Ashford parkrun 16/10/2021 | #342
On what started out as a chilly day, 25 people volunteered to make it possible for 250 people to run, walk, jog or jeff today’s event at Victoria Park in Ashford. 28 for the first time at Ashford and 11 of those for their first ever parkrun - welcome to parkrun!.
The two lap course is on good tarmac and a great running surface with only the finish funnel at the end on grass. Rarely cancelled, a modified route used if there is ice. It seems a fairly quick course with only the one short hill to climb each lap (it isn’t steep at all by the way).
After a briefing by Peter ROWLEY near the new looking wooden “hut” at the finish point, run director Terry (Fred) SELLEN set us off from the start point a very short distance away.
The first male finisher was William DAVIES with a time of 17:15, a first timer at the event. The first female finisher was Saffy WALTON with a time of 20:34, who also got the highest age grade of 82.50%, another first timer at Ashford.
An amazing 52 people got new Personal Bests today, well done to: Zoltan BALOGH, James BARNEY, Daniel BAYLES, Beth BENSTEAD, Phil BRIGHTON, Thomas BRIGHTON, Sean CALNAN, Denise CHITTENDEN, Dylan DAVIDSON-DANIEL, Jared DOBSON, Robert EATON, Isaac EMMERICH, Louise EMMERICH, Oscar EMMERICH, Paige EMMERICH, Jack EVANS, Katie FARRIS, Anna FLOCKETT, Carl FRASER, Gavin HART, Chris HASELTINE, David HENDERSON, Ben HEWITT, Mark HOSEA, Christina HOWSE, Grace KNIGHT, Karla LARNDER, Khagendra LAWATI, Matt LEMON, Sharon MASON, Darren MILLS, William MITCHELL, Oliver NASH, Sally NEWING, Jo REECE, Frank REMIGIO, Corinne RIX, Tara ROOT-HICKS, Karen ROSS, Stephen RUMSEY, Amy STIMPSON, Kevan STRAND, Kirsty THEOBALD, Rebecca THORNE, Clint TOWNSEND, Paul VERLINDEN, Haden VIDLER, Tom WADDINGHAM, Gary WAGHORN, Antony WICKEN, Suzi WICKEN
David WINSTON got closest to the average course time of 29:02 by completing his 99th event at Ashford parkrun in 28:59 and very close to earning the “Single-ton” challenge - 100 hundred runs at the same event. (see Running Challenges https://running-challenges.co.uk/).
Coffee and cake is close by from a coffee van in the park, toilets are available near the tennis courts, and some parking is available using the Ashford Indoor Bowls Centre entrance - although there is also free parking (limited to 2 hours) on Jemmett Road.
Volunteers have an equally amazing time at parkrun and again filled all required positions needed for a safe event to take place. Summoning up the courage to volunteer in the first place can seem daunting, but there is support, opportunities to practice, and the volunteers are friendly and helpful. Volunteering really is just as much fun as going around the course.
Don’t forget your barcode!