March parkrun #119 – Royal Wedding Celebrations

This week's Run Report comes from our Justin again....

Not long now until they walk down the aisle. A marriage made in heaven. The world will be watching. Not everyone can attend the event itself, of course, but you’ll always get the next best seats. The romance of parkrun at March in the, for one week only, The Royal 0.8 of a Mile.  How the weather accommodated us and made perfect conditions for some serious running and for those few that dressed suitably for the occasion, well done and thank you for lifting the event. 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.

The important and must be listened to parkrun briefing, was given by Stephen with thanks to our sponsors , our pacers introduced and to our latest 5 to reach the 50 club, Jacqueline Shailes, Angela Anderson,  James Arran (whom finished 50th), Ian Scott and Louis Benningfield, congratulations from the March parkrun team.  Today, we ran our summer course, which apart from the long grass, is 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, please post on the march parkrun volunteers Facebook page or email marchoffice@parkrun.com.

Thanks to this week's volunteers
Agnese JOSTA  •  Al DUNCAN  •  Andrew BRAND  •  Annabelle BRAND  •  Caralyn Naomi MACFARLANE  •  Carole DAVIS  •  Darren MACFARLANE  •  Gaelle BRYANT  •  Georgina JACKMAN  •  Helen SEIMS  •  James LEE  •  Justin ELVIDGE  •  Lily BRAND  •  Lin SUTTON  •  Maddie GIBSON  •  Nicola FUNNELL  •  Paul GIBSON  •  Raymond FEW  •  Samantha WOOL  •  Stephen COWELL  •  Sydney DAVIS  •  Teilo PEARCE  •  Tracey DICKERSON  •  Victor JEEVES

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

Gentlemen
1st Daniel Watts (Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers) 16:25.  2nd Grant Chapman (Royston Runners) 17:56.  3rd Justin Elvidge (March AC) 19:51.
Ladies
1st Elaine Smith (Ely Runners) 21:56.  2nd Megan Ayling (March AC) 23:15.  3rd Sarah Starr (March AC) 23:54.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Daniel Watts (SM30-34) 78.98% for the time 16:25.
Grant Chapman (VM40-44) 77.23% for the time 17:56.
Elaine Smith (VW50-54) 76.74% for the time 21:56.This week there were 196 runners, of whom 13 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests thanks to our pacers.  Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.  March parkrun started on 23rd January 2016, and since then 2,478 different runners, including participants from 192 athletics clubs, have completed 17,441 runs covering a total distance of 87,205km, and there have been 3,898 new Personal Bests.

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).

See you all next weekend.

Peace out, one love.

Justin

 

 

 

 

March parkrun #118. March winds and April showers bring Mayflowers.

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 marchoffice@parkrun.com.

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 :-

Gentlemen:
1st Home ...Richard Hammond (RunDMC) 19:37. 2nd Justin Elvidge (March AC) 19:42. 3rd Christopher Thompson (unattached) 19:57.
Ladies
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.

Justin

 

March parkrun #117 – Feeling Hot hot hot!!!

What a beautiful May day it turned out to be for March parkrun #117 and 184 parkrunners, joggers, Jeffers and walkers turned out to enjoy the balmy weather.

As it's getting warmer now, please ensure that you're well hydrated and consider bringing some water along with you.

As ever, we were blessed with a large number of fantastic volunteers (27!!!) to support you on your way round.  Please let us know beforehand if you intend to volunteer, so we can manage our volunteer team on the day.  We won't turn anyone away but if we know you're coming, it gives us a chance to let some of regular volunteers have the week off to have a run for a change.  You also risk not getting a volunteer credit.

As I was pacing 29 minutes today (with Bill Swadling keeping me honest), I didn't get to see what went on ahead of me but the results tell me that:

For the gents:

Chris Thompson flew the flag for the veterans , coming in first in an impressive 19:47

Ben Kansu made an impressive debut in 19:53 for second place

In third, was last week's first finisher and getting ever closer to a sub 20 - young Louis

Special mention too to Luke in 9th place in 21.10!!  Great effort Luke!

and for the ladies, a keenly fought battle saw...

Lily just keep out fast improving Abbie Jeeves to come in first in 24:58 with Hannah Daniel only a few seconds behind.

There were 39 PB's in all - amazing work by nearly a quarter of you!

