Shortly after 7am, Mr T and I set off from Bognor Regis to meet friends for a bit of touristing at Moors Valley. The weather was fine and roads were good despite the 50 mph zones. Car parking was easy and straightforward, parkrun was easy to find near the totem pole to the right of the café and toilets. Photographer Neil Jones took a group photo of us tourists and went on to take photos of the briefing and parkrun. Moors Valley was the first parkrun where we have seen a completely full volunteer roster, run report writer was the last slot to be taken, so here we are! It's my first attempt but gaining me a new badge, along with my alphabet M, for my running challenges. Unfortunately I missed getting a finishing time for my stopwatch bingo but with only nine times to go there's always next time!
We attended the first timers briefing which was clear and concise, followed by the main briefing given by run director Heidi SNOOK with a microphone. Having found the Facebook page we knew in advance that Moors Valley were celebrating International Women's Day by encouraging runners to wear purple. I wore purple leggings courtesy of Matalan, my 25 volunteer t-shirt and purple duck socks! Five ladies lined up to give a few words of support to the female runners amongst us. There were also a number of significant milestones today, three birthdays, a 50th parkrun, a 100th parkrun and two 250th parkruns, sashes were given out to be worn in honor.
Moors Valley is one lap of a stony track through the Forrest. It has a golf course beside the route, an out and back section followed by a stretch beside the lake and train track. I was surprised to come across a fellow Bognor parkrunner Karen Vilday in the first 100 meters, who had run from Furzehill and then back! The course finishes near the children's play areas and a short walk from the café and toilets. Mr T and friend Martin ran whilst friend Jackie and I walked. All Marshals along the way were lovely and friendly, marshal number five efficiently called for help on her radio for a fellow runner who had taken a stumble, the vehicle arrived quickly and help was given. Particular mention has to be given to the female Marshals on the second bridge for their cheering, we felt that they should have had parkrun pompoms!
Everyone in the finishing funnel was pleasant as were the staff in the café. Many thanks to all the volunteers, including tailwalkers Mandy HARDIE and Sally WESTBROOK. We all had coffee afterwards, I had a sausage sandwich, Mr T had a bacon sandwich, and Martin and Jackie shared a chocolate cake! Yum!
And onto the results, which were emailed just as we changed and drove out of the car park onto lunch with family in Bournemouth! There were 588 runners in total,112 PBs, 70 first timers, and 37 unknown runners. Of those, 140 runners belonged to running clubs. Well done to Nick JAY, first male with a PB of 18:12. The course record holder remains with George KING with a time of 15:28.
First lady today was Anja HEIJNEN with a time of 20:43. The female record holder remains with Sharon Louise SINGER with a time of 17:27.
Before I go, and as a treat for reading to the end, did you know that if you put #IWD into Strava your route turns purple!
This week's event was made possible by 42 volunteers:
Michael KING • Becky JAY • Gary KNIGHT • Mandy GREEN • Kaye OCONNOR • Lee DOYLE • Heidi SNOOK • Maria MCCABE • Jason BEECH • Joseph PARNUM • Ellie PIPER • Julie PEGORARO • Lynnette PAYNE • Richard FOX • David KELLY • Mandy HARDIE • Sally WESTBROOK • Jonathan MEADOWS • Oliver HARWOOD • James COLLYER • Caz PRICE • Celia HODGSON • Herbie LINES-CLARKE • George HOLLOWAY • Grace HOLLOWAY • Grace HUGHES • Matthew TARRANT • Claire TARRANT • Gareth WATTS • Neil JONES • Jenson HARRIS • Fiona DERRICK • Tim BOX • Carmel SPEERS • Harry DOLMAN • Baz DOLMAN • Owen EDGINTON • Linda MATTHEW • Peter MCCABE • Jenny BASSETT • Evan COLLINS • Max PEPPERELL