GP Pledge Day at Guildford parkrun #355

On June 1st 2019 one thousand nine hundred and eighty-eight GPs, practice staff and patients pledged to run, jog, walk or volunteer at parkruns across the country; we were very glad some of that number joined us at Guildford parkrun. We had volunteers and run/jog/walkers from Binscombe Medical Centre, Dapdune House Surgery, Merrow Park Surgery and St. Luke's Surgery on a beautiful morning for parkrunning. 

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 A few of our parkrun practice participants!

It was a smashing morning to run/jog/walk 5K in Stoke Park and all of the 582 finishers did a brilliant job- in fact there were 75 PBs! We welcomed 70 first timers to Guildford yesterday who we hope to see again soon for more sunny Saturday shenanigans!

Then we have some people who were definitely not first timers, Sam CARTER completed his Junior 10, Gordon HAMILTONFinlay MCMANUSMonica PINO,and Graham SAMPSON hit their 50th parkrun and Paddy PAYNE and Neil RAINE joined the 100 club, massive congratulations on those milestones!

Of course none of these things could have happened without the efforts of the fantastic volunteers so to finish off thank you to Anthony ALDRED, Brian O'KANE, Richard HODGSON,James ROSS, Christopher PECK, Alastair DAY, Richard OVERTON, Alastair HESLOP, Flori MACKINNON, Gemma KING, William BOLTER, Nikki SIMPSON, Katerina ROSE, Abigail MATTIN, Sian WILLIAMS, Lucy TAYLOR, Mark TAYLOR, Peter DREW, Maddie HESLOP, Jennie MACLEAN, Ben BALDWIN, Calvin WILLIAMS, Lucy CLARK, Carolyn TURNER, Nicholas GOLDMAN, Elaine FAGAN, Brandon ACRES, Eddie B, William IZZARD, Philip INGOE and Henry PARKER.

 

A Bride to-be, an Australian Tourist and a Plethora of Milestones: Guildford parkrun #354

Welcome Everyone :-)

That's right you lovely folks, we had a little bit of everthing this Saturday, including lots of smiles and lots of sunshine. For the 4th week this year Guildford parkrun had more than 600 runners - by gosh where do they all come from (apart from Australia of course :-)).

First & foremost:THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to ALL our VOLUTEERS. You make Guildford parkrun the wonderful event that it is - because you're wonderful. Thank you.

This weeks Run Report has very kindly been written by the delightful Madeleine Charbine (huge thanks to you) with additional pictures by our very own wonderful Tamara Pedgrift with a few bits thrown in by the editor, aka the Run Director.

We had a super smashing time on Saturday, as we hope you all did. So relive those happy memories and dive right in...

Guildford parkrun, 18th May 2019, Event #354

Stoke park was bathed in beautiful warm sunshine as 628 runners, joggers and walkers turned up to Guildford parkrun.  There were 35 first timers to parkrun, and we welcome you to the parkrun family, and 33 people who were visiting Guildford for the first time.  It was pacer week and this certainly helped 110 people to a new Personal Best.

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parkrun pacers

There was an air of celebration as lots of balloons were to be seen celebrating all different milestones.  To start with, we congratulate two juniors celebrating their 10thmilestone parkrun, Beth Breen and Oscar Ferenczy.  Joining the 50 Club this week were Dawn Heaven, Ben Perry, Elliot Richards and Michelle Collins.

Dawn Heaven and Dale Millership celebrating their 50th and 100th parkrun milestone respectively

Dawn Heaven and Dale Millership celebrating their 50th and 100th parkrun milestone respectively

 

Ben Perry and his family celebrating Ben’s 50th run

Ben Perry and his family celebrating Ben’s 50th run

 

Michelle Collins celebrates her 50 milestone with elegance

Michelle Collins celebrates her 50 milestone with elegance

We also inducted four people into the 100 Club, Dale Millership, Hannah Cook, Ian Kenyon (who was also pacing today) and Rob Bate.  Congratulations everyone! :-) :-) :-)

Rob Bate celebrating his 100th run. With Champagne!!!

Rob Bate celebrating his 100th run. With Champagne!!!

 

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Whilst Ian Kenyon celebrated his 100th run by being a pacer

 

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What...MORE celebration juice? Good lad :-)

There was also a different kind of celebration as, some of you may have seen a pink bride running around Stoke park or a few well-dressed page-boys.  Yes, it was Anna Maclean’s last parkrun celebration as a Maclean as she is getting married next Saturday and we wish her and her future husband all the best!

Anna and her parkrun wedding party

Anna and her parkrun wedding party

(I still think Mrs Chalk is the absolute best name EVER for a teacher!! :-) Ed).

So How Did It Go?

