Guildford parkrun #389 – 8th Birthday!

For Guildford parkrun’s 8th birthday, 320 happy runners jogged, walked and ran round a sunny but muddy Stoke Park to celebrate. The night before, it had rained quite heavily, but the clouds parted just in time for 9 o’clock; and the sun stuck around for the duration of the run.

Volunteers at the scanning tables!

This week saw 20 PBs, despite muddy park conditions, and 26 first timers. Well done to all who achieved that!  We had been warned during the pre-run briefing of some of the muddy parts of the course, but we powered through, nevertheless.

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus COVID-19 and whether parkrun will be possible in the coming weeks and months, everyone was determined to make this one count – and make it count we did! As always, there was a real range of finishing times, but everybody did really well. The atmosphere was great, and it was a brilliant way to start the weekend!

By Carter Coles.

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Thank you very much for this week’s team of 32 volunteers - we can't do without them - so thank you for all you do! Sarah ALEXANDER, Tamsin BLEWDEN, Helen BROWNE, Susan CHARLESWORTH, Rich CLIST, Carter COLES, Clara CONQUEST, Alison CURTIS, Benjamin CURTIS, Leonie DAGRIPPINO, Zoe DAMPIER, Daphne EVANS, Robert FELTHAM, Pauline HASTINGS, Zoe HASTINGS, Alastair HESLOP, Maddie HESLOP, Philip INGOE, Kay INWOOD, Maggs KYTE, George LUDLOW, Claire O'DALY, Maggie PATMORE, Jim PERRIN, Keith RHODES, Dawn RIDGERS, Caroline SAMS, Alejandro SCHOLFIELD PÉREZ, Paul TATLER, Joanna TICEHURST, Richard TOTTY, Peter TURNER. 

 

 

 

Guildford parkrun #386: lovely weather & a lovely time

Hello and a very warm welcome to this sadly rather short and picture less report. As a run director I personally find it rather difficult to take any pictures while being the run director simply due to time constraints and being too busy. So apologies for the lack of pictures this week but please do feel free to share your own and if you ever fancy writing the report for us one week then we’d be delighted (and it doesn’t stop you from running either – win/win ☀️). Still some moments of interest which I shall share…

Firstly a HUGE thank you to all 27 of our wonderful volunteers this week, who were, as always, simply AWESOME. Without our lovely volunteers there would be no Guildford parkrun event so each and every one of us owe them our thanks. THANK YOU volunteers for being fantastic ❤️❤️

Special mention this week to Judith McKNIGHT, who not only is an absolute wiz with barcode scanning but this Saturday she joined the exalted ranks of the Volunteer 25 milestone club – yes indeed she has now volunteered on 25 separate occasions for our benefit – and always with a smashing smile and a beautiful presence. Our biggest thanks to you Judith, for being such the fabulous volunteer and person that you are ❤️❤️❤️

Staying with the milestone theme then congratulations to the following who have each joined a milestone club from this Saturday. Be very pleased and very proud of your achievements (and eat some celebratory cake!!) – we salute you;

Junior 10: Emelia BRYANT, Gemma MEAD, Daisy ISAACS & Harley ROOT
The Big 50: Peter MERRY
The Bigger 100: Neil ADCOCK, Nayan MISTRY & Robert OWEN

Well done to them all :-)

Billy's Big Horn continues to prove popular - it's even lounder than me!!! Other than that, once again I think we all had a fabulous time – the weather was perfect, the sun even popped out a little for our 516 runners, joggers & walkers (yay ☀️) – there were lots and lots of smiles, 44 personal bests (incredible – well done to you all) and 82 folks who had never run at Guildford parkrun before – thank you so much for joining us we hope you had a lovely time.

Thank you all so much; volunteers, runners, family & friends alike, for joining us. We had a smashing time and we hope you all did too - see you next Saturday perhaps? Happy #parkrunning :-) :-) :-)

 

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.


 

Guildford parkrun #382 : NEW YEAR’S DAY 2020!!

