Medina IOW parkrun (on tour at Appley) number 465 – 16 October 2021

Do do parkrun / jog/ walk/ volunteer

The first (and last) time I wrote a run report for Medina parkrun was back in April 2018, when the event was also on tour to Appley. There’s been an awful lot happened for me, and indeed all of us, since then, not least the pandemic, which stopped all of us from parkrunning together for so many months. The first lockdown took effect shortly after my last visit to Medina parkrun on Leap Day 2020 and then like so many people, it was a struggle for me wanting to visit loved ones on the Isle of Wight, but not being allowed to travel anywhere from Basingstoke for much of the intervening period, and when we were allowed to travel about a year ago, wondering if it was really a good idea, given the clear risks to particularly the older ones in a (then) totally unvaccinated population.

So it is such a relief to be back at Medina parkrun as I’m visiting for a family event this weekend. I think the Appley area is a great place to run with marvellous views over the Solent, weather permitting. I was concerned by the weather early in the morning – in Whitwell where I was staying at a quarter to eight a squally shower was hosing down. Of course I should remember to trust that the weather window will always be available as the rain had stopped by the start. Unfortunately the weather window sprang a leak part way round the course and we all got pretty wet! Thankfully it didn’t last long and remained pretty warm.

It is a tradition for me to attend Kev Fry's first timer briefings when I come to Medina parkrun, even though it was my 27th Medina parkrun today – astoundingly today it was his 277th first timer briefing!


I always attend because it’s not as if he says the same thing each time! This is due to Medina parkrun’s habit of regularly touring the Island and even when the course is in the same place there are regular “course variants” to be reminded about - I think the last time I ran at Appley it was mostly on the flat along the sea wall (not possible today due to work being done blocking a significant part of the path) and I then didn’t have the “benefit” of the various hills to improve my fitness. While today’s hills were not as challenging as my most recent previous parkrun away from home (visiting Lanhydrock parkrun at Bodmin, Cornwall, which starts with the runners all heading more than 1km straight downhill, which obviously has to be paid back at some point with almost 1.5km pretty steeply uphill from just after the 3km mark), I must admit to struggling quite a bit this morning. Thanks then to those who encouraged me along, whether fellow parkrunners, spectators or the wonderful cheering marshals spread around the course, always providing a positive boost.

So what happened on today’s parkrun? 213 parkrunners completed the course today. Of these 3 people completed their very first parkrun anywhere – welcome Keith Murphy, Georgi Simpkin and Lesley Williams – we hope you enjoyed your time at Medina parkrun today. Another 37 did their first ever Medina parkrun, having also completed parkruns elsewhere, of whom I suspect a number were warming up for the Great South Run tomorrow. Very well done indeed to all of you; we hope you enjoyed running as part of our community today. We also hope that you will be back very soon to try to set a new Personal Best (PB), although that’s quite a challenge on this course, so well done to the 10 people who managed it today. I noticed there were visitors from quite a few different places, including “the other Newport” (Wales), Kent, Netley and Southampton as well as me from Basingstoke of course. All the best to everyone doing the Great South Run tomorrow who was visiting today including this group from Newport. IMG_20211016_094654756

Quite a few of the first timers at Medina were prolific tourists, such as Mark Pottle who was completing his 46th different event in 176 runs, but I was interested more in those who have stayed true to their Medina roots – in particular Stuart Backhouse has run 333 parkruns and Chris Powell an amazing 366 parkruns – all 699 parkruns between them only at Medina. Will they ever be enticed away?

Run Director Grenville Tuck and his team of volunteers managed the whole event impeccably, doing all they could to ensure that no-one wandered off with any of the position tokens at the end.


Step into the limelight today for your bows from us all Chris AMY, Grainne ANDREWS, Jurgita BATES, Steve BENNETT, Philip BROWN, Juliette CHAN, Peter CHIVERTON, Elizabeth COOPER, David ELDRIDGE, Cheryl FRAMPTON, Kevin FRY, Daisy FURMIDGE, Harry FURMIDGE, Joy FURMIDGE, Sean FURMIDGE, Mandy HASLAM, Becky HEPWORTH, Jackson HILL, Mark HILL, Karen HOLDEN, Rob HOLDSWORTH, Tracy HOLDSWORTH, Alan JACOBS, Matthew JACOBS, Adrian LAX, Angela LOCK, Sarah MACDONALD, Tim NOBES, Alan ROBERTS, Katharine ROBERTS, Charlotte SNOWDON, Grenville TUCK, Elizabeth VIVASH, Nigel WALTERS, Liz WESTBROOK and Lucy WYLD– and thank you for allowing us to parkrun today. You can join the fun and become one of the heroes all your fellow parkrunners thank as they pass you – you just need to contact and let them know how you would love to hand out position tokens, scan barcodes, marshal, manage the funnel or any number of other simple tasks in one of the currently vacant slots showing at

