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.


Event 130 – Run report by Mark Galpin

Well it started fine by getting to the event on time and finding out where the Volunteer Coordinator was to say that I had turned up as the run reporter. As this is also my first go at this, just like last week's reporter, I'll try and do my best, having been a marshal and token sorter before - another new experience. This is the first time since Christmas that the weather has been nice on a tourist's run so thank you to whoever organized that for me!

I made my way down to the lower car park in time to hear the first timers briefing with Mike King. He gave a skinny of the course and what to expect, fortunately I never had to dodge any horses that could be out and about and only came across the one dog walker too. Severe dislike to the comment that there was a hill near the start but that was more bluster than at my regular run.

There were added juniors doing the morning Run Director pre start information with a birthday runner and also a number of tourists (I being one, albeit a local) but nobody was willing to admit to a milestone run. The glorious Saturday morning made for nice dry ground conditions. 501 runners turned out, of which there were 75 first timers and 28 doing their first ever parkruns so well done guys & girls for joining the community. Sadly 26 people had forgotten their barcode and with the parkrun no code no result policy were recorded as Unknown runners but well done for doing the run all the same. There were also 32 volunteers to help make the event so well done to you guys as well.

After a slow meander at the start due to the volume of runners we finally got going after the first turn up Mike's forewarned hill.   It was such a nice morning to enjoy dry ground, the sun shining through the trees and trying not to trip on anything around you, saying hello to the volunteers pointing you in the correct direction.

As a moderate paced runner myself it always seems like so many others were going past me.  At the corner when you get to the turnaround point at the 3 & 1/3 km stage I was hoping that I had nearly finished my run knowing full well I had a fair bit further to go.

Just before you cross over the bridge I noticed that my morning of pain was nearly over as I saw the 4 KM line drawn on the ground so I knew there was only another 6 minutes of "enjoyment" to go. The sound of the cafe was being drowned out sadly by the ducks & geese on the lake,(which I always enjoy but have never seen before from the other side of the lake before) and then the smell of smoke from the steam railway wafting with the wind as well.

With a few final twists and kinks there was a kindly reminder from my phone to make one final push to get to the finish line and hopefully the carrot part of the day after the stick had been used to drive me on. I was given a generous piece of encouragement as well to get under 30 minutes for the first time so had to push for the last part.

To make it all worth it for those struggling this morning you could take use of the free massage that was being offered in the field to ease those weary muscles to make you feel more human again. Now point me in the direction of the coffee & cake!

First Male         Brandon Mulliner   17:59 minutes

First Female     Lilly Jones   20:19 9th overall

Mark Galpin   PB today Yippee!


Thanks to this week's volunteers

Alex BLACKMORE  •  Anna PARNUM  •  Becky JAY  •  Brandon MULLINER  •  Carole BLACKMORE  •  Clifford WATERS  •  David KELLY  •  Deborah LAMB  •  George MORGANS  •  George PIPER  •  Glenys WATERS  •  Harry SIMS  •  Jan UNDERDOWN  •  Jason BEECH  •  Joe PIPER  •  Jort HILLE RIS LAMBERS  •  Karen KELLY  •  Linda Mela BURN  •  Lindsay CASS  •  Mark GALPIN  •  Mark GIBSON  •  Martyn HOULDSWORTH  •  Maureen LUCAS  •  Michael KING  •  Nathan PARRY  •  Pauline WORRALL  •  Penny ALVIS  •  Polly AMOS  •  Rachel CASS  •  Sara WILSON  •  Sean BLACKMORE  •  Steve GOODWIN


Event #129

This is the first parkrun run report I have written. Something a bit new for me as all my previous volunteering has been doing the visible stuff.

So, without further ado, a massive thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers who did their bit tomake our parkrun happen today. Without you/them it would not happen and that would be a terrible shame :-(
There was no shortage of volunteers for today and the roster filled up quickly. This meant that the core team didn’t have to chew their fingernails on Friday night, wondering how they will find enough wonderful and willing people to make the run happen!
If you would like to volunteer for Moors Valley parkrun support, just go to and sign up. Every runner will love you for it! :-)

Before diving into the stats of today’s run; a moment to reflect on parkrun generally. What is it that makes it so popular, so addictive and so inclusive to everyone? Maybe it’s the opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise. Maybe it’s the camaraderie of us, members of the parkrun community?
Maybe it’s the challenge of trying for a PB, or getting round or just having a lovely run? Whatever it is, turning up every week, to go through all of the “Rituals” before, during and after the run is a celebration of parkrun itself. Long may it continue!!!

Today’s run was dry, cool at about 9 centigrade, light wind and overcast. Good running conditions. A very good turnout of 437 runners & 35 volunteers.

Who was at the top of the lists?

Top 3 female finishers

3 Anja HEIJNEN 20:35 VW45-49 80.49%
31 Becky JAY 21:47 VW40-44 70.62%
49 Hannah COOK 22:55 VW35-39 66.04%

Top 3 male finishers

1 Adam CORBIN 18:07 SM25-29 71.21%
2 John TOWNER 18:38 VM35-39 70.75%
3 Daniel POPE 18:50 VM35-39 71.95%

Top 3 age graded females

13 Anja HEIJNEN 20:35 VW45-49 80.49%
82 Penny ALVIS 24:25 VW55-59 75.15%
118 Pauline WORRALL 26:08 VW55-59 71.17%

Top 3 age graded males

27 Brian LONG 21:41 VM70-74 81.32%
6 Alan BARNETT 19:34 VM50-54 77.85%
7 Jerry SHIELD 19:38 VM50-54 76.99%

Plus, there were...

64 1st timers to Moors Valley parkrun, of whom 31 were parkrun 1st timers!
2 Birthdays, Big Dave & Tony from Verwood Runners...

Our most distant visitor (or at least the most distant who was owning up) came from
Grimsby plus there was a 10th “special number run”.

And I think everyone had a jolly nice time!

Mark Goulding
April 28th 2018

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