Ashford Fit Club Take Over

Ashford parkrun
Event number 282
6th April 2019

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It was Ashford Fit Clubs turn to take over parkrun on Saturday morning and they did it in style by providing plenty of volunteers, enthusiasm, smiles and cake!! There was even a hint of some workout routines in order to keep warm! It was a great morning with a great atmosphere and even the cooler weather didn't deter 285 people from walking and running the course.

Once the briefing had finished it was time to make our way to the start line and get moving. It was my first time as RD at the adult event and so I have never really seen the front of the start line go off as I am normally at the back and boy do those front runners go off at some speed.  However, I do have to point out though, and as is also mentioned in the speech that it is a shared park, so we are not the only users of the space and we have a responsibility to be polite and courteous to other users who may not be 'park running'. 

When I first started running parkrun a few years ago it was a big achievement when we finally got to 100 runners and of course this has increased massively since then. This means there is now a big mixed bag of people including those who run regularly, those who run when they can, those who have their own personal challenges, those who have decided to include a 5k run as part of their new fitness routine, those who want to walk 5k and that's the beauty of parkrun. It is inclusive of everyone, whether you walk, run or sprint, so please bear this in mind that if you are running faster then the person infront of you, they might not necessarily be aware that you are there, coming up behind them, especially if you are sprinting so please do make sure that everyone has enough space so as not to cause injury to anyone. If you are approaching someone it is your responsibility to move around them.  We like this event to run as risk free as is possible! 

I had the pleasure of speaking to a few people who were interested in volunteering over the next few weeks, which is great.  I can assure you that nothing is too hard or difficult so please do come forward and put your name down as without volunteers then the event cannot happen. With lots of races and events coming up over the next few weeks the roster is looking a little bare "</p

Please find the pictures and videos taken and the following location.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/z28kaao1X8NUTCZ98

Rachel RD.

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This week 285 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 70 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 36 volunteers:

Edwin BARTLETT • Lesley MOODY • Terry (Fred) SELLEN • Faye Elizabeth SELLEN • Chris HALES • Amanda JAMES • Rebecca JAMES • Jill HUMPHREYS • Rachel JENKINS • Vicky STEVENSON • James BOOTH • Keara ISTEED • Keith LYNN • Peter ROWLEY • Phoebe Ruth SELLEN • Cris FRANCIS • Filiz SALIH • Pauline TALLETT • Jayne HATTON • Wendy BARKER • Fiona MARGERISON • Paul DIDDAMS • Rachel KUSKE • Kayleigh HATTON • Lisa JONES • Amy MCVITTIE • Melanie PAYNE • Oliver PERHAM • Nicola FRAPE • Laura HOLMES • Sarah DIXON • Wayne DIXON • Reece EDMONDS • Beth GOODBUN • Tracy WAPLE • Kirsty HARBIGE

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 Marshall SMITH who recorded a time of 15:43 on 30th March 2019 (event number 281).
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 5,994 participants have completed 49,390 parkruns covering a total distance of 246,950 km, including 9,445 new Personal Bests. A total of 699 individuals have volunteered 5,319 times.