Guildford parkrun #391 – 2nd post lockdown parkrun!

Our second post lockdown parkrun, like our first, was blessed with good weather (despite bad forecasts early in the week). It was great to see so many smiley happy running faces, it really feels like a return to normality.

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Matthew Bayliss kicked things off with a splendidly upbeat first timers briefing to our 92 first timers (we hope you enjoyed it and that we'll see you again soon).

In total we had 490 runners/walkers complete our two lap course (full results here).
82 of those recorded new personal bests at Guildford!

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A special shout out to:

  • Dan Harrington and Mark Harvey both ran their 50th run
  • Ian Annis and Tina Liddington ran their 100th run 
  • and Paul Miller ran his 250th run

Congrats to all ... we know it’s been a really long haul getting there!
We hope to see you in your new club T-shirts soon!

A huge thank you to all the volunteers today who made Guildford parkrun happen! The pre-event setup, timekeeping, marshalling, tokens and scanning all ran in an exemplary fashion.

Finally do please consider volunteering, you’re never too young to start, read more about volunteering here and note how to opt-in to our volunteering mail list.

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Have a great weekend all,

Rob

Co-Event Director

 

Guildford parkrun #390 – we are back!

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.

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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.

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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!

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(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

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(Monica was a very enthusiastic scanner!)

Run report by Julie, your slightly emotional Co-ED!

 

Guildford parkrun #389 – 8th Birthday!

For Guildford parkrun’s 8th birthday, 320 happy runners jogged, walked and ran round a sunny but muddy Stoke Park to celebrate. The night before, it had rained quite heavily, but the clouds parted just in time for 9 o’clock; and the sun stuck around for the duration of the run.

Volunteers at the scanning tables!

This week saw 20 PBs, despite muddy park conditions, and 26 first timers. Well done to all who achieved that!  We had been warned during the pre-run briefing of some of the muddy parts of the course, but we powered through, nevertheless.

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus COVID-19 and whether parkrun will be possible in the coming weeks and months, everyone was determined to make this one count – and make it count we did! As always, there was a real range of finishing times, but everybody did really well. The atmosphere was great, and it was a brilliant way to start the weekend!

By Carter Coles.

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Thank you very much for this week’s team of 32 volunteers - we can't do without them - so thank you for all you do! Sarah ALEXANDER, Tamsin BLEWDEN, Helen BROWNE, Susan CHARLESWORTH, Rich CLIST, Carter COLES, Clara CONQUEST, Alison CURTIS, Benjamin CURTIS, Leonie DAGRIPPINO, Zoe DAMPIER, Daphne EVANS, Robert FELTHAM, Pauline HASTINGS, Zoe HASTINGS, Alastair HESLOP, Maddie HESLOP, Philip INGOE, Kay INWOOD, Maggs KYTE, George LUDLOW, Claire O'DALY, Maggie PATMORE, Jim PERRIN, Keith RHODES, Dawn RIDGERS, Caroline SAMS, Alejandro SCHOLFIELD PÉREZ, Paul TATLER, Joanna TICEHURST, Richard TOTTY, Peter TURNER. 

 

 

 

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