Medina IOW parkrun 462 on tour – 25 September 2021

On the 7th May 2011 Ray Scovell fulfilled his dream of bringing parkrun to the Isle of Wight – 37 finishers took part and here we are over 10 years later still running. On that first run Mark Hill took part and Mark still comes along and runs and volunteers, and he ran his 131st parkrun today. He has also taken on the Co-event Director job at Medina junior parkrun and turns out there most weeks keeping everything running smoothly.

On the 17th September 2011 event number 20, an 8 year old lad started running with his family and on the 24th September 2011, event 21, I ran my first parkrun with my husband Dave and my friend Chris. On that first parkrun day for me way back then I met that young 8 year old lad - Alex - and I started to run along with him happily chatting, and we chummed up and began running together every week. Over the years that young boy has grown and is now an 18 year old young man who is 6 ft 2 ins tall! After about 4 years of running and chatting together, his mum said to me that in the New Year he would be running on his own. Oh no, that was not the case – I tried on several occasions to get Alex to run on his own and leave me to run on my own, but he was not having any of it – so here we are 10 years and one day later we still run together. If Alex had a late night or was away and wasn’t actually at parkrun with me I would have shouts of ‘where is your mate?’, ‘where is your sidekick?’ or ‘where’s Alex?’. People expect to see us running together and he is the best running buddy you could wish for. People often say how nice it is that my grandson runs with me every week. Both of my grandsons run parkrun regularly, but no not with me!! Alex has taken his A level exams and reached his 18th birthday and has gone to Manchester University and today was my second parkrun without him alongside me. Alex assures me he will take his barcode to Uni with him and as Manchester parkrun is quite close by to his campus we’ll see if he makes it sometimes. He hasn’t left me to completely run on my own though and will be back on his uni vacations and will come and run with me. Miss you Alex and wish you all the best in the next chapter of your life.


Dave in the meantime has gone on to run 319 parkruns, volunteer 154 times at 5k and 98 times at juniors. Chris is nursing an injury and has notched up 363 runs, she has volunteered on 80 occasions at 5k and 102 times at Medina junior parkrun.

So today without Alex by my side there were another 177 people out and about and running event number 462 to get their Saturday morning parkrun fix, with Stuart Backhouse being the first to cross the line in a time of 20.14 and the first lady to finish was Claire Grace in 18th spot.

Some milestones were reached today with Jenny Mitchell and Natalie Rose running their 100th parkruns and Kevin Fry (our first time briefing volunteer) running his 400th parkrun and volunteering for the 431st time. Kev has also volunteered on 14 occasions at junior parkrun – brilliant all round Kev – thank you.

Another two milestones recorded today were 200 runs for Dee Blackman and Yvonne Sexton. Dee celebrated her 200th by also volunteering to tail-walk, making that the 182nd time she has volunteered. Yvonne was only going to run 50 times and then stop, and here she is still going! Yvonne has volunteered 101 times at our 5k run and 27 times at junior parkrun, where she can also regularly be seen running with her 4 year old grand daughter, Ethel, who also marshalled with grandad Pete for us today. Without these people volunteering in some way or another we would not be able to keep our parkrun events going whether 5k or juniors. If you can help out in some way then please email in to and we can add you to the roster. There were 40 volunteers out and about on the course marshalling and sending us all in the right direction and making sure there were no problems, some were setting up the course, packing away, scanning, timing, processing our results, giving out our finish tokens covering all the jobs that need doing in order for our run to take place. Big thanks to you all.

There was a minor mishap today with the finish tokens, but as always everyone pulled together to sort this out, no-one was any the wiser and everything kept running smoothly.

Two weeks ago Basingstoke parkrun didn’t have enough volunteers to marshal the course and time keepers were pulled off their spots to marshal around the course to keep runners safe, so no time keepers meant that every runner who turned up to run was given a time of 59.59 and 424 runners took part – let’s hope we don’t have to do that at Medina IOW parkrun...

Last week Mick Lyons took a tumble down the big hill and we are pleased to report back that he had no breakages and he is recovering ok.

Three new runners came along and joined us for the first time today, welcome to Charlie, Mary and Commeletia – I wonder how long it will be before they are hooked like all of those mentioned above, and the rest of us who come along week in week out!!

