Event 186 08/06/2019 by Anna Jones

We dodged the showers on Saturday for a fresh parkrun – and I’m very glad of that because as I write this report the rain is pouring down.  488 people went across the line at Moors Valley this week and we welcomed several visitors today.  We welcomed runners from Ealing, Kingston, Worthing, Ilford, Tring, Daventry, Colchester, Coalville, and Edinburgh today as well as more first timers than I could count.  We all hope you had an enjoyable run!

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This week was Volunteers’ Week here in the UK and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity.  I took the opportunity to talk to a parkrun regular (and my lovely dad!), Neil Jones (aka Mr Molecatcher on flickr) about his experience volunteering!

You’ve been volunteering for parkrun for well over a year now!  What do you like about volunteering for parkrun?

I started out volunteering once or twice to practice with my shiny new camera (Fuji XT-20).  This led to the discovery that trying to photograph people running and looking at their best can be challenging (that's why I don't take photos at the finish line very often).  I find it very rewarding, because it's different every week and have had some very kind feedback, especially about my "team photos" before the start.  I find that a lot of fun.  One thing...  I'm always happy to remove a photo from Flickr if anyone is not happy with it - I wouldn't want anyone to feel uncomfortable about any of my photos.

What would you say to anyone who is thinking of volunteering?  

Please do.  It's really rewarding.  I've never heard anyone say "I'm really glad I didn't volunteer for that".

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A special mention to Harry DOLMAN who ran his 10th parkrun as a junior and Sandra JONES who ran her 50th parkrun in style.  There were also two runners celebrating their 100th parkrun this week, Oliver HARWOOD and Marilyn HUNT.  Congratulations to all of you!  So many new PBs were made this week it’s impossible to mention you all, but very well done to everybody!

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Male placings:

Will NEWBERY (VM40-44) (New Forest Runners) took first place this week with the super speedy time of 17:09.  Second place went to Sam JACKSON (VM40-44) (Havering Athletics Club) who came in at 18:29.  Third place this week was awarded to Philip MOSLEY (VM40-44) (New  Forest Runners) who was across the line in 19:05.  Congratulations to all.

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Female placings:

Jo WILLIAMS (SW30-34) (Lothian RC) was across the line in 19:25 this week.  Alison HUMPHREY (VW45-49) (Bournemouth AC) took second place with a time of 21:06 and Sophie WILKINS (SW25-29) (Unattached) came third with a time and PB of 21:30.  Great times all!

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The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Will NEWBERY (VM40-44) (New Forest Runners) – 79.59% and a time of 17:09

Brian LONG (VM70-74) (Unattached) – 78.75% and a time of 22:40

Alison HUMPHREY (VW45-49) (Bournemouth AC) – 78.52% and a time of 22:40

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As always, a very special thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers!  If you would like to give one of the roles a go, it’s a great opportunity to give something back to an event that so many of us enjoy participating in week after week.  If you would like some more information take a look at the volunteer tab on the Moors Valley parkrun website.

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This week’s hi-vis heroes were: Susan ANDREWS, Jason BEECH, Esme BEECH, Carole BLACKMORE, Lindsay CASS, Rachel CASS, Tim CHALLIS, Joanna DANIEL, Mandy GREEN, Harvey GREEN, Joanne HANSELL, Benjamin HARWOOD, Jort HILLE RIS LAMBERS, Celia HODGSON, Anna JONES, Neil JONES, Michael KING, Peter LARCOMBE, Karen LINGAFELTER, Annie MCALEER, Maria MCCABE, Kay MILLS, Caitlin RISEBROW, Tracey SMITH, Amira STONE, Sophie STONE, Jan UNDERDOWN, Ronald WALMSLEY, and Sara WILSON.

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Event #183 Pacer Event by Vanessa Leonard

Event #183 Moors Valley parkrun 18th May 2019

Pacer Event – Thank you to our Pacers

 

It’s no mean feat to be a Pacer – but what a feat (feet?) our volunteer pacers achieved this week:

 

  • 98 runners achieved a new Personal Best
  • 20 volunteers signed up to pace fellow park-runners, such a brilliant way to help others reach their goals.
  • It’s not an easy task - in your role as pacer, you have the hopes and dreams of those chasing sub 20, 30, 40 in your hands, or should I say feet. So, no pressure then!
  • Setting the speed, guiding runners around the course, and providing some encouragement or motivational words in the final few metres.
  • Helping someone reach their parkrun holy grail! That someone was me.

 

You did it - You were amazing. And I did it too – I got my new PB. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

 

I wasn’t brave enough to volunteer as a Pacer – I’m useless at keeping a steady pace, I tend to run to music and that sets the pace/rhythm for me. God help me if I’m on a fast, 4-minute rock track!

