Cranleigh parkrun #214 – 13th October 2018

With thanks to Martyn Greaves for writing our run report this week!

It was a lovely morning for a run today and over one hundred parkrunners turned up for another dose of parkrun including visitors from Tilgate and as far afield as Wales.

Run Director Chris Finill in his usual professional manner greeted us and welcomed everybody to Cranleigh parkrun and like many others have put in a high amount of effort to make it all happen over the four years Cranleigh parkrun has been in existance.

It was good to see some familiar faces return back including Nick Sirs, Matt and Emma Wyman and daughter Ethel all of which assisted in volunteer roles.

Likewise, David Andrews back to more like his usual form after a prolonged back problem. David does a magnificent job in getting the results out to us each week for which we are extremely grateful.

On a slightly sadder note we wish Alison our good wishes for a speedy recovery.

Cranleigh is one of the smaller parkruns and always welcome help so please do consider volunteering in the future via if you would like to be involved.

The course is holding up well and perhaps it will never turn wet (a nice word for extremely boggy!) in the winter months ahead and many personal bests were achieved today.

It gives me a personal pleasure to see people achieve parkruns milestones and congratulations to Alex Smith on his 10th and Jill Hepworth,Tina Jones and Zoe Jacobs (those biscuits were delicious, Zoe!) on their 50th.

Well until next week stay fit and healthy.

This week 107 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Chris FINILL • Julia FINILL • David ANDREWS • Kate MASON • Martyn GREAVES • Raymond GRUE • Chris MASON • Paula ELMS • Andrew HARRIS • Stephen HAYNES • John GREEN • Ethel WHYMAN • Emma WHYMAN • Steven HEXTALL • Chloe HEXTALL • Annabelle HEPWORTH • Niamh HILLS • Josh BRUYNS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Cranleigh parkrun Results Page.

Cranleigh parkrun started on 4th October 2014. Since then 2,941 participants have completed 15,630 parkruns covering a total distance of 78,150 km, including 2,671 new Personal Bests.


The Joy of Four – Cranleigh parkrun – 6 October 2018

This week we celebrate all that is four!

Foremost is the fact that it was a celebration of four years of Cranleigh parkrun. Many thanks to those involved in the original setting up of our run – including Martin Bamford and family, Caroline Todman, David Andrews, Chris Finill, Simone Dill and many others. Your hard work in those early days has given us a wonderful Saturday morning celebration of all that is good in this modern world.

As run director Ian Helm pointed out, over the four years just under 3,000 (!!!) different people have experienced the beauty and pain of our parkrun – the gorgeous views and good company, the flowers,  the hill and the bogs… Together we have run for 306 days 3 hours 12 minutes; I know, on a bad day it feels like you have done all those days on the hill yourself…

This Saturday’s fourth birthday run was another excellent one. A great turnout of just under 140 runners joined together to have a bit of fun and tackle personal challenges.

In terms of who ran four years ago and then who ran today, we celebrate the resilience of Cranleigh regulars Chris and Kate Mason, Ray Grue, Andy and Louise Bryant, Catherine George, Katherine Helm, Julia Finill and Heather Law. We were also delighted to see occasional Cranleigh runners Tanya Boardman and Fran Wood who ran four years ago and popped back this Saturday to join our celebrations.

In terms of volunteers, four years ago and this week we had the services of the wonderful David Andrews and Martin Bamford. And in a category of her own, Caroline Todman volunteered four years ago and ran this weekend.

Carrying on with the theme of four, doing their fourth run were Jeremy Davies, Richard Kelly and – with a new PB - Jonathan Isted.

Fourth in this week’s effort grade table was Christopher Peck, paying one of his occasional visits to Cranleigh and making his mark by finishing first and knocking 30 seconds off his PB.

In fourth (named place) was Gareth Henderson – a total newcomer to parkrun but certainly making an immediate impact with a fine 18.58 run (but where do you go from there Gareth??).

Amongst the females the fourth runner in was Anna Pritchard – taking time away from her efforts at the leisure centre with her spin classes and very worthy work across a range of range of activities, including programmes for those with memory challenges.

