Medina IOW parkrun (on tour at Appley) number 466 – 23 October 2021

This is the first time since the return of mass-participation events that Neil and I have written the report, so I looked back to see when the last time was, and what we wrote about. It was 8th February 2020 when we were running at our Medina home. There are mentions of the impending Storm Ciara affecting the Sunday junior run, although the Saturday was fine and dry. Many of the 375 participants were wearing their brightest colourful socks – a notion dreamt up by our Joy the previous year (and I vote that we do it again next February!). The cycle path had been yarnbombed for Valentine’s Day (also orchestrated by Joy) and I mention that I was running behind some youngsters who exclaimed in delight at the pretty surprise.

Some things haven’t changed – I wrote that Matt, who was co-ordinating the volunteers that week, had needed to make pleas late in the week to cover the roster. The same has happened this week – Joy and John have both had to make appeals. Interestingly, the priority is to allow people to run in safety, so actually the least important role from this aspect is that of timekeeper! Joy says that if we don’t fill the slots, timekeepers will be moved and no times will be recorded. Everyone who runs will receive a time of 59.59. So please do make sure you take your turn! You can do this by emailing , or by posting a message on the facebook page, tagging Joy Furmidge and Matt Jacobs to make sure they see it. It is also very helpful if this can be done in good time and will win you loads of brownie points from Joy, valuable commodities indeed!

Some things, however, are very different. Included in that February 2020 report was one of Peter Billington’s pictures of legs wearing colourful socks! How I miss Peter and his cheekiness. His photos were excellent too, always creatively thought out and edited, which took up many hours. I am so grateful to him for the pictures I treasure of Catherine Love running with me and our friends, because of course we have lost both Peter and Cath since the last time I wrote a report. Both were integral to parkrun over the years. Many of you will know that Cath was a very dear friend to me. I miss her dreadfully and parkrun returning was difficult for me at first, as it was to lots of our community, not least her family. Now though, I can enjoy parkrun and remember the fun we had, albeit wistfully at times.

Ray Scovell had already handed over the reins of Event Director to John in order to concentrate on Junior parkrun, well before my last report. However it is Ray’s drive and vision, always supported by his wife Rosemary, that started parkrun on the island. It is impossible to imagine parkrun without their influence. Last week his daughter Claire and grandson Simon came to Appley to see us. They are organising a Remembrance Concert on November 21st at Medina Theatre. As both Ray and Rosemary died of COVID-19 during lockdown, when few people could attend their funerals, this concert has been arranged to celebrate their lives and raise funds in their memory. Tickets are on sale now via the Medina Theatre Box Office.

I will now hand over to Neil for a rundown of today’s parkrun. Happy running, Liz XX

It’s Friday evening and the phone is pinging with reports of a fallen tree at the bottom of the big hill. We are not sure of the exact status and it’s a bit late to go and have a look so John and I convene shortly after 08:00 this morning to inspect. I did a bit of planning on a re-route but fortunately this was not required. Thankfully the council has made a good job of tidying up and keeping the path open so after a dynamic risk assessment we agreed to have a marshal on the spot and also to make it known at the briefing, with everyone listening. According to the marshal you were all well behaved so thank you for this….

190 finished today’s parkrun aided by 36 volunteers. Of course, some of the volunteers were also able to run however we still need a considerable number each week who do not run, in order to allow us all to do what we enjoy doing on a Saturday morning. So please make sure you sign up if you have not done so in a while.

First over the line today was Ross Wilkes (19:17), followed by Stu Backhouse (19:38), with the highest age grade (75.13%) and Callum Tanner (20:12). For the ladies, junior Freya Poppy Tailor (24:23) crossed first followed by Karen Hazlitt (25:01), a visitor from Winchester and Hannah East (25:24) on her third parkrun.

Mike Kimber and Ann Wilson completed their 200th parkruns and junior Joshua Emmerson chose Appley to gain his 10 t-shirt with a first time appearance. There were 26 first timers to our island parkrun today and of those for 3 it was their first parkrun. A warm welcome to all.

Clive Bishop got a PB on his 31st Medina parkrun, you see it can be done! The seven others who got PBs were in their first few Medina parkruns.

Next week, 30.10.2021, is the Halloween parkrun. Aaron McGrath will be you RD and I am advised he will be suitably dressed!

Have a good week and stay safe.



