threat of Storm Dennis didn’t put you off! Luckily Dennis held off and the weather wasn’t too bad at all!

Ashford Striders running club provided all 45 volunteers this week and they had 5 new members complete their first 5km after their c25k course.

We had 26 first timers at Ashford and an amazing 53 of you managed a PB, with the possible help of the 11 pacers provided by Ashford Striders.

As we hope you all enjoyed the CAKE at the finish line! Arguably the highlight of the morning! ;)

If you are interested in joining Ashford Striders then please check them out on their Facebook page or website They are a friendly club for ALL abilities. Why not try them out and see if you like it? First 3 sessions are free.

There are a few gaps in the volunteer roster for next week, so if you can volunteer then that would be greatly appreciated. Please message us at or on our Ashford parkrun Facebook page.

Just another quick reminder that the toilets in Victoria Park are still currently closed so please make sure you go before you arrive at the park. We will try and keep you updated if they reopen in the week.

We just also want to remind our parkrunners that Victoria Park is a public park, so please be courteous to all other park users, keep out of the cycle lane where possible and keep alert to others around you. If you are wearing headphones, then please make sure you can still hear others around you, this is for your own safety as well as others.

Finally we hope that Storm Dennis isn’t too bad locally but make sure you stay safe if you are running tomorrow!

Look forward to seeing you all again next week! Can we reach over 300 participants? We had over 300 each week in January but are yet to break the 300 barrier in February, so lets try and make it happen!



Ashford parkrun #324 08/02/2020

The weather before the run was heavily overcast together with light rain. By the start of the run the light rain had stopped, which is always much more comfortable not to run in the rain. However, it was still wet/damp underfoot. For the short drive to Victoria Park, the car's thermometer read 8 degrees C so a good temperature.

This week 293 people ran, jogged and walked the course and also not forgetting, a few young tots in pushchairs – yet to get their 'running legs'! Oh yes and our four legged-friends – our dogs.

The number of recorded finishers were made up of 153 males, 116 females and 24 unknowns. Just one point to the unknowns is, you need a barcode to get a recorded time; no barcode, no result and therefore no recognition for your effort.

There were 28 first timers to the Ashford parkrun today and of those, 13 did their very first 'run' at a parkrun event; well done in making the effort. Being a new runner, jogger or walker can feel daunting, but fear not, it isn't. So, you new potential first time runners reading this, come along this coming Saturday morning and enjoy. Don't forget to first register and best of all its totally free!

50 new PB's were recorded, up by 19 from last Saturday.
Representations of 17 different clubs took part today.

29 volunteers took part today to make Ashford parkrun happen; without them there is no parkrun. A list of this weeks volunteers are on the home page. If you feel you would like to volunteer, go to the volunteer page and put your name forward for one of the roles.

Stephen BOND achieved his milestone of 50 parkruns today.

Todays full results and a complete event history can be found on the 'Results' page.

(Author: Graham CAHILL).


International Women’s Day

Ashford parkrun will be supporting International Women's Day on Saturday 7th March 2020.

We will be celebrating female participation in parkrun. Bring along your female friends to join us on the day

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