Guildford parkrun no. 359: Phew What a Scorcher!

9am and well into the 20’s already, and very humid; Flaming June finally arrived at Guildford parkrun. Despite the hot and sticky conditions, 462 of us were undeterred. We sprinted, cantered, jogged, pushed, pulled, walked and staggered our way around beautiful Stoke Park, sweat pouring off us. “I hate Saturdays!” said one of my near competitors at the halfway mark, but he didn’t mean it. We all loved it.

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Milestones this week included a magnificent 100 parkruns for David Cox, a fabulous 50 for Hyder Roohani and Aditya Bhaskar and triumphant 10 for junior Finn Marcus; congratulations to them!

We were efficiently supported by the generous volunteers, some foregoing the chance to run in order to help out, some doing it for their DofE Volunteering element, some doing just because they could. If you are a bystander who would like to be part of parkrun, why not offer your services? There are also roles which mean you can both run and volunteer. Information here https://www.parkrun.org.uk/guildford/volunteer/ or email guildfordhelpers@parkrun.com

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I love parkrun. How amazing that five hundred odd people turn up every Saturday morning at Stoke Park to go for a run together. Beginners, improvers, old-hands, club-runners, keep-fitters, couch-to-5k-ers, youngsters, golden oldies, fattipuffs and skinnifers, pushchair pushers, dog-draggers, parents, mates, spouses, PB-ers, PW-ers, balloon-carriers, dragged-out-of-bedsters…. We all turned up and were better for it. Thank you parkrun for being part of my weekend.

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By Jacqui Merlini

 

GP Pledge Day at Guildford parkrun #355

On June 1st 2019 one thousand nine hundred and eighty-eight GPs, practice staff and patients pledged to run, jog, walk or volunteer at parkruns across the country; we were very glad some of that number joined us at Guildford parkrun. We had volunteers and run/jog/walkers from Binscombe Medical Centre, Dapdune House Surgery, Merrow Park Surgery and St. Luke's Surgery on a beautiful morning for parkrunning. 

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 A few of our parkrun practice participants!

It was a smashing morning to run/jog/walk 5K in Stoke Park and all of the 582 finishers did a brilliant job- in fact there were 75 PBs! We welcomed 70 first timers to Guildford yesterday who we hope to see again soon for more sunny Saturday shenanigans!

Then we have some people who were definitely not first timers, Sam CARTER completed his Junior 10, Gordon HAMILTONFinlay MCMANUSMonica PINO,and Graham SAMPSON hit their 50th parkrun and Paddy PAYNE and Neil RAINE joined the 100 club, massive congratulations on those milestones!

Of course none of these things could have happened without the efforts of the fantastic volunteers so to finish off thank you to Anthony ALDRED, Brian O'KANE, Richard HODGSON,James ROSS, Christopher PECK, Alastair DAY, Richard OVERTON, Alastair HESLOP, Flori MACKINNON, Gemma KING, William BOLTER, Nikki SIMPSON, Katerina ROSE, Abigail MATTIN, Sian WILLIAMS, Lucy TAYLOR, Mark TAYLOR, Peter DREW, Maddie HESLOP, Jennie MACLEAN, Ben BALDWIN, Calvin WILLIAMS, Lucy CLARK, Carolyn TURNER, Nicholas GOLDMAN, Elaine FAGAN, Brandon ACRES, Eddie B, William IZZARD, Philip INGOE and Henry PARKER.

 

Guildford parkrun #350: Sunny Easter parkrun with record turnout!!

Wow!!  What a beautiful Easter weekend we are having!!  And the beautiful weather tempted an amazing 650 people to run, jog or walk Guildford parkrun yesterday - our highest ever turnout!!  We also had a fabulous 124 Guildford first timers of which 57 were doing their first ever parkrun - we hope you enjoyed our parkrun and will be back!!

