Guildford Parkrun #388 – A Muddy Morning!

346 of us came out to Stoke Park this morning to brave the mud – and muddy it was! Nevertheless, it was smiles all round as we ran, jogged and walked round a cloudy Stoke Park. Following a few weeks of unfortunate cancellations due to heavy rain and park conditions, everyone was eager to get going.

During the briefing the run director warned us about some parts (especially the first stretch from the start towards Wild Wood) of the course that were particularly muddy, but we pressed on, nonetheless. In fact, the dogleg just before the finish funnel was gradually moved during the run, as it became gradually churned up as people sprinted to the finish!

One of the great things about parkrun is seeing a smiling marshal cheering you on whilst running/jogging/walking the course – thank you very much to all of this week’s volunteers. As usual there were a number of runners with dogs - sometimes it seemed like the dogs are taking their humans for a run. There were also a few runners running with double buggies! We were also visited by a number of tourists today – one from Devon and one from Cornwall to name a few! There were 56 new runners at Guildford today, and all this was followed by 18 PBs, so well done to all who achieved that.

I am doing parkrun for my Bronze DofE Award, and I am so glad I chose it. At parkrun the atmosphere is lovely, everyone is cheering you on, and you just feel good for the rest of the day. What a great way to start the weekend!

By Carter Coles.

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Many thanks to Carter for the run report above.

This week the magic of Guildford parkrun was brought to you by 32 wonderful volunteers:

Caroline SAMS • Steve GOTHAM • Andrew BISHOP • William FORDHAM • Tom GARDNER • Maggie PATMORE • Robert FELTHAM • Jim PERRIN • Jane VESSEY • Richard HANSON • Anne CHEESE • Claire EDWARDS • Lily ROBERTS • Zoe HASTINGS • Rob STOKES • Alison CURTIS • Maddie HESLOP • Katherine PORTMAN • Gerald DAMPIER • Zoe DAMPIER • Paul TATLER • Julian FLETCHER • Benjamin CURTIS • George LUDLOW • Joanna TICEHURST • Judith MCKNIGHT • Nicholas GOLDMAN • Carter COLES • Daphne EVANS • Philip INGOE • Leonie DAGRIPPINO • Alejandro SCHOLFIELD PÉREZ

 

Guildford parkrun #387: still muddy!

515 people braved the cold morning to take part in Guildford parkrun this week. Luckily the rain held off and we were even lucky enough to see some sunshine towards the end, but that didn’t make the course any easier. There were 47 first timers and 58 runners who recorded new Personal Bests, even in the challenging conditions, all supported by 35 wonderful volunteers.

The eager front runners were a bit too eager or maybe the Run Director and her starter had not properly practised with the new starter horn!! This didn’t matter, the choppy mud soon evened out the field. This didn’t slow down the dogs though, they were dragging their humans through the mud, like sails on a boat… This week there were a LOT of dogs, even a little sausage dog managed to make his way around. One runner even lost a shoe on the home straight. This didn’t stop him though, he picked up the shoe and sprinted to the finish. A few people were even mad enough to bring buggies….. uphill and through mud is hard enough surely!?!

As always there were loads of lovely marshals cheering on the runners. This is something that always amazes me about Guildford parkrun… come rain, frost, wind… whatever the weather… there are always so many marshals motivating you around the course and helping you to enjoy your Saturday morning.

Katie Simmonds

 

Guildford parkrun #373: “Super Saturday”

Well it had been dubbed “Super Saturday” by the press and down at Stoke Park it certainly was as we gathered for parkrun and pacer week! 436 people came along to enjoy the Brexit and rugby free zone! After all the rain we have had recently it was lovely to see the sun shining and a bright blue sky.run rep 1

You could feel the excitement of pacer week in the air and there was a big round of applause for all the pacers as well as the usual name check for all of the volunteers. A massive 42 volunteers were involved in making this event happen – so a big ‘Thank You’ to all.
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The pacers obviously worked their magic because 44 people recorded new personal bests. This was particularly impressive taking into account the muddy conditions and the added ‘dog-leg’ on the final approach to the finish funnel. It was great to see additional marshal posts out on the muddy sections of the course to make sure everyone got around safely. The additional encouragement was fantastic!
Congratulations to Barry on his 50th parkrun and Laurie on his 100th. Laurie celebrated his milestone run by volunteering as a pacer. Brandon did his 25th volunteering stint so thank you and well done.
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A reminder that next week is our Halloween special so please feel free to dress up if you would like to.
See you all next week

Sarah Warr

The event was made possible by 42 volunteers:

Bill WILD • Jo MERLINI • Neill EBERS • Brian O'KANE • Anne CONNELL • Mary NIXON • Mike HARROLD • Prab SATYA • Paul STEADMAN • Ian KENYON • Laurie BANTIN • Alastair DAY • Alastair HESLOP • Emma HAWKINS • Helen PRONGER • Matthew BAYLIS • Rennie CHADWICK • Alan INCE • Clare WILLS • Isaac WILLS • Kiera JONES • Harry CONLAN • Joshua CURTIS • Maddie HESLOP • Richard TOTTY • Emily RASTRICK • Alexandra OLIVER • Katherine PORTMAN • Wayne SMITH • Julian FLETCHER • Sarah WARR • Benjamin CURTIS • Alena STEADMAN • Hyder ROOHANI • Judith MCKNIGHT • Nicholas GOLDMAN • Brandon ACRES • Maria STRONG • Sarah ALEXANDER • Ben GREEN • Ryan BOWDLER • Leonie DAGRIPPINO

 

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

It seems very early to be discussing Christmas, but we couldn't wait to tell you the good news! Not one, not two, but three possible extra parkruns! Who could want anything more in their Christmas stocking?