The festival took place last weekend on our home turf at Medina, and there was only a brief shower on the Sunday, so here is hoping the thousands of people trampling over our course haven’t done too much damage and we will be able to return to Medina in the not too distant future. Until then we will be at our ‘holiday course’ at Appley, Park PO33 1ND, and we look forward to seeing you all there next week, still with limited parking.

Have a good week and stay safe and well.



15th September 2018 – Medina parkrun 374

Thanks to the great report writing team we have here on the Isle of Wight, this is the first report I have needed to do since July (having done 141 previously!). It’s not that I don’t like writing them (I actually LOVE writing them!) but it is just so hard to get it done and posted during a busy day at work. I am apologising in advance in case I have to cut anything short or omit anything due to lack of time today – we’ll see how it goes. If YOU would like to write the occasional report and be part of our team please let me know. There is no commitment to do a certain number of reports every year or anything like that, you will simply be sent the roster every 3 months and if you want to take a date during that time you can. You can write what you want and however much (or little) you want... the world is your lobster!

So what’s going on today? Well, we had a very rambunctious contingent from Wales with us on this beautiful, sunny, Autumnal morning. Whilst red squirrels scampered in the arboretum our Welsh parkrunners were scampering about the fields of Medina, and even doing rolly-polys over the finish line! There was a lot of fun and laughter, and I think this really shows what parkrun is all about. Fast or slow, young or old, running or jogging – as long as you do it with a smile, a thank-you to the volunteers and a supportive word for the parkrunners around you, that’s all that matters! Welcome (croeso!), well done and thank you, Welshonians!

As far as I could see we also had visitors from Dorset, London, Worcestershire, Tunbridge Wells, Nottingham, Basingstoke, Lincolnshire, Essex and East Sussex plus our “regular” parkrun tourist Kye Porritt from Australia! Kye was doing her 10th Medina parkrun. Sorry I didn’t see you for a chat, Kye x

Young James Fletcher had a great start to his weekend as he not only finished first today but got a fabulous PB of just over 19 minutes too! I was very excited to see my club-mate David Blake cruising over the line close behind, and whilst it wasn’t quite a PB for Dave it was the lowest finishing position he has ever achieved at parkrun, so I reckon he’ll be pretty chuffed by that! Teen Ciaran Gibson also just missed out on a PB to finish 3rd. Clare Martin was holding the flag for the ladies, finishing 11th overall on her first ever go on an IOW course. Once again it was one of my club-mates who roared into 2nd place for the ladies (a magnificent 13th overall), as Rosie Sexton achieved her PB in style. Fellow IOWRR Jodie Wilmott, who has bounced back amazingly well after debilitating knee surgery, was the 3rd lady home and only 10 seconds off her own PB.

Lovely Megan Eggeling, our astounding 70-something runner-extraordinaire, was back on the course today and achieving the highest age-graded score of 87.07% (I should think so too!). Megan also finished in 28:21, which a lot of us younger runners can only dream of. What a legend! I did notice that there was one other person in the V75-79 category out there today, and would therefore like to say a big well done to Ann Aspden. What amazing role models these ladies are.

There were 3 people making their parkrun debut today, so a very warm welcome to Samantha Bass, Rachel Richards and Kellie White. We all hope you enjoyed it and will make parkrun your regular start to the weekend. At the other end of the scale, one regular was doing his 200th parkrun, so congrats to the awesome Craig Wilson (who also completed a brutal “Ironman” event just a few weeks ago!). Meanwhile Katie MacKenzie was achieving her parkrun century this morning, whilst Tony Edmunds-Lamb and Emma Hyland earned their first ever parkrun t-shirts with 50 parkruns apiece.

A few juniors are on the cusp of 10 parkruns, but if you have youngsters who find 5km too much don’t forget there is always Junior parkrun on a Sunday morning (same time and location as parkrun). This is a 2km course just for juniors (14 and under). Parents are allowed to run with their kids, but you just mustn’t cross the finish line at the end. Don’t forget your barcode! #DFYB

I noticed that some of our regulars were missing today, and assume that they must be preparing for the Ventnor Fell Races instead. GOOD LUCK to any of you tackling one or more of these epic “undulating” races over the weekend… what a challenge! It is also the West Wight Triathlon tomorrow, so all the best to any parkrunners doing that, and today I believe there is a “Powder Run” over in Porchfield to raise funds for Age UK. The weather is gorgeous for this “Family Fun Day”, and I do hope some of you are able to go and support the event. For those of us at work all day, we think of you with envy!

