March parkrun #192. Egg chasers assemble!

The 192nd 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 consisting of old friends and new, gathered in the amphitheatre of Westend Park to enjoy some well supervised exercise, whether it be to run, walk, or just generally have some fun.

Although our numbers were reduced by the Rugby World Cup final against the mighty Springboks, and the weather, we still had a decent turn-out on a typical autumnal morning. Proceedings began with the important and must be listened to briefing. We don’t want to be ‘that’ person, but can we please remind you of the following: Please respect the briefing and stay quiet.

No milestones or celebrations again this week, but we have those worthy enough to be mentioned in our meritorious dispatches section, that is all who turned up to run and volunteer in the rain and turned up on time. We also welcomed tourists from Aylesbury, Bristol and Lincoln. Also joining us were our fellow local runners from Bodymode, Ely, Fenland, Ramsey and Three Counties. The core team also wish to give a huge thank you to all the volunteers, without whom, park run 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 fluffy and splendid hi-viz heroes were :-

Suzanna BESTER, Jackie BULL, Kevin BULL, Alexa CONROY, James CONROY, Amy DODSON, Justin ELVIDGE, Raymond FEW, Andrew FOVARGUE, Michelle FOVARGUE, Malcolm HUNT, Georgina JACKMAN, Amanda LOPEZ, Sally MILLS, Jacob PATTERSON, Beatrice PATTERSON, Kirsty PATTERSON, Gemma SOMMERSBY, Bill SWADLING, Beryl TOTH, Chris UDEN, Helene UPCHURCH, Debra WATTS, Lawrence WEETMAN, Andrew WOOL, Samantha WOOL

A list of this weeks runners and riders can be found at www.parkrun.org.uk/march/results/latestresults, and the duck was 9th.

This week there were 101 runners, of which 7 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different athletics clubs took part.
March parkrun started on 23rd January 2016, and since then 3543 different runners, including participants from 259 athletics clubs, have completed 29648 runs covering a total distance of 148,240k , and there have been 5933 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Lisa MARRIOTT who ran in a time of 19:08 on 21st May 2016 (event number 18).
The male record is held by Glen WATTS who ran in a time of 16:12 on 1st October 2016 (event number 36).
The Age Grade course record is held by Joan CLARKE who recorded a 83.07% run (23:02) on 26th March 2016 (event number 10).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the March parkrun Results Page.

See you next weekend for general fun and frolics.

Justin

 

March parkrun #191. Raindrops (an angel cried)

The 191st 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 consisting of old friends and new, gathered in the amphitheatre of Westend Park to enjoy some well supervised exercise, whether it be to run, walk, or just generally have some fun.

Although our numbers were reduced by the rugby and the weather, we still had a decent turn-out on a typical autumnal morning. Our run director, Dawn blew her whistle to let everyone know playtime was over, began proceedings with the important and must be listened to briefing. We don’t want to be ‘that’ person, but can we please remind you of the following: Please respect the briefing and stay quiet. We don’t do this for fun, it is for your safety and there are currently newcomers that may not have heard it before. If you’re chatting through it, then it’s unfair to your fellow runners. Some of our RD’s don’t have the loudest voices and amplification can muffle voices, hence why we don’t have one, so please stay quiet just for five minutes of your time while this is delivered.

We had no milestones this week but we did have a tourist birthday. This week we have those worthy enough to be mentioned in our meritorious dispatches section, that is all who turned up to run and volunteer in the rain and turned up on time. We also welcomed tourists from Stevenage, Heanor and Swaledale. Also joining us were our fellow local runners from Bodymode, BRJ, Lynnsport Ladybirds and Three Counties. The core team also wish to give a huge thank you to all the volunteers, without whom, park run 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 fluffy and splendid hi-viz heroes were :-

Toni ALCARAZ, James CONROY, Alexa CONROY, Carole DAVIS, Sydney DAVIS, Justin ELVIDGE, Raymond FEW, Nicola FUNNELL, Georgina JACKMAN, Susan MOLONEY, Vanessa MURRAY, Gary NORMAN, Jacob PATTERSON, Beatrice PATTERSON, Graham PEARCE, Gemma SOMMERSBY, Bill SWADLING, Beryl TOTH, Dawn VEAL, Lawrence WEETMAN, Anthony WHIBLEY, Andrew WOOL, Samantha WOOL

A list of this weeks runners and riders can be found at www.parkrun.org.uk/march/results/latestresults, and the duck was 9th.

