Sunshine & Smiles

So finally, after the mini ice age and the recent floods, the Sun (notice the capital!) appeared & bathed us all in glorious sunshine. We came to celebrate and pay our regards to this great big thing in the sky we love so much; 484 of you ran, jogged, plodded or walked your way around Stoke Park this Saturday morning. Then, as if at a festival (and it certainly felt like it), we all seemed to sprawl ourselves on the grass, cheering on loved ones & friends or simply enjoying the weather. It was a happy occasion; it was full of sunshine & smiles.

But I’m getting ahead of myself as first there were some significant milestones achieved & celebrated by all the runners and volunteers; firstly there was David WOODCOCK who today realised his 250 parkruns dream and now his dream has grown and he lies awake thinking of the big 500. Huge respect, congratulations and a jolly well done to David WOODCOCK for what is a very special milestone. He certainly looks happy in the picture (and for clarity David is the one in the orange parkrun top – his friend (in green) decided not to run but to simply enjoy the sun & watch).

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A very happy looking David WOODCOCK

Also achieving their 50 milestones today where:

  • Nikki SIMPSON
  • Nicola LUDLOW
  • Nirmal MISRA

Very well done and congratulations to you all. A milestone t-shirt to wear with great pride J

The estimable Bill WILD gave a comprehensive first timers briefing highlighting the importance of hydration on such a warm day. I’m just amazed at how many first timers we seem to get at Guildford parkrun week-in, week-out and this Saturday was no exception with a massive 54 of you courageous and wonderful folk attending Guildford parkrun for the first time – thank you. Bill WILD, who enjoys the selfie, can be seen here with some of the (very) smiley first timers. What a beautiful sight and thank you Bill.

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Bill WILD & new friends

After an introduction to our pacers, superbly organised by Alastair HESLOP and super well done guys as you all came within a few seconds of your pacer time, and a quick run briefing, almost as if we were afraid the sun might be snatched away from us at any moment for being too cheerful, off we all went in a riot of colour & happiness.

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The Off at Glorious Guildford parkrun

Our runners are fantastically supported by all our volunteers and without our lovely volunteers parkrun simply wouldn’t happen. So if you’re a regular parkrun runner but not yet volunteered please do so – you’ll have such a fun time. I really can’t thank our volunteers, or sing their praises enough, and nor it seems can you (and thank you for the comments from some very appreciative runners):

  • Rachel FISHER...’Did this one as a "tourist" this morning. What a fabulous crew! Everyone so friendly, helpful and encouraging...especially marshals on the route. Had a great time ...thank you all so much. Rachel F x x x'
  • Jonathan FUDGE...’ A huge thanks to...the team for putting on the event for us!’
  • Rennie CHADWICK...’What a marvellous bunch!

In total there were 27 volunteers today and what a lovely, professional and simply wonderful group of people they all were. Big love and big thanks to all our volunteers.

An incredible 88 runners had new personal bests this Saturday, despite the heat. I guess all that frustration at not being able to parkrun simply spilled over into having the run of their lives. Well done to them all. So back to where we came in it seems with the sun still shining brightly, and runners who had finished sat around and lay on the warm grass and cheered on the other runners. There was such a beautiful vibe in the air that I almost didn’t want it to end. End it must however and as always we ended in the very friendly Daisy Chain Cafe where running stories and cake were shared with all. Truly a lovely parkrun and such a wonderful start to one’s weekend so thank you all; runners, volunteers and spectators all.

For those who like the stats:

  • Volunteers: 27
  • First Timers: 54
  • Personal Bests: 88
  • Total Runners: 484
  • Clubs Represented: 35

The female record is held by Emily WICKS who recorded a time of 17:31 on 8th October 2016 (event number 227).

The male record is held by Phil WICKS who recorded a time of 15:14 on 23rd September 2017 (event number 274).

The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded 90.41% (22:25) on 27th April 2013 (event number 57).

Guildford parkrun started on 10th March 2012. Since then 11,124 participants have completed 80,810 parkruns covering a total distance of 404,050 km, including 14,518 new Personal Bests.

