This week's Run Report is by stalwart parkrunner, volunteer and Core Team member - Justin (The Hull Hurricane - in a Wrestling commentator's drawl)) Elvidge!!!
Saturday dawned over March bringing the sun and the pre-event set-up crew in matching parkrun volunteer t-shirts. The gladiatorial amphitheatre of West End park welcomed a massive 227 regulars, visiting friends and tourists whom devote their Saturday morning to enjoy their running for our second biggest attendance. Some run for glory, some run for PB’s, some run to give back and help others achieve PB’s and some have never even ran a parkrun. Let’s encourage those who haven’t to do at least one parkrun and bring a friend as parkrun would like us too, and on your tenth visit, you get a free barcode scan (#DFYB).
The important and must be listened to parkrun briefing, was given by Dawn with thanks to our sponsors , our pacers introduced and Hugh Harris reached his 200th parkrun, congratulations Hugh from the March parkrun team. Today, we ran the summer course beginning at the play park and the absence of mud, cones, tape and soggy parts, left the course in excellent condition for pb’s. The Core Team are always open to comments and suggestions, so please don’t be shy and let us know if you have any ideas/concerns/or issues. parkrun would also like to extend its thanks to all our participants and to those willing and wonderful volunteers, who turn up week in, week out in all weathers. If you feel the need to join the volunteer team (or would even like to), please post on the march parkrun volunteers Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to this week's volunteers
Agnese JOSTA • Anita BLACKBURN • Ben COOK • Caralyn Naomi MACFARLANE • Carole DAVIS • Dave TUFFNAIL • Dawn VEAL • Diana LETTICE • Gaelle BRYANT • Georgina JACKMAN • Graham PEARCE • Jack HAYNES • James LEE • Joanne FORREST • Justin ELVIDGE • Karen DANDO • Leanne HAYNES • Maddie GIBSON • Mark OAKERBEE • Nicola FUNNELL • Paul GIBSON • Samantha WOOL • Steven SPARROW • Trevor WRIGHT • Vanessa MURRAY • Victor JEEVES
For those of you who get their geek on over stats, here they are :-
1st Home ...Richard Hammond (RunDMC) 19:37. 2nd Justin Elvidge (March AC) 19:42. 3rd Christopher Thompson (unattached) 19:57.
1st Carla Gibbons (Totley AC) 22:32. 2nd Nicole Coughlin (unattached) 23:56. 3rd Hannah Daniel 24:34 (unattached).
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Graham Chapman (VM60-64) graded 79.39% for the time 20:23.
Christopher Thompson (VM50-55) graded 77.03% for the time 19:57.
Justin Elvidge (VM45-49) was graded 73.10% for the time 19:42.
This week there were 227 runners, of whom 22 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests thanks to our pacers. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part. March parkrun started on 23rd January 2016, and since then 2478 different runners, including participants from 191 athletics clubs, have completed 17441 runs covering a total distance of 87205km, and there have been 3897 new Personal Bests.
See you all next weekend for the Royal Wedding parkrun, where we always welcome those that wish to dress up for this special occasion.
Peace out, one love.