Event #203 – A Big Purple Thankyou! By Sally Westbrook

Event # 203 – A Big Purple Thankyou! By Sally Westbrook

To celebrate the 15th Birthday of parkrun, the Verwood Runners gave Run #203 a distinctly purple glow by taking over all volunteering roles. High fives, hooters, noisy goodwill and party music at the Marshal Points were the order of the day and their very own party animal, Verunica the purple runosaurus, was on hand for photo opportunities.


Run Directors Julie Pegoraro and Jason Oakley welcomed visitors from Germany, Aylesbury, London, Milton Keynes and Nottingham. Jo Fenwick collected her birthday sash and Tony Howell was applauded for his 100th volunteering role. Congratulations were also in order for Jane Abrahams on her 100th parkrun and Paul Coward for his 50th.

Not many confessed to their first ever parkrun but the stats later showed a staggering 26 newcomers – Big Shout Out to you all and especially Joseph Muller JM 11-14 for a first time PR in 20:44!

There was one slightly anxious moment for RD Jason as he, the volunteers and a disco dancing Verunica (yes it seemed strangely normal at the time) gently persuaded the Moors Valley swans to clear the finish funnel just before the front runners arrived.

Accolades go to: Jordan Jewett SM first across the line at 16:56; first lady Neve East JW 11-14 at 20:15; Norman Cook first dog at 27:01. Not least to Christine Ecclestone VW who topped the age grade at a massive 80.53%!

Trumpet fanfares to 79 happy people with new PBs! Nothing better demonstrates the all-inclusive, embracing nature of PR than to see that 13 were Juniors and 9 were Veterans over 60 and 70.


Congratulations also go out to Cornerways Medical Centre doctors, staff and families who completed their first parkrun Practice event – leading by example to promote wellbeing and the benefits of getting active. We look forward to their blue shirts being a regular feature of MV parkrun.

On the day the Verwood Runners said a BIG PURPLE THANK YOU – not only to parkrun, Julie P, Jason O, but also to Jason Beech, Event Director, and all the other members of the Core Team who quietly make parkrun happen for us every Saturday.

It’s great to receive a thank you! If you want to say your thank you please dedicate one or two of your 52 Saturdays each year to volunteering and to making our parkrun happen!



Event #200 – Pacer Week by Martin Coombes


So on a bright Saturday morning in September the day came for Moors Valley parkrun's 200th edition, made all the more special by being a pacing event!

The blue vest army took their places, including one Martin Coombes in the 34 minute slot hoping to make one or two dreams come true, but also nervous at the same time not wanting to be lynched by the hopeful crowd of runners.


Celebrations were in order to for a couple of runners making their milestone appearances, David Samuel on his 50th outing (with a PB performance to boot) with Katy Godbeer becoming the latest parkrun centurion. Well done to you both and good luck to Carol Baker and Darren Parnum next week as both are on 99 runs, will it be Moors Valley that you choose to make your milestone run?


So at the business end of affairs the first runner home was James Gilfillan scorching up the Moors Valley track in 16.43, just 11 seconds off his PB! James was closely chased home by Bertie Pettit, a JM 15-17 in only his second parkrun and his first time at MV . It seems the youth had it their way as first lady home was also in the 15-17 category, well done Olivia Roderick in a PB time of 19.35!

As was hoped the pacing event would bring out the rapid times and well done to those who went faster than ever before over the 5k, out of 615 finishers 128 of you went home with the bragging rights but it was also great to see a number of first timers too, please come back.


All this was made possible by a group of heroes without capes or masks, big thank you to the volunteers:-
Jason BEECH , Edie BEECH , Vanessa BEECH , Nicola BUCKWELL , Tim CARTER , Rachel CASS , Lindsay CASS , Tim CHALLIS , Sharron COAKLEY , Martin COOMBES , Tony COSGROVE , Sarah COSGROVE , Joanna DANIEL , Jonathan DRENNAN , Sean ERASMUS , Claire EVERETT , Ella FENWICK , Mark GIBSON , Paul GROUT , Benjamin HARWOOD , Sara HOARE , Martyn HOULDSWORTH , Carl HUSSEY , Martin JOHN , Neil JONES , Michael KING , Vanessa LEONARD , Hazel MACK , Dick MEADOWS , Matt MELLOR , Phil MERRELL , Darren PARNUM , Joseph PARNUM , Amanda PATEMAN , Ryan PEGORARO , Julie PEGORARO , Ellie PIPER , Lin PURANDARE , Oliver RANDALL , Helena SHAW , Jerry SHIELD , Heidi SNOOK , Nick SOLOMON , Oscar STREET , Lorraine STREET , Sam TAYLOR-MEARNS , Kate TOWNER , Gary TYLER , Jan UNDERDOWN , Clifford WATERS , Gareth WATTS , Jason WHITE , Pauline WORRALL

Thank you to the organizers for putting on a great event and letting me pace run for you, hopefully you’ll have me back for the next one in the winter.



