Cranleigh parkrun No 261

It was a wonderful balmy summer morning, with a good to be a live feeling and what could be better than to do a parkrun.

The event was well supported with a good variety of ages and our four legged friends.

The heat was turned back on for our 261st running of Cranleigh parkrun with the sun tan lotion making a return and the waterproofs departing.

Whilst there has been plenty of rain up to now in August the course conditions have remained virtually perfect enabling many to achieve personal bests or get close to achieve that. You do sometimes wonder if we will ever get wet feet again on our course, I am sure the time will come.

However, today was a scorcher and I think the majority of us were content to go into survival mode and cross the finish line, although some personal bests were achieved.

There were some local tourists but also visitors from as far as field as Portsmouth and the county of Devon

There were five people doing their first ever parkrun and hope that will be one of many.

It is inspiring to see how this global community enjoy sharing Saturday mornings at a parkrun no matter were you are in the county, country or globally,

What better way to uplift our mood than participating or helping in parkrun,

A very warm welcome to you all and we hope you had a great walk, jog or run and enjoyed the Cranleigh experience as much as we enjoyed having you.

The results and event history can be viewed on the Cranleigh parkrun results page.

Our appreciation to Sara Burge for her dedication in processing the results whilst on holiday

It has took one over four years

Likewise two nearly seven

and one more parkrun for a 100

Find out more and read on.

Congratulations to Mark Tabor in achieving his 200th parkrun and for the cake at the end.

Regulars at Cranleigh know that Mark has done everyone of his parkruns here at Knowle park which is quite a unique achievement.

This means Mark has covered over a period of four years a distance of 1000 km and has gone up and down John Green hill 400 times !

I think in cricket terms it is for Mark, that it could be said, going strong at 200 for 1 and looking good for another 50 before a possible run out to another parkrun.

Next week regular Jane Heathcote will be doing her 100th parkrun which we will all look forward to.

Well done to everyone for your achievement today.

We all know that without the help of volunteers parkrun would not happen.

There are two none participating parkrunners that have given so much for the pleasure of all of us, namely John Green and Peter Crummett.

If you combine the number of times that John and Peter have helped at Cranleigh parkrun it would be approaching every Saturday for nearly seven years,

A special indebted thank you to you both from all that have and will participate at Cranleigh parkrun over your past and future help.

Rest assured both our parkrun would not be the same without your presence.

The verse below is especially for you both and the success of parkrun truly relies on the volunteers that make it possible.

To care so much for parkrun

Is a quality all to rare

Yet you give of your time and talents

For all your need to share

So thank you for being a volunteer

In sun, rain or wind you are there to cheer us on

We're privileged to jog and run to work with you

We want you to know how appreciated you are

Not just today but the whole year through

Without you our run in the park would be no more.

Please do not be shy if you have never helped before,

You will soon be 25 or more

To wear that purple t-shirt to satisfy

So if you see a hole in a roster role

Then mail to be enrolled

Our appreciation to our Run Director, Caroline Todman for overseeing the run and to our record number of helpers today.

Thank you to Kate and Chris Mason, Ellis McKenzie, Adam Wetherley, Diane Robertson, Peter Crummett, Sara Burge, Ian lambert, Elsa Hadfield, Mackie Ringrose, Jyoti Lopes, Georgie and James McLaren, John Green, Ella Jarvis, Graham Finlay, Steve Browning, Alex, Polly, Phil and Zoe Jacobs and Ray Grue for all their hard work in making parkrun happen today.

We all hope that the set back on the recovery of the knee improves, Ray and thank you for marshalling these last few weeks whilst getting the injury better.

Please consider if you can sign up one week to help volunteer on the Saturdays ahead with an e mail to cranleighhelpers@parkrun.com or leave a message on the facebook page.

As mentioned on the facebook page it is the Cranleigh 10km on Sunday 8th September.

It is an event well worth doing and caters for all abilities and is an ideal step up in distance from a parkrun.

Have a good Bank holiday week-end everybody with the weather looking promising enjoy and make the best of every day.

Cranleigh parkrun every Saturday at 9 o'clock and Junior parkrun every Sunday same time.