Alternative route from Saturday 10th January

From Saturday 10th January we shall be running on a new alternative winter route.

Late on Thursday afternoon we received instruction from Guildford Borough Council Parks to make changes to our route. Thanks to a monumental effort by our RD team we pleased to say that we will be able to hold a parkrun and not be forced to cancel. On Friday, Linda Cairns and William Blair spent several hours in Stoke Park assessing the state of various parts of the park in order decide on an alternative course. The chosen route was then carefully measured.

The alternative route is almost entirely on paths and so road shoes are likely to be more suitable than X-country shoes. The course includes a couple of "out and back" turn around points so there will be stretches were runners are running into other coming the other way. It is extremely important that everyone should KEEP LEFT. We don't want any injuries from runners colliding with each other.

It is also VERY IMPORTANT that everyone is EXTRA COURTEOUS to other park users. The paths are likely to be very congested, especially near the start when everyone is still bunched together. It is imperative that we do not intimidate or unsettle other non running park users or pedestrians. For this reason we ask that all runners GIVE WAY TO OTHER PARK USERS.

At the start, please try stand in a place that's appropriate for your ability. Fast runners at the front, slower runners near the back, dogs on extra short leads. There wont be any room for overtaking for at least the first few hundred metres. No running in the road please.

I would also remind runners that parkrun is not a race. There will be plenty of opportunity for PBs and beating your rivals later in the year when we are back on the standard course. If you find yourself stuck behind slower runners, please be patient and wait for an appropriate place to pass. Similarly if you are running slower that the people behind, please be considerate and let them through if you can.
 

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A very congested start from March last year.

 
This alternative course is likely to be used for several weeks until the soggier parts of the park have dried out.

Finally another HUGE thank you to Linda and William for all their efforts in setting up the new route.

 

It is a dress up parkrun this weekend (20/12/2014)

There will be many of us kitting up in festive attire this coming weekend, so come along and join in. All shepherds, Wise men, Joseph's, Mary's and Baby Jesus's welcome. Plus, you will not be mocked if you come along as an entire Manger !! Please do not bring along a real Reindeer as the volunteering slot of Pooh picker will be very difficult to fill.
There will be many of us going to Spectrum for Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh afterwards. Why not join us?

In addition to the festive dress up this weekend, you can also dig all the same kit out and wear it on Christmas day for another run. This is a fully timed event which will count towards points and run totals. We expect upwards of 150 participants !! Not only that, many of the Old lags that left us for Cranleigh and Woking will be coming back to us for the morning. It will be good to see them.

If you are having trouble getting the green light from your family, explain to them what is really important about Christmas day and show them this pass that you can print out. We look forward to seeing you.

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Jantastic 2015

Have you heard about Jantastic ? No ? Well let me tell you about it.

https://www.jantastic.me/

Officially it's "an upcoming spring participation challenge, created by parkrun's own MD Tom Williams and Poole parkrunner Martin Yelling. It's a free to enter digital challenge where participants set themselves running goals."

For me personally it's an initiative to support and encourage people to do more running in the new year. It's a bit like an online new year's resolution tracker. It works like this ...

1) you sign up and commit to run (bike or swim) a certain number of times a week. How many is up to you (at least 2). How far it up to you (at least 1 mile). You then record your activities (or link your account to Strava) and track your progress.
2) In February you also set yourself a minimum distance for your longest activity each week. The minimum is 1 mile for running, but if you want to set yourself a harder challenge, that's up to you.
3) In March you also set yourself a time target for a specific distance. The idea is to hit your target (not smash it - that just means your target was too easy).

Last year I signed up to help motivate myself with my Surrey Half Marathon training. Not only did I hit my weight target and beat my Surrey Half time target by 5 minutes, I also went on to knock 45s off my parkrun PB. It's the ONLY time in my life that I've even come close to sticking to a new years resolution.

I've created a Guildford parkrun team and I need you to join, to help keep me motivated next year. It's not serious but it is a lot of fun.

Kind Regards,
Martyn Thomas.

 

Sweatshop Monthly Prize Winner for October

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Sweatshop Monthly Prize for October was
 

Tamara Pedgrift

 

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We’d like to thank Hugh Brasher of Sweatshop for his generosity and to congratulate Tamara on her achievement. Her prize is a new pair of running shoes, fitted at any local Sweatshop.

The winner is chosen by the run director team. The successful candidates are often chosen for their perseverance, number of PBs in one month, total number of runs, improvement overall and volunteering commitment.

We can also award the prize for other reasons at our discretion. If you know someone who has overcome adversity, personal illness or is deserving in some other way, please let us know by emailing GuildfordOffice@parkrun.com and we promise to consider your nomination.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/sponsors/sweatshop/

 

Sweatshop Monthly Prize Winner for September

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Sweatshop Monthly Prize for September was
 

Simon Neave

 

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We’d like to thank Hugh Brasher of Sweatshop for his generosity and to congratulate Simon on his achievement. His prize is a new pair of running shoes, fitted at any local Sweatshop.

The winner is chosen by the run director team. The successful candidates are often chosen for their perseverance, number of PBs in one month, total number of runs, improvement overall and volunteering commitment.

We can also award the prize for other reasons at our discretion. If you know someone who has overcome adversity, personal illness or is deserving in some other way, please let us know by emailing GuildfordOffice@parkrun.com and we promise to consider your nomination.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/sponsors/sweatshop/

 

Sweatshop Monthly Prize Winner for August

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Sweatshop Monthly Prize for August was
 

Keith Harrison
 

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We’d like to thank Hugh Brasher of Sweatshop for his generosity and to congratulate Keith on his achievement. His prize is a new pair of running shoes, fitted at any local Sweatshop.