Medina IOW parkrun (on tour at Appley) number 465 – 16 October 2021

Do do parkrun / jog/ walk/ volunteer

The first (and last) time I wrote a run report for Medina parkrun was back in April 2018, when the event was also on tour to Appley. There’s been an awful lot happened for me, and indeed all of us, since then, not least the pandemic, which stopped all of us from parkrunning together for so many months. The first lockdown took effect shortly after my last visit to Medina parkrun on Leap Day 2020 and then like so many people, it was a struggle for me wanting to visit loved ones on the Isle of Wight, but not being allowed to travel anywhere from Basingstoke for much of the intervening period, and when we were allowed to travel about a year ago, wondering if it was really a good idea, given the clear risks to particularly the older ones in a (then) totally unvaccinated population.

So it is such a relief to be back at Medina parkrun as I’m visiting for a family event this weekend. I think the Appley area is a great place to run with marvellous views over the Solent, weather permitting. I was concerned by the weather early in the morning – in Whitwell where I was staying at a quarter to eight a squally shower was hosing down. Of course I should remember to trust that the weather window will always be available as the rain had stopped by the start. Unfortunately the weather window sprang a leak part way round the course and we all got pretty wet! Thankfully it didn’t last long and remained pretty warm.

It is a tradition for me to attend Kev Fry's first timer briefings when I come to Medina parkrun, even though it was my 27th Medina parkrun today – astoundingly today it was his 277th first timer briefing!


I always attend because it’s not as if he says the same thing each time! This is due to Medina parkrun’s habit of regularly touring the Island and even when the course is in the same place there are regular “course variants” to be reminded about - I think the last time I ran at Appley it was mostly on the flat along the sea wall (not possible today due to work being done blocking a significant part of the path) and I then didn’t have the “benefit” of the various hills to improve my fitness. While today’s hills were not as challenging as my most recent previous parkrun away from home (visiting Lanhydrock parkrun at Bodmin, Cornwall, which starts with the runners all heading more than 1km straight downhill, which obviously has to be paid back at some point with almost 1.5km pretty steeply uphill from just after the 3km mark), I must admit to struggling quite a bit this morning. Thanks then to those who encouraged me along, whether fellow parkrunners, spectators or the wonderful cheering marshals spread around the course, always providing a positive boost.

So what happened on today’s parkrun? 213 parkrunners completed the course today. Of these 3 people completed their very first parkrun anywhere – welcome Keith Murphy, Georgi Simpkin and Lesley Williams – we hope you enjoyed your time at Medina parkrun today. Another 37 did their first ever Medina parkrun, having also completed parkruns elsewhere, of whom I suspect a number were warming up for the Great South Run tomorrow. Very well done indeed to all of you; we hope you enjoyed running as part of our community today. We also hope that you will be back very soon to try to set a new Personal Best (PB), although that’s quite a challenge on this course, so well done to the 10 people who managed it today. I noticed there were visitors from quite a few different places, including “the other Newport” (Wales), Kent, Netley and Southampton as well as me from Basingstoke of course. All the best to everyone doing the Great South Run tomorrow who was visiting today including this group from Newport. IMG_20211016_094654756

Quite a few of the first timers at Medina were prolific tourists, such as Mark Pottle who was completing his 46th different event in 176 runs, but I was interested more in those who have stayed true to their Medina roots – in particular Stuart Backhouse has run 333 parkruns and Chris Powell an amazing 366 parkruns – all 699 parkruns between them only at Medina. Will they ever be enticed away?

Run Director Grenville Tuck and his team of volunteers managed the whole event impeccably, doing all they could to ensure that no-one wandered off with any of the position tokens at the end.


Step into the limelight today for your bows from us all Chris AMY, Grainne ANDREWS, Jurgita BATES, Steve BENNETT, Philip BROWN, Juliette CHAN, Peter CHIVERTON, Elizabeth COOPER, David ELDRIDGE, Cheryl FRAMPTON, Kevin FRY, Daisy FURMIDGE, Harry FURMIDGE, Joy FURMIDGE, Sean FURMIDGE, Mandy HASLAM, Becky HEPWORTH, Jackson HILL, Mark HILL, Karen HOLDEN, Rob HOLDSWORTH, Tracy HOLDSWORTH, Alan JACOBS, Matthew JACOBS, Adrian LAX, Angela LOCK, Sarah MACDONALD, Tim NOBES, Alan ROBERTS, Katharine ROBERTS, Charlotte SNOWDON, Grenville TUCK, Elizabeth VIVASH, Nigel WALTERS, Liz WESTBROOK and Lucy WYLD– and thank you for allowing us to parkrun today. You can join the fun and become one of the heroes all your fellow parkrunners thank as they pass you – you just need to contact and let them know how you would love to hand out position tokens, scan barcodes, marshal, manage the funnel or any number of other simple tasks in one of the currently vacant slots showing at

