Event #145 – Tracey Smith’s 50th parkrun

When it was suggested to me that I write the run report on my 50th Parkrun, I thought why not? Now I have to write it, I am actually unsure where to start so will start with the very important job of thanking our wonderful volunteers – without them, I would not have had a 50th Parkrun to attend – if you have not volunteered, please do so – it makes the volunteer co-ordinator's job so much easier and you get great job satisfaction knowing that without you 400 – 500 people would have nothing to do on a Saturday morning!

I was greeted by my some of my friends at Verwood Runners who I will always be grateful to – without their encouragement, I would certainly not have achieved this milestone today.

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It appeared to be exceptionally busy – there were a total of 444 runners today. Gary Tyler was race director which made today even more special – Gary ran some of the way with me on my very first Parkrun and encouraged me over the finish line 50 Parkruns ago. There appeared to be no milestone runs today apart from mine and just one birthday – happy birthday Andy.

There were plenty of visitors today, a lady announcing she was from Canada only to be trumped by a New Zealander – I hope all visitors today enjoyed our lovely course as much as I did.

It was time to go and two things I have learnt today – firstly, it is difficult to keep a sash on your shoulder for a whole 5k and secondly it is challenging for those accompanying you if you have a balloon attached – sorry guys and anyone who got bashed by the balloon. We had compliments aplenty on our custom made tutu's – these will get frequent outings from now on.

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Now I know I am biased but Moors Valley truly is my favourite Parkrun – I have run at four others in the local area and although they all have their good points Moors Valley is spectacular. The runners and volunteers are super friendly too. The one lap course turns right a short distance after starting with a lovely long straight - once you've got to the marshall at the end of the straight, you've completed your first kilometer. It then turns left and winds through the forest more recently in sunshine and dappled shade although today the sun did not shine for us. There is a very short out and back (unless the B course is used when the usual course is too slippery) and then on to my favourite part – the sandy (but firm) slope down to the tarmac path that runs alongside the stream and then around the lake – this part is always deceiving as you can see the finish line across the lake but it is always further than you realise no matter how many times you run it.

Next time you run at Moors Valley, take a few seconds to look around you and appreciate how lucky we are to have this on our doorstep. It is a magnificent location and by being one of the slower runners I consider myself one of the lucky ones, taking in and enjoying the views at a steady pace!

Tracey Smith

And finally...
This week's run also inspired some parkrun poetry from one of our visitors this week:

The Pacer

Tick! Tick! The pacer signals from the purple moor-grass by the track. I hare around the turn, another runner overtaken. Tick! Tick! The course undulates through pine and heath, gravel crunching underfoot. After two miles, I step up the pace, a personal best within reach. Tick! Tick! The bush-cricket's call incessant from the wayside. Tick! Tick!


bell chimes...
a silent sprint
for the finish

Tim Gardiner


Moors Valley parkrun #140 – Run report by Mark Goulding

July 14th 2018

Another warm and unrelentingly sunny Saturday morning this week. How different this feels to freezing and getting rained on, we're getting too used to this!!!!

Top of the list this week is to thank our fab volunteers. They do their wonderful work to make sure you can run, have fun and maybe get that PB you dream of. Special mention to Simon for achieving the huge milestone of volunteer 150 ( yes, that's one hundred and fifty) times. And if you have never volunteered, why not give it a try. Free, non-fattening and possibly one of the most fulfilling things you could do on a Saturday morning with your clothes on. 

Sara Wilson was on the microphone today with a lot to get through before the off. 



Happy 30th Birthday to Moors Valley Country Park, our wonderful venue. No sash big enough to go round this place (one of Parkrun's finest locations ( but I'm biased :-) ), A happy 40th Birthday too today to someone whose name I did not get and a 34th wedding anniversary for Ian and Diane who were both running. Sara was asking whether there wasn't anything else they would rather be doing on their anniversary ;-)



Then there were special Occasion runs. A 50th, Jo doing her 100th dressed as Minnie Mouse and (cue drumroll ...... ) a visitor called Howie doing his 250th. Wow! That is some achievement and something to aspire to. Does he enjoy it more now??? 



I think the most distant visitor was someone called Caitlin from Wales... 

and that was about it

16.41 was 1st home

398 runners

Lots of 1st timers

Lots of PB's

All in all a jolly fine morning to go for a run, even though it was a bit hot! 


Run Report No. 138 30th June 2018

Sun, Fun and Family – Moors Valley parkrun report #138

by Howard Lewis

DSCF1085DSCF1078  Wow – what a BEAUTIFUL morning to greet us this week! It was sunny but reasonably cool, with a gentle breeze to help. As regular readers may recall, I enjoy writing the report from time to time as it allows me to help but also run. Having said that, shouting encouragement to others when marshalling or timekeeping is just as much fun too! When you’re written a few run reports, you need to try to make it interesting otherwise you’d all be bored reading my same drivel each time I write! So… on to this week’s idea. I wanted to get some feedback from you all, you know the important people who run and volunteer each week. So, I devised 4 questions to ask willing (?) people to help me write this. Those questions were… 1. What is your name? 2. How many parkruns have you completed? 3. What is your favourite part of our course? 4. What 3 words describe parkrun for you? So along we trot, Kate T and I all ready to photograph and question willing victims. It didn’t start too well as my pen broke and Kate forgot to charge the camera battery!! Thanks to Hannah and Imogen (see them later on) a new pen and mobile phone sufficed to get things going. So now on to the important people and let’s see what they had to say:

Elliott Plowman



The lake

Inclusive, Diverse, Fun

Steve Wickenden


The last bit around the lake.

