Guildford parkrun #358: Sunshine, Runners, 1st Timers, Milestones and cake!

The sun definitely had its hat on this weekend and 581 of you ran, jogged and walked the course, including 69 who were first timers and 60 Personal Bests.

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Congratulations to all the milestone achievers including Ben, Toby and Jack Houghton who completed their 50th, 100th and 250th runs all together as a family supported by Charlotte running and Viv volunteering.

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The Houghton's also very generously brought us all some cake, thank you!

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Also a congratulations to the Waverley Harriers and their C25K group on their first parkrun! It was great to have you and hope to see you again soon.

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Finally a quick apology for the delay with the results yesterday. Sadly there were a number of complications that caused our timer and runner positions data to get out of sync ... we had to perform some minor surgery on the data to stitch it together and make it match up with the our number checker's notes.

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If you want to know more about the timer/token mechanics why not volunteer for a role in our funnel or finish area!

More info at:
https://www.parkrun.org.uk/guildford/volunteer/

Happy running !

Rob (co-Event Director)

 

A Bride to-be, an Australian Tourist and a Plethora of Milestones: Guildford parkrun #354

Welcome Everyone :-)

That's right you lovely folks, we had a little bit of everthing this Saturday, including lots of smiles and lots of sunshine. For the 4th week this year Guildford parkrun had more than 600 runners - by gosh where do they all come from (apart from Australia of course :-)).

First & foremost:THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to ALL our VOLUTEERS. You make Guildford parkrun the wonderful event that it is - because you're wonderful. Thank you.

This weeks Run Report has very kindly been written by the delightful Madeleine Charbine (huge thanks to you) with additional pictures by our very own wonderful Tamara Pedgrift with a few bits thrown in by the editor, aka the Run Director.

We had a super smashing time on Saturday, as we hope you all did. So relive those happy memories and dive right in...

Guildford parkrun, 18th May 2019, Event #354

Stoke park was bathed in beautiful warm sunshine as 628 runners, joggers and walkers turned up to Guildford parkrun.  There were 35 first timers to parkrun, and we welcome you to the parkrun family, and 33 people who were visiting Guildford for the first time.  It was pacer week and this certainly helped 110 people to a new Personal Best.

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parkrun pacers

There was an air of celebration as lots of balloons were to be seen celebrating all different milestones.  To start with, we congratulate two juniors celebrating their 10thmilestone parkrun, Beth Breen and Oscar Ferenczy.  Joining the 50 Club this week were Dawn Heaven, Ben Perry, Elliot Richards and Michelle Collins.

Dawn Heaven and Dale Millership celebrating their 50th and 100th parkrun milestone respectively

Dawn Heaven and Dale Millership celebrating their 50th and 100th parkrun milestone respectively

 

Ben Perry and his family celebrating Ben’s 50th run

Ben Perry and his family celebrating Ben’s 50th run

 

Michelle Collins celebrates her 50 milestone with elegance

Michelle Collins celebrates her 50 milestone with elegance

We also inducted four people into the 100 Club, Dale Millership, Hannah Cook, Ian Kenyon (who was also pacing today) and Rob Bate.  Congratulations everyone! :-) :-) :-)

Rob Bate celebrating his 100th run. With Champagne!!!

Rob Bate celebrating his 100th run. With Champagne!!!

 

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Whilst Ian Kenyon celebrated his 100th run by being a pacer

 

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What...MORE celebration juice? Good lad :-)

There was also a different kind of celebration as, some of you may have seen a pink bride running around Stoke park or a few well-dressed page-boys.  Yes, it was Anna Maclean’s last parkrun celebration as a Maclean as she is getting married next Saturday and we wish her and her future husband all the best!

Anna and her parkrun wedding party

Anna and her parkrun wedding party

(I still think Mrs Chalk is the absolute best name EVER for a teacher!! :-) Ed).

So How Did It Go?

As mentioned, this week was pacer week, a personal favourite, especially when we had great conditions like today.  I have always watched the pacer and thought, ‘I’ve love to have a go’ so this week, as well as writing the run report, I sent off an email to guildfordhelpers@parkrun.com and asked if I could have a go at pacing 30 minutes.  I had warned them that I’d never done it before and was pretty nervous about it, but they reassured me that there was nothing to worry about, and I’d probably end up enjoying it.  They were certainly correct!

I was slightly nervous on the start line, especially as people came up to me saying “I’m going to follow you and break that 30 minute barrier for the first time” – pressure!  I started steadily, but having a check at my Garmin, I could tell I was going too fast, a typical issue I’m sure many of you have done before.  After dodging a few tent poles (thanks to the marshals there for helping parkrunners navigate the temporary obstacles), I managed to find my pace in the second kilometre and was really enjoying my run.  I started chatting and giving support to those people around me - we could all do this!

The jovial chit chat with runners as they passed me by carried on until the 500 meters mark, just after the very last short sharp section, when I could see it was game face time and I had a group of parkrunners fly by me.  It was also here that a pacer’s second job of cheerleader really comes into its own, as one lady talked about how disappointed she wasn’t going to break 30, but with less than 300 meters to go (and knowing I was slightly ahead of a 30min finish), I knew she could do this and shouted all my words of encouragement that I too have heard when I am so close to breaking a PB.  Next thing she was off, sprinting into the distance.  Others around me promised that they would sprint finish and true to their word, as we hit the grass for the finishing straight off they went to break their PBs too.  I looked over my shoulder at the last 50m to see a kid chasing me down, I challenged him to the finish line and off we went, over the line, and what was to be a PB for him.