As mentioned, this week was pacer week, a personal favourite, especially when we had great conditions like today.  I have always watched the pacer and thought, ‘I’ve love to have a go’ so this week, as well as writing the run report, I sent off an email to guildfordhelpers@parkrun.com and asked if I could have a go at pacing 30 minutes.  I had warned them that I’d never done it before and was pretty nervous about it, but they reassured me that there was nothing to worry about, and I’d probably end up enjoying it.  They were certainly correct!

I was slightly nervous on the start line, especially as people came up to me saying “I’m going to follow you and break that 30 minute barrier for the first time” – pressure!  I started steadily, but having a check at my Garmin, I could tell I was going too fast, a typical issue I’m sure many of you have done before.  After dodging a few tent poles (thanks to the marshals there for helping parkrunners navigate the temporary obstacles), I managed to find my pace in the second kilometre and was really enjoying my run.  I started chatting and giving support to those people around me - we could all do this!

The jovial chit chat with runners as they passed me by carried on until the 500 meters mark, just after the very last short sharp section, when I could see it was game face time and I had a group of parkrunners fly by me.  It was also here that a pacer’s second job of cheerleader really comes into its own, as one lady talked about how disappointed she wasn’t going to break 30, but with less than 300 meters to go (and knowing I was slightly ahead of a 30min finish), I knew she could do this and shouted all my words of encouragement that I too have heard when I am so close to breaking a PB.  Next thing she was off, sprinting into the distance.  Others around me promised that they would sprint finish and true to their word, as we hit the grass for the finishing straight off they went to break their PBs too.  I looked over my shoulder at the last 50m to see a kid chasing me down, I challenged him to the finish line and off we went, over the line, and what was to be a PB for him.

Honestly it was the best feeling in the world to pace and I would strongly recommend people give it a go.  I wanted to do it, just to see if I could, but I certainly didn’t expect the countless number of thanks I got.  What a brilliant start to the weekend! Next pacing week will be the 15th June, but in the meantime, if you are feeling inspired to give any of the volunteering roles a go, contact guildfordhelpers@parkrun.com. (HERE HERE -  Ed)

A Fond Goodbye, A Fond Hello

We say bon voyage (okay it's only to the Isle of Wight) to Nick Thornton, who completed his 137th Guildford parkrun this Saturday. He has delighted many at Guildford parkrun over the years and his presence has added immeasurably to the family of Guildford parkrun. We wish him well - and YES - he has promised to do some tourism with us some day :-)

Nick Thornton & fabulous friend :-)

Nick Thornton & fabulous friend :-)

We said a very happy hello to Marty Bowen, who came all the way over from Australia (his home parkrun is a placed called Bowral. Just for us. We're touched :-)

We even had some new (and in training but incredibly enthusiastic) finish token sorters. Thanks guys :-)

Jane Foster, Jason Mott, Nicholas Goldman & Daniel Marven. Don’t they look happy. Thanks guys  :-)

Jane Foster, Jason Mott, Nicholas Goldman & Daniel Marven. Don’t they look happy. Thanks guys :-)

Don't Forget Your Tourism Next Week

Next week you have an opportunity to lace up your tourist shoes, as the Surrey County Show is taking over Stoke Park so Guildford parkrun are taking the week off. Don't panic - just go and visit one of our many, very friendly, neighbouring parkruns were you'll be made to feel very welcome.

Final Words & Volunteer Thanks

Thanks once more to Madeleine Charbine for writing this weeks Run Report. Thank you for reading me.

The event was made possible by 46 volunteers: Brandon Acres, Sarah Alexander, Geraldine Allen, Laurie Bantin, Matthew Baylis, Julie Bryant, Irene Carrasco Ruiz, Rennie Chadwick, Madeleine Charbine, Rich Clist, Harry Conlan, Katie Corrie, Lesley Cully, Alastair Day, Parag Deolia, John Duckworth, Neill Ebers, Jane Foster, Nicholas Goldman, Fran Handrick, Mike Harrold, Jonathon Harwood, Maddie Heslop, Alastair Heslop, William Izzard, Nathan Janmohamed, Michael Jones, Ian Kenyon, Rosie Killick, Flori Mackinnon, Daniel Marven, Jason Mott, Sarah Nixon, Chris Nugent, Robert Pitt, Dawn Ridgers, Katerina Rose, James Ross, Prab Satya, Wendy Scott, Paul Tatler, Nick Tearle, Carolyn Turner, Vikki West, Liz Willans, Calvin Williams. Thank you all - our volunteers are AMAZING.

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 13,838 participants have completed 105,265 parkruns covering a total distance of 526,325 km, including 18,160 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,074 individuals have volunteered 6,793 times.

