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).
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.
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.
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.