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!
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
***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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
Club Secretary Mole Valley Runners
The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:
Debbie RAYMOND • Jane MORRIS • David WICKENDEN • Becci WARE • Carrie LAW • Robert SEARLE • Louise SUTHERLAND • John CUPIS • Daniel PROCTER • Isabella WARE • Teddy WARE • Dave STAGG • Claire PROCTER • Mandy TANNER • Paula LAKHANI • Debbie WATTS • Liz MANWARING • Justine RAMSAY • Michelle TAYLOR • Sue MILLS • Clare GODDARD • Karianne DI SALVO • Carolynn ROYCE • Melissa CUPIS • Lucinda LIGHTING • Lee HIBBERT • Alison ABBOTT • Judith ALFORD • Hannah HENNESSY • Sara COHEN • Kirstie NICHOLLS • Cerys MANWARING PAUL WOODHOUSE, JACOB COHEN, FRANCESCA WATTS, MOLLY LIGHTING, STEPHEN VINE
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.