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!