Changes to milestone T shirts

As seems to happen just about every week now, we celebrated a number of milestone parkruns among today’s participants. This is now only going to increase because parkrun recently changed the milestone shirt available to align running and volunteering, so for both there are now milestone shirts available for 10 (juniors only), 25, 50, 100, 250 and 500. Due to the sheer number of parkrunners. parkrun have now reached the point of not being able to subsidise the milestone T shirts (for parkrunning alone and excluding volunteering, almost 400,000 shirts have been earned since parkrun started in 2004) so now to receive any milestone shirt there will be a charge. For more information see the parkrun blog at  You can also order replacement shirts for milestones achieved long ago if they have seen better days or you have got so much fitter your previous shirt no longer fits! To check which milestones shirts you could claim now, login to your online parkrun account (either from the Manage my profile link in any parkrun completion or volunteering email, or at; then click the Milestone Club Progress link). There were quite a number of new milestone shirts on show today, especially the new volunteer milestone shirts with examples of the 50, 100 and 250 being proudly worn. I wonder how long before I see a V500 shirt being worn? volunteers2021

For today, let’s congratulate the following people who reached parkrunning milestones today:

25 parkruns (purple shirt): Martyn Bailey, Jacob French and Mark Wright
100 parkruns (black shirt): David William Roberts

Volunteering: note the numbers here are for numbers of events volunteered at, regardless of the number of different roles you might do at a single event:
100 events (black shirt): Becky Hepworth

I hope you celebrated these achievements in an appropriate way (cake is always appropriate of course) – you are all amazing.

First male finisher was Ross Wilks in 19:25.

First female finisher was Sue Jane True in 24:20.

Highest age grade was achieved by Colin Bennett with 77.54%.

And finally…

I’ve been impressed by Jo Randall’s Medina run reports with rhythmically rhymed rondels regularly regaled. I am not a poet but have decided for your delectation to rewrite mangle some song lyrics on a parkrun theme. Maybe when one of those hills is proving a little tough on your next run through Appley Park, you could use it as an aid – if nothing else to finish it quickly so you can stop singing it as soon as possible. So with apologies to the Crystals and their song Da Do ron ron (which can be found at if you want to try to match these words to the tune – although I will admit I got carried away and there are more verses here than fit the music available!).

1. I woke up this morning and laced up my shoes
Do do parkrun run do do parkrun
parkrunday in Appley Park – it’s such great news
Do do parkrun run do do parkrun
Yeah , I laced up my shoes, yeah, it is such great news
Will I run, jog or walk today in Appley Park,
Do do parkrun run do do parkrun

2. The course constructors always have an early start,
Thank thank parkrun run thank thank parkrun
And those who clean and dry the kit in every part
Ta much parkrun run ta much parkrun
Yeah, that’s an early start;
Yeah, cleaning every part
And those who build the roster on the web each week
Respect parkrun run respect parkrun.

3. As Run Director it was Gren Tuck’s turn this time,
RD parkrun run RD parkrun
He did a brilliant job to get us all in line
RD parkrun run RD parkrun
Yeah, Gren’s RD this time,
Yeah, we were all in line
Ready, steady, start and then we’re off
Go go parkrun run go go parkrun

4. An October morning running by the sea,
Some rain parkrun run some rain parkrun
Dogs barking, runners panting ‘specially me,
Woof woof parkrun run puff pant parkrun
Yeah, running by the sea, yeah, puff and panting me,
Half the course is nearly done,
Do do parkrun run do do parkrun

5. We need our lovely marshals, they who point the way
Turn there parkrun run, keep on parkrun
Clapping, cheering, made my memories today
Point left parkrun run applause parkrun
Yeah, saw them point the way, yeah memories of the day
One loop of the grass and it will be the end,
Love love parkrun run love love parkrun

6. Thanks Becky and Grainne for giving tokens out,
One two parkrun run three four parkrun
Please get your barcode scanned, without a doubt
Scan scan parkrun run, scan scan parkrun
Yeah, hand the tokens out
Yeah, scan them without doubt
So Don’t Forget Your Barcode when you come along
DFYB please, DFYB.

7. Nearly every week someone will bring some cake
Yum yum parkrun run, yum yum parkrun
A lovely run and talk, perhaps new friends to make
Chat chat parkrun run, chat chat parkrun
Yeah, eating breakfast cake, yeah, lots of friends to make
What could be a better start
To parkrun day? Yeah, it’s parkrun day

8. Anyone can run/ jog/ walk here, young or old
Welcome parkrun run welcome parkrun
Please volunteer from time to time, yes just be bold
Help help parkrun run help help parkrun
Yeah, welcome young or old,
Yeah volunteer - be bold
Yeah see you all next week
To do parkrun run to do parkrun.

