The 153rd parkrun at March is brought to you, in part, by Fenland District Council and by Smickelskis & Swinkels, purveyors to the extremely wealth and the very fat, and Sew Watt, your local steam powered sewing machine supplier. Saturday morning, or as it’s known in certain circles, parkrun day, dawned, and the parkrun family consisting of old friends and new, gathered in the amphitheatre of Westend Park to enjoy some well supervised exercise, whether it be to run, walk, or just generally have some fun.
Our run director, Dawn, began proceedings with the important and must be listened to briefing. We don’t want to be ‘that’ person, but can we please remind you of the following: Please respect the briefing and stay quiet. We don’t do this for fun, it is for your safety and there are currently newcomers that may not have heard it before. If you’re chatting through it, then it’s unfair to your fellow runners. Some of our RD’s don’t have the loudest voices and amplification can muffle voices, hence why we don’t have one, so please stay quiet just for five minutes of your time while this is delivered.
This week we inducted into the black 100 t-shirt club local legends Sue Jeeves and Debbie Perry. Congratulations to you fine ladies from the core team and everyone at March parkrun on this magnificent achievement. This week we have those worthy enough to be mentioned in our meritorious dispatches section, that is all who turned up to run and volunteer and know that parkrun still isn’t just for New Years Day, it’s for life. We also welcomed tourists from Rotherham, who may have mentioned once or twice that he was from Rotherham, Gloucester and Purley in South London, and were brightly greeted into the family. Also joining us were our fellow local runners from Bodymode, BRJ, and Three Counties. The core team also wish to give a huge thank you to all the volunteers, without whom, park run could not happen every week. If you wish to volunteer, please see the March parkrun volunteers Facebook page or email email@example.com.
This weeks brave and fluffy and splendid Hi-Viz heroes were: -
Hilary RANGER • Mark DARLOW • Hugh HARRIS • David WATTS • Justin ELVIDGE • Irene LANE • Samantha WOOL • Dawn VEAL • Katie LEACH • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Andrew WOOL • Patricia NORRIS • Sydney DAVIS • Karen PATTERSON • Debbie PERRY • Graham PEARCE • Bill SWADLING • Gemma SOMMERSBY • Carole DAVIS • Mary BETTLES • Roger MONEY
For those of you who get their geek on over stats, and for a change, we have all new top three for the ladies, so here they are: -
1st Luke Brown (March AC) 18:41. 2nd John Comrie (Rotherham Harriers & AC) 20:52. 3rd Tim Fitches (unattached) 21:23.
1st Jessica Ward (unattached) 24:45. 2nd Hannah Daniel (unattached) 25:24. 3rd Agata Chelchowska (unattached) 25:50.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: -
John Comrie (VM55-59) was graded 73.63% for the time 20:52 (2nd overall)
Jill Vaughan (VF60-65) was graded 69.51% for the time 28:19 (56th overall)
Luke Brown(VM20-24) was graded 69.05% for the time 18:41 (1st overall)
This week 187 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.
March parkrun started on 23rd January 2016. Since then 2,930 participants have completed 22,889 parkruns covering a total distance of 114,445 km, including 4,816 new Personal Bests. A total of 441 individuals have volunteered 3,835 times.
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).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the March parkrun Results Page.