Medina I.O.W. parkrun is cancelled on 2021-01-23 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

14th March 2020 – Medina parkrun 452

View from the Rear

While I am sifting through today’s results for comment, here is something you can get on with while you wait for this week’s epic story: “What has only four letters, and sometimes nine letters yet never has five letters?” (Answer will be found at the end of this report.)

Right, back to the Report. folks. Today we saw 323 finishers through that distant funnel which was in contrast to last week’s 354. There may be some reason for that perhaps!
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Breaking the tape was that speedy Archie Pearson with a new PB of 18m 16sec. We have yet to discover just how many Shredded Wheats he gobbles for breakfast but they seem to be working! Our Archie was hotly followed by Sean Williams at 18m 58secs and Graham Stent at 19m 16secs. Not to be outdone were the ladies close behind represented by Freya Poppy Taylor with a PB of 21m 56secs, Grace Coc at 22m 21secs and Claire Grace at 22m 43secs. Well done to you all.

Champion % Age Grade Peep was young Archie with a phenomenal 83.76%. Great effort, young chap.

We welcomed a total of 27 First Timers to Seaclose Park today. Of these were 9 genuine never-before-parkrunners taking out their surprised legs around our Springtime course. We hope your experience was joyful and will make you determined to earn a coveted red 50 tee-shirt by this time next year? 18 other First Timers were new to the Island but had experienced lots of other parkruns elsewhere across the globe. Nice to see you all.

Overall, there were 35 individual PBs today.

We all enjoy reading (I hope?) about First Timers but I believe that we should also mention Old Timers equally. This age category seems to lack a good PR agent so to redress the balance here is a mention for all of you Peeps of advancing years:

In the VW 70-74 class were Jeannie, Sue and Jenny.

In a special class of her very own was Joy Furmidge running her magnificent 400th parkrun to cheers from all of us

In the VM70-74 class were Ian, Alan, Peter H, Peter R, Mick and David.

In the VM75-79 class were Bruce and Robin Anthony.

In the VM80-84 class hiding under an Unknown title was JV who had left his barcode at home! (Jo the ED is shaking her head and tutting!)

Just goes to show, once a runner, always a runner…

Once again, parkrun only happened today thanks to all of our gallant Volunteers in all activities that are crucial our being able to keep our runners happy each weekend. Hopefully they will have received your thanks as you pass them all around the course. Not forgetting the background admin team and all those who set up the course and close down when the run is done – we couldn’t do it if you were not there. A list of these selfless types will be found below this week’s results.

In writing these notes, I like to prepare a few days ahead with general observational jottings to be filled in after the event with the actual names and times, etc. I guess this is true for the rest of the Report Writing Press Gang as well. Part of our stock-in-trade is access to information from the Latest Results page which can be found on the Medina website next to the Volunteer column. And it is this section that causes Matt Jacobs and Joy Furmidge sleepless nights. Two days before today’s parkrun there were only 4 Marshals listed and one of those was Matt himself! I expect that later on there would be more names appearing on the roster, with a bit of luck. Looking at the list for 21st March there was not a single Volunteer down for marshalling duties yet on March 28th the entire column is filled to bursting point with eager Peeps rushing to volunteer their services. Strange! Is there going to be a special medal awarded to all volunteers on that day, I wonder? Maybe it is all down to the lovely Jo Randall on that date giving Kevin Fry a well-earned break in briefing the First-Timers. The last time she did it, not a single F-T awaited her oration! She will probably let us know in her Report that week how she gets on…

Thanks for reading this ramble and now for the Answer which is quite clear - What does have only 4 letters, Sometimes has 9 and Never has 5 letters. Groan!

JV (AKA ‘Unknown’ at position 323!)

PS Did you hear about the IW Spoonerism Society’s recent fancy-dress party where the theme was to be Togas? Several guests came as goaTs!


7th March 2020 – Medina parkrun 451 (West Wight Runners Takeover!)

Unlike most Saturdays this year, it wasn’t raining and it wasn’t windy for the impressive number of 354 finishers in parkrun 451. In a future report I’ll follow up the seasonal variation in parkrun numbers, explored by me and by Neil Cooper in our previous reports, but this weekend there are two more topical matters to discuss.

First, I declare a conflict of interest here but huge thanks and congratulations are due to West Wight Road Runners for supplying (almost) all the volunteers today, for the second time. The total membership of WWRR is 29, and only a few of them are parkrun regulars, but they still managed to provide 19 volunteers – thanks also to the ‘honorary members’ for the day, who filled a few gaps. Special thanks are due to Chris Amy, self-confessed parkrun and dressing-up addict, and member of the ‘Run Director’ team. Without her enthusiasm and commitment, today’s ‘takeover’ wouldn’t have happened. What a woman, which leads me on to ...