Peter Chiverton


Medina IOW parkrun (on tour!) 464 – 9th October 2021

‘Morning. fellow Peeps.

Once again it is my privilege to report on the weekly happenings down at dear old Appley Park. Firstly, our thanks to Uncle Ray for arranging a misty start to the weather window for our benefit. Cheers matey.

Our total number of finishers across the line this week was 209 made up from 41 newbies and the rest our usual suspects. My little ode today (below) celebrates those of you new to our parkrun, either absolute first-timers or just visiting from a home parkrun across the water. Welcome all, we hope you found our course interesting and the locals friendly? (At least runner one managed to overshoot past Tourettes Hill, refound the correct route and still came in First!)

Dealing with the stats then: first home was Dan Eckersey in a breath-taking time of 18:39. Second and third finishers were Stuart Backhouse and Mark Herbert in times of 19:33 and 20:08 respectively. The Ladies rose to the challenge with Jodie Wilmot crossing the line in 23:16, hotly supported by Claire Grace and Freya Poppy Taylor with excellent times of 23:25 and 24:54 . Champion Age Grade performance went to Mr Backhouse with an astounding 75.45%. Well done all and also to those who managed a PB today. There were 12 of you in total.

Mr Herbert obtained his 300th parkrun today as well as being a Medina first timer!

We had a solitary official milestone event today: a new 100 black shirt was won by Kevin Richardson who also won the approval of his fellow parkrunners.

Honourable mentions have to go to all those cheerie pink-coated volunteers who helped you round the Appley course this morning. Please remember that parkrun belongs to us all and we should all be willing to help with all those varied tasks that make our Saturday mornings go so smoothly. You know it makes sense…

By the way, just to encourage the slower Peeps, here’s a special mention of a couple of tailenders: Ron Reader who completed his amazing 554th parkrun today and Abigail Skinner who finished her very first parkrun, ably supported by our Tail Walkers, Tracey and Darren.

Finally, a big, big CHEER for all who survived the London Marathon last weekend, whether you joined the actual 40,000 participants around the city or you did the virtual version around your local backyard. It’s not over yet Peeps, you now have to collect all your sponsorship cash!

Well, that’s the Report done and dusted. Time to sit back now for the Lewis Carroll-inspired epic below.

Bye for now. JV

They All Lived Appley Ever After

The sun looked down on Appley Park,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The hill climbs smooth and bright
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.

The moon was shining sulkily,
Because she thought the sun
Had got no business to be there
After the day was done
"It's very rude of him," she said,
"To come and spoil the fun."

The sea was wet as wet could be,
The sands were dry as dry.
You could not see a drone, because
No drone was in the sky:
No doggies running underfoot
No pooches there to try.

The RD and a Marshaller
Were walking close at hand;
They wept like anything to see
Such quantities of sand:
‘If this path were made all clean,'
They said, ‘it really would be grand!'

‘If Volunteers each with a brush
Swept for half a year,
Do you suppose,' the RD said,
‘That they could get it clear?'
‘I doubt it,' said the Marshaller,
And shed a bitter tear.

‘First Timers, come and walk with us!'
The RD did beseech.
A pleasant walk, a first-time talk,
Along that Appley beach:
We cannot deal with more than forty four,
And whoop whoops give to each.'

The eldest Newbie looked at him,
But ne’er a word he said:
The eldest Newbie winked his eye,
And shook his heavy head
Meaning to say he did not choose
To leave his morning bed.

But four young Juniors hurried up,
All eager for the treat:
Their vests were brushed, their faces washed,
Their trainers clean and neat
And this was odd, because, you know,
They didn’t want a sweet.

Four other runners followed them,
And yet another four;
And thick and fast they came at last,
And more, and more, and more
All hopping through the frothy waves,
And scrambling to the shore.

The RD and the Marshaller
Jogged on a mile or so,
And then they rested on a rock
Conveniently low:
And all the eager Newbies stood
And waited in a row.

‘The time has come,' the RD said,
To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax
Of cabbages — and kings
And this you all will have to face
A parkrun is just a run and no time is it a race!’

‘But hang about,' the Newbies cried,
Before we have our chat;
Some of us are out of breath,
And some of us are fat!'
‘Then walk!' replied the Marshaller,
‘There’s no disgrace in that.’

‘A loaf of bread,' the RD said,
Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed —
Now if you're ready, Newbies dear,
We can begin to feed.'

