Event #175 – the one where someone was missing

There is a literal pain in our hearts to say that our Dad, Stewart Waldridge, suddenly passed away last week.  Many of you will know him and our Mum, Christine. He was an avid parkrun regular and enjoyed a mid-week jog with Verwood runners.

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We were terrified to write this eulogy but once we actually sat down and began gathering his parkrun statistics we found ourselves feeling extremely proud, smiling and even laughing at some of our memories of him at parkrun. From a weekly 5km fix he was inspired by fellow participants, joined Verwood runners, listened intently to advice from them and completed his one and only half marathon in November 2018. The Dark Moors Half!

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Stewart (our Dad) completed 163 parkruns at 13 different locations that covered global extremities. From Rouse Hill in New South Wales Australia to Inverness in Northern Scotland. He crossed the line in style at the infamous Portrush parkrun when his sprint finish (on sand!) ended with tangled legs and a forward roll

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117 of these parkruns were done at Moors Valley where he embraced fancy dress

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He entered the parkrun funnel for the first time at Bournemouth parkrun on the 27th December 2014 after much persuasion from family members. This was then quickly followed by the New Years Day Double in West Yorkshire on 1st January 2015 at Pontefract and Nostell. He was instantly hooked and loved everything about it including volunteering. He recently clocked up his 50th volunteer stint (which we don't think he was even aware of) and he completed a course to become a VI guide only last year but he did not get an opportunity to fulfil this role.

Dad was passionate about parkrun's partnership with Alzheimer's Research and participated in "running down dementia" every year raising £157.79 in 2016, £127.62 in 2017 and £122.13 in 2018. He paid money in himself everytime he completed a parkrun and always "donated his time" when the appeal came round. We were always very proud of him for this.

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parkrun (plus cake and coffee afterwards) was a big support when times were hard and provided a common ground which brought family members together.

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We have a personal thanks to send to the Moors Valley parkrun team but particularly Jason for his messages this week

We also give thanks to the 33 volunteers that made this mornings event possible.

524 people crossed the line today, 58 of you visited Moors Valley for the first time and 14 of those completed their first ever parkrun. 125 PB's were achieved! Well done.

4 people reached official milestones today. Gemma Skinner and Tyler Robinson have earned a red 50 t-shirt (Tyler got a PB in the process). Sue Tipping and Amelia Wilson completed their 100th parkrun. Congratulations!

Please join us next week and bring a friend for our special wig run in memory of our friend Glenys.

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Hayley Hawthorne and Emma Alford



Event #174 by Nikki Channon

parkrun day formerly known as Saturday is by far my favourite day of the week and today was no exception. My “home run” is Yeovil Montacute (which is currently on holiday at Ninesprings, Yeovil) but like many other parkrunners when on holiday we always try to find a new one to do.

For me I have actually done Moors Valley once before but for my mum and sister it was their first time and the general consensus is that we LOVE IT! It’s such a lovely course and the fact it’s one lap is an absolute bonus! The weather was an odd one for today temperature wise it was perfect however winds were still lurking around from the pesky storms we have been experiencing over the past week and you certainly could feel the wind in the last K!! I was worried I wouldn’t enjoy it as much second time around but I did and I posted a pb! Will definitely be back!

Nikki Channon Run Report

521 people ran, walked, hopped, skipped and jumped their way around the course. Paul Russhard was first male home posting a pb and first female was Gemma Russhard also posting a pb!

4 people joined the 50 club well done Marc Barrett, Phil Parkes, Chris Shearing and Clare McKnight!


A massive shout out to all the volunteers! Thankyou for giving up your time, without you parkrun simply wouldn’t happen! Don’t forget if you’ve not volunteered before or haven’t in a while get your names down on the future roster!!

This week 521 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 55 were first timers and 90 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 37 volunteers:

Nigel HARDING • Patrick AKERS • Jane LANDYMORE • Dudley EALES • Tim CHALLIS • Clifford WATERS • Susan ANDREWS • Heidi SNOOK • Jason BEECH • Darren PARNUM • Nikki CHANNON • Clare FOOTE • Morgan WILSON • Julie PEGORARO • Rachel CASS • Jenny WOODS • Helena SHAW • Jonathan MEADOWS • Benjamin HARWOOD • Dick MEADOWS • Angie HARPER • Sue KENDRICK • Carole BLACKMORE • Celia HODGSON • Mike JEFFERIES • Luke JOHNSON • Leslie POMPU • Oliver CUNNINGHAM • Neil JONES • Kyra BURN • Dan STICKLAND • Joanna DANIEL • Linda MATTHEW • Harrison WEAVER • Oliver NIXON • Caitlin RISEBROW • Samuel WHITTON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Moors Valley parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Sharon Louise SINGER who recorded a time of 17:27 on 8th September 2018 (event number 148).
The male record is held by George KING who recorded a time of 15:28 on 9th February 2019 (event number 169).
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 10,643 participants have completed 60,938 parkruns covering a total distance of 304,690 km, including 12,076 new Personal Bests. A total of 786 individuals have volunteered 5,526 times.


