Saturday 21st September – Run Report

That had to be my most intense Run Director moment ever!!!

Today we had to use new technology and do all the timing & scanning on the parkrun phone app!!

Apart from phone batteries being flat as left switch on from last week and not being reset we survived with Becca being the biggest hero today and working out the results and I hope you’re all happy.

For those who used the phone app for the first time you were amazing and that was one timer and all three scanners. For next week all phones fully charge and if you’re timing or scanning please download the parkrun app because it’s so easy to use and it’s the future of parkrun!!!

Imagine if everyone downloaded the app Ashford parkrun will be even more amazing!!!

Also don’t forget to volunteer as your Ashford parkrun can’t survive without you volunteering. Also next week apart from a few marshals all the main roles are filled.

Thank you for responding to my little mention this morning

Hopefully you all enjoyed your run or walk and I know some of you ran to new PB’s awesome as it was a hot morning and if you just missed out there is always next week to try again!!


Run report 07/09/2019

"Quiche me quick"
parkrun event no 36 for me, took me to Ashford and also accounted for letter A in the alphabet challenge.
It was a chilly morning compared to recent Saturday's but along with our group of four from Bexley, there were tourist shoutouts from Brighton and Hull and a large representation from Vegan Runners.
As is customary for parkrun events a warm welcome was forthcoming from Lisa, the RD, and the team of volunteers. Having now visited a number of parkrun events, it is fantastic to visit locations I probably would have by-passed were it not for parkrun. Each has a uniqueness, Ashford is no exception. Predominantly flat other than the incline before the finish which becomes a hill on the second lap, it winds through tree-lined tarmac paths. But the outstanding feature of this course is the significant fountain just after the start, which would give any of the fountains in Rome a run for their money.
A well run event and special mention to Fred, who doubled up as First Time Briefer and Funnel Manager dishing out high fives at the finish. I'm sure all the tourists enjoyed the run as much as the Bexley contingent.
Unfortunately, there was an incident at the end which I will mention as a warning for the future. Never attempt to bend down and stroke a dog while holding a plate of quiche! Our cocker Poppy is still licking her lips - whoops - sorry to the lady vegan runner. She was sent to bed early with no tea - Poppy that is.
Once again thanks to Lisa and her team of volunteers.
Graham Lee

Ashford’s 300th parkrun 31/08/2019

Ashford parkrun celebrated it’s 300 event on Saturday 1st September with 278 enthusiastic participants running, jogging and walking the 5k course around Victoria Park.

There were 13 first timers registered in the results, (although many more at the first timers’ briefing), and we welcomed some visitors from other Kent parkruns, as well as tourists from Surrey and Sussex, and a couple who travelled further afield from Liverpool and Guernsey.

We had 165 male runners this week and 113 ladies, although this included 21 unknown runners.

A whopping 29 of you celebrated running a new PB, that’s over 10% of Saturday’s runners!!!

This week Ben Williams was first to cross the line in 17:22 with Janusz Latala just behind in 17:39.  Jonathan Rutland took third position in 18:06.  First lady home was Jenny Wilton in 23:06, followed by Karla Larnder in 23:44 and Pippa Scott-Haynes who took third place for the ladies in 24:35.

Gordon Steadwood of Ashford AC and junior runner Molly Clark celebrated their 100 milestone runs and Joe Brewer of 26.2 RRC notched up his 250th parkrun.  Well done to all of you!

It is really good talking to new runners and tourists at our First Timer’s briefing and telling them about our course at Ashford.  It’s great to be able to tell them all that the course is generally flat and on pathways through the park and that we all start with a nice gentle downhill stretch, to the lovely fountain – which I discovered during marshalling near it on Saturday morning is actually called the Hubert Fountain and originated in France.  It arrived in Ashford in 1912 when it was eventually bought by a local art dealer George Harper and installed in the park by Ashford Urban district council.

My description of our parkrun course continues for our first timers and I enjoy telling everyone that we run along the Stour pathway to the “far point” where they will find plenty of trees to offer them a little shade in the warmer conditions.  However I have also noticed from taking the briefings that when I mention “The Hill” their expressions change somewhat… especially when I then give everyone the good news that they have to do it all over again!

One of the things that makes Ashford parkrun so special and that has helped achieve the milestone of 300 runs is our amazing team of volunteers.  It’s great to run but it’s also great to be part of the high-viz heroes and I really enjoy cheering everyone on, and especially seeing the faces of those who were at the First Timer’s briefing when they cross the finish line at their first ever parkrun – the sense of achievement and pride is fantastic.

If you’ve ever thought about volunteering but haven’t got around to it so far then I’d encourage you to speak to one of the team and give it a go! There are plenty of roles to choose from and you can even do more than one if you like – I managed 4 this week with the First Timer’s briefing, marshalling, sorting the finish tokens and writing the report.  Phew!