This week there were 113 runners, of which 11 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 gdifferent athletics clubs took part.
March parkrun started on 23rd January 2016, and since then 3524 different runners, including participants from 257 athletics clubs, have completed 29434 runs covering a total distance of 147170km, and there have been 5906 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Lisa MARRIOTT who ran in a time of 19:08 on 21st May 2016 (event number 18).
The male record is held by Glen WATTS who ran in a time of 16:12 on 1st October 2016 (event number 36).
The Age Grade course record is held by Joan CLARKE who recorded a 83.07% run (23:02) on 26th March 2016 (event number 10).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the March parkrun Results Page.

See you next weekend for general fun and frolics.

 

March parkrun #189. Greyhound bound for Nowhere.

The 189th 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 consisting of old friends and new, gathered in the amphitheatre of Westend Park to enjoy some well supervised exercise, whether it be to run, walk, or just generally have some fun.

Despite there still being a minor disturbance with some building work on the skate park, the course still wound around it merrily without any kind of kerfuffle and was still enjoyed by an excellent turn-out on a warm day that had a relaxed and groovy feel to it. Our run director Stephen began proceedings with the important and must be listened to briefing. Once again I had to be that person to call for quiet. Can we please remind you of the following, respect the briefing and stay quiet. We don’t do this for fun, it is for your safety and there are currently newcomers that may not have heard it before. If you’re chatting through it, then it’s unfair to your fellow runners. Some of our RD’s don’t have the loudest voices and amplification can muffle voices, hence why we don’t have one, so please stay quiet just for five minutes of your time while this is delivered.

This week, we had no inductees this week for milestones or birthdays. This week everyone is worthy enough to be mentioned in our meritorious dispatches section regardless of whether you walk, walk/run, run or volunteer. We were joined by tourists from Newbury and Portugal, and by our fellow local running clubs Bodymode, Ely, Fenland, Hunts AC, Ramsey & Three Counties. The core team also wish to give a huge thank you to all the volunteers, without whom, park run 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's brave and fluffy and splendid Hi-Viz heroes were: -

Toni ALCARAZ, Joanne ANDERSON, James BARRETT, Jackie BULL, Kevin BULL, Emma COLE, Alexa CONROY, Stephen COWELL, Justin ELVIDGE, Raymond FEW, Georgina JACKMAN, Nina MARKILLIE, Patricia NORRIS, Mark SALMONS, Justin SHOWELL, Beryl TOTH, Richard UPCHURCH, David WHITE, Andrew WOOL, Samantha WOOL

For those of you who get their geek on over stats, a full list of the results is available at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/march/results/latestresults/

This week there were 140 runners, of which 15 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different athletics clubs took part.

March parkrun started on 23rd January 2016, and since then 3497 different runners, including participants from 256 athletics clubs, have completed 29142 runs covering a total distance of 145710km, and there have been 5865 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Lisa MARRIOTT who ran in a time of 19:08 on 21st May 2016 (event number 18).

The male record is held by Glen WATTS who ran in a time of 16:12 on 1st October 2016 (event number 36).

The Age Grade course record is held by Joan CLARKE who recorded 83.07% run (23:02) on 26th March 2016 (event number 10).

 

March parkrun Run Report #188 5/10/19 – That’s an awful long way to come for a parkrun

When asking in the pre-brief where tourists are visiting from you typically get answers like Turves, or Benwick. I was genuinely taken aback when someone shouted out ”Canberra”. New South Wales? I thought Graham Pearce from Old South Wales was as exciting as it got in March. I’ve no idea what brought Aaron Shrubb halfway round the world to the Fens, but I hope you enjoyed your time here, and though it wasn’t a personal best, I think it could be the quickest you’ve gone in the Northern Hemishpere? Well done regardless.

Aaron was joined by volunteers and 159 other barcode-waving parkrunners who turned up at West End Park to cover the distance at a pace of their choosing. Nine of which were running their very first parkrun.

A few milestone runs to note: Charlie Wright and Luke Gibson both ran their tenth, so qualify for the free white juniors 10 t-shirt, Katie Ellson ran her 50th, and the newest parkrun centurion in our ranks is Michelle Fovargue. Three years ago Michelle and myself were two weeks into the Couch To 5K beginners plan, and as I type this we’re presently less than two weeks away from attempting the Yorkshire Marathon. We had no idea how much running would change our lives, all we ever wanted to do at the outset was to somehow get fit enough to attempt a parkrun!

