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