Cranleigh parkrun – 19 January 2018 – Event #230

The Mystery of the People in the Park

“You know Holmes, this could be your most challenging case yet,” whispered Watson.

“Indeed,” murmured the celebrated detective; “it has all the hallmarks of a dastardly plot by that dark demon of evil, Moryferrier”.

“Of course,” said Watson peering through the bushes, “there has to be some fantastical reason why nearly 80 people have gathered in the park at nine of the clock on a freezing dank January morning when decent folk would normally be huddled up in the fug of Costa Hall”.

“My dear Watson, I think we can, if I am not mistaken, say that this is a not so secret meeting of the society they call the Cranleigh parkrun”.

“Amazing Holmes – how on earth did you manage to deduce that so quickly?”

“Elementary my dear Watson. Look – that charming lady, if I’m not mistaken is Caroline Todman. Her disguise as a top fashion model would be perfect except for that blue tabard which to me indicates she is a run director – and as it’s Cranleigh, despite the attempts to confuse us with the Siberian conditions, it will be Cranleigh parkrun”.

“And regard over there – those people, who are hoping that their thick furs, hats, gloves and scarves, would allow them to fade into the background as normal polar explorers, have made the fatal mistake of donning yellow hi-viz jackets”.

“Ah – I see, the French have arrived!” exclaimed Watson.

“Eeer no – I propose that they are actually those who are known in the innermost circles of the Illuminati as the volunteers – I suggest we are looking at Helen Bryce, Andy, Harris, Jane Heathcott, Ian Helm, Harriet Irving, Stephanie Lawson, John Mckenna, Mackie Ringrose, Deborah L Riseley, and Bridget Slater. Thogh I need to reflect if running the course backwards and confusing people is a volunteer role Chris Finill can claim.”

“And judging by the cut of their costumes and colour of the mud on their boots, there are volunteers from afar; such as Mike Sankey – the mix of pine needles and grey mud suggesting Bracknell - and Cheryl Sacks – ooooh, that is a challenge, mud from 144 different courses unless my eyes deceive me, but predominantly the mystical Ally Pally.”

“And that wise looking one – do you see the grooves in his shoulder – obviously from continuous use of sub aqua tanks (could be useful today) which means John Green, turning up for his 150th stint at the top of the far hill.”

“And behold Watson those three - Martyn Greaves, Chris and Kate Mason - are undoubtedly the course setting up team.”

“But how on earth do you know that Holmes?”

“Look closely Watson, their noses are the same blue colour as the director’s tabard, indicating that they have been out here in the freezing cold since the cawing of the dark crows broke the silence of dawn”.

“Now hist Watson; look, the people now depart – to the untutored it may seem like that they are out for a gentle stroll. However, given my trained eye and my memories of the case of the spotted Surrey Half Marathon - along with the paucity of dogs and the somewhat alarming display of Lycra - suggests they are trying to run, jog and walk – possibly as much as 5 kilometers”

“Kilometers!” exclaimed Watson.

“It is a strange reference, you may be more comfortable with 248 chains… now let us remain silent for about 20 minutes, and then you may see something that not many are privy to…and best you have your trusty revolver to hand in case things take a turn for the worse…though looking at Andy Harris it might be best if you had your stethoscope and AED ready…”

And yet again Holmes was proved right, his findings rivalling the amazing conclusions he made in the case of the missing knee support. Peering through the damp green canopy he revealed many secrets. In summary…

In just under 20 minutes in bounced, slipped and slid Mark Rowlands – often a Guildford runner but today recording his first first at Cranleigh. Following him in, despite only (literally) running up to the start at the last moment was regular Ian Helm, with Stephen Deasley the next man in, recording his equal best finishing position at Cranleigh.

Holmes also drew attention to the veteran Andy Rees, in ninth place making his first appearance in the top 10 in 39 Cranleigh runs. Andrew Ferrier continued his comeback from injury, finishing in 10th place to celebrate his amazing 200th parkrun. (The cakes were appreciated, though Holmes is sending them off for forensic testing to challenge Andrew’s assertion that he had made them (and the Sainsbury’s label) himself.) And thank you to Andrew and others who helped the gentleman who had a ‘medical episode’ and ensured he was brought home safely.

Holmes also noted, with a slight blush so redolent of the last time he encountered the enthralling, Irene Adler, that there was a strong performance on the female front.

Nici Cahusac finished third overall and first female with an impressive (at any time, let alone in these conditions) 21:35. Next was the aforementioned Cheryl Sacks (she of 307 runs on 144 courses), and in third place the relative beginner (10 runs) Annemarie Nicholls, yet again turning in a good performance; always about 26/27 minutes despite the varying conditions – we look forward to seeing what she can do in the warm and dry!

It didn’t need a great detective to spot that Connie Turner managed an impressive run with a buggy that threatened to find a route of it’s own. Penny Lynch and Catherine George – as ever – managed exceptional formation running to finish with the same time once more.