Next week John has prepared a new course for our delectation. We will be meeting in the usual field but the route will be different, and the start will be near the gap between the two school fields. Please arrive by 8:45am so that you don’t miss all the announcements and pre-run route run-through.

I will finish, as I so often do, with a parkrun song, this time dedicated to our wonderful Run Directors (today Neil “Coops” Cooper took the reins and did his usual cracking job) and all the tireless volunteers (including Tony Murphy (below) who did the time-keeping today for the first time).

Tony Murphy

For this song I would like to credit a certain Mr Bjorn Ulvaeus and Mr Benny Andersson for the music (not sure it will catch on but they did their best) and I will ask you to sing it – out loud of course – to the tune of a little song called “Dancing Queen” (I know you’ll like this one, Cath Love!):

Friday night and the course is planned,
Run Director has checked the land,
Everything is measured,
Everything is done,
We’re in the mood for a run.

Anybody could be that guy,
All it takes is a selfless eye,
You can be just like him,
All you have to do,
Is be a lovely dude.

And if you’re in the moo-oood;

Come be a vo-lun-teer,
Full of cheer,
At our parkrun here,
Never fear,
It will all be clear (ooh yeah)

YOU can scan,
YOU can he-elp
Marshal or give tokens out
Spread good cheer
At your parkrun here!

JoJo R. xx


IMPORTANT: Venue alteration for June/July

The IW Festival is almost upon us so as usual we are being evicted for the summer!

From this week (9th June) onwards you will find us at Appley Park in Ryde.

PO33 1ND will get you to the Ryde Inshore Lifeboat station which is on the sea front. The car park (need to pay) is just up the hill from there above the "Three Buoys" restaurant and Rowing Club. Parking on the street near the lifeboat station is free until 10am.

This is a multi-terrain course (grass, footpaths and sea-wall) but nothing rugged or muddy :-)  Road shoes or hybrids will be better than trail shoes!

We meet on the green area above the car park - just look for the flag!



It’s that time again, folks! Due to the Easter football tournament at Seaclose/Medina we are having to relocate parkrun to Appley Park in Ryde for just one day this Saturday (31st).

We will meet at the bottom of the hill (outside the 3 Buoys cafe) leading up to the car-park in Appley Park at 8.45am as usual. There is plenty of pay & display parking in the large car-park, and some sea-front parking is also available (this is free until 10am).

Directions: From the Pier continue East along Ryde Esplanade, staying left at the boating lake fork. At the “Three Buoys” restaurant follow the road up to the right – past the RNLI and Ryde Rowing Club – and into Appley car-park. The postcode for Ryde Rowing Club is: PO33 2ND


Venue Confirmation for 29th August

Hurray! This will be our last run in Ryde, as we are back at Medina on 5th September :-)

This week we will be meeting down on the sea-front by Appley Park (outside the 3 Buoys cafe) at 8.45am, for a fast and flat sea-front run. There is plenty of parking (though not free) in the Park itself, or free road-side parking on the Esplanade until 10am.

From the Bus-Station/Hovercraft/Pier - go along the Esplanade. When you get to the Boating Lake keep it on your RIGHT until you get to the corner with the "3 Buoys" cafe.

The postcode for the car-park is PO33 1ND

We'll see you all back at Medina (the fields behind the Leisure Centre) next week :-)

Jo & the IW team x

PS: Please note that we are unable to post updates on our Homepage, as this is not allowed.


Itinerary of parkrun events – including a cancellation – over the next 2 months

To all Medina IOW parkrunners:  due to a very large football tournament at Medina and Seaclose on the Saturday 3rd May we will be unable to use our home venue so we will be cancelling that weeks' event.  We are now too large for the Cycleway, and to move to  Appley Park for just 1 week is not a feasible alternative, although we will have to move in the summer due to the festival as usual!

We must also be mindful  that on the 19th April there is the smaller annual football "Easter  Tournament". Last year we just ran round them while they set up, and we aim to do the same this year although our new course will impact more on the football pitches, so please all runners be aware.