‘But not on us!' the Newbies cried,
Turning a little blue.
‘After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!'
‘The night is fine,' the RD said.
Do you admire the view?

It was so kind of you to come!
And you are very nice!'
The Marshaller said nothing but
He cut another slice:
‘I wish you were not quite so deaf —I've had to shout Go! twice!'
‘It seems a shame,' the RD said,
To play them such a trick,
After we have brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!'
The Marshaller said nothing but
‘This butter's spread too thick!'

‘No Hi-Viz shirts for some,' the RD said:
I deeply sympathize.'
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.

‘O Newbies,' said the Marshaller,
‘You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we parkrun back again?'
But results came there none —
And this was scarcely odd, because
Their barcodes were yet at home!

Our local Peeps, they watched and cheered
As they stood along the finish funnel
'If you enjoyed it, come next week’, (and lots of other banter)
Like ‘well done, and so well run’ to each arriving Panter
‘Have you seen those ferry fares?’ the Newbies cried, ‘We’ll stay away
Unless you provide us with a tunnel!’

‘That’s our wee joke,’ the Visitors spoke, with gales of merry laughter
‘We’ve loved our trip, you Peeps are hip, you really are welcoming.’
The RD and the Marshaller then knew,
Up Tourette’s Hill, there’d be swearing still
Each time the Newbies trod the path
Described as ‘undulating’!

(That doesn’t scan), but if you ran,
The Appley course that is, just 50 times thereafter,
We’d join your celebrating…

Please note: No walruses nor carpenters (nor Newbies!) were harmed in the making of this ditty


Medina IOW parkrun (on tour at Appley) number 463 – 2 October 2021

Medina IOW parkrun number 463 on tour was almost scuppered by some pesky sort of yellow wind and rain warning from the Met Office (!) but fear not as this is Medina IOW parkrun and we are a hardy bunch who do not baulk at the first threat of some 40 mph winds and rain fall.

176 of us all set off with a spring in our steps and probably hoping we would get around before any predicted rain fall arrived, but fear not as John Hepworth posted on FB, Ray gave us yet another weather window of opportunity this morning and so we had a chilly and blustery but rain free start to this week.  Thank you Ray for always watching out for us.

Clearly the duck that decided to fly in and join us at the start was expecting perhaps some rain and thought it might get to swim around with us; who knows? I did spot though that it didn’t attend Kevin’s first timers briefing - the cheek of it!

We welcomed 34 first timers and visitors to our amazing parkrun family and we hope you enjoyed your time with us on the IOW and will come back again. We had some oveners from far and wide; the furthest from Newcastle.  Welcome to you all and we hope you had fun with us.

We all set off with determination and PB’s in our sights even though we all know we would have to meet the dreaded “twin peaks” as I have affectionately come to name them. Tourettes Hill” is now the first peak we meet, which despite being my nemesis in previous years, I am now rather fond of.  We have introduced what I like to call “tantrum tor” as I literally have a tantrum now halfway up the thing determined it won’t get the better of me, but my stamina and lungs tell me different! Despite this we turn up every week determined to conquer them and there were 9 PB’s this week so well done to you all, and to Callum Tanner finishing in an amazing 19.48 minutes!

A shout out must go to our wonderful wonders in pink today as 35 of you turned up and stood in the wind and cold and some rain that started to hit us towards the end and still cheered us all on with a smile and clap. Without you we could not run every week so please if you haven’t already volunteered please consider doing a role it really is great fun.  Sam Cheek and Paul Seagrove did their first volunteer stint today and survived and hopefully this will be the first of many for them.

To finish this week, as it's Halloween month don’t forget to dust off your scary costumes, bed sheets and broomsticks ready to don for the run on the 30th October, as your Run Director on that date Aaron McGrath, invites all of us runners and volunteers to get our fancy dress on and we don’t want him to be the only one dressed up!

Finally, as the new mantra goes “put your bar code in the bucket”.  We all listened, and none went missing! Until we meet again next week, stay safe and dry

Jo and Neil (aka Fergies)


Medina IOW parkrun 463 on tour – 2nd Oct 2021

parkrun number 463 on tour was almost scuppered by some pesky sort of yellow wind and rain warning from the MET office! But fear not as this is Medina IOW parkrun and we are a hardy bunch who do not waiver at the first threat of some 40 mph winds and rain fall!

176 of us all set off with a spring in our steps and probably hoping we would get around before any predicted rainfall arrived, but fear not as John Hepworth posted on FB, Ray gave us yet another weather window of opportunity this morning and so we had a chilly and blustery but rain-free start to this week


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.



