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 #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.

 

Guildford parkrun #370 – feeling more Autumnal!

Guildford parkrun Event Number 370 - 28th September 2019

By Madeleine Charbine

It was a sunny but blowy start to “parkrunday,” with 520 parkrunners kicking off their weekend at Stoke Park.  We welcomed 20 first timers into the parkrun family and 31 Guildford newbies! Despite the gusts (or perhaps because of them?), 56 parkrunners gained new Personal Bests today!

It was great to return to parkrun this week, having personally been off last week swimming two miles at Swim Serpentine in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK, parkrun’s official charity partner. It was a tough but enjoyable challenge.  It had the camaraderie of a parkrun, but swimming makes it difficult to chit chat around the course and eat cake!

I was not deprived of cake this week as Bill Fordham brought the most amazing chocolate cake (baked by his talented wife Heather) in celebration of his 100th parkrun.  As a friend from my running club (Waverley Harriers, in my view the best running club in the Waverley borough), it was great to celebrate his 100th parkrun milestone with a large club turnout.

The 100th milestone achievement was exclusively held by people named Bill today, as we had another Bill also celebrating 100 parkruns; Bill Bailey!  We had even more amazing milestones achieved today, with junior Andrew Nicolaou reaching his 10th, and Ben Schauerman, Yunpeng Li, Paul Steadman, Llyris Berry and Andy Milner all reaching their 50th parkrun.  Congratulations everyone and I hope you all enjoy your new parkrun t-shirts.

Our first finisher today was Mark Higgs with a remarkable time of 17:36, and our fastest lady was Lauren Hall with an inspiring time of 18:02 which was a PB for her.  Lauren also achieved an impressive age grade rating of 82.07%.

The event was made possible by 29 amazing volunteers: Brandon Acres, Sarah Alexander, William Bolter, Ryan Bowdler, Madeleine Charbine, Harry Conlan, Alison Curtis, Joshua Curtis, Alastair Day, Paul Edwards, Nicholas Goldman, Ben Green, Pauline Hastings, Maddie Heslop, Alastair Heslop, Kiera Jones, George Lyle, Judith Mcknight, Chris And Dave The Dog Millyard, Kenny Mura, Chris Nugent, Brian O'kane, Stephen Osborne, Emily Rastrick, Caroline Sams, Wayne Smith, Francesca Stern, Jane Vessey, Ben Willett

If you have never volunteered before, I urge you to have a go.  It really is great fun and a way to meet new people.  There is a role for everybody, and this is a personal promise as someone who has done 12 different volunteering roles.  Just drop guildfordhelpers@parkrun.com a message and see how much your weekly “parkrunday” can be enhanced by volunteering.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Guildford parkrun results page.   We will see you next time!  Remember, don’t forget to bring your registered parkrun barcode (registration page here)! A tip from someone as forgetful as me – I have my wristband on the bedside table as the first thing I put on, but if I forget that, I keep one in my phone case, one in my car, and one in my purse…you get the idea!

Lastly, October is almost upon us: it is our Halloween themed fancy-dress parkrun on the 26th October, so get your spooky thinking caps on!

Thanks,  Madeleine

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Bill Fordham's 100th

 

Guildford parkrun #369: Summers Last Hurrah!!

Guildford parkrun #369 – Pacer week

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Me (Beth O'Connell - this weeks Run Report Writer - on the right) with Annalees Lim and Becky Clack just before the run. So innocent. So clean. So without a calf that won’t stop cramping up because of not stretching it properly.

Oh September, the awkward void between ice cream season and mulled wine season, when the mornings get darker, and getting out of bed becomes more of a resurrecting the dead type situation. It’s not even Halloween yet. There is clearly only one solution to that (somewhat pretty and pleasant) scourge known as early autumn: do the successful scraping out of bed-type thing, squeeze yourself into your running gear of choice – any excuse for a bum bag – and jolly on over to Stoke park for a session of sweating, crying, and loud mouth-breathing. (I confess, I have never been able to manage ‘in through the nose, out through the mouth’; just breathing at all is a massive success story.)

Saturday was my first time back running in a couple of weeks, having shouted my head off as a marshal two weeks ago, and been held hostage by love (my friend’s beautiful wedding) last weekend. What can I say, a wedding is all well and good, but parkrun has more sweat! More endorphins! Less cake, admittedly, but more dogs! And this week, an even bigger treat; not only was the day sunny, beautiful and perfect for running, but shining on the horizon was a line of periwinkle blue-clad heroes. Their superpower? Running well at a regular speed for a prolonged period of time (admittedly, this is a somewhat niche superpower). That’s right; this week was pacer week.