In 44th place was young Kirsty Watts. This was Kirsty’s first run at Cranleigh – all her other 52 runs were at Pegasus - in New Zealand! Given that the course there is described as ‘very mildly undulating, with only the gentlest of slopes to contend with’, she put in an excellent performance to float over our hill in 25 minutes.

Amongst those making runs in the forty-run range were Gary Lee who took over a minute off his year-old PB). Nigel Jones made it forty parkruns while Georgina and Ruth Storey were also in the forty-run group (Ruth giving the field a bit of a start just to make it interesting). Ray Gunner came over from Fareham and lots of southern tourism to record a very respectable 20 minutes for his 42nd run and his first at Cranleigh.

Oliver Gosden made this his 43rd run with his eighth second place (to add to his 15 first finishes). Jon McKenna made it yet another top three finish on his 46th run. Zoe Jacobs and Christopher Bernard closed in on their red T shirts with their 49th runs. Chris Tuthill and Penny Lynch – both Cranleigh stalwarts - completed the 40 group.

We celebrated four landmarks. Congratulations to regulars Rhys Lansdowne (50 magnificent runs) and Jamie Rushworth (100 awesome runs). Hello and well done to Dan Kirkby who came across from the closed Guildford run to do his fiftieth parkrun on his first visit to us. And congratulations to Annette Lee who recorded her 4th consecutive PB (OK – not a normal landmark but I needed one more!).

Away from the run, cakes were to the fore (do you see what I did there?). Many thanks to all who brought snacks to help us celebrate our fourth birthday but particular thanks to our cakemaker general Helen Bryce for her magnificent book (too good to eat – oh, sorry – they’ve eaten it…).

Then there were wonderful biscuits with an excellent four decoration from Katherine Helm, fine cheese straws from Lynne Harris and chocs, biscuits and other delights from many others. (Don’t even try calculating how far you should have run to justify eating what you did – arguably you’d still be out there…).

Before (sic) the run – and cakes – we had three very kind volunteers who – as they so often do – set up the course. Many thanks to Chris and Kate Mason and Martyn Greaves. All volunteers do a grand service but setting up does involve getting there an hour and four minutes beforehand, and going around an extra lap of the course to set up the flags. And commiserations to Martyn who slipped and fell while setting up – but of course he still did the run.

And many thanks to the fourteen (hurrah) other volunteers who did such a fine job.  

Well done David Andrews, Martin Bamford, Peter Crummett, Penny Green, John Green, Andrew Harris, Stephen Haynes, Ian Helm, Annabelle Hepworth, Chloe Hextall, Debbie Sampson, Philippa Staddon, Geraldine Williams and Harry Charlton (who cheerfully combined post-race clear up with baby sitting and potty duties!).

Away from the fours, we had Harriet Irving leading in the ladies, despite injuries suffered at a half marathon last week where she did a Chris Finill – taking a dive at three miles and still doing a remarkable time despite shedding blood and skin along the course. Abi Truelove was second in, spending the whole of the final lap thinking about running down Harriet – but then going for life rather than the death run. Lynne Harris completed the top three.

We had a lovely bunch of newcomers – a very warm welcome to their first ever parkrun to Annie and Ray Booker, Gareth Henderson, Susan South, Susan Kelland and Louise Auty. Welcome also to Jacob Finlay joining his dad, Cranleigh regular, Graham (but tactfully not beating dad)(as if…).

And very well done to those who made the most of the excellent conditions and sailed round to a PB. You deserve credit; unfortunately somebody has queried if the results are slightly out – but until any amendment bask in the glory. So excellent work by Jamie Kelly, Anthony Stovold, Thomas Fuller, Marie-Claire George, Deb Mcguinness, Paddy Payne, Zac Leslie, Nikki Legg, Keith Rhodes, Gavin Longson, Steven Hextall, Danielle Stewart, Annette Lee, Rob Kershaw, Rory Green, Gary Lee, Sophie Leslie, Jean-Patrick Judson, Sam Cornwell and Henry James Sampson.

We look forward to our fifth year. At some stage the park development (new lake, car park, running paths, ampitheatre, etc) in the Knowle Park area may mean we have to make a temporary move, but then the plan is to have an even better course combining the glories of the countryside with some well laid out paths.  

Whatever happens, the company, support and overcoming personal challenges will undoubtedly make it yet another wonderful year.