 

HOW EXCITING

'parkrun's presenting partner Vitality is offering parkrunners the chance to jog alongside Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill during some upcoming filming. Filming will take place in Stoke Park, Guildford on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 April, please follow the link below for more information and to apply. You must be able to commit to both of the dates.'

http://magazine.vitality.co.uk/vitality-tv-idents/

 

Run Report by touring volunteer and parkrunner Christopher Stocks (Eastleigh) running at the #299 Guildford parkrun

Although arriving on a grey, damp morning in Guildford, it was uplifting to find smiling faces buzzing with that parkrun enthusiasm. It was just the tonic needed after all the rain. The lush spring grass was dark green, and extremely spongy under foot. Nicky HACK gave us a friendly chat, making us feel very welcome. The run director Alastair HESLOP gave wise words of advice with a steady yet firm tone. It was very pleasing to me as a supporter of volunteering that Alastair also named every volunteer in his brief to a continuous applause from the runners and supporters alike. Anyone out there who would like to or is thinking about volunteering please give it a go. Volunteers are the real hero’s of parkrun. It's really a great feeling to give something back.

The time had arrived.  Facing an open field of grass with sneaky interludes of boggy ground waiting in anticipation of many footsteps we set off. Charging down the hill like a heard of galloping wildebeests we flew. Well some looked more like gazelles and cheetahs but those ultra inhuman speed monkeys were soon out of sight for the likes of me. The boggy ground did not disappoint and was a relief from some of the gravel paths I personally have travelled.  Seriously though it wasn't that bad. The many shouts of encouragement and kind words being passed as we made our way around the course gave me a great sense of just how friendly this parkrun was. Marshals with huge grins and banter made for entertainment as the realisation of "yes I really am doing this" set in, followed by the inevitable "why am I doing this". Those thoughts were very soon put to bed when I encountered the most incredible, delightful, unsinkable Paul TATLER. Honestly Guilford parkrun, this marshal had more energy than a super car. His wonder words and huge booming voice were so invigorating. Big it up for you Paul TATLER. So with renewed intent I ventured into a second lap, Paul TATLERS words still leaving a whopping grin on my face. Further on I started to encounter runners slowing down or walking as I rounded the far corner of the course and used some of that enthusiasm I'd received to encourage others. It was at not long after this I found myself looking forward to seeing Paul TATLER again. What a great bunch of volunteers you have at Guilford. Upping my pace I managed to blast up the last rise and pass the giant tones egging us all to the finish. Yes Paul TATLER again. After a little more slip and slide round the final bend I was there and listening to tales of running on a Saturday morning from tired and sweaty strangers. What a great way to spend a morning. HE HE.

 I am not sure how many times I mentioned you Paul TATLER, but you deserve every one.

Other people to note were:

Susan BRYAN 299 run on Guilford's 299th event well done.

Susanna HARRISON Keith HARRISON 200 runs well done.

Jane FOSTER 100 runs well done

Paul WAKEFORD 100 runs well done

Gemma LYON 10 runs well done

Ben HUMPHREYS 10 runs well done

Well done to anybody who volunteered and also got their club 25 today.

Thank you for a great day Guildford.

The touring reporter

Christopher Stocks,

For further stats please see below.

Guildford parkrun
Event number 299
31st March 2018

This week 244 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Jo MERLINI • Christopher STOCKS • William BLAIR • Nicky HACK • David CORRIE • Eve MERLINI • Simon RITCHIE • Katie CORRIE • Jemma ALEXANDER • Alastair HESLOP • Thomas PINNEGAR • Alex JOHNSON • Russell BROWN • Jane SILVEYRA • Nikki SIMPSON • Helen HOLCROFT • Katy SMITH • Anne WARNER • Maddie HESLOP • Paul TATLER • Charlotte HESLOP • Becca MEIKLEM • Madeline LEOPOLD • Katrina LEOPOLD

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

The female record is held by Emily WICKS who recorded a time of 17:31 on 8th October 2016 (event number 227).
The male record is held by Phil WICKS who recorded a time of 15:14 on 23rd September 2017 (event number 274).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded 90.41% (22:25) on 27th April 2013 (event number 57).