Event #382 by Jane Morris

What does every parkrunner in the land love about New Year's Day - yes - you all know - the chance to run two parkruns in an incredibly short space of time! Guildford is always well attended and today 482 runners turned up in the misty grey of Stoke Park. I'm not sure everyone there was going to run twice as there were 101 first timers, but I am pretty sure a good proportion moved over to Woking to run at 1030am. I saw a lot of familiar faces!

January 1st is a good time to be a first timer as you may get bitten by the parkrun bug. It is exceptionally easy to get swept up with this Saturday running as Alastair, the Run Director, testified reading out a roll of runners who have run their 10th (junior), 50th, 100th and 250th parkrun. Today my husband ran his 250th - Guildford is where the love began! So to all the first timers I hope you will be back.......

As I moved on round the course today I noted it was not as muddy as I feared, that the little hill always wipes me out, and that there were a lot of funky running leggings out on show. Mainly the ladies are sporting these gloriously coloured, patterned leggings. Despite it being January many runners were in shorts and t-shirts, whilst others were prepared for more artic conditions being fully clothed with many layers and bobble hats! See no one parkrunner is the same!

I thought about counting Club t-shirts, especially as there were 64 different clubs represented, but mainly I was blinded by Fitstuff t-shirts, DMVAC t shirts and the parkrun orange shirts. As it is only a week after Christmas I imagine a lot of us are still proudly wearing our new gear, hoping it makes us go faster!

 

There were 40 PBs which is no mean feat after the celebrations last night, I was not amongst them as I had to do my shoelaces up twice. Those trainers were conspiring against me, and I was not the only runner afflicted by this plight. How many knots must one do to stop this happening?!

Guildford parkrun has given me and my family immense pleasure over the past 6 years 9 months and it is lovely to see old regulars, to be cheered on by the every loyal marshal and to welcome all the new visitors to Stoke Park. In the words of another runner today "let's do this" for many years to come but perhaps not twice in one day!DSC_3321 IMG_20200101_124437_630 IMG_20200101_124437_628

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This week 482 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 101 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 64 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:

Susanna HARRISON • Claire O'DALY • Belinda BARRATT • Robert LEGG • Jane MORRIS • Ian KENYON • Carol DUNNETT • Pauline HASTINGS • Wendy FITZPATRICK • Emilie BERGE • Alastair HESLOP • Tom GARDNER • Jane VESSEY • Matt GOUGH • Abigail MATTIN • Clare WILLS • Zoe HASTINGS • Anna Louise BAKER • Andrew GRUBB • Caroline CROSS • Maddie HESLOP • Katherine PORTMAN • Wayne SMITH • Bridget BAGNALL • Sabrina LANGE • Annalees LIM • Nicholas GOLDMAN • Debbie JAMES • Hugh MARRIAGE • Alwyn MARRIAGE • Daphne EVANS • Philip INGOE • Carrie HIGGINS

 

 

Guildford parkrun #380 It’s Christmas Day and Santa’s in town :-)

'You better watch out, you better not cry
Better not pout, I'm telling you why:
Santa Clause is comin' to run...'

Guildford parkrun was an event in absence these last 2 weeks as the course condition wasn't the best, with muddy ponds during the week but luckily for everyone of us, the weather gave us a truce to celebrate it. A truce like the one that happened at the Western Front on the 25th of December 1914, during WWI.

Since early morning Paul - our run director - was checking the course and signalling some important points in the course: there will be some slight changes to avoid the remaining mud puddles from the showers early this week.

On this joyful day, we volunteers started to arrive to help with the setting up: tables, speaker, tokens, cones, signs, finish line... All ready to share the joy of this day with everyone who decided to come. Who might need anything else in Christmas Day?... Us! We needed parkrun!

All of a sudden the figure of Santa in his sled, pulled by his reindeers showed up! It was a beautiful and sweet Santa with all his reindeers made their appearance close by the scanning tables. It was the cutest image of the day!

Gifts and sweets were shared for the lovely volunteers to everyone there. Many people in Santa attire and a fishy runner? Perhaps he might feel as an eel in swampy water today!