Medina IOW parkrun – 18 September 2021

After last week’s tour-de-force from Jo Randall, I’ll content myself with a fairly mundane account of this week’s results plus a few early stats pertaining to the latest course at Appley, or should it be Upley since there seems to be more up than down in the route – yes I know it’s not logical, given that the course starts and finishes in the same place, but logic goes out of the window when you hit the big hill. The course showed its positive and negative faces today. Some of the terrain is a bit uneven and care is needed when navigating it, especially going down the big hill, where we had a faller today. Fortunately, there was no serious injury, but please be extra careful. On the positive side, Kate Kelly, a visitor whose home parkrun is Cannon Hill, Birmingham, and whose journey here was something of an adventure, was heard to remark ‘what a lovely course’ shortly after finishing. I had my own magic moment as a squirrel dashed past, going faster than any of the runners.

There was another minor event at our Seaclose home this weekend, but it did not distract 199 discerning runners who turned up at for their weekly seaside jaunt. First across the finish line was Liam Busby of Wycombe Phoenix Harriers and AC in a time of 18.47, followed by Mark Walkey, who has run in 34 different parkruns, many not in the UK (20.02), and Thomas Thain of Kent AC (20.18). Liam was also one of only three runners to achieve a pb today. The other two, Chris Hooper and Filip Anszckak are new to parkrun with only 3 finishes each under their belt, although Filip is in the JM10 age group and has also completed some junior parkruns. I’m sure he will continue to keep improving. Leading home the ladies were Kathryn Holliday (22.41) on her first visit to Medina, Leela Dilkes-Hoffman (22.59) who has a very similar collection of parkruns to Mark Walkey and Charlotte Everard (23.32) from Spa Striders RC. The best age-grade performance (73.33%) was achieved by our very own Peter Sexton, followed by Ralph Dadswell of Ealing Eagles Running Club (71.99%) and Roger Merry (70.21%) in only his 7th parkrun, all at Medina.

Since we returned from our 16 month break, three age category records have been broken: Ellen Weir, JW15-17, 18.11; Alex Morrice, SW20-24, 19.10; Nick Bowker, VM35-39, 16.08. Unsurprisingly, all these times were set before we moved to Upley, but it still merits massive congratulations to have run faster than anyone else in your age group over the course of 461 parkruns. I hope, though, that you were running and not racing.

Over 50 finishers are listed as first timers this week, but the great majority are visitors. Only two were doing their first ever parkrun at any venue. Welcome to Michael Yates and Paul Elliot –we hope to see you many more times.

There was only one t-shirt earned today. Congratulations to junior Mary-Rose Fleming on completing 10 parkruns. A few years older, but still in the SM20-24 age group, Harry Furmidge became the second Furmidge to reach the 350 milestone, though there are 3 more of them at 295 or more.

Here are the stats that I threatened you with. I was interested to know how much slower is the Upley course than the 2021 Seaclose one, or indeed is it slower at all? There are very few data to play with – five Seaclose runs and four Upley, but here are some thoughts. I will compare the times of the median runner for each run (the person who has the same number of finishers ahead as behind). The median is representative of the middle of the field where finishing times are generally most tightly clustered and is unaffected by any extremely fast or slow finishers. For the five Seaclose runs it ranges from 27.47 to 29.26, averaging 28.25 and for the four Upley runs 29.32 to 31.20, averaging 30.24. You can see that there is no overlap – the slowest Seaclose time is faster (just) than the fastest Seaclose time. With simple(!) probability calculations, which I hope I’ve done correctly, the chances of no overlap if both courses produced the same distribution of finishing times is 1/126 (0.008), suggesting pretty strongly that the courses have different time distributions. The number of runs is too small to give the magnitude of the difference with any certainly, but until more data are available the best guess is that the Upley course is about two minutes slower than Seaclose. It would be nice to give an update when we have more data, but it is likely to be months before can next run (and collect data) at Seaclose, by which time conditions underfoot and possibly the courses themselves may change.

One other stat pertinent to the move between the two courses is that the number of finishers at the five Seaclose runs ranged from 331 to 385. The first week after the move, 336 finished, but dropped substantially to 242, 267 and 199 after that. At first sight you might suspect that having seen the new Upley course for the first time, a sizeable minority decided not to repeat the experience. However, parkrunners are a hardy bunch and it seems more likely to me that the drop was due to the end of school holidays and fewer parkrun tourists.

Finally, let’s say another big thank-you to this week’s 37 volunteers. Following our co-Event Director’s strong nudge (to put it politely) last week regarding the near cancellation of the run due to the lack of volunteers, the spaces seemed to fill a wee bit quicker this week, though there are still a lot of familiar faces from previous weeks.. But such nudges should not be necessary. I understand that many of you own these new-fangled smartphone thingys that supposedly do all sorts of clever things. They make it easier to volunteer for scanning or timing, but surely they must also be capable of persistently reminding you when you haven’t volunteered for several weeks or you could ‘ask Alexa’ when you last volunteered and act appropriately.



