We are back and it feels amazing! As Co-Event Directors, Rob and I have spent many months planning for today, with a lengthy list of jobs which were duly ticked off. It wasn’t until I handed over the roster to Caroline, one of our wonderful Run Directors, that it hit me that we were actually about to return after 71 long weeks, and what a huge day it would be.
So the jobs were all ticked, the roster was handed over, and Caroline was, as ever, supremely organised and ready to go. Nothing could go wrong! Oh, except the weather - with thunderstorms and heavy rain forecast for 9am on Saturday morning, would we actually have to cancel our first event in so many months? Luckily, the parkrun weather gods smiled on us and we actually had not only a dry run, but even some sun!
And oh, did it feel great to be back! To see Stoke Park filled with brightly coloured, smiling runners, joggers, walkers, and of course, our brilliant volunteers (now kitted out in fetching pink!) was a marvellous sight. I know I was not the only one with a tear in my eye and a lump in my throat as Caroline stepped up to the microphone to welcome us back.
And we were off! 430 people headed off on their long-awaited parkrun, with 22 people doing their first ever parkrun (welcome, I hope someone warned you it is addictive!), a further 36 people new to Guildford and 62 people recording new PBs.
Congratulations to Terry Booth and Martha Collings, our first male and female finishers, both with new PBs - you have clearly put the lockdowns to good use!
But today wasn’t about times, or winning, or PBs, it was just about being back at parkrun doing the thing that we all love so much, and being back together. I for one cannot wait to do it all again next week!
(Lara was very excited to be at her first actual parkrun!)
Thank you to the 28 volunteers who made the event today possible:
Simon BRYAN • Caroline SAMS • Debbie AITKEN • Tamara PEDGRIFT • Susanna HARRISON • Keith HARRISON • Chris SHEAD • Anthony JACQUES • Robert PITT • Debbie GREAVES • Andrew BISHOP • Alastair HESLOP • Sarah ALEXANDER • Tom GARDNER • Maggs KYTE • Stephen OSBORNE • Kate HORNE • Julie BRYANT • Jyoti BREWER • Jody GREEN • Maria TITCOMB • Sam CONLAN • Monica-Gabriela TUDOR • Simon COX • Maddie HESLOP • Gerry BOYLE • Judith MCKNIGHT • Nicholas GOLDMAN
(Monica was a very enthusiastic scanner!)
Run report by Julie, your slightly emotional Co-ED!