20th July 2019 – Medina IOW parkrun; still on tour!

The ‘hot sun’ of the last few weeks took a break this week, but it was still warm and humid for today’s 274 finishers. Nine weeks into our Festival-induced exile from home, 115 female parkrunners were led home by two medallists from the Island Games in Gibraltar. Rosie Sexton (20.34 today) brought home a team silver medal in the half-marathon, while Mabel Lewis (21.09) took bronze in the 1500m. Third female finisher today was visiting youngster Evie Hawkesford-Johnson in 22.17. For the 159 male runners, Stuart Backhouse celebrated his 300th parkrun by coming home before anyone else for the 46th time, in a time of 19.06. Completing the first 3 male finishers were Steph Boyd (19.21) and George Johnson (20.14).

Those of you who were at the Festival and listened carefully to the lyrics, would have noticed that at least one performer knew of our summer migration. Here are some of them:

Seaclose relocator, see you later
Gotta hit the road, Appley here we come
Something changed in the atmosphere
parkrun course is unfamiliar
Gotta get used to this

Miles go by in the yellow* and green*
Come with us and you’ll see what I mean
There’s a green hilltop that I’m thinking of
When you get there, you’ll know where you’ve been
You’ve been running parkrun
Underneath the hot sun
Feeling like a someone
You’ve been running parkrun
Underneath the hot sun
Feeling like a someone
You’ve been running parkrun
Feeling like a someone
Don’t forget your barcode, barcode, barcode ...

Returning to the results, Stuart (76.00%) and Steph (75.62%) achieved the second and third highest age-graded scores today, but were outdone by Paul Muffett (79.14%).

Two t-shirts were earned today. Congratulations to Timea Symons who completed her 10th parkrun, in addition to 16 junior parkruns. Congratulations too, and thanks, to Jamie Rowe, for his 25th volunteering stint. Other milestone achievers today were Sean Furmidge, who joined Stuart Backhouse on 300 parkruns completed; Joanna Payne and Peter White who, at 175 are halfway between their 100 and 250 t-shirts; Claire Campbell at 150; Caroline Dall-Whittall and Maisey Kent, at 75, halfway between 50 and 100.

Summertime and the living is easy – and so is the opportunity for parkrun tourism. Even the complication of crossing the water doesn’t deter large numbers of visitors. For example, this week we had visitors from Barlestone St Giles, Bass Coast, Bournville, Burnham, Danum, Fairlands Valley, Fleet and Crookham. Glossopdale, Petts Wood, Portsmouth, Street, Wimbledon, and Worcester – and that’s only the runners who have registered as members of a club. Welcome to you all. Most of today’s listed ‘first-timers’ were, in fact, visitors who had done other parkruns, but Gillian Cuoghi, Anna Eaglen, Dion Farrell, Elizabeth Newport, Andrew Richardson and Dave, Joeby and Shay Wallis were all doing their very first parkrun. We hope you enjoyed it and will keep coming back. There were 23 pbs today, the most noteworthy of which were by Amanda Coyle and Janet Tuck, both still improving after 22 Medina parkruns, and both proud owners of 25-volunteer t-shirts.

*Obviously yellow is beach, green is grass. Another snippet:

We’ve got Stu at the front
Tailwalkers at back
Jogging along
We don’t look back



Medina IOW parkrun will still be on tour at Appley Park on 20 July 2019

We will still be on tour at Appley Park, Ryde on 20 July 2019 whilst we wait for our home course to recover from the Isle of Wight Festival. We meet on the green above the car park behind Ryde Rowing Club. PO33 1ND is the best postcode to use.


13 July 2019 – Medina IOW parkrun (on tour at Appley)

Medina parkrun 417 saw 271 finishers take part at our summer home at Appley, returning to our "normal" direction for this course.

This week has been very exciting with sporting events, not Just Le Tour and Wimbledon, but of course the Island Games, which has seen several of our fellow parkrunners compete in Athletics and Triathlon. Well done to Mabel Lewis for her bronze in 1,500m; Dan Eckersley for gold in 3,000m Steeplechase and bronze in 5,000m; Charlie Metcalfe for gold in the Half Marathon and team silver with Laura Brackley and Rosie Sexton.

There were 37 volunteers - thank you to everyone, with a special mention to Susanne Bunday who put up and packed away our new start sign. Our volunteers were:
Brian Peter AMY, Chris AMY, Catherine BASSINDALE, Peter BILLINGTON, Hazel BUCK, Thomas DENOON, Stephen DINES, David DRUDGE, Arielle Rosa ELTON-WALTERS, Stuart FERGUSON, Neil FERGUSON, Kevin FRY, Joy FURMIDGE, Sean FURMIDGE, Harry FURMIDGE, Claire GRACE, Gethin HEPWORTH, Becky HEPWORTH, John HEPWORTH, Chris JACKSON, Alan JACOBS, Matthew JACOBS, Chris JAYNE, Peter Charles JOLLIFFE, Mike KIMBER, Bridget LEWIS, Angela LOCK, Bruce MAYO, Ellen MCVICAR, Christopher MURPHY, Helen OATLEY, Chris POWELL, Graham REED, Dave SLACK, Jill WILLIAMS, Peter WILMOTT, Jodie WILMOTT

As usual for this time of year, there were lots of tourists and first timers: 33 visitors from other parkruns and 12 people completely new to parkrun. Welcome to you all and we hope to see you again. Congratulations to Camilla Gold who is getting married today and was wearing a veil for the occasion. One of our tourists was Iain Mackenzie who is a report writer at Woodley. Our top age-graded runner today was Tina Lewis from Whitstable parkrun who achieved 83.09%, as well as being the second fastest VW70-74 runner we have had at Medina (after Megan Eggeling).

