A View from the Back -

Of the field that is – it is now well over 3 years since the founder of March parkrun, Simon Render, approached a number of us to talk about setting up March parkrun. Lots of things have changed since those days – Simon has moved away from the area and only three of the original team remain – Gaelle Bryant, Dawn Veal and myself, however March parkrun has had a great influx of local people to join the core team and more and more people enjoy March parkrun each week. Due to the onset of a condition that has affected my knees, hips and shoulders another major thing has changed, for me at least, - I am now no longer a 26 minute parkrunner and so recently I have joined the growing number of people getting their Saturday morning exercise from either strolling around the four laps, force marching or run/walking the course. Those of us at the back of the field are a mixed bunch with a number of ex-runners now sporting artificial knees and/or hips, people recovering from illness/injury or those using a brisk walk to start their weekend off with the health benefits of a walk in the park. This week I was joined by two ladies, one was Sue from March AC and the other her friend Karen wanting to get a bit of exercise. Our very brisk walk took a little under 50 minutes so we weren’t hanging around. Walking the course gives you a completely different view of the Park, the volunteers and the event. You have time to appreciate what a great park we have in March, have a chat with the volunteer as you march past them and have the time, and breath, to have a conversation with your fellow walkers. So my message to anyone thinking “Oh I can’t run so parkrun is not for me” is get yourself down to the park and join the walkers you never know you might then progress to trotting round puffing and panting like all the runners who charged passed me on Saturday.
This week was the birthday of one of our regulars Tina Lambert who got round in 4 minutes slower than her PB – did she celebrate early and suffer?
The week also found Andrew being Run Director, who has asked me not to write too much about him – so I won’t – however I must mention that Andrew welcomed everyone to the sunny park where we had a few tourists the one of whom had travelled from Wales. We also had around 20 people new to parkrun I hoped you all enjoyed your introduction to parkrun and please come back as Andrew is only RD every 8 weeks or so!

This week 198 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Sarah STARR • Justin ELVIDGE • Stephen COWELL • Samantha WOOL • Serge LAMBERT • Gayna OROURKE • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Daniel BARBER • Patricia NORRIS • Lin SUTTON • Tracey DICKERSON • Nicola FUNNELL • Philip COLE • Rachel REDHEAD • Graeme DEDMAN • Adele O CONNOR • Chris UDEN • Andrew FOVARGUE • Michelle FOVARGUE • Victor JEEVES • Peter OCONNOR • Fynn BARBER

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 3,283 participants have completed 26,767 parkruns covering a total distance of 133,835 km, including 5,442 new Personal Bests. A total of 481 individuals have volunteered 4,309 times.

 

March Parkrun 173# – When the rain finally stopped.

I for one was relieved to turn up at West End this morning and find that the park had not been washed away with the deluge of rain we have recently experienced. In fact it turned out to be quite the opposite - a beautiful day with the sun shining.
We had no tourists or birthdays make themselves known but it appears from the results that Megan Stacey is now in the red T shirt club. We did whoop and cheer the one milestone that was mentioned which was for Carole Davis volunteering for the 50th time! Well done Carole let’s hope your massive milestone encourages some of our regular runners to give up an occasional Saturday themselves.
There are also some roles that do not require you to give up a run, the report writing being one of them and I for one would welcome seeing the report written by some different people to share their views and thoughts about our little Saturday morning get together. If you are interested in volunteering speak to any member of the core team or join our March parkrun Volunteers page on Facebook. Remember without volunteers there is no parkrun.
First timers briefing and usual welcome commenced which included various thanks to our sponsors and volunteers.
143 runners, walkers and all those in between took part, we had an outstanding 23 personal bests. There were 8 first timers with representatives of 14 different clubs.
Included in these were just a couple of representatives from March Town Football Club one of which Luke Pepper had lots of positive things to say about parkrun and we hope to see many more join us from both the men’s and ladies teams (don’t forget your barcodes) in the run up to the new 19/20 season.
The first man over the line was Simon MEAD in 17.32 and the first woman was Karen PATTERSON in 21.40 well done to both of you.

This week 143 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Sarah STARR • Mark DARLOW • Justin ELVIDGE • Stephen COWELL • Samantha WOOL • Dawn VEAL • Serge LAMBERT • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Andrew WOOL • Patricia NORRIS • Sydney DAVIS • Philip COLE • Joanne ANDERSON • Gemma SOMMERSBY • Carole DAVIS • Al DUNCAN • Peter OCONNOR • Lesley WRIGHT • Vanessa MURRAY • Natalie SZULC • Clare COURT

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 3,263 participants have completed 26,569 parkruns covering a total distance of 132,845 km, including 5,408 new Personal Bests. A total of 480 individuals have volunteered 4,286 times.

