David Ashworth

Co-founder of Born 2 Run Athletics Club, as well as Roodepoort and Bryanston parkrun – David’s dedication to his sport is inspiring.  Having run competitively over the longer distance road running events for many years as well as trail running, David has a wealth of knowledge from which to draw when coaching both novice and experienced athletes. Currently teaching at a local high school, coaches cross-country and athletics is his preferred extramural activity. Combine this with his studies of physiology (undertaken as a sub-major within his B.Ed degree) and ASA coaching qualification,  you’ll find that David has a very structured and scientific approach to his coaching.

Currently coaching a number of road runners of all levels from beginner to very experienced.


Focus Areas

  • Road Running
  • Trail Running
  • Short Distance (10km or longer)
  • Long Distance (42.2km to ultra distance)

David’s stats

  • Comrades Ultra Marathon (90km) PB: 6h24  (8 x silver medals)
  • Two Oceans (56km) PB: 3h39 (4 x silver medals)
  • Brussels Marathon (42.2km) PB: 2h31
  • 10km PB: 32m17
  • 5km PB: 16m04

David’s bio

  • Founder of the Roodepoort parkrun
  • Co-founder of Bryanston parkrun
  • Regional Director for parkrun South Africa (Central Gauteng)
  • Past chairman and director of Born 2 Run Athletics Club (2014-2018)
  • Recipient of athletics bursary to the University of the Witwatersrand (2013)
  • Editor of parkrun SA newsletter
  • Cross-country & Athletics coach at Trinityhouse High School



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lloydLloyd, Sandton

“My journey with David began just over 11 months ago (mid 2015). Having taken up running on a regular basis roughly 9 months prior, I developed a goal to take on the Comrades in 2016 as a novice and decided it was essential to partner with a highly experienced and knowledgeable support base.  I chose to partner with David in mid-June 2015 and have not looked back… First up, focus was on improving my 21km time. In the 3 week period during August 2015 I improved my 21km by over 5 minutes and just over 6 weeks later I improved this by a further 4 minutes. 

The 5 months build up to the start of 2016 was centred on a consistent, yet challenging program adapted to my goals which was also effectively worked around a busy work schedule. The structure of the program evolved further in 2016 as we worked towards building marathon fitness and of course the challenge of the Comrades down run in late May. Once again I continued to improve, resulting in an 18 minute improvement on my previous marathon PB and a further improvement  during a training run in the lead up to Comrades.

Although the mileage continued to build during the heavy mileage phase in March/April, this had no impact on speed thanks to the terrific variation and structure of the program which contributed immensely in ensuring I stuck with it and stayed on track. Whilst Comrades was always the main focus, I was once again amazed how consistency had such a positive impact on all facets of my running which included strength on the hills and again improvement in speed as I randomly ran a 5km PB (sub 20mins) during my favourite interval session (75/45s).

Comrades arrived on 29 May 2016 and thanks to the awesome support of David and the methodical program developed over the 11 month period I ran an 8hrs 29min debut Comrades (Bill Rowan medal) and truly had a day to remember!

Without the phenomenal guidance and support from David, never in mind wildest dreams would have been able to run such a time during my first Comrades! I can’t wait to get going again, working towards the Cape Town Marathon in just over 3 months’ time and building from there as we work towards the Two Oceans Ultra and Comrades up run in 2017!”