March parkrun #185. Round Norfolk starts in March.

The 185th parkrun at March is brought to you, in part, by Fenland District Council and also by Smickelskis & Swinkels, purveyors to the extremely wealth and the very fat. 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 the Round Norfolk Relay taking runners away from parkrun, we still had an excellent turn-out on a warm day that had a relaxed and groovy feel to it. Our run director Nicola began proceedings with the important and must be listened to briefing, unfortunately, I had to be that person again this week. But can we please remind you of the following, respect the briefing 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 inducted into the red 50 t-shirt club and the purple 25 t-shirt Helen Siems and into the black 100 t-shirt club Florence Mai. Congratulations to you both from all the Core Team and everyone at March parkrun. 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 had tourists this week from Manchester, and we were joined by our fellow local running clubs Bodymode, Lynsport 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 :-

Mary BETTLES, Kevin BULL, Jackie BULL, Tracey DICKERSON, Justin ELVIDGE, Raymond FEW, Nicola FUNNELL, Georgina JACKMAN, Victor JEEVES, Katie LEACH, Willow MILLS, Sally MILLS, Roger MONEY, Helen SEIMS, Gemma SOMMERSBY, Beryl TOTH, David WATTS, Grace WOOL, Samantha WOOL

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

This week 142 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

David WATTS • Justin ELVIDGE • Samantha WOOL • Katie LEACH • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Grace WOOL • Sally MILLS • Tracey DICKERSON • Nicola FUNNELL • Gemma SOMMERSBY • Willow MILLS • Victor JEEVES • Mary BETTLES • Roger MONEY • Helen SEIMS • Jackie BULL • Kevin BULL • Beryl TOTH
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 3,463 participants have completed 28,655 parkruns covering a total distance of 143,275 km, including 5,775 new Personal Bests. A total of 502 individuals have volunteered 4,540 times.

 

March park run #182

We were over the 200 participant barrier for March Park Run Event No 182, with 24 being a significant number for the run. We had 24 new PBs and 24 volunteers (and thank you all for your help today). There was a real mix of people, with runners from Portsmouth, Blackpool and Kings Lynn, plus the biggest cheer and G'Day went to the Australian runners.

The event started with Marshal Tick deciding to slow down one of the younger runners (Noah) by holding him back - this has little impact on the lad's run, who quickly recovered from the Tick Kidnap Incident. In splendid weather and lots of cheering from the Marshals, plus a 90s Night Club Corner (I swear I heard some Kylie and Shape Shifters blaring out), there was certainly a great atmosphere, with the usual encouragement from fellow runners and spectators. A special mention to Sally Mills, who was proudly wearing her 100 event running top for the first time and the excellent photographer who smiled throughout and took hundreds of photos.Also a well done to Carole Davis who got her best time of the year and run the event non-stop for the first time since her ankle injury and Emma Frost. Frosty is a March Town United player and runs regularly to improve her fitness (the same goes for Dani Green of Park Ladies) - top effort girls.

In the group of first runners to complete the course today, we had Simon Mead and first timers to Park Run - Joel Molloy and Daniel Snipe. But the event is all about the 201 runners and well done all for participating. Hopefully, the run set everyone up for a top Bank Holiday Weekend.

Finally, just a request for some additional marshals. We had a fantastic turn out again this week but I know that some of these volunteers would also like to run. If you have completed a milestone, perhaps 10, 25 or 50 runs, how about giving a bit back and thanking those marshals by offering to help with the volunteering. It would be great to see some new faces marshaling and after doing one volunteer role you really do feel part of the event and want to do it again and again!!!

This week 201 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Mark DARLOW • Stephen COWELL • Samantha WOOL • Dawn VEAL • Teilo PEARCE • Gayna OROURKE • Emma UDEN • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Patricia NORRIS • Gary DAVIS • Andrea LONG • Gemma SOMMERSBY • Chris UDEN • Toni ALCARAZ • Sean STACEY • Alexander SHAW • Andrew WOOLLEY • Linda RETCHLESS • Marcus RETCHLESS • Maria WRIGHT • Andrew MURRAY • Amy DODSON • Beryl TOTH

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 3,423 participants have completed 28,142 parkruns covering a total distance of 140,710 km, including 5,667 new Personal Bests. A total of 500 individuals have volunteered 4,480 times.

