March parkrun #106 – Wisbech Juniors – The one that got away!


So I've had a few comments about last week's Run Report - (ie where was it?) so some of you do read these after all!

Not sure what happened here - I know that the Railway between Wisbech and March is still unserviceable, maybe the Carrier pigeons are too?

Anyway, enough prevaricating, last week was all about Wisbech Juniors - yes coming to Fenland soon, a Junior parkrun based in Wisbech park run by Colin Apps and his team, mainly from Three Counties Running Club (TCRC).  They are seeking volunteers, so get in touch if you'd like to help!  Junior parkrun is a shorter (2km) event and is totally different from a 5km parkrun - go and experience one to see a cavalry charge re-created!

So thank-you to Colin, Miranda, Joely, Gary, Sarah-Jane (who's birthday it was:) ) for volunteering this week and taking on the supportive March parkrun persona.  We wish you well with Wisbech Juniors and look forward to having you back soon!

On an icy morning, Fenland District Council and Clarion Future Communities had been working hard in the park to extend the bark path and provide some matting from the steps down to the bandstand area.  Once this all beds in, it will make for a safer and more sustainable run and benefit all park users.  We are very lucky to have such a supportive landlord.

As for the run this week,  the top three's were:

Ever-present Justin Elvidge (March AC) for the men, followed by Darren Moat in 3rd and Andy Wool to make it a March AC clean sweep for the men this week.

They were separated by Olivia (NVH) in 2nd place for the ladies, followed by Melissa Haylock and Hannah Daniel (with a shiny new PB).

Thank-you to 153 of you who ran this week and of course to the wonderful volunteers who make the event happen every week!

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Miranda APPS, Joely APPS, Colin APPS, Mary BETTLES, Gary BLIGH, Billy BREMNER, Gaelle BRYANT, Sarah CLARK, Steve CLARKE, Lou CRANE, Sydney DAVIS, Ray FUNNELL, Paul GIBSON, Maddie GIBSON, Georgina JACKMAN, Sarah-Jane MACDONALD, Clive MALTBY, Roger MONEY, Spencer NEILLY, Petra OTTO, Teilo PEARCE, Sandra RHODES, Elisabeth SENNITT CLOUGH, Emma UDEN


March parkrun #107 – Amy and Vic return

This week's Run Report is by Trev Wright - one of our regular volunteers who has recently stepped up to join the Core Team. Welcome aboard Trev and thank you for this week's Run Report.

Over the next few weeks, we'll introduce you to our other new Core Team members who are all currently shadowing or trying out all of the parkrun volunteer roles to understand how the event works End-to-End so to speak...

Today was a lovely sunny but cold morning. The ground started off nice and hard under foot but soon got muddier as the run progressed. A big thank you to Fenland District Council for laying the bark and the plastic grid flooring near the band stand, this really does help all of our parkrunners and other park users too. Everyone was in great spirits as usual and I noticed lots of people chatting to each other (including Bailey the dog) and making new friends. So much so I think some people would have been quite happy carrying on chatting rather than doing the parkrun. This is what parkrun is all about in my opinion. As one of the pacers today doing the two minute run, one minute walk, I noticed a few of the runners improving their fitness and times. It's always great to see everyone trying their best and achieving their goals. We are very privileged at the March parkrun as everyone encourages each other to reach their targets and even completing the 5k for the first time which is a massive achievement for some.
Mark Southwood, position 38, showed true parkrun spirit by encouraging a runner he could have out-sprinted and slowed to allow him to finish ahead!
It was also great to see 2 of our event team back after poor health and in great spirits. Vic Jeeves and Amy Ellis, great to have you back!. Today's run passed without incident, there were no slips or injuries reported.
A big thank you to everyone that volunteers to organise the park run, marshal and help on the day and behind the scenes and of course the sponsors.

and now for the numbers...