As well as our usual Saturday 5k events at 9am we will once again be hosting extra events on Christmas Day (Wednesday 25th December) and New Year's Day (Wednesday 1st January). Both these events will start at 9am. We will of course need volunteers on these days too! A chance for any non-parkrunning friends and relatives to get involved!

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! We really are spoiling you!

 

Guildford parkrun no. 367: A Lovely Cool September Morning

Our run report this week is written by Jacqueline Merlini.

RD Tamara starting off 539 runners

RD Tamara starting off 539 runners

539 beautiful people finished Guildford parkrun this morning, enjoying perfect conditions with refreshing temperatures and dry ground underfoot. We were cheered on and guided by the wonderful course marshals, efficiently funnelled through the finishing chute, and cheerfully scanned in by the barcode team.

Today I moved into a new age-group and cunningly decided to take it easy so I could rise up through the ranks in subsequent weeks. It was so nice to run for pleasure rather than trying to beat last week’s time and simply enjoy the lungfuls of fresh air and the company of 538 motivated and happy people.

First Timers finding out what they are in for

First Timers finding out what they are in for

As usual we had parkrun tourists and parkrun first-timers, parkrun volunteers in droves and parkrun milestoners – all were greeted with the customary uplifting applause – the mutual encouragement and good humour that is always present at parkrun.

It was a special run today for Linda Cairns who was one of the founding Event Directors of the Guildford parkrun back in March 2012 and was today doing her 250th. Congratulations to her and thanks for bringing parkrun to Guildford. Some of you may remember the monthly 5k organised by Guildford and Godalming Running Club which parkrun replaced! Other milestones this week included a magnificent 100 parkruns for Helen Turner, and 50 runs each for Gareth Roberts and Anthea Edwards (who was visiting us for the first time from Frimley Lodge).

Linda and her family

Linda and her family

Helen warming up

Helen warming up!

Here are a few pictures of happy participants:

Jasper the dog

Jasper (isn’t four legs cheating, Jasper?)

Chris and Dave The Dog

Chris and Dave The Dog

Me with husband Jo (a proper runner!)

Me with husband Jo (a proper runner!)

See you next week!

Jacqueline Merlini
Proud parkrunner since 2012

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This week 539 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 74 were first timers and 80 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 45 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 36 volunteers:

Tamara PEDGRIFT • Jacqueline MERLINI • Brian O'KANE • George CAIRNS • Ian MCCARTHY • Ian KENYON • Alastair DAY • Helen PRONGER • Mark BRAIN • Rosamund STELL • Adrian STELL • Graham SAMPSON • Stephen OSBORNE • Helen HOLCROFT • Rob STOKES • Kiera JONES • Harry CONLAN • Ben WILLETT • Grace RAWLINS • Alison CURTIS • Maddie HESLOP • Emily RASTRICK • Paul TATLER • Wayne SMITH • Keith RHODES • Benjamin CURTIS • Beth O'CONNELL • Judith MCKNIGHT • Nicholas GOLDMAN • Jayne YUNG • Brandon ACRES • Sarah ALEXANDER • Ben GREEN • William IZZARD • Henry PARKER • Andy NELSON

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 14,665 participants have completed 111,720 parkruns covering a total distance of 558,600 km, including 18,985 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,122 individuals have volunteered 7,207 times.

 

Guildford parkrun Event number 366 31st August 2019 By Richard Totty.

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Richard Totty -this week's report writer.

I find running very rewarding, it calms me down, helps me to order my thoughts, I get to meet new people and make new friends, it’s all around great for my mental health and has also made me physically fitter.  

I took up running as a way of keeping fit in the summer of 2016, motivated by seeing a family member’s health deteriorate due to lack of exercise.  I started on a treadmill in a gym, which I found rather boring, made more bearable listening to Sarah Millican as my coach, with the Couch to 5k app.  My first parkrun was at week 7 of that plan, and at Wimbledon Common, thereafter I haven’t stepped foot on a treadmill again (except for testing out new trainers), the great outdoors is now my gym, and bonus, its free! No membership fees!  I moved to Shalford with my husband in July 2018, so Guildford Parkrun became my home. I joined Guildford’s Fitstuff running club, last winter, having been encouraged to do so by a work colleague who was already a member. The Fitstuff group are a very welcoming lot, and have helped keep me motivated.

With help from my friends I have made it into the parkrun 50 club! I never used to be keen on doing any exercise, least of all running, so I amaze myself and continue to amaze my family that I keep on doing it, I’ve definitely caught the running bug! 