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The Santas and the reindeers begin to gather :-)

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A big fish? No I still don't get it either but certainly made me smile :-)

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Just a few of the 33 brilliant volunteers who made the day possible. Thank you so much :-)

Paul gave his speech, with warnings about the condition of the course and then the call for tourists - Stevenage, Woking, even from Melbourne Australia! Time to get ready... Paul with his tinseled hat shouted "Three, two, one... Go!" And everyone pulled the strings of their inner reindeers, to navigate along the green sea of Stoke Park.
Everything was a celebration at the end: chats, talks, season greetings. Everything may happen, even an engagement proposal to Fiona SWENY from her fiancé! - huge congratulations and celebrations to you both [editors note: we expect an invite of course as we’re already buying hats :-) ]

Massive congratulations to all of the following for achieving the following milestone;

Ben JONES on obtaining his Junior 10 milestone, Mark POWER hitting the big 50 and Adele DUTHIE, Chloe POWER, Emma CORNELIUS, Tom FREER and Niamh CRISP-O'BRIEN all reaching their 100. What a smashing Christmas present they all gave themselves and what a wonderful achievement. Very well done to you all. :-)

Merry Christmas to everyone and don't forget that we'll be running tomorrow once again (Saturday 28th)! So lace up your running shoes and don’t forget your barcode.

This week 464 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 69 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 60 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:

Nicola Jayne BANHAM • Wendy-Ann GRANEY • David MALE • Robert PITT • Claire O'DALY • Tony ROSTANT • Natalie WHITE • Richard CHAMPNESS • Wendy SCOTT • Richard OVERTON • Sarah NIXON • Maggie PATMORE • Helen HOWELL • Jane WHITE • Catherine LAWLESS • Joel LAWLESS • Jane FOSTER • Abigail MATTIN • Rebecca CHETWOOD • Laura BERRY • Nathalie HIGGS • Clara CONQUEST • Maddie HESLOP • Paul TATLER • Wayne SMITH • Jenny PITT • Judith MCKNIGHT • Sofia FERNANDEZ RODRIGUEZ • Nicholas DUNNETT • Sarah ALEXANDER • Ben GREEN • Carrie HIGGINS • Brian GENT

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 Juliette STELL who recorded 90.98% (22:43) on 21st September 2019 (event number 369).

Guildford parkrun started on 10th March 2012. Since then 15,358 participants have completed 117,857 parkruns covering a total distance of 589,285 km, including 19,606 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,173 individuals have volunteered 7,654 times.

 

Guildford parkrun #376

So Guildford it was. The pattern for some months now has been to choose a different Parkrun location every week. I usually go with my son if I can and this week it was his choice, and he decided on Guildford – because it was one of only two in the South-East beginning with G! We could have gone to Kent of course, where the other G is, but living in Hampshire that didn’t seem very sensible! The closest in the South-West were both in Gloucester so, as I said, Guildford it was.

As it turned out I couldn’t have been more pleased. The Spectrum Leisure Centre where we are advised to park was easy to find, there was plenty of free parking, good toilet facilities and the Parkrun was only just across the road - two or three minutes’ walk from the car. But it got better, because the Parkrun was in a lovely park setting on a combination of grass and tarmac paths.

It’s not the flattest course by a long way – a total elevation gain of 191 feet over two laps, and that’s 419th on the list of registered flattest UK Parkrun locations – but it’s all quite gentle, as are the descents, and I found it easier than on many flatter courses with short ‘killer’ hills. But this is one of the bigger Parkruns and although today 490 of us set off, the great thing was that whereas with many events you will have to queue at the start roughly in the order you expect to finish, not with this one. There’s plenty of room for a mass start and things just sort themselves out without undue elbow barging. And there are no bottlenecks.

Okay, so there were some slippery bits. Well, we’ve had an extraordinary amount of rain, so mud was in plentiful supply and there were places it wasn’t easy to dodge, so some of the runners finished the run in quite a state, especially the fast ones. Which is why I finished in pretty much pristine condition by comparison!

My son and I both ran today and we thoroughly enjoyed it. If you’re wondering, and I don’t suppose you are, he just managed to get to the finish before I did. Only just. By 3 or 400 metres. Except I still had one more lap to complete after that. Just 461 places ahead of me. So close…

All things considered, I’d say this is an excellent venue, with variation in levels and in surface, and a picturesque parkland, making the laps seem to go by quickly – for some people quicker than others, I might add! Okay, but my excuse was that for the second week I was recovering from a leg injury and I could otherwise easily have come inside the top four (hundred!).