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Our beautiful squad of pacers, showing us how it’s done.

And then, sporting the neons like 1980s superstars, providing both literal and figurative highlights throughout the run, were our fine marshals and trail-runners, filling us with the will to keep running, jogging, walking, limping, buggying and dog-chasing to the very end, and keeping everything going safely and smoothly. Thank you for making bright orange and yellow look so good and for drowning out the evil “can I please stop now and eat chocolate instead” voices in our heads with your words of encouragement.

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Heroes in a high-vis – Marshall power!

Overall, we had 42 volunteers who made Saturday happen, giving up their valuable time on a Saturday morning. The race was started off by our run director, Paul Tatler, who, as ever, inspired us all with his infectious enthusiasm and words of positivity. There was a huge group of us - 562 runners, in fact – out to push ourselves against the pacers on this beautiful blue-skied day (because blue skies and red faces do go so very well together in a sweaty chic sort of a way). This included sixty first-timers, who were given a sterling welcome with a briefing by Harry Conlan, one of our DofE volunteers.

Harry Conlan prepping the first-timers.

Harry Conlan prepping the first-timers.

Along with these happy, shiny new faces, there were some important milestones this week. As well as being Matthew Cassie’s tenth run (from our juniors), it was all about the golden boys, with Richard Walker, Paul Steadman, Simon Claridge, Joe Breuer and his dad John Breuer all celebrating their fiftieth runs. Wonderful work, guys!

And we’re off!

And we’re off!

Our pacers helped us achieve some amazing times this week, with 114 new PBs, not including our first-timers (that’s a new PB for more than 20% of our runners, you go, you speedy people)! Alex Mogford finished first overall with an extremely impressive time of 17:40, while Laura Addie was our fastest female runner, rocking in with an incredible new PB of 20:27. Juliette Stell’s new PB of 22.43 was a – frankly quite spectacular – 90.98% age grade in the JW10 category. I hope the victorious fire raging from the bottom of your trainers didn’t hurt too much.

Jasper taking a well-deserved post-run drink. Majestic.

Jasper taking a well-deserved post-run drink. Majestic.

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Parkrunners Tom and Debbie Jones

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Charlie and Ling (who completed the course for the first time!)

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Runners Johanna, Kate, Daisy and Sophie

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Jen and Henry from Challengers (letting people know about the 10th Anniversary Kelly’s Cross Country which includes the family friendly 10 Miles for Smiles Sunrise Walk coming up on 20th October at Loseley Park. A perennial favourite and all for the Challengers charity) :-)

So what a way to celebrate what might be summer’s last hurrah! That leaves me to just thank everyone again – the volunteers, participants, one and all – for helping to make the event such a success!

Some additional pictures courtesy of Mark Sandom. Many thanks Mark.

Timekeeper Alastair Heslop

Timekeeper Alastair Heslop

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This week 562 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 60 were first timers and 114 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 42 volunteers:

Gavin MEGAW • Ian MCCARTHY • Anne CONNELL • Prab SATYA • Ian KENYON • Wendy FITZPATRICK • Laurie BANTIN • Alastair DAY • Robert HARRISON • Richard OVERTON • Alastair HESLOP • Helen PRONGER • Nathan JANMOHAMED • Aditya BHASKAR • Rennie CHADWICK • William BOLTER • Martin FRYER • Harry CONLAN • Rich CLIST • David NEWMAN • Alison CURTIS • Joshua CURTIS • Maddie HESLOP • Emily RASTRICK • Katherine PORTMAN • Paul TATLER • Ben BALDWIN • Wayne SMITH • Rosie KILLICK • Benjamin CURTIS • Hyder ROOHANI • Peter TURNER • Beth O'CONNELL • Annabel BOYLE • Judith MCKNIGHT • Carolyn TURNER • Brandon ACRES • Ben GREEN • William IZZARD • Philip INGOE • Jackie WILLIAMS • Ryan BOWDLER

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 14,788 participants have completed 112,815 parkruns covering a total distance of 564,075 km, including 19,202 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,132 individuals have volunteered 7,281 times.

 

Guildford parkrun number 368: a beautiful sunny morning

Our run report this week is written by Nick Sirs.