... tomorrow is International Women’s Day, and today has been designated International Women’s parkrun (always lower case) Day. Again Chris Amy led the way in dressing-up and providing music, to celebrate. Fun was had by many, but I’d like to make a serious point too. The theme of International Women’s Day 2020 is equality, and it seems to me that parkrun is a shining example of equality. Everyone who turns out to run, walk or volunteer is equal, regardless of gender (or indeed age, race, size, shape or speed). The only cloud on the horizon is that nearly every week the number of female finishers is fewer than the number of male finishers (149 against 192 today). Data supplied to me by Neil Cooper shows that in only 9 of our 451 parkruns have the female finishers outnumbered the males, and 3 of those were the first 3 Medina parkruns, back in 2011.

Running illustrates how unenlightened society was with regard to equality when I started, and how things have changed. What has happened since then is remarkable. Although there is still more to do, I think that parkrun is well ahead of the game. Looking at the history of (in)equality in running, in 1960, when I’d have been running school cross-country races, the Olympics included a women’s 800m for the first time since 1928 – until then it was deemed by the sports administrators to be too dangerous to let ‘frail’ women run that far. In the 1960s Ryde Harriers pioneered the inclusion of women in marathon races. Officially this was not possible until 1976, but by separating the handful of women from the men on the start line and pretending that two different events (only one officially sanctioned) were coincidentally happening at the same time, they got away with it. In 1964 Dale Greig set a ‘World Record’ on the Ryde course.

Until 1980 running was mostly limited to fairly serious ‘club runners’, with a regular calendar of races, mostly catering for teams of men under 40. I would argue that there were two main things that changed this dramatically in the UK, widening participation with an increasing proportion of women taking part. The first was the London marathon in 1981, which encouraged ‘ordinary’ runners of both sexes, and created an explosion of running events. I went abroad for a year soon after the first ‘London’ and when I came back the running scene was almost unrecognisable. There have been a number of things that have changed since then, such as the increased use of runs to raise money for charities, and more ‘commercially organised’ races, but I believe that the second major factor boosting wider, including female, participation has been parkrun. So, on International Women’s Day let’s celebrate the contribution of parkrun to equality, and aim for equality in numbers of participants before too long.

After that digression, what about today’s results? First home, for the third consecutive week and fourth time overall, was youngster Maisey Kent in 21.35, followed by Leela Dilkes-Hoffman (22.16) and Grace Coc (22.48). Maisey’s age-graded score (73.98%) was bettered by Alison Hughes (76.23%).

Oh yes, there were some blokes running too. The fastest of those was Callum Tanner of Hardley Runners, in 18.55. Interestingly (well it is to me), Callum has run exactly half of his 74 parkruns on one of our Medina courses, and half at other mainland parkruns. He was followed by Sean Williams (19.04), with an Unknown runner next. Sean had the second best age-graded score among the men (76.75%), just below David Waller (77.12%)

We had visitors from Andover, Bury St. Edmunds, Crane Park, Grantham, Guildford, Market Harborough, Wimbledon, Winchester and Yeovil. A warm welcome to you all.

Milestone t-shirts were earned today by our esteemed Event Director, John Hepworth (250), Mark Holbrooke (100), Chris Reddecliff (50), Alexandra Bright (50) and Maia Uren (10). Another milestone (300) was achieved by Julie Ray.

There were 18 first-timers to parkrun today. Too many to name you individually, but we very much hope to see you all again soon. A magnificent 48 parkrunners achieved pbs today, the most notable being Gareth Driscoll and Paul Seagrove, still improving after 55 and 38 parkruns

Ian J


29 Feb 2020 – Medina parkrun 450

Medina parkrun #450 Leaping into March

Sorry for the delay in getting this report out, and as ever, thank you to those behind the scenes who are there to upload (and check) the report for me. Today Neil is uploading it as I missed the opportunity to send it to Jo due to being on another run this afternoon.

Despite the weather of the preceding week and the forecast for this morning, there was a small weather window which allowed some of the speedier runners to finish before the short rain shower. I got a drizzled on during my 4th kilometre but was happy it stopped quite soon after.  The course was also less puddly than it had been during the week allowing the longer legged to leap over the puddles. We have also been reminded, again, to ensure we stay on the path so we do not jeopardise our use of the park by damaging the path, so please heed this advice!

Today was a very rare Saturday, as the 29th February this was the first parkrun ever on a Leap Day.  There won't be another until 2048, but don't worry as Grenville has already volunteered to be our RD then as well!  Happy Birthday to the Leaplings that were running today, including Leela who was celebrating her 7th birthday! It was also Hats for the Hospice Day, so thank you to everyone who wore a hat and donated at the cafe/one of the shops or online.

