Guildford Parkrun #388 – A Muddy Morning!

346 of us came out to Stoke Park this morning to brave the mud – and muddy it was! Nevertheless, it was smiles all round as we ran, jogged and walked round a cloudy Stoke Park. Following a few weeks of unfortunate cancellations due to heavy rain and park conditions, everyone was eager to get going.

During the briefing the run director warned us about some parts (especially the first stretch from the start towards Wild Wood) of the course that were particularly muddy, but we pressed on, nonetheless. In fact, the dogleg just before the finish funnel was gradually moved during the run, as it became gradually churned up as people sprinted to the finish!

One of the great things about parkrun is seeing a smiling marshal cheering you on whilst running/jogging/walking the course – thank you very much to all of this week’s volunteers. As usual there were a number of runners with dogs - sometimes it seemed like the dogs are taking their humans for a run. There were also a few runners running with double buggies! We were also visited by a number of tourists today – one from Devon and one from Cornwall to name a few! There were 56 new runners at Guildford today, and all this was followed by 18 PBs, so well done to all who achieved that.

I am doing parkrun for my Bronze DofE Award, and I am so glad I chose it. At parkrun the atmosphere is lovely, everyone is cheering you on, and you just feel good for the rest of the day. What a great way to start the weekend!

By Carter Coles.

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Many thanks to Carter for the run report above.

This week the magic of Guildford parkrun was brought to you by 32 wonderful volunteers:

Caroline SAMS • Steve GOTHAM • Andrew BISHOP • William FORDHAM • Tom GARDNER • Maggie PATMORE • Robert FELTHAM • Jim PERRIN • Jane VESSEY • Richard HANSON • Anne CHEESE • Claire EDWARDS • Lily ROBERTS • Zoe HASTINGS • Rob STOKES • Alison CURTIS • Maddie HESLOP • Katherine PORTMAN • Gerald DAMPIER • Zoe DAMPIER • Paul TATLER • Julian FLETCHER • Benjamin CURTIS • George LUDLOW • Joanna TICEHURST • Judith MCKNIGHT • Nicholas GOLDMAN • Carter COLES • Daphne EVANS • Philip INGOE • Leonie DAGRIPPINO • Alejandro SCHOLFIELD PÉREZ