Congratulations to Gary Norman on his 50th parkrun!  Gary has also done a lot of volunteering at March.  There are a few more 50th parkruns coming up in the next week or two for some of our regulars too.  There is no further update on the T-shirts though.  As soon as we know, we'll let you know!

Please remember your barcode - the parkrun rule is no barcode, no result.  It's the one thing we ask you to remember.  We understand that sometimes barcodes genuinely won't scan but we cannot add you to the results if you've forgotten your barcode.  #DFYB

So coming up....

Some dates for your diary..

2 June 18 we are planning to have a park/river clean up after parkrun with the Sea Shepherds - led by Trev Wright.  We use the park and FDC have been very supportive to us, so we'd like to give something back - watch this space for further details.

9 Jun 18 - Is NHS70th Birthday and we're aiming to participate in that.  So if you're NHS, then get in touch with your ideas for celebrating/promoting the NHS.  This may slip a week due to Pop in the Park but we'll let you know.

23 Jun 18 - The Monday night group led by Andrew Fovargue are going to 'takeover' - this means that they will provide all the volunteers for this week's event.

If you belong to a Group (Community, Running but not business please) and would like to run a takeover event, get in touch with us.

30 Jun 18 - Food Bank collection - Did you know that the Food Bank need your donations throughout the year, not just at Christmas or Easter.  So please bring in your donations - we'll let you know what's needed most nearer the time.

 

And now for the stats...

 

 

March parkrun
Event number 117
5th May 2018

This week 184 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Simon RENDER • Hilary RANGER • David WATTS • Debra WATTS • Justin ELVIDGE • Amy ELLIS • Graham PEARCE • Clive MALTBY • Gaelle BRYANT • Dawn VEAL • Teilo PEARCE • Mark OAKERBEE • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Patricia NORRIS • Sally MILLS • James LEE • Graeme DEDMAN • Kay DEDMAN • Carole DAVIS • Willow MILLS • Victor JEEVES • Diana LETTICE • Trevor WRIGHT • Maddie GIBSON

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 2,445 participants have completed 17,214 parkruns covering a total distance of 86,070 km, including 3,848 new Personal Bests.

 

March parkrun #116 –

In a week where we welcomed the Beavers/Cubs and Scouts who walked/jog/ran for the Madagscan Scout Programme, a visit by CAMISGHT post parkrun and many parkrunners doing #finishformatt regular parkrunner (and now volunteer too) - George Scott who can be seen charging round the park (sometimes with daughter Brae in tow) was thrown a 'hospital pass' by wife Tash (regular parkrunner and volunteer) to do this week's Run Report.  Read on....

Married life. So my Saturday morning started oddly at 0430hrs prepping scuba kit for my wife; who coincidentally beside volunteering to do the run report, had also committed herself to a days diving too......mmm. So here it is, here's her run report, penned by her, in her own hand from my iPad, using my....well.....me really TBH.

A grotty start to the day, contrasting starkly against the sun drenched glades of March last week.
A cracking turnout with #158 runners turning too at run number #116. Something in the air drenched the runners in a post London Marathon Saturday positivity (bad pun I know). I certainly heard the PB bell go a few times. Clive Maltby wondered up to me (blessing for me as I really needed a solid pacer) and told all about London exploits; which boosted my confidence as "maybe...just maybe" this week I'd pip him to the post due to his post run niggles. BTW that was a royal FAIL too.

A couple of laps in and my lungs started to burn, which felt like I was hitting it a bit hard. But no; there was Hugh Harris just in front of me exactly where he usually is. Oh yeah; by lap 4 I knew that I'd been seen of by those two whippets pulling off sub 23 min runs. Well done fellas !

Great to see our visually impaired assisted runners; who always make me smile with positivity and resolve. Exactly what I've come to expect at March. The very essence of which was shown during the Run Director brief, where he asked if runners would care to run an extra lap in honour of Matt Campbell who sadly passed during the London Marathon. There wasn't many who didn't pay the respects in true March parkrun style. Big shout out to Louis Beningfield & Geraldine Larham as the first dude and chick over the line, and a huge thank you to all the volunteers.
You guys rock !

☠️ G Man ☠️

and now for the stats....