But for me, part of the fun travelling to Parkruns is after the run, and in Guildford you are spoiled for choice if you want a decent breakfast and a coffee in really nice surroundings.

I travel about quite a bit for Parkruns and the constant for me wherever I’ve been has been the efficient organisation, the relaxed atmosphere, and the friendliness and helpfulness of the volunteers and runners alike, and Guildford was no exception. The marshals were a great bunch, with their encouragement and enthusiasm, and they really give you a lift. And so I could not let this opportunity pass without a sincere thank you to Maddie the Run Director, to all the volunteers, and especially to the core team and to those who turn up week in, week out, just to volunteer without the chance or the ability to run. So if you are thinking of having a go, this is definitely one to start with! There are plenty of roles you can choose from if you want to run as well, both before the event and after, so you needn’t miss out. It really is fun, the instructions are simple and you’ll be back for more!

This week, among the 490 runners, assorted pushchairs and dogs, there were landmarks for Carolyn Baxter, Simon McCrohan, Matthew Duncan, Annie Williams, Rob Stokes and Cecile Boylett for their 50th Parkruns. Congratulations also to juniors Grace Farmer, William Channing and Juliette Stell for their 10th, and a special mention to Juliette for highest age grade performance of the day with a remarkable 81.34%. Other notable performances were by David Owen Williams in the VM55-59 category with a personal best of 19:07, which earned him an age grade of 78.75%. Andrea Thomas and Henk Innemee both chalked up their 150th Parkruns and Susanna Harrison (who did a fantastic job as the 24 minute pacer today finishing at 23.57) joined the 250 club, but top of the tree was Annette Shrimpton with an impressive 375! There were 21 first-ever Parkrunners today, also many who were new to Guildford and countless PBs, so a very well done to you all!

By Dennis Spencer


This week we had a 'volunteer takeover' by a group of ladies from Back on Track Running and Fitness who took on marshaling, barcode scanning, and handing out finish tokens. A huge thank you to them along with all of our other wonderful volunteers without whom parkrun couldn't happen!

This week's volunteers were Sarah ALEXANDERAbigail ATHAIDEBen BALDWINLaurie BANTINMatthew BAYLISTanya BOARDMANRyan BOWDLERRennie CHADWICKLaura CHANNONHarry CONLANAnne CONNELLClara CONQUESTLesley CULLYJoshua CURTISBenjamin CURTISNeill EBERSNicholas GOLDMANSusanna HARRISONRobert HARRISONMike HARROLDAlastair HESLOPMaddie HESLOPCarrie HIGGINSJeremy Paul HUTCHINSKiera JONESIan KENYONSasha LE MARQUERHeather LOVEGeorge LUDLOWJudith MCKNIGHTCharlotte PEARSONKatherine PORTMANHyder ROOHANIJon SAUNDERSJulie SKELTONDennis SPENCERFrancesca STERNMonica-Gabriela TUDORSian WILLIAMSCarol WILLIAMSONEdward WINSLOWElizabeth WYLES

 

Guildford parkrun #375 – Where celebrations were sparkling fairy lights!

This weeks run report by Nicky Hack!

Oliver Jones – 250 parkruns and celebrating in style!

Saturday dawned cold but sunny and we headed to Stoke Park to celebrate Oliver Jones' 250th parkrun - this had been delayed by several weeks due to England's rugby success (and then disappointment) in Japan!

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After the new runners' briefing, and at nearly 8:55am we were wondering where he was? Should we slink back into the changing rooms with our gift, we shouldn’t have worried, Oliver appeared like a gazelle at the meeting point, and we lovingly handed him 3 celebratory green balloons. Oliver was so excited he set off for his 250th parkrun with myself and Jane trailing in his wake…Luckily we found each other at the end and celebrated in style with Prosecco on the ever muddy Stoke Park. Paninis and tea cakes at the Daisy Chain Café (Wey Valley Bowls club) followed; what an absolutely wonderful morning.