March parkrun
Event number 107
17th February 2018

This week 167 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Paul HALFORD • Hugh HARRIS • Amy ELLIS • Stephen COWELL • Clive MALTBY • Billy BREMNER • Gaelle BRYANT • Katie LEACH • Georgina JACKMAN • Grace WOOL • Andrew WOOL • Patricia NORRIS • Lin SUTTON • Nicola FUNNELL • Graham PEARCE • Kay DEDMAN • Diane AYLING • Yvonne GIBSON • Susie HANDLEY • Jamie WARD • Michelle FOVARGUE • Victor JEEVES • Trevor WRIGHT • Maddie GIBSON

The Top three's this week were:

Ieuan visiting us from the Isle of Man for the First Time in an impressive...18.49

Local Ironman Carl James in 19.39

Regular visitor from BRJ Huntingdon - Marco Wassersleben in 20.00

Regular Abbie Jeeves (Team Bex) was first home for the ladies this week in 25.22 closely followed by Michelle Bird (Bodymode founder ) in an impressive return of 25.27 with the ever-present Lily (March AC) in at 25.59 this week

Once Marco had completed his run, he went back and ran a lap with Nathan Brennan, returning to parkrun after a break to run a PB.  Great to see the faster runners supporting people further back in the field.


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 2,301 participants have completed 15,609 parkruns covering a total distance of 78,045 km, including 3,603 new Personal Bests.


March parkrun #105 – The Calm after the Storm

This week's Run Report is by Stephen Cowell, Core Team Member, March AC Secretary and stalwart volunteer.  Due to injury, Stephen has been volunteering more than he perhaps usually would..If you're injured, or resting before a race, why consider volunteering?

The week in which you were cheered on heartily by Helen and her Slimmer’s World team and just beat the rain!

Last week March parkrun had its second birthday so this week we toddled into our 3rd year with 170 of you cheered on by volunteer marshals from Slimmer’s World. I’m sure you will join me in thanking all this week’s volunteers who helped another March parkrun be a huge success. We also welcomed back Justine Petrou who walked around the course with her new daughter, Gabriella, just 11 weeks young, Rhys Davies, recovering from injury and the lurgy, and Tail Walker Pat Norris, one of our regular volunteers.

The course was a little muddy and slippery in places but due to the sterling efforts of Fenland District Council the week before last in providing a bark path between the fitness equipment and the far end of the park (or Brand's Corner as we know and love it), that area is much easier to run on. This week the Council extended the path along the back of the park all the way to the riverside path so now we no long have to worry about the rabbit holes which great news.  Well done FDC!

This week we welcomed visitors from Rotherham, Huntingdon and Peterborough and hope you enjoyed your March parkrun experience. March AC veteran runner, Darren Moat, a regular since day 1 of March parkrun completed his 100th parkrun!! Congratulations Darren and thank you again for helping us pack away at the end, although they way you sprinted across to collect some of the signage suggests you can run a bit faster :)

The weather smiled on us today as whilst it was chilly the rain held off until we had all finished and packed away.

First to finish today was Nicholas Stone (PAC) in his first parkrun with a time of 17:55, Nicholas was followed in by Andrew Brett from Ramsey RRC and local March AC runner Justin Showell (and of course, his faithful and fastest hound - Florence). First lady home was Grace Mullen (NVH) in 6th in a time 20:48, this was also Grace’s first visit to March parkrun, Elisabeth Sennett Clough (TCRC)  was 2nd lady and Caitlin (Hunts AC) 3rd

Next week’s volunteers will include a group of people (led by Colin Apps of Three Counties RC) who will be setting up and managing the Junior parkrun that is due to start soon in Wisbech, so please give them a great March parkrun welcome when you see them.




March parkrun #104 – Pirates in thePark!!!! Our 2nd Birthday celebrations

This week's fabulous Birthday Run Report has been written by Guest Reporter and avid parkrunner - Tash Scott who is back on the trail following a stint on the sidelines after being injured..........would you like to write our Run Report?

Well In March 2013 it was decided to run a parkrun in March. Mentoring from Gordon Pearson, Dr David and Suzie Hall and his dogged persistence (sounds like our ED) for 2 years helped secure Big Lottery funding and here we are........

Shiver me timbers ! This time 2 years ago 242 people turned up for the first ever March parkrun.

Over the 2 years we have had a staggering 2,246 runners who have done 14,922 Runs covering 74,610km’s with the biggest attendance being the first one.