The Itinerary for the IW parkrun is as follows, and all will be held at our Medina home course unless we are forced to cancel nearer the time:-

Run 145-- 22nd March

Run 146 --29th March

Run 147-- 5th April

Run 148--12th April

Run 149--19th April

Run 150---26th April

Cancelled   3rd May

Run 151--  10th May  Our Third Birthday Run!

All  holders of our points trophies - please return then to the "Love Running" shop in Newport prior to May 10th please.

Any questions or concerns please contact me, or Simon and Jo Randall at Love Running.

Ray Scovell


14th December 2013 – Medina parkrun 134

Firstly a HUGE thank you to the 50 or so of you who arrived wearing your Santa hats today! Several good folk also told me that they do read the reports but didn’t have a Santa hat to wear, and Ian Jolliffe very kindly emailed me in the week to say that he’d have worn one but he is away tackling a Devon parkrun this weekend! I hope it went well at Taunton or Killerton, Ian, and good luck with the Yeovil one you said you will be doing next week! By our reckoning that means that about a third of you read the reports every week and are kept up-to-date with all the news, plans and gossip. Of course this also means that about two thirds of our parkrunners don’t, and wouldn’t know about any course or venue changes (or forthcoming plans) but we can only keep doing what we’re doing. The show of solidarity and kind words of support today were fabulous, so thank you all very much!

Rees Cooper and myself also thank you all for the lovely birthday wishes and wonderful rendition of “Happy Birthday To You” before today’s parkrun, as we will both be another year older next week! Rees’s lovely Mum – Liz – made fruity flapjacks and prepared fresh pineapple for everyone (scrumptious – thank you Liz!), and the choccies were my contribution!

Don’t forget that next week is our Christmas parkrun, so feel free to bring any nibbles to share, but most importantly PLEASE bring a few contributions for our Foodbank sleigh. The sleigh will be at parkrun for 3 Saturdays starting next week, and Foodbank are desperate for tinned and dried foods, powdered (or UHT) milk, tea, coffee, tinned desserts (wholesome things like rice puddings and sponge puddings especially), jams, sugar, UHT fruit juice, biscuits, snacks and soup (powdered or tinned – not from the chilled section), so please give generously at this time of compassion and hope.

There was a warm and wonderful atmosphere today – not least because so many of us were wearing those jolly Santa hats! There were also plenty of Joy Furmidge’s wonderful and colourful handmade hats on display as well, and I was delighted to actually receive one myself this week – complete with my initial and two pom-poms! Thank you so much, Joy, and how appropriate to receive this the weekend before my birthday! Joy is an absolute treasure.

It was an exciting morning as news quickly spread that not only was local running legend Tom Wade taking part today, but he was also out to try and beat the course record – a record he himself set earlier in the year! Well - we were all stunned by Tom’s pace from the start, and the gap between him and the rest of the field kept growing as the race progressed, so it was no surprise that he DID achieve his aim of a phenomenal PB – and new Medina course record – of 15:35. Young Sam Metcalf repeated his excellent second placing of last week with 18:31, whilst Stu Backhouse was next with 18:55. Mary Norman was back with us also, and finished first for the ladies (18th overall) in 21:49 – making this her 14th parkrun victory in 28 appearances. Teenager Grace Crumplin was next home and only seconds away with 21:57 (19th overall), and junior runner Elsie Lewis achieved a happy and brilliant new PB with her 3rd place time of 22:05 (21st overall out of 152 runners). Not to be outdone, Elsie’s brother Jacob also steamed round faster than ever before, and was actually the first junior to finish in brilliant 4th place overall, achieving a new PB of 19:07, so very well done to both these magnificent youngsters.

Megan Eggeling once again achieved the highest age graded score of 86.83%, but Tom’s amazing run earned him a score in the 80s too, which now places him 6th on the age graded League Table.

Well done to the 13 peeps tackling parkrun for the first time ever today. I didn’t spy any visitors today, but I have noticed that Lucy Wells was doing her 30th parkrun this week, and it was the big 50 for Elaine Parry, and Sean & Daisy Furmidge, which means that red t-shirts will soon be on their way for these lucky folk. John Langley was today on parkrun 60, Paul Charlton-Smith was doing his 80th, and both David Furmidge and Jacob Lewis are up to 90 now. All eyes are on the ladies to see who will be first to reach 100 parkruns out of Margaret Niland-Murphy, Katie Lewis and Eden Crumplin!