Medina parkrun Report – 11th Sep 2021 (on tour!)

EDITOR’S PROLOGUE: Parkrun very nearly got cancelled today due to lack of volunteers. PLEASE help us to stop this happening again, folks. Offer to help when you can, and please encourage your friends and family members to help too. We cannot do this on the small core team of regular volunteers alone, and nor should we have to. Sometimes THEY would like to run too, don’t forget, something NONE of them have the heart to do when they see the roster in dire straits every week! Thank you.


Happy Isle of Wight Day! This is our annual Island celebration of all thing “Oilawoight”, so I thought it would be fun to use this report to shine a light on local dialect, terminology and history. Without further quiddle (fuss) grab your nammit (lunch) and a cuppa, and let me educate you, and I promise there’ll be no ballyragging (bad language)!

Let’s start by welcoming all the grockles (holidaymakers!) who managed to find us even though we have been turfed off our home course at Nippert (Newport) because of the impending Festival. The rest of the 267 strong field of runners and walkers was made up of Caulkheads (born and bred Oilawoighters!) and Overners (non-natives who live here!).

As always there was a full gamut of ages running, so let’s hear it for all the nippers – our very youngest runners today: Filip Anszczak, Isaac Maart, Patience Fleming and Theodore Bishop, and for all the truly inspiring and amazing “not-so-young-but-young-at-heart” 70 somethings, Sue Clerkin, Davids Burton & Brodie, Peters Baulch & Jolliffe, Katharine Roberts, Ian Jolliffe, Eric & Lesley Brown, Bruce Mayo, Jenny Mitchell, Chris Amy and Roger Merry – who is actually only one day into this age group!

A special hats-off to our one and only 80+ runner today, the irrepressible Mr John “JV” Langley. Zoonderkins, he be a bonnygoo lad, that’un! (my word, he’s a lively fellow!). Whether you consider yourself bonnygoo or slouchun (slightly less lively!), you are ALL welcome here!

The one thing we ALL had in common today was mutual flustration (fear) of them there girt drusses (those rather hilly areas), especially the one we have all nicknamed “Tourettes Hill” (I’m sure you found out why!). You have to admit though, it might be hilly, but this course really is stunning (despite the current road repairs being carried out!). It has grassy parkland, twisty paths, woodland, gristy (sandy) sea-walls, beach-huts, a moat, cracking sea views and even a mini-castle for goodness’ sake!

I thought it would be interesting to pepper this report with some interesting facts about things you will have seen on the run today, so let’s start with our venue itself; APPLEY PARK.

The site was once private landscaped grounds (known as the St John’s Estate), above which St John’s House stood from the late 1700s. Lots of the beautiful old oak trees you’ve run past today have been there since that time (and even earlier), and it is not uncommon to see Red Squirrels playing in them. Part of the southern grounds were then sold off and became “Appley Towers Estate” in the 1800s, and Appley Tower itself was built in 1875 (more about that shortly). Whilst the old mansion was demolished and developed for housing in the 1950s, two of the three lodge houses still survive on the West approach to the Park; one of which you ran past a few times today but probably didn’t even realise! The third used to be down on the corner now occupied by the Three Buoys cafe.

A small aside for a moment; we are so sorry about the parking issues today due to the Classic Car rally. We had NO idea such a thing was taking place or we would have warned you all in the week. Very well done to the runners who turned up late (after desperately searching for a parking space) but still wanted to run!

Starting the run in this beautiful park is already pretty special, but then the course takes you onto the sea-front where you can spy – over to the West - RYDE PIER. Some of you grockles may actually have been on the pier today, but did you all know that it is actually the world's oldest seaside pleasure pier? The Victorians loved it and there used to be all kinds of attractions and entertainments at the pier head!

Ryde Pier

The sea-front is too lovely to dash along, so I wouldn’t blame anyone for being a bit swaailen or swotchel (moving in a lazy manner!) along this bit! In the distance you can spy Spinnaker Tower across the Solent, but closer to home we have our own very lovely and Maggotty (whimsical) seaside folly: APPLEY TOWER.