Honestly it was the best feeling in the world to pace and I would strongly recommend people give it a go.  I wanted to do it, just to see if I could, but I certainly didn’t expect the countless number of thanks I got.  What a brilliant start to the weekend! Next pacing week will be the 15th June, but in the meantime, if you are feeling inspired to give any of the volunteering roles a go, contact guildfordhelpers@parkrun.com. (HERE HERE -  Ed)

A Fond Goodbye, A Fond Hello

We say bon voyage (okay it's only to the Isle of Wight) to Nick Thornton, who completed his 137th Guildford parkrun this Saturday. He has delighted many at Guildford parkrun over the years and his presence has added immeasurably to the family of Guildford parkrun. We wish him well - and YES - he has promised to do some tourism with us some day :-)

Nick Thornton & fabulous friend :-)

Nick Thornton & fabulous friend :-)

We said a very happy hello to Marty Bowen, who came all the way over from Australia (his home parkrun is a placed called Bowral. Just for us. We're touched :-)

We even had some new (and in training but incredibly enthusiastic) finish token sorters. Thanks guys :-)

Jane Foster, Jason Mott, Nicholas Goldman & Daniel Marven. Don’t they look happy. Thanks guys  :-)

Jane Foster, Jason Mott, Nicholas Goldman & Daniel Marven. Don’t they look happy. Thanks guys :-)

Don't Forget Your Tourism Next Week

Next week you have an opportunity to lace up your tourist shoes, as the Surrey County Show is taking over Stoke Park so Guildford parkrun are taking the week off. Don't panic - just go and visit one of our many, very friendly, neighbouring parkruns were you'll be made to feel very welcome.

Final Words & Volunteer Thanks

Thanks once more to Madeleine Charbine for writing this weeks Run Report. Thank you for reading me.

The event was made possible by 46 volunteers: Brandon Acres, Sarah Alexander, Geraldine Allen, Laurie Bantin, Matthew Baylis, Julie Bryant, Irene Carrasco Ruiz, Rennie Chadwick, Madeleine Charbine, Rich Clist, Harry Conlan, Katie Corrie, Lesley Cully, Alastair Day, Parag Deolia, John Duckworth, Neill Ebers, Jane Foster, Nicholas Goldman, Fran Handrick, Mike Harrold, Jonathon Harwood, Maddie Heslop, Alastair Heslop, William Izzard, Nathan Janmohamed, Michael Jones, Ian Kenyon, Rosie Killick, Flori Mackinnon, Daniel Marven, Jason Mott, Sarah Nixon, Chris Nugent, Robert Pitt, Dawn Ridgers, Katerina Rose, James Ross, Prab Satya, Wendy Scott, Paul Tatler, Nick Tearle, Carolyn Turner, Vikki West, Liz Willans, Calvin Williams. Thank you all - our volunteers are AMAZING.

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 13,838 participants have completed 105,265 parkruns covering a total distance of 526,325 km, including 18,160 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,074 individuals have volunteered 6,793 times.

 

Guildford parkrun #352: celebrating Star Wars Day .. and another record attendance!

This year parkrun landed on May 4th Star Wars Day! May the Fourth (be with you). And some of our lovely runners seized the opportunity to come in fancy dress! We had a  Stormtrooper, Rey & some hooded Jedi’s running around the course! There was even a few lightsaber battles during the actual run, which made for some brilliant parkrun photo action shots, much to the delight of the other park users.

 

Star Wars – May the Fourth (be with you)

Star Wars – May the Fourth (be with you)

 

With a sunny start to the morning, lots of runners were tempted out into Stoke Park. Leading us to yet another record breaking turnout with 670 runners taking to the course, including 48 people doing their first ever parkrun. What a way to start off the bank holiday weekend!

 

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A record turn out of 670!

For the pre-run briefing, our lovely Run Director Julie, welcomed us all to Guildford parkrun and thanked the many volunteers (by name) who got up early to set up, to  marshal and all those wonderful people who helped to make today’s event possible.

Next came the recognition for runners who were celebrating parkrun Milestones. The  loud applause and cheers that followed this announcement, was a clear sign that the friends & family of those celebrating their milestone runs were definitely in attendance & in very high spirits!!

Congratulations to Andrew Schauerman a local Fitstuff runner, who ran his 250th  parkrun! An awesome achievement Andrew!

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Andrew Schauerman

Well done to Joanna Pearce & Zoe Boulter who ran their 50th parkrun and to our Juniors Mia Rose & Emily Jarman who both reached their 10th parkrun milestone! Jane Foster & Carol Dunnett, both celebrated unofficial milestones for their 150th parkrun as well! Great work ladies!!

Jane Foster & Jason Mott

Jane Foster & Jason Mott

Stoke park was certainly looking its best with lots of beautiful flowers bordering the field & looking picturesque in the sun. The two laps were filled with fun, a lot of laughs and of course the aforementioned Star Wars battles mid run. All the while, we could see  marshals clapping & shouting out words of encouragement to all of us running, walking or skipping.

