Event #90 “Let them have cake !” by Matt Miller (Sat 16th Nov 2019)

Today we had a lovely sunny and dry morning with clear skies. The Autumn colours on the trees made the course look very picturesque. Today’s highlight was our Event Director, Hannah Bye’s 250th parkrun, which was also her birthday. It has taken Hannah seven and a half years to reach this milestone. Her first parkrun was at Wimbledon Common in May 2012 and 33 of her runs have been at Mole Valley parkrun. Before this morning’s parkrun Hannah was presented with a purple 250 parkrun sash to wear on her run today. After the run she shared a large cake celebrating her achievement with friends and family in Denbies cafe. Happy Birthday and well done, Hannah! There were no other milestone runs today.

We had a few tourists today including one lady from New York where there are no parkruns at present although that may change in the future as there are over 40 parkruns in the USA now. If you are heading over to the “Big Apple” on holiday the nearest one is Delaware & Raritan parkrun near New Brunswick in New Jersey.

Our first runner home today was Steve Winder (Epsom & Ewell Harriers) in an impressive time of 18:12, followed by Blair Laird (Moray Road Runners) in 18:22 and Stuart Prentice (Dorking & Mole Valley Athletic Club) in 20:44.

Leading the ladies today was Anna Bloomfield (Epsom & Ewell Harriers) in 21:45, Lily Brown (Epsom & Ewell Harriers) in 23:43 & Caitlyn Harvey (Kingston Athletic Club & Polytechnic Harriers) in 23:47. It was Caitlyn’s first attempt at our tough course. Interestingly, all three ladies ran in the 11-14 Age Category!

At the other end of the spectrum our fastest time by a Septuagenarian today was an impressive 28:03 by Gary Anthony Lloyd of Old Wellingtonians Cross Country Club.

Well done to all of the above.

We had 247 parkrunners today. The highest Age Grading posted this morning was 79.76% achieved by first finisher, Steve Winder. An age grading of over 70% of the speed of a top runner shows an exceptional level of fitness especially on our hilly course.

The most experienced parkrunner taking part this morning was Suzan Baker who has done 535 parkruns and earnt her blue 500 parkrun t-shirt. Only 90 people out of 6 million registered runners worldwide have reached that impressive milestone.

There were 25 registered parkrunners and a few unregistered runners who were brand new to parkrun today. A warm welcome to Stuart Peel, Jasmine Peel, Justin Clarke, Sam Randall, John Empson, Clive Hook, Jessica Rogers, Grantley Rogers, Josh Randall, Hannah Rogers, Kim Garrod, Sarah Randall, Amey Anturkar, Sam Peel, Caroline Ongeri Chick, Kate Rogers, Anneli Randall, Ed Randall, Lesley Piper, Beth Rogers, James Oliver, Elena Muntean, Bethan Lucas, Louise Charman & Emma Jacques. Do come back and try our course again!

11 runners obtained Personal Bests for the course today. Well done to Blair Laird, Toby Heaver, Maisie Wates, Edward Warren, Lambert Sturges, Emily Bye, Don Morgan, Oscar George White, Chloe Pearce, Mary Nima & Roy Davies. Congratulations to all of you!

 

Next week, I am back at Squerryes Winery parkrun in Westerham, Kent which is another parkrun course I am now helping with on a regular basis. I will be doing my 200th parkrun there next Saturday. Squerryes Winery parkrun has only been running for 2 months. Do come and visit us if you are interested in parkrun tourism. The course is mainly flat with a minor hill. It runs round two farmers fields and a vineyard. It has been very muddy and slippery  lately so either come in trail shoes or visit us when the course has dried out. Its big attraction is that there actually a section near the end where you can run through the vines for a couple of hundred metres which is something you can’t do at Denbies Vineyard. If you want to hear more about the course you can listen to an interview with the Co-Event Directors on Episode 67 of the unofficial parkrun podcast “With Me Now”.

 

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!

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

 

Foggy and Slippery Mole Valley parkrun #89 – 9 November 2019 by David & Jacob Procter

 

A foggy start to an Autumn parkrun, with the temperatures just above freezing.

It was definitely a day for the brave, with ground conditions a combination of frosty,

foggy, wet and slippery parts. Even though the views were limited, the fog gave the

run its own special atmosphere!unnamed[1]unnamed[2]

The Denbies restaurant was busy with everyone getting warm afterwards and

enjoying a coffee or a breakfast (all with a 10% parkrun discount).

A special thank you to our volunteer team for the day, ably led by Run Director Rob,

who braved the cold as the great clapping marshals who keep us safe, or the

fantastic finish line team, who allow us to get our regular results.