*Putting on my mortar board, pince-nez and cape for this next bit!*

Appley Tower was built as a miniature castle in 1875 by Hutt family. It therefore features a circular tower, battlements, a turret and an external staircase, and I also have it on good authority that is has Gothic Revival tracery windows, and an oriel window facing the sea. Quiet at the back of the class! Appley Tower

If you prefer things less rackety (extravagant) the simple but colourful beach-huts are always a happy sight, and then we move quickly into the cool shade of the Puckpool Park moat. PUCKPOOL PARK is actually the site of a Palmerston Fort built in 1865, and eventually turned into a holiday camp in the 1930s. Some of the fortifications are still intact, so do go and explore if you get the chance. You can also have a round of mini golf, a game of tennis and a cuppa or an ice-cream at the tea-room whilst you are there!


Away from the sea-views and we are back into the Park again, and it is fair to say the two hills left some of us Crumpbacked and Skitterways (words which speak for themselves beautifully!), but somehow they didn’t stop 10 people getting a PB – including one of our youngest runners, the aforementioned Filip Anszczak, and the first runner over the line Isaac Andrews. I bet they be all twickered now (one assumes they will all be rather weary now!).

The top age-graded score of the day always deserves a mention, and this week that honour falls to Alan Graham from Lordshill (restraining myself from pointing you out as a grockel here, Alan!) with 75.62%. I also noticed that the next highest age-scores were achieved by 60-somethings Alison and Chris Hughes, and without knowing for sure I like to imagine these two are married. If I’m wrong and you two don’t actually know each other, can I just say that clearly you are ideally matched and we can set you up a parkrun date next Saturday if you’d like to meet up!!

 Cri-me-gemminy (gosh!), all that running around and fresh air has given me an appetite, so let’s nip off for some nunchen (AKA “brunch”) and reflect on what a lovely place we find ourselves today. Whether your bag is dinosaurs, smugglers, cider, ice-cream, crazy-golf, pub lunches, cliff-walks, gardens, theme parks or beaches... wurrit not (don’t stress!) because we’ve got it all, Nipper!

Happy Oilawoight Day!

Caulkhead Jo




Medina parkrun report – 4th September 2021

Medina IoW parkrun #459 was on tour again this morning back at Appley with a somewhat overcast start. I also had an overcast start trying to submit this report with no pesky broadband! (Please note, ‘pesky’ is absolutely not a word in my vocabulary but when I wrote in the expression I really wanted to use, Word put a big red line under it. I was expecting a ‘See me!!’ in red pen in the margin too.) In a nutshell, if you’re reading this well after the event and have already lost interest, apologies. Blame technology.

242 of you uber fit runners turned out today with Chris de Mouilpied the first to get his token scanned! Chris also achieved a parkrun PB today so off to the pub to celebrate that one later, well done Chris.

Joining Chris in the PB Hall of Fame were another 4 runners today so I can only assume that the school holidays nearing an end means parents, grandparents, childminders and anyone who has associated with a small person for the last 6 weeks just wants to lie down. It’s like getting to the 26 mile point of a marathon with absolutely nothing in the tank and realising there’s still 0.2 miles to go. Officially the longest distance on earth.

Warm welcomes to 33 of you joining the only Isle of Wight parkrun ever to exist, your RD today was Mr Grenville Tuck (if you’ve never heard of the Tucks are you even a runner?!) who is most definitely not to be confused with your First Timers Briefer Kevin Fry. Thank you to you both and all the other volunteers today for making the magic happen!

Patience Fleming achieved her 10th milestone, Mark Knowles achieved his 50th, whilst not an official milestone Bridget Lewis hit 300 and a special mention to Paul Killick with a whopping 693 parkruns under his belt (a very small belt I imagine after running well over 2000 parkrun miles).

Don’t forget, if you’re feeling pretty smug after your performances today you can still sign up for the Ryde Harriers Isle of Wight Marathon on 10th October, closing date for entries is the weekend before so you may as well as you’ve just had payday! Not much of a jump from a parkrun to a marathon and this one is a particularly easy one, not undulating at all, promise! (I made that bit up btw) It’s also an opportunity to run it in its phenomenal 65th year making it the UK’s longest running marathon. Pretty impressive to add your running CV, yes?

That wraps up my tenth anniversary of parkrun reports (I know, it seems longer, right?), so if you’ll excuse me, today’s bad decisions aren’t going to make themselves! Happy weekend!

Sarah xx


Medina IOW parkrun 458 – 28 August 2021

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside,
Oh we do like to be beside the sea,
Oh we do like to run along the prom prom prom,
Where the brass band plays, tiddly pom, pom, pom.

What a lovely morning to return to Appley, our alternative course. The sun shone, and there was a cool breeze – ideal running weather. All that was missing was the brass band…..

Well done to the 336 of you that remembered to not go to Seaclose, and to all the amazing volunteers that made it happen. Special thanks this week must go to two volunteers in particular, who put the hours in this week to make sure that the run was possible.

