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 :-)