March parkrun
Event number 116
28th April 2018
This week 158 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

Male finishers:
Louis Benningfield - March AC
Andy Cole - March AC
Carl James

Female finishers:
Geraldine Larham - MarchAC
Lily Fiveash - March AC
Claire Ashton - BRJ

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Justin ELVIDGE • Amy ELLIS • Gaelle BRYANT • Samantha WOOL • Teilo PEARCE • Katie LEACH • Gayna OROURKE • Tash SCOTT • Nina MARKILLIE • Georgina JACKMAN • Karen DANDO • Sydney DAVIS • Tracey DICKERSON • Paul GIBSON • Andrew BRAND • Lily BRAND • Cerys PEARCE • Gemma SOMMERSBY • Chris UDEN • Carole DAVIS • Annabelle BRAND • Isla LEACH • Victor JEEVES • Maddie GIBSON
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 2,431 participants have completed 17,030 parkruns covering a total distance of 85,150 km, including 3,809 new Personal Bests.

 

March Parkrun #115 – The Sun has Got its Hat on……….

 

This week's Run Report is by Lisa Forrest for the second week running....Lisa has got the parkrunning bug and now volunteering bug too!

Spring is definitely with us – another bright, glorious Saturday morning greeted us at West End Park this morning. All the winter running gear was put away, and the shorts and vests were out in full force. The course has now dried out and we are back to the ‘normal’ four lap route.

Today we had lots of parkrun tourists join us from around the UK - Peterborough, Brighton, London and Aberystwyth – to name a few. We also saw a record number of people join us (the third highest ever attendance) at March – welcome all. Plus, we had milestones – well done Emma Riches who has completed 50 parkruns at March, birthdays  (Sadie) and t-shirts to give out (to Gemma Sommersby who has been wiating forever for her '50' T-shirt) this morning to a joyous, supportive, cheering crowd.

We had 201 runners, joggers and walkers enjoy the four-lap route of West End Park.
First across the line for the gents was Peter Ward (Thorney RC) with a time of 19:10
First across the line for the ladies was Rachael Wheeler with a time of 22:51
We had an amazing 45 PBs this morning and 25 First Timers at March of which 19 it was their first ever parkrun.
We had 59 club runners representing 16 clubs. The first 5 runners across the line were representing a club – well done everyone.
This week, I want to add a personal note on my experience at March parkrun. Today was my 20th parkrun. If you would have said to me back in August last year when I first came; that I would go on to complete 20 parkruns and walk/jogged 100km by today, I would have thought you were bonkers! I am certainly not a ‘naturally’ built runner (yet), but I love getting up on a Saturday morning to join an incredibly friendly and supportive bunch - everyone is so kind, encouraging and generous. I am seeing and feeling the benefit of coming, which today saw me knock off 1.5 minutes off my PB (I’m well chuffed with that!). March parkrun you have kindled this girls’ enjoyment of exercise – thank you!
Good luck to everyone who is competing in the London Marathon tomorrow – keep hydrated it’s gonna be a hot one.
And finally, a round of applause for our awesome band of volunteers who make March parkrun such a friendly, well organised way to spend a Saturday morning.
Running quote of the week: “One run can change your day, many runs can change your life.”
Lisa Forrest

 

March parkrun
Event number 115
21st April 2018

This week 201 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Simon RENDER • Stephen COWELL • Gary NORMAN • Gaelle BRYANT • Paul BRYANT • Samantha WOOL • Teilo PEARCE • Serge LAMBERT • Tina LAMBERT • Tash SCOTT • Georgina JACKMAN • Patricia NORRIS • Anthony WHIBLEY • Madeleine BOXALL • Andrew BRAND • Sue JEEVES • Susan MOLONEY • Mike BOXALL • Lily BRAND • Carole DAVIS • Sean SEARLE • Susie HANDLEY • Annabelle BRAND • Christian FORD • Victor JEEVES • Lisa FORREST • Trevor WRIGHT • Jim REEVES • Kelly SCOTT • Robert CHERRINGTON • Dallan SILVER

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 2,408 participants have completed 16,872 parkruns covering a total distance of 84,360 km, including 3,780 new Personal Bests.

 

March Parkrun #114 – Spring has finally Arrived!

This week's Run Report is from March parkrun regular - Lisa Forrest.  If you would like to write the Run Report, or perform another volunteer role, then get in touch via marchelpers@parkrun.com or our facebook Group - March parkrun volunteers

 

What a glorious way to start a Saturday morning - the weather was kind, warming up nicely but a little overcast, the birds were singing and we all seemed to have a little spring in our step at the surprising sight of a golden orb in the sky! The course is still drying out due to the heavy rains over the last week, so a couple of areas of the course were roped off to keep us away from the worst of the mud – I think this adds to the ‘charm’ of March parkrun.