Star Wars battle mid-run

Star Wars battle mid-run

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After the run, we all headed off to the Daisy Chain Café for a well deserved tea/coffee and a cheeky slice of post-run cake. Jane Foster brought along a fabulous Llama cake to celebrate her milestone run. So thank you to Jane for the yummy treat!

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Tea & Coffee at The Daisy Chain with Llama Cake

Tea & Coffee at The Daisy Chain with Llama Cake

 

All  in all, you could definitely feel just how amazing the atmosphere was! The Guildford parkrun community really came together to put on a brilliant parkrun & I hope that many more people will feel inspired to come along to run, walk or volunteer at future events.

This event was made possible by the help & support of volunteers. So, a big THANK YOU to our incredible volunteers:

Brandon ACRES • Geraldine ALLEN • Matthew BAYLIS • Julie BRYANT • Irene CARRASCO RUIZ • Harry CONLAN • Alastair DAY • Nicholas GOLDMAN • Susanna HARRISON • Maddie HESLOP • Ben HOUGHTON • Charlotte HOUGHTON • Ian KENYON • Jyoti LOPES • Flori MACKINNON • Jennie MACLEAN • Stephen OSBORNE • Richard OVERTON • Thomas PINNEGAR • Robert PITT • Katherine PORTMAN • Liz PRICE • Katerina ROSE • James ROSS • Cecilia SIRUFFO • Dashzeveg TSERENBAT • Carolyn TURNER • Calvin WILLIAMS • Nick WRIGHT

By Jyoti Lopes

 

Guildford parkrun event #347

Just a mini run report today followed by a rather less exciting lost property report.

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Oh what a beautiful morning!

 

 

Well, what a glorious morning for a 5k! A huge well done to the all of the 545 people who walked, jogged or ran around Stoke Park today with 52 first timers at Guildford and a smashing 133 people achieving PBs.

Congratulations to:

Katie BLACKMAN, Violet ISSACS, Jack MILNER and Juliet TURNBULL on achieving their Junior 10 Milestones

 to Andres PALANTES and Peter TURNER on hitting their 50th

 and to David NEWTON and Libby RALPH on their 100th parkrun. 

Now onto the lost property- we're getting quite a collection and hoping to reunite some people with their belongings so if you recognise something you've lost please e-mail guildford@parkrun.com or speak to the run director next week and we can hopefully get your things back to you.

Lost property which has gathered over the last few months

Lost property which has gathered over the last few months

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guildford parkrun #345: A Most Significant Milestone & Lots of Wind!!

A Most Significant Milestone and Lots of Wind!

Well hello there and a very warm welcome to the run report for Guildford parkrun event #354, at which we, Guildford parkrun, celebrated a rather significant milestone ourselves and battled with the winds. Intrigued, well read on....

Volunteer Thanks

Firstly, and most importantly, I wish to give our thanks to the 42 amazing volunteers involved this Saturday who, through their generous endeavours ensured Guildford parkrun was able to host a safe, friendly, welcoming & inclusive parkrun event for our 473 runners. Not only for this week, but for the previous 344 weeks and the 99,672 runners for whom we have been able to host Guildford parkrun. It is only made possible because of these 1,047 wonderful individuals who collectively have given up 6,508 Saturday mornings of their own time for a greater good; in the past, now and long into the future. We all owe these dedicated, happy, very capable people our great gratitude.

So, all together now...THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS, YOU ARE AWESOME, YOU ARE WONDERFUL.

The Set-up

So clearly before any parkrun event can actually take place the course has to be set-up in the morning. No easy task with strong winds I can tell you! As the course was being marked our with cones, every time the Run Director turned around to ensure good placement of cones, in relation to each, to form a clear course route that is safe & intuitive for our runners to follow (oh yes - we take great pride and joy in our course), the cones had of course been whipped about & buffeted by the winds leaving not a one in their original position. On realising it was a pushing a big rock up a steep hill covered in ice while wearing ice skates type task and bearing in mind that it wouldn't be ideal to still be setting-up the course at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, the Run Director accepted being in the lap of the gods, and smiled sagely!!

Despite papers, pens, finish token collection boxes, water bottles and pretty much anything and everything else being flung around by the wind - but hey there's a real energy there that's exciting and energising - amazingly we actually found ourselves ready. Not a moment too soon as the excited runners were now descending on us and there was a buzz in the air an almost electric buzz - but why...? Because this Saturday we were going to celebrate our 100,000th finisher at Guildford parkrun and perhaps each one wanted the kudos, the glory or simply the sheer joy of being Guildford parkrun finisher number 100,000. Who can blame them!! :-)

FitStuffers preparing for the off...

Some fabulous team Fitstuffers preparing for the off...

Milestone Congratulations!!

As always at every Guildford parkrun there are individual stories of courage, endeavour and of achievement and this Saturday was no exception, so please join us in celebrating and congratulating the following folks in their very own story where they are the hero;

From our junior contingent each of the following successfully scaled the 10 milestone:

  • Jake PATERSON
  • William ROESER
  • Ollie NIXON
  • Miles NORWOOD
  • Eloise ALLEN

For the adults the success just keeps rolling on for the following:

  • Simon ELSBURY
  • Adam NEWNHAM
  • Philip GRAINGER
  • Gordon RANDALL
  • James HANCOX
  • Angela RHYDDERCH
  • Ella RAE

All of whom obtained their 50 milestone. Brilliant effort and well done to you all, wear your t-shirts with great pride & joy :-)

Angela RHYDDERCH looking very happy and very Irish to celebrate her 50th milestone on St. Patricks Day :-).