 

Kayleigh ARUNASALON, Adrian BANKS, Bill BURGE, Simon COX, Graham

CRAWFORTH, Anne FINN, Greg HAIGH, Lee HIBBERT, Nick HIRST, Cherry

HIRST, Raquel HUTCHINSON, Kevin IRVINE, Richard KNOX, Liz MANWARING,

Cerys MANWARING, Patrick MARTIN, Sharon MATTHEWS, Matt MILLER, Paul

MORRIS, Robert PHILLIPS, David PROCTER, Daniel PROCTER, Jacob

PROCTER, Christina SHAW, Agni THEOLOGOU, Karen WHEATLEY, Charles

WHEELER

On the statistics front we had:

 234 brave runners and walkers

 34 First Timers at Mole Valley parkrun

 Including 9 parkrun first timers. A brave one to choose as your first parkrun

 26 well-earned New PBs on a very tricky course today

 

Barkrun News #14

By Jacob Procter (JM11-14)

Today's Barkrun - despite the mood of the weather - had a fabulous 11 canines. The

Dogs happily ran along, lolling their tongues out with a big smile.

In top doggy news;

- At Carlisle Parkrun, they have had a special Barkrun instead of the usual one.

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/18006577.special-carlisle-barkrun-event-take-

place-chances-park/

- A heroic fire dog, Murphy - aged 7, dies after an unfortunate illness.

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.dailystar.co.uk/news/hero-grenfell-fire-dog-

murphy-20847555.amp

Thank you for reading, keep your dogs on leads, and please note adding Barkrun.

*For past reference, look at older Barkrun posts.

 

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!

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

 

Run report 27-9-19

Hello!

I’m Kat Goulder - one of the newest members of the 100 club having hit my milestone this Saturday. As it was also my 40th birthday I couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate than Mole Valley - where it is possible to run straight through the finish funnel to a glass of Denbies Whitedowns. I’m also a first time run report writer, so here goes...

It was a lovely sunny morning for the 83rd running of Mole Valley parkrun. Of the 278 people tackling the course, 7 were doing their first ever parkrun and a further 42 were first timers at Mole Valley. Congratulations to every one who took part.

First finisher was Daniel Sullivan with a fantastic time of 18:21. There was a real battle for second finisher between two parkrunners in the JM11-14 category. In the end, Joe Barker came in just one second before Victor Holsten who managed a personal best of 19:29.

There must have been something in the air as a further 48 people managed course personal bests (including this report writer, her husband and sister-in-law). Fantastic!

Also celebrating milestones were Matthieu Michel (100) and Abinadab Panchalingam (10). Congratulations to you both.

A huge thank you to each and every one of the 28 volunteers who made this event possible - and a particular shout out to “ubervoluntourist” Rory Marriott who had, with his wife Hilary, travelled across from Ipswich to support this parkrun.

Rory and I both have multiple sclerosis and met through the dedicated Facebook group for parkrunners affected by MS. It was lovely to be able to celebrate my milestone with a number of people from this group on Saturday and introduce them to the glorious hills and vines of Mole Valley.

MS is a chronic, progressive neurological condition where a person’s immune system attacks the cells of their central nervous system (brain and spine). As the central nervous system controls everything a person does, the damage caused may result in one or more of a wide range of neurological symptoms. There are over 110,000 people in the U.K. with MS and it effects everyone differently. There is no cure, but for many the condition can be managed. Exercise has been shown to have neurological benefits for people with MS and can help them manage their symptoms - and the inclusive nature of parkrun makes for a perfect partnership! There are already over 800 parkrunners in the U.K. with MS - many of whom regularly run, jog, walk, wheel or volunteer at parkrun. Contact me at the Facebook group if you would like to learn more. https://www.facebook.com/groups/parkrun.for.people.with.multiple.sclerosis

Thank you again to all the volunteers for such a fabulous event.

Bill BURGE • Cerys MANWARING • Claire PROCTER • Daniel PROCTER • Daniel WALLAGE • David MOSS • David PROCTER • David WICKENDEN • Elida HATTINGH • Gareth MOSTYN • Hannah MAYO • Jacob PROCTER • Jo LLOYD • John STICKINGS • Josh RICHARDS • Karen WHEATLEY • Karianne DI SALVO • Katherine GOULDER • Mark RICHARDS • Matthew MOSTYN • Niki DARGUE • Richard KNOX • Rory MARRIOTT • Sarah MASSEY • Steve WALLAGE • Thomas CLAXSON • Vicky CLAXSON • Wendy EALES

 

Canine Record Attendance for Mole Valley parkrun #81, 14 September 2019 By Jacob and David Procter

On a warm summer day heading into Autumn soon, a record attendance of 18 dogs for Mole Valley parkrun beating the earlier record!

