After having to take the disappointing decision to cancel the last parkrun of the year on 30th December because of the snow and rain, we were very pleased to be able to announce that today's parkrun would go ahead, albeit with a slightly revised course. We were delighted to welcome 172 parkrunners to March, with a number of you doing the 'double' Huntingdon/King's Lynn/Peterborough and March today. We welcomed parkrunners from Cambridge, Huntingdon, Peterbrough,King's Lynn, Lowestoft and Ross-On-Wye today, including a host of new parkrunners. We also welcomed back the parkrun Ambassador for Cambs - Paul Beastall and some of the Core Team from Cambridge and Cambridge Junior parkrun, Stephen Ferguson from St Neots and Suzie Hall (Event Director from Huntingdon parkrun) and March parkrun mentor.
The course change also meant that today's 'Fun Director' - Billy Bremner had to return to his youth and do a bit of tree climbing to trim one or two dangling branches. We also had to deploy some extra Marshals with Jevan Robertson completing his 25th Volunteering stint today. Also amongst our Volunteers today, were a number of new Volunteers, who were trying out March parkrun from a volunteering perspective before running. An excellent idea to see things 'from the other side of the tracks'.
As for the actual running, Dan Watts (Shaftesbury and Barnet Harriers) made his March parkrun debut and followed in his brother Glen's footsteps finishing first in 16.46. Dan was probably slowed by the course change as there was a bit of a bottleneck after the first 200m or so and it would be a delight to see both Watts twins run together one week (Mum and Dad - Deb and Dave run or volunteer most weeks). Neil Tween (Cambridge and Coleridge) followed Dan and Marco Wassersleben (BRJ) was 3rd in after running at Huntingdon (in 10th place and a minute slower) at 9am. Also well done to Darren Moat on doing the double (after a little late start at Huntingdon) and great to see young Louis back and firing on all four!
Fast improving March AC lady - Emma Tuck was first in for the ladies this week with a new PB. Rachel Wheeler came in 2nd with Cecilia Martinez Nunez (Shaftesbury and Barnet Harriers) coming in 3rd place.
Today the field was a typical March one, with many of our regulars running - the Jeeves' (Abbie doing the double after a 10km PB at Ely yesterday), the Brands (Kathryn and two of her 4 girls), Gary and Carole Davis, Teilo Pearce (straight off night shift) Gaelle Bryant (pacing 30 minutes after running at Huntingdon first), Adele and Peter O'Connor. the Fovargues (doubling up after Peterborough), Petra Otto and Irene Lane, the Starrs, the Boxhalls, the Lamberts and the Wools and Tail Walker - Gillian Holmes and husband Mike. March parkrun is definitely a family affair!
All that remains is for me to thank you all for your support last year, especially our wonderful volunteers who turn out week in, weekout and make March parkrun possible. And to wish you all the very best for 2018.
And the stats.....
Event number 100
1st January 2018
This week 172 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:
Simon RENDER • Gillian HOLMES • Jevan ROBERTSON • Lee CAREY • Billy BREMNER • Nicholas OKERIKA • Gaelle BRYANT • Paul BRYANT • Samantha WOOL • Claire LILLEY • Emma UDEN • Raymond FEW • Karen DANDO • Grace WOOL • Laura WEBB • Patricia NORRIS • Steven SPARROW • James ARRAN • Anthony WHIBLEY • Chris UDEN • Toni ALCARAZ • Jackie NOSWORTHY • Ela LYNES • James CONROY • Leia WATSON • Claire WATSON • Vanessa MURRAY • Laura YARNELL • Jim REEVES • Cameron SPARROW
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the March parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Lisa MARRIOTT who recorded a time of 19:08 on 21st May 2016 (event number 18).
The male record is held by Glen WATTS who recorded a time of 16:12 on 1st October 2016 (event number 36).
The Age Grade course record is held by Catherine WRIGHT who recorded 87.35% (22:32) on 6th May 2017 (event number 67).
March parkrun started on 23rd January 2016. Since then 2,199 participants have completed 14,432 parkruns covering a total distance of 72,160 km, including 3,463 new Personal Bests.