Ann Ashworth


Despite having practised as an advocate since 2017, Ann’s real passion in life is the promotion, development and enhancement of women’s ultra distance running. A fierce proponent for equal opportunity and wholly committed to assisting her fellow athletes to reach their full potential, Ann is 100% committed to doing what she can to motivate, inspire and assist others.


“I believe God made me for a purpose but he also made me fast. And when I run, I feel his pleasure.” – Eric Liddell, Chariots of Fire


Ann’s bio

Ann was born in Harare, Zimbabwe but moved to South Africa as a tiny baby. Her parents moved to Howick, where she grew up before completing her LLB at the University of KwaZulu Natal in 2006. In 2007, Ann relocated to Johannesburg to commence articles as an attorney and thereafter specialised in the area of competition law. In 2017, Ann completed a year of pupillage (part-time study and practical legal training) to qualify as an advocate and thereafter practiced as a member of the Johannesburg Bar and the Protea Group of advocates.

Ann met her husband David in 2010, when both belonged to the Nedbank Running Club. The couple started dating in 2011 and were engaged in 2012 after Ann returned from a year of study in the United Kingdom.

After getting married in 2013, Ann and David left the Nedbank Running Club to start Born2Run Athletics Club, a national running club focused on “adult athlete development“, the mentorship and support of sub-elite and disadvantaged adult athletes. The a club later partnered with EasyEquities to become EasyEquities Born2Run.

In August 2017, Ann approached Massmart Holdings with the idea of launching a ladies-only elite running club focusing on the development, sponsorship and mentorship of South African female athletes competing in the ultra-distance space. This new club, known as Team Massmart, was launched in November 2017.

Ann currently captains a team of 15 ladies running in the colours of Team Massmart, while David belongs to the Entsika Athletics Club, coached and managed by John Hamlett.

Ann will be taking a leave of absence from her career as an advocate in 2019 in order to focus on her running for a period of 12 months. This decision would not have been possible without the unwavering support and sponsorship of Massmart Holdings.

Ann is coached by John Hamlett.

“Be fearless in the pursuit of that which sets your soul on fire.” – Jeniffer Lee

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Ann is proudly sponsored by Massmart Holdings, Trojan, New Nutrition, Saucony, Vicky Hansen Fitness, Kirsty Weaver Physiotherapy and Runderwear.


Recent results

Ann achieved the following race results in 2018 / 2019:

(1) Valencia Marathon (42.2km): 2h35.44 (13th) [2018]

(2) Comrades Marathon (90km): 6h10.04 (1st) [2018]

(3) Loskop Ultra Marathon (50km): 3h28 (2nd) [2018]

(4) Two Oceans Ultra Marathon (56km): 3h50 (5th) [2018]

(5) Buffs Marathon (42.2km): 2h47 (1st, new course record) [2019]

(6) Loskop Ultra Marathon (50km): 3h24 (1st) [2019]

(7) Comrades Marathon (87km): 6h27 (4th; 2nd South African). [2019]


Social media

You can follow Ann on Instagram here.

You can also like Ann’s public facebook page here.