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We also shared the field today with the great Surrey Hills Food Festival. There was great co-operation between parkrun and the festival to ensure both events could setup and operate smoothly. We took advantage of the 50% parkrun entry discount to the festival and then spent more than we intended to once we were in.

https://fantasticbritishfoodfestivals.com/surrey-hills.html

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A strong attendance and performance from Epsom & Ewell Harriers who came first, second and fourth today.

Thank you to our volunteer team for the day, ably led by Run Director Steve.

Ryan BEDFORD, Bill BURGE, Ben BURGE, Christopher CAMPBELL, Vicky CLAXSON, Oliver CLAXSON, Paul COMYN, Karianne DI SALVO, Wendy EALES, Greg HAIGH, Debbie J HODGES, Stephen HOWSON, Raquel HUTCHINSON, Akshay KUMAR, David LE PETIT, Cade LE PETIT, Cerys MANWARING, Liz MANWARING, Sarah MASSEY, Maria MOLIST (HUTCHINSON), Jacob PROCTER, David PROCTER, Debbie RAYMOND, Josh RICHARDS, Sarah RICHARDS, Robert SEARLE, Zahra SHARPLES, Christina SHAW, John STICKINGS, David WHEAL

On the statistics front we had:

  • 84 First Timers at Mole Valley parkrun
  • Including 24 parkrun first timers
  • An impressive 6 veterans with over 250 parkruns
  • A super veteran with over 500 runs
  • 85 well-earned New PBs

Barkrun Record

Today’s Parkrun had a whopping 18 Dogs, the new record for Barkrun! So many different dogs, one of which was carrying a stick around with it.

Thank you for reading this run report, REMEMBER TO KEEP YOUR DOGS ON LEADS and please note adding Barkrun.

 

Mole Valley parkrun event #80 – Take over by Dorking and Mole Valley AC

On this beautiful yet little bit chilly morning a new attendance record got broken in the hills of Surrey during Mole Valley parkrun where 406 brave people took on the hills of Denbies Wine Estate.

This event was a bit unusual as a see of burgundy t-shirts and fleeces were present all proudly representing our local Athletic Club. Dorking and Mole Valley AC (DMVAC) has taken over all volunteering positions for the day.

The chilly morning, quickly warmed up for most of the runners by the time they have reach the top of the first hill. Some took a lot faster than others, but the good job with parkrun is that it doesn’t matter how fast you go, it’s the taking part what matters the most. Everyone is welcome at parkrun and everyone is welcome at DMVAC, with weekly local runs there is a group to suit everyone’s needs.

The fastest person reported at the finish line just 17:34 after crossing the start line. Congratulations Oliver Gosden for finishing first as well as getting a new PB. Talking of PBs… 94 of you managed to get that, there must have been something in the air? Or you have some secret ingredient in the breakfast?! Well done all! We welcomed 23 Very First Timers to the big and forever growing family of parkrunners. As well as 58 tourists who wanted to give Mole Valley a go. I hope you enjoyed your morning; we would love to see you back. And remember your 1st parkrun was and is as important as the 50th, or 400th…. It may seem like impossible but soon you will be regular reaching the milestone… Congratulations to Theo, Alice and Jack for completing their 10th Parkrun in the junior age group. Stuart WALKER, Damon ROBINSON, Rob J HOOK, and Caroline RASMUSSEN who have completed their 50th. And congratulations to Dave SENNECK for completing his 400th! Thank you for celebrating with us and supplying lovely cakes.

Todays Parkrun was possible thanks to Volunteers from Dorking and Mole Valley AC:

Lily BALDARO, Michelle BALDARO, John BARRON, Emma CRAYTON, Niki DARGUE, Wendy EALES, Robert FELTHAM, Stephen HOWSON, John JELLY, Ruth KAYPEE, Jane KING, Jo LLOYD, Gary Anthony LLOYD, Jo LUCKMAN, Michael MILNE, Beata MILNE, David MOORE, Justyn MOORE, Sam PEARCE, David PHILLIPS, Eleanor PRIESTLEY, Nick SHARPLES, Emma SIMPSON, Matt SMITH, Karen SMITH, Charles WHEELER. Thank you all for giving up your time and all other DMVAC members who run, cheered everyone alone and were just present.