Angela RHYDDERCH looking very happy and very Irish to celebrate her 50th milestone on St. Patricks Day :-).

Oh and of course - Guildford parkrun joined the 100,000 club!!! How impressive is that.

100,000 runners each completing 5 km, why that's 500,000 kilometres and you know, it's only 384,400 kilometres to the moon!!! If each runner burns on average 500 kilocalories (or 2,092 kilojoules if you prefer) for each 5 km they've run then that's roughly the same amount of energy, over the 100,000 runs, required to heat approximately 555,555 litres of water to boiling point. That's roughly 2.2 million cups of tea!!! So not only does Guildford parkrun take you to the moon (we need a few more years to get you back mind you), we can more than supply the tea to go with such an incredible journey. :-).

Fun facts aside, all of those 100,000 runs represents a personal story of human triumph, of courage & commitment - of believing that a better quality of life is possible - and of striving for it. We salute you all and thank you for making Guildford parkrun the fabulous joy that it is for so many people.

The Run

The most fabulous of sights at 09:00 on a Saturday in Stoke Park. A tsunami of colour and human endeavour. Go guys go, you look wonderful.

And they're off!!

And they're off!!

Each run is filled with action, suspense, human grit, fantastic timekeeping, selfless encouragement, personal determination, the highs and joys of being alive, of being human, of being part of a tremendous community, of giving it all you have. Of life.

Keith HARRISON looking humble and pretty happy with himeself

Keith HARRISON looking humble and pretty pleased with himself

Of the fierceness of giving everything.

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Of timekeeping fun & accuracy.

Alastair HESLOP on the clock

Alastair HESLOP on the clock

But who will gain the coveted position 328 and become Guildford parkruns 100,000th runner? The tension & excitement builds & builds....

THe sought after position 328

The much sought after position 328

Who will it be....

The 100,000th Finisher & Presentation

Come in number 100,000 - yes it's Gethin JONES and our congratulations to him. On only Gethin's 2nd parkrun he became Guildford parkruns' 100,000th finisher. Much, I'm sure, to Gethins' surprise, delight & slight bewilderment we made a huge fuss of him - and rightly so because it's always good to spread happiness & joy.

Gethin JONES becomes Guildford parkrun 100,000 finisher. See the massive finish token he earned!!

Gethin JONES becomes Guildford parkruns' 100,000th finisher. See the massive finish token he earned!!

Don't be fooled by those glum faces, they where all very happy for Gethin!!

They're just pretending to be glum

They're just pretending to be glum

See!

We're all very happy

A bunch of very happy people

To much fanfare Gethin JONES was awarded a 100,000th finisher sash, a 100,000 finisher medallion, a bottle of champagne, a box of chocolates, lots of balloons and a giant 100,000 finish token. Awards were very generously donated by members of Fitstuff running club (thanks Bill WILD) and individual members of Guildford parkrun core team. I'm not sure if Gethin really understood why we where all so happy for him but we were all totally delighted for him and he was such a great sport. Let's hope he doesn't get too used to all this champagne & chocolate mind you as it'll do nothing for his run times!!!

All that then remained was for our little 100,000th Guildford parkrun presentation ceremony to Gethin JONES - yes we continued to make a fuss - and up-stepped the fantastic Robert PITT, one of our brilliant Co-Event Directors and Paul TATLER, who was our Run Director for the day, to present the awards.

Gethin JONES, Guildford parkruns' 100,000th finisher!

Gethin JONES, Guildford parkruns' 100,000th finisher, being congratulated by Paul TATLER

As you can clearly see - we had much fun and made much fuss :-)

The presentation :-)

The presentation with Robert PITT in the very warm looking blue hat :-)

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At The End...

Off we all went to celebrate at the Daisy Chain Café, exchange stories of running heroics, enjoy hot coffee and perhaps hotter gossip, renew & make new friendships and wonder what colour our next pair of running shoes should be! :-)

We thank everyone who came down and celebrated with us for this rather significant milestone - a milestone that we're pretty chuffed and pleased with. But you know what - we're just getting warmed up!!! Until then dear people, take care of yourselves & your loved ones, remember there is always another run and I wish you as much joy and love as your hearts can hold. Adios. Or until next Saturday at least :-)

 

Guildford parkrun #340 : A snowy and chilly one

This report was written by Louise and Martin (regulars at Guildford):

This week's parkrun, a snowy and chilly one, kicked off with stern words from Julie our Run Director about no PBs!  As always Guildford parkrun volunteers delivered, keeping the parkrun going even in potentially treacherous conditions. Each volunteer helped us glide (literally) around the course with advice about where each slippery part was!

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This week's parkrun was a special one for my husband and I as we have been doing the Guildford parkrun for just over a year now and have finally reached the first official milestone of 50 runs (can't wait for our t-shirts)!  I know this is a small milestone in comparison to some of the 200+ parkruns some have run, however if it wasn't for Guildford parkrun I would never have got into running.

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The consistently great support of the volunteers has meant that the weather is no excuse for not getting your weekly run in!

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Here's to the next 50!

Louise and Martin


This week 276 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 30 volunteers. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Guildford parkrun Results Page.