Event #172 Run Report by Diana Davis

I did a little tourism to Moors Valley today. It’s now the third time I’ve run there, and as before, I really enjoyed the varied scenery of woodland and lakeside.

I came over because a virtual running group I am a member of decided to visit you for a face to face meeting, complete with coffee and chatting afterwards. It’s always nice to run somewhere slightly different, and the great thing about parkrun is that you know what to expect in terms of how it works, if not what the course will be like, wherever you go. It will always be welcoming and friendly, and you always need to remember your barcode!

It was pretty much a perfect morning for it, dry but cool, and despite the run briefing warning us of narrow and slippery sections, the conditions were good underfoot.

I’m always impressed by the speedy youngsters even if it is a bit frustrating to see them cruise by while chatting easily. Parkrun really is for all ages and paces.

Having taken part in Glenys’ wig run, it was lovely to see her again today - as always with a colourful wig. Well done to Clifford for providing chariot power. They’re now up to 246 and 248 runs respectively. What an amazing total! Meanwhile, we had 14 runners doing their first ever parkrun, and hopefully enjoying it so much they will make a habit of it.

Congratulations to Jamie Mitchell, who completed his 100th parkrun today.  We also had quite a few 250+ runners with Chris Cowell  completing his first Moors Valley parkrun and his 461st overall.

Thanks as ever to the volunteers; without you parkrun couldn’t happen. If you haven’t tried a volunteer role yet, do give it a go. Some roles (like mine of writing the run report) allow you to both volunteer and run if you wish.






Event #171 Pacer Week by Mark Gibson

As Cliff alluded to in the previous run report – this week’s Moors Valley parkrun was another of our brilliant pacer events. And as is often the case when the pacers are about, it was another record-breaking run, with 561 runners making their way round the course! They also set a record number of PBs (spoilers for later)… Not only that, but the 58 high-vis heroes also made up the biggest volunteer roster we’ve ever had, so a massive shout-out to all the marshals, timekeepers, funnel managers, number checkers, token handlers, scanners and blue-bib-wearing-pacers who ran the event (in more ways than one!) so well. Also a big thanks to Ken and Colin for the hundreds of great photos, Julie and Mike for making sure everyone knew what they were doing, and to Jason for leading proceedings.

Conditions were glorious for a February morning, with the sun rising through the mist ahead of one of the warmest February weekends ever! And as it happened, it was my birthday weekend, so my wife Bryannie and I were joined by Moors Valley regulars Erica, Matthew and Zoë plus our visitors Lou and Abby.



The build-up to the run produced a hive of activity, with all 21 pacers lining up in order from 20 to 40, and the runners jostling for position to get in sight of their target times. Jason did well to corral everyone amidst all the excitement and when everyone was ready after the special run sashes were handed out, he got the run underway.

Lou, Abby and I didn’t quite get our positioning tactics right at the start, so we had to weave our way through a congested pack for the first kilometre until the field evened out a bit. Bearing in mind the busyness, it was great to see how considerate everyone was throughout the run – there was no shortage of competitive spirit as people kept their pacers in sight, but there weren’t any elbow bumps or shoves along the way!


Abby and I managed to stick together the whole way round, and we got a big cheer from Bry on Marshal Point 8 at the final bridge (with a flying action selfie) to spur us on for the final 500 metres.


A strong finish from Abby got us across the line nearly two and a half minutes quicker than her previous visit to Moors Valley! Afterwards we met James Constable from Peterborough in the barcode scanner queue, who’s a frequent flier on the parkrun tourist trail… This was his 74th different parkrun! He knew Cliff & Glenys Waters from their time parkrunning in Peterborough, so Moors Valley was a must-do course for him to add to his tally.

We saw Glenys cross the finish line, completing her 245th parkrun, assisted by Matt and her support crew. They were all emblazoned in orange colours this week, courtesy of Glenys’ Delta All Terrain Buggy manufacturer. What a wonderful ambassador of parkrun she is and a big cheer to all those who run with her each week, including of course the aforementioned Cliff, who donned the ‘30’ pacer bib this week, and her daughter Alison.

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Congratulations as well to Melissa Marshall, Beverley Duncan and pacer Jan Underdown on joining the 50 Club – don’t forget to claim your Milestone T-shirts folks! And a further well done to Beverley for achieving another PB this week!


We also high-fived Erica as she came through the finish line with Matthew for an amazingly well-earned PB of her own, beating her previous best set in September by 50 seconds! In total, an awesome 138 people achieved PBs this week – which was a quarter of the field! Lots of brilliant comments on the Moors Valley parkrun Facebook page from happy runners followed – they were evidently urged on by the marvellously metronomic pacers! We also welcomed a fantastic 85 first timers, who we’ll hopefully see again sometime soon!