Even the hard-bitten Holmes couldn’t resist a faint smile of admiration as he saw several family groups defy the weather and get around somehow – full marks to young and nearly young Nathan and Jan Poole, Lucas and Jon Robinson, Beata and Ines-Angel Milne (Ines on her first run – nice time to choose!). Young Georgina Storey ran very well, with a grand smile, though she is now old enough to part company from mum Ruth – who had to run hard to stop the dog doing its slightly worrying Hound of the Baskervilles impersonation.

It was also obvious to Holmes – and indeed Watson who commented on their somewhat glazed expression – that a few people had decided this cold muddy January day was a good time to see what delights the Cranleigh course held – apart from those already mentioned welcome to John Trafford, Helen Morton and Sam Gritton.

And well done to those – not recorded – who turned out and managed a lap of the course prior to greater things soon.

Holmes tapped the ashes out of his pipe, startling the Labrador that was sniffing around his feet, and rose with a final insight.

“I suggest that the sapping, slippy, skidding mud means that for once nobody did an all-time best time – but nobody can gainsay that everyone showed amazing grit and fortitude to turn out – perchance we will see them again next week when we can explore further the mystery of the people in the park.”


Cranleigh Parkrun -12 January 2019 – Event 229

If life has any real purpose, I think it can be distilled into four words: just- keep - moving - forward.

It does not matter how, or even how well, you move forward and sometimes that is the only guiding principle you have left. Even when things seem helpless there is always a way forward. Dig deep, find it, persevere and keep going.

A little bit of inspiration there as the start of 2019 means New Year resolutions and many people this week will do their first ever parkrun. Many people start the year intending to do more exercise and parkrun is a great way to get those joints moving and enjoy the companionship of other people with the same interest.

This week seemed to pass by quickly perhaps helped now as we start to see a difference in the daylight and another parkrun was with us. The weather was dry with a cool breeze making it ideal for today’s field of 99 participants to walk. jog or run around the Bruce McKenzie memorial fields.

Ian was our Race Director today and after the usual pre-talk we were soon under way. With the dry spell the course has improved especially when you reflect back to over four weeks ago. I think most of us do not mind muddy feet but when the conditions are waterlogged it might be a good idea to think of "if life has any real purpose".

The field was led home by Rondo Selwyn and whilst there were no milestones today there will be in the coming weeks as a number of our regulars are heading towards the 50, 100 and 250 runs.

Chris and Kate who regularly assist in setting up were away this week end so a special thank you to Mark who assisted myself in getting things ready.

Likewise, a big thank you for the help, support and encouragement from our volunteers today – that is Julia Finill, Harriet Irving, Graham Finlay, Martyn Greaves, Katherine and Ian Helm, Clare Wood, Mark Tabor, Stephen Haynes, John Green, Stephanie Lawson, Peter Crummett, Ian and Edward Hoy and Bridget Slater.

If you would like to help in the coming weeks please email Harriet at It is easy to be a volunteer and you are able to gain the coveted 25 parkrun tee shirt which you can get by being a volunteer.

Congratulations to those who managed a personal best time today – whether it was in the low 20s or low 40s – so well-done Raff Vitale, Diego Perez Lopez, Aimee Voogd, Jacob Finlay, Matthew Pannell, Danielle Stewart, Diane Robertson, Amanda Partridge, Matt Beavis, and Imogen De Vos.

It was also good to see a ‘blade runner’ braving the sticky conditions today – excellent work Chris Arthey on your first ever parkrun (see for a bit more on Chris’s achievements – and actually a parkrun is nowhere near the toughest thing he has done!)

If you were a first timer or a visitor today, we hope you enjoyed coming and will come back again to Cranleigh parkrun.

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

The male record is held by Bradley GOATER who recorded a time of 15:08 on 6th May 2017 (event number 137).
The female record is held by Kate DREW who recorded a time of 19:21 on 1st July 2017 (event number 145).
The Age Grade course record is held by Susan WIGHTMAN who recorded 91.63% (20:18) on 3rd November 2018 (event number 217).

Cranleigh parkrun started on 4th October 2014. Since then 3,190 participants have completed 17,178 parkruns covering a total distance of 85,890 km, including 2,806 new Personal Bests. A total of 257 individuals have volunteered 3,077 times.


Cranleigh Parkrun – 5 January 2019 – event 228

Well here we go again the second Cranleigh parkrun of the New Year.

The year that has gone gave us bigger fields than ever, more volunteers than ever and likewise many milestones achieved.

I am positive the year ahead will follow in a similar pattern and that everybody's goal will be achieved.

I will firstly apologise that my Christmas day run report, through no thought of mine was not put on the news page due to the holiday period. There are just a couple of things I would like to mention that were in that report, the first being to acknowledge the hard core of volunteers that have assisted throughout the year and put in so much support. As always without them there is no parkrun - if you have not volunteered yet or don't that often please consider sending Harriet an email to

The second thing was to congratulate Ben Osborn, Kate Mason and Paula Elms in achieving their 100 parkrun milestone on Christmas day.

Kate and Paula are regulars at Cranleigh and have also given so much back in volunteering on many occasions.

Back now to today and it was an overcast, cool morning and after Race Director Caroline’s pre-talk over one hundred participants set off to run, jog walk the course.

It has been very fortunate that we have had over two weeks of dry weather which has helped the course recover and it was good to finish with dry socks and just muddy shoes.