Event #199 by Elaine Murdoch

We were on holiday in the New Forest and looked at the options for a parkrun before returning home. This one seemed suitable, with one of us running and the other helping.

48661410097_841fe3543d_z As “mini veterans” of 50 parkruns everything was very familiar and apparently very well organised. Car parking was ideal for a parkrun which is clearly now very popular. A nice touch which we had not seen before was sashes given to milestone runners. One of them, celebrating fifty parkruns and dressed for the occasion as Darth Vader found it difficult to put on the sash and also run with helmet in place.

Other good aspects that we noted for this particular parkrun was the quiet signs used during the safety briefing, to encourage all to hear important information. The briefing was started promptly which meant that the run was underway very soon after 9am.

There were 461 finishers, no runners from outside the UK but a number of visitors. For us personally, it was unusual to enjoy a single circuit of 5km, with our home event (Frimley Lodge parkrun) comprising two laps, which meant that overtaking by fast runners was not an issue.

It was notable that the fastest runner of all completed the course in an amazing 14:10, by far the fastest we have experienced so far [Edited by Moors Valley parkrun to add that the first 2 runners today were dog assisted, so the male record time remains at 15:28 and the female record time remains at 17:27]. Showing that parkruns are definitely for all, the backmarker at 1hr 15 mins, the longest elapsed time on any of our parkruns so far.

We were not aware of any issues, everything ran smoothly and there was the normal cadre of friendly and encouraging helpers.

Elaine and John Murdoch
Frimley Lodge parkrun


Event #197 – Into The Valley – Moors Valley parkrun – by Tim Gardiner aka parkrun poet

On a glorious, sunny morning, 650 people ran, jogged, and walked the hallowed 3.1 miles;the third largest parkrun at Moors Valley. Despite it being a forest moon, no fancy dress Ewoks were sighted, although a wonderful runner dressed as a dog was raising money for Children with Cancer UK. In the shade of the totem pole, Glyn Davies and David Pitcaithley,celebrated their 50 Club milestone.


Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel set in the New Forest ‘The White Company’ sprang to mind,with ‘The great PB bell of Beaulieu’ (the opening line of this classic work) ringing for 95 athletes, congratulations to all! There were an incredible 127 first-timers to Moors Valley, the ranks undoubtedly swelled by those on holiday, including two Good Gymers from Essex:James Taverner and Dr. Ella Jeffries (third female with a rollicking 21:06).

There were plenty of Ewoks (U11s) present; the top male was Max Sievey (25:12), winner of the Wicket Award. My son, Joseph Gardiner, was unable to stay on target and finished second (25:52) out of 11 male U11s. The first female Ewok (out of 7) was the wonderfully named Betsy (Tink) North (25:22), who enjoyed a stonking duel with Eva Winton (25:23) to clinch the Wokling Award. The future of distance running is in safe hands.

In the weekly contest, 218 athletes beat the poet (26:14), the ailing author finding the early pace too much to handle. Twelve runners from Kingston Lacy Running Club had a good morning, joined by a multitude of Lonely Goats and Verwood Runners. It was wonderful to see so many people at Moors Valley, a clear sign of the increasing popularity of the parkrun, my personal favourite out of the 40 different events I’ve run in the last year.

Meet the mini-marshals

The New Forest is one of the best places in the country for wildlife. Frequent trips to the New Forest have coincided with visits to Moors Valley parkrun. Alongside the high-viz heroes are the crickets singing as runners pass. The top mini-marshals are:

Wood Cricket

This Nationally Scarce insect is a familiar sound of a New Forest summer as anyone who has spent any time walking or cycling will tell you. It’s found at Moors Valley so listen out for its distinctive trilling song from the trees when running.