Changes to milestone T shirts

As seems to happen just about every week now, we celebrated a number of milestone parkruns among today’s participants. This is now only going to increase because parkrun recently changed the milestone shirt available to align running and volunteering, so for both there are now milestone shirts available for 10 (juniors only), 25, 50, 100, 250 and 500. Due to the sheer number of parkrunners. parkrun have now reached the point of not being able to subsidise the milestone T shirts (for parkrunning alone and excluding volunteering, almost 400,000 shirts have been earned since parkrun started in 2004) so now to receive any milestone shirt there will be a charge. For more information see the parkrun blog at  You can also order replacement shirts for milestones achieved long ago if they have seen better days or you have got so much fitter your previous shirt no longer fits! To check which milestones shirts you could claim now, login to your online parkrun account (either from the Manage my profile link in any parkrun completion or volunteering email, or at; then click the Milestone Club Progress link). There were quite a number of new milestone shirts on show today, especially the new volunteer milestone shirts with examples of the 50, 100 and 250 being proudly worn. I wonder how long before I see a V500 shirt being worn? volunteers2021

For today, let’s congratulate the following people who reached parkrunning milestones today:

25 parkruns (purple shirt): Martyn Bailey, Jacob French and Mark Wright
100 parkruns (black shirt): David William Roberts

Volunteering: note the numbers here are for numbers of events volunteered at, regardless of the number of different roles you might do at a single event:
100 events (black shirt): Becky Hepworth

I hope you celebrated these achievements in an appropriate way (cake is always appropriate of course) – you are all amazing.

First male finisher was Ross Wilks in 19:25.

First female finisher was Sue Jane True in 24:20.

Highest age grade was achieved by Colin Bennett with 77.54%.

And finally…

I’ve been impressed by Jo Randall’s Medina run reports with rhythmically rhymed rondels regularly regaled. I am not a poet but have decided for your delectation to rewrite mangle some song lyrics on a parkrun theme. Maybe when one of those hills is proving a little tough on your next run through Appley Park, you could use it as an aid – if nothing else to finish it quickly so you can stop singing it as soon as possible. So with apologies to the Crystals and their song Da Do ron ron (which can be found at if you want to try to match these words to the tune – although I will admit I got carried away and there are more verses here than fit the music available!).

1. I woke up this morning and laced up my shoes
Do do parkrun run do do parkrun
parkrunday in Appley Park – it’s such great news
Do do parkrun run do do parkrun
Yeah , I laced up my shoes, yeah, it is such great news
Will I run, jog or walk today in Appley Park,
Do do parkrun run do do parkrun

2. The course constructors always have an early start,
Thank thank parkrun run thank thank parkrun
And those who clean and dry the kit in every part
Ta much parkrun run ta much parkrun
Yeah, that’s an early start;
Yeah, cleaning every part
And those who build the roster on the web each week
Respect parkrun run respect parkrun.

3. As Run Director it was Gren Tuck’s turn this time,
RD parkrun run RD parkrun
He did a brilliant job to get us all in line
RD parkrun run RD parkrun
Yeah, Gren’s RD this time,
Yeah, we were all in line
Ready, steady, start and then we’re off
Go go parkrun run go go parkrun

4. An October morning running by the sea,
Some rain parkrun run some rain parkrun
Dogs barking, runners panting ‘specially me,
Woof woof parkrun run puff pant parkrun
Yeah, running by the sea, yeah, puff and panting me,
Half the course is nearly done,
Do do parkrun run do do parkrun

5. We need our lovely marshals, they who point the way
Turn there parkrun run, keep on parkrun
Clapping, cheering, made my memories today
Point left parkrun run applause parkrun
Yeah, saw them point the way, yeah memories of the day
One loop of the grass and it will be the end,
Love love parkrun run love love parkrun

6. Thanks Becky and Grainne for giving tokens out,
One two parkrun run three four parkrun
Please get your barcode scanned, without a doubt
Scan scan parkrun run, scan scan parkrun
Yeah, hand the tokens out
Yeah, scan them without doubt
So Don’t Forget Your Barcode when you come along
DFYB please, DFYB.

7. Nearly every week someone will bring some cake
Yum yum parkrun run, yum yum parkrun
A lovely run and talk, perhaps new friends to make
Chat chat parkrun run, chat chat parkrun
Yeah, eating breakfast cake, yeah, lots of friends to make
What could be a better start
To parkrun day? Yeah, it’s parkrun day

8. Anyone can run/ jog/ walk here, young or old
Welcome parkrun run welcome parkrun
Please volunteer from time to time, yes just be bold
Help help parkrun run help help parkrun
Yeah, welcome young or old,
Yeah volunteer - be bold
Yeah see you all next week
To do parkrun run to do parkrun.