Ho ho ho and a bottle of rum...and we are off. The kids looked amazing in their fancy dress today. There were some great costumes. The volunteers had donned their beards and parrots too! Some dodgy looking Jack Sparrows looking for Davy Jones only to find they had to run 5km to get the booty.....cake.

Talking of cake, Carole who made it, (it was lush) has done 45 parkruns and 43 of those have been at March. That’s pretty loyal to be fair! So as well as being a great cake maker she’s not too bad on her pirate legs either! Thanks also to Jackie Nosworthy for the great illustration - some of those legs look familiar!

There were pirates galore, we had parrots, we have more one eyed runners than anywhere else.....ever, we had cake. I am pretty certain we must have broken records for the most parrots at any parkrun. And did I mention there was CAKE!

I felt like shark bait, I always do when I start but love the satisfaction at the end, even when I feel like I have just been for a flogging! It was chilly but morale was high today as back at the Crow's nest there was CAKE with Doubloons on it! I started off dreading parkrun and with encouragement from (husband and renowned sandbagger - sorry George couldn't resist) George we do it every week now. I even try to advocate parkrun to everyone I talk too now! I find it amazing when I see everyone of all abilities encouraging each other. That is what it is all about, participation and encouraging others. (And sometimes cake)

Blow me down, today we had a fantastic 197 finishers running 2,772 fathoms each. All on the stunning new path laid by Fenland District Council!

Cake was clearly the reason 24 new PB's were set and 15 first timers turned up. First seadog home was Kirk Brawn from Peterborough AC in a time of 18.03, followed by Andrew Brett of Ramsey Road Runners in a time of 19.10, Claire Hallisey of Dacorum and Tring AC coming in 3rd place with a time of 20.01 Claire takes the ladies first slot too! Second Lady pirate home was Sarah Starr from Ely Runners with 25.02 and Abbie Jeeves in 3rd with 25.42. There were some pretty quick trainee pirates with the first junior man in being Liam in 21-02 and the first junior lady Lily  in 25.50, well done guys and gals.

Hi Viz Heroes have to get a mention. I am sitting in the warm after walking the plank today typing this report but everyone else was out at sea today trying to keep cosy, while ensuring the rest of us get to enjoy a fantastic parkrun. I don’t volunteer enough really and some don’t at all. There are all sorts of jobs that even mean you can run as well so give it a go. It is really rewarding. Oh and there was cake today, thanks Carole!

This weeks heroes (Carole obviously because of the cake) Andrew FOVARGUE,  Andrew WOOL, Anita BLACKBURN, Bronwyn DAVIES, Cameron SPARROW, David MUFFETT, Emma UDEN, Gaelle BRYANT, Gary DAVIS, Gary NORMAN, Georgina JACKMAN, Gordon PEARSON, Hugh HARRIS, Justin ELVIDGE, Justin SHOWELL, Karen DANDO , Leia WATSON, Maddie GIBSON, Megan DAVIES, Nicholas OKERIKA, Nina MARKILLIE, Paul GIBSON, Petra OTTO, Rhys DAVIES, Samantha WOOL, Simon RENDER , Steven SPARROW, Vanessa MURRAY

Now time for some grog! See you all next week!




March parkrun #103 – Emma’s Story

This week's Run Report is from regular parkrunner Emma, often to be found running with husband Phil.....

Hello everyone & welcome to the Run Report from March's 103rd parkrun.

Yesterday morning at 8.40am, when I left my home bound for West End park, the weather was grotty & raining, certainly not what "Alexa" had told me to expect 20 minutes earlier. I started to run a little (really was a little) & every ounce of mojo emptied from my body, so I decided to walk up there & secretly hoped I would miss the start ! Somehow I managed to get there on time & as I turned the corner into the park, I could already see a marvellous gathering of bright coloured tops & heads bobbing around trying to keep warm. Instantly my mood started to change, smiling at how mad we all was to be there in that weather on a Saturday morning. That's what parkrun does to you, it lures you in with its feel good factor, team spirit & gives you the passion to scream encouragement to complete strangers! parkrun had instantly turned me from a sloped shouldered middle aged woman, walking fairy steps down the road to miss the start into Mo Farrah, an athlete & ready to compete with the parkrun team.