 

But this week was different. My PB at Moors Valley to date was 29:04 back in February so I was hopeful I could get under 29. I decided to race ahead of the 29-minute pacer in the hope I could keep him from overtaking me – a bit like that zombie running app – not saying my pacer looked like a zombie of course!

 

Also, I had volunteered to do this Race Report – and that was also uppermost in my mind. I really needed to be able to report a PB or resort to fake news!

 

But I did it – thanks to my Pacer – I knocked 24 seconds off my time to come in at 28:28. I didn’t have enough breath left to thank him personally – so thank you Pacer 29.

 

Well done to everyone who contributed to this great event. If you want to have a go, at either pacing others or trying for that new PB, then put the next two Pacer Events in your diary:

 

  • September 14th
  • November 9th

 

Here’s a few pics of some of our Pacers, I couldn’t catch up with them all…and Sally the dog, I couldn’t resist!

Collage Pic - Pacer Event

 

This week 508 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 60 were first timers and 98 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 42 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 52 volunteers:

Michael KING • Nick SOLOMON • John TOWNER • Gary KNIGHT • Mandy GREEN • Jan UNDERDOWN • Phil MERRELL • Vanessa LEONARD • Clifford WATERS • Cheryl GHINN • Chloe GHINN • Pauline WORRALL • Sarah BUCHANAN • Kay MILLS • Maria MCCABE • Andrew ISAAC • Jason BEECH • Evelyn SPENCER • Esme BEECH • Darren PARNUM • Joanne WESTON • David MCQUILLAN • Julie PEGORARO • Charles FFOULKES • Matt WESTON • Rachel ARNOLD • Ruth COFFEY • Rebecca GARDINER • Claire EVERETT • Emma HEARNE • Sarah COSGROVE • Lindsay CASS • Angie HARPER • Tony COSGROVE • Conor COSGROVE • Ronan COSGROVE • Patrick BAILEY • Teresa BOWES • Anne ADAMS • Louis BUCHANAN • Jort HILLE RIS LAMBERS • Mark GIBSON • Sue PULMAN • Bradley JONES • Erica THURSTON • Laura BULLIVANT • Joanna DANIEL • Martin COOMBES • Roger TUDDENHAM • Harvey GREEN • Austin GREEN • Samuel HAYWOOD

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

The female record is held by Sharon Louise SINGER who recorded a time of 17:27 on 8th September 2018 (event number 148).
The male record is held by George KING who recorded a time of 15:28 on 9th February 2019 (event number 169).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline HORDER who recorded 91.48% (22:30) on 20th February 2016 (event number 15).

Moors Valley parkrun started on 7th November 2015. Since then 11,328 participants have completed 65,752 parkruns covering a total distance of 328,760 km, including 12,971 new Personal Bests. A total of 827 individuals have volunteered 5,861 times.

 

Event #182 by Rowan Roberts

I couldn’t ask for better weather for my first Moors Valley parkrun! What a beautiful morning it was.

My first parkrun last Autumn required a large dose of courage. I’d previously intended to have a go one Saturday the year before but lost my nerve and instead, sat in the car and watched as people made their way round - I was kicking myself as I drove home. An article for work from a local GP about parkrun practice and a chance conversation with a friend who’d not long started was the push I needed to give it a go and join the parkrun community….and I’m so glad I did! Better late than never.

Most weeks now, I take part at my local parkrun (Poolsbrook in Chesterfield, Derbyshire). It’s three laps on a flat gravel path, around a large lake. The site was formerly a colliery and is now a country park. I also really enjoy being a ‘tourist’ and visiting new courses. So far, I have B, M, P, U and W to my name in the parkrun alphabet challenge…only 20 more letters to go (there’s no ‘x’, and some parkruns are the other side of the world!).

Since starting parkrun, I’ve met some lovely people. parkrun day (as it’s affectionately named) is so inclusive and a great way to improve your physical and mental health. At Poolsbrook, we’ve recently introduced the 5k your way- Move against Cancer on the last Saturday of every month too.

As I’m originally from Poole, I took advantage of adding Moors Valley to my list of parkruns, whilst visiting family this weekend. I’d checked out the route (thank you Ellie from the Core Team – your directions were perfect!) so made sure I arrived in good time.

I was amazed at the number of parkrunners who turned up…just over 500! Poolsbrook is small in comparison. I got chatting to a few people beforehand and made my way to the totem pole for the first timers’ briefing. Thanks go to Paul for being so welcoming (and helping to ensure the gravel paths were pine-cone free before we started!).

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Helena, the run director gave the briefing (hope your sore throat is better soon!) and a few younger runners stepped forward to claim their ‘sash’ (one of whom was celebrating his birthday – hope you had a great day!).