Sociable, Motivational, Nice Surroundings.



Glenys Waters



Friendly, Inclusive, The Atmosphere



Alex, Sean and Carole Blackmore

About 35 each

The café, the bridge, the birds.

Family Friendly, D of E, Encouragement

Sarah Addison


Where it’s soft underfoot.

Lots of fun!

Hannah and Imogen


The downhill bit before the lake.

Fun, Sociable, Hard Work!

Just a quick note or two about our questionees! (I’m sorry, I know that’s not really a word, but it seemed ok at the time of writing!) Firstly, congratulations to Glenys on her 70th birthday. A super ‘thank you’ to Alex, Sean, Carole and ALL of our lovely volunteers this week. Finally, massive congratulations to Sarah on her first ever parkrun. Can you remember yours? Thanks for reading and see you very soon. I have a feeling there’ll be some cake on 14th July, but you’d have to ask Kate T about that!


Event #137 – Beki Marsh

A Record-Breaking Week

Walking up to the start it looked like it would be quiet one this week but gradually the number of people increased, in face there were 378 runners this week. The sun was already shining even at 8:45am so it was definitely going to be a warm one! Unfortunately I couldn’t run this week due to a run in with a canal boat (long story short I was trying to show off!) but my friend Rosie was running, we were on cheering duty!

Once the runners were off, we headed over to the finish line to await those coming through and we didn’t have to wait very long for the first runner to come through, in fact it was a new course record of 15 minutes and 50 seconds! A very well done to James Baker!

It seemed that it was a very beautiful run today with the sun coming through the trees, Rosie even said she wished she’d had her camera with her, so fingers crossed I’ll be back soon!!


Event 135 – Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

We knew it was going to be a busy one as soon as we arrived on Saturday morning.  For starters, there was another car parked in my space!  I say my space, it just happens to be the one I park in out of tradition, superstition or whatever – I wonder how many others of you have your own favourite parking space for parkrun? A quick wander around before we all headed over to the start area for the briefing served to confirm my initial thoughts.  Yes, there were a lot of people gathered! DSCF9692The focus for the run was the celebration of 70 years of the NHS, with plenty of runners adorned in gowns, stethoscopes and masks.  It was clear that everyone was keen to show their appreciation of the great work of the NHS, as every time the Run Director mentioned ‘NHS’ it was met with applause and cheers – I think I counted 4 times! DSCF9666 Moor Valley continued the International visitors theme as well, following up on the Australia/Japan representation of last week with a South Korean visitor this week – we hope you enjoyed your run with us. We also welcomed two Couch 2 5K groups, from Wimborne and Verwood.  Again, we hope you enjoyed it, and look forward to seeing you again this coming weekend? DSCF9634We were soon off for our weekly parkrun fix, waving to the cheery marshals, and wondering how it could get so hot so quickly!  Some great work by the team in rearranging the finish area at short notice, to avoid the various engines that were also using the field meant that we had a slight change in the direction often finish tunnel and scanners location.  I’m still not sure if it was the weight of numbers, or the change in layout – but the field seemed to be absolutely buzzing as a result, and really demonstrated just what parkrun is to so many of us.  A great way to meet friends, make friends and start the weekend with that smug feeling of already having accomplished something quite special by 10am. DSCF0593 This week 537 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 87 were first timers and 94 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 40 volunteers: Joanne HANSELL • Sheela HOBDEN • Gary TYLER • James DAVIES • Jan UNDERDOWN • Steve DAVIS • Julie Anne BASSETT • Marc BASSETT • Jane LANDYMORE • Josie HARRIS • Susan ANDREWS • Ellie PIPER • Clare FOOTE • Paul WOODS • Julie PEGORARO • Marcus VENTHAM • Jason OAKLEY • Rebecca GARDINER • Mark GOULDING • Elliott PLOWMAN • Sophie PLOWMAN • Angie HARPER • Aidan BASSETT • Denise WHITMARSH • Ben COLLYER • Celia HODGSON • Michael BRATCHFORD • Steve GOODWIN • Omid MAHMOUDI • Polly AMOS • Bay KARKERA • Lloyd SNADDON • Neil JONES • Sue PULMAN • Erica THURSTON • Karen LINGAFELTER • Mark LOVEYS • Grace MORRISON • Dan STICKLAND • Nikki GRAHAM Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Moors Valley parkrun Results Page. The male record is held by Max COSTLEY who recorded a time of 15:53 on 16th September 2017 (event number 98). The female record is held by Lizzie BROWNE who recorded a time of 17:32 on 24th February 2018 (event number 121). The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline HORDER who recorded 91.48% (22:30) on 20th February 2016 (event number 15). Moors Valley parkrun started on 7th November 2015. Since then 8,393 participants have completed 44,295 parkruns covering a total distance of 221,475 km, including 9,342 new Personal Bests.

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