Event #382 by Jane Morris
What does every parkrunner in the land love about New Year's Day - yes - you all know - the chance to run two parkruns in an incredibly short space of time! Guildford is always well attended and today 482 runners turned up in the misty grey of Stoke Park. I'm not sure everyone there was going to run twice as there were 101 first timers, but I am pretty sure a good proportion moved over to Woking to run at 1030am. I saw a lot of familiar faces!
January 1st is a good time to be a first timer as you may get bitten by the parkrun bug. It is exceptionally easy to get swept up with this Saturday running as Alastair, the Run Director, testified reading out a roll of runners who have run their 10th (junior), 50th, 100th and 250th parkrun. Today my husband ran his 250th - Guildford is where the love began! So to all the first timers I hope you will be back.......
As I moved on round the course today I noted it was not as muddy as I feared, that the little hill always wipes me out, and that there were a lot of funky running leggings out on show. Mainly the ladies are sporting these gloriously coloured, patterned leggings. Despite it being January many runners were in shorts and t-shirts, whilst others were prepared for more artic conditions being fully clothed with many layers and bobble hats! See no one parkrunner is the same!
I thought about counting Club t-shirts, especially as there were 64 different clubs represented, but mainly I was blinded by Fitstuff t-shirts, DMVAC t shirts and the parkrun orange shirts. As it is only a week after Christmas I imagine a lot of us are still proudly wearing our new gear, hoping it makes us go faster!
There were 40 PBs which is no mean feat after the celebrations last night, I was not amongst them as I had to do my shoelaces up twice. Those trainers were conspiring against me, and I was not the only runner afflicted by this plight. How many knots must one do to stop this happening?!
Guildford parkrun has given me and my family immense pleasure over the past 6 years 9 months and it is lovely to see old regulars, to be cheered on by the every loyal marshal and to welcome all the new visitors to Stoke Park. In the words of another runner today "let's do this" for many years to come but perhaps not twice in one day!
This week 482 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 101 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 64 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:
Susanna HARRISON • Claire O'DALY • Belinda BARRATT • Robert LEGG • Jane MORRIS • Ian KENYON • Carol DUNNETT • Pauline HASTINGS • Wendy FITZPATRICK • Emilie BERGE • Alastair HESLOP • Tom GARDNER • Jane VESSEY • Matt GOUGH • Abigail MATTIN • Clare WILLS • Zoe HASTINGS • Anna Louise BAKER • Andrew GRUBB • Caroline CROSS • Maddie HESLOP • Katherine PORTMAN • Wayne SMITH • Bridget BAGNALL • Sabrina LANGE • Annalees LIM • Nicholas GOLDMAN • Debbie JAMES • Hugh MARRIAGE • Alwyn MARRIAGE • Daphne EVANS • Philip INGOE • Carrie HIGGINS