Guildford parkrun started on 10th March 2012. Since then 10,965 participants have completed 79,649 parkruns covering a total distance of 398,245 km, including 14,368 new Personal Bests.

 

SATURDAY, 24 MARCH – CANCELLED

Unfortunately we have had to, once again, cancel Guildford parkrun this Saturday 24 March due to the course conditions not improving at all.  We are hoping that another week, without snow, rain and whatever else is thrown at us, we will be back on for Saturday, 31 March.  Please keep checking the Facebook page and website.

Enjoy being tourists this Saturday, but we look forward to welcoming back our loyal Guildford parkrunners (that's you lot)  with open arms, coffee, cake, chat and a bit of running of course!

Thank you.

Nicky and Julie

Co Event Directors

xx

 

 

 

Cancellation this Saturday and our Birthday Run Report!!

Unfortunately we have had to cancel Guildford parkrun this Saturday 17th March due to the conditions on the course, as we need to give the ground a chance to recover. We hope you take this opportunity to visit one of the many excellent parkruns nearby, but please come back!!

Thanks to Tanya Boardman for writing the following run report for our birthday run last week:

Happy Birthday Guildford parkrun!

After a crisp run that was firm underfoot last week, I was full of expectation for more of the same this week. However, heavy rain on Friday night soon put paid to those thoughts.

We were celebrating the 6th Birthday of Guildford parkrun and although runner numbers were a little bit subdued owing to final preparations for the Surrey Half Marathon, this meant that the volunteer roster was full and the post-parkrun gathering showed a boost in numbers too.

The full extent of the effects of the previous day's rain was evident on my walk from the car park to the start with not only mud, but standing water on the course too. It wasn't actually raining for the new runners' briefing, but predictably as ED Julie welcomed us and went on to remind us of the Golden Rules, there was definitely a dampness in the air.

Julie provided a few statistics about the last six years of Guildford parkrun.  In total, 11,091 people have run, jogged or walked the course 79,112 times - the total distance covered would reach the moon, plus a little bit more!  This has all been made possible by 896 wonderful volunteers who have volunteered on 5,115 occasions.

It probably wasn't a day for many PBs, but the mud underfoot is a great way to strengthen knees and hips and work your core! Two laps as usual punctuated by a fantastic team of merry marshals encouraging us round and making sure we don't accidentally get swept up by the military fitness teams, cyclists and dog walkers who we share the park with every week.

Still raining at the end there was a quick transfer to the Daisy Chain Café for tea, coffee and birthday cakes. In fact there were more cakes than expected as Keith and Susanna Harrison announced that they were celebrating their silver wedding anniversary. Congratulations to them!

A relaxed session of token sorting, cake eating and chatting and then it's all over for another week. See you again soon!!

Some more stats below:

Guildford parkrun
Event number 298
10th March 2018

This week 293 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Bill WILD • Paul MEARMAN • Tamara PEDGRIFT • Anne Cumming CONNELL • Nicky HACK • Robert PITT • Eve MERLINI • George LYLE • Jane THACKSTONE • Jemma ALEXANDER • Trevor WOOD • Alastair HESLOP • Adam HEWITT • Laura ROBSON • Stephen OSBORNE • Jan SPENCER • Kate HORNE • Julie BRYANT • Mary MANNING • Alan INCE • Madeleine CHARBINE • Monica-Gabriela TUDOR • Maddie HESLOP • Paul TATLER • Benjamin CURTIS • Madeline LEOPOLD • Mark SHERWOOD • Katrina LEOPOLD

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

The female record is held by Emily WICKS who recorded a time of 17:31 on 8th October 2016 (event number 227).
The male record is held by Phil WICKS who recorded a time of 15:14 on 23rd September 2017 (event number 274).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded 90.41% (22:25) on 27th April 2013 (event number 57).

Guildford parkrun started on 10th March 2012. Since then 10,942 participants have completed 79,405 parkruns covering a total distance of 397,025 km, including 14,358 new Personal Bests.

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