Not long after, we were off! For me, one of the things I enjoy about running a new course is not knowing what’s round the next corner. I hadn’t done a one-lap parkrun before, so this was particularly exciting.

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What a beautiful course! It’s so picturesque. It was lovely running through the woods with the mixture of sun and shade today. I’m used to a flat course, so the slight undulations made a nice change. It was nice to see the golf course – my other half is an avid player so that might be on the cards during our next visit. Seeing the 4km parkrun sign chalked onto the tarmac gave me a bit of a boost, as well as running past the lakes and seeing the railway at the end – more things to tell fellow parkrunners about when I’m back in Derbyshire.

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I really enjoyed being a visitor today. Everyone was friendly and the volunteers were great. A ‘well done’ as you’re running really does help so thank you…we couldn’t run without you. Thanks also to the young volunteer holding the homemade sign of encouragement…that made me smile.
Just want to do a quick ‘shout out’ to a parkrunner I met at the finish - Stacey Dickinson. We had a quick chat about parkrun and Stacey mentioned that he had completed his 50th parkrun today and finished 24th. Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone at Moors Valley for a great parkrun this morning and a fantastic atmosphere. I’ll definitely be back to run the course again. If you’re ever in Chesterfield, please come and say hello at Poolsbrook – it would be great to see you.

This week 502 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 100 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 35 volunteers:

Philip YORK • Simon HUNT • Edward Rhys WILLIAMS • Mandy GREEN • Jan UNDERDOWN • Steve DAVIS • Clifford WATERS • Nicholas INGE • Heidi SNOOK • Maria MCCABE • Jason BEECH • Evelyn SPENCER • Esme BEECH • Ronald WALMSLEY • Paul WOODS • Jonathan SMITH • Jason OAKLEY • Paul HANSELL • Lindsay CASS • Rachel CASS • Jenny WOODS • Helena SHAW • Rowan ROBERTS • Paul TURLE • Celia HODGSON • Oliver CUNNINGHAM • Tim NORTH • Jort HILLE RIS LAMBERS • Neil JONES • Lorna BOND • Diana FITCH • Joanna DANIEL • Luca CRIGHTON • Harvey GREEN • Austin GREEN

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

The female record is held by Sharon Louise SINGER who recorded a time of 17:27 on 8th September 2018 (event number 148).
The male record is held by George KING who recorded a time of 15:28 on 9th February 2019 (event number 169).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline HORDER who recorded 91.48% (22:30) on 20th February 2016 (event number 15).

Moors Valley parkrun started on 7th November 2015. Since then 11,268 participants have completed 65,244 parkruns covering a total distance of 326,220 km, including 12,873 new Personal Bests. A total of 821 individuals have volunteered 5,809 times.

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Event #180 by Elizabeth Morris

The day formally known as Saturday, now parkrun day, saw 430 people arrive at Moors Valley to battle heroically  through Storm Hannah, which had already wreaked havoc with many other events across the UK forcing some to cancel.

 

To run at Moors Valley myself was a rather last minute decision (my home parkrun is Southwick Country Park) and as someone who enjoys touristing I had been meaning to run here for quite a while. The opportunity arose for me to make the journey but also to write this weeks’ run report, meaning I also get to give something back to the parkrun team.

 

Firstly I want to add my congratulations to Morgan Wilson who was the RD at today’s event as an end to his Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) award. To get up there and conduct a run brief in front of so many people is no easy feat (personally I would have been terrified!) but at 14 years of age even more exceptional.  Not only was the delivery very clear, as a first timer to a course this is always a bonus, but humorous as well. “Keeping children under 11 on leads” rather than dogs got a big laugh from the group.

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For those that don’t know, the DofE Award is a leading UK youth charity that gives young people aged 14-24 the chance to develop skills, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future. Much like parkrun!

The Award has four sections: Volunteering, Physical, Skills and an Expedition, and three Award levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold.

The course itself at Moors Valley is fantastic! Roughly the first 3.5k is through woodland on wide gravel pathways, I wish I had stopped to take some photos as it was beautiful but I already know I’ll be coming back. There was then a short ‘out and back’ section leading onto a tarmac path which saw runners passing the golf course and then looping around the lake to the finish funnel. There are a few small undulations but nothing horrific.

 

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Todays event saw a grand total of 73 new PB’s so perhaps Storm Hannah wasn’t quite the hindrance expected! The first finisher was Alex Prinsep with a time of 18:28, and the first lady was Stacey Dickinson with a time of 21:24.

We also had one runner who joined the 50 milestone club as well as a birthday runner today, and I need to say a special congratulations to the 25 first timers to parkrun. 3 years ago I was in the same position and I remember being incredibly nervous with no idea what to expect. Little did I know how much parkrun would become a part of my life!

