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.
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. 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!
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.
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 •
Volunteers briefing by Maddie Heslop.
So it just remained for everyone to get ready to start, and then they were off:
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)
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.
Nick Tearle (Blue vest)
Prab Satya (red shirt).
Parkrun junior members showing everyone how its done! Along with one of this weekend's parkrun tourists who joined us from New Zealand.
Thumbs up for the volunteers, always appreciated, thank you!
Kirsti Reed enjoying her 100th parkrun!
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!
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.