MArch parkrun #140 – And the Sun shines on March parkrun

When Emma and I turned up at the park at around 7:45 to set the course up it was a bit chilly and the grass damp giving us a reminder that Autumn is on its way however it was not long before the sun came out and warmed us all up and long before the end of the run one of our marshals was festooned with discarded clothing as runners needed to shed a layer.
This week was one of a number of major milestones with three people all March regulars reaching the 100 parkrun milestone, Bill Swalding (all at March), Graham Pearce (98 at March) and Liam Lambert (90 at March) reached that milestone and two others reached their 50 parkrun milestone Victoria May and Ray Funnell. Victoria celebrated with a personal best. On the volunteering front Michelle Fovargue is now eligible for her volunteer t-shirt having volunteered 25 times – thanks for helping Michelle.
This week we had a few visitors from the nearby Three Counties Running club and these included Victoria celebrating 50 parkruns and parkrun stalwart Colin Apps who was instrumental in setting up the Junior parkrun in Wisbech, Colin has now completed 249 parkruns.
First home today was young Louis Beningfield closely followed by his fellow March AC runner Dan Barber who stayed as close as he could to Louis and as a result Dan ended up ringing the PB bell, well done Dan. Third home was regular volunteer Paul Gibson. First Lady home was Karen Patterson, second lady was Agata Chelchowska and third Katie Leach.
This week 144 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Stephen COWELL • Gaelle BRYANT • Amy RUDD • Samantha WOOL • Dawn VEAL • Gayna OROURKE • Emma UDEN • Lin SUTTON • Nicola FUNNELL • Nicola EATON • Gemma SOMMERSBY • Graeme DEDMAN • Chris UDEN • Kay DEDMAN • Carole DAVIS • Emma FOVARGUE • Michelle FOVARGUE • Victor JEEVES • Emma COLE • Marcus RETCHLESS • Vanessa MURRAY • Helen SEIMS • Rowan MURRAY • Cate EWAN
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 2,770 participants have completed 20,875 parkruns covering a total distance of 104,375 km, including 4,533 new Personal Bests.

 

March parkrun #139, and now for something, slightly different.

The 139th parkrun at March is brought to you, in part, by Fenland District Council. Saturday morning, or as it’s known in certain circles, parkrun day, dawned, and the parkrun family gathered in the amphitheatre of Westend Park to enjoy some well supervised exercise, whether it be to run, walk or maybe just pass thru’ on your bike.

Our run director, Gaelle began proceedings with the important and must be listened to briefing, and we welcomed to the 25th volunteer purple t-shirt club, Maddie Gibson, and to the 50th parkrun red t-shirt club, we welcomed Marcus Retchless, and sneaking in last week unannounced, Andrew Mai also joined the red t-shirt club, well done and welcome brethren. Also, we welcomed our tourists from Runners-next-the-Sea that run in Swaffham, but joined us as Holkham had been cancelled due to the weather, we also were joined by our fellow local runners from Bodymode, BRJ, Ely, Fenland and Three Counties. The core team also wish to give a huge thank you to all the volunteers, without whom, parkrun could not happen every week. If you wish to volunteer, please see the March parkrun volunteers Facebook page or email marchhelpers@parkrun.com.

This week 141 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.
For those of you who get their geek on over stats, here they are :-

1st Niall Jackson (March AC) 19:23. 2nd Mat Eyre (Runners-next-the-sea) 19:26. 3rd Sam Russell (Wymondham AC) 19:27.
1st Bethany Everson (Fenland Running Club) 19:44 2nd Agata Chelchowska (unattached) 24:04. 3rd Vicky Ellis (unattached) 24:16.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:-
Bethan Everson (VF25-29) was graded 75.00% for the time 19:44 (5th overall)
Paul Stacey (VM50-54) was graded 73.42% for the time 20:15 (7th overall)
Mat Eyre (VM40-44) was graded 72.38% for the time 19:26 (2nd overall).

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Justin ELVIDGE • Amy ELLIS • Stephen COWELL • Alison AINSWORTH • Gaelle BRYANT • Samantha WOOL • Jessica WARD • Katie LEACH • Gayna OROURKE • Raymond FEW • Sally MILLS • Nicola FUNNELL • Paul GIBSON • Andrea LONG • Carole DAVIS • Isla LEACH • Jamie WARD • Peter OCONNOR • Vanessa MURRAY • Gary MONK • Maddie GIBSON • Rowan MURRAY • Dawn BURBIDGE • Graham WILDE
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 2,758 participants have completed 20,731 parkruns covering a total distance of 103,655 km, including 4,498 new Personal Bests.

 

March parkrun #138. The rain after the sunshine.

The 138th parkrun at March is brought to you in part Fenland District Council. Saturday morning, or as it’s known in certain circles, parkrun day dawned and the parkrun family gathered in the amphitheatre of Westend Park to celebrate International parkrun day where the 5,000,000th registered parkrunner joined the family running at Woodhouse Moor parkrun near that place 50 miles west of Hull.

Our race directors, Andrew and David began procedings with the important and must be listened to briefing, regular Amy Rudd celebrated her birthday, happy birthday Amy from all the core team. We had no milestones or tourists that joined us on a cold, windy and rainy day, but we were joined by our fellow runners from Bodymode, BRJ, Ely, Thorney and Three Counties. The core team also wish to give a huge thank you to all the volunteers, without whom, parkrun could not happen every week. If you wish to volunteer, please see the March parkrun volunteers Facebook page or email marchhelpers@parkrun.com.