All that said, I have recently taken a break from running, due to overdoing it, and various aches and pains.  I’m sure many of you know what I am talking about. Volunteering at Guildford Parkrun has helped me to maintain my Saturday morning routine, and marshalling, and all of the clapping, and shouts of thanks and thumbs up from runners, has helped keep me coming back for more! 

To be able to cheer on friends and everyone involved is very pleasing. 

So, enough about me, to the run report! 

This week 539 lovely people ran, jogged and walked the course in near perfect conditions, partly cloudy, 16oC and almost no wind. 

There were 76 first timers, briefed by Alastair Heslop, who was celebrating his 200th occasion as a run volunteer, an awesome achievement!  Volunteers enjoyed cakes which he had brought with him to celebrate the occasion, they were delicious.

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Alastair Heslop who celebrated his 200th occasion volunteering!

Maddie Heslop as run director, started off proceedings by welcoming all the first timers, and as is the case every week, they all were welcomed with a very well deserved round of applause.  This applause is a great motivator. run report 31-8 (3) Then Isobel Walton, was congratulated for this being her 10th parkrun as a Junior parkrunner.

Mike Harrold should be congratulated for completing an unofficial milestone of 300 parkruns, a spectacular achievement!

Kirsti Reed was congratulated for celebrated her 100th! Supported by Matthew Eldridge in his ‘She’s the best’ T-Shirt! 

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Kirsti Reed celebrating her 100th Parkrun with Matthew Eldridge.

The newest members of the parkrun 50 club, were Dominque Gillan, Jo Tappin, Carolyn Ditton, David Smith and Julie Rae all achieved their 50th!

Carolyn Ditton, was joined by six supporters, dressed up variously, as two mice/rats; a man dressed up with a full size black bin with a rat inside it (rather him than me running in that!); a rat catcher complete with a net and rat; and another gent in a high-vis vest.  We understand this is because they work in pest control.

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Carolyn Ditton (pink tutu) celebrating her 50th with her friends

Then Maddie reminded everyone of the invaluable assistance of the volunteers who made the event possible, there were 29 of us:

Brandon ACRES • Debbie AITKEN • Sarah ALEXANDER • Chris COLES • Kristina COLES • Harry CONLAN • Alastair DAY • Elaine FAGAN •  Ella FOLEY • Nicholas GOLDMAN • Ben GREEN • Alastair HESLOP • Maddie HESLOP • Guy HOLCROFT • Rosie KILLICK • Annalees LIM • Judith MCKNIGHT • Jacqueline MERLINI • Dale MILLERSHIP • Alexandra OLIVER • Stephen OSBORNE • Bev REED • Phil RESCORLA • Keith RHODES • Christine ROBINSON • Paul TATLER • Richard TOTTY •  Sian WILLIAMS • Nick WRIGHT •

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Volunteers briefing by Maddie Heslop.

So it just remained for everyone to get ready to start, and then they were off: 

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Start line, and they are off!

I had the honour of maintaining marshal post #6, next to Burchatts Farm Gate, at the North-West corner of the course, which meant I got a great view of the first runner, Emily Wicks as she sprinted along the path parallel to London Road (Emily is the female Guildford parkrun record holder)

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Emily Wicks leading everyone out on the first lap

Emily finished in 1st position today, in 00:18:10, followed by the 1st male finisher, Joe Taylor, who crossed the finishing line in 00:18:28.

2nd and 3rd female positions went to Carolyne Baxter, finishing in 19:14; and Laura Davies, who finished with a time of 21:16.

2nd and 3rd male positions went to Simon Elsbury, who finished in 18:32; and James Adams, who finished with a time of 18:37. 

Well done to everyone.


I also had the opportunity to photograph many of the parkrunners. 

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Nick Tearle (Blue vest)

 

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Prab Satya (red shirt).

 

 

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Fitstuff runner!

 

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Parkrun junior members showing everyone how its done! Along with one of this weekend's parkrun tourists who joined us from New Zealand.

 

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Dog owners

 

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Thumbs up for the volunteers, always appreciated, thank you!

 

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Kirsti Reed enjoying her 100th parkrun!

 

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Carolyn Ditton (pink tutu) with her friends from pest control.

Close to the end of the race two parkrun participants, John White and Glyn Morgan put in great efforts, both achieving new PBs, with this being their 4th Parkrun each, finishing in 54:47 and 54:48 respectively. This week was the 2nd successive PB in a row, great results guys!

We should also not forget the great and invaluable role of the tail-walkers, who this week were Annalees Lim, Alexandra Oliver and Ben Green (JM11-14 1st timer), who encouraged John Collins to sprint to the finish line with a very respectable 1:00:05 finish time, which was also a new PB for John, great stuff!  

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John Collins, and tail walkers Annalees, Alexandra and Ben.

Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

79 people recorded new Personal Bests.

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 14,591 participants have completed 111,181 parkruns covering a total distance of 555,905 km, including 18,905 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,115 individuals have volunteered 7,171 times.  

 

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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