Today we had parkrun tourists from Cambridge and Telford - The Telford team were racking up tourist destinations and March was their twentieth different course. We also saw our numbers swell a little due to the cancellation of Huntingdon parkrun again – welcome all.

Today we had 173 runners, joggers and walkers enjoy the four-lap route of West End Park.

First across the line for the gents was Simon Mead (Ramsey Runners) with a time of 18:11

First across the line for the ladies was Megan Ayling (March AC) with a time of 23:41

We had 9 PBs and 15 First Timers at March of which 7 it was their first ever parkrun.

We had 55 club runners representing 16 clubs. The first 10 runners across the line were all representing a club – well done everyone.

And finally, a round of applause for our awesome band of volunteers who make March parkrun such a friendly, well organised way to spend a Saturday morning. A special mention must go to Sam Wool who was volunteering for the 50th time today – thank you Sam!

Running quote of the week: “Runderful (adjective) – How you feel the minute after you finish your run”.

 

Lisa Forrest

 

March parkrun #113 – April in March

On a day when flooding has prevented the weekly parkrun at both Huntingdon and Peterborough a feeling of both excitement and trepidation was felt by volunteers anticipating the effect on today’s run at March. The highest attendance of 242 occurred on Event 1 and only on two other occasions has it been over 200. This year’s best currently stands at 197. Once the parkrun participants had all congregated ready for announcements it became clear that it looked like business as usual rather than a massive increase. It looks like it was Rutland that got the lion’s share of the additional runners as their record attendance jumped from 305 to 364 today. March attendance remained at a ‘normal’ level of 179
A recent initiative on the results page is the publication of those who have received the purple 25 volunteering milestone tee-shirt. It was interesting to see that of the 179 participants’ today 13 have achieved this. A breakdown of this shows 5 also have a 100 vest 3 also have a 50 vest but for 5 this is their first vest. Unfortunately this statistic does not show the full story as we are not aware how many of the volunteers manning tasks that don’t allow a run as well have also achieved this superb level of event support.
On today’s team of volunteer marshals we had two well-known faces with the return of Tick to ‘High Five’ duty after recent illness and Ed Morris on his way back after various setbacks. One of parkruns great principles is inclusion and it was great to see Samantha WOOL on VI duties which she did superbly leading to Nicola Hughes getting a new PB. We also like to celebrate milestones and birthdays and today although we had no new milestones achieved we did have Louise Unwin celebrating her birthday by getting a new PB
Today I was proud of young Dennis Willis who continued on to complete the parkrun despite not feeling 100%. It was also great to have his dad return after his run to help encourage Dennis on the final lap. On lap courses have known people to drop out after two or three laps but Dennis was determined to show true parkrun qualities of grit and determination to complete the course.
There were 16 first timers today at March but only Craig Fear was doing his first ever run. Well done Craig and hope to see you back again soon.
There were quite a few local clubs represented but we also had Tash Scott from UK Mud Queens, Peter Duthie from West Anglia Orienteering Club, Hilary Ranger from Solent Running Sisters and Luke Manning from oneALS.
22 people went home happy with a new PB on the modified course which was measured today using a surveyor’s wheel. I can vouch for the fact it was a very small fraction over 5k so these PBs were superb.
With regard to the run itself we had Andrew Brett from Ramsey Road Runners first over the line for the 4th time in 18.54. He was followed in by James Thew from Ely Runners in 19.26 and Justin Elvidge from March AC in 20.03. The ladies were led in by Rachel Crouch with a new PB of 21.10 in 8th position overall. She was followed home by Michelle Brett from Ramsey Road Runners in 13th position overall with 21.59 and Elaine Smith from Ely Runners in 14th place overall with 22.22 on her first time at March.
With regard to age grading today this was dominated by Ely Runners with the top 3 being Graham John Chapman with 75.98, Janet Smith with 75.67 and Elaine Smith being 74.96%
Unfortunately for whatever reason 7 appear as unknown which mean those who took part and completed the course have no official record. Always remember #DFYB.
If you too would like to help then please email marchhelpers@parkrun.com, or check out the “March parkrun volunteers” Facebook page. If you’re not sure what positions are available then you can check the roster on http://www.parkrun.org.uk/march/futureroster/ for up to 6 weeks in advance. Let’s see if we can fill up some of those spaces nice and early.
On Event 5 at March I came over to test if I could ever run again and that represented my 125th parkrun and after success on that date have persevered and today marks my 240th and so will always have fond memories of this parkrun for giving back both my enthusiasm and self-belief.
Peter

 

March parkrun #112 – Easter Floods!