Guildford parkrun started on 10th March 2012. Since then 12,970 participants have completed 97,798 parkruns covering a total distance of 488,990 km, including 16,861 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,034 individuals have volunteered 6,339 times.

 

Guildford parkrun #337: Records Tumble & Marvelous Milestones

Good day to all you lovely people :-)

Before we go any further I would like express my heartfelt thanks to all our 25 volunteers for this Saturday. They. Where. Brilliant. Then again our volunteers are always brilliant. They are the heartbeat that gives Guildford parkrun life. Next time you go running show your appreciation to these wonderful folks and give them a cheer & a thanks.

Every week at Guildford parkrun is different; different stories for the runners, different motivations & goals, different personal experiences and different situations arise. Guildford parkrun, like all parkruns, is a continually evolving narrative of thousands of people – and that’s what makes parkrun so engaging, so warm and so beautiful. People. People who volunteer, people who run and people who spectate & support their loved ones.

06:53 and dark. A lonely figure shuffles around Stoke park depositing bits of brightly coloured plastic. He hopes they resemble some meaningful order, provide guidance & instruction even, or at least line-up with each other! But it’s dark and difficult to tell. ‘Ah well’ he thinks, ‘I’ve done the best I can and can only go back & forth so many times before I forget what I’m supposed to be doing’ and plods on. Beneath his feet the ground feels, unexpectedly, not too muddy, nice & firm with just the right amount of give. Lucky runners. As dawn breaks the solitude is broken by a very cheerful lady arriving and asking ‘What can I do to help?’. ‘Cool’ he thinks, ‘let’s talk finish tunnels’ he grins. Better make it quite long as the weather is perfect, the time of year still within touching distance of making those pesky resolutions, and no G3 event so there might be a good crowd of runners today!!

08:46 and the sheer lack of people leaves him confounded. Realising he clearly doesn’t have a pulse on, well anything really it would seem. So much for his guessing on a good crowd, he delays the first timers briefing because, well they simply haven’t seemingly arrived yet.

08:54 and by gosh there’s a lot of people here. What happened!!

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Happy expectant runners :-)

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The tension builds, the excitement mounts!

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The crowd is going wild!!!!

09:03 and they’re off!!!! All 614 runners. Wait. What. Did you say 614 runners at Guildford parkrun? That’s right ladies and gentlemen, a new attendance record for Guildford parkrun, beating the previous record by a whopping 64!!! It was magical watching this huge mass of people set off in a riot of colour and happiness. A tsunami of intent and enthusiasm (the grim determination was obviously due to set in latter!!).

09:17 and a blur of committed happy faces goes past dazzling us. Some, incredibly, completing their 2nd lap, others just starting theirs and maybe another new first for Guildford parkrun; an unbroken, continuous line of runners right around Stoke Park. From the finish area a full line of runners could be seen disappearing just past Wild Wood, back on to the grass and over the hillock, while simultaneously runners where re-appearing on the London Road footpath, again as a continuous line of runners all the way back to the finish area. It looked glorious, definitely awesome and made one Run Director giggle a little. That’s the power of parkrun!

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Mr Gingerbread was incognito on Saturday so you probably missed him. Here's what he looked like on Christmas Day ;-)

09:26 and by heck the finish area is busy. We’ve drafted in additional Barcode Scanners (who very kindly stepped-in) to help with the queues and at peak we had 6 Barcode Scanners on Saturday – another Guildford parkrun record. All around was the buzz of achievement as runners basked in their success, sweaty bodies and happy faces surrounded by loved ones. The finish line also became a little congested so we apologise for that, but lots of encouragement to keep the runners moving down the finish tunnel as quickly as they could helped matters.

09:53 and our 2 smashing tail walkers come in. Thank you ladies as always.

10:21 an empty silence has descended on Stoke Park, as the Run Director looks around he realises once more, that he is alone with his thoughts, a solitary but contented figure. Another great Guildford parkrun (record breaking in fact) but how odd it all seems, a little over a hour since the run started, and now there is no one. 25 volunteers, 614 runners and perhaps another 60 odd people who came to support friends & family. 700 people rocked up, did their thing and then poff – gone – just like that. Many of course off to the Daisy Chain Café to enjoy coffee/tea/cake or something more, swap stories of personal bests, of running daring dos (and perhaps daring don’ts) and celebrate what they have, individually & collectively, achieved that Saturday morning, 12th January when records were set. What a perfectly smashing way to start a weekend :-)

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Now that's a celebration! Super smiles as Anna MACLEAN, with friends, is clearly very happy with her 100th parkrun. Huge Congratulations Anna.

Speaking of celebrations and records we must mention some fabulous milestones and massive congratulations to the following for their very own personal record and achievements:

Virginia DE SANTIS and Stephanie FERRO for both reaching their 50th parkrun milestone this Saturday. Very well done to you both.

Robert FELTHAM: an inspiring gentleman who shows us all that age is simply a mental attitude reached his 100th parkrun milestone.

Anna MACLEAN: technically a tourist but her 1st parkrun, her 50th and now her 100th have all been at Guildford. She also managed to talk her lovely Mom into baking a lot of very tasty fairly cakes which she very generously gave out to runners and volunteers alike. Thank you so much Anna’s Mom (who is most welcome anytime ;-) ). It was delightful to see Anna so well supported by (at least) two cousins, a sister and a Mom & Dad.

