Run Report 27th April 2019
On the eve of the Virgin London Marathon, Ashford’s Victoria Park welcomed 277 participants for the event. It was a windy and chilly morning which made a pleasant temperature for runners, but cold for the marshal's.
When its colder most runners seem to run faster.
Edwin and Derek had set up and inspected the course.
Three participants celebrated their special 50 or 100 runs. Nikki James with her 100 Runs, Rebekah Oliver with 50 Runs, and myself Shane with a combined double of 50 Runs and 50 Volunteer Days.
I decided that I would not only tie these up but also, I paced 26 Minutes.
Run Director Simon Jackson, started the 285th Ashford parkrun It was a congested but fairly fast-moving start to the run as we ran the parkrun decline for the first time.
We all then followed the East to West section of the course, passing the T junction and headed towards the Far End Point turn around.
Obviously as we headed towards the Far End Point, the faster runners were coming towards us on the left land side while we were on the right.
As the course for Ashford is a fairly flat except for the Victoria Park Hill, once you get past the turn-around point you are able to run steady to the T Junction that runs alongside Watercress fields.
At the basketball hoops after you turn right you reach the bottom of the hill. This is the time when I focus my eyes at the top of the hill, take it steady, and power myself towards that next goal, the peak of the hill.
After you have got to the top of the hill you follow the left-hand bend and the time keeper (sometimes) calls out your time as you pass them.
With the finish area in front of you, you turn right and at with the black gates (lamp post) ahead, you merge onto the parkrun decline and repeat the same course as before for lap 2.
When I reached the fountain, I was on course for a predicted finish time of 25:20 so I had to slow my pace down a little.
I said thank you to all the marshals from here to the Far End Point turnaround .it must have been really cold at that point due to the lack of sun there. I normally feel cold there as the wind blows through the trees at the far point.
I looked at my watch and saw that I had unintentionally slowed my pace and it said I was running at estimated finish time of 27 minutes. I had to buckle down and push ahead, I turned right onto the watercress fields section, half way along it I was pleased to see that I had made up the difference and set to get a time of about 25:30 so I kept my pace and run towards the hill.
At the top of the hill, I just had the ‘Long Sprint In’, I had some runners following me and as I came into the left-hand track opposite the Black Gates (lamp post), I looked at my watch and I was approximately 30-40 seconds too quick for my 26:00 pace target. I slowed up again and told others to go for it on the sprint finish. I tried to hang around before the finish line for ten seconds or so on the sprint in. I wanted to go through the finish line at dead on 26: but official time was 26:01
The marshals were very supportive and it is good to run and appreciate their roles, I tend to alternate Volunteering and Running whenever I can.
This rounded off a great two months of running for me. I had raced 6 races including my first marathon, Brighton Marathon 2019 making a total of 95.5 miles in the period 3rd March through to 19th April 2019.
Thank you to Simon the Run-Director, the Timekeepers, Scanners all the marshals and other key volunteers.
This week 277 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:
Edwin BARTLETT • Tamsin RITCHIE • Simon JACKSON • Rod KESSACK • Selcuk ISIK • Andrew HUXLEY • Ann FIDGE • Tom PARKIN • Keara ISTEED • Sophie BRANDICOURT • Geoff STEED • Adam JONES • Shane SNOWWOLF • Daniel FORBES • Ian WATSON • Derek NELSON • Jacob HENWOOD • Lily MANSFIELD • Tyler HICKMOTT-WILLEMS