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 email@example.com 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!