It’s a considerable achievement to get to 250 park runs and Oliver wasn’t the only one to achieve this. A massive congratulations to Richard Duddy also – only another 250 more runs you two until the 500 t-shirt comes your way – LOLs!

Prab celebrating his 100th parkrun – with Eddie his friend!

Prab Satya was celebrating his 100th parkrun. Prab’s had a wonderful run of PBs and is one of Guildford’s regular pacers helping runners achieve PBs with times only myself and Jane can dream of. If you look closely at the photos of Prab you’ll see Eddie – helping Prab finish! Congratulations Prab on your 100th parkrun!

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Waverley Harriers = C25K and supporters

Run Director Alistair also thanked the volunteers, who without their time and efforts this Run Report would just be blank! He then welcomed the Waverley Harriers Couch to 5Kers. It was great to see them all celebrating at the end of their run with their fellow club members for a ‘graduation’ ceremony. I tried to capture everyone in their ‘team plus supporters’ for a photo but their happiness was so infectious I was jumping about with them, so apologies to anyone not featured. It really is a fantastic achievement and so wonderful to see so many happy, smiley faces.

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Please do offer to volunteer at parkrun, believe us you really do feel a wonderful sense of being part of a team of greatness and best of all you have a laugh. Thank you to the Core Team at Guildford and all the volunteers this week, you really are appreciated.

Have a great week everyone.

Nicky Hack & Jane Rostant.



This week 589 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 64 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 42 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Jacqueline MERLINI • Brian O'KANE • Gavin MEGAW • Jane ROSTANT • Nicky HACK • Andrew FLANAGAN • Alastair DAY • Alastair HESLOP • Christopher KENNEDY • Katerina ROSE • Clare WILLS • Isaac WILLS • Kiera JONES • Harry CONLAN • Clara CONQUEST • Alison CURTIS • Joshua CURTIS • Paul TATLER • Neil BOOSEY • Bridget BAGNALL • Leah COX • Keith RHODES • Benjamin CURTIS • Helen ASKEW • George LUDLOW • Judith MCKNIGHT • Elaine FAGAN • Sarah ALEXANDER • Philip INGOE • Ryan BOWDLER • Leonie DAGRIPPINO

 

Guildford parkrun #374 – a smashing pumpkin Halloween themed event

By Caroline Sams, Guildford parkrun Run Director 

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Wow – what a morning.  You know exactly of what I speak, but I will recap anyway, because it is simply such fun to relive Saturdays throughout the week!  I was totally blown away yesterday - quite literally - by both the strong winds, and the amazing efforts of our dedicated volunteers and parkrunners.  We took our Halloween theme to the next level this year, with the launch of ‘bring your own’ parkrun-themed pumpkins.  They were everywhere; out on the course, lining our very first pumpkin finish funnel, and decorating our scanning tables.  There were bats, cats, rockets, “I love parkrun,” and parkrun logo inscriptions, friendly faces, and ghosts!  Inspired.

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Pumpkin finish funnel, Guildford parkrun 26 October 2019

 

Runners

Whilst England were busy finding their way into the Rugby World Cup Final, a loyal 432 runners ran, jogged and walked the course, some of whom braved the gales with witches’ hats, face paints, ghoulish masks, zombie and pumpkin costumes.  There were 63 first timers and 33 new Personal Bests.  A magnificent team of 36 volunteers took to the field with pumpkin cones and spooky surprises – I believe there was a tall wolf lurking in the football field, treats on Nightingale Road and a giant hairy spider on the corner of London Road!

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Halloween fancy dress run, Guildford parkrun 26 October 2019

 

The Running 

Back to the running.  No brainer to congratulate all of YOU who achieved the 5K distance, including Caroline Cross who joined the 100-milestone club and our very cool, calm and collected Brandon Acres, who this week qualified for a 25 volunteer T-shirt.  I must also draw attention to some frankly super-human times from a couple of local legends.  Our resident course record holder, Phil Wicks, finished first, with an impressive time of 16:21; closely followed by Paul Pollock, who is a former Irish Olympic marathon runner.  Ben Evans - wearing a Halloween mask - and a regular first finisher at Guildford (despite cancer treatment a few years ago), still came in third. Our first lady was Carolyn Baxter, who came in well under 20 minutes, with Jacqueline Penn in second and an under 10 incredibly the third female!