This weeks 22 brave hi-viz heroes were :-

Debra WATTS • Justin ELVIDGE • Dave TUFFNAIL • Irene LANE • Samantha WOOL • Roger TOLFREE • Petra OTTO • Gayna OROURKE • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Karen DANDO • Andrew WOOL • Lin SUTTON • Nicola FUNNELL • Paul GIBSON • Carole DAVIS • Andrew FOVARGUE • Alan PUGH • Emma COLE • Helen SEIMS • Chris MURRAY • Rowan MURRAY

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

1st Louis Benningfield (March AC) 20:09.. 2nd Niall Jackson (March AC) 20:09. Paul Stacey (unattached) 20:17.
1st Sarah Starr (March AC) 23:33. 2nd Agata Chelchowska (u attached) 24:10. 3rd Lily Fivash (March AC) 24:34.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:-
Paul Stacey (VM50-55) was graded 73.29% for the time 20:17 (3rd overall.
Louis Benningfield (JM11-14) was graded 70.39% for the time 20:09 (1st overall)
Justin Elvidge (VM45-49) was graded 68.52% for the time 21:01 (4th overall).

This week 119 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.
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 2,743 participants have completed 20,590 parkruns covering a total distance of 102,950 km, including 4,481 new Personal Bests.

 

March parkrun #137. The first frost of the season.

The 137th parkrun at March is brought to you in part Fenland District Council. Saturday morning, or as it’s known in certain circles, parkrun day dawned and the parkrun family gathered in the amphitheatre of Westend Park.

Our race director, Gaelle began procedings with the important and must be listened to briefing, and eventually got the 143 on their way.

This weeks honourable mention goes to Jackie Nosworthy and to Andrew Mai on completing their 50th parkrun, and to our fellow runners for Fenland, Ely and Three Counties for joining us. The core team also wish to give a huge thank you to all the volunteers, without whom, parkrun could not happen every week. If you wish to volunteer, please see the March parkrun volunteers Facebook page or email marchhelpers@parkrun.com.

This weeks brave and heroic 24 volunteers were :-

Justin ELVIDGE • Amy ELLIS • Lucy MARTIN • Allan TURPIE • Gaelle BRYANT • Amy RUDD • Samantha WOOL • Steve CLARKE • Teilo PEARCE • Gayna OROURKE • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Andrew WOOL • Sally MILLS • Jon LONG • Paul GIBSON • Dawn LONG • Roma ONEIL • Megan AYLING • Michelle FOVARGUE • Maddie GIBSON • Rowan MURRAY • Daniel MOTT • Dawn BURBIDGE

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

1st Niall Jackson (March AC) 19:30. 2nd Louis Benningfield (March AC) 19:51. Paul Stacey (unattached) 19:52.
1st Jessica Ward (unattached) 24:13. 2nd Agata Chelchowska 24:16. 3rd Sarah Starr (March AC) 24:53.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:-
Paul Stacey (VM50-55)was graded 74.83% for the time 20:15 (2nd overall)
Peter Cox (VM55-59) was graded 71.61 % for the time 22:01 (8th overall)
Louis Benningfield (JM11-14) was graded 71.45% for the time 19:51 (2nd overall)
This week 143 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part.
March parkrun started on 23rd January 2016. Since then 2,733 participants have completed 20,471 parkruns covering a total distance of 102,355 km, including 4,468 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).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the March parkrun Results Page.

 

Run Report #136 – Autumn has arrived let the bells ring out

It seems Autumn has well and truly arrived with the debris of Storm Aileen clearly visible as 142 hardy souls descended on West End Park for their weekly fix of Saturday morning parkrun. Some travelled far (well Huntingdon and Ely) and some not so far as RD Sam gave the pre-run brief before sending us on our way. No milestones or birthdays this week but some runners are fast approaching the magic milestones numbers in which applause will ring out. Of today’s participants we had 15 who are in the forty somethings of parkruns and soon will be able to claim a nice bright red 50 t-shirt. We also had 6 participants who are have nearly doubled that total and will soon reach that magic 100. Let us know when you get there and we will give you a shout out.
Now let’s get on to today’s event, I was fortunate to run today as not on duty and ran with my 9-year-old son Noah, who for the first time ran the whole 5k without stopping. While running it was great that our awesome volunteers (as usual) support all the runners on their way round but it is also great to see and hear other runners being so supportive of each other. That simple ‘well done’ or ‘keep going’ really does make a huge difference. Keep it up people as this makes March parkrun a special place to be on a Saturday morning.
First finisher today was Niall Jackson of March AC with a new pb of 18:26, Lee Tatum of Ely Runners was second on his first visit to March in 18:36 and Louis of March AC was third in 19:13 another PB. Geraldine Larham (Vegan Runners) was first lady in 21:47, closely followed by Karen Patterson (March AC) in 21:48, and third lady was Sarah Starr (March AC) in 23:12.

Just one last point, it has come to my attention that some people are unaware of the ritual of bell ringing when achieving a pb. After the finish tunnel there is a small table with a couple of bells on. If you achieve a pb then give the ole bell a ring to celebrate.
See you next week and #DFYB
This week 142 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Steve STARR • David WATTS • Gaelle BRYANT • Paul BRYANT • Amy RUDD • Samantha WOOL • Helen OWEN • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Andrew WOOL • Daniel BARBER • Patricia NORRIS • Sally MILLS • Nicola FUNNELL • Sue JEEVES • Gemma SOMMERSBY • Olivia WILLIAMS • Victor JEEVES • Peter OCONNOR • Lesley WRIGHT • Chris MURRAY • Rowan MURRAY
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 2,727 participants have completed 20,328 parkruns covering a total distance of 101,640 km, including 4,436 new Personal Bests.