I’m pleased to have this opportunity to write the parkrun report as I have a long association with Guildford, with running and with Stoke Park. The story begins around 45 years ago in the mid 1970s when I was a pupil at the local grammar school. This was a turbulent time for Guildford and the country generally. We were in the middle of an energy crisis which led to frequent power cuts. I remember walking home from school down a darkened High Street with the shopkeepers scrabbling for candles. At about this time we were all shocked by the Guildford pub bombings in which five young people lost their lives and many more were injured. The TV and newspapers at the time were all filled with animated discussion about the upcoming referendum as to whether we should stay in the EU. Thank goodness that matter was amicably settled back in 1975 ...

In the midst of all this my running career had tentatively begun when I joined the school cross country team. On Monday evenings we would do a training session heading out from the school then down into Stoke Park. I remember doing repetitions around the clump of trees in the middle. We would have been a bit of an oddity back then - a group of schoolboys in shorts and vests, trotting along the path. Back then you rarely saw anybody out running. Certainly you would never see a woman running - it was widely understood that women were unsuited to endurance events. The thought of a woman being a long distance runner was as unlikely as there being a female Prime Minister! If we schoolboys, circling round Stoke Park in the mid seventies, had been gifted with foresight, we might have been startled by an image of hundreds of runners gathering at the far end of the park. Not only that - many of the runners were women! Indeed there seemed to be all sorts there - serious athletes, middle-aged men in lycra, grannies and grandads, teenagers, schoolkids, small kids, babies in buggies and dogs on leads - parkrun is truly for everyone.

My first experience of Guildford parkrun was on a frosty morning in December 2012. There were 76 runners there that day and seven volunteers. I’ve run several more times since finishing as high as seventh and as low as 550th (as tailwalker). I’ve done most of the volunteer roles at one time or another and I’ve marshalled at most points on the course, discovering some unfamiliar corners of Stoke Park along the way. Today I was on finish tokens which is usually a good gig as you get to say hello to everybody in the run.

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A sunny Stoke Park waiting for the runners

It was a lovely day for running, one of those days when late summer runs into early autumn. One of the nice things about Guildford parkrun is that you can see all your runners arriving as they all walk across the fields from the direction of the Spectrum car park. Even into its 368th running, Guildford parkrun attracts plenty of new visitors. There were sixty-three first timers this morning and thirty-two of them were running their first parkrun ever. We had a few milestones this morning. Congratulations to Christopher Kennedy, Nikki Storrar, Suzanne Perrin and Katerina Rose for completing their fiftieth parkrun and to Sam Bell and Phil Butler for making it to their hundredth!

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The start

Everything seemed to go pretty smoothly this morning. The 533 runners set off and quickly formed a long multi coloured column snaking around the park. The first finisher today was Josh Carter, one of those first timers to Guildford. Josh more normally runs at Woking but today was first placer here in a very respectable 17:30. The first female finisher was perhaps the youngest person to achieve this honour. Katie Wealden has run many times here, both in the senior and junior parkruns, and today achieved a new PB of 21:04 - a brilliant performance for someone in the JW10 category. Katie’s performance also gave her the best age graded score today at 81.01%.

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Josh Carter

It seemed to be the day for PBs. Apart from the sixty-three first timers who achieved a PB by default, a total of 103 runners set a new PB for this course. I shall throw in a word at this point for John Collins who has been our backmarker in recent weeks but today managed to break the hour for the first time! If you missed a PB this week, you can have another go next Saturday when we shall have pacers.

I shall finish by thanking RD Julie Bryant and her magnificent team of volunteers, without whom this event would not have been possible! I thought the guy who gave out the tokens was especially brilliant!

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RD Julie Bryant delivering her briefing

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 14,728 participants have completed 112,253 parkruns covering a total distance of 561,265 km, including 19,088 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,127 individuals have volunteered 7,239 times.

 

Guildford parkrun # 363 – 11th August, a blustery one.

My name is Henry Parker and writing this week’s run report has brought feelings of honour and pride as parkrun is such a lovely event to be involved in. Being a volunteer, I get to witness and experience the hard work and effort put into to organising a community event such as this. All the other volunteers work as hard as possible to complete their tasks to the best of their ability, some of which include barcode scanning, tail waking and marshalling. My personal favourite tasks are marshalling and tail walking. Being a marshal, you get to encourage everybody who passes by and tail walking gives the opportunity to have a good chat while ensuring nobody gets lost or injured. This week I was tail walking and even though the gentleman we were walking with was further behind everybody else, he kept going and never stopped. As we approached Paul Tatler, shouts of encouragement streamed our way such as, ‘You are a lovely man, soaring on the winds of your ambition’, very encouraging and it certainly filled us all with a new wind.