And at the start "as if by magic" an angel appeared on my shoulder, the lovely Faye - we ran together, talked, giggled & she hauled me around the park steadily. Faye got me round. That's what happens at the parkrun, you all help each other - it doesn't matter if you walk, sprint or a little like Faye & I yesterday skidded a lot !!

12 months ago, I couldn't run to my corner shop - 200metres away. My husband introduced me to the fabulous sport of running, its addictive & people actually WANT to see you do well - they encourage, give up hours helping you & they all happily share their knowledge. Now I am still slow, but last week I ran 9.1 miles - I wont be competing in the Olympics, but as you all say "I am going faster than someone sitting on the sofa".

This week we had an amazing 138 competitors, 16 new PB's which is just amazing in the conditions yesterday, a magnificent 14 first timers. First person home was Richard Pavey from Higham Harriers in a time of 19.31, followed by Peter Ward of Thorney in a time of 20.00, Andy Cole of March coming in 3rd place with a time of 20.38. First lady home was Ceri Ellingham in a time of 22.34, Melissa Haylock in 2nd with 26.24 & Abigail Jeeves was 3rd lady home in 26.28. First junior home was Lily in a time of 26.00 followed by Hannah in 27.37. You guys are all amazing. Me, I was happy with my place of 106 time wasn't important today, its was just about getting around.

The biggest mention from me has to be for the volunteers - you may be a "shouter", "a clapper", "a jumper holder" , but you are all amazing, particularly yesterday giving up your Saturday morning, standing in the rain & mud to help other people. A big big thank you, you are all magnificent & March truly has the best supporters & marshalls. Boy can we put on a parkrun !!!

My summary of the race today might only be understood by people of a certain age - if you are old enough to remember running "The Rangles" at Hereward school, then this was just that. Cold, wet, hard work, made you swear a lot & gave you purple thighs - but somehow satisfying !!

For people who want to better themselves, lose weight or in my case want to extend their life I say "Come down to the parkun family, you will receive a warm welcome, people will help you. Stick with it & you will see the results"

We are always looking for people to write the Run Report,  if you'd like to have a go, please get in touch!!!

Emma has now signed up to write once a month!!!



March parkrun Run Report – 13th Jan 2018. 102. Going good to soft.


This week's Run Report is form parkrun regular - Andy Fovargue.....

An incredible 177 runners braved the dreary January weather to take part in March's parkrun this morning. This included 20 first timers, and tourists from Peterborough, Milton, Huntingdon, and Porthcawl. It's great to see the popularity of this friendly and inclusive event build ahead of its second anniversary, and it's clearly a sign that some have caught the running bug, and others are better at keeping their New Year resolutions than me. Long may it continue!

Today's run passed without incident. There are no slips or injuries to report, nor any stray frogs on the course, or errant dogs to hunt for. It's a testament not only to the pre-run preparation carried out by today's RD, David Tuffnail, and his team, but also the considerate way the participants ran their run. Thank you.

Regular runners in March may have missed their high five as they passed the skate park. We're told that Ray 'Tick' Few has successfully undergone his procedure, and is recuperating on ward. We wish him all the best with his recovery, and look forward to his return as soon as he is fit to do so.

The first gent home today was Marco Wasserleben (BRJ Run & Tri), in 20:04. He was followed home by March AC's two Justins, Elvidge and Showell. Sarah Starr (Ely Runners) was the first lady home in 24:36, just ahead of Arabella Gingell (Royston Runners), and Melissa Haylock. 18 runners achieved personal best times this morning, no mean feat given the slippery conditions.

Three runners ran their milestone 50th parkruns today, they were Todd Robertson, Leanne Haynes, and Colin Wright. Congratulations, I look forward to seeing you showing off your hard-earned t-shirts in due course.

As a marshal today, I observed that there's every bit as much grit and determination right through the field as there is at the front. There's more if anything, the natural gazelle types whip round in twenty minutes whereas others sustain their effort for much longer. Ultimately everybody covers 5km and achieves the same thing. Well done to absolutely everybody who took part and notched up another parkrun finish.

