Guildford parkrun # 363 – 11th August, a blustery one.

My name is Henry Parker and writing this week’s run report has brought feelings of honour and pride as parkrun is such a lovely event to be involved in. Being a volunteer, I get to witness and experience the hard work and effort put into to organising a community event such as this. All the other volunteers work as hard as possible to complete their tasks to the best of their ability, some of which include barcode scanning, tail waking and marshalling. My personal favourite tasks are marshalling and tail walking. Being a marshal, you get to encourage everybody who passes by and tail walking gives the opportunity to have a good chat while ensuring nobody gets lost or injured. This week I was tail walking and even though the gentleman we were walking with was further behind everybody else, he kept going and never stopped. As we approached Paul Tatler, shouts of encouragement streamed our way such as, ‘You are a lovely man, soaring on the winds of your ambition’, very encouraging and it certainly filled us all with a new wind.

At the beginning of the run, an amazing brief was given by Rob, the run director, with the usual do’s and don’ts, and shout outs were given to milestone achievers: Mike, Fran and Anna (50th), John and Lucy (100th) and Julian who was about to embark on his 250th run, incredible. I always find it really inspiring to hear these special shout outs and it's this personal support that makes parkrun so special. The weather was looking a bit threatening and it started to drizzle but very quickly the sun came out and everything brightened up again! After the briefing, 418 people lined up to begin the run. Everybody ran, jogged or walked the course and among the 418 runners, 58 were first timers and 37 personal bests were achieved and 41 representatives from other clubs joined in the Guildford parkrun.

Runners passing the start area, beginning lap 2

Runners passing the start area, beginning their 2nd lap

Fran posing prior to her 50th

Fran prior to her 50th

These people joined took part in the event which couldn’t have happened without 30 wonderful volunteers: Nick SIRS • Joe LAW • Caroline WHARTON • Robert PITT • Claire O'DALY • Richard HODGSON • William FORDHAM • Alastair DAY • Richard OVERTON • Alastair HESLOP • Raghini RAJARAM • Mark BRAIN • Robert FELTHAM • William BOLTER • Keith MCMANUS • Matt GOUGH • Simon COX • Maddie HESLOP • Richard TOTTY • Paul TATLER • Chloe COX • Ben BALDWIN • Helen COX • Rob JAMISON • Judith MCKNIGHT • Nicholas GOLDMAN • Brandon ACRES • Sarah ALEXANDER • Ben GREEN • Henry PARKER

This week 418 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 58 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

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 14,378 participants have completed 109,736 parkruns covering a total distance of 548,680 km, including 18,691 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,101 individuals have volunteered 7,073 times

 

Lots of Milestones & Lots of Smiles. A Classic Guildford parkrun :-)

Welcome All

Hello & a very warm welcome to this weeks run report for Guildford parkrun, our 362nd event (now doesn't that sound like a healthy amount! :-) This weeks run report has largely been brought to you from our smashing guest writer Punam OWENS, who was visiting family this weekend but ensured she fitted in a spot of tourism (go Punam), with her lovely Auntie Rekha.

If you're ever taken by a prose attack and fancy writing our run report one week just put yourself forward and let us know - you will be most welcome :-)

So let's get down to it and enjoy Punam's words on our little event...

It’s a real honour to be able to write this week’s run report for your event. My home parkrun is in Witney in West Oxfordshire, and this week I was visiting my 87 year old grandmother, who lives in Guildford, and my aunt who is here for a few days from Canada. I am sure, many can relate to the fact it can be challenging to miss a parkrun once you have been bitten by the bug, so I had left home at 06:30 am to “fit one in” before heading over to spend the day with Mama as she is affectionately known. It was a real treat when my aunt said she would join me. “I can’t run though” she said. And there it is, the magic of parkrun: there will almost always be one nearby wherever you are on a Saturday morning, there is always room for first timers, no one finishes last, it is a wonderful family affair, and you can walk, jog, run or volunteer.