At the beginning of the run, an amazing brief was given by Rob, the run director, with the usual do’s and don’ts, and shout outs were given to milestone achievers: Mike, Fran and Anna (50th), John and Lucy (100th) and Julian who was about to embark on his 250th run, incredible. I always find it really inspiring to hear these special shout outs and it's this personal support that makes parkrun so special. The weather was looking a bit threatening and it started to drizzle but very quickly the sun came out and everything brightened up again! After the briefing, 418 people lined up to begin the run. Everybody ran, jogged or walked the course and among the 418 runners, 58 were first timers and 37 personal bests were achieved and 41 representatives from other clubs joined in the Guildford parkrun.

Runners passing the start area, beginning lap 2

Runners passing the start area, beginning their 2nd lap

Fran posing prior to her 50th

Fran prior to her 50th

These people joined took part in the event which couldn’t have happened without 30 wonderful volunteers: Nick SIRS • Joe LAW • Caroline WHARTON • Robert PITT • Claire O'DALY • Richard HODGSON • William FORDHAM • Alastair DAY • Richard OVERTON • Alastair HESLOP • Raghini RAJARAM • Mark BRAIN • Robert FELTHAM • William BOLTER • Keith MCMANUS • Matt GOUGH • Simon COX • Maddie HESLOP • Richard TOTTY • Paul TATLER • Chloe COX • Ben BALDWIN • Helen COX • Rob JAMISON • Judith MCKNIGHT • Nicholas GOLDMAN • Brandon ACRES • Sarah ALEXANDER • Ben GREEN • Henry PARKER

This week 418 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 58 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

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 14,378 participants have completed 109,736 parkruns covering a total distance of 548,680 km, including 18,691 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,101 individuals have volunteered 7,073 times

 

Lots of Milestones & Lots of Smiles. A Classic Guildford parkrun :-)

Welcome All

Hello & a very warm welcome to this weeks run report for Guildford parkrun, our 362nd event (now doesn't that sound like a healthy amount! :-) This weeks run report has largely been brought to you from our smashing guest writer Punam OWENS, who was visiting family this weekend but ensured she fitted in a spot of tourism (go Punam), with her lovely Auntie Rekha.

If you're ever taken by a prose attack and fancy writing our run report one week just put yourself forward and let us know - you will be most welcome :-)

So let's get down to it and enjoy Punam's words on our little event...

It’s a real honour to be able to write this week’s run report for your event. My home parkrun is in Witney in West Oxfordshire, and this week I was visiting my 87 year old grandmother, who lives in Guildford, and my aunt who is here for a few days from Canada. I am sure, many can relate to the fact it can be challenging to miss a parkrun once you have been bitten by the bug, so I had left home at 06:30 am to “fit one in” before heading over to spend the day with Mama as she is affectionately known. It was a real treat when my aunt said she would join me. “I can’t run though” she said. And there it is, the magic of parkrun: there will almost always be one nearby wherever you are on a Saturday morning, there is always room for first timers, no one finishes last, it is a wonderful family affair, and you can walk, jog, run or volunteer.

The excited crowds begin the arrive, the buzz of happiness is in the air once more. It must be parkrun day :-)

The excited crowds begin to arrive, the buzz of happiness is in the air once more. It must be parkrun day. But what are they all looking at...? :-)

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Relaxed and happy - do they know they will soon be doing 5KM. Or have they just completed. It's not really clear to me!? :-)

The Run Briefing

RD Paul’s enthusiasm was infectious, and his 4+1 run brief was excellent (editors note: no money exchanged hands regarding this comment - honest!!):

  1. Respect for each other
  2. Dogs, one and on a short lead
  3. U11’s to stay within arm’s reach of your responsible adult
  4. What happens when you don’t have a barcode had the crowd shouting back – No result!

    +1 The post parkrun social at the Daisy Chain Café :-)

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An excellent run brief is given. Apparently!! :-)

As we know the event cannot take place each week without our hi-viz heroes and this week the event was made possible by 27 volunteers. It was a lovely touch for RD Paul to call out each Hi-Viz hero by their name. It’s something I will take back to my home parkrun :-) (editors note: this is something all the RDs do at Guildford parkrun as we think each volunteer deserves individual thanks and recognition).

