What an eventful week at Guildford parkrun. I missed so much! 3 juniors joined the 10 Club, 2 age category records were broken, and the female course record was beaten by a first timer.
There were 178 runners, of whom 33 were first timers at Guildford and 24 were running their first parkrun anywhere. An incredible 50 people recorded new Personal Bests. Well done everyone! Jane Morris posted on Facebook that she had achieved her 6th PB in a row (that is every single week she has run), but added that she is 'slow'. Jane, Jane, Jane!!! It doesn't matter how quickly you do it - it's doing it at all that counts. By the way, did you realise that your age grading this week was above 50% for the first time? Another milestone ticked; well done!
Well done also to Abigail Bateman (JW15-19, 28:48), Niamh Sullivan (JW14, 36:12) and Daniel Wallis (JM15-19, 17:39) who have all now joined the 10 Club. Please remember to respond to the email regarding your t-shirt. We've had an email this week from Ray, the hugely energetic Event Director from Bushy who, along with his wife Ann, manages t-shirt orders for the whole UK. He was alerting us to a temporary shortage of some sizes due to high demand, but please be assured that if your t-shirt isn't available straight away you will get it as soon as possible.
Martyn Thomas (VM45-49,26:59), in the bright orange on left of the photo above, was celebrating the anniversary of his first parkrun. Martyn has run 38 times since then, plus the Freedom Run on New Year's Day, and is also a regular volunteer. He decided to mark this occasion by running an extra 2 laps. Training for the Longest parkrun on 23rd June Martyn?
Daniel Wallis (JM15-19) of Guildford & Godalming AC, was first over the line in 17:39. A great way to mark your 10th parkrun Daniel!
Alex McIntosh (SM30-34) of Garden City Runners, was second to finish in 17:56 in his first outing at Guildford.
Mark Hadley (SM30-34) of Woking AC (and Fitstuff runners where he is known as 'Fast Mark'), finished third in 18:13.
Katherine Philp (SW30-34) of Garden City Runners, was first (6th overall) over the line in 19:13 for a new age category record for SW30-34 and a new female course record. Katherine was running her first GUildford parkrun but her 28th altogether, and she also holds course records at Pymmes and Oak Hill. Well done Katherine!
Michelle Oldham (VW40-44) of Woking AC, finished second (10th overall) in a new PB of 20:00, setting a new age category record for VW40-44.
Katie Bingle (JW15-19) of Guildford & Godalming AC, was third (30th overall) in 21:51.
Meanwhile, I was in Norwich. The hotel I was staying in only served breakfast from 8am at weekends, but kindly arranged room service of beans on toast at 7am before I headed off to Eaton Park. The forecast had been for rain when I checked on Friday night, but in fact it was a lovely sunny morning, and the rain only started much later.
The briefing took place in a bandstand and then we walked out to the edge of the park to begin the run which covered 3 laps. It was flat, but with lots of corners. The field was 406 strong, and a bit crowded to begin with. After a slightly slow start I played cat and mouse with another woman, Sarah, through the entire run. I took the lead on the straights and she passed me again round the bends, where I was rubbish. According to a friend, the Ferrari team had similar difficulty cornering in the 1981 F1 season.... Sarah and I chatted at the end and both said we'd been spurred on by the other. She had achieved a new PB so was delighted. We turned to the next woman in the queue behind us to congratulate her too, and she told us she'd found it hard - at 5 months pregnant! Wow.
Nice as it was to experience another different parkrun, it'll be good to be back at Guildford next time. Have a good week until then