I have to pay the obligatory thanks to the volunteers whose efforts made this event possible. The Run Director told me he was out at 7am determining the safest route for the conditions, then put out cones, stakes, and signs accordingly. Today's participants ran over 500 miles between them, and that simply can't happen week-in week-out without a dedicated core team and the support of volunteers. If you'd like to marshal, time-keep, pace, tail walk, or maybe have a stab at writing a better run report than this, please look for the volunteer page on Facebook, or email Please consider it if you've not volunteered before. A variety of roles are available, and any support you can give to March parkrun will be hugely valued by its organisers and your fellow runners.

Finally, a reminder that Saturday 27th January is March parkrun's second birthday. Those wishing to dress up are invited to adopt a pirate theme. It's going to be fun, let your friends know and see if you can persuade them to help us achieve a great turn out. There'll likely be cake!




March parkrun #101- Emily’s view…

This parkrun must surely have been the chilliest of the year! In all, 175 keen and enthusiastic runners made their way around the damp and muddy park today, with a slight diversion of route whereby the weather had made it too unsafe in places. Whether that was sprinting, running, jogging, buggy pushing, pacing or walking), 13 people made their way round for the first time at March parkrun. Hopefully, some great New Year resolutions that will see you gain some great successes, earn New PB's again and again, meet new people and feel part of a great community of people throughout the year.  A total of 15 people achieved a new personal best time, including Richard PAVEY (Higham Harriers AC), who finished in 1st position, Andrew Brett (Ramsey RRC) was 2nd and Carl James (who had already run 7 miles to March) was 3rd. Lisa MARRIOTT (Ramsey RRC) was again the first female finisher  – well done! With Megan Ayling coming in 2nd for the ladies and Melissa Haylock in 3rd.  Core Team member Teilo PEARCE (March AC) volunteered by pacing his 50th parkrun combining a run with his 50th time volunteering! What an incredible way to get your 50 T-shirt. Megan STACEY ran her 25th, young Serge ran his 51st parkrun this week, as did Kay Dedman (husband Graeme is now on 49!)  Congratulations to all of you. What an exciting and eventful way to start the New Year!!

March parkrun would not be able to happen every week for almost 2 years now (it's our 2nd Birthday on 27 Jan 2018 - join us for 'Pirates in the Park') without the wonderful work of all the (24 today) volunteers. Our Run Director this week was Gaelle BRYANT who is so supportive and has so much energy each week it is incredible! Today I completed my 1st volunteer session (although my husband got to see his name in all his glory on the website) writing the run report but there are many more varied volunteering jobs up for grabs each week. Those jobs include scanning barcodes, handing out finish tokens, marshaling and processing results.

When I first started running (thank you Kathryn BRAND for encouraging me) I believed it would be a case of going and getting it over and done with, but as the weeks passed I started to enjoy it more and more and it even became the highlight of my week on some occasions! It may be a bit clichéd but running has genuinely given me the confidence I was lacking, especially to meet new people and to give me a healthy can do attitude and mindset. Having to get up early on a Saturday morning really is no big deal when you can look forward to spending time with your friends (maybe even family - my husband can be found every week pushing the double running buggy with my two children) whilst also helping the community, even if it does mean standing in the freezing cold park at 8:30 on a Saturday morning! If I have learnt anything from this experience it is to be confident and go for it – and that's exactly the advice I would give to anyone thinking of signing up, whether to run or to volunteer! Happy New Year!

Emily PB

March parkrun
Event number 101
6th January 2018

This week 175 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Simon RENDER • Joice BANDOQUILLO SHOWELL • Justin ELVIDGE • Amy ELLIS • Stephen COWELL • Lee CAREY • Dave TUFFNAIL • Mike HOLMES • Maura BROWN • Nicholas OKERIKA • Gaelle BRYANT • Teilo PEARCE • Raymond FEW • Patricia NORRIS • Wendy HART • Anthony WHIBLEY • Tracey DICKERSON • Paul GIBSON • Gemma SOMMERSBY • Carole DAVIS • Sean SEARLE • Victor JEEVES • Diana LETTICE • Lee PATRICK-BROWN

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 2,212 participants have completed 14,607 parkruns covering a total distance of 73,035 km, including 3,478 new Personal Bests.