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650 parkrunners raring to go

It happened to be my 100th time completing Guildford parkrun.  On hearing of this achievement one of my friends kindly commented that I have run the hills 200 times!!  Unfortunately that is not the case and there has been a fair bit of walking, but yesterday it was all running, helped by the lovely course conditions that we are currently enjoying.

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And they're off!!

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers.  We were actually a bit short on volunteers this week, despite our record turnout.  The combination of a large jump in participants with a light volunteer roster created some challenges, so if you think your results aren't 100% accurate, you may be right, but we did our best, as ever.  If you haven't tried volunteering, please do consider giving it a go.  It is good fun and you will have a lovely warm feeling for the rest of the weekend!!  If you would like to help, please email us at guildfordhelpers@parkrun.com - you can also sign up to our volunteer email list via the "manage my profile" link on your results email, so that you will receive emails letting you know about volunteering opportunities.

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Anthony testing out his London Marathon costume - good luck!!

Our volunteer ranks are bolstered each week by a number of young people working towards their Duke of Edinburgh ("DofE") awards.  This has been possible due to the dedication and hard work over many years of Teresa Male, as our DofE coordinator.  Teresa has decided to step down from her role, and we would like to thank her for her huge contribution to Guildford parkrun.  Maddie Heslop, who many of you will know as one of our Run Directors and a regular volunteer, will be taking over and we wish her all the best in her new role.

Thanks also to parkrun's official grocer - @coopukfood - for handing out free food boxes to all parkrunners and volunteers yesterday.  The Co-op would like to recruit one parkrunner from our parkrun to take part in and represent their #HealthySwaps campaign, the selected parkrunner will get some great vouchers and kit in return.  Interested and want to find our more?  Email healthyswapschampion@isg.media

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David was feeling hungry!!

Happy Easter to you all and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

Julie

Co-Event Director

 

A tourist eye view of Guildford parkrun

A huge thank you to Fran Light from Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun for this week's run report (with photos added in by us!)

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From my pre-run conversations today I know that quite a few visitors were in Guildford to tick ‘G’ on their parkrun A-Z. I managed to do that today too, but more importantly, I also ticked off my first G in the Stayin’ Alive Challenge (3 ‘B’s and 3 ‘G’s). I love a park run challenge!

I parked in the Guildford College car park which turned out to be quite a bit further from the start than the Spectrum car park. It took me 10 minutes to get to the start; those with a better sense of direction could probably walk it in 5 minutes! Luckily a fellow runner pointed me in roughly the right direction and when I came across a row of conspicuous orange cones I just followed them to the start.

As the meeting point came into sight over the crest of a hill, I was struck by the number of people streaming across the grass from the Spectrum car park and realised there was going to be a very big turn-out. I introduced myself to the Run Director, Tamara and offered to do the run report that you are now reading. It was a big day for Tamara as it was her first time as run director, but she obviously had everything in hand and seemed very relaxed.

There are toilets at the start (which is always a relief, sometimes quite literally!) and the pre-run briefing is done via a P.A system to ensure that nobody misses important safety information. During the briefing Tamara gave shout-outs to Keith who was doing his 250th parkrun and to ex-Event Director Linda, who is leaving Guildford and heading off on a new adventure in the Peak District. Linda was the driving force behind setting up Guildford parkrun in 2012, and Tamara pointed out that without her, there might not be a Guildford parkrun. Linda, very fittingly, was wearing a special gold ‘parkrun queen’ sash. We were told to look out for her on the course and give her a wave. I was there when she came across the finish - to the biggest round of applause of the day!

The starting format was a new one on me. Everyone lined up 60 to 70 people abreast and charged across the grass like a lycra-clad army launching an attack! After about 300 metres everyone filtered, very tidily, back on to the path and from there-on, we were six abreast, at most and it was all very ordered and civilised. The scenery was a typical city park mix of wild and urban. Turning one corner we were greeted by a blanket of yellow flowers under some trees, around another corner we looked down on the busy skate park. The scenery may have been pretty, but it was the many marshals who smiled, cheered, hollered and gave much needed words of encouragement and praise who made the event really memorable.

