Guildford parkrun #385 : The one where you couldn’t miss the starting signal!

By Sarah Warr

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A rather grey start to the day at Stoke Park

Mud, mud and more mud was the theme of the day but after a few weeks of sporadic cancellations all 491 of us were keen to get out for a 5km run/jog/walk.  Particularly impressive on a very grey day!

The first timers briefing was particularly busy this week and we welcomed 60 first timers.  We also had plenty of tourists including some visitors from Lancashire. Congratulations to Diana and Eileen on their 50th Parkrun and to Sophia on her 10th.  Unofficial milestones for Bryan (300th) and Simon (150th) – well done to all of you. 

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Following feedback from some runners that they couldn’t hear the starting orders, Bill Wild came to the rescue with an air horn to ensure that there were no excuses for a slow start and everyone quickly got underway.

Bills got the horn!

Bills got the horn!

See the video of Bill sending us on our way on the Guildford Parkrun facebook page – he was having far too much fun!

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And we were off to face the drizzle and the mud!  Thanks to all the marshals for their encouragement on the way round.

 

It was a great morning and we all felt much better afterwards.  Congratulations to the 61 that managed PBs despite the difficult conditions.  Thanks also to those that donated to the Foodbank collection.

 

Finally, a big THANK YOU to all of the volunteers for putting on such a fantastic event.