 

Guildford parkrun #352: celebrating Star Wars Day .. and another record attendance!

This year parkrun landed on May 4th Star Wars Day! May the Fourth (be with you). And some of our lovely runners seized the opportunity to come in fancy dress! We had a  Stormtrooper, Rey & some hooded Jedi’s running around the course! There was even a few lightsaber battles during the actual run, which made for some brilliant parkrun photo action shots, much to the delight of the other park users.

 

Star Wars – May the Fourth (be with you)

Star Wars – May the Fourth (be with you)

 

With a sunny start to the morning, lots of runners were tempted out into Stoke Park. Leading us to yet another record breaking turnout with 670 runners taking to the course, including 48 people doing their first ever parkrun. What a way to start off the bank holiday weekend!

 

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A record turn out of 670!

For the pre-run briefing, our lovely Run Director Julie, welcomed us all to Guildford parkrun and thanked the many volunteers (by name) who got up early to set up, to  marshal and all those wonderful people who helped to make today’s event possible.

Next came the recognition for runners who were celebrating parkrun Milestones. The  loud applause and cheers that followed this announcement, was a clear sign that the friends & family of those celebrating their milestone runs were definitely in attendance & in very high spirits!!

Congratulations to Andrew Schauerman a local Fitstuff runner, who ran his 250th  parkrun! An awesome achievement Andrew!

Andrew Schauerman

Andrew Schauerman

Well done to Joanna Pearce & Zoe Boulter who ran their 50th parkrun and to our Juniors Mia Rose & Emily Jarman who both reached their 10th parkrun milestone! Jane Foster & Carol Dunnett, both celebrated unofficial milestones for their 150th parkrun as well! Great work ladies!!

Jane Foster & Jason Mott

Jane Foster & Jason Mott

Stoke park was certainly looking its best with lots of beautiful flowers bordering the field & looking picturesque in the sun. The two laps were filled with fun, a lot of laughs and of course the aforementioned Star Wars battles mid run. All the while, we could see  marshals clapping & shouting out words of encouragement to all of us running, walking or skipping.

Star Wars battle mid-run

Star Wars battle mid-run

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After the run, we all headed off to the Daisy Chain Café for a well deserved tea/coffee and a cheeky slice of post-run cake. Jane Foster brought along a fabulous Llama cake to celebrate her milestone run. So thank you to Jane for the yummy treat!

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Tea & Coffee at The Daisy Chain with Llama Cake

Tea & Coffee at The Daisy Chain with Llama Cake

 

All  in all, you could definitely feel just how amazing the atmosphere was! The Guildford parkrun community really came together to put on a brilliant parkrun & I hope that many more people will feel inspired to come along to run, walk or volunteer at future events.

This event was made possible by the help & support of volunteers. So, a big THANK YOU to our incredible volunteers:

Brandon ACRES • Geraldine ALLEN • Matthew BAYLIS • Julie BRYANT • Irene CARRASCO RUIZ • Harry CONLAN • Alastair DAY • Nicholas GOLDMAN • Susanna HARRISON • Maddie HESLOP • Ben HOUGHTON • Charlotte HOUGHTON • Ian KENYON • Jyoti LOPES • Flori MACKINNON • Jennie MACLEAN • Stephen OSBORNE • Richard OVERTON • Thomas PINNEGAR • Robert PITT • Katherine PORTMAN • Liz PRICE • Katerina ROSE • James ROSS • Cecilia SIRUFFO • Dashzeveg TSERENBAT • Carolyn TURNER • Calvin WILLIAMS • Nick WRIGHT

By Jyoti Lopes

 

Guildford parkrun #350: Sunny Easter parkrun with record turnout!!

Wow!!  What a beautiful Easter weekend we are having!!  And the beautiful weather tempted an amazing 650 people to run, jog or walk Guildford parkrun yesterday - our highest ever turnout!!  We also had a fabulous 124 Guildford first timers of which 57 were doing their first ever parkrun - we hope you enjoyed our parkrun and will be back!!

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650 parkrunners raring to go

It happened to be my 100th time completing Guildford parkrun.  On hearing of this achievement one of my friends kindly commented that I have run the hills 200 times!!  Unfortunately that is not the case and there has been a fair bit of walking, but yesterday it was all running, helped by the lovely course conditions that we are currently enjoying.

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And they're off!!

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers.  We were actually a bit short on volunteers this week, despite our record turnout.  The combination of a large jump in participants with a light volunteer roster created some challenges, so if you think your results aren't 100% accurate, you may be right, but we did our best, as ever.  If you haven't tried volunteering, please do consider giving it a go.  It is good fun and you will have a lovely warm feeling for the rest of the weekend!!  If you would like to help, please email us at guildfordhelpers@parkrun.com - you can also sign up to our volunteer email list via the "manage my profile" link on your results email, so that you will receive emails letting you know about volunteering opportunities.

