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.
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.
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!
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!
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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
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
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.