I’ve done lots of parkruns with laps, but Guildford definitely takes my award for ‘best end of first lap applause’. As we passed the start, the run director and many of the supporters were lined up watching and cheering, and they didn’t just cheer their loved ones, they cheered everyone. I rounded the big tree that signalled the start of lap 2 with their applause still ringing in my ears and a huge grin on my face!

I was very impressed by Guildford parkrun, and in particular by the ‘extra touches’ that the core team had obviously introduced to ensure the event runs extra smoothly and is as inclusive and welcoming as possible, The first such touch, was the presence of a sign language interpreter during the first-timers briefing. The second was the fact that when the volunteers were thanked during the pre-run briefing, all their names were read out. This was mentioned in a Guildford run report a few weeks ago, but I think it warrants a fresh mention as it is something I have never seen done before, and it is such an awesome thing to do!  The third was the sign in the finish funnel that read (something along the lines of) ‘hold out right hand, palm up, to receive finish token’ – a simple but effective way to keep the funnel queue moving!

Thanks Guildford parkrun team; I had a great parkrun and really loved the course and the camaraderie. I’m only sorry that I couldn’t stay for a post-run coffee and snack at the Wey Valley Bowls Club, but I definitely will next time!

By Fran Light

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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 #346: In memory of Bernard Parke and a visitor’s view

This week we have contributions from two writers for you:


On my 200th run, I dedicate it to the memory of Bernard Parke - by Nicky Hack

6 years ago myself and Jane Rostant had the pleasure of meeting Bernard Parke.  It was always an absolute joy when he was on the volunteer rota.  You knew you had a great volunteer, you knew you would laugh and you would always get a hug.  Bernard was our friend, the conversations we would have in the cafe after the morning run were wonderful.  Jane and Bernard put the world to rights, but always with a laugh.  Bernard would always ask after my family, he was a kind, lovely man.  He volunteered 58 times at Guildford, he said he'd be down today for my 200th run.  Sadly, you couldn't make it today Bernard, but you were with me for the 33:14 minutes it took myself and Jane to run, and we both remembered the wonderful man that we are proud to call our friend. Bernard Parke, you'll be missed but never forgotten.
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A visitor's view - by Eileen Fitzgerald

G is for Guildford…and gorgeous…

You know how winter goes on and on and on and on and then suddenly, it's spring… that’s how I felt this morning running my letter G in my alphabet challenge in Guildford, quite simply, it was gorgeous! With faith in my sat-nav, I arrived at a car park that didn’t typically look like a parkrun car park, (that is, there wasn’t loads of the usual parkrun runner types) so I was wondering if I was in the right place. A lady that had parked up next to me was putting on trainers, so I asked her. Fortunately, I was and so together we made our way to the parkrun start. It turned out that I had parked very close to the after run café car park (which was given amazing reviews on their home-made goodies and welcoming staff).

I made my way over to the very friendly parkrun RD Alastair HESLOP who greeted me warmly and I instantly felt welcomed. I then joined a huge crowd of 1st timers and newcomers. There were 52 people running Guildford for the 1st time today, 38 of which, it was their first ever parkrun! That number I think is amazing, as to me, it means in Guildford alone today, 38 people’s lives were changed for the better as they have started their parkrun journeys. Their Saturdays may never be the same, making new friends and being in the most fantastic fellowship of friendly and supporting runners. I also bumped into a lady that I had met only a couple of weeks before at Rushmoor, (hello again Charlotte).

