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.
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.