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Anthony testing out his London Marathon costume - good luck!!

Our volunteer ranks are bolstered each week by a number of young people working towards their Duke of Edinburgh ("DofE") awards.  This has been possible due to the dedication and hard work over many years of Teresa Male, as our DofE coordinator.  Teresa has decided to step down from her role, and we would like to thank her for her huge contribution to Guildford parkrun.  Maddie Heslop, who many of you will know as one of our Run Directors and a regular volunteer, will be taking over and we wish her all the best in her new role.

Thanks also to parkrun's official grocer - @coopukfood - for handing out free food boxes to all parkrunners and volunteers yesterday.  The Co-op would like to recruit one parkrunner from our parkrun to take part in and represent their #HealthySwaps campaign, the selected parkrunner will get some great vouchers and kit in return.  Interested and want to find our more?  Email healthyswapschampion@isg.media

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David was feeling hungry!!

Happy Easter to you all and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

Julie

Co-Event Director

 

A tourist eye view of Guildford parkrun

A huge thank you to Fran Light from Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun for this week's run report (with photos added in by us!)

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From my pre-run conversations today I know that quite a few visitors were in Guildford to tick ‘G’ on their parkrun A-Z. I managed to do that today too, but more importantly, I also ticked off my first G in the Stayin’ Alive Challenge (3 ‘B’s and 3 ‘G’s). I love a park run challenge!

I parked in the Guildford College car park which turned out to be quite a bit further from the start than the Spectrum car park. It took me 10 minutes to get to the start; those with a better sense of direction could probably walk it in 5 minutes! Luckily a fellow runner pointed me in roughly the right direction and when I came across a row of conspicuous orange cones I just followed them to the start.

As the meeting point came into sight over the crest of a hill, I was struck by the number of people streaming across the grass from the Spectrum car park and realised there was going to be a very big turn-out. I introduced myself to the Run Director, Tamara and offered to do the run report that you are now reading. It was a big day for Tamara as it was her first time as run director, but she obviously had everything in hand and seemed very relaxed.

There are toilets at the start (which is always a relief, sometimes quite literally!) and the pre-run briefing is done via a P.A system to ensure that nobody misses important safety information. During the briefing Tamara gave shout-outs to Keith who was doing his 250th parkrun and to ex-Event Director Linda, who is leaving Guildford and heading off on a new adventure in the Peak District. Linda was the driving force behind setting up Guildford parkrun in 2012, and Tamara pointed out that without her, there might not be a Guildford parkrun. Linda, very fittingly, was wearing a special gold ‘parkrun queen’ sash. We were told to look out for her on the course and give her a wave. I was there when she came across the finish - to the biggest round of applause of the day!

The starting format was a new one on me. Everyone lined up 60 to 70 people abreast and charged across the grass like a lycra-clad army launching an attack! After about 300 metres everyone filtered, very tidily, back on to the path and from there-on, we were six abreast, at most and it was all very ordered and civilised. The scenery was a typical city park mix of wild and urban. Turning one corner we were greeted by a blanket of yellow flowers under some trees, around another corner we looked down on the busy skate park. The scenery may have been pretty, but it was the many marshals who smiled, cheered, hollered and gave much needed words of encouragement and praise who made the event really memorable.

I’ve done lots of parkruns with laps, but Guildford definitely takes my award for ‘best end of first lap applause’. As we passed the start, the run director and many of the supporters were lined up watching and cheering, and they didn’t just cheer their loved ones, they cheered everyone. I rounded the big tree that signalled the start of lap 2 with their applause still ringing in my ears and a huge grin on my face!

I was very impressed by Guildford parkrun, and in particular by the ‘extra touches’ that the core team had obviously introduced to ensure the event runs extra smoothly and is as inclusive and welcoming as possible, The first such touch, was the presence of a sign language interpreter during the first-timers briefing. The second was the fact that when the volunteers were thanked during the pre-run briefing, all their names were read out. This was mentioned in a Guildford run report a few weeks ago, but I think it warrants a fresh mention as it is something I have never seen done before, and it is such an awesome thing to do!  The third was the sign in the finish funnel that read (something along the lines of) ‘hold out right hand, palm up, to receive finish token’ – a simple but effective way to keep the funnel queue moving!

Thanks Guildford parkrun team; I had a great parkrun and really loved the course and the camaraderie. I’m only sorry that I couldn’t stay for a post-run coffee and snack at the Wey Valley Bowls Club, but I definitely will next time!

By Fran Light

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