The Barcode 

Week on week, we hear again and again that ‘parkrun is a brilliant and wonderful community event,’ etc, etc; but I won't avoid underlining this cliché, because the intrinsic spirit of the parkrun "movement" is - really and truly - precisely what I want to applaud.  It is without reasonable doubt, the epitome of the hashtag (bear with me) “winning at life.”  We will see you in two weeks’ time at Guildford on the 9th November.  Wherever you end up going next week, please (for the sake of the volunteers and Run Directors), do not forget your barcode.  I will leave you with this brilliant image of a perfect pumpkin symbolising this mantra, by Simon Ritchie, one of our junior parkrun Run Directors.  Make it break the internet!  Have a good fortnight all.

"Don't forget your barcode" pumpkin, by Simon Ritchie

"Don't forget your barcode" pumpkin, by Simon Ritchie, 26 October 2019

 

 

 

Guildford parkrun #372 : slippery when wet

Saturday is a day beginning with 'p', like every other Saturday, 'p' for parkrun.

The day didn't awake very joyful and the little showers were the antechamber of an unwilling rain at Stoke Park, but thankfully these were only a few drops that allowed us, volunteers, to open another event for our runners. It was going to be the 372th event, and curiously, adding them together you will get 12, as today was the 12th day in the month!

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By half past eight, runners were showing up, more than expected with a day like today but parkrun is contagious, it's great, a community gatherer and, overall, a social event were locals and visitors from Alice Holt, Queen Elizabeth and Medina I O.W. made their way to the meeting point, even a couple that wanted to run before getting married later on. Best wishes from all the volunteers at Guildford parkrun!

There were no pacers today and the surface was quite muddy and slippery so the initial thought was that the numbers were going to be low, both in number of runners and in finish times.
After the first timers briefing was delivered, it was time for the run director to make his speech. Today we had a junior 10, two 50s and a 100 milestones and 19 first timers, which is always wonderful. Welcome to the parkrun family!

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Three, two, one... Go! and the crowd of runners - from children to adults, on their own or with a dog or a pushchair - made their start, two full laps around the beautiful and open wide Stoke Park.

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The time keeper was telling aloud the runners timings as they passed by the beginning of the second lap.

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Even when the clouds hold, the humidity from yesterday's showers made the course a bit slippery and by the time the runners passed through the finish line, more than one runner found themselves having to stand up from the wet ground. Luckily nothing else of importance other than some mud in their skin and clothing.

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Runners and volunteers reunited as a whole by the end: runners looking to scan their barcodes, runners talking with others, volunteers and finishers cheering up those close to go through the finish line where the time keepers registered their times before been given the token by the end of the funnel under the strict supervision of the funnel manager.

At the end, some runners made their way to the cafe located at the bowls club for far from the park whilst others took their way.

A wonderful event, as always.

 

Guildford parkrun #371 – the one that was never supposed to happen!

By Sarah Kearsley

465 people got the memo that Guildford parkrun was ‘un-cancelled’ and that we were running as usual. Thank you to all the volunteers who stepped up at short notice to make sure that the event could go ahead.

Saturday was extra special as we were also celebrating parkrun turning 15 years old. Although we were tempted to celebrate like true 15 year-olds with an authorised house party at mum & dad’s – we instead decided to celebrate by running, jogging or walking the 5km course!

There were a lot of milestones with Daniel, Alan, Jim, Emily and Francesca running their 50th and Christian, Damian, James and Rich clocking up their 100th runs. Here is Alan celebrating what he was keen to tell me was his 50th parkrun and NOT his 50th birthday…

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We welcomed 59 first timers and it was great to see so many people at the first timers briefing.

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Conditions were starting to turn a little autumnal with a bit of mud from all the recent rain but that didn’t stop 59 people from achieving new Personal Bests. Well done to all.

Here are a few action shots from the morning.

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As always a big thank you to the volunteers and everyone for coming along and making Guildford parkrun so much fun.

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