Guildford parkrun #409 – festive fancy dress, food bank, firm footing, first rate pacing and fun!

This morning 324 runners, joggers and walkers got in the festive mood to complete Guildford parkrun dressed as snowmen, Santas, elves and reindeer.  For an hour or so everyone forgot the doom and gloom of the news headlines and enjoyed getting fresh air, exercise and meeting up with their friends.  What better way could there be to start the weekend?

Here are a few photos of the merry parkrunners.

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Today parkrunners also brought contributions to North Guildford Food Bank - thank you so much to everyone that donated, there was quite a haul!

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It seems hard to imagine that this time two years ago not only had we barely heard of Covid but also we were trudging through muddy boggy conditions with a very real threat each week of cancellation due to the state of the course.  In contrast, today Stoke Park was in an excellent condition, allowing 34 people to achieve a personal best.  In case you have forgotten, here is a picture of what the course used to look like!

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Today was pacing week, with our wonderful pacers doing a great job as usual - I wonder how many of the PBs were down to their efforts?

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One of our regular pacers, Prab, got a surprise today when his running club, aptly named Prab's Pain Club, all turned up in club t-shirts!  Prab is such an enthusiastic runner who encourages (pushes!) his club members to really achieve their best so it is great to see how much they appreciate him.

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Last but not least, thank you to the 37 volunteers who made today's parkrun possible.  You are all on Santa's nice list!

Simon BRYAN • Bill WILD • Neill EBERS • Karen JONES • Ian MCCARTHY • Anthony JACQUES • Robert PITT • Andrew BISHOP • Kirsty BRANCH • Mike HARROLD • Lottie NEWMAN • Prab SATYA • Andrew SCHAUERMAN • Ian KENYON • Pauline HASTINGS • Alison SANDERSON • Alastair DAY • Alastair HESLOP • Emma HAWKINS • Tom GARDNER • Matthew BAYLIS • Hosein ASJADI • Daniel FITZWATER • Julie BRYANT • Sam POULTER • Hannah OVERGAARD • Sam CONLAN • Naomi TEARLE • Monica-Gabriela TUDOR • Maddie HESLOP • Paul TATLER • Thomas FANCY • Tony MAINEE • Nick TEARLE • Judith MCKNIGHT • Adrien ROYER • Nicholas GOLDMAN

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All going well, our next parkrun will be on Christmas Day.  The roster is looking better but we could still use some more volunteers so please do sign up if you can help, by emailing guildford@parkrun.com - we look forward to seeing you on Christmas morning!