 

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A big shout out to the 33 High-Vis heroes who made this event happen: Susan ANDREWS, Jason BEECH, Esme BEECH, Carole BLACKMORE, Lorna BOND, Lindsay CASS, Rachel CASS, Tim CHALLIS, Oliver CUNNINGHAM, Clare FOOTE, Cheryl GHINN, Angie HARPER, Benjamin HARWOOD, Jort HILLE RIS LAMBERS, Martyn HOULDSWORTH, David KELLY, Michael KING, Steven LAKE, Howard LEWIS, Karen LINGAFELTER, Linda MATTHEW, Elizabeth MORRIS, Brandon MULLINER, Sally NEWMAN, Julie PEGORARO, Sue PULMAN, Heidi SNOOK, Naomie THOMPSON, Jan UNDERDOWN, Ronald WALMSLEY, Alison WARD, Morgan WILSON, Amelia WILSON

Don’t forget if you’ve not volunteered before or haven’t in a while get your names down on the future roster!

 

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

The female record is held by Sharon Louise SINGER who recorded a time of 17:27 on 8th September 2018 (event number 148).

The male record is held by George KING who recorded a time of 15:28 on 9th February 2019 (event number 169).

The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline HORDER who recorded 91.48% (22:30) on 20th February 2016 (event number 15).

 

 

 

 

 

Event #179 Moors Valley parkrun 20th April 2019

It’s Easter Saturday. The sun is shining, the weather is glorious. We’re at the beautiful Moors Valley parkrun and I’m surrounded by 682 fellow runners, joggers, walkers and bunnies with eggs and baskets… and a few basket cases… well one basket case for certain, and that was me, Ness (or MadNess as I’m affectionately known (well I think it’s affection).

Yes – I was the one towards the back running with a basket full of chocolate eggs to give to our lovely marshals and volunteers and to anyone with shorter legs than mine.

Trouble is – those with shorter legs than mine tend to be under 12 and can run a lot faster than me – I had trouble catching up with you. So those wearing a high viz volunteer jacket, or silly ears got an egg. Below are a few pics of the people I met.

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This is me in the middle with my running buddies/bunnies. I’m listening to Mad as Rabbits by Panic! at the Disco!

This is my first go at volunteering to do the Race Report, so I picked a day I knew I’d have something to write about – and you didn’t disappoint me. Here’s the headline eggline news:

* Eggceptional - a Moors Valley attendance record of 682 runners

* Eggtraordinary - a resounding WOW to our top 10 fastest runners. Five of you got New PBs and three of you were first timers. Who on earth
were the two ‘unknowns’??? If I ever made the Top 10 fastest runners, the world would know!

* Eggcellent – there were 93 new Personal Bests (Well done) and 148 first timers (Welcome).

* Representatives of 61 different clubs took part – egging each other on.

* Eggciting Happy Birthday celebrations and Milestone runs. Here is Birthday Bunny in a Bow Tie.

Birthday Bunny in a Bow Tie

* Eggquisite Easter costumes were on show today, from Unicorns and Bunny Ears to Xmas Trees (oh dear, someone’s confused, must be the sun)

Easter Costumes

And last, but never least, our Good Eggs – our wonderful 38 volunteers that made this an Easter Parkrun to remember – here’s pics of some of them - thank you:

Good Eggs

Mandy GREEN • Margaret DANDO • Alison WARD • Tim CHALLIS • Vanessa LEONARD • Sarah BUCHANAN • Heidi SNOOK • Maria MCCABE • Jason BEECH • Amelia WILSON • Ronald WALMSLEY • Morgan WILSON • Paul WOODS • Chris SHEARING • Paul HANSELL • Christopher COATES • Helena SHAW • Tina MCGOWAN • Emma PLIMMER • Duncan SMITH • Sue KENDRICK • Carole BLACKMORE • Caz PRICE • Sophie-Louise FOYLE • Louis BUCHANAN • Theo SMITH • Neil JONES • Sue PULMAN • Helen HOWELL • Sally NEWMAN • Ian WOOLLISS • Naomie THOMPSON • Linda MATTHEW • Amira STONE • Harvey GREEN • P-J DAVY • Austin GREEN • Toby SMITH

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

The female record is held by Sharon Louise SINGER who recorded a time of 17:27 on 8th September 2018 (event number 148).

The male record is held by George KING who recorded a time of 15:28 on 9th February 2019 (event number 169).

The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline HORDER who recorded 91.48% (22:30) on 20th February 2016 (event number 15).

Moors Valley parkrun started on 7th November 2015. Since then 11,090 participants have completed 63,736 parkruns covering a total distance of 318,680 km, including 12,588 new Personal Bests. A total of 814 individuals have volunteered 5,707 times.

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