Claire O'DALY • Richard HODGSON • Jane THACKSTONE • Alastair DAY • Matthew BAYLIS • Robert FELTHAM • Nick WRIGHT • Harry CONLAN • Sian WILLIAMS • Mark TAYLOR • Caroline CROSS • Maddie HESLOP • Alexandra OLIVER • Paul TATLER • Rosie KILLICK • Punam OWENS • Fran HANDRICK • Peter TURNER • Judith MCKNIGHT • Nicholas GOLDMAN • Elaine FAGAN • Daphne EVANS • Sarah ALEXANDER • Ben GREEN • William IZZARD • Henry PARKER • Josie EVANS

Milestones

There were many milestones to celebrate this week. The crowd congratulated Katie EALDEN and Richard TOTTY for achieving their 50 parkrun milestones.

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Katie EALDEN and Richard TOTTY celebrate achieving their 50th parkrun. Their lovely smiles say it all :-)

While Nigel WILLIAMS, Myles GILBERTSON and Emma TYERMAN-COOK all hit the BIG 100.

And Guildford parkruns very own, the smashing Caroline SAMS, smashed through the humongous, the stupendous 250. Go her, what an absolute star!!!

All milestones are special, whether achieving your first milestone and reaching 50 or something further up the chain. Each milestone reached shows a commitment to ones own well being and choosing to celebrate life. Massive congratulations all round to our milestoners this week. They are all fantastical & runtastical folks who should feel very pleased and very proud of their achievements.Woo-hoo to you all.

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Caroline SAMS celebrating her incredible 250th parkrun with her Fitstuff friends. Brilliant stuff Caroline :-)

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Yes - you really have achieved this Caroline and we're so pleased you shared with Guildford parkrun :-)

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The long route to achieving your 250th parkrun is so much shorter with friends :-

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We also bumped into Simon and John who are working on running 50 different locations. They are on 18 and 38 respectively. Good luck guys!

The Off

And then we were off on what was a warm and dry morning. It is an incredible and an inspiring sight to see so many people, young and older out in the fresh air doing something positive for themselves and their community and using our green spaces to full effect.

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What 500 people look like from behind. Just in case you wondered!!! ;-)

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Possibly one of the most wonderful sights on any given Saturday morning. A parkrun off!!! Don't they look fabulous.

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Still going!!! :-)

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Action shot #1 - you can see how much she's enjoying by her huge smile. Good stuff :-)

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Action shot #2

Each week there are many magic moments. I am sure everyone who joined a parkrun experienced some sort of magic moment – it is the power of parkrun, no matter what your reason for coming out each week. For me, this week, it was the ability to spend an hour walking with my aunt enjoying her first ever parkrun and to be made to feel so welcome by everyone we met.

So, as we approached the finish line, that was a wrap. We really enjoyed being tourists for a week. Guildford parkrun has a wonderful event and it was a real pleasure to experience your 2 laps, including the slight inclines!

We hope to see you again (perhaps in Witney) and in the meantime, thank you for having us.

Punam and Auntie Rekha

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The lovely, the smiley Punam and Auntie Rekha. Many thanks for your report this week.

Many thanks Punam for writing our report this week - I loved the pictures and the words and we (Guildford parkrun) are thrilled you had such a tremendous time with us - we enjoyed your company just as much.

Thank you so much, as always, to all our wonderful and lovely volunteers - please tale a well earned & deserved bow - and to all who turned up, cheered, ran, walked, jogged, smiled and enjoyed. We certainly enjoyed all of your company. So until next week, I wish you all a super week and please do take care of yourselves and others. Enjoy life.

On a final note, for those who love the statistics (and I include myself in that group), please find below all you could (perhaps) ever want to know about Guildford parkrun but were afraid to ask... :-)

This week 487 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 76 were first timers and 70 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Claire O'DALY • Richard HODGSON • Jane THACKSTONE • Alastair DAY • Matthew BAYLIS • Robert FELTHAM • Nick WRIGHT • Harry CONLAN • Sian WILLIAMS • Mark TAYLOR • Caroline CROSS • Maddie HESLOP • Alexandra OLIVER • Paul TATLER • Rosie KILLICK • Punam OWENS • Fran HANDRICK • Peter TURNER • Judith MCKNIGHT • Nicholas GOLDMAN • Elaine FAGAN • Daphne EVANS • Sarah ALEXANDER • Ben GREEN • William IZZARD • Henry PARKER • Josie EVANS

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 14,320 participants have completed 109,318 parkruns covering a total distance of 546,590 km, including 18,654 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,096 individuals have volunteered 7,043 times.

With love & respect :-)

 

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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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.

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