Cranleigh parkrun 258 – the summer continues

First of all, a big thank you to today’s Run Director, Martin Bamford, who, when given less than an hour’s notice that the designated Run Director was indisposed, readily agreed to stand in. Martin (who set up the parkrun here at Cranleigh) is officially no longer on the RD list and has not carried out the role since January, but there was no sign of rustiness and he gave a cheerful welcome to all 127 runners and the event went ahead smoothly and efficiently under his calm and reassuring leadership.

Thank you also to Martyn Greaves and Jyoti Lopes who worked very hard to set up of the course without Lynne to help – and respect to Jyoti who cycles in from Guildford at silly o’clock to help set up!

In spite of the summer holidays being upon us, we had a good turnout of volunteers and a big thank you to all of the following who willingly gave of their time and expertise:
Sue Bailey, Martin Bamford, Steve Browning, Peter Crummett, Imogen De Vos, Emma De Vos, Martyn Greaves, John Green, Andy Harris, Lynne Harris, Robert Hedgecock, Jason Hurndall, Ella Jarvis, Ian Lambert, Jyoti Lopes, Ellis Mckenzie, Karen Mckenzie, Georgie Mclaren, James Mclaren, Mackie Ringrose, and Jenny Robertson.

This week there were 28 runners who were new to Cranleigh Park Run. We do hope you enjoyed your visit and that you had time to appreciate the view from the top of the hill.

Oliver Gosden was the first male yet again but he was given a run for his money by first timer, Tom Hughes. Abi Truelove was the first female to finish. It was good to see Stephanie Lawson back running at Cranleigh after her injury.

Many congratulations to the 15 runners who achieved a PB. Among our regulars Alison Martin managed to beat a year-old PB while young Harry Lancaster took an impressive 50 seconds off his best. Commiserations must go to young Rupert de Vos for missing out on a PB by just 3 seconds. Try again next week, Rupert, when hopefully all the hay will have been gathered as this should make the course a little bit faster – but at least you dragged dad round for a PB!

The last ‘shout-out’ is for young Jess Robinson - normally a regular runner at Cranleigh - who completed her 100th Park Run today as a tourist at Severn Bridge.

We look forward to seeing those of you who are not away on holiday next Saturday. Volunteer co-ordinator Andy Harris is already looking forward to getting offers of a few more volunteers. Please do contact cranleighhelpers@parkrun.com if you are free to help.