Medina IOW Christmas parkrun – 22 December 2018

Hi all, we have our Xmas Run this Saturday (22 December). Fancy dress is encouraged - at least a Santa hat is (almost) obligatory! Also, there are two more chances this year to donate to the Isle of Wight food bank (22 and 29 December). See you all next week on the gravel close to the leisure centre for your pre-run briefing.  

John H


15th December 2018 – Medina parkrun 387

Event 387 had very cold wet weather, in fact my hands and face seemed frozen. Given the poor weather of late, we have had to move to our Winter course, along the cycle path almost as far as Island Harbour and I really enjoyed the cycle track along the side of the River Medina.

Catherine Love, the Run Director, welcomed all to parkrun and thanked all the marshals for offering to make sure we all enjoyed our run in such bad weather. A big Happy Birthday was sung to Donna Young who was also on her 100th run. A happy birthday was for Rees Cooper who will be 18 on Monday. Here is brave Donna in the rain!


126 People ran/jogged or walked the 5k in the rain, of those 126 people nobody achieved a PB! It was tough.

Milestones:- Jayden Sexton ran his 50th and Donna Young and Rosie Sexton ran their 100th. Steven Apsey ran his 150th. Dave Furmidge ran his 250th. Congratulations to you all. There were 4 first timers of which 2 were First Timers at parkrun. We hope you enjoyed your first event and look forward to seeing you soon.

It was great to see so many smiling faces as runners came into the finishing funnel. First home was Owen Furmidge 19.30 and the first lady was Rosie Sexton 20.42. Thanks to all the people that made this weekend’s parkrun happen, all the tasks no matter how small make for a smooth parkrun. Volunteers 15 Dec 2018

I have received a letter from Mountbatten Hospice thanking everyone at Medina parkrun who donated to the Hospice during 2018. This collection contained £81.38. Nigel Hartley CEO also thanked for our continued support and said that if you would like to visit Mountbatten and see how our donation is helping and would like a tour of their facilities, call 01983 535332.

EMH letter

The Mountbatten Sunflower Cafe will welcome you after parkrun for refreshments, toast and bacon rolls. You are welcome to park in their free car park before the parkrun event. PO30 2ER.

Next year, starting January, there will be a box for all milk bottle tops with a 2 or 4 in the recycling logo. The tops are for Ability Dogs for Young People on the Island.

We are very proud of our friendly community at Medina parkrun and we would love for you to come and join us next week at Medina for our Christmas Santa event. Get your santa costumes and elf outfits ready and of course the santa hats. We will gather on the gravel close to the leisure centre for the pre-run briefing. See you all there! Happy running see you next week.

Sue C.


8th December 2018 – Medina parkrun #386

Hello everyone,

Thank you for taking the time to read my report, which has taken slightly longer than usual to get sent over to the report uploaders this week! I went to the Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival after parkrun, which, as it is every year, was fabulously festive. In prime position in Mottistone Church is the Knit and Natter Ladies' beautifully decorated tree raising funds for Earl Mountbatten Hospice. If you haven't had a chance to have a look yet, I thoroughly recommend it.

As we are coming to the end of the year, my report this week is looking back at the 2018 we've had at Medina. As hard as I tried to keep it Christmassy and make words about our parkrun fit to the tune of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, I decided to leave the song writing to Jo.

Becky Hepworth-Res was our Run Director today. She is part of our team of regulars who take turns in the role.  Thank you for all your hard work on the day and behind the scenes. The newest recruit to the team is Aaron McGrath who will take the helm for the Christmas run on 22nd December.

Our Report Writing team has also grown and we have experienced the run from the amazing perspectives of: Neil Cooper, Liz Cooper, John Victor Langley, Jo Randall, Ian Joliffe, John Hepworth, James Asdett, Sue Clerkin, Nicola Rogers, Joy Furmidge, Harry Furmidge, Alex Cooper, Georgina Newnham, Simon Randall and Carolina Parkman, as well as two guest writers: Peter Chiverton from Basingstoke and Lizzi Elton-Walters who is now in New Zealand.  In answer to Neil and Liz's recent 'challenges': I have achieved parkrun bingo and also got a Groundhog Day! I ran 25:20 in July 2015 at events 211 and 212.

In the year to date (48 runs), parkrunners at Medina have crossed the line 12,542 times meaning we have run, walked or jogged a total of 62,710km so far, with an average of 261 finishers each week. There have also been a total of 1787 volunteer roles completed with an average of 37 volunteers each week, which doesn't just include the people you see out on the day, there are many 'behind the scenes' roles. The highest turnout of parkrunners was on 27th January with 345 finishers, and the lowest was last week's run with just 115 finishers. The highest number of volunteers we've had on any week was a whopping 53! We have had our annual Patrick's Run, as well as the new Ray's Run, and our 7th birthday. We have been to two different locations: Medina and Appley, although there have been many varied courses within these locations.