Congratulations to all finishers - the full results can be viewed on the results page.

There were two regular parkrunners Stephen Deasley and Graham Finlay achieving their 100 milestone today and will now be able to wear the acclaimed black tee shirt.

Thank you, Graham, for volunteering on many occasions as well and also to everybody that assisted today, it is greatly appreciated.

At Christmas we also saw Martin Bamford step back from his many responsibilities. I cannot express in words our gratitude to Martin for all he has done over the years in establishing our parkrun. A mega thank you and appreciation from all of us and look forward to seeing him at a future parkrun.

I think that rounds everything up for today and look forward to seeing everybody next Saturday.


This week 103 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers; thank you to:

Julia Finill, David Andrews, Caroline Todman, Harriet Irving, Kate Mason, Sam Allwood, Martyn Greaves, Chris Mason, Katherine, Ian and Pippa Helm, Andy Harris, Stephen Haynes , John Green, Peter Crummett, Matt and Emma Whyman and Dave Newby.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Cranleigh parkrun Results Page.The male record is held by Bradley GOATER who recorded a time of 15:08 on 6th May 2017 (event number 137).

The female record is held by Kate DREW who recorded a time of 19:21 on 1st July 2017 (event number 145).

The Age Grade course record is held by Susan WIGHTMAN who recorded 91.63% (20:18) on 3rd November 2018 (event number 217).

Cranleigh parkrun started on 4th October 2014. Since then 3,179 participants have completed 17,079 parkruns covering a total distance of 85,395 km, including 2,796 new Personal Bests. A total of 256 individuals have volunteered 3,062 times.



Cranleigh parkrun #227 – 1st January 2019

Happy New Year!

We sure do know how to get the New Year off to a flying start, with a new attendance record set at Cranleigh parkrun.

In fact, we smashed our previous attendance record (set a year ago on 1st January 2018, when we welcomed 149 finishers) and celebrated 163 finishers for our special New Year's Day parkrun.

New Year's Day is the only day of the year you can run two parkruns in a single day and lots of you took advantage of this possibility, running at Guildford parkrun at 9am before heading over to Cranleigh parkrun for the 10.30am start.

Among the 163 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, 43 of you were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests.

Well done to Pippa Monk, Sam Jackson, Michelle Tanner, Peter Munro, Richard Hodgson, David Rider, Alan Ince, Hannah French, Piers Williamson, Simon Judd, Nicky Hack, Graham Sampson, Timothy Hayward, Katy Ambrose, Monica Gabriela-Tudor, Carol Williamson, Nikki Legg and Nicki Holder for starting the year in the best possible way with a new PB at Cranleigh parkrun.

Representatives of 30 different clubs took part, among them Fitstuff with 14 representatives (who sounded more like 140 as they cheered their fellow club members across the finish line!).

Congratulations to my fellow Run Director Ian Helm who completed his 100th parkrun on New Year's Day, after ticking off 99 at Guildford parkrun that morning.

Ian also managed to get a shout out from Sara Cox on the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show that morning; cue lots of volunteers searching for it in the BBC Sounds app as we waited for runners to finish their first lap!

Congratulations also to Scott Mathias who completed his 50th parkrun.

And with that, I need to say goodbye and thank you.

New Year's Day was my final stint as a Run Director and member of the core team at Cranleigh parkrun. After more than 4 years and 148 separate days of volunteering here (including as Run Director on 74 Saturday mornings!), I'm stepping aside and welcoming Andy Harris into my shoes.

It's been an absolute pleasure being involved with Cranleigh parkrun since it started on 4th October 2014.

Since then 3,171 participants have completed 16,976 parkruns covering a total distance of 84,880 km (more than 13 times around the planet!), including 2,782 new Personal Bests.

A total of 254 individuals have volunteered 3,044 times!

Thank you to everyone, especially Event Directors Caroline and David, and Run Directors Chris, Julia and Ian, and of course everyone who volunteers and runs at Cranleigh parkrun.

I know I'm leaving Cranleigh parkrun in excellent hands and I'll be back once the football season is over to volunteer and run!

Best wishes,

Martin Bamford


Cranleigh parkrun #221 – 1st December 2018

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

This Saturday was the 221st Cranleigh parkrun and 63 people run jogged and walked the course of whom 8 were first timers to our parkrun.

It was only a matter of time before the course would succumb to the winter wetness making the route that extra challenging and forgetting about personal bests for a while.

Congratulations to everybody that made the morning a success.

Please accept my apologises in a attempt at a verse below.

Double, double toil and trouble

Lungs burn and feet get wet

Walk, run and gentle jog

Push a pram or perhaps bring the dog

To hang back or overtake

Pushing, pushing up that hill

Conquer, I can, I will and say hello to John

Its downhill from here and round the fields to start another lap

Things become easier or harder but the finish line appears and all is worthwhile

Another parkrun is completed and it really was not that bad !

Saturdays parkrun was made possible by our wonderful volunteers and indebted to them all.

If you are able to help in the coming weeks whatever role you would like to do please mail Harriet at

Look forward to seeing everybody next week.

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