 

March parkrun #172. The return of Gilligan.

The 172nd 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 and by Jonas Grumby. 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.

Our run director Nicola, began proceedings with the important and must be listened to briefing, fortunately, I didn’t have to that person 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 red 50 t-shirt club, Mike Boxall and Andrew Hammond. Congratulations to you from all the Core Team and everyone at March parkrun. This week we have those worthy enough to be mentioned in our meritorious dispatches section, and that is everyone whom turned up to run and walk and to volunteer. We had tourists this week from St. Albums and Stevenage, I did hear someone say New Zealand and somewhere else, but I didn’t hear it. We were also joined by our fellow local running clubs Bodymode, Ely, Fenland, Hunts AC, Thorney 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 week 200 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.
This weeks brave and fluffy and splendid hi-viz heroes were :-
Hugh HARRIS • Justin ELVIDGE • Samantha WOOL • Serge LAMBERT • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Karen DANDO • Grace WOOL • Andrew WOOL • Noah WOOL • Patricia NORRIS • Lin SUTTON • Nicola FUNNELL • Joanne BROWN • Andrew FOVARGUE • Michelle FOVARGUE • Roy EDWARDS • Diane BROWN • Jackie BULL • Kevin BULL • Megan FULLER

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 3,255 participants have completed 26,426 parkruns covering a total distance of 132,130 km, including 5,385 new Personal Bests. A total of 480 individuals have volunteered 4,264 times.

Please remember that there is no parkrun next week as the carnival is in town. But we will return in two weeks.

Justin

 

March parkrun #170. Happy birthday Sean.

The 170th 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.

Our run director Gaelle began proceedings with the important and must be listened to briefing.

This week, we inducted into the 50 red t-shirt club Agata Chelchowska and to the 25 purple t-shirt club Lin Sutton. Congratulations to you both, and happy birthday to regular Sean Searle from all the Core Team and everyone at March parkrun. This week we have one worthy enough to be mentioned in our meritorious dispatches section, that is Gillian Holmes whom completed her 200th parkrun. Congratulations Gill on this monumental achievement. We had tourists this week from Bristol and we were joined by our fellow local running clubs Bodymode, Ely, Hunts AC, Ramsey, Thorney, 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 week 200 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

David WATTS • Justin ELVIDGE • Alison AINSWORTH • Gaelle BRYANT • Samantha WOOL • Serge LAMBERT • Katie LEACH • Emma UDEN • Georgina JACKMAN • Raymond FEW • Andrew WOOL • Patricia NORRIS • Lin SUTTON • Aisleen PARKER • Bill SWADLING • Gemma SOMMERSBY • Chris UDEN • Jackie NOSWORTHY • Carole DAVIS • Victor JEEVES • Vanessa MURRAY • Jim REEVES • Karen HAMMOND • Daniel HAMMOND • Louise GOAKES

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 3,205 participants have completed 26,027 parkruns covering a total distance of 130,135 km, including 5,333 new Personal Bests. A total of 476 individuals have volunteered 4,223 times.

 

March parkrun #169. All aboard the sub 24 train.

The 169th 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.

Our run director Andrew, began proceedings with the important and must be listened to briefing, fortunately, I didn’t have to that person 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 black 100 t-shirt club, Samantha Wool from Bodymode, and Gayna O’ Rourke, also of Bodymode was inducted into the purple 25th volunteer t-shirt club. Congratulations to you both, and happy 50th birthday to our joint event director, Andrew Fovague from all the Core Team and everyone at March parkrun. 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. We had no tourists, but, we were joined by our fellow local running clubs Bodymode, Hunts AC, Lynnsport Ladybirds, Ramsey, RunDMC, 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 :-

Angela ANDERSON, Joanne ANDERSON, Daniel BARBER, Helen BRADLEY, Gaelle BRYANT, Kevin BULL, Jackie BULL, Sarah COWLEY, Karen DANDO, Rhys DAVIES, Carole DAVIS, Justin ELVIDGE, Raymond FEW, Andrew FOVARGUE, Georgina JACKMAN, Victor JEEVES, Karen LEE, Vanessa MURRAY, Patricia NORRIS, Gayna OROURKE, 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/

March parkrun started on 23rd January 2016, and since then 3175 different runners, including participants from 231 athletics clubs, have completed 256829 runs covering a total distance of 128410km, and there have been 5280 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).

See you all next week.

Justin

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