It was another good week for PBs, with 28 runners setting one. I don’t have room to mention you all but I would like to congratulate the other youngsters who achieved one; Maisie Witty, Dan Flux and Billy Williams, and give a special mention to a couple who have not been running long but are taking to it so well – Jo & Gary Payne – who both got PBs today, and to Coral Leach who is an inspirational and very lovely lady who today managed her first all-running parkrun. It may not have been a PB time-wise, but it was definitely Coral’s best parkrun so far, and I’m so proud of her.

Huge thanks to the few marshals on the course today (sadly not many volunteers came forward this week, hence why much of the course was flagged instead of manned), and those helping with finishing line duties. Ray, Steve, Alec and Kev set up the course and made it all possible as always, and Peter Billington (wearing his Santa hat – bless you, Peter!) was out and about with his camera. You are a great team and we are all very grateful to you – especially me as I got to run today for a change!

Don’t forget that there is a fancy-dress fun-run in Northwood Park tomorrow morning for the Hospice. Runners are required to register to take part from 10am onwards at Northwood House, and the run – which we have now heard is one mile around the park – will start at 11am. Fancy dress is essential.

On Tuesday at 6pm the Hospice Newport Christmas Run will take place from the Vectis playing field opposite Christ-the-King college. All ages/abilities are welcome and there is no cost to take part or forms to fill out – voluntary collections for the Hospice and Beaulieu Respite will be held on the night instead. Christmassy fancy-dress is requested, and there will be mince pies at the end, so come and join the fun! Free parking is provided on part of the campus, so look out for the marshals on the night. Huge thanks to the parkrunners who have offered their assistance with both these events, as without you it simply couldn’t go ahead (much like parkrun).

Don’t forget to take part in the Love Running North Pole competition, which runs for one more week. All you have to do is to let Love Running know (via email or Facebook) how far you have run from 1st-21st December, and if we manage to cover all 2,776 miles by 21st December (and reach Santa in the North Pole!) there will be a prize draw at the shop on Christmas Eve. The latest news is that we are now over halfway, but the 456 or so miles from today’s parkrun would be a welcome leap if you could all contribute these! Every single mile counts, so don’t be shy and feel that you have not done enough to take part.

Don’t forget that next Saturday is our Christmas parkrun, so fancy-dress is mandatory! We are also hoping to reach a new attendance record of 200+ runners, and Stu may be reaching a points total of over 3000, so I hope you can all make it. I may not be doing the report next week as I am expecting a busy day at work, and someone has kindly offered to do the report for me, but I can’t leave you without one final Christmas song – which must be sung to the tune of “Rudolf – the Red Nosed Reindeer”!

Raymond – the Race Director
Has a merry parkrun band,
And if you ever see us,
You will even say we’re grand!
Vo-lun-teers with big smiles,
Standing in the rain or sun,
We never let the weather
Keep us all from having fun!

Then one cool December day,
Raymond came to say
“Runners with your hearts so good,
Won’t you fill my sleigh with food?”

Then how we all did love him,
As we brought in tins and stuff,
Now folks will not go hungry,
Thanks to Ray and Ste-phen Duff!

A very merry Christmas to you all,

Jo R. xx


30th November 2013 – Medina parkrun 132

How lucky are we? We were jammy enough to have yet another dry and sunny morning for our weekly jaunt around the parks today, and although it was a bit parky for us marshals, they were really nice running conditions again – as you’ll see from the number of PBs! The turn-out was lower than usual as a large number of IWAC regulars were over on the mainland taking part in a cross-country competition, but the numbers were somewhat augmented by the presence of several “overners” from the Big Island! One of these was Suzan Baker, who was sporting her much admired “250 parkruns” t-shirt, and this was actually Suzan’s 271st parkrun! Bushy parkrunner Suzan has tested several courses during her parkrun career to date, but this was her first go at an IOW one, so a huge welcome to her. We also had the Clements from Netley Abbey, Wayne Clements from Reading, and runners from Hedge End RC and Red Rose RRs – helping to make up a representation of 11 running clubs at today’s event.