Christmas and New Year’s Day

Now we're into the final quarter of the year, we're officially allowed to talk about Christmas!

We're pleased to confirm that Cranleigh parkrun will be hosting a couple of extra parkruns for you - one on Christmas Day and one on New Year's Day.

On Christmas Day, Cranleigh parkrun will take place at the usual time of 9am, giving you plenty of time to run and then get home to cook the turkey.

On New Year's Day, the start time will be a little later than usual at 10.30am. This allows time to a) recover from your hangover, or b) do the parkrun double and run first at Guildford parkrun at 9am. Your choice.

Note these are additional parkruns, with the usual Saturday parkruns at 9am still taking place.

We are of course looking for willing volunteers to help us out on both days. Please drop a line to if you're able to be a high vis hero on either or both days.


The running of the park – Cranleigh 15 Septiembre 2018

Our run report this week written with apologies to Ernest Hemingway...

The old man leaned wearily on the weather beaten arris rail that enclosed the lowland meadows that men called Knowle Park.

He gazed across the fields with his rheumy eyes then hawked noisily.

“What do you see old man?” asked the young man at his side.

The young man spoke in tones of respect because did not the old man wear the T shirt of the great tough mudder? In the cantinas of old Cranleigh some whispered that he had been at the mudder run when El Ferrier had fallen and had been so badly trampled by La Bryce that now he could not even beat old ladies because he had injuries that men did not wish to speak of.

The old man said nothing for a moment – then whispered “…soon…soon..”.

The young man could see nothing, but then he turned and gazed around.

“Why are there tables over there, old man, groaning under the weight of chocolate cake and other lite bites forbidden to all those over the age of 5…?”

The old man did not shift his gaze from the empty meadows.

“That is the celebration of landmark table” he murmured.

“Look closely – it is for many. It is for the mighty Mike Saunders. He has done the run 233 times at many festivals and today it is 100 runs just at Cranleigh. But he has been so battered by the mud he needs a map to find his way – look …


The offerings are also from La Deborah Riseley – she will have done 200 runs today – if she survives. She is wise – she knows that 200 runs is actually one million metres – and she says she has counted everyone.

And then we have those who are joining the red brigade. Fifty runs and still they go. Emma De Vos – today, as so often guided round by the youngster known as Rupert of the rapid run. Alex Jacobs - joining her sister in the brigade and all marvel at how she has turned into a runner in just a year. And then of course Amy Giacomuzzi - she of the 16 PBs, today escorted through the bad lands by the speedy one and now 50 runner they call Karen Bryant”

The old man paused, and he peered intently across the fields. He raised one wizened arm to point.

There they were. Runners pouring down the hill then following an ancient zig zag path across meadows – urged on by shouts and guided by the waving arms of the stewards of the course, La Geraldine and La Julia.

On they ran. Towards a fence then veering up along the length of the fence until unerringly they found the gap and raced back down the fence, round the stewards’ poles and then were herded into the gathering funnel. Here the two Stephens took note of their time while La Chloe branded them and then La Stephanie recorded their achievements.

“People say you know all the runners as if they were people Old Man – is that right?” the young man respectfully asked.

“That is the way” said the old man.

“Let me tell you the tale of the run”

“First home is that famous runner that appears at many festivals – the unknown. He was chased home by Paul Quinnell – seven times he has been in the first three of the runners.

The third person to race into the funnel is a visitor to this festival, and breaking with our traditions – a woman… Roanna Vickers ran as fast as the wind on the first lap, leading the men then showing her mettle to carry on into a strong third place just 25 seconds off the record female time.

Third man in was Dave Newby – charging like a young bull of the plains and going faster than he had ever run.

Roanna the runner was followed by La Abi Truelove – yet again teasing all by closing in on her fastest time but not quite getting there this week. Wait until the bartenders start to take the wagers from the big players and then see her fly. Then Philippa Staddon popping up for her occasional run and dashing on for another fast time.”

The young man, paused, looking at the increasing throng. “Why are some of the runners going into the gathering funnel, looking at their watch and then jumping up and down as if a matador had stabbed them with his estoque?”