There was one t-shirt milestone today: Ann Ferguson ran her 250th. We also had Katie Lewis running her 300th and Tim Keyte did his 200th. 23 people ran in a new PB time - clearly the hills and heat didn't slow them down! Well done to David and Alice Baker who both got PBs on their 60th runs. Well done to Nige (my Dad) on his PB and second sub-30 minute run in two weeks. I knew he was on for a good time when it took me over 4km to catch him!

Our first finishers were Gary Marshall (in a new PB time), Callum Tanner and Stu Backhouse. For the ladies, visitor Fiona Marks was first over the line in 19:54, followed by Claire Grace in second and Lucy Wells in 3rd.

Until we hear otherwise, we will be at Appley for the foreseeable future, but please do ensure you check this news page or the Facebook group/page for updates, as there were still some people who turned up at Medina this morning instead!

I won't see you next week as I am going to be a tourist at Bushy Park (or one of the other parkruns on the way if I don't think I'll make it on my bike!).



Medina IOW parkrun will still be on tour on 13 July 2019.

Just a reminder that we will still be at Appley Park on 13 July 2019, whilst we wait for our home course to recover after the IOW Festival. We meet on the green above the car park behind Ryde Rowing Club. PO33 1ND is the best postcode to use. See you all there!


06 July 2019 – Medina parkrun 416 (on tour)

Outrageously hot Medina IOW parkrun number 416 was hijacked by the Ryde Harriers today who filled all the volunteer slots bar two. Our ‘honorary Harriers’ were Steve Bennett and Matt Jacobs who undertook their usual invaluable roles, thanks gents and thanks to all of the other volunteers from the club that made it possible for 320 of you to take part in this glorious event!

Harriers PR takeover

No Harriers occasion is complete, of course, without a Furmidge or two and today was no exception! No less than five, with Sean at the helm as RD. His parkrun experience clearly shone through and he categorically did not forget to announce today’s milestones! Grace Coc (10), Sam Bridges (50), Trevor Humphries (50) and Adrian Eeles (50) weren’t cheated out of their 5 seconds of fame and Ian Jolliffe most definitely wasn’t distraught having waited for 6 of his family members to come over from the mainland and see him awarded with his monumental 250 milestone! (We still love you Sean, you did a great job today, I’m sure Joy didn’t give you a hard time at all!).


An amazing 50 first timers joined us and despite that sun being harsher than Boris Johnson’s haircut, 21 of you gained a PB! A sterling effort!

We also welcomed Peter Eates, who is an event director and was visiting from Thurrock. We passed on a gift of scanner cosies for him to take home and spread the parkrun love across the water.

As I’m sure most of you know, Ryde Harriers is the oldest running club on the Island and one of the longest running in the country. It’s most definitely not an intimidating club, it’s more like a family and we welcome runners of all abilities. I, for one, am incredibly proud to wear the vest, as is every member. As we speak, we have two awesome ladies out in Gibraltar representing the Isle of Wight at The Island Games. I’m sure you’ll join us in wishing Charlie and Laura the very best of luck, they are truly gifted athletes.

Tomorrow sees the club’s annual Brading 10k road race which is a long standing event in the club’s history. Back in 1989 (30 years ago to save you the maths!) there were still some familiar names taking part. There were 134 finishers (105 men, 34 women - this was a really good number of women in 1989). Only 3 were over 60, all men - there were no women over 55. The first 5 were:

1. Graham Payne (Basildon A.C) 30.31. 2. Dave Chapman (Fareham A.C.) 32.08. 3. Grenville Tuck (Hercules Wimbledon) 32.47. 4. Graham Tuck (Ryde Harriers) 32.56. 5 Gary Smith (RydeHarriers) 33.31.

Julie Knox (now Julie King) was 2nd woman in 41.25, only 20 seconds behind the winner. Geoff Watkin (Ryde Harriers) was first M40 in 37.06. 14 Harriers were under 40 minutes. The results booklet was handwritten(!) and sent to runners the day after (by snail mail). A couple of names there still attend parkrun regularly and the amount of you inspiring people running well into your 70’s blows those stats out of the water! (Huge thanks to Steve Lee for the info).

Thank you for listening to me shamelessly plug our club, thinly veiled as a parkrun report. I shall let you all enjoy your Saturday evening, I’m off to catch up on the first day of Le Tour! Be happy and keep moving!

Sarah P xx



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