The excited crowds begin the arrive, the buzz of happiness is in the air once more. It must be parkrun day :-)

The excited crowds begin to arrive, the buzz of happiness is in the air once more. It must be parkrun day. But what are they all looking at...? :-)

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Relaxed and happy - do they know they will soon be doing 5KM. Or have they just completed. It's not really clear to me!? :-)

The Run Briefing

RD Paul’s enthusiasm was infectious, and his 4+1 run brief was excellent (editors note: no money exchanged hands regarding this comment - honest!!):

  1. Respect for each other
  2. Dogs, one and on a short lead
  3. U11’s to stay within arm’s reach of your responsible adult
  4. What happens when you don’t have a barcode had the crowd shouting back – No result!

    +1 The post parkrun social at the Daisy Chain Café :-)

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An excellent run brief is given. Apparently!! :-)

As we know the event cannot take place each week without our hi-viz heroes and this week the event was made possible by 27 volunteers. It was a lovely touch for RD Paul to call out each Hi-Viz hero by their name. It’s something I will take back to my home parkrun :-) (editors note: this is something all the RDs do at Guildford parkrun as we think each volunteer deserves individual thanks and recognition).

Claire O'DALY • Richard HODGSON • Jane THACKSTONE • Alastair DAY • Matthew BAYLIS • Robert FELTHAM • Nick WRIGHT • Harry CONLAN • Sian WILLIAMS • Mark TAYLOR • Caroline CROSS • Maddie HESLOP • Alexandra OLIVER • Paul TATLER • Rosie KILLICK • Punam OWENS • Fran HANDRICK • Peter TURNER • Judith MCKNIGHT • Nicholas GOLDMAN • Elaine FAGAN • Daphne EVANS • Sarah ALEXANDER • Ben GREEN • William IZZARD • Henry PARKER • Josie EVANS

Milestones

There were many milestones to celebrate this week. The crowd congratulated Katie EALDEN and Richard TOTTY for achieving their 50 parkrun milestones.

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Katie EALDEN and Richard TOTTY celebrate achieving their 50th parkrun. Their lovely smiles say it all :-)

While Nigel WILLIAMS, Myles GILBERTSON and Emma TYERMAN-COOK all hit the BIG 100.

And Guildford parkruns very own, the smashing Caroline SAMS, smashed through the humongous, the stupendous 250. Go her, what an absolute star!!!

All milestones are special, whether achieving your first milestone and reaching 50 or something further up the chain. Each milestone reached shows a commitment to ones own well being and choosing to celebrate life. Massive congratulations all round to our milestoners this week. They are all fantastical & runtastical folks who should feel very pleased and very proud of their achievements.Woo-hoo to you all.

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Caroline SAMS celebrating her incredible 250th parkrun with her Fitstuff friends. Brilliant stuff Caroline :-)

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Yes - you really have achieved this Caroline and we're so pleased you shared with Guildford parkrun :-)

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The long route to achieving your 250th parkrun is so much shorter with friends :-

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We also bumped into Simon and John who are working on running 50 different locations. They are on 18 and 38 respectively. Good luck guys!

The Off

And then we were off on what was a warm and dry morning. It is an incredible and an inspiring sight to see so many people, young and older out in the fresh air doing something positive for themselves and their community and using our green spaces to full effect.

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What 500 people look like from behind. Just in case you wondered!!! ;-)

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Possibly one of the most wonderful sights on any given Saturday morning. A parkrun off!!! Don't they look fabulous.

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Still going!!! :-)

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Action shot #1 - you can see how much she's enjoying by her huge smile. Good stuff :-)

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Action shot #2

Each week there are many magic moments. I am sure everyone who joined a parkrun experienced some sort of magic moment – it is the power of parkrun, no matter what your reason for coming out each week. For me, this week, it was the ability to spend an hour walking with my aunt enjoying her first ever parkrun and to be made to feel so welcome by everyone we met.

So, as we approached the finish line, that was a wrap. We really enjoyed being tourists for a week. Guildford parkrun has a wonderful event and it was a real pleasure to experience your 2 laps, including the slight inclines!

We hope to see you again (perhaps in Witney) and in the meantime, thank you for having us.

Punam and Auntie Rekha

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The lovely, the smiley Punam and Auntie Rekha. Many thanks for your report this week.