And of course everyone is welcome to come across to the Picturehouse afterwards for coffee where we do the result processing and token sorting each week – why not come and join us!



Saturday 17th August 2019

Saturday means parkrun day in our house , so Saturday 17th August, time to get ready for parkrun. Today I took on the role as tail walker along with my daughter, so off to the park we went and collected our high viz , we then chatted to other parkrunners.

That what I like about the events, you can make friends and have a good catch up with them. 8.50 and new runners were called for briefing. Time to listen to Terry welcoming us all and asking if any new runners are there, he goes on to mention tourist which I believe there were sorry didn’t catch where they were from , few milestones some 50 and I know John, Ann and Keith did they 100th well done to you all. Not long after that we headed off and we were entertained by James and Peter going round, many of you know them now.

I just wanted to add that I asked to write this weeks run report because a) it was my daughters first parkrun as tail walker and b) why I do parkrun . I started parkrun in July 2015 and thought I quite like this so I continue to go getting faster and pushing on, well this led to me joining a running club and since have run various races and virtual runs and made great improvements in many areas and next year take on a half marathon. parkrun couldn’t run with all the volunteers so thank you to all that have given up there time to do this and I look forward to seeing you all again x Emma Jenkins


Ashford parkrun
Event number 298
17th August 2019

This week 272 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Edwin BARTLETT • Rebecca HURLEY • Conrad STEVENS • Terry (Fred) SELLEN • Andrew HUXLEY • Jill HUMPHREYS • James BOOTH • Emma STANDEN • Keara ISTEED • Emma JENKINS • Peter ROWLEY • Filip PATOCKA • Linda BARKER • Ceri-Anne JENKINS • Cris FRANCIS • Richard VENNER • Geoff STEED • Josh WHITEN • Lynnette WHITTINGHAM • Kristin GJEVIK • Lily MANSFIELD • Grace GIBSON-VENNER • Michael STAVELEY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ashford parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Lisa DOBRISKEY who recorded a time of 18:07 on 12th August 2017 (event number 196).
The male record is held by Louis SMALL who recorded a time of 15:41 on 6th July 2019 (event number 294).
The Age Grade course record is held by Louis SMALL who recorded 88.74% (15:41) on 6th July 2019 (event number 294).

Ashford parkrun started on 26th October 2013. Since then 6,482 participants have completed 53,887 parkruns covering a total distance of 269,435 km, including 10,124 new Personal Bests. A total of 746 individuals have volunteered 5,719 times.


Run Report 3rd of August 2019

Ashford's 297th parkrun saw a good turnout, with 288 runners, despite many regulars being absent through holidays or sitting this one out before competing tomorrow.

A massive well done to Keara on completing her Duke of Edinburgh volunteering today on her 18th birthday.

The holidays do conversely attract visitors which may account for the 33 first timers which included 14 taking part in their very first parkrun. Our most exotic visitors had arrived from Australia and Nepal.

There were also 33 unknowns who may or may not have been first timers- if they weren't then how many times do you have to be told 'no barcode no time'? Sadly the first home this week was one of those unknowns so whilst congratulations whoever you might be I am afraid it is 'no barcode no bragging rights'.

There were no landmark runs this week which was unusual which means we can focus on me (!) and the fact that today marked my 5th anniversary as a parkrun runner and by volunteering to write this run report I wanted to use the opportunity to give my thanks to all those involved who make this amazing event possible every week.

I have now completed 113 runs with 111 of those at Ashford.

My first event was run 41 in August 2014 not long after my 50 th birthday, and I ran and walked around in just under 33 minutes. The result didn't particularly impress me but what did was the friendliness and encouragement of other runners and I began to attend whenever I could and by the end of the year had a PB of 28.16 and had just put the entry in for my first half marathon.

Five years on and what started as a social way of trying to get a bit fitter has had a huge impact on my life. Regular running has seen me lose 3 stone, complete 3 marathons, a dozen half marathons and many races at other shorter distances. My PB's aren't going to win me any prizes but I am now an above average runner for my age and that gives me a great deal of satisfaction. My target for Ashford parkrun is to get under 22 minutes which is now tantalisingly close and to me unbelievable when I think how hard those early plus 30 minute runs seemed.

parkrun depends on its volunteers and like all volunteer based events there is a core that really take on the hard work above and beyond realistic expectations. We know who they are at Ashford and I cannot thank them enough.

However there is regularly a last minute appeal for volunteers and a couple of times it has been a close call as to whether the event can proceed. As the popularity of our parkrun increases (recently there were 375 runners) that need will grow as extra scanners etc are required. Personally I try to volunteer for at least 10% of my attendances which means only 2 or 3 times a year and it is always a rewarding experience to give back to something that I take so much from.

Thanks to all existing and future co-runners

Andrew Huxley

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