Thanks for a great run – see you next parkrunday (AKA Saturday)!


Event #169 – By Cliff Waters

Moors Valley parkrun Number 169

Here We Are Again…

After the disappointment of a cancelled run due to the weather last week, it was good to see 460 runners, several dogs, 3 or 4 buggies and 38 of our very favourite hi-viz hero volunteers lace up their shoes and get parkrun 169 eventually underway. It wasn’t until I’d looked up the stats for volunteers that I realised just how many are required for us to enjoy our Saturday morning run. A sobering thought that so many are needed. So, just once in a while it’s good to give something back and it’s a warm, perhaps not so warm in the depths of winter, feeling to know you have done something to keep this fabulous parkrun alive. Just saying!


And, staying on the subject of volunteers just for a moment, if you’ve not already done so, please check out Neil Jones’s pictures from today's run on this website, great images from a very talented photographer we are blessed to have him at Moors Valley. The weather played ball with us today and most; there was a cloudburst towards the very end of the run, got away with a dry run. It was also good to see the Moors Valley Rangers had done a good job laying a fresh surface onto the first 100m of track, so no puddle dancing required today. It was a first timer to Moors Valley, George King (SM 25-29) representing Winchester & District AC who took the winning plaudits today in a time of 15.28, with Robert Spencer (SM 25-29) St Albans Striders 16.59 in second place. Another first timer, Louise Damen (VW 35-39) representing Winchester & District AC put in a fabulous run posting a time of 17.47 for first female and the third fastest woman in the history of the Moors Valley parkrun. She also took the best age graded score of the day, an impressive 84.35%. Many congratulations Louise. Julia Long joined the ‘100 Club’ today and 95 of those runs were completed at Moors Valley, a great achievement from a runner who has massively improved her run times since her first here on Christmas Eve 2016. There were representatives from 36 running clubs with us today, 41 first timers and 60 new PB’s were claimed, many congratulations to all.


An update on Glenys Waters (the ‘wig’ lady), unfortunately her health condition has deteriorated somewhat and she is now registered as a parkrun wheelchair runner (WWC). Two weeks ago wheelchair manufacturer Delichon invited her to their HQ in Fordingbridge where she was offered their prototype racing all-terrain Delta L2 Buggy which she bought, the first one ever built by the company. The buggy and Glenys had its inaugural outing on Brockenhurst’s winter course at Wilverley Inclosure last week and she posted a time of 45.11. This week there was a sharp escalation in performance as she had three ‘pushers’ including her son David, Active Therapy South’s Matt Mellor, oh, and me! To say it was a bit quicker is a bit of an understatement. She posted a time a full 15 minutes faster and a new PB of 30.11…may I offer sincere apologies to any runners who may have been slightly inconvenienced as we passed through the field, we were a little quicker than I had anticipated. Many many thanks to all runners who spoke so kindly to Glenys and her family today, your support is very much appreciated and many thanks to Matt Mellor, who did such a fabulous job buggy pushing.


Just a reminder about the ‘Pacing Event’ here at Moors Valley on Saturday 23 February it’s a perfect way to achieve that elusive PB. And, if you fancy being one of those pacers there are still time slots available. Check out Moors Valley parkrun Facebook page for more information.


This week 460 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 38 volunteers:

Michael KING • Nick SOLOMON • Zodwa CHASOKELA • Linda Mela BURN • Alison WARD • Tim CHALLIS • Amanda PATEMAN • Glenys WATERS • Clifford WATERS • Mark WILSON • Sara WILSON • Nicholas INGE • Heidi SNOOK • Darren PARNUM • Ellie PIPER • Brian EDGELER • Morgan WILSON • Ann-Marie VANDERPLANK • Marcus VENTHAM • Lindsay CASS • Rachel CASS • Benjamin HARWOOD • Dick MEADOWS • Ronan COSGROVE • Luke JOHNSON • Oliver CUNNINGHAM • Mark GIBSON • Bettina F CHURCH • Bryannie GIBSON • Neil JONES • Alison KAINES • Fiona DERRICK • Kieran BILDSTEIN • Linda MATTHEW • Harrison WEAVER • Caitlin RISEBROW • Samuel WHITTON • Amira STONE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Moors Valley parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Sharon Louise SINGER who recorded a time of 17:27 on 8th September 2018 (event number 148).
The male record is held by George KING who recorded a time of 15:28 on 9th February 2019 (event number 169).
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 10,333 participants have completed 58,367 parkruns covering a total distance of 291,835 km, including 11,594 new Personal Bests. A total of 766 individuals have volunteered 5,318 times.

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