Quite a few of our age category records have been smashed this year: 20:18 for SW20-24 by Rosie Sexton, 18:09 for VW35-39 by Ruth Barnes, 27:43 for VM75-79 by Steve Lee, 24:06 for VW65-69 by Elizabeth Carter, 31:11 for VM80-84 by Warren Hardy, 16:07 for JM15-17 by Henry McLuckie, and for SM25-29, as well as the overall men's record, Jonathan Hay ran 14:42 when we were at Appley in March.

On to today's run, and while the conditions meant that it was soft underfoot and quite muddy, there was a reasonable turnout of 193 finishers. At the start, we had a collection box for the Isle of Wight Foodbank - thank you to everyone that donated and this box will be back next week if you are able to donate anything. They are particularly short of: sponge puddings, tinned spaghetti, dried rice, tinned potatoes and toiletries including toilet rolls.

There were several milestone achievements: Claire Grace was marshalling for her 25th volunteer occasion, earning her the purple t-shirt - well done Claire! Kaitlin Wilson and Paul Charlton-Smith ran their 200th; Finn McMahon ran his 100th and Jeremy Short and Kate Murray-Smith ran their 50th. Congratulations everyone.

There were 3 PBs - well done to Paul Johnston, Lee Jeffery and Alex Bingham-Wallis.  We also had four first timers: welcome to Thomas Horton, Matthew Tasker, Briony Andrew and Carla Snellgrove; and three first time visitors: welcome to Rachel Drew from Wycombe Rye, Mark Gibson who has done most of his runs at Lee-on-the-Solent and Andrew James Verry from Brighton & Hove.

Junior James Fletcher was first over the line, followed by Stuart Backhouse and another junior, Owen Furmidge.  For the ladies, visitor Rachel Drew crossed the line ahead of Lucy Wells and junior Maisey Kent. The top age-grades were achieved by Stuart Backhouse with 71.29% and Alan Rowe with 71.20%.

Some of our regulars were away running at other parkruns: Joy and Dave Furmidge were in Nonsuch, and Sue Clerkin, Anne and Steve Dines were running at Fulham Palace parkrun.

As usual, thank you to our hi-vis heroes, without whom our parkrun could not run:

Alan JACOBS  •  Alison BUTCHER  •  Alison WRIGHT  •  Angela LOCK  •  Ann FERGUSON  •  Arielle Rosa ELTON-WALTERS  •  Becky HEPWORTH  •  Catherine LOVE  •  Cheryl FRAMPTON  •  Chris JACKSON  •  Claire GRACE  •  Dave SLACK  •  David BLAKE  •  Elinor JENKINS  •  Elizabeth COOPER  •  Graham GARDNER  •  Hazel BUCK  •  Ian BROADSMITH  •  Jasper JENKINSON  •  Kevin DOWNER  •  Kevin FRY  •  Liam DOWNER  •  Lyn SNOW  •  Mark Christopher JENKINSON  •  Matthew FLETCHER  •  Matthew JACOBS  •  Peter Charles JOLLIFFE  •  Simon RANDALL  •  Steve BENNETT  •  Susanne BUNDAY  •  Tara ALLMAN  •  Thomas DENOON

Thank you for another great run (and for reading to the end!), and I will see you next week for more muddy fun!




1st December 2018 – Medina parkrun #385

Medina IOW parkrun #385 – it was a wet one!  Thankfully the temperature was still mild otherwise it could have turned out to be truly miserable.  A MASSIVE thankyou to the volunteers today, particularly those on set-up who braved the elements to make sure that the 115 diehards were able to complete their weekly parkrun fix. Who knows what the number was who woke up and looked out the window and decided in their infinite sensibility to put the kettle on and settle down to a double bill of Frasier on Channel 4 instead.

This was the lowest turn out for almost three and a half years (event #206 – also 115) and we can go back to event #184 (03/01/2015) for a lower turnout of 105. What happened to all the new year’s resolutions that year?

Conditions were soft, heavy in places, that resulted in ……… NO PBs this week!  After my stat-fest report from last year I am wondering if this is a first – I will need to check this and get back to you. For the men, first past the post was Stu Backhouse (20:18) – the last 20 minute+ fastest time was event 338 (30/12/2017), followed by Harry Rann (20:55) and Pete Sexton (21:18).  Claire Campbell (25:54) led the ladies home for the first time I believe, followed by Paula Plowman (26:12) and Angela Tapster (26:39).