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Anna MACLEAN looking deservedly happy. Thanks for the cakes Anna's Mom :-)

Congratulations and very well done. You should all be very chuffed with your marvellous achievements. Wear your t-shirts with pride and lots and lots and lots of joy :-)

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Mr Reindeer, who was not able to make this Saturday, is currently being much loved by the HOUGHTON family (who adopted him on Christmas Day). Mr Reindeer reports to being very well but wishies he could overcome his slight bout of laziness!! :-)

I thank the lovely, the wonderful, volunteers once again who did us all so proud. Please take a bow you incredible individuals - you rocked it. A roll call of honour for Saturday:

Monica ALONSO • Keith HARRISON • Jeremy Paul HUTCHINS • Andrew FLANAGAN • Isabel THOMAS • Pauline HASTINGS • Wendy SCOTT • Alastair HESLOP • Stephen OSBORNE • Jan SPENCER • Jane FOSTER • Mary MANNING • Jody GREEN • Henry FORREST • Maria TITCOMB • Liz WILLANS • Sian WILLIAMS • Maddie HESLOP • Paul TATLER • Saira BLOOMFIELD • Gemma MEAD • Wayne SMITH • Joshua SMEETH • Joanna TICEHURST • Nicholas GOLDMAN

For those that like facts and figures:

Volunteers: 25
Runners: 614 - have I mentioned this is a Guildford parkrun record attendance...?
Personal Bests: 67 !!!! - very well done to you all
First Timers: 71 !!!! - we hope you had a smashing experience with us, we loved having you
Distance Ran: 3,070 KM - 5KM x 614 runners. Yes that is a lot!!
Energy Used (VERY approximate): 310,000 calories. Yes, again, that is a lot!! For those interested an assumed ~ 500 calories per runner.

We hope you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves, we certainly did. We’d love to see you again sometime and until then, happy running, happy loving.

Guildford parkrun Team

 

Sunshine & Smiles

So finally, after the mini ice age and the recent floods, the Sun (notice the capital!) appeared & bathed us all in glorious sunshine. We came to celebrate and pay our regards to this great big thing in the sky we love so much; 484 of you ran, jogged, plodded or walked your way around Stoke Park this Saturday morning. Then, as if at a festival (and it certainly felt like it), we all seemed to sprawl ourselves on the grass, cheering on loved ones & friends or simply enjoying the weather. It was a happy occasion; it was full of sunshine & smiles.

But I’m getting ahead of myself as first there were some significant milestones achieved & celebrated by all the runners and volunteers; firstly there was David WOODCOCK who today realised his 250 parkruns dream and now his dream has grown and he lies awake thinking of the big 500. Huge respect, congratulations and a jolly well done to David WOODCOCK for what is a very special milestone. He certainly looks happy in the picture (and for clarity David is the one in the orange parkrun top – his friend (in green) decided not to run but to simply enjoy the sun & watch).

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A very happy looking David WOODCOCK

Also achieving their 50 milestones today where:

  • Nikki SIMPSON
  • Nicola LUDLOW
  • Nirmal MISRA

Very well done and congratulations to you all. A milestone t-shirt to wear with great pride J

The estimable Bill WILD gave a comprehensive first timers briefing highlighting the importance of hydration on such a warm day. I’m just amazed at how many first timers we seem to get at Guildford parkrun week-in, week-out and this Saturday was no exception with a massive 54 of you courageous and wonderful folk attending Guildford parkrun for the first time – thank you. Bill WILD, who enjoys the selfie, can be seen here with some of the (very) smiley first timers. What a beautiful sight and thank you Bill.

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Bill WILD & new friends

After an introduction to our pacers, superbly organised by Alastair HESLOP and super well done guys as you all came within a few seconds of your pacer time, and a quick run briefing, almost as if we were afraid the sun might be snatched away from us at any moment for being too cheerful, off we all went in a riot of colour & happiness.

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The Off at Glorious Guildford parkrun

Our runners are fantastically supported by all our volunteers and without our lovely volunteers parkrun simply wouldn’t happen. So if you’re a regular parkrun runner but not yet volunteered please do so – you’ll have such a fun time. I really can’t thank our volunteers, or sing their praises enough, and nor it seems can you (and thank you for the comments from some very appreciative runners):

  • Rachel FISHER...’Did this one as a "tourist" this morning. What a fabulous crew! Everyone so friendly, helpful and encouraging...especially marshals on the route. Had a great time ...thank you all so much. Rachel F x x x'
  • Jonathan FUDGE...’ A huge thanks to...the team for putting on the event for us!’
  • Rennie CHADWICK...’What a marvellous bunch!

In total there were 27 volunteers today and what a lovely, professional and simply wonderful group of people they all were. Big love and big thanks to all our volunteers.

An incredible 88 runners had new personal bests this Saturday, despite the heat. I guess all that frustration at not being able to parkrun simply spilled over into having the run of their lives. Well done to them all. So back to where we came in it seems with the sun still shining brightly, and runners who had finished sat around and lay on the warm grass and cheered on the other runners. There was such a beautiful vibe in the air that I almost didn’t want it to end. End it must however and as always we ended in the very friendly Daisy Chain Cafe where running stories and cake were shared with all. Truly a lovely parkrun and such a wonderful start to one’s weekend so thank you all; runners, volunteers and spectators all.