Ah, said the old man “That is the ancient celebration of El Personal Best – look closely young man…look at the youngster they call Pippa Helm, on her first appearance at the festival she fought the course in 40 minutes, now she flies round in 24. That we also see with Oliver Lamboll who has learnt from the old fighters and has improved from 27 minutes to 19 minutes. The day is good for the young ones as Jess Jones ran a wonderful 26 minutes for the first time, and Freddie Jupp celebrates his 4 bests in his last five appearances.

The celebrations continue with Alison McKenzie speeding home to a best ever time – all her friends rejoice with her. Our golfing walker Pat Adams improved by almost 10 minutes in three weeks. And look – joining in the revelries are bestists Kirsty Taylor, Peter Wilkinson, Nicola Anstey, Jason Birnie, Zoe Leslie, Rosanna Gethin, Sam Cornwell, Gabrielle Etherington, Alex and Julian Smith, Ian Carlisle, Clare Harding, Richard Kelly, Tim Wright, Sarah Morris Amy Creak - and Elizabeth Campbell straining every sinew in an attempt to stay ahead of the her nemesis.”

“And who are those at the end of the fencing wandering around clutching a scrap of white paper and looking confused?” the young man asked.

The old man peered and then a fleeting smile crossed his face. “Ah, those are the newcomers to the running of the festival, they are trying to find out what to do with the ritual of the scanning. The director of the run he has already welcomed Trevor Green, Louise Hollington, Ellen Wright, Emily Hodge, Isobel Morton, Anna Holland, and Marie-Claire George. And then there is young Annabelle Rushworth joining her famous father Jamie of the fast feet, and Matthew Campbell, trying to keep his mother in sight.

“And those wearing the Apricot shirts with the strange names?” the young man queried.

“Ah, the tourists – they have braved the perils of the B2128 and the bandidos that call that pass their own. So, they have come from far-flung places with exotic names like Guildford, Horsham and Woking – they will have learnt that the running at Cranleigh welcomes the visitors.”

“And the lady doing the Pirate Challenge?”

“It is the way – you choose to run courses with names so that you can say you have done seven ‘c’s and an R… (!!!)”

And old man, is there anything else that people will talk of in the days to come?

The old man pondered a moment.

“They will say that there were 107 people who ran, jogged or walked and the whole festival was only possible because of the people in the cuadrilla – that is Chris and Julia Finill , David Andrews, Kate and Chris Mason, Martyn Greaves, Geraldine Williams, Andy Harris, Stephen Haynes, John Green, Stephanie Lawson, Steven Hextall and Chloe Hextall and Steve Browning”

“Shall you be here next week?” the young man asked.

The old man paused; “Every week the festival takes place and as long as I have the breath in my body and the use of my weary bones I will be here to celebrate - unless it’s raining in which case find me in the café…”


Cranleigh parkrun # 209 – 8th September 2018

With thanks to parkrun tourist Lucinda Cobb for writing our run report this week.

This weeks parkrun found me at the start line of Cranleigh as I aim to do more tourism runs as well as currently choosing parkruns to spell out my name, hence today’s choice!

I wasn’t particularly looking forward to the hill, let alone going up it twice, but the views at the top were most definitely worth it, Cranleigh is a beautiful course.

This week 90 people ran, jogged and walked their way around the course, eight of which were running their first ever parkrun - a very warm welcome to you. We hope you enjoyed the run today and look forward to welcoming back for many more.

Fifteen people managed a PB today, well done to all of you.

There were three milestone runs today Owain Lansdowne, Steve Browning and Scarlett Timmins were all running their 50th, congratulations on your achievement and here’s to your next 50.

In a week where the nations health and lack of movement and exercise particularly amongst children were again highlighted in the media, I found it wonderful to be surrounded by so many other sports taking place. More often than not parkruns are often the only activity taking place at 9am on a Saturday but here there was a real sense of community in hundreds of adults and children taking part in sports.

A special thanks to all today’s 15 volunteers without whom parkrun would not be possible. The roster is looking a little light over the next few weeks so if you can volunteer then please contact the team.

If you’ve never done it before you don’t have anything to worry about, the team will explain everything and there’s a variety of roles you can try, including some that still mean you can run as well.

Thanks again to Cranleigh for making me feel so welcome today, it was a pleasure to run around such a beautiful course. If any of you are ever visiting Frimley Lodge come and say hello!

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