Many thanks Punam for writing our report this week - I loved the pictures and the words and we (Guildford parkrun) are thrilled you had such a tremendous time with us - we enjoyed your company just as much.

Thank you so much, as always, to all our wonderful and lovely volunteers - please tale a well earned & deserved bow - and to all who turned up, cheered, ran, walked, jogged, smiled and enjoyed. We certainly enjoyed all of your company. So until next week, I wish you all a super week and please do take care of yourselves and others. Enjoy life.

On a final note, for those who love the statistics (and I include myself in that group), please find below all you could (perhaps) ever want to know about Guildford parkrun but were afraid to ask... :-)

This week 487 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 76 were first timers and 70 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Claire O'DALY • Richard HODGSON • Jane THACKSTONE • Alastair DAY • Matthew BAYLIS • Robert FELTHAM • Nick WRIGHT • Harry CONLAN • Sian WILLIAMS • Mark TAYLOR • Caroline CROSS • Maddie HESLOP • Alexandra OLIVER • Paul TATLER • Rosie KILLICK • Punam OWENS • Fran HANDRICK • Peter TURNER • Judith MCKNIGHT • Nicholas GOLDMAN • Elaine FAGAN • Daphne EVANS • Sarah ALEXANDER • Ben GREEN • William IZZARD • Henry PARKER • Josie EVANS

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 14,320 participants have completed 109,318 parkruns covering a total distance of 546,590 km, including 18,654 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,096 individuals have volunteered 7,043 times.

With love & respect :-)

 

Guildford parkrun no. 359: Phew What a Scorcher!

9am and well into the 20’s already, and very humid; Flaming June finally arrived at Guildford parkrun. Despite the hot and sticky conditions, 462 of us were undeterred. We sprinted, cantered, jogged, pushed, pulled, walked and staggered our way around beautiful Stoke Park, sweat pouring off us. “I hate Saturdays!” said one of my near competitors at the halfway mark, but he didn’t mean it. We all loved it.

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Milestones this week included a magnificent 100 parkruns for David Cox, a fabulous 50 for Hyder Roohani and Aditya Bhaskar and triumphant 10 for junior Finn Marcus; congratulations to them!

We were efficiently supported by the generous volunteers, some foregoing the chance to run in order to help out, some doing it for their DofE Volunteering element, some doing just because they could. If you are a bystander who would like to be part of parkrun, why not offer your services? There are also roles which mean you can both run and volunteer. Information here https://www.parkrun.org.uk/guildford/volunteer/ or email guildfordhelpers@parkrun.com

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I love parkrun. How amazing that five hundred odd people turn up every Saturday morning at Stoke Park to go for a run together. Beginners, improvers, old-hands, club-runners, keep-fitters, couch-to-5k-ers, youngsters, golden oldies, fattipuffs and skinnifers, pushchair pushers, dog-draggers, parents, mates, spouses, PB-ers, PW-ers, balloon-carriers, dragged-out-of-bedsters…. We all turned up and were better for it. Thank you parkrun for being part of my weekend.

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By Jacqui Merlini

 

Guildford parkrun #358: Sunshine, Runners, 1st Timers, Milestones and cake!

The sun definitely had its hat on this weekend and 581 of you ran, jogged and walked the course, including 69 who were first timers and 60 Personal Bests.

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Congratulations to all the milestone achievers including Ben, Toby and Jack Houghton who completed their 50th, 100th and 250th runs all together as a family supported by Charlotte running and Viv volunteering.

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The Houghton's also very generously brought us all some cake, thank you!

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Also a congratulations to the Waverley Harriers and their C25K group on their first parkrun! It was great to have you and hope to see you again soon.

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Finally a quick apology for the delay with the results yesterday. Sadly there were a number of complications that caused our timer and runner positions data to get out of sync ... we had to perform some minor surgery on the data to stitch it together and make it match up with the our number checker's notes.

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If you want to know more about the timer/token mechanics why not volunteer for a role in our funnel or finish area!

More info at:
https://www.parkrun.org.uk/guildford/volunteer/

Happy running !

Rob (co-Event Director)

 

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.

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