At the main brief, I was thrilled that all of the volunteers were given a round of applause, the whole list of today’s volunteers was read out, I’ve never seen that done before but knowing that the event could not happen without those guys, I think it’s a great idea and each person deserved their hi-vis hero recognition. Milestones were congratulated, today Guildford had two runners running their 50th Claire CHAPPELL and Daniel ORBELL (who also smashed his PB!) A couple of unofficial milestones, Nicky HACK and Bronwyn MAYO ran their 200th today (incidentally Bronwyn was the lovely lady that looked after me when I had arrived in the faraway carpark). There were no 100 milestones this week but Monica-Gabriela TUDOR ran her 99th and Jonathan PAGDIN ran his 249th parkrun today, so it looks like I picked the wrong week for Guildford as next week sounds like cake week!

Off to the start for two anti-clockwise laps of Stoke Park. The first undulating straight took us past a fitness trail, then past Stoke Park gardens which were bordered by spring blooming hedges, then towards some very scenic rolling hills of English countryside. We ran past a meadow of very pretty, very sweet-smelling flowers, then it’s along an undulating foot/cycle path, past daffodils and trees beginning to bud in vernal bloom, through the middle of the park then along the side of the undulating footpath next to the road before rejoining the park to run a second undulating lap. (Have I used the word undulating too much? Hahaha.) The grass parts were not too muddy, and the paths were wide enough for dogs and buggies. The marshals were extremely encouraging, and running into the funnel at the end, the faster parkrunners were especially supportive, clapping everyone as they finished.

The whole event was extremely well organised, plenty of cones for directional use, the finish funnel was long so there was no congestion and I especially liked the barcode scanners who each had a table with numbered boxes which meant the token sorters' jobs were made easier. Never knowing what to expect I was delighted with such a lovely parkrun. Thank you to all involved.

 

Guildford parkrun # 344 : Happy 7 Year Anniversary Guildford parkrun!

Run report by Monica Tudor

Wonderful parkrunners of Guildford,

Let me start this very important parkrun report by saying a very big thank you to everyone who sacrificed, on average, 28 minutes this Saturday morning, to come and help us celebrate 7 years of Guildford parkrun!

In March 2012, 17 volunteers made all of this possible for us. 184 people took part in the first Guildford parkrun! On that day, Gilbert GRUNDY finished first in 16:27. The course record is now 15:14 and was set by Phil WICKS in September 2017. Well done to Cecilia SIRUFFO who has been first lady 44 times, and to Chris Peck who has been first man 30 times in Guildford. And also, well done to all the people who come here, every Saturday morning, to exercise, to run, to walk, to learn how to run, to get some fresh air, to socialise and be part of our community!

And today 9th March 2019 445 people finished our parkrun with the help of 29 volunteers!1

The running conditions were as good as possible after one week of rain. We had lots of sunshine and wind to keep our tops dry all the way!2

In first place today was Daniel TITCOMB in 18:01 followed closely by Ben “The Road Runner” EVANS. First place lady was Rachel PARKEN in 20:12.3

We had a few milestones today, so congratulations for running 50 parkruns to Matthew KING, David NEWMAN (position 51 – so close!), Rebecca LA-TOUCHE, Wayne SMITH and for running 100 parkruns to Mark WILKIE (position 98 – why didn’t you slow down?)

Without our lovely volunteers, this wouldn’t be possible. Thanks to all who volunteered but a special thanks to our top volunteering stalwarts (in terms of occasions):
Maddie Heslop, Andrew Heslop, Paul Tatler, Stephen Osborne, Ben Curtis, Alison Curtis and our former Event Director (now-retired) Nicky Hack; and Teresa Male our Duke of Edinburgh coordinator.4

Our parkrun is still growing, we are always in need of more volunteers, please opt-in to our mailings, see the volunteer opt-in link in your results mail. My preferred role is token scanner which I always transform into a competition with the other token scanners (they don’t seem to like it). Anyway, give it a go when you don’t feel like running and who knows, maybe you’ll enjoy it even more than I do!
But the most important thing: today we had chocolate, balloons, 7 year anniversary badges and lots and lots of wonderful, happy and enthusiastic people!56

On this happy note, good luck to all the runners who are taking part in big races this weekend and see you next week for another parkrun adventure!
Your most competitive token scanner (although today I was on finish token duties) and a somewhat less competitive runner,

Monica

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Guildford parkrun #342 : Foggy pre-wedding run.

