Mole Valley parkrun #3 – 31st March 2018

Many thanks to Paul Fielding for writing the run report:

306 runners turned out for the 3rd Mole Valley parkrun. We'd been promised hills and mud and there were certainly plenty of both in the vineyard. Other parkruns may have bigger hills, or more gluttonous mud, but Mole Valley parkrun offers a combination of both which makes it one of the tougher courses around. As we set off for the first lap of the field there was a fair amount of slipping, slithering and falling over going on, which might have suggested to a casual observer that some of the participants had already been sampling Denbies Wine Estate's excellent produce, although I'm sure this was not the case.

Once we'd puffed up the first hill the run levelled out somewhat and we could enjoy the great views of Box Hill, which looms over the far side of the valley. Please don't be tempted to re-route the course up there.

The results of the run were published very promptly and the eagle-eyed may have noticed a small change to the parkrun results format this week. For the first time there is an icon on the results page denoting membership of the 25 volunteer club. For those new to parkrun, there are various free, parkrun milestone T shirts you can qualify for: for volunteering 25 times and/or running 50, 100, 250 or even 500 times Membership of these clubs are shown with the relevant icon in the results listing. There's also a juniors-only, 10 runs T shirt.

This was quite an experienced field as we had 7 members of the 250 runs club, 47 members of the 100 runs club, 25 members of the 50 runs club, 7 members of the juniors-only, 10 runs club and 26 members of the 25 volunteer club.

At the other end of the scale there were 52 runners doing their first ever parkrun. Too many to list here, but welcome to all of you. Hope you enjoyed it and will be back for more and perhaps collect some of those free milestone T shirts one day.

Finally many thanks to the 21 excellent volunteers who turned out to put the run on. Your efforts are much appreciated. Remember parkrun relies entirely on volunteers to make the runs happen every week, so if you could spare an hour or so one Saturday to help out please check out the volunteer page, contact us through Facebook, or speak to one of the team in the park. All roles are easy to do and you get fully briefed beforehand.

Here are the official stats for this week:

Mole Valley parkrun
Event number 3
31st March 2018
This week 306 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 187 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:
Coreena BRINCK • Paul FIELDING • Julian BLACK • Robert PHILLIPS • Cathy SMITH • Emma CRAYTON • Mark LOWTHER • Richard GRASSLY • Linda SCRASE • Nicky GOODWIN • Susie CRAYTON • Barry WATTS • Matt MILLER • Willie MURRAY • Karen WHEATLEY • Ingrid MRAZOVA • Zahra SHARPLES • Claire PROCTER • Jonathan SPRING • Elizabeth KARLICKA-COOK • Martin CRAYTON
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Mole Valley parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Ollie GARROD who recorded a time of 17:38 on 17th March 2018 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Heather PATERSON who recorded a time of 22:12 on 17th March 2018 (event number 1).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val BROCKWELL who recorded 78.08% (27:36) on 24th March 2018 (event number 2).
Mole Valley parkrun started on 17th March 2018. Since then 744 participants have completed 959 parkruns covering a total distance of 4,795 km, including 86 new Personal Bests.

 

The inaugural Mole Valley parkrun!

Saturday 17th March 2018 saw the first Mole Valley parkrun take place. Over two years in the making, it was a highly anticipated event!

 

A bit of background as to how our parkrun started….Mole Valley District Council were very keen to get a parkrun in their area and kindly provided the required funding but despite plenty of green spaces, we struggled to find a suitable venue for parkrun. Who knew that large car parks and non-bridleway paths were so hard to come-by! It was finally Denbies Wine Estate to the rescue after they gave us permission to use their land - and what a perfect parkrun location it is. A scenic 1-lap route through the vineyard with a beautiful view of Box Hill although slightly obscured today with the weather. Thank you to all of those who have made Mole Valley parkrun happen - two years of persistence was definitely worth it!

 

Ready for the inaugural

On to Saturday’s run. After sending off the 354 runners for their 5km run in the snow, it was a great sight to see the long line of runners running up the hill and across the vineyard. We didn’t have to wait long for the first finisher, Ollie Garrod, to arrive back in 17:38 – a very impressive time considering the hills and a high benchmark for the course record! First female finisher was Heather Paterson in 22:12 – a great time, well done!

First finisher and Run Director
The first finisher, Ollie Garrod, who was also running his 250th parkrun (well done), and me looking very happy after a successful inaugural!

 

As the runners came through, a great atmosphere built up at the finish line. Feedback from the field was that it was a tough course with a cold biting wind but thoroughly enjoyable, with great support from the marshals throughout. The downhill second half was also a much-needed relief after the uphill climbs in the first half. After running/walking the course several times over the last few months, I’m looking forward to running the course in a parkrun soon!

 

An amazing 67 people took part in their first ever parkrun – we hope you enjoyed it and will be back again soon! Congratulations to those who achieved milestones today:

-       Our first finisher Ollie Garrod: 250 runs

-       Daniel Bye: 200 runs (no t-shirt but instead a nice home-made sign from his sister)

-       Michael Rebera and Steven Alder: 100 runs

-       Matthieu Michel: 50 runs

 

I look forward to many more Mole Valley parkruns with you all. Don’t forget to sign up to volunteer by emailing molevalleyhelpers@parkrun.com.

Hannah

(Mole Valley Event Director)

Mole Valley parkrun

This week 354 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 339 were first timers and 0 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 43 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Tina WOODS • Wendy WAKELIN • Paul W H MILLER • Debbie RAYMOND • Nicholas FOSTER • Zoe OSTLEY • Stephen HOWSON • Trevor MEADOWCROFT • Hannah BYE • Daniel BRATTON • Robert PHILLIPS • Rob MILLS • Mark LOWTHER • Adrian BANKS • Linda SCRASE • Sandra CAPE • Sarah BEASLEY • David WICKENDEN • Steven ALDER • Matthew HUBBARD • Nicky GOODWIN • Paul SILVESTER • Barry WATTS • David PROCTER • Ruth WOOD • Jonathan SPRING • Elizabeth KARLICKA-COOK

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Mole Valley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Ollie GARROD who recorded a time of 17:38 on 17th March 2018 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Heather PATERSON who recorded a time of 22:12 on 17th March 2018 (event number 1).
The Age Grade course record is held by Steve WINDER who recorded 75.07% (19:11) on 17th March 2018 (event number 1).

Mole Valley parkrun started on 17th March 2018. Since then 340 participants have completed 354 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,770 km, including 0 new Personal Bests.

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