The winner is chosen by the run director team. The successful candidates are often chosen for their perseverance, number of PBs in one month, total number of runs, improvement overall and volunteering commitment. We can also award the prize for other reasons at our discretion. If you know someone who has overcome adversity, personal illness or is deserving in some other way, please let us know by emailing GuildfordOffice@parkrun.com and we promise to consider your nomination.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/sponsors/sweatshop/

 

Sweatshop Monthly Prize Winner for July

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Sweatshop Monthly Prize for July was
 

Debbie Stockwell

 
We’d like to thank Hugh Brasher of Sweatshop for his generosity and to congratulate Debbie on her achievement. Her prize is a new pair of running shoes, fitted at any local Sweatshop.

The winner is chosen by the run director team. The successful candidates are often chosen for their perseverance, number of PBs in one month, total number of runs, improvement overall and volunteering commitment. We can also award the prize for other reasons at our discretion. If you know someone who has overcome adversity, personal illness or is deserving in some other way, please let us know by emailing GuildfordOffice@parkrun.com and we promise to consider your nomination.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/sponsors/sweatshop/

 

Sweatshop Monthly Prize Winner for June

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Sweatshop Monthly Prize for June was Matthew Bennett.

We’d like to thank Hugh Brasher of Sweatshop for his generosity and to congratulate Matthew on his achievement. His prize is a new pair of running shoes, fitted at any local Sweatshop.

The winner is chosen by the run director team. The successful candidates are often chosen for their perseverance, number of PBs in one month, total number of runs, improvement overall and volunteering commitment. We can also award the prize for other reasons at our discretion. If you know someone who has overcome adversity, personal illness or is deserving in some other way, please let us know by emailing GuildfordOffice@parkrun.com and we promise to consider your nomination.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/sponsors/sweatshop/

 

Sweatshop Monthly Prize Winner for May

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Sweatshop Monthly Prize for May was Lottie Bishop.

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We’d like to thank Hugh Brasher of Sweatshop for his generosity and to congratulate Lottie on her achievement. Her prize is a new pair of running shoes, fitted at any local Sweatshop.

The winner is chosen by the run director team. The successful candidates are often chosen for their perseverance, number of PBs in one month, total number of runs, improvement overall and volunteering commitment. We can also award the prize for other reasons at our discretion. If you know someone who has overcome adversity, personal illness or is deserving in some other way, please let us know by emailing GuildfordOffice@parkrun.com and we promise to consider your nomination.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/sponsors/sweatshop/

 

Core Team Recruitment

As has been mentioned in a few posts recently, we are now recruiting some new Run Directors and a Volunteer Co-ordinator.

You probably have an idea of what it means to be a Run Director (RD) but I thought I'd explain what's involved in my experience. There are numerous tasks that an RD can perform but ultimately there is only one that they have to do. The RD takes responsibility for everything on the morning. During the week before they charge the scanners and along with the Volunteer Co-ordinator, they make sure there will be enough volunteers. On the morning they make sure everything gets done, that everything run smoothly, they usually gives the standup briefing and after the run they process the results.

But an RD doesn't have to do all of the jobs themselves. It's possible for several people to share the role or for an RD to delegate some of the usual jobs to others. In an attempt to make Run Directing easier, to encourage greater participation and to provide the opportunity to try one of the roles usually performed by the RD, we've added four additional volunteer roles. These are :-

  • Pre-Event Setup
  •      This involves arriving early, "walking" the course, looking for problems and placing cones. This can all be done quite quickly if you have a bike. Then there is setting up of the tables, start flags and finish funnel. After which you can run.

  • New Runners Briefing
  •      Pretty self explanatory, explain to new parkrunners what to do. If you'd like to give the main briefing you can do that too. It can be very rewarding congratulating someone for their 50th run or handing them a teeshirt. Afterwards you can run.

  • Results Processor
  •      You've probably seen RDs in the Spectrum doing this. It involves downloading all the data from stopwatches and barcode scanners, correcting all the problems and uploading everything to parkrun HQ. You can do all this after you've done a run.

  • Post-Event Closedown
  •      This is pre-event setup in reverse. Just make sure the start flags and finish funnel, the tables and the notice board are all neatly put away in the cupboard and the the changing room is left clean and tidy. This can be done after you've run.

    There are probably aspects of the job that you don't like the thought of. The truth is that most (if not all) RDs have some aspect they like the least. The funny thing is, the thing one RD worries about is another RDs favourite part. The fact is that you never have to do anything you don't want to, there are always others willing to help. This is especially true when a group of friends agree to Run Direct together. When you first start you will be given as much training as you think you need with plenty of opportunity to shadow other RDs.

    The reason that we are recruiting is that we've recently had three RDs "retire" and we might soon lose a fourth as another local parkrun could soon be starting up. That would take us down to just three RDs plus Linda Cairns our Event Director.

    So if you think you might like to play a significant role in the running of Guildford parkrun, please email us.

    We are also looking for a Volunteer Co-ordinator. This is an IT role done during the week before the run. It involves issuing requests for volunteers, responding to volunteers and entering their details into the parkrun system. This role is usually shared with the RD for that week. If this appeals to you please email us.