Compared to the previous weeks and since New Year, the total number of finishers this week was down at 264 finishers. However, we did have 12 new people register this week (at the time of writing) and now have 5551 people who call Medina parkrun their home run! It was interesting for me to see something that reinforces my affinity with parkrun: my current and previous postal areas are in the top 20 postal areas for Medina parkrun registrations!

Welcome to the 5 first timers today: Josh Parsons, Andy Hookey, Asiya Mohamed, Ali Aila and Jen Ilgunas, as well as the four people on their second run who came back for more! There were also 9 people visiting Medina for the first time from other parkruns, as well as regular visitor from Basingstoke, Peter Chiverton, and also former Medina parkrunner, Jay Tuck who was on a visit home. 21 people got a new PB and the highest age-grade was achieved by Junior Archie Pearson with 82.18%. Milestones were achieved by: Max Sharp (10 runs), Jack Slade-Carter (10 runs for one of our tail walkers), Rio Walker (10 runs) and Rio's Mum Sian doing her 50th run - Rio and Sian were doing it in style in matching outfits! Ellen McVicar achieved her 200th run this week. Well done to you all.

Globally and nationally there have been many cancellations in recent weeks due to meteorological and biological hazards.  Thank you to our Event Team for their ongoing checks of our course throughout the week and on the morning of every event to deem if it is safe for us to run.  Please look out in future weeks for news if there are any changes to the normal state of play.  Our hi-vis heroes this week are: Abigail SOLLARS  •  Amanda COYLE  •  Andrew STARNES  •  Angela ELDRIDGE  •  Angela LOCK  •  Arielle Rosa ELTON-WALTERS  •  Bruce MAYO  •  Cheryl FRAMPTON  •  Chris JAYNE  •  Chris POWELL  •  Claire GRACE  •  Dave SLACK  •  David BLAKE  •  David ELDRIDGE  •  David John FURMIDGE  •  Denise BLACKMAN  •  Eadie SOLLARS  •  Grenville TUCK  •  Harry FURMIDGE  •  Helen OATLEY  •  Ian BROADSMITH  •  Ian JOLLIFFE  •  Ivan WARD  •  Jack SLADE-CARTER  •  Joy FURMIDGE  •  Justine SALTER  •  Kevin FRY  •  Matthew JACOBS  •  Neil FERGUSON  •  Nicola FROHNSDORFF  •  Noel FINN  •  Sarah JACKMAN READ  •  Steve BENNETT

Next week is a takeover by West Wight Road Runners which coincides with International Women's Day and everyone is encouraged to wear purple/a dress/a skirt/a tut, or if you've got a friend who hasn't done parkrun before, why not bring them along?

Finally - can the person who took him token 220 please return it!

See you all next week,



22 Feb 2020 – Medina parkrun 449

Still a little breezy today for parkrun #449 on a day with lots of two’s! 22022020!

335 of you turned out brandishing your barcodes having no doubt spent the last 24 hours refreshing your weather apps with much trepidation! Surely another storm can’t be due?? What are we up to now? E? Storm Eternal-Dismay seems to fit the bill? I digress however… Those 15 of you who came up as ‘Unknown’ in the results unfortunately can’t use the excuse “The storm blew my barcode away!” Sorry!

We welcomed 39 new faces at Seaclose this morning and I’m sure RD, Steve Dines, made you all feel very welcome! Thank you Steve for your comprehensive compèring! The added sound effects of the wind in the mic must have made you sound like a beat-boxing lion with a sore throat! You also achieved 43 PB’s between you! That’s jolly impressive! First to finish was Archie Pearson from IWAC. Well done Archie! A great run!

Milestones went to William Edwards (10), David Harry (50), Kev Winchcombe (50), and Eli Edwards (10). Superb achievements all of you! Now to work out the process of ordering your t-shirts! More complex than Churchill’s War Room it seems.

Visitors from Nuneaton, Lincoln, Blackheath and Orpington to name a few joined us as well for #449. Nice to see you, thank you for supporting our local parkrun!

Finally, a huge thank you to the 29 volunteers that facilitated today’s event for you all. Your dedication and commitment in the inclement and unpredictable weather is most definitely not to be sniffed at!!

I’d like to finish today by taking a leaf out of Jo’s book and penning a masterpiece poem for you all…

February 2020
Wind, rain, wind, rain, wind, rain, storm
Wind rain, wind, rain, wind, rain, Coronavirus.
The End.

You’re welcome! Happy Saturday!

Sarah xx


***** CANCELLED ***** Medina parkrun 15.02.2020


Storm Dennis is on its way and, based on the forecast of heavy winds, we cannot guarantee a safe run for all the runners, walkers and volunteers. For this reason, the Core Management Group has decided that we need to cancel tomorrow's run. We will see you all on Saturday 22 February, all being well. Please pass the message on to anyone who might not see it.

Neil (Core Group member and RD for 15.02.2020)

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