It was the first ever parkrun for Ann Ferguson – who had the distinction of being the only parkrun debutante today! The first of many we hope, Ann?

Making a tentative return to running parkrun today was Graham Tuck, so I hope it went well for you today, Tucky? Also great to see a VERY happy Chris Amy running confidently further up the field, following on from her knee problems – Chris is every photographer’s dream as she is so ready with a wave and a smile, and I wish I looked that good and relaxed when I run! Talking about photographers, Peter Billington was back with us today, and snapping away like David Bailey himself! Peter also did what I should do, and brought a notepad with him so that he could find out names to go with his pictures. Every week I kick myself that I’ve forgotten to bring one, and I have to try to remember things instead, which never works with me! Thanks for the great pictures, Peter.

Ray wielded his megaphone with his usual aplomb as he welcomed the first-timers and visitors, and got our 132nd Isle of Wight parkrun off to a good start. No-one fell in the ditch, slipped on the corners or broke anything (although I saw one gentleman limping off the course at one point), so it was not a bad morning’s work from the lovely marshals dotted around the course! Liz Cooper manfully took on the back-up time-keeping duties today (not once – in best Mr Grinch fashion - “losing her cool”, despite her nervous state whenever she is near the watch!), whilst the ever-chilled Wallis Canning was on main timer and Mum Nicola was giving out position tokens. Your delightful scanners today were Becky Hepworth-Rees and Mick Coultrup, and Julie and Aidee Ray were your back-markers. Steve Duff and Kev Fry once again assisted Ray with set-up and dismantling duties. Big thanks to each and every one of this week’s volunteers, without whom it would not have gone ahead.

The 132 runners who took part did so with happy smiles, mutual support and worthy determination, and the two fastest guys – Stu Backhouse and Sean Williams - also gave us all great entertainment and excitement whilst we debated which of them would finish first! In the end it came down to a sprint finish with Stu just ahead of Sean, with their times 18:22 and 18:26 respectively. In third place was Reading’s Wayne Clements with 19:21, which was pretty impressive for his first ever IOW parkrun! Lovely Julie King made it her 4th parkrun victory as first lady today, with 22:32 on the clock and 25th place overall. Visiting parkrunner Kelly Wickens was next home in 23:14, whilst our regular runner Trish Train (if only all trains were this regular!) was close behind with 23:20. The first child to finish was Solomon Wells in his fastest run so far, and the fastest girl was Amy Jones who has only been parkrunning for one month!

Megan Eggeling missed out on a PB by just seconds today, but once again earned a mighty age-graded score of 87.44%, keeping her well and truly in the top spot on the age graded league.

Theodore Evans took part on his 10th parkrun today and will soon be the proud owner of a white “10 parkruns” junior tee, so well done Theo. Further up the scale, Jim Boon and Steve Bennett both reached 60 and Julie Ray is now on 70. Margaret Niland-Murphy notched up another run today and is still very likely to be the first lady to reach 100, with her current total standing at 96.

For those not keen to give up a run to volunteer, there are some duties which can be done in addition to running don’t forget. Setting-up takes a while every Saturday, and it would be great to get a few more people involved with this, especially as there are some weeks next year when neither Steve nor Ray will be here to do this vital job, and we need crew to take over. Sorting the position chips is another one to suit a runner who tends to finish within 25 minutes, and one of the faster runners could even volunteer for secondary scanning duties too – as long as they have a brief training session before the run so that they can help out as soon as they have finished. Writing the weekly report is another job that a runner could do – you have only to ask!

As I mentioned earlier there were 34 PBs overall, so this week I will let you all trawl through the results yourself rather than writing everyone’s name here! I do however – have to mention a certain Mr Steve Horsey, who must have achieved one of the best PBs of the week as he actually improved his time by a whopping 6 minutes! Steve puts his success down to an intensive month of running whilst away on holiday, and also giving up smoking, so I think that deserves a special mention! The only youngsters to get a PB today were all boys, so very well done to Theodore Evans, Harry Symes, Lucien Tracey and Sol Wells.

I notice that distance-wise our parkrun has now covered more than 60,000kms, which I thought you might like to know is the equivalent of 5 times around the UK coastline!