March parkrun #100 – Happy New Year!!!


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.....

March parkrun
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.


March parkrun #99 – It’s Christmas!!!!

It was a damp warm,forthe time of year,morning and setting up with Stephen Cowell in the near dark was interesting. We needed to make some adjustments to the course to avoid muddy areas and readjust for the obstructions built by mountain bikers during the week.

A total of 143 parkrunners (and a massive 31 volunteers!) turned out to take part and it was pleasing to see around 90% joined in the festive fancy dress and T shirts and Xmas jumpers it was a great sight.

Glen Watts returned to March parkrun and was first home in 17.26 a bit short of his course record of 16.12. Lisa Marriot from Ramsey was first lady home in 20.12 also a bit short of her PB for the course of 19.08.

Amongst the finishers were 9 first timers and 9 new PB's and sad to say 12 unknown runners with no barcodes. please get registered and bring along your barcode each week for scanning and get a recorded time.

We had visitors this week from Ramsey/Barnet/Solent/Huntingdon/Ealing and Peterborough all of whom were very welcome and made so by our team.

Following the run there was mulled wine served up by Sue Jeeves and many, many, many mince pies provided by many of you.

The parkrun was a good prequel to Christmas.

Future events parkrun normal 30/12/17 9am and New Year's day run at 10.30am` which could be well attended.

Happy New Year

Vic Jeeves RD

and the stats...

March parkrun
Event number 99
23rd December 2017
This week 143 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Simon RENDER • Joice BANDOQUILLO SHOWELL • Mark DARLOW • Justin ELVIDGE • Amy ELLIS • Stephen COWELL • Gaelle BRYANT • Michelle HOSKING • Samantha WOOL • Dawn VEAL • Emma UDEN • Abigail JEEVES • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Karen DANDO • Grace WOOL • Maisie WHITTLESEY • Louise PEARCE • Sally MILLS • Lin SUTTON • Joanne ANDERSON • Andrew BRAND • Sue JEEVES • Lily BRAND • Cerys PEARCE • Carole DAVIS • Willow MILLS • Annabelle BRAND • Victor JEEVES • Kirsty BOND • Rowan WHITTLESEY
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 2,150 participants have completed 14,260 parkruns covering a total distance of 71,300 km, including 3,454 new Personal Bests.


March parkrun #98 – Jack Frost nipping at your nose.

Welcome to amphitheatre of West End park where grass and tarmac combine to create March parkrun.    A cold morning in December dawned with a layer of frost and ice on the ground , and 103 brave or foolish runners turned up on a  Saturday morning to enjoy their running.  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 run a parkrun before.  Let's encourage those who haven't to do at least one parkrun and bring a friend as parkrun would like us too.

The important and must be listened to parkrun briefing, was given by Andrew with thanks to our sponsors , and our pacers introduced and visitors welcomed.  Congratulations to both Sean Searle and Wendy Hart on completing their 50th parkruns today.  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, please post on the march parkrun volunteers Facebook page or email

For those of you who get their geek on over stats, here they are :-

1st home -  Andrew Brett  (Ramsey Road Runners) 19:08.  2nd Justin Showell 20:05.  3rd Nik Okerika 20:08 (both March AC and accompanied by their faithful hounds)
1st  home - Lisa Marriott (Ramsey Road Runners - do the double!) 20:10.  Elisabeth Sennett Clough (Fenland Running Club) 22:36.  3rd Sarah Starr 23:51 (Ely Runners).

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Lisa Marriott (VW35-39) graded 75.37% for the time 20:10.
Justin Showell (VM45-49) was graded 72.28% for the time 20:05.
Justin Elvidge (VM45-49) was graded 69.85% for the time 20:27.

This week there were 106 runners, of whom 7 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests thanks to our pacers.  Representatives of 12 different athletics clubs took part.  March parkrun started on 23rd January 2016, and since then 2141 different runners, including participants from 174 athletics clubs, have completed 14117 runs covering a total distance of 70585km, and there have been 3445 new Personal Bests.

Ending on a positive note, we have an update regarding Louis from his father.  He is fine now after receiving assistance at the end.

See you all next weekend the Christmas jumper themed parkrun.

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