Pictures from todays event are available to view on Dorking Mole Valley AC Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DorkingMoleValley

Dorking and Mole Valley Athletics Club is a friendly club which caters for all ages and abilities, from 10 to Veteran and covers both athletics and field events. They have a thriving Junior section who compete in a number of Leagues, as well as plenty of events for the senior section if they want to get involved. If you looking for running support and would be interested in joining the club please see website for details https://www.dorkingandmolevalleyac.org/

Happy Running everyone and see you soon at another Mole Valley parkrun!

 

Bea

 

 

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!

17th August 2019: 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

 

 

 

High winds – 10/8/2019

The forecasted high winds did not deter 373 brave people and several dogs to complete Mole Valley parkrun’s 76th run.

There were 147 first timers to Mole Valley including 20 people who did their very first parkrun; welcome to the parkrun family. Also, against the wind 54 people managed a PB. Well done to all.

Thank you to the brave volunteers that enabled this event to go ahead. Namely, Tom ABBOTTMark ALGERJohn BARRONJulian BLACKDaniel BRATTONBill BURGEBen BURGEHannah BYEVicky CLAXSONOliver CLAXSONClare GODDARDBeverly GOWGreg HAIGHRichard KNOXMatt KNOXJo LLOYDMatt MILLERRobert PHILLIPSDaniel PROCTERJacob PROCTERClaire PROCTERDavid PROCTERJosh RICHARDSHelen TODDTheresa WALLERKaren WHEATLEYCharles WHEELER. Thank you for your time and encouragement to all runners, joggers and walkers.

A few snaps of the volunteers from out on the course:

A very cute volunteer indeed. I’m sure they’ll be in purple very soon.

I was at Mole Valley parkrun as I was taking part in the Phoenix Running event on nearly the same course starting afterwards. Many runners doing the event did parkrun as well. Yes, some people did a parkrun and then went on to do a half marathon, marathon or even an ultra marathon. A special mention needs to be given to David Proctor, who volunteered as the parkrun timer and then went on to do his first half marathon. Well done David.

For those that haven’t taken part in a Phoenix running event, a marathon was 8 laps of Mole Valley parkrun with a small extra section added to make up to 3.28 miles. After each lap, you collect a “band” and refuel at the feed station. The feed station is always filled up with a large amount of water, squash, sweets, pretzels, cake and Freedos of which you can help yourself. It is debatable whether one gains weight during the day or burns off more calories.

Saturday’s Phoenix event was special one for Alan Haresnape as he was doing his 100th Marathon. Well done Alan. A great achievement.

Going back to parkrun, the views on the course were spectacular. Luckily the course doesn’t go to the top of the hills. I feel this parkrun is a one of the most scenic, undulating single lap parkruns that I have completed. The post run coffee venue is definitely one of the nicest.

Hopefully, I will be back to this venue soon

Happy Running

Helen

 

New Attendance Record for Mole Valley parkrun #75 03/08/2019 By Jacob and David Procter

 

On a pleasantly warm summers day, we had a record attendance of 390 for Mole Valley parkrun beating the April record by two!  We edge ever closer to using the 400 series of tokens.

Totals boosted by a number of visiting and local clubs. Those included Frimley Flyers (21), Clapham Chasers (8) and local club Dorking and Mole Valley (35).

A couple of under 4 attendees did not count towards the total, 1 in a buggy and another in a papoose.

It appeared there was an even distribution between the inside and outside cafe facilities at Denbies (all with a 10% discount) reflecting the pleasant ambient temperature.

Thank you to our volunteer team for the day, ably led by Run Director Steve.

Mark ALGER, Ben BURGE, Bill BURGE, Vicky CLAXSON, Graham CRAWFORTH, Natalie GRAVETT, Lee HIBBERT, Stephen HOWSON, Richard KNOX, Jo LLOYD, Kate MORRIS, Tim MORRIS, Cedric NGASSAM, Jacob PROCTER, Claire PROCTER, David PROCTER, Daniel PROCTER, Matt SMITH, Rebecca SYKES, Toby SYKES-WOOD, Karen WHEATLEY

On the statistics front we had:

  • A massive 108 First Timers at Mole Valley parkrun
  • Including 25 parkrun first timers
  • An impressive 17 veterans with over 250 parkruns
  • 60 well-earned New PBs

Barkrun News

Today's Barkrun had 5 Dogs. All dogs seemed to match their owners speed and were very friendly. One was so friendly he came up to us pre-parkrun. Thank you for reading, remember to keep your dogs on leads and please note adding Barkrun.