Ann Ashworth

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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 passionate about assisting her fellow athletes to reach their full potential, Ann is 100% committed to doing what she can to motivate, inspire and assist others.

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“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

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Ann’s bio

Ann was born in Harare, Zimbabwe but moved to South Africa as a baby. She grew up and attended school in Howick, KwaZulu Natal before moving to Bloemfontein in 2002 where she completed her first year in BSc Physiotherapy. Ann returned to Howick in 2003 to start an LLB at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg.

Prior to qualifying as an advocate in 2017, Ann worked for 8 years as an attorney in Johannesburg, specialising in competition law (anti-trust). Ann has a Masters in Law which she obtained through the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2012, after being awarded a Chevening Scholarship.

Ann currently manages and captains Team Massmart – a ladies-only elite running club focused on the development, sponsorship and mentorship of South African female athletes competing in the ultra-distance space. The team, which is generously supported by Massmart Holdings, is particularly committed to assisting female athletes of colour to excel in marathon and ultra distance road running events.

Ann is proudly supported by Trojan Health, Beet-It, Saucony and Runderwear.

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

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PBs

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

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

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

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

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

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Social media

You can follow Ann on Instagram here.

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Coaching

Ann currently coaches 13 non-elite athletes who participate in races ranging fro the half marathon to ultra distances. In addition, Ann coaches 10 elite and sub-elite ladies within Team Massmart, as well as 10 development/disadvantaged athletes hoping achieve a sub-4h00, alternatively a sub-3h30 marathon time as part of their build up to the Comrades Marathon in 2020.

Ann has very limited space available to assist new athletes in 2020, given that she has returned to full time practice as an advocate. Openings in her coaching group do arise from time to time and she will assist where she can.

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