For those who like the stats:

  • Volunteers: 27
  • First Timers: 54
  • Personal Bests: 88
  • Total Runners: 484
  • Clubs Represented: 35

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 11,124 participants have completed 80,810 parkruns covering a total distance of 404,050 km, including 14,518 new Personal Bests.

 

Higher & higher & higher…..

Guildford parkrun Run Report for Saturday 22nd July (Event #267)

Higher & higher & higher...yes it's official, parkrun takes you up in the world and Guildford parkrun higher than many. But before we get there, we go here...

The Preparation

'Twas a warm and bright morning which greeted us all, a surprise and a relief following the heavy rain the night before making the going good to soft. An enthusiastic group of volunteers arrived to make the Guildford parkrun event # 267 happen and we thank them all for their dedication, their passion and the sheer enjoyment they bring with them. Scanners a scanning, time keepers a time keeping, marshals a marshalling, number checkers a number checking (gosh we've named these roles well) - we salute you all and our hearty thanks. Special mention for the charming Christopher Peck, who not only finished in 1st place this morning but then helped with the Barcode Scanning - how wow is that!!

We modified the funnel slightly this week by making it longer and so make crossing the finish line and the journey through to collection of the finish token that much better, that much more efficient and that much more enjoyable. We hope you noticed this improvement (answers on a postcard please).

I think we've set a new record, as Matilda was in attendance this morning, acting as a volunteer marshal, following her achievement of a sub 22 minute 5K - and she's not even a week old yet (we need to find out how to give 1 week old children both a runners and a volunteers credit!!! :-)). Of course I'm talking about the super Samantha Ludlow-Taylor and new daughter Matilda. Proud Dad Andrew Taylor was so excited he finished 3rd with a new PB - well done Dad :-)

Guildford parkrun 2017-07-22Samantha Ludlow-Taylor & new daughter Matilda acting as marshals - thanks guys :-) Guildford parkrun 2017-07-22Plus Andrew fresh from his 3rd place finish and a new PB - well done Andrew :-)

Milestones

Very well done to all those new to the milestone clubs below. I hope you're proud and so very pleased with your achievements. I think you're all brilliant, such a tremendous effort and commitment from yourselves:

The '10' Club
 - Max ANDERSON (a new PB as well - very well done)
 - Jay CHAVERRI
 - Charles WAINHOUSE
 - Karine WELLS

The '50' Club
 - David CORRIE
 - Guy HOLCROFT

The '100' Club
 - John GILLBE
 - Paul YOUNG

Massive congratulations to you all.

The Run

Then someone said...3...2...1...Go! A beautiful sound indeed and a beautiful sight as 483 Guildford parkrunners surged forwards; with thoughts of glory & joy (and perhaps a well earned egg roll and mug of coffee afterwards). Arms, legs & colours all snaking off into the distance....

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What a wonderful sight as 483 Guildford parkrunners set-off at Guildford parkrun event 267. They do know they can break formation don't they...? ;-)

The excitement never let off as a table collapsed to great applause (hmm...?) & concern but no finish tokens or barcode scanners were hurt in the making of this event and the volunteers responding superbly. Almost as soon as it had started, the carnival seemed to come to an end...and right on time (10:00am to you and I) the rain came down. How perfect was that then, not only do we smile and cheer for you all, we also control the weather - just for you!!! :-)

Higher & Higher & Higher

I told you we'd come back to this :-)

Please remember that there is no Guildford parkrun next week (Saturday 29th July) but why not try a bit of parkrun tourism - and here's a handy guild which may help you decide - it lists all the UK parkrun events by their elevation: https://jegmar.com/fastest-races/parkrun/ and Guildford ranks at 370 coming in at 191 feet. So you can either find a more difficult or an easier parkrun event for next Saturday, the choice is yours but why not share with us what you choose, we'd love to hear from you.

Now all those Stats & Information which you Love

Guildford parkrun Event number 267 22nd July 2017

This week 483 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 105 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Samantha LUDLOW TAYLOR • William BLAIR • Karen JONES • Keith HARRISON • Nicky HACK • Jane THACKSTONE • Jennifer DUKE • Christopher PECK • Katie CORRIE • Russell BROWN • Adam HEWITT • Maggs KYTE • William BOLTER • Ben BLAMEY • Tom BLAMEY • Mary MANNING • Stephen PALMER • Liz CROSS • Sian WILLIAMS • Anne WARNER • Bo BEYNON • Paul TATLER • Tim HOOKER • Lara KELLAND • Matthew HANNIGAN • Harry CAMERON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Guildford parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Christopher PECK (VM35-39) of Waverley Harriers, was first over the line in 16:47 - 19th time in 51 appearances.
Daniel TITCOMB (SM20-24) of British Army, was second over the line in 17:28 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Andrew TAYLOR (SM30-34) of Guildford & Godalming AC, was third over the line in 17:41.

Female placings:
Michelle OLDHAM (VW45-49) of Woking AC, was first (24th overall) over the line in 20:17 - 22nd time in 87 appearances.
Bronwyn MAYO (SW30-34) of Wimbledon Windmilers, was second (32nd overall) over the line in 20:39.
Hannah MORRIS (SW18-19) of Dorking & Mole Valley AC, was third (51st overall) over the line in 21:24 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Christopher PECK (VM35-39) – 78.55% for the time 16:47 (first overall).
Michelle OLDHAM (VW45-49) – 78.31% for the time 20:17 (24th overall).
Valerie DESBOROUGH (VW55-59) – 78.28% for the time 24:06 (127th overall).

