Hannah’s Leaving

During these unprecedented times it has potentially been missed that the world of Mole Valley parkrun has lost a very influential and committed parkrun force. Hannah, our first Mole Valley parkrun Event Director is leaving us for pastures new and challenges in Cambridge.

Mole Valley parkrun started two years ago, Hannah has been a driving force and a motivation not only throughout that time but before the inaugural run.

We all send our very best wishes to Hannah & Dan for every success in their next endeavours.

The parkrun created at Denbies is mainly due to Hannah and therefore it is only fitting that the first climb on the course has become known as Hannah’s Hill. Although, I’m sure others have their own interpretation! Mole Valley parkrun was some five years plus in the making and without Mole Valley District Council’s sponsorship, Denbies’ and Hannah’s commitment, it might never have happened

Hopefully, conditions will allow parkrun to return to Mole Valley soon. Steve, Dave, Rob and Jo look forward to that Saturday and welcoming parkrunners again. Until then stay safe.



Thankfully the first of today's rain showers held off  until all 224 of today's runners & walkers were safely home & dry (or at least taking advantage of Denbies café)

Another muddy one but that never puts off our regulars - & we were also delighted to welcome 9 confirmed first timers (plus some more who dont *yet* have their barcode) - fabulous to have you all in the park run 'family'!

Henry Smith was first male home in 18.31, with Emiko Salvi  first female in 21.32, great times considering the conditions, which also didn't prevent 12 runners achieving PBs.

Suitably on a milestone day for the venue, three people had very notable milestones:
Elena Romanova hit her big 50... while Dave Holloway showed us all how a tiara should be worn to celebrate his 100 (very fetching it was too). Meanwhile Richard Ingram managed numerical excellence by coming position 100th for his  100th park run. Most satisfying for number nerds such as myself.

In all another fantastic start to the weekend - made possible by volunteers & made special by mutual respect & friendship showing the human spirit is not quite so lacking as media might have us believe just now. Stay safe, stay well, til next time.

Slip-Sliding-Away Event #105 15/02/2020

A hugely impressive 251 runners braved the early whisperings of Storm Dennis - from a marshals perspective it seemed our numbers were well bolstered by quite a number of intrepid visitors, seeking their Saturday morning running-fix (several other parkruns were cancelled by the weather, which might explain why an amazing 40 clubs were represented round Denbies this week).

3rd Man (at point D)

It certainly was 'challenging' conditions; more than a little blowy up on top, and rather a quagmire in places - as one of our regulars quipped "should be renamed 'ParkMud'!" and yet, despite this somehow 8 people managed to squelch, lope and slide to PBs this week - how????

tailwalker keeps his footing !

Some muddy legs (and very muddy paws  - our canine runners certainly seemed to enjoy it) in evidence at the finish, but amazed that most participants remained upright for the distance - and all beat the rain home.  Well done Mole Valley, truly *nothing* stops us getting our parkrun high; but now batten down the hatches for the rest of the weekend!




Saturday 11th January 2020 – by Jane Morris

Saturday 11th January 2020 was an auspicious day for two reasons.   Today Mole Valley parkrun celebrated its 100th run - how time flies!  To celebrate 418 runners/walkers took part and that was a record!  Who would guess that 418 of us relish tackling those two hills, one a mudfest and the other which teases you with its plateau.  Imagine how the volunteers felt when they realised they only had 441 tokens at the start and they feared they might run out - luckily those raffle tickets were not needed.


Today I started my parkrun rather early at 8am, as the second auspicious moment was Maggie's 50th birthday celebration!  Maggie is an inspiration to all her friends, fellow runners and Waitrose Dorking colleagues as she is on the road to recovery from an aneurysm and stroke last February.  She wanted to celebrate at her local parkrun as she is one fantastic runner who is currently on a sabbatical.  But today she ran the last 10 metres into the funnel.  No, there was not a dry eye amongst us.