Thanks

Gary

 

The mist rolled in and disappeared as quickly as it came – Run Report #180

At 7am as I sat and ate my breakfast mist rolled in and I thought we might lose the marshal or two at parkrun however by the time I arrived at the park to assist Run Director Nicola and her able assistant Andrew to finish setting the park up for the run the sun was burning off the mist and we knew we were in for a warm morning.
Just before the start Nicola welcomed all to March parkrun including the 10 people trying out parkrun for the first time. Visitors from Poole, Leeds, King’s Lynn and nearby Thorney joined the March regulars.
Before the start we wished Gena AKA the Token Queen a happy birthday.
Despite the very warm weather there were 19 people who did personal bests including the first person home, local runner, Louis Fairfax. Second home was tourist Jason Mumford from Poole with March parkrun regular Roger Hannam in third. First lady finisher was March AC runner Melissa Neal who I was surprised to note was running her first March parkrun, second lady was Geraldine Larham, who is recovering after a foot injury, and third lady was March regular Agata Chelchowska, not pushing a buggy for a change.
Once again the March parkrun team thank all the people who volunteer as without you there would not be a parkrun. If you fancy seeing parkrun from the volunteering angle just drop us a line or come and have a chat with one of those in the Hi-viz.
This week 160 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Maura BROWN • Samantha WOOL • Nina MARKILLIE • Georgina JACKMAN • Noah WOOL • Sally MILLS • Anthony WHIBLEY • Nicola FUNNELL • Willow MILLS • Simon MILLS • Andrew FOVARGUE • Victor JEEVES • Richard UPCHURCH • Robert GOUGH • Steven ROBINETT • Laura YARNELL • Helen SEIMS • Amy DODSON

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 3,380 participants have completed 27,768 parkruns covering a total distance of 138,840 km, including 5,613 new Personal Bests. A total of 493 individuals have volunteered 4,436 times.

 

After the rain –

As I did my impression of a TV sloth on Saturday evening it rained that heavily that I wondered whether Westend Park would change into Westend lake however my fears were unfounded as when I turned up at 7:45 to join Andrew Wool to set up the course we only had one small puddle at what used to be the Captain Birdseye corner until Tic shaved his beard off and it’s now just High 5 corner.
Two of the marshals, Roz Coombs and Joseph Fitches, turned up early and helped us set out the course which was a great help.
Andrew greeted everyone to the parkrun and this week he had a number of milestone to celebrate with Sally Mills running her 100th parkrun and Alan Turpie his 100th March parkrun. We also had three people doing their 50th parkrun Grant Lenton, Dennis Willis and Chris Amps – well done all. Tourists from Birmingham, the Isle of Man and King’s Lynn were all greeted before we headed off to the start.
On a warm morning first finisher was the long striding Ramsey Road Runner Simon Mead he was followed in by Luke Brown, who is now more streamlined having shaved off his beard, and young Louis Beningfield who once again had a great run. First lady home was Allys Kelsey with a PB second lady was Lesley Wright just ahead of another Ramsey Road Runner Olivia Mead. 31 runners got PB’s Including Keith Saward who after years of running being interrupted by injury has returned to running via parkrun and at over 85 is an inspiration.
This week 172 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Roz COOMBS • Gillian HOLMES • Stephen COWELL • Samantha WOOL • Katie LEACH • Gayna OROURKE • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Grace WOOL • Andrew WOOL • Jake LEACH • Joanne ANDERSON • Claire WRIGHT • Isla LEACH • Alan PUGH • June DANIEL • Jim REEVES • Louise GOAKES • Joseph FITCHES • Karen JACKSON • Noah WOOL

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 3,346 participants have completed 27,435 parkruns covering a total distance of 137,175 km, including 5,557 new Personal Bests. A total of 488 individuals have volunteered 4,394 times.

 

March parkrun #177. A relaxed affair in the sun.

The 177th parkrun at March is brought to you, in part, by Fenland District Council and also by Smickelskis & Swinkels, purveyors to the extremely wealth and the very fat. 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 the Manea Gala 5k run tempting runners away from parkrun, we still had a excellent turn-out on a warm day that had a relaxed and groovy feel to it. Our run director Gaelle began proceedings with the important and must be listened to briefing, unfortunately, I had to be that person again this week. But 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 inducted into the white 10 t-shirt club David Kettringham from March AC and to the red 50 t-shirt club Donna Mackie. Congratulations to you both from all the Core Team and everyone at March parkrun. 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 had tourists this week from Kirkcaldy in Scotland, and we were joined by our fellow local running clubs Bodymode, Hunts AC, Ramsey, Three Counties and Werrington. 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 :-

Gaelle BRYANT, Kevin BULL, Jackie BULL, Stephen COWELL, Karen DANDO, Justin ELVIDGE, Cate EWAN, Georgina JACKMAN, Patricia NORRIS, Peter OCONNOR, Teilo PEARCE, Debbie PERRY, Fay SCRIVENER, Dawn VEAL, David WATTS, Debra WATTS, Laura WEBB, Anthony WHIBLEY, Samantha WOOL

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

This week there were 161 runners, of which 12 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different athletics clubs took part.
March parkrun started on 23rd January 2016, and since then 3332 different runners, including participants from 240 athletics clubs, have completed 27263 runs covering a total distance of 136135km, and there have been 5527 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).

I’m away this weekend, so if anyone wants to take on the pacing mantel, then let the run director know. Failing that I'll see you all in two weeks back to pace 24.

See you for shenanigans and tomfoolery.

Justin

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