Guildford parkrun no. 367: A Lovely Cool September Morning

Our run report this week is written by Jacqueline Merlini.

RD Tamara starting off 539 runners

RD Tamara starting off 539 runners

539 beautiful people finished Guildford parkrun this morning, enjoying perfect conditions with refreshing temperatures and dry ground underfoot. We were cheered on and guided by the wonderful course marshals, efficiently funnelled through the finishing chute, and cheerfully scanned in by the barcode team.

Today I moved into a new age-group and cunningly decided to take it easy so I could rise up through the ranks in subsequent weeks. It was so nice to run for pleasure rather than trying to beat last week’s time and simply enjoy the lungfuls of fresh air and the company of 538 motivated and happy people.

First Timers finding out what they are in for

First Timers finding out what they are in for

As usual we had parkrun tourists and parkrun first-timers, parkrun volunteers in droves and parkrun milestoners – all were greeted with the customary uplifting applause – the mutual encouragement and good humour that is always present at parkrun.

It was a special run today for Linda Cairns who was one of the founding Event Directors of the Guildford parkrun back in March 2012 and was today doing her 250th. Congratulations to her and thanks for bringing parkrun to Guildford. Some of you may remember the monthly 5k organised by Guildford and Godalming Running Club which parkrun replaced! Other milestones this week included a magnificent 100 parkruns for Helen Turner, and 50 runs each for Gareth Roberts and Anthea Edwards (who was visiting us for the first time from Frimley Lodge).

Linda and her family

Linda and her family

Helen warming up

Helen warming up!

Here are a few pictures of happy participants:

Jasper the dog

Jasper (isn’t four legs cheating, Jasper?)

Chris and Dave The Dog

Chris and Dave The Dog

Me with husband Jo (a proper runner!)

Me with husband Jo (a proper runner!)

See you next week!

Jacqueline Merlini
Proud parkrunner since 2012

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This week 539 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 74 were first timers and 80 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 45 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 36 volunteers:

Tamara PEDGRIFT • Jacqueline MERLINI • Brian O'KANE • George CAIRNS • Ian MCCARTHY • Ian KENYON • Alastair DAY • Helen PRONGER • Mark BRAIN • Rosamund STELL • Adrian STELL • Graham SAMPSON • Stephen OSBORNE • Helen HOLCROFT • Rob STOKES • Kiera JONES • Harry CONLAN • Ben WILLETT • Grace RAWLINS • Alison CURTIS • Maddie HESLOP • Emily RASTRICK • Paul TATLER • Wayne SMITH • Keith RHODES • Benjamin CURTIS • Beth O'CONNELL • Judith MCKNIGHT • Nicholas GOLDMAN • Jayne YUNG • Brandon ACRES • Sarah ALEXANDER • Ben GREEN • William IZZARD • Henry PARKER • Andy NELSON

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 14,665 participants have completed 111,720 parkruns covering a total distance of 558,600 km, including 18,985 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,122 individuals have volunteered 7,207 times.