However, this meant I was able to report on how the parkrun unfolds and it was obvious the Vegan Runners had come out in force to tackle Mole Valley and two of their runners finished 2nd and 3rd!  Chris Dyson was our fastest finisher and he was also part of the Maggie party.  He was exceptionally speedy!  Mole Valley Runners were also out and about - they are easy to spot due to their brand new t-shirts and their love of the Tikiboo running leggings.  Another local running club also had some high achievers today and that is Dorking Mole Valley Athletics Club.  I really want to highlight Maisie Wates (11-14) who was the first junior girl to finish and with a PB!  I remember the time I used to trudge in her wake as she ran with her Dad!  Keep going Maisie!!  Jack Sunderland travelled from Huddersfield to celebrate with Maggie, he was the first junior boy in his age group.


I love parkrun and I love the camaraderie that you find at any parkrun.  I also love that volunteers don't just volunteer at their local one but spread the love.  This week Martin Crayton was giving out the finish tokens with a Duke of Edinburgh volunteer.  Martin is often found at Brooklands.  Martin doesn't run parkrun but he gives up his time for the rest of us to have fun.


Finally, parkrun isn't about competition, or speed, or racing (well, I'm not sure we totally follow this mantra, I do like to beat the odd friend or two!) and anyone can join in as the volunteers wait for everyone to finish.  So I hope all the first timers will be back because when the bug bites you too could be like Alicia Utchanah who ran her 10th one, David Capsey, James Pearce and Stuart Eastmond ran their 50th and Peter Dry ran his 520th!


Happy Birthday to Mole Valley and Maggie!


parkrun over Christmas – Updated information

Weds 25th Dec - 9am (Denbies building will be closed)

Saturday 28th Dec - 9am

Weds 1st Jan - Now at 9am (Denbies building will be closed)

As always, we need volunteers so if you/family/friends can help, please email us at molevalley@parkrun.com.



Christmas drinks

This Friday (20th) we will be having a few Christmas drinks at the Old House pub (in the Narnia room) in Dorking from 19:00. Please join us to celebrate a great 2019 at Mole Valley parkrun!


Mole Valley parkrun photos

All new photos will be stored on Google Photos, with the links to each album posted here. Thanks to the photographers listed below for some great shots!

23rd November 2019 (Karianne Di Salvo ): https://photos.app.goo.gl/H4Qj8Jc51LV8qpBk9

9th November 2019 (Raquel Hutchinson): https://photos.app.goo.gl/qv2J69mGXtNXbknM6

19th October 2019 (Wil Hennessy): https://photos.app.goo.gl/zPMkqwsDiXo2pGESA

17th August 2019 (Hannah Bye): https://photos.app.goo.gl/38G4cBV2xYVCEzrR8

11th May 2019 (Steve Rencontre): https://photos.app.goo.gl/cQ12CY3aLtWV6wWh7

4th May 2019 (Graham Crawforth): https://photos.app.goo.gl/YAxeAAHDCa7uF47G9


Christmas at Mole Valley!

***Update:  Thank you to several people who have offered use of a defibrillator for New Year’s Day. This means we can go ahead! It will be at the slightly later time of 10:30 to give you a lie-in or to let you go to Guildford parkrun at 9am for the chance to do a parkrun double! ***

We're happy to announce that there will be a Mole Valley parkrun on Christmas Day at 9 am. As always, we need volunteers so if you/family/friends can help, please email us at molevalley@parkrun.com.

Please note that Denbies building will be closed so there will be NO access to toilets or cafe.

Last year it was a great start to Christmas Day so we hope to see lots of you there again!

For New Year's Day, at the moment we can't secure access to a defibrillator which means the event can't go ahead. We will let you know if this changes.