There was one milestone shirt achieved today. Huge congratulations to Michael Gibson for his 250th run – perhaps extra incentive to get out in the inclement weather.

The weather looks to be better for next week, perhaps a bit windy, so we look forward to seeing you on Saturday.  Our Event Director is monitoring the ground conditions so make sure your listening at the briefing!

Finally another one for the parkrun stattos.  Have you had a parkrun Groundhog Day?


(Consecutive runs achieving the same time. Looking down my results I have two consecutive 23:03s at Medina HOWEVER this was on my 64th and 66th parkrun so it does not count!).


24th November 2018 – Medina parkrun 384

View From The Back - the debut report of our lovely John Langley (also known as JV). make a cuppa and enjoy! Jo x

This saga is my opening shot at writing the News Report for Medina parkrun so be gentle in your criticism, peeps!

Three events for your erstwhile scribbler today, a 200th run (walk!), Report Writing and being a Tail Walker. All juggled at the same time and trying not to let any balls fall to the ground…

So, how was it for you? Today was somewhat g-Ray and Ray-ny. And who do we have to thank for that? None other than our very own Ray of Sunshine, Run Director Mr Scovell!
Down at the back of the pack we Tail Walkers were once more doing our best to encourage first timers/slow movers/hangover sufferers, etc, just to reach that elusive finish line. Being a Tail Walker suits me fine as I do not need to exert myself too much as I wander around the two laps of the course. A point to be remembered – should I in a senior moment start to speed up and overtake any of my protegées, that person will immediately assume the rank of Tail Walker and report this promotion to Joy at the end of the event, thus gaining a credit for being a Volunteer.

If you enjoyed today’s event pause for a second or two in your busy life and think about how today’s run (never a race) happened. It is only because so many came together to set up the course, manned/womanned/personned the marshalling stations, clicked and scanned at the finish, assembled the results, went around the course one final time to bring in all the flags and markers and generally supported all of you. These good people are called Volunteers and parkrun asks that you volunteer for one of these jobs just three times a year. You too could be one of these vital folks so think about it, Simples. (Today almost didn’t happen due to a decided lack of volunteers right up to the start time, but in the end, all came well)

Looking at today’s results I see that we had 16 PBs – see results page for names, 5 First Timers all visiting from the other side of the Solent: please come back again sometime soon. Well done to all those in these categories. Also the top scorer for age grade today was Peter Sexton with a magnificent 77.03%.

Significant parkrun totals went to Rachel Powell and Simon Atrill (50), Jeannie Denoon (100), JV (200), Chris Powell (300) and Kevin Fry with a whopping 330! To anyone who reached their 25 target for volunteering today – thank you. New red, black or purple shirts expected to be displayed on those backs before too long, hopefully.

Birthday boy John Hepworth was suitably embarrassed by a ragged round of “Happy Birthday to You” belted out by the Medina parkrun mixed voice choir.

Leading man over the finish line was Campbell Laird in 17m 36s, hastily followed by someone without a bar code (shame) and in third place Callum Tanner in 19m 01s. Well done chaps. Of the women’s results we had Naomi Holdsworth in 21m 22s arriving first, followed by Ms Mabel Lewis in 22m 46s and Claire Grace just behind in 22m 48s. Three cheers for these pacey ladies.

Previous results always seem to concentrate on the front of the pack. Could this be considered as ‘Place-ist’ in these PC times? Maybe, so let’s shine a light on the final three just for a change. We had (excluding the Tail Walkers who have to come last but not least) Coral Leach, Dal Graham together with Trish Wray who achieved a PB today. To these gallant line crossers let’s give them a huge parkrun Whoop! Whoop! for being part of our ever-growing family at Medina.

Finally (who said ‘Thank Goodness – he does go on’?) may I once more wave my mobile phone flag? You have responded magnificently in bringing in your bashed-up old phones for recycling in aid of the UK Red Cross. 22 last week and another three today. There is still time to pop some more in the collection box on the admin table for the next two weeks. These have to be sent in by me no later than mid-December so that means 15th Dec parkrun will be your last chance to donate.

Thanks, JV

STOP PRESS Our very own Sue Clerkin is in Kuala Lumpur delivering Medina scanner cosies. After a gruelling 12 hour flight she went to the original parkrun only to find that it was cancelled and the run director from there kindly gave her a lift to the new one so she was able to run after all. Question is – what on earth will they do with cosies over in that steamy hot country?

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