Peter Chiverton


Medina IOW parkrun (on tour!) 464 – 9th October 2021

‘Morning. fellow Peeps.

Once again it is my privilege to report on the weekly happenings down at dear old Appley Park. Firstly, our thanks to Uncle Ray for arranging a misty start to the weather window for our benefit. Cheers matey.

Our total number of finishers across the line this week was 209 made up from 41 newbies and the rest our usual suspects. My little ode today (below) celebrates those of you new to our parkrun, either absolute first-timers or just visiting from a home parkrun across the water. Welcome all, we hope you found our course interesting and the locals friendly? (At least runner one managed to overshoot past Tourettes Hill, refound the correct route and still came in First!)

Dealing with the stats then: first home was Dan Eckersey in a breath-taking time of 18:39. Second and third finishers were Stuart Backhouse and Mark Herbert in times of 19:33 and 20:08 respectively. The Ladies rose to the challenge with Jodie Wilmot crossing the line in 23:16, hotly supported by Claire Grace and Freya Poppy Taylor with excellent times of 23:25 and 24:54 . Champion Age Grade performance went to Mr Backhouse with an astounding 75.45%. Well done all and also to those who managed a PB today. There were 12 of you in total.

Mr Herbert obtained his 300th parkrun today as well as being a Medina first timer!

We had a solitary official milestone event today: a new 100 black shirt was won by Kevin Richardson who also won the approval of his fellow parkrunners.

Honourable mentions have to go to all those cheerie pink-coated volunteers who helped you round the Appley course this morning. Please remember that parkrun belongs to us all and we should all be willing to help with all those varied tasks that make our Saturday mornings go so smoothly. You know it makes sense…

By the way, just to encourage the slower Peeps, here’s a special mention of a couple of tailenders: Ron Reader who completed his amazing 554th parkrun today and Abigail Skinner who finished her very first parkrun, ably supported by our Tail Walkers, Tracey and Darren.

Finally, a big, big CHEER for all who survived the London Marathon last weekend, whether you joined the actual 40,000 participants around the city or you did the virtual version around your local backyard. It’s not over yet Peeps, you now have to collect all your sponsorship cash!

Well, that’s the Report done and dusted. Time to sit back now for the Lewis Carroll-inspired epic below.

Bye for now. JV

They All Lived Appley Ever After

The sun looked down on Appley Park,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The hill climbs smooth and bright
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.

The moon was shining sulkily,
Because she thought the sun
Had got no business to be there
After the day was done
"It's very rude of him," she said,
"To come and spoil the fun."

The sea was wet as wet could be,
The sands were dry as dry.
You could not see a drone, because
No drone was in the sky:
No doggies running underfoot
No pooches there to try.

The RD and a Marshaller
Were walking close at hand;
They wept like anything to see
Such quantities of sand:
‘If this path were made all clean,'
They said, ‘it really would be grand!'

‘If Volunteers each with a brush
Swept for half a year,
Do you suppose,' the RD said,
‘That they could get it clear?'
‘I doubt it,' said the Marshaller,
And shed a bitter tear.

‘First Timers, come and walk with us!'
The RD did beseech.
A pleasant walk, a first-time talk,
Along that Appley beach:
We cannot deal with more than forty four,
And whoop whoops give to each.'

The eldest Newbie looked at him,
But ne’er a word he said:
The eldest Newbie winked his eye,
And shook his heavy head
Meaning to say he did not choose
To leave his morning bed.

But four young Juniors hurried up,
All eager for the treat:
Their vests were brushed, their faces washed,
Their trainers clean and neat
And this was odd, because, you know,
They didn’t want a sweet.

Four other runners followed them,
And yet another four;
And thick and fast they came at last,
And more, and more, and more
All hopping through the frothy waves,
And scrambling to the shore.

The RD and the Marshaller
Jogged on a mile or so,
And then they rested on a rock
Conveniently low:
And all the eager Newbies stood
And waited in a row.

‘The time has come,' the RD said,
To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax
Of cabbages — and kings
And this you all will have to face
A parkrun is just a run and no time is it a race!’

‘But hang about,' the Newbies cried,
Before we have our chat;
Some of us are out of breath,
And some of us are fat!'
‘Then walk!' replied the Marshaller,
‘There’s no disgrace in that.’

‘A loaf of bread,' the RD said,
Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed —
Now if you're ready, Newbies dear,
We can begin to feed.'