The 112th parkrun at March saw a continuation of the cold and wet weather we've been experiencing of late but that didn't deter 144 brave parkrunners and 24 hardy volunteers from turning up at a soggy West End park this morning.

Before the run itself, Run Director Dawn Veal (shadowed by trainee Trevor Wright) set off 3 waves of Egg 'n' Spoon runners aged from 5-60 as a pre-cursor to the main event.  The victors claiming a crème egg each.

Today we had parkrun tourists from as far as Scotland, followed by Surrey, Lincolnshire, Daventry (with Damian doing some voluntouring), Yorkshire and half a dozen or so from Ely Runners this week.

Despite our still newish bark path and safer re-routing, Graeme Dedman took a tumble coming off Harry's Hill but fortunately lived to tell the tale with only minor injuries.  We look forward to seeing you back running next week Graeme.  That's 2 falls - only a submission to go now!

Amongst the volunteers we had Maddie Gibson as backup timer this week, coached by the experienced old hand - Stephen Cowell.  Timekeeping is one of the more responsible roles and requires a cool head and concentration as well as fingerless gloves when the temperatures are low.  Injured Core Team member Andy Wool was handing out tokens this week with the ever present Gena Jackman and Core Team member Teilo Pearce was Marshalling at the 'gap'

There was also a run taking place ...

First home this week for the gents was...

First Time - Shane Sadler in a speedy time of 17.50

2nd and 3rd places went to Ely Runners - James Thew and Robert Pope both coming in under 19:30.

and for the ladies this week...

first in  was Celine Aubry - Ely Runners came in in 24:06
immediately followed by Lucy and Lauren Thomas to make it an Ely 1,2,3 this week

March parkrun Event number 112 31st March 2018

This week 144 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests (including James Thew, Tim Brammer, Lucy, Thomas, Nathan Brennan, Aaron Brewer, Jerry Thew, Sarah-Jane MacDonald, Amy Fox, Suzanne Munford, Steve Clarke, Ian Morton, Jane Barnes, Aisleen Parker, Vanessa Murray,   . Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:
Simon RENDER • Steve STARR • Rachel Suzanne RENDER • Justin ELVIDGE • Amy ELLIS • Damian BAKER • Stephen COWELL • Gaelle BRYANT • Dawn VEAL • Teilo PEARCE • Georgina JACKMAN • Andrew WOOL • Patricia NORRIS • Gary DAVIS • Andrew BRAND • Sue JEEVES • Carole DAVIS • Annabelle BRAND • Victor JEEVES • Mary BETTLES • Roger MONEY • Trevor WRIGHT • William SCOTT • Maddie GIBSON

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 2,351 participants have completed 16,319 parkruns covering a total distance of 81,595 km, including 3,705 new Personal Bests.

 

 

March parkrun #111 – The return of the Summer

This week's Run Report comes from regular Volunteer and apprentice Core Team member - Justin Elvidge -

At the dawning of the spring equinox, the world emerges from its winter blankets and welcomes spring to the land. The return of daylight and rising temperatures and slightly less wind and snow, drew the valiant 157 to the gladiatorial amphitheatre of Westend park, where grass, bark, rubber and tarmac combine to create the new and improved March parkrun .2 with 50% less grass, but slightly more cones. The day began just as any other with a round of toast and porridge and a sense of anticipation in the air that tasted like candy floss, or was that maybe the fact that the fair was in town? Anyhow, that didn’t deter those that devote their 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. 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.

David and I began with some unexpected litter picking duties around the bandstand before our guests arrived. The important and must be listened to parkrun briefing, was given by David with thanks to our sponsors , our pacers introduced and Roger Jones reached his 50th parkrun, congratulations Roger from the March parkrun team, and we also had an 83rd birthday celebration for occasional parkrunner, Darren Moat, only joking Darren, many happy returns and don’t eat too much cake. Today, we ran on an amended course as comments have been made to the length of March parkrun being too long. The new course with only 1 lap around Whibley’s Corner, now measures more inline, so the Core Team have listened and acted upon your concerns as runners. 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, please post on the march parkrun volunteers Facebook page or email marchoffice@parkrun.com.