Everything today, I’m pleased to say, went like clockwork. You never know quite what you’re in for when you connect the stopwatches and barcode scanners to the parkrun laptop, but thanks to the sterling efforts of our international timekeeping team of Gaelle, and Toni, and of others in and around the funnel and the bandstand, everything married up perfectly, resulting in minimal swearing or head-scratching in the Tea Parlour at 10:30.

March AC’s Louis Beningfield was the first runner home, covering 5km in 19:22 on his 105th parkrun. The first lady back was Kanina O Neil, in 22:29, achieving a personal best in the process.

33 runners ran personal bests today, there are too many to mention everybody individually, but I would like to single out Lin Sutton, Ruth Atkins, and Katie Thompson who have all recently been through The C25K plan, led by Teilo Pearce of March AC. You’re making great progress ladies, long may it continue!

Finally, just a reminder that City Road Car Park is full of dodgems and candy floss stalls, so, if driving, please leave in good time and make sure you can get parked up in good time this weekend.

Thanks again to all volunteers that allowed March to have its 188th parkrun. We really couldn’t do it without you.

This week 160 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Mark DARLOW • David WATTS • Debra WATTS • Ainslie BOUSFIELD • Stephen COWELL • Maura BROWN • Gaelle BRYANT • Samantha WOOL • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Lin SUTTON • Anthony WHIBLEY • Philip COLE • Toni ALCARAZ • Kay DEDMAN • Andrew FOVARGUE • James CONROY • Leia WATSON • Richard UPCHURCH • Alexa CONROY

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 3,497 participants have completed 29,142 parkruns covering a total distance of 145,710 km, including 5,865 new Personal Bests. A total of 517 individuals have volunteered 4,611 times.

 

March parkrun 186 – The one which the Cubs took over.

There were red and yellow neckers everywhere as 2nd Chatteris Cubs joined March parkrun’s Hi-Viz heroes and took on many of the volunteering roles. There were 10 Cubs in (aged between 8 and 10 1/2) in total who along with willing parents, marshalled , scanned and helped hand out finish tokens. The Cubs made a choice to volunteer as a group at March parkrun in order to complete part of their 'Our World Challenge Badge' specifically a task to complete an activity that benefits the local community. A big shout out also goes to regular volunteering who were still responsible for funnel managing, time-keeping and tokens and Justin who had the task of keeping the young scanners focused (and not dancing around and out of the bandstand!).
It was a fine September day for the Cubs to volunteer and importantly also for those participating in parkrun. The weather was dry, the sun was shining and conditions were fantastic under foot. March welcomed 165 participants this Saturday and 14 were first timers at March. A few tourists also made it over including one chap from Auckland , New Zealand who said he enjoyed the flat friendly course as it’s all hills at Auckland parkruns! The great conditions made for good running as 26 people clocked up PBs. One lady comments that the “power up” sign one Cub had made and was holding up made the difference to her knocking off 6 seconds from her previous time. I’m sure the Cub in question (Toby) was glad to be of service. The first male was Louis Fairfax in a time of 18:56 only seconds away from his PB. Louis Beningfeild was not far behind with 19:13 and had the best age grading at the parkrun. 3rd male Kev Bunn took away a PB at 19:47. The ladies were running well too with first female Hannah Daniel in at 24:46 closely followed by Abigail Jeeves at 24:57. Wendy Hart came in 3rd female at 26:25. parkrun 186 was wrapped up without incident. Hopefully we will see one of two Cubs back to run in the future! Thank you March for welcoming 2nd Chatteris Cubs and being a friendly welcoming run as always - Katie Leach (Cubs Takeover RD).

This week 165 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Justin ELVIDGE • Samantha WOOL • Katie LEACH • Emma UDEN • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Noah WOOL • Gillian COE • Chris UDEN • Toni ALCARAZ • Isla LEACH • Victor JEEVES • Lorraine COE • Vanessa MURRAY • Rory JUDGE • Toby SUTTERBY • Megan FULLER • Beryl TOTH • Stuart WALKER • Jorja WALKER • Darren ROSE • Ethan ROSE • Louis ROSE • Liam MALIK • Katie CHANDLER • Edward CORBY • Thomas BARCLAY • Iain CASE • Nathan CASE

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 3,477 participants have completed 28,820 parkruns covering a total distance of 144,100 km, including 5,801 new Personal Bests. A total of 513 individuals have volunteered 4,569 times.

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