Bog Bush-cricket

Another Nationally Scarce bug found at Moors Valley in Ebblake Bog among the Sundews and Sphagnum Moss. The parkrun route skirts the southern edge of the bog just after the 2 mile switchback. How many parkruns can claim to have two scarce species cheering on the


Roesel’s Bush-cricket

As the parkrun winds its way towards the finish funnel around the lake, you will hear thecontinuous buzzing song of the beautiful Roesel’s Bush-cricket. This species is spreading quickly in response to climate change, and will be inspiring runners for many summers to


A big thank you to the 32 human volunteers who made the run possible:

Anna JONES  •  Bradley JONES  •  Bryannie GIBSON  •  Edie BEECH  •  Erica
THURSTON  •  Gareth WATTS  •  Heidi SNOOK  •  Heidi STENHOUSE  •  Helena
SHAW  •  Jan UNDERDOWN  •  Jason BEECH  •  Jenny WOODS  •  John
HOULDSWORTH  •  Kris BORTZ  •  Linda MATTHEW  •  Louis BUCHANAN  •  Mark
GIBSON  •  Mark GOULDING  •  Mike COAKLEY  •  Neil JONES  •  Nick
SOLOMON  •  Nicola BUCKWELL  •  Paul HANSELL  •  Philip YORK  •  Ronan
COSGROVE  •  Sarah BEER  •  Sarah BUCHANAN  •  Sarah COSGROVE  •  Sarah
SHORT  •  Sharron COAKLEY  •  Tim GARDINER  •  Vanessa LEONARD

This week 650 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 128 were first timers and 95 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 63 different clubs took part.

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 12,506 participants have completed 73,039 parkruns covering a total distance of 365,195 km, including 13,905 new Personal Bests. A total of 877 individuals have volunteered 6,341 times.

Tim Gardiner

aka the parkrun poet (twitter: @timgardiner3)


Event #194 – It’s a family thing

Moors Valley parkrun, my second home parkrun (first claim being Pontefract in West Yorkshire). This week I had the privilege of returning to help my Mum with some milestone celebrations and meet up with virtually the whole family, including tourists from Australia. This week I tail walked with my sister Emma and a had blast.

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541 participants crossed the line, 89 people finished Moors Valley parkrun for the first time and 24 of those completed their first ever parkrun, all thanks to 37 incredible volunteers. One of those volunteers was Run Director Joanne Hansell. Joanne has completed 138 parkruns and has taken on 218 volunteer roles since 2012. Joanne has decided to take a breather from Run Directing and on Saturday she completed her 40th RD stint. THANK YOU JOANNE and congratulations

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Steve Buckle collected finish token #1 on his first visit to MV in a time of 17.01 and one of our tail walkers Emma Alford collected token #541 in a time of 58:43 with her buggy. That’s a lot of stop watch clicks and finish tokens to hand out in under 42 minutes, great work funnel team

We had a few milestones achieved as well as 71 new PB’s!

Alice C and Ted F have earned a white club 10 t-shirt

Karen Kelly, Paul Whitty and Helen Lovell can now claim a red 50 t-shirt

Pete New and Kaye OConner have completed 100 events for a black t-shirt

Not so official but still worthy of a mention is Gillian McClure who has done 150 parkruns and Christine Waldridge (my mum) who brought cake for her 200th event. Christine was also celebrating her 60th birthday weekend.

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There are some fantastic photos on the MV parkrun flickr page (some of which I have stolen for this run report) definitely worth a click

Hayley Hawthorne

This week 541 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 89 were first timers and 71 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 53 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 37 volunteers:

Philip YORK • Lindsay IORWERTH • Michael KING • Joanne HANSELL • Mandy GREEN • Jan UNDERDOWN • Hayley HAWTHORNE • Tim CHALLIS • Kaye OCONNOR • Maria MCCABE • Jason BEECH • Esme BEECH • Ronald WALMSLEY • Clare FOOTE • Matt STRIDE • Julie PEGORARO • Matt WESTON • Emma ALFORD • Emma HEARNE • Lindsay CASS • Rachel CASS • Helena SHAW • David FRASER • Angie HARPER • Daniel HEARNE • Keely HISTED • Bettina F CHURCH • Neil JONES • Ken HEWITT • Sharron COAKLEY • Stephen MAYCOCK • John WILKINSON • Harvey GREEN • Austin GREEN • Mike COAKLEY • Peter MCCABE • Harry MOGG

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 12,224 participants have completed 71,464 parkruns covering a total distance of 357,320 km, including 13,698 new Personal Bests. A total of 863 individuals have volunteered 6,240 times.

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