Thanks to this week's volunteers

Carole DAVIS • Clive MALTBY • Dave TUFFNAIL • Dawn VEAL • Emma UDEN • Gaelle BRYANT • Gayna O’ROURKE • Graeme DEDMAN • Hugh HARRIS • Justin ELVIDGE • Justin SMITH • Kay DEDMAN • Lin SUTTON • Maddie GIBSON • Michelle FOVARGUE • Niamh RENDER • Ray FUNNELL • Serge LAMBERT • Simon RENDER • Steve CLARKE • Teilo PEARCE • Tina LAMBERT • Victor JEEVES

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

Gentlemen
1st Unknown Runner 2nd Peter Ward (Thorney RC) 19:21 3rd Justin Elvidge (March AC) 19:23 and PB!!! (Ed)
Ladies
1st Lauren Thomas (Ely RC) 21:18. 2nd Melissa Haylock 24:45. 3rd Katie Leach (#teambrc)25:14.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Peter Ward (VM50-54) graded 78.12% for the time 19:21.
Graham Chapman (VM60-64) graded 77.80% the time 20:48
Justin Elvidge (VM45-49) was graded 74.29% for the time 19:23.

This week there were 157 runners, of whom 12 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests thanks to our pacers. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part. March parkrun started on 23rd January 2016, and since then 2338 different runners, including participants from 186 athletics clubs, have completed 16175 runs covering a total distance of 80875km, and there have been 3685 new Personal Bests.

See you all next weekend for Easter parkrun, where we will be holding Egg and Spoon races  year - BEFORE THE RUN, you may also dress up if you wish.

Peace out, one love.

Justin

 

March parkrun #110 – The Beast returns……

This week's Run Report comes from Andy Fovargue, regular parkrunner and Volunteer.

The last run of Winter. And didn’t it feel like Winter? Snow, biting winds, the Beast from the East back with a vengeance giving everyone a good excuse to stay at home in the warm, yet in spite of all that 102 hardy parkrun enthusiasts plus our dedicated team of volunteers made it out to West End Park for March’s 110th parkrun. Well done to everyone who braved the weather to walk / jog / run / volunteer this morning. A special mention goes to Roma O’Neil for turning up in her pyjama’s!! (we hope that you posted your picture Roma!) Also, Darren Moat for doing his 100th March parkrun, an achievement in its self as there have only been 110!!
The slippery ground necessitated some course changes today, the start and finish points were moved, and the first lap followed a slightly different course to the subsequent three. These changes were made clear in the pre-run brief, which I’ve been asked to remind participants of the importance of. Thanks to everyone who arrived in time for that, and for taking our advice on board. I have no idea who the mysterious first runner home was, he was presumably in too much of a hurry to pick up his barcode, but well done to whoever you were. He was followed home by Chris Leach and Graham Chapman, both of Ely Runners (in fact Ely Runners had 4 out of the first 5 this week). The first ladies home were Lauren Thomas, also of Ely Runners, Olivia  (NVH), and Melissa Haylock. Congratulations to Mary Bettles, whose determined effort saw her shave off over half a minute from her PB, and to the other fourteen runners who improved on their best times. A special mention for the seven first timers who took part for the first time today, and to Pat ‘5 laps’ Norris who went the extra mile today, quite literally!
Well done everybody. See you in Spring!

 

And the stats....

March parkrun
Event number 110
17th March 2018

This week 102 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 7 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Steve STARR • Amy ELLIS • Dave TUFFNAIL • Clive MALTBY • Gary NORMAN • Nicholas OKERIKA • Gaelle BRYANT • Samantha WOOL • Martin LITTLEMORE • Claire LILLEY • Georgina JACKMAN • Karen DANDO • Andrew WOOL • Patricia NORRIS • Jon LONG • David MUFFETT • Paul GIBSON • Dawn LONG • Toni ALCARAZ • Carole DAVIS • Susie HANDLEY • Andrew FOVARGUE • Michelle FOVARGUE • Victor JEEVES • Leo LYNES • Maddie GIBSON

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 2,326 participants have completed 16,018 parkruns covering a total distance of 80,090 km, including 3,659 new Personal Bests.

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