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.