Other news…

Just to remind you, on Sunday 15th December there will be a family fancy-dress fun-run in Northwood Park for the Hospice, and details are available from the Love Running shop. Registration for this is essential.

Also, at 6pm on Tuesday 17th December the Hospice are holding their first ever evening Christmas Run in Newport, starting from the Vectis playing field opposite Christ-the-King college. All ages/abilities are welcome (it is just short of 4kms on flat pavements, with an option to double the distance with a second lap), and there is no cost to take part or forms to fill out – voluntary collections for the Hospice and Beaulieu Respite will be held on the night instead. Christmassy fancy-dress is essential, and there is talk of mince pies being provided at the end, so come and join the fun! Free parking is provided on part of the campus, so look out for signs/marshals on the night.

Throughout December Love Running are holding a North Pole competition, in which parkrunners are invited to take part. To enter you just let them know the miles (or kilometres!) you have run every week from 1st - 21st December, and if they manage to reach Santa at the North Pole (2,776 miles!) there will be a prize draw on Christmas Eve. Every mile, and every parkrun, counts so do submit your miles after every run, or at the end of every week for a chance to win!

Next week I will be making a rather strange request of you all. It won’t cost you anything, but it is an experiment Ray has devised to answer a question we have long since pondered… I’ll say no more today except that those of you doing the Santa Dash tomorrow should keep your Santa hats to hand!

Hope to see LOTS of you tomorrow, and I leave you with a festive ditty “what I wrote”!

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,
Twice around the fields and the tennis courts today – hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,
Through the arboretum and then back to lovely Ray!

Dashing through the mud
With our multi-coloured shoes
Over the paths we go
(Wish I’d used the loos!)

Round another bend
And up between the trees
We’re nearly at the end now so,
Let’s lift those tired knees!

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,
Twice around the fields and the tennis courts today – hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,
Through the arboretum and then back to lovely Ray!

Jo R. xx


Reminder of course alteration! 15-2-13

Hi all,

Just a reminder that the Isle of Wight parkrun is currently being held at our dry, flat sea-front course from Gurnard to Cowes and back, due to waterlogging at our other courses.

We will be meeting tomorrow at 8.50am on the Green below the Woodvale pub at the end of Woodvale Road, and the run itself starts a little way along the promenade towards Cowes.

There is plenty of free parking on the road, and the weather forecast is good, so come and join us for a great community atmosphere and a solid 5km run to start the weekend!

Jo & the Team xx


Urgent Course Alteration for 2nd Feb 2013

Good morning IOW parkrunners.

Do to the mud and water on all 3 of our measured courses (Medina, Appley and Los Altos) we have had to find a new and dry emergency course or cancel parkrun indefinitely. We chose to find a new course!

This week Medina parkrunners will meet at Gurnard Seafront (weather permitting no snow!) on the raised area of seating in front of the green by Gurnard Sailing Club. Thanks to hard work by Steve Duff this week we have a course to Cowes parade and back.

Sorry for the delay in telling you all, but I had to talk to parkrun HQ last night due to the change of a temporary venue. It is the usual 9am start and there is plenty of parking along the seafront. The start will be 350 mtrs from the meeting place towards Cowes and there will marshalls along the way to keep you in the right place.

Please note that the council and parkrun have only approved this on condition that runners do NOT run in the road, and are also very aware of other pavement users - particularly in the first mile when runners will be bunched together. Please take care at all times, and do NOT wear headphones.

It could be dry shoes and clean people day, weather permitting, and lots of new PBs! Weather forecast is cold NW wind but some sunshine. Enjoy!!!

PS One of our Gurnard residents has just contacted Jo to say that one of the sea-front access routes through Gurnard itself is closed at the moment. To get to the meeting point from Newport you need to follow the following directions:

Take a LEFT at Northwood Garage (Place Rd). Continue along until you get to the mini roundabout by the Roundhouse and here you go LEFT. Take the first RIGHT into Baring Rd. Continue along until the small LEFT turn Woodvale Rd. If you get to the Primary School you have gone too far! At the bottom of Woodvale Rd is the green and sea-front.  Many thanks to parkrunner Steve Dines for the heads-up, and hope to see you all there safely.

Ray Scovell & Jo Randall

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