Harry Tempan announces retirement from parkrun at 94 (25th November 2019)

For those at Mole Valley parkrun last Saturday (23rd Nov), you may know that 94 yr old Harry fell over. We wish Harry a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing Harry back as a spectator or perhaps walking the course once the mud has gone! Here is an update from his daughter, Betty, and Betty also lets us know about Harry's fantastic achievements:


After tripping during the Mole Valley parkrun last Saturday morning, Harry has decided that he will no longer compete in the parkrun. Apart from cuts to his hands, he is fit and well, and would like to thank the runners and marshals who assisted him so kindly and ably.


Harry holds the overall parkrun record for VM 90-94, having run the challenging Mole Valley course in 32.50 in 2018. His age-graded score is 107.56%.


Harry ‘s greatest athletics achievements have been at 1500m and 800m. He only started winning titles at 55 when he won the European V55 1500m in Strasbourg and then aged 59 in the European championships at Brighton he won both the V55 800m and 1500m in 2.14 and 4.29 respectively. The following year he won the V60 World Vets gold in Rome in 4.36 and gained both silver and the British record in the 800m.


In 1990, when he was 65, he ran 5,000m on the track in Solihull in 18.15. On the same day he achieved the V65 British 1500m record in 4.44, a record which I believe still stands.


Aged 82, he topped the world over 80 rankings that year in 800m and 1500m in 3.08 and 6.30. At 83 he competed in 100m, 200m and 400m and obtained the British V80 record in the 400m in 83.9. The following year he retired from track competition.


Harry intends to continue his regular training runs in Dorking and will come to the Mole Valley parkrun as a spectator.


Betty Williams


Mole Valley Runners parkrun takeover – 23rd November 2019 (by Louise Sutherland)

Saturday morning saw over 40 Mole Valley Runners either volunteering or running at Mole Valley parkrun. We had marshals from 3 years old to 63 years old, and many in between, all keen to lend a hand and cheer on the runners and timekeep, token sort, and even take the weekly photos.

We had Martha and Eddie with mum Hannah cheering on Dad along with the rest of the runners, regular volunteer Molly and mum Lucinda were on hand cheering too, as were Jacob, Mya and mum Sara, Teddy and Issy and mum Becci. Debbie the founder of MVR was there too along with her daughter Francesca. What’s great is that many of these children are now running the Leatherhead Junior parkrun on Sundays, so it was a brilliant opportunity for them to give back and support others.

Molly has formed a great friendship with Harry, one of the veteran Mole Valley parkrun runners (who holds the age grade course record), and was very upset when he took a tumble near her on Saturday. Thankfully, several of the MVR volunteers are first aid trained run leaders and were on hand to look after Harry while they waited for the ambulance to come and give him a good check over. The good news is he is fine, so will be back running again soon!

There were a lot of slips and slides, and muddy knees and bottoms by the end of the run due to the very inclement weather, so it was impressive to see 252 people turn up ready to run. 37 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

If anyone would like to know more about Mole Valley Runners, which is an England Athletics affiliated social running club, run purely by volunteers, please take a look at our facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/MoleValleyRunners/ and website www.molevalleyrunners.co.uk We have group runs on Monday and Thursday mornings in Bookham and Effingham, a Wednesday lunch time run from the Wooton Hatch Pub, and evening runs on Monday in Dorking, Tuesday in Bookham, Wednesday in Leatherhead and Thursday in Ashtead. We cater for all paces and abilities, and look forward to seeing you soon.


Louise Sutherland

Club Secretary Mole Valley Runners

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:



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

The female record is held by Elsa PALMER who recorded a time of 19:15 on 29th September 2018 (event number 29).
The male record is held by George GRASSLY who recorded a time of 16:09 on 21st September 2019 (event number 82).
The Age Grade course record is held by Harry TEMPAN who recorded 107.56% (32:50) on 23rd June 2018 (event number 15).

Mole Valley parkrun started on 17th March 2018. Since then 6,802 participants have completed 25,957 parkruns covering a total distance of 129,785 km, including 5,214 new Personal Bests. A total of 428 individuals have volunteered 2,132 times.

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