The male record is held by Phil WICKS who recorded a time of 15:16 on 20th June 2015 (event number 163).
The female record is held by Emily WICKS who recorded a time of 17:31 on 8th October 2016 (event number 227).
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 9,462 participants have completed 66,526 parkruns covering a total distance of 332,630 km, including 12,661 new Personal Bests.

 

 

 

Run Report 264th Event 24th June 2017

They came in their ones & twos at first, then in larger and larger groups until a rush, like an incoming tide, they appeared. Their faces clearly showing relief that the fierceness of the previous weeks Sun was no more...and perhaps also a little bit of hope; hope of a personal best perhaps or a milestone celebration to be had maybe. Eventually all 449 runners, family & friends, interested onlookers and the marvellous parkrun volunteers were ready – ready for the 264th Guildford parkrun and conditions were perfect.

Let us step back however, to briefly reflect on how a parkrun event suddenly appears every Saturday at 09:00. It is through the dedication and commitment of volunteers, prepared to give up their own time so that others can run, who make a parkrun event happen. Volunteers will start turning up a couple of hours before the run itself starts; checking & marking the course, the finish funnel, marshalling etc etc and so it is with great thanks we salute this merry band of folks.

Is this the £10 philosophical discussion or just the £5 debate...
parkrun volunteers engaging in some philosophical & existential questioning...

Julie Bryant, our dedicated Run Director for the day, deep in concentration. She was her usual joyous & marvelous self running a tight ship! :-)
Julie Bryant, our dedicated Run Director for the day, deep in concentration. She was her usual joyous & marvellous self running a tight ship! :-)

Nicky Hack - a dedicated & industrious Event Director of Guildford Parkrun. Morning hun!!
Nicky Hack - a brilliant & industrious Co Event Director of Guildford Parkrun. Morning hun!!

For me parkrun is about improving the quality of peoples lives through exercise and social interaction, regardless of ability or means. I believe this approach works and there are hundreds and thousands of stories and personal journeys where individuals have seen an improvement in the quality of their lives; emotional, mental or physical health improving as a consequence of parkrun - and common to each of these stories is courage. The courage to one day simply engage (perhaps the greatest courage of all). One particular journey, which highlights these values and benefits, is the story of Nick THORNTON - one of our volunteers today. Nick was first introduced to Guildford parkrun in March 2015 and has a personal best time of 20:34 (certainly no slouch) and has gone on to run in 77 Guildford parkrun events. Today was something new for him however, new and something rather special - he had been looking forward to this day as today was his first time volunteering and he had a smashing time as a marshal - shouting & cheering and joyfully giving encouragement to the runners as they went by. Nick you see is profoundly deaf and partially sighted, and with the help of a British Sign Language volunteer (Wendy Scott) and the wonderful Linda Cairns it has been possible to put in place a process which supports Nick (and others) which enable him to volunteer and marshal. Thanks Nick for volunteering, and Wendy for the BSL provision and Linda for her organisation and caring. A pleasure to have you all.

Nick marshalling at Guildford 24/6/17
Nick Thornton & Linda Cairns

Nick marshalling at Guildford 24/6/17
Nick Thornton supporting the runners as a marshal

Is this Parkrun or Party in the Park? Congratulations on joining the 100 club - halfway to joining the 200 club!!! We here at Guildford Parkrun just love a good festival so thanks for bringing the atmosphere :-).
Some very happy looking Guildford parkruners celebrating a 100 run milestone. Congratulations - they do know this is parkrun and not Party in the Park!? ;-)

The smile says it all. Very well done on your 100th Parkrun :-).
Now that's the smile of someone with something to celebrate. Very well done - we love your festival atmosphere :-)

So the 264th Guildford parkrun commenced promptly at 09:00, with much colour and happiness and a large slice of smoothness. As the runners ran, the marshals marshalled, which is to say they cheered and encouraged the runners running. There were blue skies and a cool breeze and a lot of smiles where seen going around (well certainly on the first lap). On the second lap many of the smiles had turned to pictures of determination - people reaching into themselves and pulling out some courage they perhaps did not know was present - hearts and minds of lions, tigers and dragons, with each person saying quietly 'I can do this. I will do this. I am doing this.' Showing their bravery and making their lives, and the lives of others, perhaps that little bit better.

Then the end with many smiles and many breakfasts! Another very successful Guildford parkrun event. For those so inclined some numbers for you:

Number of Runners: 449
Number of Parkrun First Timers: 50
Number of Guildford Parkrun First Timers: 27
Number of Personal Bests: 86

Congratulations to:
Amy WARING, Graham MILLER, Tristan GREAVES & Alistair GIBSON on joining the 100 run milestone club.
Claire BLUNDEN & Corinne GARDENER on reaching the 50 run milestone club.
Jon ALLEN, Eduardo AGUILAR, Peter TAYLOR, Paula DUMMETT, Chloe COX, Oliver TAYLOR, John HARGREAVES, Katie BUTLER & Gavin CHOHAN for making their 10 run milestone.

Well done to you all.

Finally I'm left with inviting you all along to the Guildford parkrun 265th event on 8th July 2017 & wishing you all the very best with as much love & joy as your hearts can hold. Live a happy life. :-)

Paul Tatler

 

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