Well this morning in Stoke park was fantastically foggy wasn't it! So much so that I lost my bearings several times whilst laying out the course; so apologies if the cones were a few metres out of place from where you expected

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Still I found it rather picturesque, so I took a few photos...

The brave Guildford clan preparing for the battle:

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Runners emerging from the mist...

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Whose a handsome boy?

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We also had a (pre)celebration with Andy & Mary preparing to be Mr & Mrs next week.

Here they are all dressed up!

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Congratulations to you both!

Wishing you all best...

Rob (Co-Event Director Guildford parkrun)

 


 

This week 481 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 113 recorded new Personal Bests.

Special thanks to the 26 volunteers who made this possible!

If you've never volunteered before please do think about it, drop us a line at GuildfordHelpers@parkrun.com and/or Opt-in to emails from Guildford via the profile link in your most recent results mail from parkrun.com

 

parkrun #330 a 250th milestone and a 40th birthday – celebrations a plenty!

Firstly, as always, thank you so much to Run Director Andy Bishop and his volunteer squad who made this morning's parkrun possible. It goes without saying, without the Core Team and the volunteers we would have a rather empty Stoke Park!

Saturday, 8 December saw two celebrations. Congratulations Richard Parke on your 250th milestone run with a time of 22:16 it makes your run today very impressive on both accounts. As your banner said, only another 250 to go until you reach 500!

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Richard was a little confused - lols!

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Bernard Parke and Jane Rostant - checking Richard hadn't tied himself up with his celebratory sash - (watch out for Jane's 250th run on 22 December, celebrations a go for that one 1st woman to reach 250 at Guildford)!

Happy 40th birthday to Mary Manning and with the purpleness of fellow parkrunners and friends streaking round Stoke Park, it was lovely to celebrate with you.

Mary’s 40th Birthday parkrun

Mary’s 40th Birthday parkrun

Mary’s 40th Birthday parkrun

Bill Wild, selfie King!

A picture says a 1,000 words, or whatever the expression is....so take a look, it's not all about the running. It's about being with friends, laughter, and it certainly looks like A LOT OF CAKE!

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Have a great week.

Here are the Stats!

Love
Nicky (Hack)
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This week 386 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Paul W H MILLER • Jacqueline MERLINI • Martyn THOMAS • Andrew BISHOP • Isabel THOMAS • Belinda BARRATT • Lauren THOMAS • Pauline HASTINGS • Wendy SCOTT • Alastair HESLOP • Robert FELTHAM • William BOLTER • Stephen OSBORNE • Giles CAMERON • Henry FORREST • Harry CONLAN • Sam CONLAN • Sian WILLIAMS • Simon COX • Maddie HESLOP • Paul TATLER • Gemma MEAD • Nicholas GOLDMAN

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 12,462 participants have completed 93,241 parkruns covering a total distance of 466,205 km, including 16,380 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,006 individuals have volunteered 6,048 times.

 

Extra parkruns on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day!!

I know, some of you may think it is really far too early to be planning Christmas!! But surely never too early to let you know about extra parkruns!! We are therefore pleased to confirm that as well as our usual Saturday 5k events at 9am we will once again be hosting extra events on Christmas Day (Tuesday 25th December) and New Year's Day (Tuesday 1st January). Both these events will start at 9am. We will of course need volunteers on these days too!!

For the really keen amongst you, don't forget that you can get two, yes two, run credits on New Year's Day - Cranleigh will be hosting a parkrun at 10.30am which should provide plenty of time to finish Guildford parkrun, get your barcode scanned and get to Cranleigh ready to do it all again!! Yes, we really are spoiling you!!

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