David Ashworth

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David started running in 2005 as a member of the Florida Running Club based in Roodepoort, Johannesburg. He completed his first Comrades in 2006 and has, to date, run the race 10 times with a PB (personal best) of 6h24 in 2018. David has also run 9 Two Oceans Ultra’s with a PB of 3h39 in 2012. He has competed in various trail races as well as in cycling and open-water swimming events.

David became heavily involved in parkrun in South Africa in 2012, teaming up with Bruce and Gill Fordyce to launch the Roodepoort parkrun. In 2013, David and Ann moved to Bryanston where they started the Bryanston parkrun. Between 2012 and 2015, David fulfilled the role of Regional Director for parkrun South Africa (Central Gauteng).

David ran his fastest marathon (2h31) in 2011 at the Brussels Marathon. His second fastest time is 2h33 which he ran at the Valencia Marathon in 2018.

David has worked with a number of coaches over the years including Bruce Fordyce, Andrew Bosch, Neville Beeton, Gerrie Coetzee, John Hamlett and Lindsey Parry.

David coaches all levels of athletes from novice short-distance runners up to elite ultra-distance runners, including elite athlete Ramadimetja Babili (9th, Two Oceans Ultra 2019).

David has recently taken up the reins as head coach of Team Massmart.

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Personal bests

  • David has achieved the following personal best times:
  • (1) Comrades Marathon (90km): 6h24 (9 silver medals)
  • (2) Two Oceans Ultra Marathon (56km): 3h39 (4 silver medals)
  • (3) Brussels Marathon (42.2km): 2h31
  • (4) 10km: 32min17
  • (5) 5km: 16min04

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Social media

You can follow David on twitter as @AthleteAshworth and on Instagram here.

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Coaching Enquiry

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