Firstly, Steve Bennett single handedly transferred the vital kit to Ryde to ensure that we could put the event on.


Secondly, Neil Cooper solved the conundrum of how we could run at Appley whilst avoiding the new sewage pipe installation which has appeared since we were last there. This took a lot of work because, as ever, the course had to be 5km. Neil achieved this, and even made sure that we got to run on all of the different surfaces which Appley has to offer, which gave us lots of variety.

The new course is tough (understatement!) but that didn’t stop Benjamin Douglas being the first finisher in an astonishing time of 18:41. He even managed to get lost when going through the wood. There is only one path, Ben. How did you get lost? Ben was closely followed by Ollie Owen and then Ellen Weir.

There were, amazingly, 13 people who managed to get a PB on that course which truly is an achievement!

Congratulations to Mark Paine, who earned his first milestone t-shirt by completing his 50th run. Well done as well to Erin O’Donnell and Alban Fleming who each earned their first t-shirts by finishing their 10th run.

We also welcomed lots of visitors this week, many of whom made up the 56 first timers. We hope you enjoyed your seaside experience, and will visit again. Those true first timers to parkrun – we do hope you’ll be back again and hope that the hills haven’t put you off completely.

We loved being back amongst you all and running/chatting/laughing. It seems to mean more than ever these days and we are thankful for every Saturday. Thank you for being part of the parkrun family on this Bank Holiday weekend.

John and Becky H


Medina IOW parkrun 457 – 21st August 2021

Editor’s Note: Before John’s excellent report, we need to tell you that parkrun very nearly didn’t happen today, due to lack of volunteers. You will notice that there was a scanner missing and some points along the route that might have benefitted from a marshal... this wouldn't be the case if enough helpers came forward every week from the thousands that are signed up to Medina.

The parkrun rule is that every single parkrunner should give up just 3 parkruns a year to volunteer. It is a small ask to enable us ALL to enjoy this amazing and FREE activity.

To volunteer for any forthcoming date, simply go to the Volunteer tab and use the email service to tell Matt & Joy what you would like to do and when. It is so simple and means the world to us.

Thank you, and now over to John for today's report:


Greetings, Peeps. Once again this is a much older JV (now VM85-89!) giving the news as seen From the Rear.

After such a long wait it is great to be back in the proverbial saddle once more, so here goes. Medina continues to the THE event of the week for so many eager beavers of the running fraternity. A massive start containing 359 regulars and 26 newbies both from the Island and across the Solent. Is the collective noun for so many, a 'Jostle'?

First home in a cracking time of 16:57 was Benjamin Douglas from Leeds, hotly pursued in second place by an unknown runner, and in third place first-timer Leon Berry in 18:49. Not to be outdone, the ladies matched the pace with first-timer Alex Morrice arriving in 19:10, followed by Tash Morrice (Alex’s sister I am guessing?) in 22:37 and Lucy Pickering third in 23:04. Champion of the Week with a personal Age Grading of 78.57% (and a PB!) was Steve Hargrave. Congratulations. As for PBs this week, there were so many out there showing performance improvement we suspect you have been training on at least three Weetabix a day...

In compliance with the title of this piece, gallant performances were seen from Katy Bishop, Nicky Brock and septuagenarian John Pearson lurking around the tail end. For us less able and perhaps a little doddery, it's great to have you along in our gang.

Remember to carry your barcode or you will lose the chance of an honourable News mention as well as not getting a result. Last but definitely not least, our grateful thanks for making today such a success must go to the band of course-setters-up and takers-down and all the Volunteers who timed you in, ensured no-one got lost and provided encouraging banter as each runner passed them. I do hope you returned their greetings with many thank-you's? If you would like to try your hand as a volunteer there is always a need to be filled. Just click on the Volunteer column at the head of this website and discover the joy of oiling the proverbial parkrun machine.

Finally, my spies inform me that next week it will be to no avail turning up for parkrun at Seaclose since we are having to decamp over to Appley Park in Ryde for the next month or so. In that case it is time to drag out the hymn sheets and with ragged voices offer praise to the great god of parkrun in the manner of this anthem:

"Oh, we do like to run beside the seaside (tiddleypom)
We do like to be beside the sea (tiddleypom)
There'll be parkrun girls and boyses
Enjoying such a thrill
Making panting noises
As they climb up Tourettes Hill!

Oh yes, it's all quite lovely out at Appley
You're really going to like it
Leave home early by bus or by car
(Some will aim to hike or bike it from afar)
Try not to lose your beauty sleep
Last week the moat was almost two feet deep!
At the seaside, beside the sea (tiddleypom)"

JV (AKA John Victor Langley!)

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