‘But not on us!' the Newbies cried,
Turning a little blue.
‘After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!'
‘The night is fine,' the RD said.
Do you admire the view?

It was so kind of you to come!
And you are very nice!'
The Marshaller said nothing but
He cut another slice:
‘I wish you were not quite so deaf —I've had to shout Go! twice!'
‘It seems a shame,' the RD said,
To play them such a trick,
After we have brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!'
The Marshaller said nothing but
‘This butter's spread too thick!'

‘No Hi-Viz shirts for some,' the RD said:
I deeply sympathize.'
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.

‘O Newbies,' said the Marshaller,
‘You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we parkrun back again?'
But results came there none —
And this was scarcely odd, because
Their barcodes were yet at home!

Our local Peeps, they watched and cheered
As they stood along the finish funnel
'If you enjoyed it, come next week’, (and lots of other banter)
Like ‘well done, and so well run’ to each arriving Panter
‘Have you seen those ferry fares?’ the Newbies cried, ‘We’ll stay away
Unless you provide us with a tunnel!’

‘That’s our wee joke,’ the Visitors spoke, with gales of merry laughter
‘We’ve loved our trip, you Peeps are hip, you really are welcoming.’
The RD and the Marshaller then knew,
Up Tourette’s Hill, there’d be swearing still
Each time the Newbies trod the path
Described as ‘undulating’!

(That doesn’t scan), but if you ran,
The Appley course that is, just 50 times thereafter,
We’d join your celebrating…

Please note: No walruses nor carpenters (nor Newbies!) were harmed in the making of this ditty


Medina IOW parkrun (on tour at Appley) number 463 – 2 October 2021

Medina IOW parkrun number 463 on tour was almost scuppered by some pesky sort of yellow wind and rain warning from the Met Office (!) but fear not as this is Medina IOW parkrun and we are a hardy bunch who do not baulk at the first threat of some 40 mph winds and rain fall.

176 of us all set off with a spring in our steps and probably hoping we would get around before any predicted rain fall arrived, but fear not as John Hepworth posted on FB, Ray gave us yet another weather window of opportunity this morning and so we had a chilly and blustery but rain free start to this week.  Thank you Ray for always watching out for us.

Clearly the duck that decided to fly in and join us at the start was expecting perhaps some rain and thought it might get to swim around with us; who knows? I did spot though that it didn’t attend Kevin’s first timers briefing - the cheek of it!

We welcomed 34 first timers and visitors to our amazing parkrun family and we hope you enjoyed your time with us on the IOW and will come back again. We had some oveners from far and wide; the furthest from Newcastle.  Welcome to you all and we hope you had fun with us.

We all set off with determination and PB’s in our sights even though we all know we would have to meet the dreaded “twin peaks” as I have affectionately come to name them. Tourettes Hill” is now the first peak we meet, which despite being my nemesis in previous years, I am now rather fond of.  We have introduced what I like to call “tantrum tor” as I literally have a tantrum now halfway up the thing determined it won’t get the better of me, but my stamina and lungs tell me different! Despite this we turn up every week determined to conquer them and there were 9 PB’s this week so well done to you all, and to Callum Tanner finishing in an amazing 19.48 minutes!

A shout out must go to our wonderful wonders in pink today as 35 of you turned up and stood in the wind and cold and some rain that started to hit us towards the end and still cheered us all on with a smile and clap. Without you we could not run every week so please if you haven’t already volunteered please consider doing a role it really is great fun.  Sam Cheek and Paul Seagrove did their first volunteer stint today and survived and hopefully this will be the first of many for them.

To finish this week, as it's Halloween month don’t forget to dust off your scary costumes, bed sheets and broomsticks ready to don for the run on the 30th October, as your Run Director on that date Aaron McGrath, invites all of us runners and volunteers to get our fancy dress on and we don’t want him to be the only one dressed up!

Finally, as the new mantra goes “put your bar code in the bucket”.  We all listened, and none went missing! Until we meet again next week, stay safe and dry

Jo and Neil (aka Fergies)


Medina IOW parkrun 463 on tour – 2nd Oct 2021

parkrun number 463 on tour was almost scuppered by some pesky sort of yellow wind and rain warning from the MET office! But fear not as this is Medina IOW parkrun and we are a hardy bunch who do not waiver at the first threat of some 40 mph winds and rain fall!

176 of us all set off with a spring in our steps and probably hoping we would get around before any predicted rainfall arrived, but fear not as John Hepworth posted on FB, Ray gave us yet another weather window of opportunity this morning and so we had a chilly and blustery but rain-free start to this week

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